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  1. The party in Portugal is probably going to last for a few days after Andre 'PTFisherman23' Marques came out on top of the 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event (High) on Wednesday. Marques, who was playing from the Netherlands, was one of three players to earn at least $1 million at the final table after Marques, Tonio 'prrak4783' Roder, and Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder chopped up just north of $3.32 million after four days of play in $10,300 buy-in WCOOP Main Event. Marques emerged as the champion and picked up $1,147,270.86 while Roder came in second place for $1,082,522.50 and Mulder took home $1,101,527.64 for taking the final spot on the podium. Sweden's Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo, who has been ranked as high as #2 in the world, came in fourth place for a career-best cash of $543,301. That cash also made Ylitalo just the 13th player to surpass $13 million in online tournament earnings. Winning the WCOOP Main Event (Medium) is a pretty solid way to grab the first WCOOP title of your career. That's exactly what Thailand-based grinder '1mSoWeeeaK' pulled off on Wednesday night after beating 'Y.Zakaharov' heads up to claim the crown and secure the bag. With no deal made, the champion walked away with $504,583.85 while 'Y.Zakaharov' had to settle for $359,679.96. Lastly, 'klimono' turned their $55 buy-in into $186,841.09 by outlasting 38,659 other entries in the Main Event (Low). It was the first WCOOP title for the Polish poker player. WCOOP #72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event] 1,977 entries $10,000,000 prize pool ($115,000 overlay) Andre ‘PTFisherman23’ Marques - $1,147,270.86* Tonio ‘prrak4783’ Roder - $1,082,522.50* Teun ‘tinnoemulder’ Mulder - $1,101,527.64* Robin ‘robinho’ Yitalo - $543,301 Andriy ‘Andre_Hansen’ Lyubovetskiy - $387,284 Denys ‘SantaZzz’ Chufarin - $276,069 Michael ‘munchenHB’ Telker - $196,792 77atlant77 - $140,280 Cecilia ‘princes chu’ Cafaro - $99,997 WCOOP #72-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event] 7,105 entries $3,552,500 prize pool 1mSoWeeeaK - $504,583.85 Y.Zakaharov - $359,679.96 $harkFlo - $256,392.09 ZAR84 - $182,764.75 GM_VALTER - $130,280.83 tzini9 - $92,868.38 kirbyi17 - $66,199.41 owilson25 - $47,189.27 cladarth - $33,637.91 WCOOP #72-L: $55NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event] 38,660 entries $1,933,000 prize pool klimono - $186,841.09 Tangawi26 - $132,092.52 ID IMPOSS - $93,403.33 pvss - $66,045.97 Mr.Skinny.00 - $46,701.47 vrodrguez1 - $33,022.98 Clutch Hero - $23,350.83 Jemisis - $16,511.49 benton24 - $11,675.32
  2. While the three 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Events all played down to a final table on Tuesday, the fans of the great game of Pot Limit Omaha were tuned into to watch the PLO Main Events crown a new champion and all three of the buy-in levels came through with a top player standing in the winner's circle. Sweden's 'jedimaster82' beat Ola ‘Odd_Oddsen’ Amundsgaard heads up to win Event #73 High ($10,300 PLO Main Event) for $283,368.15 and their first WCOOP victory. Amundsgaard collected $217,808.59 for his runner-up performance. Kahle 'ROFLshove' Burns outlasted 787 other entries in event #73 Medium ($1,050 PLO Main Event) to pocket $133,757 along with the first WCOOP title of his storied career. The final PLO Main Event went to the current #1-ranked online poker player in Germany. 'nilsef' and 'GHOSTFACE9.8' chopped Event #73 Low ($109 PLO Main Event) with 'nilsef' taking home $40,224.38 and the title. This is the fifth time 'nilsef' has captured WCOOP glory, making him the fifth player to do so. 'Roche9797', who captured Event #68 Medium just two days earlier, came out on top of Event #75 High ($1,050 NLHE Series Saver) to become the 18th player to win two WCOOP titles this year. The win came with $97.526.11 from the prize pool and another $74,277.26 in bounties. The first event on the 2020 WCOOP schedule finally wrapped up on Tuesday. 'estebangocu' topped Phase 2 of Event #1 ($215 NLHE) to win $215,006.07 and their first WCOOP title. The other four players who were crowned WCOOP champs on Tuesday were 'JannikB541' (Event #1 Medium), 'timaozanho' (Event #1 Low), 'r-w patriot' (Event #75 Medium), and 'Jungurcew' (Event #75 Low). WCOOP #73-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event] 135 entries $1,350,000 prize pool jedimaster82 - $283,368.15 Ola ‘Odd_Oddsen’ Amundsgaard - $217,808.59 d.apollo777 - $167,416.87 WCOOP #73-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event] 788 entries $788,000 prize pool Kahle ‘ROFLshove’ Burns - $133,757 Guilherme ‘guilherme12’ Decourt - $94,178.13 Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich - $66,310.98 WCOOP #73-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event] 3,066 entries $306,600 prize pool nilsef - $40,224.38* GHOSTFACE9.8 - $34,964.21* the_eel_89 - $21,512.80 WCOOP #75-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Series Saver] 1,490 entries $1,490,000 prize pool Roche9797 - $97.526.11 + $74,277.26 in bounties Leonardo 'LeoMattosAK' Mattos - $97,525.34 + $1,531.25 in bounties Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hassan - $58,313.31 + $30,761.69 in bounties WCOOP #75-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Series Saver] 9,838 entries $983,000 prize pool r-w patriot - $56,873.81 + $26,787.98 in bounties DemonKrasnod - $56,866.19 + $12,036.88 in bounties fpfeifer97 - $33,740.06 + $7,080.05 in bounties WCOOP #75-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Series Saver] 28,031 entries $274,703.80 prize pool Jungurcew - $11,618.24 + $5,841.66 in bounties ryanpcallme - $11,593 + $1,205.20 in bounties aek aek aek - $6,878.43 + $269.03 in bounties WCOOP #1-H: $215 NLHE [Phase 2] 1,143 entries $2,153,200 prize pool estebangocu - $215,006.07 Torben ‘Tralllle’ Sorensen - $159,299.10 chtrumfeinz - $118,029.01 WCOOP #1-M: $22 NLHE [Phase 2] 5,379 entries $1,013,180 prize pool JannikB541 - $92,664.56* NOK123 - $79,648.86* fcb-serv - $52,245.31 WCOOP #1-L: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2] 11,439 entries $250,000 prize pool timaozanho - $25,051.42 Pavelx3 - $17,727.86 tiag1 - $12,571.02
  3. PokerStars announced the return of its popular World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) this week. The series will run from September 7 to 28 and feature 66 events and $40 million in guaranteed prize money. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event will play out on September 28 and 29 and see players battling for $10 million in guaranteed cash and a $1.5 million first place prize. In a WCOOP first, railbirds will be able to watch the final table action in a delayed, cards-down webcast on PokerStars.tv. EPT regulars like James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton will be on-hand along with other Team PokerStars pros to give a play-by-play commentary. The series offers a huge selection of games including Draw, Stud, and Razz in a number of different formats like Ante Up, Big Antes, Four-Max, and Shootouts. Stars has also brought back its Progressive Super Knockout events, which proved popular after being introduced last year. In the first day alone, players can expect $3 million in guarantees, with $1.5 million offered in a special edition of the Sunday Million. Event buy-ins start at $109, but players have the chance to win entries through online qualifiers for as low as $1 or through FPP satellites. There is plenty of action for high-rollers as well, with four- and five-figure buy-in events being spread throughout the series. A $10,300 NLHE tournament kicks off on September 14 and a $10,300 NLHE High-Roller Heads-Up event is scheduled for September 21. After that, three $2,100 events in NLHE, PLO, and HORSE will be offered followed by a $10,300 Eight-Game tournament and culminating in a $5,200 NLHE Main Event. Apart from the individual events, players will also be fighting for the title of the WCOOP Player of the Series. Any runner who cashes in an event will receive points that go toward their Player of the Series ranking. The first place finisher will walk away with the coveted Champions Trophy, a 2015 PCA and EPT Grand Final package, and a 2015 TCOOP Main Event ticket. Created in 2002, the WCOOP is the longest running online poker championship, giving away over $350 million in total prize money. In the inaugural series, $730,000 was awarded, with 238 players buying into the Main Event to create a $238,000 prize pool. MultiMarineof Sweden took the title of first series champ and went home with $65,450 for the victory. Since then, the tournament series has grown exponentially. Just two years later in 2004, total prize money reached $6 million, with over 10,000 players taking part. In 2007, the total prize pool shot up to $24 million and saw almost 3,000 runners buy into the Main Event. Last year, that number increased again, with $62 million being awarded, and Germany's PlayinWasted taking down the Main Event for nearly $1.5 million. According to a press release, PokerStars has dealt over 115 billion hands and boasts over 65 million members. The online poker behemoth was recently acquired by the Canadian gambling supplier Amaya Gaming, which shelled out $4.9 billion to complete the surprising purchase. If you don't have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of PocketFives Training with no signup fee. Click here to create your account. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. In Las Vegas, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event will guarantee $10 million to its winner. Online, we're seeing another $10 million guarantee. This time, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Eventwill have a $10 million guaranteed prize pool, officials for the site announced on Wednesday. Satellites are up and running for the WCOOP Main Event already and, according to a PokerStars press release, "The $10 million guaranteed prize pool will ensure that the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event is the biggest online poker tournament of the year and will continue to build on its reputation as one of the most sought-after titles in the poker world." Last year's WCOOP Main Event had a $10.6 million purse. The WCOOP Main Event will carry a $5,200 buy-in and start on September 28. The rest of the 2014 WCOOP schedule is still up in the air, but players can qualify for the Main Event through the popular Mega-Path option for as little as one FPP. Additionally, there are $215 satellites that take place on Saturdays at 11:30 ET and on Sundays at 12:30 ET, with Round 1 satellites starting as low as $1.65. Last year's WCOOP Main Event saw Germany's PlayinWasted come away with the win following a three-way deal. His reward was a blistering $1.4 million and, crazily enough, the top three finishers in the 2,133-man field were all from Germany. The winner, a 22-year-old student, told PokerStars at the time, "I am definitely a recreational player. Earlier in my 'career' when grinding to get a bankroll to work with, I played a lot more, but recently, especially while finishing my bachelor, I have not played all that much." If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get a 100% up to $600 bonus and one free month of PocketFives Training. Create your PokerStars account by clicking here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. In the span of a few days earlier this month, England's Scott Aggro SantosMargereson (pictured) won not one, but two PokerStarsWCOOP titles. The first was worth $106,000 and came in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Zoom event. The second occurred two days later in the series' Sunday Warm-Up and was worth nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Not surprisingly, he has shot up to #33 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings and is #6 in the UK. Margereson sat down with PocketFives to talk about his latest accomplishment. PocketFives: How are you feeling about your WCOOP titles? It must be surreal at this point. Scott Margereson: It's quite strange. After the $320 Zoom win, I was over the moon. After the Warm-Up, I don't really feel that much different. To be honest, it doesn't really feel like real life. I've barely logged any volume this year, as my main game has been cash for a while now. I was expecting to continue the steady grind up. I was still going to play on Sundays and during the big series, so I knew there was a chance I could have a decent score, but I never expected this. PocketFives: What do you attribute it to? Scott Margereson: Honestly, I'm just a guy who has gone on a heater at the right time of year. The Warm-Up played kind of deep up until we started getting toward the final table and I'm much more skilled deep now than I was six months ago, so that may have helped slightly, but for the most part, I got extremely lucky. PocketFives: Do you want to play more cash games or stick to the mix you currently have? What cash games do you play? Scott Margereson: I'm quite happy with the mix I have right now. Tournaments are nice to play when the games are big, but I don't have the heart to do it day in, day out anymore. I'm mainly playing $500 Zoom on PokerStars and also some of the Rush games when they run on Full Tilt. I like the flexibility of the hours when playing cash games and as far as an actual hourly rate goes, I'm pretty sure that on a standard weekday I'm making a higher hourly than I would playing an MTT session. PocketFives: What advice do you have for aspiring cash game players? Scott Margereson: My advice would be that if you can hack the variance of MTTs day in, day out, then stick to those since switching to cash games is a lot of hard work. I came from cash games originally before I switched to MTTs. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally and why did you gravitate toward cash games at the beginning? Scott Margereson: I got started in poker in a home game originally, then won a free $50 deposit on Full Tilt, and started out that way. A friend of mine told me about this free $50 that I could get and he was playing cash games, so I started out like that as well. PocketFives: How often do you get to play live poker? Scott Margereson: I enjoy playing live every once in a while. It's kind of refreshing, but eventually it becomes pretty boring with the small number of hands you play. One thing it does, though, is makes you appreciate online poker a lot more. I play most EPTs when I can and went to the WSOP for the first time this year for the Main Event, which unfortunately saw me busting before the dinner break on Day 1. The WCOOP and other big-time series run on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus along with one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee. Click hereto get started.
