We’ve got another exciting day in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars to tell you about, as a mixed-game master added yet another trophy to his mantle. All the latest…
Glaser wins a fourth
Higgins tops $5K High Roller
Another final table for Shaban
Maiden title for Team Pro’s better half
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Glaser gets it done: You can now make it four WCOOP titles in four years for one of the best mixed-game players out there: the UK’s Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser. Proving his resourcefulness, all four of Glaser’s wins have come in different variants: PLO in 2018, razz in 2019, HORSE in 2020, and now NLO8 as he took down the $55 50-M on Thursday for $9,293, defeating a 1,176-entry field. Recent champ Jerry “perrymejsen” Ödeen also made the final table and was looking for his second title of the series, but he was eliminated in fifth for $2,190. Check out our interview with Ödeen here. As for Glaser, he’s now simply one of the greatest COOP players of all time, with six SCOOP titles also on his CV.
Huge score for Higgins: It took just over four hours for Simon “simon1471” Higgins of the UK to cut through the 107-entry field in the $5K 6-Max Turbo (53-H), after which his bankroll was topped up by $127,846. The high-stakes regular navigated his way through one of the toughest line-ups one could assemble and ultimately overcame a final table including Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, and Mike “SirWatts” Watson. This is Higgins’ second WCOOP title; his first coming in 2018 when he won a $1K turbo for $98K.
Two new two-time champs: Another winner from the UK was “Sw33ney” who emerged victorious in the $530 6-Max Freezeout (53-M) for $52,307 and their second WCOOP title. They only had to wait two years to become a two-time champ, having won a $55 deepstack in 2019 for $33K. Meanwhile, Russia’s “Ebaaa11” also joined the two-time club with their huge victory in the $1K PKO (45-H) for $131,310 (including bounties). The first win for “Ebaaa11” also came in 2019, winning $68K from the $109 Sunday Warm-Up.
Wild ride for Shaban: If you were watching Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban’s Twitch stream last night you were in for some craziness. Shaban satellited his way into the $1K Turbo PKO (54-H) and despite his late entry he managed to run deep. With 14 left, however, he shot down to just a quarter of a big blind but miraculously managed a seemingly never-ending run of double-ups which left him with a middle stack on the final table–his third of the series. He’d ultimately fall in fourth for just shy of $16K (including bounties), as Brazil’s “drogba060193” took it down for $70,727 total. How many final tables will Shaban have by the end of the series? And will he be able to capture a title? Tune in to his stream to find out. It’s never dull.
Maiden title for Moraes’ better half: Brazilian pro Rafael ‘GM_VALTER’ Moraes only joined Team PokerStars on Wednesday and he’s got off to a good start, recording some healthy WCOOP cashes. But it’s Lauriê “LaliTournier” Tournier–Moraes’ wife and a great player in her own right–who has hit the ground running, winning her first WCOOP title in the $109 heads-up for $15,846 the day after her husband announced his red spade. There’s plenty of reasons to celebrate in this Moraes household this weekend! Tournier is also a Twitch streamer and you can follow her in action here.
There’s another well-earned day off today but there are still six tournaments are on hold until Saturday, including the $10K 8-Game High Roller.
Tournaments completed: 136
Entries: 612,182 (inc. 136,780 re-entries)
Prize pools: $53,034,641
First-place prizes: $7,852,214 (inc. $1,368,212 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 0 (Side Events only)
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
STATES OF PLAY
A look at what’s happening in the events paused overnight:
• The $2,100 Thursday Thrill had 480 entries but just 62 now remain, all of whom are chasing the $74,175 first-place prize plus the juicy bounties that come with it. Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet and Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford both have top 10 stacks, while Team Pro Ben “Spraggy” Spragg is also still in contention.
• Just five players remain in the $10K 8-Game High Roller out of 44 entries, and as you’d expect, it’s a stacked line-up led by the greatest player in WCOOP history, Denis ‘aDrENaline710’ Strebkov, who is seeking an incredible 10th title. To extend his lead in WCOOP victories, he’ll have to battle through “RaulGonzalez”, Ari “BodogAri” Engel, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, and online poker’s all-time money winner, Joao “Naza114” Vieira. All have locked up $36,091 but there’s $196,176 up top.
Here’s hoping Lex’s luck turns around soon.
TWEET OF THE DAY
It’s going to be an exciting Saturday night in the Spragg household.
Cashed the $530 for $4k but may have punted with 16 left.
However! Made day 2 of the $2,100 WCOOP @PokerStars. $150,000 up top with the bounties. Have about 20bb and we return SATURDAY evening.
Tomorrow is a day off. See you all there! pic.twitter.com/JaaAb8KO4T
— Spraggy (@spraggy) September 3, 2021
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Despite a valiant effort from the UK, which won four titles last night to take them ahead of Russia, Brazil continues to crush and added three new titles of their own.
26 titles — Brazil
17 — UK
16 — Russia
10 — Austria
9 — Netherlands
7 — Canada
5 — Poland, Sweden, Ukraine
4 — Argentina, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
3 — Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway
2 — Belarus, Estonia, Japan, Moldova, Norway, Peru
1 — Andorra, Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, Georgia, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, San Marino.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
Once again Patrick “pads1161” Leonard is atop the Overall and High leaderboards, as his dance with Canada’s “Camilancefieldg” takes another spin. Every leaderboard is incredibly tight, so it’s all about consistency from here on out. Here are the latest standings:
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 920
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 860 points
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 850
4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 845
5 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 705
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 450
2 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) – 420 points
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) – 400
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 355
5 – Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (Austria) – 345
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 395 points
=2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 340
=2 – Matt “OLD TIME GIN” Stone (Canada) – 340
4 – Stakelis24 (Lithuania) – 325 points
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 305
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
=1 – ekvilibryst (Ukraine) – 360
=1 – renemastermi (Germany) – 360 points
3 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 340
=4 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 325
=4 – ILoveScarfGuy (Croatia) – 325
=4 – 360WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) – 325
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.
It’s Friday. It’s a WCOOP day off. You could go outside and get some fresh air. Or you could stay in and grind the following Side Events:
WCOOP Side Event: Win the Button
Buy-ins: $5.50, $22, $215
Guarantees: $10K, $30K, $50K
WCOOP Side Event: Pye’s Hold’em Invitational
WCOOP Side Event: Chat Pros Choice PL Omaha H/L
Buy-ins: $5.50, $22, $215
Guarantees: $8K, $15K, $30K
WCOOP Side Event: Turbo PKO Big Knockouts
Buy-ins: $11, $55, $530
Guarantees: $30K, $100K, $150K
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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