Final WCOOP event rewards winner with the big bucks

The richest online tournament to have ever been held in the history of online poker, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Event #15's final table kicked off at quarter to four in the morning, Eastern Standard Time.

The total prize pool for the championship was originally guaranteed to be $2.5 million; However, by the time the last player had registered and collected their chip stack of $5,000, the prize pool had reached a staggering $3,735,000. The No-Limit Hold'em event boasted a buy-in of $2,500 + $100, hosted 1,494 players and lasted over 14 hours. The tournament began at 4:30 p.m. (EST) and finished at 6:48 a.m. (EST). A total of 135 places were paid out.

As the remaining nine players sat down to play the final table, the seat position and chip count were as follows:

1. PICKLED EGG (Las Vegas, NV) $565,328
2. Panella86 (Eddystone, PA) $1,533,144
3. tralala (Stockholm, Sweden) $1,195,282
4. Vendetta (Stockholm, Sweden) $909,938
5. salas777 (Los Angeles, CA) $390,482
6. aaaaaaaa (Saugus, MA) $1,238,006
7. lollylu (Boca Raton, FL) $509,102
8. JERRRY (Buffalo Grove, IL) $691,041
9. Buster Love (Las Vegas, NV) $437,677

Buster Love was the first player to bite the dust at the final table. He is known in the walking world as pro player Mark Seif, winner of two 2005 WSOP Main Event tables and bracelets. He was followed by lollylu, salas777, JERRRY, aaaaaaaa and PICKLED EGG. The three remaining players cut a deal that gave each player $500K, leaving $50,000 and the WCOOP bracelet for the first place winner. Swedish female poker pro tralala was knocked out in third place, leaving Panella86 and Vendetta to contend for first place.

The final table results for Event #15 are as follows:

1st Panella86 (Eddystone, PA) $577,342.00
2nd Vendetta (Stockholm, Sweden) $573,735.00
3rd tralala (Stockholm, Sweden) $540,877.00
4th PICKLED EGG (Las Vegas, NV) $242,775.00
5th aaaaaaaa (Saugus, MA) $197,955.00
6th JERRRY (Buffalo Grove, IL) $160,605.00
7th salas777 (Los Angeles, CA) $123,255.00
8th lollylu (Boca Raton, FL) $85,905.00
9th Buster Love (Las Vegas, NV) $56,025.00

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