Online poker action continued to deliver major winning payouts this week as events in the PokerStars 2008 World Championship of Online Poker concluded.
Event 6 – the $530 buy-in NLHE online tournament at the WCOOP attracted a massive entry of 7 351 players for Sunday afternoon's start, all chasing a guaranteed $3 million prize pool which had swelled to $3 675 500 by the time the last registration was completed.
In hectic action, the field was down to the final 9 by late evening, with Russian player ‘solovka' holding a significant chip lead over nearest opponent ‘Calvin32' of the United States. And that's how it stayed for pretty much the rest of the 70 minute final table until they faced each other in the heads up, although there were times when the chiplead fluctuated between the two very competent players over some 200 hands of action in two hours.
In the end it was the American who prevailed, and Calvin32's main prize haul would have been the envy of many top land tournaments at $452 086 and some change. His uncompromising Russian opponent did well out of the day, too with a second place cheque for $306 169 whilst those big six figure numbers extended down to 5th place, where ‘cassie13' collected a still-very-respectable payout of $132 318.