High-stakes regular "RaúlGonzalez" showed off his mixed game talents in WCOOP-69-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller]. winning $235,531 after defeating a 67-player field. The event began back on Saturday and cut to the final day after the money was reached with seven players remaining.
The German, notable for some epic high stakes cash game clashes against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom" with 2-7 Triple Draw and 8-Game stakes going up as high as $1,000/$2,000, defeated GPI's #3 Stephen "stevie444".Chidwick heads-up, with the latter claiming $156,001 out of the $670,000 total prize pool.
Joao "Naza114" Vieira completed the podium and added $103,325 to his bankroll. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah finished fifth, while start-of-the-day chip leader Andrew "ClockWyze" Pantling departed in sixth place despite being in the lead until shortly before his elimination.
WCOOP-69-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller] Final Table Results
|2||Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick||United Kingdom||$156,001|
|3||Joao "Naza114" Vieira||Portugal||$103,325|
|5||Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah||Canada||$45,328|
|6||Andrew "ClockWyze" Pantling||Canada||$33,290|
Action of the Day
The day kicked off with just seven players after the bubble had burst on Day 1 with Dzmitry Urbanovich being the final player to miss out on the money. With $28,088 guaranteed for each player, it would be Canada's "No Shock" to depart first in Razz. Against Vieira, "No Shock" had a made seven-six-five on fifth street, only for Vieira to pip him with a seven-six-four to leave the field with six.
Pantling was pacing the field before and after the bustout, extending his lead with aggression by picking up quite a few uncontested pots. However, after doubling up Chidwick by losing a set versus flush and straight draws in NLHE, he then barreled it off versus Vieira's nut flush to suddenly be relegated to one of the shortest stacks. Pantling tried to gain it back by three-bet shoving ace-deuce over a Vieira raise, but the latter picked him off with ace-nine and held to send Pantling to the rail.
Short stack Leah busted next against Chidwick in a kings-versus-aces hand in PLO before "hotmark777" was ousted after forty minutes of four-handed play. "RaúlGonzalez" knocked him out with the nut flush in Limit Hold'em to set up an interesting three-handed clash with fellow high-stakes regulars Chidwick and Vieira.
Chips were flying back and forth until "RaúlGonzalez" was able to distance himself at the expense of Vieira, first making a boat in Stud before rivering three tens in Stud Hi-Lo to take most of Vieira's stack. Moving to NLHE, Vieira called off a Chidwick shove with jack-ten suited, but the Brit had king-jack and turned a straight to enter the heads-up phase.
Both 8-Game specialists tangled back and forth, exchanging the lead throughout. With the blinds and limits high, especially with 2-7 Triple Draw rotating into the mix, tons of pots were on the bigger side with "RaúlGonzalez" taking the majority of it. Once the dust on the swingy draw game had settled, Chidwick was facing a 5:1 chip deficit and made his stand in Limit Hold'em. Moving all in on the turn holding flush and straight draws, Chidwick bricked the river to leave the WCOOP title to an ultra high-stakes 8-Game player.
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