The world’s no.1 won his first-ever World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) title on Wednesday night, surprising absolutely no one. Meanwhile, two WCOOP legends added yet another trophy to their mantles. Read on…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

•  World-beating Beresford bags High Roller
•  Brilliant Boeken becomes two-time 2020 champ
•  Unstoppable Urbanovich claims his fifth trophy
•  SCOOP Main Event winner “Wildace_hun” wins another


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Bow down to Beresford

Bow down to Beresford: Before a single card was dealt in WCOOP 2020, we said it was “inexplicable” that the UK’s Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford did not yet have a WCOOP title on his CV, despite being a two-time SCOOP champ and the world’s no.1 tournament player on Pocket Fives’ rankings. Well, it took 11 days of this series for him to rectify that he chose one helluva great event for his first victory. Beresford came out on top in the $5,200 WCOOP-33-H High Roller, banking $162,674.33–the night’s biggest prize. He beat his fellow Brit Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves heads-up, having already outlasted a stacked final table which included Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Alex “steakaddict.” Papazian, and Ole “wizowizo” Schemion. What a performance.

Noah “Exclusive” Boeken: Still brilliant after all these years

Brilliant Boeken becomes two-time 2020 champ: Exactly one week after winning his first title of 2020 in the $1,050 WCOOP-11-H Limit Hold’em for $20,312, Noah “Exclusive” Boeken is back on the winner’s sheet with a victory in the $215 WCOOP-34-M 8-Game for $16,471.59. The Dutchman is putting on a mixed-game masterclass so far this series, but then again he’s been doing it for years. This is his fourth WCOOP title overall and another big win on a legendary résumé which goes back more than 15 years.

Urbanovich wins his fifth: Like Boeken, Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich is also a mixed-game crusher who already had four titles heading into this series (all of which came in games outside of NLHE). Last night he added a fifth trophy with his win in the $2,100 WCOOP-34-H 8-Game for $42,536.01. Boeken actually reached the final table in this one too but had to settle for seventh. Other notables on the FT included the aforementioned Mike “SirWatts” Watson and online legend Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb. Urbanovich now ties with the now-retired Dan “djk123” Kelly at five WCOOP titles.

Make it five for Dzmitry Urbanovich

Super Tuesday for “serggorelyi7”: Just last month we saw Russia’s “serggorelyi7” finish fourth in the $5,200 Stadium Series Grand Final – High for a $310,287 score. They added another six-figures to their bankroll last night with a win in the $530 WCOOP-33-M Super Tuesday for $115,798.61 and their first WCOOP title. Luke “lb6121” Schwartz also reached the final table but fell in seventh for $15,192.

Another title for Hungary’s “Wildace_hun”: Hungary now has two WCOOP wins from 2020 as longtime crusher and 2018 SCOOP Main Event winner “Wildace_hun” has joined Andras “probirs” Nemeth in the winner’s circle. “Wildace_hun” outlasted 185 others to win $2,100 WCOOP-35-H 6-Max freezeout for $79,781.92, having won their first WCOOP title last year in a $1,050 PKO.


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TODAY’S RESULTS

TOURNAMENT ENTRIES POOL WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE
32-L: $11 NLHE PKO 11,029 $108,084 Bellsprout6 UK $8,400.40
32-M: $109 NLHE PKO 3,437 $343,700 neto_gol Brazil $32,996.11
32-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO 410 $410,000 Loks82 Germany $61,359.08
33-L: $55 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE 6,244 $448,050 Stakelis24 Lithuania $62,359.17
33-M: $530 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE 1,081 $760,000 serggorelyi7 Russia $115,798.61
33-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller 66 $775,000 1_conor_b_1 UK $162,674.33
34-L: $22 8-Game 1,504 $44,280 4Kings_Hit UK $6,598.53
34-M: $215 8-Game 320 $92,000 Exclusive Netherlands $16,471.59
34-H: $2,100 8-Game 58 $178,000 Colisea Latvia $42,536.01
35-L: $22 NLHE 6-Max 5,594 $111,880 blebelea Romania $15,909.90
35-M: $215 NLHE 6-Max 1,303 $260,600 luk9r Austria $40,722.71
35-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max 186 $400,000 Wildace_hun Hungary $79,781.92
Daily totals 31,046 $3,531,594 $238,037

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 102
Entries so far: 434,726
Prize pools so far: $40,480,609
First prizes so far: $5,855,743.69
In-the-money finishers so far: 61,552
Tournaments starting today: 9

(Note: completed events only)


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

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:

“Bryn12” drifts through life and WCOOP towards the top of the leaderboard
“va1umart” finds value, pockets nearly $80K for Event #21-M win
• 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

At the top of this daily update we told you that world no.1 Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford won his first WCOOP title. Here’s a look at how he did it.

