WCOOP 2020 Day 15: Back-to-Back Titles for Niklas "Lena900" Astedt

On Sunday, Sweden’s Niklas “Lena900” Astedt kept riding the wave of success in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars with a second victory in two days. The Swede captured his third overall WCOOP title by closing out WCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE where he turned a sizable chip lead at the start of the day into the win at the end of the night.

Astedt is the second player this series to go back-to-back, following up on Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos’ earlier accomplishment and broke the $21M in online tournament cashes as tracked by PocketFives where he’s on top of the all-time money leader board.

Several other players scored victories including Brazil’s Rafael “pycadasgalax” Furlanetto winning his second title as well. Other big events kicked off on Sunday and are still in play.

Read below for a full overview of what happened on Day 15 of the WCOOP.

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Miegel Claims Day 1 Chip Lead in the PokerStars WCOOP-48-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]

Jakob Miegel
Jakob Miegel

Day 1 of the PokerStars WCOOP-48-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] has come to an end with 34 players making it through to the final day, all sure of an extra $5,443 for their bankrolls. The tournament originally had a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool set but due to the 192 players who reentered 75 times, 267 entries were collected to create a prize purse of $1,335,000.

Claiming a narrow Day 1 chip lead was Jakob “Succeeed” Miegel from Germany who resides in Austria with a stack of 4,456,378. Miegel was near the top of the counts for most of the later stages of the day but cemented the lead when he took out “girafganger7” and Ognyan “cocojamb0” Dimov out in one hand, before Pauli “Fiilismies” Ayras fell to him too, and then took a chunk out of the stack of “kimokh”.

When the players return on Monday, September 4, at 7:05 p.m. CEST, they will finish the last 9 minutes of Level 21 which features a small blind of 25,000, a big blind of 50,000, and a running ante of 6,000. Play will continue until a new WCOOP champion can be crowned and the PokerStars Twitch Stream will be live with James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. The coverage will be on a security delay as the hole cards will be shown.

WCOOP-48-H: $5,200 NLHE Day 1 Top 5 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count
1 Jakob “Succeeed” Miegel Germany 4,456,378
2 Bruno “great dant” Volkmann Brazil 4,420,793
3 Alex “dynoalot” Difelice Canada 4,376,506
4 Prof. Hitman Netherlands 3,839,907
5 NeedBeat Estonia 3,827,026

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Joep Van Den Bijgaart
Joep Van Den Bijgaart

A big field emerged in WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] as the event drew a total of 3,856 entries, which created a prize pool of $1,928,000 and easily surpassed the $1.5 million guarantee in the latest PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2020 mid-stakes tournament.

The money bubble burst in the last hour of play and more than 200 players took home a portion of the cash prize pool along with any bounties they collected so far. Once the post-bubble madness concluded after some 50 minutes, the remaining field was whittled down to just 351 hopefuls who have all secured two pay jumps already.

Among the top eight who all turned their starting stack of 100,000 to more than trey million, it was Poland’s “eStfu” who claimed a narrow lead with 3,921,999 followed by the Dutch duo “Netstorm” (3,899,249) and Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den Bijgaart (3,597,692). There are other curious nicknames with big stacks including “Instagram model” (3,454,152), Hannes “SuchADegen” Speiser (3,168,091), and “Denis “NEWFlat” Timofeev” (2,774,324) to name just a few.

The action recommences the following day at 1.05 p.m. ET and the penultimate day is slated to play down to the final 16.

WCOOP-48-H: $5,200 NLHE Day 1 Top 5 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count
1 eStfu Poland 3,921,999
2 Netstorm Netherlands 3,899,249
3 Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den Bijgaart Netherlands 3,597,692
4 Radogoszcz Poland 3,582,112
5 Instagram model Austria 3,454,152

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WCOOP Day 15 Results

On Sunday, a total of nine new WCOOP champions were crowned. There was more to celebrate for Brazil after Fulanetto’s victory, as three more Brazilians collected titles to reaffirm the country’s status as top dog in the online poker world.

WCOOP-42-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries 13,809
Prize Pool $135,328
Winner rosko58 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $9,273

WCOOP-42-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries 3,539
Prize Pool $353,900
Winner Chester20o (Poland)
First-place Prize $36,828

WCOOP-42-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack]

Entries 362
Prize Pool $362,000
Winner deivid29 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $66,184

WCOOP-44-L: $22 NLHE

Entries 11,412
Prize Pool $228,240
Winner Care_Teddy (Netherlands)
First-place Prize $29,812

WCOOP-44-M: $215 NLHE

Entries 1,930
Prize Pool $386,000
Winner Rafael “pycadasgalax” Furlanetto (Brazil)
First-place Prize $58,026

WCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE

Entries 192
Prize Pool $400,000
Winner Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (Sweden)
First-place Prize $80,642

In WCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE, Niklas “Lena900” Astedt defeated fellow tournament legend Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov heads-up for his third overall WCOOP title and $80,642. Vezhenkov received $62,089 for finishing second.

As expected, it was a stacked affair at the top with the likes of Pieter “XMorphineX” Aerts, Manig “swordfish007” Loeser, “Aleks Better” and Preben “prebz” Stokkan all claiming a seat among the final nine.

