Timoshenko Wins $1,715,200 At WCOOP Main EventSeptember 23, 2009 9:14 am
Sunday’s No Limit Hold’em Main Event # 45 brought to an end three weeks of successful WCOOP tournaments on PokerStars having produced over $50 million in prize money.
The $5,200 Main Event is the flag ship of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and with a $10 million guaranteed prize pool, and at least two millionaires being created, it never fails to attract the best players from around the globe.
Mixing in with professionals such as Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Peter Eastgate, Chad Brown and Vanessa Rousso were stars from the sports world such as Boris Becker and Orel Hershiser, and television and movie celebrities including Jason Alexander.
The two day event started Sunday with 2,144 hopefuls and by Day 1 had played down to 178 players with Jan Heitmann faring better than his Team PokerStars colleagues, but still only managing a 141st place finish for $13,936.
At the start of Day 2 Jason “TheMasterJ33” Dewitt was out in front but must have felt disappointed to have lost nearly all his chips to a series of coolers against Haxton to bust out in 87th place for $17,152. Even with the boost to his chips Haxton managed only a 31st place finish while Daniel “djk123″ Kelly, and winner of two WCOOP bracelets this year already continued his march up the leader board to chip leader and eventually took his seat at yet another final table.
Kelly was still ahead with four players remaining but a loss against a short stack followed by a 20 million chip pot with his pocket 10’s out gunned by Timoshenko’s K K saw him exit the competition in fourth place. He collected $643,200 and was rewarded with the ‘Player of the Series’ accolade.
The 21 year old Ukranian was relentless and soon dispatched reddeevil and Udon Wannit in double time to claim the WCOOP main event title and $1,715,200 first prize. He now has over $4,108,000 in career tournament wins to his credit from both live and online games including a WPT title.
As the saying goes, ‘when you are hot you are hot’; whilst playing the WCOOP Main Event, to help pass the time Timoshenko entered the Monday $1K on Full Tilt and came first there too for an additional £75,000 to his bankroll.