WCOOP 2021: Third Titles for Patrick Leonard and Naoya Kihara


Patrick Leonard and Naoya Kihara 2021 WCOOP

There was plenty of glory on display on Day 3 of the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars with over a dozen titles being won.

And the big names were out in force, with Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara winning the third WCOOP titles of their careers. Leonard took down WCOOP 08-H for over $120,000 for his first title in six years.

Kihara triumphed over a tough HORSE field to add to the Razz and 2-7 Single Draw WCOOP titles he won in 2019. He defeated Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes heads-up to deny Leknes a seventh WCOOP title.

Meanwhile, PokerStars Ambassador Lex “L. Veldhuis” Veldhuis and Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle both made the final day of Event 16-H with $46,305 awaiting the winner.

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“Soul0faSwan” Wins WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max]

The World Championship of Online Poker has crowned another champion after “Soul0faSwan” defeated a 3,213-player field in WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max], for an impressive $205,844.

The Austrian native began the final day in the top spot, having a commanding lead but didn’t have it all their own way at the final table, with “Naked:D” running over the table. However, after a heads-up deal was struck between the pair, it seemed the Ukrainian’s momentum wore off as”Soul0faSwan” took over completely.

The last hand of the night saw “Naked:D” jam the river with ace-high after missing a straight draw and was outkicked by “Soul0faSwan” who wins their WCOOP title along with their biggest online cash to date.

2021 WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max] Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 “Soul0faSwan” Austria $205,844*
2 “Naked:D” Ukraine $190,844*
3 “johnyguedes1” Brazil $117,681
4 “ich_b1n_du” United Kingdom $83,887
5 “DTadevosan” Russia $59,798
6 Tomi “Jabracada” Hall United Kingdom $42,626
7 Michael “SmallKindB” Sklenicka Czech Republic $30,385
8 “1426395” United Kingdom $21,659
9 “umvelt900” Russia $15,440

*denotes heads-up deal

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Audrius “Stakelis24” Stakelis Bags Biggest Stack to End Day 1 of WCOOP 14-M

Audrius Stakelis

Audrius “Stakelis24” Stakelis will be looking for a second WCOOP Super Tuesday title in two years after ending Day 1 of WCOOP 14-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max Super Tuesday SE] with the chip lead.

In 2020, Stakelis topped an 8,961-player field to win $62,359 in the Mini Super Tuesday SE. This year, he was part of a 1,071 player field that generated a prize pool of $1,071,000.

Stakelis was one of five players to bag more than 3 million chips on Day 1, including two Brazilians. Brazil may well be the story of Day 2, as Brazilian players own 5 of the top 10 stacks going into the final day of play, and are well represented through the rest of the chip counts as well.

WCOOP 14-M Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Audrius “Stakelis24” Stakelis Lithuania 3,708,458
2 Bluffcracker Germany 3,538,456
3 Carlos “Carlos levis” Ribeiro Brazil 3,383,843
4 Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen Sweden 3,320,851
5 Alexandre “Alex Bez” Bez Brazil 3,179,126
6 Markku “markovitsus” Koplimaa Estonia 2,950,353
7 Bruno “great dant” Volkmann Brazil 2,765,658
8 Matas “NoTilit” Cikinas Lithuania 2,743,246
9 Luiz “justholdplz” Duarte Brazil 2,504,706
10 Luis “luisnrd” Dorneles Brazil 2,451,701

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Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonias Leads Final 9 in the WCOOP-14-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller

Alexandros Kolonias

The 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) showcased its largest buy-in event thus far this festival at PokerStars with Tuesday featuring the first of two days of the WCOOP 14-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller. The tournament was another success with 101 entries including 35 re-entries squeaking past the $1,000,000 guarantee with a $1,010,000 prize pool.

The action was down to nine players to end the day after nearly 8.5 hours of play with a pair of Greek players on top in Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonias and Alexandros “Pwndidi” Theologis with both players going for their first WCOOP title.

WCOOP-14-H Final Table Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chips Big Blinds
1 Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonias Greece 5,260,545 66
2 Alexandros “Pwndidi” Theologis Greece 4,399,464 55
3 Pedro “PadiLhA SP” Padilha Brazil 3,733,642 47
4 “Darwinsfish” Netherlands 2,496,892 31
5 Mark “AceSpades11” Radoja Canada 2,388,408 30
6 Pablo “pabritz” Brito Brazil 2,308,898 29
7 Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker Germany 2,041,364 26
8 Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder Netherlands 1,514,536 19
9 kZhh Hungary 1,156,251 14

Remaining Payouts

The nine returning players are each slated to receive at least a $30,610 payout with the winner set to add $232,739 to their PokerStars balance.

Place Prize
1 $232,739
2 $178,689
3 $137,191
4 $105,330
5 $80,859
6 $62,088
7 $47,669
8 $36,599
9 $30,610

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2021 WCOOP Results From August 24

Check out the winners of WCOOP titles from August 24. As well as Leonard and Kihara, there was a second WCOOP title for Andrés “andresds” Dos Santos, with the Argentinian winning his first title back in 2014.


