Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is heading into its final day of action. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event attracted 2,044 entrants and only 17 are remaining. The final two tables will play down to a champion today. Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger is the big stack. Also still alive: Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken, Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson, and Robert 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin. The final event on the schedule, the $25K High Roller, kicks off today and Twitch superstar Lex Veldhuis will be streaming the action.


That went fast! Seems like only yesterday that the 2018 WCOOP kicked off with its first event. We're heading into the final day of WCOOP. And it's been a wild series. But let's not bury the lead here... the Main Event is down to 17 players and Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger (Austria) is the big stack with one of the top players in the world, Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson, lurking in the chase back. They're fighting to stay alive and win a mountain of cash worth $1.5 million.

The WCOOP Main Event (High) or WCOOP Event #58-H $5,200 NL attracted 2,044 runners. The total prize pool topped $10 million and settled on $10,220,000. The top 251 places paid out with the majority of the cheesecake set aside for the champion, who will bank at least $1.5 million. The runner-up also gets rewarded with a seven-figure payday and $1.08 million in cash.

The initial number of runners for the High-version of Main Event was 1,572, with an additional 472 re-entries.

The infamous and legendary Kroko-dill bubbled the Main Event when the Russian busted in 252nd place.

Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger bagged up the chip lead with 98.3M, which was almost twice as much as second place (wanna2play has 59.6M). Rounding out the Top 5 are... AceAceee (46.1M), C. Darwin2 (36.5M), and PlayaPlz (35.8M).

By the way, at the start of this year's WCOOP, I wrote an article for PokerStars Blog picking a few players who were due to finally win a WCOOP title. One of the players I mentioned was Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson. He's going into the final day 4th overall with 17 to go. He's got a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to make me look like a genius! Obviously, I'm pulling for the Swede to go all the way.

Among the notables who went deep and cashed included... Lex Veldhuis, Liv Boeree, B1ack88, bencb789, compris, NhFy, markovitsus, Pessagno, justholdplz, bedias, Colisea, TheCleaner11, niccc, Mr. Tim Caum, holdplz, WRUUUUM, jenbizzle, Amadi_07, and buck21.

The WCOOP Main Event restarts at 13:00 ET or 10:00 PT Vegas time.

2018 WCOOP Main Event (HIGH)

Buy-in: $5,200

Entrants: 2,044 (1,572 runners + 472 re-entries)

Prize Pool: $10.22 million

Payouts: 251


Top 10 Chips:

Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger (Austria) 98,371,192

wann2play (Netherlands) 59,600,908

AceAceee (China) 46,167,283

Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson (Sweden) 36,533,625

Robert 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin (Costa Rica) 35,850,411

Lackoo87gcb (Hungary) 29,226,962

eze88888 (Argentina) 29,109,420

0409479 (U.K.) 28,929,150

Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken (Netherlands) 25,171,500

jayjayme (Canada) 24,789,129

Lex Veldhuis went super deep in the Main Event and his legion of Twitch followers were hanging on for the ride. Veldhuis had the second-most watched Twitch stream last night... in the world. Not too shabby, eh? I guess it was slow night for the top Fornite streamers, because all the cool kids were watching Lex Veldhuis' epic run. Alas, the Dutchman's run ended in 58th place. Good news tho for Lexheads! He'll be streaming the $25K High Roller later today, so you have a chance to watch his hijinks... in real time. Tune in to his stream here...

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