Event 23 of the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker ended with over $533k going to the winner.
This year’s WCOOP has already featured big buy-in events, even bigger payouts and extraordinary large prize poosl. But Event 23, the $10,300 NL Hold’em $2 million guarantee topped them all. Drawing a rather large field of 276 runners, 22 of whom would rebuy, the event crushed its guarantee by nearly $1 million and would pay out over half-a-million to the lucky winner.
That winner would be a player who goes by the online name of “MauriceSch.” Before earning the top spot, “MauriceSch” would make a deal with second place finisher Martin “M.nosbocal” Jacobson. Jacobson would take home $480,000 for his efforts.
The final table featured several notable players, including Mustapha Kanit, Andrey Zaichenko and Sam Greenwood. Notably, last year’s WSOP Main Event winner Greg Merson would barely miss out on making the final table, finishing 12th. His efforts were good for nearly $60k. Darren Elias, Griffen Benger and Andrew “Lucky Chewy” Lichtenberger would also bust out with less than 16 players remaining.
In other news, Event 24 – $700 NL Hold’em ($1.5 million) drew almost 3,500 participants, resulting in a prize pool that nearly surpassed the one from Event 23. Of note, highly-regarded professional Jason Mercier would reach the final table, ultimately falling in third. A player who goes by the name “vovamillion” would ultimately win the tournament and $271,889.75 in prize money, as well as the coveted WCOOP bracelet. When play was down to four-handed, the remaining participants struck a deal which set aside $30,000 for the winner.
Finally, in what amounted to the largest field of the weekend, Event #22 – $215 NL Hold’em ($1.25 million guaranteed) drew a massive 9,394 player field. When the smoke cleared, Jonathan “iftarli” Jaffe would win his unprecedented third WCOOP title. He would have to defeat a tough opponent in Miguel “LOL_U_91” Use in order to claim the prize. However, the two did strike a deal before playing heads-up. Use won nearly $227k for his second place finish.
The upcoming week stands to be no less exciting than the last. Notable events include the $1,050 8-max NL Hold’em $500k guarantee (Saturday, September 21) and Sunday’s Heads-up High Roller event ($10,300 buy-in, $300k guarantee).
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