Sunday Scoop: WCOOP Smashes Records

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Online poker history was made yesterday as the two-day WCOOP main event drew 2,443 players to create a prize pool of $12.1 million.

It’s the richest online tournament on record and first place will award a stunning $2.2 million. The event easily surpassed last year’s record-setting WCOOP ME which offered a prize pool of $10 million.

After 12-hours of play yesterday, the tournament clock was paused with 271 players still in the hunt for WCOOP glory.

Online player bedoyiya finished as the overnight chip leader with 968,000 chips. Some of the notable players still in the tournament include Jason Mercier, Bachir “Chiren80” Boumaaza, Chad Brown, Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov, Brynn Kenney, Sorel Mizzi and Alex “AJKHoosier1” Kamberis

Action in the record-breaking tournament resumes at 17:00 ET today.

The main event wasn’t the only huge two-day WCOOP tournament that kicked off on Sunday. The $10,300 8-Game High Roller event drew 133 players to create a prize pool of $1.3 million.

The final table was finally set after Team PokerStars Pro Pat Pezzin busted in seventh place for $43k. Alex Kravchenko will take the chip lead to the final table today at 15:00 ET with nearly 500,000 chips.

The final table won’t be a cakewalk, however, with Jon “PearlJammer” Turner and Jose “nachbarbero” Barbero looking to make some noise.

WCOOP winners on Sunday included Blue Knight1 who took down Event 60 for $299k, TALLWASP who won Event 59 for $96k and ifeedurfam who secured Event 58 for $49k.

PokerStars wasn’t the only place for poker action on Sunday, however, as Full Tilt had some very large tournaments of its own.

The Full Tilt $750k Guaranteed saw 3,548 players buy in with hopes of making their own huge online score. After a three-way deal at the final table, Eleon222 walked away with $91,607. Noted pro David “The Dragon” Pham finished sixth for $23k.

Meanwhile the FTP Sunday Brawl drew 2,815 players to create a prize pool of $563. The final table had a couple known players with Paul Kristofferson and Marc Karam but instead it was Specunder who took first place for $114k.

Finally a total of 923 players bought into UB Poker’s $200k guaranteed tournament on Sunday. Ben “KIDCARDIFF6” Warrington came in fourth place for $12,900 but first went to BOOGEYBOY who took $38,120 for his efforts.

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