WCOOP 2015: Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz takes down $10K High-Roller Heads-Up (Event #3)

Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz has over $1.7 million in live tournament cashes, but it's in the high-stakes online games where the Swedish player has long held sway, his reputation as one of the most difficult competitors on the virtual felt even predating that other swingy Swede, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. And after topping one of the tougher fields around in Event #3 of this year's WCOOP, the $10,300 High-Roller Heads-Up event, Thuritz has further sealed his status as one of the game's best.


One of three $10K events on this year's WCOOP schedule, the "High-Roller Heads-Up" predictably attracted many of poker's elite players, with 56 ultimately taking part to build a big $560,000 prize pool, nearly double the event's $300K guarantee.

Sunday saw three rounds' worth of matches conclude with eight players still standing, outlasting tons of tough competitors like Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Alex "Kanu7" Millar and Ike Haxton of Team PokerStars Pro Online, three-time 'COOP winner Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro, Thuritz's fellow countryman and 2013 SCOOP Main Event (High) champ Blom, and 2014 WCOOP Main Event champion Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, just to name a few.


Kicking things off on Monday, the Round of 8 matches were as follows:

Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz vs. I am Bobbie
VbV1990 vs. s0nny_bLacCk
forhayley vs. David "MissOracle" Yan
Ullerup Tve "Tochminator" Hansen vs. Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy

s0nny_bLacCk took the lead early versus VbV1990, then ground down the latter to finish things off in less than half an hour. On the final hand fifth street made a straight for VbV1990 but a flush for s0nny_bLacCk, giving the latter the win.

The next match to complete pitted forhayley, the Russian high-stakes player also known as "Dima," and the Aussie star David "MissOracle" Yan.


David "MissOracle" Yan

The pair stayed even much of the way. Then after forhayley had edged in front a big pot brewed inside of the one-hour mark to end the match. A river card gave Yan two pair and forhayley a straight, ending Yan's run and giving "Dima" a spot in the semifinals.

The match between Ullerup Tve "Tochminator" Hansen and Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy was likewise a back-and-forth affair, with Troyanovskiy enjoying a small lead for much of the way before Hansen edged in front and at last finished off the Russian in just under 90 minutes. In the final hand both players flopped top pair of kings, Hansen turned two pair, then all the chips went in on the river to spell the end for Troyanovskiy.


Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy

The last duel to conclude was the one between Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz and I am Bobbie, taking almost two hours. In that one, I am Bobbie -- who final-tabled the 2015 SCOOP Main Event (High), finishing fourth -- jumped out to a more than 3-to-1 lead early on, but Thuritz fought back and would enjoy the edge for most of the second half of the match. Finally Thuritz saw a pair of sevens outlast I am Bobbie's king-queen, and the final four was set.


Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz vs. s0nny_bLacCk
Ullerup Tve "Tochminator" Hansen vs. forhayley

Both of the semifinals matches started similarly, with Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz jumping out to a big lead early against s0nny_bLacCk while forhayley likewise seized the advantage right away versus Ullerup Tve "Tochminator" Hansen.

Both Thuritz and forhayley maintained their leads as the one-hour mark of the matches approached, then a hand arose in Thuritz's match that saw both players turn flushes, but Thuritz's was the better one to send s0nny_bLacCk to the rail and give Thuritz the first finals spot.

Meanwhile Ullerup Tve "Tochminator" Hansen was battling and eventually evened things versus forhayley as they moved into hour number two. They continued to see-saw back-and-forth all of the way to the three-hour mark, by which point forhayley had reopened a large lead. But Hansen managed to double-up twice, and the stacks were even once more.

But soon forhayley took a huge lead again after making a set versus Hansen's two pair. A few hands later Hansen was all in with pocket sixes versus forhayley's ace-five, an ace fell on the turn, and the finals were set.


FinalistPlayers defeated
Mikael "ChaoRen160" ThuritzKranshan, OLD TIME GIN, Ivan "Negriin" Luca, I am Bobbie, s0nny_bLacCk
forhayleybigpimponlin, Doug "WCG|Rider" Polk, Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia, David "MissOracle" Yan, Ullerup Tve "Tochminator" Hansen

Both players had mowed down five formidable foes to reach the final match, and after taking a short break the sixth match for each began.


forhayley -- or "Dima" -- won the first two small pots to lead briefly early on, but Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz soon went in front and would slowly build his lead further over the next half-hour. Finally after forhayley had been ground down to less than 2,000 while Thuritz was up over 18,000, it was the latter opening with a more-than-3x raise to 210, forhayley shoving all in, and Thuritz calling.

ChaoRen160: K♥Q♥
forhayley: 3♦3♠

The 2♦5♠T♠ flop meant forhayley's treys were still in front, but the K♠ landed on the turn to swing the advantage to Thuritz. The river was the 7♦ and it was all over -- Thuritz had won.

Congratulations to Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz for overcoming a difficult series of opponents to win the bracelet and $196K first prize, and kudos as well to others making it to the money in this especially challenging event.

WCOOP-03: $10,300 NLHE (High-Roller, Heads-Up)
Entries: 56

Prize pool: $560,000

Places paid: 8

1. Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz (Sweden) $196,000
2. forhayley (Russia) $112,000
3-tie. Ullerup Tve "Tochminator" Hansen (Denmark) $56,000
3-tie. s0nny_bLacCk (Germany) $56,000
5-tie. I am Bobbie (Belarus) $35,000
5-tie. Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy (Russia) $35,000
5-tie. David "MissOracle" Yan (New Zealand) $35,000
5-tie. VbV1990 (Russia) $35,000

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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