The highest buy-in of the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) finished with a bang, and two huge talents heads up. Read all about it, as well as a title for a November Niner…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Mateos chops with Holz, goes back-to-back
• Loosli and Cochrane add WCOOP to SCOOP wins
• Nine first-time ‘COOP champions
• Schedule change clears Fridays


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Adrian Mateos, two titles in two nights

Brilliant Mateos goes back to back: On Sunday, he made it three WCOOP titles in three years. And last night Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos made it two titles in two days — a near unprecedented achievement made all the more exceptional by the nature of the tournament he won. Mateos’s latest triumph came in the $25,000 buy-in Super High Roller Sunday Slam, during which he beat a field of 71 of the game’s very best. Between them, including 35 re-entries, they built a prize pool of $2.6 million, and when only two were left battling for the top spot, Mateos and Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz decided to chop what was left. Mateos, who went on to win the heads-up battle, took $543,685.63 and Holz, a former WCOOP Main Event winner, took $515,293.82. Before that, Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves, Kahle “ROFLshove” Burns and Wiktor “Iimitless” Malinowski had all held the chip lead at one time or another, but they finished in third, fourth and sixth, respectively. This night — again — belonged to Adrian Mateos, who becomes the second double champion of WCOOP 2020 and now has four titles to his name.

Sylvain “caIcuIer_” Loosli: First WCOOP

Loosli continues to add to resume: Sylvain Loosli has quietly put together one of the best resumes in contemporary poker, including a November Nine appearance and both High Roller and Super High Roller victories on the EPT. Playing as “caIcuIer_” on PokerStars, he has also has a SCOOP title from 2015, and last night picked up his first WCOOP victory too. Loosli won $78,182.44 for beating a field of 438 players in the $1,050 Freezeout, defeating “Tydarax” of Austria heads-up. Loosli, who is originally from Paris, is another player based in London to play online and so his victory, like that of Mateos, goes to the UK’s haul this time.

A decade later, Cochrane takes WCOOP title: Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane first came to major prominence at the PokerStars tables during the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) of 2010, when he won a $5K PLO event on the same night as final-tabling another. Though Cochrane has since continued a stellar poker career, particularly as a high-stakes cash game player, it took him a full decade until he re-appeared at the top of a ‘COOP podium. That came last night, in the $2,100 5-Card PLO, where he outlasted a 156-entry field to win $63,236.85 and his first title in WCOOP. The final table also featured Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, who crushed this year’s SCOOP Omaha events, but Cochrane was not to be denied. Drinan went out in sixth and Cochrane, from the UK, beat “guinor” of Brazil heads-up.


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Ben “Spraggy” Spragg: A couple of deep runs

Spraggy falls short: Ben “Spraggy” Spragg had the prospect of two Day 2s to look forward to on Monday night and his loyal Twitch following duly tuned in to see whether he could make a third final table of the series. Reader, he could not. A cruel run-out in the $1,050 Sunday Warm Up ended his challenge in 48th, while it was a case of unlucky 13th in the five-card Omaha. More leader board points for Spraggy, but he was done before the final tables convened.

Big day for the newbies: In all, 13 players won titles last night in WCOOP, with the vast majority of them completely new to the winner’s circle. Although, as mentioned, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane and Sylvain “caIcuIer_” Loosli have been there before, only Brazil’s “jonespkr“, who won a SCOOP title in May this year, has a major victory to his name. All of “Almi87“, “gustavo956“, “ludako123“, “1_Stamf0rd“, “serrazina11“, “jvieiradias8“, “h3pp4p01k4“, “Kressty” and “tuliodutra96” made their first major breakthroughs last night.

