WCOOP 2020 Day 22: The WCOOP Main Events are Underway!

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One of the biggest Sundays of the year kicked off last night as the six Main Events from the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars finally began after weeks of anticipation. Hundreds of thousands of players flocked to the Red Spade to participate in one of the many events that were on tap over the weekend.

A grand total of fifteen new events began on Sunday, and several winners from earlier events were crowned as well with Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt reigning supreme in WCOOP-66-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] for $48,197.

Let’s take a look at everything that transpired on Day 22 of the WCOOP 2020.

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Rezaei and Kovalski in the Top 10 After Day 1 of WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 Main Event

Daniel Rezaei
Daniel Rezaei

The first day of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 2020 pinnacle event is in the books as 579 players out of 1,697 entries bagged up their virtual chips at the end of Day 1 of the WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event].

At least ten further players opted to enter or re-enter after the end of level 15 and all others may do so until five minutes prior to the start of Day 2 in order to take a shot at the guaranteed prize pool of $10,000,000.

All those that wish to enter at the last minute will receive 250,000 in chips at returning blinds of 6,000/12,000 with a running ante of 1,500 when the action resumes the following day at 1.10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1

Position Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” Mattos Brazil 2,479,726 207
2 VladTheSlaye Ukraine 2,459,777 205
3 atlantaca661 Argentina 2,456,490 205
4 Daniel “Razer2311” Rezaei Austria 2,405,203 200
5 Shipmopff Netherlands 2,329,693 194
6 Sintoras Germany 2,248,070 187
7 nic81411 Germany 2,227,306 186
8 Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski Brazil 2,199,653 183
9 luk9r Austria 2,128,905 177
10 Andrey “drupa-lucker” Chernokoz Russia 2,125,515 177

At the top of the overnight leaderboard, a quartet of players is within seven blinds including Brazil’s Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” Mattos (2,479,726), “VladTheSlaye” (2,456,490), “atlantaca661” (2,456,490) and Daniel “Razer2311” Rezaei (2,405,203). Mattos is no stranger to success at the online tables and recently won his first WSOP Online bracelet.

Also featured in the top 10 are “Sintoras” (2,248,070 ), Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski (2,199,653) and Andrey “drupa-lucker” Chernokoz (2,125,515) whereas Vyacheslav “VbV1990” Buldygin (2,073,193) and Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas (1,962,351) follow right behind. Kovalski comes fresh off his third WCOOP title in as many years in WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze].

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Over 2,000 Players Left in PokerStars WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]

Day 1 of the PokerStars WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] has come to an end after 16 levels of 25 minutes had been played. During those first 16 levels, 6,500 entries were collected to create a prize pool of $3,250,000 which easily surpasses the initial $2,000,000 guarantee that was set.

Brazil’s Guilherme “Guizãoo_” Carmo claimed the chip lead with 1,786,242 and won a bunch of those chips when he took out Alen “lilachaa” Bilic with a full house. Carmo is followed in the counts by Eelis “EEE27” Pärssinen who jumped toward the top when he eliminated “OMGitsMacsim” when he turned the straight against the top pair and flush draw of the latter.

Completing the top five are “Sektor17” (1,319,456), “Netstorm” (1,268,460), and Adam “ISmellToast” Crawford with 1,247,007. But with over 2,000 players returning for Day 2 and the late registration still open, many more familiar names and faces are still in the race.

PokerStars WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Guilherme “Guizãoo_” Carmo Brazil 1,786,242 298
2 Eelis “EEE27” Pärssinen Finland 1,374,760 229
3 “Sektor17” Finland 1,319,456 220
4 “Netstorm” Netherlands 1,268,460 211
5 Adam “ISmellToast” Crawford Canada 1,247,007 208
6 “neufy95” Canada 1,221,722 204
7 Luciano “Luciano S.H” Hollanda Brazil 1,195,981 199
8 “VaiMo´85” Germany 1,179,492 197
9 “molda79” Canada 1,154,558 192
10 “asteras666” Netherlands 1,137,705 190

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Watson Among Top Stacks After Day 1 of WCOOP-73-H: $10,300 PLO Main Event

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

After an action-packed seven hours, Day 1 of WCOOP-73-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, Main Event] wrapped up with 38 of the 123 entries advancing.

