The latest from the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars, where the Main Events are in the money, and the Player of the Series race is waiting for its final twists.
- Bubbles burst in huge Main Events
- Loeliger leads hold’em; Nemeth PLO
- Odeen makes it 12 double champs
- Morocco on the WCOOP board
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Day 2s done in huge Main Events: Fields grew and were then slashed into pieces on Day 2 of the various WCOOP Main Events, a day on which registration finally closed, then the bubble arrived, and then carnage followed. From 1,965 entries in the $5K NLHE Main Event, only 72 players made it through to Day 2, led by Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger. Russia’s “spaise411” was the official bubble boy, busting in 240th place, with only 239 paid. (It was brutal too. You can watch the clip in the Twitch Watch section below.) Ben “spraggy” Spragg also fell agonisingly close to the money, but was knocked out in 255th. The $10K PLO Main Event has Andras “probirs” Nemeth on top, with seven left and a champion to be decided today. See full details in the “States of Play” section below.Odeen joins double-champions club: The tally of double champions for WCOOP 2021 is up to 12 after a second win of the series for the Swedish boss Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen. A little over a week ago, Odeen won the first WCOOP title of his career in WCOOP 34-M, which was a $2K 8-Max affair, and earned him $185,550. The tournament he won on Monday night was even bigger: the $2K Sunday Warm-Up, with 613 entries. That put $1.226 million in the prize pool and Odeen’s win was worth $204,510, a remarkable $111,914 of which came in bounties. When you consider that the next highest bounty tally went to Brazil’s Pedro “gusmaa” Madeira, who finished third with $24,632 in bounty payments, you can see how significant Odeen’s victory was. Second place went to Liviu “0Human0” Ignat. The full list of multiple champions this year is as follows: _sennj_, Eduardo850, elliottpet, Fisherman FV, NastyMinder, Naza114, Pablos701, pads1161, PaGaOVelhinho, Perrymejsen, raidalot (three) and theNERDguy (three).
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Arruda goes one better for second win: As discussed above, there have now been 12 players who have won at least two titles during this WCOOP, but here’s a stat you probably won’t have heard before: 44 players have been heads-up at least twice during this series, eight of whom have not managed to translate that position into a win. (Sweden’s “GlobalHappiness” and “zerodeda” of Finland have lost heads-up three times each.) Last night, William “hellzito” Arruda, of Brazil, was heads-up for a title for the second time this series, having been beaten into second place by “gnetaren” in the Super Tuesday last week. But Arruda managed to bounce back from that defeat and beat “Pimmss” of the Netherlands heads-up in WCOOP 96-H last night, booking the win and earning $60,214. Arruda previously won in WCOOP in 2015, when he prevailed from another huge $1K hold’em field. So he makes it two for his career and avoids the curse of the “multiple runner-up” club this time.
Morocco become 41st winning country: The nine titles won last night were spread among eight different countries, with only Russia bagging two. We also welcomed a new country to the WCOOP leader board when “soulmekki” won for Morocco, making it 41 countries now represented this year. soulmekki’s triumph was only the third time a Morocco-based player has won during WCOOP, and we have to go back to 2017 since it happened before. That was when “BustiJauli” won two events. BustiJauli finally has another attendee to the Morocco WCOOP winners party.
The Main Events are two days deep, but their stats are not yet on the stat tracker. Even so, we are creeping ever closer to the $100 million mark in prize pools as the series enters its last few days.
Tournaments completed: 273
Entries: 1,084,677 (inc. 242,794 re-entries)
Prize pools: $92,580,649
First-place prizes: $14,148,879 (inc. $2,889,890 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:A rush of last-minute entries, many of whom came from last-gasp satellites, swelled the fields in all the Main Events before registration closed at the start of Day 2. The $5K Main Event attracted 1,965 entries, including 519 re-entries, falling marginally short of breaking its $10 million guarantee. No matter. That prize pool is still enormous and the winner’s prize is scheduled to be $1,499,942, with the runner up also guaranteed at least $1 million (unless there is a deal).
There’s a very familiar name leading the way: Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger has a lead of more than 3 million chips over his fellow Austrian “Körrinho”, with 72 players left. Plenty of other superstars, including Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski, Claas “SsicK_OnE” Segebrecht, Nic “niccc” Chouity and Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo are still in with a shout.
In the $530 medium tournament, Romania’s “extasyman“, who is a former Sunday Million winner and earned a WCOOP title in 2011, leads the final 160. Also worth noting that last year’s high Main Event champion, Andre “PTFisherman23” Marques is still involved too. The scheduled first prize is $549K.
