There’s heartbreak and jubilation in today’s round-up from the tables of the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), featuring some very, very well-known WCOOP stars, alongside some players putting their countries the map for the first time. It’s a busy one, so let’s get cracking.
- Spraggy’s demise helps Schemion to World Championship
- A magnificent seventh for Leknes
- Dimov leads Bulgarian charge; Komplimaa champ again
- Two new countries emerge as WCOOP challengers
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Spraggy’s heartbreak sets up World Champion Schemion: The first official World Championship event of this year’s WCOOP crowned a very fitting winner on Monday night: Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, who is one of modern poker’s pre-eminent talents in both the live and online games. Schemion can call himself the official World Champion of Progressive KO NLHE after his victory in the $5,200 buy-in event, which brought him $240,029 too, of which $146,875 came in bounty payments.
A hefty chunk of that came from Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg, whose tournament run ended in heartbreak at Schemion’s hands. Spraggy got it all-in with A♦ K♣ and Schemion, whose stack was not all that much bigger at the time, called with A♣ 10♠ . But a ten came on the river to eliminate Spraggy and set up Schemion for the run to the title. By that point, Spraggy’s fellow PokerStars Ambassador, Alejandro “Papo MC” Lococo was already on the rail in ninth.
Spraggy took more than $40K for his exploits, but will look with understandable envy on Schemion, who claimed the second WCOOP title of his career. Three of the top four, including Schemion, were representing Austria in this one.
Leknes hits seven for WCOOP: At EPT Barcelona last month, the PokerStars photographer was sent looking for Tobias Leknes, the Norwegian player who makes a habit of winning numerous events in both WCOOP and SCOOP, but plays live far less often. We only had one, much-overused old picture of Leknes, and we knew this was a perfect chance to stock the archive because we’d certainly be writing about him again.
And so it came to pass on the second day of WCOOP 2022, with Leknes, under his online moniker of “Senkel92” winning his first title of this series, and seventh overall. This latest success came in the $215 PLO tournament, where he beat a field of 766 entries to claim a $26,022 prize.
What’s truly remarkable about Leknes is his mastery of all disciplines. Each of his seven WCOOP titles have come in different disciplines, and he now has victories in 2-7 Triple Draw (from 2017), NLHE Win The Button and 5-Card Draw (both 2018), 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi and NLO8 (all from 2020). So here’s a new image of Leknes — and there’s a good chance you’ll see it several more times.
Dimov dominates high roller: The highest buy-in event of WCOOP’s opening night was Event #4-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller, with $850K guaranteed. With a buy-in of that size, it was certain to attract the sharkiest sharks, and the eventual champion certainly fits the description. Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov earned the second WCOOP victory of his career, translating an overnight chip lead into a first-place finish and $229,423.
Dimov previously won a WCOOP title in 2018, and is a former EPT Main Event champion too. He has won pretty much every thing else in online poker as well, with more than $6.7 million in documented earnings. This is highly unlikely to be his last.
Dimov’s success was one of two for Bulgaria, not just of the night but in the same event. Bulgaria’s “gettingpwned” won the $215 buy-in medium version of Event 4, banking $208,486 after prevailing from a 1,343 field. It’s the second title of gettingpwned’s career too, having won a first in 2015.
Koplimaa toplimaa in Warm-Up: Markku “markovitsus” Koplimaa started making a name for himself at the PokerStars tables in the latter part of the 2010s, but he really made a breakthrough at WCOOP in 2020 when he won two titles, in a Win The Button and then a 6-Max hold’em event.
The Estonian now has a third WCOOP victory after claiming the spoils in the $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up last night, which earned him $43,819 from the main prize pool and a further $51,843 in bounties. That’s a $95,664 total score.
The final bounty came from Peter “Belabacsi” Traply, who is another all-round tournament beast, and this was another stacked final table. But it’s Koplimaa celebrating a near six-figure start to the series, which should give him plenty of ammunition for the remainder of the schedule too.
Welcome to WCOOP, Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia! It’s always a big moment when a new country appears on the WCOOP winner’s list, and today we welcome two of them. Both Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia entered the WCOOP winner’s club, claiming maiden titles within an hour or so of each other.
“LuckPROF” won the $530 Sunday Kickoff playing from the Asian republic, shortly before “Tunisianking” lived up to his name and put the north African nation on the board. LuckPROF, who was actually the only player from Kyrgyzstan in the tournament, earned $65,413 along with the title for beating a field of 771 entries. Tunisianking won the $5.50 WCOOP kickoff for $6,542 after a three-way deal.
Through 20 WCOOP renewals, winning players came from 73 countries. But that count now moves up to 75.
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With 16 tournaments finishing last night, including the huge Sunday events, the WCOOP Stat Tracker has received a huge jump start. We’re already up to more than $8 million in prize pools with winners having already earned more than $1.3 million.
Tournaments completed: 19
Entries: 78,724 (inc. 17,643 re-entries)
Prize pools: $8,360,246
First-place prizes: $1,389,933 (inc. $257,297 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 15
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
A very tough watch for Spraggy fans. This river could have cost him tens of thousands of dollars.
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
Fintan Hand followed up this tweet with one that stated, “100% the unluckiest thing that’s happened to a streamer today!” He was addressing Spraggy, after the clip above, and you’ll soon see why he could make the claim (tongue in cheek or not)…
My first ever mouse smash.
Would recommend. pic.twitter.com/xQKpqNLaI2
— Fintan Hand (@EasyWithAces) September 5, 2022
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
WCOOP 2022 is only two days old and already there have been winners from 14 countries. Brazil has the most, of course, with three already. But other than that, the countries leader board shows again just how diverse the PokerStars player base is.
3 titles – Brazil
2 – Austria, Bulgaria, Sweden
1 – Canada, Estonia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Tunisia, UK, Ukraine.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
It’s still very early in this race, but it’s interesting to see the familiar names popping up already.
1 Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes Norway 170 points
2 ContraSpemSper0 Ukraine 165
2 jokkee_apart Norway 165
4 Ole “wizowizo” Schemion Austria 155
5 Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber Brazil 145
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 jokkee_apart Norway 130
2 Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson Sweden 115
2 Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber Brazil 115
=4 LuckPROF Kyrgyzstan 110
=4 Andras “probirs” Nemeth Hungary 110
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes Norway 120
2 KingHellgren Sweden 115
3 dash4fun Ukraine 110
=4 edyvpakistan Mexico 100
=4 gettingpwned Bulgaria 100
=4 Jusbat Lithuania 100
=4 O Vulgo Brazil 100
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
=1 elpsycongr0 Brazil 105
=1 Onnelinen Finland 105
=3 AnomnderRake Germany 100
=3 jason873 Brazil 100
=3 jballa24 United Kingdom 100
=3 Tullio8 Austria 100
=3 Tunisianking Tunisia 100
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
Tuesday, September 6
Five events kick off tonight, including the massive $10K Super Tuesday High Roller, with a $650K guarantee. That’s no limit hold’em, of course, but at the other end of the spectrum, there’s also a 2-7 Single Draw event, with buy-ins starting at $11. Expect a much smaller field across those three tournaments, but it’s a fun variant. (All times ET)
11:05am – WCOOP 11: NLHE PKO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $70K, $300K, $350K
12:30pm – WCOOP 12: PL 5-Card Omaha 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $17.5K, $40K, $85K
1:30pm – WCOOP 13: NLHE Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $400K, $600K, $650K
2:30pm – WCOOP 14: NL 2-7 Single Draw 7-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $10K, $20K, $50K
4:05pm – WCOOP 15: NLHE PKO 7-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $200K, $400K, $325K
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