Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz Wins 2014 WCOOP Main Event for $1.3 Million
The 2014 World Championship of Online Poker came to a close early Tuesday morning with the conclusion of the $5,200 Main Event. The tournament, which boasted a $10 million guarantee, attracted a total of 2,142 players to create a prize pool worth $10,710,000. More than $1.8 million of that was set aside for Tuesday's eventual winner.
After two long days on the felt, Austria's Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz was the last player standing from a talented final table that included Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka, Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion, Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins and Dylan "Pokerl)eviL" Hortin, who reached the final table for the second straight year. Holz was the only player who pocketed a seven-figure payday after the final six players agreed to a deal.
WCOOP Main Event ($10M Guaranteed)
|1||Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz||$1,300,000*|
|2||Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins||$708,251*|
|3||Claas "neckbr4ke" Stoob||$651,430*|
|4||Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion||$780,227*|
|5||Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka||$945,000*|
|6||Daniel ‘"19Dan86" Rudd||$769,813*|
|7||Dylan "Pokerl)eviL" Hortin||$214,200|
|8||Todd "MaltLiquor40" Sisley||$160,650|
|9||Viktor "Isildur1" Blom||$107,100|
*Reflects six-handed deal
Day 2 action began with 271 players looking to sneak into the money. With the top 270 spots paying out a minimum of $12,316, one player would leave empty-handed on Monday. That player was poker pro Matt Stout, who lost a flip to cap off a disappointing WCOOP series.
Dozens of notables hit the rail from there, including Ben "Sauce123 Sulsky, Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron, Jake Cody, Jordan "Jymaster11" Young, Andre "aakkari" Akkari, and Jeremy "EndlessJ" Menard, who nursed a short stack for most of the day before exiting in 11th place.
Israel's "Viking8844" entered Day 2 as the chip leader, but his quest for the title ended in 10th place. The final nine then took their seats at the final table with Holz leading the way.
Blom, who was looking to add a WCOOP Main Event title to his SCOOP Main Event conquest, bowed out in ninth place. With the blinds at 50,000/100,000, Blom moved all in for 1,059,346 from middle position and Sion called from late position. The rest of the table folded, and Blom was at risk.
Blom was drawing live but he came up empty on the 3♦6♦4♣3♣J♥ board, sending him to the rail in ninth place for $107,100.
Todd "MaltLiquor40" Sisley was the next to go after running into the overpair of Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins. Sisley moved all in for 1,768,620 from the cutoff with the 9♥9♣ and Martins re-shoved from the small blind with the J♠J♣. The 7♦4♥6♥6♣K♠ board rang true for Martins, and Sisley vanished in eight place.
Dylan "Pokerl)eviL" Hortin was looking to improve on his seventh-place finish from last year, but he landed in the same exact position after taking a devastating beat. With the blinds at 70,000/140,000, Sion opened to 280,500 from early position, Claas "neckbr4ke" Stoob three-bet to 575,125 from the button, and Hortin shoved for 1,270,072 from the big blind. Sion four-bet shoved, and Stoob got out of the way.
Hortin was way out in front, but the 7♦10♦5♦ flop shifted Sion into the lead with his set. Hortin was drawing to a flush, but the 5♠ on the turn left him with only two outs to improve to a better full house. The 9♣ completed the board, and Hortin exited in seventh place.
The final six players decided to take a break to discuss a deal and it took nearly an hour to complete the negotiations. Holz was the chip leader at the time and locked up $1.1 million, and the other five players secured a payday of at least $651,000. The deal left $200,000 on the side for the winner, so play continued into the late hours.
Daniel "19Dan86" Rudd quickly hit the rail when he committed his last 17 big blinds from the button with the A♠7♠ and was called by Stoob who had A♥Q♣. The board ran out king-high and Rudd was halted in sixth place.
Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka got into a preflop raising war with Martins that resulted in his exit in fifth place. Jaka min-raised to 320,000 from the cutoff, Fedor Holz reraised to 724,000 from the button, and Martins four-bet to 1,499,999 from the big blind. Jaka then fired back with a five-bet to 2,732,721, Holz folded, and Martins six-bet shoved. Jaka called off for his remaining 5,142,395, and the cards were turned up.
Martins had Jaka in trouble, and the 2♠4♣K♥Q♥Q♣ board spelled the end of Jaka's tournament in fifth place for $945,000.
A short while later, Sion three-bet shoved for just under 2 million with the A♦J♣ and Holz called with the K♦Q♦. The 4♠7♠K♥ shot Holz in front, and the Q♣ turn and 2♥ completed the board to send Sion out the door in fourth place.
Stoob was eliminated in third place when his J♣J♥ failed to hold up against Holz's A♣K♦, setting up a heads-up match between Holz and Martins for the title. Holz had nearly a two-to-one lead when play began and he never looked back, finishing off Martins in less than 20 hands.
The final hand of the tournament began with Holz min-raising to 600,000. Martin called, and the two saw a flop of 8♣10♦4♦. Both players checked, bringing the J♦ on the turn.Martins bet 750,000 and Holz called, and the 10♠ arrived on the river. Martins bet 1,800,000, which was met by a shove from Holz. Martins quickly called off his remaining 6,975,049. Martins tabled the 4♣4♥ for a full house, but Holz revealed the 10♥10♣ for rivered quads. The cooler gave Holz the pot and the biggest score of his poker career.
"I feel great," Holz told the PokerStars Blog after his victory. "I always wanted to run deep in such a tournament and it feels amazing to win the biggest tournament of the year. It's my biggest achievement so far and I can't put in words how happy I am that I am that fortunate. I think I'll take it.
To read Holz's complete post-win interview, check out the PokerStarsBlog.