The 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is under way! Six tournaments began on the opening day, with guarantees comfortably obliterated, and the first two million dollar prize pools being contested.


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• First two events attracts 16,550 entries across three buy-ins
• Already total prize pools exceed $4 million
• First six champions to be decided today


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Although no tournaments played to a winner on WCOOP’s opening day, the tone has already been set for what promises to be a hectic few weeks. Both the medium and high buy-in versions of WCOOP-02-H — a no limit hold’em PKO — built prize pools of more than $1 million. Meanwhile there were more than 7,700 entries to the low buy-in event.

Pot Limit Omaha proved similarly popular, with nearly 6,000 entries to the $22 buy-in PLO 6-Max.

Rachid Ben “SkaiWalkurrr” Cherif leads an all star cast in the hunt for the biggest prize currently on offer. With $123,000 up top in the $10,300 buy-in WCOOP-02, Cherif finds himself alongside three Sunday Million winners at the top of the counts: a.urli“, who won the 10th Anniversary special, Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson and Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs. The last 13 also includes Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden, Niklas “lena900” Åstedt and Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger.


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DAY 1 TOURNAMENT STATS

Tournament Entries Prize pool Places Prize
WCOOP-02-L: $109 NLHE PKO 7,703 $770,300 1,279 $54,330.13
WCOOP-02-M: $1,050 NLHE PKO 1,246 $1,246,000 175 $97,974.57
WCOOP-02-H: $10,300 NLHE PKO 107 $1,070,000 13 $123,282.73
WCOOP-03-L: $22 PLO 6-Max 5,829 $116,580 947 $16,573.44
WCOOP-03-M: $215 PLO 6-Max 1,367 $273,400 191 $42,341.38
WCOOP-03-H: $2,100 PLO 6-Max 298 $596,000 35 $113,762.51

Events play to a winner today


FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NOMINATIVE DETERMINISM

Finland’s “bustoville” was the first player out of WCOOP-03-H. Meanwhile, “onmybicycle” became the first player eliminated from WCOOP-2-L. They said it…

That said, there’s some quality on the early sidelines. Take a look at the first six out of the $10,300 event:

Jorryt “TheCleaner11” Van Hoof
Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard
Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger
girafganger7
Luke “lb6161” Schwartz


STAT TRACKER

Events completed: 0
Entries so far: 16,550
Prize pool so far: $4,072,280
Tournaments starting today: 9


TWITCH BINGO WATCH

The start of WCOOP meant the start of the PokerStars Ambassadors’s bingo game, and never let it be said that these guys aren’t interested in a petty contest. On the contrary. They love it. Here’s Lex Veldhuis finding 4-5 to tick another box on his card.

And here’s Spraggy admitting that Lex’s success has him “living rent free” in Spraggy’s head.


TOP TWEETS

One PokerStars ambassador is taking it easy:

 

 

The mood is buoyant as players begin the long WCOOP grind:

And if you get knocked down, be prepared to get back up again:

Also, it’s good to set goals. Good luck, Charlie!


COMING UP

There’s a great test of your all-round poker skills today as the first HORSE tournaments get started. And for all you single table sit and go beasts, pull up a seat for the shootout. But don’t be late! There’s no late registration for this one.

WCOOP-04: No Limit Hold’em – Buy-ins $5.50, $55, $530
WCOOP-05: HORSE – Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050
WCOOP-06: No Limit Hold’em Shootout – Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050

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