Technical issues affected the finale of the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), but this weekend PokerStars concludes the series in style. So, where do we stand heading into WCOOP Take 2?
Indulge us for a moment as we take a deep breath and do our best Bruce Buffer impression:
It’s time to take care of some unfinished business. Throughout September, the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) ran without a hitch, with big-name winners left and right and prize pools swelling above expectations. Then, on the final weekend, we were rudely interrupted and tournaments had to be rescheduled.
It’s time to crown some Main Event champions. As incredible as the series was, we all know that everything leads towards the WCOOP Main Events ($109, $1,050, $10,300) and that the series simply isn’t complete without them. That’s why they’re back, bigger and better than before, with boosted guarantees and more players qualifying via satellites than you could shake a stick at. We can’t wait to see who will make deep runs and ultimately etch their names into the online poker history books.
It’s time to round off our stat sheet. Will we see any more multiple champions? How many millions will be won by WCOOP champions? And just how many titles will Brazil have won when all is said and done? These are just some of the many questions we’ll finally have answers for when WCOOP Take 2 is over.
So, before WCOOP Take 2 begins on Saturday, November 5 (with the Main Events kicking off on Sunday, November 6), let’s take a look at where we left off.
Brazil’s triumph on the countries leaderboard hasn’t been in doubt since the opening days of the series.
No other country dominates online poker quite like Brazil and they’ve got a staggering 60 wins (out of 301 tournaments) to back that up. Four of those actually belong to Ferreira, who is currently based in South America. It’s not a question of whether Brazil will add more titles throughout WCOOP Take 2, but rather how many.
WCOOP 2022 has already broken the record for the number of different countries to win titles, with 42 different nations on the winners’ sheet heading into the finale.
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.
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So far, only one member of the red spade crew has broken through with a 2022 victory.
That distinction goes to the newest member, Sebastian “peace&loove” Huber, who captured his maiden WCOOP title in a $5.50 7-Max PKO Freezeout event that got 6,616 entries. He picked up $2,820 (including $915 in bounties); not the largest cash of his career by any means, but perhaps the most memorable.
Other Team Pros have come close, though. Benj “Spraggy” Spragg finished fourth in a $55 Mixed NLHE/PLO 6-Max event on the last day of play, while Lex Veldhuis finished fourth in a $2,100 WCOOP 38-H NLHE PKO earlier in proceedings.
Before we even get to the Main Events on Sunday, we’ll see the total amount of WCOOP 2022 entries top a million, plus the total prize pools will exceed $80 million.
Here’s how things stand after September’s 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
Just about every online poker player we talk to tells us just how important winning SCOOP and WCOOP titles is to them. For example, Alex “FutureofMe” Kulev–who won his second WCOOP this year–recently described them as the “pinnacle of poker”, adding: “SCOOPs and WCOOPs are the things that most inspire me.”
So it’s safe to assume that everyone who has already won a title will return for Take 2 to try and add their names to our list of multiple champions.
Ferreira leads the bunch with four, but we’ve also had six three-time champions in 2022, all of whom will no doubt be grinding for a fourth.
Here’s the full list after September:
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-.Back to Top