Schedule change: In response to player requests, WCOOP Fridays are now completely clear. Two-day tournaments beginning on Thursdays will now play to a conclusion on Saturday, with no new tournaments starting on Fridays. Luke Staudenmaier, Head of Poker Operations, joined James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton on the live stream last night to explain more:


TODAY’S RESULTS

TOURNAMENT ENTRIES POOL WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE
23-L: $5.50 NLHE Mini Sunday Kickoff SE 10,155 $49,760 Almi87 Austria $6,655.28
23-M: $55 NLHE Sunday Kickoff SE 4,886 $244,300 gustavo956 Brazil $27,883.69*
23-H: $530 NLHE 859 $429,500 ludako123 Bulgaria $72,594.23
24-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 18,502 $181,320 1_Stamf0rd Russia $12,019.33†
24-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up 6,441 $644,100 serrazina11 Malta $61,102.01†
24-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up 789 $789,000 jvieiradias8 Luxembourg $127,837.44†
25-H: $25,000 NLHE 8-Max, SHR Sunday Slam 106 $2,599,650 Amadi_017 UK $543,685.63*
26-L: $22 5-Card PLO 6-Max 3,130 $62,600 h3pp4p01k4 Finland $9,031.03
26-M: $215 5-Card PLO 6-Max 767 $153,400 Kressty Russia $19,793.69*
26-H: $2,100 5-Card PLO 6-Max 156 $312,000 gavz101 UK $63,236.85
27-L: $11 NLHE 10,306 $100,999 tuliodutra96 Brazil $13,493.11
27-M: $109 NLHE 3,752 $375,200 jonespkr Brazil $48,616.07*
27-H: $1,050 NLHE 438 $438,000 caIcuIer_ UK $78,182.44
Daily totals 60,287 $6,379,828 $1,084,131

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 79
Entries so far: 335,746
Prize pools so far: $31,045,829
Players ITM: 46,154
First prizes so far: $4,789,406.08
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Tournaments starting today: 12

(Note: completed events only)


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

Tiago “Tayguera” Guimarães

We’ve been talking 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 so far:

That winning feeling carries Tiago “Tayguera” Guimarães to #13-M title
Tyler “Juicy_J_93” Jardine sends warning to Pot limit Omaha players
A bountiful $10K Sunday Slam for Dimitar Danchev
Heads up! Ankush Mandavia wins third title in $530 TKO HU Zoom
Marksman_M casually streams huge WCOOP win to three Twitch viewers


TWITCH WATCH

This clip, from Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, has the simple caption: “What?” If you have the discipline, pause the clip just after the river card has been dealt and try to put Fintan’s opponent, “melih4231”, on a hand. It’s safe to say that Fintan himself couldn’t.

Two for the price of one in this clip from Spraggy, who is getting a bit short in the 5-Card PLO. He tries to bluff catch, then he finds a monster. Here’s how it plays out:


TOP TWEETS

Until last night, we were not 100 percent sure who “caIcuIer_” was on PokerStars, or whether he wanted his real name associated with his screen-name. But with a WCOOP victory to shout about, Sylvain Loosli duly broke cover. (He’s also chasing a WSOP bracelet tomorrow.)


LEADER BOARDS

Adrian Mateos’ second high buy-in title is enough to kickstart his challenge for honours on the “high” leader board, but it’s the guys who are doing it at all levels — most notably Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin — who continue to dominate the overall ladder. That’s also the one where there’s a $25,000 first prize. Meanwhile Spraggy is back in the top five on the “low” leader board after picking up some more points for his deep run in the $22 5-Card PLO.

Overall

1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 520 points
=2 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 480
=2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 480
4 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 410
5 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland, 365

Prize: Overall – $25,000 plus trophy

High buy-in:

1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Netherlands, 280 points
2 – Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, United Kingdom, 270
3 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 260
4 – Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, Mexico, 215
5 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 195

Prizes: Winner $12,500; 2nd $10,000; 3rd $7,500

Medium buy-in:

1 – Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo, Brazil, 205 points
=2 – “Kaggis”, Norway, 195
=2 – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Brazil, 195
4 – Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Mexico, 155
=5 – chininhaltig, Germany, 160
= – doulas12, Netherlands, 160

Prizes: Winner $8,500; 2nd $6,000; 3rd $3,000 (top 15 are rewarded)

Low buy-in:

1 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 225 points
=2 – bryn12, United Kingdom, 210
=2 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia, 210
4 – Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, 200
5 – manodepiedra51, Panama, 195

Winner $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2,000 (top 25 are rewarded)


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

Both the UK and Brazil recorded three victories last night, even if two of the Brits’ came from its large clutch of displaced European players who have made their homes in London. It means the UK is still out in front. Austria and Luxembourg recorded their first victories of the series to bring up 29 different countries on the board, including Jersey.

