On Sunday, Sweden's Niklas "Lena900" Astedt kept riding the wave of success in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars with a second victory in two days. The Swede captured his third overall WCOOP title by closing out WCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE where he turned a sizable chip lead at the start of the day into the win at the end of the night.
Miegel Claims Day 1 Chip Lead in the PokerStars WCOOP-48-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]
Day 1 of the PokerStars WCOOP-48-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] has come to an end with 34 players making it through to the final day, all sure of an extra $5,443 for their bankrolls. The tournament originally had a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool set but due to the 192 players who reentered 75 times, 267 entries were collected to create a prize purse of $1,335,000.
Claiming a narrow Day 1 chip lead was Jakob "Succeeed" Miegel from Germany who resides in Austria with a stack of 4,456,378. Miegel was near the top of the counts for most of the later stages of the day but cemented the lead when he took out "girafganger7" and Ognyan "cocojamb0" Dimov out in one hand, before Pauli "Fiilismies" Ayras fell to him too, and then took a chunk out of the stack of "kimokh".
When the players return on Monday, September 4, at 7:05 p.m. CEST, they will finish the last 9 minutes of Level 21 which features a small blind of 25,000, a big blind of 50,000, and a running ante of 6,000. Play will continue until a new WCOOP champion can be crowned and the PokerStars Twitch Stream will be live with James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. The coverage will be on a security delay as the hole cards will be shown.
Van den Bijgaart, Pavlovic and Quoss Among Big Stacks After Day 1 in WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]
A big field emerged in WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] as the event drew a total of 3,856 entries, which created a prize pool of $1,928,000 and easily surpassed the $1.5 million guarantee in the latest PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2020 mid-stakes tournament.
The money bubble burst in the last hour of play and more than 200 players took home a portion of the cash prize pool along with any bounties they collected so far. Once the post-bubble madness concluded after some 50 minutes, the remaining field was whittled down to just 351 hopefuls who have all secured two pay jumps already.
Among the top eight who all turned their starting stack of 100,000 to more than trey million, it was Poland's "eStfu" who claimed a narrow lead with 3,921,999 followed by the Dutch duo "Netstorm" (3,899,249) and Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (3,597,692). There are other curious nicknames with big stacks including "Instagram model" (3,454,152), Hannes "SuchADegen" Speiser (3,168,091), and "Denis "NEWFlat" Timofeev" (2,774,324) to name just a few.
The action recommences the following day at 1.05 p.m. ET and the penultimate day is slated to play down to the final 16.
On Sunday, a total of nine new WCOOP champions were crowned. There was more to celebrate for Brazil after Fulanetto's victory, as three more Brazilians collected titles to reaffirm the country's status as top dog in the online poker world.
WCOOP-42-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]
rosko58 (United Kingdom)
WCOOP-42-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]
WCOOP-42-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]
deivid29 (United Kingdom)
WCOOP-44-L: $22 NLHE
WCOOP-44-M: $215 NLHE
Rafael "pycadasgalax" Furlanetto (Brazil)
WCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE
Niklas "Lena900" Astedt (Sweden)
In WCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE, Niklas "Lena900" Astedt defeated fellow tournament legend Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov heads-up for his third overall WCOOP title and $80,642. Vezhenkov received $62,089 for finishing second.
As expected, it was a stacked affair at the top with the likes of Pieter "XMorphineX" Aerts, Manig "swordfish007" Loeser, "Aleks Better" and Preben "prebz" Stokkan all claiming a seat among the final nine.
However, most eyes at the final table went out to Frank "Knueppel" Stockhaus, who gained notoriety as being part of the Twitch poker viewing record set by his friend and streamer Jens “TheRealKnossi” Knossalla.
During the Stadium Series, Knossalla was hyping up his friend on his Twitch channel and he's been trying to replicate that magic in the past few days. While the record wasn't shattered this time, many knueppels (picture a baseball bat) were posted in the chat to show support for the illustrious Germans. Stockhaus ultimately finished in eight place for $12,933.
As is tradition, many big events kicked off on Sunday night that will play down to a winner on Monday or Tuesday night. In WCOOP-47-H: $2,100 NLHE Freezeout, a Sunday Warm-Up Special, Belgium's "girafganger7" is chip leader with 18 remaining for a top prize of nearly $100K.
WCOOP-46-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE]