2010 PokerStars WCOOP Enters Second Weekend


It’s hard to believe there’s an online tournament series that lasts nearly an entire month. The 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, more commonly known as the WCOOP, began way back on September 5th and won’t end until the 26th. On that date, a $5,200 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event with a ridiculous $10 million guaranteed prize pool will play out. As Paris Hilton would say, “That’s hot.” The winner is guaranteed to bank at least $2 million, which is more than the bracelet winner of any 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament received.

The paydays for several recent WCOOP tournaments have been quite large. Take Event #9, a $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Two-Day Event. What was billed as a $1 million guaranteed prize pool swelled all the way to $1.6 million after over 1,600 players registered. The top 180 players finished in the money, led by “joisob,” who walked away with a top prize of $269,000. I can’t imagine the feeling of opening the PokerStars Cashier only to see that my virtual net worth has grown by more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Four players pulled in six-figure paydays from the $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Two-Day Event. Also walking away with big bucks were “7Be/eC7” (second place for $196,664), “YanniYankiev” (third place for $148,304), “China_White1” (fourth place for $109,616), “Horozic” (fifth place for $78,988), “koncert888” (sixth place for $62,868), “rizz13” (seventh place for $46,748), “hwtd1” (eighth place for $30,628), and “Bo$$playa425” (ninth place for $16,765).

The largest payout of the 2010 WCOOP so far belonged to “CrabMaki,” who banked a colossal $605,000 in a $10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event. The five-figure buy-in online poker tournament drew a field of 313 entrants and, as you might expect, some of the top names in the game were in attendance. In fact, poker pro Ville Wahlback finished in second place for $453,000.

Others who found mammoth bankroll boosts in the High Roller event, the second contest on WCOOP schedule, were “bmwmcoupe” (third place for $344,300), “Also11” (fourth place for  $258,225), “Vick Is God” (fifth place for $178,410), “LooneyGerbil” (sixth place for $137,720), Mohsin “sms9231” Charania (seventh place for $106,420), Jamie “pokerjamers” Armstrong (eighth place for $75,120), and “antesvante” (ninth place for $54,775).

Through the first 15 events of the 2010 WCOOP, there was only one tournament that had an overlay. In Event #15, a $215 Razz tournament, an overlay of more than $40,000 was up for grabs after only 976 players registered. Those who entered, however, ultimately worked their way down to a deal in the truncated field, as “TDT07” and “MadisonAce29” chopped for $41,000 and $36,000, respectively.

Rounding out the eight-handed Razz final table were “STUDMANRONN” (third place for $25,000), “cpfactor” (fourth place for $18,750), “mddgfc” (fifth place for $12,500), “Unibasjoe” (sixth place for $8,750), “solody” (seventh place for $5,625), and “cal42688” (eighth place for  $3,750).

Besides the Main Event, the final day of the 2010 PokerStars WCOOP will also boast $2.5 million guaranteed across two other tournaments. A $200 No Limit Hold’em event will play out, as will a $10,000 Eight-Game High Roller Two-Day Event. Both the Main Event and the Eight Game tournament will span two days.

Visit PokerStars today to get in on any of the events that remain as part of the 62-tournament WCOOP.


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