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All the latest from the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars, as the Super High Roller ended and some more superstars emerged.


  • Super High Roller triumph for SCOOP Main winner
  • Urbanovich joins six-up club
  • Ruivo continues to make good on promise
  • Kovalski tries again, leads again


SCOOP champ turns SHR crusher: Not a whole lot is known about the player who goes by “kZhh” on PokerStars. They are from Hungary, that much is apparent, but other biographical details are scant. kZhh, however, lets their results do the talking — and they’re putting together a list of those in 2021 to make even the world’s best known players jealous. Last night kZhh won a second major tournament of the year, beating the impeccable field in the $25K Super High Roller event during WCOOP. The result came only a matter of months after kZhh won the $10K buy-in SCOOP Main Event, which came with a $878,781 payday after a three-way deal. kZhh’s prize this time weighed in at $657,557 and there was no sign of a deal. Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver was the last man standing in kZhh’s way, but the Hungarian had a three-to-one lead when they went heads up. (kZhh won a huge pot to knock out “spaise411” in third, in a flush-over-flush situation.) It was essentially one-way traffic as kZhh closed it out, leaving the likes of Adrian Mateos, Fabiano Kovalski, Justin Bonomo and Pedro Padilha also licking their wounds. Perhaps kZhh will reveal their true identity. Perhaps they won’t. But this much is certain: they’re a real force in online poker at the moment, and even the establish superstars are powerless to resist.

‘Colisea’ was back among the WCOOP champs

Urbanovich hits WCOOP for six: There was an approximate one-year period, bridging 2015 and 2016, where every single tournament hosted in Europe seemed to be laid on specifically for Dzmitry Urbanovich to make money. He famously won four side events at EPT Malta (one of which had a $25K buy-in), then finished second in the first two Super High Rollers he played, in Monaco and Barcelona. His outright win in the EPT Dublin Main Event seemed absolutely inevitable. Urbanovich has taken his foot off the pedal slightly since then, but he still plays enough online to have won five WCOOP titles between 2014 and 2020 — and last night added a sixth. Known as “Colisea” online, the incredible Polish player, who is now based in Latvia, won the $1K buy-in WCOOP-32-H, a straight NLHE affair with 431 entries. Martin Jacobson bubbled the final table, Sam Grafton went out in ninth, with Christian Rudolph next out. Urbanovich’s final opponent was Damian “pampa27” Salas, otherwise known as the reigning WSOP Main Event champion, but Urbanovich even put him in his place. This title was worth $77,615 and is Urbanovich’s first hold’em WCOOP success. (He has previously won 2-7 Triple Draw, Omaha Hi/Lo, HORSE and 8-Game.) If Urbanovich fancies playing, he’s a match for anyone.


Manuel Ruivo doing his thing live

Step two in Ruivo’s masterplan: In March 2019, fresh from a maiden win in the Sunday Warm-Up, Manuel “fellatiado” Ruivo told PokerStars Blog that he was looking forward to taking on the tournament fields in SCOOP and WCOOP, stating, “Hopefully I’ll win my first COOP title.” In spring 2020, he made good with victory in a $1K hold’em tournament in SCOOP, worth $73K. Last night, Ruivo completed the second step in his plan, bagging his first WCOOP victory, which just happened to be in the Sunday Warm-Up again. There was a $530 buy-in, a field of 1,357 and a prize pool of $678,500, and this now-familiar name atop the payouts list. Ruivo, from the Netherlands, took $75,320 for this victory, of which $30,528 came in bounties, and he is now in the double ‘COOP club.

Even better for Aleks Better: Russia’s “Aleks Better” made a name for himself during Stadium Series last August, winning two tournaments for a combined $190K. The same player is now a WCOOP champion after taking down WCOOP-32-M, otherwise known as the Sunday Kickoff Special Edition, which had a $109 buy-in and a prize pool of $386,000. Aleks Better took the biggest slice of that, adding $55,184 to the bankroll, and marking the end of this August in the same manner as the last: as a major champion on PokerStars.

Double double in 5-Card PLO: All three buy-in levels of the 5-Card PLO event played to a winner last night, with Austria’s “cmontopdeck” beating Richard “raconteur” Gryko heads-up to win the $2,100 tournament, banking $62K for the success. Norway’s “jokee_apart” was denied a second title of the series, falling in third. That was cmontopdeck’s first WCOOP success, but the winners of the medium and low buy-in versions had both been here before. Ukraine’s “shrekpoker91” won a WCOOP title in 2017, in a $109 buy-in NLO8 tournament, and added a second in last night’s medium 5-Card PLO, worth $24,969 after beating a 153-entry field. Meanwhile, “anti-durrr” of the Netherlands beat a field of 3,335 in the $22 low buy-in version last night, having also previously won in the WCOOP of 2017. Back then, anti-durrr was based in Cyprus and won a $530 buy-in NLHE PKO.


