We only saw six new champions crowned on Wednesday night in the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), but half of those winners were very familiar faces indeed. Catch up on the latest here…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Geilich beats Schemion to win $10K title
• Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver claims second WCOOP title
• Noah “Exclusive” Boeken does it again


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Another WCOOP title for Ludo: While he cut his teeth and made his name in No Limit Hold’em live events, grinding everything from small UKIPTs up to EPT High Rollers, it was in Pot Limit Omaha where Scotland’s Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich won his first WCOOP title back in 2017. That event was huge–a $21K PLO 6-Max High Roller–and saw Geilich bag $462,182 for the win. Well, last night he took down another huge event, this time in good ol’ NLHE. Geilich came out on top in the $10,300 8-Max High Roller (#10-H) for $238,966, outlasting a field of 94 total entries and overcoming a star-studded final table which included Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (2nd – $184,675), Chris “BigHuni” Hunichen (3rd – $142,719), Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski (4th – $110,295), Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker (5th – $85,237), and Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams (6th – $65,872).

Another WCOOP win for Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich

Oliver back in the winner’s circle: Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver has $9.7 million in PokerStars winnings, is a former world No 1 player, and already has a SCOOP and WCOOP title under his belt, plus more than a dozen other COOP final tables. Last night he picked up his second WCOOP title with a win in the $1,050 Super Tuesday Special Edition (#10-M), banking $149,968 for his efforts after making a heads-up deal with Poland’s “gardze_wami”. The event had 957 total entries.

Christopher “ImDaNuts” Oliver now has $13.8 million in lifetime cashes

Boeken does it again: Noah “Exclusive” Boeken has been a fixture on this site since PokerStars Blog first began. He won on the EPT in its first season, joined Team PokerStars Pro shortly afterwards, won his first WCOOP title in 2011, and his first SCOOP title in 2013 (among countless other online accolades). Last night he added one more trophy to the cabinet when he was victorious over an 85-entry field in the $1,050 Fixed Limit Hold’em 6-Max (#11-H) for $20,312. This is Boeken’s third WCOOP title overall.

Noah “Exclusive” Boeken: Still brilliant after all these years


MORE ABOUT WCOOP 2020:
OFFICIAL SITE | SERIES HIGHLIGHTS | SCHEDULE (pdf) |
SATELLITE GUIDE | LEADER BOARDS | RESULTS | ALL BLOG REPORTS


TODAY’S RESULTS

TOURNAMENT ENTRIES PRIZE POOL WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE
10-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday 4,424 $442,400 Lg#born2win Brazil $63,102.45
10-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday 957 $1,000,000 ImDaNuts Costa Rica $149,968.28*
10-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller 94 $1,000,000 ludovi333 UK $238,966.30
11-L: $11 FLHE 6-Max 2,815 $27,587 rastafari898 Germany $3,204.28*
11-M: $109 FLHE 6-Max 416 $41,600 pycadasgalax Brazil $7,539.46
11-H: $1,050 FLHE 6-Max 85 $85,000 Exclusive Netherlands $20,312.17

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 33
Entries so far: 148,355
Prize pools so far: $14,631,427
First prizes so far: $2,093,637.74
In-the-money finishers so far: 19,430
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 9

(Note: completed events only)


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

We’ve been catching up with a heap of winners from this year’s WCOOP, all of whom have been happy to share the secrets of their successes. Click through for first-person accounts of WCOOP triumph, from those who have been there many times before to newcomers sampling the limelight for the first time.

A bountiful $10K Sunday Slam for Dimitar Danchev


TWITCH WATCH

Fintan “easywithaces” Hand proved the online reading abilities that helped him win a SCOOP title earlier this year have gone absolutely nowhere.

