Paul Paelchen and Jan Strazisar Become WCOAP Champions

The APAT WCOAP has crowned two more champions as the amateur player focussed series marches towards a thrilling conclusion. Paul Paelchen triumphed in the Knockout Championship while Jan Strazisar took down the 6-Max Championship.

Paelchen Wins WCOAP Knockout Championship

Some 1,530 players entered the $75,000 guaranteed Knockout Championship and Paul Paelchen of Germany outlasted them all. Paelchen took home an impressive $6,973 for his $55 investment.

All but one of the nine finalists padded their bankrolls with four-figure prizes. Ninth-place finisher Carl Norris came close but was the first out of the door, a finish worth $947.

Ugnius Vestertas of Lithuania and Joseph Clark of the United Kingdom were the next casualties. They scooped prizes worth $1,302 and $1,083 respectively.

Sixth-place and a combined $1,989 went to Tilo Kuehn before Andrei Aliaksandrau bit the dust in fifth-place for $1,680. Michael Deinlein took home $3,008 for his fourth-place finish with Lucas Bolinha reeling in a $4,913 score from the comfort of his home in Brazil.

Heads-up pitted Paelchen against APAT regular Richard King. King couldn’t quite get the job done and had to settle for a silver medal finish. King collected $6,636, only $337 less than Paelchen thanks to the bounty element of this event.

WCOAP #09 – Knockout Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize Bounties Total Prize
1 Paul Paelchen Germany $4,769 $2,204 $6,973
2 Richard King United Kingdom $4,760 $1,876 $6,636
3 Lucas Bonilha Brazil $3,140 $1,773 $4,913
4 Michael Deinlein Germany $2,026 $982 $3,008
5 Andrei Aliaksandrau Belarus $1,374 $306 $1,680
6 Tilo Kuehn Germany $1,052 $937 $1,989
7 Joseph Clark United Kingdom $768 $315 $1,083
8 Ugnius Vestertas Lithuania $605 $697 $1,302
9 Carl Norris United Kingdom $474 $473 $947

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Jan Strazisar Shines in Short-Handed Event

Jan Strazisar is now a WCOAP champion after coming out on top in the 6-max event. Strazisar shone brightly when the final table was short-handed and was most deserving of his victory.

Suzie Williamson busted in seventh place for $675 after fighting back from being one of the shortest stack with only 35 remaining. Kimmy Gauvin followed Williamson to the rail and was the last player not to net a four-figure haul.

Brazil’s Celso Sirtoli busted in fifth before Ireland’s Michael Morrissey crashed and burned in fourth for a $1,702 score.

Strazisar put his foot firmly on the gas when play was three-handed, resorting to jamming all-in. It was a plan that worked because it claimed the tournament life of Felix Schaffer. Strazisar then switched styles when heads-up against Brian Windsor, which seemed to bamboozle him, and resulted in a victory for the Slovenian.

WCOAP #08 – 6-Max Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Jan Strazisar Slovenia $5,252
2 Brian Windsor Canada $3,655
3 Felix Schaffer Austria $2,541
4 Michael Morrissey Ireland $1,702
5 Celso Sirtoli Brazil $1,146
6 Kimmy Gauvin Canada $886
7 Suzie Williamson United Kingdom $675

Other APAT WCOAP Results

  • Igor Zheleznikov – first-place in the WCOAP Mini Knockout for $1,124*
  • Aleksey Gryaznov – first-place in the WCOAP Mini 6-Max for $673

*includes bounties

Upcoming WCOAP Events

Day 2 of the PLO8 Championship and the Mini PLO8 resumes at 7:15 p.m. GMT today while the $10,000 guaranteed Heads-Up Championship and $1,000 guaranteed Mini Heads Up commence at 8:05 p.m. GMT.

Date Time (GMT) Tournament Buy-in
Tue 2 Feb 19:15 WCOAP #10 PLO8 Championship Day 2  
  19:15 WCOAP Mini PLO8 Day 2  
  20:05 WCOAP #11 Heads Up Championship: $10K GTd $55
  20:05 WCOAP Mini Heads Up: $1K Gtd $5.50

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