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Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talbot is now a World Championship of Online Poker champion (much to Spraggy’s chagrin), while the frontrunner in the Player of the Year leaderboard joined the double champion club. Read on…


• Terrific Tonkaaaa takes down title
• PoY leader Zapahzamazki joins double champ club
• Super Chew’s day for Random_chu
• Russia dominates the day


WCOOP champ Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot

Terrific Tonkaaaa takes down title: When long-time crusher and former mega-streamer Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talbot left the Twitch streets behind to focus on playing, he made his intentions in poker clear: win big titles. It’s working. Earlier this year he won two Stadium Series events, and last night he won his first WCOOP title in the 58-H: $530 PKO for $29,958.59 plus $21,209.87 in bounties, a combined haul of $51,168.46. The tournament attracted 842 of the game’s best but it was Tonkaaaa who came out on top. Spraggy hated to see it (more on that later), but everyone else will no doubt be happy for the fan favourite from Canada.

PoY leader Zapahzamazki joins double champ club: The only player who currently pips the red-hot Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins to top of the overall leaderboard is 02-M champ Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin of Russia. Lyapin’s lead was no doubt extended last night as he claimed his second title of the series with a victory in the 57-M: $215 FL 2-7 Triple Draw for $11,897.29. It’s his third WCOOP win overall, his first coming last year in a $55 NLO8 event. There was a 317-entry field in this one though, and Lyapin had to overcome a final table which included Ole “wizowizo” Schemion and “Erä-Koira”. He did just that.


Stevan “random_chu” Chew

Super Chew’s day for random_chu: Australia’s Stevan “random_chu” Chew (who plays from Canada) picked up his first WCOOP title on Wednesday evening. He took down Event 56-H, which was a $2,100 Super Tuesday special edition that had attracted 386 total entries composed of the best in the world. The final table was stacked with the likes of Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich and Simon “IgorKarkarof” Pedersen in the mix, but Chew came out on top to claim the first prize of $140,594.83, making him the biggest winner on the night.

Russia dominates the day: Joining Zapahzamazki in the winner’s circle Wednesday night were three other Russian players. “luda555” won the 57-M: $22 FL 2-7 Triple Draw (the medium version of the event Zapahzamazki won) for $3,021.55. Meanwhile, Russia crushed the PKOs last night with two victories in event 58. “NightGuiden” won the low for $3,101.85, while “valdemaar74” won the medium for $27,125.35 (both prizes include bounties). Four titles in a day takes Russia up to 26 for the series, behind only Brazil (27) and the UK (28). Scroll down for the full country list.


56-L: $22 NLHE 8-Max 7,901 $158,020 renan141084 Brazil $22,292.14
56-M: $215 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE 2,069 $413,800 TheVirus217 Ireland $61,739.99
56-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE 276 $772,000 random_chu Canada $140,594.83
57-L: $22 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 774 $21,520 luda555 Russia $3,021.05*
57-M: $215 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 198 $63,400 Zapahzamazki Russia $11,897.29
57-H: $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 43 $136,000 flong78 UK $37,707.74
58-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 11,549 $56,590 NightGuiden Russia $4,508.81
58-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 5,609 $280,450 valdemaar74 Russia $27,125.35
58-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 842 $421,000 tonkaaaa Canada $51,168.46
Daily totals 29,261 $2,322,780 $360,056

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


Events completed: 171
Entries so far: 722,292
Prize pools so far: $65,146,725
First prizes so far: $9,443,222
In-the-money finishers so far: 106,124
Tournaments starting today: 12

(Note: completed events only)


Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins

We’ve been talking with a few WCOOP winners to hear about their tourney triumphs (and perhaps to pick up a few tips for ourselves). Check out our latest interviews from this year’s winners so far:

Three WCOOP 2020 titles for the unstoppable Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins: ‘Every day I learn something new’
Ruan ‘jokkers_br’ Bispo punches way to big PKO win, turns $55 into $54K
• Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane on what he’s learned in 10 years as a high-stakes pro
• Brazilian Brunno ‘botteonpoker’ Botteon in the winner’s circle again
• Preben “prebz” Stokkan continues to progress and crush
• Mike “SirWatts” Watson again collecting cashes, final tables
• “Bryn12” drifts through life and WCOOP towards top of leaderboard
• $2K Sunday Slam champ Matas “NoTilit” Cikinas confirms power of the cat avatar
• “va1umart” finds value, pockets nearly $80K for Event #21-M win
• Mario “brandon0903” Mastropietro’s WCOOP win relieves pressures of $400k court case
• That winning feeling carries Tiago “Tayguera” Guimarães to #13-M title
• Tyler “Juicy_J_93” Jardine sends warning to Pot limit Omaha players
• A bountiful $10K Sunday Slam for Dimitar Danchev
• Heads up! Ankush Mandavia wins third title in $530 TKO HU Zoom
• Marksman_M casually streams huge WCOOP win to three Twitch viewers


There was an epic hand between Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich and “KKremate” last night. Watch the action and check out commentator Griffin Benger’s expert analysis:


Ben “Spraggy” Spragg must have read our “Calling for a chop” article, as he got max value from his opponent in this one with quad aces in a $1K buy-in event.


