WCOOP 2017: Blanconegro makes it two as attention turns to final weekend

September 22, 2017

We’ve reached the final few days of WCOOP and the last weekend of the Championship. That said there are still 12 events yet to start before the Main Event gets under way on Sunday.




The headlines for Friday

Four days to go
13 events left to play
Main Event, with a $10 million guarantee, starts this Sunday

A quick look at the overnight results and it is Conor “blanconegro” Drinan who stands out. It was the second WCOOP title for Drinan, who adds that to more than $11 million in live tournament earnings. Read the full report of Drinan’s win here.

Elsewhere there were wins for Carster, kkopghy, 0$kar15 and Jack “jAkDAriPAA” O’Neill. Read about their wins by clicking through the links below.

Box scores from Day 19

WCOOP-59-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]
Entries: 1,525
Prize pool: $762,500 ($381,250 regular, $381,250 bounty)
Places paid: 191

1. Carster (Canada) $58,119.09 + $31,587.02 in bounties
2. tomas2242 (Lithuania) $40,495.19 + $18,419.15
3. K.T.A.-1985 (Mexico) $28,215.93 + $12,411.09
4. Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (Austria) $19,660.10 + $6,353.02
5. blazinchron (Canada) $13,698.61 + $5,932.61
6. byfon (Russia) $9,544.82 + $2,726.57
7. vernicci (Netherlands) $6,664.59 + $4,978.52

WCOOP-60-H: $2,100 Triple Draw 2-7
Entries: 96
Prize pool: $192,000
Place paid: 175

1. kkopghy (Russia) $53,320.00
2. Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser (Switzerland) $35,040.00
3. Mongano (Russia) $26,880.00
4. TIME1MINUTE (Thailand) $18,240.00
5. Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney (Mexico) $13,440.00
6. Mike “SirWatts” Watson (Canada) $10,080.00

WCOOP-61-H: $2,100 NLHE [Heads-Up]
Entries: 128
Prize pool: $256,000
Places paid: 16

1. 0$kar15 (Austria) $66,899.98*
2. silentm0de (Moldova) $55,980.02*
3. KRab42 (Canada) $25,600.00
4. RomanHLD (Germany) $25,600.00
* denotes two-way deal

WCOOP-62-H: $530 PLO8 [8-Max]
Entries: 424
Prize pool: $212,000
Places paid: 55

1. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (Mexico) $37,999.85
2. Simon ‘C. Darwin2’ Mattsson (Sweden) $28,244.06
3. DEN$-lomobot (Russia) $20,992.98
4. Richard ‘CHUFTY’ Ashby (U.K.) $15,603.47
5. RedPh0enix (Russia) $11,597.60
6. sprocketsAA (Mexico) $8,620.15
7. jerry_only (Sweden) $6,407.10
8. Slavik_Krs (Austria) $4,762.21
9. alex987 (Russia) $3,847.54

WCOOP-63-H: $215 NLHE
Entries: 1,780
Prize pool: $356,000
Places paid: 215

1. Jack “jAkDAriPAA” O’Neill (United Kingdom) $53,897.70
2. Takapillu7 (Finland) $38,636.68
3. Anton “antesvante” Wigg (Sweden) $27,697.08
4. Ben “BensBenz” Yu (Mexico) $19,854.93
5. beastishngry (Hungary) $14,233.20
6. artorollin (Austria) $10,203.20
7. AptiVova (Belarus) $7,314.26
8. Sledyyshii (Russia) $5,243.31
9. GamadGADOL (Malta) $3,758.71

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Current leader board standings

Just as the finish line began to appear on the horizon PSMozak has lost the lead in the Player of the Series leader board, dropping to second behind new leader ImluckNuts, who had up to today always been in touching distance. ImluckNuts now has a 35-point lead over the former leader.

Leader board - 22 September 2017.jpgWCOOP leader board as of 22 September 2017

Don’t forget you can check out the leader board in full, including who stands to win what, on the WCOOP homepage.

Coming up this weekend

Here are the vital statistics going into the weekend.

Four more events start today, including WCOOP 70 which also finishes today.
Five events that started yesterday finish today.
Four more events start on Saturday and four more on Sunday.
The last event, WCOOP 81, starts and finishes on Monday.

Starting today:

WCOOP-70-H $530 NLHE [6-Max], $400K Gtd
WCOOP-69-H $1,050 FLHE [6-Max], $100K Gtd
WCOOP-69-H $1,050 FLHE [6-Max], $100K Gtd
WCOOP-71-H $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max], $125K Gtd
WCOOP-72-H $215 PLO [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $150K Gtd


Concluding today:

WCOOP-64-H $1,050 PLO [6-Max], $400K Gtd
St1ckman of Russia leads but there’s plenty of work still to do when play resumes at 3:30pm (10:30am ET). Some 51 players remain in the hunt for the $120,000 first prize, including Team Online’s Lex Veldhuis.

WCOOP-65-H $2,100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $1.5M Gtd
There are 63 players left in the Thursday Thrill with a first prize of more than $160,000 up for grabs. RhoNin9 leads and play restarts at 7pm (2pm ET).

WCOOP-66-H $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $3M Gtd
They’re on the bubble in the High Roller, with 18 players left and 17 finishing in the money. Short stack right now is 1mDonuts while the chip leader is fish2013. Team Pro Igor Kurganov is among the short stacks. Play restarts at 8pm (3pm ET) with $767,000 for the winner.

WCOOP-67-H $1,050 Stud, $100K Gtd
Iteopepe88 leads the stud event with six players returning at 8:30pm (3:30pm ET). There’s $25,000 for first place.

WCOOP-68-H $215 NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd
A field of 1,476 started this one, a field which is now down to 79. Hodara of Hungary leads the field with play set to resume at 10pm (5pm ET). First place is worth $45,000.

WCOOP-70-H $530 NLHE [6-Max], $400K Gtd
This is a one day event which starts and finishes today.

You can find details of each of these events on the WCOOP homepage as well as details on how to play and/or win your seat to every WCOOP Main Event.

Starting this weekend


WCOOP-76: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd
WCOOP-73: $215 NLHE, $250K Gtd
WCOOP-74: $530 NLHE, $300K Gtd
WCOOP-75: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $750K Gtd


WCOOP-77: $1,050 NLHE [Sunday Kickoff SE], $500K Gtd
WCOOP-78: $530 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE], $1M Gtd
WCOOP-80: $215 NLHE [8-Max], $500K Gtd
WCOOP-79: $5,200 NLHE [Main Event], $10M Gtd


WCOOP-81: $530 NLHE [Wrap-Up], $400K Gtd

WCOOP Main Event

WCOOP-79: $5,200 NLHE [Main Event], $10M Gtd
It’s nearly here. The $10 million guaranteed main event starts this Sunday at 7pm (2pm ET). As we’ve written about this week the number of qualifiers to the event continues to tick upwards, making it likely this will be one of the richest WCOOP Main Events in history. Read more about that here.

From the Blog team though good luck to everyone taking part on Sunday. Win or lose let us know how you get on. We want to here it.

Other distractions…

You don’t need any more distractions today. Focus. You have a WCOOP to win.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley. What did you think about this post? Let us know on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


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