Sundays are traditionally the biggest day in an online tournament player’s week, with the largest tournaments scheduled to take place. This week was no exception, with a $215 No Limit Hold’Em tournament sporting a $1.5 Million guaranteed prize pool taking place, just as usual. The difference being, however, that this wasn’t your regular Sunday Million but rather the WCOOP Event 41, so the eventual winner Money_1985 walked away not only with the cash prize, but also a golden PokerStars WCOOP bracelet and a healthy dose of prestige.
The World Championship of Online Poker is an annual poker tournament series. It is the largest of its kind online, and is hosted at internet poker giant PokerStars, thus opening its doors to US and international players alike. The variety of exciting events and the amount of money up for grabs seems to keep growing each year since the inaugural series, and this year we’re seeing 62 events and an amazing $50,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools.
PokerStars tries to offer a great variety of WCOOP events, both varying in format and game, and this goes a long way to keeping the series exciting and drawing crowds. At the end of the day, though, easily the most popular game in the world at the moment is No Limit Texas Hold’Em, and Event 41 was one of several events that offered entrants exactly that.
Proving that PokerStars knows what the people want, 9587 individuals registered for the tournament, either by buying in directly for $200 +$15 or by winning one of the many satellite tournaments that PokerStars ran for the event. This number was enough to far exceed the $1.5 Million guarantee, with the final prize pool weighing in at a very respectable $1,917,400.00. The top 1260 places paid, and if managed to survive the nineteen and a half hours of play and be the last man standing, your official first place prize would have been $282,053.86.
With such a serious amount of cash up for grabs it’s no surprise that among the entrants were a substantial number of Team PokerStars Pros. Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis performed the best of these, which should come as no surprise to those of you have seen him play in the past on the likes of GSN’s High Stakes Poker. The very accomplished young pro finished this tournament in 19th place for $4,218.28, just ahead of fellow Team PokerStars Pro Christophe “chrisdm” de Meulder who was eliminated in 21st.
Money_1985, canucko and OliverDK were the final three players standing when talk of a chop arose for the second time. It had been attempted earlier with five players but no agreement could be come to, so play had to be resumed. The final three proved to be much more amicable, however, and quickly agreed on a fair set of numbers, giving Money_1985 slightly over $250,000, canucko $180,000 and OliverDK just shy of $170,000. As required by tournament rules, this left $30,000 to be played for along with the gold bracelet, both of which would go to first place.
OliverDK, the shortstack at the time of the chop, managed a prompt double-up, but it proved to not be enough to ward off elimination, as he finished the tournament in third place. Heads-up play got underway, and the chip stacks were relatively even when the money went all-in preflop, Money_1985’s Jack Eight suited against canucko’s King Ten offsuit. The 334 rainbow flop looked deadly to Money_1985, as did the 5 turn, but an 8 on the river earned him the pot, the first-place prize and the golden bracelet. In fact, as a result of the chop and the $30,000 left aside for first, Money_1985 received a payout of $282,798.80, about $750 more than the official first place prize.
We’re about two thirds of the way through this year’s World Championship of Online Poker and so far it’s been a blast. A great deal of fun’s been had by all involved and an even bigger amount of cash has been handed out. It’s not too late to get your share of the action, so check out the PokerStars Download and perhaps you’ll soon be walking away with the lion’s share of the $10,000,000 WCOOP 2010 Main Event!
The official final table results are as follows:
1st place: Money_1985 ($282,798.80)
2nd place: canucko ($180,336.86)
3rd place: OliverDK ($168,843.70)
4th place: 2Maise$U ($95,870.00)
5th place: shipshipit ($76,696.00)
6th place: Legacy10 ($57,522.00)
7th place: LISTILLO ($38,348.00)
8th place: Hape2006 ($21,091.40)
9th place: pimpstackn89 ($14,859.85)