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"MauriceSch" Wins PokerStars WCOOP High Roller; Mercier Nearly Grabs Third Title

Jason Mercier

On Monday, plenty more action in the 2013 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) took place, highlighted by the big and bad Event #23: $10,300 High Roller.

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.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe$251,673.45*
2Miguel "LOL_U_91" Use$226,673.44*
3Brian "brianm15" England$140,910
6jinji men$56,364

*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.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
2Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson$480,000*
4Mustapha" lasagnaaammm" Kanit$238,400
5OLD TIME GIN$163,900
6Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko$119,200
8Sam "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 {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} against the {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} for "yaffy" and the {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} 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 {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} against the {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} 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.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
3Jason Mercier$229,965.47*
8Michael "Skämmes" Tureniec$29,018.93

*Denotes four-handed deal

Notable Finishes: Michael "wywrotX" Wywrot (13th - $10,795.04), Olivier "Adonis112" Busquet (19th - $6,152.01), Jason "jakoon1985" Koon (31st - $5,339.48)

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