“RaulGonzalez” Wins Second $10K 8-Game WCOOP in Two Years


The $100 million guaranteed 2021 PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) continued over the weekend, and what a weekend of action it was. There were titles for the likes of Chris “Moorman1” Moorman and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, but the player of the house was none other that “RaulGonzalez” of Germany who won the $10,300 8-Game for the second consecutive year.

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“RaulGonzalez” Defends Title in the WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2021 has crowned the next mixed game champion and it was a familiar face at the top of the final result in Event WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller. Out of a field of 44 entries, it was Germany’s “RaulGonzalez” who walked away as the champion. He denied Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov the tenth victory and earned his second WCOOP title in the process.

One year ago, the very same tournament attracted a field of 67 entries and “RaulGonzalez” took it down for a top prize of $235,531. The German has now doubled that tally after overcoming the other four contenders in just one hour and 16 minutes to pad his bankroll with another $196,176.

While the real name of “RaulGonzalez” has not been revealed so far, it was confirmed in a podcast interview late in 2020 that the high-stakes cash game specialist is in his early thirties. “RaulGonzalez” transitioned to mixed games several years ago and regularly participated in the nosebleed action against big names such as Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. He most recently battled back and forth with Swedish player “BERRI SWEET” and announced his decision to retire from the high stakes cash game action.

Besides Strebkov, the final day also featured Ari “BodogAri” Engel as well as the five-time WCOOP champions Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski and Joao “Naza114” Vieira.

Final Result 2021 WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 “RaulGonzalez” Germany $196,176
2 Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov Russia $128,480
3 Ari “BodogAri” Engel Canada $84,144
4 Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski Brazil $55,108
5 Joao “Naza114” Vieira Portugal $36,091

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“OManstrom” Defeats Star-Studded Final Table in WCOOP-54-H: $2K Thursday Thrill

Sweden’s “OManstrom” came out on top of a star-studded final table including the likes of Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet, Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver, and Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich to win the WCOOP-51-H: $2,100 Thursday Thrill at PokerStars for $174,676 including a whopping $100,500 in bounties.

The event was yet another success story during the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker with 480 players creating a $960,000 prize pool to smash the $800,000 guarantee.

“OManstrom” began the day in seventh place with 62 hopefuls remaining and was near the top of the pack most of the day. The Swede had an early memorable hand when his ace-four got there to end the hopes and dreams of a WCOOP title in the Thursday Thrill for PokerStars Team Online member Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, and Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph when his ace-four got there against ace-jack and king-queen.

The eventual champion never held the lead on the second and final day until heads-up play against Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva and came out of nowhere to find their first taste at WCOOP gold.

WCOOP-51-H: $2,100 Thursday Thrill Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize Bounty Total Prize
1 “OManstrom” Sweden $74,176 $100,500 $174,676
2 Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva Brazil $74,175 $29,953 $104,128
3 Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet United States $46,701 $36,516 $83,216
4 Frank “Denman98” Lillis Ireland $34,565 $6,250 $40,815
5 Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver United States $25,582 $7,531 $33,114
6 Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza Italy $18,934 $500 $19,434
7 Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich Poland $14,014 $11,531 $25,545
8 “RonnyNine” Russia $10,372 $3,906 $14,278
9 “nmi128” Netherlands $8,277 $11,563 $19,840

Check out a blow-by-blow account of the $2,100 Thursday Thrill

2021 WCOOP Results From September 4

Talal Shakerchi
Talal Shakerchi

Nineteen PokerStars players emerged from their events victoriously, including some of the biggest names in the business.

Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi lives for these big festivals. The British high-stakes guru added the WCOOP 52-M: $1,050 8-Game [6-Max], $100K Gtd to his long list of accomplishments, which include a victory in the 2016 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event.

Shakerchi’s fellow Brit, online poker legend Chris “Moorman1” Moorman, took down the WCOOP 59-M: $109 NLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $200K Gtd for $28,537, while Portugal’s Netherlands-based Joao “Naza114” Vieira won the WCOOP 59-H: $1,050 NLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $175K Gtd for $41,337 which included bounties.

WCOOP 49-L: $11 NLHE, $75K Gtd

Entries 11,193
Prize Pool $109,691
Winner stels80 (Russia)
First-place Prize $14,335

WCOOP 49-M: $109 NLHE, $200K Gtd

Entries 3,208
Prize Pool $320,800
Winner Gremio CEM (Brazil)
First-place Prize $46,217

WCOOP 49-H: $1,050 NLHE, $250K Gtd

Entries 355
Prize Pool $355,000
Winner Eduardo “Eduardo850” Silva (Brazil)
First-place Prize $65,434

WCOOP 51-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $225K Gtd

Entries 11,457
Prize Pool $229,140
Winner Vespillo77 (Azerbaijan)
First-place Prize $18,403 including bounties

WCOOP 51-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $500K Gtd

Entries 11,457
Prize Pool $229,140
Winner Guialves27 (Brazil)
First-place Prize $63,496 including bounties

WCOOP 52-L: $109 8-Game [6-Max], $50K Gtd

Entries 728
Prize Pool $72,800
Winner dmitrich10 (Russia)
First-place Prize $12,365

WCOOP 52-M: $1,050 8-Game [6-Max], $100K Gtd

Entries 130
Prize Pool $130,000
Winner Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $29,225

WCOOP 56-L: $11 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $30K Gtd

Entries 5,264
Prize Pool $51,587
Winner YELLMAN50 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $4,621 including bounties

