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Russian takes down WCOOP 2012 main event

Competitor using the screen name ‘maratik’ banked over one million dollars in cash on Sunday after entering the competition using only 40 PokerStars frequent player points.

Thursday 27th September 2012

A Russian low stakes sit-and-go player is now over one million dollars richer after taking down the main event of the eleventh annual World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) tournament series over the weekend at PokerStars. The player referred to as ‘maratik’ qualified for the $5,200 buy-in WCOOP 2012 main event using just 40 frequent player points and then went on to outlast some 1,824 other competitors and pocket $1,000,907 in cash. The Russian had negotiated a six-way deal after making it to the final table on Sunday, which saw him guarantee a payout of $900,907. However, ‘maratik’ then went on to defeat the other five players to win an additional $100,000 and the WCOOP 2012 main event title. Going into the final hand, ‘maratik’ held a near two-to-one chip lead over runner-up Ryan ‘TheCart3r’ Carter with the board reading 3h-Qs-Jc-3s. Carter then revealed 4s-Jd for two pair while the eventual winner held Ac-Ad with the subsequent 4c changing nothing. The main event of this year’s WCOOP featured a total prize pool of $9.125 million with second-placed Carter receiving $662,516. Topping the Canadian in the money stakes was ‘Jossel2008’ from Ireland with $814,602 for third while Cypriot Mike ‘munchenHB’ Telker banked $1,000.584 in fourth. Rounding out the top six was ‘sly caveat’ from Portugal in fifth for $601,884 with German competitor ‘FOO-92’ taking home $502,992 for sixth. Going out before the six-way deal but nevertheless making it to the final table of the main event was Denmark’s ‘Kakalala’, who eventually walked away with $182,500 in cash for finishing seventh, while Phil ‘takechip’ D'Auteuil from Canada earned $136,875 for eighth followed by Russian ‘mitdadu’ with $91,250 for ninth. “The eleventh annual WCOOP 2012 smashed the $30 million guarantee with total prizes awarded reaching a staggering $55,522,590, which is an increase of more than seven million dollars on 2011’s total,” read a statement from PokerStars. “There was also a big increase in amount of tournament entries with 126,041 as opposed to last year’s 119,832.” As a whole, the WCOOP 2012 tournament series saw Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner rack up the most cashes with 17 while a competitor using the pseudonym ‘Ti0373’ made the highest number of final tables at four. This anonymous competitor tied ‘mikal12345’ for the most bracelets with two while Canada led the way in terms of most wins by a nation with 14 followed by Russia with eight before Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, and Norway all sitting on five. “The hotly contested WCOOP 2012 Player of the Series leaderboard was won by ‘mikal12345’ from Norway,” read the statement from PokerStars. “He cashed in 15 events, winning two and racked up 395 points. He wins the Champion’s Trophy, 2013 PCA package, 2013 EPT Grand Final package, 2013 TCOOP main event ticket and custom chip set. “His closest challenger was ‘Ti0373’ from Russia, who accumulated 345 points while also winning two WCOOP bracelets. He will receive a 2013 PCA package and 2013 TCOOP main event ticket. “Meanwhile, Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer came third with 315 points, ‘TryToExploit’ from Poland came fourth with 270 points and ‘Illini213’ from Costa Rica came fifth with 265 points. Those three players will all receive 2013 TCOOP main event tickets.”

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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