Pedro Fernandes Wins partypoker World Cup of Cards Main Event
Pedro Fernandes has been crowned World Cup of Cards $1,100 Main Event champion after defeating $109 satellite qualifier Mikhail Mikheev heads-up on partypoker.
The pair agreed on a heads-up deal, with WPT Online Series Main Event champion Christian Rudolph finishing in third place.
*denotes heads-up deal
Final Table Recap
The final table was streamed over on partypoker's Twitch channel with commentators James Dempsey and Henry Kilbane.
Christian Rudolph was the final table chip leader but was overtaken early on by Pedro Fernandes after the Brazilian came out on top against Peter Chien. It took almost an hour for the first elimination of the final table. Fernandes still led and sent Andras Nemeth to the rail in ninth place.
Rudolph then eliminated Chien, with short-stacked Finn Kruck falling in seventh. Fernandes continued to reign supreme at the top of the chip counts, with a gap back to Rudolph and Mikhail Mikheev.
Mikheev flopped a set of sixes to crack the pocket eights of Dmitry Yurasov who bust in sixth place, before Nikita Kalinin ran ace-jack into the pocket aces of Fernandes to follow him out the door in fifth place.
Joel Nystedt was now a distant fourth and needed to make a move fast, but could only shove ace-ten into the ace-jack of Rudolph to find himself eliminated.
Fernandes now sat with triple the chips of Mikheev and Rudolph who were tied for second in chips, Three-handed, Rudolph lost ground to Mikheev before busting in a key hand.
Christian Rudolph raised pre-flop with and Mikhail Mikheev defended his big blind with . The flop gave both players a pair and Mikheev check-called a bet from Rudolph. The turn was the and Mikheev check-called a pot-sized bet.
The river was the giving Mikheev two pair. He checked again and Rudolph moved almost all in. Mikheev shoved and Rudolph called it off but was shown the bad news.
Heads-up, Fernandes had double the chips of his opponent and the pair agreed to a deal before the Brazilian opened up an even wider gap. In the final hand, both players rivered a straight, but Fernandes held the nut straight and called it off to secure victory and the $154,070 payday.
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.