PokerStars pro Liv Boeree made her second World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) final table on Friday, finishing fourth for $82,710.
The British tournament player was one of the 439 entrants that took part in the recent $2,100 8-max High Roller. With at least $1 million on the line, 223 players exercised their re-entry option during the early stages of Event #43, which meant the final prize pool stood at $1.32 million.
Famous Faces Go Deep
When the second and final day started, top pros such as Phil Galfond and Daniel Cates managed to make it into the money but fell short of the finale. Boeree, however, was on form, parlaying her recent upswing into another final table appearance.
Having finished seventh in the $5,200 High Roller for $47,333, Boeree was looking to go a few places better as fellow PokerStars pro Lex Veldhuis streamed the action via his Twitch channel. A win wasn’t to be though as a three-bet all-in with A♦2♦ was called by psjebemvas holding T♠J♥.
The 8♠ on the turn gave the Austrian player an unbeatable straight and the remainder of Boeree’s chips. Although Veldhuis was surprised by the call, the chips psjebemvas collected didn’t go to waste and he went on to win the tournament and $228,348.
Denis Strebkov Books Five Wins
Despite finishing fourth, Boeree is still top of the PokerStars Pro WCOOP leaderboard and now among the many famous faces having impressive results this year. In what’s already become one of the biggest online festivals in history, Shaun Deeb, Adrian Mateos, Ole Schemion, and Connor Drinan have all won WCOOP titles.
Of all the recognizable names in action this time around, Russia’s Denis Strebkov is having the most remarkable run. Known on PokerStars as “aDrENalin710,” the MTT grinder had four series titles heading into the 2018 WCOOP.
As well as putting him level with Deeb, it meant he was one title away from equaling Dan Kelly’s record of five total wins. Those incentives were more than enough to spur the Russian on to not one but five victories in 2018.
In just ten events, Strebkov managed to do something no one has been able to do in the 16 years WCOOP has been running and win five titles in a single year. As well as making him a virtual shoe-in for the Player of the Series titles, the wins take his overall total to a record of nine.