WCOOP Day 7: Kelly, Wheeler Snag Final Tables

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly is tied for most WCOOP titles with three.

American poker refugee Dan “djk123” Kelly came close to a record fourth WCOOP title as the 2012 WCOOP wrapped up its first week of online poker action.

Kelly joined fellow US grinder Jason Wheeler as the only name-pros to make final tables but ultimately they both fell short of the serious money up for grabs.

All told, three different players scored six-figure paydays and we’ve got the details on all of it for you below in our daily recap of the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars.com.

Event 18: $109 NL Hold’em – $750,000 Guaranteed

The 19th event of this year’s WCOOP crushed its $750,000 guarantee to come within spitting distance of a cool million.

9,959 players bought in with eventual winner Kodalite from Norway taking down $140,186.

Daniel Negreanu
Kid Poker is happy about his first WCOOP cash of 2012.
 

Ultimately the tournament was decided by a heads-up deal between the Norwegian and uR.Silver from Russia who pocketed $113,374. Kodalite entered heads-up with a roughly three to one chip lead and took $125k to uR.Silver’s $113k in the chop.

$15,000 was left on the table which Kodalite snagged after just a few hands. The Russian turned aces up and the Norwegian rivered a flush with the money going in on fifth street.

Posting results for the pro contingent in this event were Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (55th), winner of the biggest Sunday Million ever Luke “Bdbeatslayer” Vrabel (78th), Christophe De Meulder (91st) and Celina Lin (706th).

Daniel Negreanu notched his first 2012 WCOOP cash with a 997th-place finish.

Here are the full final table results, adjusted to reflect the heads-up deal:

  • 1. Kodalite (Norway) $140,186.66*
  • 2. uR.Silver (Russia) $113,374.27*
  • 3. Flush098765 (Germany) $74,692.50
  • 4. Ulett_23 (Canada) $49,795.00
  • 5. Vladimir237 (Germany) $39,836.00
  • 6. Xading (Russia) $29,877.00
  • 7. marwan24 (Canada) $19,918.00
  • 8. mora7777 (Mexico) $10,954.90
  • 9. GordonStr222 (Honduras) $7,718.22

Event 19: $320 NL Hold’em – $250,000 Guaranteed

It’s not unusual for PokerStars tournaments to far surpass their guarantees but the prize pool in this event was staggering even by those standards.

2,794 players coughed up the $320 buy-in to more than triple the event’s $250k guarantee.

Adam Levy
Adam "Roothlus" Levy
 

By the time the day was done British player danface stood alone in the winner’s circle, $132,436 richer. No deal was struck in this event meaning runner-up PICKLED EGG from Brazil took home the originally-agreed upon sum of $99,469.

Also securing a spot among the 360 places that paid out in this event were Ben “ShankingYou” Palmer (26th), Adam “Roothlus” Levy (40th), Ryan “Daut44” Daut (98th), Vanessa Rousso (204th), Scott “BigRiskky” Clements (261st), Randall “RandALLin” Flowers (352nd) and Bryn Kenney (359th).

Here are the full final table results:

1. danface (United Kingdom) $132,436.00
2. PICKLED EGG (Brazil) $99,469.19
3. Cyatusha (Ukraine) $71,247.00
4. gray31 (Canada) $49,034.70
5. gamble.niki (Russia) $37,299.90
6. APD0290 (Canada) $28,917.90
7. wiczar (Poland) $20,535.90
8. Gazzerina (United Kingdom) $12,153.90
9. KingPoulou (Belgium)  $7,124.70

Event 20: $215 FL Hold’em – $100,000 Guaranteed

While yesterday’s other two WCOOP events were lacking in final-table star power, Event 20 saw two big-name poker pros battling for the most prestigious title in online poker.

Dan “djk123” Kelly already had three WCOOP titles to his credit but fell short of a fourth in this tournament. Kelly finished 6th, taking home just over $7,000.

Another relocated American, Jason “jdtjpoker” Wheeler finished eighth. Wheeler recently pushed his live tournament earnings over the $1 million mark with a cash in the EPT Barcelona main event last week.

Outlasting every single player in this event was dirty.brasil who was playing from a Canadian IP address. dirty.brasil  took down $31,284. No deal was needed.

Here are the full final table results:

1. dirty.brasil (Canada) $31,284.00
2. MSC1121 (Japan) $22,594.00
3. Fidget65 (Russia) $16,858.60
4. chaser100 (United Kingdom) $12,600.50
5. bob43155 (Mexico) $8,759.52
6. Dan "djk123" Kelly (Australia) $7,021.52
7. Direktor35x (Germany) $5,283.52
8. jdtjpoker (Mexico) $3,562.90
9. ugritaly (Australia) $2,172.50

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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