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The Main Event of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 2020 is under way. But registration isn’t yet closed. Read all the latest as familiar players win big and the leader board hunt grows ever tighter…


• Main Events are under way! Registration still open!
• Alt secures maiden WCOOP to add to TCOOP win
• MITS 304 wins second, four years after first
• Martins vs. Lyapin goes to the wire in PoY race


Players flock to Main Event tables: The first day of the WCOOP 2020 Main Event played through its first 16 levels yesterday, with the guarantees obliterated in the “Low” and “Medium” buy-in versions, and registration still open in tournaments of all levels. Currently there have been 1,708 entries, including 416 re-entries, in the $5K “High” Main Event, where the $10 million guarantee ensures a first prize already set at more than $1.5 million. With more entries certain today, it could yet reach the 2,000 player mark. Registration closes five minutes before the Day 2 start time of 1.10pm ET.

$3.2m in “Medium”; “$1.7m in low: Registration also remains open on both the $55 and $530 buy-in Main Events, with the prize pools already a long way past their guarantees. There have already been 34,807 entries in the $55 buy-in version, building a prize pool of $1.74 million, while the $2 million guarantee put on the $530 buy-in version has been smashed. The pool there is already up to $3.264 million, thanks to 6,528 entries and counting.


“NastyMinder” when he won in Hamburg

Alt secures maiden WCOOP: For the biggest wins of his career, Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt tends not to hang around. In 2016, he won close to $400K for taking down the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) Main Event, and he was also similarly ruthless in slaying the field at the Eureka Hamburg Main Event later that year. As of last night, Alt is also now a WCOOP champion, though he needed a full two days to do it. Eventually, Alt chopped the $530 Afternoon Freezeout heads up with Germany’s “DeM!st3r”, but went on to win, earning $48,197.37. It’s a surprise that this is Alt’s first WCOOP — his tournament resume is truly scintillating — but he did it the hard way, beating a final table that also featured Ole “wizowizo” Schemion. Alt is also already a Platinum Pass holder for the PSPC, whenever that is given the go ahead, so he isn’t quite finished yet either.

“MITS 304” at it again: In 2016, “MITS 304” was based in Cyprus when he or she won the $1,050 Razz Championship during WCOOP, earning a first major COOP title. Cyprus also appeared next to MITS 304’s name in May this year, when he or she was top in the $1,050 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout during SCOOP. Last night, MITS 304 won another ‘COOP — this time the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE, playing from the Netherlands. Whether this player is Cypriot, Dutch or neither, MITS 304 is now a two-time WCOOP (and three-time ‘COOP) champion — and this one was worth more than the other two combined. There were 803 entries, a prize pool of $803,000 and the first prize came in at $108,816.44, including bounties.


66-L: $5.50 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack 11,375 $55,738 Super7Sunday Russia $5,884.79*
66-M: $55 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack 4,295 $214,750 diego_1901 Peru $26,947.19*
66-H: $530 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack 609 $304,500 NastyMinder Austria $48,197.37*
68-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 24,450 $239,610 MarioDutraJR Brazil $11,555.41
68-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 7,285 $728,500 Roche9797 UK $62,507.66†
68-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 860 $860,000 Fold Machiii UK $122,064.56†
74-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE 11,761 $115,258 BrunoBezerr4 Brazil $8,970.86†
74-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 4,828 $482,800 TonyGPT Croatia $51,958.83†
74-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 803 $803,000 MITS 304 Netherlands $108,816.44†
Daily totals 66,266 $3,804,155 $446,903.11†

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


Events completed: 204
Entries so far: 803,686
Prize pools so far: $72,166,955
Players ITM: 121,630
First prizes so far: $10,794,001.56
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Tournaments starting today: 6

(Note: completed events only)


Can you just will cards into being? It was all getting spiritual on Spraggy’s channel last night — but maybe he’s on to something.

Maybe think twice before unleashing a barrel of insults on the person who just slow-rolled you in the $5K WCOOP Main Event. It could be that Fintan’s dog (cat?) just needed petting.


OP Poker’s Nick Walsh has a stack heading into Day 2 of the $530 WCOOP Main Event:

We all wish Lex Veldhuis and family the very best in this tough time for them all. And players across the world will thank him back for thinking of them at this time.


Vitor “Vitorbrasil” Moreira

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:

  • Career high for Vitor ‘Vitorbrasil’ Moreira with gritty Event #48-M win
  • 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
  • ‘Bryn12’ drifts through life and WCOOP towards top of leaderboard
  • ‘va1umart’ finds value, pockets nearly $80K for Event #21-M win
  • Mario ‘brandon0903’ Mastropietro’s WCOOP win relieves pressures of $400k court case
  • $2K Sunday Slam champ Matas ‘NoTilit’ Cikinas confirms power of the cat avatar
  • Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson again collecting cashes, final tables
  • High stakes crusher Preben ‘prebz’ Stokkan continues to progress and KO
  • Brazilian Brunno ‘botteonpoker’ Botteon in the winner’s circle again
  • Winner Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane offers advice on dealing with downswings after ‘turbulent but fun’ 10 years
  • 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
  • Persistence pays off for Kevin ‘Care_Teddy’ van Veen
  • Matheus ‘MathCamillo1’ Camillo rides out the storm, wins #15-M


    Lyapin, right, still leads the overall leader board

    Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins closed the gap a little on Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin overnight, but it wasn’t enough to overhaul the Russian’s lead in the overall leader board. The race still goes down to the wire with both players alive in the $5K Main Event and the Medium buy-in PLO Main, but only Martins still with interest in the Medium and Low hold’em versions. Lyapin has fired all his bullets there. There’s also the Phase event and the Series Saver for both of them to continue accumulating — and they’re playing near enough everything.Overall

