WCOOP Day 2: Five Winners in One Day

Marcin Horecki
Marcin "Goral" Horecki

The 2011 World Championship of Online Poker shifted into high gear yesterday with five events and five more winners.

Two of the events were technically holdovers from Sunday as there were so many players it would have been impossible to finish them in one day. 

Of course Day 2 of the 2011 WCOOP attracted thousands more, as online poker players tried their hand at PLO, Shootout and Turbo Rebuy events.

Sunday saw the first winner of this year’s WCOOP as Ashley “DYBYDX” Mason took down the $10k High Rollers event for over $400k but Monday was the first day where multiple bracelets were awarded.

Here’s a look at a particularly busy day at the 2011 WCOOP:

Event 1: $215 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em

A total of 7,500 players bought into the massive $215 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em event on Sunday.

There were numerous pros who took a shot at the event including Pierre Neuville, Tyler Frost, Vicky Coren and Jan Heitmann but most did not make it out of the early stages of the tournament.

There were simply too many players to get down to a winner in one day so players returned on Monday to crown a champion.

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree made a deep run that would eventually see her fall in 18th place for $9,000.

Online player LOL_U_91 would eventually defeat Fisherman903 heads-up to claim a $211k first place prize.

Event 3: $215 No-Limit Hold’em

Event 3, similar to Event 1, could not be contained to just one day.

There were 10,107 players who came out to play on Sunday which created a prizepool of over $2 million.

In just over 12 hours there were well over 9,000 eliminations and just 69 players continued play on Monday.

Kevin “WizardOfAhhs” Thurman was the sole representative of Team PokerStars to make it to Day 2 but he would be snuffed in the early stages of the day.

In the end K_0_S_T_Y_A would help himself to the immense $288k first-place prize.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Event 4: $320 Pot-Limit Omaha

Event 4 was the first non-No-Limit Hold’em event of the 2011 WCOOP and players responded in a big way.

A total of 1,697 players paid the $320 buy-in to play some Pot-Limit Omaha including Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem and Jonathan Duhamel.

All the aforementioned names busted early but Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer made a terrific run that eventually saw him bust in 47th place for $1,323.

Bratpack1979 would go on to win the event for $61,092.

Event 5: $320 Shootout

Marcin “Goral” Horecki fell just shy of becoming the first Team PokerStars Pro to win a WCOOP event this year in Event 5.

Shootout events are generally quite popular and Event 5 was no exception with 1,256 players looking to dominate the Sit & Go-style tournament.

There plenty of pros out for the event with Shane “Shaniac” Schleger, JP Kelly, Ana Marquez and Kevin MacPhee all looking to become the last man or woman standing.

It took just three rounds to go from 1,256 players to a final table of six players.

After a tremendous run Horecki would finally bust in fourth place when his A-Q failed against pocket nines.

Mossop7 went on to win the event for $50,328.

Event 6: $215 Rebuys + Turbo

Jonathan “MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis become arguably the first well-known player to take down a WCOOP bracelet in Event 6.

The tournament attracted hordes of action-loving turbo players with a total of 1,589 entrants, 3,130 rebuys and 754 add-ons.

Team PokerStars Pro was again out in full force with Humberto Brenes, George Danzer and Daniel Negreanu all making the money.

Incredibly Marcin Horecki, who finished fourth in Event 5, would once again be the last Team PokerStars Pro standing as he finished in 27th place in Event 6.

Karamalikis put on an inspiring performance at the final table, which at one point saw him down to less than one big blind, but he would double up twice and then go on to take the chip lead.

The Australian pro kept the pressure on his opponents and would eventually take first place for $179k.

Today’s Events:

Event 7: $215 PL Draw, Event 8: $215 Triple Stud, Event 9: $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em are all scheduled to take place later today.

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