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Ben Grundy Wins a WCOOP Plus More BigScores For British and Irish Players

Ben "milkybarkid" Grundy

The 2013 World Championship Of Online Poker continues to pay out huge sums of money to its event’s winners and it gives UK & Ireland PokerNews great pleasure to report that plenty of that cold, hard cash has once again found its way into the PokerStars accounts of our players.

Event #45 was the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em event that sported a $2,000,000 guarantee. Of course, when 1,437 players bought into Event #45, the guarantee was smashed by a staggering $874,000! With such a high buy-in, Event #45’s entry list read like a who’s who of online poker, which made it a spectacle to behold for those watching from the sidelines.

Among the big hitters were scores of players from the UK & Ireland, some of who managed to bag themselves decent scores by going deep in this pro-heavy event. Ben “KidCardiff6” Warrington (76th for $6,322.80), Craig “mcc3991” McCorkell (48th for $7,759.80), Tom “7tHEcROw7” MacDonald (31st for $10,059), “BiatchPeople” (17th for $13,795.20) and “WOT24” (15th for $19,112.10) each ended the tournament with a substantial profit.

Those profits were eclipsed by two massive scores earned by “mickyray2010” and “paphiti.” The former finished 8th for $54,606.00 while “paphiti,” who were are trying to confirm is actually from the UK, went all the way and won Evemt #45 for an eye-popping $480,101.70. Amazing stuff.

As “paphiti” was busy banking almost half-of-a-million dollars, Ireland’s “TheKhopMan” was in the midst of negotiating a deal with four other opponent in Event #43, the $215 No Limit Hold’em event. Once the dust had settled and the discussions ended, “TheKhopMan” had locked up $122,348.99 for himself. It turned out to be a great deal for him because he finished the tournament in fourth place and should have been awarded $88,117.80 if the prize structure had been adhered to. Great negotiation skills, sir!

Last in this WCOOP round up, but certainly not least, is a mention for Ben “milkybarkid” Grundy who won the $320 Pot Limit 5 Card Omaha (Event #46) for $41,870.02. Grundy, an Omaha specialist, chopped when three-handed before going on to bag himself a WCOOP title. “USoGotPwned” and “Irish Jack” finished sixth and ninth in that tournament and helped themselves to more than $15,000 worth of prizes combined.

There are 18 events yet to run in the 2013 WCOOP including the a couple of $1,050 buy-ins, another $2,100, the $5,200 buy-in Main Event and the eagerly anticipated $10,300 High Roller.

Event #47 is currently paused where 28 of the original 2,018 entrants remain, among them the likes of “simon1471” (currently in second place), and a trio of Irishmen in “14alonso14,” “Gavin “gavonater” O’Rourke and Michael “BIGMIKG” Graydon. UK & Ireland PokerNews wishes each of those players the very best of luck as they attempt to scoop the $133,584.80 first place prize.

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