Two other prizes of over a quarter of a million dollars were won, and one of those victories came when Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe earned his third WCOOP title in Event #22: $215 NL Hold'em. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier nearly notched his third in Event #24: $700 NL Hold'em, but ended up just short in third place.
PokerStars WCOOP Event #22 — $215 NL Hold'em ($1.25M Guaranteed)
It was Jaffe who shined brightest in the massive field of 9,394 players in Event #22 to earn his third WCOOP bracelet, but it wasn't easy. Jaffe had to overcome Miguel "LOL_U_91" Use and Brian "brianm15" England in the final three to claim victory.
|1||Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe||$251,673.45*|
|2||Miguel "LOL_U_91" Use||$226,673.44*|
|3||Brian "brianm15" England||$140,910|
*Denotes heads-up deal
Notable Finishes: David "dpeters17" Peters (22nd - $4,133.36)
PokerStars WCOOP Event #23 — $10,300 High Roller NLHE ($2M Guaranteed)
The High Roller event attracted 276 players an additional 22 rebuys for a total of 298 entries, which juiced up the prize pool to a whopping $2,980,000. When it was all said and done, Germany's "MauriceSch" earned the top spot and $533,200 in first-place prize money. He managed to make a heads-up deal with second-place finisher Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson before going on to secure the title.
Other notables reaching the final table were Mustapha" lasagnaaammm" Kanit, Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko, and Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood. 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg "gregg20723" Merson narrowly missed out on the final table, finishing in 12th place.
|2||Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson||$480,000*|
|4||Mustapha" lasagnaaammm" Kanit||$238,400|
|5||OLD TIME GIN||$163,900|
|6||Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko||$119,200|
|8||Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood||$74,500|
*Denotes heads-up deal
Notable Finishes: Greg "gregg20723" Merson (12th - $59,600), Darren "darrenelias" Elias (13th - $44,700), Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (14th - $44,700), Andrew "RunThisTable" Lichtenberger (15th - $44,700)
PokerStars WCOOP Event #24 — $700 NL Hold'em ($1.5M Guaranteed)
Event #24 attracted 3,491 players, but all eyes were on Jason Mercier at the final table as the Team PokerStars Pro eyed his third WCOOP title. Mercier had been battling a short stack for quite some time as the event grew deeper and deeper into the money, but then hit a rush after tripling up with the against the for "yaffy" and the for "paleta25" back in Level 27 with the blinds at 5,000/10,000/1,250.
With eight players left at the final table, Mercier once again found himself short on chips. Thanks to a double up with the against the for "romanooo64," Mercier found some momentum and rode it out until the final four players remained. It was here that a deal was brokered between the remaining competitors, with the Netherlands' "Pimmss" locking up the most money.
When the dust settled, though, "vovanmillion" earned the extra $30,000 set aside for the winner and the bracelet, taking home a total of $271,889.75.
|8||Michael "Skämmes" Tureniec||$29,018.93|
*Denotes four-handed deal
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