Rafael Moraes came close to winning the WCOOP this Sunday (17th) but narrowly missed leaving the trophy on his bookshelf. As the chip leader in the final leg of Event #27-H ($530 NLH Deep Stack), the PokerStars Ambassador lived up to his expectations by making it to the final table and finishing in second place.
“GM_VALTER” 620 participants were awarded $39,607 for their performance. Moraes wasn’t the only Brazilian to perform well. Denys Ramos (“dennysramos2”) also came out on top, finishing with the bronze medal. His third-place finish earned him $28,756.
The final table is a real test and all pots are taken seriously by players. After the collapse of Alex Debs “Schildy1984” (a German playing under the Brazilian flag) and “MiracleQ”, Denis and Moraes were joined by “SuspiciousCat” and Englishman Gavin Cochrane “gavz101” “It was an exciting four-hand match. It was a long battle and the stack configuration changed a bit.
Rafi Er served at the right time, but Suspicious Cat surged ahead, almost setting up a parallel showdown between the Brazilians that would turn into a one-on-one fight to see who came out on top. Under pressure, the Andorran player suffered a heavy defeat preflop and eliminated Danny’s all-in move when the Brazilian had 25 big blinds. Against AQ the card count is 86 and the board is 79597.
This means that foreigners lead “GM_VALTER” 4:1 entering the heads-up. The match lasted 11 hands and even got off to an encouraging start for the 4bet team member, who won the first 5 hands. In the sixth game, “SuspiciousCat” hit Moraes’ QQ, taking away half of his chips. The duel ended with A2 going all-in preflop on 548T5 against K6.