The Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer proved to be completely unstoppable on the fifth day of the World Championship Of Online Poker with him and fellow PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov both winning a tournament a piece.
In a rather strange coincidence, both have now won two WCOOP titles with them both coming in the same year in 2009. Whilst they both won titles, there were other Pro members that also had good runs, including Pius Heinz who finished just two place short of his first ever WCOOP title.
Event 10 – NLHE $320 Ante Up
George Danzer managed to negotiate his way past a massive amount of online players totaling 1,367 to take down his second ever WCOOP title.
For any of you that have not heard of an Ante Up variation of poker before, it has a blind that is fixed throughout the event but the Ante rises at an enhanced rate. This is a much faster event then many others and requires a completely different strategy to a normal type of tournament.
George Danzer was in a field of players that included Daniel Negreanu and Marcin Horecki for this event so it certainly attracted some big names.
As the second day of this event began Danzer was actually in last place from all of the 16 players that had made it through. He played very well to come back and ended up on the final table with a small stack.
His momentum continued and he grew a very capable stack and eventually beat “mrAndreeew” in a very long heads up session to win the $69,717 first prize. This has added to a fruitful few months for Danzer as he also finished as a runner up in one of the WSOP events a couple of months back.
Event 14 – Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo $215
The second of the PokerStars Team Pro members to win a tournament was Eugene Katchalov; he circumvented his way through a fairly large field of 655 players to win Event 14.
He made his way to the final table and was also joined there by fellow PokerStars Team Pro Pius Heinz, who was actually running high in third place at that time. Heinz has yet to add a WCOOP title to his C.V and would have strongly fancied his chances in this event.
However it was not to be as he was finally eliminated in third place, with him taking home a valiant $13,100 for his efforts. Katchalov though was on fire and went into heads up with “trollinggen” with a slight lead.
The heads up didn’t last for long, especially after Katchalov won a huge pot from his opponent in the first few hands, it was always going to be an upward struggle for “trollingen” after that and he was eventually eliminated as runner up.