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PokerStars WCOOP 2020

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WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]
WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]
Day 1 Completed

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

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante 1
Daniel Rezaei among the big stacks after Day 1
Daniel Rezaei among the big stacks after Day 1

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).

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].

The Top 10 After Day 1 of WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 Main Event

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” MattosBrazil2,479,726207
4Daniel "Razer2311" RezaeiAustria2,405,203200
8Fabiano "Kovalski1" KovalskiBrazil2,199,653183
10Andrey "drupa-lucker" ChernokozRussia2,125,515177

Former WCOOP-H champions still in contention include Ezequiel "eze88888" Waigel (1,258,302), Steven "SvZff" van Zadelhoff (875,897), Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz (443,063), and defending champion Fraser "BigBlindBets" Russell (163,985).

Big Names Out of Shells

There was a steady stream of new entries and re-entries throughout the entire day which featured a total of 15 levels of 30 minutes each. The first casualties emerged at the end of the first level and many hundreds followed in the hours after. Among those to hit the rail very early on was 2020 WCOOP three-time champion Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski who ran queens into kings and needed to fire a third bullet to make Day 2 with a below-average stack.

The list of casualties throughout the day reads like the who-is-who of poker as Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden, Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi, Peter "Belabacsi" Traply, Gleb "Ti0373" Tremzin, Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka, Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov, Pavel "MountanRo$e" Veksler, Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver, Preben "prebz" Stokkan, Bert "girafganger7" Stevens, and Kahle "ROFLshove" Burns were just a few of those that fired the maximum of three entries without success.

No Fortune for the PokerStars Ambassadors

For the four PokerStars ambassadors that entered the fray, the outcome was the same as none made it through to Day 2. Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas was the first to depart when he ran with kings into kings only for Philippe "takechip" D'Auteuil to turn a flush. Colillas re-entered and even busted Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz once but didn't make it through on the second attempt either.

Ben "Spraggy" Spragg lost a big portion of his stack early on and ultimately ran out of chips when king-eight flopped top pair, as "Andre_Hansen" held the superior kicker with king-jack. Team Online's Felix "xflixx" Schneiders suffered a setback when kings failed to hold against ace-jack and he lost the last few chips with nine-eight suited versus ace-eight suited.

Fintan "easywithaces" Hand more than tripled his stack but couldn't keep up the momentum until the end of the day either. In the penultimate level of the night, he three-bet jammed the last 21 blinds with pocket nines from the big blind and was dominated by Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn with pocket jacks.

Many other big names ran out of chips and bought back in during the late stages of the day which saw the field nearly cut into a third. All those that made it through will return the following day at 1.10 p.m. EST when the race to the money and beyond gets underway. Five minutes prior to the restart, the late registration ends and that's when the prize pool information becomes available.

Day 2 is slated to play down to the final 72 players and the PokerNews live reporting team will be back then to provide as many key hands as possible.

Tags: Andrey Chernokozatlantaca661Ben SpraggDaniel RezaeiFabiano KovalskiFelix SchneidersFintan HandLeonardo MattosRamon ColillasSintorasVladTheSlaye

Assorted Day 1 Chip Counts

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante
Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” Mattos BR 2,479,726 -459,888
VladTheSlaye ua 2,459,777 1,919,615
Angel "atlantaca661" Teicher AR 2,456,490 2,456,490
Daniel "Razer2311" Rezaei at 2,405,203 145,325
Shipmopff nl 2,329,693 317,816
Sintoras de 2,248,070 1,474,042
nic81411 de 2,227,306 99,740
Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 2,199,653 1,059,056
luk9r AT 2,128,905 1,072,078
Andrey "drupa-lucker" Chernokoz ru 2,125,515 365,010
Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin RU 2,073,193 2,073,193
Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas HU 1,962,351 72,750
U_Key_U JP 1,910,074 1,910,074
hdahalk RU 1,909,211 1,088,111
Mark "AceSpades11" Radoja CA 1,864,032 1,307,942
dryimpact RO 1,838,569 -23,410
Georgios "Geokarak" Karakousis gr 1,785,371 1,785,371
d7o1d1s0 GB 1,781,639 1,781,639
Tom "7tHEcROw7" MacDonald GB 1,778,541 1,210,837
Helio "hneves182" Neves CA 1,763,280 389,174
Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger AT 1,756,588 1,756,588
Csaba "csaba333" Szasz HU 1,749,410 515,777
goodvibe1 DE 1,695,902 94,134
ForzaVaxholm SE 1,677,146 -69,575
WhAcKyJacKy99 CA 1,675,146 877,307

