The WCOOP ends with a huge win at the Main Event. partypoker signs another sponsored pro. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
Two millionaires crowned during WCOOP Main Event
PokerStars player “wanna2play” was the winner of the WCOOP Main Event on Wednesday after outlasting 1,572 players to win a $1,342,967 first place prize. The final table consisted of some well-known online pros such as Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger and Noah “Exclusive” Boeken.
When the action got heads-up, wanna2play and exe88888 — players who have not given their real names — made a deal to guarantee each player and then play for the remaining $200,000. In addition to his $1.3 million score, wanna2play also takes home a $30,000 Platinum Pass. For this second place finish, exe88888 will pocket $1,257,206. LLinusLLove, who won the $25k WCOOP last week, finished in third for $764,501.
The conclusion of the WCOOP Main Event means the conclusion of the 2018 WCOOP, which awarded nearly $100 million in prizes during the 2-week series.
The 2018 #WCOOP goes out with a bang:
🎆More than 1 million entries; prize pools of $100m
🎆"wann2play" wins Main Event for $1.3m
🎆Sam Greenwood among final-day champions
🎆Brazil in last-gasp leader board win
A full round-up from this spectacular series.https://t.co/p82ytxKThb
— PokerStarsBlog (@PokerStarsBlog) September 19, 2018
– Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov is the latest poker player to join Team PartyPoker. The Russian player has accumulated over $5 million in online poker winnings plus another $2.9 million in live tournament cashes. In joining partypoker, Kuznetsov joins an ever-growing stacked roster that includes Isaac Haxton, Fedor Holz and Jason Koon.
In addition to serving as ambassador to the poker room, Kuznetsov will also be a consultant on software development, poker ecology, game schedules and mixed games.
– The Winamax Poker Tour is set to switch from a live/online hybrid tournament tour to an exclusive online format. The tour has been in operation since 2011 and is said to focus on the online format due to pushback from major French casinos who see Winamax as a competitor.
– Some WSOP Main Event winners go on to big things on poker, while others fade from the scene. Upswing Poker takes a look at one of those players, in a profile of 2007 WSOP Main Event Champion Jerry Wang. In the years since his unlikely Main Event, Yang has had problems with the IRS and hasn’t played much poker but has opened up a successful restaurant.
– Count Jason Koon among the poker pros singing the praises of Short Deck Hold’em. In an interview with CardPlayer, Koon says the game “has a bright future,” noting that the game encourages action since players almost always have a good hand.
– In his latest vlog, Andrew Neeme recaps some great poker action as he traveled from Seattle to Austin.
– Poker News caught up with select poker pros from the Poker Masters to ask them about the biggest leaks of amateur poker players:
– From the Fake News Bin: Phil Ivey is the subject of a new poker reality TV show on PokerGo appropriately titled “Maybe Next Time,” which chronicles poker media’s fruitless efforts to get an interview from poker’s biggest star.