Aussies Online: Pilat and Carle Ship the WCOOP Cash To Queensland!

Posted at 20:43 2010-09-06

To be an online multi-table tournament poker player in Australia requires incredible dedication and discipline.  Some mornings it’s mighty tough to get out of bed at an ungodly hour, suffering through the cold and dark of the Australian winter chill to grind out the Sunday majors. But some days, there’s something special in the air to inspire us to achieve great things.

There’s nothing more inspiring that the 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker which kicked off bright and early this morning. Considered the premier poker series in the online world, winning a WCOOP title is looked on almost as favourably as a WSOP bracelet, and often the prize pools are very similar as enormous fields take to the virtual felt for a shot at turning a small investment into a life-changing payout.

A multitude of Aussies took their shot with several impressive performances.

It all started with the WCOOP #1: $215 No Limit Holdem Six-Handed, which meant an insane 3am start for many Aussies. Some were quickly back to bed, but for others it was a long day on the grind to get through a field of 9,001 players.  One player who endured over 17 hours of blood, sweat and a few tears was Brisbane’s Matthew “ROOJAR_M” Pilat.

Pilat’s heroic run came to an end in 4th place when he pushed with king-queen and was called by an opponent’s pocket jacks. Pilat found a pair of ladies on the flop but his opponent flopped a set to send the Queenslander to bed with $76,508 padding his PokerStars account.

Incredibly Pilat’s score wasn’t our largest for the day as there were further notable performances in the world class WCOOP #2: $10,300 No Limit Holdem event where 313 of the world’s elite players battled it out for the $3.13 million prize pool. The cream of the crop were in attendance including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier, Bertrand Grospellier and Johnny Lodden.

The PokerNetwork community was sweating the final table action as Mitch “LooneyGerbil” Carle came within a whisker of the title. Carle made a superb call with pocket queens on an ace-high board against PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck who had floated the flop and tried to take it away on the turn when he picked up a straight draw. Carle was looking good for a massive double up but Wahlbeck lucked out and hit his straight on the river to eliminate Carle in 6th place for a collect of $137,720. Happy days in Brisbane!

Other Aussies who went deep included Jonathan “MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis (18th $31,300) and Jay “shaihulud” Kinkade (27th $23,475), while Steve “Stev0L_” Leonard, Van “Sirens” Marcus and James “Andy McLEOD” Obst narrowly missed the money.

A massive 12,066 players jumped into the action in WCOOP #3: $215 No Limit Holdem to create a prize pool of over $2.4 million. After 12 hours of play there were still 80 players remaining, with several Aussies still in contention including “grindin4tips”, “lockscombi5”, “Cucudaclown” and Emad “Boondy” Tahtouh.

If you want to get in on the PokerStars WCOOP action then download PokerStars here. Qualifiers run around the clock to give you the opportunity to satellite into events from just a few dollars. Anyone can compete and win in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker!

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The Aussies have kicked off WCOOP with a bang! The Aussies have kicked off WCOOP with a bang!

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