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  1. The 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker concluded as Russian online pro ‘CrazyLissy’ bested Pascal Lefrancois in heads-up play at the end of the $10M guaranteed Main Event (High) to take home the $1,499,942 top prize. Plenty of big names took to the felt for the final table of Event 91-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max WCOOP Main Event), including online legend Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger and Stevan ‘random_chu’ Chew, who went into the action with the chip lead. While Chew could approach the battle with more expectation than hope, the same could not be said for Loeliger, who busted early in seventh place for $196,792. Tyler Jardine was the first player out for $99,997 as commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton entertained fans on the PokerStars Twitch channel. He was followed from the felt by ‘necgaidziai’, with Loeliger out next. The final six players were that much closer to the top prize, but Markus Prinz soon busted, with bottom pair no good against Chew’s straight draw which came in on the turn. After Argentinian player Marco Zevola left in fifth for $387,284, ‘Rebel FishAK’ was eliminated by ‘CrazyLissy’ as the Russian began their assault on the title with pocket jacks holding against their opponent’s ace-ten. At that stage, ‘CrazyLissy’ had just 87 million chips, well below Chew on 230 million and Canadian Pascal Lefrancois on 110 million, but the elimination of ‘RebelFishAK’ changed everything. Soon after that hand, the stacks were almost even as three-handed, chew lost his chance of victory. He lost his final 122 million chips with pocket fives when Lefrancois called the shove with pocket eights and held on. Heads-up looked favorable for the Canadian, and after some early momentum for him, the former WSOP final table player had better than a 3:1 chip lead. He couldn’t make it last, however, as ‘CrazyLissy’ continued to play back at him and with the stacks close to level in Lefrancois’ favor, won the pivotal hand for almost all the chips. All-in with [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"], Lefrancois was called by ‘CrazyLissy’ with [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"] pre-flop for a massive pot of 485 million chips, with just five million staying in front of the Canadian. The flop of [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ts"] was a dramatic one, giving the Russian a set of tens but Lefrancois a Broadway straight draw. The turn of [poker card="5d"] and river of [poker card="2s"] were as uneventful as ‘CrazyLissy’ would have hoped for, however, and the title belonged to them, Lefrancois cashing for $1,069,210 for being runner-up. ‘CrazyLissy’ won the $1,499,942 top prize and one of the most fabled online poker titles that are out there to be won, their second title after winning their first WCOOP back in 2019. 2021 PokerStars WCOOP $5,200 Main Event Final Table Results: ‘CrazyLissy’ - $1,499,942 Pascal ‘Pass_72’ Lefrancois - $1,069,210 Stevan ‘random_chu’ Chew - $762,169 ‘Rebel FishAK’ - $543,301 Marco ‘marcozevola5’ Zevola - $387,284 Markus ‘playboy99999’ Prinz - $276,069 Linus ‘LLinusLove’ Loeliger - $196,792 ‘necgaidziai’ - $140,180 Tyler ‘Juicy_J_93’ Jardine - $99,997 Low and Medium events were very popular over the concluding couple of days, with the following players winning titles: ‘pagan_junior’ (Event #91-L), ‘festen x’ (Event #91-M), ‘mime123’ (Event #92-L), ‘Nlzkm9’ (Event #92-M), ‘pardalnegro’ (Event #94-L), ‘batataxpp’ (Event #94-M), ‘GRAPEL3SS’ (Event #95-L), ‘roo_400’ (Event #95-M), ‘Valeron12344’ (Event #96-L), ‘sweetmike79’ (Event #96-M), ‘FlaviOx00’ (Event #97-L), ‘Hendurr’ (Event #97-M), ‘123wisdomtree’ (Event #98-L), ‘FAL1st’ (Event #98-M), ‘IHELPMEI’ (Event #99-L), ‘Kzzon’ (Event #99-M), ‘Znaso’ (Event #100-L), ‘BowieEffect’ (Event #100-M), ‘Don’tCryM8’ (Event #101-L), ‘URMYLeNoR’ (Event #101-M), ‘parinio77’ (Event #102-L), ‘alexxt7’ (Event #102-M). High Event Results: Event #91 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max WCOOP Main Event Prizepool: $10,000,000 Entries: 1,965 ‘CrazyLissy’ - $1,499,942 ‘Pass_72’ - $1,069,210 ‘random_chu’ - $762,169 Event #92 (High) $10,300 PLO Main Event 6-Max Prizepool: $1,470,000 Entries: 147 ‘probirs' - $308,556 ‘AlexKP’ - $237,169 ‘Ben_Apart’ - $182,298 Event #94 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Series Saver Prizepool: $1,516,000 Entries: 1,516 ‘LaliTournier’ - $83,366 (Bounties) $99,228 ‘darkziv’ - $16,629 (Bounties) $99,227 ‘C. Darwin2’ $24,518 (Bounties) $59,330 Event #95 (High) $530 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $332,000 Entries: $664 ‘Pwndidi’ - $56,520 ‘Ant1K1lller’ - $41,390 ‘FutureofMe’ - $30,310 Event #97 (High) - $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday Prizepool: $600,000 Entries: 300 ‘Tydarax’ - $103,384* ‘I’MalliN.3lli’ - $94,168* ‘phounderAA’ - $63,523 *denotes heads-up deal Event #98 (High) - $1,050 NL 6+ Hold‘em Prizepool: $106,000 Entries: 106 ‘kurzatvvarz’ - $25,330 ‘SantaZzz’ - $19,447 ‘OLD TIME GIN’ - $14,930 Event #99 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $476,000 Entries: 476 ‘utreg’ - $44,074 (Bounties) $36,778 (Prize) ‘22ehnutzz’ - $6,226 (Bounties) $36,778 (Prize) ‘lildani9’ - $2,578 (Bounties) $23,155 (Prize) Event #100 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Final Freeze Prizepool: $650,000 Entries: 130 ‘gusmaa’ - $142,470 ‘papan9_p$’ - $110,385 ‘kenny05’ - $85,525 Event #101 (High) $1,050 PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $253,000 Entries: 253 ‘beastinhngry’ - $48,886 ‘Grekzorba’ - $36,345 ‘phounderAA’ - $27,021 Event #102 (High) $1,050 NLE 7-Max Hyper-Turbo PKO Prizepool: $375,868 Entries: 370 ‘lelijk22’ - $15,071 (Bounties) $33,927 (Prize) ‘Olegent’ - $10,508 (Bounties) $33,926 (Prize) ‘!Mp!yavv’ - $19,267 (Bounties) $19,802 (Prize)
