WCOOP: Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen Win First Title, 53K

Two More WCOOP Events Wrapped Up On Friday/

Former PocketFives.com worldwide #1-ranked player Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen has finally captured his first WCOOP title in Event #40-High ($530 5-Card PLO 6-Max) on Friday. According to the Pokerstars blog, it was Hunichen’s fifth trip to a WCOOP final table, twice before he made it to heads-up play, but he previously hadn’t been able to take home the trophy. This time though, while sitting at yet another stacked final table, ‘Big Huni’ finally got the big win he’d been grinding for. Hunichen celebrates with over $53,000 for first and the ability to finally call himself a WCOOP champion.

Sitting with Hunichen at the final table were a number of PocketFives.com ranked players including Brazil’s ‘LgwZ’ whose 3rd place finish and healthy $27,515.62 payday pushes him ever-closer to achieving $500k in lifetime earnings. In 4th place finished another former #1-ranked player, the prolific Mike ‘munchenHB’ Telker. Telker took home nearly $20,000 as he continues to climb to the massive milestone of $8 million in earnings.

WCOOP Event #43-High ($215+R No Limit Hold’em 3-Max, Turbo, Zoom) also featured a bit of a redemption story. ‘MLS20’, who just one week ago fell just short of claiming a WCOOP title, found himself back at a final table, playing for heaps. This time though, someone else would have to take second as ‘MLS’ won out, taking home the $74,098.39 for first by defeating Pocketfiver Thomas ‘kksuckaa’ Hoang heads-up. Hoang though, while perhaps a little disappointed, did manage a career-best score with his $42, 780.35 payday. Also of note, the third wheel of the 3-max final table was 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table participant Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas, winning over $24,000

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Event #40 (High): $530 5-Card PLO 6-Max
Entries: 609
Prize pool: $304,500
Places paid: 77

  1. Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen – $53,537.37
  2. WhatIfGod – $38,381.06
  3. LgwZ – $$27,515,62
  4. munchenHB – $$19,726.08
  5. legenden – $14,141,74
  6. RuiNF – $10,138.29
  7. Trabelsi – $7,956.15

Event #43 (High): $215+R No Limit Hold’em (3-Max, Turbo, Zoom)
Entries: 820
Prize pool: $428,330
Places Paid: 98

  1. MLS20 – $74,098.39
  2. KKsuckAA – $42,780.35
  3. Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas – $24,699.22