  6. [caption width="640"] Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck is the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champ[/caption] It took three days to complete, but in the end Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck stood tall over the 2,090 other entries in the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event and walked away with $1,517,541.25 for his efforts. It took Lauck only an hour to eliminate his final opponent, ‘0409479’, in second. The UK-based player also walked away with a seven-figure score, $1,101,278.90, as runner-up. In celebrating his win, Lauck brought back memories of 2012 WCOOP Main Event champion Marat 'maratik' Sharafutdinov, who coined a new catch phrase while negotiating his share of the prize pool. "We are world champion Thanks a lot for all the support and nice messages. Appreciate it! I WON(T) MILLION #wcoop #bazaaam," Lauck tweeted. While the Main Event was certainly the highlight of the final day of WCOOP 2016, there were two other events that wrapped up on Tuesday as well. Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan beat out 473 other players, including Australian online legend James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst who finished second, to win Event #80 and $102,747.49. This was Obst’s second runner-up finish of the 2016 WCOOP. Brazilain ‘teruliro’ took home the final title of the day, winning Event #81, $320 Pot Limit Six Max Five Card Omaha, to win $51,267.22 after making a heads-up deal with eventual runner-up ‘Cinguzis’. Event #78 - $5,000 Main Event 2,091 entries - $10,052,879.79 paid out to 224 places Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck - $1,517,541.25 
0409479 - $1,101,278.90
 R_Scientist - $799,196.90 
Gambler4444 - $579,976.77
 axtipitos_86 - $420,888.94 
Olorionek - $305,439.66
 uknowProsky* - $221,656.95 
gorodski - $160,856.12
 deadfizh - $116,733.03 Event #80 - $700 No Limit Hold'em (1R1A)
 474 entries - $575,621 paid out to 55 places Shyam ‘G’s zee’ Srinivasan - $102,747.49 
James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst - $76,000.56 
Guntis ‘poker@luffyD’ Aleskins - $56,216.47
 NEWFlat - $41,582.51 
BillLewinsky - $30,757.96 
FYYDNZAA - $22,751.13
 nyc_bullets - $16,828.68
 ManciaTheOne - $12,447.91
 Gustavo ‘gremistaAK’ Pinto - $9,207.51 Event #81 - $320 Pot Limit Six Max Five Card Omaha 1,239 entries - $371,700 paid out to 155 places
 teruliro - *$51,267.22 
Cinguzis - *45,000.00 
Markbjj - $24,873.97 
KingVictoras - $16,259.45 
Auca32 - $10,628.38 
POLY1010 - $6,947.48 *heads-up deal
  7. [caption width="640"] Mike 'SirWatts' Watson added another WCOOP title to his list of accomplishments. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] 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 maggess88 - $37,885.10 Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins - $21,047,25 Ti0373 - $11,225.20 Rory ‘Mafews’ Mathews - $11.225.20 Event 74: $10,300 Eight Game Championship 120 entries - $1,200,000 paid out to 11 places Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $280,238.52 Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky - $212,729.16 Matthew ‘MUSTAFABET’ Ashton – $161,482.80 Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson - $122,581.68 Sami ‘ Lrslzk’ Kelopuru - $93,051.84 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 Michel ‘FreeLancerZZ’ Dattani - $75,193.88* Leonidus1988 - $65,193.88* Simon ‘ministerborg’ Ravnsbaek – $36,274.22 Tagomaga - $23,711.46 BrightStripe - $15,499.56 €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 Leo ‘ISILDRooN’ Nordin - $34,397.90 Kinglune - $23,158.44 SeepdUp2 - $15,591.44 Ashley Jones - $10,496.96 Tarantaleo - $7,067.10 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 Noogaii - $120,008.69* Dulek_jason - $87,216.59* FishyMcFish0 - $87,744.87 Jutrack - $77,330.24* Tobi123456 - $37,212.62 xXOLIVATOXx - $26,526.48 Mogelwette - $18,908.93 Kanishka ‘kanishka27’ Samant - $13,478.94 Nassimovitch - $9,608.23 *Heads-up deal
  8. [caption width="641"] Former #1-ranked Dan Kelly won another WCOOP title on Sunday (WPT photo)[/caption] Stop us if you've heard this one before. Former #1-ranked player in the world wins World Championship of Online Poker event. Sunday marked the third time this year that a player once ranked #1 on PocketFives has won a WCOOP title. Dan 'djk123' Kellly beat out 721 other players to win the $700 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em event for $88,102.30. Kelly joins 'Eisenhower1' and Shaun Deeb as former #1-ranked players who have found the WCOOP winner's circle this year. After a few close calls over the course of his career 'alex987' finally won a WCOOP title, beating out 59 other players to win the Limit Badugi Championship for just over $20,000. The final even to end on Sunday, , Kelly's win was one of five WCOOP events to wrap up on Sunday. The biggest winner of the grab - narrowly - was China's 'tgc88070202' who took down Event #46 for $52,524.61. 'pappadogg' won Event #48 for $52,265.58. 
 While WCOOP continues on, a number of high profile tournament specialists cashed big in major online poker tournaments over the weekend. Daniel 'mrGR33N13' Colman chopped the PokerStars Sunday Grand with Mark 'AceSpades11' Radoja -- as the duo received $65,662 and $64,005 for their respective 1st and 2nd place efforts. PokerStars player 'WRUUUUM' won the 6-Max Pot Limit Omaha version of the Sunday Grand for a payday of $54,018. PocketFives member 'Kafrou' of Greece will debut in the Top 100 Worldwide Rankings this week as a result of a victory in the $700 buy-in NLHE Progressive KO for $33,258 plus another $18,361 in bounty rewards. The Sunday Supersonic was won by 'BeerAndCoke' who took home $42,525 as the top prize. There was a significant duel for first place in the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller event as PocketFivers Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov (ranked #11) of Russia and Brazilian Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten (ranked #4) earned $51,750 and $34,500 in an epic high-stakes matchup. 'trucking_67' cashed for $57,807 in the party High Roller in first place. The 888 Poker WHALE Super XL featured Adam 'Adamyid' Owen atop the tournament lobby with a $57,130 win, as PocketFiver 'Die Ventura' walked away with $41,865 for second place. 'LCfish' made $40,630 in a championship performance in the 888 Poker $200K Guaranteed Mega Deep XL. WCOOP Event #46 - $320 No Limit Hold’em
 1,076 entrants - $322,800 paid out to 134 spots tgc88070202 - $52,524.61 
ViTaMin_F22 - $38,499.93 
Kaggis - $28,220.33 
i need sheet - $20,685.41
 xalwen - $15,162.33 
vincelis - $11,113.93
 x--SoSick--x - $8,146.47
 Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko - $5,971.34 haag13 - $4,377.00
 
Event #47 - $1,050 Limit Badugi Championship
 60 entrants - $75,000 paid out to 14 spots alex987 - $20,243.23
 Abit9144 - $15,702.73 
Matthias 'Mati312' Brandner - $12,180.66 
marroca5 - $9,448.58 
silna_rakai - $7,329.29 
Brian 'tsarrast' Rast -) $5,685.36
 WTFOMFGOAO - $4,410.15 Event #48 - $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Progressive KO 
2,364 entrants - $472,900 paid out to 295 spots pappadogg - $52,265.58
 Apostolis 'apostolis20' Bechrakis - $37,255.76
 NY17PAYS14 - $26,557.19
u3meha - $18,930.85 
Jason 'jdtjpoker' Wheeler - $13,494.55 
PayMyLoans11 - $9,619.37
 AcckiySotona - $6,857
nord96 - $4,887.91 
Event #49 - $700 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em 
722 entrants - $500,000 paid out to 36 spots Dan 'djk123' Kelly - $88,102.30* 
pmahoney22 - $74,397.70*
 Rossoneri23 - $47,500.00
 EzPaTuLa - $32,500.00
 Tomatee - $23,750.00 *Heads-up deal 
Event #50 - $215 Single Draw 2-7 Progressive KO 
247 entrants - $49,400 paid out to 29 spots grailbrdss - $4,761.24* 
__akun333___ - $3,582.68*
 KinderOvo76 - $2,695.93 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $2,028.66 
Steppo13 - $1,526.54 jp_legacy - $1,148.71 jon011 - $864.39 * Heads-up deal PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday ($700 NLHE Progressive KO) *$250K Guaranteed 902 entrants - $599,830 paid out to 89 spots Kafrou - $33,258 JIZOINT - $33,661 (Charlie 'chaz_man_chaz' Combes) bor4eto - $36,359 sickpastor - $31,458 *4-way deal BrynKenney - $14,599.47 JNandez87 - $10,701.38 totilas team - $7,844.06 lookoutdudes - $5,749.67 ImWithSumo - $4,214.49 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed 414 entrants - $414,000 paid out to 53 spots mrGR33N13 - $65,662.42 AceSpades11 - $64,005.01 *2-way deal marroca5 - $40,743.72 J4d3dr4g0n - $30,120.23 Naza114 - $22,266.70 kylef89 - $16,460.92 DeosOner - $12,168.90 (RoryYoung) xPastorcitox - $8,996.01 IsnapUcry - $6,650.41 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+50 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max) *$200K Guaranteed 283 entrants - $414,000 paid out to 53 spots WRUUUUM - $54,018.16 ZeGrimReaper - $38,662.32 Slavik_Krs - $27,671.74 UnempIoyed - $19,805.50 THEMOS17 - $14,175.38 SirWatts - $10,145.74 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$150k Guaranteed 1,341 entrants - $274,583 paid out to 191 spots BeerAndCoke - $42,524.62 LoosControl - $27,796.62 fulham1212 - $18,169.85 angrymoron - $11,877.14 (Crazymoron) munchenHB - $7,763.75 (telks) jokepoker333 - $5,074.95 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed 24,331 entrants - $243,310 paid out to 4,031 spots Ommeris - $19,329 namedbrotha - $15,930 Dylanskiff - $20,198 *3-way deal GeneralAlb - $9,216.29 THE LION ESP - $6,626.59 Moskolenko - $4,764.59 trecoscie - $3,425.78 Alex Graur - $2,463.17 luckbox1991 - $1,771.05 (boxboxbox) partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 69 entrants - $172,500 paid out to 9 spots deepsee - $51,750 (veeea) TDurdenWAR - $34,500 (joaomathias) ilovedogs9 - $25,875 ADRI_ATM - $17,250 ekziter - $12,938 SignoreUkulele - $9,488 EvnomiYa - $7,763 (NoPlanB) p0cket00 - $6,900 DustinDaNut - $6,038 partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$300k Guaranteed 629 entrants - $314,500 paid out to 81 spots trucking_67 - $57,807 llame_me - $41,905 heeyalisson - $31,450 l_fw_ - $22,015 (mrswhitt) josueopreto - $16,275 Horst878 - $13,130 tupacak - $9,985 jesusneedsaces - $6,840 (Jobytoyce) vesslan1337 - $4,655 888 Poker WHALE Super XL ($600 NLHE) *$250k Guaranteed 535 entrants - $302,275 paid out to 72 spots Adamyid - $57,130 Diegoavc - $41,865 (Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura) condumb - $30,832 malakiasCF - $23,275 hateVAMOS - $16,323 (decay) 2SkIIIed - $12,847 jnevanli - $9,824 whostoclaim - $6,801 (TheClaimeer) HUdonnit - $4,625 888 Poker Mega Deep Super XL ($215 NLHE) *$200k Guaranteed 1,177 entrants - $235,400 paid out to 153 spots LCfish - $40,630 888Stoyan - $29,425 karna1983 - $22,363 AlanWattss - $16,384 lwentworthl - $11,652 SirHublot - $9,298 duchasp4rati - $6,944 (showers) TocaEquipar - $4,590 LACastro3 - $2,589
