PokerStars’ 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) has long been the biggest name in web-based poker tournaments, but this year’s Main Event prize pool topped all the rest and sent Belgium’s “Coenaldinho7” home with $1.3 million as part of a four-way deal.
The Main Event, which guaranteed $10 million, drew nearly 2,000 entrants and paid 243 places, including Team PokerStars Pro Aditya “Adi Agarwal” Agarwal, who came in 13th.
The third day of play saw the field whittled down to a final table of nine. Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn of Russia led the way with just under $20 million in chips, but saw his lead quickly evaporate, bowing out in eighth. Canadian “bindernutnut” was the first to, walking away with $100,000 for his ninth-place finish.
“Coenaldinho7” took the lead after going all in with 10♡, 7♧ against AlwaysiNduCe’s K♡, 5♧. The board showed at the time 5♢, 2♢, 10♧, K♤, putting AlwaysiNduCe’s Kings out front. But a 10♢ on the river sent him packing.
Coenaldinho7 revealed in an interview with PokerStars that he is a 36-year-old father from Limburg, who would prefer to remain otherwise anonymous.
“I started online poker in 2004, and have been attracted to it ever since,” he told the PokerStars blog. “… I am thinking of quitting my stressful job, enjoying life even more, and maybe becoming a frequent visitor of online and live poker events. I’m not sure, though. I’m a good friend, an even better dad, working my butt off at my work and in my house. So, one can say I’ve already accomplished a lot, but I’ve known for 11 years – really this sounds unbelievably shallow, but it’s true – I could pull this off and become even more successful in life.”
Coenaldinho7, whose girlfriend is evidently not a fan of poker, hopes this win may change her attitude about the game.
“She was in shock. I told her about the $100,000 I already had … and she couldn’t believe that for starters,” he said. “After I won, she was sleeping. I sent her an email with the tournament results listing my name on top and highlighting $1.3 million, and then I shouted at the stairs that she had to wake up to read an urgent email.”
WCOOP Main Event final results:
The largest WCOOP yet managed to pay out more than $66 million across 70 tournaments.
(Photo credit: Equipo Unibet, Creative Commons.)
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