  2. The latest raft of PokerStars 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events featured a host of high-profile online pros take home titles as Finland's Samuel "€urop€an' Vousden joined Team PokerStars Pros Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg and Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot in claiming victories. The action was terrific across the board in Low, Medium, and High events the past few days on the PokerStars felt, not least in Event 73-H ($1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO), where 629 entries created a massive $629,000 prize pool, the biggest prize from which was won by recent WSOP gold bracelet winner ‘€urop€an’ - a.k.a. Finnish poker legend Samuel Vousden. Vousden has over $9.7 million in career online winnings and has ranked as high as #3 in the world as recently as 2018. A regular in events such as GGPoker’s weekly $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$, where Vousden finished as runner-up last week, there is sure to be more massive results to come from one of the most consistent performers in online poker. Elsewhere in the event, Russian player ‘CrazyLissy’ finished in third place, while other behemoths of the high roller circuit, Niklas Astedt (14th for a total prize of $4,688) and Diego Ventura, (21st for $3,997) also made the money. In Event #75-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max Midweek Freeze), Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot took the WCOOP title after outlasting 90 other players to grab over 20% of the $455,000 prize pool for a top prize worth $108,729. Getting the better of Ramiro ‘ramastar88’ Petrone heads-up, Talbot also made it past players such as ‘CrazyLissy’ and former #1-ranked Chris Oliver, both of whom narrowly missed the money, as well as Patrick Leonard ($23,162) and Fabiano Kovalski ($17,900), both of made profit. Talbot’s first victory as a Team PokerStars Pro comes a year after his first WCOOP win. Finally, Ben Spragg celebrated his recent marriage to fellow Twitch legend Marle...Spragg with yet another title in Event #83-H, the $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout. With a healthy prize pool of $343,000. ‘Spraggy’ broadcast the victory on his Twitch channel as he edged out Hungary's top-ranked pro ‘Wildace_hun’ heads-up, with players such as the aforementioned Patrick Leonard along with Brazilians Kovalski and Pedro Padilha all making it through the money bubble to claim bounties and a place prize. Here’s how Spraggy announced the news to his thousands of Twitter followers. https://twitter.com/spraggy/status/1436144486271365124 In low and medium events, there were plenty of big names buried among the first-time winners, as well as one player, ‘Fisherman FV’ taking home two titles. Winning WCOOPs were the following players: ‘Lystig’ (Event#67-L), ‘tubatalevski’ (Event#67-M), ‘anelka79’ (Event#68-L), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event#68-M), ‘S.GabrielR’ (Event#69-L), ‘2outerjames’ (Event#69-M), ‘omaha4lol’s’ (Event#70-L), ‘Supermassa1’ (Event#70-M), ‘Popiedejopie’ (Event#71-L), ‘sousinha23’ (Event#71-M), ‘Mulatin181’ (Event#72-L), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event#72-M), ‘SAFADA1’ (Event#73-L), ‘atredezini’ (Event#73-M), ‘PippoHDX’ (Event#74-L), ‘Scarmak3r’ (Event#74-M), ‘MAIRONFO’ (Event#75-L), ‘SmilleThHero’ (Event#75-M), ‘borygo’ (Event#76-L), ‘thomber26’ (Event#76-M), ‘DonDwan’ (Event#77-L), ‘yagrebulave’ (Event#77-M), ‘marcelr0x’ (Event#79-L), ‘DonVIPoker’ (Event#79-M), ‘phlowzen’ (Event#82-L), ‘Giant_Santos’ (Event#82-M), ‘JefersonBonfim’ (Event#83-L) and ‘boss_bobo’ (Event#83-M). High Event Results: Event #67 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: $874,000 Entries: 874 ‘elliottpet’ - $64,116 (Bounties) $63,655 (Prize) ‘Fukuruku’ - $5,921 (Bounties) $63,654 (Prize) ‘iLcAmello’ - $14,375 (Bounties) $39,512 (Prize) Event #68 (High) $530 Mixed NLHE/PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $161,000 Entries: 322 ‘mrAndreeew’ - $30,166 ‘wizowizo’ - $21,963 ‘beastishngry’ - $15,991 Event #69 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max Prizepool: $389,500 Entries: 779 ‘FutureofMe’ - $68,766 ‘Luciano S.H’ - $48,636 ‘SOUFODAMS’ - $33,294 Event #70 (High) $530 PLO8 6-Max Prizepool: $162,500 Entries: 325 ‘Arttyomka’ - $30,447 ‘bedias’ - $22,167 ‘Fabahaba’ - $16,140 Event #71 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday SE Prizepool: $738,000 Entries: 369 ‘gnetaren’ - $134,907 ‘hellzito’ - $101,614 ‘NL_Profit’ - $76,537 Event #72 (High) $1,050 Stud 8-Max Prizepool: $75,000 Entries: 71 ‘YordanPetrov’ - $17,454 ‘mistere3’ - $16,858 ‘guilherme’ - $10,500 Event #73 (High) $1,050 NLHE 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $629,000 Entries: 629 ‘€urop€an’ - $35,164 (Bounties) $46,248 ‘Sajanas23’ - $24,476 (Bounties) $46,247 ‘CrazyLissy’ - $4,519 (Bounties) $27,267 Event #74 (High) $530 NL 6+ Hold‘em 6-Max Prizepool: $67,500 Entries: 135 ‘kurzatvvarz’ - $14,168 ‘FONBET_RULIT’ - $10,890 ‘RunGodlike’ - $8,370 Event #75 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Midweek Freeze Prizepool: $455,000 Entries: 91 ‘tonkaaaa’ - $108,729 ‘ramastar88’ - $84,027 ‘Camilancefieldg’ - $64,937 Event #76 (High) $2,100 5-Card NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $276,000 Entries: 138 ‘kubapol1990’ - $52,106 ‘bokkie87’ - $50,356 ‘gangstachel9’ - $34,227 Event #77 (High) $1,050 NLHE 4-Max Turbo Prizepool: $295,000 Entries: 295 ‘LordTBird’ - $55,721 ‘kZhh’ - $37,590 ‘luckyfish89’ $25,358 Event #82 (High) $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Prizepool: $422,000 Entries: 211 ‘Lrslzk’ - $82,808 ‘zerodeda’ - $63,576 ‘Zurgok’ - $48,810 Event #83 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $343,000 Entries: 343 ‘Spraggy’ - $37,484 (Bounties) $30,484 (Prize) ‘Wildace_hun’ $13,437 (Bounties) $30,484 (Prize) ‘Killer_ooooo’ $3,203 (Bounties) $17,793 (Prize)
