PokerStars news from WCOOP; Sochi Festival; and MEGASTACK tour

PokerStars news from WCOOP; Sochi Festival; and MEGASTACK tour

Three parts of a PokerStars puzzle including an update on the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker, details of the Sochi Festival schedule, and an extra date for followers of the MEGASTACK tour.

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is that exciting, not even an outbreak of dysentery would prevent the world’s greatest poker players from doing their bollocks.

PokerStars news from WCOOP; Sochi Festival; and MEGASTACK tour81 events.

$60m in guaranteed prize money.

Here is a roundup of three most recent main stories.

Event #40: $530 5-Card PLO 6-Max

Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen has made the final table of five WCOOP events, twice reaching the heads-up phase, but he had never locked a title into his iron chest until this weekend.

Hunichen topped a field of 609 entrants to take the $53,537.37 first prize in Event #40: $530 5-Card PLO 6-Max, taking him ever closer to that magical $10m mark in online tournament winnings ($9,888,331). He has also earned $2.1m playing live, $885,730 of which has come in a fantastic 2017.

Final Table Results

1. Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen $53,537.37
2. WhatIfGod $38,381.063.
3. LgwZ $27,515.62
4. munchenHB $19,726.08
5. legenden $14,141.74
6. RuiNF $10,138.29
7. Trabelsi $7,956.15

Philipp Gruissem Wins Event #45: $215+R NLHE 6-Max

It’s been a good few days for supporters of Effective Altruism (EA). PokerStars offered to donate the $25k NLHE High Roller registration fees to Raising For Effective Giving (REG) as well as matching $50,000. Then a day later, REG co-founder, Philipp Gruissem, took down his first WCOOP title in the $215+R NLHE 6-Max.

The event attracted 676 players; there were 1,113 rebuys and 371 add-ons. Gruissem has won $3.5m playing online, and $10.9m playing live.

Final Table Results

1. Philipp “philbort” Gruissem (Malta) $75,414.36
2. Özgür “phaplap” Arda (Cyprus) $53,544.15
3. Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson (United Kingdom)
4. Felipe “lipe piv” Boianovsky (Brazil) $26,991.86
5. David “davaman” Lopez (United Kingdom) $19,164.29
6. ChrisACEA (China) $13,606.73

Zagalo87 Wins Event #51: $25k PLO 6-Max High Roller

There are only two $25,000 buy-in events during the 2017 WCOOP.

Pedro ‘Zagalo87’ Zagalo has won one of them.

The Portuguese star followed his €10,300 PLO PokerStars Championship High Roller Barcelona second place finish, with a victory in this one after securing a three-way deal.

It was an emasculating performance from Zagalo. He eliminated every single player and ended things within ten hands once the deal had been carved out.

The event attracted 71 entrants, 17 people took advantage of the single re-entry option.

Final Table Results

1. Pedro ‘Zagalo87’ Zagalo – $419,038.62*
2. Venividi1993 – $325,649.51*
3. Ravenswood13 – $339,240.95*
4. MITS 304 – $196,312.38
5. XD89lol<3 – $146,746.82
6. Ludovic “ludovi333’ Geilich – $81,999.62

Other stars who dug deeper than a vampire’s fangs in the neck of a hot chick were Jens Kyllonen (10th), Ronny Kaiser (12th), and Viktor Blom (13th).

Here is the up to date leaderboard.

WCOOP 2017 Leaderboard

1. PSMozak – 600 pts
2. ImLuckNuts – 560
3. MITS304 – 510
4. Mike ‘GoLeafsgoeh’ Leah – 475

PokerStars Release PokerStars Festival Sochi Schedule 

Casino Sochi in Russia is becoming a little palace of poker perfection.

The venue is still suffering from the aftershocks of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS $5m GTD festival, but they will have to steady themselves quickly.

PokerStars return in October.

The world’s largest online poker room will take the Festival brand to the casino Oct 16-22, and will be hoping to attract more interest than the last time they were in town.

The festival consists of 16 events, with the $1,100 Main Event taking place Oct 19. Online qualifiers are already underway on PokerStars. There will also be a $2,200 High Roller, $180 MegaStack event, and a $370 PokerStars Cup.

Click this magic link to take you directly to the schedule.

PokerStars MEGASTACK Adds Second Maltese Stop 

PokerStars has also announced plans to host a second MEGASTACK event in Malta this year.

The first event took place in June. The €170 buy-in, €30,000 Guaranteed event attracted 336 entrants, and the Norwegian player Stian Danielsen won the €12,730 first prize. The second event takes place Oct 19 -22. The buy-in is once again €170, but the guarantee increases to €40,000.

The PokerStars MEGASTACK tour has plans to saunter into Namur, Estoril, Malta, New Jersey, London, Connacht, Madrid, Luton, Forges-Les-Eaux, and Ulster before people start making false promises about the year ahead.

Click on this magical blue button to access the full Maltese MEGASTACK schedule.