When it all started in 2002, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) was PokerStars’ way of giving online poker players a chance to shine on the virtual felt. Nine events awarded over $730K in prize money. By 2008, the WCOOP had grown into a phenomenon known the world over and was comprised of 33 tournaments and nearly $40 million in prize money. In 2009, the eighth installment of the series launched on September 3 to monster fields and millions of dollars in prize money on the first day alone.
The first ten events showcased the strength of the WCOOP in the online poker world, and with 35 more tournaments to go, the series looks to break all online records with well over $40 million in prize pools, 45 WCOOP bracelets, and fields that prove that PokerStars hosts the biggest tournament series in the world. With that, let’s get into the details of the first ten tournaments.
Event 1: $215 No-Limit Hold’em, 6-max
To kick off the 2009 series, the WCOOP offered an impressive $1,250,000 guarantee for the NLHE short-handed event, and so many people were anxious to get in on the WCOOP action that a total of 8,538 players registered to play, making the prize pool an impressive $1,707,600. The final 1,350 players standing were paid, and though numerous Team PokerStars Pros were in that group, it was George Danzer of Germany as the last one of them standing, finishing in 71st place. But when it got down to the final table, though LosChief was the initial chipleader, he finished in fourth place, and ChopSueyyy and MMalipo were the last two playing. They made a chip-chop deal for the money but played it out to the final hand, in which MMalipo got it all-in with against the of ChopSueyy, and the latter’s hand prevailed to give him the title, bracelet, and nearly $235K.
1st place: ChopSueyyy ($234,421.82)
2nd place: MMalipo ($183,940.20)
3rd place: Futuro ($119,532.01)
4th place: LosChief ($68,304.01)
5th place: JP OSU ($34,152.01)
6th place: shuriken555 ($23,940.56)
Event 2: $215 Razz
The second event of the series, though still on the first day of it, brought razz fans to the tables. For a $215 buy-in, razz players that numbered 1,526 came out for the $200K guarantee but ended up boosting the prize pool to $305,200 in the process. Only 224 players were paid, and only eight would make the final table. When that happened, djk123 had the chip lead and took it all the way to heads-up action with plattsburgh. The two went back and forth but finally came to the last hand with plattsburgh holding ()() () and djk123 with the ()() () best hand for the win.
1st place: djk123 ($53,410.01)
2nd place: plattsburgh ($38,150.01)
3rd place: SebbG1 ($28,994.01)
4th place: grampabumkin ($21,364.01)
5th place: adamevan ($15,260.01)
6th place: pasacp ($9,156.01)
7th place: hand61 ($6,104.01)
8th place: Ottawa_Boy27 ($3,052.01)
Event 3: $215 Pot-Limit Omaha, 6-max
The second day of events began with the ever-popular PLO, and short-handed tables made it even more appealing, bringing 2,738 players to the tables for the $500K guarantee tournament. The resulting prize pool was $547,600, reserved for the top 420 finishers, and when it got down to the final table six, MUSTAFABET was the chipleader. He took that lead all the way to heads-up action with BushwickDave, and though chips changed hands, MUSTAFABET had the advantage when his Q-J-7-3 hand made the top boat on the 4-3-5-3-Q board.
1st place: MUSTAFABET ($86,247.01)
2nd place: BushwickDave ($62,974.01)
3rd place: TropiFish ($45,998.41)
4th place: DeuceBuster ($29,844.21)
5th place: maksys70 ($19,067.44)
6th place: Maksflaks ($9,719.91)
Event 4: $215 No-Limit Single Draw 2-7 w/Rebuys
Fans of deuce-to-seven were drawn (so to speak) to this tournament with its $200K guarantee, and registration ended with 336 players who purchased 178 rebuys and 227 add-ons. The resulting prize pool was still less than the guarantee, so the $200,000 was the prize pool and it included a nice overlay for players, especially those who were in the final 49 and made the money. The final table came about with trollringen as the chipleader, but he fell in fifth while Believer82 and 2FLY2TILT made it to heads-up, with the latter prevailing holding A-7-5-3-2 to beat the pair of jacks of his opponent.
1st place: 2FLY2TILT ($42,000)
2nd place: Believer82 ($30,000)
3rd place: jimbo2312 ($21,000)
4th place: teacuppoker ($13,000)
5th place: trollringen ($9,000)
6th place: Dorsal Fin 7 ($7,000)
7th place: GambleAB ($5,000)
Event 5: $109 8-Game Mixed
In a game quickly becoming more popular than HORSE, the 8-game mix included those HORSE games plus 2-7 triple draw, no-limit hold’em, and pot-limit Omaha. A total of 1,779 players took their shot at the tournament with its $50K guarantee, which lifted the prize pool to $177,900 for the top 264 players. The fast structure gave each game only five minutes, and it didn’t take long to reach the final table that started with vilaincanard holding a massive chip lead. But he ended up falling in third place, while Y2JohnK6 and FireGoblin went to heads-up action and proceeded to enter into a chip-chop deal. When play resumed, the former could not overcome the chip deficit, and in six hands, it was a stud hi-lo pot that had Y2JohnK6 all-in with (6-2)10-7-K-3(2) losing to FireGoblin’s (A-J)J-A-5-9(7).