    1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 1,175 points
    2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 1,120
    3 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 1,025
    4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 965
    5 – chininhaltig, Germany, 945

    Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy

    High buy-in:

    1 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 590 points
    =2 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden, 585
    =2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 585
    4 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 515
    5 – Talal “Raidalot” Shakerchi, 445

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

    Medium buy-in:

    1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 465 points
    2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 440
    3 – Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Brazil, 425
    4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 400
    5 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland, 395

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

    Low buy-in:

    1 – B–rabbit444, Norway, 515 points
    2 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 510
    3 – icandodge22, Finland, 455
    4 – Voziyanov15, Russia, 450
    5 – rastafari898, Germany, 440

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


    The incredible consistency of the Brazilians has put the South Americans back on top of the countries leader board, on their own, with only a couple of days left. Brazilians won two events yesterday, which was enough to pull them ahead of Russia, whose players only won one. The UK added another two titles, so remains just a pip behind Brazil.

    Latest standings

    32 – Brazil
    31 – UK, Russia
    14 – Germany
    9 – Canada, Netherlands
    8 – Norway
    6 – Finland, Bulgaria
    5 – Ukraine, Austria
    4 – Poland, Latvia, Hungary
    3 – Argentina, Estonia
    2 – Belarus, Malta, Romania, Lithuania, Sweden, Ireland, Peru, Croatia
    1 – Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Jersey, Serbia, Luxembourg, Greece, Monaco, Japan, Georgia, Chile and Denmark.


    Tons of tournaments are still ongoing, even as WCOOP reaches its final stages. Remember registration remains open in both the Hold’em and PLO Main Events (with the exception of the “low” PLO) and there’s still two days left on the PLO and three in the hold’em. All the other events currently ongoing play to a conclusion this evening.

    WCOOP-69-L: $109 8-Game
    Entries: 841 (inc. 260 re-entries) | Prize pool: 84,100
    Players left: 45 | Chip leader: aleksandrs10 (Latvia)

    WCOOP-69-M: $1,050 8-Game
    Entries: 135 (inc. 38 re-entries) | Prize pool: $150,000
    Players left: 11 | Chip leader: Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser (United Kingdom)

    WCOOP-69-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller
    Entries: 67 (inc. 30 re-entries) | Prize pool: $670,000
    Players left: 7 | Chip leader: Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling (Canada)

    WCOOP-70-L: $5.50 NLHE Mini Sunday Kickoff SE
    Entries: 8,659 | Prize pool: $42,429.10
    Players left: 39 | Chip leader: GHMRocha (Brazil)

    WCOOP-70-M: $55 NLHE Sunday Kickoff SE
    Entries: 4,417 | Prize pool: $220,850
    Players left: 94 | Chip leader: FouEnculePL (Poland)

    WCOOP-70-H: $530 NLHE
    Entries: 972 | Prize pool: $486,000
    Players left: 43 | Chip leader: twirlpro (Hungary)

    WCOOP-71-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, PKO
    Entries: 16,542 | Prize pool: $162,111.60
    Players left: 132 | Chip leader: waitweight66 (United Kingdom)

    WCOOP-71-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE
    Entries: 6,828 | Prize pool: $682,800
    Players left: 186 | Chip leader: hateraises (Canada)

    WCOOP-71-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE
    Entries: 1,185 | Prize pool: $1,185,000
    Players left: 55 | Chip leader: jorginho88 (Netherlands)

    WCOOP-72-L: $55 NLHE 8-Max, NLHE Main Event
    Entries: 34,809* (inc. 12,470 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1,740,450*
    Players left: 8,719 | Chip leader: uzzy993 (Hungary)
    *So far. Registration open until Day 2 start

    WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE 8-Max, NLHE Main Event
    Entries: 6,529* (inc. 1,980 re-entries) | Prize pool: $3,264,500*
    Players left: 2,035 | Chip leader: Guizãoo_ (Brazil)
    *So far. Registration open until Day 2 start

    WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, NLHE Main Event
    Entries: 1,292* (inc. 416 re-entries) | Prize pool: $10 million*
    Players left: 590 | Chip leader: LeoMattosAK (Brazil)
    *So far.Registration open until Day 2 start

    WCOOP-73-L: $109 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event
    Entries: 3,066 (inc. 1,146 re-entries) | Prize pool: $306,600
    Players left: 416 | Chip leader: LetsSplitPot (United Kingdom)

    WCOOP-73-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event
    Entries: 737* (inc. 311 re-entries) | Prize pool: $750,000*
    Players left: 216 | Chip leader: guilherme12 (Brazil)
    *So far.Registration open until Day 2 start

    WCOOP-73-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event
    Entries: 123* (inc. 43 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1.25 million*
    Players left: 38 | Chip leader: hotmark777 (Lebanon)
    *So far.Registration open until Day 2 start


    The “Series Saver”, which gets under way today, is precisely that: one last chance for players to rescue their WCOOP series with a big score at the death. It’s a no limit hold’em PKO tournament, over two days, with buy-ins at $11, $109 and $1,050. More significantly than that, however, is Day 2 of the Phase event, which was actually the first tournament to start in WCOOP. Thousands of players have been playing Day 1s for more than two weeks, but the race to the finish line begins today. With a $1 million guarantee on the medium buy-in, and a $2 million on the high, there’s plenty on the line.

    1.05pm: WCOOP-75: NLHE Series Saver
    Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
    Guarantees: $175,000, $600,000, $1 million

    2.05pm: WCOOP-01 NLHE Phased
    Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
    Guarantees: $250,000, $1 million, $2 million


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