Fintan Hand: Grinding WCOOP From His Childhood Playroom

WCOOP 56-M: $109 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $100K Gtd

Entries 1,441
Prize Pool $144,100
Winner smmathi (Norway)
First-place Prize $20,386 including bounties

WCOOP 56-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $200K Gtd

Entries 266
Prize Pool $266,000
Winner vincientvega (Canada)
First-place Prize $50,519 including bounties

WCOOP 58-L: $11 NL 5-Card Draw [6-Max], $15K Gtd

Entries 1,484
Prize Pool $15,000
Winner maaitee (Russia)
First-place Prize $2,289

WCOOP 58-M: $109 NL 5-Card Draw [6-Max], $20K Gtd

Entries 260
Prize Pool $26,000
Winner Gerkyha (Belarus)
First-place Prize $5,011

WCOOP 58-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw [6-Max], $40K Gtd

Entries 46
Prize Pool $46,000
Winner Andrey “Premove” Skvortsov (Russia)
First-place Prize $18,048

WCOOP 59-L: $11 NLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $100K Gtd

Entries 11,523
Prize Pool $112,925
Winner mirka2007 (Uzbekistan)
First-place Prize $8,592 including bounties
Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman

WCOOP 59-M: $109 NLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $200K Gtd

Entries 2,629
Prize Pool $262,900
Winner Chris “Moorman1” Moorman (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $28,537 including bounties

WCOOP 59-H: $1,050 NLHE [4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $175K Gtd

Entries 273
Prize Pool $273,000
Winner Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands)
First-place Prize $41,337 including bounties

WCOOP 60-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $150K Gtd

Entries 7,510
Prize Pool $150,200
Winner tangananator (Mexico)
First-place Prize $21,286

WCOOP 60-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $250K Gtd

Entries 1,403
Prize Pool $280,600
Winner Pablos701 (Brazil)
First-place Prize $38,119 (heads-up deal)

WCOOP 60-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $250K Gtd

Entries 172
Prize Pool $344,000
Winner RPILON (Canada)
First-place Prize $69,352

In-Play

WCOOP 55-L: $22 NLHE [Deep Stack], $125K Gtd

Entries 9,751
Players Left 160
Prize Pool $195,200
Chip Leader 3CardMolly19 (Canada)
First-place Prize $26,518

WCOOP 55-M: $215 NLHE [Deep Stack], $250K Gtd

Entries 2,036
Players Left 58
Prize Pool $407,200
Chip Leader Rui “Silden4filho” Bouqeut (Netherlands)
First-place Prize $60,933

WCOOP 55-H: $2,100 NLHE [Deep Stack], $250K Gtd

Entries 156
Players Left 11
Prize Pool $312,000
Chip Leader Pablo “pabritz” Brito Silva (Brazil)
First-place Prize $62,901

Veldhuis Gunning for 2021 WCOOP Title and Elusive Six-Figure Score

WCOOP 57-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max Progressive KO], $80K Gtd

Entries 20,568
Players Left 106
Prize Pool $100,783
Chip Leader hit-shev (Russia)
First-place Prize $4,436 plus bounties

WCOOP 57-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max Progressive KO], $400K Gtd

Entries 9,145
Players Left 66
Prize Pool $457,250
Chip Leader aHbemUsBePPe (Malta)
First-place Prize $26,878 plus bounties

WCOOP 57-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max Progressive KO], $500K Gtd

Entries 589,000
Players Left 20
Prize Pool $589,000
Chip Leader Tapiscalle? (Malta)
First-place Prize $39,803 plus bounties

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2021 WCOOP Side Events Scheduled on September 5

The 2021 WCOOP continues on September 5 with 18 brand new events! There is a WCOOP tournament for everyone, as you can see in the table below. Event #63 looks particularly juicy because the trio of tournaments sporting that number have combined guarantees of some $4 million!

PokerNews‘ Live Reporting team will bring you all the action from two of those tournaments, namely the WCOOP-63-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $1.5M Gtd and the WCOOP-63-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO HIgh Roller], $1M Gtd.

Date Time (ET) Event
Sun 5 Sep 08:05 $5.50 WCOOP 61-L NLHE [Progressive KO], $50K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 08:05 $55 WCOOP 61-M NLHE [Progressive KO], $250K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 08:05 $530 WCOOP 61-H NLHE [Progressive KO], $400K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 10:30 $22 WCOOP 62-L NLHE, $175K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 10:30 $22 WCOOP 62-M NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE], $400K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 10:30 $22 WCOOP 62-H NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE], $500K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 13:05 $109 WCOOP 63-L NLHE [Progressive KO, Sunday Million SE], $1.5M Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 13:05 $1,050 WCOOP 63-M NLHE [Progressive KO], $1.5M Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 13:05 $10,300 WCOOP 63-H NLHE [Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 14:15 $55 WCOOP 64-L PLO, $100K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 14:15 $530 WCOOP 64-M PLO, $200K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 14:15 $5,200 WCOOP 64-H PLO, $500K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 15:30 $22 WCOOP 65-L NLHE [Freezeout], $150K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 15:30 $215 WCOOP 65-M NLHE [Freezeout], $325K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 15:30 $2,100 WCOOP 65-H NLHE [Freezeout], $400K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 17:05 $5.50 WCOOP 66-L NLHE [Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $50K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 17:05 $55 WCOOP 66-M NLHE [Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $250K Gtd
Sun 5 Sep 17:05 $530 WCOOP 66-H NLHE [Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $500K Gtd



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