The first day of the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) was a huge success with 15 events showcased on the opening day at PokerStars.
The 2020 WCOOP boasts more than a mouth-watering $80 million in guaranteed prizes across 75 events broken out into three tiers for 225 tournaments in total.
The three-day WCOOP-02-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam], 2M Gtd. featured the largest prize pool of the day. By the time the more than five-hour late-registration window closed, the field grew to 1,971 entrants (1,481 entries + 490 re-entries). This means that the players that cash will benefit from the $29,000 overlay.
Day 1 Action
Day 1 had 617 hopefuls remaining when late registration was closed and final payouts were announced. In addition to any progressive bounties collected, the top 239 players were each guaranteed a $1,200 payout with $130,321 slated for Tuesday's winner.
The tournament reached the money with about 15 minutes left to play in the day and was further trimmed down to 211 players to end the day.
Russia's "CryFishCry" bagged the overnight chip lead heading into Day 2 with "nmi128", "Eduardo850", Andries "Pokerger1337" Swart, and "tiltinha" also bagging top five stacks.
Just behind this group are two big-name Finnish poker pros in Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk and Joni "bustoville" Jouhkimainen. Brouk has made a name for himself over the years with more than $10 million in online cashes including nearly $5 million alone at PokerStars according to PocketFives.
Rounding out the top 10 heading into tomorrow were Matt "All_in_at420" Stout, Andy "BowieEffect" Wilson, and "MarinkaHT".
|4||Andries "Pokerger1337" Swart||Netherlands||2,634,282||132|
|6||Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk||Finland||2,415,809||121|
|7||Joni "bustoville" Jouhkimainen||Finland||2,361,223||118|
|8||Matt "All_in_at420" Stout||United States||2,352,587||118|
|9||Andy "BowieEffect" Wilson||United Kingdom||2,263,044||113|
Meanwhile, two PokerStars Team Online members and avid streamers in Fintan "easywithaces" Hand and Ben "Spraggy" Spragg were in action. Both players were unable to get things going and decided not to re-enter after losing their stacks during the late-registration window.
The action will resume for Day 2 on Monday, Aug. 31 with 10 minutes remaining in Level 21 with blinds at 10,000/20,000 and an ante of 2,500. The Day 2 action will play down until there will be just 16 players remaining. Stay tuned at PokerNews to see who wins the title in what promises to be an excited final two days in this event.