All the latest from the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars, where well-known greats from Finland, the UK, Peru and Russia had a prosperous Sunday. Read on for all the details…
- Flying Finn Nevanlinna makes it six
- Shakerchi claims High Roller win
- Ventura bounces back; Lykov wins first
- Strebkov aiming for No 10
BEHIND THE HEADLINESHalf a dozen for Nevanlinna: Some of WCOOP’s established heroes have had a very good opening week in the 20th running of this series, and last night another all-timer picked up yet another title. Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna won the sixth WCOOP tournament of his career when he beat Jens “Fresh_oO_D” Lakemeier heads-up in the $2,100 buy-in 8-Game. Nevanlinna banked $40,486 and continued a streak of at least one WCOOP win every year since 2018. Last year, Nevanlinna won a $1K 8-Game title, as well as a PLO tournament, and he has previously won events in 2-7 Single Draw (2019), Badugi (2018) and NLHE (2015). This new 8-Game success underlines what an all-round master Nevanlinna is, and goes a long way to making up for losing heads-up to Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins in a FLO8 event last week. Only Shaun Deeb and Denis Strebkov have more career WCOOP titles than Nevanlinna, and with Deeb apparently sitting out WCOOP, and Strebkov playing a reduced schedule, the flying Finn Nevanlinna will have them in his sights. Shakerchi leaves it late for High Roller triumph: Ahead of last year’s WCOOP, reporters had to do a double take. Apparently Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi had never won a title during online poker’s premier series. It didn’t make sense, but it was true. Shakerchi quickly addressed the deficiency with victory in a $1K badugi event — phew! — and this year promoted himself to the multiple champions list by claiming the second WCOOP title of his career. This one was a significantly bigger affair: the $5K Turbo PKO High Roller, which started and finished late on Sunday night. From a field of 116 entries, with stars studded through the field, Shakerchi was in dominant form and beat Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker heads-up. Shakerchi’s $124,688 payout was the biggest of any winner on Sunday, and included $68,281 in bounties. That’s more the kind of thing we’re used to seeing from British poker’s brilliant force. Ventura bounces back to claim second title: Last week, Peru’s Diego “Die Ventura” Ventura finished runner-up to Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani in the $5K 8-Max High Roller. Garagnani’s victory in that one earned him the second WCOOP title of his career. Ventura didn’t spend too long licking his wounds, however, and last night sealed his own WCOOP 2021 title, which also happened to be his career second. (He previously won in 2018.) Ventura’s win this time came in the $1,050 NLHE PKO, which was a good tournament to choose. There was $810K in the prize pool and Ventura’s haul came to $113,488, including $54,494 in bounties. It goes into the top five of all Ventura’s documented tournament payouts, which Pocket Fives now puts at more than $6.6 million. He is Peru’s leading player, and put the South American country on the board for the first time during this series too.
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EPT champ adds WCOOP success: Live poker reporters in search of something to write about have long known that standing beside Max Lykov‘s table is usually a good bet. The Russian, who spent a good few years as a Team PokerStars Pro and won EPT Kyiv, is one of those players who makes things happen at a poker table, rather than sitting around and waiting for them to happen to him. It’s a similar story when he plays online as “$uperdecay“, and Lykov has documented cashes of more than $6.2 million, including wins in the Sunday Warm-Up, the Sunday $500, and at least two FTOPs tournaments. All that was missing was a major ‘COOP title, but Lykov put that right on Sunday night when he emerged triumphant in WCOOP-36-M, a $109 buy-in NLHE PKO freezeout. This tournament went from 4,699 entries to its winner in a single night and Lykov was the chief wrecking ball, picking up more than $12K in bounties to go with his $28K main prize. His total haul was $41,122, plus that all-important WCOOP trophy.
mahmuttt88 doubles up: Jussi Nevanlinna wasn’t the only Finn in the winner’s circle last night as “mahmuttt88” also became a multiple WCOOP champion by winning the $530 NLHE Deepstack freezeout. Less is known about mahmuttt888 than about Nevanlinna, but this fellow Finn is a regular in the major weekly tournaments on PokerStars and has won the Super Tuesday, among others. mahmuttt88 also won a fixed limit six-max hold’em tournament in WCOOP of 2016, which then came with a prize of $19,088. Last night’s victory, over a significantly larger field of 610, came with a comparably increased first prize: $53,840. That should be enough to bankroll mahmuttt88 in a continued attempt to catch up with Nevanlinna.
