WCOOP 2018: All the news from Day 2

September 04, 2018

The sun has now peeked over the horizon on the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and things are duly hotting up. It is still very early in the day, but already there’s news of four prize pools of $1 million or more, winners from 12 countries–and three more tournaments added to the schedule.

Here’s your Day 2 WCOOP round-up:


• 15 more tournaments completed
• Two wins each for UK, Austria, Germany, Russia
• Biggest event so far: 33,835 entries to $5.50 Knockout
• Two $1m guaranteed tournaments start today


As if 61 events–comprising 182 tournaments–wasn’t already enough, the WCOOP fixers have added another event to round out the series. And it’s a cracker. Event #62 will be a High Roller special, kicking off at 1pm ET on September 18.

The three new tournaments have buy-ins $215 (L), $2,100 (M) and $25,000 (H) and guaranteed prize pools of $500,000, $1 million and $1.5 million, respectively. What a way to round out a tournament series.


Tournaments completed: 18
Entries so far: 106,489
Prizes awarded: 16,846
Total prize pool so far: $8,375,814

(includes only tournaments that have concluded)


No fewer than 12 tournaments concluded on the second day of the series, with the massive hold’em events that started on Sunday playing through to a winner. Here’s how they all ended:

Name Buy-in Entries Prize pool Places Winner Country Prize
02-L: NLHE $11 16,729 $163,944 2,771 jroze99 UK $17,772
02-M: NLHE $109 3,768 $376,800 521 Mcvisitor Russia $53,941
02-H: NLHE $1,050 504 $504,000 62 BrightStripe Austria $76,314.44†
03-L: NLHE [Progressive KO] $22 17,209 $344,180 2,863 lozanova.uk UK $17,052.57*†
03-M: NLHE [Progressive KO] $215 4,389 $877,800 623 wvwMasteRwvw Cyprus $62,603.44*
03-H: NLHE [8-Max Progressive KO] $2,100 459 $1,000,000 55 nailuj90 Austria $184,283.57*
04-L: NLHE $22 18,532 $370,640 3,041 edoiler Canada $35,680.01†
04-M: NLHE $215 6,794 $1,358,800 953 jah1923 Germany $193,055
04-H: NLHE $2,100 477 $1,000,000 62 42ayay Sweden $147,384.81†
05-L: PLO [6-Max] $11 8,548 $83,770 1,415 Hulkyyyy Hungary $11,761
05-M: PLO [6-Max] $109 2,133 $213,300 299 aDrENalin710 Russia $31,824
05-H: PLO [6-Max] $1,050 482 $500,000 59 I_Mr_U_Bean Finland $89,249
10-L: NLHE Win the Button $22 6,478 $129,560 1,039 GeraldoCesar Brazil $18,414
10-M: NLHE Win the Button $215 1,436 $287,200 207 Senkel92 Norway $44,064
10-H: NLHE Win the Button $2,100 199 $400,000 23 nilsef Germany $74,459.48†

*prize includes bounties
†denotes deal


Yes, you’re right. That’s a lot of data in a table, and anyone in their right mind knows to ignore that. But there are some decent stories lurking among the numbers, including:

Redemption song: Two players made good on earlier ‘COOP promise with their victories on Day 2. BrightStripe had previously finished third in the SCOOP 2017 Main Event, picking up $415,222.50 back then. The Austrian player now has a bracelet of his/her own.

Meanwhile, 42ayay was last year beaten heads up in the WCOOP $2,100 Progressive KO. But the Swede is now a champion too.

Familiar face: It was a Swedish 1-2 in WCOOP-04-H and liraerik, who finished second to 42ayay is none other than Erik Friberg, who first came to PokerStars Blog’s attention during the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event. Friberg, who was a PokerStars qualifier to the WSOP big dance, finished eighth in the year that Jamie Gold won. Friberg is still a force to be reckoned with on the live and online tables. Gold? Not so much.

Erik Friberg: Still a force 12 years after WSOP final

Who’s that bubble boy: WCOOP 2018 has seen a welcome return to the PokerStars tables for Team Pro and Run It Up supremo Jason Somerville. But he fell agonisingly short of a cash in WCOOP-05-H. “jcarver” went out in 60th, with 59 paid. Ouch.

Two timers:

Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto won his second WCOOP title, having previously won the PLO in 2015. He was pretty delighted about it too:

He wasn’t the only two-time winner from yesterday either. Germany’s “nilsef” previously won WCOOP10 in 2010, and also has a SCOOP title. Which leads us to…


As if it’s not enough to win one WCOOP title in a day, Germany’s “nilsef” was also simultaneously powering his way to the final table of the WCOOP-07-H Omaha Hi/Lo. There are nine players left in that one, including Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond. Play resumes at 11am ET.


On the subject of Phil Galfond, why don’t we let the man himself update you on how his WCOOP is going so far. He is quite comprehensive:


It’s maybe a little early to start talking about the WCOOP Player of the Series leader board, but it’s never too soon to remind you of our exclusive new contests that reward In The Money finishes, ROI from satellites and Knock Outs. Stephen Bartley has the latest.


Another 12 tournaments got under way yesterday, nine of which have gone into their Day 2. They are:

WCOOP-07 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo — $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-08 NLHE Progressive KO — $5.50, $55, $530
WCOOP-09 2-7 Single Draw — $11, $109, $1050

Worth noting that WCOOP-08-L is the biggest tournament of series so far, with 33,835 entries. That means a $166,000 prize pool for a $5.50 tournament! Who doesn’t love WCOOP.

Meanwhile the stars came out for WCOOP-09-H, the single draw tournament. When they resume today, this trio are well stacked in the search for a bracelet:

Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah leads
Adam “Adamyid” Owen second
Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro fifth


Poker’s Twitchers are finding their way to the WCOOP tables, including King of the Twitchers Jason Somerville. In the pick of the overnight action, Somerville here demonstrates his superlative situation reading ability, and reminds you that sometimes even if you make the right decision, you can get unlucky…and then lucky again.


Another full day of WCOOP to come, including an absolutely scintillating Super Tuesday package. Yes, WCOOP-12 is piggy-backing the ever-popular Tuesday high buy-in event and bringing you events for $109, $1,050 and $10,300. The latter two have a $1 million guaranteed prize pool!

Today is also the day to get involved if you like your bets limited. By that, we mean that NLHE is in the minority in WCOOP-land today. There’s a limit Razz event, and a limit Omaha Hi/Lo. With the low buy-ins just $22 and $11, respectively, it’s time for you to make good on your intentions to learn another game.

Today’s full schedule:

Events #7, #8 & #9 play to a conclusion

WCOOP-11 – Limit Razz (Buy-ins $22, $215, $2,100)
WCOOP-12 — NLHE Super Tuesday (Buy-ins $109, $1,050, $10,300)
WCOOP-13 – Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050)
WCOOP-14 – Progressive KO (Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050)

Previous WCOOP round-ups:

Day 1


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