Dane Wins WCOOP Main Event For $1.26mSeptember 28, 2011 8:46 am
Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen has won the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event, after defeating a field of 1,627 players over two days to lift the title, and collect the $1,260,018 first-place prize.
Commenting later on his remarkable victory, the Danish pro said:
“This victory is the greatest you can achieve online. Together with the money, the prestige and the bracelet, this is a special feeling.”
The $5,200 PokerStars event created a prize pool worth $8,135,000 with 189 places being paid. In total, 176 players made it through to Day 2 of the competition and amongst those cashing-in at the event were such top pros as:
Johnny Lodden in 102nd ($17,083), Eugene Katchalov in 66th ($20,337), Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen in 52nd ($22,778), and Tom “kingsofcards” Marchese in 23rd ($33,353).
By the time the final table of nine had been reached, the remaining competitors consisted of a truly international gathering, with the final table payouts adjusted to deals made as follows:
1st: Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen (Denmark) $1,260,018
2nd Vojta “Vojta_R” Ruzicka (Czech Republic) $710,000
3rd: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $560,000
4th: Ramzi “BackDoorovic” Jelassi (Sweden) $650,000
5th: VadziMoney (Belarus) $750,000
6th: WhySoSrsSon (United Kingdom) $222,085
7th: jle90 (Mexico) $162,700
8th OU THE NICK (Germany) $122,025
9th: dan82mur (Romania) $81,350
Eventually, the 28-year-old Danish player Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen went on to win the WCOOP gold bracelet after getting heads-up against Vojtech ‘Vojta_R’ Ruzicka from the Czech Republic. Ruzicka then finished the runner-up holding pocket threes to his opponent’s A-T with the board running out T-9-2-4-5.
With the 2011 WCOOP now over, the 62 events managed to attract a total of 119,832 players to the prestigious tournament series with $47,120,800 in prize money being distributed by PokerStars.
Canada emerged top this year with $6.473 million in cash prizes followed by Russia in second, the UK in third and Germany in fourth.