Weekend review: Victory for Koroshenin in Vienna, David Baker leads WCOOP Challenge Main Event

March 31, 2014

The EPT Vienna festival played out to a conclusion late on Saturday night with Oleksii Khoroshenin claiming the first-ever EPT Main Event title for Ukrainian poker. Stangely enough, it was going to be a first whichever way it played out heads-up: local player Anthony Ghamrawi would have been the first Austrian player to have his name added to the EPT roll of honour. While Khoroshenin won a huge €578,392, the biggest cash winner was actually Marko Neumann who banked €638,127 after cutting a deal as the chip leader when three-handed. It just goes to show the importance deal making has in today’s game. Read about it all here.

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Ukrainian first: Oleksii Khoroshenin took the title in the Hofburg Palace

While the biggest trophy was still being played out on a one-hour delay on the EPTLive webcast, tour Fabrice Soulier was fighting back emotion after winning the High Roller title for €392,900. To those that say there’s no emotion left in the game, you need only have watched Soulier collect his trophy.

Forty tournaments played out in all at EPT Vienna, most of which you can check the results of here, but elsewhere online there was a lot of action thanks to the return of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Challenge Series.

WCOOP: Baker building a big stack
David “WhooooKidd” Baker carries the overnight chip lead in the WCOOP Challenge Series Main Event, which is good for 808,006 (close to three times the average). The talented Baker is hotly pursued by the following pack:

David “WhooooKidd” Baker (Mexico) 808,006
Cristoff1 (Argentina) 785,581
Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney (Canada) 783,313
WushuTM (Austria) 659,997
mora7777 (Mexico 659,274
pablito_2121 (Belgium) 657,193
Tom “hitthehole” Middleton (United Kingdom) 641,245
FOO-92 (Germany) 634,258
jbrown8777 (Canada) 621,783
ventox (Norway) 592,774

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EPT champ Tom “hitthehole” Middleton is among the big stacks

Eighty players remain from a starting field of 1,624 with all now guaranteed a minimum $6,171 return on their $2,100 buy-in. The winner takes $532,834. Yes, more than half-a-million dollars. It’s quite incredible. Other players still in include Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen, Mick “BIGMICKG” Graydon, Anthony “wwwBTHEREcom” Gregg, and Matt “OfTh3Radar” Davenport, who quite incredibly is chip leader in the $215 WCOOP Challenge Series Sunday Million special edition. That’s got 179 players left and $337,517 for first. It’s a very big day for Davenport.

Read more about the WCOOP Challenge Series with this overnight wrap here. You can also check out the results of all the regular weekend tournament, including the Sunday 500, by clicking here.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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