Friday was the first “rest day” of the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker, but there was still action to follow. Three events saw their Day 2’s play down to winners. It was all about the bounties as all three were progressive knockout events.
• LeslieGroves tops star-studded #16-H final
• IHackedRNG doubles up on bounties, captures marathon #16-M
• herves01 collects first title for Jersey (the country, that is)
• Big turnouts in WCOOP side events
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
LeslieGroves tops star-studded #16-H final: The marquee event among the only three playing out on Friday was the $10,300 buy-in High Roller. Like all three Event #16 events, this “High” version was an eight-handed NLHE tournaments with progressive knockouts. After David “dpeters17” Peters busted in ninth, the final eight were full of stars including two more players who like Peters were former Global Poker Index No. 1s — Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (who finished eighth) and Adrian “Amadi_17” Mateos (who took third).
In the end LeslieGroves of Russia topped them all to win the title and over $263K counting bounties.
IHackedRNG doubles up on bounties, captures marathon #16-M: They had to keep the lights on late in the PokerStars arena last night as Day 2 of Event #16-M, the $1,050 version of the same PKO tournament, took eight hours to complete. Ultimately IHackedRNG managed to capture the victory and final bounty to claim more than $145K all told. That win also claimed Serbia a first WCOOP title of the series. Here’s a look at the final hand:
Big turnouts in WCOOP side events: Again, we’re calling it a “rest” day, but Friday also saw some WCOOP “Side Events” pop up in the schedule — six of them, in fact. Though not official WCOOP title events, the three Fusion tournaments and three seven-card stud tournaments attracted big fields with more than 5,200 entries and over $93K awarded.
|TOURNAMENT||ENTRIES||PRIZE POOL||WINNER||COUNTRY||TOTAL PRIZE|
|16-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE||6,711||$671,100||herves01||Jersey||$64,806.60†|
|16-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Thursday Thrill SE||1,048||$1,048,000||IHackedRNG||Serbia||$145,278.01†|
|16-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, High Roller||95||$1,000,000||LeslieGroves||Russia||$263,627.99†|
Was it just last Sunday that WCOOP started? Indeed it was, and with Friday’s results more than $20 million has already been awarded in WCOOP events so far.
Events completed: 51
Entries so far: 171,586
Prize pools so far: $20,841,397
First prizes so far: $3,123,210.09
In-the-money finishers so far: 28,514
Tournaments ongoing: 0
Tournaments starting today: 12
As noted above, there were some terrific hands at that Event #16-H final table. Before ultimately going out in third, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos made several impressive plays, including a couple of terrific hero calls.
Here was another hand in which Mateos made a bold all-in river raise against Ole “wizowizo” Schemion with only top pair. Knowing Mateos was capable of making the move with less, Schemion found a hero call of his own. Take a look:
In case you missed it, this week we’ve been talking with WCOOP winners to hear about their tourney triumphs (and perhaps to pick up a few tips for ourselves). Check out these interviews:
A check of the updated Player of the Series leader boards reveals Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins‘ 26th-place finish in Event #16-M pushed him into a tie for the overall lead with Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin.
That finish also enabled Martins maintain the top spot in the “Medium” standings. Meanwhile Joao “Naza114” Vieira‘s Event #16-H final table helped him add to his lead in the “High” standings.
Overall: 1 (tie)– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 370 points; 1 (tie)– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) 370; 3– Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) 355; 4– Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) 350; 5–chininhaltig (Germany) 285.
High buy-in: 1– Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) 310 points; 2 (tie)– Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) 210; 2 (tie)– Mike “SirWatts” Watson (Canada) 210; 4– Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich (UK) 201; 5– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 180.
Medium buy-in: 1– Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) 170 points; 2– Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver (Costa Rica) 155; 3– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) 145; 4 (tie)– chininhaltig (Germany) 140; 4 (tie)– “Kaggis” (Norway) 140.
Low buy-in: 1– Ben “Spraggy” Spragg (UK) 165; 2– mikelarock (Canada) 160; 3– Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (Russia) 155; 4 (tie)– icandodge22 (Finland) 150; 4 (tie)– ISmellToast (Canada) 150.
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
The United Kingdom didn’t win any titles on Friday, but still maintained its lead with nine wins thus far. “LeslieGroves” enabled Russia to inch closer to the lead with seven. Meanwhile on Friday both Jersey and Serbia made it onto the list with their first WCOOP victories of the series.
9 titles — UK; 7 — Russia; 6 — Brazil; 3 — Canada, Germany; 2 — Argentina, Netherlands, Norway Ukraine; 1 — Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Jersey, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay.
None! Everything starts afresh on Saturday.
After yesterday’s “rest” there’s a packed slate on Saturday with 12 different events kicking off. The fun starts with a deep-stacked freezeout event. Then a little later a higher buy-in six-handed progressive KO tournament, with a big $5,200 buy-in for the “High.” There are also two non-NLHE events today — a H.O.R.S.E. and a 5-Card Draw — to mix things up a bit (literally).
10.30 am: WCOOP-19: NLHE Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $50,000, $150,000, $250,000
12.05 pm: WCOOP-20: H.O.R.S.E.
Buy-ins: $11+R, $109+R, $1,050+R
Guarantees: $20,000, $50,000, $100,000
1.05 pm: WCOOP-21: NLHE, 6-Max, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $55+R, $530+R, $5,200+R
Guarantees: $250,000, $500,000, $500,000
2.05 pm: WCOOP-22: NL 5-Card Draw
Buy-ins: $11+R, $109+R, $1,050+R
Guarantees: $15,000, $25,000, $50,000