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Ryan “gutshtallin” Welch Scores Big in First Wave of WCOOP Events
The 2014 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is underway and pro Ryan “gutshtallin” Welch has already picked up a massive $200k prize.
Welch outlasted 11,634 players to pick up his first WCOOP title in Event 3: Sunday Million Special Edition.
The Nashville native was part of a massive seven-way chop that actually saw the Czech Republic’s whipEEr take home the biggest prize of $269,364 for third place.
A consummate online pro, Welch also won a WSOP bracelet in 2010 for $559,371 when he outlasted 965 players in the $3k Triple Chance No-Limit event.
Big Huni, Stammdogg Among Early WCOOP Leaders
Russian Creatiff111 currently sits atop the early WCOOP leaderboard with 130 points but noted online players Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen and Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen are also in the top 50.
Hunichen nearly closed out WCOOP-04 PLO 6-Max but was thwarted by Creatiff111.
Hunichen had to settle for a $57,575 score for second but ascended to second place on the leaderboard, which he currently shares with Ryan Welch.
Meanwhile Stammen had several smaller scores including a 20th in WCOOP-05 $320 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Shootout for $2,721.
The WPT World Championship winner is 27th on the WCOOP leaderboard with 65 points.
The 2014 WCOOP runs from Sept. 7-28 so there are still plenty of events to come with satellites into various events currently running on PokerStars.