WCOOP 91-L: $55 NLHE 8-Max, NLHE Main Event
Entries: 40,291 | Players remaining: 160
Prize pool: $2,014,550 | Chip leader: joaomarcello (Brazil)
WCOOP 91-M: $530 NLHE 8-Max, NLHE Main Event
Entries: 7,783 | Players remaining: 79
Prize pool: $3,567,500 | Chip leader: extasyman (Romania)
WCOOP 91-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, NLHE Main Event
Entries: 1,965 | Players remaining: 72
Prize pool: $10 million | Chip leader: Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger (Austria)
The PLO tournaments only have one day left, which means there are 18 players remaining in the low, 17 in the medium and seven in the high. As is to be expected, well-known players are scattered throughout, and they don’t come much better known than Andras “probirs” Nemeth, who is ahead in the $10K. There’s more than $300K up top in that one, with the winners named tonight. Special mention to Alex “AlexKP” Petersen, who still has an interest in both the medium and high tournaments. The Dane sits eighth in the medium and third in the high — i.e., middle of both packs — with the chance for an incredible double.
WCOOP 92-L: $109 6-Max PLO Main Event
Entries: 3,023 | Players remaining: 18
Prize pool: $302,300 | Chip leader: Elia001 (Russia)
WCOOP 92-M: $1,050 6-Max PLO Main Event
Entries: 758 | Players remaining: 17
Prize pool (so far): $758,000 | Chip leader: Aku1206 (Finland)
WCOOP 92-H: $10,300 6-Max PLO Main Event
Entries: 147 | Players remaining: 7
Prize pool: $1.47 million | Chip leader: Andras “probirs” Nemeth (Hungary)
There were some players sitting with less than one big blind during bubble play in the $5K WCOOP Main Event last night, but Russia’s “spaise” had pocket kings and one opponent, Luuk “pokerkluka” Gieles. Gieles had ace-king and wasn’t backing down, and…
One of the relative short stacks during bubble play was PokerStars streamer Lasse “Wistern” Jagd Lauritsen, who had four big blinds. He got it in soon after the bubble burst and it wasn’t to be, but he became the only Team Pro to cash in this big one. Here’s how it ended, with a “GG” and no regrets.
TWEET OF THE DAY
It clearly means a lot to @Mackycanplay, known on PokerStars as “Mackpoker86”, to make a WCOOP Day 2. Good luck!
Made a Day 2 in the WCOOP event 94-L from a field of 27906 players.
Just 305 remains and I'm hoping @spraggy @EasyWithAces or anyone see this post!!! Good luck to me tomorrow!! pic.twitter.com/Ng8TwroTMl
— MackyCanPlay (@Mackycanplay) September 14, 2021
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Welcome, Morocco, to the 2021 winners board. That makes it 41 countries now represented. Meanwhile, Brazil hit the dizzying heights of 53 while Russia close in on 35, which was, until this year, the most any country had ever previously won.
53 titles — Brazil
34 — Russia
25 — UK
18 – Netherlands
14 — Austria
12 — Canada
11 — Sweden
9 — Poland
8 — Finland
7 — Belarus, Germany, Norway
6 — Hungary, Mexico
5 — Czech Republic, Latvia, Ukraine
4 — Argentina, Lithuania
3 — Bulgaria, Romania
2 — Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Moldova, Peru
1 — Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uzbekistan.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
None of our Overall leader board contenders had any significant results on Monday night, and neither do they have stacks in any of the Main Events. However, there are still 18 tournaments yet to start, so nothing is certain yet. Here’s how they stand, with the top prizes still up for grabs.
1 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 1,630 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 1,585
3 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 1,485
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 1,475
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 1,335
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) – 875 points
2 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 870
3 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) – 800
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 720
5 – Pablo “pabritz” Brito (Brazil) – 615
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 665 points
2 – Matt “OLD TIME GIN” Stone (Canada) – 545
3 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 535
4 – Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen (Sweden) – 530
5 – Scarmak3r (Slovenia) – 475
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – ekvilibryst (Ukraine) – 630 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 600
3 – ILoveScarfGuy (Croatia) – 590
4 – WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) – 585
5 – renemastermi (Germany) – 565
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
One more Tuesday. Sorry, one more Super Tuesday in this year’s WCOOP. And some more 6+ too.
WCOOP 97: NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE, Freezeout
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees:$125K, $300K, $500K
WCOOP 98: 6+ Hold’em 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $30K, $40K, $75K
WCOOP 99: NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $85K, $250K, $300K
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Poker News WCOOP reporting schedule:
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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