The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) came to a close this week with German player “||JaYJaY||” defeating a field of 2,091 entries to win a first prize of $1,517,541.25.
The $5,200 event took three days to play down from over two thousand online poker players to one winner, with the final table taking up Day 3 action.
In total, 1,772 players entered and 319 of them re-entered to give us a prize pool of over $10.5 million.
The WCOOP Main Event final table
The 309 surviving players from Day 1 played down to a final table of nine over the course of Monday.
At the start of the final, uknowProsky* led the way with over 32 million in chips, good for more than 100 big blinds. On the other hand, ||JaYJaY|| found himself in the middle of the pack, with deadfizh in the unenviable position of holding the shortest stack.
Eventual winner ||JaYJaY|| found himself in trouble early on after losing with A-K to A-Q, giving up most of his stack. He found a double-up with aces to get back to his original final table stack, saying “let’s start from the beginning” after the hand.
He found aces again, this time facing jacks and holding to reach a 20 million stack before winning a big flip with A-Q against 4-4 to eliminate the one-time chip leader uknowProsky* and take the lead with five players remaining.
Deal or no deal?
A deal was briefly discussed, but ||JaYJaY|| wanted over $48K more and was quickly shut down. When play reached four-handed, another deal was discussed but fell apart as ||JaYJaY|| wanted more again.
Well, he got more: he faced “0409479” heads-up with a decent but not commanding chip lead and it took over an hour of heads-up play before the penultimate hand pitched A-Q against A-K. ||JaYJaY|| had the dominating big slick and his opponent was left with less than one big blind.
It was all over after the next hand.
WCOOP 2016 Main Event results
- llJaYJaYll: $1,517,541.25
- 0409479: $1,101,278.90
- R_Scientist: $799,196.90
- Gambler444: $579,976.77
- axtipitos_86: $420,888.94
- Olorionek: $305,439.66
- uknowProsky*: $221,656.95
- gorodski: $160,856.12
- deadfizh: $116,733.03
WCOOP 2016 Numbers
The 2016 edition of WCOOP saw 82 events awarding $73,504,875.79 in prizes. Among these 82 events was the largest buy-in online poker tournament ever in the shape of the $102,000 Super High Roller tournament.
Uruguayan player Fabrizio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez won the Player of the Series award with 750 points, almost 200 more than his closest rival. For this, he wins an Ultimate Bahamas Package worth $40,000.