A new champion has been crowned in the flagship tournament of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 2020 as Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques topped a field of 1,977 entries in the WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] to claim the biggest share of the $10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
The winner cut a deal with Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder and Tonio "prrrak4783" Röder when they were fairly even three-handed, and they continued to battle for the title and $100,000 to the eventual champion.
Marques ultimately prevailed and took home the top prize of $1,147,271, runner-up Röder ($1,082,523) and third-place finisher Mulder ($1,101,528) also scored seven-figure paydays. The Portuguese poker pro is part of the Polarize Poker coaching and staking platform which was co-founded by well-known countrymen Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira and Filipe "Zagazaur" Oliveira.
Former EPT London winner Robin "robinho" Ylitalo finished in fourth place and the final table also featured Andriy "Andre_Hansen" Lyubovetskiy, Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin, Michael "munchenHB" Telker, Russia's "77atlant77" and Cecilia "princes chu" Cafaro.
2020 WCOOP $5,200 Main Event Final Table Results
|Place||Winner||Country||Payout (in USD)|
|1||Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques||Portugal||$1,147,271*|
|2||Tonio "prrrak4783" Röder||Germany||$1,082,523*|
|3||Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder||Netherlands||$1,101,528*|
|4||Robin "robinho" Ylitalo||Sweden||$543,301|
|5||Andriy "Andre_Hansen" Lyubovetskiy||Ukraine||$387,284|
|6||Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin||Ukraine||$276,069|
|7||Michael "munchenHB" Telker||United States||$196,792|
|9||Cecilia "princes chu" Cafaro||Uruguay||$99,997|
* reflects deal numbers of the final three players and additional $100,000 to the winner.
The Action of the Final Day
Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder was the chip leader when the action resumed with Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques and Robin "robinho" Ylitalo not far behind as the two other big stacks. ICM considerations were prevalent with two short stacks and they would be the first to bow out as Cecilia "princes chu" Cafaro finished in 9th place and "77atlant77" was eliminated in the very next hand.
Accomplished American poker pro Michael "munchenHB" Telker had to settle for 7th place when he ran a suited ace into pocket tens and Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin succumbed next about half an hour later. In a battle of the two shortest stacks, Andriy "Andre_Hansen" Lyubovetskiy came up short with king-jack against the ace-jack of Tonio "prrrak4783" Röder and that reduced the field to the final four.
What followed was a test of patience throughout the next two and a half hours. Röder doubled through Marques and all four players held the lead at some point. Mulder and Marques were left short but managed to get right back into it. Once Robin "robinho" Ylitalo was left short and the trio atop had very similar stacks, the first deal discussions broke out and failed to bring any conclusion.
Ylitalo fell right after the next scheduled break and the second deal discussions were successful. It didn't take long for the chips to start flying and Marques' flopped the top two pair locked up a double against Mulder, who then hit the rail shortly after. The Portuguese entered heads-up with a solid lead and even a major setback with kings versus ten-six suited was just a temporary annoyance as Marques steamrolled to victory after.
The final table was broadcasted on the PokerStars Twitch channel with cards-up coverage and commentary on a delay of at least 20 minutes. That wraps up the 2020 WCOOP and you can check out all the exclusive PokerNews news and live updates of all featured tournaments by clicking right here.