  9. [caption width="640"] Dejan ‘Dejanaceking’ Divkovic won a WCOOP title on Friday to go with the SCOOP title he won earlier this year[/caption] The three World Championship of Online Poker finishing on Frirday all easily surpassed their guarantees, and in one case skyrocketed to create a nearly $2 million prize pool. In the second and final day of play in Event #40, a $320 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max tournament, only 107 players remained of the initial 1,730 entrants. Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Kevin ‘KevinM987’ Martin made the cut, but would end up finishing in 12th and 82nd respectively. In the end, ‘Kozir’ of Belarus made a surprise comeback with a short stack to defeat Dutchman ‘Ifold2ndnuts’ and Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva to win the title. Due to a deal worked out when Kozir looked like a long shot, Silva took home $62,000, the lion share of the prize pool, with the Belarusian banking $61,380 With bounties included, Event #41, a $1,575 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout tournament boasted a hefty $1,890,000 prize pool. A total of 1,260 entrants bought-in to the event, which also doubled as the Thursday Thrill Special Edition. The second day of play began with 122 players and included Twitch streamers and PokerStars pros Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew. With the end of the tournament in site, the action came in fits and spurts, with two players busting out on the very first hand of the final table. When only three players remained, the action slowed to a crawl, however, with Denmark’s ‘jonaj10’, the Dominican Republic’s Francis ‘NoHayMiedo’ Cruz and Germany’s ‘bossamtisch’ duking it out over 2.5 hours for the top spot. Once 'NoHayMiedo' was eliminated, the final two cut a deal to chop up the prize money, which saw them play for the bounties, 2% of the prize pool and the title. Just 13 hands later, 'jonaj10' emerged victorious, taking home $140,071 for his finish along with $52,286 in bounties. Event #42 was a $320 buy-in Eight-Game tournament which drew 476 entrants who made 272 reentries. The result was a $224,400 prize pool which paid out 95 places and absolutely smashed its $75,000 guarantee. In heads-up play, 2016 SCOOP champion Dejan ‘dejanaceking’ Divkovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina faced off with Austria’s ‘kuhns89’ for a chance at securing his second COOP title of the year. With both nearly even in chips, the pair decided on a deal which would leave $4,500 on the table for the winner. A short time later, Divkovic would take out his opponent in the Razz round to secure the victory and the $34,439 first-place prize. Event #40 - $320 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max 1,730 total entries - $519,000 paid out to 215 places Kozir $61,380.00 Ifold2ndnuts $52,255.96 Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva $62,000 cedrick89 $29,197.43 elementx8 $20,993.18 Andy_Pavlen $15,094.28 Thegrandape $10,852.91 G A W $7,803.32 Event #41 - $1,575 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout (50%) 1,260 total entries - $1,890,000 prize pool ($945,000 regular, $945,000 bounty) paid out to 143 places jonaj10 $140,071.99 + $52,286.79 in bounties bossamtisch $115,889.64 + $51,950.60 in bounties NoHayMiedo $79,359.21 + $32,411.09 in bounties SamRostan $58,170.04 + $21,275.37 in bounties Adrijan_S $42,638.49 + $8,724.50 in bounties Virgilik $31,253.89 + $9,468.75 in bounties Fear1sWisdom $22,908.97 + $10,476.55 in bounties Ship It 2010 $16,792.27 + $20,062.46 in bounties Yattago $12,308.71 + $5,203.12 in bounties Event #42 - $320 Eight-Game 476 entries, 272 reentries - $224,400 paid out to 95 places Dejan ‘dejanaceking’ Divkovic $34,439.15 kuhns89 $29,147.39 wadzon $17,066.33 tvtotaliwin $11,423.66 boahgerding $7,646.63 B4zM3L4noFtW $5,118.40
  10. [caption width="640"] Andrey Zaichenko added a second World Championship of Online Poker title on Thursday (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Day 11 of the World Championship of Online Poker featured the final tables of two No Limit Hold’em tournaments along with that of the Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Each event easily surpassed its guarantee, and in one case more than doubled it. Played out over two long days, Event #37, a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with option to rebuy twice and add-on once, resulted in a final table lineup that would put any pro to the test. The UK’s Jonathan ‘OMGjonyctt’ Concepcion, Argentina’s Ivan ‘Negriin’ Luca, Canadian Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown and Brazil’s Eli ‘Timunim’ Fagundes were all on hand, with Twitch star Jason Somerville busting out just before the final nine. A total of 1,095 entrants made 855 rebuys and 461 add-ons, creating a massive $489,433 prize pool which smashed the event’s $200,000 guarantee. After the hour-long break at the six-hour mark, only 
Terje ‘TerjePower18’ Underbakke of Norway and ‘Ohljo’ of Bulgaria remained. Ohljo enjoyed a chip advantage the entire match, and although 'TerjePower18' managed to double up after having his stack knocked down to 2 million chips, he would soon be all-in again. Holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"] against Ohljo’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"], it seemed that the Norwegian might double up again when the flop came [poker card="5s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"]. A river ten put an end to that hope, however, giving Ohljo a higher pair and the $79,638 first-place prize. The next of the day’s tournaments to wrap up yesterday was the $320 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event, which garnered 966 entries to create a $289,800 prize pool. At the conclusion of the final table, Poland’s ‘T3G3S’ was pitted against ‘lehout’, a Dutchman who won this very same tournament two years ago, and UK grinder Patrick ‘thebigdog09’ Brooks. T3G3S, a SCOOP champion himself, would go on to deny lehout the repeat win, leaving him in third place with a $26,082 payday. Soon afterwards, 'T3G3S' dispatched Brooks heads up to add his first WCOOP title to his resume, and pocketed $46,368 for his efforts. In Event #39, the $1,050 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, 179 entrants created a $231,000 prize pool, easily exceeding the tournament’s $150,000 guarantee. On day two, 55 remaining players were left to duke it out for a shot at the money, which was paid out to 27 places. Several big-name pros fell before that point, including Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick,Shaun Deeb, and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom would make it a bit further, ending his run in 15th place. When all was said and done, Russian pro Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko defeated Canadian pro Kyle ‘kwob20’ Bowker to win his second WCOOP title and a $44,499 payday. Event #37 - $215 No Limit Hold'em (2 rebuy/1 addon)
 1,095 entries - $489,433 prize pool paid out to 134 places Ohljo - $79,638.33 
Terje ‘TerjePower18’ Underbakke - $58,374.03 
Robabatt - $42,787.99
 mahmuttt88 - $31,363.45
Jonathan 'OMGjonyctt' Concepcion - $22,989.30 
Ivan 'Negriin' Luca - $16,851.08 
Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown - $12,351.77 
Eli 'Timunim' Fagundes - $9,053.80 
Bjuran - $6,636.46 Event #38 - $320 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout 966 entries - $289,800 prize pool paid out to 216 places T3G3S - $46,368.36 
Patrick 'thebigdog09' Brooks - $34,776.00 
lehout - $26,082.00 
vladxxxro - $17,388.00 
!!f1ghtback! - $11,592.00 
Kaggis - $7,187.04 Event #39 - $1,050 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 
179 entries - $231,000 prize pool paid out to 27 places Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko - $44,499.92
 Kyle 'kwob20' Bowker - $33,441.01
 Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan - $25,130.49
 ALEX2PAIRS - $18,885.24 
boahgerding - $14,192.03 
Bluf_To_Much - $10,665.13
 TAPïSpayé? - $8,014.70 
Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $6,022.95
  11. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb keeps adding to his family and to his collection of COOP titles (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Shaun Deeb had more than one reason to celebrate earlier this month, after clinching his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title in two years, and almost simultaneously welcoming his second child into the world. While Deeb was hard at work maintaining his position as one of the top online players, his wife Ashley was in a completely different country giving birth to a baby boy, Chance. Deeb outlasted a field of 95 entrants (70 players with 25 re-entries) to win Event #12, the $1,050 No Limit Draw Championship. This was his fourth career WCOOP title and he took home $22,185.60 for his efforts. [caption width="320" align="alignright"] Ashley Deeb with the newest member of the Deeb family, Chance[/caption]“My wife and Chance are doing well,” said Deeb, “They were out of the hospital within 24 hours as my wife had to get home to our other son Evan.” “We really struggle on names, as we know so many people in the poker world that often I have a reason why we don’t want to name our kids a certain name,” said Deeb. “But in this instance, Chance Kornuth is a good friend of ours and we really like unique names.” From the field of 95 just 11 spots were paid, with the likes of Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier cashing just short of the final table. Deeb came into the final table as chip leader, but faced competition from two former 2014 WCOOP winners in Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich and ‘scuel1975’. “The final table went well and I had a lot of chips most of the time,” said Deeb who went into heads-up with just 383,462 chips compared to his opponent ‘OLD TIME GIN’, who had 1,516,538. “Even with the deficit I had chip-wise, I was able to figure out how my opponent was playing his ranges. No Limit Draw is a two street game and I had plenty of big blinds, so I could play a lot of hands to showdown, which really helped.” Deeb took advantage of being dealt a flush and standing pat to FaceTime his wife and slow roll the final hand. “As many of your readers know, I love slow rolling, and to get the chance to do it for the win was just so great,” said Deeb. “My wife didn’t have her laptop with her in hospital at the time as she’s usually sweating the final tables.” Deeb said that hadn’t had the best series, winning only a small amount since his win. “Also (that event) was such a small field and buy-in, and I had to miss the week of the big events due to a family situation,” said Deeb. The New York native is well known for his abilities in a variety of poker variants. Seven of his nine COOP wins have come in different games including HORSE and Triple Stud. “I think the single draw variants are very strong for me, not because of my own knowledge, but more the lack of knowledge for those that I am playing against,” said Deeb. “I’ve been playing Five Card Draw for a long time, and am very comfortable in the game either in No Limit or Limit.” “I think that all forms of poker are great and I hope that more people get away from No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, and experiment. I think they’ll like the different games more,” said Deeb. “Most people got into poker for the way that it got their mind working, and No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha stop you from thinking so deeply.” Deeb plans to spend the rest of the year relaxing with his family, before heading to the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas in January.