However, most eyes at the final table went out to Frank “Knueppel” Stockhaus, who gained notoriety as being part of the Twitch poker viewing record set by his friend and streamer Jens “TheRealKnossi” Knossalla.

During the Stadium Series, Knossalla was hyping up his friend on his Twitch channel and he’s been trying to replicate that magic in the past few days. While the record wasn’t shattered this time, many knueppels (picture a baseball bat) were posted in the chat to show support for the illustrious Germans. Stockhaus ultimately finished in eight place for $12,933.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Niklas “Lena900” Astedt Sweden $80,642
2 Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov Russia $62,089
3 l’MalliN.3lli Malta $47,804
4 llDepredator Uruguay $36,806
5 Pieter “XMorphineX” Aerts Belgium $28,338
6 Manig “swordfish007” Loeser Germany $21,818
7 Aleks Better Russia $16,798
8 Frank “Knueppel” Stockhaus $12,933  
9 Preben “prebz” Stokkan $9,958  
Knossala and Stockhaus during the latter's deep run in July. This time,
Knossala and Stockhaus during the latter’s deep run in July. This time, “Knueppel” finished eight for $12,933.

WCOOP-51-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries 11,789
Prize Pool $57,766
Winner RafadeMello (Brazil)
First-place Prize $4,933

WCOOP-51-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries 6,287
Prize Pool $314,350
Winner Tcheleee (Brazil)
First-place Prize $31,921

WCOOP-51-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE]

Entries 1,046
Prize Pool $523,000
Winner Ricardo “RRagazzo” Ragazzo (Brazil)
First-place Prize $64,028


In-Play Events

As is tradition, many big events kicked off on Sunday night that will play down to a winner on Monday or Tuesday night. In WCOOP-47-H: $2,100 NLHE Freezeout, a Sunday Warm-Up Special, Belgium’s “girafganger7” is chip leader with 18 remaining for a top prize of nearly $100K.

WCOOP-46-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries 7,528
Players Left 35
Prize Pool $73,774
Chip Leader MixbkoMito (Brazil)
First-place Prize $10,459

WCOOP-46-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Sunday Kickoff SE]

Entries 2,522
Players Left 56
Prize Pool $252,200
Chip Leader Ko1ya777 (Russia)
First-place Prize $36,930

WCOOP-46-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout]

Entries 368
Players Left 14
Prize Pool $368,000
Chip Leader retro_cheetah01 (Poland)
First-place Prize $67,019

WCOOP-47-L: $22 NLHE [Freezeout]

Entries 8,986
Players Left 85
Prize Pool $179,720
Chip Leader setarcos1234 (Chile)
First-place Prize $25,112

WCOOP-47-M: $215 NLHE [Freezeout]

Entries 2,521
Players Left 89
Prize Pool $504,200
Chip Leader thebigdog09 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $73,971

WCOOP-47-H: $2,100 NLHE [Freezeout]

Entries 258
Players Left 18
Prize Pool $516,000
Chip Leader girafganger7 (Belgium)
First-place Prize $99,311

WCOOP-48-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]

Entries 23,459
Players Left 772
Prize Pool $1,172,950
Chip Leader whollyflush (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $59,969

WCOOP-49-L: $22 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries 3,901
Players Left 28
Prize Pool $78,020
Chip Leader curinga1982 (Brazil)
First-place Prize $5,580

WCOOP-49-L: $22 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries 3,901
Players Left 28
Prize Pool $78,020
Chip Leader curinga1982 (Brazil)
First-place Prize $5,580

WCOOP-49-M: $215 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries 793
Players Left 11
Prize Pool $158,600
Chip Leader Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes (Norway)
First-place Prize $13,470

WCOOP-49-H: $2,100 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]

Entries 123
Players Left 14
Prize Pool $246,000
Chip Leader FONBET_RULIT (Russia)
First-place Prize $27,652

WCOOP-50-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max]

Entries 14,052
Players Left 160
Prize Pool $137,710
Chip Leader negreanuNya (Russia)
First-place Prize $17,100

WCOOP-50-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max]

Entries 4,213
Players Left 141
Prize Pool $421,300
Chip Leader 91stilongs (Norway)
First-place Prize $60,160

WCOOP-50-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max]

Entries 677
Players Left 56
Prize Pool $677,000
Chip Leader Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $116,437

Events Scheduled on September 14

Nine new events are kicking off on Monday with a 6-Max, Progressive KO starting at 1:05 p.m. ET, a PLO8 event one hour later, following by a special Win the Button event at 3:05 p.m. ET.

Time (ET) Time (BST) Event
13:05 18:05 WCOOP 52-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $75K Gtd
13:05 18:05 WCOOP 52-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $350K Gtd
13:05 18:05 WCOOP 52-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd
14:05 19:05 WCOOP 53-L: $5.50 PLO8 [8-Max], $15K Gtd
14:05 19:05 WCOOP 53-M: $55 PLO8 [8-Max], $50K Gtd
14:05 19:05 WCOOP 53-H: $530 PLO8 [8-Max], $100K Gtd
15:05 20:05 WCOOP 54-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button], $50K Gtd
15:05 20:05 WCOOP 54-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button], $175K Gtd
15:05 20:05 WCOOP 54-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button], $250K Gtd

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