All the latest from the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars, where a high rolling Brazilian inches his country ever nearer the record books…
Volkmann picks up a third in $10K HR
Regina reigns again in Warm-Up
Fell jedimaster92’s PLO force
$10m now for tournament winners!
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Great Scott! great dant at it again: Viewers of the PokerStars live streams have been treated to some spectacular final tables during this WCOOP and last night had the privilege of watching some of the game’s undisputed superstars go at it again in the $10K PKO High Roller, otherwise known as WCOOP-63-H. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi was aiming for his third win of the series; Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph had his eye on a second, and making up the numbers were such luminaries as Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, Wiktor “Iimitless” Malinowski and Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood. On this occasion, however, as on so many others, the smart move was to watch the man from Brazil. Bruno “great dant” Volkmann has documented lifetime online cashes of close to $12 million and two previous WCOOP victories of his own, from tournaments in 2017 and 2018. This would turn out to be his third. After seeing off the rest of the 123-entry field, Volkmann beat Rudolph heads-up, denying that single-series double to Rudolph, but swelling his own coffers by a further $331,495. An incredible $211,875 of that came in bounties, underlining just how dominant a performance this was.
Regina reigns again: The tournaments branded as the Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition were among those to wrap on Monday night, and both eclipsed their guarantees by a significant margin offering massive prizes to their winners. This was Event-62, where the medium buy-in was $215 and the high $2,100 and they attracted 3,520 and 346 entries, respectively. That put $704K and $692K in their prize pools. In the medium, Canada’s complicated Excel formula of a player, “SSSMBRFC2/C“, otherwise known as Jase Regina, won the second WCOOP title of his career, beating Peru’s “MrHyde97” heads-up. MrHyde97 was himself seeking a second victory, having won a huge Sunday tournament last week and banked $245,067. This time, MrHyde97 had to make do with $72,027 as Regina scooped the six-figure score. The Toronto native won $101,045 and added this title to the one he earned in 2016. Regina’s prize was narrowly outdone by the $128,604 won by “tohazzz” of Belarus, who took down the $2K version. tohazzz got on the WCOOP board for the first time, beating Austria’s “Kohlrabi7” head-up.
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May the force be with them: Certain claims are being made by a screen-name like “jedimaster82“, perhaps that the player in question has strange and mystical powers allowing them to master deep and complicated tasks that other mortals cannot. And that they were born in 1982. On available information, it’s not possible to verify birthdate, but we can now confirm that the Swedish player who goes by the name jedimaster82 is some kind of savant. A year after winning the $10K buy-in PLO Main Event during WCOOP, jedimaster82 has picked up a second career title. This was again in PLO and again came in a tournament with a massive buy-in and the best of the best in the field. jedimaster82 last night beat a field of 105 entries in the $5K PLO 6-Max WCOOP-64-H, banking a further $125,457. In doing so, they condemned Brazil’s Dante “dantegoyaF” Goya to a second runner-up finish of this series, a year after Goya won two titles, and left perennial final table player “3DTemujiN” of Kazakhstan in third and Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak in fourth. jedimaster82 is certainly casting a spell over WCOOP PLO tournaments in recent years.
Superstars assemble, but there’s only one rul0r: The Austria-based “CPUrul0r” first came to our attention during Stadium Series when, on one night, they won a $1K PKO Freezeout and finished top of the overnight counts in the Super Tuesday Special Edition. The same player is back in the spotlight after winning a first WCOOP title of their career, this time in a $2K 6-Max freezeout, worth $79,276. This may have looked like an anonymous little tournament, but the final table line-up begged to differ. SCOOP champ “MAMOHT_T” was second, Anton “Bomber&Granater” Wigg was third, Christoph “26071985” Vogelsang was fourth, previous WCOOP 2021 winner “BetForNympho” was fifth, and Futti18, who finished sixth, also has a WCOOP title from 2017. (Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira bubbled the final table.) CPUrul0r therefore had their work cut out, but triumphed for that maiden title from a 202-entry field.
The headline news from the stat tracker is that first-place prizes from this WCOOP series have now surpassed $10 million. Just over $1.86 million of that has been bounty payments. But there are a lot of very happy players out there.
Tournaments completed: 193
Entries: 776,631 (inc. 179,163 re-entries)
Prize pools: $65,953,448
First-place prizes: $10,384,668 (inc. $1,865,522 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Tournaments starting today: 12
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
STATES OF PLAY
A look at what’s happening in the events paused overnight:
The $109 Sunday Million is at its final table and will be given the full PokerStars streaming experience as it finds its champion tonight. There were 18,720 entries and a huge $1.872 million prize pool, which means two players are going to turn their hundred bucks into more than $83K, before duking it out for the final bounty. Action resumes at 1pm ET on PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels. There’s also the $1K version of the same event playing out tonight, and that has 16 players left. They include Jorryt “TheCleaner11” Van Hoof, Sergei “srxakgirona” Reixach and two-time Sunday Million winner “Lucky_Jew_17”. There’s $1.93 million in that prize pool.
