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WCOOP Main Event Creates 2 Millionaires

THE online poker tournament of the year is the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event, and this year, after a six player deal, two players managed to walk away with seven-figure scores, while all six players earned at least $500,000 for their efforts.

As the final table began, three players held virtually all of the chips as Jossel2008, Kakalala, and Mike MunchenHB Telker accounted for over 25.5 million of the 36 million or so chips that were in play. Here is a look at the chip counts and seating assignments as the final table began:

  • Seat 1: Maratik — 1,935,189
  • Seat 2: FOO-92 — 1,402,455
  • Seat 3: Mike “munchenHB” Telker — 11,907,089
  • Seat 4: Phil “takechip” D’Auteuil — 3,783,516
  • Seat 5: Ryan “TheCart3r” Carter — 1,894,230
  • Seat 6: Jossel2008 — 6,002,830
  • Seat 7: sly caveat — 941,302
  • Seat 8: Kakalala — 7,633,941
  • Seat 9: Mitdadu — 999,448

The overwhelming chip-leader, Mike “MunchenHB” Telker managed to cut a very good deal for himself when the table got down to 6 players, locking up a guaranteed $1,000,000 score (fortuitous considering he ended up finishing in 4th place) while an unknown low-stakes tournament player from Russia, “Maratik”, just edged him out on the payout charts by picking-up an extra $100,000 for the win, and earning only about $300 more than Telker! Here is a look at the final table payouts from the event:

  1. Marat “Maratik” Sharafutdinov — $900,907.26 + $100,000 for the win ($1,000,907.26)*
  2. Ryan “TheCart3r” Carter — $662,516.39*
  3. Jossel2008 — $814,602.12*
  4. Mike “munchenHB” Telker — $1,000,584.34*
  5. sly caveat — $601,884.39*
  6. FOO-92 — $502,992.46*
  7. Kakalala — $182,500
  8. Phil “takechip” D’Auteuil — $136,875
  9. Mitdadu — $91,250

Two other well known players also managed to make very deep runs in the tournament but fell short of the final table: Kyle “KJulius10″ Julius (15th place for $48,362.50) and Kevin “WizardOfAhhs” Thurman (34th place for $29,200).

Marat “Maratik” Sharafutdinov turned out to be by far the biggest winner considering he won his way into the Main Event through a 40FPP buy-in satellite tournament. The Russian poker player usually plays in $20 buy-in events, but with an extra million dollars in his PokerStars account my guess is we will be seeing him in plenty of high-buy-in online events as well as some live tournaments.

Maratik explained to the PokerStars blog how he uses the FPP satellites on the site to play in tournaments above his bankroll: “I noticed that with enough luck you can qualify for just a small amount of FPPs so I began to play them often. It was the same way I won a couple of seats in the $215 Sunday Million and in one of the nightly $150 tourneys.

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