Benny Glaser and Alberto Meran Reap Big at 2023 PokerStars WCOOP

The 2023 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is attracting thousands of poker enthusiasts from all over the world.

Still, talented local and foreign players are competing for various titles, including Benny Glaser and Alberto Meran, who won the latest titles. Here is how things unfolded in their events.

Benny Glaser Dominates the WCOOP 61-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw

Glaser is fondly known at PokerStars as “RunGodlike” and is among the largest cashers in the ongoing poker series. He is a mixed-game pro who often signs up at competitive tournaments.

The pro won $44,201 in the WCOOP 53-H: $2,100 PLO8 6-Max before last weekend. It was his fourth title in the current WCOOP and 12th in his career. Still, Glaser set a new record of bagging 22 ‘COOP titles.

Usually, a skilled poker player would take a break from poker after winning a huge cash prize in a tough tournament. However, Glaser is a go-getter, especially in Hold’em games, as he registered for the WCOOP 61-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw.

He beat all his opponents to win the $14,207 top prize and received his 13th WCOOP trophy. It is his 23rd title and fifth in the 2023 WCOOP.

Even so, it wasn’t a walk in the park for Glaser since the tournament’s final table constituted experienced players such as Espen Sandvik, Tobias Leknes, Renan Bruschi, and WhatIfGod. The $2,100 World Championship of 8-Game kicked off on September 25, and Glaser was one of its entrants.

The Top Finalists’ Prizes

  1. Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser from the United Kingdom-$14,207
  2. Espen “sennj” Sandvik from Norway-$8,817
  3. Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi from Brazil-$5,471
  4. WhatIfGod from Sweden-$3,395
  5. Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes from Norway-$2,107

Alberto Meran Clinches the WCOOP 56-H: $5,200 NLHE 6-Max Turbo High Roller Title

Lex Veldhuis has eyed a WCOOP title for a long period. However, he will have to wait long as Alberto Meran won the WCOOP 56-H: $5,200 NLHE 6-Max Turbo High Roller.

Even so, Veldhuis impressed his fans last weekend with his great moves at the table. He narrowly lost four WCOOP events.

The player exited the $10,300 8-Game tournament in fourth place with $22,629. He finished third in the $1,050 NLHE 4-Max Turbo PKO with $15,368 and bagged $34,067 after finishing second in the $1,050 NLHE Turbo tournament.

Veldhuis also finished third with a $58,065 prize in the WCOOP 56-H: $5,200 NLHE 6-Max Turbo High Roller. His exit set up a tough match between Alberto Meran and Jesper8.

Meran had a chip advantage over Jesper8, which he capitalized on. Jesper8 attempted several times to reduce the chip gap, but Meran dominated the final hand to win the title. Jesper8 finished as the runner-up with $77,678.

What Were the Final Table’s Payouts?

  1. Alberto “alberto.m7” Meran from the Dominican Republic-$103,915
  2. Jesper8 from Austria-$77,678
  3. Lex. “L. Veldhuis” Veldhuis from Belgium-$58,065
  4. SerVlaMin from United Kingdom-$43,405
  5. Ivan “Negriin” Luca from Argentina-$32,446
  6. thelpoker from Finland-$24,253


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