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WCOOP 2020 Day 19: Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski Continues Brazilian Dominance

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski wins WCOOP title

There's been plenty of countries that established themselves as a force to be reckoned with over the years. Needless to say, the United States has always been around, and Germany has established itself as a well-known poker powerhouse for years. But the past years, it's been Brazil that's been crushing it at the tables, and the verde e amarela has become ubiquitous with poker success.

Day 19 of the 2020 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) was no different as Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski won the third WCOOP title of his career in as many years in WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], defeating Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer heads-up to secure a payday of $119,483. In the WCOOP 2020, Brazilians have already claimed a staggering total of 29 titles.

More champs were crowned on Thursday with Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart scoring a big victory in WCOOP-61-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko booking a win in WCOOP-62-H: $1,050 Stud Hi Lo, and Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna topping WCOOP-60-M: $55+R PLO [6-Max]. Nevanlinna also ran deep in the high edition of the same event where he finished in fourth place.

Check out below for everything that transpired in the WCOOP on Thursday night.

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Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski Wins Third WCOOP Title in WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze]

Fabiano Kovalski
Fabiano Kovalski

The year of Brazil continues as yet another title in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2020 has been awarded to a player from the poker stronghold in South America. Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski who earned his third WCOOP title in as many years in WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze] after defeating Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer to best a field of 97 entries and took home the lion's share of the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.

A maiden WCOOP title for Kovalski came in 2018 WCOOP-31H: $1,050 NLHE as he topped a field of 2,077 entries for $282,545. He then conquered a 767-entry strong field one year later in WCOOP-19-H: $530 NLHE [4-Max] to claim $64,912.

The Brazilian has already cashed for more than $3.5 million on PokerStars and racked up several cashes in the ongoing festival including a 4th place in WCOOP-27-H: $1,050 NLHE [Freezeout] for $32,915. The latest victory comes with a top prize of $119,483 whereas runner-up O'Dwyer was denied a second title and received a consolation prize of $92,338.

Also featured on the final table were the known poker pros Filipe "Zagazaur" Oliveira, Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden, Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk, and Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood.

WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze] Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPayout (in USD)
1Fabiano "Kovalski1" KovalskiBrazil$119,483
2Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'DwyerIreland$92,338
3Filipe "Zagazaur" OliveiraPortugal$71,360
5Samuel "€urop€an" VousdenFinland$42,619
7Tomi "elmerixx" BroukFinland$25,453
8Sam "Str8$$$Homey" GreenwoodCanada$19,671

Relive Kovalski's win in the PokerNews live report

Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart Wins WCOOP title in WCOOP-61-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Joep Van Den Bijgaart
Joep Van Den Bijgaart

A big victory for Dutchman Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart who reigned supreme in WCOOP-61-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout] for a first-place prize of $32,452 and an additional bounty of $35,645. Van den Bijgaart defeated Narcis "Narcisus90" Nedelcu heads-up, with the latter also receiving $32,452 but settling for a lower bounty of $16,090. Ole "wizowizo" Schemion, Ognyan "cocojamb0" Dimov, and David "deivid29" Tovar were among the big guns making the final table.

The Dutchman has over a decade-long track record of crushing in the mid- and high stakes on PokerStars and scored his second WCOOP victory last night. He established his name on the international circuit back in 2011 after making one of the greatest folds in EPT history against Ben Wilinofsky at EPT Berlin.

With Van den Bijgaart's win, the Dutch now have nine titles to boast during the WCOOP 2020.

WCOOP-61-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout] Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (incl. bounty)
1Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den BijgaartNetherlands$68,096
2Narcis "Narcisus90" NedelcuRomania$48,542
5David "deivid29" TovarUnited Kingdom$13,522
6Ognyan "cocojamb0" DimovBulgaria$15,287
8Ole "wizowizo" SchemionGermany$7,995

WCOOP Day 19 Results

No fewer than fifteen winners were crowned on Thursday night. Check out below for a complete overview of all the events.

WCOOP-59-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze]

Prize Pool$241,250
Winnerfrost3ggg (Russia)
First-place Prize$34,357

WCOOP-59-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze]

Prize Pool$405,500
WinnerHer087 (Germany)
First-place Prize$60,677

WCOOP-60-L: $5.50+R PLO [6-Max]

Prize Pool$40,337
Winneroyarzun2010 (Chile)
First-place Prize$5,899

WCOOP-60-M: $55+R PLO [6-Max]

Jussi Nevanlinna
Jussi Nevanlinna

Nevanlinna is the reigning WCOOP Player of the Series and continued his success with a win in WCOOP-60-M: $55+R PLO [6-Max] for $22,363. Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez, Noah "Exclusive" Boeken, and Pimmss were also at the final table.

Prize Pool$22,363
WinnerJussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna (Finland)
First-place Prize$22,363

WCOOP-60-H: $530+R PLO [6-Max]

Prize Pool$331,280
WinnerSintoras (Germany)
First-place Prize$56,609

WCOOP-61-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Prize Pool$99,166
WinnerBaNaN4oo (Bulgaria)
First-place Prize$5,535+$1,707

WCOOP-61-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Prize Pool$340,300
Winnertheomatador (Brazil)
First-place Prize$15,631 + $11,749

WCOOP-62-L: $11 Stud Hi-Lo

Prize Pool$18,316
WinnerMoreVon (Denmark)
First-place Prize$2,399

WCOOP-62-M: $109 Stud Hi-Lo

Prize Pool$56,000
WinnerSchmitzen (Germany)
First-place Prize$10,528

WCOOP-62-H: $1,050 Stud Hi-Lo

Andrey Zaichenko
Andrey Zaichenko

Third time was the charm for Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko in this event, who turned his third bullet into a payday of $24,745 in WCOOP-62-H: $1,050 Stud Hi-Lo. Noah "Exclusive" Boeken also ran deep in this event, finishing seventh.

Prize Pool$101,000
WinnerAndrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (Russia)
First-place Prize$24,745

WCOOP-64-L: $11 FLO8 [8-Max]

Prize Pool$17,905
WinnerSqwadr (Russia)
First-place Prize$2,271

WCOOP-64-M: $109 FLO8 [8-Max]

Prize Pool$48,600
WinnerSpeck.ftw (Germany)
First-place Prize$8,640

WCOOP-64-H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max]

Prize Pool$147,000
WinnerXD89lol<3 (Finland)
First-place Prize$30,856

In-Play Events

Just three tournaments are in-play and will continue on Saturday, as Friday is an offday.

WCOOP-63-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Players Left250
Prize Pool$250,220
Chip Leadermc_fred33 (Canada)
First-place Prize$13,721

WCOOP-63-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Players Left142
Prize Pool$618,400
Chip LeaderBreno2728 (Brazil)
First-place Prize$38,233

WCOOP-63-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Players Left62
Prize Pool$988,000
Chip LeaderJo589 (Germany)
First-place Prize$76,339

Events Scheduled on September 18

Friday is an offday for all WCOOP-players! New events will kick off on Saturday, while the big Main Events including the $10M guaranteed $5,200 Main Event begin on Sunday!

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  • The Brazilians have already racked up 29 wins during the WCOOP

  • Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart and Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko also booked big wins on Thursday

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