Sander Totuli and Roman Matveichuk Win WCOAP Events

The $750,000 guaranteed APAT World Championships Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP)continued on January 26 and two more champions were crowned. Following the thrilling finale of the Team Championship, Brazil’s Sander Totuli and Russian grinder Roman Matveichuk triumphed in the 6-Max Knockout and Mix-Max Championship respectively.

Vamos! Totuli Crowned 6-Max Championship Champion

A bumper crowd turned out for the first open WCOAP, the 6-Max Knockout Championship. Some 1,456 players bought in and fought it out for a slice of the $75,000 prize pool. Half that princely sum went onto the heads of each entrant with the remaining 50% split between the top 221 finishers.

Nobody who reached the seven-handed final table went home with less than four-figures for their $55 buy-in. Ilija Savevski of Austria saw his tournament end in seventh-place, a finish worth $1,032 with bounties included.

Anatolii Ryzhov of Russia and Jan Verner of the Czech Republic were the next two players to fall. They saw prizes of $1,547 and $2,324 head to their partypoker accounts.

Fourth-place went to Mikita Urbanovich who won an impressive $2,641 from his Belarus home. Jacques Blit fell in third, the penultimate elimination, and collected $3,635.

Heads-up pitted Totuli and Samuel Scott against each other. Both locked up more than $4,800 from the main prize pool but there was now the not-so-little matter of the massive final bounty payment that weighed in at more than $5,000.

That chunky bounty is now Totuli’s after he defeated his Canadian opponent. First place, with bounties included, topped the scales at $10,110 with the runner-up walking away with a $5,212 consolation prize.

WCOAP #2 – 6-Max Championship Final Table Results

1Sander TotuliBrazil$4,866$5,244
2Samuel ScottCanada$4,858$354
3Jacques BlitArgentina$3,072$563
4Mikita UrbanovichBelarus$2,061$580
5Jan VernerCzech Republic$1,415$909
6Anatolii RyzhovRussia$1,012$535
7Ilija SavevskiAustria$709$323

Matveichuk is the Mix-max Master

Russian Roman Matveichuk got his hands on the Mix-Max Championship title and the $4,489 payout that came with it. He outlasted a field of 508 entrants and claimed the lion’s share of the $25,400 prize pool.

This Mix-Max event saw the players fight it out on eight-handed tables for 16 levels before play switched to six-handed from Level 17 onwards.

All but one of the finalists saw their $55 investment turn into a four-figure haul. Sixth-place finisher Peter Hovarth netting $786 when his tournament ended abruptly.

Onni Huttunen of Finland banked the first four-figure prize, $1,005, after he crashed out in fifth-place before Joao Oliveira claimed the $1,452 fourth-place prize.

Dylan Ellis of Canada fell by the wayside in third, a finish worth $2,177, which left Matveichuk and John May heads-up. May, who hails from Mexico, ran out of steam and had to make do with the $3,123 runner-up prize, leaving Matveichuk to get his hands on the $4,489 top prize and the title of champion.

WCOAP #3 – Mix-Max Championship Final Table Results

1Roman MatveichukRussia$4,489
2John MayMexico$3,123
3Dylan EllisCanada$2,177
4Joao OliveiraMalta$1,452
5Onni HuttunenFinland$1,005
6Peter HovarthHungary$786

APAT WCOAP Events Scheduled For January 27

The fourth event on the WCOAP schedule concludes on January 27, the PLO8 Knockout Championship. Some 294 players started and only 21 remain, with the United Kingdom’s Brian Yates leading the way with 3,242,874 chips.

Yates has almost 1.2 million chips more than anyone else in the field, and has already captured $288 worth of bounties so is freerolling towards the $1,112 to prize.

The WCOAP #5 – High Roller Championship kicks off at 19:15 GMT. It comes with a $265 buy-in and a $75,000 guaranteed prize pool. Satellites from $5.50 are available for this eagerly anticipated tournament.

There’s also a $27.50 WCOAP Mini High Roller starting at the same time. This features a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool and is sure to be fiercely contested.

Time (GMT)TournamentBuy-in
19:15WCOAP #04 PLO8 Knockout Championship Day 2
19:15WCOAP Mini PLO8 Knockout Day 2
19:15WCOAP #05 High Roller Championship: $75K Gtd$265
19:15WCOAP Mini High Roller: $25K Gtd$27.50