WCOOP: No Deal Needed as Patrick Serda Wins High Roller for $468K

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On Day 9 of the PokerStars 2017 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), nine champions were crowned including Patrick Serda, who plays under the moniker “prepstyle71.” The Canadian took down $468,181, the biggest prize of the day, for winning the $10,300 High Roller.

No deal was needed for Canada’s Patrick “prepstyle71” Serda to claim his second WCOOP title on Monday, and also a hefty $469,191 prize. (Image: PokerStars)

Serda Goes Wire to Wire

If Serda’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you remember him as the man who struck a deal with the controversial William Kassouf in the 2016 EPT Prague High Roller. Despite having a 4-1 chip lead over Kassouf, Serda struck a deal that saw him lock up €719,000 ($750,000) in exchange for giving his opponent the title and €532,500 ($556,000) in prize money.

WCOOP-09-H ($10,300 NLHE High Roller) attracted 244 entrants, including Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, online legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, and online poker’s most successful tournament player Chris “Moorman1” Moorman.

Just 32 players returned for Day 2 action on Monday, and Serda held a monster lead with 1.19 million more chips than his nearest competitor. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Ryan “newguy89” McEathron (10th for $41,638), Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (11th for $41,638), Philipp “philbort” Gruissem (25th for $27,000), and Boeree (30th for $22,000).

When the final table began, Serda held over half the chips in play and never looked back. During heads-up play, Serda approached “KumariOy” about looking at numbers, but the Russian politely turned him down with a simple “no ty” in the chat box.

In what would be the final hand on the tournament, “KumariOy” held kings and nines and shoved the turn, which Serda called with a set of fours. A jack on the river was a blank for “KumariOy,” and he had to settle for second place and a $355,808 consolation prize.

It marked the second WCOOP win for Patrick Serda, who last year topped a field of 575 entries to win Event #63 ($2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship Six Max) for $202,930.

Final Table Results
1 Patrick “prepstyle71” Serda (Canada) $469,191
2 “KumariOy” (Russia) $355,809
3 “limitless” (Poland) $204,630
4 Jens “Fresh_oO_D” Lakemeier (Germany) $204,630
5 Paul “_paul €Faul_” Höfer (Germany) $155,184
6 “ROFLshove” (Mexico) $117,685
7 Andres “Educa-p)ker” Artinano (UK) $89,248
8 Martin “nizmo jiz” Kozlov (Macao) $67,682
9 “LAP1293” (UK) $51,328

WSOP Winner Scoops a WCOOP

In other WCOOP news, High Roller fourth-place finisher Jens “Fresh_oO_D” Lakemeier, who over the summer won a World Series of Poker bracelet, won WCOOP-23-H ($1,050 NLHE 6-Max) over the weekend for $97,459 after a three-way deal.

It marked the third –COOP related title won by Lakemeier. His previous two came in SCOOP events, including last year’s SCOOP-37-M ($215 Razz) for $20,487.

Lakemeier began heads-up play at a 2-1 chip disadvantage to Argentina’s “xPastorcitox.” But after five minutes, he took the lead. In the final hand of the tournament, “xPastorcitox” held the 8♦7♦ and moved all-in on a 6♥10♦3♦ flop. Lakemeier called with A♥10♥ and his top pair-top kicker held as the 5♣ blanked on the turn followed by the 3♣ on the river.

Final Table Results
1 Jens “Fresh_oO_D” Lakemeier (Germany) $97,459.68*
2 “xPastorcitox” (Argentina) $81,235.45*
3 “T3G3S” (Poland) $84,059.61*
4 “olelemaiko” (Bulgaria) $42,474.88
5 Alexander “Schildy1984” Debus (Austria) $30,157.27
6 “kofi89” (Uruguay) $21,411.80
7 Pascal “Pass_72” LeFrancois (Canada) $17,199.76
* denotes three-way deal

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