Ivan “ILS007” Stokes has been in great form of late. The British poker pro proved his prowess when he dominated the 2023 $10,300 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event’s final table and bagged the $1,047,257 top prize.
Stokes got the stack lead early on Day 2 and extended it to Day 3. Yet, his dominance continued on Day 4 as he beat all his opponents.
Even so, it was a walk in the park for him as ShipitFTW911 put up a spirited fight in the tournament’s last hand. But Stokes collected his rival’s chips and eliminated him. Other players at the final table included Juan Pastor, Niklas Astedt, Jamil Wakil, and Mario Mosboeck.
The Top Payouts
- Ivan “ILS007” Stokes from the United Kingdom-$1,047,257
- ShipitFTW911 from Sweden-$765,389
- Juan “xPastorcitox” Pastor from Argentina-$559,385
- Niklas “Lena900” Astedt from Sweden-$408,827
- Leonard “Grozzorg” Maue from Germany-$298,792
- Jamil “Jamil11” Wakil from Canada-$218,372
- Kelvin “Kelvin FP:AR” Kerber from Brazil-$159,598
- Mario “livinmydream1” Mosboeck from Austria-$116,642
- Kayhan “KayhanMok” Mokri from Norway-$94,330
How the Final Table Played
The tournament’s final table had deep stacks. But Kayhan Mokri was the unlucky finalist as he got finished ninth at the table with $94,330. He ran into a set and lost most of his chip to Pastor after losing a crucial flip.
Mario Mosboeck followed Mokri in the eighth position after several minutes. The former was the shortest stack early in the day, but his king-four lost a blind-on-blind match to Pastor’s ace-six, hence exiting the tournament.
Kelvin Kerber’s queens won him a preflop against Stokes’ aces and gave his opponent a chip lead. Still, Stokes lost the lead several times at the table after Kerber finished seventh.
Jamil Wakil used aces to double up against Leonard Maue’s ace-king. Unluckily, his run ended in sixth place after Astedt’s kings dominated his ace-king in the next hand.
Maue’s run didn’t last long as they followed Wakil in the fifth position. The former lost a preflop to Pastor. Astedt got the stack lead in four-handed action, but his two pair failed to double up Pastor’s straight.
A tough battle took place for an hour before Astedt lost a huge pot clash against Stokes. The latter made a set flop against the former’s kings and collected his chips, sending him packing in fourth place.
Pastor doubled up ShipitFTW911, and their stack was reduced. Yet, the former ‘s pocket fours lost a flip to Stokes’ ace-nine, and he finished third. His exit kicked off a tough battle between Stokes and ShipitFTW911.
ShipitFTW911 increased his winning chances after bagging a few small pots. However, Stokes’ kings beat ShipitFTW911’s pocket nines on the low board and got full value.
Stokes dominated the final hand as ShipitFTW911 was the runner-up with $765,389. The former’s persistence finally paid out after eliminating tough opponents throughout the tournament.