PokerStars WCOOP Main Event Kicks Off Sunday


On Sunday, the Main Event of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, will kick off. The finale of the 2010 series is a big one, as it boasts a $5,200 buy-in and guarantees $10 million. The WCOOP Main Event will span two days and start on the same day as a $10,300 buy-in Eight Game High Roller Two-Day tournament. It’s still mind-boggling that we’re talking about $5,200 and $10,300 buy-in online poker tournaments starting concurrently, but what else do you expect from PokerStars?

In recent action from the virtual felts of the 2010 WCOOP, “RaiseOnce” banked an incredible $348,000 by taking down a $25,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up tournament, besting a field of 31 entrants. The top four finished in the money and second place belonged to “SkaiWalkurrr,” who banked $193,000.

In a thread that appeared on TwoPlusTwo, posters weighed in on the identity of “RaiseOnce,” whose nearly $350,000 payday turned the heads of many in the online poker world. Possibilities for the identity of “RaiseOnce” ranged from Erik Sagström to Full Tilt Poker pros like Erik Seidel.

Others seemed fairly certain that the mystery man was Durrrr Challenge combatant Patrik Antonius. On the Fin, one community member weighed in, “Patrik is playing on FTP right now and I’ve been watching the action on his table and on RaiseOnce’s table. There were several instances where action was waiting on Patrik on FTP and on RaiseOnce on Stars, and in two of those instances, they acted simultaneously.”

In Event #41, a $215 No Limit Hold’em tournament, a field of nearly 10,000 players turned out, pumping the prize pool to close to $2 million. A three-way chop ended matters and featured “Money_1985” walking away with the win and a $282,000 top prize. Others involved in the chop were “canucko,” who took home $180,000 for second place, and “OliverDK,” who banked $168,000 for third.

Also reaching the final table of the $215 No Limit Hold’em event were “2Maise4U” (fourth place for $95,870), “shipsshipit” (fifth place for $76,696), “Legacy10” (sixth place for $57,522), “LISTILLO” (seventh place for $38,348), “Hape2006” (eighth place for $21,091), and “pimpstackn89” (ninth place for $14,860).

Then there was Shaun Deeb, who, if you’ll recall, took a break from tournament poker that many dubbed a “retirement.” However, Deeb, a former #1 player in the Online Poker Rankings, has come back strong and took down Event #28 of the 2010 WCOOP, a $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Two-Day contest.

Deeb bested “Tjollerboy” heads-up in a final table that also included heralded tournament pro Greg “DuckU” Hobson, who finished in seventh place for $42,000. The top 162 players landed in the money and a prize pool of $1.4 million was up for grabs. Remember, the 2010 WCOOP guarantees $50 million total, the largest prize pool ever offered up in an online tournament series.

In Event #42 of the 2010 WCOOP, another $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Two-Day Event, a crowd of 3,122 players turned out, shattering the tournament’s $3 million guarantee. When the action resumed on Monday afternoon for Day 2, PokerStars pro Jason Mercier came away with the win and banked $435,000 following a three-way chop. This kid really is amazing. Mercier now has titles in the WCOOP and Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS). Plus, he’s a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner.

Others who made the final table of the Two-Day Event were “osten” (second place for $317,435), “loooser17” (third place for $367,500), “DHUSTLER15” (fourth place for $179,515), “APerfectGent” (fifth place for $135,807), “TeamWispy” (sixth place for $104,587), “bastet2004” (seventh place for $73,367), “supernova9” (eighth place for $42,209), and PokerStars pro Chad Brown (ninth place for $26,537).

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