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WCOOP Day 11: Halfway Done and Over $20 Million Awarded
The 2011 World Championship of Online Poker reached its halfway point yesterday with three new champions crowned and plenty of big names cashing in on guarantee-breaking prize pools.
31 of the 62 events on the slate for the 2011 WCOOP are complete and over $20 million in prizes have already been awarded.
The series runs until September 25th, culminating in the $5,200 buy-in, $5 million guarantee Main Event.
Last year’s WCOOP Main Event awarded $2.2 million for first place, which remains the biggest single online poker tournament prize to date.
WCOOP-28: $1,050 NL Hold’em
This high buy-in tournament began on Tuesday when 1,146 kicked their $1,000 into the prize pool, putting more than $1.1 million in the pot to be divided among the top 135.
By the end of Day 1 just 65 remained and they all reconvened yesterday to play down to a winner. By end of day just one player was left, Schildy1984 of Austria who walked away with $206,280.
The heads-up match pitted two Austrians against one another, with TheFan83 taking $147,031 for his runner-up finish.
Finishing seventh for $34,380 was Christina “lindeyloo22” Lindley who has joined the growing group of poker players to have moved to Vancouver, Canada to play online poker.
WCOOP-29: $265 NL Omaha H/L [6-Max, Knockout]
The UK notched another WCOOP victory yesterday in this No-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event.
Horns_Halo came out on top, outlasting a 685-player field to put the champion’s bracelet on his wrist and $23,555 in his pocket. That number was thanks to a deal struck three-handed that saw eventual runner-up nkeyno of Japan take $17,800 and third-place finisher cutitup of Sweden earn $15,500.
Also cashing in this event were Jon “PearlJammer” Turner and Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee.
WCOOP-30: $530 NL Hold’em [10-Max, Triple Shootout]
Boasting a shootout format and $322,500 in prizes Event 30 attracted 645 players and played down to a final table yesterday. Ten players will return for the final table today, all with equal chip stacks, to fight for the $58,856 first-place prize.
At time of publishing just 5 players remain with Olorionek of Poland leading.
Making it through the first shootout round meant cashing in this tournament for $1,241. Doing just that was Daniel Negreanu, Joe “Joey Capp” Cappuccio, Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde, Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko, Jon “PearlJammer” Turner and Alex “Assasinato” Fitzgerald.
WCOOP-31: $320 8-Game
Mixed games are blowing up in a big way both online and live, as evidenced by the 632 that bought into this 8-game championship.
All told $189,600 was collected, with $35,076 going to first. That sum, and the WCOOP bracelet, went to Vingtcent of the Netherlands. He defeated Russia’s ElmanOne heads-up.
The tournament saw a rotation of 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Hold’em, Razz, Stud, Stud Hi-Lo, No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha.
Finishing fourth was Team PokerStars Online’s Adrienne ‘talonchick’ Rowsome. She took $13,272.
Notables to cash in this event included recent WCOOP winner Olkku, Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Rousso, Anders Berg, George Danzer and Andre Akkari, as well as Thayer Rasmussen.
Today’s WCOOP Events
06.00 ET – WCOOP-32: $320 NL Hold’em [6-Max]
- $320 buy-in - $350,000 guaranteed
11.00 ET – WCOOP-33: $320 PL Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A]
- $320 buy-in - $300,000 guaranteed
14.00 ET – WCOOP-34: $320 Triple Draw 2-7
- $320 buy-in - $50,000 guaranteed