All the latest from the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars, as two streaming giants come up short, but two new countries appear on the leader board.
Thousands watch, but Ödeen denies Lex
Vieira back to winning ways
tonkaaa’s Razz run ends in fourth
Leonard and Schwartz no match for Assad
Firsts for New Zealand and San Marino
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Ödeen denies Lex, and other stars, in $2K: They tuned in in their tens of thousands last night to watch Lex Veldhuis at a huge WCOOP final table, with everyone’s favourite Dutch streamer hoping to go all the way in WCOOP-34-M, a $2K NLHE tournament that ran for three days. It was a ridiculously tough line up. Despite a field of 614 entries, some of online poker’s very best were still involved in the late stages, and Veldhuis celebrated every pay-jump as though he was a newb. The Veldhuis show ended in fifth, when his A♣2♣ couldn’t beat Jerry “Perrymejsen” Ödeen‘s A♥K♦, leaving Veldhuis with a $61K payout. “Too bad,” he said. “We ran into a hand.” Ödeen went all that way. He struck a three-handed deal with “3DTemujiN” of Kazakhstan and Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski, both of whom have won during WCOOP before (Kovalski three times). And then Ödeen went on to claim the money left on the side, bringing his total payout to $185,550. That’s his maiden victory in WCOOP, and a biggest career score. But the Swede has more than $8.5 million in documented online earnings, so it’s kind of a mystery it took him this long.
Vieira back to winning ways: The itinerant Portuguese player Joao “Naza114” Vieira has made his home in both the UK and the Netherlands during his recent poker career, winning two titles in each of those countries between 2018 and 2019. Having missed out on a title last year, Vieira returned to winning WCOOP ways last night, taking down WCOOP-40-H, a $1K Seven-Max freezeout. Vieira is now seemingly settled in the Netherlands, so this victory goes on the Dutch tally, but for Vieira it means another $64,680 in the bankroll and a fifth career WCOOP success. Just one more notch for one of online poker’s most successful ever players.
Sunday Million goes to Peru’s Cuellar: For many, a podium finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up will represent a clear high point in a career, and last September Peru’s Diego “MrHyde97” Cuellar managed just that, finishing third for the best part of $50K. But it turned out to be only the start of an incredible year. Last night, Cuellar completed an even more significant triumph, winning the WCOOP Sunday Million Special Edition, which had a field of 8,754 entries and a prize pool of more than $1.75 million. Cuellar’s reward was a new career-best score of $245,067, the second biggest prize awarded to anyone so far in this year’s WCOOP. While the noisy neighbours to the east tend to earn the most column inches during these major online series, this is a fine second title of this WCOOP for Peru.
tonkaaaa’s Razz run halted in third: For anyone who found watching Lex Veldhuis too stressful last night, another PokerStars ambassador was streaming final table WCOOP action, with a much more relaxed vibe. Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot admitted himself that he didn’t know much about Razz, but somehow had made it to the final table of the $1K buy-in Razz tournament. There was a prize pool of $92K and 92 entries, with the winner set to earn more than $25K. Even so, Talbot seemed to be playing as if for matchsticks, including when he took the chip lead four handed. However, the volatility of this game soon caught up with him and Talbot was knocked out in third. “Honestly, that’s unbelievably upsetting,” Talbot said in defeat, belatedly realising how close he’d come. Talbot’s assassin was Norway’s “_sennj_“, who won the second WCOOP title of their career. _sennj_ previously won a $109 Stud Hi/Lo tournament in 2019.
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Schwartz and Leonard fall to Assad: Only four players made the money in the $2K 2-7 Triple Draw event that played out yesterday, but two of them are among the best known players in the world. One was Luke “lb6121” Schwartz, who has a win and a runner-up finish already in this WCOOP, and the other was Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, who won two tournaments in the opening week. Viewers could have been forgiven for focusing their attention on those two British players, looking to accumulate more titles and leader board points, but the champion was actually lurking in plain sight. “Assad91” plays from Argentina these days, but has two WCOOP titles of their own, both from 2014, when they were based in Norway. Assad91 was clearly unperturbed by the presence of these other two menaces and saw Leonard fall in third and Schwartz in second. Assad91 therefore became a three-time champion and picked up $36,819 and the trophy as well.
bagoch resists GlobalHappiness: In a clear blow to the human race, “GlobalHappiness” was denied top spot in a poker tournament last night, for the second time in consecutive days. The aspirational-sounding Swede was runner up to “Piggysnipz” of Canada in a $1K freezeout on Monday night, and last night found themselves heads up again, in the $2K 6-Max PKO. But once again, GlobalHappiness took second place. The winner this time was Lithuania’s “bagoch“, and it was certainly a title worth winning. There was a field of 323 entries, a prize pool of $646K and bagoch won $125,885, including $73,594 in bounties. GlobalHappiness once again remains elusive.
New Zealand come to the WCOOP party…: In other circumstances, the conclusion of WCOOP-40-L, an $11 NLHE Seven-Max event, might have passed without note. But this tournament happened to be won by a player named “Hackysack27“, from New Zealand. Hackysack27 earned $11,401 after a heads up deal, but perhaps more importantly became the first player from their country ever to win a WCOOP title. It’s true. Through its first 19 years, winners in WCOOP have come from 67 countries, but we have never crowned a Kiwi. Until now. Double congratulations, then, to Hackysack27, who is leading a nation in WCOOP.
