The 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is really into its stride already, and today’s packed bulletin brings news of another ‘COOP titan claiming yet another title, among a clutch of other well-known winners…
- Five in a row for brilliant Benny
- Three for Sweeney; two for Kulev
- Radzivonau and Ylitalo make WCOOP mark
- Saddle up for the HORSE World Championship
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Glaser makes it five in a row: While few people could have been surprised to learn of Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes’s seventh WCOOP title yesterday, today’s headline news is even less earth-shattering. Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser has followed Leknes back into the WCOOP winner’s enclosure after he crushed the $2,100 buy-in HORSE event for his fifth WCOOP title. Of course, the sheer predictability of this success is exactly what makes it so very, very impressive. Glaser is another sensational all-round talent, a cut above almost all other players on the mixed game tournament circuit, and he now has a WCOOP title from every series from 2018 through 2022, one each year. When you add his seven SCOOP titles, you have the resume of an absolute monster. This latest victory was worth $33,300, beating a field of 45 entries, and ended with a defeat of Patrick “pads1161” Leonard heads-up. That’s Leonard’s second runner-up finish of the series already, and chances are he’ll be next to claim another title. But for now, the godlike run continues.
Sweeney up to three: Although he still has a little way to go to catch Benny Glaser, the UK’s Ronan “Sw33ney” Sweeney is heading in the right direction and last night won a third career WCOOP title in the $109 buy-in 5-Card PLO 6-Max. Glaser could only manage a min-cash in that one, finishing in 37th, but Sweeney was able to navigate his way to the top and add this victory to those from 2019 ($55 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack) and 2021 ($530 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout). The latest success came with a prize of $11,217 and over a field of 654 entries.
Kulev is out, and still crushing: The Ireland-based player known on PokerStars as “FutureofMe” has featured regularly in ‘COOP reports in recent years. They’ve won a WCOOP title in 2021 and one from SCOOP earlier this year, adding to a tournament results list that has already reached more than $3 million across all documented sites. FutureofMe was at it again last night, winning a second career WCOOP in the $5K PKO High Roller, banking $113,572, including bounties. What’s different this time is that we now also know the true identity of this enigmatic talent. Alex Kulev has copped to the FutureofMe moniker, so we now know that this online crusher has a fine list of live results too. He’s based in Dublin, Ireland, but is originally from Bulgaria, and was a runner-up in a huge World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas last year, and was also recently at an EPT €10K final table in Barcelona. But it seems that wherever he sits, Kulev/FutureofMe is a threat. Congratulations on coming out, and on that second WCOOP success.
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“nomalice” grabs second too: On the subject of border-hopping, double WCOOP champions, Croatia’s “nomalice” joined that particular club on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning too. Back in 2019, nomalice was representing Serbia when they won an $11 Win The Button tournament, earning a first WCOOP title. This year, nomalice is elsewhere in the Balkans, in Croatia, but is a champion again. Their victory this time came in the $530 buy-in NLHE PKO, where the cheque was worth $96,159, including bounty payments.
Ylitalo off the mark in WCOOP: This WCOOP series may only be three days old, but many of the game’s best-known talents are already off the mark. And we can add to them Robin “robinho” Ylitalo, who last night won the $109 PKO Freezeout (aka, WCOOP 10-M), for $35,221, including bounties. Ylitalo is another very familiar figure in both the live and online games, most notably the former winner of EPT London. Surprisingly enough, this is his first victory in WCOOP, however, and he now becomes one of the increasing number of players with both WCOOP and SCOOP titles to his name. There were 3,277 players in this one, but only Ylitalo standing at the end.
Will the angrymoron be happy now?: Kiryl Radzivonau is so proud of his online nickname, “angrymoron“, that he used to show up to PokerStars live events with it embroidered n the back of his soccer shirt. He has worn that shirt en route to two EPT Main Event final tables, in 2014 and 2016, as has also been to a WSOP final table, among other accolades. Radzivonau has one more reason to be a proud angrymoron after he won the first WCOOP title of his career last night, taking down the $215 HORSE event from a field of 283 entries. The prize was $10,895 — not the biggest score of his career, but his first outright title in one of the big ‘COOP events. Perhaps it will make the angrymoron a little less angry, at least for the time being.
