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It’s not quite the final day of the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars. There’s more to come in November. But here’s how we leave it after the September phase…

TODAY’S HEADLINES

  • Three WCOOPs and a wedding for Chamas
  • Mexico’s Tremzin makes it five
  • Bernardes and Cowan win a second
  • Spraggy goes close in NLHE/PLO Mix

BEFORE THE HEADLINES

A special note in today’s bulletin: PokerStars announced yesterday that the WCOOP Main Events, and other tournaments affected by the DDoS attacks at the weekend, will be rescheduled, boosted and run on the weekend of November 5-6.

It means that although the original WCOOP schedule is now over, this series actually isn’t. There’s still much more of it to look forward to.

Read the full details about what we’re calling WCOOP Championship Weekend.


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Beriuzy’s busy summer ends with spectacular third win: It wasn’t meant to be like this. According to a recent tweet, Twitch streamer Rayan “Beriuzy” Chamas had intended to spend this summer on a relative hiatus from poker, instead focusing on getting married. But with the ceremony completed, he played the last two weeks of WCOOP — and won three titles.

Yep.

Last night, Chamas took down the $2,100 Super Tuesday, for a near-$80K score, defeating a field of 203 entries. That came after Chamas had also won two other $2K Turbos (WCOOP 59-H and WCOOP 89-H) for $58K and $76K respectively. In doing so, he became the seventh player to win at least three titles this year, and he did it in double-quick time. Congratulations on an incredible summer.

Five up for Mexico’s new import, Tremzin: Online poker players are often forced to leave the countries of their birth to continue to play online, and Russia’s Gleb “Ti0373” Tremzin is now a resident of Mexico to continue his poker career. It was from there that Tremzin last night won the fifth WCOOP title of his career, picking up $98,453 for winning the $5,200 buy-in Final Freeze, which offered one last chance for the high rollers to claim success.

A five-time winner, Gleb Tremzin

Tremzin has previously won in WCOOP in 2012 (two titles), 2015 and 2019, mostly in medium buy-in NLHE tournaments. This one showed that he’s still got it, a decade after those breakthrough successes. He has a mean live resume too, and it’s clear that Tremzin is not abandoning the poker tables just yet.

Bernardes adds last-day gloss to Brazil’s series: As ever, this WCOOP has been dominated by one country alone, Brazil. And on the last day of the series, Gabriel “Fretitas” Bernardes added a neat final gloss to the dominant performance when he won his second title, leading a Brazilian 1-2-3.

The tournament was the $22 Super Tuesday freezeout, which had 6,075 entries and a prize pool of $121,500. The last three left were all Brazilian: “andmatos97”, “higa1989” and Bernades, with the latter adding this $17,272 first prize to his victory in WCOOP 41-L, a $5.50 buy-in NLHE tournament where he beat a field of 9,895.

It’s not often that double champions prevail in two “low” buy-in tournaments, but that’s exactly what Bernades did this year. He becomes the 25th player to win more than one title this time out.

Cowen makes it two too: The UK’s Robert Cowen has been one of world poker’s amazing breakout stars over the past couple of years, winning two World Series bracelets and an EPT High Roller, kicking on from a career successfully grinding mid-stakes. Cowen has taken that form to the WCOOP table too where, playing as “robc1978”, he has this year won two titles.

Last gasp double for Robert Cowen

The second of those came last night in the $109 PLO 6-Max, where Cowen beat a field of 956 entries to earn a $15,749 first prize. To do so, Cowen beat “Fructu?1?1” into second place, with the Finn finishing as runner up for the second time during this WCOOP.

Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane

Cochrane back on the WCOOP upswing: When we caught up with Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane after victory during WCOOP in 2020, he shared some sound advice on how to deal with inevitable downswings of playing high stakes poker.

Happy to say, WCOOP 2022 has ended on an upswing for the British player, after he took down WCOOP 100-H on the final night of the series, banking $23,032. This was the mixed NLHE/PLO event, with a $1,050 buy-in, and Cochrane adds success in this one to a 5-Card PLO title he won two years ago. There were 247 entries this time.


Spraggy goes close to end Team Pro’s WCOOP: The Team PokerStars Ambassadors certainly put the hours in during this year’s WCOOP, with plenty of deep runs and final tables, usually streamed to thousands of eager followers on Twitch. On the last night of the series, Ben “Spraggy” Spragg had one last chance to emulate the WCOOP-winning achievement of his team-mate Sebastian “Peace&loove” Huber when he made the final table of the $55 Mixed NLHE/PLO 6-Max.

