PokerStars EPT Sochi

$102,000 Super High Roller

Level Info

Level 21
Blinds 2,400 / 4,800
Ante 720

Players Info

Prize Pool $2,800,000
$102,000 Super High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Sweden's "bencb789" Wins the WCOOP Super High Roller for $1,172,461 After a Deal With Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz

Webjoker • Level 21: 2,400-4,800, 720 ante

Longtime online grinder "bencb789" has won the inaugural $102,000 Super High Roller during the World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars, the biggest buy-in online tournament in the history of the game.

He beat none other than Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz heads up after the two had made a deal. Both walked away with a million plus. The only other in the money finisher was start-of-the-day chip leader Salman "salfshb" Behbehani who finished third for $560,000.

Mikita "fish2013" Badziakouski, Igor "lechuckpoker" Kurganov and Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton all left the tournament empty-handed.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1"bencb789"Sweden$1,172,461
2Fedor "CrownUpGuy" HolzGermany$1,067,639
3Salman "salfshb" BehbehaniUnited States$560,000

After an exhilarating first day, Day 2 got underway at 12:30 Eastern U.S. Time and the players didn't hold back. While Behbehani suffered some connectivity issues, short-stacked Kurganov was already all in the second hand of the day, though no one called.

Mikita "fish2013" Badziakouski would be the first to go. "bencb789," a German player out of Sweden, raised and Badziakouski called in position before Holz over called from the big blind. "bencb789" made a continuation bet on a king-queen-six rainbow flop and both Badziakouski and Holz called. A seemingly harmless deuce hit the turn and Holz and "bencb789" checked. Badziakouski bet and just Holz called. The river was another deuce and Holz checked for the third time. Badziakouski bet almost pot, leaving himself just four big blinds behind. Holz check-raised all in nonetheless and after some heavy tanking, Badziakouski called with pocket aces. Holz showed king-deuce for a flopped top pair that had backdoored into a full house.

With play now five-handed, Salman "salfshb" Behbehani was almost the next to go. He got it in with queens versus the aces of "bencb789" but spiked a king on the river to make a straight and survive.

Igor "lechuckpoker" Kurganovwould finish in fifth eventually. As the shortest stack still left in the tournament, he limped in from the small blind. His neighbor, Fedor Holz, bumped it up a bit and Kurganov called. Kurganov continued to check-call a bet on jack-eight-deuce and check-called all in on the ten-turn. Kurganov tabled queen-jack for top pair, Holz showed nine-five for nothing but an open-ended straight draw. Kurganov hit the rail as a seven on the river gave Holz a straight.

With four players remaining, the tournament was on the bubble. While Behbehani was still dealing with some internet issues, the action got fast and furious. None other than Fedor Holz himself eventually busted the bubble, putting a bad beat on Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton to end it all.

The Bubble Bursts: Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton Eliminated in Fourth Place
Action folded to Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz and he moved all in to put the pressure on Haxton. Haxton called for 90,225 with pure Phil Hellmuth speed, as quick as possible.

Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz: {3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

The flop came {8-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, just about as exciting as it could come. Haxton flopped top set but he was in no way in the clear as Holz had flopped a flush draw and backdoor straight draw. The {4-Spades} on the turn improved Holz's outs and, in tradition with how Holz has been running in 2016 so far, the river came the {J-Diamonds} to complete his flush.

The three remaining players played for just a bit before the next big clash occurred. Coincidentally, it was also the next bad beat of the tournament. Salman "salfshb" Behbehani and "bencb789" got it in before the flop with ace-king (Behbehani) versus ace-queen ("bencb789"). A queen on the flop meant it was all over for Behbehani and he had to settle for third place, worth $560,000.

With just Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz and "bencb789" remaining, play was paused on their request. Holz did the talking and asked for a look at the chip chop numbers. As soon as PokerStars host "SebasiP" had communicated the deal offer, Holz had already typed 'I agree.' "bencb789" followed with the 'I agree,' seconds later. "bencb789" secured himself $1,116,360.60 while Holz was guaranteed $1,067,639.40 from that moment on.

The two played on for $56,000 and the WCOOP title, but it didn't take long for the tournament to end. Holz looked to push the action and eventually played bet over bet over bet in a huge pot on a just about a complete bluff in the fourth hand of the mano-a-mano battle.

Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz Eliminated in Second Place, Netting $1,067,639.40
Holz opened the action with a button raise to 12,624. "bencb789" made the call to grow a 26,688 pot going into the flop. "bencb789" checked on {2-Spades}{6-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and Holz bet 13,540. "bencb789" called.

With now 53,768 in the middle, the {4-Clubs} hit the turn. "bencb789" checked again and called Holz's 63,446 over bet.

The {10-Clubs} completed the board and "bencb789" checked a third time. Holz moved in for 316,035 into the 180,660 pot. "bencb789" tanked before he called with {K-Spades}{4-Spades}. Holz showed {A-Clubs}{3-Spades} and made his exit into second place.

