An incredible day of results in WCOOP 2022, with three more players becoming triple champions and the biggest single prize so far paid out. Plus, Main Events start today.
- Biggest score of series so far in Thursday Thrill
- THREE more triple champions
- Two in one night for ‘Dainiux’
- Main Events start today – $12.5 million combined guarantees
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes’ third of series, ninth of career: With WCOOP 2022 nearing its dramatic conclusion, you’d expect more and more double champions to emerge. We couldn’t have guessed, however, that we’d wake up to three more triple champions (and many more double champions, too).
Only two days ago, Leknes earned his second of the series, taking down a PLO event for $20k. Last night, the Norwegian pro struck again. After settling on a deal and splitting the prize pool evenly between the final three players, Leknes came first in the 81-H: 8-Game event for $28.084, becoming a 2022 triple champion and securing the ninth WCOOP title of his career. He draws level with Joao “Naza114” Vieira and Denis “aDrENalin710” Stebkov as one of the players with the most all-time titles.
Two in one night for “Dainiux”: Our next new triple champion is mixed game specialist “Dainiux”. The Lithuanian pro earned their first ever title early in the series when they took down the 27-H: 8-Game event. Dainiux soon came close again, finishing second in the World Championship of Razz. It seemed like Dainiux would be on a final table again soon enough, but last night was something else. Dainiux finished first in both the 81-M: 8-Game event and the 85-M: Stud event. Two in one night, and a third of the series.
Roo_400 wins 6-max for third of series: With WCOOP wins in both 2019 and 2020 (and two SCOOP titles, too), “roo_400” is far from a stranger to the world of major series final tables. Good job really, as the elusive Canadian player met with elite players that included PokerStars ambassador Sam Grafton on his way to victory in the 88-H: 6-max event. After beating the competition and coming out on top against “FutureofMe” heads-up, Roo_400 earned $48,886 for first and their third WCOOP title of 2022.
Biggest score of series so far in Thursday Thrill: The Thursday Thrill concluded Saturday evening, paying out startlingly big prizes to the winners. In the 60-M version, “Gandalf MR” bolstered their payout with bounties to earn a total of $117,624.
The 60-H event paid out even more to the eventual winner, who had to scrap through a final table that included WCOOP Leaderboard front runner Rui Ferreira (out in fourth) and Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (out in second). The star of the show was Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo, who ran up bounties to the tune of $188k. Along with the first place payout, Pardo earned a total of $285,232 – the single biggest score of the series so far.
And four more doubles champions too: Four players earned their second WCOOP title of the series on Day 18. It’ll be easier on your eyes to see these in bullet points:
- Adam Crawford is 2-7 Single Draw champion: Adam “ISmellToast” Crawford earned his first WCOOP title ever earlier in the series. Last night he earned his second, earning $20,197 for becoming the official World Champion of NL 2-7 Single Draw.
- FONBET_RULIT wins second: FONBET_RULIT is a WCOOP regular who can often be found straddling the top positions in the leaderboards. They earned one title in 2018 and another in 2020. This year, they’ve had two, last night winning the 87-M: NLO8 event for $8,287.
- Double for jokkee_apart: At first glance, it seems like “jokkee_apart” has come out of nowhere. At Look a little closer and you’ll see that the Norwegian player has a solid resume which includes a $100k 2020 SCOOP title worth $100k and a second place finish in the Sunday Million worth $92k. Now jokkee_apart also has two WCOOP titles on that resume – one for their earlier result in the 55-H: PLO for $92k, and their latest a first place finish in the 89-L: Turbo PKO for $10,930.
- “Beriuzy” back for more: High stakes Twitch streamer’s was also new to WCOOP titles until he locked up a huge score in the 59-H: Turbo for $57,609 earlier in the series. Last night he followed this up with a second title and another hugely significant cash, winning the 89-H: Turbo PKO for $76,348.
Main Events start today: I doubt you need any reminder, but here it is anyway. WCOOP 2022 has all been building to this. The Main Events start today, each one running for four days and each one offering unmatched prize pools. The $109 Main Event has $2.5 million in guaranteed prizes, the $1,050 Main Event has $4 million guaranteed, and the $10,300 Main Event/Championship of NLHE has an incredible $6 million in guaranteed prizes. Satellites are available for each of the events.
Entries for WCOOP 2022 are pushing three quarters of a million, while close to $70 million has now been paid out over the course of the series. The Main Events alone are set to add a further $12 million to that number, so you can expect to see the series cruise past its $85 million guarantee in the closing days.
Tournaments completed: 271
Entries: 773,229 (inc. 184,937 re-entries)
Prize pools: $69,869,470
First-place prizes: $11,952,248 (inc. $2,639,680 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Tournaments starting today: 18
Stats refer to completed tournaments only
The following players have won more than one title during this year’s WCOOP:
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira
Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov, Joao “Naza114” Vieira, “roo_400”, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, “Dainiux”
“alligator14”, “Beriuzy”, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, “drew.derzh”, Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva, FONBET_RULIT, “gettingpwned”, Adam “ISmellToast” Crawford, “jokkee_apart”, “nomalice”, Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Robin “robinho” Ylitalo, Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser,, “SerVlaMin”, Ronan “Sw33ney” Sweeney, “T0X16-“.
Spraggy’s final hand in the $1,050 DeepStack, ending his run in 16th place:
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
Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser sums up the leaderboard situation and his place within it:
I’m currently in 2nd on the Overall leaderboard, heading into the huge Main event weekend, with 5 more days left of #WCOOP.
It’s winner take all, for $25k and the 🏆
Also I’m still somewhat in contention for the High/medium leaderboards.
Needing a big final 5 days! 🙏🤞🏻 pic.twitter.com/uOqWJCBtH5
— Benny Glaser (@BennyGlaser) September 24, 2022
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Amazingly, Brazil only managed one title on Day 18, and so still have a few more to go before they reach last year’s record of 57. This opened up the gap for players from 18 different countries to earn titles. Canada earned three more, and Greece and Cambodia both earned their first.
54 titles — Brazil
28 — UK
23 – Austria
14 — Norway, Sweden
12 — Germany
11 — Ukraine
10 — Canada
9 – Romania
7 — Belarus, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary
6 – Montenegro
5 — Kazakhstan, Lithuania
4 — Andorra, Argentina, Malta, Mexico
3 — Denmark, Ireland, Poland
2 — Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Peru, Switzerland, Uruguay
1 — Armenia, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Greece, Indonesia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES UPDATE
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira made a couple more final tables last night, adding more points to his tally and increasing his lead on both the Overall and High leaderboards. Benny Glaser will need to pull something out of the bag in the final few days if he’s to challenge for first place in the Overall, as will Joao Vieira in the High. As we know, though, anything can happen when the leaderboard races are this tight.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 2,200 points
2 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 1,850
3 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 1,745
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 1,630
5 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 1,495
Prize: $25,000 to the winner
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 1,225 points
2 – João “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 1,045
3 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 855
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 840
5 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, United Kingdom – 800
Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Montenegro – 855 points
2 – Scarmak3r, Slovenia – 560
3 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 550
4 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary – 530
5 – gettingpwned, Bulgaria – 440
Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000
1 – AwadeuS, Thailand – 605 points
2 – Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Brazil – 590
3 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 580
4 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 550
5 – Sebastian “peace&loove” Huber – 540
Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150
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
Day 15: Nine for Vieira and eight for Leknes on day of multiple multiples
Day 16: Badziakouski slays the Super High Rollers, as Arends returns for a third
Day 17: Ferreira astonishes as Clark and Cohen win maiden titles