This World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) goes from brilliant to even more brilliant. Read on to find out how there are already two triple champions, and another handful of doubles…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Martins and Leknes both hit three on same night
• deivid29 does back-to-back double
• Two up too for Muka82
• Brazilians on the charge


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Martins and Leknes both make it three! This most remarkable WCOOP now has two triple champions as both Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins and Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes won their third titles on Monday night. It’s clear that something special is happening at the PokerStars tables this time around, but this kind of achievement is exceptional even in these circumstances.

Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins: Three for the Brazilian

First Martins: After winning in the $1,050 2-7 Single Draw, and following up with victory in the $1,050 HORSE, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins last night came out on top of the $5K 8-Max PKO Sunday Slam, whose prize money dwarfed his previous two efforts combined. Martins took $245,535.01 for this victory, including $118,124.97 in bounties, the last of which he earned from his countryman Brunno “botteonpoker” Botteon. Botteon (who we recently chatted to) is also among online poker’s most scintillating talents at the moment, and has already won a title this year in WCOOP, but Martins managed to outrun him this time and claim a remarkable third for this series. The all Brazilian heads-up duel was in keeping with a night when the South Americans absolutely destroyed the WCOOP tables — led by the extraordinary Martins. (If it wasn’t already extraordinary enough, it also emerged that Martins had won a $215 satellite to get into this event. It put his ROI at 1,141.02 percent.)

Where would we be without this picture of Tobias Leknes?

And now Leknes: True to form for a mixed-games specialist, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes won his third title of the series, and sixth overall, in the $215 NL08 6-Max PKO. His victory was worth $23,963.46, including $10,493 in bounties, and he adds it to his previous wins in the $11 2-7 Single Draw (the same event where Martins won the high buy-in), and the 45-L: $11 FL Badugi 6-Max. Only two players in WCOOP history — Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov and Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb — now have more outright victories than Leknes, and they must now feel in sight for this Norwegian who is in the form of his life.


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Bert “girafganger7” Stevens: Denied Lena900 the hat-trick

Stevens denies Lena’s hat-trick: For all of the brilliance detailed above, at the beginning of last night all eyes were on Niklas “Lena900” Astedt as he tried to win a third WCOOP title on three consecutive days. But even the brilliant Swede couldn’t pull off that particular trick — especially not with Bert “girafganger7” Stevens in unforgiving mood. Astedt perished in fifth from the 258-entry $2,100 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up, but Stevens, who had the chip lead overnight, closed it out. The British player already had WCOOP titles from 2017 and 2018, both from major hold’em events, and is a formidable presence at most of the PokerStars tournament tables. This one earned him $99,311.22, his third WCOOP title, and bragging rights over a stacked field.

Back-to-back double for deivid29: There was yet another super stacked field in the $1,050 6-Max, led overnight by Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich. But Geilich fell short of claiming his second title of the series, finishing in seventh, as another UK-based player did the double in short order. “deivid29” bested a field of 362 to win WCOOP-42-H, which wrapped on Sunday night, and 24 hours later was back at it, winning this 6-Max event and another $116,437.26. deivid29, who is originally from Spain but now lives in the UK, is now the third player during this WCOOP to win two titles in as many days, following Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos and the aforementioned Lena900. deivid29 beat poker writer Michael “M_Acevedo” Acevedo heads up from a final table that also featured Peter “Belabacsi” Traply.

Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo: Gets his second

One more for Muka82: The brilliant Murilo Figueiredo, aka “Muka82“, was also back at it again last night, winning his second WCOOP title of the series, third of his career overall, in the $109 Sunday Kickoff. Figueiredo, remember, is the player who nearly scored a single-night double earlier in this WCOOP when he won one and finished second in another. He also has a TCOOP and SCOOP title, plus a World Series bracelet. His previous online scores have been in mixed games variants, but here he took down a monster field hold’em event (there were 2,522 entries) and earned him another $36,930. Figueiredo has claims to being one of the most exciting talents in the modern game, and clearly more is to come. (Figueiredo also came sixth last night in the $2,100 NLO Hi/Lo.)

Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme: First SCOOP, now this

Therme proves SCOOP victory was no fluke: In May, Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme described his victory in the SCOOP Sunday Million Special Edition as “completely insane”. He said: “I’ve been waiting a long time for something this big to happen, but I knew I could do it.” Any lingering doubts of his abilities should be pushed aside now as Therme has done it again, this time winning the $1,050 buy-in WCOOP-46-H and outlasting a field of 368 to win a $60,232.70 first prize. Therme agreed a heads up deal with “MaxHendrix” of Russia, but went on to win and add his first WCOOP title to the SCOOP victory from earlier in the year.

FONBET_RULIT phones one in: Russia’s “FONBET_RULIT” also joined the doubles club last night, adding victory in the $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo to a 5-Card draw victory from 2018. A familiar name on the ‘COOP leader boards, FONBET_RULIT converted an overnight chip lead into the outright win, worth $66,714.22, including bounties. What’s more, FONBET_RULIT beat Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin heads up, denying the Russian Twitch streamer what would have been his second victory of the year. As it is, Lyapin finished second for the second time, continuing to bolster his leader board points total.

Two for “labirint93”: Georgia is on the board for WCOOP 2020 thanks to the country’s stand-out poker talent: “labirint93“. The same player won a $22 buy-in 8-Game title in WCOOP during 2018 and last night came out on top of another “low” event: this time, the $22 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. labirint93’s first victory came over a field of 2,964 and this second one had 3,901 entries. For all the talk of sensational multiple victories this year, this one should not be overlooked. It’s very hard to beat fields of such size, but the Georgian superstar has now done it twice.


TODAY’S RESULTS

TOURNAMENT ENTRIES POOL WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE
46-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE 7,528 $73,774 13georgiev13 Bulgaria $7,552.86*
46-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Kickoff SE 2,522 $252,200 Muka82 Brazil $36,930.00
46-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max 368 $368,000 Corback_fr UK $60,232.70*
47-L: $22 NLHE 8,986 $179,720 leoleo05 Brazil $25,112.37
47-M: $215 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE 2,521 $504,200 topetersons Brazil $73,970.80
47-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE 258 $516,000 girafganger7 UK $99,311.22
48-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam 267 $1,335,000 theNERDguy Brazil $245,535.0†1
49-L: $22 NLO8 6-Max, PKO 3,901 $78,020 labirint93 Georgia $8,562.52†
49-M: $215 NLO8 6-Max, PKO 793 $158,600 Senkel92 Norway $23,963.46†
49-H: $2,100 NLO8 6-Max, PKO 123 $246,000 FONBET_RULIT Russia $66,714.22
50-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max 14,052 $137,710 gustavix320 Brazil $17,099.87
50-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max 4,213 $421,300 Marrakesz Poland $60,160.24
50-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max 677 $677,000 deivid29 UK $116,437.26
Daily totals 46,209 $4,947,524 $841,583

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 148
Entries so far: 590,693
Prize pools so far: $54,894,740
Players ITM: 89,736
First prizes so far: $8,463,245.21
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Tournaments starting today: 12

(Note: completed events only)


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

Brunno “botteonpoker” Botteon

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:

Brazilian Brunno “botteonpoker” Botteon in the winner’s circle again
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

Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye is one of PokerStars’ most enthusiastic Twitch streamers, particularly when it comes to games other than no limit hold’em. Last night, he had his best run of WCOOP so far and he sits seventh of 147 players remaining (from 4,502) in the $5.50 buy-in PLO8 event. Here’s how he got a chunk of his chips — and remember to watch his Twitch stream tonight to see how he gets on.

