A WCOOP Win for the Online Poker History Books
September 26, 2012
In a story that sounds very familiar to Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event win after qualifying in online at PokerStars, is the Main Event winner of the most recent installment of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker.
Low-stakes Russian grinder “maratik” had entered into a qualifier for a mere 40 Frequent Player Points. Days later, he’s a millionaire after winning the WCOOP Main Event, outlasting 1,825 players in the $5,200 buy-in event.
By the second day of the two-day event, the player field was whittled down to just 245 players, 225 of those would be getting paid. Cashers included 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
When the 10-hour final table was reached, maratik was in fourth place, while Mike “munchenHB” Telker was in the lead of the remaining nine players.
After only six players remained, play paused and deal negotiations went on for nearly an hour. munchenHB’s demands were eventually granted when his cut was upped from $948,584.34 to $1 million.
Ultimately in a heads-up battle between Ryan “TheCart3r” Carter and maratik, maratik had a better two pair, and the near 25-hour of play across two days was over.