…and welcome San Marino too: In other circumstances, the conclusion of WCOOP-40-M, an $109 NLHE Seven-Max event, might have passed without note. But this tournament happened to be won by a player named “PPthegod90“, from San Marino. PPthegod90 earned $33,133 and the trophy, but perhaps more importantly became the first player from their country ever to win a WCOOP title. It’s true. Through its first 19 years, winners in WCOOP have come from 67 countries, but we have never crowned anyone from this tiny European microstate. Until now. Double congratulations, then, to PPthegod90, who is leading a nation in WCOOP. After victories for both Hackysack27 and PPthegod90, WCOOP now has champions from 69 countries.
The number of entries in this WCOOP has crossed the half-million mark, with prize pools getting ever closer to $50 million. It is, in other words, another huge WCOOP series.
Tournaments completed: 121
Entries: 508,279 (inc. 112,934 re-entries)
Prize pools: $44,439,632
First-place prizes: $6,633,253 (inc. $1,163,807 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 8
Tournaments starting today: 12
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
STATES OF PLAY
A look at what’s happening in the events paused overnight:
Can Peterman hold off the superstars? The biggest event paused overnight is WCOOP-42-H, a $5K buy-in hold’em tournament with a $700K prize pool. Elliott “elliottpet” Peterman leads the way, but the stars are lining up behind him. “Daenarys T” (second) was runner up in the Razz last night, Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich (fourth) has one title already this year, and Andras “probirs” Nemeth (seventh), Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood (eighth) and Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov (ninth) need little introduction. There will be a thrilling conclusion in this one, with close to $150K for the winner.
Brazilians swarming in Super Tuesday Mini: Brazil has now gone two days without a winner in WCOOP, but the South Americans are out in force in the $55 Mini Super Tuesday. Six of the first nine places are occupied by Brazilians, and 15 of the top 30. There are 175 players left.
tonkaaaa in the money in PLO8: Fresh from his Razz exploits Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot is in the money too in the $2K PLO8 event, which resumes today. He has his work cut out though, having squeaked into the money, and the concluding day, with six big blinds. There are 17 players left and Talbot is 17th. Time to run it up.
As noted above, there were deep and brilliant runs by both Lex Veldhuis and Parker Talbot in events overnight, but today’s Twitch clip selection came from the channel of Mason “pyefacepoker” Pye. Pye received a message from someone very familiar to streaming fans, who popped up like a genie to make some wishes come true. Enjoy
TWEET OF THE DAY
It’s been a tough week for Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, but he’s not going to give up now:
Very tough week of cards on the internet since Sunday.
In one of those poker situations where you feel like you’ll never win again and you have 0 clue how to play.
Back again tomorrow!
— Spraggy (@spraggy) August 31, 2021
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Not only did Brazil not win a title for the second consecutive night, but neither Russia nor the UK found the top spot either as the 12 titles were shared between 11 countries. There’s no change at the top of the standings, but both New Zealand and San Marino now appear for the first time ever in WCOOP.
21 titles — Brazil
13 — Russia
11 — UK
10 — Austria
8 — Netherlands
5 — Ukraine
4 — Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden
3 — Argentina, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico
2 — Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Peru
1 — Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, San Marino.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
Patrick Leonard’s third place finish in the 2-7 Triple Draw was enough to vault the British player back to the top of the Overall leader board, dethroning Canada’s “Camilancefieldg”. Camilancefieldg did not record a single cash overnight — a surprising state of affairs given their thrilling start to the series — and Russia’s “FONBET_RULIT” is now also closing in. Meanwhile, Joao “Naza114” Vieira has appeared as if from nowhere to head the “High” leader board.
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 820 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 735
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 705
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 610
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 590
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) – 420 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 380
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 350
4 – Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani (Brazil) – 330
=5 – Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Austria) – 320
=5 – Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (Austria) – 320
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
=1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 335 points
=1 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 335
3 – Matt “OLD TIME GIN” Stone (Canada) – 265
=4 – Mr.Creditor (Russia) – 245
=4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 245
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 330 points
2 – renemastermi (Germany) – 315
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 300
4 – ekvilibryst (Ukraine) – 295
5 – ISmellToast (Canada) – 290
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
Read a full explanation of this year’s promotions.
Today is for all those players who say they can beat anyone heads-up. Now’s your chance. The NLHE Heads-Up event, with buy-ins of $11, $109 and $1,050 gets under way. Also, how’s your Badugi? Time to find out…
WCOOP-45: NLHE PKO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $175K, $600K, $750K
WCOOP-46: FL Badugi Six-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $10K, $20K, $50K
WCOOP-47: NLHE Heads-Up
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $35K, $85K, $175K
WCOOP-48: NLHE Six-Max Freezeout
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $50K, $175K, $250K
WATCH THE ACTION ON TWITCH AND YOUTUBE
Live broadcasts of WCOOP 2021 go out every Monday through Wednesday featuring cards up coverage of the biggest final tables and expert commentary from James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and a host of special guests. Click for full details.
You can watch on the PokerStars YouTube channel, the PokerStars YouTube UK channel, or PokerStars’ Twitch channel.
POKER NEWS LIVE UPDATES
Our friends at Poker News will be bringing you live updates from a number of events during WCOOP. Head to their Live Reporting pages to see the action unfold in real time.
Poker News WCOOP reporting schedule:
WCOOP 51-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $800K Gtd
WCOOP 52-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $500K Gtd
WCOOP 63-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 63-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 71-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $650K Gtd
WCOOP 80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 91-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $2.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $10M Gtd
WCOOP 92-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 92-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 94-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $1.25M Gtd
WCOOP 01-H: $109 NLHE [Phase 2], $1M Gtd
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