WCOOP: Mike Watson Beats Ben Sulsky for Eight-Game Championship

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Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson added another WCOOP title to his list of accomplishments. (PokerStars photo)

We’re at the stage of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker where the time remaining can reasonably be measured in hours, not day. With the end of the online series nearing, Mike Watson went to work on Sunday in adding another WCOOP title to his credit.

Watson, who won the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event beat out 119 other players to win the $10,300 buy-in Eight Game Championship. Watson beat out Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky to win $280,238.52 and add another WCOOP title to his collection.

The final table included not only Watson and Sulsky, but Matthew Ashton, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Calvin ‘cal242688’ Anderson and Sami Kelopuru.

Dutch pro ’maggess88’ beat Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins, who famously finished second in the WCOOP Main Event in 2014 to one Fedor Holz, to win Event #73, Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha. ‘maggess88’ ended up with $37,885.10 and the title – the third COOP win of his career. The final four were rounded out by ‘Ti0373’ and Rory ‘Mafews’ Mathews.

Event 75, $700 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (Progressive KO), attracted 1,360 players and the final two players, Michel ‘FreeLancerZZ’ Dattani and ‘Leonidus1988’, agreed to a chip after outlasting the rest of the field. Dattani ended up with $75,193.88 and the WCOOP title after a brief heads-up battle while ‘Leonidus1988’ had to settle for $65,193.88.

Simon ‘ministerborg’ Ravnsbaek was eliminated in third place. With a TCOOP and SCOOP title already to his credit, Ravnsbaek was hoping to become the latest member of the PokerStars Triple COOP winner club but was ultimately denied after being eliminated by Dattani. ‘€urop€an’ made yet another WCOOP final table, finishing sixth for $10,131.67.

One day after Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom finished runner-up in a WCOOP event, a player who clearly took inspiration from the Swedish poker pro when choosing his screenname managed to close out a WCOOP as champion. Leo ‘ISILDRooN’ Nordin outlasted 636 other players to win Event #76, $320 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Max, Mix-Max) and earn $34,397.90.

The final WCOOP event to wrap up on Sunday saw ‘Noogaii’ earn $120,008.69 after outlasting 2,256 other players, including eventual runner-up Dulek_jason, who walked away with $87,216.59 after chopping with ‘Noogaii’.
Event 73: $700 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up
211 entries – $140,315 paid out to 32 places

  1. maggess88 – $37,885.10
  2. Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins – $21,047,25
  3. Ti0373 – $11,225.20
  4. Rory ‘Mafews’ Mathews – $11.225.20

Event 74: $10,300 Eight Game Championship
120 entries – $1,200,000 paid out to 11 places

  1. Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson – $280,238.52
  2. Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky – $212,729.16
  3. Matthew ‘MUSTAFABET’ Ashton – $161,482.80
  4. Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson – $122,581.68
  5. Sami ‘ Lrslzk’ Kelopuru – $93,051.84
  6. Iteopepe88 – $70,635.72

Event 75: $700 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (Progressive KO)
1,360 entries – $547,800 paid out to 167 places

  1. Michel ‘FreeLancerZZ’ Dattani – $75,193.88*
  2. Leonidus1988 – $65,193.88*
  3. Simon ‘ministerborg’ Ravnsbaek – $36,274.22
  4. Tagomaga – $23,711.46
  5. BrightStripe – $15,499.56
  6. €urop€an – $10,131.67

*heads-up deal
Event 76: $320 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Max, Mix-Max)
637 entries – $200,000 paid out to 83 places

  1. Leo ‘ISILDRooN’ Nordin – $34,397.90
  2. Kinglune – $23,158.44
  3. SeepdUp2 – $15,591.44
  4. Ashley Jones – $10,496.96
  5. Tarantaleo – $7,067.10
  6. Lystig – $4,757.94

Event 79: $320 No-Limit Hold’em
2257 entries, 1,081 re-entries – $1,001,400 paid out to 404 places

  1. Noogaii – $120,008.69*
  2. Dulek_jason – $87,216.59*
  3. FishyMcFish0 – $87,744.87
  4. Jutrack – $77,330.24*
  5. Tobi123456 – $37,212.62
  6. xXOLIVATOXx – $26,526.48
  7. Mogelwette – $18,908.93
  8. Kanishka ‘kanishka27’ Samant – $13,478.94
  9. Nassimovitch – $9,608.23
    *Heads-up deal