LONDON -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Russian player "maratik" was crowned the PokerStars.eu 2012 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion this morning, winning $1,000,907.26, and having qualified into the $5,200 buy-in event for just 40 Frequent Player Points (FPPs)!
It’s a remarkable story for the Russian – a low-stakes Sit & Go and tournament player on PokerStars – who topped a field of 1,825 players to win the richest and most prestigious online tournament of the year. He beat Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter heads-up to win the largest share of the $9,125,000 prize pool.
In the final hand, with "maratik" holding nearly a 2:1 chip lead, all the chips went in on the turn, with the board reading 3h-Qs-Jc-3s. "TheCart3r" revealed 4s-Jd for two pair, but "maratik" had Ac-Ad for a higher two pair, and the 4c changed nothing, rewarding the Russian player with the all-important title and WCOOP Main Event bracelet.
A six-way deal was negotiated at the final table, which saw "maratik" initially get $900,907.26, but he then went on to beat the other five players to win the additional $100,000 that was reserved for first place. Here are the final places and payouts:
1. maratik (Russia) – $1,000,907.26*
2. Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter (Canada) – $662,516.39*
3. Jossel2008 (Ireland) – $814,602.12*
4. Mike "munchenHB" Telker (Cyprus) – $1,000.584.34*
5. sly caveat (Portugal) – $601,884.93*
6. FOO-92 (Germany) – $502,992.46*
7. Kakalala (Denmark) – $182,500.00
8. Phil "takechip" D'Auteuil (Canada) – $136,875
9. mitdadu (Russia) – $91,250.00
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