 

We’ll all be cheering on Fintan “easywithaces” Hand tonight as he goes for his first WCOOP title in the $2,100 WCOOP-36-H, but spare a thought for Hand’s “friend” and former stream partner Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, who busted that event in a rather brutal fashion.


TOP TWEETS

Speaking of Fintan’s deep run, here’s a reminder to tune in.


LEADER BOARDS

Latvia’s “aleksandrs10” continues to hold the top overall leaderboard spot, but Brazil’s Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins is putting in the work. Overnight Martins has climbed to second overall, second in the High, and joint second in the Medium. Meanwhile none other than Ben “Spraggy” Spragg is 10 points shy of the top spot in the Low.

Overall:

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 665 points
2 — Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 570
3 — Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 565
4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 505
5 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 460

Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy

High buy-in:

1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 340 points
2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 290
3 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 285
4 – Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, United Kingdom, 270
5 – Nolet20, Canada, 235

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

Medium buy-in:

1 – Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Brazil, 220 points
=2 – Kaggis, Norway, 215
=2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 215
4 – Alex “Schildy1984” Debus, Austria, 200
5 – chininhaltig, Germany, 195

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

Low buy-in:

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 295 points
2 – Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, United Kingdom, 285
3 – Voziyanov15, Russia, 255
4 – bryn12, United Kingdom, 245
5 – GuesWho’sBac, Russia, 235

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


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

Players in the UK took down three titles on Wednesday to bring the country’s total up to 18, while Russia, Brazil, and Germany all clinched just one more. There were no first-time winners but Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Netherlands, Romania and Hungary all bagged another title.

Latest standings:

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


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

There’s plenty to keep your eye on tomorrow, what with $2,100 NLHE and $5,200 PLO events playing down to a winner. Over in WCOOP-36-H we have PokerStars Ambassador and streamer Fintan “easywithaces” Hand with a big stack and 19 players standing between him and the $80,642 first-place prize. He’ll have to battle through some of poker’s best though as Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Bruno “botteonpoker” Botteon, Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet, and Joao “Naza114” Vieira are all in still contention.

WCOOP-36-L: $22 NLHE (Midweek Freeze)
Entries: 8,622 | Prize pool: $172,440
Players left: 154 | Chip leader: 090494259 (Finland)

WCOOP-36-M: $215 NLHE (Midweek Freeze)
Entries: 1,628 | Prize pool: $325,600
Players left: 96 | Chip leader: pokerzysta90 (Poland)

WCOOP-36-H: $2,100 NLHE (Midweek Freeze)
Entries: 192 | Prize pool: $400,000
Players left: 20 | Chip leader: CPUrul0r (Austria)

WCOOP-37-L: $55 PLO (6-Max)
Entries: 493 | Prize pool: $113,400
Players left: 69 | Chip leader: O’Konel (Ukraine)

WCOOP-37-M: $530 PLO (6-Max)
Entries: 2,268 | Prize pool: $246,500
Players left: 36 | Chip leader: PikkuHUMPPA (Finland)

WCOOP-37-H: $5,200 PLO (6-Max)
Entries: 125 | Prize pool: $625,000
Players left: 14 | Chip leader: omaha4rollz (Hungary)

WCOOP-38-L: $11 NLHE (Freezeout)
Entries: 7,914 | Prize pool: $77,557.20
Players left: 107 | Chip leader: M-KUPO (Japan)

WCOOP-38-M: $109 NLHE (Freezeout)
Entries: 2,311 | Prize pool: $231,100
Players left: 93 | Chip leader: red j black (Brazil)

WCOOP-38-H: $1,050 NLHE (Freezeout)
Entries: 287 | Prize pool: $300,000
Players left: 27 | Chip leader: Zackattak13 (Lithuania)


STARTING TODAY

It’s Thursday Thrill time and a big day for all of you Razz specialists out there.

1:05pm ET: WCOOP-39: Thursday Thrill PKO
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $500,000, $1M, $1M

2:05pm ET: WCOOP-40: Limit Razz
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $15,000, $40,000, $75,000

3:05pm ET: WCOOP-41: NLHE 6-Max Freezeout
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $75,000, $200,000, $400,000


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