Pokerstars’ WCOOP 2015 Half-Time Check In

World Championship of Online Poker Logo

One of the most anticipated events in the world of online poker, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 2015 is nearly halfway through. Hosted by the world famous poker site PokerStars, there were 70 main events scheduled and $45 million in guaranteed wins up for grabs. Now, with just over half of the events finished, we take a look at how the tournament has been going on, check in on who the big winners are and talk about the super high roller event that’s still to come.

Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun. Can you believe that the WCOOP 2015 has been underway for over ten days now? Don’t worry if you missed out on the action thus far, as there are events scheduled until the 27th of September. But let’s see who has won it big so far and what’s still to come.

The Leader Board

So far, a huge chunk of the total $45 million prize pool has been played off and some players have certainly had the luck smiling down on them. You won’t even believe the size of the sums we’re talking!

First and foremost, the biggest win up until now has gone to a Brit called V7JCV21. Funky name if you ask us, but that didn’t prevent him from taking in an astonishing $260,194 when he stuck out in a huge group of nearly nine thousand players. Second place – and the $190,806 prize – was taken by komarolo22 from Uruguay, what a stellar performance he put in!

The very first WCOOP 2015 event ($109 buy-in, $1.5M guarantee) was bagged by RcknTheSbrbs aka Peter Nigh, who beat UK’s John Duthie (Blessed) in heads-up play. While Duthie walked away with a truly small (warning: irony) consolidation prize of $145,605, Nigh received a $200,352 prize for his efforts.

Daniel Negreanu winning tournament

Negreanu awaits the closing event

However, that hasn’t been the most spoken-about heads-up battle at WCOOP 2015, as that came a few days later in the $1,050 buy in with $1 million guaranteed event on Super Tuesday. There, Brazil’s hellzito (William Arruda) beat out Irish Keith Cummins, when a deal was reached. Struggling for nearly three hours, the pair agreed to splitting the remainder of the prize pool: Arruda walked away with a whopping $259,203 and Cummins took in $240,177 – not bad at all.

Last, but certainly not least, a huge prize was claimed last Sunday. This $10,300 buy-in event was bound to attract high-rollers and pay out huge, and it’s done both. After nine hours that the even ran for, Germany’s tobi123456 (we sure hope he doesn’t use a similar numeric combination for his password) stepped away from the table with a super-hefty prize of $654,500.  good for the Brits and the Irish players, as they’ve won over $2 million in their combined effort during the first two dozen events at WCOOP.

Our congratulations goes to all the winners! Enjoy the money and those golden bracelets too.


Still To Come

There are still at least 15 events that are scheduled to take place, but one of the most awaited ones has to be the Super High Roller event on September 20th. Not only does it feature the biggest buy-in in the history of online poker, but it also has a guaranteed $1 million prize pool. It’s little wonder, then, that players such as Daniel Negreanu, JAson Mercier and Isaac Haxton have been confirmed to play in it.

Furthermore, there are plenty of games still to come that are more suitable for the recreational players. Every remaining day of the WCOOP 2015 will see games with buy-ins ranging from $200 to $2,000 and with prize pools to reward every pocket size. And of course, there is the main event that will run on the 27th of September, with a staggering prize pool of $10 million ($1.5 million guaranteed first prize). There are already 193 entries, so we know it’s going to be an amazing event!

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