Tom “hitthehole” Middleton Wins WCOOP Challenge for $500k

Rack up another for Tom Middleton

England’s Tom “hitthehole” Middleton continued his red-hot heater over the last 12 months by winning the WCOOP Main Event Challenge for $500,000 last night.

Last September Middleton outlasted 1,234 players to win a staggering $1.2 million at EPT Barcelona.

Middleton outlasted even more players last night on PokerStars. He beat out 1,624 and a pro-heavy final table to win half a million dollars and an entry into the WCOOP Main Event.

Since winning EPT Barcelona, Middleton has been on exceptional run online that includes a win in the Sunday 500 for $89k and a $72k final-table score in last year’s WCOOP.

Middleton Gets By Bryn Kenney, David “Bakes” Baker

Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

The final table of the WCOOP Main Event Challenge was surprisingly pro-heavy with online grinders David “Bakes” Baker and Bryn Kenney both getting a shot at the $500k.

The final nine nearly included Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen who had serious momentum but eventually finished 44th for a $9k consolation prize.

Kenney actually made several important double ups just get to the final table but didn’t last very long once he got there. Kenney made an ill-timed shove with K Q and got snapped of by online player ventox’s A 5. Kenney earned $32k for his efforts.

David “Bakes” Baker made it a bit farther. He was cruising until he shoved A-2 into Middleton’s pocket sevens. The pair held up and Baker busted in sixth place for $154k.

Here are the complete final-table payouts (*reflects two-way deal):

  • 1. Tom "hitthehole" Middleton (United Kingdom) $500,000*
  • 2. bboooommmmmm (Israel) $422,594*
  • 3. Stella948 (Australia) $292,320
  • 4. somnium89 (Ukraine) $217,616
  • 5. ventox (Norway) $154,280
  • 6. David "WhooooKidd" Baker (Mexico) $121,800
  • 7. Ben "ShankingYou" Palmer (Costa Rica) $89,320
  • 8. jbrown8777 (Canada) $56,840
  • 9. Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney (Canada) $32,480
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