Pros dominate busy WCOOP weekend

Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier: a two-time 2009 WCOOP winner.

Pro poker players were flying high on the final weekend of the 2009 PokerStars.com World Championship of Online Poker.

David "Rugdoctor" Williams, Terrence "Unassigned" Chan, and Justin Young all won their first WCOOP bracelet while Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Daniel "djk123" Kelly both took down their second.

The onslaught of victorious pros began late Friday night when Terrence Chan decided to add to his two SCOOP bracelets by winning the WCOOP $1,050 Limit Hold'em six-max event.

Chan outlasted 436 players to win $83,030.

His combined SCOOP and WCOOP victories take him up to over $260,000 in lifetime PokerStars online series winnings.

It's worth noting that both of Chan's SCOOP victories also came in six-max Limit Hold'em.

The next pro to claim WCOOP glory was David "RugDoctor" Williams, who won the pro-heavy $2,100 8-Game event for $107,800.

The WSOP bracelet winner outlasted 244 players, including big-name players like Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis, Jonathan "PearlJammer" Turner and Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis, to win the event.

Williams won the title after a hard-fought heads-up battle with 2008 Aussie Millions champion Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn.

David Williams
D-Dub wins Dub-Coop gold.

Next up was Justin "robert07" Young, who won the $530 PLO Heads-Up event for $52,600. Young, who finished second in the 2008 WPT Five Diamond event, had to survive a tough final heads-up match against AB_illustrative.

AB_Illustrative looked be pulling away at one point, but Young managed to turn quad sevens, while AB_illustrative rivered a full house and that was enough to give Young a huge pot and a huge edge going forward.

However, Grospellier really stole the headlines this weekend when he managed to win his second WCOOP bracelet in the $215 No-Limit Hold'em event.

Grospellier overwhelmed an enormous field of 9,219 players to take down the first place prize of $263,323.

Several Team PokerStars Pros, including Barry Greenstein and Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis, made it deep in the event, but they didn't get anywhere close to the final table.

Instead, Grospellier carried the Team PokerStars torch alone and had no problem busting players at the final table all-night long.

With just three players remaining ElkY ran very well and eventually taking control heads-up winning a massive hand with the nut straight against the second-nut straight.

Not to be outdone, Daniel "djk123" Kelly won his second WCOOP of the 2009 series in the $10,300 High Rollers H.O.R.S.E event.

Kelly outlasted a pro-heavy field of 102 players to win the $252,350 that accompanied first place.

The final table was stacked with Matt "Hoss_TBF" Hawrilenko and Noah "Exclusive" Boeken trying to thwart Kelly's bid for a second WCOOP title.

It was to no avail as Kelly made short work of the final table and then beat ozenc in heads-up play to take down the bracelet.

The 2009 WCOOP main event began yesterday with 2,144 players buying in to create a prize pool of $10.7 million.

A total of 178 players survived the first day and are now awaiting the Day 2 restart at 5 p.m. ET Monday.

Incredibly, djk123 is ninth in chips.

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