In PokerStars news: WCOOP all-time prizes awarded surpasses $300 million

19 September 2012

(PRESS RELEASE) -- A significant milestone was reached last night as the WCOOP all-time prizes awarded exceeded $300 million, the grand total currently at $301,778,990 before today’s tournaments get under way. To date there have been 337 WCOOP events since the series began in 2002, which means the average prize pool that has been awarded per event is a staggering $895,486.62.

Back to the action, and one day after finishing a heart-breaking second place in the $320 HORSE, Alexey "LuckyGump" Makarov managed to put the disappointment behind him to secure a first WCOOP title in event 45 - the $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max] event. The Russian - who won a SCOOP High event in 2010 (also an Omaha rebuy tourney) - beat ‘joserivas397’ heads-up to pocket the $110k first prize.

WCOOP-44: $2,100 NL Hold’em concluded last night with the lion’s share of the mammoth prize pool of $2,774,000 shared out among the final table players. WCOOP 2012 event 2 winner "ASIAAN" exited in fifth for $136k, and then the final four did a deal. In the end the biggest winner was the champion "Aln_The_Kid" from the U.K., who pocketed one of the largest scores of the series so far - $370,207.88.

The WCOOP 2012 Player of the Series leaderboard is really hotting up with double WCOOP winner "mikal12345" marginally ahead of Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer, the two players accumulating 325 and 305 points respectively. Here’s how the top five positions currently stand:

1. mikal12345 (Norway) - 325pts

2. GeorgeDanzer (Germany) - 305pts

3. djk123 (Canada) - 225pts

4-5. Illini23 (Costa Rica) - 240pts

4-5. utvekklo2 (Sweden) - 240pts

The prizes for the top five places at the end of the series are as follows:

1. Champions trophy, 2013 PCA package, 2013 EPT Grand Final package, 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket, luxury chip set

2. 2013 PCA package, 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket

3-5. 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket

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