Tom Middleton Scores WCOOP Success
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The UK's Tom 'hitthehole' Middleton has followed up his mammoth EPT Barcelona main event win in 2013 with a major online title after scooping $500,000 in the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) Challenge Series finale last night.
After lining up alongside 1,624 players in the $2,100 buy-in final event from PokerStars, Middleton managed to make his way through the first session with a stack big enough to sit within the middle of the pack. Although trailing overall leader David 'WhooooKidd' Baker, he was able to creep gradually up the leaderboard as Day 2 dragged on.
By the time just nine players remained the young Brit was in command of a threatening stack. However, he needed to hold his nerve as the aforementioned Baker as well as Bryn Kenney had also made it through to the final table.
It didn't take long for the dangerous Kenney to lose his stack after his Ks Qc was unable to overcome the Ah 5s of 'ventox'. With one player down, the elimination floodgates were opened and it was Middleton who began to dominate.
Middleton was virtually unstoppable after securing four eliminations in a row including that of Baker and he went on to agree a two-way deal with Israel's 'bboooommmmmm'.
With $460,000 locked up and a further $40,000 to play for, Middleton continued to pressure his opponent and eventually took down the title after his 2h 5s flopped a pair of deuces to overtake the 3h 9h being held by ‘bboooommmmmm'. This saw the winner bag $500,000 as well as a customised money clip and a ticket for the upcoming $5,200 buy-in WCOOP main event.
WCOOP Challenge Series Final Standings:
1. Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton (United Kingdom) - $500,000.00
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 Kenney (Canada) - $32,480