Players have earned a day off today after a jam-packed Thursday that saw big names take down big prizes on Day 5 of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). All the details…
- Perennial SCOOP champ Schwartz wins first WCOOP
- Alt denies Hand to win second of the series
- Barer, Owen and Rudolph add to their collections
- Spraggy makes Day 2 in $5K PKO
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Schwartz breaks through: With five SCOOP titles coming across different variants, there’s no denying that the unreticent Luke “lb6121” Schwartz is a master of poker’s mixed games. But despite his prolific win rate in the springtime, Schwartz had never won a WCOOP title…until last night. The British pro can now finally add a WCOOP trophy to his cabinet as he took down the $1K Limit Hold’em, defeating a 58-entry field to win $22,850. The final table included the likes of Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi and Joao “Naza114” Vieira (who also finished second in the $1K PLO 6-Max), but it was Schwartz’s day to shine. Now that he’s broken the seal, as it were, perhaps we’ll see Schwartz start racking up titles as he’s also on the final table of the $1K Stud Hi/Lo, which plays down to a champion on Saturday. He currently sits fourth of eight and will have to defeat Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Mike “SirWatts” Watson, and the WCOOP 2020 Player of the Series, Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, among others.
Second of 2021 for Alt: After Patrick “pads1161” Leonard’s back-to-back yesterday, the brilliant Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt became the second two-time champ of 2021 last night with his victory in the $530 PKO for $74K, split equal between prizes and bounties. Alt–who also won a $530 NLO8 event on Monday–emerged victorious under the bright Twitch lights as PokerStars Team Pro Fintan “easywithaces” Hand also made the final table which he was streaming to thousands. Alas, Hand would fall in seventh for a little more than $8K after losing a big flip with pocket jacks against ace-king. It’s only Day 5 of WCOOP and this was Hand’s second final table, so you can bet he’ll be back. Alt, meanwhile, now has three WCOOP titles on the mantle.
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Barer becomes three-time champ: Canada’s Ami “UhhMee” Barer’s first WCOOP title came in 2016 in a Limit Hold’em event. He clearly hasn’t lost his limit skills as he took down the $109 FLHE 6-Max last night for $5,723 and his third WCOOP win overall (he also won a PLO8 event in 2017, plus a SCOOP title in 2014). The event received 305 total entries and saw the likes of Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins and Tom “Jabracada” Hall go deep but fall before the FT. From then on it was Barer’s for the taking and he did just that, taking his lifetime online cashes above $10.3 million, according to PocketFives. Barer also boasts $3.5 million in live earnings, most notably taking down the Aussie Millions Main Event for $1.4 million in 2014.
What a win for “WATnlos”: It won’t be long before Austria-based German Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph shakes off the ‘sevens guy’ tag entirely and simply becomes known as one of the greatest NLHE tournament players in the world. Rudolph has cemented himself as one of the toughest competitors at high stakes and proved it once again on Thursday with victory in the $2,100 6-Max Turbo for $71K and his second WCOOP title (his first coming in 2018). Rudolph outlasted 179 entries and overcame a final table which included Brazilian crushers Bruno “botteonpoker” Botteon and Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, not to mention one of the all-time greats, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson. Rudolph is also still in contention to win the $5K PKO on Saturday.
Owen and “MarToMchat” claim second titles: Many players say there’s no better place to grind online poker than Mexico, what with its favourable time zone and covetable climate. It’s so nice, in fact, that UK pro Adam “Adamyid” Owen lives there permanently and it was from there he took down his second WCOOP title last night. Owen–who won a $22 NLHE PKO Turbo in 2019–came out on top of the $109 Stud Hi/Lo, defeating a 406-entry field to win $7,714. While Owen left the UK, Thomas “MarToMchat” Boivin came to it from Belgium and to say he’s been doing fine would be an understatement. Boivin–who also won his first WCOOP title ($178K) in 2019–picked up his second with one of the biggest scores of the series so far, taking down the $2,100 7-Max NLHE for a whopping $130K. To do so he had to navigate his way through the likes of Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden and Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver on a tough final table.
Spraggy in the money of $5K PKO: There are plenty of tournaments on pause until Saturday but none are more intriguing than the $5K NLHE PKO, in which just 20 players remain. One of those still in contention is your boy Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg who sits in sixteenth place with $7,500 locked up in bounties plus $5,435 for the min-cash. There’s $71,712 (plus heaps in bounties) up top though, and joining the PokerStars Team Pro on the final day will be a star-studded line-up including Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker, Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, and Patrick “pads1161” Leonard. With Spraggy seeking his second WCOOP title you won’t want to miss the action, so make sure you tune in to the stream for the finale on Saturday.
It’s looking very likely that after Saturday’s session we’ll hit the $1 billion mark in all-time WCOOP prizes. Stay tuned for that!
Tournaments completed: 66
Entries: 279,986 (inc. 69,799 re-entries)
Prize pools: $22,522,094
First-place prizes: $3,281,275 (inc. $588,578 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 0 (Side events only)
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
He put on a helluva show but the $530 PKO ended in heartbreak for Fintan “easywithaces” Hand. As his good friend Spraggy said afterwards, “Fintan’s too good not to get back there again”. If only that board had paired…
TWEET OF THE DAY
You love to see it.
First real sweat of WCOOP!
We will be back on Saturday at 18.05 BST for the Final 20 players of the $5200 PKO!
Best part of $13,000 locked up. ~$140,000 for the win and we are in the mix with 26 big blinds.
Thanks for the rail today ❤️. Looking forward to it! pic.twitter.com/8xG6gAJylS
— Spraggy (@spraggy) August 27, 2021
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Both Brazil and the UK won six WCOOP titles on Thursday pushing both out in front. Brazil still has the edge by four, but it’s early days yet.
14 titles — Brazil
10 — UK
7 — Austria
5 — Russia
3 — Mexico, Netherlands
2 — Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard loses pole position in the High after Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt’s second win of the series, but keeps hold of the overall top spot. Canada’s “Camilancefieldg” is giving him a run for his money though, sitting top on the Medium board and in second on the Low standings.
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 460 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 455
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 415
4 – renemastermi (Germany) – 380
5 – WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) – 335
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Austria) – 280 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 265
3 – Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (Austria) – 200
=4 – Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha (Brazil) – 195
=4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 195
6 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira –190
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 235 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 215
=3 – joaoMathias (Brazil) – 195
=3 – Mr.Creditor (Russia) – 195
5 – _sennj_ (Norway) – 185
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – renemastermi (Germany) – 235 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 220
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 195
=4 – hrabbi87 (Iceland) – 190
=4 – KaiHix (Netherlands) – 190
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
It’s the first day off of the series so far but there’s still plenty of WCOOP Side Event action plus Phase 1s to keep you entertained.
WCOOP Side Event: PKO Chat Pro’s Choice
Buy-ins: $5.50, $22, $215
Guarantees: $30K, $75K, $200K
WCOOP Side Event: Limit Badugi 6-Max
Buy-ins: $2.20, $11, $109
Guarantees: $2K, $5K, $10K
WCOOP Side Event: Heads-Up PKO Zoom
Buy-ins: $5.50, $22, $109
Guarantees: $10K, $30K, $50K
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Poker News WCOOP reporting schedule:
WCOOP 22-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 22-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 34-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 34-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller], $3M Gtd
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