  3. It was another signpost day for Brazilian poker over the past couple of days as two more big PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker wins for Brazilian players Bruno Volkmann and Pablo Brito Silva headlined the action. With a raft of results across the summer of WSOP action, it’s no surprise that Brazil has been well represented at the virtual felt in PokerStars’ flagship online poker festival. The latest winner was Bruno Volkmann, who earned his third WCOOP title in Event #63 (High), the $10,300-entry PKO High Roller for $331,495. Volkmann outlasted a stacked final table featuring some of the world’s best poker players, including German player Christian Rudolph, who finished as runner-up, and Canadian Sam Greenwood, who finished third during a period of play at the conclusion of the event where each man of the three held the lead for separate periods of time. With 123 entries overall and a $1.2 million prize pool, one of the biggest WCOOP events of the series saw players such as Talal Shakerchi, Adrian Mateos and Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski reach the final table as Volkmann rode out the rollercoaster of ffinal table play to claim a memorable victory. WCOOP Event #63 ($10,300-entry PKO High Roller) Final Table Results Bruno Volkmann - $331,495 Christian Rudolph - $203,683 Sam Greenwood Canada $112,483 Arsenii 'hello_totti' Malinov - $81,446 Talal Shakerchi - $71,077 Patrick Brooks - $53,262 Wiktor Malinowski - $48,536 Alexandros Theologis - $25,093 Adrian Mateos - $37,277 [caption id="attachment_636140" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Pablo Brito Silva won a WCOOP after taking down a Deep Stack event on PokerStars[/caption] It was Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva, who won another Brazilian WCOOP title as he took down the 55th event of WCOOP 2021, the $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack for $62,901. Brita outlasted another great field, with 156 entries contributing to a $312,000 prize pool, including legends of the felt such as Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, and Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard, all of whom made the money. In low and medium events, there were plenty more big winners, including Chris Moorman, who claimed a medium WCOOP win to add to his already stellar reputation. In the events between Sunday and Tuesday, ‘danielskruks’ (Event #55-L), ‘Silden4filho’ (Event #55-M), ‘YELLAMAN50’ (Event #56-L), ‘smmathi’ (Event #56-M), ‘hit-shev’ (Event #57-L), ‘persh600’ (Event #57-M), ‘maaitee’ (Event #58-L), ‘Gerkyha’ (Event #58-M), ‘mirka2007’ (Event #59-L), Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman (Event #59-M), ‘tangananator’ (Event #60-L), ‘Pablos701’ (Event #60-M), ‘Garf GFGF’ (Event #61-L), ‘karach0909’ (Event #61-M), ‘MagnatG’ (Event #62-L), ‘SSSMBRFC2/C’ (Event #62-M), ‘ZORG’ (Event #64-L), ‘Kraskata85’ (Event #64-M), ‘Taufner 22’ (Event #65-L), ‘blakerr’ (Event #65-M), ‘Paradise_a1’ (Event #66-L), ‘Pippooo28’ (Event #66-M) all took down WCOOP titles. High Event Results: Event #55 (High) $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack Prizepool: $312,000 Entries: 156 ‘pabritz’ - $62,901 ‘probirs’ - $48,970 ‘bar-bar9999’ - $38,124 Event #56 (High) $1,050 PLO 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $266,000 Entries: 266 ‘vincientvega’ - $28,417 (Bounties) $22,102 (Prize) ‘MikeDannnn’ - $6,992 (Bounties) $22,102 (Prize) ‘IneedMassari’ $10,832 (Bounties) $13,948 (Prize) Event #57 (High) $530 NLHE 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $589,000 Entries: 1,178 ‘Graftekkel’ - $37,117 (Bounties) $39,803 (Prize) ‘tua133’ - $8,873 (Bounties) $39,802 (Prize) ‘Virgilik’ $6,478 (Bounties) $23,024 (Prize) Event #58 (High) $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw Prizepool: $46,000 Entries: 46 ‘Premove’ - $18,048 ‘calvin7v’ - $11,820 ‘Chilliolini’ - $7,741 Event #59 (High) $1,050 NLHE 4-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: $273,000 Entries: 273 ‘Naza114’ $19,595 (Bounties) $21,742 (Prize) ‘zerodeda’ $13,095 (Bounties) $21,742 (Prize) ‘daltonhb’ $8,757 (Bounties) $11,603 (Prize) Event #60 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Prizepool: $344,000 Entries: 172 ‘RPILON’ - $69,352 ‘ludako123’ - $53,992 ‘SsicK_OnE’ - $42,034 Event #61 (High) $530 NLHE PKO Prizepool: $577,000 Entries: 1,154 ‘Lackoo87gcb’ - $34,265 (Bounties) $39,719 (Prize) ‘AlexGelinski’ - $13,675 (Bounties) $39,718 (Prize) ‘Totocasalini69’ - $6,908 (Bounties) $24,261 (Prize) Event #62 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm Up Prizepool: $692,000 Entries: 346 ‘tohazz’ - $128,604 ‘Kohlrabi7’ - $97,022 ‘cocojamb0’ $73,196 Event #63 (High) $10,300 8-Max PKO High Roller Prizepool: $1,230,000 Entries: 123 ‘great dant’ - $211,875 (Bounties) $119,620 ‘WATnlos’ - $84,062 (Bounties) $119,620 ‘Str8$$$Homey’ - $31,562 (Bounties) $80,920 (Prize) Event #64 (High) $5,200 PLO 6-Max Prizepool: $525,000 Entries: 105 ‘jedimaster82’ - $125,457 ‘dantegoyaF’ - $96,320 ‘3DTemujiN’ - $73,950 Event #65 (High) $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $404,000 Entries: 202 ‘CPUrul0r’ - $79,276 ‘MAMOHT_T’ - $60,864 ‘Bomber&Granater’ - $46,728 Event #66 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $525,500 Entries: 1,051 ‘HITRII999’ - $26,810 (Bounties) $36,093 (Prize) ‘Machadad RS’ - $13,050 (Bounties) $36,092 (Prize) ‘’lasagnaaammm’ $10,259 (Bounties) $20,465 (Prize)
