The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) run by PokerStars from September 03-27 was record-breaking in several areas. Thanks to the buy-ins of a record 107,226 participants, the actual collected prize pool of WCOOP2017 of $ 90,648,301 was more than half the size of the declared by the organizers of the prize pool of sixty million, which should have been drawn in 81 events of the Championship.
As we previously reported, the winner of the WCOOP2017 Main Event was Steven "SvZff" van Zadelhoff, who won the grand prize of $ 1,624,502. The only other player to also win a seven-figure cash prize of $ 1,173,713 was Joshua "joshuah333" Herman, who finished second in the main event of the Championship. Substantial cash prizes were taken home by players such as Artyom "veeea" Vezhenkov ($ 197,903 prize), Pedro "Zagalo87" Zagalo ($ 419,038), Victor "Isildur1" Blom ($ 60,760), Ian Erik "OvertheTop43" Schuippert ( 183319 dollars), Fakhredin "FeriBo" Mustafov (117260 dollars) and Patrick "prepstyle71" Cerda (468181 dollars).
Several players who already had COOP victories on their poker resume have added their titles. For example, Nicholas "chilenocl" Yunis and Nick "PureCash25" Rampone won their fifth COOP championship title in their careers, while Nick "caecilius" Petrangelo and Jens "Fresh_oO_D" Lakemeyer won third.
A special feature of WCOOP2017 was the holding, along with the standard Championship program, of a separate series of tournaments with low buy-ins. Each low buy-in tournament took place the next day, after the corresponding tournament from the standard program.
The largest cash prize for this part of WCOOP2017, $ 331,279, went to a player from Finland who entered the tournament under the pseudonym "jaloviina007" and won the Championship main event with a low buy-in of $ 215. A total of 15,626 players took part in this main event. The actual prize pool for the main event was $ 3,125,200, which is more than half of the initial announced prize pool of $ 2 million.
Several more 6-figure cash prizes have been won in low buy-in WCOOP2017 tournaments: Felipe "hipowrock" Bozzetti Pascal ($ 108,059 prize), Joseph "jughead11" Lacassé ($ 142454) and $ odomiz € r ($ 104,803 .). In addition, substantial cash prizes went to Nicholas "PKaiser" Fierro ($ 25,832), Ami "UhhMee" Barer ($ 11,320), Daniel "judgedredd13" Charlton ($ 15,551), Victor "VibizSbrissa" Sbrissa ($ 34,935) , AndreBusato Busato DeOliveira ($ 39,867), Cristiano "cristianooft" Lino Payres ($ 56971) and Pedro Vinicius "pvigar" Garagnani ($ 45,980).
For Mr. Fierro, this Championship tournament win is the second of his career, following his WCOOP2014 victory in a three-way deal that earned him a $ 77,923 prize. In total, he has accumulated nearly $ 11 million in online tournament winnings over his entire career, making him the sixteenth largest wins in the world. In addition, he has an impressive 21 prestigious Triple Crowns poker awards, climbed three times to the top of the world rankings and became the best player in the world five times in a month.