Shakerchi Leads WCOOP Main Event Final Nine in Quest for $1.6 Million
1 October 2019
PokerBrave (1135 articles)

Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi has the chance to write himself into poker’s history books later today as he returns to the final table of the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event first in chips with only nine players remaining.

Shakerchi could become the first-ever player to win both a SCOOP and WCOOP Main Event. The former hedge fund manager triumphed in the 2016 SCOOP Main Event and banked $1,468,000, his largest score in both the live and online poker worlds. Should Shakerchi come out on top in this event, he would secure an even larger prize worth $1,665,962.

2019 WCOOP Main Event High Final Table Standings

Place Player Country Chips
1 Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi United Kingdom 122,626,562
2 XMorphineX Belgium 82,023,949
3 Danilo “dans170’” de Lima Demetrio Brazil 81,843,549
4 BigBlindBets United Kingdom 68,825,817
5 NeedBeat Estonia 56,071,362
6 Leitnant Estonia 44,901,942
7 TheMakrill7 Sweden 42,717,905
8 19Pistike93 Hungary 31,260,220
9 moglimiranda Germany 28,728,694

Eighty-six players returned to WCOOP Main Event action on Sep. 24 each sharing the common goal of progressing to the final table. The dream ended prematurely for several big-name players, including Filipe “Zagazaur” Oliveira who won $360,309 earlier in the series.

Niklas “Lena900” Astedt busted in 69th place for $29,232, the same prize Michael “imluckbox” Addamo and Stevan “random_chu” Chew collected for their 60th and 53rd place finishes.

A host of players based in the United Kingdom ran out of luck and steam at the wrong time and missed out on a final table berth. Bertie “bigstealer” Bayley, Mustapha “lasagnaaammmm” Kanit, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway and Chris “C12SLY” Sly all busted on Day 3. As did the start of the day chip leader Jack “jAkDAriPAA” O’Neill and Ireland’s Fintan “easywithaces” Hand who slive streamed his way to a 23rd place finish worth $50,834.

Day 3 ended with the elimination of Bulgaria’s “Ilewxa” whose tenth place finish yielded a $79,168 score.

Who is at the 2019 WCOOP Main Event High Final Table?

Shakerchi is the overwhelming chip leader going into the final nine with a stack of 122,626,562. The Brit’s nearest rival is Belgium’s “XmorphineX” who returns to the fray with 82,023,949 chips. The Belgian is in hot form having won $202,421 for their victory in the WCOOP-13-M-$530 NLHE Sunday Million SE at the start of the WCOOP.

Next in terms of chips is Brazil’s Danilo “dans170’” de Lima Demetrio who is already guaranteed his largest-ever online score by a large margin. Each of the returning nine players has locked up $111,063 while de Lima Demetrio’s previous largest haul was worth $16,456. They return to action with 81,843,549 chips in their stack.

Another British player in the shape of “BigBlindBets” has 68,825,817 chips, enough for fourth-place at the restart, and they are joined by a pair of Estonian grinders in “NeedBeat” and “Leitnant” who have 56,071,362 and 44,901,942 chips respectively.

Even the players in seventh-through-ninth place have plenty of room to maneuver as they have between 28 and 44 big blinds. “TheMakrill7” of Sweden, “19Pisitike93”, and “moglimiranda” are the trio who make up the final table.

WCOOP 2019 WCOOP Main Event High Final Table Payouts

Place Prize
1 $1,665,962
2 $1,187,553
3 $846,528
4 $603,434
5 $430,148
6 $306,624
7 $218,572
8 $155,805
9 $111,063

Finland’s “Jesseonboss” Crowned WCOOP Main Event Low Champion

While Shakerchi was busy navigating his way to the chip lead of the $5,200 buy-in WCOOP Main Event, Finland’s “Jesseonboss” was making their way to a $130,035 prize and the title of WCOOP-70-L: $55 NLHE 8-Max Main Event champion.

The tournament attracted a total of 37,065 entries who created a $1,853,250 prize pool shared among the top 6,007 finishers. Each of the finalists walked away with at least five-figures, with Leonardo “Oreo+Coke” Ramos netting $15,965 for their eighth-place exit.

“Klimbo” of Canada was the next player to fall before Farcasanu “alexxt7” Alexandru and “thomastom3” busted out in succession.

This left four players in the hunt for the title, but it seems the vast jumps in pay were too much for them to handle. A deal was struck that saw $12,500 left for the eventual champion. This meant Toth “SlyderS1” Bela collected $107,118 for their fourth-place finish instead of the advertised $63,860. Ramiro “RamiroUY” Miqueiro banked $128,412 after falling in third-place.

Heads-up was contested between two Finnish players, “Tobotheman” losing out to their fellow Finn and having to console themselves with $96,981, leaving the champion to secure a $130,035 payday.

Place Player Country Chips
1 Jesseonboss Finland $130,035*
2 Tobotheman Finland $96,981*
3 Ramiro “RamiroUY” Miqueiro Uruguay $128,412*
4 Toth “SlyderS1” Bela Hungary $107,118*
5 Thomastom3 Germany $45,156
6 Farcasanu “alexxt7” Alexandru Romania $31,930
7 Klimbo Canada $22,578
8 Leonardo “Oreo+Coke” Ramos Brazil $15,965