WCOOP 2022: Badziakouski slays the Super High Rollers, as Arends returns for a third

The big boys came out to play in the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars. Who was the Super High Roller champion? All that and more in today’s bulletin.


  • Badziakouski lands biggest score of WCOOP so far
  • Former Sunday Million champs claim Super Tuesdays
  • WhatIfGod and Arends among other winners
  • Brazil hits 50, closes in on record


Badziakouski came out for the Super High Roller

The sharkiest “fish” in the room: Mikita Badziakouski tends to focus primarily on the live tournament scene these days, where he has won just about everything there is to win. We most recently saw him at EPT Barcelona, taking down a second Super High Roller title. When he turns up online, playing as “fish2013“, he tends to make it worthwhile — and winning the $25K WCOOP Super High Roller (WCOOP 71-H) would definitely qualify. That’s exactly what happened last night as the Ukraine-based crusher outlasted the toughest field in the series — 40 of the world’s very best, contributing 56 entries between them. There was $1.4 million in the prize pool, and the winner — i.e., Badziakouski — took $426,748 of that. The runner up was Alejks “APonakov” Ponakovs, with Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois third. Everyone else was a star as well. Remarkably, this was Badkiakouski’s first WCOOP triumph, but he’s been doing pretty well elsewhere, so we’ll let him off.

Anjeyyy and extasyman victorious in Super Tuesday: The medium and low buy-in versions of WCOOP 71 were also both enormous, with buy-ins of $2,100 and $215, respectively. They were, in fact, the Super Tuesday tournaments — and ended with super champions too. There was more success for Ukraine in the medium level, which went to “Anjeyyy“, a very familiar figure in the major tournament series on PokerStars and a two-time SCOOP champion. Anjeyyy has never previously got over the line in WCOOP, however, so this victory, over a field of 291 and picking up a $111,090 score, is a very welcome place to start. In the $215 event, Romania’s “extasyman” won a second WCOOP title, 11 years after his first. This one came with a payout of $67,561, the reward for beating a field of 2,288 entries. extasyman last won a WCOOP event in 2011, when the buy-in was $1K and the prize was 216 times that. Both Anjeyyy and extasyman are also former Sunday Million winners.


WhatIfGod claims HORSE for Sweden: Norwegian players have been the ones to watch in the non hold’em events this year, but in Wednesday’s big HORSE tournament — WCOOP 74-H, which cost $1,050 to play — it was one of Sweden’s finest, “WhatIfGod“, who took the most. WhatIfGod came to prominence in WCOOP of 2014, when he won two titles, and he has since prevailed three times in SCOOP and won two EPT Online titles too. But last night, it was the mixed-game rotation that served him well, and he earned $20,786 for beating a field of 59. All three titles in this event went places other than Norway, with the UK’s “uraqx” winning the low version after a three-way deal, and “NahkaHuora”, based in Malta, winning the medium. Three of the six final table seats were occupied by Norwegians (including one by Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, who finished third), but no more Norwegian titles to report this time.

Arends claimed a career third in WCOOP

Three up for Arends: Another PokerStars MTT great Jans “Graftekkel” Arends got his WCOOP 2022 campaign off and running last night with a quickfire win in the $1K 4-Max Turbo (WCOOP 77-H). The tournament took less than four hours to go from start to finish, by which point there had been 210 entries from 134 players, and 133 of them were out. The last player battling with Arends for the title was Player of the Series leader Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, who was seeking his fourth title of the year. But he ended up having to settle for second (for the third time) as Arends, now representing Austria, banked the $41,208 first prize and picked up a third career WCOOP win. He has previously prevailed in 2021 and 2017, and also has SCOOP titles from 2019 and 2020. The low and medium titles in this event went to Zeifod, of Bulgaria, and hownorez, of Austria, who were both winning their first.


*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


Winners in WCOOP tournaments this year have now picked up more than $10 million, including bounties. And we’re only just coming up to the biggest tournaments, so there’s plenty more to be had.

Tournaments completed: 230
Entries: 684,151 (inc. 165,388 re-entries)
Prize pools: $61,952,640
First-place prizes: $10,460,082 (inc. $2,130,014 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 7
Tournaments starting today: 18

Stats refer to completed tournaments only


Three for Dimov

The following players have won more than one title during this year’s WCOOP:

Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov

alligator14, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, “drew.derzh”, Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva, “gettingpwned”, “nomalice”, Robin “robinho” Ylitalo, “roo_400”, Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Ronan “Sw33ney” Sweeney, “T0X16-“.


Sometimes strategy is sophisticated, sometimes it’s easy. For Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, the rule is simple: “Do not fold to people in 4-Max tournaments, ever.” (He finished 2,146th.)

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


Plenty of player making good on some promises. Good luck later today, “ImYourBluff”.


It’s the big five-o for Brazil as the dominant South Americans hit a half century. The record is 57, set by Brazil last year, and it’s now in sight again.

Current standings:

50 titles — Brazil
22 — UK
21 — Austria
13 — Sweden
12 — Norway
10 — Germany, Ukraine
7 — Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Romaniaa
5 — Finland, Hungary
4 — Kazakhstan, Mexico, Montenegro
3 — Denmark, Lithuania, Malta, Poland
2 — Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Peru, Switzerland, Uruguay
1 — Armenia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Moldova, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan.


Ferreira heads the overall leader board

A second place for Rui Ferreira, coupled with a rare night when Benny Glaser didn’t finish second in anything, extended RuiNF’s lead at the top of the overall leader board. But they are both cashing machines, and there could yet be twists to come.


1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 1,750 points
2 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 1,710
3 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 1,545
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 1,325
5 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 1,245

Prize: $25,000 to the winner


1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 1,005 points
2 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 805
3 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 785
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 710
5 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 665

Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000


1 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 705 points
2 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 535
3 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary – 495
4 – gettingpwned, Bulgaria – 415
5 – Scarmak3r, Slovenia – 405

Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000


1 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 530 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 500
3 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 485
4 – Pomeron, Germany – 465
5 – Airdraken, UK – 455

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.


Thursday, September 22

You can really see how the WCOOP schedule offers something for everyone on Thursday. There’s an $11 freezeout, for example, where you can’t invest more than that 11 bucks even if you wanted to. And then there’s a $10,300 High Roller, with multiple re-entries permitted. You can play both if you really want…

WCOOP 78 – NLHE Deep Stack 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $75K, $225K, $250K

WCOOP 79 – PLO PKO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $20K, $85K, $175K

WCOOP 80 – NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $400K, $600K, $650K

WCOOP 81 – 8-Game
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $25K, $40K, $85K

WCOOP 82 – NLHE 8-Max Freezeout
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $85K, $200K, $300K

WCOOP 83 – NLHE PKO 7-Max Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $50K, $200K, $250K


Day 1: Mattsson off the mark for WCOOP
Day 2: World Champion Schemion denies Spraggy as Leknes makes it seven
Day 3: Five in a row for Glaser as stars shine again

Day 4: Combes and Nemeth back to winning ways
Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7
Day 8: Aido masters the 6-Max as marjan1231 wins huge bounty haul
Day 9: Three up for incredible Ferreira

Day 10: Vieira grabs seventh and becomes World Heads-Up Champion
Day 11: Huber wins for Team Pro as Mattsson and Sweeney do the double
Day 12: Vieira victorious again as Lakemeier wins big
Day 13 round-up
Leonard earns first of the series
Nine for Vieira and eight for Leknes on day of multiple multiples

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