It’s deja vu all over again in this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) as the biggest names in the game continue to startle with their brilliant consistency. Here’s the very latest from the tables…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Astedt goes back-to-back in Twitch-streamed finals
• Furlanetto also becomes double champion
• Persistence pays off for “Care_Teddy”
• Big names chase big Sunday prizes


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Niklas “lena900” Astedt: Can barely believe it himself

Two in two nights for Lena900: Viewers of the PokerStars Twitch live coverage of WCOOP were treated to an absolute clinic on Sunday night as some of the online game’s most celebrated talents made the final table of WCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE. The two players left at the very end are among the absolute elite: the all-conquering Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, from Sweden, and Russia’s Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov, a two-time WCOOP champion but also the only player ever to win the Sunday Million three times. This was irresistible force versus immovable object, with each boasting hundreds of outright wins and reputations for being impossible to beat heads up. There was no talk of a deal, of course, and when it came down to it, Vezhenkov found himself on the wrong side of a bad beat when a double up could have drawn chip stacks close to even. Astedt had a three-to-one lead when they got all their chips in with Vezhenkov’s A♣K♣ a strong favourite against Astedt’s A♦4♦. But not only did Astedt flop a four, he also hit two diamonds with a third coming on the turn. That was that and Astedt won his second title in as many nights. He also prevailed in the $5,200 NLHE PKO High Roller on Saturday, for which he won more than $200K. This latest title was worth $80,642.40 as Astedt matches Adrian “Amadi-017” Mateos’s back-to-back WCOOP victories from earlier this series. (Astedt has the chance to make it three in three as he currently sits second of 18 left in the $2,100 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up.)

And another double champion: Brazil’s Rafael “pycadasgalax” Furlanetto became the latest double champion of this year’s WCOOP when he beat a 1,930-entry field in WCOOP-44-M, the $215 NLHE event. This latest victory over an enormous field was worth $58,026 and comes a little more than a week since Furlanetto beat the medium buy-in fixed-limit hold’em field of 416, for $7,539.46. It’s rare these days for no limit specialists to dabble in fixed limit too, and Furlanetto therefore has a rare double. But our roll of double champions for WCOOP 2020 is now eight strong: Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, “The_Truht” and now “pycadasgalax”.


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Persistence pays off for “Care_Teddy”: Here’s a lovely little story of persistence and belief. On Friday, which was WCOOP’s rest day, “Care_Teddy” of the Netherlands played and won a side event, picking up $2,273.12 for victory in the $11 Showtime Hold’em 6-Max. He took to Twitter in celebration of his victory, but also wondered aloud: “So uhh.. I locked up a @PokerStars #WCOOP title.. kinda? Sort of? Does it count?”. It didn’t count, of course, so he tried again, in the “official” $22 NL Hold’em event 44-L, and was well placed going into Day 2. It was worth another tweet. “Officially an unofficial #WCOOP champ since yesterday. Looking to change that tomorrow.”

“Care_Teddy” after his side-event win

Here we are on Monday morning and “Care_Teddy”‘s journey is complete. He rose to the very top of that $11 buy-in field yesterday, sealed the deal, banked the win worth $29,811.98 and is now proudly able to declare himself “WCOOP CHAMPION”.

“Care_Teddy” beat a field of 1,520 entries to his side event win, but there were nearly ten times as many (a field of 11,412 entries to be precise) in the “official” tournament. That’s one exceptional weekend. He describes himself on Twitter as a 28-year-old Dutchman named Kevin, an ex e-sports athlete and recreational poker player, with a Micro Millions title to his name. We’ll hope to learn some more later today.

Clean sweep in the Cooldowns for Brazil: The Brazilian production line of poker players shows no signs of slowing down as three more WCOOP champions rolled off it in the Sunday Cooldown events. Brazilian players won the low, medium and high buy-in events of WCOOP 51, the 8-Max PKO Turbo, with “RafadeMello”, “Tcheleee”, and Ricardo “RRagazzo” Ragazzo all claiming the first titles of their careers. Brazilians took four of nine titles handed out on Sunday and now trail only the UK in the overall title count for this WCOOP.

