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.