WCOOP Day 15: Dan “djk123” Kelly Posts WCOOP Three-Peat

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly becomes the third player with three WCOOP bracelets.

Dan Kelly’s victory highlighted a WCOOP weekend that saw five new champions crowned and over $4.75 million in prize pools generated.

Kelly became just the third player with three World Championship of Online Poker titles, joining Anders “Donald” Berg and Ryan “g0lfa” D’Angelo.

Read on for details on that, plus a breakdown of all the other weekend WCOOP action.

WCOOP-37: $109 8-Game

It was early Saturday morning when Dan “djk123” Kelly defeated Germany’s nilsef to lay claim to his third WCOOP bracelet.

Kelly is unquestionably one of the most accomplished young players in the game, with more than $4.9 million in online earnings and an impressive live résumé that includes almost $1.5 million in winnings and a WSOP bracelet from the 2010 $25k Six-Max event.

This WCOOP event boasted a field of 1,426. Kelly took $23,529 for the victory.

WCOOP-38: $530 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up]

The first, and significantly more affordable, of the weekend’s heads-up offering attracted 765 players and put together a prize pool of $382,500.

64 players got paid in this event on Saturday with Sweden’s bajskorven87 coming out on top for $95,625 and the WCOOP bracelet. He defeated 0PIGGYBANK of Germany who earned $49,725 for runner-up.

Also cashing in this event was recent WCOOP winner Big_Nemo, Team PokerStars Pros Chad Brown and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and recent addition to Team PokerStars Online Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen.

WCOOP-39: $320 HORSE

Dan Kelly wasn’t the only online poker legend in the winner’s circle this weekend as Steve “gboro780” Gross defeated a field of 591 to win his first WCOOP bracelet and $33,332.

Alexander Kostritsyn
2008 Aussie Millions champion Alexander Kostritsyn narrowly misses his first WCOOP win.

Gross has career online earnings in excess of $5.7 million and has spent time as the number one ranked online tournament player in the world.

He defeated ViTaMin of China heads-up with Alexander “Joiso” Kostritsyn finishing fourth.

WCOOP-40: $215 NL Hold’em

This two-day event attracted a massive 8,332-player field and smashed its $1 million guarantee, building a total prize pool of $1,666,400.

When play was halted last night just 57 players remained, including Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen and Sandra Najouks. At time of publishing six players remain with z81ima of Russia in the lead and Ryan “daut44” Daut in second.

$249,964 is on the line for first place. Check back for an update when this event is complete.

WCOOP-41: $10,300 NL Hold’em [High Roller, Heads-Up]

The second $10k High Roller event of the 2011 WCOOP got 32 runners and attracted some of the biggest names in online poker.

Four spots were available in the money with top honors, and 119,000, going to Canada’s piston87. That number was thanks to a deal struck heads-up with eventual second-place finisher akut of the UK who received $105,000.

Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu finished fourth for $48,000.

WCOOP-42: $1,050 NL Hold’em

Another two-day event, this $1k buy-in event had a field of 2,207 and a total prize pool of over $2.2 million.

After more than 17 hours of play yesterday the field was cut down to just 111 with po77a of Germany leading the way to the $353,120 first-place prize.

Also still alive are Ryan Daut and Brian “$tinger 88” Hastings.

Action has just resumed in this tournament. Check back for an update later today.

11.00 ET – WCOOP-43: $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max]

  • $320 buy-in – $350,000 guaranteed

14.00 ET – WCOOP-44: $320 NL Hold’em [2X Chance]

  • $320 buy-in – $400,000 guaranteed

17.00 ET – WCOOP-45: $265 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Knockout]

  • $265 buy-in – $400,000 guaranteed

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