Phil Mighall Triumphs in the WPTWOC Main Event ($1,550,298)
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Phil Mighall secured by far the largest prize of his career when he took down the $10,300 buy-in WPT World Online Championships Main Event at partypoker for a massive $1,550,298.
The British superstar came out on top of a 1,011-strong field to bank his first seven-figure haul, entry to the next WPT Tournament of Champions, and a place in the exclusive Champions Club.
WPTWOC Main Event Final Table Results
|1||Phil Mighall||United Kingdom||$1,550,298*|
|7||Bert Stevens||United Kingdom||$194,112|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Laszlo Molnar was the nine-handed final table’s first casualty quite early into proceedings. Molnar made a play with ace-jack which ultimately ran into, and lost to, the pocket jacks in the hand of Victor Simionato.
Finland’s Akseli Paalanen also busted at the hands of Simionato. Teun Mulder opened, Simionato three-bet before calling Paalanen’s four-bet shove. Paalanen’s suited ace-king lost a coinflip against Simionato’s red queens.
Urbanovich Crashes Out
Bert Stevens, better known as “girafganger7” busted in seventh-place before Team partypoker’s Dzmitry Urbanovich fell by the wayside in sixth when his ace-king lost to Mulder’s ace-queen courtesy of a queen on the flop.
Simionato’s luck ran out and he crashed and burned in fifth place for a $391,257 score. It was an incredible result considering the Brazilan qualified for the $10,300 buy-in Main Event from a $22 satellite entry. He made an ill-timed all-in river bluff only to discover Blaz Zerjav had improved to a straight on the last community card.
Zerjav was next to fall despite winning Simionato’s chips. He pushed all-in for 13 big blinds with pocket sixes and ran straight into Mighall’s pocket kings. No help arrived for Zerjav and the man who’d been in the top 10 chips for the entire tournament had to make do with the $552,006 fourth-place prize.
Start-of-the-day chip leader Damian Salas then lost a huge coinflip to send the tournament into the heads-up stage. Salas opened with king-queen before calling off the rest of his stack when Mighall set him all-in with a pair of threes. Salas improved to a pair of kings on the flop, to two pair on the turn, but Mighall spiked a three on the river to resign Salas to a third-place exit.
Heads-Up Set; Both Players Are Millionaires!
Mighall held a 124,600,000 to 75,200,000 chip advantage going into heads-up but Mulder fought back and claimed the lead for himself. Mighall reclaimed the lead after passively playing king-queen and rivering trips, which were paid off by Mulder and his pocket sixes.
The final hand started with a raise from Mulder holding pocket aces and a three-bet with the lowly ten-seven from Mighall. Mulder called and flopped top set. Mighall fired a continuation bet and was called. The turn improved Mighall to an unlikely straight and he moved all-in, a bet that Mulder quickly called. The river was a brick, Mulder busted, and Mighall became the latest partypoker millionaire.
Three more WPTWOC champions will be crowned on September 17 when the $33, $320, and $3,200 Heads-Up Championships conclude.
A $25,500 buy-in High Roller Championship begins on September 19 with a trio of Turbo Championship events commencing on September 20. The series concludes with a huge $102,000 Super High Roller starting on September 23. As always, PokerNews will have recaps of the action from these incredible events.