Two of the United Kingdom’s best online poker tournament players secured their largest-ever cashes this week during the PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP).
Last weekend’s Sunday Million received the WCOOP treatment, meaning its buy-in increased from $215 to $700. Instead of reducing the field size, the opposite happened and 3,418 players turned out for it, creating a prize pool of some $2,272,970 in the process.
Among those who finished in the top 432 places and received prize money for their $700 investment included Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer, Charlie “JIZOINT” Combes, Phil “philroyal888” Mighall, Marcin “MARCIN123” Milde, and Keith “Kungfumonk” Johnson, the latter being the first casualty of the final table, a finish worth $18,183.76.
While these performances were superb in their own right, all of them paled into insignificance when compared to that of Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor who went all the way and won the tournament, scooping – or should that be WCOOPing – a colossal $273,850.02 in cash after a four-handed deal.
Prior to this massive score, Taylor’s biggest cash came in 2012 when he was the runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Rebuy for $39,380. Three years later, Taylor finished second in the same tournament for $36,126 but now he can brag about winning more than a quarter of a million dollars in one sitting thanks to this superb victory.
Taylor’s fellow Brit, Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway, already had a six-figure score to his name thanks to him taking down the $1,050 NL Hold’em 3-Stack event at the 2015 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP), a result that netted the popular pro $111,132. Now he has a cash of more than double that, $263,500 to be exact, after finishing fourth in the $10,300 8-Max High Roller at the 2015 WCOOP.
Chattaway was determined to complete a hat trick of ‘COOP titles as he also won a Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) event in 2015, but we’re sure the huge cash awarded for his WCOOP run will soften the blow of falling short in this attempt.
Another player, “Z-ENERGIES,” joined the six-figure club by being part of a four-way deal in the WCOOP edition of the Sunday Warm-Up. The deal secured a $118,585.92 score for the player with the Union Jack next to their name, which paid $17,000 more than third place would have done had the negotiations not being fruitful.
There are plenty more opportunities to bank potentially life-changing scores during upcoming WCOOP events. Three tournaments are currently paused and waiting for Day 2 to commence, the $215 1R1A PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Low, the $1,050 Super Tuesday and the $1,050 FL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship.
Three more WCOOP event kick off today, too. The $700 FL Badugi is underway as this article is being written with a $320 NL Hold’em 6-Max and $320 rebuy PL Omaha 6-Max also on the agenda.
The very best of luck to players from the UK and Ireland now and for the rest of the WCOOP.