Monday isn’t traditionally a big day in the online poker world, but when the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) is running at PokerStars every day is a big day.
On Monday afternoon, the WCOOP-43: $215 NL Hold’em Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition saw its second day completed and the majority of its $1,614,800 prize pool distributed. Robbie “Adreny” Bull helped himself to $6,701.42 for his 15th place finish, while Thomas “Min-raiseFTW” High banked a cool $12,514.70 for finishing ninth.
Both of the aforementioned scores are more than most of us mere mortals will experiencing winning, yet they pale into insignificance when you look at when Ben “Fabaz” Farrell won after finishing in third place.
With four players remaining, the tournament was paused and discussions about a potential deal began. After some deliberation, Farrell secured a monster-sized payout of $164,212.51. It worked out well for Farrell who would have collected $129,184.00 for his third place finish had he not agreed to the deal.
It was only a year ago that Farrell decided to cut his hours at work so he could play more poker. Perhaps he’ll be quitting his job completely after this huge score?
While Farrell was busy locking up that ridiculous payout, Leeds’ Richard Hawes was grinding away in the WCOOP-46: $320 PL 5-Card Omaha 6-Max 1R1A and doing more than OK for himself.
Hawes, playing under the alias “Neptune04,” found himself at the final table with fellow Brit Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold (who finished sixth for $10,003.20) and the immensely talented Brian “brianm15” England, who fell in fifth.
With England out of the way, the final four players opted to split the remaining prize pool, something that is quite common in tournaments these days, especially in Omaha variants! Hawes locked up more then $36,000 for himself before going on to win and bank an additional $3,000 to take his total prize money to $39,232.19 – his largest online tournament score of his career so far.
WCOOP-48: $215 NL Hold’em Turbo Knockout also produced a bankroll-boosting score for James “RUNITSRANN” Rann. On his way to finishing in fourth place, Rann helped himself to 22 bounties (worth $41.25 each) and then collected $37,035.08 for his efforts.
Tuesday has the potential to be huge for UK & Ireland’s players, too. Event 47 ($320 NL Hold’em Re-Entry) resumes with 33 players and among those returnees are Charlie “JIZOINT” Combes, Keith “Kungfumonk” Johnson and Jareth “jareth3542” East.
Also running on Tuesday are the $320 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha, the $530 Razz and Day 1 of the $1,050 Super Tuesday Special Edition that has a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million.