The big names came out to play in the $10k High Roller WCOOP that lasted two days. When the dust settled and the play that spanned over both days ended, “MauriceSch” of Germany was able to take the win and $533,200 after agreeing to basically a 50/50 chop with “M.nosbocaJ” of the United Kingdom, leaving $40k to play for. The event was a 2x chance event played at 8-handed tables. Twenty-two players took the opportunity to re-enter the event, bringing the total number of entries to 276.
The action was quick with Victor “Isildur1” Blom being one of the first players eliminated after he pushed his pair of A’s a bit too hard against a player who had flopped a better pair of A’s. Phil “RaiseOnce” Ivey was also in the field and was the first player to eclipse 50k in chips, but he was not able to ride his early hot streak to a cash and was eliminated in 89th place. Only 40 players made the money, with the lowest earning $17,135.
Pro player Shawn “Buck21” Buchanan of Canada was the unlucky bubble boy. After the bubble burst, the action was heavy until the end of the night with eight more players falling in the final hour before the overnight break began. Lots of notable players met their demise on the second day with Matt “ADZ124” Marafioti finishing in 32nd, Faraz “The-Toilet-0” Jaka in 26th, Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah in 21st, and Ben “Ben86” Tollerene in 20th place.
Looking at the results for the final two players before this latest score would have led you to believe that they had no shot at making the money, much less actually winning or placing 2nd in the event. According to SharkScope, MauriceSch was a net loser over 6,000 tournaments and M.nosbocaJ was a marginal winner over 13,100 games prior to this tournament. That’s what makes tournament poker so interesting and alluring to so many different players, as no matter previous results, you can hit the cards you need at the right time and ride the wave to a major tournament victory. Both of these players don’t care about their previous results as both are taking home at least $480,000 and MauriceSch is also taking home the crown in one of the most prestigious online poker tournaments.