Steven "stevesbets" Jacobs took down WCOOP #19 on Sunday, which was the 25k Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event. "stevesbets" received $560k for finishing in first place, while Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier received $320k for finishing in second.
Jacobs is a well-known online player who is especially fond of short-handed games, which obviously played to his advantage in this event. According to his blog, Jacobs graduated from UPenn in 2005 and then decided to turn pro. "stevesbets" has a couple of $100k+ live cashes as well; he finished 10th at the 2005 World Poker Finals main event for $117k, and he finished third in a WSOP Circuit event in Atlantic City for $132k. Jacobs typically tends to focus on cash games.
The final hand of the tournament came with "stevesbets" holding a 400k to 242k chip advantage. The blinds were 3200/6400. The two got into a pre-flop raising war and were soon all-in. "ElkY" had a pair of threes, and "stevesbets" had a pair of eights. Neither player improved, and "stevesbets" took down the tournament. This was the biggest cash ever for "stevesbets" in a tournament, by far.
This was Grospellier's third largest cash ever. He took down the 2008 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure for two million dollars - he also finished second in the EPT Copenhagen event in early 2007 for just under $400k.
ElkY is a former professional video gamer who made the jump to playing poker a number of years ago. "ElkY" is likely best-known for his legendary multi-tabling sessions on Pokerstars, where he would frequently 10-12 table and play a variety of cash games, SNGs and MTTs. "ElkY" was the first ever player to hit Supernova (January 2006) and Supernova Elite (May 2007) status on Pokerstars.
The 64 player event was loaded with familiar names, including the likes of Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu and Tom "durrrr" Dwan. Negreanu and Raymer went head-to-head in the early rounds of the tournament, with Negreanu scoring the victory. Unfortunately for "KidPoker", he didn't win the next round and therefore missed the money.
A couple of well-known names in the online poker cash game world, Tom "Hold_emNL" Dwan and Christopher "Genius28" Lee, narrowly missed the money as well, getting knocked out in the round of 16. Dwan was knocked out by Victor Ramdin, and "genius28" was knocked out by "stevesbets".
Many players were angry when Pokerstars decided to cap the event at 64 players. Pokerstars then changed their minds, but the field didn't reach 128 players. Instead of having first round byes, Pokerstars decided instead to open up the tournament to the first 64 that registered, and not allow the rest to play. This meant that some names such as Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi and Chris "Money800" Moneymaker weren't able to participate.
"zivziv" and Gavin Griffin both made the semi-finals and received $160k for their efforts. "zivziv" was dispatched by "stevesbets", while Gavin Griffin was taken out by "ElkY".
Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso, Victor "VictorRamdin" Ramdin, "PAW717" and "brianm15" all reached the quarterfinals, making themselves a total of $100k.
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