Entering the 2015 WSOP, Kevin MacPhee had earned over $3.6 million in live tournament winnings; but up until now, the one thing that had escaped him was a gold bracelet. The good thing is that MacPhee can now lay claim to this accomplishment after winning the 2015 WSOP $5,000 NLHE Turbo event along with $490,800.
Despite being a $5k buy-in tourney, Event #56 drew plenty of interest with 456 players entering. This turbo event saw 30-minute levels in Day 1 and 40-minute levels in Day 2, as compared to the standard 60-minute levels in WSOP tournaments. Despite featuring a quicker format, it still took two full days to decide a champion, which, at one point, looked like it would be Pascal Theodosiadis.
Theodosiadis had two of his final three opponents all-in and could have knocked them out if he’d called with his pocket queens. Instead, the American chose to fold and wait for a better spot since he had the chip advantage. That better spot never came as MacPhee started to work on Theodosiadis’ stack, with the latter eventually going out in third.
This left MacPhee facing the Ukraine’s Igor Yaroshevskyy heads-up, with both players’ rails going crazy. “It’s all in good fun and it doesn’t rattle me at all. I know that everyone is just trying to have a good time,” said MacPhee. The Ukrainian rail certainly wasn’t enough to throw MacPhee off as he cruised towards the title and his first gold bracelet.
“I am pretty used to the format. I play a lot of turbos online,” he said. “I use my push fold calculators very methodically when I play online, so for me I feel like it’s a pretty good event, said MacPhee about the turbo event.”
With the victory and $491k prize, MacPhee now runs his live tournament winnings to an impressive $4.1 million.
2015 WSOP Event #56 $5,000 NLHE Turbo Final Table
1. Kevin MacPhee – $490,800
2. Igor Yaroshevskyy – $303,767
3. Pascal Theodosiadis – $201,878
4. Eric Sfez – $149,814
5. Scott Vener – $112,429
6. Tristan Wade – $85,202
7. Hung Tran – $65,144
8. Joshua Field – $50,208
9. Martin Kozlov – $38,984