It was an exceptionally hectic Monday in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars. Here are all the details as 16 titles were handed out…
∙ Huge day ends with numerous well-known champs
∙ Garagnani wins South American High Roller battle
∙ Alt, Proudfoot, Filatov, Hallett among second-time winners
∙ Brazil! Where have you been?
Garagnani beats the high rollers: WCOOP 2021 really got up and running on Monday, when most of the huge tournaments that started over the weekend played down to a winner. By far the biggest buy-in event of this opening day was the $5,200 8-Max High Roller, which attracted 200 entries and all of the game’s very best players. When it came down to the final reckoning — after the likes of Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood, Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden, David “dpeters17” Peters and Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph had departed — it was a South American duel between Diego “Die Ventura” Ventura, of Peru, and Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani, of Brazil. There was a first prize of $195,690 on the line and two top competitors battling it out. With the PokerStars live commentary team watching on, Garagnani closed this one out, bagging the second WCOOP title of his career. Garagnani previously won a $55 buy-in title in 2017, but this was several multiples bigger. Ventura, who also has one previous WCOOP victory, had to make do with $152,344 for second this time.
Estonian move means more profit for Filatov: Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov has been a leading name in Russian poker for more than a decade, and was even the captain of the Moscow Wolverines in the GPI League. But recently, Filatov has moved to the northwest and now sets up home in Estonia, from where he has just won his most recent WCOOP title. Filatov beat a field of 554 entries in the $1K NLHE 6-Max, which got under way on Sunday, and earned nearly $98K for his troubles. Remarkably, Filatov hasn’t actually won in WCOOP since 2013, but he has two SCOOP titles and documented lifetime online cashes of more than $10 million, so he’s doing OK. Perhaps the Estonian move will spur him on to even greater heights.
Best foot forward: Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot is one of the UK’s most consistent performers and has racked up more than $7.7 million in documented online cashes since 2008, according to Pocket Fives. A decent chunk of that has come during SCOOP, where Proudfoot has won one title and finished runner up in another tournament — and he’s now on the board for WCOOP too. Proudfoot won Event #2-H, the $530 buy-in WCOOP Kickoff, which attracted 1,130 entries and built a prize pool of $565,000. Proudfoot’s victory earned him $90,131, comfortably in the top ten successes of even this most decorated player. Proudfoot, and the UK, are off and running this time.
Hallett matches Sunday Million haul in WCOOP: Our long list of WCOOP’s multiple champions added another new name overnight when Canada’s Lonnie “thx4urm0n3y” Hallett won the second title of his career, closing out the $215 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up. This PKO tournament attracted 3,561 entries for a prize pool of $712,200, and Hallett was the last man standing, picking up $81,313, including bounties. We shouldn’t be surprised. Hallett is one of the few players to have won two Sunday Million titles on PokerStars — huge fields, often with a $215 buy-in — and so this was right in his ball park. His previous WCOOP victory came in a $1K event in 2016, and he now has two of those titles to go with his Sunday Million scores.
Alt finds an alternative way to win: When Monday’s action got under way, Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt was at the final table of the $5,200 buy-in WCOOP-04 High Roller, but it didn’t go according to plan. Alt was knocked out in seventh, for $43,563. But any disappointment could only have been short lived because Alt climbed back on the horse to register the final WCOOP tournament of the day — the $530 NLO8 event — and duly won it. Alt beat a field of 258 entries into this event and earned $27,169, including bounties. It puts a shiny WCOOP trophy in his bulging cabinet, and places him on the WCOOP Multiple Champions list, having previous won an Afternoon Deep Stack this time last year.
Brazilians come to the party: After sitting out the first day of play (or, at least, not winning any titles), Brazilian players came roaring into contention on WCOOP Monday. As noted above, Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani won the High Roller, but the Brazilian emergence was never more obvious than in WCOOP-03-L, a $22 PKO event, in which Brazilian players finished first, second and third. “GuaranaDolly” won, picking up $21,818, including bounties, having beaten countryfolk “SabePai” and “allindonksGG” into second and third, respectively. That’s three more players with the bankroll to return to the WCOOP tables and win more for Brazil. “OFaroFino” also won gold in the $11 NLHE 6-Max to cap a typically Brazilian WCOOP day.
Hungarian boss lands WCOOP honours: Sometimes you need to double check to make sure your records are correct, but it’s apparently true: until last night, the hugely-decorated Hungarian player “twirlpro” had never won a WCOOP title, despite $8.3 million in tournament cashes and two Sunday Million titles. (Yep, like Lonnie “thx4urm0n3y” Hallett, twirlpro has twice won the big one on Sunday.) twirlpro finally put it right in the $2,100 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition, banking $134,505 for beating a field of 460 entries. His final opponent was the former EPT champion Andrey “ThePateychuk” Pateychuk, but twirlpro wouldn’t be denied. Last year, he came second in a $530 freezeout in WCOOP, but this time he went one better, and will pick up his first WCOOP trophy.
