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It has been a good year to be poker pro Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (pictured). Despite 2015 being just three weeks old, Kostritsyn is up almost $1 million already at the high-stakes tables, according to HighStakesDB. In fact, he piled up almost $200,000 in profit on Wednesday alone and is the month's biggest winner thus far. We'll focus on Wednesday's session for Kostritsyn right now. According to HighStakesDB, a chunk of his damage came early in the day: "Most of joiso's winnings came from playing $1k/$2k 2-7 Triple Draw heads-up against EireAbufor a little over an hour. The pair switched tables after an hour, with joiso already up $143.6k. They played on for another ten minutes at a new table, with joiso adding a further $26.5k for a $170.1k win." The rest of Kostritsyn's winnings on the day came at the $400/$800 Mixed Game tables. All told, he was up $198,000 on Wednesday on PokerStars and $930,000 for the month of January. HighStakesDB began following Kostritsyn in 2011 and, since then, he has piled up $1.2 million in profit. He is up $844,000 lifetime in PLO and is up $348,000 in Draw Games. He is a breakeven No Limit Hold'em player and has dropped $383,000 in Omaha High-Low. On the live scene, the Russian may be best known for winning the 2008 Aussie Millions Poker Championship for $1.4 million. He won a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure side event in 2014 for $263,000 and has $2.9 million in career live winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, which is good for #8 all-time in Russia. He was #25 worldwide on the 2008 money list. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
PokerStars' mainstay tournament series, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), wrapped up its three-week run with the $5,200 buy-in $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event on Tuesday evening. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- For the first time ever, the WCOOP Main Event was contested over a three-day period, starting on Sunday and wrapping up on Tuesday night. At the start, 900 players were virtually seated in the PokerStars tournament arena and players continually streamed in through the late registration phase. Once late registration closed, 1,995 players made up the field. While the final number of 1,995 was impressive, it required PokerStars to contribute another $25,000 to make the $10 million guarantee on the prize pool. The carnage of Day One was apparent as the day played out. It only took about eight hours to bring the field under 1,000 players and, two more hours later, that number was cut in half. By the end of Sunday's action, the money bubble was in sight with AlwaysiNduCeholding down the chip lead with 246 players remaining. The bubble popped on Day Two when Jonathan Jaffe found his way to the virtual rail with nothing to show for his efforts. After Jaffe's departure, the players started the parade to the cashout cage, looking to claim their portion of the $10 million prize pool. Eventually, AlwaysiNduCe eliminated WICKED617(pictured) in tenth place and the day's play came to a close with AlwaysiNduCe hanging on the coattails of poker pro Alexander joiso Kostritsyn. The final nine gathered on Tuesday with each player ensured of taking home $100,000 for his three days of work, but the $1,760,500 top prize was the target everyone was shooting for. On the short stack, Coenaldinho7 politicked for a nine-way chop, but no one took him seriously. Surprisingly, one of the start-of-day leaders was among the first to leave the event. After bindernutnut was eliminated in ninth, Kostritsyn, who had seen his once powerful 19 million chip stack decimated to only about 6.5 million in an hour of play, went into a three-way pot with AlwaysiNduCe and beertjes79. A 10d-8d-5c flop saw beertjes79 get out of the way as AlwaysiNduCe called a million-chip bet from Kostritsyn. They both checked a 4c turn, but when a Jd came on the river, Kostritsyn moved his remaining chips to the center. AlwaysiNduCe' didn't believe him and made the call. AlwaysiNduCe had flopped a set of tens that was still good, as Kostritsyn could only muster a 9-6 for a busted gutshot straight draw. After coming into the day as the leader, Kostritsyn surely was dismayed with his eighth place finish. After SUICAEDERE, rbdowntown, and Ravic85(pictured) were ushered from the table in seventh through fifth places, respectively, the final four players entered discussions for a deal. After some discussion that saw beertjes79 and Coenaldinho7 give up some money to get AlwaysiNduCe, the money numbers looked like this: Nolet20 - $1,223,000 Coenaldinho7 - $1,100,000 AlwaysiNduCe - $1,000,000 beertjes79 - $800,000 The players left $200,000 and the WCOOP Main Event bracelet on the table to play for. AlwaysiNduCe and Coenaldinho7 dominated four-handed play, with Coenaldinho7 taking out beertjes79 in fourth and AlwaysiNduCe knocking off Nolet20 in third. Holding more than a 2:1 chip lead, AlwaysiNduCe couldn't finish the deal, however, as Coenaldinho7 had flipped the advantage to his side within five minutes of heads-up play. Soon afterwards, the final hand was dealt. After min-raising from the button and getting a call from Coenaldinho7, AlwaysiNduCe saw a flop of 5-2-10. Coenhaldinho7 check-raised and after a king on the turn, the fireworks were lit. Coenaldinho7 led out with a strong bet of 15 million, one that virtually put AlwaysiNduCe all-in, and after AlwaysiNduCe pushed his stack in and Coenaldinho7 made the call, the cards were shown. AlwaysiNduCe was in a dominant position with K-5 (two pair), while Coenaldinho7 was left looking for one of two tens left in the deck with 10-7. Stunningly, a ten came on the river to completely reverse the fortunes, with AlwaysiNduCe relegated to the second place position as Coenaldinho7 and his trip tens took the hand and the championship of the WCOOP Main Event: 1. Coenaldinho7 (Belgium) - $1,300,000 2. AlwaysiNduCe (Poland) - $1,000,000 3. Nolet20 (Canada) - $1,223,000 4. beertjes79 (Belgium) - $800,000 5. Ravic85 (Russia) - $400,000 6. Rory "Mr.Kingball" Brown (Ireland) - $273,000 7. K.T.A.