PokerStars WCoOP Day 1: Wahlbeck misses top prize

PokerStars WCoOP Day 1: Wahlbeck misses top prize

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

We recently reported that the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker had had a roaring Day 1 with the guarantees of the three opening events exceeded by more than $1,000,000 between them. At the time we couldn’t tell you a winner because the great, slow structure of the tournaments meant that the final table was still in play at noon the following day.

However, now we can tell you that it was Alexander “AlexKP” Petersen who won Event #1, the $1.25m guaranteed $200 6-max NL event that wound up with a prize pool of over $1.8m. Petersen took down over a quarter-million dollars for his victory with the top three players taking home six figures.

Event #2 was the railbird’s dream, the $10,300 High Roller NL event. The guarantee of $2m was shattered by the 313 players pushing the prize pool to over $3.1m. The best tournament players in the world took part and with three left it looked to be WSOP legend Ville Wahlbeck favourite to win; he wound up taking $454,000 for second place while David “CrabMaki” Shallow won the $606,000 first prize.

Event #3 was another NL tournament, this time with full nine-handed tables. Over 12,000 entrants pushed this event to a $2.4m prize pool, more than $400,000 over the guarantee. It was the absolutely awesomely named João Divino Dorneles Neto who won first place in both this event and the sick-ass names competition. For the former he took home more than $300,000; for the latter he won our neverending respect.

The WCoOP still has over 50 events play guaranteeing more than $40,000,000 in the remaining tournaments. Satellites are running now from as little as $1 or a few FPPs at PokerStars.

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