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Rousso makes final table as WCOOP nears end
Two more events played out over the weekend as the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker progressed toward its main event. Saturday saw Vanessa Rousso make it to the final table of the Limit Hold'em Six-Max event, and high rollers paid out big money for some H.O.R.S.E. as well.
Both events drew enough players to top their guaranteed prize amounts once again. The H.O.R.S.E. event in particular more than doubled its guarantee, with Brazilian pro Andre Akkari nearly making it to first place to maximize his return on the buy-in.
However, neither Rousso nor Akkari was able to turn in a WCOOP bracelet win over the weekend. Here's how the events played out and how the Main Event is looking so far after its first day of play:
The $1,050 Fixed-Limit Hold'em Six-Max event drew 580 players to the virtual felt on Saturday. That boosted the resulting prize pool up to $80,000 beyond its $500,000 guarantee.
Only the top 24 players would get paid in this event, and there were a few familiar names who made it into the money. Lee Nelson, THAY3R, Humberto Brenes and MrSmokey1 all walked away with some money.
The highest-ranking pro when all the cards were dealt was Akkari, who succumbed to DocHolatchya to finish in second place. The final-table results are:
On Sunday there was only one event on tap, the $5,200 No-Limit Hold'em WCOOP main event. Scheduled for two days of play, the $10 million guaranteed event drew 2,185 players to boost the prize pool to $10,925,000.
The first day of play concluded with just 60 players left, well into the money since the top 324 were getting paid.
Humberto Brenes continued a good run in this year's WCOOP with a 234th-place cash in the main event. THAY3R and Vanessa Rousso also joined him in the money, but were unable to make it to Day 2.
Orel Hershiser also made a good showing with an 89th-place cash.
Still in the mix for the final day today are Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Ryan "Daut44" Daut, but you know they're going to be up against some stiff competition as they battle for a top prize of more than $1 million.
Stay tuned to PokerListings to find out how it all plays out. Or if you want to check out some of the action yourself, head to PokerStars.
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