We are still not at the end of the first week of the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and yet “aDrENalin710” last night won an unprecedented third title. Are we seeing the best WCOOP performance of all time? The Russian player again headlines our round-up from the WCOOP tables on Day 6.
• Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov does it again: three WCOOP titles this week
• Russian player now has victories in low, medium and high buy-in
• Connor “blanconegro” Drinan wins $10K PKO, third career WCOOP
• Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez live streams victory in 4-Max
• First wins for Thailand, Malta, China, Poland and Latvia
• More than $25 million now awarded in prizes so far
SinKarma live streams victory in 4-Max
Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov is a beast. Even before this tournament series began, he was tied second for all-time WCOOP titles, with four. And now WCOOP 2018 is rapidly becoming the “aDrENalin710” show after the Russian player won WCOOP-20-L $11 5-Card Draw title overnight for $3,233.76. He now has seven WCOOP titles total, and three this year. That’s the most of anyone.
Not only that, having already won the $2,100 Razz and the $109 PLO, this year’s victories have come in three different buy-in levels, and in three different poker disciplines. This is worth noting too: we are barely one third of the way through this series. The race is on for nine…
|Name||Buy-in||Entries||Prize pool||Places||Winner||Country||1st place|
|18-H: HORSE||$2,100||99||$200,000||16||Carlo “Ravenswood13” van Ravenswoud||Malta||$49,000.00|
|19-L: NLHE PKO||$109||6,844||$684,400||1,135||dennysramos2||Brazil||$66,626.63†|
|19-M: NLHE PKO||$1,050||1,293||$1,293,000||159||lovexiup||China||$164,410.79†|
|19-H: NLHE PKO||$10,300||162||$1,620,000||20||Connor “blanconegro” Drinan||Mexico||$385,762.07†|
|20-L: NL 5-Card Draw||$11||2,094||$20,521||300||aDrENalin710||Russia||$3,233.76|
|20-M: NL 5-Card Draw||$109||284||$28,400||42||FONBET_RULIT||Russia||$5,477.88*|
|21-L: NLHE [4-Max]||$22||8,177||$163,540||1,351||*M@RC0*A||Brazil||$18,165.57*|
|21-M: NLHE [4-Max]||$215||1,896||$379,200||267||Diogo “phounderAA” Viega||Poland||$56,901.32|
|21-H: NLHE [4-Max]||$2,100||334||$668,000||43||SinKarma||Canada||$124,143.98|
|24-L: NLHE [3-Max Turbo PKO Zoom]||$5.50||18,651||$91,390||2,309||n00ki5||Brazil||$6,323.61†|
|24-M: NLHE [3-Max Turbo PKO Zoom]||$55||6,996||$349,800||869||RovoDice||Latvia||$35,002.90†|
|24-H: NLHE [3-Max Turbo PKO KO Zoom]||$530||1,209||$604,500||149||la_benjjjjjj||UK||$82,530.45†|
BEHIND THE HEADLINES:
Drinan the bounty hunter: PokerStars tournament boss Connor “blanconegro” Drinan added another WCOOP title to his collection, and further boosted his $5.6 million online winnings. Having previously won a PLO8 WCOOP title last year, and a No Limit Omaha hi/lo title in 2016, Drinan completed the hat-trick in the $10,300 NLHE PKO, for which he won more than $385,000. He beat fellow Super High Roller Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira into second. This victory was especially remarkable as $222,460 of Drinan’s win came from bounties, with his “regular” prize $163,301.
Connor “blanconegro” Drinan: A third WCOOP title
Thoroughbreds only in the HORSE: The toughest final table of the series so far assembled in the high buy-in HORSE tournament, where mixed games superstar Carlo “Ravenswood13” van Ravenswoud, prevailed. The Dutchman living in Malta topped the following last six:
3rd: Joao “Naza114” Vieira
4th: Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb
5th: Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko
6th: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom
COUNTRIES OF THE DAY
Welcome to the WCOOP winners’ board China, Thailand, Poland, Malta and Latvia. “lovexiup” became the first WCOOP champion from the world’s most populous country, while both Poland and Malta can thank ex-pats for their titles.
Diogo “phounderAA” Viega is originally from Portugal, but was representing Poland as he won WCOOP-21-M 4-Max. Similarly The Netherlands’ loss is Malta’s gain in the case of Carlo “Ravenswood13” van Ravenswoud.
PLAYER OF THE DAY – TWITCH SPECIAL
With a peak of more than 10,000 viewers, Jason “jcarver” Somerville played Day 2 of WCOOP-21 4-Max NLHE in both the medium and the high buy-in levels. He placed 83rd of 1,896 ($975.30) and 11th of 334 ($15,840.95) respectively. He got knocked out in the $2,100 event by Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez who would later win the tournament, and was also streaming. It meant we saw the same knockout from two perspectives, both live on Twitch.
Here’s how it went down for Gutierrez:
And here’s Somerville’s perspective:
Somerville wasn’t done there, however. In the 24-H $530 3-Max Turbo PKO Zoom, Somerville ranked 101/1209 for $527.78+$375.00 in bounties. He also made Day 2 of the 23-M $215 NLHE and is currently 48th/94 remaining. He has $800 locked up and play resumes later today. Tune in folks!
Events completed: 63
Entries so far: 270,530
Prize pool so far: $25,744.499
Players in the money: 41,480
Note: completed tourneys only
TWEETS OF THE DAY
The dream is still alive as @willy_bolda has a chip and a chair:
— William Bennett (@willy_bolda) September 7, 2018
Meanwhile @JoseElPerdido finds himself spoilt for choice with WCOOP streaming action:
— José "Sofá" Aguilar (@JoseElPerdido) September 7, 2018
THAT WINNING FEELING…LIVE
After knocking out Jason “jcarver” Somerville in 11th place, Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez went on to win the 4-Max high buy-in while streaming on Twitch. His viewers saw that winning moment live:
BLOG! BLOG! BLOG!
There’s heaps going on across the whole PokerStars world during WCOOP, and PokerStars Blog is just about on top of it all.
Enjoy your Saturday with a few more treats:
LEADER BOARD UPDATES
After yet another win, “aDrENalin710” extends lead at the top of the overall leaderboard. Furthermore, “aDrENalin710” is now second on High leader board, second on Medium leader board and sixth on Low leader board.
1 – aDrENalin710, Russia, 635
2 – Senkel92, Norway, 505
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland, 475
4 – nilsef, Germany, 405
5 – Naza114, Netherlands, 360
For full leader board information, check out the official WCOOP Player of the Series page.
You didn’t have any plans, did you, this weekend? Good. Because you’ll be playing poker, specifically this little lot:
WCOOP-25 8-Game (Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100)
WCOOP-26 NLHE re-buy (Buy-ins; $5.50, $55, $530) Unlimited re-buys for two hours
WCOOP-27 PLO (Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200)
WCOOP-28 NLHE (Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200)
With 8-Game, you’ll be expected to ante up in all of the following:
T – Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
H – Limit Hold’em
O – Limit Omaha Eight or Better (Hi/Lo)
R – Razz
S – Limit Seven Card Stud
E – Limit Stud Eight or Better (Hi/Lo)
H – No Limit Hold’em
A – Pot Limit Omaha
And we strongly suggest a quick recap in our 8-Game tutorial.
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