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/Sep/2014

‘CROWNUPGUY’ Crowned World Champion

By: royalraise85 @ 10:51 (EDT) / 814 / Comment ( 2 )

Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz, from Vienna in Austria, was named 2014 World Champion of Online Poker in the early hours of Tuesday morning, winning $1.3 million. The 21-year-old topped a field of 2,142 players in the $5,200 Main Event to win the largest share of the $10,710,000 prize pool.

At a final table that was broadcast live on PokerStars.tv for the first time, Holz fended off the challenge of Full Tilt Professional Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, who came ninth for $107,100, and seventh-placed Dylan ‘Pokerl)eviL’ Hortin – who finished in exactly the same position in last year’s Main Event – before a six-way deal was struck.

Holz, who won a €2k side event at EPT Barcelona just last month for €43,750 was chip leader when a deal was done, getting a guaranteed $1,100,000, but scooped an additional $200k that was set aside for the winner when he beat ‘theNERDguy’ from Brazil heads-up. In the final hand all the chips went in on the turn in a huge cooler, Holz showing down quad Tens to ‘theNERDguy’s full house. 

Speaking to the PokerStars Blog shortly after his win, Holz said: “I always wanted to run deep in such a tournament and it feels amazing to win the biggest tournament of the year. It's my biggest achievement so far and I can't put in words how happy I am.”

Visit the PokerStars Blog for a full interview with Holz – http://psta.rs/1ByeXcz – and a report from the tournament – http://psta.rs/1qQHcwV. Watch the full replay of the final table on PokerStars.tv: http://psta.rs/1rpG5u4.

KEY STATISTICS
$5,200 WCOOP Main Event
Entrants: 2,142
Prize pool: $10,710,000
Final table result
1. Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz (Vienna, Austria)         $1,300,000*
2. Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins (Curitiba, Brazil)         $708,251.21*
3. Claas ‘neckbr4ke’ Stoob (Potsdam, Germany)     $651,430.61*
4. Elior ‘Crazy Elior’ Sion (London, England)             $780,227.66*
5. Faraz ‘The-Toilet 0’ Jaka (Gdansk, Poland)           $945,000*
6. Daniel ‘19Dan86’ Rudd (London, England)            $769,813.52*
7. Dylan ‘Pokerl)eviL’ Hortin (Vancouver, Canada)   $214,200
8. Todd ‘MaltLiquor40’ Sisley (Toronto, Canada)       $160,650
9. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom (London, UK)                        $107,100
* reflects six-way deal

2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE POOL
The $10.71 million prize pool made it the richest World Championship of Online Poker Main Event since ‘Black Friday’ on April 15, 2011, and the 66-event Championship's total of $61,934,886 in prizes makes it the third richest WCOOP, a little over $1 million less than the 2010 World Championship, which still holds the record.

BIG WINNERS
As a whole, the 2014 World Championship had several notable performances. There were three double-bracelet winners – ‘Aggro Santos’, ‘Assad91’ and ‘WhatIfGod’ – while ‘mikal12345’ became one of just a trio of players to have won three career WCOOP titles, with a victory in event 19 for over $100k.
High-profile players who won an event this year include David ‘WhooooKidd’ Baker, Adam ‘Roothless’ Levy, Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro, Joep ‘Pappe_Ruk’ van den Bijgaart, Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe, and Jani ‘kiiski’ Vilmunen, who took down the incredibly tough $10,300 8-Game event for more than $231k. He beat Noah ‘Exclusive’ Boeken (2nd), Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko (3rd), and Matthew ‘MUSTAFABET’ Ashton (4th) at the final table.

For more statistics and information from the 2014 World Championship, and all-time figures and records, go to http://psta.rs/1mK4Zn1.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
This year’s WCOOP Leaderboard winner was ‘Mr Negreanu’ from the UK. He cashed 17 times and made two final tables, including a runner-up finish in event 15. For his efforts he won a Champions Trophy, 2015 PCA package, 2015 EPT Grand Final package and 2015 TCOOP Main Event ticket. Runner-up was ‘psyhoagromor’ from Ukraine, who was just 10 points behind first place and received a 2015 PCA package and a 2015 TCOOP Main Event ticket. Third to fifth places won a 2015 TCOOP Main Event ticket.

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