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Katchalov, Jaffe strike WCOOP gold
The hits keep coming for pros in the 2009 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker.
Katchalov had to go through 11 players to win the $530 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event and grabbed $140,000 for his efforts.
The event offered a significant overlay from PokerStars, which originally offered a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, but came short when only 1,564 players registered. Undaunted PokerStars threw in the extra $218,000 and the players who cashed picked up some extra value.
Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson came painfully close to winning the event, but was eventually sent to the rail in fifth place during the ninth round.
Instead Katchalov dispatched online player JakusKhan in last match of the tournament. In the final hand JakusKhan made an ill-timed all-in shove and Katchalov called him down with two-pair.
In the meantime, Jaffe won the epic $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event and taking a tidy sum of $415,000 with the victory.
The event drew 36 players including big-name pros like Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Peter Eastgate, Sorel Mizzi, Brian Hastings, Barry Greenstein, Ashton Griffin, Bertrand Grospellier and many others.
Eastgate outlasted all of his Team PokerStars peers before eventually crashing out during the quarterfinal round against Adonis112.
Adonis112 would go on to lose to Sifosis in the final four while Jaffe beat Mizzi to guarantee his spot in the final round.
Heads up for the title, Sifosis quickly jumped to a 2.5 to 1 chip lead, but Jaffe managed to battle back and eventually take charge.
In the deciding hand of the tournament Jaffe flopped a trip fives while Sifosis nailed two-pair. All the chips went in the middle and Jaffe's hand held giving him the prestigious $25,000 WCOOP Heads-Up title.
This is the final week of WCOOP action and it's all leading up to the $10 million guaranteed two-day Main Event, which will take place this coming Sunday Sept. 20 at 4:30 ET.