Friday, June 8, 2018 3:32 AM Local Time
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 fifth coveted gold WSOP bracelet for Brazil, he also took home $1,000,000 for his efforts over the past days. Over six starting days, 13,070 hopefuls took their seats, creating a total prize pool of $6,535,000.
Just after he had his winner photo taken, Felicio said: "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|
Final Table Action
First 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 a six-four-three-king board. Again, it was Choe to take care of business as he called with king-jack for top pair to eliminate Dumsky.
However, Choe was about to lose most of those chips when he doubled up Scott Margereson. Choe had flopped a set of jacks, but Margereson rivered a straight to scoop a big pot. Choe 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.
With five players left, Margereson made a monster laydown against Miles as the stream would later reveal. Holding pocket sixes on a six-queen-king-ace board, it was Miles who check-raised all in after Margereson had bet. Amazingly enough, "Aggro Santos" found a fold with bottom set, and it turned out to be the correct decision as Miles played pocket kings for a higher set.
After playing five-handed for almost three hours, next to go was Miles who ran his pocket jacks into the ace-king of Liu. An ace fell on the flop to knock out Miles in fifth. Another long spell without a bustout followed as four-handed play lasted nearly four hours. In hand #192, the curtain finally closed on Margereson, who ran his last nine big blinds with ace-six into the pocket nines of Felicio.
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. With Wurtzel's elimination in 3rd place, heads-up play between Felicio and Liu would commence.
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. However, the celebration was about to be cut short as the players got their stacks in the middle again in the next hand. Felicio moved all in on a jack-seven-three flop. Liu snap-called again with jack-ten. Felicio was behind, holding jack-eight. However, the Brazilian spiked a crucial eight on the river to give him the double-up he needed to stay in the tournament.
Liu grinded his way back up and found a double-up once more before the final hand of the night was dealt. After a limp by Felicio, Liu shoved and Felicio snap-called. The Brazilian held ace-jack and Liu was behind holding ace-six of spades. The flop gave Liu both flush and straight draws but the turn and river bricked out. 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.
"It was a wonderful experience," Felicio said about his high-profile rail. "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 stay tuned for all the updates from the floor!
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:58 AM Local Time
Sang Liu Eliminated in 2nd Place ($500,000)
Hand #243: Roberly Felicio limped in and Sang Liu moved all in for 26,900,000. Felicio snap-called and they turned over the cards.
The dealer fanned the flop; a monster flop for Liu who picked up both straight and flush draws. Felicio, however, was still in the lead with his jack kicker.
"Come on spade or three," Liu shouted just as the hit the turn.
The completed the board and Felicio ran into the arms of his rail as the Brazilian cheers filled the room. The two players shook hands afterwards. Liu earned his largest career tournament cash of $500,000 for his second-place finish in the COLOSSUS.
A recap of today's action will follow shortly.
|Roberly Felicio||65,300,000||27,200,000 |
|Sang Liu||0||-27,200,000 |
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:40 AM Local Time
Hand #240-242: Felico Takes One From Liu
Hand #240: Sang Liu limped in and Roberly Felicio checked. The dealer spread the flop and Felicio check-called a bet of 2,200,000 from Liu. The turn was the and both players checked. The river was and Felicio fired out a bet of 6,000,000. Liu folded and Felicio took the pot.
Hand #241: Felicio limped in, Liu moved all in and Felicio folded.
Hand #242: Liu moved all in for 24,600,000 and Felicio folded.
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:32 AM Local Time
Hand #235-239: Taking Turns Shoving and Folding
Hand #235: Roberly Felicio raised to 5,000,000 and Sang Liu folded.
Hand #236: Liu called and Felicio shoved. Liu folded.
Hand #237: Felicio called, Liu shoved and Felicio folded.
Hand #238: Liu shoved and Felicio folded.
Hand #239: Felicio shoved and Liu folded.
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:29 AM Local Time
Hand #234: Liu Doubles Up
Hand #234: Sang Liu shoved for 14,400,000 and Roberly Felicio called.
The board ran out to give Liu the double-up.
|Roberly Felicio||38,100,000||-20,200,000 |
|Sang Liu||27,200,000||19,900,000 |
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:25 AM Local Time
Hand #228-233: Felicio Keeps Folding
Hand #228: Sang Liu shoved for 7,200,000 and Roberly Felicio folded.
Hand #229: Felicio opted to fold.
Hand #230: Liu shoved and Felicio folded.
Hand #231: Felicio folded again.
Hand #232: Lui shoved and Felicio folded once more.
Hand #233: Felicio shoved and Lui folded.