And just like tha, it was all over. "bencb789" won the event for $1,172,360.60 while Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz had to settle for second place, still netting him $1,067,639.40.

Tags: bencb789Fedor HolzIgor KurganovIsaac HaxtonMikita BadziakouskiSalman Behbehani

Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz Eliminated in 2nd Place $1,067,639.40

Webjoker • Level 21: 2,400-4,800, 720 ante
Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

One of the first hands of the heads-up saw "bencb789" hold a small lead over Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz with 432,915 versus 405,645 in chips.

Holz opened the action with a button raise to 12,624. "bencb789" made the call to grow a 26,688 pot going into the flop.

"bencb789" checked on {2-Spades}{6-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and Holz bet 13,540. "bencb789" called.

With now 53,768 in the middle, the {4-Clubs} hit the turn. "bencb789" checked again, and called Holz's 63,446 over bet.

The {10-Clubs} completed the board and "bencb789" checked a third time. Holz moved in for 316,035 into the 180,660 pot. "bencb789" tanked for a bit before he called with {K-Spades}{4-Spades}. Holz showed {A-Clubs}{3-Spades} for not much of anything.

And just like that, in one of the first hands of the heads up, it was all over. "bencb789" won the event for $1,172,360.60 while Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz had to settle for second place, still netting him $1,067,639.40.

bencb789 840,000 379,399
CrownUpGuy Busted

Tags: bencb789Fedor Holz

A Deal Has Been Agreed On, $56,000 Still in the Middle

Webjoker • Level 21: 2,400-4,800, 720 ante

Swedish player "bencb789" (460,601 in chips) and German player Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz (379,399 in chips) requested the host to pause the tournament to take a look at the numbers. A deal was quickly agreed on.

CrownUpGuy: chipchop pls
Administrator: The tournament has been paused to allow discussion of deal.
CrownUpGuy: 56k left for winner I think
HostSebastiP [Commentator]: One moment to get those numbers for you.
HostSebastiP [Commentator]: Here are the numbers:
HostSebastiP (Administrator): bencb789:$1,116,360.60
HostSebastiP (Administrator): CrownUpGuy:$1,067,639.40
HostSebastiP (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $56,000.00
HostSebastiP [Commentator]: If everyone agree please state it by saying "I agree".
CrownUpGuy: I agree
bencb789: I agree
HostSebastiP [Commentator]: Perfect, we have a deal. Congratulations!

A 5-minute break before the tournament commences.

Salman "salfshb" Behbehani Eliminated in 3rd Place ($560,000)

Webjoker • Level 21: 2,400-4,800, 720 ante
Salman Behbehani
Salman Behbehani

Behbehani raised his button to 9,600 and small blind "bencb789" three-bet to 29,748.

Holz was quick to fold but Behbehani had bigger plans and moved in for 163,282. "bencb789" thought about it for a bit before calling.

Salman "salfshb" Behbehani: {K-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}
"bencb789: {Q-Spades}{A-Diamonds}

The flop came {6-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{4-Spades}, a disaster for Behbehani.

The {J-Diamonds} on the turn gave him some additional outs to now come from behind, but the {6-Clubs} on the river wasn't one of the cards he was looking for.

With that, Salman "salfshb" Behbehani was eliminated in 3rd place for $560,000. Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz and "bencb789" are now guaranteed $840,000 and play heads up for the $1.4 million first place prize.

bencb789 475,241 153,202
CrownUpGuy 364,759 28,800
salfshb Busted

Tags: bencb789Fedor HolzSalman Behbehani

"bencb789" Closing the Gap

Webjoker • Level 21: 2,400-4,800, 720 ante

"bencb789" limped in and Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz checked to see a flop heads up.

"bencb789" check-called a bet of 6,000 on {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{5-Diamonds} and the {6-Diamonds} hit the turn. Both players checked to see the {8-Spades} complete the board.

After some tanking, "bencb789" bet 14,400 into 23,760. Holz called, but mucked upon being shown {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}.

CrownUpGuy 335,959 -95,040
bencb789 322,039 77,840

Tags: Fedor Holzbencb789

Level:
21
Blinds:
2,400/4,800
Ante:
720

Holz Can't Win 'Em All

Webjoker • Level 20: 2,100-4,200, 630 ante

Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz raised to 9,450 from the button and "bencb789" made the call from the big blind.

The flop came {8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts} and "bencb789" check-called a bet of 7,000 to grow the pot to 36,890. The {4-Hearts} hit the turn and "bencb789" check-called another 25,000.

The {10-Spades} completed the board and both players checked. "bencb789" showed {5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Holz mucked.

CrownUpGuy 416,299 -55,494
bencb789 218,369 85,104

Tags: bencb789Fedor Holz