Fifteen tournaments reached their conclusion on Day 5 of the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). That’s 15 more players who are now WCOOP champions. As the series continues, the leader board race intensifies and more familiar faces come through to pick up titles. Here’s today’s update with all the details…
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Andras “probirs” Nemeth still top of the game: Andras “probirs” Nemeth used to regularly wrestle with Niklas “Lena900” Astedt for the top ranked position in the online poker rankings, before closing his Pocket Fives account. He’s still up there though. We know he has at least $17.7 million in winnings and counting. Nemeth has had Sunday Million wins, HRC victories, and two SCOOP titles. Now he’s claimed top spot in the 15-H: $530+R for $79,655. Just before this series got under way, we listed Nemeth as one of the players who has inexplicably never won a WCOOP title before. That’s changed now.
Karmatskiy takes second WCOOP title: Arseniy “josef_shvejk” Karmatskiy is one of the top ranked poker pros in Russia, with over $5 million in online tournament winnings. The last couple of years he’s been taking down high stakes, high profile events. In 2018, Karmatskiy won his first WCOOP in a shootout. In 2019, he followed up with a SCOOP High Roller win for $269k. Now he’s taken down his second WCOOP title, with a win in the 13-H: $1,050 NLHE Freezout. He is now based in the UK, and made a heads-up deal with second place “StupidFr3nch”, also from the UK and also a prolific player. Karmatskiy walked away with $72,758, with Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich continuing his purple patch and finishing in third.
Bagrovui wins high stakes Pot Limit Omaha event: The build up for this player has been clear. It’s only been going in one direction. Last year, Russian player “Bagrovui” achieved a SCOOP double in PLO games, complimented by a juicy fourth place finish in the WCOOP $10,300 PLO Main Event the same year – all three wins combined totalling $278k. This year started with a third place in the SCOOP PLO Main Event, and now a prestigious WCOOP win. Bagrovui outlasted a tough final table that included pros like Alexandru “steakaddict.” Papazian and Patrick “pads1161” Leonard to take down the 14-H $1,050 PLO (6-Max) for $66,449. Bagrovui continues to prove he or she is a top competitor in high stakes Omaha. So watch out.
Jordl “prot0” Urlings gets his in the 6+ Hold ‘em: The tournaments that concluded today were a perfect showcase of the variations of poker on offer in WCOOP. Among them was #17, 6+ Hold ‘em. Jordl “prot0” Urlings won the high stakes version for $26,752. It might seem like small change to a player with four six-figure wins to his name, one of them being a second place in the 2019 WCOOP High Roller worth $407,625. But to the best of our knowledge this is Urlings’ first WCOOP title. That’s not bad for someone who is usually known for his cash game skills.
|13-L: $11 NLHE Midweek Freeze||12,953||$126,939||ZNOXYU||Latvia||$14,215.90*|
|13-M: $109 NLHE Midweek Freeze||3,507||$350,700||Tayguera||Brazil||$50,392.37|
|13-H: $1,050 NLHE Midweek Freeze||452||$452,000||josef_shvejk||UK||$72,758.88*|
|14-L: $11 PLO 6-Max||5,587||$54,753||RrrrStyle||Belarus||$6,755.75*|
|14-M: $109 PLO 6-Max||1,786||$178,600||The_Truht||Ukraine||$26,969.46|
|14-H: $1,050 PLO 6-Max||362||$362,000||Bagrovui||Russia||$66,449.74|
|15-L: $5.50+R NLHE 8-Max||23,569||$115,488||Janis_x97||Germany||$10,336.26*|
|15-M: $55+R NLHE 8-Max||6,569||$336,004||MathCamillo1||Brazil||$38,834.16*|
|15-H: $530+R NLHE 8-Max||832||$420,160||probirs||Hungary||$79,655.48|
|17-L: $11 6+ Hold’em 6-Max||4,474||$43,845||nikolakiev123||UK||$4,635.14*|
|17-M: $109 6+ Hold’em 6-Max||83||$55,700||nokeee||Bosnia & H||$9,825.96|
|17-H: $1,050 6+ Hold’em 6-Max||119||$119,000||prot0||Malta||$26,752.48|
|18-L: $22 NLHE||7,739||$154,780||humpster76||Ireland||$18,822.07*|
|18-M: $215 NLHE||1,606||$321,200||MarcGregor89||UK||$48,814.66|
|18-H: $2,100 NLHE||194||$400,000||brandon0903||UK||$80,642.40|
Tournaments completed: 48
Entries so far: 218,661
Prize pools so far: $18,122,397
First prizes so far: $2,649,497
In-the-money finishers so far: 25,183
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Tournaments starting today: 0
(Note: completed events only)
We’ve been catching up with winners from this year’s WCOOP, some of who have been happy to share the secrets of their success and laugh out loud life stories. Check out these personal accounts of WCOOP triumph, from those who have been there many times before to newcomers tasting the limelight for the first time. More to come!
Here’s the moment Arseniy “josef_shvejk” Karmatskiy took down the 13-H, brought to you by James, Joe and Maria Ho:
After four days of action Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin remains at the top of the overall leaderboard. Joao “Naza114” Vieira has hit the top of the high, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins rules the medium, and Spraggy is now king of the low stakes. Take a look at the full leaderboard standings here.
1– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) – 315 points
2– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) – 305
3– Konstantin “Krakura” Maslak (Russia) – 325
1– Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) – 265 points
2– Konstantin “Krakura” Maslak (Russia) – 210 points
3– Mike “SirWatts” Watson (Canada) – 180 points
=1– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) – 145 points
=1– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) – 145
=3– “chininhaltig” (Germany) – 140
=3– “Kaggis” (Norway) – 140
Overall – $25,000 plus trophy
High – Winner $12,500; 2nd $10,000; 3rd $7,500
Medium – Winner $8,500; 2nd $6,000; 3rd $3,000 (top 15 are rewarded)
Low – Winner $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2,000 (top 25 are rewarded)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
The three most familiar countries are already at the top of the leader board, with UK-based players already with nine titles, and Brazilians and Russian holding three apiece. This is likely be the pattern for the series to come.
9 — UK
6 — Russia, Brazil
3 — Canada, Germany
2 — Argentina, Norway, Ukraine
1 — Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Hungary, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ireland, Latvia, Malta
The following tournaments are ongoing and will play to a winner today.
16-L: $109 Mini Thursday Thrill, PKO Freezout
Entries: 6,711 | Prize pool: $671,100
Players left: 213 | Chip leader: bauruzito (Brazil)
16-M: $1,050 Thursday Thrill, PKO Freezout
Entries: 1,048 | Prize pool: $1,048,000
Players left: 108 players left | Chip leader: ThugWaffle (Brazil)
16-H: $10,300, High Roller PKO
Entries: 95 (inc. 19 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1 million
Players left: 10 | Chip leader: mararthur1 (Russia)
Friday is rest day!
It’s a new edition to this year’s WCOOP. A welcome opportunity for players to take a break from the tough grind and get refreshed for the following week. Or not.
If you don’t want to stay away from the action then we’re running a couple of Side Events. They don’t count towards leader board points and they’re tiny in comparison to the real WCOOP events, but they’ll keep you busy if you’re looking for action.
1:05 pm: WCOOP Side Event: PL Fusion
Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
Guarantees: $2k, $7.5k, $20
2:05 pm: WCOOP Side Event: Limit Stud
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $3k, $10k, $20k