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WCOOP-34-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller], $3M Gtd

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski Leads Final 15 in the WCOOP $25K Super High Roller

Jaxon • Level 20: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Fabiano Kovalski

The 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) showcased its largest buy-in event on the schedule this festival at PokerStars with Sunday featuring the first of two days of the WCOOP 34-H: $25,000 Super High Roller.

The action was down to just 15 hopefuls by the end of the day, each of whom will benefit from the fact that the event missed the lofty $3 million guarantee by a few players to create $155,100 in added value to the 15 players that cashed for at least a $54,828 min-cash.

Three-time WCOOP champion Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski found himself in familiar territory at the end of the day with a chip leading stack of 5,006,522. Kovalski was involved in the largest pot of the day when he eliminated Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood near the end of the day when his rockets held against big slick.

Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas, Adrian "Amadi_017" Mateos, and Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver were the only other players to virtually bag at least 3 million in chips, while "Sintoras" was the only other player to advance with more than 2 million in chips.

Other notable players coming back on Monday to compete for the $657,557 top prize include Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo, Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph, Pedro "PaDiLhA SP" Padilha, Aleksejs "APonakov" Ponakovs, Eelis "EEE27" Parssinen, Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford, and Mike "SirWatts" Watson.

2021 WCOOP-34-H: $25,000 Super High High Roller Day 1 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Fabiano "Kovalski1" KovalskiBrazil5,006,522125
2Laszlo "omaha4rollz" BujtasHungary3,159,33479
3Adrian "Amadi_017" MateosSpain3,054,79776
4Chris "ImDaNuts" OliverUnited States3,023,28676
6Justin "ZeeJustin" BonomoUnited States1,960,58549
7Christian "WATnlos" RudolphGermany1,919,72948
8Pedro "PaDiLhA SP" PadilhaBrazil1,850,44046
11Aleksejs "APonakov" PonakovsLatvia1,260,91132
12Eelis "EEE27" ParssinenFinland1,091,73027
13Conor "1_conor_b_1" BeresfordUnited Kingdom501,91013
15Mike "SirWatts" WatsonCanada439,95711
Total  29,000,000725
Average  1,933,33348

Pye Runs Into a Royal Flush

Mason Pye and Tom Hayward
Mason Pye and Tom Hayward

It wasn't the best of days for Team PokerStars with Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle, Sam "SamSquid" Grafton, Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis, Fintan "easywithaces" Hand, Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot, Ben "Spraggy" Spragg, and Mason "Pye_Face21" Pye firing a dozen bullets between them only to come up empty.

Although he was freerolling the event after winning a PokerStars Ambassador sit-and-go, Pye had a particularly rough outing after cruising along with a big stack for a good part of the day. Pye first lost a huge chunk of his stacks with trips against a flush before losing the rest with a full house to a royal flush.

Final Table Payouts

The 15 returning players are each slated to receive at least a $54,828 payout with the winner set to add $657,557 to their PokerStars balance.


Final Day Schedule

The second and final day will kick off on Monday, Aug. 30 at 5:05 p.m. GMT. PokerStars will be streaming the final table with hole cards exposed on a 30-minute delay. PokerNews will report the final table on the same delay as to not reveal any spoilers.

The blinds will resume with the remainder of Level 20 (20,000/40,000/5,000a) and increase every 30 minutes until a winner is crowned.

Stay tuned at PokerNews to see who will win the WCOOP-34-H: $25,000 Super High Roller at PokerStars.

Tags: Adrian MateosAleksejs PonakovsChris OliverChristian RudolphConor BeresfordFabiano KovalskiJustin BonomoLaszlo BujtasMike WatsonPedro PadilhaSam Greenwood