  12. [caption width="640"] Dzmitry Urbanovich was one of the big names winning on Sunday (PokerStars photo)[/caption] The 2016 PokerStars World Championship of Poker entered its second week with plenty of high stakes action including the start of the $102,000 Super High Roller event that played down to a final table. There were five WCOOP events that wrapped up on Sunday alongside the regular Sunday Majors action with some of the biggest names in poker walking away with titles. The biggest winner on the day was 'bambooeater' who walked away with $162,000 after winning the $10,300 Heads-Up NLHE High Roller event. 'bambooeater' beat out 35 other players, including Phil 'Grindation' Mcallister, his semi-final opponent and his final opponent 'SamRostan', for the largest online score of his career. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, who won beat Fedor Holz to win his first WCOOP title last year, added a second victory to his resume after taking down the $530 No Limit Hold'em w/Progressive KO 
for $97,819.34
. Brown outlasted 1,717 other players to win the event and earned an additional $14,218.80 in bounties along the way. Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich also added another WCOOP title to his impressive list of career accomplishments. Urbanovich banked $54,217.80 for winning $1,050 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Urbanovich beat out a final table that included Billy Argyros, Benny Spindler and Zhao 'zzwwzzwwzz' Wei for his second WCOOP win. The last player to leave Sunday’s action with a WCOOP title was ‘pokerturo’ who beat out 3,782 other players, including his last opponent Steve ‘Mr. Tim Caum’ O’Dwyer, to win the $109 Six Max No Limit Hold’em for $54,096.92. The rest of the Sunday Majors also carried on with only the PokerStars Sunday Million scheduled for two days. The biggest name to win a non-WCOOP event on Sunday was Justin Bonomo who took down the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday for $51,933.51. WCOOP Event #23 - $10,300 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em High Roller 
36 entries - $360,000 prize pool paid out to four places bambooeater - $162,000 
SamRostan - $90,000 
Oxota - $54,000 
Grindation - $54,000 WCOOP Event #24 - $530 Progressive KO No Limit Hold'em
 1,718 entries - $859,000 prize pool paid out to 206 players Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown - $97,819.34 LIKE A G6 - $70,986.42
 Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa - $51,514.80 
sticker3h - $37,384.28
 Gambler4444 - $27,129.75
 TISSO1709 - $19,688.02 
iamlucky - $14,287.59 
Kruemmel111 - $10,368.49
 StaceOP - $7,524.38 
WCOOP Event #25 - $1,050 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 283 entries - $283,000 prize pool paid out to 29 players Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich - $54,217.80
 Edgy420 - $39,883.07 
Billy 'crocky' Argyros - $29,338.41 
Benny ‘toweliestar’ Spindler - $21,581.66
 zzwwzzwwzz - $15,875.70 
PoluKalos - $11,678.33 
WCOOP Event #30: $109 Six Max No Limit Hold’em 
3,783 entries - $378,300 prize pool paid out to 473 players pokerturo - $54,096.92
 Mr. Tim Caum - $35,359.96 
luis_faria - $23,113.82
 skarpet2 - $15,108.84 
kis011 - $9,876.20
 DGr33nman - $6,455.80 PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday ($700 NLHE Progressive KO) *$250K Guaranteed 952 entrants - $633,080 paid out to 107 spots ZeeJustin - $51,933.51 gardze_wami - $38,066.68 lncognita93 - $27,902.77 (ihave2giveup93) Chmuri7 - $20,452.66 ilios72 - $14,991.71 Mr.Kingball - $10,988.87 (rbdowntown) YukoEgawa - $8,054.80 prepstyle71 - $5,904.13 (prepprepprep) n3xD - $4,327.70 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed 350 entrants - $350,000 paid out to 44 spots yrwthmelthr - $80,502.91 Apotheosis - $59,546.56 antispeed - $44,045.69 Davidp18 - $32,579.96 moorman1 - $24,098.91 MrTimCaum - $17,825.54 VbV1990 - $13,185.30 airlewis - $9,752.96 Pardal77 - $7,214.10 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper) *$150k Guaranteed 1,424 entrants - $291,578 paid out to 203 spots MissOracle - $35,452.01 (Claydol) anteen - $28,627.46 sksjohny - $29,037.37 *3-way deal Fågeli - $12,498.03 (Analtwister) mendezoo - $8,169.61 Ali_FullHand - $5,340.25 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed 24,558 entrants - $245,580 paid out to 4,031 spots irklas - $25,039.56 wilmy_x - $17,993.64 teaks0 - $12,937.59 pysaruis - $9,302.27 hotkn1fe - $6,688.42 bluff168 - $4,809.04 flopem1990 - $3,457.74 tom716716 - $2,486.15 EAR_RAE_EAR - $1,787.57 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 75 entrants - $187,500 paid out to 12 spots probirs - $51,151 SleepT1ght - $34,688 DeanMalenko - $25,313 (Pudge714) TDurdenWAR - $17,813 (joaomathias) JeanClaude1970 - $13,125 feeling_player - $9,844 golfpro_37 - $7,969 Joao Paulo 'joaosimaobh' Simao - $5,653 DieguiitO - $5,625 (Die Ventura) partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$300k Guaranteed 660 entrants - $330,000 paid out to 90 spots fezzz123 - $60,060 llame_me - $40,230 Dueces6 - $32,888 (lpacker) Lebanon1959 - $23,100 Terraplenagem - $17,078 Katz0r - $13,778 Elmagico19A1 - $10,478 george15mcd - $7,178 Ti0 - $4,653 888 Poker Baby WHALE ($320 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 479 entrants - $143,700 paid out to 63 spots Tacuara87 - $27,303 Kuncito1997 - $20,118 ncqqqqqq - $14,729 4TheGlory8 - $11,209 vamos_ussr - $7,904 (StatusUp) sheeeeeeeeet - $6,107 (Jabracada) TomYamKai - $4,670 DePittsterje - $3,233 (Bryan 'bparis' Paris) Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro - $2,385 888 Poker Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 852 entrants - $170,400 paid out to 108 spots jareth3542 - $30,842 (luckyfish89) poBHblu - $22,152 plizmuck - $16,614 kfasny - $12,439 d00fus86 - $8,776 luckyr1ver - $7,072 vienivartai - $5,368 seppmann7 - $3,766 TisteAndii - $2,181
  13. Players from Germany and Argentina reigned supreme in Friday's PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker events, with each country taking home multiple first and second place prizes, with players from both countries doing their best to fill up the day’s final tables. After a two-day grind in Event #15, a $215 Pot Limit Omaha tournament with the option to rebuy and add-on once, ‘Tgonz’ of the Philippines brought home the win, giving his home country its first WCOOP title this year. At the final table, Tgonz battled with the likes of Canada’s Zack ‘Zackattak13’ Korik, who took eighth, and Russia’s Andrey ‘ThePateychuk’ Pateychuk, whom Tgonz bested heads-up to take home the $43,861 top prize. Over $1.6 million was on the line in Event #16, a $1,050 NL Hold‘em Progressive KO tournament that smashed its $1 million guarantee. While 2016 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Chris Moneymaker made a respectable run in the event, taking 48th place and $3,158 in total prizes, it was the South Americans who dominated. Argentina’s ‘88maca88’ dispatched his countryman, ‘delfina_47’, heads-up to lock up the $121,841 first-place prize, along with $41,871 in bounties. ‘kurtWSOP’ of Brazil banked over $80,000 for his third-place finish, while yet another Argentinian grinder, Cristian ‘rogre69’ Sampaoli, took eighth. A four-way deal was struck at the final table of Event #17, the $320 Stud Hi-Lo contest, leaving third-place finisher, EPT champion Sebastian ‘Pauli elTopo’ Pauli with $12,584, the lion share of the $89,100 prize pool. In the end, Germany’s ‘Dosenpfand’ outlasted the small 297-player field and took down Russian Spring Championship of Online Poker champion, ‘DTFobos’, to win the title and a $12,494 prize. In Event #20, a $320 NLHE, Three-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom tournament, players buckled in for a wild ride of lightspeed poker. As the 1,594 player field was whittled down and the non-Zoom portion of the tournament began, several tough players remained. Recent Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up winner ‘Needdollarz’ was on hand looking to book another win, as was two-time Turbo Championship of Online Poker winner ‘AlexKP’. Another Sunday Million champ, ‘Doulas12’, was also in the running, dreaming about a possible PokerStars Grand Slam. When all was said and done, Germany’s ‘venced0r’ took home the title and over $50,000 in prizes, giving his country its second win of the day. Event #15 - $215 Pot Limt Omaha (1R/1A) 595 entries (371 rebuys, 258 add-ons) - $248,472 paid out to 71 places Tgonz $43,861.73 Andrey ‘ThePateychuk’ Pateychuk $32,180.42 mcmorumbi1 $23,610.23 Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt $17,322.44 Coltaine $12,709.21 Edgy420 $9,324.55 -Rebus1980- $6,841.27 Zack ‘Zackattak13’ Korik $5,19.33 Vlad ‘dariepoker’ Darie $3,682.60 Event #16 - $1,050 No Limit Holdem (Progressive KO) 1,602 entries - $1,602,000 paid out to 179 places 88maca88 $121,841.69 + $41,871.79 in bounties delfina_47 $89,309.09 + $30,165.49 in bounties kurtWSOP $65,463.32 + $18,407.21 in bounties fish_san $47,984.46 + $19,054.68 in bounties Mads ‘MadsMP’ Pedersen $35,172.39 + $7,203.12 in bounties Adam ‘ISmellToast’ Crawford $25,781.30 + $24,048.80 in bounties mario1335 $18,897.59 + $11,626.94 in bounties Cristian ‘progre69’ Sampaoli $13,851.93 + $4,968.75 in bounties LLinusLLove $10,153.39 + $14,453.12 in bounties Event #17 - $320 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 297 entries - $89,100 paid out to 34 places Dosenpfand $12,494.00 DTFobos $9,381.60 Sebastian ‘Pauli elTopo’ Pauli $12,584.67 ViCiuSMaXiMu $10,848.60 Belledejour1 $4,909.52 Mark ‘MarkBang’ Bango $3,598.66 Barburas $2,637.81 jasonpavlich $1,933.50 Event #20 - $320 No Limit Hold'em (3-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO 25%, ZOOM) 1,594 entries - $358,650 prize pool and $119,550 bounty prize pool paid out to 185 places venced0r $45,259.90 + $6,572.43 Taroxus $35,261.71 + $2,377.39 drivemynuts $29,189.64 + $2,538.94
