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Dane Wins World Championship Of Online Poker Main Event

Dane Wins Main Event While Russia Takes Home Most WCOOP Bracelets

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The 2011 World Championship Of Online Poker $5,200 main event attracted 1,627 players, creating a total prize pool of $8,135,000. Like many WCOOP events this year, the pinnacle of the series far exceeded its $5 million guarantee.

It was Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen from Denmark who took down the top prize of $1,260,018.50 beating “Vojta_R” of the Czech Republic heads up. The second-place finisher received $710,000. Overall, Pedersen won more money than any other player this WCOOP with a total of $1,261,622.50 after all was said and done.

When last updated, the Brits were dominating this year’s WCOOP, but it wasn’t going to be an easy battle with Canada and Russia making moves. Canada ended up winning the most money (by country), followed by Russia, and then the UK. Canada and Russia also came joint first for the most final tables, with the UK in third place.

In the end it was Russia who took all the glory, with 10 WCOOP champions. The country had the most entrants overall. The United Kingdom took eight titles for second place on the leader board, while the Netherlands took seven.

Highlights from the remainder of the WCOOP include Team PokerStars Pro Noah “Exclusive” Boeken’s win in event no. 26, the $320 mixed hold’em, for his first WCOOP bracelet and $44,480.49; EPT Berlin winner Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee’s close call in event no. 27, the $320 FL Badugi, the only Badugi event of the WCOOP. MacPhee took $12,702 for his runner-up finish to fellow Canadian “goleafsgoeh” who collected $17,082 for first.

Dan “djk123” Kelly became the third player to win three WCOOP bracelets after he took down event no. 27, the $109 8-Game, for a $23,529 payday. Event no. 29, the $320 H.O.R.S.E. was won by Steve “gboro780” Gross. Gross now adds just over $33,000 to his millions of dollars in online tournament winnings, but most importantly he also earns his first WCOOP bracelet.

Ryan “Daut44” Daut was favourite to win event no. 40, the $215 no-limit hold’em tournament, but after making a deal with “z81ima”, it was the Russian who came out on top to take home the adjusted first-place prize of $225,384.96. Another player who came close to a crucial win was Anders “Donald” Berg. Berg nearly won his fourth WCOOP bracelet in event no. 47, a $530 Stud H/L tournament but he had to settle for second place and $18,995 as it was “marocca5” from Colombia who stopped him in his tracks and took the $25,545 first prize and the all-important bracelet.

The success of familiar names continued with Shane “shaniac” Schleger’s win in event no. 34, the $320 triple draw 2-7, for $21,771, and Nicolas “niccc” Chouity’s win in event no. 54, the $2,100 pot-limit Omaha six-max event, after a two-way deal which saw Chouity receive $150,947.13. This was the first WCOOP title won by a Lebanese player.

Finally, event no. 61, the $10,300 8-Game High Roller attracted 70 players creating a prize pool of $700,000. Anders Berg finished seventh and Daniel Negreanu came fifth, but it was Eugene Katchalov who made it to the heads up with Russian player “Ostrov”. Katchalov had a small chip advantage but Ostrov persisted and knocked him out in second place for $140,000. Ostrov received $210,000 for first place.

The Czech Republic got its first WCOOP champion, “Vinkyy”, in event no. 53, a $530+R no-limit hold’em event. Vinkyy took $148,558.12 for first. Poland got its first champion earlier on in the WCOOP but went on to get three more to make it a total of four across the entire festival of events.