Although the likes of Jason Koon, Stephen Chidwick and Adrian Mateos made the felt difficult, no one could stop Nick Petrangelo from claiming the winner’s title at the Event #5: $1,00,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. The champ defeated American Elio Fox at the heads-up and shipped the first-place prize of $29,10,227.

All About The Tournament

At this event, WSOP made its first by not associating “One Drop” name to a buy-in event of $1,00,000. But, that did not stop poker celebrities from actively participating with an aim of taking down the prize money.

Although Day 1 began with 20 players, with an increase in every level, players started registering them in flocks. Day 1 saw 97 entries in total out of which only 47 survived till the end. Some notables to fall by the wayside on Day 1 included Daniel NegreanuErik SeidelAntonio EsfandiariAlex Foxen and Jonathan Duhamel.

Late registrations were open till level 2 of Day 2 which raised the number of entries to 105. Needless to say that increased number of entries also increased the prize pool-  $1,01,85,000. Celebrated poker player, Phil Ivy also joined the tournament on Day 2. Unfortunately, Chidwick railed Ivy after he lost a flick to Chidwick. Others who fell short on Day 2 are Seth Davies, Brian Rast, Tom Marchese and Ryan Riess.

Petrangelo walked on Day 3 with a healthy chip lead. There were only 10 players remaining to compete with. The elimination started with Chris Moore and within 40 hands, Fedor HolzAdrian Mateos and Jason Koon were all eliminated. Thus, now the felt had only 6 players, the game was adjourned for the day and the players came back on Day 4 to fight for the winner’s title.

The Final Table

The Final Table began in the Amazon Room at the Rio Convention Center with 6 players. The first elimination took some time to occur. Elimination began with Stephen Chidwick, at the hands of Hata. Following him, Bryn Kenney left the felt at the 5th position.

The second level saw the elimination of Andreas Eiler (4th place) at the hands of Petrangelo. Then, Aymon Hata (3rd place) bid farewell to the felt in the very next hand. Petrangelo was responsible for this poker casualty.

Finally, the much-awaited heads up commenced. Although Petrangelo had a commanding chip lead over Fox, he had to face a tough fight. Fox won several pots in a row, slowly overtaking the chip lead temporarily. But, Petrangelo buckled up real quick.

In the last hand, Fox’s hope of becoming the winner was quashed by the larger two pair that was in Petrangelo’s possession to end it all.

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