Catching up with Sunday night action in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars, as the series enters its final full week of play…
- pabritz bests probirs
- Arends and HITRII999 make it two
- Shakerchi hunts a third, and POS lead
- Biggest prize pools of series so far
BEHIND THE HEADLINESBrito on the WCOOP board after beating Nemeth: Two of online poker’s best-known seven-letter p-names went heads-up on Sunday night for the WCOOP-55-H $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack title. Translation: Brazil’s “pabritz” and Hungary’s “probirs” were the last two standing from a field of 156 entries to this two-day event, meaning another title was heading to either Pablo Brito Silva or Andras Nemeth, along with more than $62K in prize money. Nemeth is a former world No 1, with two WCOOP wins already, and Brito has a documented $9.4 million in online cashes, including three SCOOP victories and a runner-up finish in a WCOOP high roller already this year. In short, it could have gone either way, but Brito emerged victorious this time, picking up that coveted trophy along with the $62,901 cheque. That’s his first outright WCOOP success. Nemeth will have to wait for his third. Arends again: Jans “Graftekkel” Arends moved on to the WCOOP multiple champions list overnight after he defeated the 1,178-strong field in WCOOP-57-H, the $530 buy-in six-max PKO. The Austria-based Dutchman is another all-round tournament crusher on PokerStars, with two SCOOP victories and a WCOOP title from 2017, so it’s no surprise at all to see his name on the top of the pile on this one, alongside a payout of $76,921, including bounties. Arends was also at the final table with Brito and Nemeth (see above) so he had options, but while he finished fifth in that one, he made good in this PKO event and picks up a trophy.
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Two for HITRII999: Team Pro’s recent signing Ben “bencb789” Rolle had a chance to further burnish his incredible reputation when he made the final table of the $530 7-Max Sunday Cooldown, a much better result than the vast majority of the 1,051-strong field. However Rolle’s run ended in fifth and a $12K payout, as Russia’s “HITRII999” stormed all the way to the title, the second of his career. HITRII999 got on the board for WCOOP this time last year, as champion in a $1K 6-Max PKO event. This second victory came with a prize of $62,904, including $27K in bounties, and a trophy for the mantlepiece as well. (Rolle, who has a WCOOP title from 2016, will continue to hunt for the silverware.)
Prize pools have pushed through the $60 million mark, and remember that’s for completed tournaments only. There are 15 huge ones running already and another nine starting today. It’s non-stop…
Tournaments completed: 180
Entries: 720,061 (inc. 162,543 re-entries)
Prize pools: $60,201,616
First-place prizes: $9,335,637 (inc. $1,605,331 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Tournaments starting today: 9
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
STATES OF PLAY
A look at what’s happening in the events paused overnight:
“I didn’t ask for these powers,” Lex Veldhuis said after he puts his opponent on a very specific hand and then, well…
TWEET OF THE DAY
The lastest in a long-running series on PokerStars Blog titled, “You Don’t Think You Can Speak German, But You Can”. Here’s a tweet from Felix “xflixx” Schneiders in his native language. You might not think you can understand it, but read it closely. You can!
Das war der erste profitable #WCOOP Sonntag!
$600 in Bounties haben wir geschnappt. Leider sind wir in gefühlt jedem Event heute mit JJ gebusted. Es gibt halt 3 Wege Pocket Jacks zu spielen und alle 3 sind falsch. GG, Good Night und bis morgen! pic.twitter.com/MOmw4nF4Eq
— Felix Schneiders (@xflixx) September 5, 2021
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Only nine tournaments wrapped on Sunday, but Russians won three of them. With Brazil picking up one, and the UK none, Russia therefore narrowed the gap at the top slightly while extending its cushion in second place.
31 titles — Brazil
23 — Russia
19 — UK
11 — Austria, Netherlands
9 — Canada
7 — Sweden
5 — Germany, Mexico, Poland, Ukraine
4 — Argentina, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Norway
3 — Finland, Lithuania
2 — Estonia, Japan, Moldova, Peru
1 — Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, Georgia, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, San Marino, Uzbekistan.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
The leader boards continue to offer a thrill ride, with all of the major contenders continuing their all-out assaults. The player to watch is Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, who has a top two stack in the $10K High Roller, paused overnight, and is looking for a third win. Can he disrupt the Leonard/Camilancefieldg axis?
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 1,115 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 1,050
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 1,030
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 930
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 910
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) – 620 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 590
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) – 495
4 – Pablo “pabritz” Brito Silva (Brazil) – 485
5 – WhatIfGod (Sweden) – 440
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 495 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 430
3 – Matt “OLD TIME GIN” Stone (Canada) – 390
4 – bedias (Brazil) – 340
5 – Stakelis24 (Lithuania) – 335 points
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 435 points
2 – ekvilibryst (Ukraine) – 420
=3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 395
=3 – renemastermi (Germany) – 395
5 – WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) – 380
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
Read a full explanation of this year’s promotions.
Buy-ins are cheap, but guarantees are still huge on many of today’s tournaments. The NLHE/PLO Mix offers a great chance for anyone dipping their toes into different variants, and at $5.50 to enter the “low” version, the field will be huge.
WCOOP-67: NLHE PKO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $175K, $500K, $600K
WCOOP-68: NLHE/PLO Mix Six-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $20K, $50K, $100K
WCOOP-69: NLHE 7-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $20K, $50K, $100K
WATCH THE ACTION ON TWITCH AND YOUTUBE
Live broadcasts of WCOOP 2021 go out every Monday through Wednesday featuring cards up coverage of the biggest final tables and expert commentary from James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and a host of special guests. Click for full details.
You can watch on the PokerStars YouTube channel, the PokerStars YouTube UK channel, or PokerStars’ Twitch channel.
POKER NEWS LIVE UPDATES
Our friends at Poker News will be bringing you live updates from a number of events during WCOOP. Head to their Live Reporting pages to see the action unfold in real time.
Poker News WCOOP reporting schedule:
WCOOP 63-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 63-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 71-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $650K Gtd
WCOOP 80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 91-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $2.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $10M Gtd
WCOOP 92-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 92-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 94-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $1.25M Gtd
WCOOP 01-H: $109 NLHE [Phase 2], $1M Gtd
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