Second “low” title for “1bloodflood”: Most of WCOOP’s multiple champions win their prizes from the smaller fields of the high buy-in events. It stands to reason that there’s a bigger chance of coming out on top when there’s a little less variance. However “1bloodflood” is now a multiple WCOOP champion after last night winning the $11 5-Card PLO tournament, two years after winning another low buy-in event, specifically a $5.50 PLO8 tournament in 2020. It’s not easy to win two massive field tournaments like that, particularly in a discipline so swingy as PLO or PLO8. But having beaten 4,502 entries the last time, this second title came over a field of 2,316. The reward for the player from Belarus was $3,356. The $1,050 high buy-in version of this event went to Hungary’s “raiseeeeeeeeeee“, who was also winning a second career title. raiseeeeeeeeeee also won a PLO8 6-Max event this time last year, but their $30,226 prize this time was four times as much as their previous win.
All of a sudden, 34 tournaments have now been completed and this WCOOP stat tracker is working very hard. We’re already past $10 million for prize pools — past $11 million, in fact — and there have been more than 100,000 tournament entries.
Tournaments completed: 34
Entries: 109,231 (inc. 23,528 re-entries)
Prize pools: $11,338,857
First-place prizes: $1,866,088 (inc. $433,614 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 13
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
He’s one of the best in the world…and Lena900 isn’t bad either. Here’s Fintan “easywithaces” Hand picking up one of the most coveted bounties in any tournament: that of the dominant force of Niklas “Lena900” Astedt. In Fintan’s words, “bloody beautiful”.
Follow PokerStars streamers playing WCOOP:
Lex Veldhuis | Ben “Spraggy” Spragg | Fintan “easywithaces” Hand
Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye | Georgina “GJReggie” James | Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban
Sebastian “peaceandloove” Huber
Lasse Jagd “Wistern” Lauritsen | Andre “acoimba” Coimbra
Felix “xflixx” Schneiders
TWEET OF THE DAY
Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot is trying to set up a WCOOP grind station in rural England. It’s not going well…
Went to 4 shops in this great little UK town, none of them carry chairs ofc (all shops that you would assume would. At least we got a fan though, that upon arriving home found out it is broken! So today we’ll still be sitting on a broken chair in a 40 degree heat room! CLASS!!!
— Parker Talbot (@tonkaaaap) September 6, 2022
But it’s going signficantly better for Benny Glaser:
— Benny Glaser (@BennyGlaser) September 6, 2022
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Another six countries won their first titles of this year’s WCOOP last night, with Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Malta and Morocco joining the party. Titles have been spread wide so far in this series, with the UK having also now drawn neck-and-neck with Brazil.
4 titles – Brazil, UK
3 – Bulgaria, Sweden
2 – Austria, Belarus, Canada, Norway
1 – Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, Ukraine.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard has already been defeated heads-up twice in this WCOOP, and although he’s going to be disappointed not to have a trophy yet, he has taken his customary top spot in the Player of the Series race already. In face, all of the top five in the overall race are very well known players, who have been in this kind of position many times before.
1 Patrick “pads1161” Leonard United Kingdom 255 points
2 Guilherme “guilherme12” Decourt Brazil 250
2 Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes Norway 250
4 Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber Brazil 245
5 Andras “probirs” Nemeth Hungary 225
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 Andras “probirs” Nemeth Hungary 200 points
2 Patrick “pads1161” Leonard United Kingdom 190
3 Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber Brazil 170
4 Alex “FutureofMe” Kulev Ireland 140
5 Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser United Kingdom 135
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 Robin “robinho” Ylitalo Sweden 180 points
2 Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes Norway 140
3 dash4fun Ukraine 135
3 tangananator Mexico 135
5 Tr!pleeeee Poland 130
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 4Kings_Hit United Kingdom 135 points
2 trotmant United Kingdom 125
3 vivaodesemprego Malta 110
=4 elpsycongr0 Brazil 105
=4 Onnelinen Finland 105
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
Check out the full WCOOP Leader Board standings.
Wednesday, September 7
It’s Wednesday and time for another World Championship event. Tonight we go looking for the HORSE World Champion with a $1K buy-in event testing hold’em, Omaha, Razz, Stud and Eight or Better skills. The HORSE champion will ride off with the trophy and the largest part of a $100K prize pool. That’s not all that’s going on, of course, with plenty of NLHE and a PLO 6-Max event as well.
12:30pm – WCOOP 16: NLHE Deep Stack
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $100K, $250K, $250K
1:30pm – WCOOP 17: NLHE 7-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $150K, $300K, $375K
1:30pm – World Championship of HORSE
2:30pm – WCOOP 18: PLO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $35K, $100K, $200K
4:05pm – WCOOP 19: NLHE
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $50K, $175K, $200K
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Day 1: Mattsson off the mark for WCOOP
Day 2: World Champion Schemion denies Spraggy as Leknes makes it seven