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Day 1 Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante

According to the tournament lobby, there are 579 players out of 1,697 entries remaining at the end of Day 1. Assorted late casualties, chip counts, and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Difelice Busts Voitovs

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante
Voitovs vs Difelice
Voitovs vs Difelice

Only two minutes prior to the end of the day, Romans "RovoDice" Voitovs hit the rail when he clashed with Alex "dynoalot" Difelice.

Voitovs opened to 20,600 from under the gun and Difelice came along from the big blind. Difelice check-raised the {k-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop from 14,050 to 45,000 in order to then call a reraise to 80,000 by Voitovs.

The remaining 194,229 chips of Voitovs went in after the {j-Diamonds} turn and Difelice check-called in a matter of a second.

Romans "RovoDice" Voitovs: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Alex "dynoalot" Difelice: {7-Clubs}{7-Spades}

No club appeared on the river but the {j-Hearts} which sent the pot to Difelice.

Alex "dynoalot" Difelice ca 1,481,988 610,232
Romans "RovoDice" Voitovs lv Busted

Very Late Caualties

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante
DaGoddfather CA Busted
Edison "Edison82" Oliveira BR Busted
Kilian "caaaaamel" Kramer AT Busted
trufaith123 GB Busted
Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski BR Busted
Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi GB Busted
ragAAAila19 RO Busted
Belarmino "PaGaOVelhinho" de Souza br Busted
Manuel "manupochat" Pochat AR Busted
Marton "noirduck" Czuczor hu Busted
Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn ru Busted
Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams ca Busted
Kostomar1 RU Busted
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs BY Busted

Colillas Out for a Second Time

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Colillas Felted by Stropoli
Colillas Felted by Stropoli

The action kicked off with a raise to 22,000 by Julien "Stroposoz" Achard-Stropoli and Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas on the button three-bet all-in for the last 252,519, which the Frenchman called.

Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas: {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}
Julien "Stroposoz" Achard-Stropoli: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}

There were no diamonds or face cards in sight on the {9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs} board and Colillas was eliminated for a second time on Day 1.

Alex "dynoalot" Difelice ca 871,756 480,965
Julien "Stroposoz" Achard-Stropoli FR 697,230 121,951
Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas ES Busted

Another Knockout for "ForzaVaxholm"

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante

A short-stacked "Faaaarst" got their stack in with the {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and "ForzaVaxholm" looked them up from the button with the {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}.

Neither player hit anything on the {9-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{9-Spades} board to keep the ace in the lead.

ForzaVaxholm SE 1,746,721 590,085
Michael "merla888" Gathy BE 1,220,867
Mateusz "KeyserMM" Moolhuizen nl 407,014 -453,418
Eelis "EEE27" Parssinen FI 377,290 -86,988
Manuel "manupochat" Pochat AR 356,198 -455,729
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie 206,682 28,316
Faaaarst nl Busted

Mattos Takes the Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante

Vicent "gordon0410" Bosca opened the action with a raise to 21,500 and Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves three-bet to 59,100 in the cutoff. Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” Mattos four-bet to 165,549 in the small blind for Bosca to fold and Reeves came along. On the {8-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop, Mattos led for 140,999 to pick up a call and bet the {k-Diamonds} turn for 216,017, which Reeves called to create a pot of more than a million already.

Mattos then check-raised the {10-Diamonds} river from 250,000 to 500,000 and Reeves made the call to get shown {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} for the nut flush by the Brazilian.

Leonardo “LeoMattosAK” Mattos BR 2,939,614 2,129,581
serggorelyi7 ru 553,484 553,484
Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves GB 250,068 -37,566
Vicent "gordon0410" Bosca ES 240,322 -24,000