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PokerStars WCOOP Smashing Guarantees

Roughly two-thirds of PokerStars 2013 WCOOP events are in the books and each tournament has beaten its guaranteed prize pool.

With 43 of its scheduled 66 events completed, the World Championship of Online Poker has proven to be extremely popular among online poker players. PokerStars has informed PokerUpdate of some of the highlights of this year’s WCOOP and we take great pleasure in passing that information on to our loyal readers.

Those highlights include the first WCOOP bracelet going to a player located in Turkey. Event #37, a $215 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys, went to Turkey’s ‘phaplap,’ who took home almost $118,000. That was no easy accomplishment for ‘phaplap,’ who had to best a final table that included Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier.

Grospellier finished 8th for $15,000, which marks his ninth final table finish in WCOOP events since the series began in 2002. ‘ElkY’ now leads in that category, with three other players tied for second place in final table finishes with eight.

With Turkey making the list of countries having won a WCOOP title, PokerStars has now shipped bracelets to 46 different countries throughout the world. That list includes the nations of Estonia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and even tiny Luxembourg.

Event #32 featured the first ever WCOOP progressive bounty event. Entrants plunked down $700 to compete in No-Limit Hold’em and the bounties on each player increased as more opponents were knocked out. Canada’s ‘CaLLitARUSH’ will be rushing to the bank after winning $123k in first place prize money. The Canadian grinder had more than $11,000 in bounty cash on his head that no other player managed to claim. So ‘CaLLitARUSH’ adds that bounty to his prize pool, with the eleven grand being even more than 9th place prize money.

One week and 23 events remain in WCOOP, but it appears as though the 2013 leaderboard race has already been decided. Barring a miraculous showing by another player, Russia’s ‘-Rebus1980-’ looks to be in line to take home this year’s leaderboard trophy. Twelve cashes including a bracelet have allowed the Russian player to amass 320 points, putting him well ahead of fellow countryman ‘WithoutNickk,’ who cashed eight times and has collected 245 points thus far.

Should ‘-Rebus1980-’ manage to hang on, he’ll be able to leave the cool climate of Russia and head to the sunny Bahamas in January 2014 with an all-expense paid package to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Also in store for the leaderboard champ are free entries to the 2014 WCOOP, TCOOP and SCOOP. A well-deserved prize for an awesome 2013 WCOOP!

Don’t forget that this year’s WCOOP Main Event is slated for September 29. A $5,200 buy-in can get you a shot at a guaranteed $8 million in prize money with at least $1,250,000 going to the winner. Satellites are running now at PokerStars.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.