A packed penultimate bulletin from the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), where the PLO Main Events wrapped and the Hold’em events made their finals. Also time for another double winner, and a five-timer. Read all about it…
• Mulder leads Main seeking outstanding triple
• Burns earns first WCOOP to add to SCOOP haul
• Force with jedimaster82 in PLO Main
• Five for nilsef; Roche9797 becomes 18th double winner
• Lyapin locks up leader board
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Mulder leads Main with nine left: The three WCOOP hold’em Main Events played down to their final tables overnight, leaving nine players in each looking for enormous paydays when the series concludes on Wednesday night. The brilliant Dutch pro Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder leads the way in the High buy-in version, where the first prize is close to $1.5 million. See “Main Event overview” section below for more details.
Burns earns first WCOOP to add to SCOOP haul: Kahle “ROFLshove” Burns is one of the most prominent breakout players of the past five years, suddenly appearing on both the online and live scenes and quickly picking up major titles. Burns also rapidly went through the ranks to the Super High Roller tables, and is now comfortable among the game’s absolute elite, exchanging six-figure sums just to sit down at the tournament tables. Burns is now also a WCOOP champion, emerging victorious in the $1,050 “Medium” PLO Main Event last night, which earned him $133,757. Burns went heads up with Guilherme “guilherme12” Decourt at the end of this 788-entry event, and outdid the Brazilian at the last. Oddly, neither Burns nor Decourt has previously won in WCOOP, despite sharing four SCOOP titles between them (four for Burns; two for Decourt). But Burns got over the line this time, adding another title to the UK’s tally for this WCOOP. Burns is Australian, but is now based in the UK to play online.
“jedimaster82” masters PLO High: One of the most surprising facts from this latest WCOOP is that Swedish players had only won two titles — and both of those were won by the same player, Niklas “Lena900” Astedt. Sweden is one of poker’s hotbed of talents, and this deficiency was a shock. Last night, the Omaha cash-game specialist “jedimaster82” put another one on the board for the Nordic nation when he or she won the $10K PLO Main Event, picking up the massive $283,368.15 first prize after outlasting a field of 135 entries. jedimaster82 beat Norway’s Ola “Odd_Oddsen” Amundsgård heads up, with “d.apollo777” third and Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujitas fourth. Andras “probirs” Nemeth completed the top five. It was jedimaster82’s first WCOOP title, and what a way to make a splash.
Five for “nilsef”: This year’s WCOOP has been awash with double champions, a handful of whom managed to win their two titles in consecutive days. That’s a breathtaking achievement whenever it occurs, but none of this year’s players were the first to do it. That honour fell to Germany’s “nilsef” who went back-to-back in 2018, pioneering the rapid-fire WCOOP success. It’s fitting then that nilsef has picked up another title amid this year’s flurry of double winners: he or she last night won the $109 “Low” buy-in PLO Main Event, after a heads-up deal with fellow German “GHOSTFACE9.8”. nilsef now has five career WCOOP titles — one in PLO from 2010; one in Single Draw from 2016; then the two from 2018, which came in NLO8 and Win The Button — but this is the first with the designation “Main Event” beside it. The triumph, over a field of 3,066 entries, was worth $40,224.38. GHOSTFACE9.8 took $34,964.21 after the deal.
“Roche9797” becomes 18th double champion: On the subject of double champions, we have another to add to the 2020 tally. It’s debatable whether “Roche9797“‘s series needed saving, particularly as he or she won 68-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO a couple of days ago, for $62,507.66 inc. bounties. But Roche9797 went ahead and won the $1,050 “Series Saver” event anyhow, earning a further $171,803.37, including nearly $75K in bounties. This was a popular tournament, with 1,490 entries, but Roche9797, representing the UK, managed to continue the momentum from the weekend and take it down, and probably wishes WCOOP wasn’t about to end. There have now been 18 double champions this year, a clear record.
ROIs hit the roof as Phase tournaments wrap: The biggest fields in WCOOP always come in the Phase events, which begin before all others and wrap up on the penultimate day. These are the tournaments with multiple starting phases (like Day 1A, 1B, etc., in a live tournament) which run through the duration of the series and then culminate with the survivors of those early phases playing a two-day freezeout. In all, there were 123,400 entries to the $2.20 version, 50,659 to the $22 event and 10,766 to the $215 this time around. The winners end up with ROIs off the charts. “timaozanho” from Brazil last night won the low buy-in version, banking $25,051.42 (for a $2.20 investment!), while Germany’s “JannikB541” was the medium champion, earning $92,664.56 after a heads up deal with countryman “NOK123”. The $215,006.07 first prize in the High event went to Uruguay’s “estebangocu“.