  4. The latest round of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker titles have been won and there were some big names among those taking the top prizes. Polish poker legend Dzmitry Urbanovich, All-Time Online Money List leader Joao Vieira, and former Sunday Million winner Mantas ‘bagoch’ Bagočius all took home titles while notable pros Patrick Leonard, Parker Talbot, and former #1-ranked Chris Oliver all coming close. The biggest event on the WCOOP calendar over the last couple of days was easily the $25,000-entry Super High Roller, which was won by Hungarian player ‘kZhh’ after a thrilling final table saw players such as Justin Bonomo and Adrian Mateos both missed out. It’s worth looking back at this unique event in isolation, so here is how the final nine finished: WCOOP Event #34-H $25,000 Super High Roller: ‘kZhh’ (Hungary) - $657,557 Chris Oliver (U.S.A.) - $509,470 ‘spaise411’ (Russia) - $394,733 Adrian Mateos (Spain) - $305,835 Fabiano Kovalski (Brazil) - $236,959 Justin Bonomo (U.S.A.) $183,593 ‘CrazyLissy’ (Russia) - $142,247 Pedro Padilha (Brazil) - $110,211 ‘Sintoras’ (Germany) - $87,327 Chris Oliver came mighty close to winning that title but lost out heads-up to the first-time winner from Hungary, ‘kZhh’, who also took down the 2021 PokerStars SCOOP Main Event for over $878,000. Oliver, a former worldwide #1-ranked online player who took down the WCOOP $1k PKO Event back in 2019, will have been disappointed not to get over the line, but he was in great company in doing so. Adrian Mateos can claim to have had it harder than most, although it’s only down to his own skill that the Spaniard might have found the final table tougher than the others, as he was also playing the WSOP $25,000-entry event on the same day. Polish superstar Dzmitry Urbanovich claimed his latest major title under his online pseudonym ‘Colisea’ as he bagged Event #32-H ($1,050 NLHE) for a top prize of $77,614. Pipping last year's WSOP Main Event winner Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to the title, Urbanovich, the former partypoker pro who left his pro team back in June, also outlasted ‘Piggysnipz’, who came in third for $43,587. Urbanovich has enjoyed a hugely successful last few years, and while he is known as a top professional in the live arena, this latest online victory will have reminded players and fans of just how good he is no matter where he shuffles up. In Event 33-H ($530 8-Max PKO Freezeout), Manuel ‘fellatiado’ Ruivo took the title, winning $30,528 in bounties and the $44,791 top prize, edging out ‘Mr.LuckyMan88’ (second for over $57,00 in total) and 'gabsdrogba’, who banked over - $38,000 for reaching the podium. Plenty of other events took place over Monday and Tuesday, with Event #35-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO 6-Max) won by ‘cmontopdeck’ for $62,020, beating Richard 'raconteur' Gryko into second place for $47,206. Gryko, who won $107,761 for another WCOOP runner-up result in September last year, will be distraught to have taken silver yet again. Elsewhere, former Sunday Million winner Mantas ‘bagoch’ Bagočius won Event #38-H ($2,100 6-Max PKO) to grab over $125,000, a massive proportion of the $646,000 prize pool spread out over 323 entries. This win may not quite have reached the heights of that $168,883 Sunday Million win back in 2015, but it was another major event. Few players being able to claim they have won both a WCOOP and the ‘Milly’. The Sunday Million winner this week was also the WCOOP Event #34-H winner, of course, with ‘MrHyde97’ winning the $245,066 top prize, edging out ‘THE MOVER 92’ heads-up. In the other high events, Parker Talbot won $12,880 in Event #39-H ($1,050 Razz 8-Max), falling just short of the title in third place. Event #40-H ($1,050 7-Max Freezeout) saw Joao Vieira claim yet another massive win as he outlasted ‘WhatIfGod’ to win the $64,680 top prize, with ‘ThePateychuk’ coming in third. Finally, in Event #41-H ($2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 6-Max) it was the turn of ‘Assad91’ to get the better of all their opponents, with the top prize of $36,819 claimed by the Argentinian. It was a British duo who made the other two places on the podium as Luke Schwartz won $23,531 in second place and Patrick Leonard came third for $15,038. In low and medium events, there were wins for ‘stepibakins’ (Event #33-L), ‘Baca4b’ (Event #33-M), ‘Perrymejsen’ (Event #34-M), ‘anti-durrr’ (Event #35-L), ‘shrekpoker91’ (Event #35-M), ‘Durabo’ (Event #36-L), ‘$uperdecay’ (Event #36-M), ‘anth0nypappa’ (Event #37-L), ‘0PIGGYBANK’ (Event #37-M), ‘Gladi3’ (Event #38-L), ‘piton4479’ (Event #38-M), ‘DoePopoe’ (Event #39-L), ‘Jindujun0805’ (Event #39-M), ‘Hackysack27’ (Event #40-L), ‘PPthegod90’ (Event #40-M), ‘Mattuttes’ (Event #41-L) and ‘vpisjak’ (Event #41-M). High Events: Event #32 (High) $1,050 NLHE Prizepool: $431,000 Entries: 431 ‘Colisea’ - $77,614 ‘pampa27’ - $58,163 ‘Piggysnipz’ - $43,587 Event #33 (High) $530 8-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: 678,500 Entries: 1,357 ‘fellatiado’ - $30,528 (Bounties) $44,791 (Prize) ‘Mr.LuckyMan88’ - $13,758 (Bounties) $44,790 (Prize) ‘gabsdrogba - $11,707 (Bounties) $26,600 (Prize) Event #34 (High) $25,000 NLHE 8-Max Super High Roller Prize pool: $3,000,000 Entries: 16 ‘kZhh’ - $657,557 ‘ImDaNuts’ - $509,469 ‘spaise411’ - $394,732 Event #35 (High) $2,100 5-Card PLO 6-Max Prize pool: $306,000 Entries: 153 ‘cmontopdeck’ - $62,020 ‘raconteur’ - $47,206 ‘jokkee_apart’ - $35,930 Event #38 (High) $2,100 6-Max PKO Prizepool: $646,000 Entries: 323 ‘bagoch’ - $73,593 (Bounties) $52,291 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $12,421 (Bounties) $52,291 (Prize) ‘$()meb()dY’ - $9,718 (Bounties) $32,081 (Prize) Event #39 (High) $1,050 Razz 8-Max Prizepool: $92,000 Entries: 92 ‘_sennj_’ - $25,070 ‘Daenarys T’ - $17,020 ‘tonkaaaa’ - $12,880 Event #40 (High) $1,050 7-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $308,000 Entries: 308 ‘Naza114’ - $64,680 ‘WhatIfGod’ - $46,200 ‘ThePateychuk’ - $32,340 Event #41 (High) $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw 6-Max Prizepool: $85,000 Entries: 40 ‘Assad91’ - $36,819 ‘Ib6121’ - $23,531 ‘pads1161’ - $15,038
