The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe is now in the books. All eyes were on the final two events as the Player of the Year title was still up for grabs and Mike Gorodinsky had a bit of a sweat before finally winning the crown.
Meanwhile, we saw a pair of multi-bracelet winners crowned in the final two events. The 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel won his second title of 2015 by winning the €25,600 High Roller. Kevin MacPhee won his second title of 2015 by taking down the WSOP-E Main Event after a spirited heads-up battle.
Jonathan Duhamel Wins High Roller for Second Bracelet of 2015
The final event of the 2015 WSOP Main Event was the €25,600 High Roller Event. A total of 64 entries were collected for this event, up four from 2013. After two days, the final table of six players was reached and headlined by the 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel has already won a bracelet during the summer and was looking for his second title of 2015 and the third of his career.
First, he had to get through a tough final table that included three-time bracelet winner and EPT Berlin Champion Daniel Kitai, Fedor Holz and Sam Chartier. Ultimately, it was the two former bracelet winners battling for the high roller crown. Duhamel started the heads-up match with Kitai with a slight chip lead and soon took a huge lead. Kitai managed a double-up to almost pull the stacks back to even but that is as close as he got.
Duhamel pulled back out to a 2:1 chip lead and Kitai decided to shove steal with Jh-7s pre-flop. Duhamel woke up with pocket sevens and made the call. The flop came all spades to give Duhamel a sweat but the remaining board missed Kitai to give Duhamel his third career WSOP crown.
Jonathan Duhamel became the latest multi-bracelet winner of 2015 with his victory in the high roller. In addition to winning his third career bracelet, he received €554,395 in prize money. Congratulations.
Kevin MacPhee Wins WSOP-E Main Event
The 2015 WSOP-E Main Event kicked off last week with high hopes but ultimately drew the smallest field in the event’s history. Only 313 players turned out for the €10,450 Main Event, the smallest field since 2009. The 313 player field was down by almost 50% from the all-time record 593 player field in 2011.
After four days of play, the final table of six was reached and Kevin MacPhee took a commanding lead into the final table. He won the $5k NL Turbo bracelet this summer and was looking for his second bracelet of 2015. Andrew Lichtenberger was the next closest player with less than half MacPhee’s chips. Other players included JC Alvarado, Kilian Kramer and David Lopez.
MacPhee made it to heads-up play with a 2.5:1 chip lead over David Lopez but just when it seemed it would be smooth sailing to his second bracelet, Lopez mounted a comeback. Over the course of the next four hours, the pair battled back and fourth with both players holding the chip lead multiple times.
Eventually, MacPhee took the chip lead one last time after flopping a full house and extracting maximum value against Lopez. This gave him a 3:1 chip lead. A couple of hands later, Lopez picked up a great hand to get back into the match but got unlucky.
After a three-bet by Lopez to 435,000 pre-flop, MacPhee shoves all-in and receives an insta-call. Lopez turns over pocket kings and is well ahead the Ad-4d of MacPhee. The flop fell 7c-5h-2h to keep Lopez ahead but gave MacPhee a gutshot wheel draw. When the turn fell the 3c, MacPhee’s rail went crazy as their hero turned the wheel and left Lopez drawing dead.
Kevin MacPhee won his second bracelet of 2015 and second overall by winning the WSOP Europe Main Event. In addition to winning the title, he earned €883,000 in prize money. Congratulations.
Mike Gorodinsky Wins Player of the Year
The 2015 WSOP Player of the Year came down to the final two events but in the end, Mike Gorodinsky managed to hold on to win the POY title. Heading into the final two events, Gorodinsky held a 129.28 point lead over Brian Hastings and a 195.41 point lead over Shaun Deeb.
Hastings made things interesting during the Main Event with a relatively deep run but fell just short of the money. Then during the final event, the €25,600 High Roller, Ismael Bojang was looking to put on a run. Had he won the High Roller, he could have taken the title. Bojang fell short of the money in the High Roller to lock up the title for Mike Gorodinsky.
#POYhunted.. Not my finest performance at WSOPE, but at least I retain the honor! Thanks for the support everyone 🙂— Mike Gorodinsky (@gordoMG) October 22, 2015
Mike Gorodinsky finished as the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year with 2251.81 POY points. He cashed in eight WSOP events in 2015 and won the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. Gorodinsky also finished runner-up in the $10k Razz.
Ultimately, it was his final WSOP cash that sealed the victory. He finished in 42nd place during Event #8 of the WSOP Europe. Those 94.62 points were important as Jonathan Duhamel’s win in the High Roller allowed him to leapfrog into 2nd place with 2,174.64 points. Kevin MacPhee moved into third place after winning the WSOP-E Main Event, finishing with 2,168.98 POY points.
Below are the final standings for the 2015 WSOP POY:
- Mike Gorodinsky – 2,251.81
- Jonathan Duhamel – 2,174.64
- Kevin MacPhee – 2,168.98
- Brian Hastings – 2,122.53
- Shaun Deeb 2,056.40