PokerStars Team Pro officially entered the winner’s circle in the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker last night, while one of the best won a second title. Here’s all the latest…
- Huber takes one down for Team Pro
- Magnificent Mattsson makes it two
- Sweeney does the double
- Arriba for Ebaaa11
- Elmerixx victorious, Senkel92 denied
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Huber takes one down for Team Pro: PokerStars Team Pro Sebastian “peace&loove” Huber is used to running well over long distances. When he’s not battling at the PokerStars tables and streaming his play on Twitch, the Austrian is running marathons and competing in triathlons. “In poker, we’re going to compete against other players,” he told us. “But in athletics, you’re not only competing against others, but you’re also competing against yourself, day in and day out. Every run is different.”
His latest test of endurance came in a $5.50 7-Max PKO Freezeout event that got 6,616 entries. It began on Tuesday, returned for Day 2 on Thursday, and even ran into Friday morning. But when Huber crossed the finish line, he was the last player standing. “Wow, I can’t believe it,” he told his Twitch audience as the “congratulations” pop-up revealed he’d won $2,820 (including $915 in bounties).
It’s by no means the biggest score of the Austrian’s career, but it could very well be the most satisfying run of his life. He’s now a WCOOP champion.
Magnificent Mattsson makes it two: You wait for ages for one and then two come along at once.
We were flabbergasted to find out that Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson–the winningest online tournament player in history and widely considered one of the best to ever do it–hadn’t won a WCOOP title prior to his maiden victory earlier this series. But now the floodgates are well and truly open.
Mattsson, who took down the very first tournament to finish this year (a $530 Turbo Cooldown for $52,820), has now added a second title to his simply ludicrous resume. He won the $530 6-Max Freezeout on Thursday, banking $32,783 and bolstering his position at the top of online poker’s all-time money list. The Swede already has five SCOOP titles and this latest victory takes him up to $24.6 million in career earnings.
There’s no stopping him now.
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Sweeney does the double: Mattsson wasn’t the only two-in-2022 champ crowned last night. The UK’s Ronan “Sw33ney” Sweeney has also done the double, following up his $109 5-Card PLO title from earlier in the series by winning the $5,200 6-Max High Roller last night.
As expected from a $5K, this event was crammed with the best of the best. The 79-total entries were whittled down to a final table that included Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani, “x_zola25”, Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski and Daniil “NVoskob1986” Kiselev. Ultimately, Sweeney defeated perennial crusher Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira heads-up, denying the Brazil-based Portuguese pro his fourth title of the series.
Sweeney collected $106,614 for the win and his fourth career WCOOP title, his others coming in 2019 ($55 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack) and 2021 ($530 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout).
Arriba for Ebaaa11: The other $5,200 buy-in tournament to finish last night (the one Spraggy bubbled a couple of nights ago) was almost identical in size (76 entries) and featured, you guessed it, another stacked FT.
The final nine were a murderers’ row. Alex “Pwndidi” Theologis, “sk2ll_m0dR”, “DingeBrinker”, Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet, Andras “probirs” Nemeth, and Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi all departed first to leave Montenegro-based Russian player “Ebaaa11” heads-up against Austria’s Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph. Both were seeking their third-career WCOOP title.
But it was Ebaaa11 who came out on top to bank the $102,565 first-place prize.
Elmerixx victorious, Senkel92 denied: Finland’s Tomi “elmerixx” Brouk has been beating up the high stakes online for years, but had never won a WCOOP title (or a SCOOP title, for that matter). That all changed last night when he beat Brazilian beast Bruno “botteonpoker” Botteon heads-up to win the $530 6-Max for $38,761, outlasting a 433-entry field. Botteon will have to wait for that third WCOOP title.
And speaking of multiple WCOOP winners, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes almost captured his eighth career WCOOP title last night. Alas, he had to settle for second as Germany’s “monopol” passed go and collected $5,653 for the win in the $22 PLO8.
It just keeps getting bigger. And remember, this doesn’t include many of the tourneys that kicked off on Thursday.
Tournaments completed: 154
Entries: 467,393 (inc. 108,310 re-entries)
Prize pools: $41,703,284
First-place prizes: $6,810,792 (inc. $1,592,812 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 0
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
“I can’t believe it. We won a WCOOP.” Here’s the moment that PokerStars Team Pro Sebastian “peace&loove” Huber took down his maiden title.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Yep. It’s all Brazil, as you’re about to discover on the Countries Leaderboard.
— Fintan Hand (@EasyWithAces) September 15, 2022
Brazil added another four titles to their tally last night, as did Austria. But what we’re REALLY excited about is that Kyrgyzstan has now won a second WCOOP title this year, courtesy of “AntK1lller”s victory in the $530 7-Max PKO. Kyrgyzstan had never won a WCOOP prior to 2022.
38 titles — Brazil
16 — UK
15 — Austria
8 — Norway, Sweden
5 — Bulgaria, Canada, Ukraine
4 — Germany, Mexico, Romania
3 — Belarus, Finland, Lithuania, Montenegro
2 — Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
Thanks to his runner-up finish last night, Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira has taken over the top spot in both the overall and high leaderboards.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 1,150 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 1,090
3 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, UK – 955
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, United Kingdom – 805
5 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 775
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 720 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 535
3 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 530
4 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 515
5 – Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Hungary – 485
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 415 points
=2 – gettingpwned, Bulgaria – 360 points
=2 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary – 360
=4 – regina83h, Ukraine – 325
=4 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 325
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – Airdraken, UK – 375 points
2 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 365
=3 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 360
=3 – Pomeron, Germany – 345
5 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 325
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.
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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 8: Three up for incredible Ferreira
Day 9: Vieira grabs seventh and becomes World Heads-Up Champion