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Tyson 'POTTERPOKER' Marks Wins PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker

Alexander Kravchenko Wins High Roller 8-Game Championship


The final day of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) provided the biggest prizes of the series, with nearly $7 million paid out to the Main Event final table alone.

The winner was destined to log off their computer with over a third of that money, but first the field had to be whittled down from the surviving 271 players. All of the players were in the money and that undoubtedly led to some speedy play.

After ten hours of play, the field had lost Team PokerStars Pro members Jason Mercier (181st), Johannes Strassmann (169th) and Chad Brown (71st). Jason “JP OSU” Potter had a shot at picking up his second bracelet of the series, but fell just short in 21st place.

In 2009, Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko beat a then unknown player named Tyler “Udon Wannit” Kenney heads up for the title. This year, his brother Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney had a shot as well, but he fell short of the final table in 17th place.

Tyson “POTTERPOKER” Marks held a commanding chip lead entering the final table, having nearly three times the stack of his closest competitor. He kept that lead by taking out both carryhero (ninth) and Grayson “gray31” Ramage (eighth) with big pocket pairs.

The next two to go were ROMDOM (seventh) and Darren “darrenelias” Elias (sixth) and they fell at the hands of joeysweetp, who also held some high pocket pairs. With five players remaining, Marks still had a monster lead, but joeysweetp was beginning to separate himself from the rest of the pack as well.

It seemed nothing could stop Marks, especially when he cracked Jack “jackellwood” Ellwood (fifth) and his pocket aces with K-9 offsuit to make a straight. dazzy2004 (fourth) then went out when his K-Q failed to outdraw A-7. With over 37 million in chips, Marks had both of his opponents outchipped by nearly 4-1 combined.

Finally, joeysweetp took out Russian_nuts (third) when his pocket queens held against A-K to leave the tournament with just two players. Entering heads up play, Marks held 41,958,606 in chips. joeysweetp was in major trouble, holding just 6,901,394.

Though he found a way to double up and make it interesting, he ultimately ran an ill-timed semi-bluff into Marks when he was holding the turned nut flush. Marks made the easy call and saw a harmless river fall to seal the tournament win and a first place prize of $2,278,097.

You can watch the final table recap with analysis from Nick Wealthall and 2009 Champion Yevgeniy Timoshenko below.

Team PokerStars Pro Alexander Kravchenko won the only other event of the day, the $10,000 High Roller 8-Game Championship. Kravchenko defeated Card Player Online Player of the Year contender “kirbynator” heads up to claim $345,800.

You can watch the final table recap with commentary by David Tuckman below.

Check out the results below.

Alex KravchenkoEvent No. 61 — Two-Day High Roller 8-Game ($1,000,000 Guarantee)

Buy-In: $10,000+$300
Prize Pool: $1,330,000
Entrants: 133

Final Table Results:

1. Alex Kravchenko — $345,800
2. kirbynator — $232,750
3. Jose “nachobarbero” Barbero — $172,900
4. bigfish302 — $
5. Jon “PearlJammer” Turner — $86,450
6. Indigoae — $59,850

Main Event — Two-Day No-Limit Hold’em ($10,000,000 Guarantee)

Darren EliasBuy-In: $5,000+$200
Prize Pool: $12,215,000
Entrants: 2,443

Final Table Results:

1. Tyson “POTTERPOKER” Marks — $2,278,097
2. joeysweetp — $1,404,725
3. Russian_nuts — $1,019,952
4. dazzy2004 — $696,255
5. Jack “jackellwood” Ellwood — $509,976
6. Darren “darrenelias” Elias — $396,987
7. ROMDOM — $280,945
8. Grayson “gray31” Ramage — $183,225
9. carryhero — $112,988

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