The first Sunday in the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) was predictably hectic at the tables. Here’s what went down in our daily round-up from WCOOP.


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Prize pools push past $10 million
• Stefan “mindgamer” Jedlicka and Adam “adamyid” Owen among winners
• First victories for players from China, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic and Ukraine
• Thousands settle in for huge Sunday session
• Charity tournament sends $56,375 to Right To Play


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

With 30 tournaments now completed in this year’s WCOOP, there have already been 142,429 entries and prize pools of more than $10.6 million. That does not even include the enormous Sunday events, which are at their mid-point at time of writing.

The biggest winner from completed events on Sunday was Stefan “mindgamer” Jedlicka, who added his first WCOOP victory to previous high-profile successes in SCOOP and the Sunday Million. Jedlicka won WCOOP-16-H $2,100 Turbo PKO for a total $108,173.43 score, including bounties. Each of his three biggest online outright victories earned him six-figure scores.

Adam Owen: A rare hold’em tourney victory

Adam “adamyid” Owen, the British player currently based in Mexico, also won his first WCOOP title having previously earned victory in SCOOP. Owen, who is known as a mixed games specialist, and who won the 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo in SCOOP 2016 showed his got some hold’em game too, winning the low buy-in version of WCOOP-16. We recently caught up with Owen at the World Series, where he detailed his efforts to help displaced Latin American migrants on their arduous journey to the United States. All tournament successes send funds to the right place.

On that note, there were 11,275 entries to the $55 “Mini Million” on Sunday, which was also special as all its profits are heading to the Right To Play charity. With the tournament fee set at $5, that’s $56,375 heading straight to the most worthy causes.


TODAY’S RESULTS

Tournament Players Prize pool Winner Country Prize
WCOOP-07-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max 13,613 $66,704 Leha1107 Russia $8,359.73
WCOOP-07-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max 5,345 $267,250 J. Gelades Ukraine $31,887.97*
WCOOP-07-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max 789 $394,500 sksjohny Czech Republic $66,298.75
WCOOP-08-L: $11 NLHE PKO 25,531 $250,204 PrOdigYx1 Finland $14,309.94†*
WCOOP-08-M: $109 NLHE PKO 8,256 $825,600 Virgilik Romania $86,305.72†*
WCOOP-08-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO 1,002 $1,002,000 DeuceofDuc0 UK $159,127.96†
WCOOP-16-L: $22 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO 9,762 $195,240 Adamyid Mexico $19,443.14†
WCOOP-16-M: $215 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO 2,461 $492,200 v587nt China $63,672.90†
WCOOP-16-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO 270 $540,000 mindgamer Austria $108,173.43†

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 30
Entries so far: 142,429
Prize pools so far: $10,660,199
First prizes so far: $1,630,702.49
In-the-money finishers so far: 22,637
Tournaments starting today: 9



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COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

Players from 21 countries have now won a WCOOP title this year, with those sharks from Brazil and Russia tied at the top with three apiece. Brazil typically pull away from the field midway through the second week, but for now it appears to be anyone’s game. On Sunday, all of China, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic and Ukraine won their first events.

Latest standings:

Three titles: Brazil, Russia
Two titles: Germany, Canada, UK, Finland, Mexico
One title: Malta, Hungary, Lithuania, Lebanon, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Argentina, Netherlands, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Romania, China, Austria.


TWITCH WATCH

“I’m actually the best player on this platform today.” Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg was rather pleased with this hero call — actually a hero bet/call — on the river for his tournament life in WCOOP-15-M. He did end up busting in 1,083rd place, but who are we to argue?

At least we’re guaranteed more of Spraggy — or is it Sparggy — in the $5,300 Main Event. He was the recipient of a gift from the Gods later on in his stream.


TOP TWEETS

Fintan “EasyWithAces” Hand found what he described as the “dream stream” for WCOOP. Strap in, this one is a thrill ride:

Also, good luck to “Pokerste1“, en route to his second final table?


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

The regular Sunday tournaments were all given a boost by their inclusion on the WCOOP schedule. And, yes, the numbers were huge. The three levels of buy-in in the Sunday Kick-Off ($5.50, $55, $530) attracted 14,180, 7,110 and 1,194 entries, respectively, while the Sunday Warm-Up, with buy-ins of $11, $109, $1,050 drew 13,570, 4,810 and 770. All of these tournaments comfortably surpassed their guarantees and all play to a winner today.

Luuk “pokerkluka” Gieles leading the way

Two buy-in levels of Sunday Million had that magic $1 million guarantee, and both eclipsed it. In the $530 buy-in level, there were 2,770 entries and a prize pool of $1.38 million, with $202K up top. In the $5,200 buy-in high roller, there were 272 entries and a prize pool of $1.36 million, with $259K ear-marked for the winner. Team Pro’s Igor Kurganov bubbled the event, busting in 36th, leaving Luuk “pokerkluka” Gieles to lead the field.


COMING UP

After a glut of full ring no limit hold’em on Sunday, time for something a little different today. We’ve got a lovely no limit Omaha hi/lo event on offer, as well as a four-max hold’em event. If those are your speciality, good luck. And if they’re not, well, the buy-ins start at $5.50 so have a crack anyhow.

WCOOP-17: NLHE PKO – Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-18: NL Omaha Hi/Lo – Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
WCOOP-19: NLHE 4-Max – Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530


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