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WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze]

Event Info

Prize Pool $500,000
Players 97

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 10,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze]
Day 2 Completed

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski Wins Third WCOOP Title in WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze]

zedmaster84 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Fabiano Kovalski
Fabiano Kovalski

The year of Brazil continues as yet another title in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2020 has been awarded to a player from the poker stronghold in South America. Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski who earned his third WCOOP title in as many years in WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze] after defeating Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer to best a field of 97 entries and took home the lion's share of the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.

A maiden WCOOP title for Kovalski came in 2018 WCOOP-31H: $1,050 NLHE as he topped a field of 2,077 entries for $282,545. He then conquered a 767-entry strong field one year later in WCOOP-19-H: $530 NLHE [4-Max] to claim $64,912.

The Brazilian has already cashed for more than $3.5 million on PokerStars and racked up several cashes in the ongoing festival including a 4th place in WCOOP-27-H: $1,050 NLHE [Freezeout] for $32,915. The latest victory comes with a top prize of $119,483 whereas runner-up O'Dwyer was denied a second title and received a consolation prize of $92,338.

Also featured on the final table were the known poker pros Filipe "Zagazaur" Oliveira, Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden, Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk and Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood.

Final Result WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze]

PlaceWinnerCountryPayout (in USD)
1Fabiano "Kovalski1" KovalskiBrazil$119,483
2Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'DwyerIreland$92,338
3Filipe "Zagazaur" OliveiraPortugal$71,360
5Samuel "€urop€an" VousdenFinland$42,619
7Tomi "elmerixx" BroukFinland$25,453
8Sam "Str8$$$Homey" GreenwoodCanada$19,671
11Jonathan "Proudflop" ProudfootUnited Kingdom$12,619

The first player to bust was the UK's Jonathan "Proudflop" Proudfoot followed by "Apo5555" and that set up the nine-handed final table after just ten minutes of play on the final day.

The Action of the Final Day

With several short stacks returning to their virtual seats it was not unexpected to see two early eliminations and it took just ten minutes to set up the nine-handed final table. Jonathan "Proudflop" Proudfoot was left short after doubling "SmilleThHero" and then lost the last few chips to Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood. Kovalski then flopped a set of deuces to leave "Apo5555" drawing dead on the turn.

For "SmilleThHero", the laddering ended in 9th place as Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk flopped quads tens to end all hopes of an even deeper run. Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer then won a race against Greenwood with queens against ace-king to get into contention and scored an even bigger double against Brouk to become the second-biggest stack.

For Greenwood and Brouk the end came soon after, which left another two short stacks in contention. The first of those to bow out was "Sintoras" against O'Dwyer and Vousden sent his chips in the same direction.

Down to the final four, it took a while to lose another player as "MaxHendrix" managed to double at least once against each other finalist but the Russian eventually succumbed in 4th place when Kovalski got on the scoreboard again with queens full of sixes against trips sixes. In the very next hand, Filipe "Zagazaur" Oliveira lost a flip with sixes against the ace-eight of O'Dwyer and the heads-up duel was set.

Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer scored most of the eliminations but finished in 2nd place

By then, Kovalski had been in the lead for all but a few minutes throughout the entire day and would not surrender his comfortable lead anymore. O'Dwyer doubled once but never threatened to close the gap as it was all over just a few minutes later. It was yet another of those typical coin flips with the ace-ten for Kovalski and the pocket nines of O'Dwyer. A ten on the flop gave Kovalski the lead and two blanks later he had earned his third WCOOP title in consecutive years.

The final day of WCOOP-59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze] was streamed on the PokerStars Twitch channel with cards-up coverage and commentary on a delay of at least 20 minutes. Exclusive PokerStars WCOOP 2020 highlights, results and live updates of other events can be found right here!

Tags: Fabiano KovalskiFilipe OliveiraJonathan ProudfootMaxHendrixSam GreenwoodSamuel VousdenSintorasSmilleThHeroSteve O'DwyerTomi Brouk

Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer Eliminated in 2nd Place ($92,338)

zedmaster84 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

The action kicked off with a button limp by Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski and Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer raised to 240,000 with 1,249,696 behind. Kovalski moved all in and O'Dwyer called it off.

Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer: {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski: {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}

O'Dwyer was ahead with his pair of nines but the {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop vaulted Kovalski into the lead. The {6-Clubs} turn provided an additional gutshot for O'Dwyer but a blank {2-Hearts} on the river ended his run in 2nd place for $92,338.

O'Dwyer Eliminated by Kovalski
O'Dwyer Eliminated by Kovalski

That wraps up the tournament with a third career WCOOP title in as many years for Kovalski as the series of victories for players from Brazil continues. A recap of today's action is to follow.

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 9,700,000 1,499,696
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie Busted

O'Dwyer Scores a Double

zedmaster84 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
O'Dwyer Doubles Through Kovalski
O'Dwyer Doubles Through Kovalski

After losing another pot to a river bet and electing to fold, Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer limped the small blind and then called the shove of Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski.

Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer: {q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski: {j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The {q-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop all but locked up the double but the {10-Clubs} turn made things interesting all of a sudden. Kovalski rivered a straight with the {8-Diamonds} but the same card gave O'Dwyer a flush for the double up.

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 8,200,304 -459,848
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie 1,499,696 459,848

Jams and Small Pots

zedmaster84 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer dropped to as low as 11 blinds and moved all in several times without being called. In the next min-raised pot to the {a-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop, O'Dwyer then checked and Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski earned the pot with a bet.

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 8,660,152 210,000
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie 1,039,848 -210,000

Kovalski's Lead Grows

zedmaster84 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer min-raised his button and was called by Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski in the big blind.

They headed to the {j-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop which brought no betting action. Kovalski led the {9-Clubs} turn for 320,000 into 340,000 and O'Dwyer called.

After the {10-Spades} river, O'Dwyer checked behind and Kovalski won the pot with {9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for a straight.

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 8,450,152 695,000
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie 1,249,848 -695,000

Kovalski Wins a Showdown Hand

zedmaster84 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer won another solid pot when his {7-Spades}{6-Hearts} made the superior two pair on a board of {7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} board to beat the {10-Hearts}{2-Spades} of Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski, boosting his stack up to more than 2.5 million.

Kovalski won two blinds back in the following hand and another medium-sized pot then emerged.

O'Dwyer min-raised the button to pick up a call and Kovalski check-called for 101,600 on the {q-Hearts}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop. He did so again for 179,200 on the {q-Diamonds} turn and the {8-Spades} river was checked by both. Kovalski tabled the {j-Hearts}{7-Clubs} for queens and sevens, which was good enough to claim the pot.

Kovalski won the next two small pots and O'Dwyer then jammed out of the big blind to force a preflop fold from Kovalski.

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 7,755,152 450,400
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie 1,944,848 -450,400

O'Dwyer Jams Into Kovalski

zedmaster84 • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski limp-called another raise to 240,000 after the blinds had gone up and Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer then continued for 125,000 on the {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop, which resulted in a call from Kovalski.

A second barrel for 247,200 followed on the {4-Spades} turn as Kovalski called once more and the {5-Clubs} river brought the shove of O'Dwyer, which went through without resistance.

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 7,304,752 -452,200
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie 2,395,248 452,200

More for Kovalski; O'Dwyer Strikes Back

zedmaster84 • Level 28: 35,000-70,000, 8,750 ante

In the first hand back from the break, Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer limped the small blind and Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski checked back from the big blind.

The {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop was checked and O'Dwyer then called a bet of 175,000 by Kovalski on the {5-Diamonds} turn. Kovalski also bet the {10-Diamonds} river for 630,000 into 507,500 and O'Dwyer folded.

One hand later, Kovalski limp-called a raise to 210,000 and they checked the {6-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop. O'Dwyer check-called 245,000 on the {j-Clubs} turn and the {5-Clubs} river was checked again. O'Dwyer was first to show and revealed {5-Diamonds}{2-Spades} for trips deuces, which won the pot.

Fabiano "Kovalski1" Kovalski BR 7,756,952 -210,000
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer ie 1,943,048 210,000