WCOOP 2017: prepstyle71 Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win $469k in WCOOP-82-H ($10,300 NLHE High Roller)
It doesn't get much bigger than a $10,300 buy-in tournament but Patrick "prepstyle71" Serda crushed the WCOOP-82-H $10,300 NLHE High Roller like it was a $1/$2 NLHE game against tourists.
The Canadian entered the final day of the gargantuan event as the chip leader and didn't relinquish that title for even one second as he stormed all the way to the enormous $469,180 first-place prize.
You might remember Serda from a particularly memorable €10,300 High Roller at EPT Prague in 2016. Serda finished second to the boisterous William Kassouf but actually made more than Kassouf's first place payout due to Kassouf really, really wanting the title.
WCOOP-82-H was Serda's second WCOOP title and likely one that he'll remember for quite some time. He dominated some of the best online poker players in the world.
This year's $10.3k High Roller attracted 244 entries including the likes of online crushers Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Chris "Moorman1" Moorman, Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg and Mike "SirWatts" Watts.
Day 2 of WCOOP-82-H began with 32 players still chasing one of the single biggest online prizes of the year. prepstyle was of course the chip leader with 1.19 million.
The day also started right on the bubble with 31 players set to get paid, meaning one player would be going home with nothing.
In the end pampa27 had the unfortunate distinction of bubble boy after busting out of the event in the first five minutes of play.
It was likely a small amount of relief to Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree who was also fighting from the short stack. Fortunately for Boeree, she lasted long enough to collect $22k for 30th place.
Boeree also had some company on the rail as good friend and fellow REG charity founder Philipp "philbort" Gruissem crashed out in 25th place to earn $27k.
From that point on the bustouts were nearly non-stop with Amadi_017, 0Human0, LLinusLLove amongst the players to make it into the money.
Ole "wizowizo" Schemion came painfully close to making the final table but ended up hitting the rail in 11th place to earn $41k.
By the time the final table of nine players had been reached, Patrick "prepstyle71" Serda controlled more than 50% of the chips in play and was looking downright unassailable.
Seat 1: KumariOy -- 1,508,111
Seat 2: Jens "Fresh_oO_D" Lakemeier -- 1,379,900
Seat 3: Andres "Educa-p0ker" Artinano -- 575,475
Seat 4: LAP1293 -- 220,926
Seat 5: Patrick "prepstyle71" Serda -- 6,591,834
Seat 6: ROFLshove -- 489,394
Seat 7: limitless -- 756,227
Seat 8: _paul€Faul_ -- 402,764
Seat 9: nizmo jiz -- 251,119
The United Kingdom's LAP1293 was extremely short stacked to start the final table and busted in the first few minutes of play when he shoved A♥4♥ into _paul€Faul_'s pocket queens. LAP1293 couldn't find an ace on the board and hit the rail in ninth place for $51,327
nizmo jiz, who was playing from Macau, was another one of the short stacks at the start of the final table, but he only lasted about 15 more minutes than LAP1293. nizmo jiz open-shoved pocket sevens from the button and limitless looked him up with A♦T♦.
A ten hit the flop and that was enough to give nizmo jiz his walking papers, earning $67k for eighth place.
Andres "Educa-p0ker" Artinano was definitely one of the players to watch at the final table as he's been crushing high-stakes online poker for the last couple years. His elimination was a rough one.
Educa-p0ker three-bet shoved all-in for 382,000 chips with A♦J♣, and prepstyle71 called off with K♣7♣.
The board looked good for Artinano... until a seven rolled off the river. Educa-p0ker picked up $89,248 for seventh place.
Meanwhile prepstyle71 was starting to look unbeatable with more than seven million chips.
ROFLshove could certainly relate to Educa-p0ker. Just a few hands later he got all-in with T♥T♣, and Fresh_oO_D looked him up with A♥8♥.
Once again the board was fairly clean... but an ace rolled off the river to end ROFLshove's day. ROFLshove picked up $117,685 for finishing sixth. You shouldn't feel too bad for ROFLshove. He won $787k in the SCOOP $1,050 Main Event in May.
_paul€Faul_ was the next player to make his way to the rail after his A♥Q♦ got cracked by limitless' A♣7♠. limitless managed to hit a club four-flush which put some salt in _paul€Faul_ wound. Fortunately the $155k for fifth place probably helped soothe the pain.
Jens "Fresh_oO_D" Lakemeier, who was fresh off winning his third COOP title yesterday in the $1,050 6-Max event, hit the rail in fourth place when his A♠T♣ couldn't get past KumariOy's J♣6♣. Fresh_oO_D earned $204,630 for his efforts.
By the time three-handed play commenced, prepstyle71 was still firmly in control of the chip counts with 8.9 million chips to KumariOy's 2m. limitless found himself on the hot seat with 1.2m.
prepstyle71 seemed content to let KumariOy and limitless battle it out three-handed, and that's just what happened.
After waging war for about 10 minutes, KumariOy managed to trap limitless with pocket kings on a T♣5♠4♦2♣J♦ board. limitless shoved for 1.2m on the river with a pair of fives. KumariOy thought for a second, but then made the call eliminating limitless from the tournament.
limitless earned $269,831 for making it all the way to third place.
As expected, prepstyle71 had a significant chip lead to start heads-up play:
1. prepstyle71 -- 8,792,420
2. KumariOy -- 3,451,580
It was also at this point that a player finally broached the subject of a deal at the final table. Surprisingly it was prepstyle71 who made the inquiry:
prepstyle71: i know youre rich but do you wnat to look at all?
KumariOy: no ty
Apparently KumariOy is rich enough, and with that the heads-up battle was on.
Heads-up started somewhat tentatively with both players feeling each other out. KumariOy managed to pull within a couple million chips of prepstyle71, but the Canadian quickly re-established control of the table.
The final hand of the tournament proved to be a blockbuster with prepstyle71 flopping a set of fours against KumariOy's two-pair of kings and nines.
KumariOy shoved the turn, and prepstyle71 called him as the 90.9% favorite heading to the river.
A meaningless J♠ peeled off the river, and prepstyle71 ended the day the exact same way he started it: on top.
prepstyle71 takes home $469,180 for his dominance while KumariOy gets $355,808 richer for his runner-up finish.
WCOOP-82-H $10,300 NLHE (High Roller) $1.5m GTD
Total entries: 244
Prize pool: $2,440,000
Places paid: 31
1. Patrick "prepstyle71" Serda (Canada) $469,190.91
2. KumariOy (Russia) $355,808.85
3. limitless (Poland) $269,831
4. Jens "Fresh_oO_D" Lakemeier (Germany) $204,630.11
5. _paul€Faul_ (Germany) $155,183.75
6. ROFLshove (Mexico) $117,685.34
7. Andres "Educa-p0ker" Artinano (United Kingdom) $51,327.59
8. nizmo jiz (Macao) $67,682.18
9. LAP1293 (United Kingdom) $51,327.59