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2010 WCOOP Preview: Highlights from the 2009 WCOOP and an Opening Look at 2010

2010 WCOOP Preview: Highlights from the 2009 WCOOP and an Opening Look at 2010 0001

Saddle up! The PokerStars 2010 World Championship of Online Poker kicks off on Sunday. The closest online tournament series to the 2010 WCOOP is undoubtedly its 2009 predecessor. Many stories emerged from last year, none bigger than Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko topping the field in the Main Event. In addition, several online poker stars earned two bracelets each. Let's take a quick look at some of the highlights from the 2009 WCOOP.

2009 WCOOP

45 events
112,739 - total entrants
$51,652,800 - total prize pool

Largest Cash – Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko ($1,715,200)

Timoshenko's win in the 2009 Main Event is the largest in WCOOP history. He topped a field of 2,143 others to get it done. Day 2 of the tournament saw 178 players return, and Timoshenko began the day seventh in chips. After navigating to the final table, he had to contend with chip leader Dan “djk123” Kelly. With four players remaining, Timoshenko picked up pocket kings to Kelly's pocket tens and sent the online star to the rail, paving the way to his victory.

Multiple Bracelet WinnersRyan “g0lfa” D'Angelo, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Dan “djk123” Kelly

Most Final Tables Made – 3 – Dan “djk123” Kelly, Matt “Plattsburgh” Vengrin, and Aaron “GambleAB” Bartley

Six-Figure Notable Results

Dan “djk123” Kelly: Fourth place out of 2,144 entrants in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event for $643,200.
Kristoffer “Sumpas” Thorsson: First place out of 299 entrants in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $611,455.
Mike “Sowerss” Sowers: Second place out of 299 entrants in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $448,500.
Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul: Third place out of 299 entrants in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $337,870.
Jonathan “Iftarii” Jaffe: First place out of 36 entrants in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event for $315,000
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier: First place out of 9,220 entrants in a $200 No-Limit Hold'em event for $263,323.20.
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier: First place out of 1,169 entrants in a $500 No-Limit Hold'em 1R1A event for $232,730.
Dan "djk123" Kelly: First place out of 103 entrants in a $10,000 HORSE event for $252,350.
Brent "Astrolux85" Roberts: First place out of 1,030 entrants in a $500 six-max with rebuys event for $210,000.
Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov: First place out of 1,564 entrant in the $500 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event for $140,000.

For a more detailed look back, check out our top ten moments from last year.

2010 WCOOP

With 62 events on the docket and a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000,000, you can expect just about every name in poker to take part in the three-week series. Will Grospellier, Kelly, and D'Angelo duplicate their 2009 magic? Can Timoshenko follow up his 2009 Main Event win with another deep run in 2010? Stay tuned to PokerNews for daily recaps of the 2010 WCOOP. Here is the complete schedule:

September 5

Event 1 - 1:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($1,250,000 guarantee)
Event 2 - 3:00pm: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller ($2,000,000 guarantee)
Event 3 - 5:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em ($2,000,000 guarantee)

September 6

Event 4 - 2:00pm: $300 Pot-Limit Omaha ($200,000 guarantee)
Event 5 - 5:00pm: $300 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Six-Max ($300,000 guarantee)
Event 6 - 8:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo with Rebuys ($600,000 guarantee)

September 7

Event 7 - 2:00pm: $200 Pot-Limit Draw ($100,000 guarantee)
Event 8 - 5:00pm: $200 Triple Stud ($100,000 guarantee)
Event 9 - 8:00pm: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day ($1,000,000 guarantee)

September 8

Event 10 - 12:00pm: $250 Pot-Limit Omaha Knockout ($200,000 guarantee)
Event 11 - 2:00pm: $300 No-Limit Hold’em Ante Up ($300,000 guarantee)
Event 12 - 5:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Two-Day ($200,000 guarantee)

September 9

Event 13 - 12:00pm: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Six-Max 1R1A ($200,000 guarantee)
Event 14 - 2:00pm: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max Knockout ($400,000 guarantee)
Event 15 - 5:00pm: $200 Razz ($250,000 guarantee)

