There was a Russian invasion in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on Tuesday night, but superstars have now assembled for the $5K High Roller and the 8-Game. Read on for more details…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

•”NoTilit” and Zancan claim Slams for Lithuania and Brazil
•Russians win six of 11 titles awarded
•Debus adds to his WCOOP collection
•”Genius” Spraggy wings it in the 8-Game, as superstars assemble


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

NoTilit no slouch in Sunday Slam: The biggest prize handed out on Tuesday night in WCOOP went to “NoTilit” of Lithuania, who beat two powerhouse Austria-based players — Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph and Julian “nailuj90” Stuer — to the $2,100 WCOOP-25-M Sunday Slam title. Starting on Sunday with 671 entries the event boasted a prize pool of more than $1.3 million, with $228,462 up top. Though lesser known than the two much decorated Austrians, and at a final table that also included Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez, NoTilit is also no slouch, having won a WCOOP title in a $530 buy-in event last year. NoTilit duly did it again, closing out the event as the clock approached midnight on Tuesday. That’s now two WCOOPs for the Lithuanian.

Zancan makes good on overnight promise: The last time Mateus “MpZancan” Zancan made the final table of a major PokerStars tournament, he was first out of the SCOOP 2020 $1K Main Event and had to watch his fellow Brazilian Joao “HayashiJoão” Hayashi take it down. It was lesson learned for Zancan last night, however, where he maintained the overnight chip lead in the $215 WCOOP-25-L event and steered himself all the way to the title, negotiating a three-way deal along the way. Zancan ended up with $182,592.53 of the $1.435 million prize pool, with Austria’s “mrlogik” taking $148K for second and “El Pulgoso” of Argentina earning $119,117 for third. This three-day event gave its winner the 14th six-figure first prize of the series so far.

A great night for Russia

YacuTTi headlines great night for Russia: The last time poker fans saw “YacuTTi” in action, he was finishing third in the $109 Main Event of the UFC Poker Series on PokerStars, in 2019. A few more people watched him in action last night, however, when the Russian player topped the 897-entry field in the $1,050 PKO event, which screened live on PokerStars’ Twitch channel. YacuTTi took $63,991.96 from the main prize pool for the win and added $65,080.01 in bounties for a $129,071.97 total haul. In all, Russians won six of the 11 titles on offer last night.


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Alex”Schildy1984″ Debus: Second WCOOP

Second for Schildy: Alex “Schildy1984” Debus picked up a second career WCOOP title in the $109 PKO (WCOOP-29-M) last night, beating a field of 7,663 entries and banking a combined $66,520.83, including bounties. Debus also won a huge $1K WCOOP title in 2011, earning him $206,280, and proved that he too has the staying power to remain 10 years at the top of the online game.

“recusant_89” slays stars for debut win: A long list of WCOOP’s undisputed stars made deep runs in WCOOP-30-H, the $530 NL Omaha Hi/Lo last night, but they were all outdone by a player best known for victory in a Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) event seven years ago. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, and Gleb “Ti0373” Tremzin were all in the last 14, along with the Stadium Series crusher Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot. But only the latter made the official six-handed final table, and even he couldn’t halt “recusant_89“‘s charge to the title. recusant_89 won a $27 Stud event during TCOOP 2013, which was worth $9,446.05 after a heads-up deal. There was no deal this time as recusant_89 beat countryman “1bloodflood” heads up and took home $28,917.97. There were 303 entries, including 109 re-entries.

Viktor “papan9_p$” Ustimov

“papan9_p$” on the winning trail: Talbot also made a very deep run in the $530 buy-in 4-Max last night, making the last two tables before falling in seventh. This time, the champion was Victor “papan9_p$” Ustimov of Russia, who picked up $54,378.13 for defeating former Super Tuesday winner “nolet20” of Canada heads up. Ustimov has won the Sunday Warm-Up twice before, so has a very sharp four-handed game. There were 630 entries into this one and the late stages were stacked again, with Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara making it the fifth and Pascal “Päffchen” Hartmann finishing third. But “papan9_p$”, with no known major results to date, took it down for a debut WCOOP win.


