It was a fine day for poker players in the United Kingdom yesterday, as three titles from the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) went to bearers of Britain’s Union Flag. (One of them may have been Spanish, but it doesn’t matter.) The brilliant Brits headline the latest round-up from the WCOOP tables.
• WCOOP 2018 passes its halfway point; 99 tournaments complete
• 33,000 entries to $11 NLHE event
• Three titles for British players (including London-based Spaniard Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos)
• High Roller final table for British Team Pro Liv Boeree
• Cash for all of Jaime Staples, nanonoko, Fintan & Spraggy!
Until last weekend, British players had had to peer up the WCOOP countries leader board to their rivals from Brazil. The Samba masters quickly raced into the lead in the counts for most titles, adding another two WCOOP victories in tournaments finishing early Monday.
But then WCOOP-37 started. It was a Progressive Knockout turbo, with buy-ins at $11, $109 and $1,050. And British players won all three levels, including the high buy-in event, where former TCOOP champion Simon “simon1471” Higgins beat Luke “lb6121” Schwartz heads up.
OK, OK. That’s not quite true. At the $109 level, “Amadi_017” outlasted a field of 2,822 to win $40,888. But most poker followers will know that “Amadi_017” is better known as Spanish No 1 Adrian Mateos.
Great Britain’s finest: Adrian Mateos
But Mateos lives in London these days, and he has the familiar red, white and blue flag next to his name. And you just try wrestling this WCOOP victory from the Queen. She will not let it go.
|Name||Buy-in||Entries||Prize pool||Places||Winner||Country||1st Place|
|29-L: NLHE PKO||$11||14,155||$138,719||2,287||need2more||Hungary||$10,346.28†|
|29-M: NLHE PKO||$109||4,709||$470,900||655||joshuah333||Canada||$49,583.61†|
|29-H: NLHE PKO||$1,050||778||$778,000||87||OMGitshunt||Belarus||$121,132.14†|
|30-M: NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE]||$530||1,856||$928,000||269||XxJoaoFeraxX||Brazil||$126,350.19*|
|30-H: NLHE [High Roller]||$5,200||261||$1,305,000||31||Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver||Costa Rica||$250,934.90|
|31-M: NLHE [Half Price Sunday Million]||$109||16,950||$1,720,425||2,393||euras79||Lithuania||$186,467.37|
|31-H: NLHE||$1,050||2,077||$2,077,000||251||Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovakski||Brazil||$282,545.21*|
|37-L: NLHE [Turbo]||$11||9,297||$91,111||1,547||bjj_el_nino||UK||$12,591.81|
|37-M: NLHE [Turbo]||$109||2,822||$282,200||413||Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos||UK||$40,888.24|
|37-H: NLHE [Turbo]||$1,050||559||$559,000||71||Simon “simon1471” Higgins||UK||$98,677.60|
“ImDaNutz” is da nuts, finally: Chris “ImDaNutz” Oliver has $7.7 million in PokerStars winnings, is a former world No 1 player, and has been to 10 COOP final tables. But he had to wait until last night to win his first WCOOP title, when he took down the $5,200 High Roller. He has previously come second in TCOOP and SCOOP events (both in 2012), has had two third place finishes (in 2013 SCOOP and 2010 WCOOP) and has also finished fourth, seventh, eighth (twice) and ninth in these flagship event.
Finally “ImDaNutz” has a title, and he beat one of the toughest final tables of the series to win. His opponents included “bencb789”, Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonios, Naza114, Niklas “lena900” Åstedt and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree.
Liv Boeree: High Roller finalist
Brazilians 1-2: The $1,050 WCOOP-31 event finished heads up between two Brazilians: Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski9297 and Eder “edercampana” Campana, both online tournament regs. They did a friendly deal before “Kovalski1” took it down.
Team Pro near misses: Jeff Gross, Randy “nanonoko” Lew and Celina Lin all cashed in the $1,050 NLHE Turbo, in 11th, 37th and 41st, respectively. Their Argentinian colleague Leo Fernandez bubbled.
Twitchers trouble the scorers: In addition to regular cashers Jason “jcarver” Somerville and Jeff Gross, most of PokerStars’ other major streamers Jaime Staples, nanonoko, Fintan & Spraggy also cashed.
18th for $114.31 in $55 NLO8 8-Max
99th for $29.57 in $5.50 NLHE/PLO 6-Max
694th for $42.48 in $22 NLHE 6-Max
204th for $384.83 in $215 NLHE 6-Max
1937th for $24.63+$5.00 in NLHE 8-Max PKO
Events completed: 99
Entries so far: 427,818
Prize pool so far: $42,201,884
Players in the money: 66,042
Completed tournaments only
For much of the first week of WCOOP, “Senkel92” was a huge storyline. The player from Norway won two WCOOP titles within the first few days, bringing his career tally to three. PokerStars Blog’s Jack Stanton was able to catch up with “Senkel92” this week and reveal the man behind the myth. Read an interview with Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes. “My confidence is naturally very high right now!” he says.
Team Pro @Liv_Boeree knows how to entice the crowd to a WCOOP final table:
— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) September 10, 2018
Committee training or WCOOP? Tough choice for podcast fan @Chris_Wathen:
My second WCOOP event and I've somehow made it into Day 2 of the $5.50 PLO/NLHE. Only issue is I have to be up at 8am for committee training so coffee might be needed. A couple of episodes behind, but gonna try and do it for the #PokerInTheEars #Superfans, here's hoping!
— Christopher Wathen (@Chris__Wathen) September 11, 2018
He’ll be up against self-styled “fish out of its depth” @beccarr94:
Made my first ever day 2 WCOOP NLHE/ PLO $5.50. 2/79 with $4.8k up top. Pretty sure @jaimestaples will be railing tomorrow if you want to see a fish out of its depth
— Rebecca (@beccarr94) September 11, 2018
Jason “@treysfull21” Mercier is hurting:
Didn’t really wanna win this pot anyways … GG wcoop pic.twitter.com/vgeHid7Z9x
— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) September 10, 2018
The UK’s three wins in events on Monday edged the country ahead of Brazil in the standings. Here’s how the 99 WCOOP titles have been scattered across the world so far:
Others have one each: Georgia, Argentina, Thailand, Switzerland, Romania, Poland, Malta, Latvia, Greece, Cyprus, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Bulgaria.
Be careful what you wish for. Randy “nanonoko” Lew hopes his two opponents get their short stacks in pre-flop as he’s sitting in the big blind with jacks. But…
But then there’s always a way with nanonoko:
Get it quietly? Nah. Jeff Gross knocks out two players, including Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov:
The overall WCOOP Player of the Series standings didn’t shift much overnight, with none of the front runners making a deep run. However, our alternative leader boards, which offer prizes for In The Money finishes, ROI from satellites and tournament knockouts are changing all the time. Catch up on the latest in this keenly-contested arena.
All these events are starting today, and they offer you a chance to rein in your aggressive instincts, in the limit hold’em, and then to indulge them in the 4-Max PLO Knockout:
WCOOP-38: NLHE PKO Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-39: Limit Hold’em Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
WCOOP-40: NLHE Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
WCOOP-41: PLO 4-Max PKO Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530