  5. The weekend’s 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events saw some of online poker's most notable names score big as the latest High events in the PokerStars online series took place. There were wins for players including South American poker crusher Diego Ventura, British high roller Talal Shakerchi, and Finnish online legend Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna, who moved into the top four of all-time WCOOP title winners. Plus, a near miss for long-time grinder, and author, Dara ‘Doke’ O’Kearney. The High events saw some of the biggest action of the weekend, with Event #26-H ($530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezeout) seeing Finnish player ‘mahmutt88’ taking the title and $53,840 top prize. It was Bulgarian player ‘Stoqnov303’ who finished second, beaten heads-up to take the $40,145 runner-up prize, with Canadian ‘Camilancefieldg’ claiming $29,934 for a podium finish. Brazilian player Pedro Garagnani, a recent big winner himself online, came fifth for $16,643. Dara ‘SlowDoke’ O’Kearney came fourth for $22,320 after qualifying for the tournament via a satellite, not a surprise for someone who has published a bestselling poker book on the subject, 2019’s Poker Satellite Strategy. https://twitter.com/daraokearney/status/1432196534746206216 As he told us after his weekend win, O’Kearney follows strict self-discipline on entering events of this level, despite his enormous success at the online felt. “I'm following conservative bankroll management these days with all the big series online, so for WCOOP anything above $215 I only play if I satellite in.” This stringent strategy led to a massive return on O’Kearney’s investment on Sunday. “I got into [the event] through the last deadline satellite - pro tip, those are always the softest. To be honest, I remember very little about Day 1 other than being pleasantly surprised that I got through with a decent stack as I was 12-tabling. For Day 2, I kept down to six tables to give it more focus which meant I even ended up skipping my favourite Sunday MTT, the Supernova on Unibet.” Day 2 was inevitably a tough field, as some of the best poker players around got down to the business end of bringing their A-games to battle for big money. “The field got noticeably tougher as it thinned out,” agrees O’Kearney. “I remember deciding I had to take thin edges given how tough the remaining field was. The first one I took, four-bet shoving ace-five suited on the final table bubble paid off, as I got there against pocket jacks. The bust-out was a similar spot, barely profitable, but this time my pocket deuces didn’t get there against pocket tens, but I have no regrets.” One of the biggest winners over the weekend was Peru’s finest poker player - at least in terms of live results - Diego Ventura. The Peruvian poker professional won Event #28-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO) for a total of $113,488 as the massive prize pool of $810,000 was shared out between just 103 players of the 810 entries. The top two chopped bar a dollar for the win, but Ventura’s incredible bounty total meant he won a lot more than ‘Spotzilla666’ in second place ($20,642 in bounties and a $58,993 runner-up prize) and ‘GamadGADOL’ ($7,273 in bounties and $36,619 for their third-place finish. Elsewhere in the event, five Brazilians cashed in the top 18 players, another amazing South American showing in a series that has been dominated by players from the continent. Event #27-H ($1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max) saw ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ win yet another WCOOP title for $32,834, with Lithuania’s ‘vincelis’ (2nd for $24,991) and Russian ‘recusant_89’ (3rd for $19,021) both coming close. Elsewhere in the event, recent PokerStars Team Pro addition Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot sneaked into the money in 18th place for $2,386. The event saw Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer miss out on the money by bubbling the event, having claimed the Event #21-M WCOOP title just last week. Event #29-H ($2,100 8-Game 6-Max) saw the incredible ‘calvin7v’ from Finland, a.k.a. Jussi Nevanlinna, win his fifth WCOOP title, putting him fourth on the list of all-time multiple WCOOP winners. The champion took the top prize of $40,486 from a prize pool of $150,000, with 68 yielding just nine paid places. ‘Fresh_oO_D’ came second for $30,264, with ‘spaise411’ finishing third for $22,623, while Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira snuck into the money by finishing ninth for $5,280. One of the biggest winners of the weekend was British player Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi, the high roller regular taking his second WCOOP title after winning Event #45 of the 2020 WCOOP series. Shakerchi, who won a SCOOP title way back in 2016 too, bossed Event #37-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller) for a top prize of $124,687 including bounties and place prizes combined. With a whopping $580,000 prize pool and 116 entries, ‘WushuTM’ won $42,187 in bounties and $56,406 as a place prize for coming second, with current #1-ranked Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski amassing over $55,000 in total winnings by finishing third. In