A huge update today from the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) with details of 17 winners and some top names making waves early in the series. Deep breath, here’s all you need to know…
• Seventeen titles handed out on thrilling Tuesday
• Lyapin streams one win and makes another final
• Third career title for Mandavia; four for Leknes
• Omaha double for Norway’s “Kaggis”
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Two finals, one win for streamer Zapahzamazki: After Spraggy’s opening night success in WCOOP, another Twitch streamer, this time Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, of Russia, treated viewers of his stream to another WCOOP bonanza. It included two final tables and one outright win. Lyapin was one of three players left at the end of the marathon $1,050 buy-in NLHE PKO Sunday Slam (there were 1,971 entries, played over three days) and agreed a deal for the bulk of the prize money with Brazil’s “Eduardo850” and “JEIK0”, of Panama. Though Lyapin took the smallest chunk, he went on to win the event banking $107,070.18 plus $68,516.03 in bounties. That not only made him the night’s Twitch sensation, it also earned him a second WCOOP of his career. This time last year he did exactly the same in an Omaha-8 event, and talked us through it. The low buy-in version of this event, which lasted a similarly back-breaking three days, was eventually won by Ukraine’s “SoEzForMe“, who turned a $109 buy-in into $121,618.85, including bounties.
But there was more: Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin’s night wasn’t even done yet as he also made the final table of the $2,100 buy-in PLO8 6-Max. With a rare double in sight, Lyapin was knocked out in third place, picking up a further $28,986.93. By that point, overnight leader Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb had departed in fifth, as well as familiar menace Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak. That paved the way for Canada’s “Juicy_J_93” to go on to win the title, worth $50,910.06. Juicy_J_93 has been to at least one WCOOP and one SCOOP final table before but has never converted to an outright win. This one, over a stacked field of 109 entries, will have felt especially sweet.
Leknes does what Leknes does: Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes is one of the standout performers during all major PokerStars series, and the Norwegian is already off the mark for WCOOP 2020. Last night, Leknes won the $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw, beating a field of 231 entries to what might seem like a modest $2,447.75 first prize. But Leknes also won two SCOOP titles this spring, and has three previous WCOOP successes, in low, medium and high buy-in events. This one, in another low buy-in tournament, puts him in the company of only seven other players with four or more SCOOP titles. Leknes also cashed the medium buy-in event, finishing in 18th.
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Mandavia joins the three-up club: On the subject of multiple champions,Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia also won a third WCOOP title of his career, bringing the total of three-plus winners to 19. Mandavia’s success came in the Total Knockout Heads-Up Zoom event, with a $530 buy-in, and earned him $40,792.90. The tournament does not have a regular prize pool, but instead rewards only knockouts, which accumulate as bounties as with any PKO event. The last man standing, in this case Mandavia, from a 526-entry field, will always get a mighty payout, especially in comparison with those who fell before him. Mandavia’s $40K is especially impressive alongside second-place “wiisssppppaa”‘s $14,046.86. The medium buy-in version of this event also gave us a familiar champion. Russia’s “Flying Smile” won his second WCOOP title, having won a $530 NLHE tournament in 2011.
Martins prevails from clash of the titans: There was a genuine clash of the titans at the conclusion of WCOOP-09-H, the $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, where Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins went heads up against Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser. Both are former WCOOP champions, though Martins had previously only won once to Glaser’s two titles. (Glaser also has five SCOOP victories.) This time it was the Brazilian Martins who prevailed, denying Glaser a third success and banking $21,937.50. Not only that but Luke “lb6121” Schwartz was left trailing in third, still seeking the elusive first WCOOP crown.
Another one for Kaggis: It’s been a fine year for “Kaggis“, at least as far as ‘COOP Omaha tournaments goes. Back in May, the Norwegian won $52,144.71 as champion of the $215 buy-in SCOOP PLO tournament, beating out a field of 1,715, and last night he or she did much the same in a WCOOP PLO8 event, with the same buy-in. Kaggis won $21,988.22 this time, emerging from a field of 641, and earning a first WCOOP success. Last year’s WCOOP Player of the Series, Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, finished eighth.
TCOOP to WCOOP for iBreakU_U: Russia’s “iBreakU_U” became the latest player to add WCOOP success to a TCOOP triumph when he or she came out on top of a 11,280 field in WCOOP-06-M, which was a $55 buy-in NLHE PKO event. The last major field he broke came in 2014, when iBreakU_U won an $82 buy-in turbo event with around 5,500 entries. But this one was significantly bigger and earned the Russian player $44,682.66 including bounties. iBreakU_U also final tabled the Sunday Million in November last year.
Four-card king made to wait: There was a final table appearance last night for Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, but the man who dominated the Omaha events during SCOOP this time needed only two cards. Drinan finished fifth in the $530 NLHE 6-Max, an event won by Romania’s “SoulRead93“. While Drinan had to settle for A little less than $18K, including bounties, SoulRead93’s total haul was $87,417.11, of which $38,913.40 were bounty payments.