We told you earlier on that WCOOP champ Spraggy hated to see Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talbot win his first title. Here’s why.


Yesterday was also meant to be a very special day for Fintan “easywithaces” Hand. Here’s hoping Hand hits the showers soon, for all our sakes.


Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin extended his lead at the top with his second title of the series last night, but the overall Player of the Year award is still anyone’s title as we head into the final stretch.


1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 1,105 points
2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 940
3 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 915
4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 880
5 – chininhaltig, Germany, 870

Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy

High buy-in:

1 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden, 535 points
2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 495
3 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 450
4 – Talal “Raidalot” Shakerchi, 445
5 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 435

Prizes: Winner $12,500; 2nd $10,000; 3rd $7,500

Medium buy-in:

1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 420
2 – Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Brazil, 395
3 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 380 points
4 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 360 points
5 – chininhaltig, Germany, 340

Prizes: Winner $8,500; 2nd $6,000; 3rd $3,000 (top 15 are rewarded)

Low buy-in:

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 455 points
2 – B–rabbit444, Norway, 435
=3 – Voziyanov15, Russia, 380
=3 – rastafari898, Germany, 380
5 – icandodge22, Finland, 375

Winner $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2,000 (top 25 are rewarded)


A big day for Russia (four titles) sees them close the gap, trailing Brazil by one and overall leaders the UK by two. Canada and Ireland also both picked up new wins on Wednesday.

Latest standings

28 – UK
27 – Brazil
26 – Russia
10 – Germany
7 – Netherlands, Norway, Canada
5 – Ukraine
4 – Austria, Poland, Latvia, Hungary
3 – Argentina, Finland, Bulgaria
2 – Belarus, Malta, Romania, Lithuania, Sweden, Estonia, Ireland
1 – Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Jersey, Serbia, Peru, Luxembourg, Greece, Monaco, Croatia, Japan and Georgia.


A few players to keep an eye on tomorrow: Two-time 2020 champ “deivid29” is in the hunt for their third title over in WCOOP-61-H with just 29 players remaining. Meanwhile, the likes of Talal “Raidalot” Shakerchi and Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane seek their second wins in WCOOP-60-H with 51 left. PoY High leaderboard frontrunner Niklas “Lena900” Astedt also has a top 10 stack in that one as he hunts his third win this year.

WCOOP-59-L: $55 NLHE (Midweek Freeze)
Entries: 4,825 | Prize pool: $241,250
Players left: 84 | Chip leader: gbrandmarked (Germany)

WCOOP-59-M: $530 NLHE (Midweek Freeze)
Entries: 811 | Prize pool: $405,500
Players left: 43 | Chip leader: Lucky_Lalim (Ukraine)

WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE (Midweek Freeze)
Entries: 97 | Prize pool: $500,000
Players left: 11 | Chip leader: Kovalski1 (Brazil)

WCOOP-60-L: $5.50+R PLO (6-Max)
Entries: 2,641 | Prize pool: $40,336.80
Players left: 59 | Chip leader: by_Vadimka (Ukraine)

WCOOP-60-M: $55+R PLO (6-Max)
Entries: 788 | Prize pool: $131,660.10
Players left: 108 | Chip leader: Tomatee (Uruguay)

WCOOP-60-H: $530+R PLO (6-Max)
Entries: 184 | Prize pool: $331,280
Players left: 51 | Chip leader: doulas12 (Netherlands)

WCOOP-61-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max PKO Freezeout
Entries: 10,119 | Prize pool: $99,166.20
Players left: 81 | Chip leader: Vureg (Russia)

WCOOP-61-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max PKO Freezeout
Entries: 3,403 | Prize pool: $340,300
Players left: 97 | Chip leader: ImBluemagic (Mexico)

WCOOP-61-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO Freezeout
Entries: 418 | Prize pool: $418,000
Players left: 29 | Chip leader: thx4urm0n3y (Canada)


If you’re a fan of limit games and mixed games, then boy, is this the day for you. There are two events perfectly suited to your skillset: a Limit Stud H/L and a Limit Omaha H/L. However, if Hold’em is more your bag, don’t fret: you’ve got the PKO Thursday Thrill, as well as a good old fashioned freezeout to round out the night.

12:05pm ET: WCOOP-62: Limit Stud H/L
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $15,000, $35,000, $75,000

1:05pm ET: WCOOP-63: Thursday Thrill PKO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $250,000, $500,000, $750,000

2:05pm ET: WCOOP-64: Limit Omaha H/L
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $15,000, $40,000, $100,000

3:05pm ET: WCOOP-65: NLHE Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $60,000, $150,000, $250,000


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