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RaiseOnce Wins High Roller Heads-Up Event at PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker

Fabrizio Gonzalez Wins Event No. 38


It was a day of heads-up madness at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on Sunday with the conclusion of the $500 buy-in event and the $25,000 buy-in High Roller Championship.

The High Roller event just missed out on a full field with 31 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $775,000. Only the top four finishers made the money and defending champion Jonathan “Iftarii” Jaffe was eliminated in the second round. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier bubbled, busting in fifth place.

The final heads-up match came down to high-stakes unknown RaiseOnce and Dutch pro SkaiWalkurrr. While both players identities have yet to be revealed, many on the virtual rail were insistent that RaiseOnce was none other than Phil Ivey.

In the end, it took a massive cooler and bad beat to end it. SkaiWalkurrr was all in holding aces against RaiseOnce and his pocket queens. A queen on the flop had SkaiWalkurrr drawing to a straight or aces that never came. He earned $193,750 for his runner-up performance. RaiseOnce picked up the bracelet and $348,750.

In the $500 heads-up event, Fabrizio “SixthSense19” Gonzalez defeated Russian pro Sergey “gipsy74” Rybachenko for his bracelet and $100,000.

Sergey RybachenkoEvent No. 38 — Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em ($600,000 Guarantee)

Buy-In: $500+$30
Prize Pool: $600,000
Entrants: 943

Final Eight Results:

1. Fabrizio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez — $100,000*
2. Sergey “gipsy74” Rybachenko — $80,000*
T3. noclue645 — $36,000
T3. lobito121 — $36,000
T5. gr33dy — $18,600
T5. schwarmann — $18,600
T5. Scott “BigRiskky” Clements — $18,600
T5. Poker Own U — $18,600

*Based on a deal made at the final table.

Event No. 39 — Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em High Roller ($750,000 Guarantee)

Buy-In: $25,000+$500
Prize Pool: $775,000
Entrants: 31

Final Four Results:

1. RaiseOnce — $348,750
2. SkaiWalkurrr — $193,750
T3. 0Human0 — $116,250
T3. IMALLIN723 — $116,250

Event No. 41 — No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500,000 Guarantee)

Buy-In: $200+$15
Prize Pool: $1,917,400
Entrants: 9,587

Final Table Results:

1. Money_1985 — $282,798*
2. canucko — $180,336*
3. OliverDK — $168,843*
4. 2Maise4U — $95,870
5. shipshipit — $76,696
6. Legacy10 — $57,522
7. LISTILLO — $38,348
8. Hape2006 — $21,091
9. pimpstackn89 — $14,859

*Based on a deal made at the final table.

Kevin EysterEvent No. 42 — No-Limit Hold’em ($3,000,000 Guarantee)

Buy-In: $1,000+$50
Prize Pool: $3,122,000
Entrants: 3,122

This two-day event is currently paused with 176 players remaining. Each player is now in the money and guaranteed at least $3,278. The winner will receive $491,715.

The current chip leader is Kevin “1$ickDisea$E” Eyster and he is joined by other notables such as Jason Mercier, Steve Paul Ambrose, Barry Greenstein, Chad Brown and Humberto Brenes.

The action will resume at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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