Big names in contention again: This WCOOP has been characterised by the most familiar talents in the game proving just why they’re held in such high esteem — and the trend seems certain to continue into the third week. Chip leaders overnight include Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, who already has two wins this year and five overall, Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich, who has also won already, and Bert “girafganger” Stevens, who was a double champion coming into this WCOOP. The last 14 in the $2,100 NLO8 event is especially brilliant, featuring “FONBET_RULIT” at the top, ahead of Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb, Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, and Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah, among others.


TODAY’S RESULTS

TOURNAMENT ENTRIES POOL WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE
42-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Afternoon Deep Stack 13,809 $135,328 rosko58 UK $9,272.99†*
42-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Afternoon Deep Stack 3,539 $353,900 Chester20o Poland $36,827.76†
42-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Afternoon Deep Stack 362 $362,000 deivid29 UK $66,184.32†
44-L: $22 NLHE 11,412 $228,240 Care_Teddy Netherlands $29,811.98
44-M: $215 NLHE 1,930 $386,000 pycadasgalax Brazil $58,026.44
44-H: $2,100 NLHE 192 $400,000 Lena900 Sweden $80,642.40
51-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE 11,789 $57,766 RafadeMello Brazil $4,933.35†
51-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 6,287 $314,350 Tcheleee Brazil $31,921.27†
51-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 1,046 $523,000 RRagazzo Brazil $64,027.97†
Daily totals 50,366 $2,760,584 $381,648

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

There have now been more than half a million entries into WCOOP events so far, with the prize pools approaching the $50 million mark. Phew! Remember, these stats don’t include the 15 tournaments that remain ongoing, so there will always be a huge spike again when most of the Sunday events wrap up tonight.

Events completed: 135
Entries so far: 544,484
Prize pools so far: $49,947,216
Players ITM: 78,545
First prizes so far: $7,621,662.68
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Tournaments starting today: 9

(Note: completed events only)


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

Stokkan has put in countless hours of work to get to the top

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:

Preben “prebz” Stokkan continues to progress and crush
Mike “SirWatts” Watson again collecting cashes, final tables
“Bryn12” drifts through life and WCOOP towards top of leaderboard
$2K Sunday Slam champ Matas “NoTilit” Cikinas confirms power of the cat avatar
“va1umart” finds value, pockets nearly $80K for Event #21-M win
Mario “brandon0903” Mastropietro’s WCOOP win relieves pressures of $400k court case
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

Spraggy continues to have a lot of fun in the low buy-in events and sits second in the leader board there. It’s thanks to these kinds of plays that he’s prospering. You couldn’t get away with this in a $5K.

British gamer “Onscreen” is playing a lot of WCOOP this year…and he’s having a lot of fun too. Hands like this help:


TOP TWEETS

Details are pretty scarce from @MattyPasqua, but he’s got one thing definitely right: WCOOP is the very best place for lower-stakes players to do battle against the beasts of the online game. And you never know, you might beat them…

Meanwhile, following on from the “Care_Teddy” story above, fellow tweeter Morten Ottosen summarises the whole situation quite succinctly:


LEADER BOARDS

With all these known superstars running riot through WCOOP, you might expect one of them to occupy the No 1 spot in the Player of the Series leader board. But you’d think wrong. In fact, Latvia’s “aleksandrs10” is now leading that particular race, just edging ahead of Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins. aleksandrs10 has won a WCOOP title this year, and finished runner up in another, but it’s his consistency across all buy-in levels that keeps him atop this leader board — and it’s something he’s done before, as regular WCOOP and SCOOP watchers will know.

Overall

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 770 points
2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 760
3 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 715
4 – chininhaltig, Germany, 695
5 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 640

Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy

High buy-in:

1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 425 points
2 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden, 405
3 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 385
4 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 325
=5 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 280
=5 – Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich, UK, 280

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

Medium buy-in:

1 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 350 points
2 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 285
3 – chininhaltig, Germany, 75
=4 – Kaggis, Norway, 240
=4 – nilsef, Germany, 245

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

Low buy-in:

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 340 points
2 – Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, United Kingdom, 330
3 – Voziyanov15, Russia, 320
4 – rastafari898, Germany, 305
5 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway, 300

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


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

The big mover in the countries leader board was Brazil, whose players bagged four titles. UK-based players also won two events, keeping the red, white and blue ahead of the yellow and green, but Russia has now slipped to third. Sweden now has two titles — both earned by Niklas “Lena900” Astedt.

