Lee Davy brings you a round up of World Championship of Online Poker events #11-20, including a victory for Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and a third title for the Russian player Ti0373.
The 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) consists of 70-events, and PokerStars have put up $45m in guarantees. Last week we brought you an update of the first 10-events, and this week we continue in the same vein as we cover events #11-20.
The biggest story of the week has to be the third WCOOP title for Ti0373. The online wizard from Russia captured two WCOOP titles back in 2012 (both in No-Limit Hold’em), and picked up a third in Event #12 $700 No-Limit Draw Championships.
118 entrants created a prize pool of $78,470, making it one of the smaller events of the series, and Ti0373 walked away with the top prize of $20,402.23 after beating Canada’s KaptianKush in heads-up action. The final table featured two other high profile names: Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich finished third and Vladimir ‘GVOZDIKA55’ Shchemelev finished sixth.
It was a terrific week for Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira. The Czech based star added a WCOOP title to his SCOOP title after beating the UK-based player pkace666, in heads-up action, to take the $59,904 first prize in Event #14: $215 NLHE Big Antes Optional Re-Entry. Ryan “ProtentialMN” Laplante came third, and the 2011 WCOOP Main Event champions Mike “munchenHB” Telker came fourth. The event attracted 1,454 entrants (418 re-entries), creating a prizepool of $374,400 and 234 cashed in the event.
Ferreira put himself in an excellent position to make it title number two when he made the final table of Event #19: $320 NLHE Turbo Zoom. 1,916 players created a prize pool of $574,800, but it was Moshmachine, from Russia, who beat kylef89 from Sweden in heads-up action to take the first prize of $91,968. Ferreira would finish sixth, former WCOOP winner Antroff took third, and former SCOOP winner Yayoshow finished seventh.
The first 10-events witnessed an impressive showing from the lads from the UK, and this week proved to be no exception. Former PocketFives World Number One Patrick “pads1161” Leonard won his first WCOOP title after topping a field of 959 entrants in Event #17: $700 NLHE 6-Max 3-Stack.
Leonard earned $108,415.51 for his victory, after beating Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovskiy in heads-up action. It was Leonard’s third COOP final table after a runner-up spot in a 2014 SCOOP event and a sixth place finish in a 2014 TCOOP event. Former Sunday Million and SCOOP winner JJ@mess finished fourth.
There was also a good showing by the Brits in Event #15: $215 PLO 1R1A. The event attracted 740 entrants (405 rebuys, 418 add-ons) and well-known British pros Ben “vindog03” Vinson and Chris “NigDawG” Brammer finished fifth and seventh respectively. The title went to Nlzkm9, from Hungary, who beat kalashn1kovv from Slovenia in heads-up action to take the $57,362.10 first prize.
Twitch fans were in for their second WCOOP final table treat in as many weeks as Jason Somerville made the final table of Event #18: $1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship. It was only the third Stud tournament Somerville had ever played, and 27,000 fans tuned in to watch him secure a third place finish for $22,200. Andre “Chillolini” Messmer from Norway won the first prize of $40,237.50. UK’s Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi was sixth and Sweden’s Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie was eighth.
The Mexican live@pompeii was another WCOOP star this week. He came close to a WCOOP title in Event #11: $215 NLHE Progressive Super Knockout, losing to Ojski1988, from Poland, in heads-up action, and then finished fifth in Event #20: $109 NLHE Optional Re-Entry. Ojski1988 beat 3,569 players to win $56,035.19+$14,330.24 in bounties, and SQUA99 from Romania took the $85,205.12 first prize in Event #20.
Rounding things off, Hookah17 and mandza17 cut a heads-up deal that saw $6,000 left on the felt to play for during the heads-up phase of Event #13: $320 NLHE Heads-Up. Hookah17 ended up winning the title and $40,898.63 in prize money. 1,021 entrants created a prize pool of $306,300 in that one.
Finally, Bulgaria crowned a WCOOP champion when Liskacha beat actaml in heads-up action in Event #16: $1,050 NLHE Progressive Super Knockout. 1,828 entrants created a total prizepool of $1,828,000 and the Bulgarian based player earned $149,941.70 + $37,760.20 in bounties for his victory.