Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
After playing 243 hands today, Roberly Felicio finally managed to clinch the win in the end by defeating Sang Liu heads-up in Event #7: $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em. Not only did he win the fourth coveted gold WSOP bracelet for Brazil, he also took home $1,000,000 for his efforts over the past days. In total over the six starting days, 13,070 hopefuls took their seats to create a total prize pool of $6,535,000.
Felicio said the following just after he had his winner photo taken: “I’m very happy; it was a tough final table with tough opponents. Heads-up was very emotional. But I’m very excited to take home my first bracelet. I still can’t believe it.”
Final Table Results
|2||Sang Liu||United States||$500,000|
|3||Joel Wurtzel||United States||$300,000|
|4||Scott Margereson||United Kingdom||$220,040|
|5||Timothy Miles||United States||$166,091|
|6||Song Choe||United States||$126,158|
|8||John Racener||United States||$74,178|
|9||Steven Jones||United States||$57,425|
The Final Table Action
First to be sent to the rail in ninth place was Steven Jones who started the final table as the short stack. He ran his ace-deuce into the jack-seven of Song Choe in the fifth hand of the day. Choe flopped two pair to take Jones out of the running. Fifteen hands later it was John Racener’s turn to say goodbye when he ran his ace-jack into the pocket sevens of Choe. The hand right after that, Gunther Dumsky had to leave the stage when he shoved all in on the turn with pocket eights on the six-four-three-king board. Again, it was Choe to take care of business as he had called with king-jack for top pair.
Choe then lost most of those chips when he doubled Scott Margereson up when Choe had flopped a set of jacks but Margereson had rivered a straight. Choe then left the stage in sixth place when he found ace-seven and called when Timothy Miles put him all-in with pocket eights. The board didn’t help in any way and Choe got to take home $126,158 for his efforts. After playing for almost three hours, next to go was Miles who ran his pocket jacks into the ace-king of Liu with an ace falling on the flop.
Four-handed play then lasted almost 4 hours (including a 30-minute dinner break). They all went all-in and kept doubling each other up in the meanwhile. But in hand #192, the curtains finally closed on Margereson. He ran his last nine big blinds with ace-six into the pocket nines of Felicio. A mere twenty minutes later, Liu got rid of Joel Wurtzel when the latter shoved ace-four into the king-ten of Liu. Liu managed to hit a flush on the turn to leave Wurtzel drawing dead by then.
In the 25th hand of heads-up play, Liu had limped and then snap-called the shove of Felicio with pocket jacks. Felicio held pocket tens but the jacks on the flop gave Liu quads and left Felicio drawing dead while Liu was dancing around the table. The hand after that, Felicio moved all-in on the jack-seven-three flop. Liu snap-called again with jack-ten. Felicio was behind, holding jack-eight. But the eight on the river gave Felicio the double-up he needed to stay in the tournament.
Liu grinded his way back up after doubling up once more and then getting Felicio to fold several times when Liu shoved but the fun was over for Liu when Liu shoved after a limp by Felicio who then proceeded to call. Felicio held ace-jack and Liu was behind holding ace-six. The flop gave Liu a flush and straight draw but the rest of the board didn’t provide him with any more help. The Brazilian rail erupted in cheers and their phones were all out to record this amazing win for their fellow countryman.
Andre Akkari, Felipe Ramos and Bruno Politano were some of the Brazilians on his rail. This is what Felicio had to say about them while both Ramos and Akkari were standing there listening in and filming: “It was a wonderful experience. I studied a lot and had a great coach in Felipe Ramos. I remember sitting down with Andre Akkari for the first time, I was shaking. And now I have a bracelet, just like him, and I still haven’t comprehended it.”
As soon as he was done with the interviews, the whole rail gave him a big hug and Felicio seemed overwhelmed and over the moon with all the attention.
This concludes the live reporting for the COLOSSUS for 2018. The PokerNews live reporting team will be here for the whole World Series of Poker so check back often for all the updates from the floor!