Ivan Stokes won the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, which has a guarantee of $6 million. The tournament met the target prize pot with 600 players. Also, it ran from October 1 to 4 on PokerStars.
Poker pro Ivan Stokes won this year’s WCOOP main event. The British citizen who used the alias “ILS007” at the final table beat out a competitive field to win the tournament and $1,047,257 in prize money.
Stokes is the lead instructor and co-founder of Poker Detox’s Multi-Table Tournament program. He has held several WCOOP positions, according to pay per head bookie sources.
Ivan Stokes at the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event
Nine players entered the event’s fourth and final day having already guaranteed themselves at least $94,330. According to top gambling news reports, several notable players, such as the recent winner of the European Poker Tour Barcelona €100,000 high roller Kayhan Mokri (9th), high-stakes regular Mario Mosboeck (8th), the third-place finisher at the 2023 World Series of Poker $10,000 super turbo bounty Kelvin Kerber (7th), the fifth-place finisher at the 2023 Triton London $50,000 high roller Jamil Wakil (6th), and 2022 winner of the European Poker Tour Barcelona €25,000 high roller Leonard Maue (6th), fell in the (5th).
Swedish player Niklas Astedt, better known by his online handle, “Lena900,” gained the chip lead during four-handed play. However, after losing a large pot with kings up against a flipped straight held by Juan Pastorto, Astedt dropped to second in the chip counts. Ultimately, he busted in fourth place as the river saw all his chips go in against Stokes’ flopped set of deuces. According to pay per head sportsbook experts, Astedt just finished in the money at a major online tournament, winning $408,827. Astedt has accumulated approximately $46 million in winnings from online tournaments, making him the all-time leader in that category on PokerStake.
During three-handed play, Stokes maintained his commanding lead. His A-9 beat Pastor’s pocket fours in a preflop race, and he eliminated the only other player left in the tournament whose actual name was not broadcast by PokerStars: the Swedish player going by the screen handle “ShipitFTW911.” As the runner-up, Pastor made $559,385.