|TOURNAMENT||ENTRIES||PRIZE POOL||WINNER||COUNTRY||TOTAL PRIZE|
|02-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam||19,397||$1,939,700||SoEzForMe||Ukraine||$121,618.85†|
|02-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam||1,971||$2,000,000||Zapahzamazki||Russia||$175,586.21†*|
|06-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max, PKO||25,922||$127,017.80||jsberta||Argentina||$7,613.47†|
|06-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max, PKO||11,280||$564,000||iBreakU_U||Russia||$44,682.66†|
|06-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max, PKO||1,499||$749,500||SoulRead93||Romania||$87,417.11†|
|07-L: $22 PLO8 6-Max||2,848||$56,960||bryn12||UK||$8,247.68|
|07-M: $215 PLO8 6-Max||641||$128,200||Kaggis||Norway||$21,988.22|
|07-H: $2,100 PLO8 6-Max||109||$218,000||Juicy_J_93||Canada||$50,910.06|
|08-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max||12,068||$118,266.40||mixtver||Russia||$12,700.46*|
|08-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max||3,218||$321,800||mamba307||Slovenia||$33,365.84*|
|08-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max||314||$314,000||ilir3||Canada||$59,071.69|
|09-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw||1,819||$17,826||Senkel92||Norway||$2,447.75|
|09-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw||331||$33,100||Codfish60||UK||$6,951.00|
|09-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw||74||$75,000||theNERDguy||Brazil||$21,937.50|
|12-L: $5.50 NLHE Heads-Up, Total KO||15,861||$77,718.90||VIWNIA||Russia||$2,731.41†|
|12-M: $55 NLHE Heads-Up, Total KO||5,014||$250,700||Flying Smile||Russia||$13,627.70†|
|12-H: $530 NLHE Heads-Up, Total KO||526||$263,000||pistons87||Canada||$40,792.90†|
WCOOP is not even half a week old and already players have contested more than $12 million in prize pools, with more than $1.6 million going to the winners of the 27 tournaments. Here are the full stats so far:
Events completed: 27
Entries so far: 139,564
Prize pools so far: $12,034,840
First prizes so far: $1,610,544.80
In-the-money finishers so far: 18,152
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 9
(Note: completed events only)
One of the consistent joys of these big PokerStars series is when Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg plays limit hold’em, a game he enjoys about as much as he understands it. Which is not very much. But he’ll always chase the POY points and regularly gives it a crack, leaving us with nuggets such as these. First up, we have “Advanced limit holdem strats” (in Spraggy’s own words) and then a gracious(!) bustout.
Georgina “GJReggie” James is running a contest at the moment where she invites people to recommend fellow Twitch streamers. It’s thanks to this competition that we heard that “Marksman M” was not only a Twitch streamer, but streamed his victory in WCOOP-05-M: $55 NLHE on Sunday. Thanks to @Ehor29476376 for the tip and to GJReggie for the competition. Here’s the Tweet, and Marksman M’s winning moment is below.
Definitely @Marksman_MW – he won a WCOOP on Sunday while streaming to just a handful of viewers! [Egordndz]
— Ehor (@Ehor29476376) September 2, 2020
WCOOP administrators have made the first update to the Player of the Series leader boards, and they make for very interesting reading. Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin’s brilliant night has put him top of the Overall standings, but our very own Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg is also featuring prominently on the Overall and low buy-in tables. This is going to be a fine contest.
Overall: 1– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) 305 points; 2– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 235; 3– chininhaltig (Germany) 210; =4– Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes (Norway), Ben “Spraggy” Spragg (UK) 190.
High buy-in: 1– Mike “SirWatts” Watson (Canada) 150 points; 2– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 140; 3– Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev 130; 4– “ilir3” (Canada) 101; 5– six players.
Medium buy-in: 1– Phillipe “takechip” D’Auteuil (Canada) 130 points; Kaggis (Norway) 125; Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) 125; =4– chininhaltig (Germany), juanbonber (Uruguay) 115.
Low buy-in: 1– icandodge22 (Finland) 130 points; Ben “Spraggy” Spragg (UK) 190; =3– bryn12 (UK), Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes (Norway) 120.
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)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
After a slow start — no title in two days! — Russian players made their presence felt on Tuesday in WCOOP. No fewer than five Russians ended up on top of the podium, vaulting the country to the top of the leader board, ahead of the UK. Already, players from 15 countries have won during this WCOOP.
5 titles — Russia; 4 — UK; 3 — Canada; 2 — Argentina, Brazil, Norway; 1 — Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uruguay.
10-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE
Entries: 4,424 | Prize pool: $442,400
Players left: 221 | Chip leader: EnGulligKatt (Sweden)
10-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE
Entries: 957 | Prize pool: $1 million
Players left: 122 | Chip leader: gardze_wami (Poland)
10-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller
Entries: 94 (inc. 23 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1 million
Players left: 11 | Chip leader: ludovi333 (United Kingdom)
11-L: $11 FLHE 6-Max
Entries: 2,815 (inc. 378 re-entries) | Prize pool: $27,587
Players left: 27 | Chip leader: rastafari898 (Germany)
11-M: $109 FLHE 6-Max
Entries: 416 (inc. 102 re-entries) | Prize pool: $41,600
Players left: 11 | Chip leader: pycadasgalax (Brazil)
11-H: $1,050 FLHE 6-Max
Entries: 85 (inc. 32 re-entries) | Prize pool: $85,000
Players left: 6 | Chip leader: Noah “Exclusive” Boeken (Netherlands)
There’s a bit of a chill in the air already in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it must be time for the first Midweek Freeze of WCOOP. It’s a good one — a freezeout, with buy-ins starting at $11 up to $1,050 — and hefty guarantees. If a freezeout is too predictable, however, there’s also the first rebuy event of the schedule, which means chips will be flying. Strap in for a bumpy ride.
1.05 pm: WCOOP-13: NLHE Midweek Freeze
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $60,000, $200,000, $400,000
3.05 pm: WCOOP-14: Pot Limit Omaha
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $30,000, $100,000, $300,000
3.05 pm: WCOOP-15: NLHE Rebuy
Buy-ins: $5.50+R, $55+R, $530+R
Guarantees: $75,000, $250,000, $400,000