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PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Commences with Flying Colors

There is so much going on in the world of online poker at this time of the year that most players feel the need to participate in all and every poker tournament available since the chances of winning are big. The 3rd of September saw the commencement of the World Championship of Online Poker which boasts the spectacular guaranteed prize pool amounting to $60 million.

The whole online championship comprises of 81 events, providing a wide variety of styles, prizes, and buy-in ranges, and attracting all sorts of poker players to take part in them. So far four of the tournaments have begun and they made the best out of their guarantees, which undoubtedly promises a great start to the championship. The future prospects for the WCOOP are also bright. The opening event of the poker series propelled the championship among the stars with as many as 4,034 poker players wanting to participate in it.

The great interest towards the $215 No-Limit Hold’em Sunday Kickoff SE managed to amass a prize pool of $806,800. This, of course, ensured that the first 503 finishing poker players receive money from the tournament. The second day had a lot more to offer and big names such as Simon Mattson and Luke Schwartz were there to show their best performance. The throne in the tournament guaranteed a whopping $115,278 and UK’s carpediem200 managed to reach it.

Poker Championship for Everyone

Event number two welcomed almost 3,000 players to run for a fair share of the prize pie and many of them demonstrated their best game. The guaranteed prize pool of the $539 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE is estimated to be $1,471,500. The bursting of the money bubble ensured that each of the remaining 67 poker players on Day 2 received at least $1,638 from the tournament. Good poker performance showed “vojta555cz”, who had the chip lead and was followed closely by “serevsini” who emerged victorious from the event.

This led to the third event in the WCOOP, namely the $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em Sunday Million SE, which boasted the impressive $2,074,000 guaranteed prize pool. Only the top position on the leader board received $310,289, leaving plenty for the runner-ups. The chip leader in Day 1 was Argentina’s poker pro “tinchoarce”, but the real game happened on Day 2 when everyone returning had the chance to pocket at least $4,603. Well-known names could be seen, such as Lex “L.Veldhuis” Veldhuis, Jake “jakecody” Cody, and Kevin “torino2000” Killeen.

Tournament #4 was the $530 No-Limit Hold’em Omaha Hi/Lo 8-Max which was the last one for Day 1. The guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 attracted as many as 501 poker players. The first place in the event took WeakyLeeks from the UK, who received the coveted $62,354. The runner-up in this event is also from the United Kingdom – Richard “raconteur” Gryko who got $44,448 for his deep run in the event.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

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