WCOOP 2020: All the news from Day 2

September 01, 2020inPoker

The 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is moving into gear with 10 tournaments already completed and another 23 playing today. And there are some big names already making waves. Here’s the very latest.


• Danchev over Watson as PCA champs battle in WCOOP
• Goya gives Brazil first of the year
• Deeb is back…
• Ten countries already on the board


PCA champs slug it out: Two PCA champions went head to head at the end of the $10,300 buy-in Sunday Slam last night, with Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev squaring off against Mike “SirWatts” Watson for the final bounty in this huge $10K buy-in PKO affair. Danchev won $1.86 million in the Bahamas in 2013, while Watson’s 2016 win, when the buy-in was halved, was worth $728,325 — and again Danchev was more richly rewarded in last night’s WCOOP showdown. Danchev had a near 2-1 chip lead when the pair went heads up, following the elimination in third of Joao “Naza114” Vieira, and the money went in pre-flop when Danchev had A♣7♥ to Watson’s K♣Q♣. The ace was decisive and meant Danchev picked up a total $400,494.59, of which $247,812.50 came in bounties. It’s the Bulgarian’s first WCOOP title and denied Watson a third.

Dimitar Danchev: Early WCOOP win for PCA champ

Goya outwits four-card wizards: Brazil got on the board for WCOOP 2020 when Dante “dantegoyaF” Goya won the $5,200 Omaha event, beating out a field of 127 of the world’s best four-card specialists. The top six in the event featured the much decorated Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, Finland’s “Aku1206”, Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov and Goya’s countryman Joao “IneedMassari” Simao. But Goya outdid them all to take a $168,607.68 first prize and get the Latin Americans moving in this year’s series.


Shaun Deeb is already the second most successful WCOOP player

Deeb moves into contention: The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) was this year missing one of its most feared competitors. Rumour has it that Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb was locked down in the United States and unable to set up shop in a more poker-friendly country to play SCOOP. However Deeb has escaped the US for this series and is already looking to add to his haul of eight career WCOOP titles. Deeb leads the last 17 players in WCOOP-07-H, the $2,100 buy-in Omaha Hi/Lo event, with around $51K up top. The money is always obviously nice, but Deeb also wants to reclaim the top spot of most decorated WCOOP players in the world, snatched from him two years ago by Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov.

One for Estonia: There was a pretty exceptional list of players in te money at the end of WCOOP-04-H as well, with all of Shaun “shaundeeb”, Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford, Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood, Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche and Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank” sticking around to the late stages from a 241-strong field. However Estonia’s “DingeBrinker” proved to be unbeatable in this one, beating Canada’s “4rebmun” heads-up for the $96,143.50 win. Other winners on WCOOP’s second night were “icandodge22”, “URMYLeNoR”, “LosJ&B” and “juanbonber” as players from Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Estonia, the UK and Taiwan have titles so far.


02-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam 136 $1,500,000 KuuL Bulgaria $400,494.59†
03-L: $55 PLO 6-Max 3,013 $150,650 icandodge22 Finland $19,358.63*
03-M: $530 PLO 6-Max 544 $272,000 URMYLeNoR Germany $48,124.48
03-H: $5,200 PLO 6-Max, High Roller 127 $750,000 dantegoyaF Brazil $168,607.68
04-L: $22 NLHE 10,153 $203,060 LosJ&B Argentina $15,803.33*
04-M: $215 NLHE 2,269 $453,800 juanbonber Uruguay $40,220.30*
04-H: $2,100 NLHE 241 $500,000 DingeBrinker Estonia $96,143.50
Daily totals 16,483 $3,829,510 $788,752.51

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


Tournaments completed: 10
Entries so far: 36,672
Prize pools so far: $4,780,051
First prizes so far: $898,854
In-the-money finishers so far: 5,725
Tournaments under way: 11
Tournaments starting today: 12

(Note: completed events only)


This WCOOP series has so far been all about Spraggy, and his run continued on Monday night. “That’s how you win $11 tournaments,” says our hero as he flops top set and rivers quads…

At the other end of the run-good spectrum, Fintan keeps finding himself on the other end of the coolers.


Here’s one way to make your feelings known in the chat without risking a chat-ban. Lesson courtesy of Adam “Adamyid” Owen:


The Player of the Series leader boards will get under way in earnest as soon as a few more events have concluded. All the details will be found on the leader boards page, and here’s why it’s worth following closely:


Overall – $25,000 plus trophy
High – Winner $12,500; 2nd $10,000; 3rd $7,500
Medium – Winner $8,500; 2nd $6,000; 3rd $3,000 (top 15 are rewarded)
Low – Winner $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2,000 (top 25 are rewarded)


Players from 10 different countries have won the 11 completed tournaments in WCOOP 2020 so far, with only the UK claiming two titles — both on the opening night. Surprisingly perhaps, Russia is yet to make a mark on this year’s proceedings, although the overall favourites Brazil claimed a first of what’s certain to be many on the series’ second day.

Here’s the rather straightforward leader board so far:

Two titles: UK
One: Taiwan, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Estonia


All of the following will play to a conclusion today, including the three-day Sunday Slam events.

02-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam
Entries:19,397 | Prize pool: $1,939,700
Players left: 24 | Chip leader: Voss5 (Norway)

02-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam
Entries: 1,971 | Prize pool: $2,000,000
Players left: 16 | Chip leader: Darwinsfish (Netherlands)

06-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO
Entries: 25,922 (inc. 10,240 re-entries) | Prize pool: $127,017.8
Players left: 285 | Chip leader: Troubaduren (Denmark)

06-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO
Entries: 11,280 (inc. 3,670 re-entries) | Prize pool: $564,000
Players left: 274 | Chip leader: Castiger14 (United Kingdom)

06-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO
Entries: 1,499 (inc. 439 re-entries) | Prize pool: $749,500
Players left: 51 | Chip leader: Gukiz (Netherlands)

07-L: $22 PLO8 6-Max
Entries: 2,848 (inc. 1,017 re-entries) | Prize pool: $56,960
Players left: 102 | Chip leader: cmajli (Serbia)

07-M: $215 PLO8 6-Max
Entries: 641 (inc. 236 re-entries) | Prize pool: $128,200
Players left: 50 | Chip leader: barry_dread (United Kingdom)

07-H: $2,100 PLO8 6-Max
Entries: 109 (inc. 38 re-entries) | Prize pool: $218,000
Players left: 17 | Chip leader: shaundeeb (Mexico)

08-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max
Entries: 12,068 | Prize pool: $118,266.40
Players left: 465 | Chip leader: Han13kz (Kazakhstan)

08-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max
Entries: 3,218 | Prize pool: $321,800
Players left: 443 | Chip leader: wallacy div (Brazil)

08-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max
Entries: 314 | Prize pool: $314,000
Players left: 38 | Chip leader: clapjkspit (Hungary)


Tuesday, September 1

This evening’s 2-7 Triple Draw is going to appeal to the mixed game specialists, while the hold’em crowd is going to be kept very happy by Super Tuesday Special Edition, featuring a buy-in of $10,300 at the high roller end. That means another $1m guarantee already.

1.05pm: WCOOP-09: NL 2-7 Single Draw
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $10,000, $25,000, $75,000

2.05pm: WCOOP-10: NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $350,000, $1 million, $1 million

3.05pm: WCOOP-11: FLHE 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $12,000, $30,000, $75,000




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