Of course, he wasn’t the only one with killer instincts. Check out this call from Ben “Spraggy” Spragg:


TOP TWEETS

It’s early days but the WCOOP banter is already strong.

https://twitter.com/spraggy/status/1301263776445009920

https://twitter.com/EasyWithAces/status/1301279627114147840


LEADER BOARDS

After four days of action Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin remains at the top of the overall leaderboard, while Ben “Spraggy” Spragg has slipped to seventh. It’s Brazil’s Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins who is crushing everything right now, sitting pretty in both High and Medium boards. One notable name to enter the top 10 overall is the always dangerous Joao “Naza114” Vieira. Take a look at the full leaderboard standings here.

The latest overall standings

Overall: 1– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) 315 points; 2– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 305; 3– “Krakura” (Russia) 260; =4– “chininhaltig” (Germany) 255; “TruthBeTold7” (Canada) 205.

High buy-in: 1– Mike “SirWatts” Watson (Canada) 190 points; 2– “Krakura” (Russia) 175; 3– Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) 165; 4– Noah “Exclusive” Boeken (Netherlands) 155; 5– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 140.

Medium buy-in: 1– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 145; 2– Phillipe “takechip” D’Auteuil (Canada) 130 points; 3– “chininhaltig” (Germany) 125; 3– Kaggis (Norway) 125; 3– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) 125.

Low buy-in: 1– “bryn12” (United Kingdom) 130 points; 2– “icandodge22” (Finland) 130 points; 3– Ben “Spraggy” Spragg (UK) 125; 4– Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes (Norway) 120.

Prizes:

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

Brazil picked up two more titles on Day 4 taking their total up to four, but that still trails the five won by both Russia and the UK. Meanwhile Costa Rica and the Netherlands bagged a title each to get themselves on the board.

5 titles – Russia , UK; 4 – Brazil, 3- Canada, 2- Argentina, Norway, Germany, Bulgaria, 1 – Estonia, Finland, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Netherlands.


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

13-L: $11 NLHE Midweek Freeze
Entries: 12,953 | Prize pool: $126,939.40
Players left: 242 | Chip leader: Sharkby (Belarus)

13-M: $109 NLHE Midweek Freeze
Entries: 3,507 | Prize pool: $350,700
Players left: 207 | Chip leader: El7oroLoco (Netherlands)

13-H: $1,050 NLHE Midweek Freeze
Entries: 452 | Prize pool: $452,000
Players left: 54 | Chip leader: Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands)

14-L: $11 PLO 6-Max
Entries: 5,587 | Prize pool: $54,752.60
Players left: 141 | Chip leader: jesjol (Sweden)

14-M: $109 PLO 6-Max
Entries: 1,786 | Prize pool: $178,600
Players left: 112 | Chip leader: wale44 (Finland)

14-H: $1,050 PLO 6-Max
Entries: 362 | Prize pool: $362,000
Players left: 47 | Chip leader: PalomoBuchon (Mexico)

15-L: $5.50+R NLHE 8-Max
Entries: 8,873 | Prize pool: $115,488.10
Players left: 475 | Chip leader: Janis_x97 (Germany)

15-M: $55+R NLHE 8-Max
Entries: 2,499 | Prize pool: $336,004.35
Players left: 386 | Chip leader: pAtcAsh83 (UK)

15-M: $530+R NLHE 8-Max
Entries: 294 | Prize pool: $420,160
Players left: 120 | Chip leader: clapjkspit (Hungary)


STARTING TODAY

Whenever there’s a $10K on the schedule, you can be sure it will be a thrilling day. It also happens to be Thursday, and when you put the two together you get the Thursday Thrill, kicking off at 1:05pm ET. We’ve also got the first 6+ Hold’em event of the series, followed by a good old fashioned freezeout.

1:05 pm: WCOOP-16: PKO Thursday Thrill
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $500,000, $1 million, $1 million

2:05 pm: WCOOP-17: 6+ Hold’em 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $30,000, $40,000, $100,000

3:05 pm: WCOOP-18: NLHE Freezeout
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $75,000, $200,000, $400,000


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