A decent WCOOP for Ben Spragg

Spraggy is mostly a hold’em player, but is dabbling more and more in Omaha, and he showed skills in both disciplines to get to the last four of a 1,492-entry field. But that’s where the run ended: Spraggy took fourth, for about $2,500 (inc. bounties) as Ukraine’s sokoban4ik took first.

Victory at the last for “flerrehuve” One of the very last tournaments to finish during this regular-season WCOOP series was the Series Wrap-Up hyper turbo, and it gave Sweden’s “flerrehuve” a last-gasp victory. Specifically, this was the high buy-in edition, which had a $530 entry price, and attracted 313 entries. flerrehuve had finished second in three previous WCOOP tournaments this time, but finally got one to stick and banked $27,833.

Two players — James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet and Dzmitry “colisea” Urbanovich — finished second on five and four occasions, respectively, during this WCOOP and did not claim a title. Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser also finished second five times, but won twice as well.


TODAY’S RESULTS

*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


STAT TRACKER

With the news that the previously cancelled WCOOP 2022 tournaments will now be played in November, the figures in the stat tracker below represent only this first part of the series. We’ll come back and update after the November tournaments are done. But for now, take a look at where it stands after this long September series.

Tournaments completed: 301
Entries: 982,068 (inc. 210,584 re-entries)
Prize pools: $79,501,449
First-place prizes: $13,318,741 (inc. $2,838,826 in bounties)

Stats refer to completed tournaments only


MULTIPLE CHAMPIONS

The following players have won more than one title during this year’s WCOOP:

FOUR WINS: Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira

THREE WINS: Rayan “Beriuzy” Chamas, Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov, Joao “Naza114” Vieira, “roo_400”, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, “Dainiux”

TWO WINS: alligator14, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, “drew.derzh”, Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva, Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson, FONBET_RULIT, Gabriel “Fretitas” Bernardes, gettingpwned, Adam “ISmellToast” Crawford, jokkee_apart, nomalice, Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Robert “robc1978” Cowen, Robin “robinho” Ylitalo, Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, SerVlaMin, Ronan “Sw33ney” Sweeney, T0X16-.


TWEET OF THE DAY

Spraggy tots everything up after a great WCOOP:


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

Brazil hit 60 titles on Wednesday night, but the “consolation” for the UK is that Brits won four and so finish with 32, which is not less than half Brazil’s total. Small mercies. Congratulations to Brazil for another incredible performance, and congratulations too to players based in 42 countries, who all crowned winners this time. That’s a record-equalling mark.

Current standings:

60 titles — Brazil
32 — UK
23 – Austria
17 – Sweden
15 — Germany
14 – Norway
12 — Ukraine
11 — Canada
10 – Romania
8 — Bulgaria, Finland
7 — Belarus
6 – Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro
4 — Andorra, Argentina, Malta
3 — Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Peru, Poland
2 — Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Switzerland, Uruguay
1 — Armenia, Cambodia, Greece, Indonesia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan.


PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE

We always need to apply a strong caveat to our Player of the Series updates: it’s never over until all the calculations have been completed and verified by official PokerStars operatives (rather than drones on the Blog). It goes double this year because we cannot be certain at this stage whether the November tournaments will impact on the Player of the Series race too, and that’s going to be decided elsewhere.

All that said, here are the leader boards as they stand now. Whatever happens in November, it looks like a very, very good time to be called Rui Ferreira. What a brilliant series he has had.

Poker player Rui Ferreira at EPT Barcelona in 2018

Rui Ferreira: Just unreal

OVERALL

1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 2,470 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 1,875
3 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 1,855
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 1,785
5 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 1,565

Prize: $25,000 to the winner

HIGH

1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 1,365 points
2 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 1,100
3 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 960
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 875
5 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 805

Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000

MEDIUM

1 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 885 points
2 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, Hungary – 615
3 – Scarmak3r, Slovenia – 610
4 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 580
5 – WTFOMFGOAO, Montenegro – 500

Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000

LOW

1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 670 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 635
3 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 610
4 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 605
5 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 580

Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150

Check out the full WCOOP Leader Board standings.

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