WCOOP-80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP-80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
Day 1 Completed

Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph Searching for Third Title in WCOOP-80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller]

connorrichards • Level 23: 35,000-70,000, 8,750 ante
Christian Rudolph
Christian Rudolph

Austria's Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph leads the field of nine remaining players at the end of Day 1 in the WCOOP-80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd as part of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The PKO tournament attracted 106 entrants and smashed the guarantee with a prize pool of $1.1 million.

Rudolph is looking for his third WCOOP title after taking down the WCOOP 24-H: $2,100 NLHE in August for $71,404, in addition to winning the $215 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] in 2018 for $130,598. Other players who made it through Day 1 include Andras "probirs" Nemeth, Pedro "pvigar" Garagnani, Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski and PokerStars ambassador Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis.

End of Day 1 Chip Counts

 1Christian "WATnlos" RudolphAustria4,798,502
 2Thomas "MarToMchat" BoivinUnited Kingdom4,220,361
 4Andras "probirs" NemethHungary3,101,024
 5Yuri "theNERDguy" DzivielevskiBrazil2,992,496
 6Teun "tinnoemulder" MulderNetherlands2,347,186
 7Pedro "pvigar" GaragnaniBrazil2,171,811
 8Niklas "Lena900" AstedtSweden1,837,676
 9Lex "L. Veldhuis" VeldhuisNetherlands1,696,338

Day 1 Action

The high roller tournament attracted a field of elite players, including Wiktor "Iimitless" Malinowski, Joao "Naza114" Vieira and Bruno "great dant" Volkmann, who is fresh off a win in the WCOOP 63-H: $10,300 NLHE for $331,595.

PokerStars Team Online players Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand, Ben "Spraggy" Spragg and Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle all made deep runs in the tournament. Rolle fared the best of the three players and busted in 16th place.

"kZhh" was eliminated on the money bubble in 14th place after their two-pair didn't stand up to an opponent's full house. Eder "edercampana" Campana was the first player out in the money for an $11,236 prize and $8,750 in bounties after his king-jack couldn't get there against the opponent's ace-eight.

Day 1 broke after over eight hours of play when "ludako123" busted in 10th place after their ace-ten was no good against the pocket sevens of Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin.

Day 2 will begin on Sept. 11 at 5:05 p.m. GMT. Top prizes in the high roller tournament include $107,949 for both first and second, $71,991 for third and $55,272 for fourth.

Stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will be back on Saturday to bring you Day 2 updates.

"ludako123" Eliminated in 10th Place ($25,934)

connorrichards • Level 23: 35,000-70,000, 8,750 ante

Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin opened to 140,000 in the hijack and got called by Pedro "pvigar" Garagnani in the cutoff and Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph on the button. "ludako123" decided to squeeze in the big blind and raised to 1.2 million with just over 13,000 behind. Boivin re-shoved and everyone but "ludako123" folded.

"ludako123": {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin: {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

"ludako123" was at risk of busting on the final table bubble, which is what happened when the board ran out {2-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and Boivin kept the lead with his sevens.

Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin
Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin
4,220,361 763,741
ludako123 bg
bg Busted

Nemeth Doubles Through Mulder

connorrichards • Level 23: 35,000-70,000, 8,750 ante

Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder three-bet jammed in the small blind and Andras "probirs" Nemeth called off for 1.3 million after raising on the button.

Andras "probirs" Nemeth: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder: {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}

Nemeth got there as the board ran out {q-Hearts}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and he was saved from elimination on the final table bubble.

Andras "probirs" Nemeth
Andras "probirs" Nemeth
3,024,724 1,634,867
Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder nl
Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder
nl 2,822,486 -1,678,112

Veldhuis Gets Value With River Bet

connorrichards • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 7,500 ante

Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder opened to 132,000 from the cutoff and Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis defended in the big blind. Mulder bet 248,625 on the {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop and Veldhuis called. Both players checked the {8-Hearts} turn and Veldhuis bet 273,488 when checked to on the {a-Spades} river, which Mulder called.

Veldhuis showed the winner with {9-Spades}{7-Clubs} and Mulder mucked.

Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder nl
Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder
nl 4,500,598 -969,113
Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis nl
Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis
nl 2,450,536 793,358

Players on Break

connorrichards • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 7,500 ante

The remaining 10 players took a five-minute break.


Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias Eliminated in 11th Place ($22,184)

connorrichards • Level 21: 25,000-50,000, 6,000 ante

Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias three-bet jammed for 1.5 million in the small blind and Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin re-shoved in the big blind, which got the original raiser to fold.

Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias: {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Boivin took a lead on the flop of {3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{a-Clubs} with a pair of aces and kept the lead as the board ran out {2-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}, sending Kolonias out in 11th place.

Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin
Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin
3,919,945 500,226
Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias
Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias