It was only fitting that the richest online tournament series of all time finished off with the richest online tournament prize pool of all time. There have been few online events, if any, that were more anticipated than the WCOOP 2008 Main Event, a $5,200 No Limit Holdem event. With $10 Million guaranteed, the best and the brightest came out from all over the world in search of a massive million-dollar payday. The event even eclipsed its guarantee, which surprised quite a few people due to the size of the buy-in. 2,185 players started, creating a final prize pool of $10,925,000. One of our very own FlopTurnRiver.com members, gabe (known as gp333 on PokerStars), went quite deep. He busted just short of the money in 344th place (324 people cashed). The players who were lucky enough to make it through Day 1 played a 12-hour day on Sunday and then started up again at 4:30 PM on Monday. The final 60 players re-drew for seats and started what would become a very memorable day for quite a few of the players still involved.
Countless notable players fell by the wayside in their quest for the final table. Alex Kostritsyn (otherwise known as “august35”) came into the day as a substantial chip leader, but finished in 23rd for $22,942.50, which must have been quite the disappointment. ElkY continued his terrific 2008 WCOOP, cashing in his 7th tournament, but ultimately falling short in 21st for $22,942.50 as well. Christian Harder aka “charder30” was the final table bubble boy, busting out in 10th for $87,400.
After the dust settled, nine players remained. Two known tournament pros, AJKHoosier1 and ckingusc, were among the remaining players when the final table was created. Here were the starting stacks:
- Liberace – 13,111,107 chips
- Markush13 – 11,433,207 chips
- ckingusc – 8,056,086 chips
- ShoesRDurrty – 6,547,232 chips
- klslcz – 4,828,175 chips
- AJKHoosier1 – 3,700,250 chips
- BOLLPOKER – 3,310,739 chips
- Sumpas – 2,959,856 chips
- kovi99 – 561,348 chips
With the blinds all the way up to 65,000/130,000 with a 13,000 ante, it was clear that kovi99 was in a great …