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Kovalski Leads $2K NLHE WCOOP Event After 5th Place in the $25K

Fabiano Kovalski

It is fair to say Brazil's Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski is in red hot form. Kovalski shoned brightly on Day 9 of the 2021 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP), finishing top of the tree going into the final table of a $2,100 buy-in event on the same evening that he finished fifth in the $25,000 Super High Roller for $236,959.

Almost a dozen PokerStars players became WCOOP champions, including Hungary's "kZhh" who took down the aforementioned $25,000 Super High Roller for a cool $657,557.

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Kovalski Claims WCOOP-34-M Final Table Chip Lead

Some 79 players returned to the PokerStars tables for Day 2 of the WCOOP-34-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max] and only nine of them made it through to the star-studded final table. Nobody at the final table has more chips than Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski, who bagged up an impressive 14,401,864 stack.

Second-placed "3Dtemujin" is the only other player with an eight-figure stack at the restart; the player from Kazakhstan sits back down with 11,217,860 chips.

All eyes will be on Team PokerStars' Lex Veldhuis, who is armed with 4,838,696 chips, enough for fifth place when play resumes. Veldhuis recently spoke to PokerNews about how much it would mean to finally win a WCOOP event and a six-figure score. Finishing in the top three achieves one of those goals for the popular Dutchman.

Play resumes at 1:05 p.m. ET on August 31 where one lucky player will pad their PokerStars bankroll with $214,339.

WCOOP-34-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max] Final Table Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChips
1Fabiano "Kovalski1" KovalskiBrazil14,401,864
2"3DTemujiN"Kazakhstan11,217,860
3Jerry "Perrymejsen" Odeensweden8,324,314
4"zyxel888"Russia7,913,604
5Lex "L. Veldhuis" VeldhuisNetherlands4,838,696
6Konstantin "krakukra" MaslakRussia4,750,700
7"iamivar"sweden4,060,793
8Paulius "D3cor" VaitiekunasLithuania3,996,349
9Sami "Lrslzk" KelopuroFinland1,895,820

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"kZhh" Denies Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver Third WCOOP Title

While Kovalski was busy climbing to the top of the chip counts in WCOOP-34-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max], he was also butting heads with some of poker's greats in the huge WCOOP-34-H: $25,000 Super High Roller.

Kovalski headed into the final day with the chip lead, and was going great guns at the final table after Pedro "PaDiLhA SP" Padilha, "CrazyLissy," and Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo crashed out.

The hot-running Brazilian crashed out when his pocket nines ran into the pocket tens of "kZhh" of Hungary. That hand pushed kZhh's stack north of 13 million, and they used that platform to become a WCOOP champion.

kZhh dispatched Adrian Mateos in fourth, and "spaise411" in third, to take a three-to-one chip lead into the heads-up clash against two-time WCOOP champion Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver.

The gap in chips proved too much for Oliver to bridge and he had to make do with a runner-up finish and $509,470 in prize money. The champion secured a $657,557 top prize, plus bragging rights.

2021 WCOOP-34-H: $25,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1"kZhh"Hungary$657,557
2Chris "ImDaNuts" OliverUnited States$509,470
3"spaise411"Russia$394,733
4Adrian "Amadi_017" MateosSpain$305,835
5Fabiano "Kovalski1" KovalskiBrazil$236,959
6Justin "ZeeJustin" BonomoUnited States$183,593
7"CrazyLissy"Russia$142,247
8Pedro "PaDiLhA SP" PadilhaBrazil$110,211
9"Sintoras"Germany$87,327

Read how kZhh became a WCOOP Super High Roller champion

2021 WCOOP Results From August 30

Eleven more PokerStars players can now call themselves WCOP champions after securing titles on August 30. Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich was one such player who is a 2021 WCOOP champion after he bulldozed his way to victory in WCOOP-32-H: $1,050 NLHE. The victory came with $77,614 in prize money.