TODAY’S RESULTS

TOURNAMENT ENTRIES POOL WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE
25-L: $215 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Slam 7,177 $1,435,400 MpZancan Brazil $182,592.53*
25-M: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Slam 671 $1,342,000 NoTilit Lithuania $228,462.96
29-L: $11 NLHE PKO 25,363 $248,557 Gagarinec1 Russia $15,661.19†
29-M: $109 NLHE PKO 7,663 $766,300 Schildy1984 Austria $66,520.83†
29-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO 897 $897,000 YacuTTi Russia $129,071.97†
30-L: $5.50 NLO8 6-Max 5,089 $24,936 StillGrim420 UK $2,042.80*
30-M: $55 NLO8 6-Max 1,491 $74,550 Turok11-S Russia $11,374.01
30-H: $530 NLO8 6-Max 303 $151,500 recusant_89 Russia $28,917.97
31-L: $5.50 NLHE 4-Max 10,478 $51,342 SergeBD Russia $6,837.07
31-M: $55 NLHE 4-Max 3,932 $196,600 doungara Greece $22,658.88*
31-H: $530 NLHE 4-Max 630 $315,000 papan9_p$ Russia $54,378.13
Daily totals 63,694 $5,503,186 $748,518

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 90
Entries so far: 399,440
Prize pools so far: $36,549,015
Players ITM: 56,150
First prizes so far: $5,537,924.42
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Tournaments starting today: 9

(Note: completed events only)


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

The Twitch streamer “Marksman_M”

We’ve been talking with a few WCOOP winners to hear about their tourney triumphs (and perhaps to pick up a few tips for ourselves). Check out our latest interviews from this year’s winners so far:

That winning feeling carries Tiago “Tayguera” Guimarães to #13-M title
Tyler “Juicy_J_93” Jardine sends warning to Pot limit Omaha players
A bountiful $10K Sunday Slam for Dimitar Danchev
Heads up! Ankush Mandavia wins third title in $530 TKO HU Zoom
Marksman_M casually streams huge WCOOP win to three Twitch viewers


TWITCH WATCH

There’s a certain sense of “making it up as he goes along” to Spraggy playing the 8-Game. But when you’re seeking leader board points, sometimes you can end up declaring yourself a genius.

Georgina “GJReggie” James also admitted that she didn’t know what to do in a perilous spot in a limit 2-7 Triple Draw hand in the $215 8-Game. It ended about as badly as possible: the bubble.


TOP TWEETS

Parker “tonkaaa” Talbot is readying to troll Spraggy. He’s positively encouraging it, with $100 cash:


LEADER BOARDS

A handful of players continue to dominate the leader boards, with Latvia’s “aleksandrs10” now taking over at the top of the overall — and sitting at the final table of the high buy-in 8-Game preparing to take a shot at a second title of the series. Joao “Naza114” Vieira hasn’t won an event so far this year, but he tops the high buy-in leader board after a string of deep runs.

Overall

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 555 points
2 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 545
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 535
4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 440
5 – chininhaltig, Germany, 420

Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy

High buy-in:

1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 295 points
2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 290
3 – Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, United Kingdom, 270
4 – Nolet20, Canada, 235
5 – Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, Mexico, 215

Prizes: Winner $12,500; 2nd $10,000; 3rd $7,500

Medium buy-in:

=1 – Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Brazil, 205 points
=1 – “Kaggis”, Norway, 205
3 – Alex “Schildy1984” Debus, Austria, 200
4 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 195
5 – chininhaltig, Germany, 190

Prizes: Winner $8,500; 2nd $6,000; 3rd $3,000 (top 15 are rewarded)

Low buy-in:

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 275 points
=2 – bryn12, United Kingdom, 245
=2 – Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, United Kingdom, 245
=4 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 215
=4 – manodepiedra51, Panama, 215
=4 – Voziyanov15, Russia, 215

Winner $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2,000 (top 25 are rewarded)


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

Russians won six of 11 events to conclude on Tuesday night, and only UK-based “StillGrim420″‘s victory in 30-L: $5.50 NLO8 6-Max denied Russia the top spot in the countries leader board. As it is, we now have a two-way tie, with Brazil in third. There’s clear space opening up between those three and all other challengers, however. Greece and Lithuania won for the first time this year.