Andorra on the board for WCOOP: Spanish poker players tend to leave their home country to play the game professionally, and the closest country that permits access to the .com online sites is Andorra, the tiny mountain state in the Pyrenees. As a result, Andorra is undergoing a brilliant poker boom and last night found its flag on the WCOOP winner’s list for the first time. The player who put Andorra on the board was “#Naktro91“, who won the $2,100 buy-in PLO event, and put WCOOP veterans such as “WhatIfGod”, Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi and Dante “dantegoyaF” Goya in their place. #Naktro91 won $72,203 and a first career ‘COOP title, with Andorra becoming the 68th country to produce a WCOOP winner.
Nineteen tournaments have now been completed, so the stat tracker is taking shape. We’re already close to $7 million in prize pools and winners have won more than $1 million. This does not even include the Sunday Million, which concludes tonight.
Tournaments completed: 19
Entries: 89,874 (inc. 19,197 re-entries)
Prize pools: $6,723,228
First-place prizes: $1,005,874 (inc. $182,261 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Tournaments starting today: 15
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
With 11 tournaments paused for an overnight break, it stands to reason that there are some very enticing prospects for the conclusion of play today. These include:
∙ Fintan “easywithaces” Hand is aiming to add WCOOP glory to SCOOP success. Hand is currently second of 54 left in the $1K PKO WCOOP-10-H, and 16th of 135 in the $530 PKO WCOOP-08. His PokerStars team-mates Lex Veldhuis and Sam Grafton are also alive in the latter of those tournaments.
∙ The $2K HORSE has six of the very best left in the field. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi leads the final table, from Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, who will be looking for his seventh career WCOOP title.
∙ Patrick “pads1161” Leonard is at two final tables. He has chips in the $2K HORSE and the $5,200 High Roller, but is short stacked in each. Can the perennial Player of the Series contender turn it around?
You’ve got pocket nines and you’re up against pocket eights, all in pre-flop. You flop a set. You’re winning this one, right? Hmmm…
Ever felt when you’re watching Lex Veldhuis play that he’s the worst player at the table? He agrees:
Muuuuch better day today. Won $22k today.
🔥Tomorrow $10,000 where I’ll be the worst player in the field. Should be fun to watch🥴
Also day 2 in a $530 KO where I’m winning this + bounties!👇 pic.twitter.com/tom3WwkQzO
— Lex Veldhuis (@LexVeldhuis) August 24, 2021
With three wins on Monday night, Brazil surged to the top of countries leader board, and there’s every chance they will now sit there for the entire series. That said, perennial challengers Russia, UK and Canada also got off the mark on Monday, so this should be the start of a keenly-fought race.
3 titles — Brazil
2 — Ukraine, Netherlands, Russia, Austria
1 — Sweden, UK, Canada, Hungary, Czech Republic, Georgia, Andorra, Estonia.
It’s too early to look at the Player of the Series race and expect to see anything meaningful. But here’s a reminder of why it will indeed be very meaningful by the end.
OVERALL LEADER BOARD WINNER: $25,000
1st — $15,000
2nd — $10,000
3rd — $5,000
1st — $10,000
2nd — $7,500
3rd — $5,000
4th — $2,500
5th — $1,500
6th-10th — $1,000
1st — $5,000
2nd — $2,500
3rd — $1,500
4th — $1,000
5th — $500
6th-10th — $300
11th-20th — $150
It being Tuesday, the highlight of the night is the Super Tuesday Special Edition, which comes with a $109 low buy-in version and a $10,300 High Roller version complimenting the $1,050 tournament. The highest two versions have a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. There’s also a great 2-7 Single Draw event, which will mean bluff, bluff, bluff and more bluff.
WCOOP-12: NLHE 8-Max, PKO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $50,000, $250,000, $300,000
WCOOP-13: FLO8 8-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $12,500, $35,000, $100,000
WCOOP-14: NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $500,000, $1 million, $1 million
WCOOP-15: NL 2-7 Single Draw
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $12,500, $25,000, $50,000
WCOOP-16: NLHE 7-Max, PKO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $350,000, $500,000, $350,000
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Poker News WCOOP reporting schedule:
WCOOP 14-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 14-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 22-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 22-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 34-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 34-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller], $3M Gtd
WCOOP 42-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max], $700K Gtd
WCOOP 51-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $800K Gtd
WCOOP 52-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $500K Gtd
WCOOP 63-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 63-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 71-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $650K Gtd
WCOOP 80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 91-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $2.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $10M Gtd
WCOOP 92-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 92-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 94-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $1.25M Gtd
WCOOP 01-H: $109 NLHE [Phase 2], $1M Gtd