Weekend Review: WCOOP continues with a first for Lrslszk and a third for mikal12345

September 15, 2014

Sometimes a username becomes something more than just log-in. It becomes a catchword that means a lot more.

Take “Lrslzk” for instance. On screen it looks like a rushed username, created to relieve the owner from thinking of something more meaningful. It could easily have been “plkilfk” or “trtipoi”, the first keys your fingers land on.

But a while ago Lrslzk began winning so often that his username had to be spoken out loud, as well as just read. So the crumped Lrslzk was stretched out with the help of a few vowels, becoming “lars-lu-zack”, quickly entering the poker lexicon.


Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro

It would be used often, and still is. Such as now, this weekend after Event #20 of WCOOP, won by Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro*.

Kelopuro already has previous when it comes to ‘COOPs. Winless he was in WCOOP until this weekend perhaps, but he had two SCOOP titles to his name, including the SCOOP 2011 Main Event. He has other stand out performances also, including a Super High Roller appearance in which he made “that fold”, making what seems like an impossible lay down.

But this weekend it was a more aggressive demonstration of his talents. Arriving at the final fourth in chips he would go on to eliminate six of his eight opponents, which historically has proven a pretty good way to win big. Read the full report of Kelopuro’s win to see for yourself.
Elsewhere there were other highlights, including a third WCOOP win for Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie.


A third WCOOP title for Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie

The Norwegian Blomlie, who was WCOOP Player of the Year in 2012, topped a field of 7,801 to win Event #19, including a final table that featured Timothy Weygang” English, who Blomlie would defeat heads-up to earn a chopped top payout of $109,566.28

We’re now just short of a third of the way through the WCOOP 2014 schedule, with 21 winners so far (there will be 66). There are new events set to start today, as well as the second day of play in three events that began yesterday, with details below.

WCOOP 2014: Event #22 (Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition) $215 NL Hold’em
Entrants: 8,139
Prize pool: $1,627,800
Places paid: 1,080

1. Senyorita_K – 2,394,011
2. Danny179 – 2,289,315
3. elmelogno4 – 2,269,682
4. GaryT20 – 2,065,545
5. Dodgers plus – 1,845,638
6. Marwetz – 1,798,485
7. BBR123 – 1,716,450
8. Panohanska — 1,588,323
9. IL BRUTTOO – 1,509,090
10. AAngelODeath – 1,487,120

Beyond the top ten Team Online’s Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen remains in the field with 661,665 chips, good for 54th place. Natalie Hof will also return for Day 2 with 90,431 chips.


Mickey Petersen

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Natalie Hof

WCOOP 2014: Event #23 $10,300 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Re-Entry, High Roller) Entrants: 365
Prize pool: $3,650,000
Places paid: 48

1. T-Macha – 529,852
2. pistons87 – 319,601
3. WCG|Rider – 302,691
4. vicenfish – 294,873
5. WushuTM – 226,549
6. CaLLitARUSH – 219,473
7. lasagnaaammm – 204,792
8. Sauce123 – 200,407
9. OLD TIME GIN – 196,389
10. TryToExploit – 184,972

WCOOP 2014: Event #24 $700 NL Hold’em
Entrants: 3,417
Prize pool: $2,272,305
Places paid: 432

1. jenbizzle — 692790
2. yurasov1990 — 636402
3. madalain — 553990
4. talitay — 514941
5. KKremate — 461110
6. AK87 — 436858
7. rh300487 — 412545
8. zangbezan24 — 396483
9. Pollopopeye — 393904
10. SHIPP ITT — 391531

Also returning for the final day are Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden with 215169 chips and Liv Boeree with 30,337 chips. Team Online’s Grzegorz “DaWaraw” Mikielewicz will also be back, returning to a stack of 114,911.


Liv Boeree

Here’s a look at some of the big stories from the weekend.

Ryan “gutshtallin” Welch on winning his first WCOOP bracelet

WCOOP 2014: akuza84 annihilates hi and low in Event #21 ($320 PLO H/L 6-Max)

Paul Findlay wins UKIPT Series 6 London!

Here are all the results from the PokerStars weekend majors from September 14, 2014.

*Okay, Kelopuro has also played under the more readable “Lars Luzak”.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.


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