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James Mackey scores big WCOOP win at PokerStars
The $1,050 No-Limit Hold'em tournament had the third-biggest prize pool in PokerStars history, and James Mackey, playing under the nickname mig.com, wanted as much as possible of that money. He refused to make a deal and was full of confidence at the final table.
Mackey had some trouble along the way, but managed to take command of the WCOOP event in a rather strange hand, ending up all-in pre-flop holding A-K against player ephman's A-Q.
Both players had deep stacks at the time, and after winning the huge $30 million pot, mig.com was able to dominate play even more with his aggressive style.
When it was time for heads-up play for the title against player chulwoo, Mackey had a 3-2 chip lead. The difference in prize money between first and second place was almost $300,000, making the final battle a truly nerve-racking one.
chulwoo made the decisive mistake when he re-raised all-in on the turn when the board showed 6c-Qh-8c-4s. Mackey called holding 5h-7h for the nut straight, while chulwoo showed K-2 for an absolute bluff.
Mackey won the tournament, a WCOOP bracelet and $580,212.50 in prize money. chulwoo received $292,932.50 for his second place.
|7th||Kenny Rap||United States||$69,825|
Note: James Mackey won $730,740 in Event 22, $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2007 World Series of Poker.
WCOOP Event 15, $320 Seven-Card Stud has been decided as well. Player Ubsolute from Ireland won the tournament and $25,000 in prize money.
Final-table results (based on finishing order and a six-way deal that left $6,000 for first place):