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WCOOP NL Hold'em Championship

, 2005-09-19, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

The most prestigious online tournament of the year took place at PokerStars on Sunday. The $2500+$100 buy-in World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) No Limit Hold'em Event had over 1,494 entrants, yielding a prize pool that exceeded 3.5 million. When it was all over, a player with the online handle "Panella86" finished in 1st. Panella, saying his real name is Jordan Berkowitz, repeatedly claimed in the chat box that this was his second consecutive WCOOP Main Event final table.

He said that last year he finished 7th playing under the name "PagonaB". An article was written by Sync Magazine about PagonaB's finish last year . Although he told everyone that he was "14 beers in", he was still able to maneuver his way to 1st place and earn $577,000.

After a three way deal was made, players "Vendetta" and "tralala" walked away with $573,000 and $540,000, respectively. "Buster Love", confirmed by Greg Raymer on a radio broadcast to be two-time bracelet winner Mark Seif, finished in 9th place for a $56,000 score.

Barry "crazyplayer" Greenstein finished in 53rd place and donated his $9,300 winnings to charity. PokerStars team member Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier finished in 63rd place.

The 15 WCOOP Events generated over 12 million in prize money which makes it the 3rd largest poker series to take place in 2005 (live or online).

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