In what amounted to just over an average American work shift, one lucky player took home as much money as some citizens make in an entire year. After close to eight hours at the tables, David “gaucho2121″ Paredes netted an even $25,000 in the fifth event of PokerStars’ first ever USA Championship of Online Poker.
In total, 398 players ponied up the necessary $200 + $15 buy-in for this Heads-Up event. Despite failing to surpass its $100,000 guarantee, Event 5 did feature strong winning odds for its participants. The top 64 players each earned a piece of the pie, with the minimum payout set at $400. Extra cash was available via knockout bounties, with $50 paid to each player who managed to out duel a member of Team PokerStars.
Tom McEvoy was the only member of Team PokerStars to make the money, with a fiftieth place finish that was good for a near double return of $400. Like the his mates, McEvoy had a $50 reward on his head. Here’s how the rest of the bounty targets finished their days:
The fourth event of the inaugural USA Championship of Online Poker cost PokerStars, the largest poker room on the planet, over $415,000. USA COOP Event #4 boasted a hefty guarantee of $750,000, but only 1,114 ponied up $300+$20 or satellited into the event. PokerStars was forced to pay the overlay which was $415,800 to be exact.
The USA COOP is part of the Regional Championships of Online Poker which allow players from across the globe to do battle with players from their region. PokerStars has divided the world into 13 regions and each area has its own unique schedule. A variety of stakes and formats makes these events accessible to the recreational player.
Although the turnout for USA COOP #4 wasn’t quite what PokerStars expected, the tournament attracted several prominent of members of 먹튀검증 Team PokerStars Pro. World Series of Champions Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer were in attendance so to speak. Three time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein and Main Event runner-up David Williams also registered for the LOL Donkament. Unfortunately, these four elite failed to make the money.
Victor Ramdim was the lone member of Team PokerStars to cash. He exited in 89th, collecting $1,575 for his effort. Ramdin’s career took off when he bested Alex Jacob for the WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic title. Besides the prestige associated with a WPT championship, Ramdin took home over $1,300,000. Ramdin donates a fourth of his earnings to charity and has traveled to Guyana, his birthplace, to do work for Guyana Watch, a program that provides medical care for children.
When it was said and done, model/actress/poker player Christina ‘lindeyloo22′ Lindley was the victor of USA COOP Event 4. The victory was worth a whopping $127,500. Lindley is a solid tournament player with impressive scores on both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. Two days earlier, on November 21st, she took down the PokerStars $50,000 Guaranteed for nearly $24,000. Her online winnings are quickly approaching the $1,000,000 mark.
Runner-up Happymon32 is no slouch. His second place finish catapulted him past $200,000 in online career earnings. Coming in third place was Ready24Poker who perhaps decided the overlay was just too good to pass up. His primary games appear to be low stake rebuys and medium to low stake freezeouts. On Tuesday Ready24Poker hit the jackpot with a score of over $71,000!
Congratulations to all the players who cashed and best of luck the rest of the series. Be on the lookout for overlays as the holidays approach!