WCOOP 2018: All the news from Day 12

September 14, 2018

It was clear in the early morning that Thursday was going to be hectic for Mike “SirWatts” Watson. And by the time the sun set, the former PCA champion had completed one of the best days of anyone at this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Watson’s story headlines today’s WCOOP round-up.


• Mike “SirWatts” Watson wins one title; second in another
• Joao “Naza114” Vieira wins 2-7 Triple Draw and side event on same day
• Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger takes $587K first prize in $25K HR
• More for Liv Boeree as Team Pro makes another High Roller final


Former PCA champion Mike “SirWatts” Watson quickly finished the job in the $215 2-7 Triple Draw yesterday, winning his first WCOOP title of the series and fourth of his career. He then came back to play the final of the $2,100 6-Max shootout. He finished second in that, losing heads up to PokerStars reg “josef_shvejk”. Watson has more than $4 million in online tournament winnings, including three SCOOP titles, and more than $11 million in live tournaments.

Mike Watson: Wins one, second in another


Name Buy-in Entries Prize pool Places Winner Country Prize
42-L: 2-7 Triple $22 1,536 $30,720 228 pokerqmaster Poland $4,915.91
42-M: 2-7 Triple $215 396 $79,200 60 Mike “SirWatts” Watson Canada $15,325.20
42-H: 2-7 Triple $2,100 91 $182,000 12 Joao “Naza114” Vieira Netherlands $49,595.00
43-L: NLHE HR $215 5,010 $1,002,000 815 Alexei “AS Leshiy” Smirnov Estonia $131,349.41*
43-M: NLHE HR $2,100 662 $1,324,000 95 Ognjen “psjebemvas” Šekularac Austria $228,348.36
43-H: NLHE HR $25,000 104 $2,550,600 13 Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger Austria $587,747.32
44-L: NLHE 6-Max Shootout $22 4,619 $92,380 1,296 Little Kraut Canada $12,014.08
44-M: NLHE 6-Max Shootout $215 982 $196,400 216 Ben “jenbizzle” Jones UK $31,425.08
44-H: NLHE 6-Max Shootout $2,100 150 $300,000 36 josef_shvejk Russia $66,000.00
Daily totals   13,550 $5,757,300 2,771     $1,114,706.28

*after deal


I LLove It: Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger won the biggest prize of WCOOP 2018 so far: $587,747 in the $25,000 NLHE 8-Max High Roller.

Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger: Big winner

The prize pool was more than $2.5 million and the final table included Henrik “hhecklen” Hecklen, “fo0zzy, Mike “mczhang” Zhang, Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen, “SkaiWalkurr”, “bartek901” and Patrick “pads1161” Leonard.

Hecklen isn’t bitter about his heads-up defeat. I think they call this a “humblebrag”:

Šekularac denies Boeree: Ognjen “psjebemvas” Šekularac won the $2,100-M High Roller for $228,348.36, with Liv Boeree fourth for $82,710.80. “psjebemvas” is a former SCOOP champion, who added his first WCOOP title. Meanwhile, Boeree’s two final tables in High Rollers make her the most profitable of the Team Pros playing in this WCOOP. In the $215 buy-in version of this event, Jaime Staples finished 124th for $887.77. Fatima Moreira de Melo won $360.21 for 656th.

jenbizzle the shizzle: The medium buy-in shootout was won by Ben “jenbizzle” Jones of the UK, who is a three-time SCOOP champion. He has also won the Warm Up, the Super Tuesday, the Sunday Supersonic and has more than $2 million in tournament winnings on PokerStars.


For all of Mike “SirWatts” Watson’s exploits yesterday, it was fellow high roller Joao “Naza114” Vieira whose performances caught the eye of the Player of the Day judges.

Vieira started his day by winning the high buy-in 2-7 Triple Draw title. He then won the $5,200 side event–a late addition to the WCOOP schedule, which does not count for leader board points but still pays a hefty prize. He beat a field of 98–including Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel–to win $136,124.88, including bounties.

Joao Vieira: Superb day at the WCOOP tables

“Naza114” has also made the money in the $1,050 HORSE and will come back in 23rd of 24 in that restart. He is also fourth of 341 coming back in the $1,050 NLHE.


Events completed: 129
Entries so far: 552,816
Prize pool so far: $55,630,627
Players in the money: 86,328

Completed tournaments only


If the Academy is reading, you can send Chris Moneymaker’s Oscar for “Best Performance in a Twitter Promotional Clip” to C. Moneymaker Esq., Real Name, Real Road, Tennessee.


There’s loads of action ongoing in this year’s WCOOP including an amazing $1,050 HORSE tournament, which will conclude today. When the tournament resumes at 3pm ET, 24 of the original 158 are coming back and they include: Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich, who is leading, Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond and Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov, who are top six, as well as Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah and Vladimir “vovtry” Troyanovskiy.

The $1,050 has a brilliant remaining field: Dzmitry “Colisea”Urbanovich is leading, Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond and Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov are top six, Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah and Vladimir “vovtry” Troyanovskiy are also involved. Joao “Naza114” Vieira is still in too.

There’s also a load of Twitch streaming interest:

• Jaime Staples is 21st of 37 in the $22 5-Card PLO AND 27th of 39 in the $109 HORSE
• Jason Somerville is 26th of 35 in the $2,100 5-Card PLO.
• Lex Veldhuis is 92nd of 119 in the $530 PKO

WCOOP-45: 5-Card PLO Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
WCOOP-46: NLHE PKO Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
WCOOP-47: HORSE Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-48: NLHE Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050


Welcome to Twitter, particularly WCOOP Twitter @FKid18:

@philgalfond is sweating the leader boards:

It’s Day 2 mania for other players including:

Jaime Staples and significant other:

Sweet relief for @LexVeldhuis, into Day 2 of the $530 bounty, and loving it:

But that’s just half of Mike “@GoLeafsGoEh” Leah’s achievement:

And @pokerste1 is breaking new ground. First of many we hope…


Here’s a pleasant surprise for our streamer Jason “jcarver” Somerville. Watch for a fairly sharp revising of tactics in a 5-Card Omaha hand when he gets what you might call a favourable flop. Then ask yourself, how do you play a flopped royal?


It’s all getting incredibly tight at the top of the “low” buy-in Player of the Series standings, where only 20 points separates the top six. With $5,000 added money, and a trophy, up for grabs, this one is going to the wire.

1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland, 300
2 – pantri, Paraguay, 295
3 – murvl, Sweden, 290
4 – Slawas1, Poland, 285
4 – Smertin, Switzerland, 285
6 – Premove, Russia, 280

Click to see all the Player of the Series leader boards


Get your deep stacks out.

WCOOP-49: NLHE Deep Stack – Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
WCOOP-50: NLHE 8-Max – Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-51: NL Omaha 8 PKO – Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100


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