WCOOP Day 8: $4.9 Million in Prizes This Weekend

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It was all WCOOP all the time on PokerStars this weekend.

The World Championship of Online Poker dominated this weekend with over $4.9 million in prizes generated by WCOOP events Saturday and Sunday.

Since we signed off on Friday five more WCOOP champions have been crowned, including Anders Berg who came away with his third WCOOP title.

We've got the details on those, and two other tournaments playing down to a winner today.

WCOOP-19 – $109 NL Hold’em

Event 19 was the most affordable tournament of this year’s WCOOP. With a buy-in of just $109 an astonishing 11,741 turned up. The event began Saturday.

erickie  of the Netherlands went the distance, earning $163,324 and the most coveted bracelet in online poker.

1,530 in total were paid, among them notables Fatima Moreira De Melo in 49th and ElkY in 1,174th.

erickie defeated the UK’s dreeniee82 who received $117,410 for his runner-up finish.

WCOOP-20 – $215 FL Hold’em

The first Limit Hold’em event of this year’s WCOOP proved popular, attracting 979 and nearly doubling the $100,000 guarantee.

Fatima Moreira De Melo
Olympic gold-medalist Fatima Moreira De Melo.

After almost 13 hours of play RiskStar from Norway came out on top, defeating Dutchman lennie1987 heads-up to do it.

RiskStar earned $35,244 for the win.

Finishing 8th was Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde. That’s Linde’s second final table appearance so far in the 2011 WCOOP.

WCOOP-21 – $215 NL Hold’em

Replacing PokerStars’ regularly scheduled Sunday Million, this $215 No-Limit saw 8,484 players and a massive $1,696,800 prize pool.

After a full day of play that number was hacked down to just 62. They all returned today to play down to a winner and at time of publishing just seven were left.

BlockWinner of Russia is currently leading the charge at the $293,512 first-place prize.

* Update: gregor7878 became just the second Polish player to ever win a WCOOP title when he defeated gnostan of Russia heads-up. A five-way deal was reached with eventual winner gregor7878 taking $158,627.

WCOOP-22 – $530 NL Hold’em

The second WCOOP event to get underway yesterday boasted a bigger, $530 buy-in, and managed to build a very healthy $1,869,500 prize pool.

Just 131 made it to Day 2 with TheUrsaraie of Romania heading the pack as chip leader. At time of publishing 94 players remain with Canada’s yvonjr67 in the lead.

Still alive in this event are Jonathan “Monster_Dong” Karamalikis and Matt “ch0ppy” Kay.

Just over $293,000 is on the line for first place. Check back for an update when this event is complete.

*Update: Flying Smile of Russia went the distance, winning this event and a massive $293,512. He defeated pvas2 of the United Kingdom who received $218,731.

Anders “Donald” Berg Captures Third WCOOP Title

On Friday, after 15 hours of play, Team PokerStars Online player Anders “Donald” Berg won his third World Championship of Online Poker title. He joins Ryan “g0lfa” D’Angelo as the only player with a trio of WCOOP titles.

Berg defeated 1,952 players in Event 14, $215 Pot-Limit Omaha to win the bracelet and $61,4788.

From Norway, Berg holds a PhD in Mathematics and has a background in expert-level chess.

Today’s WCOOP Events

11.00 ET – WCOOP-23: $215 NL Hold’em [4-Max]

14.00 ET – WCOOP-24: $320 Stud

17.00 ET – WCOOP 25: $215 PL Omaha [Turbo, 1R1A]

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