2019 WCOOP Round-Up: Joao “Naza114” Vieira Scores $385K, Feenstra Wins $190K

Joao Vieira

Joao “Naza114” Vieira (lead photo) is one of the best poker tournament players in the world. The Winamax-sponsored pro hails from Portugal but resides in the United Kingdom. On Sep. 23, Vieira added to his already glowing reputation by taking down the $10,300 PLO 6-Max WCOOP Main Event at PokerStars for $384,947.

Joao “Naza114” Vieira Wins WCOOP-71-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event

The WCOOP-71-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event saw 193 players buy in and create a $1,930,000 prize pool shared among the top 23 finishers. Finnish superstar Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro, who has been in incredible form of late, showed he is actually human by falling in 24th place and bursting the money bubble.

This paved the way for the likes of Joao “IneedMassari” Simao (23rd for $24,461), Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (16th for $30,668), Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (13th for $38,450), and Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof (12th for $38,450) to see a return on their initial investment.

Team partypoker pro Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov busted in 10th place for $48,205), Ignat “0Human0” Liviu fell in eighth for $60,437, with “3DTemujiN” bursting the final table bubble for $75,772.

Norway’s Ola “Odds_Oddsen” Amundsgaard, one of the elite PLO players, ran out of steam and fell in sixth-place for $94,998, meaning the remaining five players were guaranteed a six-figure prize. Finland’s “Aku1206” was the first player to collect this larger sum; their fifth-place finish weighed in at $125,676.

Russia’s “Bagrovui” collected $166,261 for their fourth-place exit before the bust-out of Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen set up an enticing heads-up battle between Ben “Ben86” Tollerene and Joao “Naza114” Vieira. Torbergsen netted $219,951 for his third-place finish.

Both heads-up players are among the best on the world so either would have been a worthy champion. As it happens that champion ended up being Vieira who sent Tollerene to the rail as the runner-up, a finish worth $290,980. Vieira banked the incredible $384,947 top prize and cemented his status as being one of the game’s greats.

WCOOP-71-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event Final Table Results

1Joao “Naza114” VieiraUnited Kingdom$384,947
2Ben “Ben86” TollereneCanada$290,980
3Andreas “Skjervoy” TorbergsenNorway$219,951
6Ola “Odd_Oddsen” AmundsgaardNorway$94,998
Ben Tollerene
Ben “Ben86” Tollerene finished runner-up for $290,980

Rens “Rens02” Feenstra Wins WCOOP-01-H: $215 NLHE Phased

One of the most significant events was the WCOOP-01-H: $215 NLHE Phased tournament. Players bought into the various Phase 1s for $215 and played their way to the Phase 2 final. A total of 11,254 players competed and created a $2,250,800 prize pool that was shared among the 1,273 players who reached Phase 2.

Dozens of stellar players reached Phase 2, but all eyes were on the star-studded final table because $200,004 was saved for the champion. Bryan “bparis” Paris narrowly missed out on a final table appearance after crashing out in 10th place for $13,973.

Portuguese player João "PaSSoGiveUP" Matos, was the first casualty of the final table, his ninth-place exit yielding $25,242. The Croatian was joined on the rail by one of two Brazilians to reach the final table. Flavio “flavioreis88” Reis collected $25,242 for his eighth-place finish.

The player known as “Tedson89” ran out of steam and busted in seventh-place for $33,926 before Nedelcu “Narcisus90” Narcis saw his tournament end in sixth-place, a finish worth $45,598. The next two players were the last to collect five-figure prizes. Hungary’s “freddopizza” and UK-based Polish grinder “bartek901” banked $61,287 and $82,372 respectively.

Each of the final three players were guaranteed a six-figure haul. Matheus "Yattago" Dahdah of Brazil locked up the first of these prizes, namely $110,713 after busting in third.

Heads-up saw two Dutch stars lock horns for the title. They struck a deal that left $20,000 for the eventual champion. That champion was Rens “Rens02” Feenstra who defeated his fellow Dutchman Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den Bijgaart. The champion walked away with $189,829 with the runner-up padding his bankroll with $158,978.

WCOOP-01-H: $215 NLHE Phased Final Table Results

1Rens “Rens02” FeenstraNetherlands$189,829*
2Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den BijgaartNetherlands$158,978*
4bartek901United Kingdom$82,372
6Nedelcu “Narcisus90” NarcisRomania$45,598
7Tedson89United Kingdom$33,926
8Flavio “flavioreis88” ReisBrazil$25,242
Rens Feenstra
Rens “Rens02” Feenstra won for $189,829

Other Notable WCOOP Scores

Some of the other huge prizes awarded in the latter stages of the 2019 WCOOP included:

  • Julio “jucetoor18” Cesar Torres - winner of WCOOP-73-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Series Saver for $216,652*
  • Michael “merla888” Gathy – winner of WCOOP-66-H: $10,300 8-game for $190,495
  • Sergio “VeGeTTo89” Marti - winner of WCOOP-69-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO for $188,469*
  • Doug “dlanger610” Lang – winner of WCOOP-72-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO for $166,729*
  • “skattefar” - winner of WCOOP-71-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event for $150,894
  • “jantjevAdam” - winner of WCOOP-68-H: $530 NLHE for $81,902
  • Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof - winner of WCOOP-67-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max Hyper for $70,860

*includes bounty payments

Michael Gathy
Three-time WSOP winner Michael “merla888” Gathy won WCOOP-66-H: $10,300 8-game for $190,495

$10 Million Main Event Down to Final 86 Players

The WCOOP-70-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Main Event reached Day 3 on Sep. 23 and only 86 players remain in the hunt for the $1,665,962 first-place prize. It is the UK’s Jack “jAkDAriPAA” O’Neill who leads the way with 27,633,852 chips, six million more than second-placed Daniel “deozyribo” Stelitz on 21,552,558.

Some of the other notables who are guaranteed $24,308 include Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez, Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen, Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, Mustapha “lasagnaaammmm” Kanit, and Ami “UhhMee” Barer.

Play resumes at 19:00 CEST and continues until a champion is crowned.

Jack O'Neill
Jack “jAkDAriPAA” O’Neill leads the WCOOP Main Event

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  • Joao "Naza114" Vieira took home more than $384,000 by winning the $10,300 PLO 6-Max WCOOP Main Event.

  • Jack “jAkDAriPAA” O’Neill leads the $5,200 WCOOP Main Event going into Day 3 with 86 players remaining.

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