Welcome back to the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars, where we have another packed bulletin after a hectic Monday night.
- Aido blasts to win in 6-Max
- Enormous bounty haul for marjan123
- Nordic clean sweep in 5-Card PLO
- Lex in good shape in $2K PKO
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Aido the 6-Max champ: The Spanish poker star Sergio Aido has been something of a globetrotter, taking his “zcedrick” moniker through Europe, Asia and now Mexico as he plays online. It’s here that he has really hit the big time, at least as far as WCOOP is concerned, as Aido became the latest World Champion on Monday night, winning the $5,200 buy-in World Championship of 6-Max Hold’em.
To do so, Aido needed to outlast a field of 168 entries, and cut a three-way deal with “alberto.m7” of the Dominican Republic and Ireland-based Alex “FutureofMe” Kulev. Those two took $133K and $126K respectively for finishing second and third, but Aido banked $139,090 for his first WCOOP win. With many high rollers otherwise occupied, Aido seized his chance and is the official world champion of the short-handed game.
marjan destroys the heroes in PKO: Slovenia’s “marjan123” was faced with one of the series’ most formidable final tables in the $10,300 PKO High Roller. Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden, David “MissOracle” Yan and Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo were all there, and none of them like losing. However, marjan123 didn’t just win this tournament, they destroyed it, claiming a staggering $169K in bounties alone, with a further $97,400 from the main prize pool. That’s a truly amazing bounty total, suggesting marjan123 knocked out dozens of players en route to the title.
By comparison, Yan, who finished second, had just $7,500 in bounties. The victory also put Slovenia on the board for the first time this series. It was not Yan’s only second-place finish of the night. He was also runner up to “sebasñato” in the $1K PKO freezeout. sebasñato won a second career WCOOP title, plus $60,806, while Yan continues to look for his first.
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“Alex Shepel” slums it and wins: Although the Armenia-based player “Alex Shepel” didn’t have any ‘COOP titles to their name before this series, it was still a shock to see them playing the $11 Sunday Kickoff in WCOOP. This player has more than $4.2 million in documented online tournament earnings, and likely has a bigger bankroll.
However, the only reason we noticed Alex Shepel in that $11 event is because their name appeared at the top of the rankings, a victory, worth $12,640 was theirs. It came over a field of 9,363 entries, which is no mean feat, even for a player of Alex Shepel’s calibre. It also marks out a player just keen to be involved in WCOOP at any level, and now a worthy winner of a first WCOOP title.
Andorra and Uzbekistan back on the board: Last year, the tiny country of Andorra appeared on the WCOOP leader board for the first time, when a player called “#Naktro91” won the $2,100 PLO 6-Max, and this year Andorra is back! Mario “t4t0PAGAU” Navarro, who is a Spanish poker pro and coach, previously won a WCOOP title when he was based in the UK, back in 2018, but now sets up his grind station there in the Pyrenees.
Navarro won $44,439 for taking down the medium buy-in Sunday Kickoff, defeating a field of 3,078. Mark another one up for the Andorran army. It’s a similar story for Uzbekistan. The country’s only previous success came last year, in an $11 NLHE 4-Max event, but now “Klyukvenniy” has picked up another, in the $1K NLHE PKO, where the prize was $158,637, including bounties. Klyukvenniy previously won a WCOOP title representing Germany, last year.
Nordic Omaha dominance: There was a Nordic clean sweep in the 5-Card PLO last night, with the low and high titles going to Sweden, to “joocs” and “BomPang“, respectively, while Finland’s “bustoville” won the medium for Finland.
joocs was returning to the winner’s circle, having picked up a $109 NLHE title in 2018, and this time banking $7,615 in the $22 buy-in tournament, while “bustoville” also claimed a second career victory. bustoville’s previous triumph was in a $2K 5-Card PLO event in 2019, so they were returning to familiar territory. This title came with a $23,154 prize. BomPang’s win, their first, was worth $55,303 and required the beating of Julian “jutrack” Track heads up.
Lex among the stars in the $2K: There’s a big night of streaming coming up for fans of Lex Veldhuis. Our hero sits fourth of 29 remaining players in WCOOP 38-H, a $2K 6-Max affair, with the high echelons of the leader board also featuring Rui Ferreira, Alex “FutureofMe” Kulev, Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha and Andras “probirs” Nemeth, among others. However, Veldhuis has already accumulated $8,500 in bounties, more than anybody else in the field, and will be looking for that title tonight.
We are deep into WCOOP now, with 111 tournaments completed. Winners so far have been paid more than $5 million as the series is on course to be another enormous one.
Tournaments completed: 111
Entries: 351,926 (inc. 81,485 re-entries)
Prize pools: $32,187,338
First-place prizes: $5,246,825 (inc. $1,302,144 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Tournaments starting today: 13
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
Here’s one in which Fintan “easywithaces” Hand puts one of poker’s well-known aphorisms to the scientific test. Do deuces never loses?
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Lex Veldhuis | Ben “Spraggy” Spragg | Fintan “easywithaces” Hand
Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye | Georgina “GJReggie” James | Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban
Sebastian “peaceandloove” Huber
Lasse Jagd “Wistern” Lauritsen | Andre “acoimba” Coimbra
Felix “xflixx” Schneiders
TWEET OF THE DAY
All movements have to start somewhere, and for Jubei Savona, his interest in the Mixed Game Movement has started with a $4 bink.
— Jubei Savona (@Jubei_Savona) September 12, 2022
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Brazil whiffed on Monday night, which meant for one night only Andorra, Argentina, Armenia and Uzbekistan were all more than a match. Those countries all won their first title of WCOOP 2022. We now have winners from 36 different countries.
25 titles — Brazil
11 — UK
9 — Austria
6 — Sweden
5 — Bulgaria, Norway
4 — Ukraine
3 — Belarus, Canada, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania
2 — Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Montenegro, Switzerland
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
He is still seeking a first outright tournament win, but Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber of Brazil still heads the overall and the high leader boards, with Rui Ferreira and Patrick Leonard his closest challengers. “Airdraken”‘s victory in the $5.50 PKO Sunday Warmup has vaulted the UK player to the top of the UK race.
1 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 860 points
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 800
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, United Kingdom – 700
4 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, UK – 685
5 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 575
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 450
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 440
3 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 435
4 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 430
5 – Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Hungary – 355
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 295 points
=2 – regina83h, Ukraine – 285
=2 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary – 285
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 255
5 – T3G3S, Poland – 250
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – Airdraken, UK, 320 points
2 – Pomeron, Germany – 275
=3 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 260
=3 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 260
5 – lgburlamaqui, Brazil – 240
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
Tuesday, September 13
It’s time for the biggest test of the purest form of poker as the World Championship of Heads Up gets started, costing $5K to sit down. That event provides the highlight of the schedule for the higher buy-in players, but they’ll also be multi-tabling the Super Tuesday, including a $2K event. Today’s other standout is a PLO PKO event — a pretty rare opportunity to play some volatile PLO and pick up bounties along the way.
11:05am – WCOOP 41: NLHE Deep Stack
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $40K, $175K, $300K
12:30pm – WCOOP 42: PLO PKO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $35K, $100K, $175K
1:30pm – WCOOP 43: NLHE Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $100K, $275K, $400K
2:05pm – World Championship of Heads Up NLHE
4:05pm – WCOOP 44: NLHE PKO Freezeout
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $30K, $175K, $300K
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Day 1: Mattsson off the mark for WCOOP
Day 2: World Champion Schemion denies Spraggy as Leknes makes it seven
Day 3: Five in a row for Glaser as stars shine again
Day 4: Combes and Nemeth back to winning ways
Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7