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:20 AM Local Time
Hand #227: Felicio Spikes a Three-Outer on the River To Survive
Hand #227: Roberly Felicio limped in and Sang Liu raised to 5,000,000. Felicio called and they saw a flop of . Liu checked and Felicio moved all in for 23,700,000. Liu snap-called, turning over , and Felicio shook his head tabling .
The turn was the and Liu was just one river card away from becoming the Event #7: $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em Champion. The hit the river and the crowd went wild as Felicio spiked two pair to stay alive and the heads-up battle for the bracelet continued.
|Roberly Felicio||58,300,000||29,400,000 |
|Sang Liu||7,300,000||-29,100,000 |
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:15 AM Local Time
Hand #226: Quad Jacks for Liu
Hand #226: Sang Liu limped in from the small blind and Roberly Felicio moved all in from the big blind. Liu snap-called for his last 17,900,000, turning over , and Felicio showed .
The dealer fanned the flop. Liu flopped quad jacks and burst out in a celebration dancing around the table.
"How are you going to beat me now" he joked. The meaningless and completed the board and Liu doubled up.
|Sang Liu||36,400,000||14,300,000 |
|Roberly Felicio||28,900,000||-14,300,000 |
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:10 AM Local Time
Hand #224-225: Back and Forth
Hand #224: Sang Liu limped in and Roberly Felicio checked. They saw a flop of and Felicio checked to Liu who bet 2,500,000. Felicio check-raised all in and Liu folded.
Hand #225: Felicio limped in, Liu moved all in for 14,700,000 and Felicio folded.
Friday, June 8, 2018 1:00 AM Local Time
Hand #216-223: Felicio Extends Lead
Hand #216: Sang Liu raised to 3,200,000 and Roberly Felicio called. The flop came , Felicio checked, Lie bet 2,800,000. Felicio raised to 7,000,000 and Liu folded.
Hand #217: Felicio raised to 2,600,000 and Liu called. The flop came , Liu check-folded to the 3,500,000 bet of Felicio.
Hand #218: Liu raised to 2,900,00 and Felicio called. The flop came , Felicio check-folded when Liu bet.
Hand #219: Liu got a walk.
Hand #220: Liu raised to 2,900,000 and Felicio called. The flop came , Felicio check-called the 2,900,000 bet of Liu. They both checked through the on the turn to the on the river. Liu tabled for a flopped pair of treys. Felicio had the better hand with for the flopped pair of fours and the pot.
Hand #221: Liu got a walk.
Hand #222: Liu raised to 3,600,000 and Felicio three-bet to 9,700,000. Liu folded.
Hand #223: Felicio raised to 3,100,000 and Liu folded.
|Roberly Felicio||43,200,000||3,200,000 |
|Sang Liu||22,100,000||-3,200,000 |
Friday, June 8, 2018 12:50 AM Local Time
Level 43 started
Friday, June 8, 2018 12:49 AM Local Time
Hand #207-215: Treading Lightly Heads-Up
Hand #207: Sang Liu got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #208: Liu raised to 4,200,000 and Roberly Felicio folded.
Hand #209: Felicio raised to 3,100,000 and Liu called. They saw a flop of and Liu checked. Felicio bet 2,200,000 and Liu quickly folded.
Hand #210: Liu raised to 3,300,000 and Felicio folded.
Hand #211: Felcio raised to 2,600,000 and Liu called. They saw a flop of and both players checked. The turn was the and again they both checked. The river was the and Liu's bet of 2,500,000 was enough to take down the pot.
Hand #212: Liu limped in and Felicio checked. The dealer fanned the flop and Felicio checked. Liu bet 2,300,000 and Felicio folded.
Hand #213: Liu got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #214: Liu raised to 3,200,000 and Felicio folded.
Hand #215: Felicio raised to 2,600,000 and Liu called. They saw a flop of and Liu checked to Felicio who bet 2,200,000. With the action back on Liu, he check-raised to 6,200,000 and Felicio folded.
Friday, June 8, 2018 12:27 AM Local Time
Hand #202-206: A Straight for Felicio
Hand #202: Sang Liu called and Roberly Felicio opted to check. The flop came , Felicio bet 1,600,000 and Liu called. The turn brought them the , Felicio now check-called the 2,500,000 bet of Liu. The river completed the board with the on which both players checked. Felicio tabled for the rivered straight and the pot.
Hand #203: Felicio called and then folded when Liu raised to 2,800,000.
Hand #204: Now Liu called and then folded when Felicio raised to 3,700,000.
Hand #205: Felicio called and Liu opted to check. The flop , Lui check-folded to the 1,800,000 bet of Felicio.