September 10

Event 16 - 2:00pm: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max ($500,000 guarantee)
Event 17 - 5:00pm: $200 No-Limit Single Draw ($50,000 guarantee)
Event 18 - 8:00pm: $100 Eight-Game 10-Minute Levels ($100,000 guarantee)

September 11

Event 19 - 1:00pm: $100 No-Limit Hold’em 10-Minute Levels ($1,250,000 guarantee)
Event 20 - 5:00pm: $200 Limit Hold’em ($250,000 guarantee)

September 12

Event 21 - 1:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500,000 guarantee)
Event 22 - 5:00pm: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day ($3,000,000 guarantee)

September 13

Event 23 - 2:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em Four-Max ($700,000 guarantee)
Event 24 - 5:00pm: $300 Stud ($150,000 guarantee)
Event 25 - 8:00pm: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo 1R1A ($400,000 guarantee)

September 14

Event 26 - 2:00pm: $300 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max ($400,000 guarantee)
Event 27 - 5:00pm: $300 Badugi ($100,000 guarantee)
Event 28 - 8:00pm: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day ($1,000,000 guarantee)

September 15

Event 29 - 12:00pm: $250 No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Knockout ($150,000 guarantee)
Event 30 - 2:00pm: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Shootout 10-Max Two-Day ($500,000 guarantee)
Event 31 - 5:00pm: $300 Eight-Game ($250,000 guarantee)

September 16

Event 32 - 12:00pm: $300 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($300,000 guarantee)
Event 33 - 2:00pm: $300 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max 1R1A ($500,000 guarantee)
Event 34 - 5:00pm: $300 Triple Draw 2-7 ($100,000 guarantee)

September 17

Event 35 - 2:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys ($1,000,000 guarantee)
Event 36 - 5:00pm: $500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($400,000 guarantee)
Event 37 - 8:00pm: $300 No-Limit Hold’em 10-Minute Levels ($750,000 guarantee)

September 18

Event 38 - 1:00pm: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Two-Day ($600,000 guarantee)
Event 39 - 3:00pm: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up Two-Day ($750,000 guarantee)
Event 40 - 5:00pm: $300 HORSE ($300,000 guarantee)

September 19

Event 41 - 1:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500,000 guarantee)
Event 42 - 5:00pm: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day ($3,000,000 guarantee)

September 20

Event 43 - 2:00pm: $300 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max with Rebuys ($600,000 guarantee)
Event 44 - 5:00pm: $300 No-Limit Hold’em 2X Chance ($750,000 guarantee)
Event 45 - 8:00pm: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Knockout ($300,000 guarantee)

September 21

Event 46 - 2:00pm: $300 Mixed Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha ($400,000 guarantee)
Event 47 - 5:00pm: $500 Stud Hi/Lo ($200,000 guarantee)
Event 48 - 8:00pm: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day ($1,000,000 guarantee)

September 22

Event 49 - 12:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em 1R1A ($250,000 guarantee)
Event 50 - 2:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em Big Antes ($600,000 guarantee)
Event 51 - 5:00pm: $300 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($400,000 guarantee)

September 23

Event 52 - 12:00pm: $300 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo ($400,000 guarantee)
Event 53 - 2:00pm: $500 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys ($1,000,000 guarantee)
Event 54 - 5:00pm: $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max Two-Day ($800,000 guarantee)

September 24

Event 55 - 2:00pm: $500 No-Limit Hold’em 1R1A ($1,000,000 guarantee)
Event 56 - 5:00pm: $1,000 Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($400,000 guarantee)
Event 57 - 8:00pm: $200 No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 10-Minute Levels ($200,000 guarantee)

September 25

Event 58 - 1:00pm: $500 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up Two-Day ($200,000 guarantee)
Event 59 - 5:00pm: $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. Two-Day ($400,000 guarantee)

September 26

Event 60 - 1:00pm: $200 No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500,000 guarantee)
Event 61 - 3:00pm: $10,000 Eight-Game High Roller Two-Day ($1,000,000 guarantee)
Event 62 - 5:00pm: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Two-Day ($10,000,000 guarantee)

*All times are EST.

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