*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


Another $3 million went into the total prize pools after the $25K Super High Roller wrapped overnight, but the stats from the other two levels of the Sunday Million Special Editions will only be added to the stat tracker when they are over tonight. Nevertheless, more than 100 tournaments are over and the stats make for healthy reading.

Tournaments completed: 108
Entries: 451,397 (inc. 100,879 re-entries)
Prize pools: $38,713,732
First-place prizes: $5,790,087 (inc. $1,054,098 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 12

Stats refer to completed tournaments only


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

Kovalski tries again; Lex stands in the way: Brazil’s Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski was the chip leader as the $25K Super High Roller went into its second and final day, but he perished in fifth place winning the best part of $237K, falling just short of winning a fourth WCOOP title. While that final table was playing out, however, Kovalski had other interests too. He was deep in the “medium” version of the same event, otherwise known as WCOOP-34-M, with a $2,100 buy-in, and wouldn’t you know, he is now chip leader in that one with nine players left. There’s another $214K on the line for the winner in that event — and there’s also a certain Lex Veldhuis sitting at the final table too. It’s going to be an amazing watch tonight as Kovalski again goes for the big bucks, with Lex’s thousands cheering their streaming hero towards the title too.

Lrslzk lurks in Sunday Million: The Sunday Million, this week with a $215 buy-in, is heading into its final day with 24 players still involved and much of its $1.75 million prize pool still to be divvied up. The UK’s “THE MOVER 92” is the leader, with more than double the chips of any other challenger, but there are some sharks further down the leader board. Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro is 21st, and Ukrainian boss “Andre_Hansen” is just behind. It’s a long way back for those two, but both have pulled off bigger upsets in their careers. We’ll find a champion tonight.

Fintan, tonkaaa and Wistern also deep: There are a few other interests for supporters of the Red Spade, with Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, Parker “tonkaaa” Talbot and Lasse “Wistern” Jagd Lauritsen all deep in events paused overnight. Hand returns with a top-three stack (78 players remain) in the $215 6-Max PKO, while Talbot is at the final table of the $1K Razz. He sits fifth of eight. Wistern is 30th of 42 in the $1K 7-Max freezeout, surrounded by sharks. His stream should be very interesting indeed.


Lex Veldhuis is sitting pretty at the final table of the $2K WCOOP-34-M, but there was a time during the following pot where the prospects of that looked very bleak indeed…


Amazing as it may sound, no Brazilian won a WCOOP title on Monday night. Check the sky for pigs. Russia closed the gap by two after a double success, but they’re still a long way off.

Current standings:

21 titles — Brazil
13 — Russia
11 — UK
9 — Austria
7 — Netherlands
5 — Ukraine
4 — Canada, Germany
3 — Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Sweden
2 — Estonia, Moldova, Latvia
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Peru.


The order of the top five in the Overall Player of the Series race did not shift at all overnight, but all five players added to their totals. The Russian “FONBET_RULIT”, always a leader board challenger, is at at least one final table starting today as well, so it could be even closer this time tomorrow.


1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 735 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 680
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 660
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 555
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 470
Prize: $25,000 to the winner


1 – Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani (Brazil) – 330 points
=2 – Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Austria) – 320
=2 – Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (Austria) – 320
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 315
5 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 300
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000


1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 335 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 320
3 – Matt “OLD TIME GIN” Stone (Canada) – 265
4 – bedias (Brazil) – 240
4 – joaoMathias (Brazil) – 225
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000


1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 330 points
=2 – ISmellToast (Canada) – 290
=2 – renemastermi (Germany) – 290
=4 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 270
=4 – lucksomuch77 (Russia) – 270
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.


There are some very appealing lesser-seen variants in play tonight, with a 2-7 Triple Draw event and some PLO Hi/Lo too. WCOOP-44-L is the perfect tournament for anyone on a smaller budget. It’s $5.50 to play, and is a freezeout. So that’s the total outlay — but there’s still a trophy for the winner.

WCOOP-41: FL 2-7 Triple Draw
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $15K, $40K, $85K

WCOOP-42: NLHE 8-Max
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $350K, $650K, $700K

WCOOP-43: 6-Max PLO Hi/Lo
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $40K, $100K, $150K

WCOOP-44: 7-Max NLHE PKO Freezeout
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $35K, $200K, $300K


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 42-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max], $700K Gtd
WCOOP 51-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $800K Gtd
WCOOP 52-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $500K Gtd
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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