Hand #206: Liu raised to 4,200,000 and Felicio folded.
|Roberly Felicio||40,000,000||4,700,000 |
|Sang Liu||25,300,000||-4,700,000 |
Friday, June 8, 2018 12:19 AM Local Time
Joel Wurtzel Eliminated in 3rd Place ($300,000)
Hand #201: Joel Wurtzel moved all in for 11,600,000 and Sang Liu called. Wurtzel showed and Sang turned over . The dealer spread the flop and sang flopped top pair and a flush draw to put a hammer lock on the hand.
The turn was the and Liu improved to a flush leaving Wurtzel drawing dead. The meaningless hit the river and Wurtzel was eliminated in 3rd place, taking home a massive payday of $300,000.
This was Wurtzel first ever recored tournament cash and he managed to turn his $565 investment into a six figure payday.
|Roberly Felicio||35,300,000||-3,200,000 |
|Sang Liu||30,000,000||15,000,000 |
|Joel Wurtzel||0||-11,800,000 |
Friday, June 8, 2018 12:12 AM Local Time
Hand #198-200: Push and Fold
Hand #198: Joel Wurtzel moved all in and got two quick folds.
Hand #199: Sang Liu moved all in for 13,400,000 and the players folded.
Hand #200: Roberly Felicio got a walk in the big blind.
Friday, June 8, 2018 12:06 AM Local Time
Hand #193-197: Felicio Adds More to His Stack
Hand #193: Joel Wurtzel got a walk.
Hand #194: Sang Liu shoved on the button and the two other players folded.
Hand #195: Wurtzel raised to 3,000,000 from the button and the rest folded.
Hand #196: Roberly Felicio raised to 2,600,000 from the button. Wurtzel three-bet to 6,500,000 from the big blind. Felicio asked how much he still had left. Wurtzel showed and counted it out, it was around 18,000,000. Felicio called. The flop came , Wurtzel bet 5,500,000, Felicio shoved and Wurtzel quickly folded. The Brazilian rail, which includes Felipe Ramos and Andre Akkari, cheered loudly.
Hand #197: Felicio got a walk.
|Roberly Felicio||38,500,000||11,600,000 |
|Sang Liu||15,000,000||-2,400,000 |
|Joel Wurtzel||11,800,000||-10,800,000 |
Thursday, June 7, 2018 11:58 PM Local Time
Scott Margereson Eliminated in 4th Place ($220,040)
Hand #192: In the first hand back from break Scott Margereson moved all in for 10,850,000. Roberly Felico called from the small blind and Sang Liu folded his big blind.
Margereson showed and would need to improve against the of Felicio. The dealer fanned the flop and it was no help to Margereson.
The turn was the and Margereson would need an ace on the river to stay alive. The chants for an ace from Margereson's railed filled the room but the hit the river. Felicio ran to his rail as they cheered him on and then walked back to Margereson to shake his hand.
Margereson is our 4th place Event #7: $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em finisher and will take home $220,040 for his efforts.
|Roberly Felicio||26,900,000||12,550,000 |
|Scott Margereson||0||-10,950,000 |
Thursday, June 7, 2018 11:45 PM Local Time
Level 42 started
Thursday, June 7, 2018 11:41 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts, Wurtzel Leads On Break
|Joel Wurtzel||22,600,000||14,400,000 |
|Sang Liu||17,400,000||100,000 |
|Roberly Felicio||14,350,000||-10,350,000 |
|Scott Margereson||10,950,000||-4,250,000 |
Thursday, June 7, 2018 11:40 PM Local Time
Hand #180-191: Wurtzel Doubles Up Again
Hand #180: Joel Wurtzel shoved from the button and the rest folded.
Hand #181: Sang Liu raised to 4,000,000 from the small blind and Scott Margereson folded.
Hand #182: Margereson completed his small blind and then folded when Wurtzel raised.
Hand #183: Margereson shoved from the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #184: Margereson now shoved from the under-the-gun position and the rest folded again.
Hand #185: Roberly Felicio shoved from the small blind and Liu folded.
Hand #186: Margereson shoved from the small blind and Joel Wurtzel called in the big blind for the 8,275,000 he had in front of him.
The board ran out to give them both two pair but Wurtzel the higher kicker to double up.
Hand #187: Felicio got a walk.
Hand #188: Wurtzel raised to 2,500,000 from the button and the blinds folded.
Hand #189: Felicio shoved from the button and both Liu and Margereson folded.
Hand #190: Wurtzel got a walk.
Hand #191: Liu shoved from the under-the-gun position and the rest folded.