It was superstar Sunday at the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) tables as some of the game’s established titans got their hands on WCOOP titles. Oh, and aDrENalin710 was at it yet again. All in our round-up from Day 8 of WCOOP.
• Big names, big prizes as WCOOP enters second week
• A FOURTH title for Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov
• Wins for Benny “RunGodLike” Glaser, Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Nick “FU_15” Maimone, Niklas “lena900” Åstedt, Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone and Tom “tjbentham” Bentham
• Second title for Russia’s “Premove”
• 12 more tournaments start today!
HOTTER THAN THE SUN
It’s all getting a little bit ridiculous now for Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov. Having won an unprecedented three titles during the first week of WCOOP 2018, aDrENalin710 ushered in the new week with a fourth tournament victory, in the $2,100 8-Game. That’s one of the toughest events on the whole WCOOP calendar, but again the field of 136 was no match. Strebkov fired only one bullet too, picking up another $70,720. That’s his eighth career WCOOP title, three more than anyone else on the planet.
Denis “aDrELalin710” Strebkov: an artist’s impression
|Name||Buy-in||Entries||Prize pool||Places||Winner||Country||1st Place|
|25-H: 8-Game||$2,100||136||$272,000||18||Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov||Russia||$70,720.00|
|26-M: NLHE+R||$55||2,811||$395,543||377||Wes “wesko78” Farrell||Ireland||$57,810.59|
|26-H: NLHE+R||$530||404||$563,580||53||Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone||Argentina||$101,489.35|
|27-L: PLO [6-Max]||$55||3,312||$165,600||551||Benny “RunGodLike” Glaser||UK||$18,057.56*|
|27-M: PLO [6-Max]||$530||679||$339,500||95||Niklas “Lena900” Åstedt||Sweden||$58,228.20|
|27-H: PLO [6-Max High Roller]||$5,200||192||$960,000||23||Tom “tjbentham” Bentham||UK||$191,476.72|
|32-L: NLO8 [8-Max]||$5.50||5,246||$25,705||847||Premove||Russia||$3,662.54|
|32-M: NLO8 [8-Max]||$55||1,563||$78,150||223||D0N H0MER||Finland||$11,908.49|
|32-H: NLO8 [8-Max]||$530||336||$168,000||41||Nick “FU_15” Maimone||Canada||$31,222.05|
|33-L: NLHE [6-Max]||$22||6,692||$133,840||1,091||ICYapaz||Lithuania||$17,446.95*|
|33-M: NLHE [6-Max]||$215||1,741||$348,200||251||keti140679||UK||$52,578.08|
|33-H: NLHE [6-Max]||$2,100||294||$588,000||35||Ole “wizowizo” Schemion||Austria||112,235.51|
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Day of champions: To paraphrase the great, idealistic, not-all-that-realistic-but-the-best-there’s-been movie character Mike McDermott: If this is a game of luck, how do the same guys make it to the final table every time?
There’s clearly nothing lucky about Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov’s sensational crushing of the 2018 WCOOP. But just taking a look through the list of 15 winners on Day 8 of this series, there are some incredibly familiar names. Yesterday was the day of the superstar, with wins for:
Benny “RunGodLike” Glaser: A three-time WSOP bracelet winner and mixed fame specialist, Glaser won his first WCOOP title in the $55 PLO 6-Max. He is formerly a SCOOP hi/lo winner and will no doubt be returning to the tables tonight as the first stud event of this series gets under way.
Benny Glaser: Mixing it up in the WCOOP
Niklas “Lena900” Åstedt: Online poker’s current world No 1, Lena900 has more than $6 million winnings in PokerStars tournaments alone. He is a double SCOOP champion to boot, and last night won the $530 PLO 6-Max.
Nick “FU_15” Maimone: With more than $2 million in live tournament winnings, including victory in the PCA $25,000 High Roller two years ago, Maimone is a formidable online star too and “FU_15” is a regular at lives events and won PCA $25K in 2017. His victory in the $530 PLO8 was worth $31,222.05.
Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone: The current Argentina No 1 took his online winnings on PokerStars past $3 million with victory in the $530 NLHE rebuy event. He has Micro Millions and SCOOP titles already, and for good measure won a $109 6-Max turbo on PokerStars at the same time last night.
Tom “tjbentham” Bentham: A former SCOOP champion but best known as long-term high stakes cash crusher, “tjbentham” won the $5,200 PLO High Roller.
Ole “wizowizo” Schemion: Is Ole Schemion.
