During the course of this week, many in the world of poker were eagerly anticipating the arrival of an event which boasted the biggest buy in of any online tournament in history. The WCOOP Super High Roller had a staggering $102,000 price tag for those who wished to take a seat, and attracted a total of 28 entries.
The event has now concluded, with 24 individual players creating a $2.8 million prize pool through 4 players re-entering. Jason Mercier took the bold decision to stream his tournament on Twitch, with Jason Somerville for company. Mercier went on to fire two bullets and finished 18th place.
Fedor Holz takes runner-up spot after chop
Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz continued his interesting retirement from poker in this event, by buying in and stealing the spotlight with another seven figure score. While some might question why a player would want to retire in the middle of such a great run of results, Holz clearly had reasons for making the announcement. Whatever they were though, they have been completely unable to keep him away from the tables since.
When the action finally got short handed, Holz, salfshb and bencb789 were the lucky ones to make it to the payout places, with salfshb going on to finish 3rd place for USD$560,000. Shortly after that, play was paused so that Holz and Swedish player bencb789 could discuss a deal. With both players guaranteeing themselves a payday of over $1 million, play continued, and while it would have been a great story if Holz had taken 1st, the title went to bencb789.
That fact doesn’t detract from the outstanding performance of a man who continues to be fantastic at poker, but is absolutely terrible at retiring.
— Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy) September 12, 2016
The final payouts are as follows:
1st bencb789 – USD$1,172,360
2nd CrownUpGuy – USD$1,067,639
3rd salfshb – USD$560,000
In 2014, Fedor Holz bested a field of 2142 to win the 2014 WCOOP Main Event. He took home $1,300,000 after the final six players agreed to a deal.