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  • Thomas “Kellllle” Pedersen Takes Down WCOOP Main Event

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 by Ryan

The 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is one of the largest all around events played online. The WCOOP has grown quite a bit in recent years, and actually increased its buy-in to the Main Event to $5,200 back in 2008, and since that point it has seen over 2,000 players enter each year. This years’ event was not quite as big, as it drew in 1,627 entrants; but this is a number that they had to be happy with due to Black Friday.

The WCOOP Main Event drew in some of the bigger names in online poker, and it had a total prize pool of $8,135,000, with 189 entrants; meaning that the first place winner was set to receive over $1 million. The Main Event had become so popular in recent years, that online poker players had actually moved out of the country to compete in the WCOOP Main Event. This event is set up much differently than a live poker tournament would, as players will make it into the cash typically within the first day of action; just as they did in this event. By the end of day 1, there were only 176 players remaining, meaning that the players were already in the money.

The event took a bit of time to get down to the final table of the Main Event, but when they were down to five players, all five decided to make a deal and split up the winnings. When all was said and done, Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen took down the win, as well as the largest pay out of the five player deal. Pedersen took down $1.1 million out of the deal, and the players decided to set aside $100k for the actual winner of the event out of the final five. Pedersen had a massive chip lead when it was down to five players, which makes sense that he received the largest payout by quite a bit, with the second place player “VadziMoney” taking home $750k. Pedersen held 18,829,721 chips, while the closest player to him held 4,764,979 chips, and he actually had more chips than double all four of the other players’ chip stacks.

Third place in the five player split went to Vojtech “Vojta_R” Ruzicka (with $710,000), fourth went to “BackDoorovic” (with $650,000), and fifth went to Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (with $560,000). Every player who made it into the top eight of the event took home over $100k. Since Pedersen won the event in the end (as the players continued to play even after the deal), he picked up an extra $100k, so his total winnings were $1,260,018.50.

The other four players who made it to the final table were “WhySoSrsSon” who finished in 6th and got $220,085.50, “jle90” who finished in 7th and took home $162,700, “OU THE NICK” who finished in 8th and took home $122,025, and Dan “dan82mur” Murariu who finished in 9th and received $81,350. A few of the other big named players who stood out that finished high in the WCOOP Main Event, were Niki “RealAndyBeal” Jedlicka (12th place), Dani “supernova9” Stern (13th place), and Tom “kingofcards” Marchese (23rd place).




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