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WCOOP 2020 Day 22: The WCOOP Main Events are Underway!

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One of the biggest Sundays of the year kicked off last night as the six Main Events from the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars finally began after weeks of anticipation. Hundreds of thousands of players flocked to the Red Spade to participate in one of the many events that were on tap over the weekend.

A grand total of fifteen new events began on Sunday, and several winners from earlier events were crowned as well with Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt reigning supreme in WCOOP-66-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] for $48,197.

Let's take a look at everything that transpired on Day 22 of the WCOOP 2020.

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Rezaei and Kovalski in the Top 10 After Day 1 of WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 Main Event

Daniel Rezaei
Daniel Rezaei

The first day of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 2020 pinnacle event is in the books as 579 players out of 1,697 entries bagged up their virtual chips at the end of Day 1 of the WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event].

At least ten further players opted to enter or re-enter after the end of level 15 and all others may do so until five minutes prior to the start of Day 2 in order to take a shot at the guaranteed prize pool of $10,000,000.

All those that wish to enter at the last minute will receive 250,000 in chips at returning blinds of 6,000/12,000 with a running ante of 1,500 when the action resumes the following day at 1.10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” MattosBrazil2,479,726207
2VladTheSlayeUkraine2,459,777205
3atlantaca661Argentina2,456,490205
4Daniel "Razer2311" RezaeiAustria2,405,203200
5ShipmopffNetherlands2,329,693194
6SintorasGermany2,248,070187
7nic81411Germany2,227,306186
8Fabiano "Kovalski1" KovalskiBrazil2,199,653183
9luk9rAustria2,128,905177
10Andrey "drupa-lucker" ChernokozRussia2,125,515177

At the top of the overnight leaderboard, a quartet of players is within seven blinds including Brazil's Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” Mattos (2,479,726), "VladTheSlaye" (2,456,490), "atlantaca661" (2,456,490) and Daniel "Razer2311" Rezaei (2,405,203). Mattos is no stranger to success at the online tables and recently won his first WSOP Online bracelet.

Also featured in the top 10 are "Sintoras" (2,248,070 ), Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski (2,199,653) and Andrey "drupa-lucker" Chernokoz (2,125,515) whereas Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin (2,073,193) and Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas (1,962,351) follow right behind. Kovalski comes fresh off his third WCOOP title in as many years in WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze].

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Over 2,000 Players Left in PokerStars WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]

Day 1 of the PokerStars WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] has come to an end after 16 levels of 25 minutes had been played. During those first 16 levels, 6,500 entries were collected to create a prize pool of $3,250,000 which easily surpasses the initial $2,000,000 guarantee that was set.

Brazil's Guilherme "Guizãoo_" Carmo claimed the chip lead with 1,786,242 and won a bunch of those chips when he took out Alen "lilachaa" Bilic with a full house. Carmo is followed in the counts by Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen who jumped toward the top when he eliminated "OMGitsMacsim" when he turned the straight against the top pair and flush draw of the latter.

Completing the top five are "Sektor17" (1,319,456), "Netstorm" (1,268,460), and Adam "ISmellToast" Crawford with 1,247,007. But with over 2,000 players returning for Day 2 and the late registration still open, many more familiar names and faces are still in the race.

PokerStars WCOOP-72-M: $530 NLHE Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Guilherme "Guizãoo_" CarmoBrazil1,786,242298
2Eelis "EEE27" PärssinenFinland1,374,760229
3"Sektor17"Finland1,319,456220
4"Netstorm"Netherlands1,268,460211
5Adam "ISmellToast" CrawfordCanada1,247,007208
6"neufy95"Canada1,221,722204
7Luciano "Luciano S.H" HollandaBrazil1,195,981199
8"VaiMo´85"Germany1,179,492197
9"molda79"Canada1,154,558192
10"asteras666"Netherlands1,137,705190

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Watson Among Top Stacks After Day 1 of WCOOP-73-H: $10,300 PLO Main Event

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

After an action-packed seven hours, Day 1 of WCOOP-73-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, Main Event] wrapped up with 38 of the 123 entries advancing.

The top chip count belongs to "hotmark777," though the'll be looking for a deep run to make up for the maximum allowance of three bullets fired. They finished with 1,689,323, just a hair above the 1,689,203 "bagged" by "Us_Alex." "Kukenmuser" (1,491,159), Mike "SirWatts" Watson (1,440,771) and "ZhipOHoy" (1,356,471).

