WCOOP 2018: All the news from Day 10

September 12, 2018

It’s a case of another day, another title for the phenomenal Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov. The Russian picked up his fifth victory of this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and again headlines today’s round-up of all the news from the tables.


• Another day, another title for Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov
• Finest tournament series streak in history, notches fifth win
• Adds $1,050 limit stud hi/lo to his victories, for $29,145
• Two $1m+ prize pools awarded; More than $4m guaranteed today
• Three wins for Germany


What more can be said about Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov? We’re running out of superlatives. Before this month, nobody had won more than five WCOOP titles over the previous 16 years of the tournament series, but he has now won five in 10 days. The latest triumph came in the $1,050 Limit Stud Hi/Lo event, further emphasising his extraordinary mixed games skills. Actually, he badly needs to brush up on his no limit hold’em. “aDrENalin710” has never won a hold’em WCOOP event…

aDrENalin710 running away with the Player of the Series Leader Board


Name Buy-in Entries Prize pool Places paid Winner Country Prize
34-L: Stud Hi/Lo $11 2,752 $26,969.60 400 shoeseller Germany $4,041.83*
34-M: Stud Hi/Lo $109 610 $61,000 88 Kevin “iacog4” Iacofano UK $11,449.70
34-H: Stud Hi/Lo $1,050 134 $134,000 24 Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov Russia $29,145
35-L: NLHE [8-Max PKO] $22 20,822 $416,440 3,439 murvi Sweden $29,685.49†
35-M: NLHE [8-Max PKO] $215 5,065 $1,013,000 719 Narcisus90 Romania $119,050.88†
35-H: NLHE [8-Max PKO] $2,100 645 $1,290,000 79 compris Sweden $215,721.15†
36-L: NLHE/PLO [6-Max] $5.50 6,942 $34,015.80 1,127 Mathias_ø Denmark $4,838.84
36-M: NLHE/PLO [6-Max] $55 2,314 $115,700 323 Gronî Austria $17,144.52
36-H: NLHE/PLO [6-Max] $530 637 $318,500 83 BockRamsch89 Germany $54,779.21
41-L: PLO [4-Max PKO] $5.50 8,232 $40,336.80 1,367 Manwlis45 Greece $4,404.34†
41-M: PLO [4-Max PKO] $55 3,325 $166,250† 475 RussiaSurgut Russia $20,235.06
41-H: PLO [4-Max PKO] $530 817 $408,500† 103 Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank Germany $49,718.06
Daily totals   52,295 $4,024,712.20 8,227     $560,214.08

*after deal
†including bounties


On the side: Tuesday’s big WCOOP NLHE event was billed as a half-price Super Tuesday, with a $530 buy-in. But in order to keep the regular Super Tuesday fans happy, a $5,200 WCOOP Side Event was added to the schedule too. Although not an official WCOOP event, whose results do not count for leader board purposes, it was still a fascinating tournament. It attracted 65 players and had one of the most spectacular final tables. Won by Mike “mczhang” Zhang of the UK, he beat bencd789, Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, Vikto “Isildur1” Blom, Niklas “Lena900” Åstedt, Linus “LLinuLLove” Loeliger. Zhang’s prize was $89,711.43 including bounties.

SCOOP champ adds WCOOP title: Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank, who won the PLO 4-Max is a former SCOOP champion. The German player won a NLHE KO event in 2015–and also won a WSOP bracelet in 2017, prevailing from one of the massive $1,500 NLHE fields.


Events completed: 111
Entries so far: 480,133
Prize pool so far: $46,226,596
Players in the money: 74,269

Completed tournaments only


Cast your mind back to the opening weekend of WCOOP and a spectacular Sunday Million win for Romania’s “jah1923”. PokerStars Blog’s Jack Stanton tracked “jah1923” all the way to a waterfall to catch up with the $193,055.14 winner, revealing him to be an IT professional named Catalin Moraru. “It was the happiest moment of my life,” Moraru said. (About the win, one presumes. Not the conversation with Stanton.)

Read our exclusive interview with Catalin “jah1923” Moraru.


The best players know their weak spots, and @PhilGalfond is definitely one of the best.

Feels good for @icekevin to be a medium world champion.

It’s a Day 2 for Randy “nanonoko” Lew. Day2onoko?


German players won three titles yesterday:

$11 Limit Stud Hi/Lo: “shoeseller” $4,041.83
$530 PLO/HE: “BockRamsch89” $54,779.21
$530 PLO 4-Max PKO: “lissi stinkt” $49,718.06 (inc bounties)

Germany now moves into equal second place with Brazil, and one behind the UK.

UK 13   Belgium 3   Georgia 1
Germany 11   Norway 2   Poland 1
Brazil 11   Netherlands 2   Malta 1
Russia 10   Chile 2   Latvia 1
Canada 7   Ireland 2   Cyprus 1
Sweden 6   Belarus 2   China 1
Finland 6   Romania 2   Japan 1
Austria 6   Greece 2   Costa Rica 1
Mexico 5   Argentina 1   Denmark 1
Lithuania 3   Thailand 1   Bulgaria 1
Hungary 3   Switzerland 1    


As ever, there are a heap of tournaments already under way, and all are now in the money. You can head to the PokerStars client to watch all of these play to their conclusion tonight:

WCOOP-38 NLHE PKO (Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050)
Ireland’s “wesko78” second in chips in high. Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson fourth

WCOOP-39 Limit Hold’em (Buy-ins $22, $215, $2,100)
aDrENalin710 is 14th of 14, with not even three big bets. How’s he going to win this one? Meanwhile Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond is 10th of 118, despite admitting he didn’t know how to play (see tweets above)

WCOOP-40 NLHE (Buy-ins $5.50, $55, $530)
Plenty of big names in last 152 in high buy-in, including Andre “aakkari” Akkari” (29th) and Jeff Gross (52nd).


“Who needs to re-buy, when we can just get there?”
Two for the price of one in this clip from Jason “jcarver” Somerville as he calls two all-ins in two different tournaments simultaneously. He loses from ahead, but wins from behind.

“Pair of sevens good? Pair of sevens, good.”
Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis wins an Omaha pot. With a pair of sevens.

But it’s not all good for RaSZi as he busts three $500 tournaments within five minutes (two on this clip):


Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov has a seeming stranglehold on the overall Player of the Series leader board already. He has 315 points more than his closest challenger.

1 – Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov, Russia – 960
2 – ImluckNuts, Russia – 675
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 660
4 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 625
5 – Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb, Mexico – 620
6 – nilsef. Germany – 540
7 – Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond, Canada – 520

A bit of a surprise in the low buy-in leader board, though, where Paraguay’s “pantri” has appeared. He hasn’t claimed an outright title yet, but his series of small ITM finishes has put him in with a shot at the title.

1 – pantri, Paraguay – 275
2 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 260
3 – Slawas1, Poland – 245
=4 – ImAPole92, Denmark – 240
=4 – Manwlis45, Greece – 240
=6 – Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov, Russia – 235
=6 – B.Paulino, Brazil – 235


It’s a big, big day as WCOOP-43 boasts $4 million in guarantees across its three levels: $1m for the low and medium, with a $2m guarantee for the $25K. That’s behind only the main event as the guarantee of the Series.

WCOOP-42: Limit 2-7 Triple Draw – Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
WCOOP-43: NLHE 8-Max High Roller – Buy-ins: $215, $2,100, $25,000
WCOOP-44: NLHE 6-Max Shootout – Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100


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