While it seems engineered in some way by the Crown Casino in Melbourne and high rollers Paul Phua and Richard Yong, it's not clear how the event came about but Jim Preston, Director of Crown Poker, is on the scene and giving updates.
According to Preston’s tweets, the usual suspects are involved again:
@kevmath Ivey, Phua, Yong, Seidel, Shak, Gruissem , JC Tran Nam Le still in . Out Trickett, Reinkemeier , Shakerchi, Kurganov
As if satelliting from a 100 FPP qualifier all the way to the WCOOP Main Event title wasn’t enough, Russian micro grinder maratik cemented his place as the most revered WCOOP winner ever by unknowingly creating the next great poker meme.
Down to just 700k in chips at one point and barely hanging on at the final table, maratik repeatedly asked for a deal only to be ignored.
After getting hit with the deck and building up to about 4m, Maratik then doubled through chip leader Mike “munchenHB” Telker to somehow find himself just off the chip lead.
When talk of a deal then got serious at six players, what did maratik do? He typed “I WONT MILLION” into the chat box.
Yes. Yes he did.
He didn’t get it in the deal but by winning the title and the extra $100k he did, in fact, walk away with a million. That plus the undying envy of micro-grinders everywhere.
Be prepared to see I WONT MILLION everywhere for the next while - or at least until maratik blows his new roll in $5k turbos. Then expect to see it even more.
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