The 2012 World Championship of Online Poker has now concluded after "maratik" from Russia took down the Main Event.
A total of 1,825 players entered the $5,200 buy-in Main Event this year, creating a prize pool of $9,125,000 - easily surpassing the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000,000.
After a six-way deal low-stakes grinder "maratik" earned $1,000,907.26 and a WCOOP gold bracelet for his/her victory. What is even more amazing, "maratik" qualified to the main event through Frequent Player Points.
WCOOP Main Event Final Results (*reflects six-way deal):
1st: maratik (Russia) -- $1,000,907.26*
2nd: Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter (Canada) -- $662,516.39*
3rd: Jossel2008 (Ireland) -- $814,602.12*
4th: Mike "munchenHB" Telker (Cyprus) -- $1,000.584.34*
5th: sly caveat (Portugal) -- $601,884.93*
6th: FOO-92 (Germany) -- $502,992.46*
7th: Kakalala (Denmark) -- $182,500.00
8th: Phil "takechip" D'Auteuil (Canada) -- $136,875
9th: mitdadu (Russia) -- $91,250.00
See PokerStars Blog for reports on all 65 events plus additional features and reports from this year's series.
WSOP Europe underway
The World Series of Poker Europe on the other hand is all but over. One champion has already been crowned, and there is still six other gold bracelets up for grabs.
37-year-old kitchen worker Imed Ben won the event #1: €2,700 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em, and became the first-ever WSOP Champion From Tunisia.
The sixth annual WSOPE began last Friday and will run through the conclusion of the Main Event, set to wrap up October 4. Also, a €50,000 Super High Roller Event with re-entries is scheduled to take place October 2, but the exclusive event will not be recognized as a bracelet event.
See WSOP.com for more information.