Talal Shakerchi leads WCOOP Main Event Final Nine

The "best recreational player in the world" can make history tonight if he takes down the event.

The Event #70-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Main Event generated a total of 1,637 entries (including 599 re-entries) for a prize pool of $11,180,000, with $1.665 million to the winner. The top 271 spots were paid and the field is already down to the final nine, which guarantees each of them at least a $111K payday.

Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi is considered by many as the best recreational player in the world for a reason. The 55-year UK businessman has been a regular participant in the high-roller tournaments for several years now, with $7.6 million in total live earnings to his name.

Talal is no stranger to the virtual felt either, he took down the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event for $1.468 million back in 2016, meaning he could be the first player in history, to win a SCOOP and a WCOOP Main Event.

Shakerchi is the current chip leader with over 122 million, which gives him a comfortable room as the second biggest stack - belonging to Belgium's "XMorphineX" is 82 million, while current third Danilo “dans170” de Lima Demetrio has 81.8 million.

2019 WCOOP Main Event High Final Table Standings

Place Player Country Chips
1 Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi United Kingdom 122,626,562
2 XMorphineX Belgium 82,023,949
3 Danilo “dans170’” de Lima Demetrio Brazil 81,843,549
4 BigBlindBets United Kingdom 68,825,817
5 NeedBeat Estonia 56,071,362
6 Leitnant Estonia 44,901,942
7 TheMakrill7 Sweden 42,717,905
8 19Pistike93 Hungary 31,260,220
9 moglimiranda Germany 28,728,694


Play will resume tonight at 7:00 PM CET on PokerStars with blinds of 500,000/1,000,000 and an ante of 125,000, meaning that even the smallest stack is good for 28 big blinds. Even though "raidalot" has a pretty healthy stack, the way to victory will not be an easy one.

WCOOP 2019 WCOOP Main Event High Final Table Payouts

Place Prize
1 $1,665,962
2 $1,187,553
3 $846,528
4 $603,434
5 $430,148
6 $306,624
7 $218,572
8 $155,805
9 $111,063