Connor Drinan Kicks of WCOOP 2016 in Style: Wins Sweet $26k

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Connor Drinan starts WCOOP 2016 with a bang, winning Event #5 to the tune of $27,000 (source: PokerStars blog)

World Championship of Online Poker, ever-popular WCOOP is upon us yet again. For the next couple of weeks, players will be glued to their screens, grinding out the rich tournament schedule on PokerStars. The WCOOP 2016 has started off particularly well for Connor Drinan who claimed the victory in the Event #5 – No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, picking up $26,614 for his efforts.

Connor Drinan continues his hot run from Barcelona

Things may not have always gone Drinan’s way, but as of late he’s been on a decent hot streak. He claimed the victory in the recently finished last event of this year’s EPT Barcelona. The win in the €10k High Roller brought him just shy of €850,000. It’s been barely a week since that title and Connor Drinan is back to his winning ways.

Yesterday saw the first day of the anticipated WCOOP 2016, with a few of the first events kicking off. The Event #5 featured a buy-in of $320 and attracted a total of 500 players even. This was a funny oddity, because tournament advertised the $150,000 guarantee, and that guarantee was met exactly.

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Drinan’s hot run from Barcelona continues, as he is coming fresh on the heels of the victory in the €10,000 High Roller Event

Not something we see every day.

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Conor Drinan, playing under his online alias “blanconegro” was one of the 500 and ended up being the one to outlast the other 499 hopeful players. The entire tournament took some seven and a half hours to complete, with the bubble bursting around the 4-hour mark.

Connor Drinan storms the six-handed final table

Conor “blanconegro” Drinan entered the six-handed final table as a middle-sized stack, with one player from Russia having a sizeable chip lead over everyone else. However, this did not stop Drinan from putting in his best effort and, with some help from the Lady Luck, claiming the title.

In fact, Drinan proceeded to eliminate every single player at the final table, claiming their chips. By the time he reached the heads up stage against the former chip leader, Russian “RedPh0enix”, he had about 2 to 1 lead. His great run continued as he proceeded to finish the job, sending “RedPh0enix” to the virtual rail as the runner up.

The victory brought Drinan $26,614.

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It may seem like a small amount compared to that recent High Roller win, but it’s nothing to sneeze at for a $320 investment.

WCOOP 2016 just warming up

With the last night marking the start of this year’s WCOOP, there is plenty of action ahead of us. The September 11 $102,000 8-Max Super High Roller is certainly something we all look forward to, as it stands to gather some of the best players out there.

Of course, the $5,000 Main Event taking place on September 25, with $1,500,000 guaranteed for the winner, is always an exciting one to one to watch and take part in if you have a big enough bankroll or manage to bink one of numerous satellites running around the clock at PokerStars.

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With WCOOP 2016 just warming up, there is still plenty of action ahead of us and we can expect some exciting action and huge wins to take place before it is all said and done

By the end of it all, a lot of money will be divided between the most skillful and luckiest players to hit the tables.  There are quite a few of those who will end this September with great memories about WCOOP 2016.

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