The wait is over. The 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is under way — and it’s got off to a flyer. Here’s our first daily update bringing all the action from the PokerStars tables.
- Mattsson wins maiden(!?!) WCOOP title
- Spraggy and Papo in World Championship final
- Nineteen events get started on opening night
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Mattsson finally gets his WCOOP title: The very first tournament to finish in this year’s WCOOP was the $530 buy-in Sunday Cooldown — aka WCOOP 7-H — and it brought us a very familiar champion. However, in news that will probably come as a huge surprise to followers of online poker, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson‘s success in this tournament, in which he earned $52,820, is the first WCOOP victory of his career. It barely makes sense.
Mattsson is currently the all-time leader in online tournament cashes, according to Pocket Fives, and is a fixture at final tables across all disciplines. He has five SCOOP titles, for example. But according to our records, he has only ever won a WCOOP Second Chance tournament, and has finished runner up at least twice in other WCOOP events. Despite 285 documented tournament victories, and $24.3 million in documented cashes, this, then, represents a maiden WCOOP title for the Swedish crusher.
Titles head to Ukraine and Brazil: The low and medium versions of Event 7 both attracted enormous fields and earned their winners maiden titles too. Brazil’s “jason873” won the $5.50 tournament, beating a field of 8,245, for a $3,716 score, while “dash4fun” of Ukraine, beat 4,676 to the $21,717 prize in the $55 buy-in event. Both those totals include bounties. Event 7 was the only event to play to its conclusion last night, which means we have only three champions at this stage.
Two PokerStars Team Pros aim for World Championship title: WCOOP got off with a bang last night, including the first World Chamionship event: a $5,200 buy-in tournament will determine the World Champion of Progressive KO poker. And, when the tournament reached its final table and paused, two PokerStars Ambassadors were still in the hunt: Alejandro “Papo MC” Lococo, who plays on PokerStars as “[Papo]AR”, and Ben “Spraggy” Spragg.
The pair sit in sixth and eighth, respectively, with $93K, plus bounties, available for the winner. It’s going to make for an excellent final table tonight, with Ole “wizowizo” Schemion also there, and “klem90” of Austria leading the way. It’s going to be streaming on the PokerStars central streaming platforms, and with a Spraggy-eye view, on his Twitch channel. Fintan “easywithaces” Hand is also worth watching tonight, in Day 2 of the $530 WCOOP Kickoff.
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With only three tournaments completed, this is embryonic to say the least. Remember, the stat tracker only shows stats from events that are done. But with at least 16 more tournaments playing to a winner tonight, the numbers are going to be very, very different this time tomorrow.
Tournaments completed: 3
Prize pools: $599,201
First-place prizes: $78,253 (inc. $42,693 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 16
Tournaments starting today: 9
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
Spraggy’s WCOOP has got off to a flying start, and here’s a moment he’ll remember: two bounties at the same time in the $5K World Championship:
Lex Veldhuis | Ben “Spraggy” Spragg | Fintan “easywithaces” Hand
Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye | Georgina “GJReggie” James | Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban
Sebastian “peaceandloove” Huber | Lasse Jagd “Wistern” Lauritsen
Andre “acoimba” Coimbra | Felix “xflixx” Schneiders
TWEET OF THE DAY
Everyone is getting the essential supplies in before starting the WCOOP grind:
— QueenBeePkr (@QueenBeePE) September 4, 2022
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Three titles, three different countries. Brazil leading on alphabetical order. Will they stay there throughout? (Spoiler: yes, probably.)
1 title each: Brazil, Sweden, Ukraine.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
The Player of the Series races will be hotly contested this year, with some typically sensational prizes. It’s too early for these tables to be meaningful just yet, but here’s how it stands after one day.
=1 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 100 pts
=1 – dash4fun, Ukraine – 100
=1 – jason873, Brazil – 100
4 – brückenbau66, Germany – 85
=5 – Grisha813, Latvia – 80
=5 – highorstoned, Belgium – 80
=5 – Jevgeni1986, Estonia – 80
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – C. Darwin2, Sweden – 100
2 – Grisha813, Latvia – 80
3 – Kelvin_FP:AR, Brazil – 70
4 – A.Saout, United Kingdom – 60
5 – berman As, Bolivia – 55
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – dash4fun Ukraine 100
2 – Jevgeni1986 Estonia 80
3 – CATHEB Uruguay 70
4 – LuanCaruso Brazil 60
5 – freezeplay Canada 55
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – jason873 Brazil 100
2 – highorstoned Belgium 80
3 – Sr.Marc0s Brazil 70
4 – foguetao109 Brazil 60
5 – brückenbau66 Germany 55
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
Monday, September 5
The buy-ins go up in WCOOP tonight with the first designated High Roller of the series: a $5K NLHE PKO. There’s $1.4 million guaranteed across the three buy-in levels of that event, WCOOP 08. HORSE also rides onto the schedule for the first time this series.
1:30pm – WCOOP 08: NLHE PKO
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $400K, $500K, $500K
2:30pm – WCOOP 09: HORSE
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $25K, $50K, $75K
4:05pm – WCOOP 10: NLHE PKO Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $80K, $275K, $300K
WATCH THE ACTION ON TWITCH AND YOUTUBE
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