With the expanding team of streamers on Team RIU and the addition of RIU 247, sometimes there’s just too much content for you to consume. We’re here to help you out with our weekly installments of ‘Up and Running’.
‘Up and Running’ will serve as a way to catch you up on all of the action on Twitch by the Team RIU pros from the previous week.
The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker kicked off on PokerStars on Sunday, which naturally brought more streams from the team over the first five days of the series. Lex Veldhuis, Jason Somerville and Jeff Gross streamed every day of the series, while Ben Spragg put together two streams of his own.
Gross put together the deepest run and the biggest cash of anyone from the team. He made Day 2 of the $1,050 Super Tuesday and finished ninth out of 1,092 entries to earn $14,337. Gross did it in front of nearly 9,000 people watching his stream on his 32nd birthday. He lost a flip with pocket queens against Mikita ‘fish2013′ Badziakouski’s ace-king to hit the rail at the Team RIU’s first final table of the 2018 WCOOP.
A king on the turn sealed Gross’ fate and ended his hopes at a WCOOP title to celebrate another successful trip around the sun.
Veldhuis put in a ton of volume over the first several days as well, even titling his first stream of WCOOP ‘Playing Everything.’ Because well, that’s what he did. He fired in as many tournaments as he could and found himself in the money in eight of them, which totaled cashes of $3,155 on the first day of play. His biggest cash was in the $215 Super Sonic event, where he netted $2,346, which is also his biggest cash of the series thus far.
Through the first five days, he has cashed for $6,296, but it’s a little bit of a bittersweet number for him. On Tuesday, Veldhuis bubbled the $10,000 WCOOP high roller event and just missed out on at least a min-cash of $22,000.
Absolutely brutal $22k bubble yesterday. We’re just gonna keep trying.
— LexVeldhuis (@RaSZi) September 5, 2018
Aside from bubbling the high roller, Veldhuis made Day 2 of a few events, but couldn’t make any deep runs. He min-cashed the $215 HORSE and the $215 Razz after making it to the tournament’s second day.
After putting up several profitable days in a row in his epic return to Twitch, Somerville hit a little bit of negative variance. It wasn’t all bad news for him. After a rough Sunday, Somerville did manage to get onto the proverbial podium. On Labor Day, he finished second in the $215 Triple Threat, 3-max, zoom turbo progressive knockout event. He netted a profit of $3,772 for the runner-up finish and added $1,833 in profit from a session of $20/$40 8-game.
Spragg rounded out the team’s WCOOP content with two streams of his own. He streamed on Tuesday and Thursday with six cashes over the two days. His deepest run came in the $55 Bounty Builder in Tuesday’s stream. He started out that tournament with a little luck and turned that stack into a cash.
The WCOOP action is far from over. You can expect plenty more content on Twitch from Team RIU throughout these last days of WCOOP.