WCOOP 2013: Kaiser Chiefs

German players celebrate a trifecta in WCOOP main event, as ‘playinwasted’ takes the title and $1.5 million prize

Germany claimed the top three places in the World Championship of Online Poker $5,200 main event – the richest and most prestigious online tournament of the year – as ‘PlayinWasted’, ‘Allanon85’ and ‘SwissCantMis’ did a deal, each winning more than $1 million. 

A see-saw heads-up match looked destined to be won by eventual runner-up Allanon85 when he had a 7:1 chip lead, and had his opponent all-in with a dominating A-T v A-4. Fortunately for PlayinWasted, the board produced a chopped pot and he survived. Shortly after, he doubled-up twice to get even, before wrestling control of the match to take a 36m to 6m chip lead. The contest was then decided when the A-K of PlayinWasted held up against the K-Q of Allanon85. PlayinWasted earned $1,493,499 as part of his deal, while Allanon85 got $1,415,283 and third-placed ‘SwissCantMis’ received $1,101,835. 

Earlier at the final table, Team Online member Shane ‘shaniac’ Schleger exited in sixth for his biggest ever cash of $291,154, while UK player Leon ‘flippetyflop’ Louis finished eighth for $159,975. There were few recognisable names at the final table, but plenty of stars did
make the money, including Russian player Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko – who has won WCOOP, SCOOP and Sunday Million titles on PokerStars – and finished 11th for $67,189.50, while Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner – who now holds the all-time record for most amount of WCOOP cashes with 71 – came 15th for $56,524.

A host of Team PokerStars Pros and Online members also made the money on Day 2, including all three UK Pros – Liv Boeree (52nd), Jake Cody (179th) and Vicky Coren (209th) – along with Jason Mercier (144th), Humberto Brenes (69th) and Mickey ‘mement_mori’ Petersen (63rd). 

WCOOP 2013 $5,200 NLHE main event results:

1. playinWasted $1,493,499*
2. allanon85 $1,415,238*
3. swisscantmis $1,101,835*
4. 1m.bankroll $599,906
5. alexandrapau $426,600
6. shane ‘shaniac’ schleger $291,154
7. pokerl)evil $213,300
8. flippetyflop $159,975
9. vampyboy $106,650
* reflects three-way deal

High stakes

The main event was the culmination of three weeks of World Championship action, in which 66 titles were won. Among those events were several high-stakes tournaments that attracted the poker elite, with two on the final weekend. Alexandre ‘BiatchPeople’ Luneau saw off a host of stars to win event 65 – the $10,300 8-Game High Roller event – for $234,350, while the $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. was won by ‘vachette17’ from Hungary for $71k, after he fended off the challenge of ‘Isildur1’, Eugene Katchalov and WCOOP Player of the Series ‘Sykoen’ at the final table.

Earlier in the series, high stakes heads-up SNG specialist Daniel ‘mrGR33N13’ Colman from Canada beat Martin ‘0PIGGYBANK’ Finger in the final of the $10,300 NLHE High Roller Heads-Up to bank $172,500, and there were also WCOOP titles for David ‘Gunslinger3’ Bach, Jonathan ‘Iftarii’ Jaffe, Ankush ‘pistons87’ Mandavia, Luke ‘LukeFromB13’ Staudenmaier, and Darren ‘darrenelias’ Elias. 

British success

While it was a fairly low-key series for household names, it was an absolute barnstormer for British players. Third only to Russia (12) and Canada (11) in the WCOOP 2013 titles leaderboard, UK players won 10 events, which is some going considering there were 4,566 fewer overall entries than Russia.

An in-form Toby ‘810ofclubs’ Lewis, who now leads the UK Global Poker Index Top 10, got the UK off to a great start by winning event 6, a $215+R NL Hold’em Turbo tourney, for $189,379.23. He even chopped it heads-up with another UK player by the name of Sergi ‘srxakgirona’ Reixach (a Supernova Elite from Bournemouth). Then Dave ‘CrabMaki’ Shallow got in on the act, winning event 10 – a $215 PL Omaha Knockout tourney – for $40k, which was his second WCOOP title having won one in 2010. Another UK GPI Top 10 player, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick, also got his hands on a bracelet in the $320 PL Badugi, proving once again he’s a master of mixed games, while former EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan ‘Zimmy86’ Ziyard defeated Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer heads-up in event 40 to win $182k. 

WSOP 2013 in numbers

$62,362,757 – total prize pool, just $794,393 less than the richest WCOOP (2010)
144,945 – number of tournament entries in WCOOP 2013, a 15% increase on 2012
$10,665,000 – main event prize pool
$1,493,499 – first prize of main event winner after a three-way deal was done
2,133 – number of main event players
66 – total events in WCOOP 2013, the largest amount so far in its 12-year history
17 – total cashes by Russian player ‘-Rebus1980-‘, the most of anyone in WCOOP 2013
12 – number of WCOOP 2013 titles won by the leading country, Russia (Canada and United Kingdom were second and third with 11 and 10 titles respectively)
6 – players who made three final tables – the most amount of any player this series
2 – WCOOP 2013 titles won by ‘Yoo4’ – the only player to win more than one bracelet this series

Money won by country (top 3)

1. Germany – $8,569,275
2. Canada – $8,386,139
3. UK – $6,186,608 

Cashes by country (top 3)

1. Russia – 2,172
2. Canada – 2,098
3. Germany – 1,806

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