An action-packed final table saw Swedish player ‘WhatIfGod’ win the2021 EPT Online Main Event for a top prize of $363,641 as a back-to-back victory was sealed with a superb heads-up victory over the former PSPC champion and overnight chip leader Ramon Colillas. Coming into play third in chips behind both Colillas and German crusher Christian Rudolph, ‘WhatIfGod’ roared through the field to win the same title he claimed back in 2020 for a remarkable back-to-back victory.
The final table action began with a big elimination right off the bat as one of the biggest names of the final table, who began the day with over 50 big blinds, found himself headed to the rail first.
Current worldwide #1-rankedhas carved out a name for himself in a number of elite high roller events in 2021 and a summer victory in . However, there wasn’t another title to be had today as he crashed out first in the EPT Online Main Event when his five-bet shove with was called by Christian Rudolph with . The board of sent Garagnani out for $41,259 and in doing so, handed Rudolph a dream early pot, chipping him up to 29 million and giving him an early lead.
Another big name fell when Orpen Kisacikoglu busted in eighth place for $53,763. Daniel Dvoress moved all-in from middle position with and Kisacikoglu called off his stack with in the small blind. He was ahead in the hand, but the flop of changed all that, giving the Canadian top pair. Kisacikoglu, a Turkish professional who typically plays from London, needed help. He didn’t get it on the turn and when the river fell, so did he.
The early eliminations were coming thick and fast and PokerStars ambassador Benjamin Rolle was next to crash out, this time in seventh place for a result worth $70,645. Rolle three-bet all-in for around 21 big blinds pre-flop with and he was called by the newest chip leader at the final table, ‘WhatIfGod’. The Swede held and although the gave Rolle bottom set, it also gave ‘WhatIfGod’ a flush draw. That turned out not to be needed as the turn and river gave the Swede a Broadway straight to win the hand and eliminate the dangerous German player.
With six players remaining, ‘WhatIfGod’ led with 34.8 million chips from overnight chip leader Ramon Colillas (26 million) and Rudolph (13.6 million).
There were two Brazilians at the final table, but one had to go, and it waswho was busted in sixth place for $92,828. Volkmann was another victim of the chip leader as ‘WhatIfGod’ called the Brazilian’s shove pre-flop. Volkmann had and needed to hold against but couldn’t do so across the board of as kings and jacks did for Volkmann’s chances of going any further.
Eduardo Silva was the only Brazilian left, but he was out in fifth place just a couple of hands after players returned from a scheduled break. Silva defended his big blind with against the opening bet from Colillas with and on the flop of , Silva called a c-bet from the Spaniard. The turn of saw Silva raise all-in when Colillas bet and the former PSPC champion, whocalled it off with ease. The meaningless river of ended the hand in Colillas’ favor and he put himself right back into contention at the expense of Silva, who won the first six-figure cash of the event, taking home $121,977.
Just five minutes later, Dvoress was on the rail, too. Opening from early position with a min-bet, Dvoress had and Rudolph called with . The flop of flop gave Dvoress two-pair, and his min-bet was called quickly to a turn of . This time, Rudolph check-called a bigger bet of 1.3 million chips, having made a straight. The trap was set, and on the river, Dvoress bet 2.8 million, almost all of his stack, calling off the final few chips when Rudolph raised and seeing the bad news as his flopped two pair was trumped by the German’s turned straight.
That hand brought Rudolph back into contention on 20 million chips, but the German was still behind Colillas with 24 million and ‘WhatIfGod’ on 53 million. As he battled to shoot for parity, he put himself in increasing danger with the escalating blinds seeming to chase him every few orbits. Rudolph dropped to 16 million and when he limped in the small blind with and ‘WhatIfGod’ raised from the big with , the former got it all-in and after a quick call, was at risk for his tournament life with five cards to come. The board of did nothing to help Rudolph and he missed out, busting in third place for $210,608.
Heads-up, Colillas was fighting a chip deficit of around 60 million to his 40 million but drifted down to a third of his stack as he held just 14 million chips. A vital double up saved his tournament life when he made a flush on the river with managing to four-flush and beat ‘WhatIfGod’s when all the money went in pre-flop.
Just a few hands later, Colillas was even more fortunate, all-in and behind on the turn with bottom two-pair against his opponent’s top and bottom pair, but a two-outer seven on the river again save his tournament life, giving him a priceless double when all had seemed lost. Colillas took the lead and even had the chance to close out the victory, calling an all-in holding , but ‘WhatIfGod’ prevailed with as he held to double-up to almost parity.
The Swedish player pushed hard for the win and ground his opponent down over several hands that didn’t go to showdown. Colillas was down 3:1 when the final hand took place, as he went all the way to the river with . The flop of put Colillas into the lead against WhatIfGod’s , but the on the turn gave the Swede a flush draw and on the river, that flush came in. Colillas bet out 5.2 million, then when ‘WhatIfGod’ shoved, made the call and saw his top pair and top kicker on the flop beaten by his opponent’s rivered flush.
After a final table where the chips went with him, were taken away from him by a two-outer and the chance of a double title nearly went with it, ‘WhatIfGod’ battled hard and won back-to-back EPT Online Main Event titles in a thrilling climax to a great series.
2021 EPT Online Main Event Final Table Results:
- ‘WhatIfGod’ – $363,641
- Ramon Colillas – $276,741
- Christian Rudolph – $210,608
- Daniel Dvoress – $160,279
- Eduardo Silva – $121,977
- Bruno Volkmann – $92,828
- Benjamin Rolle – $70,645
- Orpen Kisacikoglu – $53,763
- Pedro Garagnani – $41,259