Watson, of course, is the most notable and well-known of those names. One of the best players in the history of online poker tournaments, Watson is a two-time WCOOP winner, with one of those coming in a High event, as this one is. With $12 million in live cashes, he's one of the names to watch going forward.

Follow the PLO H Main Event right here!


WCOOP Day 22 Results

Dinesh Alt
Dinesh Alt

Nine winners were crowned on Sunday night including Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt, who topped WCOOP-66-H: $5,200 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack] for $48,197. Another big win was there for UK's Fold Machiii, who spun it up in WCOOP-68-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] to win $122,065.

The Netherlands crowned another victor as well and it was a former WCOOP champion in MITS 304, who picked up $108,816 in WCOOP-74-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE].

WCOOP-66-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries11,375
Prize Pool$55,738
WinnerSuper7Sunday (Russia)
First-place Prize$5,885

WCOOP-66-M: $530 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries4,295
Prize Pool$214,750
Winnerdiego_1901 (Peru)
First-place Prize$26,947

WCOOP-66-H: $5,200 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries609
Prize Pool$304,500
WinnerDinesh "NastyMinder" Alt (Austria)
First-place Prize$48,197

WCOOP-68-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries24,450
Prize Pool$239,610
WinnerMarioDutraJR (Brazil)
First-place Prize$11,555

WCOOP-68-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries7,285
Prize Pool$728,500
WinnerRoche9797 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$62,508

WCOOP-68-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries860
Prize Pool$860,000
WinnerFold Machiii (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$122,065

WCOOP-74-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries11,761
Prize Pool$115,258
WinnerBrunoBezerr4 (Brazil)
First-place Prize$8,971

WCOOP-74-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries4,828
Prize Pool$482,800
WinnerTonyGPT (Croatia)
First-place Prize$51,959

WCOOP-74-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries803
Prize Pool$803,000
WinnerMITS 304 (Netherlands)
First-place Prize$108,816


In-Play Events

WCOOP-70-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries8,659
Players Left39
Prize Pool$42,429
Chip LeaderGHMRocha (Brazil)
First-place Prize$5,959

WCOOP-70-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries4,417
Players Left94
Prize Pool$220,850
Chip LeaderFouEnculePL (Poland)
First-place Prize$31,498

WCOOP-70-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout]

Entries972
Players Left43
Prize Pool$486,000
Chip Leadertwirlpro (Hungary)
First-place Prize$80,083

WCOOP-71-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries16,542
Players Left132
Prize Pool$162,112
Chip Leaderwaitweight66 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$7,516

WCOOP-71-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries6,828
Players Left186
Prize Pool$682,800
Chip Leaderhateraises (Canada)
First-place Prize$41,269

WCOOP-71-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max Progressive KO, Freezeout]

Entries1,185
Players Left55
Prize Pool$1,185,000
Chip LeaderJosip "jorginho88" Simunic (Croatia)
First-place Prize$81,357

WCOOP-72-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event]

EntriesTBA
Players LeftTBA
Prize PoolTBA
Chip Leaderuzzy993 (Hungary)
First-place Prize$TBA

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WCOOP-73-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event]

Entries3,066
Players Left416
Prize Pool$306,600
Chip LeaderLetsSplitPot (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$44,314

WCOOP-73-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event]

EntriesTBA
Players LeftTBA
Prize PoolTBA
Chip Leaderguilherme12 (Brazil)
First-place PrizeTBA

Follow along with M PLO Main Event coverage here


Events Scheduled on September 21

All Main Events will continue on Monday, September 21, as well as some of the two-day Sunday events crowning their champion at the end of the night. In addition, the final three events of the WCOOP 2020 will kick off, and the long-awaited Phase 2 of every 01 event will also begin.

Time (ET)Time (BST)Event
13:0518:05WCOOP 75-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $175K Gtd
13:0518:05WCOOP 75-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $600K Gtd
13:0518:05WCOOP 75-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $1M Gtd
14:0519:05WCOOP 01-L: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2], $250K Gtd
14:0519:05WCOOP 01-M: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2], $1M Gtd
14:0519:05WCOOP 01-H: $215 NLHE [Phase 2], $2M Gtd

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