Patrick "pads1161" Leonard is enjoying a purple patch of form, one that has seen the popular British superstar secured back-to-back WCOOP titles. Leonard won the WCOOP #08-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max PKO on August 24, and followed that up with victory in the WCOOP-15-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw 7-Max event.
Leonard’s victory came after he navigated his way through a star-studded field of 70 players in the $1,050 buy-in NL 2-7 Single Draw 7-Max tournament.
Finland’s "serkku21" burst the money bubble after busting in 11th, paving the way for a cash of at least $2,450 for the surviving players. That prize money increased to $3,150 by the time the seven-handed final table was reach.
As you would expect, it was a final table brimming with talent, but Leonard outshone them all. Such luminaries as mixed game specialist Matthew "MUSTAFABET" Ashton, Bernado "bedias" Dias, and Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko fell by the wayside, before Leonard defeated "ibotown" heads-up to bank his second WCOOP title in as many days and his fourth title overall.
WCOOP-15-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw 7-Max Final Table Results
Patrick "pads1161" Leonard
Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko
Bernado "bedias" Dias
Matthew "MUSTAFABET" Ashton
Pedro "PadiLhA SP" Padilha Wins Second WCOOP Title in the $10K High Roller ($192,548)
Brazil's Pedro "PadiLhA SP" Padilha emerged victorious in the WCOOP-14-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller at PokerStars after agreeing to a heads-up deal with fellow countrymate Pablo "pabritz" Brito, awarding the duo $208,311 and $203,118 respectively.
The High Roller featured the biggest buy-in event thus far in the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and didn't disappoint with 101 entries generating a $1,010,000 prize pool to squeak past the $1,000,000 guarantee.
This was the second career WCOOP title for Padilha after previously winning the WCOOP-17-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO in 2019 for $192,548.
Each of the nine finalists guaranteed themselves at least $30,610 but nobody wanted that sum because of the six-figures awaiting the champion. One-by-one the players fell by the wayside, including Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias in fourth and Alexandros "Pwndidi" Theologis in third.
Brito entered heads-up play with a marginal chip-lead against Padilha when the duo quickly agreed to a heads-up deal leaving $10,000 to play for to even out the payouts. Padilha got his hands on the additional money after his nine-eight made two pair to beat the king-nine of Brito.
2021 WCOOP-14-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller Final Table Results
Audrius "Stakelis24" Stakelis Goes Wire-to-Wire on Day 2 to win WCOOP 14-M for $174,896
It took around six and a half hours for Audrius "Stakelis24" Stakelis to take his start-of-day chip lead and collect all the chips in WCOOP-14-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE] with it, but he didn't have an easy run of it. He had to battle through 81 players who returned on Day 2, out of the original 1,071 entries, with most of the $1.071 million prize pool still in play.
The WCOOP title adds to an already strong resume of online wins for Stakelis that includes a SCOOP title from 2020 worth $73,674. Before today's win, he had more than $150,000 in 1st place results since 2019 online, so this prize of $174,896 just adds to an already strong last few years.
Stakelis found himself heads-up against British grinder Harry "Iamapoopie" Lodge who put up a valiant fight but who ultimately had to settle for a $126,236 consolation prize.
WCOOP 14-M: $1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday Final Table Results
A dozen WCOOP events are in-play right now, and some of the game's biggest stars find themselves in dominant positions. Dominik "Bounatirou" Nitsche is the chip leader with 79 left in the WCOOP 17-M: $215 NLHE [7-Max], $300K Gtd, while Joao "IneedMassari" Simao leads the way in the WCOOP 18-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max], $250K Gtd where 41 players return to battle on August 26.