MSPT United States Poker Championship partypoker MILLIONS North Cyprus 2021 MICOOP 2021 NJCOOP 2021 PACOOP
WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $500K Gtd
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $10,300
Prize Pool $500,000
Players 44

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $500K Gtd
Day 2 Completed

"RaulGonzalez" Defends Title in the WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller ($196,176)

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RaulGonzalez Wins 2021 WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller
RaulGonzalez Wins 2021 WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2021 has crowned the next mixed game champion and it was a familiar face at the top of the final result in Event WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller. Out of a field of 44 entries, it was Germany's "RaulGonzalez" who walked away as the champion. He denied Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov the tenth victory and earned his second WCOOP title in the process.

One year ago, the very same tournament attracted a field of 67 entries and "RaulGonzalez" took it down for a top prize of $235,531. The German has now doubled that tally after overcoming the other four contenders in just one hour and 16 minutes to pad his bankroll with another $196,176.

While the real name of "RaulGonzalez" has not been revealed so far, it was confirmed in a podcast interview late in 2020 that the high-stakes cash game specialist is in his early thirties. "RaulGonzalez" transitioned to mixed games several years ago and regularly participated in the nosebleed action against big names such as Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. He most recently battled back and forth with Swedish player "BERRI SWEET" and announced his decision to retire from the high stakes cash game action.

Besides Strebkov, the final day also featured Ari "BodogAri" Engel as well as the five-time WCOOP champions Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski and Joao "Naza114" Vieira.

Final Result 2021 WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1"RaulGonzalez"Germany$196,176
2Denis "aDrENalin710" StrebkovRussia$128,480
3Ari "BodogAri" EngelCanada$84,144
4Yuri "theNERDguy" DzivielevskiBrazil$55,108
5Joao "Naza114" VieiraPortugal$36,091

"RaulGonzalez" Dominates Short-Lived Final Day

After the money bubble had burst with five players remaining two days prior, none of the five finalists had more than 25 big bets for the limit and stud games at their disposal. It didn't take long for the action to pick up and in the second level of the day, Joao "Naza114" Vieira and Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski were sent to the rail.

In Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Vieira got his short stack in with a number two after the second draw only for "RaulGonzalez" to make the nuts. The early hot run of the German continued as he also dispatched Dzivielevski, who missed his low draw and became the second casualty.

Ari "BodogAri" Engel was aiming to win his first WCOOP title but came up short of that bid by two spots. He was already left short in action-packed three-handed action and fell further behind. Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov then flopped a wheel to scoop it all Omaha Hi-Lo.

That left Strebkov with a small lead over "RaulGonzalez" and things looked very promising to claim his record-boosting tenth WCOOP title. However, the remainder of Omaha Hi-Lo was heavily dominated by "RaulGonzalez", who quickly established a commanding lead. Strebkov was able to get back into contention in Razz only to see his hopes crushed in Seven Card Stud. "RaulGonzalez" achieved a rare feat in WCOOP history and defended his title successfully.

This concludes the PokerNews live updates for this event but the ongoing festival is gearing up for the 2021 WCOOP Main Event from September 12 to 15. Further selected tournament results and coverages can be found in the PokerStars WCOOP 2021 hub.

Tags: Ari EngelDenis StrebkovJoao VieiraRaulGonzalezYuri Dzivielevski

Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov Eliminated in 2nd Place ($128,480)

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Strebkov eliminated by RaulGonzalez
Strebkov eliminated by RaulGonzalez

Seven Card Stud Limits 40,000-80,000

"RaulGonzalez": {2-Spades}{6-Spades} / {2-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} / {7-Spades}
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov: {9-Spades}{8-Diamonds} / {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{j-Spades} / {3-Diamonds}

On third street, Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov completed and subsequently jammed for the 114,644 he had behind, which "RaulGonzalez" called. The German was marginally ahead until sixth street with a pair of deuces but Strebkov then made a pair of jacks.

Ultimately, Strebkov bricked and "RaulGonzalez" paired his seven to deal the final blow with two pair. Strebkov was denied a tenth WCOOP title and takes home $128,480 while "RaulGonzalez" has successfully defended his title from last year.

