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Yevgeniy Timoshenko Wins Main Event for Largest Payday in Online History

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Oct 30, 2009

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Over the past eight years, the World Championship of Online Poker has grown to proportions that even the world’s largest online poker site, PokerStars, couldn’t have imagined. The popular tournament series, fondly known as the WCOOP, began as a modest nine-event run in 2002 that concluded with a $1,000 main event with just 238 players. The 2009 edition boasted 45 jam-packed tournaments in nearly every poker discipline, and wrapped up with a $5,000 main event with 2,144 entrants. Many staples of the live-tournament circuit have steadily declined in attendance over the last few years, and the increasing numbers of options overseas have seen the fields thinned by competition. Nonetheless, players haven’t stopped flocking to online play, where they can potentially earn millions of dollars from the comfort of their own homes. Throughout its three-week duration, the WCOOP outperformed every other comparable live-tournament series, despite relying, for the most part, on ...


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