  14. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu won his first WCOOP title on Saturday (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Daniel Negreanu has seemingly done it all in his Hall of Fame career. He’s won World Series of Poker bracelets and World Poker Tour titles. But on Saturday night Negreanu added one title to his resume that had eluded him to date when he beat Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom for his first World Championship of Online Poker title. Negreanu outlasted the 147-player field to win the $1,050 HORSE Championship and $61,865.47. Negreanu certainly didn’t have it easy. He beat out a final table that included Blom, Mike Leah and Connor Drinan. ’PAW717’ came into the final table of Event #68, $320 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha, with the second biggest stack and eventually found himself heads-up for the title with ‘QuantumX90’ before the two players started talking chop. After coming to an agreement that left a little less than $5,000 on the table to play for. After a brief heads-up battle that saw ‘PAW717’ double-up early, the Mexico-based American emerged victorious to win the first WCOOP title of his career. Last Tuesday, while Doug Polk was busy smashing Twitch records for the biggest live-streamed poker win ever, ‘bob43155’ was quietly in the background, winning the Sunday Million Special Edition event for over $400,000. And while Negreanu was the big name winning on Saturday, ‘bob43155’ managed to do something noteworthy again. ‘bob43155’ won Event #69, $700 Six Max No Limit Hold'em (Five Stack), to become the first two-time WCOOP winner this year and add another $64,081.78 in winnings. Runner-up Erik ‘Popiedejopie’ van den Berg actually ended up walking away with a little bit more than the winner as a result of a deal the final three players made while van de Berg held the chip lead. Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich managed to book the biggest score of anybody on Saturday. Geilich took down the $21,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller to win $462,182.17. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez narrowly missed winning his second WCOOP title of the year, finishing runner-up for $355,730.97. Not surprisingly, the final table was filled by some of the best players in the world. Jens Kyllonen finished third, Dani Stern was right behind him in fourth and Drinan, making his second final table of the day, came fifth. Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides, who won a WCOOP event earlier this week, finished sixth. The second place finish all but guarantees that Gonzalez will win WCOOP Player of the Series. The Uruguayan grinder has cashed 21 times during the 2016 WCOOP, made four final tables and posted a win, a second, a third and a fourth place finish. Event #68 - $320 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha
 257 entries - $256,308 paid out to 29 places PAW717 - $43,626.16*
 QuantumX90 - $42,253.09*
 Andre ‘Sira Al Aziz’ Santos - $26,684.40 
Slavik_Krs - $19,587.10 
eskinazi - $14,377.49
 Matt ‘plattsburgh’ Vengrin - $10,553.48 *heads-up deal Event #69 - $700 Six Max No Limit Hold'em (Five Stack) 
764 entries - $508,060 paid out to 95 places bob43155 - $64,081.78*
 Erik ‘Popiedejopie’ van den Berg - $66,511.79* 
Raizzz - $52,010.96*
 Viliyan ‘PSMozak’ Petleshkov - $25,864.11
 Godfatti = $17,312.60
 KissMyAcePlz - $11,588.49 
 *three-way deal Event #70, $21,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 93 entries - $1,906,500 paid out to 9 places Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich - $462,182.17 
Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez - $355,730.97 
Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllonen - $273,797.80 
Dani ‘supernova9’ Stern - $210,735.93 
Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $162,198.53
 Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides - $124,840.47 Event #71: $2,100 HORSE Championship
 147 entries - $294,000 paid out to 15 places Daniel Negreanu - $61,865.47 
Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom - $48,112.18
 WTFOMFGOAO - $37,416.40
 L1TE-BR1TE - $29,098.41
 Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah - $22,629.59 
Kashmir_uzi - $17,598.81 
Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $13,686.46
 Childers - $10,643.82
  15. The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker has most definitely hit the home stretch with just four days left of new events. Wednesday's action included three players winning WCOOP titles for the first time in their careers and a Championship final table that was loaded with star power. Hungary's Rui 'sousinha23' Sousa beat out 2,357 other players to win the $320 Win the Button event and $104,284.57.Ivan 'Negriin' Luca finished second for just under $75,000. Fabrizo 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, who already has a 2016 WCOOP title to his credit, finished fourth for $38,755.40. That finish moves Gonzalez into top spot on the PokerStars WCOOP Leaderboard. While Sousa walked away with six figures, his score paled in comparison to what fellow Hungarian Jorge 'jorginho88' Abreu won. Abreu topped the 904-player field to win Event #60, the $2,100 Super Tuesday Special Edition and walk away with $304,880.49. High stakes cash game regular ' caaaaamel' finished runner-up for $223,476.03. Joao Mathias 'joaoMathias' Baumgarten, who moved to #1 in the PocketFives Rankings on Wednesday, topped off his big day by finishing third for $163,807.15. Cyrpus' Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides managed to break the streak of Hungarian winners on Wednesday by coming out on top of the $1,050 Razz Championship. The final table included Frederik 'Fred_Brink' Jensen, Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich, Natasha 'natashab86' Barbour and former World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Mike 'gordo16' Gorordinsky. EVENT #59 - $320 Win the Button No Limit Hold'em 2,348 entries - $707,400 paid out to 296 places Rui 'sousinha23' Sousa - $104,284.57 Ivan 'Negriin' Luca - $74,966.07 Farius66 - $53,901.19 Fabrizo 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez - $38,755.40 Penelas08 - $27,865.40 FireFaux - $20,035.40 irache 87 - $14,405.63 bronzegod - $10,357.68 Ce$ar$pa - $7,447.22 EVENT #60 $2,100 Super Tuesday Special Edition 904 entries - $1,808,000 paid out to 89 places Jorge 'jorginho88' Abreu - $304,880.49 caaaaamel - $223,476.03 Joao Mathias 'joaoMathias' Baumgarten - $163,807.15 -MortenVM- - $120,070.36 probirs - $88,011.08 JWPRODIGY - $64,511.97 Manni1822 - $47,286.97 jzjay88 - $34,661.16 Spowi07 - $25,406.55 EVENT #61 - $1,050 Razz Championship 156 entries - $196,000 paid out to 20 places Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides- $38,987.76 krakukra - $30,050.75 Frederik 'Fred_Brink' Jensen - $23,162.37 WTFOMFGOAO - $17,852.99 Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich - $13,760.65 Natasha 'natashab86' Barbour - $10,606.38 Mike 'gordo16' Gorordinsky - $8,175.14 korjae - $6,301.20
  16. [caption width="640"] Three more players won WCOOP titles on Tuesday[/caption] Day 17 of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker saw three more players walk away from as champions while a highly decorated online poker legend had to settle for a runner-up finish. 'mario1335', one of the top-rated players in Croatia, beat out 2,442 other players to win Event $56 ($215 NLHE w/progrssive KO). The win, which was wroth $54,012.16, will move him to his highest all-time ranking on PocketFives next week. Finishing as runner-up and earning $38,834.20, was Russia's Vladimir '77kol0bok77' Sokolov. The biggest buy-in event to finish on Tuesday was the $1,050 buy-in Six Max Limit Hold'em Championship event. Not surprisingly, the final table included a number of top players from the around the world. Belarussian 'Azrarn' finished on top of the 151-player field beating James 'Andy MCLEOD' Obst to win the title, his first WCOOP win, and $38,120.47. Obst earned $28,389.37 for finishing second. Soren Kongsgaard finished third and recent WCOOP winner Charlies 'Epiphany77' Carrel finished fifth. The final event on Tuesday saw 'chismann' beat out 458 other players to win the $320 Razz event and take home $22,763.90 after coming to an agreement with runner-up '0409479' on a heads-up chop. This marks the second COOP title for 'chismann'. He won a TCOOP title in 2012. Event #56 - $215 No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO) 2,443 entries - $488,600 prize pool paid out to 296 players mario1335 - $54,012.16 Vladimir '77kol0bok77' Sokolov - $38,834.20 Catukinho - $27,922.09 BSNT_LG - $20,076.21 PeroQmaloSoy - $14,434.94 DEX888 - $10,378.81 Bigboss300 - $7,462.46 MountainRo$e - $5,365.52 RandomOrder1 - $3,857.83 Event #57 - $1,050 Six Max Limit Hold'em Championship 151 entries - $194,000 prize pool paid out to 23 players Azrarn - $38,120.47 James 'Andy MCLEOD' Obst - $28,389.37 Soren Kongsgaard - $21,142.43 myJewishWife - $15,745.40 Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel - $11,726.07 Ronasty - $8,732.77 Event #58 - $320 Razz 459 entries - $137,700 prize pool paid out to 55 players chismann - $22,763.90* 0409479 - $20,009.90* YordanPetrov - $13,261.18 maucchi - $9,720.40 ImluckNuts - $7,125.02 Sz4t4n - $5,222.61 Ulett_23 - $3,828.17 tarantaleo - $2,806.03 * heads-up deal
