The 10th annual PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker finished 2011 with Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen from Denmark scoring a $1.26 million cash prize for winning the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. This year's WCOOP gathered a total prize pool of more than $47 million which was shared by thousands of players during 62 events that were played in less than a month. Between September 4th and 27th, PokerStars rewarded 62 players with WCOOP bracelets. The list of winners included some big names like Team PokerStars Pros Shane “shaniac” Schleger, Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, and Anders “Donald” Berg, who became the first player in history to win three WCOOP bracelets.
The Player-of-the-Series title went to Joel Adam “2FLY2TILT” Gordon from Spain who finished the championship with one bracelet and another10 money finishes. And although he had the same amount of points as Canada's “Big_Nemo,” Gordon received the honors due to more cash earned in the course of the championship. The achievement wasn't just about the title – Gordon also received packages to the 2012 EPT Grand Final, and 2012 PCA as well as a SCOOP Main Event entry, plus a commemorative chip set.
These are the results of this year's final three WCOOP events:
PokerStars WCOOP 60 - $200 No-Limit Hold'em Two-Day ($1.25M Guaranteed)
Event #60 attracted nearly 10K players all of whom entered in hopes of finishing at least in the money in one of the final WCOOP tournaments.. The No-limit Hold'em event was also one of the final chances to scoop that WCOOP bracelet. The two-day event brought a prize pool of almost $2 million with the first-place prize coming very close to $300,000.
Some familiar names were in the list of attendants including Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin and Matt “All_in_at_420” Stout both of whom have survived Day1 and came back for some Day 2 action. And although Stout's chances seemed pretty decent at the beginning of the second day as he had the fourth-biggest chip stack in the tournament, reaching the final table appeared to be too big of a challenge for Stout as he hit the rail in 38th place. Ramdin's day was far from perfect as well as he busted out in 56th position.
When the tournament reached its final phase with only three players left at the table “yarik1903,” “X-Front,” and “tormos” tried to come up with a three-way deal, but were not able to reach an agreement and therefore had to sort things out at the table. As the play resumed “yarik1903” got into a big-stack battle with “X-Front” shoving a total of $17.6 million only to fold after the river with “X-Front” going all-in. “tormos” then sent “yarik1903” to the rail the next hand which left him heads-up against “X-Front”. However, “tormos” wasn't able to maintain the small chip stack advantage he had at the beginning of heads-up play and after a rather long exchange of chip leads it was “X-Front” who took the WCOOP bracelet along with the $284,319 cash prize.
The final result:
PokerStars WCOOP 61 - $10,000 8-Game High Roller Two-Day ($500K Guaranteed)
Although PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov had a slight chip lead when the heads-up battle between him and the Russian “Ostrov” started Day 2 of the high roller event, at the end of the tournament the Ukrainian had to step down to his opponent. “Ostrov” built-up his lead at No-limit Hold'em and finally beat Katchalov in a battle of vs . With the blinds at 2,500/5,000/625 “Ostrov” made the minimum raise of 10,000 on the button. Katchalov re-raised 122,734 and was called. The flop brought raising Katchalov's hopes, but the on the turn smashed them into pieces. The on the river was no consolation and “Ostrov” celebrated his first WCOOP bracelet plus $210,000 cash.
The final result:
|5||Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu||$52,500|
|6||Maria "Femmeonfelt" Ho||$38,500|
PokerStars WCOOP 62 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Two-Day ($5M Guaranteed)
The final 2011 PokerStars WCOOP event with the biggest prize pool - over $8 million - gathered more than 1,500 competitors as play started on Sunday afternoon. After two days of No-limit Hold'em action, PokerStars crowned its new Main Event champion and the winner of $1.26 million cash prize – Denmark's Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen. In the heads-up match-up for the title Pedersen outplayed Vojtech “Vojta_R” Ruzicka from the Czech Republic who complemented his account with $700K for the second-place finish.
From 1,627 players to 167, or only 10% of the crowd who started the event got back to the tables for Day 2 of the tournament. Among those to survive Day 1 were Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden, Matthias “mattidm” De Meulder, Eugene Katchalov, Bertand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen from the Online Team. However, all of them busted out at the beginning of the day leaving it to the not-so-well-known players to sort things out among themselves.
After eight and a half hours of Day 2 action the final nine was finally set. Pedersen led the final table with more than 11 million in chips and Ruzicka was second with just 5 million. The situation didn't change very much during the final play with the Dane and the Czech going into the heads-up battle at the same 2:1 ratio (21,398,383 to 11,141,617).
Very soon the difference grew even bigger to 7:1 with no sign of Ruzicka coming back. The game ended when Pedersen's pair of tens beat Ruzicka's pocket threes and the Dane scored his major online tournament victory joining the list of previous WCOOP champions – Tyson “POTTERPOKER” Marks, Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko and Carter “ckingusc” King. Pedersen collected his WCOOP bracelet along with the cash prize of $1,260,018.50.
The final result:
|*1||Thomas "Kallllle" Pedersen||$1,260,018.50|
|*2||Vojtech "Vojta_R" Ruzicka||$710,000|
|*3||Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah|
|*4||Ramzi "BackDoorovic" Jelassi||$650,000|
|8||Nick "OU THE NICK" Hahn||$122,025|
|9||Dan "dan82mur" Murariu||$81,350|
*denotes five-handed deal
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