Latest standings

15 – UK, Russia
12 – Brazil
5 – Germany, Canada
3 – Norway, Netherlands
2 – Argentina, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Bulgaria, Finland, Malta, Austria
1 – Estonia, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ireland, Jersey, Serbia, Peru, Poland, Luxembourg, Greece and Lithuania.


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

After a night on which few of the established big names got very close to winning events, Wednesday night’s action is shaping up to be the complete opposite. The $5K High Roller Super Tuesday SE has Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves, Mathias “iambest2” Eibinger, Joao “Naza114” Vieira and Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford all in its top eight overnight. (They’re all looking up to chip leader “zazano” of Luxembourg.) And the $2K 8-Game last 11 is completely stacked too. Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich leads, with Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, Mike “SirWatts” Watson and Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb all still involved.

WCOOP-32-L: $11 NLHE PKO
Entries: 11,029 | Prize pool: $108,084
Players left: 97 | Chip leader: p_a_poker25 (Brazil)

WCOOP-32-M: $109 NLHE PKO
Entries: 3,437 | Prize pool: $343,700
Players left: 83 | Chip leader: Koldfield22 (United Kingdom)

WCOOP-32-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO
Entries: 410 | Prize pool: $410,000
Players left: 25 | Chip leader: Loks82 (Germany)

WCOOP-33-L: $55 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE
Entries: 8,961 (inc. 2,717 re-entries) | Prize pool: $448,050
Players left: 430 | Chip leader: kirill1845 (Belarus)

WCOOP-33-M: $530 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE
Entries: 1,520 (inc. 439 re-entries) | Prize pool: $760,000
Players left: 165 | Chip leader: JasonX85 (Netherlands)

WCOOP-33-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller
Entries: 83 (inc. 17 re-entries) | Prize pool: $775,000
Players left: 14 | Chip leader: zazano (Luxembourg)

WCOOP-34-L: $22 8-Game
Entries: 2,214 (inc. 710 re-entries) | Prize pool: $44,280
Players left: 58 | Chip leader: Fabahaba (Finland)

WCOOP-34-M: $215 8-Game
Entries: 460 (inc. 140 re-entries) | Prize pool: $92,000
Players left: 35 | Chip leader: molodnyak (Latvia)

WCOOP-34-H: $2,100 8-Game
Entries: 58 (inc. 31 re-entries) | Prize pool: $178,000
Players left: 11 | Chip leader: Colisea [3] (Latvia)

WCOOP-35-L: $22 NLHE 6-Max
Entries: 5,594 | Prize pool: $111,880
Players left: 61 | Chip leader: GUNDIAS (Brazil)

WCOOP-35-M: $215 NLHE 6-Max
Entries: 1,303 | Prize pool: $260,600
Players left: 39 | Chip leader: 000000000136 (Netherlands)

WCOOP-35-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max
Entries: 186 | Prize pool: $400,000
Players left: 12 | Chip leader: Proudflop (United Kingdom)


STARTING TODAY

The undoubted highlight of Wednesday’s action will be the PLO 6-Max High Roller, where the best of the best will do battle in a $5K buy-in event. Better news for low-stakes players comes in the form of WCOOP-38, which is not only a freezeout but also has buy-ins starting at $11.

1.05pm ET: WCOOP-36: NLHE Midweek Freeze
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $150,000, $250,000, $400,000

1.05pm ET: WCOOP-37: PLO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,299
Guarantees: $75,000, $250,000, $400,000

3.05pm ET: WCOOP-38: NLHE Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $50,000, $175,000, $300,000


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