  17. [caption width="641"] Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez took down the WCOOP Triple Draw Championship on Saturday(SHRPO photo)[/caption] While Triple Draw 2-7 isn’t the most popular poker variant around, the game’s $1,050 buy-in World Championship of Online Poker Championship event drew 121 entries and 23 reentries, enough to create a $144,000 prize pool and surpass its $100,000 guarantee. Several big-name players made it to Day 2, including 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier, multi-COOP champion Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah, and Triple COOP winner James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst. None would be able to hang on to make the final six, however. The final table featured players with a combined total of 19 COOP titles, nine of which belonged to poker pro Shaun Deeb, and three of which were owned by Uruguay’s Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. In the end, the Uruguayan grinder defeated Bulgaria’s ‘droseff’ to secure his fourth COOP title and the $30,981 first-place prize. Event #44, a $320 No Limit Hold‘em Progressive KO Ante Up tournament, also had no trouble covering its $100,000 guarantee. A total of 871 players entered, generating a regular prize pool of $174,200, with $87,100 set aside for bounties. Expertly navigating the treacherous field was Russia’s ‘kawachi1984’, who, four years ago, gained legendary status after beating out 16,000 entrants to win the PokerStars MicroMillions II for $11,000. On Saturday, he would prove himself again, this time taking down the UK’s ‘limitless666’ to win his first WCOOP title and over $34,000 in prizes and bounties. There was once a time when Limit Hold‘em was virtually the only type of poker offered online. TwoPlusTwo’s Mason Malmuth once famously wrote that good players would enjoy such a large edge in No Limit games that the betting structure could never be sustainable. Things have changed obviously, but PokerStars hasn’t forgotten about the once popular game. Event #45, a $320 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six-Max event, gave players a chance to show off their limit poker chops. The tournament drew just 289 entrants, however, coming up short of its $100,000 guarantee. When the dust settled, only Finland’s ‘mahmuttt88’ and ‘Admiral19793’ of Russia remained. Mahmuttt88 began with a 400,000 chip lead over his opponent and dragged a game-changing 640,000 chip pot with a flush one hour into the match. From there, the Finn kept the momentum and went on to dispatch his competitor with a flopped nut flush, giving him the title and a $19,087 payday. Event #43 - $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship 121 entries, 23 reentries - $144,000 paid out to 14 places Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez $30,981.06 droseff $23,576.28 Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro $17,941.33 Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb $13,653.20 marroca5 $10,389.96 LeoFernandez $7,906.68 Event #44 -$320 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout (33%) Ante Up 871 entries - $261,300 ($174,200 regular, $87,100 bounty) paid out to 98 places kawachi1984 $29,443.63 + $5,356.17 in bounties limitless666 $21,581.77 + $2,840.62 in bounties Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro $15,819.38 + $1,999.89 in bounties pseftis $11,595.57 + $2,043.54 in bounties dinos622 $8,499.51 + $2,546.87 in bounties AssDuive $6,230.12 + $2,082.41 in bounties Nzlkm9 $4,566.67 + $2,564.33 in bounties Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Ödeen $3,347.35 + $687.49 in bounties Keep3r $2,453.60 + $1,684.36 in bounties Event #45 -$320 Six Max Limit Hold’em 289 entries - $100,000 paid out to 35 places mahmuttt88 - $19,087.64 Admiral19793 - $13,661.60 Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier - $9,778.00 E. Aequitas - $6,998.41 Pandakey - $5,008.97 Krazy90 - $3,585.07
  18. [caption width="641"] Christian ‘CMoosepower’ Elgstrøm won his third COOP title on Saturday[/caption] The second weekend of the World Championship of Online Poker included two No Limit Hold‘em tournaments, the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship and a Five-Card Omaha Hi-Lo event. In two of those tournaments, players received some extra value for their money when the events failed to hit their guarantees. Event #18, $320 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up tournament, was a grueling two-day affair that drew 624 entrants and resulted in a small overlay to its $200,000 guarantee. Slovakia’s ‘prosvk’ battled his way through nine heads-up matches, ultimately besting his final opponent, Arturs ‘IKSecret’ Kurnajevs, to secure his first WCOOP title and a $31,670 payday. The journey wasn’t easy for Prosvk, who at one point lost a big pot when his set of kings fell to fourth-place finisher ‘CHD17’s’ rivered quads. Prosvk was able to keep his cool, however, and locked up the win after turning a pair of aces against his final opponent’s pair of kings. In Event #19, some of the world’s best poker players clashed to claim the title of WCOOP Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo champion. The $1,050 buy-in tournament garnered 168 entries, which included two-time Spring Championship of Online Poker champion Christian ‘CMoosepower’ Elgstrøm of Denmark, Canadian poker pro Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah and Twitch sensation Jason Somerville. After four and half hours of play on Day 2 of the event, the title came down to a match between Elgstrøm and Leah. For nearly an hour, the Danish grinder applied relentless pressure to his opponent until finally emerging victorious with a full house against Leah’s busted low hand. Elgstrøm celebrated his third COOP title and banked $34,028, while Lee took $26,371 and Sommerville made do with $5,714 for his eighth place finish. Event #21 was a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament which garnered 1,713 entrants, but failed to meet its $400,000 guarantee. After taking home his first SCOOP title all the way back in 2009, Hungary’s ‘tomacampi’ was back, navigating a final table that included decorated pro ‘eisenhower1’ and Sunday Bigger champ Bradley ‘BaZa88’ Bower. In heads-up play, ‘tomacampi’ would need only 10 minutes to defeat Germany’s ‘Dakain’, and take home his second COOP title – seven years apart – and a $51,855 prize. WCOOP players got a chance to stray from the norm a bit in Event #22, a $215 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. The event attracted 377 entrants, 257 of which would reenter to generate a $126,800 prize pool, exceeding the $100,000 guarantee. ‘Onmybicycle’ of the Netherlands played exceptionally well on Day 2 of the tournament, moving up from nearly last-place in chips to win the title after defeating Bulgaria’s ‘KRASIVIQ’. The tournament gave the Dutch grinder his first COOP win and a $21,808 first-place prize. Event #18 - $320 Heads-Up No Limit Hold‘em 624 entries - $200,000 paid out to 64 places prosvk $31,670.00 Arturs ‘IKSecret’ Kurnajevs $27,670.00 Diego ‘Mr.Bittar’ Bittar $11,538.00 CHD17 $11,538.00 HandOfBl00d $6,428.00 beginner27 $6,428.00 Gonzaga ‘Zagazaur’ Briga $6,428.00 incamuffa $6,428.00 Event #19 - $1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship 168 entries - $168,000 paid out to 17 places Christian ‘CMoosepower’ Elgstrøm $34,028.00 Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah $26,371.88 Bluf_To_Much $20,438.40 Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick $15,839.91 UlDuffer $12,276.04 Mikal ‘Mikal12345’ Blomlie $9,514.02 thechips55 $7,373.43 Jason ‘jcarverpoker’ Somerville $5,714.46 Event #21 - $215 No Limit Hold’em 1,713 entries - $400,000 paid out to 206 places tomacampi $51,855.50 Dakain $46,862.61 Bradley ‘BaZa88’ Bower $38,072.97 Clutch Hero $23,211.04 luk45zp $16,844.24 L2PokerBRO $12,223.84 JafreeSPb $8,870.84 DEADyshka $6,437.56 ‘eisenhower1’ $4,671.72 Event #22 - $215 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha Hi-Lo (Six-Max) 634 entries (377 entries, 257 reentries) - $126,800 paid out to 83 places onmybicycle $21,808.67 KRASIVIQ $14,682.45 Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen $9,884.97 Zbad $6,655.07 Eugene ‘MyRabbiFoo’ Katchalov $4,480.54 vip25459 $3,016.53
  19. [caption width="640"] Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz added another seven-figure score on Monday after chopping the WCOOP Super High Roller (WPT photo)[/caption] Monday's World Championship of Online Poker action was dominated by the conclusion of the $100,000 Super High Roller event and when all was said and done, poker fans were mostly talking about the guy who didn't win, rather than the guy who did. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz ended up finishing second to 'bencb789' after the two players chopped up over $2.2 million once they got heads up. 'bencb789' ended up taking down the title and leaving with $1,172,360.60 while Holz added another seven-figure score to his collection, earning $1,067,639.40. Salman "salfshb" Behbehani, who started Day 2 with the chip lead, finished third for $560,000. The event drew 24 players for 28 total entries with 'OtB_RedBaron', Jason Mercier, Talal Shakerchi and Timofey Kuznetsov accounting for the re-entries. 3DTemujiN, who won $25,030 last Sunday by topping the pokerStars Sunday Cooldown, banked his second best cash yet in Event #26 ($215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO). The #5-ranked player in Kazakhstan beat out 1,087 other players to walk away with $23,933.75 after a heads-up deal was worked out with eventual runner-up 'jahwise'. Argentina's Leandro 'leitalopez' Bustillo had a career outing in the Sunday Million Special Edition (WCOOP #29) by coming out on top with an outright victory for $298,928. The score will place him in the Top 100 Worldwide Rankings for the first time ever. PokerStars players 'RomeOpro' and 'Maahone' walked away with $214,930 and $154,537 for their respective second and third place efforts in that event, as Leo 'ISILDRooN' Nordin of Sweden picked up his first career six-figure online tournament cash of $111,113 upon being eliminated in fourth. There was a three-way final table deal in the Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition (WCOOP #27), with 'Poleshchikov' taking home the largest cash prize of $153,010 for the win. Michael 'mczhang' Chip Zhang of the United Kingdom collected an even $130,000 for runner-up and 'kirdface' received $115,462 for third place. Event #26 - $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO 1,088 entrants - $163,200 paid out to 131 spots 3DTemujiN - $23,933.75 jahwise - $20,090.05 (RaeDaChef) *2-way deal HajniAK - $11,374.97 insomniac297 - $7,435.48 Kashmir_uzi - $4,860.37 Smertin - $3,177.07 Event #27 - $215 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition 8,221 entrants - $1,644,200 paid out to 2,078 spots Poleshchikov - $153,010.07 Michael 'mczhang' Chip Zhang - $130,000.00 kirdface - $115,462.10 *3-way deal bennybunny18 - $66,240.04 mandza17 - $47,627.04 turcooo - $34,244.24 DonkCommited - $24,621.73 grinder1992 - $17,703.10 (alexd2) dpeters17 - $12,728.57 (Davidp18) PokerStars WCOOP Event #28($102,000 NLHE Super High Roller 8-Max) *$2M Guar. 28 entrants - $2,800,000 paid out to three spots bencb789 - $1,172,360.60 CrownUpGuy - $1,067,639.40 *two-way deal salfshb - $560,000.00 Event #29 - $700 Sunday Million Special Edition 3,109 entrants - $2,067,485 paid out to 368 spots Leandro 'leitalopez' Bustillo - $298,927.63 RomeOpro - $214,929.95 Maahone - $154,536.64 Leo 'ISILDRooN' Nordin - $111,113.25 Siton11 - $79,891.34 donkno2 - $57,442.58 mrAndreeew - $41,301.73 (r4ndomr4gs) FeaNoR4eG - $29,696.32 gusma - $21,351.95
