The 2014 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) continues to march onwards and produce some massive prizes as it does so. Twelve of the planned 66 events are now written into the history books and it’s pleasing to say that British and Irish players are enjoying deep runs and helping themselves to big scores as the WCOOP progresses.
This week’s $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday was given the WCOOP treatment, which meant its guarantee swelled to an enormous $1 million, a lofty target that was always going to be hit. But it wasn’t only hit. It was obliterated when 1,848 players turned out in force and created a purse of $1,848,000.
When we checked the results of the Super Tuesday Special Edition here at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ, we went tingly with excitement at the site of “ToTheMazinho” finishing in fourth place for a $123,816 score. However, upon further investigation, it appears that this player is one of many Spanish grinders who have moved to our shores to continue with their careers, meaning we can only brag about him having a British IP address.
Although disappointed not to have a six-figure winner, our disappointment was short-lived when we discovered that Ireland’s Rory “mr.kingball” Brown (pictured) had finished in an impressive seventh place and banked a career-best online score of $50,820.00. Congratulations, Mr Brown!
Joining Brown in the latter stages of that monster of a tournament was the British high-stakes cash guru Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion. It would ultimately be a 10th place finish and $14,599.20 addition to the bankroll for Sion.
There were deep WCOOP runs for more of our button-clicking heroes in the other events, with Sebastian “BassySaffari” Saffari finishing 11th from 433 entrants in the $215 buy-in No Limit 5-Card Draw event.
Another UK-based Spaniard in “EzPatuLa” hlped himself to $20,425 when he finished third in the $215 No Limit Hodl’e Hi/Lo 6-Max event, which was the same tournament that Peter “00-semtex-00” Wigglesworth came ninth in for $3,762.50. Nice work, gentlemen.
Over in the $320 buy-in NL Hold’em Ante Up event, popular pro Sam “SamSquid” Grafton burst the final table bubble and saw his tournament end in 10th place, good for $2,975.00.
While Grafton was grafting, “lbtrading” was locking horns one-on-one with a number of opponents in the $215 NL Hold’em Heads-Up event. His remarkable run came to an end in the semi-finals, eventually claiming third place and $14,698.56 for his vast efforts.
On the schedule for Friday 12 September are some exciting events, two of which are the Day 2’s of tournaments that kicked off on Thursday.
Event #13, the $215 NL Hold’em Progressive Super-Knockout, is down to only 22 of its 3,647 entrants and up there with the chip leaders at the start of Day 2 are “CURTAINS126” and “neverholds” who are both in with a shot of the $57,259.34 first place prize and potentially thousands more in bounties.
The WCOOP’s 14th event is also down to the final 22 players and we have Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich up there in second place and on course for a $123,463.27 payday. Also still in contention is the UK’s “CHRISCCC.”
Three more events kick off on September 12 and they are the $215 Pot Limit Omaha Progressive Super-Knockout, the $215 NL 2-7 Single Draw Re-Entry and a $320 NL Hold’em Zoom event.
Good luck to all of the players from the UK & Ireland in today’s WCOOP events.