WCOOP Day 3: Near Miss for Horecki, Flush_Entity Crushing

Marcin Horecki
Marcin "Goral" Horecki

Day 3 of the 2012 WCOOP saw a Team PokerStars Pro make a final table and a noted Canadian pro hit the top five chip counts in a two-day tournament.

Non-Hold’em experts finally got a crack at Draw and Stud games while No-Limit Hold’em players flocked to the first $1,050 buy-in of this year’s WCOOP.

Action shifts into high gear today with PLO, Heads-Up and Ante Up events all scheduled to take place on PokerStars.

Seven down, 58 more to go.

Here’s a look at the highlights on Day 3 of the 2012 WCOOP:

Event 6: $215 No-Limit Draw

Draw may not be the most popular game in the online world but that didn’t keep 540 players from coming out for Event 6 and doubling the guaranteed prizepool of $50,000 up to $108,000.

Polish professional poker player Marcin “Goral” Horecki would go on an impressive run that would see him make the final table before eventually finishing in sixth place.

Horecki was the first Team PokerStars Pro to make a final table in the 2012 WCOOP.

Goral’s elimination cleared the way for Canadian online player 7PRS to take control of the final table and eventually beat Xelodai heads-up.

7PRS took down $20,520 for his superior drawing efforts.

Here’s a look at the complete final table payouts for Event 6:

1. 7PRS - $20,520
2. Xelodai - $15,120
3. Cerutti84 - $11,070
4. Pirata 184 - $7,560
5. Medetai - $5,400
6. Goral - $3,456

Event 7: $215 Triple Stud

The first Seven-Card Stud event of the 2012 WCOOP drew 640 players to create a prizepool of $128,000.

Among the numerous players to sign up were Shane Schleger, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Jose “nachobarbero” Barbero.

Barbero ended up becoming the last Team PokerStars Pro standing when he finally bailed out in 39th place for $640.

Online player shipwash entered the final table as a massive chip leader with 1.2 million chips but would eventually be upset by Falco234.

Falco234 and shipwash played heads-up for nearly two hours before Falco234 finally found a way to land the knockout blow. Falco234 picked up $24,064 for winning the contest outright.

Here are the complete final table payouts:

1. Falco234 - $24,064
2. Shipwash - $17,600
3. Ryokan - $12,928
4. Fred_Brink - $9,600
5. Bimbostix - $6,400
6. Ponga80 - $4,480
7. feiX Groni - $2,880
8. Rabscuttle - $1,920

Griffin Benger
Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger

Event 8: $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1

MTT master Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger built a top-five chip stack on Day 1 of the big $1,050 buy-in Event 8 yesterday.

Daniel Negreanu, Matt “ch0ppy” Kay, Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen, Eugene Katchalov, George Danzer, Angel Guillen, Lex Veldhuis, Randy “nanonoko” Lew, Shane Schleger and Max Lykov were among 1,574 players who bought into the massive tournament.

With a prizepool of $1.5 million and $262k for first place, even the high-stakes pros were salivating at going deep in this tournament.

By the end of Day 1 the field had been reduced to just 78 players with Viking8844 leading the way with 556,728 chips. Griffin Benger isn’t that far behind with 335,649.

Team PokerStars Pro Christian “el grillo” De Leon also secured his spot in Day 2 along with IAmSoSo, Amit “AMAK316” Makhija and Jamie “TheChronic420” Rosen.

The two-day tournament resumes at 17:00 ET today.

Today’s WCOOP Events

6:00 ET – WCOOP-9: $265 Pot-Limit Omaha

  • $265 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed

11:00 ET – WCOOP-10: $320 No-Limit Hold’em [Ante Up}

  • $320 buy-in $300,000 guaranteed

14:00 ET – WCOOP-11: $215 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up

  • $215 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed

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