MAIN EVENT OVERVIEW
As stated, the three hold’em Main Events are now down to their last nine players, with a brilliant mix of experience and newcomers setting the scene for tonight’s dramatic finale. There are players from 20 different countries occupying the 27 seats.
In the low buy-in, players from nine different countries all go for their first WCOOP title, which would be worth $186,841 — unless they do a deal. That’s a high likelihood with players who have only invested $55 possibly tempted to remove some of the variance of final table play. Poland’s “klimono” has the chip lead, but the line-up raises the prospect of a first title during this WCOOP for players from Indonesia and Belgium.
In the medium buy-in, players have the chance of turning their $530 buy-in into $504,583, which is currently listed as the first prize. It’s perhaps notable, however, that the two leaders, “1mSoWeeeaK” from Thailand and Brazil’s “GM_VALTER” have each fired three bullets at this one, so they are hardly likely to be amateurs. In fact, “GM_VALTER” is the screen-name of Rafael Moraes, who is a former SCOOP champion. There are three Germans in the line-up, but it’s also intriguing to see “owilson25” in the last nine. A win for him or her would be a first for Honduras.
The biggest prize of this WCOOP series, as always, will go to the champion of the $5,200 “High” Main Event, and there are some of the game’s best-known talents hoping for the $1.5 million first prize. Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder, who leads at this stage, is on the verge of a spectacular triple, having won the $10K High Roller during SCOOP (for $278,785.25), and added another $5K title during Stadium Series (winning $134,647.21). If Mulder pulls this one off, it will represent an unprecedented success at the PokerStars tables. Mulder leads a Dutch 1-2 at the top of the counts, although Andre “PTFisherman23” Marques, in second currently, is originally from Portugal and is based in the Netherlands to play online. Those two are ahead of Robin “robinho” Ylitalo, a former EPT champion, who also has a SCOOP title to his name. The other standout player at the final is Mike “MunchenHB” Telker, who won two Stadium Series tournaments a couple of months ago, and previously won a massive $1K event in WCOOP in 2011. Among the others still in contention, “Andre_Hansen” and “prrrak4783” have both also won in SCOOP.
WCOOP-72-L: $55 NLHE Main Event
Dates: September 20-23, 2020
Entries: 38,660 (inc. 14,252 re-entries)
Prize pool: 1,933,000
Final table line-up:
1 – klimono (Poland), 266,074,024 chips
2 – pvss (Brazil), 179,824,460
3 – vrodrguez1 (Mexico), 137,300,000
4 – Tangawi26 (Belgium), 129,888,876
5 – Mr.Skinny.00 (Canada), 82,251,938
6 – Clutch Hero, (Indonesia), 50,889,218
7 – benton24, (Hungary), 45,133,132
8 – ID IMPOSS (United Kingdom), 43,681,194
9 – Jemisis (Denmark), 31,456,416
WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE Main Event
Dates: September 20-23, 2020
Entries: 7,105 (inc. 2,284 re-entries)
Prize pool: $3,552,500
Final table line-up:
1 – 1mSoWeeeaK (Thailand), 188,814,169 chips
2 – GM_VALTER (Brazil), 132,293,151
3 – $harkFlo (Germany), 81,720,936
4 – cladarth (Poland), 62,013,826
5 – kirbyi17 (Germany), 60,537,696
6 – Y.Zakharov (Russia), 54,255,060
7 – owilson25 (Honduras), 48,475,044
8 – tzini9 (Romania), 47,062,442
9 – ZAR84 (Germany), 35,327,676
WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE Main Event
Dates: September 20-23, 2020
Entries: 1,977 (inc. 541 re-entries)
Prize pool: $10,000,000
Final table line-up:
1 – Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder (Netherlands), 134,881,209 chips
2 – Andre “PTFisherman23” Marques (Netherlands), 119,709,612
3 – Robin “robinho” Ylitalo (Sweden), 111,085,257
4 – Andre_Hansen (Ukraine), 41,580,949
5 – prrrak4783 (Austria), 30,938,957
6 – Mike “munchenHB” Telker (Costa Rica), 23,201,757
7 – Denys “SantaZzz” Chufarin (Ukraine), 15,899,972
8 – 77atlant77 (Russia), 9,117,779
9 – princes chu (Uruguay), 7,834,508
THOSE DOUBLE CHAMPIONS IN FULL
Just in case anyone has lost count, here’s the full list of 18 double champions from WCOOP 2020:
Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Dante “dantegoyaF” Goya, “deivid29”, Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Markku “markovitsus” Koplimaa, Murilo “Muka82” Figuiredo, Viktor “papan9_p$” Ustimov, Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Rafael “pycadasgalax” Furlanetto, “Roche9797”, Ricardo “RRagazzo” Ragazzo, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, “The_Truht”, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, “Wall131TCI-I”, Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin. Of those, Leknes and Martins won three titles each.