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WCOOP-04-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Million SE], $1M Gtd

Entries 21,855
Prize Pool $1,094,250
Winner hennie-khb (Netherlands)
First-place Prize $103,154* (heads-up deal)

WCOOP 08-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd

Entries 13,174
Prize Pool $658,700
Winner skywalker.gl
First-place Prize $51,118

WCOOP 08-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $650K Gtd

Entries 1,870
Prize Pool $935,000
Winner Impawned (Moldova)
First-place Prize $101,323

WCOOP 08-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $600K Gtd

Entries 147
Prize Pool $735,000
Winner Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $121,328

WCOOP 09-L: $22 HORSE [8-Max], $30K Gtd

Entries 1,694
Prize Pool $33,880
Winner mikapower (Germany)
First-place Prize $5,896

WCOOP 09-M: $215 HORSE [8-Max], $60K Gtd

Entries 354
Prize Pool $70,800
Winner Saage (Finland)
First-place Prize $13,452

WCOOP 09-H: $2,100 HORSE [8-Max], $100K Gtd

Entries 48
Prize Pool $100,000
Winner Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara
First-place Prize $37,000

WCOOP 10-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $100K Gtd

Entries 11,934
Prize Pool $116,953
Winner RagVoen (Belarus)
First-place Prize $9,058

WCOOP 10-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $350K Gtd

Entries 4,015
Prize Pool $401,500
Winner Patrik_Dzein (Latvia)
First-place Prize $40,199

WCOOP 10-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $300K Gtd

Entries 427
Prize Pool $427,000
Winner Andrés “andresds” Dos Santos (Argentina)
First-place Prize $66,168

WCOOP 13-L: $11 FLO8 [8-Max], $12.5K Gtd

Entries 2,266
Prize Pool $22,207
Winner charly33200 (Mexico)
First-place Prize $2,860* (heads-up deal)

WCOOP 13-M: $109 FLO8 [8-Max], $35K Gtd

Entries 576
Prize Pool $57,600
Winner Dart Serg (Russia)
First-place Prize $9,026* (heads-up deal)

WCOOP 15-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $12.5K Gtd

Entries 1,370
Prize Pool $13,426
Winner CnlSayWanker (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $1,997

In-Play

Will there be a fifth WCOOP title for Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna in Event 13-H? Just nine players left with the Finnish player in the lead.

Meanwhile “Carster” may lead the final 12 players in Event 16-H, but all eyes will be on PokerStars Ambassadors Lex “L. Veldhuis” Veldhuis and Benjamin “bencb789” who sit fourth and ninth in chips respectively.

WCOOP 13-H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max], $100K Gtd

Entries 98
Players Left 9
Prize Pool $100,000
Chip Leader Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna (Finland)
First-place Prize $23,897

WCOOP 14-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $500K Gtd

Entries 6,057
Players Left 163
Prize Pool $605,700
Chip Leader joaommr (Malta)
First-place Prize $86,084

WCOOP 15-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $25K Gtd

Entries 1300
Players Left 15
Prize Pool $30,000
Chip Leader FrigorNoir (Greece)
First-place Prize $6,300

WCOOP 15-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $50K Gtd

Entries 70
Players Left 6
Prize Pool $70,000
Chip Leader ibotown (Austria)
First-place Prize $20,475

WCOOP 16-L: $22 NLHE [7-Max, PKO], $350K Gtd

Entries 15,363
Players Left $263
Prize Pool $350,000
Chip Leader wanderer_pro
First-place Prize $18,869 + bounties

WCOOP 16-M: $215 NLHE [7-Max, PKO], $500K Gtd

Entries 2,983
Players Left 102
Prize Pool $596,600
Chip Leader $uperdecay (Russia)
First-place Prize $30,271 + bounties

WCOOP 16-H: $2,100 NLHE [7-Max, PKO], $350K Gtd

Entries 252
Players Left 12
Prize Pool $504,000
Chip Leader Carster (Canada)
First-place Prize $46,305 + bounties

2021 WCOOP Events Scheduled on August 25

Event 12 rescheduled

Time (BST) Event
10:30 #12-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, PKO], $50K Gtd
10:30 #12-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, PKO], $250K Gtd
10:30 #12-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, PKO], $300K Gtd
13:05 #17-L: $22 NLHE [7-Max], $125K Gtd
13:05 #17-M: $215 NLHE [7-Max], $300K Gtd
13:05 #17-H: $2,100 NLHE [7-Max], $600K Gtd
14:15 #18-L: $11 PLO [6-Max], $35K Gtd
14:15 #18-M: $109 PLO [6-Max], $125K Gtd
14:15 #18-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max], $250K Gtd
15:30 #19-L: $5.50+R NLHE [8-Max], $75K Gtd
15:30 #19-M: $55+R NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd
15:30 #19-H: $530+R NLHE [8-Max], $275K Gtd