It didn’t take long. Join us for the latest instalment from the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), when some of this event’s long-established crushers bared their teeth.


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Title number seven for Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb
• Tremzin wins his fourth; Taylor his third
• “Mr Negreanu” (not that one) strikes Gold again
• Brazilians blow away WCOOP-04
• First two $1 million guaranteed events starts today
• Right To Play Charity Event kicks off


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

It only took two days, but already the king of ‘COOPs, Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb, is in WCOOP 2019’s winner’s enclosure. After a heads-up battle for the purists against last year’s WCOOP Player of the Year Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov, Deeb sealed the deal in WCOOP-09-H, the NL 5-Card Draw PKO event. Deeb won $10,500 plus another $14,875 in bounties and secured his seventh WCOOP title. More significantly, perhaps, he denied Strebkov his 10th title. Both of these guys justified their billing among our list of Players To Watch.

As Deeb later tweeted, this time of year is lucky in more ways than one for him. He won a WCOOP title three years ago but ended up missing his son’s birth to do so. Then last year he won another title on Chance’s birthday. This year he broke the sequence, but only by winning a title 90 minutes before the big day.

Gleb “Ti0373” Tremzin

Another all-time WCOOP beast, Russia’s Gleb “Ti0373” Tremzin, picked up a fourth WCOOP success in WCOOP-10-H NLHE Turbo re-buy. Tremzin won his first two WCOOP tournaments in 2012, then added a third in 2015, and demonstrates his longevity by continuing to dominate the online felt. His victory over a 557-entry field banked him $50,634.31. (We looked at Tremzin’s WCOOP record this time last year.)

It was a similar story of long-proven consistency when Canada’s Thomas “sandman201” Taylor roused from his slumber to win the WCOOP-05-H HORSE title, denying Luke “lb6121” Schwartz a victory. Taylor’s success came more than seven years since he won his first ‘COOP title. Taylor also won a SCOOP HORSE event last year, picking up the title in an $11 buy-in version. And given that his first SCOOP title came in a medium buy-in event, he now completes a very rare hat-trick: ‘COOP titles at all three buy-in levels. Taylor is evidently still playing all the levels: he cashed the low buy-in HORSE event too, in 11th place.

Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold

There was a further blast from the past in the WCOOP-04-M event when Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold won, er, gold. He’s a former WCOOP Player of the Series, having topped the leader board in 2014, cashing 17 times from the 66 events on offer that year. This was his first outright victory though, and banks him $13,518, holding off Ari “BodogAri” Engel for victory. He also came fifth in the $109 5-Card Draw yesterday, for a further $1,800. Despite continuing to rack up these cashes, there’s one thing Gold still can’t buy: a name change. “I hate my screen name,” he told us in 2014. “It’s cringey! I think I picked it in 2003 after watching Daniel on TV. What I would give to change it!”

Last year’s dominant WCOOP nation, Brazil, has already taken over top spot in this year’s countries leader board. Brazilian players went 1-2 in WCOOP-04-L, and occupied three of the top five spots, and also placed in three of the top four positions in WCOOP-04-M, and five of the top nine.


TODAY’S RESULTS

Event Entries Prize pool Winner Country Prize
WCOOP-04-L: $5.50 NLHE 23,192 $113,640 sep_itl1914 Brazil $11,651.39
WCOOP-04-M: $55 NLHE 9,208 $460,400 cautiioN Brazil $55,442.23*
WCOOP-04-H: $530 NLHE 1,400 $700,000 I’mYourTeddy Germany $95,756.97*
WCOOP-05-L: $11 HORSE 3,031 $29,704 facper Poland $4,466.15*
WCOOP-05-M: $109 HORSE 721 $72,100 Mr Negreanu UK $13,518.75
WCOOP-05-H: $1,050 HORSE 157 $157,000 sandman201 Canada $34,147.50
WCOOP-09-L: $11 NL 5-Card Draw PKO 2,269 $22,236 MAZAAZAZI Finland $2,674.51†
WCOOP-09-M: $109 NL 5-Card Draw PKO 379 $37,900 Pycckui AA Russia $6,592.53*†
WCOOP-09-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw PKO 70 $70,000 shaundeeb Mexico $25,375†
WCOOP-10-L: $2.20+R NLHE Turbo 6,638 $37,701 marval231 Argentina $5,360.16
WCOOP-10-M: $22+R NLHE Turbo 2,973 $153,020 Gukiz Netherlands $18,350.50*
WCOOP-10-H: $215+R NLHE Turbo 557 $286,839 Ti0373 Russia $50,634.31

†inc bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 21
Entries so far: 75,400
Prize pools so far: $6,626,501
First prizes so far: $1,073,122.95
In-the-money finishers so far: 12,087
Tournaments starting today: 18


TWITCH WATCH

It was a bittersweet day for Spraggy, who won the Streamer’s Showdown, but then someone lost the key to his winner’s chest:

As for Lex, he was getting it in with a dominated hand and picking up bounties nonetheless.


TOP TWEETS

Thomas Taylor had some enthusiastic railbirds as he won the HORSE.

This is how our friends in Germany do it. A celebration of “I’mYourTeddy”‘s big win, suggesting they practically do it in their sleep.

Did someone say sleep? @MattyPasqua is getting some rest ahead of a big Sunday.

Meanwhile, @IrEgption had some advice for all those players who haven’t yet struck gold.


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

WCOOP-07: NLHE, 8-Max – Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Brazilians are also making a charge in the high buy-in version of this event, with “ratitoBR” leading the 37 remaining overnight, with EduardoGarl@ in third. Four other Brazilians are in the top 20.

WCOOP-08: NLHE PKO – Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Players in the $1,050 buy-in event are contesting the third million-dollar prize pool of WCOOP 2019 so far. The 1,002 entries built a prize pool of $1.002 million, with $81,814, and heaps of bounties, earmarked for the winner. Fifty-eight made it through the day, with Russia’s “MiracleQ” leading.


COMING UP

It’s Sunday, and that means a long list of enormous tournaments getting under way, all boosted by their presence on the WCOOP schedule. Both the medium and high buy-in versions of the Sunday Million have $1 million guaranteed, although it’s the $55 “Mini” Sunday Million that should be attracting most of your attention. This is our Right To Play Charity event, where all the fees collected go to our charity partner Right To Play.

WCOOP-11: NLHE Progressive KO Sunday Kickoff – Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
WCOOP-12: NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up – Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-13: NLHE Sunday Million – Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
WCOOP-14: 5-Card PLO 6-Max – Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
WCOOP-15: NLHE – Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-16: NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown – Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100


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