BIG NAMES IN ACTION AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER
Poker aces aplenty in closing stages of a great online poker festival.
The big names came out to play in the closing stages of the World Championship of Online Poker this week as major prizes were handed out in a number of exciting and entertaining competitions.
Among the biggest names was Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu, who added to his career earning millions by taking down the $2,100 buy-in HORSE contest for $61,865.47 after besting a field of 147 and Viktor "isildur1" Blom in the heads up.
A bigger winner, at least in monetary terms, was Michael “SirWatts” Watson, who claimed victory and $280,238.52 in the $10,300 buy-in Eight-Game Championship, despite a final table that included formidable professionals like Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn, Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond, Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro, Calvin “cal42688” Anderson and Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton….and a tense heads up against the scary online high stakes ace Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky ($212,729.16).
Then there was the $700 buy-in NLHE competition in which Hungarian pro Patrick "pads1161" Leonard took home $162,054.98 after beating Canadas Thomas "sandman201" Tyler, who’s second placing was worth a still impressive $117,602.77.
The biggest pay-check of all went to Scots pro Ludo Geilich, who banked $462,182.17 after winning the 93-entry, $21,000 buy-in WCOOP PLO 6-Max High Roller, which attracted stellar players like Jens "Jeans89" Kyllonen from Finland; Dani "supernova9" Stern from Canada and Connor "blanconegro" Drinan from Mexico. After a tough competition Geilich emerged the winner following a bruising heads up encounter with Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez. The latters sterling effort was rewarded with a substantial runner-up prize of $355,730.97.
In related news, the 888Poker Super XL Series continued to excite as the $1,050 buy-in Main Event unfolded and German ace Dominik Nitsche tussled with Canadian player GetLuckyAK and d144n1 at the three-handed stage.
The trio agreed a chop which gave ultimate winner GetLuckyASK $261,214, runner-up d144n1 $210,810 and third placed Nitsche $206,400. The event pulled in 1,291 entries, creating a prize pool worth over $1.7 million and presenting railbirds with 13 hours of hard, aggressive poker.
Nitsche spread the entertainment more widely by running a Twitch livestream on a 5 minute delay.