There are 97 players left (of a 779-entry field) in WCOOP-69-H, so it’s far too early to be thinking about a champion. But there’s a brilliant match-up at the very top of the overnight counts, where reigning WSOP Main Event champion Damian “pampa27” Salas is one big blid ahead of reigning WCOOP Main Event champion Andre “PTFisherman23” Marques. We’re into the final full week of WCOOP 2021, which means Marques will be trying to get into shape to defend his title. He’s doing pretty well if this showing is anything to go on, but Salas is no slouch and there are tons of other big names still around. So watch with baited breath.
Elliott “elliottpet” Peterman already has one huge victory to his name during this WCOOP, but the Costa Rica-based player is sitting second of 40 remaining in the $1K 8-Max PKO paused overnight, with the biggest chunks of the $874K prize pool still to be awarded. Other players in with a shot include Shawn “buck21” Buchanan, Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski, Joao “IneedMassari” Simao and Vlad “dariepoker” Darie.
It’s anyone’s game still in the $530 Mixed NLHE/PLO 6-Max, where the top 10 (of 41 left) includes the likes of Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Andrew “MrAndreeew” Berggren, Connor “blanconegro” Drinan and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi. Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak is 11th, and there are plenty more heroes looking for the $30K first prize, and the trophy.
This clip from Spraggy’s stream last night acts as a handy reminder that WCOOP-1, otherwise known as the Phase event, is running every day. This is the event with multiple Day 1s, which you can play as often as you want, in a bid to get through to the freezeout period of the tournament, which starts at the weekend. Here’s Spraggy stack building in the $109 buy-in Phase tournament:
TWEET OF THE DAY
Just look at the kind of content they put out over at the Brazilian PokerStars Blog. As we discuss below, they’re really going to need more characters in a tweet, the way things are going:
Destaque 🇧🇷 #WCOOP hoje:
🥇 “Garf GFGF” no 61-L – $6K
🥇 “great dant” no 63-H – $331K
🥇 “Taufner 22” no 65-L – $21K
🥈 “AlexGelinski” no 61-H – $53K
🥈 “dantegoyaF” no 64-H – $96K
🥈 “Machadada RS” no 66-H – $49K
🥉 “lucasbh1717” no 62-L – $17K
🥉 “Kenshinznho” no 65-M – $25K pic.twitter.com/h2BceBL265
— PokerStars Brasil (@PokerStarsBR) September 7, 2021
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Another three titles on Monday night put Brazil in touching distance of their own single-series record of 35 victories. One more to tie and two more to beat it, with more than 100 opportunities to do so. (It’s nailed on, folks.) Meanwhile, Bulgaria and Panama became the latest two countries to win for the first time this year, making it 35 nations now on the board.
34 titles — Brazil
25 — Russia
19 — UK
12 — Austria
11 – Netherlands
10 — Canada
8 — Sweden
6 — Germany
5 – Belarus, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Ukraine
4 — Argentina, Czech Republic, Latvia, Norway
3 — Finland, Lithuania
2 — Estonia, Japan, Moldova, Peru
1 — Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Georgia, Ireland, New Zealand, Panama, Romania, San Marino, Uzbekistan.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
The positions on the overall leader board haven’t changed overnight, but the points tally for everyone continues to tick in the upward direction. The closer we get to the final stages, the bigger Patrick Leonard’s 60-point lead will seem. But there’s still plenty of time for everything to be turned on its head.
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 1,180 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 1,120
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 1,065
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 1,010
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – 1,005
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) – 645 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 620
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) – 495
4 – Pablo “pabritz” Brito Silva (Brazil) – 485
5 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (UK) – 480
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 515 points
2 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 475
3 – Matt “OLD TIME GIN” Stone (Canada) – 405
4 – Stakelis24 (Lithuania) – 345
5 – bedias (Brazil) – 340
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 450 points
2 – ekvilibryst (Ukraine) – 435
=3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 410
=3 – WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) – 410
=5 – renemastermi (Germany) – 400
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 doesn’t come much purer than limit stud, and that’s the game in WCOOP-72 tonight. For all you Johnny-come-latelys, there’s also the Super Tuesday Special Edition, with buy-ins of $22, $215 and $2,100. It’s hold’em, obviously.
WCOOP-70: PLO8 Six-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $15K, $50K, $100K
WCOOP-71: NLHE 8-Max Freezout Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $125K, $300K, $650K
WCOOP-72: Limit Stud
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $15K, $40K, $75K
WCOOP-73: NLHE Six-Max Freezout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $100K, $300K, $400K
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 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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