WCOOP Day 1: DYBYDX Draws First Blood

Joe Hachem
Joe Hachem

Online grinder DYBYDX got off to the best possible start in the 2011 WCOOP by winning the $10k High Roller Event for $430k last night.

The High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event, which was technically Event 2 of this year’s WCOOP, drew 200 of the best online players in the world including Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Annette Obrestad, Chris Moorman and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

Former WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem was one of the early top five chip leaders and would make it into the money but finally fell in 24th place for $20,000.

That left JP Kelly as the only surviving member of Team PokerStars Pro, but the U.K. pro would also fall, hitting the deck in 18th place for $25k.

By this point Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason, also from the U.K., had smashed his way into the top five chip counts and had a lock on the final table.

As might be expected with such a high buy-in online poker tournament, the final table was stacked.

Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee, Tom “kingsofcards” Marchese and Tobias “PokerNoob999” Reinkemeier all made an appearance at the final table and had a shot at the $430k first-place prize.

Instead they would all fall short with MacPhee making the deepest run before finally crashing in third place for $235k. 

That paved the way for a heads-up battle between U.K. players xraypies and DYBYDX. It took 93 hands but DYBYDX finally overwhelmed xraypies and became the first winner of the 2011 PokerStars WCOOP.

A total of three events started yesterday but both Event 1: $215 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em and Event 2: $215 No-Limit Hold’em were still running at the time this article was published.

Three more events start today with Event 4: $320 Pot-Limit Omaha, Event 5: $320 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Shootout and Event 6: $215 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo all on tap.

The 2011 WCOOP offers 62 events and will run through Sept. 25, culminating with a $5 million guaranteed main event.

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