Latest standings

14 – UK
11 – Brazil
9 – Russia
5 – Germany, Canada
3 – Norway, Netherlands
2 – Argentina, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Bulgaria, Finland, Malta
1 – Estonia, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ireland, Jersey, Serbia, Peru, Poland, Austria, Luxembourg.


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

WCOOP-25-L: $215 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Slam
Entries: 7,177 (inc. 2,019 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1,435,000
Players left: 24 | Chip leader: MpZancan (Brazil)

WCOOP-25-M: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Slam
Entries: 671 (inc. 198 re-entries) | Prize pool: $1,342,000
Players left: 16 | Chip leader: nailuj90 (Austria)

WCOOP-29-L: $11 NLHE Progressive KO
Entries: 25,363 (inc. 8,592 re-entries) | Prize pool: $248,557.40
Players left: 402 | Chip leader: RichOne666 (Brazil)

WCOOP-29-M: $109 NLHE Progressive KO
Entries: 7,663 (inc. 2,198 re-entries) | Prize pool: $766,300
Players left: 276 | Chip leader: G1a1u1s1s (Brazil)

WCOOP-29-H: $1,050 NLHE Progressive KO
Entries: 897 (inc. 221 re-entries) | Prize pool: $897,000
Players left: xx | Chip leader: GDZ4hotwings (Belgium)

WCOOP-30-L: $5.50 NLO8 6-Max
Entries: 5,087 (inc. 1,919 re-entries) | Prize pool: $24,936.10
Players left: 125 | Chip leader: pokrates (Germany)

WCOOP-30-M: $55 NLO8 6-Max
Entries: 1,491 (inc. 537 re-entries) | Prize pool: $74,550
Players left: 72 | Chip leader: elabuga (Russia)

WCOOP-30-H: $530 NLO8 6-Max
Entries: 303 (inc. 109 re-entries) | Prize pool: $151,500
Players left: 35 | Chip leader: 1bloodflood (Russia)

WCOOP-31-L: $5.50 NLHE 4-Max
Entries: 10,478 (inc. 3,709 re-entries) | Prize pool: $51,342.20
Players left: 101 | Chip leader: matijuh (Finland)

WCOOP-31-M: $55 NLHE 4-Max
Entries: 3,932 | Prize pool: $196,600
Players left: 128 | Chip leader: valestars14 (Argentina)

WCOOP-31-H: $530 NLHE 4-Max
Entries: 630 (inc. 248 re-entries) | Prize pool: $315,000
Players left: 91 | Chip leader: TruthBeTold7 (Canada)


STARTING TODAY

There’s no such thing as a normal Tuesday on PokerStars, and that goes double during WCOOP. The regular Super Tuesday has three buy-in levels, at $55, $530 and $5,200 and is certain to be the one to watch. The mixed games specialists will also be licking their licks at the place on today’s schedule for the first 8-Game tournaments of the series. No doubt the $2,100 buy-in version of that will be similarly shark-infested.

10.30am ET: WCOOP-32: NLHE Progressive KO Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $75,000, $250,000, $350,000

1.05pm ET: WCOOP-33: NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $350,000, $750,000, $750,000

2.05pm ET: WCOOP-34: 8-Game
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $30,000, $60,000, $150,000

3.05pm ET: WCOOP-35: NLHE 6-Max Freezeout
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $75,000, $200,000, $400,000


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