-1985 (Czech Republic) - $200,000 8. Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (Russia) - $150,000 9. bindernutnut (Canada) - $100,000 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
A number of players hold a special place in the history of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Former #1-ranked Calvin Anderson is the only player with 10 career SCOOP titles and on Saturday, Shawn Buchanan is his closest threat with six and more than a handful of players have won five each. On Saturday, Benny Glaser added his name to that list thanks to his win in Event #6 High ($2,100 8-Game). Glaser topped the 122-entry field to win $54,854 and an 8-Game SCOOP title for the second time in two years after winning Event #41 High ($1,050 8-Game) in 2019. Runner-up 'donthnrmepls' picked up $42,070 while 'at0216' earned $32,266 as the third place finisher. UK-based grinder 'com 157' had the single biggest score of the day, winning $128,391 for taking down Event #5 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em). Runner-up Dimitar 'KuuL' Danchev narrowly missed out on a six-figure runner-up consolation prize, taking home $94,888 for finishing second. Third place finisher Max 'mikki696' Lehmanski had to settle for $70,128. Two-time Sunday Million winner 'Lucky_Jew_17' pulled off a rare feat in Event #7 High ($530 NLHE PKO), winning more in bounties than first place paid. Finishing on top of the 1,893-entry field came with a $60,864 score and they collected another $63,768 in bounties. Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura wasn't as fortunate, earning $60,863 from the prize pool and another $14,376 in bounties. 'Ervedosa' won $36,111 and $11,142 in bounties for coming in third. Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn took down Event #11 High ($1,050 No Limit 5-Card Draw PKO) for $9,198 and $14,468 in bounties. Runner-up 'Parasol6Ka' scored $9,198 and just $250 in bounties while Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov won $5,882 and $4,094 in bounties for finishing on the final spot of the podium. The final High event on Saturday had 736 runners who fired a total of 612 rebuys and 470 add-ons to build a $369,054 prize pool. 'Eleres88' won the event outright for $62,622. Second place finisher 'conejin_20' picked up a $44,639 score and 'TheGrinderØ' added $31,820 to their bankroll for coming in third place. Other SCOOP winners on Saturday included 'corresao' (Event #5-Low) 'staanemer' (Event #5-Medium), 'Nr1InEurope' (Event #6-Low), 'fish_sah' (Event #6-Medium), 'YouGoBrokeOk' (Event #7-Low), 'Lackoo87gcb' (Event #7-Medium), 'PufuMiu' (Event #11-Low), 'MarkBang' (Event #11-Medium), 'Malicious20' (Event #12-Low), 'cassolGana' (Event #12-Medium), Event #5 (High) - $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 741 Prize pool: $741,000 com 157 - $128,391 Dimitar 'KuuL' Danchev - $94,888 Max 'mikki696' Lehmanski - $70,128 Consi11- $51,829 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert - $38,305 Easterdamn - $28,309 Rafael 'GM_Valter' Moraes - $20,922 disquesi! - $15,463 Josip 'Jozinho6' Simunic - $11,428 Event #6 (High) - $2,100 8-Game Entries: 122 Prize pool: $244,000 Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser - $54,854 donthnrmepls - $42,070 at0216 - $32,266 joiso - $24,746 Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $18,979 Fake Love888 - $14,556 Phil 'flong78' Long - $11,164 Event #7 (High) - $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 1,893 Prize pool: $946,500 Lucky_Jew_17 - $60,864 + $63,768 in bounties Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $60,863 + $14,376 in bounties Ervedosa - $36,111 + $11,142 in bounties Jesseonboss - $25,741 + $8,223 in bounties jenssegers36 - $18,349 + $4,418 in bounties Odonkor1 - $13,080 + $1,508 in bounties KkruchitAAs - $9,324 + $6,896 in bounties dadaking001 - $6,646 + $2,843 in bounties pochi - $4,738 + $1,262 in bounties Event #11 (High) - $1,050 No Limit 5-Card Draw PKO Entries: 78 Prize pool: $78,000 Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn - $9,198 + $14,468 in bounties Parasol6Ka - $9,198 + $250 in bounties Denis 'aDrENalin710' Strebkov - $5,882 + $4,094 in bounties Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira - $4,397 + $2,375 in bounties sprocketsAA - $3,287 + $1,500 in bounties Ulett_23 - $2,457 + $2,438 in bounties Skint Paddy - $1,837 + $500 in bounties Event #12 (High) - $215 NLHE Turbo w/Rebuys Entries: 736 Prize pool: $369,054 Eleres88 - $62,622 conejin_20 - $44,639 TheGrinderØ - $31,820 Ahhh Is It? - $22,682 progre69 - $16,169 Jamil11 - $11,526 Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky - $8,216 drupa-lucker - $5,857 Witalii - $4,175