Ole Schemion: One of the greatest poker players around
Another double champion: Amid all the antler rutting of poker’s established stars last night, it was easy to overlook another awesome achievement. With victory in the $5.50 NL08 event, Premove, from Russia, joined the WCOOP double champion club, adding to his title won last week in the 2-7 Single Draw.
Events completed: 87
Entries so far: 334,470
Prize pool so far: $33,175,166
Players in the money: 51,515
Note: completed tourneys only
As if you don’t know already by now, the best way to get involved with WCOOP on the cheap is to enter one of numerous satellites running on PokerStars. There’s huge profit to be had. Cases in point:
On Saturday, “JBJG44” won the $55 8-Max NLHE Turbo, taking $43,893.28 after a heads-up deal. “JBJG44” qualified to the event through an $8.10 SNG satellite.
On Sunday, “andreasspan” took second in the $55 6-Max PLO event, winning $12,872.85. “andreasspan” qualified through an MTT satellite for $2.20.
Also on Sunday, “stevekw” finished fourth in the $5.50 8-Max NLO8 for $1,324.43. He qualified via an MTT satellite for just 27 cents!
Don’t forget, we’re tracking ROI from satellites as part of our alternative leader board contest, where there are huge prizes on offer for the player who secures the biggest spin-up.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Let’s just take a moment to admire the achievements of Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov. He won four titles during the first week of WCOOP 2018. That’s more than one every other day.
Here are his eight career WCOOP titles in full:
2014: $530 FL Omaha H/L – $30,151.71
2015: $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max] – $28,680.74
2016: $1,050 PL Omaha Hi/Lo – $63,780.33
2016: $320 HORSE – $17,848.89
2018: $109 PLO 6-Max – $31,824.30
2018: $2,100 Razz – $49,595.00
2018: $11 5-Card Draw – $3,233.76
2018: $2,100 8-Game – $70,720.00
He’s a seasoned pro, with thousands of dollars in winnings both live and online. But Benny “RunGodLike” Glaser still gets the buzz when he wins a title.
I finally won a #WCOOP!
Won the $55 PLO 6-max for $18k
— Benny Glaser (@BennyG444) September 9, 2018
You’ve seen the nanoGasm. You’re familiar with bustonoko. Introducing misclick-onoko.
— Randy Lew (@nanonoko) September 9, 2018
A sighting of a WCOOP great at the PokerStars tables yesterday. Who remembers the legendary million dollar “maratik”?
— GTObergine Penguin™ (@ArtySmokesPS) September 9, 2018
And is Felix “xflixx” Schneiders is going to broadcast some lawn maintenance on Twitch? #makingfunoftypos
Home sweet home! Strim starts 18:00 CET! #WCOOP
— Flix (@xflixx) September 9, 2018
It never stops in the world of WCOOP, and nine tournaments are currently ongoing. When they resume today, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree will be among those hunting a major title. Here’s a look at what’s currently in play:
WCOOP-29 NLHE PKO (Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050
Connor “blanconegro” Drinan is leading the $1,050 event, with 21 players left
WCOOP-30 NLHE (Buy-ins $55, $530, $5,200)
More than $250K is on offer for the winner of the high buy-in and there are plenty of big names in last 18. They include: Liv Boeree (13th), Alexandros “Mexican222” Kolonias, Nick “caecilius” Petrangelo (8th), Niklas “lena900” Åstedt (15th), Mike “SirWatts” Watson (17th), Ryan “MrMaximize” Riess (18th).
WCOOP-31 NLHE (Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050)
A whopping $310K for winner of high buy-in. Still 138 involved at this stage.
KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM, KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM
Here’s two Team PokerStars Pros making Kenny Rodgers proud in yesterday’s WCOOP action. First Jason “jcarver” Somerville smells a rat and makes an agonised, brilliant call…
And then Fintan “EasyWithAces” smells a rat and makes an agonised, brilliant fold… (Also includes a bonus nose wipe from split-screen Spraggy.)
LEADER BOARD UPDATE
Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov now leads the high buy-in leader board, is second in the medium and seventh in the low. That is phenomenal. He has opened up a 215 point gap over closest challenger in overall leader board.
1 – Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov – Russia – 790
2 – Senkel92 – Norway – 575
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna – Finland – 550
4 – Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb – Mexico – 525
5 – ImluckNuts – Russia – 520
All these events are starting today. It’s a first outing of the series for all you stud studs.
WCOOP-34: Limit Stud Hi/Lo (Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050)
WCOOP-35: NLHE PKO (Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100)
WCOOP-36: HE/PLO (Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530)
WCOOP-37: NLHE (Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050)
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