That wraps up the coverage for this event but there are plenty of other ongoing live updates available in the PokerNews hub. A recap of today's action is to follow.

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 4,400,000 74,644
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru Busted

Chip and a Chair for Strebkov

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Seven Card Stud Limits 40,000-80,000

"RaulGonzalez": {6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} / {q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades} / {q-Clubs}
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov: {x-}{x-} / {2-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs} / {x-}

Throughout one dozen hands, Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov was able to jump back to more than half a million in chips but none of these pots went past fifth street. Then, "RaulGonzalez" completed and called a raise by Strebkov, who also bet fourth, fifth and sixth street. "RaulGonzalez" called and Strebkov check-called on seventh to muck when he was shown queens and fives by "RaulGonzalez".

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 4,325,356 220,000
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru 74,644 -220,000

Strebkov Falls Further Behind

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Seven Card Stud Limits 40,000-80,000

"RaulGonzalez": {x-}{x-} / {6-Spades}{8-Spades}{j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} / {x-}
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov: {x-}{x-} / {2-Spades}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades} / {x-}

Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov raised a completion and "RaulGonzalez" made it three bets to earn a call from Strebkov. "RaulGonzalez" bet all further streets and Strebkov called from fourth to six. On seventh, Strebkov then folded and was left with a severe short stack.

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 4,105,356 416,000
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru 294,644 -416,000

Aces for "RaulGonzalez" in Stud

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Seven Card Stud Limits 40,000-80,000

RaulGonzalez: {a-}{x-} / {8-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov: {x-}{x-} / {q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{3-Spades} fold

Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov completed and was called by "RaulGonzalez" to then see the latter check-call fourth with an ace. "RaulGonzalez" check-called once more on fifth and bet sixth when he paired the ace, winning the pot right there.

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 3,689,356 349,500
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru 710,644 -349,500

"RaulGonzalez" Restores Bigger Lead

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Razz Limits 35,000-70,000

"RaulGonzalez": {a-}{9-} / {5-}{6-}{3-}{3-} / {2-}
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov: {x-}{x-} / {8-}{6-}{9-}{j-} / {x-}

Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov raised after "RaulGonzalez" had completed and earned a call. "RaulGonzalez" check-called fourth, then bet fifth and raised sixth after pairing his trey, Strebkov made the call. Strebkov elected to check-call seventh and was shown a six-five.

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 3,339,856 427,000
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru 1,060,144 -427,000

Strebkov Wins a Bigger Pot

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Razz Limits 35,000-70,000

"RaulGonzalez": {x-}{x-} / {8-}{5-}{a-}{5-} / {x-}
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov: {a-}{5-} / {7-}{6-}{2-}{10-} / {9-}

Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov completed and called a raise by "RaulGonzalez" to then bet fourth and fifth, picking up calls. On sixth, he bet with a ten-seven draw and "RaulGonzalez" raised, Strebkov made it three bets and was called.

Strebkov then bet seventh and was called to reveal a seven-six to win the pot.

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 2,912,856 -479,500
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru 1,487,144 479,500

Once Upon a Fifth Street

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Razz Limits 35,000-70,000

"RaulGonzalez": {x-}{x-} / {9-}{j-}{7-}
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov: {x-}{x-} / {k-}{10-}{k-} fold

Almost all hands as of recently ended on third or fourth street and one then went to fifth. "RaulGonzalez" completed and Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov called. On fourth, Strebkov raised with a king-ten and folded fifth when he paired his king.

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 3,392,356 73,500
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru 1,007,644 -73,500

The Action Slows Down for a Moment

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Razz Limits 35,000-70,000

The last few hands provided quickfire action but no major changes to the chip counts. The most notable one saw Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov complete and call a raise with a trey showing. He called a bet on fourth by "RaulGonzalez" when he picked up a ten but folded after pairing his ten on fifth while "RaulGonzalez" bet with a {8-}{9-}{2-}

RaulGonzalez de
RaulGonzalez
de 3,318,856 -108,500
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov ru
Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov
ru 1,081,144 108,500