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It’s the final day of the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on PokerStars. Find out what’s been going on as the last turbos are all that are now left.


  • B4NKR0LL3R’s roll starts here
  • Thousands compete in Phases
  • Sintoras leads both high buy-ins
  • Brazil breaks through record mark


Off the mark at last: When a PokerStars player has won the Sunday Million as well as titles in the Winter Series, Bounty Builder Series, Blowout Series, SCOOP and multiple times in the High Roller Club, the question tends to be how many WCOOP titles they have won, rather than whether they’re a WCOOP champion. In the case of Estonia’s “B4NKR0LL3R“, however, the answer is surprising. They have won precisely one WCOOP title, which they secured only last night.

It’s kind of incredible that a player with this many major titles has previously whiffed WCOOP, but the important thing is that they are now off the mark. B4NKR0LL3R took down the $1,050 PKO Series Saver last night, which came with a prize of $173,426, including bounties. And they very nearly made it two. B4NKR0LL3R also finished second in WCOOP 101-H (the heads-up Zoom turbo), so last night was truly the night they finally arrived in WCOOP.

Phases draw to a close: The Stat Tracker received an enormous fillip overnight with the conclusion of the Phase events, adding tens of thousand of digits into the “entries” column. These are the tournaments that play out on multiple starting days (Phase 1s) throughout the series, before playing to a winner in a two-day “Phase 2”. Players can enter as many times as they want to make sure they get into the second phase, where the money is paid out.

Although we can’t track how many entries are unique and how many are re-entries, there were 79,614 total Phase 1 entries in the $5.50 version (ultimately won by Peru’s “jcarlos_25” for $47,434 after a deal); there were 26,983 in the $22 medium (where Germany’s “bounty.hunter63” prevailed for $75,011) and 8,621 into the $109 event (won by “Nethos” of the Czech Republic, for $125,003).


Nominative determinism at play, or not: You may have noticed in the previous paragraph that a player named “bounty.hunter63” won WCOOP 01-M, a tournament in which there weren’t any bounties. It’s as though they bounty hunter took a wrong turn at the very earliest fork in the road. However, nominative determinism was definitely at play in WCOOP 101-M, the heads-up TKO Zoom event. In that one, Lithuania’s “HU_Master789” lived up to their name, mastering the heads-up format and banking $21,840, including bounties.

Sintoras on the charge: Germany’s “Sintoras” hasn’t won during WCOOP this year, but have put themselves in the perfect place to change that going into the Series’ final day. Sintoras is the chip leader in both the high buy-in events paused overnight: they’re first of 23 left in the WCOOP 99-H £2,100 Super Tuesday and first of 29 left in the WCOOP 100-H $530 Mixed NLHE/PLO. Time to close one, or both, of them out…


*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


Here’s how we stand heading into the final day, where another nine tournaments get started.

Tournaments completed: 286
Entries: 949,298 (inc. 203,879 re-entries)
Prize pools: $76,993,124
First-place prizes: $12,882,093 (inc. $2,796,707 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 9

Stats refer to completed tournaments only


The following players have won more than one title during this year’s WCOOP:

FOUR WINS: Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira

THREE WINS: Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov, Joao “Naza114” Vieira, “roo_400”, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, “Dainiux”

TWO WINS: alligator14, Beriuzy, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, “drew.derzh”, Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva, Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson, FONBET_RULIT, gettingpwned, Adam “ISmellToast” Crawford, jokkee_apart, nomalice, Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Robin “robinho” Ylitalo, Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, SerVlaMin, Ronan “Sw33ney” Sweeney, T0X16-.


Only one Brazilian player won a WCOOP tournament on Tuesday night, “JepsP” in the $109 Series Saver. But it was significant. That was the 58th title won by Brazilians in this year’s WCOOP, setting a new outright record. Congratulations yet again to Brazil. The South Americans are the true global force in online tournament poker.

Current standings:

58 titles — Brazil
28 — UK
23 – Austria
15 – Sweden
14 — Germany, Norway
11 — Ukraine
10 — Canada, Romania
8 — Bulgaria, Finland
7 — Belarus
6 – Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Montenegro
4 — Andorra, Argentina, Malta, Mexico
3 — Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Peru, Poland
2 — Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Switzerland, Uruguay
1 — Armenia, Cambodia, Greece, Indonesia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan.


GG everyone else. This is Rui Ferreira’s world (championship of online poker). We just live in it.


1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 2,290 points
2 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 1,855
3 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 1,825
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 1,675
5 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 1,540

Prize: $25,000 to the winner


1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 1,260 points
2 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 1,085
3 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 920
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 875
5 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 805

Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000


1 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 870 points
2 – Scarmak3r, Slovenia – 575
3 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 555
4 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, Hungary – 535
5 – WTFOMFGOAO, Montenegro – 480

Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000


1 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 615 points
=2 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 610
=2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 610
4 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 560
5 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 555

Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150

Check out the full WCOOP Leader Board standings.


Wednesday, September 28

It’s been a long WCOOP, with plenty of ups and downs. But the Final Freeze and the Series Wrap Up Hyper Turbos are going to be crackers, a great way to let off steam.

1:05pm: WCOOP 102 – NLHE Final Freeze
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $150K, $200K, $400K

2.15pm: WCOOP 103 – PLO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $30K, $85K, $175K

3.30pm: WCOOP 104 – NLHE PKO Series Wrap Up Hyper Turbo
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $40K, $125K, $125K


Day 1: Mattsson off the mark for WCOOP
Day 2: World Champion Schemion denies Spraggy as Leknes makes it seven
Day 3: Five in a row for Glaser as stars shine again

Day 4: Combes and Nemeth back to winning ways
Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7
Day 8: Aido masters the 6-Max as marjan1231 wins huge bounty haul
Day 9: Three up for incredible Ferreira

Day 10: Vieira grabs seventh and becomes World Heads-Up Champion
Day 11: Huber wins for Team Pro as Mattsson and Sweeney do the double
Day 12: Vieira victorious again as Lakemeier wins big
Day 13 round-up
Day 14: Leonard earns first of the series
Nine for Vieira and eight for Leknes on day of multiple multiples
Day 15: Badziakouski slay the Super High Rollers
Day 16: Ferreira astonishes as Clark and Cowan win first
Day 17: Three more triple champions, including ninth for Leknes
Day 19: Yan finally gets over the line

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