Latest standings

22 – UK
19 – Brazil
17 – Russia
8 – Germany
7 – Netherlands
6 – Canada
5 – Ukraine, Norway
4 – Austria
3 – Latvia, Hungary, Argentina, Finland, Poland
2 – Belarus, Bulgaria, Malta, Romania, Lithuania, Sweden
1 – Estonia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Costa Rica Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ireland, Jersey, Serbia, Peru, Luxembourg, Greece, Monaco, Croatia and Japan.


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

WCOOP-46-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE
Entries: 7,528 | Prize pool: $73,774.40
Players left: 35 | Chip leader: MixbkoMito (Brazil)

WCOOP-46-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Kickoff SE
Entries: 2,522 | Prize pool: $252,200
Players left: 56 | Chip leader: Ko1ya777 (Russia)

WCOOP-46-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max
Entries: 368 | Prize pool: $368,000
Players left: 14 | Chip leader: retro_cheetah01 (Poland)

WCOOP-47-L: $22 NLHE
Entries: 8,986 | Prize pool: $179,720
Players left: 85 | Chip leader: setarcos1234 (Chile)

WCOOP-47-M: $215 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE
Entries: 2,521 | Prize pool: $504,200
Players left: 89 | Chip leader: thebigdog09 (United Kingdom)

WCOOP-47-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE
Entries: 258 | Prize pool: $516,000
Players left: 18 | Chip leader: Bert “girafganger7” Stevens (United Kingdom)

WCOOP-48-L: $55 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam
Entries: 16,090 (inc. 7,369 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1,172,950
Players left: 772 | Chip leader: whollyflush (United Kingdom)

WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam
Entries: 3,856 (inc. 1,027 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1,928,000
Players left: 351 | Chip leader: eStfu (Poland)

WCOOP-48-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam
Entries: 267 (inc. 75 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1,335,000
Players left: 34 | Chip leader: Succeeed (Austria)

WCOOP-49-L: $22 NLO8 6-Max, PKO
Entries: 3,901 (inc. 1,487 re-entries) | Prize pool: $78,020
Players left: 28 | Chip leader: curinga1982 (Brazil)

WCOOP-49-M: $215 NLO8 6-Max, PKO
Entries: 793 (inc. 356 re-entries) | Prize pool: $158,600
Players left: 11 | Chip leader: Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes

WCOOP-49-H: $2,100 NLO8 6-Max, PKO
Entries: 123 (inc. 42 re-entries) | Prize pool: $246,000
Players left: 14 | Chip leader: FONBET_RULIT (Russia)

WCOOP-50-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max
Entries: 14,052 (inc. 4,125 re-entries) | Prize pool: $137,709.60
Players left: 160 | Chip leader: negreanuNya (Russia)

WCOOP-50-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max
Entries: 4,213 (inc. 879 re-entries) | Prize pool: $421,300
Players left: 141 | Chip leader: 91stilongs (Norway)

WCOOP-50-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max
Entries: 677 (inc. 240 re-entries) | Prize pool: $677,000
Players left: 56 | Chip leader: Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich (UK)


STARTING TODAY

After all that no limit hold’em on the Sunday schedule, who fancies some no limit hold’em? Events 52 and 54 fit the bill, but they’re 6-Max PKO and Win-The-Button, respectively, so there’s some variety there. Those two sandwich a PLO8 event, the lowest of which you can enter for $5.50.

1.05pm ET: WCOOP-52: NLHE 6-Max, PKO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $75,000, $350,000, $500,000

2.05pm ET: WCOOP-53: PLO8 8-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $15,000, $50,000, $100,000

3.05pm ET: WCOOP-54: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Win the Button
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $50,000, $175,000, $250,000


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