“bencb789” Wins 2016 WCOOP $102,000 Super High Roller

Since the beginning of 2016, German poker pro Fedor Holz has won almost all major live high roller tournaments that have taken place all over the globe, scooping more than $16.1 million in earnings. Last night, the player was really close to winning the highest buy-in online poker event in the game’s history but was bettered by a Swedish online regular.

To give a better picture of the above-described, it should be said that the final day of the 2016 WCOOP $102,000 Super High Roller was played on Monday night, with Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz and Sweden’s “bencb789” eventually being the last two men standing. After a two-way deal and a short heads-up match, the Swede emerged victorious, winning the total amount of $1,172,461 and the honor of becoming the winner of the most expensive online poker tournament to have ever been played.

PokerStars announced that it would double up the buy-in fee for the Super High Roller to take place as part of this year’s World Championship of Online Poker. Last year, entries had to pay $51,000 in order to be able to participate in the tournament.

This year’s edition of the Super High Roller attracted 28 of the world’s most active high rollers, both in the online and live tournament space. The overall prize pool of $2.8 million was split among the top three finishers. Thus, aside from “bencb789” and “CrownUpGuy,” Salman “salfshb” Behbehani was the other player to exit the event with a payout. Starting the event’s second day as the chip leader, Behbehani eventually finished third for $560,000.

Day 2 of the event kicked off with the six final table players. Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski was the first to leave after a confrontation with none other but Holz. Igor “lechuckpoker” Kurganov, a high roller that has been an inseparable part of the final tables of some of the major high roller events over the past several years, was the next to go. Kurganov actually started the day as the short stack and apparently could not improve his position. He, too, fell victim to Holz.

Isaac “philivey2694” Haxton, one of the most renowned online poker players, became the unfortunate bubble boy of the $102,000 Super High Roller. In other words, he was the last player to leave the tournament empty-handed. Holz was responsible for that elimination, too.

Three-handed play started with the German as the chip leader and ended with Behbehani exiting the event in third place and “bencb789” emerging as the player with the most chips. At the time there were only two players left, play stopped for the opponents to discuss a two-way deal. One was agreed upon and under it, the Swede was to take $1,116,361 and Holz was to collect $1,067,639. The remaining $56,000 were to be awarded to the champion. And a champion was crowned not long after. Two-handed match lasted for several hands only.

On the very last one, Holz raised to 12,624 and his opponent called. The flop came [2s][6c][Kd] to see “bencb789” check and Holz bet 13,540. The Swede called and the [4c] appeared on the turn. The Swede checked once again and then called the German’s 63,446 bet. The [10c] came on the river. Holz moved all in and his opponent called. “bencb789” turned [Ks][4s] against Holz’s [Ac][3s] and the tournament was concluded just like so.

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