San Jose, Costa Rica (PRWEB) September 19, 2008
The 2008 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker has been a rousing success so far. The entire tournament series guaranteed $30 million in prize money, capped off by a $10 million Main Event that takes place this Sunday. The $5,200 buy-in tournament will be among the richest ever offered online. Eyeing the life-changing money up for grabs will be many members of PocketFives.com, the premier online poker community. PocketFivers have already taken home well over $5 million in final table earnings from WCOOP events, winning eight.
PocketFiver "_cwp394_" won Event #3 of the Poker Stars WCOOP, cashing for $73,385. Scott "dorinvandy" Dorin won the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event for a massive $617,925 and Norway's "SomethingGood" brought home $95,410 for his win in Event #9. Texas' own "Randers" won the Six-Handed Mixed Hold'em event, while "ankstrajks" emerged victorious in the $200 rebuy event for $207,773. Australia's "Andy McLEOD" won Event #16 and New York's "stevesbets" won the $25,000 buy-in High Roller Heads-Up event for $560,000. Finally, "buckiz6" won the $530 buy-in Omaha High-Low Mixed tournament for $55,800. PocketFivers will be out in force for the Main Event on Sunday afternoon. It's a two day, $5,200 buy-in tournament.
In other online tournament action this week, "Squirrely1" took down the PokerStars $200 Sunday rebuy for nearly $49K and placed third in the WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up for $38K on the same day. "PJSNEAKS" took down the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl this past Sunday for $71,400. France's "superroger47" won the Titan Poker $250K Guaranteed for $55K on Sunday, while ranked player Eddie "CapTinBisKuiT" Blumenthal earned $13K for fourth place in the UltimateBet $200K Guaranteed.
Meanwhile, Englishman Chris "moorman1" Moorman returned to the #1 worldwide ranking after stringing together victories in the Titan Poker $30K Guaranteed and the Party Poker $20K Guaranteed tournaments. Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul has moved all the way up to #8 in the Online Poker Rankings after his success in the recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series; he had two cashes for over $100K each. Andy "BKiCe" of Illinois climbed 14 spots to #29 after he took down the PokerStars $100 rebuy in early September for $33K and Peter "number1pen" Neff moved up 22 to #55 thanks to his $337,000 cash in the WCOOP $10K No Limit Hold'em event. Other big names to make major moves in the Rankings this week include Steve "stevoL" Leonard of Australia, who is up 14 to #46 after winning his first PokerStars $100 rebuy tournament Brazilian Christian "CKRUEL" Kruel is new this week at #72 after taking home over $245,000 from high-stakes online poker tournaments at PokerStars. Hungary's "Belabacsi" is new this week at #95.