September 30, 2023
Espen Jorstad Kicks Off the 2023 PokerStars WCOOP With a $122K Score

Espen Jorstad Kicks Off the 2023 PokerStars WCOOP With a $122K Score

Espen Jorstad

The 2023 PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker () exploded into action over the weekend, drawing in some online poker's most recognizable stars. The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion Espen “Hymn2Ninkasi” Jorstad was one of those stars, and the United Kingdom-based Norwegian started his 2023 WCOOP with a $122,371 score.

Jorstad was one of 132 entrants in WCOOP 03-H: $3,150 NLHE Progressive KO, each competing for the largest portion of the $400,000 prize pool. Seventeen places were paid from the regular prize pool, and by the time the nine-handed final table was set, each player was almost $8,000 with bounty payments included.

David “MissOracle” Yan ($9,337) and Hungary's “kZhh” ($7,985) were the first two finalists to tall. Ognyan “cocojamb0” Dimov ($17,939) and “bnbm73” ($13,116) followed suit before the elimination of Canada's “13santoy13” ($22,936) left only four players in the hunt for the title, and what would a six-figure haul.

British star Patrick “pads1161” Leonard ($21,748), Jortad's partner in the 2022 WSOP Tag event, was cut down in fourth, with Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani ($30,129) bowing out in third, leaving Jorstad heads-up against Dumitry “pora Adrian” Pora.

Just as he did in the 2022 WSOP Main Event, Jorstad came out on top, and got his hands on $122,371, resigning Pora to a $45,167 consolation prize.

WCOOP 03-H: $3,150 NLHE Progressive KO Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 Espen “Hymn2Ninkasi” Jorstad Norway $84,703 $37,668 $122,371
2 Dumitry “pora adrian” Pora Romania $7,500 $37,667 $45,167
3 Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani Brazil $4,546 $25,583 $30,129
4 Patrick “pads1161” Leonard United Kingdom $1,875 $19,873 $21,748
5 13santoy13 Canada $7,500 $15,436 $22,936
6 bnbm73 Malta $1,125 $11,991 $13,116
7 Ognyan “cocojamb0” Dimov Bulgaria $8,625 $9,314 $17,939
8 kZhh Hungary $750 $7,235 $7,985
9 David “MissOracle” Yan New Zealand $3,375 $5,962 $9,337
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Romanovsky Bags Biggest Score of the 2023 WCOOP

Roman Romanovskyi
Roman Romanovskyi

Ukraine's Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovskyi captured the biggest score of the 2023 WCOOP so far, a cool $203,121. Romanovky's colossal haul will likely be one of the biggest of the entire series.

The Ukrainian received the bankroll-boosting prize after coming out on top in WCOOP 04-H: $10,300 NLHE Roller, an event that saw 85 entrants create an $850,000 prize pool. Team PokerStars's Lex “L. Veldhuis” Veldhuis narrowly missed out on a final table appearance, crashing out in 10th place for $21,452.

Jans “Graftekkel” ‘ ($26,783) time at the final table proved to be limited, as did that of Tom “7tHEcROw7” Macdonald ($33,440). The untimely demises of “Jesper8” ($43,270) and Aleksejs “APonakov” Ponakovs ($55,991) saw a six-figure score come within touching distance of the surviving players.

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Swedish online poker Niklas “Lena900” Astedt ($72,451) busted in fifth, with his fellow Swede “flerrhuve” ($93,750) bowing out in fourth and receiving the tournament's last five-figure payout.

Third place ultimately went to Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle ($121,311), before Romanovsky claimed Rodrigo “SELOUAN1991” Selouan‘s stack and the $203,121 top score. Selouan may have been disappointed not to come away with the victory, but the $156,974 second-place prize will go some way to numbing the pain of defeat.

WCOOP 04-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Prize
1 Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovsky Ukraine $203,121
2 Rodrigo “SELOUAN1991” Selouan Brazil $156,974
3 Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle Austria $121,311
4 flerrehuve Sweden $93,750
5 Niklas “Lena900” Astedt Sweden $72,451
6 Aleksejs “APonakov” Ponakovs Latvia $55,991
7 Jesper8 Austria $43,270
8 Tom “7tHEcROw7” Macdonald United Kingdom $33,440
9 Jans “Graftekkel” Arends Austria $26,783

Bruschi Flies the Brazilian Flag in the First World Championship Event of 2023

Renan Bruschi
Renan Bruschi

Some 201 players exchanged $5,200 for 100,000 chips and the opportunity to become the champion of the first Championship Event of the 2023 WCOOP, the World Championship of Progressive KO NLHE. A cool $1,005,000 was in the prize pool, and the eventual worthy winner reeled in almost $200,000 of that sum.