  20. [caption width="640"] The final PokerStars WCOOP schedule is out and includes a different look than previous years.[/caption] After making countless tweaks to its 2016 World Championship of Online Poker event lineup, PokerStars has released the fifth and final iteration of the series schedule. This year, WCOOP features 82 events, a vast array of games and formats, a Mini-WCOOP companion series and a $1.5 million guaranteed Main Event. Players can also expect several changes, including the discontinuation of WCOOP bracelets and the elimination of Second Chance tournaments. The much-anticipated series kicks off on Sunday, September 4, and culminates with the $5,000 buy-in Main Event on September 25. Players who don’t have the bankroll to compete in the main WCOOP tournaments will have the chance to play in PokerStars’ first-ever Mini-WCOOP, a low-stakes series pegged to the regular WCOOP schedule. Mini-COOP events will feature buy-ins of just 1/100 of their counterparts. On the other side of the scale, PokerStars will be running a $10,300 No Limit Hold'em High Roller event on the 10th, and a massive $102,000 Super High Roller event the next day. The six-figure buy-in tournament boasts the largest entry fee in online poker history. WCOOP 2016 features a wide selection of formats, like Three Max, Six Max and Eight Max Progressive Knockouts, 1R1A’s, Re-Entries and Heads-Up tournaments. Players who enjoy less common game variants will have their pick of Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Eight Game Mix, Badugi, Razz and HORSE events, among others. New to the schedule this year, PokerStars has added a Marathon Event, which will provide super deep stacks and be played out over a period of four or five days. The site is still working to perfect the structure of the event, in which patience will no doubt be key. Also new in 2016 is the $215 No Limit Hold‘em Deep Payouts event, to be played out on the 11th. Due to its popularity at SCOOP earlier this year, organizers decided to offer the format for one tournament only at WCOOP. The event will give players who have always wanted to cash in a major championship event their best shot at doing so. A minimum of 20% of the field will cash in this event. A few events have been added back this year after an absence from last year’s festivities. On September 6, the $320 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event makes its return, with the $320 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event making a comeback two days later. Apart from the addition of the Mini-WCOOP, PokerStars has made two major changes to the series this go round. After speaking with players, the site made the decision not to give out WCOOP bracelets this year to winners. “We have found that although some players have been highly appreciative and valued the bracelets as the prestigious trophies we intended them to be from the start, the vast majority of players have made it clear that going after a bracelet is not something which motivates them to play the series,” said PokerStars official Bryan Slick. “Given the fact that the spending on the bracelets represents a significant cost which is devoted to a very small percentage of the WCOOP population each year, the decision to discontinue them was clearer than it might have seemed initially.” Due to the fact that WCOOP has expanded over the years, in terms of offering more late registrations and more events in total, the site has chosen not to run any Second Chance tournaments in 2016. “Removing the Second Chance tournaments has been something that we've been considering for a few years, and with the expansion to 82 Events, it's a decision that we've finally taken,” added Slick. Players will also have a chance to win their share of $70,000 in cash prizes, Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event tickets, and an Ultimate Bahamas Experience package for placing on the top of the WCOOP Leaderboard. The Bahamian poker holiday prize will go to the Ultimate WCOOP Leaderboard Champion and includes a $5,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event entry in Nassau, business class tickets for two, a luxury suite at the Atlantis resort, limo pick up, a room credit and more. You can check out the full WCOOP schedule on PokerStars.
  21. [caption width="640"] Just like he did at the 2016 World Series of Poker, Fedor Holz used on big score in the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker to steal the show for former #1-ranked players (WPT photo)[/caption] In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 51 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker. Not surprisingly, that group of players were pretty successful throughout the 82 events of the 2016 WCOOP, finishing with five titles, 270 cashes and almost $3,000,000 in winnings - and not quite of all it was won by Fedor Holz. The first former #1 to pull off a WCOOP victory this year was ‘Eisenhower1’. The Swedish grinder beat out 834 players to win Event #6 ($215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys) and $72,339. Shaun Deeb won the $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship on the same day that his wife was giving birth to their second child while Patrick Leonard walked away with $162,054.98, the biggest score from the five winners, after winning Event ##65 ($700 Ultra Deep No Limit Hold'em). WCOOP WINNERS PLAYERWINSEVENT 'Eisenhower1'1#6 - $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Shaun Deeb1#12 - $1,050 No Limit Five Card Draw Championship Brian England1#14 - $215 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes Dan Kelly1#49 - $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em w/Progressive KO Patrick Leonard1#65 - $700 Ultra Deep No Limit Hold'em Two former #1-ranked players tied for the most cashes of the group and to the surprise of nobody who has followed the rankings over the past two years, it was a Brazilian and Swede. Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, of Brazil, and ‘lena900’, of Sweden, each cashes 16 times throughout WCOOP. Right behind that duo were three players tied with 13 cashes each. Sweden’s Andreas Berggen and ‘C Darwin2’, who is currently ranked #3 in the world, tied with online poker’s most decorated tournament player ever, Chris Moorman. TOP FIVE CASHERS RANKPLAYERCASHES 1 (tie)'lena900'16 1 (tie)Yuri Martins Dzivielevski16 3 (tie)'C Darwin2'13 3 (tie)Chris Moorman13 3 (tie)Andreas Berggren13 Former #1-ranked playeds earned a total of $2,918,051.41 but almost 37% of that came from just one player, Fedor Holz. The 22-year-old German was unable to break through and capture a WCOOP title and only cashed three times, but after chopping the $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event with ‘bencb789’ for $1,067,639.40, he outpaced every other former #1-ranked player in 2016 WCOOP earnings. In fact, Holz earned more than the next six highest earning players combined. Patrick Leonard earned the second most, coming in at $272,476.74 and was the only player to break the $200,000 mark. TOP FIVE EARNINGS RANKPLAYEREARNINGS 1Fedor Holz$1,069,730.37 2Patrick Leonard$272,476.74 3Joaa Mathias Baumgarten$185,035.79 4Calvin Anderson$137,886.52 5Chris Hunichen$126,619.23 Joao Mathias Baumgarten used a strong WCOOP performance to take over the #1 spot. Baumgarten cashed nine times and earned $185,035.79. He saved his best performance for last, finishing third in the $2,100 buy-in Super Tuesday Special Edition for $163,807.15. EVENTPLACEEARNINGS 1 - $109 NL Hold'em WCOOP Kickoff29$3,216.87 6 - $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys57$1,678.28 14 - $215 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes10$4,025.51 31 - $215 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys82$1,274.18 34 - $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha w/Progressive KO31$645.43 36 - $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship8$8,454.79 37 - $215 No Limit Hold'em w/2 rebuys, 1 add-on55$1,458.31 38 - $320 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout158$475.27 60 - $2,100 No Limit Hold'em (Super Tuesday Special Edition)3$163,807.15
  22. [caption width="640"] Phil Galfond almost won a WCOOP title on Monday[/caption] The penultimate day of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker had the $5,000 buy-in Main Event playing down to a final table while three other events wrapped up with three new champions crowned. Phil Galfond, who recently announced plans to launch an online poker site of his own to compete with PokerStars, got close to capturing a WCOOP title of his own, but ultimately had to finish for second place. 'mighty28' earned an outright victory in the $1 million guaranteed Event #77 and walked away with $264,885. Phil 'MrSweets28' Galfond was awarded $183,317 for his runner-up performance, and PocketFives member 'Hitvil' of Belarus took home his largest career online tournament cash of $126,870. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard of the United Kingdom (ranked #208 worldwide) received a 4th place prize of $87,804. Fifth place was paid out to 'paleta25' in the amount of $60,767. There was a three-way final table chop in the $1,050 buy-in WCOOP Wrap-Up Event #82. 'NegroVente1' outlasted the field to become the official champion for $156,290. Canadian Michael Risman added $143,524 to his online poker bankroll after finishing in second place while 'Barrrii' negotiated a payout of $139,842 for third place. The fourth place prize of $76,267 in that event went to 'kisulik777' and 'Emilohlsson' earned $55,904 for fifth. Event #72 - $109 Six Max No Limit Hold'em 18,624 entries - $1,862,400 paid out to 1,954 places Jase ‘SSSMBRFC2/C’ Regina - $153,551.90* 
PolecatRider - $165,079.71*
 xenomorph101 - $114,870.50*
 king_tsan - $105,258.50* 
delfina_47 - $55,216.43 
ArdiVa - $39,700.96 
xerox206 - $28,545.19
 Harrison ‘gibler321’ Gimbel - $20,524.20 
Kevin ‘1$ickDisea$E’ Eyster - $14,758.21 
 *four-way deal PokerStars WCOOP Event #77($215 NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up SE) *$1M Guaranteed 9,666 entrants - $1,933,200 paid out to 1,191 spots mighty28 - $264,885.15 Phil 'MrSweets28' Galfond - $183,317.23 Hitvil - $126,870.11 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $87,804.20 paleta25 - $60,767.43 RescueGrp - $42,055.79 SwalzB - $29,105.87 vick23789 - $20,143.55 PokerStars WCOOP Event #82($1,050 NLHE Wrap-Up) *$500k Guaranteed 1,239 entrants - $1,239,000 paid out to 143 spots NegroVente1 - $156,290.44 alexandrapau - $143,523.83 (Michael Risman) Barrrii - $139,841.56 *3-way deal kisulik777 - $76,267.38 Emilohlsson - $55,903.80 hneves182 - $40,977.32 CHELitw - $30,036.20 Baby Federer - $22,016.53 XxKira89xX - $16,138.09
