2009 WCOOP Enters Final Weekend


At the largest poker site in the world, PokerStars, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) has been raging on since September 3rd.  The WCOOP is a series of 45 poker tournaments across multiple disciplines with a range of buy-ins.  PokerStars is one of the few online poker sites that offers its own Mac OS X compatible software client available for download.  With such a great opportunity for Mac poker players to make hundreds of thousands of dollars during this tournament series, let’s take a look at what’s already gone down.

The first day of the WCOOP featured two events, the first being the $215 No Limit Texas Hold’em Six-Max event hosted by noted online pro Andre Akkari.  This event had an eye-popping $1.25 million guarantee and ended up with 8,538 entries.  This swelled the prize pool almost and extra half-million dollars all the way up to $1.7 million.  Three players walked away with six figure paydays, with Futuro taking third place for $119,000, MMalipo raking in $184,000, and ChopSueyyy from Finland winning the event for $234,000.  The other event on Day 1 was the $215 Razz contest hosted by Katja Thater.  The $200,000 guarantee was eclipsed by more than 50%, given 1,526 entries.  In the end, djk123 from the United States won and took home $53,410.

Day 2 of the WCOOP had three events, the first being the $215 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max tournament hosted by World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker.  This time, the guarantee was comfortably passed with 2,738 entries.  A fierce final table saw a competitive heads-up match, with American BushwickDave coming in second for $62,000 and MUSTAFABET from the UK winning $86,000.  The second event of Day 2 was the $215 No Limit Single Draw 2-7 with Rebuys hosted by well-known poker celebrity Barry Greenstein.  This event saw an overlay, with only a field of 336 players participating.  At the end of the tournament, it was 2FLY2TILT winning and raking in $42,000.  The final event of the day was the $109 Eight-Game with five-minute blind levels hosted by WSOP Main Event champ Tom McEvoy.  This event tripled its guarantee and saw American FireGoblin win $23,000 for first place.

The WCOOP moved on to Day 3 and started out with a $109 No Limit Hold’em event hosted by Steve Paul-Ambrose with a $1 million dollar guarantee.  A stunning 15,675 entered to swell the prize pool to $1.56 million, with the tournament ending in almost exactly 10 hours’ time.  The winner hailed from Greece, as vakAAttack won the six-figure first place prize of $183,000.  Alex Gomes hosted WCOOP Event #7, $215 Pot Limit Five-Card Draw.  It failed to reach the $200,000 guarantee and saw an overlay paid by PokerStars of $31,200.  CesarSPA of Spain won it for $33,500.  WCOOP Event #8 wrapped up the third day of the tournament series, with the $215 Fixed Limit Hold’em tournament hosted by noted pro Joe Hachem.  Again, PokerStars had to fork out $40,000 worth over overlay in this event in order to reach the guarantee.

The fourth day of the WCOOP was a major one, with $5 million in guaranteed prize pools spread across three tournaments.  To start things off, Event #9, a $215 No Limit Hold’em tournament, offered a $1 million guarantee.  The purse more than doubled to just over $2.2 million with 11,131 participants.  The final four in this one each made six-figures, with ternoplayer of Slovakia earning $303,000.  Event #10 kicked off two hours later with the $10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament hosted by Vanessa Rousso.  Amazingly, this tournament also exceeded the $2 million guarantee to almost $3 million.  At the top was Sumpas from Sweden, who raked in one of the largest payouts ever for an online poker tournament at $611,000.  The final event that started on September 6th was #11, the $530 No Limit Hold’em Two-Day contest hosted by Vicky Coren.  This had a $3 million guarantee, which was exceeded with the 6,219 player field.  American hustla16 won the multi-day event for a payout of $446,000.

The tournament series concludes on September 20th on PokerStars.


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