Ben Vinson is no stranger to winning large sums of money at the poker table, it’s almost as if doing so comes naturally to him. In April 2014, Vinson finished fourth in the Sunday Million for $80,740.80 and followed that up three days later with a win in the Super Tuesday for $108,297. In the early hours of September 24, 2015, Vinson bust the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) Event 56: $530 rebuy NL Hold’em, in third place and secured a $71,553.00 payday.
Vinson was joined at the nine-handed final table by some of poker’s most talented individuals, two of whom bust in seventh and eighth place to leave the waters slightly less shark infested.
Giuseppe “Ansgar2000” Pantaleo fell in eighth for a $15,783.75 score with former European Poker Tour (EPT) Dortmund champion, Mike “Timex” McDonald, seeing his tournament come to an abrupt end in seventh place, a finish worth $22,798.75.
A flurry of eliminations meant that the final three players were relatively deep stacked, in fact Vinson had a 30 big blind stack at the start of his final hand. Vinson raised with and “maggess88” responded with three-bet. Vinson opted to push all-in with his deuces, but maggess88 was holding and made the call. The jacks remained the best hand once the five community cards were in view, and Vinson’s superb run ended with a third place finish.
Event 57: $2,100 PL Omaha 6-Max Championship had two British players in the final 18 but neither managed to get anything going. “markwin11” crashed out in 16th place for $7,480.00 while “VanceVanilla” exited on place deeper for the same amount of prize money.
VanceVanilla has a great chance to make amends because he finds himself 4/32 in the $530 NL Hold’em Ultra-Deep event where $101,880.00 awaits the eventual champion. Ireland’s “whiteser” sits back down at the restart second in chips, while Rhys “floppinhel” Jones finds himself 17/32 in that tournament and 33/39 in the WCOOP edition of the Thursday Thrill.
2015 WCOOP Ends on Sunday 27 September
The 2015 WCOOP reaches its climax this weekend with the final 10 events taking place between Friday afternoon and Sunday night. These 10 events have combined guaranteed prize pools in excess of $14.5 million, the bulk of which is made up from the massive $10 million guarantee placed on the $5,200 buy-in WCOOP Main Event.
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