the Event #30-H ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo) tournament, ‘WizardOffAz’ won the $63,304 top prize, with ‘Graftekkel’ (2nd for $49,284) and ‘YacuTTi’ (3rd for $38,369) both falling just short. With a massive $314,000 in the prize pool, 157 entries saw just 20 players cash with Sam ‘SamSquid’ Grafton (19th for $4,267) among them. Event #31-H ($1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO) saw 382 players topped by ‘_m0ney2_89’, who lived up to their name to win over $78,000 in prizes, while Event #36-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout) saw $457,000 in the prize pool claimed by some great players, with the winner, ‘Piggysnipz’ winning over $74,000 and the title. The weekend welcomed plenty of winners in low and medium events. WCOOP winners in those value events included ‘JohnnieD47’ (Event #26-L), ‘Venulaband’ (Event #26-M), ‘Maverick250’ (Event #27-L), ‘IExPlayI’ (Event #27-M), ‘iveydoagrest’ (Event #28-L), ‘makemevision’ (Event #28-M), ‘lukaschek.1’ (Event #29-L), ‘Loveles5’ (Event #29-M), ‘fiorikopke69’ (Event #30-L), ‘Manu8866’ (Event #30-M), ‘lucksomuch77’ (Event #31-L), ‘karbovski’ (Event #31-M), ‘Durabo’ (Event #36-L), $uperdecay (Event #36-M), ‘anth0nypappa’ (Event #37-L) and ‘“0PIGGYBANK”’ (Event #37-M). High Event Winners: Event #26 (High) $530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezout Prize pool $305,000 Entries: 610 ‘mahmuttt88’ - $53,840 ‘Stoqnov303’ - $40,145 ‘Camilancefieldg’ $29,934 Event #27 (High) $1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max Prize pool: $162,000 Entries: 162 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $32,834 ‘vincelis’ - $24,991 ‘recusant_89’ - $19,021 Event #28 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Prize pool: $810,000 Entries: 810 ‘Die_Ventura’ - $54,494 (Bounties) $58,994 (Prize) ‘Spotzilla666’ - $20,642 (Bounties) $58,993 (Prize) ‘GamadGADOL’ $7,273 (Bounties) $36,619 (Prize) Event #29 (High) $2,100 8-Game 6-Max Prize pool: $150,000 Entries: 68 ‘calvin7v’ - $40,486 ‘Fresh_oO_D’ - $30,264 ‘spaise411’ - 22,623 Event #30 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Prize pool: $314,000 Entries: 157 ‘WizardOffAz’ - $63,304 ‘Graftekkel’ - $49,284 ‘YacuTTi’ - $38,369 Event #31 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: 382,000 Entries: 382 ‘_m0ney2_89’ - $45,207 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘zerodeda’ - $6,218 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘pistecaloze’ $250 (Bounties) $19,816 (Prize) Event #36 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: 457,000 Entries: 457 ‘Piggysnipz’ $38,648 (Bounties) $35,700 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $22,085 (Bounties) $35,699 (Prize) ‘Proudflop’ - $22,626 (Prize only) Event #37 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller Prize pool: $580,000 Entries: 116 ‘raidalot’ - $68,281 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘WushuTM’ $42,187 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘theNERDguy’ $16,093 (Bounties) $38,157 (Prize)
  6. J.C. Tran. Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Fedor Holz. Steven van Zadelhoff. Through the 20 year history of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, some of the biggest names in poker have had a signature win in the WCOOP Main Event. Along with the seven-figure score for winning comes the opportunity to build a legacy alongside some other online poker legends. The 2021 WCOOP Main Event High features a $5,200 buy-in and a $10 million guarantee. While that price point might seem out of reach for the everyday grinder, PokerStars has an extensive satellite program designed to help players of all bankrolls work their way into the big one. Winning the WCOOP Main Event would certainly elevate any poker player to legend status, but doing so by turning $1 into the title and $1,000,000+ would be a win for the ages. PokerStars offers exactly that opportunity through their WCOOP Fast Track, which is awarding $1,000,000 of WCOOP tickets. Step 1 is a $1 buy-in 12-player sit-n-go that awards one ticket to the Step 2 tournament. Step 2 is a 21-player $12 buy-in that will send two players to the Step 3 event. This is where things change a little bit. Step 3 is a $109 buy-in multi-table tournament that guarantees at least four tickets to the fourth and final stage. Step 4 has a $1,050 buy-in and once again is an MTT format with three $5,200 Main Event seats guaranteed. Players don't have to start at the $1 buy-in level. They can enter any one of the step tournaments by buying in with cash. For players who prefer the thrill of the hunt, PokerStars also has a dedicated set of Spin-n-Gos that reward players with all kinds of WCOOP tickets available to be won, including Main Event seats. Players can enter Spin-n-Gos with buy-ins of $1.50, $4, or $22 to win WCOOP tickets. Players can win just a single Main Event entry and any subsequent Main Event seats won will be automatically converted to tournament dollars. For players who prefer a more traditional satellite route, the Phase system might just scratch that itch. There are multiple $55 buy-in Phase 1 tournaments each day. Players who bag chips after 15 levels of play move onto the Phase 2 tournament. Phase 2 runs each Sunday and awards a minimum of five $5,200 Main Event seats. While the High NLHE Main Event is the one that grabs all of the headlines, there is also the Medium and Low Main Events with buy-ins of $1,050 and $109 respectively. Mega satellites are available for the Medium Main Event for $109 while the Low Main Event megas cost $2.20. Each of those MTTs typically guarantees at least five seats to their associated Main Event. All six of the 2021 WCOOP Main Events begin Sunday, September 12.
