The 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker with more than $50 million in guaranteed cash prizes kicked off yesterday. With two events finished, the series promises to be a great success.
Sunday saw the much awaited WCOOP take off, and with two events finished the series has already seen some exciting poker being played in the virtual arena on PokerStars.net.
Event #1 was the $215 NLHE 6-Max with $1,250,000 in the guaranteed prize pool. The series' opener saw Danish tournament expert Alexander Petersen aka. "AlexKP" go all the way in superior style, dominating a tough final table on his way to the $232,000 negotiated first prize. The final hand saw Petersen hit a set of threes on a
board, more than enough to beat runner-up "Tutanhamon1"'s
with the turn and river showing
Petersen later told Pokernyhederne.com about his run, among other things stating that he "didn't sleep for 50 hours and was sailing around with food poisoning and too many Red Bulls" before he took down the event earlier this morning.
The series' second event was the always exciting $10,300 High Roller NLHE with a $2 million dollar guarantee, and here "CrabMaki" from the U.K. would turn out to be the man of the day. The Brit cashed a whopping $605,655 for coming in first in a tough field, eventually beating Finnish Team PokerStars pro Ville Wahlbeck heads-up.
The 2010 WCOOP will continue until September 26 with a total of 62 scheduled events. The Main Event will be a $5,200 NLHE with a record-breaking $10 million dollar guaranteed prize pool, starting on the final day of the series and running for two consecutive days.