1st place: FireGoblin ($23,230.85)
2nd place: Y2JohnK6 ($21,805.89)
3rd place: vilaincanard ($19,452.05)
4th place: krutish2009 ($10,229.26)
5th place: Odd_Oddsen ($6,671.26)
6th place: -kadlatko- ($3,753.70)
Event 6: $109 No-Limit Hold’em
Set up for the masses, it certainly brought them in with its $1 million guarantee and reasonable buy-in. In fact, there were 15,675 players in the tournament, which made the prize pool a whopping $1,567,500 for the top 2,250 finishers. The field thinned at a rate of about 100 players per minute until the final table was at hand, at which time vakAAttack was in the lead. He took that lead to heads-up action with DHUSTLER15, and the two battled until DHUSTER15 and his pocket queens made a full house on the board but couldn’t beat the pocket sevens and quads of vakAAttack, who won the event and more than $183K.
1st place: vakAAttack ($183,334.81)
2nd place: DHUSTLER15 ($133,237.51)
3rd place: merkurstar ($101,887.51)
4th place: DonLeu ($70,537.51)
5th place: razorbite ($54,862.51)
6th place: THOR12345 ($39,187.51)
7th place: Rockkaholic ($26,647.51)
8th place: Percussion ($14,107.51)
9th place: Dwayno98 ($9,405.01)
Event 7: $215 Pot-Limit 5-Card Draw
The first 5-card draw event of the series was of the pot-limit kind and boasted of a $200K guarantee. There were 844 players in the mix, which afforded them an overlay when PokerStars had to kick in for the $200K prize pool. The last 132 players were paid, and when the field worked its way to the final table, dev209 was in the lead but ended up finishing in fourth place, as CesarSPA and Papartis88 took it to the wire. The former had a solid chip lead and took it into the third hand of action that found Papartis88 with trip sevens but CesarSPA holding a king-high straight for the win.
1st place: CesarSPA ($33,500)
2nd place: Papartis88 ($25,000)
3rd place: ELBRUS77 ($19,000)
4th place: dev209 ($13,000)
5th place: dudeoflife21 ($9,000)
6th place: Maksflaks ($6,000)
Event 8: $215 Fixed-Limit Hold’em
The first limit hold’em action of the 2009 WCOOP brought 1,800 players to the tables for the $400K guarantee, which kicked in and created a bit of an overlay for the players. The last 270 players standing caught a piece of it, but it was iacog4 who led the final table and intended to win it, and when he made it to heads-up play with xxjondxx, he kept the lead and took it all the way to the last hand wherein xxjondxx made his move with against the of iacog4. As the board showed , iacog4 claimed victory.
1st place: iacog4 ($64,000)
2nd place: xxjondxx ($48,000)
3rd place: Bumpasaurus ($36,000)
4th place: Titantom32 ($25,660)
5th place: MiguelPiper ($18,000)
6th place: ~US&Co~ ($14,000)
7th place: Esquemo ($10,000)
8th place: lordhuttyx ($7,000)
9th place: SonnyRamone ($4,000)
Event 9: $215 No-Limit Hold’em
In this straight up NLHE event, players were offered a $1 million guarantee, which brought 11,131 hopefuls to the tables and far surpassing the guarantee with an astounding $2,226,200 prize pool. That money was to be shared by the top 1,620 players according to finishes, and at the final table, ternoplayer sat in the chip lead when the action began. More than $303K was at stake for the winner, and when it came to heads-up, ternoplayer was still there and fighting more than a 3-to-1 chip deficit to opponent maxisou. But ternoplayer soon took over the chip lead and took his into battle on the last hand against the of his opponent on a flop. The last two cards came and and the higher two pair was in the hand of ternoplayer, as was the win and the substantial prize money.
1st place: ternoplayer ($303,876.31)
2nd place: maxisou ($214,828.31)
3rd place: micha88 ($155,834.01)
4th place: r&g2007 ($111,310.01)
5th place: graybone ($89,048.01)
6th place: akilam77 ($66,786.01)
7th place: PanjoDeLuxe ($44,524.01)
8th place: masterpiece ($22,262.01)
9th place: SoulMaster7 ($13,913.76)
Event 10: $10,300 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
The second-highest buy-in tournament of the series, the High Roller event offered the chance for the elite to compete by putting up $10,300 for straight NLHE action. The $2 million guarantee was quickly overcome by the 299 players that signed up and created a $2,990,000 prize pool. Only the last 36 standing would claim any of that money, but it was at the final table that the most stood to be gained. BeLOWaBOVe was the chipleader going into the action, but ended up taking third place, and Sowerss and Sumpas went into heads-up action, the latter with the chip lead. Sowerss put up a fight but ended up succumbing when his couldn’t improve against the of Sumpas after the flop. The and ended it and gave Sumpas the win and massive prize of more than $611K.
1st place: Sumpas ($611,455)
2nd place: Sowerss ($448,500)
3rd place: BeLOWaBOVe ($337,870)
4th place: SCTrojans ($254,150)
5th place: Belabacsi ($173,420)
6th place: KevBoyStar ($134,550)
7th place: Festivuss ($104,650)
8th place: John Duthie ($74,750)
9th place: DDBeast ($56,810)
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