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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


Brito: A first WCOOP

Brito 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.

Two up for Graftekkel

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.


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.)


*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


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


A look at what’s happening in the events paused overnight:

  • The biggest buy-in event of the weekend was the $10K NLHE PKO high roller, which had a $1 million guarantee and got started last night. When play paused for the evening, the prize pool was set at $1.23 million and nine players (from 123 entries) were left. It stands to reason that they’re all very good indeed. Christian “WATNlos” Rudolph leads the way, looking for a second title of this series, while Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, currently in second, already has two and is hunting a third. With Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood, Bruno “great dant” Volkmann, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos and Wictor “Iimitless” Malinowski also still involved, it’s far from over yet.
  • The $10K mentioned above is the “high” designation tournament in the Sunday Million event, where the actual SM is the “low”. It has a $109 buy-in, but an enormous field of 18,720 entries. That means a prize pool of $1.872 million. It’s going to take another couple of days to find a winner, but Sam “SamSquid” Grafton will at least get a crack at Day 2. He’s 70th of the 395 left. Claas “SsicK_OnE” Segebrecht is the best-known player in the top five at this stage. Meanwhile the “medium” designation tournament has a $1K buy-in, and the biggest prize pool of this WCOOP so far. There were 1,930 entries, which means $1.93 million to play for. One hundred and eighteen players are left, led by Sergei “srxakgirona” Reixach and David “MissOracle” Yann — although Reixach has a stack of 6.4 million chips to Yann’s 3.87 million
  • There was also a $5K PLO event starting on Sunday, which has a $525,000 prize pool and only 11 players left, all in the money. “nmi128” of the Netherlands has the biggest stack there, and is aiming for a WCOOP 2021 double. nmi128 won the first trophy of this year’s series, in the $530 Sunday Cooldown on the opening day, but is hungry for more, this time with four cards in their hand.
  • Fintan “easywithaces” Hand has navigated his way to some promising positions during this WCOOP without yet getting over the line for a massive score. His latest chance comes in the $215 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition, where Hand is placed 10th of the 70 players coming back for Day 2. There’s a six-figure score on the line for the winner, and more than $700K in the prize pool. Watch Hand on Twitch tonight to see if he can go all the way.


    “I didn’t ask for these powers,” Lex Veldhuis said after he puts his opponent on a very specific hand and then, well…


    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!


    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.

    Current standings:

    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.


    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.

    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


    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.

    Broadcast schedule:

    PokerStars TV WCOOP Broadcast Schedule


    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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