|73-L: $109 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event||3,066||$306,600||nilsef||Germany||$40,224.38*|
|73-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event||739||$750,000||ROFLshove||UK||$133,757.00|
|73-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event||123||$1,250,000||jedimaster82||Sweden||$283,368.15|
|75-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Series Saver||28,031||$247,704||Kungurcew||Russia||$17,459.90†|
|75-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Series Saver, $600K Gtd||9,838||$983,800||r-w patriot||Russia||$83,661.79†|
|75-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Series Saver||1,490||$1,490,000||Roche9797||UK||$171,803.37†|
|01-L: $2.20 NLHE Phase 2||123,400||$250,000||timaozanho||Brazil||$25,051.42|
|01-M: $22 NLHE Phase 2||50,659||$1,013,180||JannikB541||Germany||$92,664.56*|
|01-H: $215 NLHE Phase 2||10,766||$2,153,200||estebangocu||Uruguay||$215,006.07|
A special note about today’s Stat Tracker: The numbers here represent the complete WCOOP series, with the exception of the “first prizes” section. We don’t know yet whether players in the three outstanding hold’em Main Events will do a deal for the first prize. So the “first prizes” section does not include the Main Event totals.
Events completed: 222
Total series entries: 1,119,186
Total series prize pools: $99,780,230
Players ITM: 158,851
First prizes so far*: $12,494,532.39
Tournaments ongoing: 3
(*Does not include ongoing events)
The PokerStars Twitch channel raised the bar this year for its coverage of WCOOP, coupling the familiar faces of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton with some exceptional analysis from leading players. Here’s an example of that from the PLO Main Event final, where Omaha experts Richard Gayler and Joey Ingram break down a big pot. It’s peerless analysis from two of the game’s top minds.
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We talked 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:
With only the hold’em Main Events to conclude, and none of our leading challengers making deep runs, the Player of the Series leader boards are all but done and dusted. Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin’s brilliant series, in which he made eight final tables, won two titles and came runner up in three more, was enough to seal him Overall honours, which come with a $25,000 prize and a trophy. He also wins a further $6,000 for finishing second on the “Medium” leader board, which was won by Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna. The other big winner was Joao “Naza114” Vieira, who picks up $12,500 as the “High” buy-in champion, despite not winning a title this time around. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins won three events, but didn’t top any of the leader boards, narrowly pipped by Lyapin in the Overall, and finishing third on both the Medium and High.Overall
1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 1,265 points
2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 1,200
3 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 1,175
4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland, 1,075
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 1,065
Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy
1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 630 points
2 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 610
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 600
4 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden, 595
5 – Talal “Raidalot” Shakerchi, 445
Prizes: Winner $12,500; 2nd $10,000; 3rd $7,500
1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland, 530 points
2 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 520
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 490
4 – Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Brazil, 440
=5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 410
Prizes: Winner $8,500; 2nd $6,000; 3rd $3,000 (top 15 are rewarded)
1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 590 points
2 – B–rabbit444, Norway, 565
3 – Voziyanov15, Russia, 520
4 – rastafari898, Germany, 515
5 – icandodge22, Finland, 490
Winner $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2,000 (top 25 are rewarded)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Three of the four countries at the top of the leader board won two titles on Tuesday night, with the leaders, Brazil, claiming only one. However, Brazil already had a cushion of three wins, so their current total of 35 leaves them on top, with the UK and Russia both two behind.
There are three tournaments still to finish, but the UK has no representatives at either the high or medium Main Event final tables, while Russia does not have anyone in the low buy-in version. It means that Brazil is now unassailable and Russian players would need to pull off an unlikely double to draw level.
The upends last year’s result where Brazil finished third behind a Russia/UK dead heat.
35 – Brazil
33 – UK, Russia
18 – Germany
11 – Netherlands
9 – Canada
8 – Norway
7 – Finland
6 – Bulgaria
5 – Ukraine, Austria, Latvia
4 – Poland, Hungary
3 – Argentina, Estonia, Romania, Lithuania, Sweden, Croatia
2 – Belarus, Malta, Ireland, Peru
1 – Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Jersey, Serbia, Luxembourg, Greece, Monaco, Japan, Georgia, Chile and Denmark.
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