Grundy, Kenney, Batista Shine as WCOOP Builds to Big Finish

Chad Batista
lilholdem back making big scores.

High-stakes vets Ben "milkybarkid" Grundy, Bryn Kenney and Chad "lilholdem954" Batista all took down nice scores in the 2013 WCOOP yesterday as it winds towards its big finish this week.

With guarantees being smashed daily momentum is building for the big Main Event this Sunday but in the meantime several notables made their mark.

British PLO specialist Ben Grundy earned his first WCOOP championship in Event #46, $320 PLO Six-Max after a three-way chop.

Ben Grundy

Owner of one of the most impressive online graphs of all-time, Grundy hadn't sniffed a COOP final table since the 2006 WCOOP main Eevent but made sure to close things out this time, even if he didn't take home the biggest cut.

Event #46 ($320 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A]) results:

Players: 462
Rebuys: 281
Add-ons: 212
Prizepool: $286,500.00
Places paid: 60

  • 1. Ben "milkybarkid" Grundy (United Kingdom) $41,870.02*
  • 2. Eversti78 (Finland) $46,099.17*
  • 3. UziStuNNa (Hungary) $39,380.06*
  • 4. -Rebus1980- (Russia) $21,201.00
  • 5. ninototoroko (Brazil) $15,184.50
  • 6. USoGotPwned (United Kingdom) $9,741.00

Kenney, Batista Fall Just Short

Meanwhile in Event #45, $2,100 No-Limit Hold'em fellow Brit paphiti was busy holding off high-stakes wreckers Kenney and Batista to take down the second-biggest payout so far in the 2013 WCOOP.

A big field of 1,437 entrants bought in for a prize pool of $2,874,000 with Kenney leading the way into the final table.

Batista, who's had his troubles in and out of the game over the years, came into the final table near the bottom of the chip counts but showed he hasn't lost his game to finish third and score $264,408.

Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

Kenney took a 2-1 lead shortly into heads-up play but paphiti bounced back with two big hands and then finsihed Kenney off when he turned trips.

2013 WCOOP Event #45 ($2,100 NLHE) results 

Players: 1,437
Prize pool: $2,874,000.00
Places paid: 180

  • 1. paphiti (United Kingdom) -- $480,101.70
  • 2. Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney (Canada) -- $350,628.00
  • 3. Chad "lilholdem954" Batista (Mexico) -- $264,408.00
  • 4. Shankar825 (Canada) -- $195,432.00
  • 5. omalos (Sweden) -- $140.826.00
  • 6. BOOOMMMM (Germany) -- $112,086.00
  • 7. Anjeyyy (Ukraine) -- $83,346.00
  • 8. mickyray2010 (United Kingdom) -- $54,606.00
  • 9. Purakzoli (Hungary) -- $29,889.60

For full recaps of all of yesterday's WCOOP action, check the PokerStars blog.

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