WCOOP #32-L: $11 NLHE [Mini Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries13,034
Prize Pool$127,733
Winnerfiffigafilur (Sweden)
First-place Prize$16,091

WCOOP #32-M: $109 NLHE [Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries3,860
Prize Pool$386,000
WinnerAleks Better (Russia)
First-place Prize$55,183
Dzmitry  Urbanovich
Dzmitry Urbanovich

WCOOP #32-H: $1,050 NLHE

Entries431
Prize Pool$431,000
WinnerDzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich (Latvia)
First-place Prize$77,614

WCOOP #33-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries15,261
Prize Pool$74,778
Winnerstepikbakins (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$8,801 (including bounties)

WCOOP #33-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries8,804
Prize Pool$440,200
WinnerBaca4b (Poland)
First-place Prize$38,204 (including bounties)

WCOOP #33-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries1,357
Prize Pool$678,500
WinnerManuel "fellatiado" Ruivo (Netherlands)
First-place Prize$75,319 (including bounties)

WCOOP #35-L: $22 5-Card PLO [6-Max]

Entries3,335
Prize Pool$66,700
Winneranti-durrr (Netherlands)
First-place Prize$7,332 (after a three-handed deal)

WCOOP #35-M: $215 5-Card PLO [6-Max]

Entries735
Prize Pool$147,000
Winnershrekpoker91 (Ukraine)
First-place Prize$24,968

WCOOP #35-H: $2,100 5-Card PLO [6-Max]

Entries153
Prize Pool$306,000
Winnercmontopdeck (Austria)
First-place Prize$62,020

WCOOP #39-L: $11 Razz [8-Max]

Entries1,910
Prize Pool$18,718
WinnerDoePopoe (Germany)
First-place Prize$2,787 (after a heads-up deal)

WCOOP #39-M: $109 Razz [8-Max]

Entries541
Prize Pool$54,100
WinnerJindujun0805 (Germany)
First-place Prize$10,170

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Francisco Benitez
Francisco Benitez

Several WCOOP events see their champions crowned on August 31, including the WCOOP #38-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd where Uruguay's Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez leads the final 20 players into battle. First place is worth almost $53,000 plus probably the same, if not more, in bounty payments.

WCOOP #34-L: $215 NLHE [8-Max Sunday Million SE], $1.25M Gtd

Entries8,754
Players Left24
Prize Pool$1,750,800
Chip LeaderTHE MOVER 92 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$245,066

WCOOP #38-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $325K Gtd

Entries18,336
Players Left149
Prize Pool$366,720
Chip Leadertoska82 (Germany)
First-place Prize$16,193 plus bounties

WCOOP #38-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $650K Gtd

Entries4,098
Players Left78
Prize Pool$819,600
Chip Leaderthomber26 (Norway)
First-place Prize$49,646 plus bounties

WCOOP #38-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd

Entries323
Players Left20
Prize Pool$646,000
Chip LeaderFrancisco "Tomatee" Benitez (Uruguay)
First-place Prize$52,291 plus bounties

Veldhuis Gunning for 2021 WCOOP Title and Elusive Six-Figure Score

WCOOP #39-H: $1,050 Razz [8-Max], $15K Gtd

Entries92
Players Left8
Prize Pool$92,000
Chip Leader_sennj_ (Norway)
First-place Prize$25,070

WCOOP #40-L: $11 NLHE [7-Max, Freezeout], $85K Gtd

Entries8,206
Players Left253
Prize Pool$85,000
Chip LeaderMathescoo. (Brazil)
First-place Prize$11,939

WCOOP #40-M: $109 NLHE [7-Max, Freezeout], $225K Gtd

Entries2,609
Players Left223
Prize Pool$268,900
Chip LeaderPkrSkil (Canada)
First-place Prize$33,113

WCOOP #40-H: $1,050 NLHE [7-Max, Freezeout], $225K Gtd

Entries308
Players Left42
Prize Pool$308,000
Chip Leadermahmuttt88 (Finland)
First-place Prize$64,680

2021 WCOOP Events Scheduled on August 31

Time (ET)Event
12:05WCOOP 41-L: $22 FL 2-7 Triple Draw [6-Max], $15K Gtd
12:05WCOOP 41-M: $215 FL 2-7 Triple Draw [6-Max], $40K Gtd
12:05WCOOP 41-H: $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw [6-Max], $85K Gtd
13:05WCOOP 42-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $350K Gtd
13:05WCOOP 42-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $650K Gtd
13:05WCOOP 42-H: $5,300 NLHE [8-Max], $700K Gtd
14:15WCOOP 43-L: $22 PLO8 [6-Max], $40K Gtd
14:15WCOOP 43-M: $215 PLO8 [6-Max], $100K Gtd
14:15WCOOP 43-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $150K Gtd
15:30WCOOP 44-L: $5.50 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO Freezeout], $35K Gtd
15:30WCOOP 44-M: $55 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO Freezeout], $200K Gtd
15:30WCOOP 44-H: $530 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO Freezeout], $300K Gtd
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