And the big names were out in force, with Patrick "pads1161" Leonard and Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara winning the third WCOOP titles of their careers. Leonard took down WCOOP 08-H for over $120,000 for his first title in six years.
Kihara triumphed over a tough HORSE field to add to the Razz and 2-7 Single Draw WCOOP titles he won in 2019. He defeated Tobias "Senkel92" Leknes heads-up to deny Leknes a seventh WCOOP title.
Meanwhile, PokerStars Ambassador Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis and Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle both made the final day of Event 16-H with $46,305 awaiting the winner.
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The World Championship of Online Poker has crowned another champion after "Soul0faSwan" defeated a 3,213-player field in WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max], for an impressive $205,844.
The Austrian native began the final day in the top spot, having a commanding lead but didn't have it all their own way at the final table, with "Naked:D" running over the table. However, after a heads-up deal was struck between the pair, it seemed the Ukrainian's momentum wore off as"Soul0faSwan" took over completely.
The last hand of the night saw "Naked:D" jam the river with ace-high after missing a straight draw and was outkicked by "Soul0faSwan" who wins their WCOOP title along with their biggest online cash to date.
2021 WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max] Final Table Results
Audrius "Stakelis24" Stakelis Bags Biggest Stack to End Day 1 of WCOOP 14-M
Audrius "Stakelis24" Stakelis will be looking for a second WCOOP Super Tuesday title in two years after ending Day 1 of WCOOP 14-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max Super Tuesday SE] with the chip lead.
In 2020, Stakelis topped an 8,961-player field to win $62,359 in the Mini Super Tuesday SE. This year, he was part of a 1,071 player field that generated a prize pool of $1,071,000.
Stakelis was one of five players to bag more than 3 million chips on Day 1, including two Brazilians. Brazil may well be the story of Day 2, as Brazilian players own 5 of the top 10 stacks going into the final day of play, and are well represented through the rest of the chip counts as well.
Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias Leads Final 9 in the WCOOP-14-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller
The 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) showcased its largest buy-in event thus far this festival at PokerStars with Tuesday featuring the first of two days of the WCOOP 14-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller. The tournament was another success with 101 entries including 35 re-entries squeaking past the $1,000,000 guarantee with a $1,010,000 prize pool.
The action was down to nine players to end the day after nearly 8.5 hours of play with a pair of Greek players on top in Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias and Alexandros "Pwndidi" Theologis with both players going for their first WCOOP title.
WCOOP-14-H Final Table Chip Counts
Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias
Alexandros "Pwndidi" Theologis
Pedro "PadiLhA SP" Padilha
Mark "AceSpades11" Radoja
Pablo "pabritz" Brito
Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker
Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder
The nine returning players are each slated to receive at least a $30,610 payout with the winner set to add $232,739 to their PokerStars balance.
Check out the winners of WCOOP titles from August 24. As well as Leonard and Kihara, there was a second WCOOP title for Andrés "andresds" Dos Santos, with the Argentinian winning his first title back in 2014.
WCOOP-04-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Million SE], $1M Gtd
Will there be a fifth WCOOP title for Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna in Event 13-H? Just nine players left with the Finnish player in the lead.
Meanwhile "Carster" may lead the final 12 players in Event 16-H, but all eyes will be on PokerStars Ambassadors Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis and Benjamin "bencb789" who sit fourth and ninth in chips respectively.
WCOOP 13-H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max], $100K Gtd
Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna (Finland)
WCOOP 14-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $500K Gtd