Day 10 of the 10th annual PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker brought another three bracelet winners including a few names you might have heard before. Player “z_balata” won the four-max event #23 – $200 NLH, whereas Team PokerStars Pro Noah “Exclusive” Boeken scored his first WCOOP title by winning the $300 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max tournament. And finally, Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah came out victorious in a $300 Badugi event for a WCOOP bracelet and the cash prize of $17,082.
The day's events:
PokerStars WCOOP 23 - $200 No-Limit Hold’em Four-Max Two-Day ($500K Guaranteed)
Although the event gathered a rather large field of 2,622 players, only seven of them survived Day1 and returned the next day to fight for the WCOOP bracelet. Among those who failed to advance into Day 2 were a number of Team PokerStars online pros – Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen, Javier “El_Canonero” Dominguez, Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth, Richard Toth and Anders “Donald” Berg. The last one of the pros, Randy “nanonoko” Lew was eliminated by the final tablist “Da3dalus” from Germany when nanonoko's A-K lost to the German's pocket queens. Lew left the tournament in 10th place for $6,424.
The only four-handed final table in the series began with “Da3dalus” in the lead holding a chip stack two times bigger than “KingRakker's” who was in second place. However, when the game was finally over it was Sweden's z_balata scoring the title.
The final result:
PokerStars WCOOP 26 - $300 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max ($225K Guaranteed)
The $300 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max featured what seemed to be the toughest final table in this year's WCOOP series so far – the PokerStars team pro and the winner of the event Noah “Exclusive” Boeken was joined by two acknowledged online aces Steve “gboro780” Gross and Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb both of whom have the record of over $5 million in lifetime online tournament winnings. However, neither of the two managed to outplay Boeken and finished the event in fifth and fourth place respectively.
In heads-up play “Exclusive” faced “gangst3rn1” from Germany having a 4.5 to 1 chip lead and after 49 hands the game was over. Boeken was crowned the champion and awarded a WCOOP bracelet as well as a cash prize of $44,480. This is what Boeken tweeted after the game:
“Weeeeeeeee, just won the $320 mixed holdem wcoop on Pokerstars on my 1st day of playin wcoops, can't wait to be back tomorrow! :D”
“Thanks all for the nice congrats wishes, lets try and win a second one in the comming days!!”
The final result:
|1||Noah "Exclusive" Boeken||$44,480|
|4||Steve "gboro780" Gross||$17,661|
|5||Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb||$12,615|
PokerStars WCOOP 27 - $300 Badugi ($50K Guaranteed)
And the last winner of the day was Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah best known for a couple of big wins at the 2010 and 2011 FTOPS. Although his final table competition included Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee, “Ig123456789” and “PUCIPUCO” to all of whom this was the second final table appearance in the series, Leah stood strong and was able to maintain the #1 spot which he held when the final table took off.
At the beginning of the heads-up play Leah had a 2 to 1 lead against MacPhee and it took him 81 hands to scoop ImaLuckSac's last chip. MacPhee received a consolation prize of $12,702 while Leah collected $17,082 along with his first bracelet and the title of the ultimate 2011 WCOOP Badugi champion.
The final result:
|1||Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah||$17,082|
|2||Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee||$12,702|
|8||Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko||$2,190|
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