Such luminaries as Team PokerStars' Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot, Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, and Andras “probirs” Nemeth missed out on a final table appearance, while the likes of Paul “_pauL€FauKL_” Hoefer, Ivan “Negriin” Luca, and Sergei “Futti18” Koliakov fell short of the victory.

Heads-up was contested by two of Brazil's elite-level grinders: Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi and Rodrigo “seijistar” Seiji. Despite the vast difference in the final bounty payments and the fact both players know each other well, there no deal struck. The lack of any negotiations meant Bruschi collected $198,664 when he emerged from the one-on-one battle victoriously, while Seiji scooped $113,272 for his efforts.

WCOOP $5,200 World Championship of Progressive KO NLHE Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi Brazil $110,312 $88,352 $198,664
2 Rodrigo “seijistar” Seiji Brazil $24,921 $88,351 $113,272
3 retro_cheetah01 Poland $30,312 $59,505 $89,817
4 Ebaaa11 Montenegro $35,937 $45,974 $81,911
5 Sergei “Futti18” Koliakov Kazakhstan $8,125 $35,520 $43,645
6 Ivan “Negriin” Luca Argentina $23,593 $27,443 $51,036
7 HardiZ1 Germany $7,031 $21,203 $28,234
8 Paul “_pauL€FauKL_” Hoefer Austria $15,087 $16,382 $31,460
9 Mikson92 Poland   $13,438 $13,438

Breaking Down the Budget: Non-Hold'em 2023 PokerStars WCOOP Events

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Lukas Robinson
Lukas Robinson

There were plenty of other impressive results during the opening events of the 2023 PokerStars WCOOP. PokerNews streamer Lukas “Lukas_robo” Robinson, fresh from his impressive Sunday Party victory at PartyPoker, finished third in the WCOOP 02-M: $44 NLHE WCOOP Kickoff for $16,714.

Austria's “WhySoS€rious” denied Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser yet another ‘COOP title by defeating him heads-up in WCOOP 05-H: $1,050 PLO 6-Max. Glaser has another opportunity to add to his collection of as he is currently second in chips with six remaining in the $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. event.

Event Entrants Prize Pool Champion Prize
#02-L: $5.50 NLHE WCOOP Kickoff 11,728 $57,467 Iwersen9724 $7,500
#02-M: $55 NLHE WCOOP Kickoff 4,768 $238,400 Dangerzinn $33,941
#02-H: $530 NLHE WCOOP Kickoff 666 $333,000 DontMesswithM11 $57,432
#03-L: $33 NLHE PKO 8,203 $246,090 Rebozeio $22,491*
#03-M: $320 NLHE PKO 1,506 $451,800 cjames14 $54,754*
#03-H: $3,150 NLHE PKO 132 $400,000 Espen “Hymn2Ninkasi” Jorstad $122,371*
#04-L: $109 Sunday Million 11,374 $1,137,400 move15 $148,387
#04-M: $1,050 NLHE 1,008 $1,008,000 Mr.LuckyMan88 $104,193
#04-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller 85 $850,000 Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovsky $203,121
$5,200 World Championship of PKO 201 $1,005,000 Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi $198,664*
#05-L: $11 PLO 6-Max 3,732 $36,573 NICasinos $5,234
#05-M: $109 PLO 6-Max 1,006 $100,600 AANordstrand $16,439
#05-H: $1,050 PLO 6-Max 172 $172,000 WhySoS€rious $34,306
#06-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max 8,542 $85,000 AlexLytvyn $10,280
#06-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max 2,872 $287,200 Ceff98 $41,717
#06-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max 385 $385,000 umvelt900 $70,671
#07-L: $5.50 NLHE Turbo PKO 7,653 $37,499 tommyman1112 $3,599*
#07-M: $55 NLHE Turbo PKO 4,338 $216,900 JustRazze $20,787*
#07-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PLO 530 $265,000 Vocaaas $43,571*
#08-L: $5.50 NLO8 6-Max 2,922 $14,317 tablepanic $2,074
#08-M: $55 NLO8 6-Max 795 $39,750 marek_heinz $6,751
#08-H: $530 NLO8 6-Max 174 $87,000 vratario $15,861

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