The top chip count belongs to “hotmark777,” though the’ll be looking for a deep run to make up for the maximum allowance of three bullets fired. They finished with 1,689,323, just a hair above the 1,689,203 “bagged” by “Us_Alex.” “Kukenmuser” (1,491,159), Mike “SirWatts” Watson (1,440,771) and “ZhipOHoy” (1,356,471).

Watson, of course, is the most notable and well-known of those names. One of the best players in the history of online poker tournaments, Watson is a two-time WCOOP winner, with one of those coming in a High event, as this one is. With $12 million in live cashes, he’s one of the names to watch going forward.

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WCOOP Day 22 Results

Dinesh Alt
Dinesh Alt

Nine winners were crowned on Sunday night including Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt, who topped WCOOP-66-H: $5,200 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] for $48,197. Another big win was there for UK’s Fold Machiii, who spun it up in WCOOP-68-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] to win $122,065.

The Netherlands crowned another victor as well and it was a former WCOOP champion in MITS 304, who picked up $108,816 in WCOOP-74-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE].

WCOOP-66-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries 11,375
Prize Pool $55,738
Winner Super7Sunday (Russia)
First-place Prize $5,885

WCOOP-66-M: $530 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries 4,295
Prize Pool $214,750
Winner diego_1901 (Peru)
First-place Prize $26,947

WCOOP-66-H: $5,200 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries 609
Prize Pool $304,500
Winner Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Austria)
First-place Prize $48,197

WCOOP-68-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries 24,450
Prize Pool $239,610
Winner MarioDutraJR (Brazil)
First-place Prize $11,555

WCOOP-68-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries 7,285
Prize Pool $728,500
Winner Roche9797 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $62,508

WCOOP-68-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries 860
Prize Pool $860,000
Winner Fold Machiii (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $122,065

WCOOP-74-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries 11,761
Prize Pool $115,258
Winner BrunoBezerr4 (Brazil)
First-place Prize $8,971

WCOOP-74-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries 4,828
Prize Pool $482,800
Winner TonyGPT (Croatia)
First-place Prize $51,959

WCOOP-74-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries 803
Prize Pool $803,000
Winner MITS 304 (Netherlands)
First-place Prize $108,816


In-Play Events

WCOOP-70-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries 8,659
Players Left 39
Prize Pool $42,429
Chip Leader GHMRocha (Brazil)
First-place Prize $5,959

WCOOP-70-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries 4,417
Players Left 94
Prize Pool $220,850
Chip Leader FouEnculePL (Poland)
First-place Prize $31,498

WCOOP-70-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout]

Entries 972
Players Left 43
Prize Pool $486,000
Chip Leader twirlpro (Hungary)
First-place Prize $80,083

WCOOP-71-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries 16,542
Players Left 132
Prize Pool $162,112
Chip Leader waitweight66 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $7,516

WCOOP-71-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries 6,828
Players Left 186
Prize Pool $682,800
Chip Leader hateraises (Canada)
First-place Prize $41,269

WCOOP-71-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries 1,185
Players Left 55
Prize Pool $1,185,000
Chip Leader Josip “jorginho88” Simunic (Croatia)
First-place Prize $81,357

WCOOP-72-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event]

Entries TBA
Players Left TBA
Prize Pool TBA
Chip Leader uzzy993 (Hungary)
First-place Prize $TBA

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WCOOP-73-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event]

Entries 3,066
Players Left 416
Prize Pool $306,600
Chip Leader LetsSplitPot (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $44,314

WCOOP-73-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event]

Entries TBA
Players Left TBA
Prize Pool TBA
Chip Leader guilherme12 (Brazil)
First-place Prize TBA

Follow along with M PLO Main Event coverage here


Events Scheduled on September 21

All Main Events will continue on Monday, September 21, as well as some of the two-day Sunday events crowning their champion at the end of the night. In addition, the final three events of the WCOOP 2020 will kick off, and the long-awaited Phase 2 of every 01 event will also begin.

Time (ET) Time (BST) Event
13:05 18:05 WCOOP 75-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $175K Gtd
13:05 18:05 WCOOP 75-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $600K Gtd
13:05 18:05 WCOOP 75-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $1M Gtd
14:05 19:05 WCOOP 01-L: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2], $250K Gtd
14:05 19:05 WCOOP 01-M: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2], $1M Gtd
14:05 19:05 WCOOP 01-H: $215 NLHE [Phase 2], $2M Gtd

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