Day 9 of the 2012 WCOOP saw Darren Elias win the biggest prize yet and Liv Boeree come close to claiming her first WCOOP title.
It was a busy day with six tournaments playing down to a winner and millions up for grabs.
In addition Norway’s mikal12345 pulled off an impressive feat by winning another WCOOP title just four days after winning Event 12.
Here’s a closer look at all the action from Day 9 of the 2012 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker:
Event 21 $215 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2
Online player mrw8419 outlasted 8,226 players to win a massive $164,619 first-place prize in Event 21.
Day 2 of event Event 21 began with 103 players still hunting the serious money.
Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder, who has already had a solid WCOOP, made a deep run that eventually saw him finish in 20th place for $3,833.
Mrw8419 entered the final table as the chip leader with 12,886,433 and he would eventually beat KongenavU heads-up to take the WCOOP title.
Amazingly it was actually fourth-place finisher Mr.Bittar who won the most money thanks to a deal with four players left. Mr.Bittar secured a staggering $190,091 for his efforts.
Here’s a look at the final table payouts (*reflects the four-way deal):
1. mrw8419 - $164,619*
2. KongenavU - $162,938*
3. Vandir4rek - $129,527*
4. Mr.Bittar - $190,091*
5. Utvekklo2 - $67,453
6. Th9nip - $51,001
7. BarneyBao - $35,371
8. GiveMeDolars - $19,742
9. King_geoden - $12,750
Jonathan Karamalikis finished ninth.
Event 22 $10,300 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2
Poker pro Darren Elias beat a stacked final table to win the biggest prize yet of the 2012 WCOOP – a scale-tipping $574,695.
The 297-player field included some of the best poker players in the world and it seemed to be a lock that a notable player would win the tournament.
Team PokerStars Pros Leo Fernandez and Daniel Negreanu both managed to make min cashes for $17,820.
The final table was eventually set with established grinders Jonathan “MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis, Matt “ch0ppy” Kay and Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver all looking to take down a WCOOP title.
Surprisingly they were the first players out with Karamalikis finishing ninth, Oliver eighth and Kay seventh.
That paved the way for an eventual heads-up battle between Elias and online player shhh00kem.
In the final hand Elias faded a flush draw with pocket sevens to win the massive tournament.
Here’s a look at the final table payouts:
1. darrenelias - $574,695
2. Shhh00kem - $430,650
3. Nandor82 - $326,700
4. Paolo69 - $245,025
5. Skykoen - $169,290
6. Artem205 - $130,680
7. Ch0ppy - $100,980
8. ImDaNuts - $71,280
9. MONSTER_DONG - $51,975
Deep Run for Daniel Negreanu
Event 23 $700 No-Limit Hold’em – Day 2
Russian online player hronik81 outlasted pros Daniel Negreanu and Isaac Baron to take down Event 23 for $220,661.
The huge two-day event drew 3,215 to create a $2.1 million prizepool. After one day of action 169 players were still chasing the ultimate prize with Baron starting the day as the chip leader.
Surprisingly Baron fell in 64th place to pick up a cash of $3,661. Not an altogether bad result but there’s no doubt Baron had his eye on the final table.
Negreanu put on an even more impressive performance as he got down to the last three tables before busting in 27th place.
Kid Poker likely would have made it even deeper if he hadn’t slammed ace-king into pocket aces to lose a massive pot shortly before busting. Either way, Negreanu is loving this year's WCOOP.
With the big-name pros gone, the final table was set with horonik81 as one of the middle stacks.
It didn’t seem to matter to horonik81 as he played the role of underdog perfectly, eventually beating POWOFOO heads-up to win $220,664.
Here’s a complete look at the final table payouts (*reflects a five way deal):
1. hronik81 - $220,664*
2. POWOFOO - $219,801*
3. 888R8 - $162,275*
4. Vzsole800 - $221,851*
5. Pistecaloze - $166,272*
6. Vesselman - $72,160
7. RediceRap - $50,620
8. Wardough82 - $29,122
9. _ JMDCD _89 - $18,309
Event 24 $215 No-Limit Hold’em [4-Max]
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree outlasted 2,773 players to come within sixth places of making the final table of Event 24.
The format proved to be very popular as 2,784 players registered including pros Viktor Ramdin, Lex Veldhuis, Randy Lew, George Danzer, Vicky Coren, Humberto Brenes, Angel Guillen and many others.
Chad Brown, Johnny Lodden and Grzegorz Mikielewics all made the money but it was Liv Boeree who stole the show.
Boeree was one of the chip leaders for the majority of Event 24 and appeared destined for a spot at the final table before she lost a key hand with king-queen against ace-jack.
In her final hand Boeree had the misfortune of flopping a broadway straight only to eventually lose to a backdoor flush. The English pro picked up $4,699 for coming in 10th place.
Austrian majus26 would go on to win the tournament for $81,015.
Here’s a look at the complete final table payouts:
1. majus26 - $81,015
2. Moh65 - $49,293
3. Artem205 - $28,574
4. Pitaoufmg - $17,349
Tom "kingsofcards" Marchese
Event 25 $320 Seven-Card Stud
Pros Tom “kingsofcards” Marchese and Calvin “cal42688” Anderson both made the final table of Event 25.
Although not as popular as its No-Limit Hold’em counterparts, Event 25 still drew an impressive field of 381 to crush the guarantee of $50,000 and create a prizepool of $114,300.
The pros were out in full force with Alex Kravchenko, Anders “Donald” Berg, Mike “Timex” McDonald, Victor Ramdin and George Danzer all making it into the money.
Marchese, who owns an NAPT title, entered the final table as one of the short stacks, which had to be a relief to the rest of the players at the final table.
Despite a valiant effort to battle back, Marchese ended up finishing in seventh.
Surprisingly online stud Calvin “cal42688” Anderson wasn’t far behind as he busted in sixth place.
Norway’s osten went on to win the tournament outright for $22,002.
Here’s a look at the final table payouts:
1. osten - $22,002
2. Bassysaffari - $16,287
3. Ale6ka - $12,287
4. Bodhisattva6 - $8,858
5. Mitdadu - $6,000
6. Cal42668 - $4,286
7. Kingsofcards - $3,143
8. Glenizem - $2,571
Event 26 $215 Pot-Limit Omaha [1R1A]
Mikal12345, who won a WCOOP event just four days ago, came back with a vengeance to win Event 26 outright for $83,158.
Event 26 drew 1,223 players and after 858 rebuys and 328 add-ons had been factored in the prizepool hit $481,800.
Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen and George Lind were just a couple of the notable players who packed the virtual tables in Event 26.
Mikal12345 entered the final table as one of the middle stacks but simply would not be denied as he built a massive stack.
By the time Mikal12345 was heads-up against Poland’s KAmIkAdZeEe he had secured the chip lead. The duel only lasted two hands.
Here’s a complete look at the final table payouts:
1. mikal12345 - $83,158
2. kAmIkAdZeEe - $60,225
3. Try__An__Hit - $45,771
4. Paaskebaesen - $33,533
5. Situruttu - $23,849
6. mrAndreeew - $19,031
7. Vlad_Radimov - $14,213
8. Culibrk1 - $9,395
9. Mendieta19 - $5,299
WCOOP Events Starting Today
11:00 ET – WCOOP-27 $320 Mixed Hold’em
- $320 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed
14:00 ET – WCOOP-28 $320 Badugi
- $320 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed
17:00 ET – WCOOP-29 $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em
- $1,050 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed
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