The first week of WCOOP is officially completed and our stat tracker is exhausted. We’re closing in on the 100 tournaments mark, with entries beyond 400,000 and prize pools close to $30 million. Time for a deep breath as we push on into Week 2.
Tournaments completed: 96
Entries: 404,079 (inc. 92,918 re-entries)
Prize pools: $32,983,001
First-place prizes: $4,756,731 (inc. $1,009,279 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Tournaments starting today: 9
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
STATES OF PLAY
• The major Sunday tournaments are all paused after one day’s play, including WCOOP-34, which has the Sunday Million as its “low” designation tournament. Yep, even though the showpiece event has a $215 buy-in and a $1.75 million prize pool, thanks to 8,754 entries, there are two bigger buy-in versions of WCOOP-34. In the biggest of those, the $25K Super High Roller, 15 players are left contesting a $3 million prize pool. Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski leads the way, looking for a fourth career WCOOP, with usual suspects challenging including: Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos and Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo. There’s $657,557 on the line for the winner, and the PokerStars Twitch team watching on tonight.
• Speaking of “watching on”, the hordes of subscribers to Lex Veldhuis‘ channel will tune in tonight to see their hero do battle in WCOOP-34-M, the $2K NLHE. Veldhuis is 14th of the 79 who remain, from a starting field of 614. Austria’s “SmilleThHero” leads, with “3DTemujiN” second and Jans “Graftekkel” Arends in the top five too. It’s still a very tough field.
• He may not put in the volume quite so much any more, but Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov hasn’t retired with his nine WCOOP titles. Strebkov is placed second of 19 remaining in the $2,100 buy-in 5-Card PLO, which is paused overnight. Norway’s “jokkee_apart” is the big chip leader, and there’s another very strong field still involved. “3DTemujiN” is third overnight in this one as well, with “WhatIfGod” in fourth. Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot has a shot too. He’s 14th.
Mason “pyefacepoker” Pye was playing the biggest tournament of his career after a PokerStars ambassadors shootout earned him a ticket to the $25K buy-in Super High Roller. Pye had a high-tension blast and was north of 1 million chips at one point, but had dwindled back to about 250K when the following hand went down. If you’re going to bust a $25K, might as well lose to a royal flush, huh…
TWEET OF THE DAY
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— Pete Robo (@pete_robo) August 30, 2021
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Will anyone catch Brazil? It’s looking increasingly unlikely. The more relevant question is whether Brazilians can beat their own record of 35 titles in a single series, set 12 months ago. That seems very possible. In other news, Denmark and Norway appeared on the leader board after Sunday night’s action, meaning all three Scandinavian countries have titles, as usual.
21 titles — Brazil
11 — Russia, UK
8 — Austria
5 — Netherlands
4 — Canada, Ukraine
3 — Czech Republic, Finland, Mexico
2 — Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Sweden
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
Patrick Leonard’s cake-walk to this title has been put in severe doubt by the emergence of Canada’s “Camilancefieldg”. This as-yet unidentified player hasn’t won any events yet, nor even finished in the top two, but currently leads the low and medium leader boards, as well as sitting pretty in the overall standings.
1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 675 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 615
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 570
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 500
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 450
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani (Brazil) – 330 points
2 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 310
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 295
=4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna (Finland) – 290
=4 – Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Austria) – 290
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 320 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 235
3 – bedias (Brazil) – 230
4 – joaoMathias (Brazil) – 220
=5 – edercampana (Brazil) – 215
=5 – Mr.Creditor (Russia) – 215
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 285 points
=2 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 265
=2 – renemastermi (Germany) – 265
4 – ekvilibryst (Ukraine) – 235
5 – ISmellToast (Canada) – 220
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
After all the weekend madness, only three events get started today, which represents a nice chance to relax slightly. That said, there’s a Razz event kicking off, so perhaps all the crazy is just concentrated into that.
WCOOP-38: NLHE 6-Max PKO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $325K, $650K, $500K
WCOOP-39: Limit Razz
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $15K, $40K, $75K
WCOOP-40: NLHE 7-Max Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $85K, $225K, $225K
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Poker News WCOOP reporting schedule:
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