  7. The storyline throughout the first two weeks of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online has been the dominance of the Brazilian contingent. The arena might be different, but early returns show that the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker just might follow that narrative. Three Brazilian players grabbed WCOOP titles on Monday, with Pedro 'pvigar' Garagnani the biggest winner of the bunch. Garagnani topped the 200-entry field in Event #4-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller) to win $195,690 and the second WCOOP title of his career. His first came in 2017. Finishing one spot behind Garagnani was Diego Ventura. The Peruvian superstar had to settle for the silver medal slot and $152,344.30. Third place went to Christian 'WATnlos' Rudolph. The two other Brazilian winners on Monday came from Low buy-in events. 'GuaranaDolly' won Event #3-L ($22 NLHE PKO Freezeout) and 'OFaroFino' secured the bag in Event #6-L ($11 NLHE Six Max). Jonathan 'Proudflop' Proudfoot, the #2-ranked player in the United Kingdom, won his first WCOOP title by beating a Brazilian heads up. Proudfoot, who has a Spring Championship of Online Poker title on his resume, beat 'BLEFE GOD' to win Event #2-H ($530 WCOOP Kickoff). Proudfoot walked away with a $90,131.09 score while 'BLEFE GOD' took home $65,440.33. Robert 'kravm65' Burlacu finished in third and earned $47,513.73. Hungarian star Peter 'twirlpro' Turmezy made his way through 459 other entries in WCOOP Event #3-H ($2,100 NLHE PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE) to win his first WCOOP title. Along with the trophy, Turmezy added $134,505 to his lifetime earnings. Andrey 'ThePateychuk' Pateychuk finished runner-up. The four-card game also got some run on Monday. '#Naktro91' won Event #5-H ($2,100 PLO Six Max) for $72,202.73. The event, which attracted 181 entries, had another Brazilian just miss out on the win. Dante 'dantegoyaF' Goya finished in second place for $54,577.76. Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov worked his way through 553 other entries in Event #6-H ($1,050 NLHE Six Max) to win the second WCOOP title of his career. British pro Tyler 'wonderboy222' Goatcher finished runner-up while Austrian 'Grozzorg' took the final spot on the podium. Dinesh 'NastyMinder' Alt won his second WCOOP title in as many years after shipping Event #11-H ($530 NLO8 8-Max PKO) for $27,168.77. It was the second final table of the day for Alt. He busted in seventh place in Event #4. Other WCOOP winners on Monday included 'LillaLejonet' (Event #2-L), 'crossthervr' (Event #2-M), 'thx4urm0n3y' (Event #3-M), 'drak1973' (Event #5-L), 'HTRYG' (Event #5-M), 'ekkntm' (Event #6-M), 'HetlsJeBoy' (Event #11-L), and 'avttaS' (Event #11-M). Event #2 (High): $530 WCOOP Kickoff Entries: 1,130 Prize pool: $565,000 Proudflop - $90,131.09 BLEFE GOD - $65,440.33 kravm65 - $47,513.73 Event #3 (High): $2,100 NLHE PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE Entries: 460 Prize pool: $920,000 twirlpro - $134,505 ThePateychuk - $116,004.86 Aalexxs - $59,964.87 Event #4 (High): $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller Entries: 200 Prize pool: $1,000,000 pvigar - $195,690 Die Ventura - $152,344.30 WATnlos - $118,599.90 Event #5 (High): $2,100 PLO 6-Max Entries: 181 Prize pool: $362,000 #Naktro91 - $72,202.73 dantegoyaF - $54,577.76 Fructu?1?1 - $41,255.22 Event #6 (High): $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Entries: 554 Prize pool: $554,000 NL_Profit - $97,851 wonderboy222 - $69,876.02 Grozzorg - $49,899.33 Event #11 (High): $530 NLO8 8-Max PKO Entries: 258 Prize pool: $129,000 NastyMinder - $27,168.77 robc1978 - $12,258.43 aless_84 - $9,361.16
  8. The opening day of the 2021 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker was a busy one with seven events and 21 total tournaments in action, but just three players finished Sunday's action with a WCOOP title. All three buy-in levels of Event #7 played down to a champion with a player from the Netherlands walking away as the big winner. 'nmi128' beat out 970 other players to win Event #7-H ($530 Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) for $34,375.17 and another $44,666.91 worth of bounties. It was their first WCOOP title. Brazilian players have been dominating the World Series of Poker Online and came oh-so-close to kicking off the WCOOP schedule with a title but 'Jâmes' fell one spot short and had to settle for the silver medal and $34,374.61 and another $6,620.11 from bounties. Third place went to Anthony Spinella for $20,844.26 with another $4,568.36 coming from bounties. The $485,500 prize pool easily beat the $400,000 guarantee. The Ukraine's 'gunnersfun' took home Event #7-M ($55 Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) and took home $18,840.69 from the prize pool and secured another $8,876.65 in bounties. The most high-profile player at the final table was undoubtedly Team PokerStars Team Pro Online member Arlie Shaban. Despite missing out on a podium finish, Shaban was excited to kick off WCOOP with a strong performance. In Event #7-L ($5.50 Mini Sunday Cooldown SE 8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout), 'goodday2211' had a great day, beating 10,814 other players to win $2,981.69 and another $1,107.76 in bounties. Monday promises to be a much busier day with six events and 18 tournaments playing down to a winner. WCOOP Event #7 (High): $530 Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 971 Prize pool: $485,500 nmi128 - $34,375.17 + $44,666.91 in bounties Jâmes - $34,374.61 + $6,620.11 in bounties Anthony 'holdplz' Spinella - $20,844.26 + $4,568.36 in bounties WCOOP Event #7 (Medium): $55 Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 6,212 Prize pool: $$310,600 gunnersfun - $18,840.69 + $8,876.65 in bounties lucasfranque - $18,837.50 + $5,554.58 in bounties mark188193 - $11,034.76 + $969.20 in bounties WCOOP Event #7 (Low): $5.50 Mini Sunday Cooldown SE (8-Max Turbo PKO NLHE Freezeout) Entries: 10,815 Prize pool: $52.993.50 goodday2211 - $2,981.69 + $1,107.76 in bounties disneyyman - $2,972.58 + $507.57 in bounties dario.boss27 - $1,763.70 + $391.07 in bounties
  9. The PokerStars 2021 World Championship of Online Poker schedule is massive, diverse, and packed with value. It has to be. With over $100 million in guaranteed prize money, PokerStars is looking to make this year’s WCOOP the biggest in the series 20-year history. It features 102 events, each with three buy-in levels (Low, Medium, High), for a total of 306 tournaments giving players plenty of opportunities to boost their bankrolls and battle for a trophy. But sometimes, with a schedule that features something for everyone, knowing where to focus your time and attention can be a little intimidating. So, here’s a little help. Pick and choose a schedule that features your favorite games, but make sure you include these five “must-play” events from the 2021 WCOOP. Event #01 - [Phase Tournament] Buy-ins: $5.50 (Low), $22 (Medium), $109 (High) Date: various The first event of the series is really one of the last events as it’s a Phase tournament. That means that starting flights for the tournament are running throughout the duration of the series and what makes it an event you simply can’t miss is that whenever you are ready to play, there’s likely a Phase 1 kicking off. So not only is this tournament easy to fire in but for players who happen to bust out before making Phase 2, there’s always another Phase 1 around the corner to give it another shot. Another reason is the guarantee, each of the three buy-ins comes with its own $1 million guarantee making this one of the best “bang for you buck” events across the entire