Nearly 3,000 players laid down $2,500 each to take the field in the largest online tournament of the year - the Main Event of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. With a prize pool of over $7 million, the first place prize was the biggest in WCOOP and PokerStars history - over $1 million. Among the nine survivors who settled in around the final table was Team PokerStars member Vanessa ‘LadyMaverick' Rousso . The final table chip counts started out looking like this -
Seat 1: LadyMaverick (2620233 in chips)
Seat 2: mpg1000 (18764293 in chips)
Seat 3: Fischer80 (4806266 in chips)
Seat 4: HelmetSky (4387588 in chips)
Seat 5: nitbuster (3574607 in chips)
Seat 6: ka$ino (8945334 in chips)
Seat 7: E-Daddie (4751160 in chips)
Seat 8: mao15 (3611592 in chips)
Seat 9: TheV0id (8498927 in chips)
The first elimination of the final table came at the hands of Ka$ino in a battle of the pocket pairs. Chip leader mpg1000 raised preflop, and Fischer80 reraised all in. Ka$ino called the all in, and mpg1000 got out of the way. Fischer80's pocket Jacks were way behind ka$ino's pocket Kings, and the flop of made ka$ino's set. Fischer80 needed a 9 or an Ace for a straight, but no help came on the turn or river. Fischer80 was out in 9th place ($59,960).
Back and forth play ensued for an hour or so as several players took over and gave back the chip lead. Finally, after a lot of jockeying for position among the chip leaders, Mao15 put his last chips in the middle preflop with pocket eights. TheV0id woke up with pocket Kings, went all in over the top to isolate, and took down the hand when no help came on the board for Mao15. Mao15 picked up $103,431 for finishing in 8th place.
E-Daddie was next to head to the rail when he got it all in with A-Q against HelmetSky's A-K. E-Daddie picked up a diamond draw on the turn, but a blank on the river sent him home in 7th place with $163,931.
TheV0id added a notch to his gunbelt soon after when he re-raised nitbuster all in preflop with . Nitbuster called with , but the in the door spelled the end of nitbuster's tournament. Nitbuster picked up a straight draw by the turn, but missed the river and went to the rail in 6th place ($232,345). The final five chip counts looked like this -
Seat 1: LadyMaverick (3959932 in chips)
Seat 2: mpg1000 (11424060 in chips)
Seat 4: HelmetSky (8066408 in chips)
Seat 6: ka$ino (19097300 in chips)
Seat 9: TheV0id (17412300 in chips)
Ka$ino went on a tear after the next break, increasing his chip lead by maximizing aggression and strong play. For twenty minutes he put on a clinic in aggressive poker play without showing down a single hand. When he did reveal a hand, it was to show mpg1000 that he was dominated, as ka$ino held A-K over mpg1000's K-Q. No queen on the board, and mpg1000 was eliminated in 5th place for $307,295.
It didn't take long for the next big hand to develop, when HelmetSky lost a coin flip with TheV0id. All the money went in preflop, as HelmetSky showed pocket Queens to TheV0id's A-K. An Ace on the turn ended HelmetSky's tournament in 4th place. He picked up $382,235 for his tournament. Rousso fell next in third, when she slow played her flopped two pair and ka$ino made a flush on the river to bust her. She picked up $463,940 for 3rd place.
Ka$ino held close to a 3-1 chip lead going into heads-up play, almost 20 hours after the tournament began.
Seat 6: ka$ino (44141724 in chips)
Seat 9: TheV0id (15818276 in chips)
It took over an hour of heads-up play for the first mention of a deal to come up, and TheV0id declined, since he had just taken back the chip lead. Another hour of back and forth play would see the chip lead go from player to player, and close to the two-hour mark of heads-up play, the players decided on a $150K save for second place, making the payouts $1,228,330.50 for first and $850,782,50 for second.
After 22 hours of tournament play and two hours of heads-up play, the final hand came out of nowhere. With the chip stacks close in size, TheV0id moved all in preflop over the top of ka$ino's re-raise with . Ka$ino held , and the flop came down . The turn was a blank, but the on the river gave TheV0id the straight, the bracelet and the first-ever PokerStars prize pool worth more than $1 million.
Here are the final table finishes and payouts -
1. TheV0id (United Kingdom) $1,228,330.50
2. ka$ino (United States) $850,782.50
3. LadyMaverick (United States) $463,940.50
4. HelmetSky (Israel) $382,245.00
5. mpg1000 (United States) $307,295.00
6. nitbuster (United States) $232,345.00
7. E-Daddie (United States) $163,391.00
8. mao15 (United States) $103,431.00
9. Fischer80 (Denmark) $59,960.00