  23. [caption width="640"] Patrick ‘prepstyle71’ Serda won 2,930.71 for taking down the PLO Championship[/caption] Thursday’s World Championship of Online Poker action included a No Limit Hold‘em tournament, a Pot Limit Omaha Championship and a low buy-in HORSE event. Each tournament smashed its guarantee, underscoring PokerStars’ strength in the online poker world, as well as the popularity of the series. The first event to finish up yesterday was a $530 buy-in No Limit Hold‘em tournament with rebuys. On Day 1, players made a total of 345 rebuys and 289 add-ons, pumping up the prize pool to $502,500, easily surpassing the event’s $300,000 guarantee. Only 24 players remained at the end of the first day, including poker pros Felix ‘ZhipOHoy’ Stephensen and Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion. In the end it was Netherlands’ ‘marcasa’ who came out on top to win the $91,540 first-place prize and add his first WCOOP title to his resume. A modest field of 406 grinders turned up for the $2,100 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Six Max event. The extremely tough field made a total of 169 reentries, bumping up the prize pool to $1,150,000, more than double its $500,000 guarantee. Highlighting the level of competition in the tournament, EPT5 Copenhagen champion and 2016 WSOP PLO Highroller bracelet winner Jens 'Jeans89' Kyllonen busted out in ninth place, leaving two-time WSOP bracelet winner Mike 'gordo16' Gorodinsky and five others to battle for the healthy $202,930 first-place prize. After a grueling hour-long heads-up match, Patrick ‘prepstyle71’ Serda finally pulled away from his Dutch opponent, ‘Bullitos’, winning the championship and the six-figure top prize. Event #64 was a $320 HORSE tournament that drew 356 runners and exceeded it $75,000 guarantee by more than $30,000 for total prize pool of $106,800. Five-time COOP champ ‘aDrENalin710’ of Russia once again proved his skills in mixed game tournaments by defeating the UK’s ‘LUFCBas’ for the title and $17,848. The victory gives the Russian six total COOP wins and adds to his first-place finish in the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, for which he took home $63,780 earlier this month. Event #62 - $530 + R No Limit Hold‘em 366 entries (345 rebuys, 289 add-ons) - $502,500 prize pool paid out of 47 places marcasa - $91,540.33 UncleAnte9 - $67,834.38 PolecatRider - $50,267.58 hawiwi - $37,250.02 Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion - $27,603.53 farmjim - $20,455.16 Mads ‘madsamot’ Amot - $15,157.96 Felix ‘ZhipOHoy’ Stephensen - $11,232.63 Frederik ‘Fred_Brink’ Jensen - $8,323.76 Event #63 - $2,100 Pot Limit Omaha Championship Six Max 575 entries (406 entries, 169 reentries) - $1,150,000 paid out to 65 places prepstyle71 - $202,930.71 Bullitos - $140,262.74 omyg0t - $96,947.64 Miltos14 - $67,008.89 Mike 'gordo16' Gorodinsky - $46,315.56 Ravenswood13 - $32,012.66 Event #64 - $320 HORSE 356 entries - $106,800 prize pool paid out of 47 places aDrENalin710 - $17,848.89 LUFCBas - $15,985.01 nafnaf_funny - $10,849.54 lofty1990 - $7,688.80 Gambler4444 - $5,635.87 LarryRudex - $4,131.08 jnsan1 - $3,208.07 FONBET_RULIT - $2,219.56
  24. New Article[caption width="640"] Samuel '€urop€an' Vosden won his first WCOOP title on Wednesday. (PokerStars photo / Neil Stoddart)[/caption] You know you've got the respect of other players at the final table when chop discussions start and you end up with an opportunity to walk away with more than first place was supposed to pay. That's exactly what happened to Finland's Samuel '€urop€an' Vosden late Wednesday night as he went on to win his first World Championship of Online Poker title in the Special Edition Super Tuesday, earning $297,250 in the process. First place was scheduled to pay $292,182.25 While Vousden had earned an extra $5,000, third place finisher 'reno8' earned $176,000 and runner-up 'Xingsmaster' walked away $189,885.05. 'Vousden now has a WCOOP title to go along with the Spring Championship of Online Poker title he won in 2015. Another Finnish player almost walked away with WCOOP title of his own on Wednesday but a Russian phenom wanted no part of that storyline. 'aDrENalin710' beat Finland's Jani 'kiiski' Vilmunen heads-up to win the Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship event for $63,780.33. This is the fifth COOP title for 'aDrENalin710' and his first since winning a WCOOP title last September. The final table includedFabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, Dani Stern and former #1-ranked Joao Mathias Baumgarten. The third and final WCOOP event to wrap up Wednesday saw 'Maxim737' outlast 1,265 other players to win $19,828.03 and his first WCOOP title in the 215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO event. Event #34 - $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO 1,266 entries - $253,200 paid out to 155 places Maxim737 - $19,828.03 Desmoplakin - $12,960.63 gangst3rn1 - $8,472.00 MuckCallOK - $5,537.92 deuces85 - $3,620 *$lim* - $2,366.29 Event #35 - $1,575 No Limit Hold'em Super Tuesday Special Edition 1,215 total entries - $1,822,500 paid out to 125 places €urop€an - $297,450* XingsMaster - $189,885.05* reno8 - $176,000* ThEcLaiMEer - $115,069.18 sandman201 - $84,345.48 jonaj10 - $61,824.84 probirs - $45,317.37 mrAndreeew - $33,217.61 dudd1 - $24,348.41 Event #36 - $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 377 total entries - $377,000 paid out to 41 places aDrENalin710 - *$63,780.33 Jani 'kiiski' Vilmunen - *$55,782.02 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez - $37,740.64 byniolek - $27,981.31 iamthestig11 - $20,725.63 Dani 'supernova9' Stern - $15,380.99 alex987 - $11,403.64 Joao Mathias 'joaoMathias' Baumgarten - $8,454.79
  25. [caption width="640"] Cameron 'ishter11' Couch highlighted the 2016 WCOOP Day 4 winners[/caption] It took him four days, but Cameron 'ishter11' Couch won the first World Championship of Online Poker title of his career on Wednesday. Couch beat out a final table that included a former two-time European Poker Tour High Roller winner and a WSOP bracelet winner to win the $1,050 Marathon Event for a seven-figure score and one of four WCOOP titles won on Wednesday. The final table of the Marathon event included Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko and Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel. Couch, who began the final table sixth in chips, busted 'blackaces93' in ninth and Zaichenko in eighth to move into third in chips and began his journey towards WCOOP winner. Two-times during the final table, first with six players remaining and then with just two left, Couch politely declined the opportunity to chop. It paid off for him after he eliminated 'irache 87' heads-up to take home the victory and the $222,989.75 first place prize money. Even with his wife set to give birth any day, Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb, was still focused on another big score. Deeb made the final table of the $1,050 Single Draw Championship event, but fell in seventh place. In the end, it was the #1-ranked player in Germany who took home the title. 'nilsef', who started the final day with the shortest of the 10 stacks still in play, beat 'WATnlos', another German player, heads-up for the title and $30,511.94 payday. This isn't the first WCOOP title for 'nilsef'. He won a Pot Limit Omaha event in 2010. Joining Deeb and 'nilsef' at the final table was Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan. The EPT Barcelona High Roller champ finished fifth for $11,267.10. Deeb wasn't finished there, though. He also made the final table of the No Limit Five Card Draw Championship event which ends Thursday. His wife Ashley meanwhile gave birth to their second child late Wednesday night. The Super Tuesday Special Edition attracted 1,470 players and after playing down to a final table, the defending champion was still in contention. William 'hellzito' Arruda won this event in 2015 and found himself with the second smallest stack when the final table began. The final table also included Cristian 'progre69' Sampaoli and Narcis 'Narcisus90' Nedelcu. Arruda eventually finished in fourth place while the United Kingdom's 'MonsiuerRask' took down the title, eliminating 'uwintakeit' in third and 'OverTheTop43' in second place, to earn $225,754.16. The last WCOOP title on Wednesday went to Russia's 'nafnaf_funny' after the final four players agreed to a deal in the $320 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Ranked #57 in Russia, 'nafnaf_funny' ended up with $19,545.82 and his second career WCOOP title. He beat out Zhao 'zzwwzzwwzz' Wei heads-up for the win. Wei ended up with $15,156.39 after the chop. Event #3 - $1,050 Marathon Event 1,452 entries - $1,452,000 paid out to 161 spots Cameron 'ishter11' Couch - $222,989.75 irache 87 - $163,450.18 Charlie 'Epiphany77' Carrel - $119,808.58 Francisco 'Tomatee' Benitez - $87,819.42 Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron - $64,371,37 Mads 'madsamot' Amot - $47,184.04 PatKlebs - $34,585.91 Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko - $25,351.33 blackaces93 - $18,582.55 Event #9 - $1,050 Single Draw 2-7 Championship 145 entries - $145,000 paid out to 14 spots nilsef - $30,511.94 WATnlos - $23,785.07 Unemployed - $18,541.30 Vincent 'Vingtcent' van der Fluit - $14,453.61 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $11,267.10 fish_san - $8,783.11 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb - $6,846.74 Event #10 - $1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday 1,470 entries - $1,470,000 paid out to 161 places MonsieurRask - $225,754.16 OverTheTop43 - $165,476.43 uwintakeit - $121,293.81 William 'hellzito' Arruda - $88,908.09 Cristian 'progre69' Sampaoli - $65,169.36 zzwwzzwwzz - $47,768.97 Narcis 'Narcisus90' Nedelcu - $35,014.66 iamivar - $25,665.61 JIZOINT - $18,812.91 Event #11 - $320 Omaha Hi-Lo 416 entries - $124,800 paid out to 48 places nafnaf_funny - $19,545.82* zzwwzzwwzz - $15,156.39* Bertmobile - $16,935.01* homasapiens - $9,140.65 ViTaMin_F22 - $6,761.96 DaCus3 - $5,002.28 recusant_89 - $3,700.51 xiaohuiwan - $2,737.53 * three-way chop
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