schedule. Event #02 - [WCOOP Kickoff] Buy-ins: $5.50 (Low), $55 (Medium), $530 (High) Date: August 22 With the Phase tournaments already in full swing, Event #02 serves, in reality, as the first event of the 2021 WCOOP. The guarantees for the events are $75K, $300K, and $400K respectively, which are solid of the series but the real value comes in knowing that the first event of most major series is a massive draw for players. It’s very likely that the excitement of a new WCOOP series will see these guarantees shattered as players pile into the lobbies looking to be among the first to take home a trophy. It goes without saying that the structure for all three tournaments is solid with plenty of starting chips for each buy-in and, for those playing in the High Event, 20-minute levels - which is more than enough playing time for online poker. Event #37 - [8-Max, Turbo Progressive Knock Out] Buy-ins: $55 (Low), $530 (Medium), $5,200 (High) Date: August 29 There’s no doubt that Progressive Knock Out events are among the most popular that PokerStars offers. Players love to have the opportunity to make big money on bounties before they even make the money. This is why this event is one of the best on the schedule. Not only is it a PKO, but it’s a Turbo - of the 306 events, just 39 tournament crown a winner in a single day. Plus this event has massive guarantees across all three tournaments of $300K, $400K, and $500K respectively - one of the highest guarantees of all the Turbo events. So, this one has everything: PKO, done in a day, and huge money up top. This should be a featured event for players who don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a tournament. For a similar event, see Event #93. Event #63 - [Sunday Million PKO] Buy-ins: $109 (Low), $1,050 (Medium), $10,300 (High) Date: September 5 PokerStars biggest Sunday tournament goes even bigger during WCOOP. The marquee Sunday Million (Low) keeps its $109 buy-in and gets a guarantee bump to $1.5 million, almost ensuring that the winner turns their hundred dollar investment into a six-figure score. Plus, it’s a PKO which means that the bounties (and the stakes) will all be higher promising one of the most fun, recreational-player-filled, tournaments of the series. In addition to the Low event, the Medium also has a $1.5 million guarantee and the High event gets $1 million of its own. The Sunday Million is a three-day event, with 15-minute levels and for players who make the final table, a featured appearance on PokerStars Twitch channel is likely to take place. Event #91 - [The Main Event] Buy-in: $55 (Low), $530 (Medium), $5,200 (High) Date: September 12 This is it. The WCOOP Main Event. It’s where legends of online poker are made and shine and it’s absolutely an event that cannot be missed. This year, the $5,200 Main Event comes with an incredible $10 million guarantee with promises seven-figure scores will be at stake. With satellites for the Main Event practically running around the clock on PokerStars, even for those grinders where $5,200 is outside of proper bankroll management, there’s plenty of ways to get in on the cheap. Just last year the final three players, Andre Marques, Tonio Roder, and Teun Mulder, agreed to a deal in which all three became millionaires. In the end, Marques stood alone and booked a $1.147 million score. Although many eyes will be on the huge High prize pool, both the Medium and the Low have the ability to pay out life-changing sums. The Low comes with a $1.5 million guarantee and in 2020 it was won by ‘klimono’ who added more than $186K to their bankroll. The Medium has a guarantee of $2.5 million. In 2020, that tournament surpasses that guarantee by more than a million and ‘1mSoWeeeaK’ took home the title and $504,583. PLO fans can substitute Event #91 for Event #92, the PLO Main Event. With buy-ins coming in at $109 (Low), $1,050 (Medium), and $10,300 (High) and healthy guarantees of $275K, $750K, and $1M respectively it’s a PLO players dream tournament. So scour the schedule and pick your favorites, but circle the calendar for these five “must play” events.
  10. The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, one of online poker’s premier tournament series, returns for its 20th year, kicking off on August 22 and featuring more than $100 million in overall guaranteed prize money. Running from August 22 through September 15, PokerStars aims to make the 2021 version of WCOOP its biggest and best yet. The schedule features 102 events, each with PokerStars’ signature three-tiered buy-ins of High, Medium, and Low. That’s 306 total tournaments with entry fees ranging from as little as $5.50 and running up through the $25,000 buy-in Super High Roller. The series will conclude with six Main Events, three No Limit Hold’em and three Pot Limit Omaha, at each of the different buy-in tiers. However, traditionally, all eyes will be on the NLHE Main Event High - a $5,200 buy-in event with a $10 million guarantee. The tournament, which begins on September 12, will instantly become one of the largest online tournaments of all time with the winner almost assuredly earning more than a million dollars for first. In 2020, the WCOOP High Main Event drew 1,977 runners (providing a $115,000 overlay) and ended with Andre Marques, Tonio Roder, and Tuen Mulder agreeing to a three-handed deal that secured each of them at least $1 million. After playing it out for the win, Marques emerged as the champion and not only took home the WCOOP trophy but a career-high score of $1,147,270. Players can, once again, expect a No Limit Hold’em heavy schedule but one of PokerStars’ strengths is the ability to offer a wide variety of poker tournaments and the WCOOP schedule obliges. Titles will be awarded in nearly every variant including Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit 2-7 Single Draw, Fixed Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Razz, PLO8, Badugi, Seven Card Stud, Short Deck (6+), and H.O.R.S.E. among others. The schedule brings players in with Event #02 (WCOOP Kickoff), a pair of major $700K GTD Progressive KnockOut tournaments in Event #03 Medium and High (PKO, Sunday Warm-Up), and Event #4, a trio of 8-Max events that all boast no less than $1 million guarantees. The action in the early events will help PokerStars reach the incredible milestone of more than $1 billion in lifetime WCOOP prize pools. There is likely to be a tournament of interest for every poker enthusiast over the course of WCOOP’s 25 days. For those looking to play for a trophy on a budget, the series has 62 tournaments that can be entered for less than $11. On the other end of the scale, online poker’s elite will have plenty to fight for with five tournaments with a buy-in of $10,300 as well as the aforementioned $25,000 Super High Roller. The schedule also caters to players who are short on time. Most WCOOP events are (at least) two-day affairs but in 2021 there are 13 Turbo events (39 tournaments) all of which will complete on the same day. Everything gets started with Event #-01, the series long Phased tournament which has starting flights throughout the duration of the series and ultimately wraps up on September 13. The Phased tournament buy-in are $5.50, $22, and $109 for Low, Medium, and High respectively and each comes with a $1 million guarantee. Players are permitted to enter as many Phase 1 flights as it takes in order to survive with chips to Phase 2, which plays as a freezeout. Satellites for the Main Event, as well as other WCOOP events, will be available in the lobby to help players on a budget find their way into an event on the cheap. PokerStars 2021 WCOOP Complete Schedule [table id=259 /]
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