British gamer “Onscreen” is getting a great introduction to the world of WCOOP this year, including players shoving for their full stacks on the second hand in a $530 buy-in tournament:


TOP TWEETS

All this winning might be going to Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes’s head. It’s the exclamation mark in brackets that shows it. Even he can’t quite believe it…

Meanwhile, here’s your chance to win 20 $11 WCOOP tickets:


LEADER BOARDS

With three victories to his name, there’s no surprise to see Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins retake top spot in the overall leader board, and also occupy top position on the “medium” standings.

Overall

1 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 860 points
2 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 810
3 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 790
4 – chininhaltig, Germany, 750
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 745

Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy

High buy-in:

1 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden, 460 points
2 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 445
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 425
4 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 385
5 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 370

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

Medium buy-in:

1 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 350 points
2 – Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Brazil, 345
3 – chininhaltig, Germany, 310
4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 295
5 – “joaoMathias”, Brazil, 285

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

Low buy-in:

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 375 points
2 – Voziyanov15, Russia, 360
3 – Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, United Kingdom, 355
4 – Fabahaba, Finland, 330
5 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway, 320

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


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

Brazilian dominance!

After winning four titles on Sunday night, Brazilian players won another five on Monday and are drawing well clear of Russia in third now. However, UK-based players also won three titles overnight to remain top of the standings, in what is becoming a two-horse race. (As an indication of how dominant Brazilians were in tournaments ending on Monday, look at this picture of the final-table results in WCOOP-47-L.)

Latest standings

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


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

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: 24 | Chip leader: dantegoyaF (Brazil)

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: 16 | Chip leader: philbort (Malta)

WCOOP-52-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max, PKO/b>
Entries: 22,967 (inc. 8,925 re-entries) | Prize pool: $112,538.30
Players left: 32 | Chip leader: MekiKK (Slovakia)

WCOOP-52-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max, PKO
Entries: 9,053 (inc. 3,000 re-entries) | Prize pool: $452,650
Players left: 44 | Chip leader: ginolatino33 (Germany)

WCOOP-52-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max, PKO
Entries: 1,321 (inc. 413 re-entries) | Prize pool: $660,500
Players left: 15 | Chip leader: Vassegio (Russia)

WCOOP-53-L: $5.50 PLO8 8-Max
Entries: 4,502 (inc. 1,716 re-entries) | Prize pool: $22,059.80
Players left: 147 | Chip leader: raiurocj (Romania)

WCOOP-53-M: $55 PLO8 8-Max
Entries: 1,465 (inc. 483 re-entries) | Prize pool: $73,250
Players left: 137 | Chip leader: MaxErosAmore (Finland)

WCOOP-53-H: $530 PLO8 8-Max
Entries: 365 (inc. 136 re-entries) | Prize pool: $182,500
Players left: 58 | Chip leader: Esther30 (Netherlands)

WCOOP-54-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Win the Button
Entries: 6,829 (inc. 1,846 re-entries) | Prize pool: $66,924.20
Players left: 79 | Chip leader: Turtlesque (Canada)

WCOOP-54-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Win the Button
Entries: 2,045 (inc. 664 re-entries) | Prize pool: $204,500
Players left: 73 | Chip leader: raffael_brum (Brazil)

WCOOP-54-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Win the Button
Entries: 274 (inc. 101 re-entries) | Prize pool: $274,000
Players left: 26 | Chip leader: DingolitOoO-X (Netherlands)


STARTING TODAY

Is it Tuesday already? It is. And that means the Super Tuesday. But in addition to that huge hold’em event, today is great for the mixed-games aficionados. HORSE returns to the line-up, and there’s a very tasty looking Limit 6-Max 2-7 Triple Draw, which is truly one for the purists. Tuck in folks.

12.05pm ET: WCOOP-55: HORSE
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $25,000, $50,000, $150,000

1.05pm ET: WCOOP-56: NLHE Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $125,000, $400,000, $750,000

2.05pm ET: WCOOP-57: Limit 6-Max 2-7 Triple Draw
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $15,000, $40,000, $100,000

3.05pm ET: WCOOP-58: NLHE 6-Max PKO Freezeout
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $35,000, $125,000, $250,000


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