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One of WCOOP’s greats got on the board in the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker, while other stars continued their rise. Here’s the latest from the PokerStars tables…


  • Vieira joins the 7-Up club
  • Double for drew.derzh
  • Dando with another for UK
  • Why does Fintan Hand bluff?


Slam-dunk! No 7 for Naza114

Vieira joins the 7-Up club: He has had a couple of near misses during this year’s WCOOP already, but Joao “Naza114” Vieira finally got over the line last night and claimed a seventh WCOOP career title. What’s more, he did it in one of the World Championship events and the UK-based Portuguese player can call himself World Champion of Heads Up NLHE.

It always looked ominous for the rest of the field when Vieira found himself in the last four of this event when they came back to play to a champion tonight. Vieira was first faced with Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone in the semi-final, and handily despatched the Uruguayan in a matter of minutes. It took a little longer for “Fen11x” to beat “Baby Federer” in the other semi final, but Fen11x, from Ukraine, got it done with queens against ace-queen, booking his spot against Vieira.

The two traded blows for close to an hour in the final, but then Vieira had one more race to win, with AQ against Fen11x’s pocket tens. With the ace on the flop, Vieira won $103,500 and further established himself among the WCOOP greats.

Double for drew.derzh as dream rise continues: We first encountered the Ukrainian player “drew.derzh” playing for pennies. As documented in this 2017 piece, they went from microstakes grinder to SCOOP champion in a little more than a year, building from a $2.53 tournament win into $106,785 SCOOP triumph.

This year, drew.derzh has stamped their authority on WCOOP too and last night picked up a second win of the series, beating another WCOOP champion Marku “markovitsus” Koplimaa heads up. drew.derzh was the champion in the $2,100 buy-in Super Tuesday event, picking up $96,913 for victory from a 252-entry field.

It came less than a week since the same player beat a field of 1,065 in a $215 buy-in NLHE event. The list of multiple champions for this WCOOP now hits eight.


Dando with another for UK:In our regular post-COOP round-ups, we tend to compile a list of players who narrowly missed out on titles, alongside those who managed to go all the way on multiple occasions. Back in SCOOP of 2021, Paul “Fold Machiii” Dando not only won one tournament, he also finished two on two occasions, which landed him (probably unfairly) on the perennial bridesmaid list.

The good news is that Dando, from the UK, has caught the metaphorical bouquet in WCOOP and last night won the second tournament of his career in this series, taking down the $1K PLO PKO for $42,691, including bounties. In 2020, he won a big NLHE PKO tournament, for $122K, but this demonstrates a mastery of four card and two card poker. He beat Brazil’s two-time WCOOP champion Dante “dantegoyaF” Goya into second place, from a field of 204 entries.


*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


WCOOP players have now contested prize pools of more than $35 million. It’s another whopper.

Tournaments completed: 135
Entries: 426,270 (inc. 103,651 re-entries)
Prize pools: $38,201,387
First-place prizes: $6,163,305 (inc. $1,508,301 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 14
Tournaments starting today: 10

Stats refer to completed tournaments only


You know that feeling when you move all in on the river with not very much and you feel yourself inwardly collapse knowing it’s about to be called. You’re not alone. Here’s Fintan Hand wondering why he bluffs too…

Follow PokerStars streamers playing WCOOP:

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


Ouch, Spraggy.



Results from Wednesday night in WCOOP reflected almost precisely the state of our overall countries leader board: Brazil won four, the UK won three and Austria won two. The others got one or none. That’s how Brazil does it. Meanwhile, we welcomed Slovakia to the leader board for the first time this year.

Current standings:

34 titles — Brazil
14 — UK
11 — Austria
7 — Norway, Sweden
5 — Bulgaria, Canada, Ukraine
3 — Belarus, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania
2 — Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Switzerland
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.


Despite all the heroics from Rui Ferreira, Benny Glaser and Joao Vieira, it’s still Kelvin Kerber who sits on top of the Overall leader board, with a 50-point lead. Can he continue to hold through the coming week? It’ll be fascinating to find out.


1 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 1,035 points
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 985
3 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, UK – 870
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, United Kingdom – 755
5 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 735

Prize: $25,000 to the winner


1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 585 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 500
3 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 480
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 440
5 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 430

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


1 – gettingpwned, Bulgaria – 325 points
2 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 320
3 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary – 305
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 295
5 – regina83h, Ukraine – 290

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


1 – Airdraken, UK – 360 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 355
3 – Pomeron, Germany – 345
4 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 325
=5 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 285
=5 – king153246, Montenegro – 285

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.


Thursday, September 15

It’s another incredibly busy Thursday in the world of WCOOP with 18 tournaments starting across six events. The 8-Game event will test the full skill set of the mixed-game players, and for the biggest buy-in too. The high tournament there has a $10K price tag, and will attract a small but elite field. There’s also the Thursday Thrill and a Turbo 6-Max for hold’em players, the latter of which includes a $5K high roller. In short, a lot of money is going to change hands today.

11:05am – WCOOP 48: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $75K, $200K, $225K

12:30pm – WCOOP 49: PLO Hi/Lo 6-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $30K, $80K, $150K

1:30pm – WCOOP 50: NLHE PKO Freezeout Thursday Thrill
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $150K, $400K, $650K

2:30pm – WCOOP 51: 8-Game 6-Max
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $50K, $100K, $350K

4:05pm – WCOOP 52: NLHE Freezeout Turbo 6-Max
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $150K, $200K, $375K

5:30pm – WCOOP 53: NLHE PKO Turbo
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $100K, $250K, $275K


Live broadcasts of WCOOP 2021 go out every Monday through Wednesday featuring cards up coverage of the biggest final tables and expert commentary from James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and a host of special guests. Click for full details.

You can watch on the PokerStars YouTube channel, the PokerStars YouTube UK channel, or PokerStars’ Twitch channel.


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
Day 8: Aido masters the 6-Max as marjan1231 wins huge bounty haul
Day 8: Three up for incredible Ferreira

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