James Carroll (croll103) Wins PokerStars WCOOP $1,050 LHE Event

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In Event #56 of the 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, James croll103Carroll came away with the bracelet and banked an even $80,000 in a $1,050 Limit Hold’em tournament. As you might have seen on ESPN’s continuing coverage of the tournament, Carroll made a deep run in the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, landing in 96th place for $67,000 and clashing with some of the game’s best in the process. Online was no different, as Carroll defeated a pack of nearly 400 of his peers en route to his WCOOP title.

Two poker hot shots landed in second and third on the leaderboard, as Jamie pokerjamersArmstrong (pictured) played second fiddle to Carroll for $59,000. Armstrong sits in the top 30 of the PocketFives.com Online Poker Player Rankingsand has over $2 million in earnings from tournaments tracked by our site to his credit. Third place went to longtime community member James Andy McLEODObst, a former Triple Crown winner that also owns $2 million in Rankings-eligible cashes.

In Event #55, a $530 No Limit Hold’em Cubed contest, Ryan g0lfaD’Angelo (pictured) came away with nearly $200,000 and the win following a heads-up chop. D’Angelo may be best known for finishing fifth in this year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $700,000. Third place in the Cubed event belonged to Andrew Urbandb888Brooks, who banked $118,000. In May 2010, Brooks won the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) Two-Day Event for $450,000.

Tom titantom32Braband finished in fourth place in Event #55 for $88,000, just ahead of Belgium’s ship_th_chip, who took fifth place for $61,000. Rounding out the final table were Ryan RJules12Julius and Germany’s goodvibe:

1. g0lfa – $199,450 (g0lfa)
2. govshark2 – $179,450
3. foucault82 – $117,984 (Urbandb888)
4. Titantom32 – $88,488 (titantom32)
5. ship_th_chip – $61,450 (ship_th_chip)
6. Pichon79 – $49,160
7. joserivas397 – $36,870
8. RJules12 – $24,580 (RJules12)
9. goodvibe1 – $14,748 (goodvibe)

On Saturday, Australia’s aces_up4108took down a WCOOP bracelet for his work in a $215 No Limit Omaha High-Low tournament (Event #57). He collected $36,000 following a heads-up chop with PokerStars member Bigbabb25 and lodged the largest cash of his online poker career. In June and August, he turned in wins in the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand for a combined $38,000.

Canada’s Raymond troyomacMcClure took fourth in Event #57 and pulled down $16,000, which was also his largest online score ever. Also at the nine-handed final table were the Czech Republic’s marek_heinzand California’s Marc FrankDaTanc Souza, who earned $9,100 and $2,500, respectively. Here’s how the final table shook out in the $215 poker tournament, reflecting the heads-up chop:

1. aces_up4108 – $36,833 (aces_up4108)
2. Bigbabb25 – $32,270
3. spondeed – $22,059
4. troyomac – $16,161 (troyomac)
5. get crunk – $11,494
6. marek_heinz – $9,171 (marek_heinz)
7. MrClkClkDirk – $6,850
8. Chosimbaone – $4,528
9. AlwayzOnTilt – $2,554 (FrankDaTanc)

The 2010 WCOOP Main Event kicked off today at 5:00pm ET. At the time of writing, it had attracted a large crowd of 2,443 players at a price tag of $5,200 each. Over $12 million was up for grabs in one of the richest online tournaments ever held. The two-day affair will crown its winner on Monday. Last year, Yevgeniy Jovial Gent Timoshenko (pictured) showed that his win in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship was no fluke by taking down the WCOOP Main Event for $1.7 million.

Head to PokerStarsfor full details and be sure to check out our WCOOP results. We’d like to extend the best of luck to those community members still battling it out in the series’ Main Event.