The 2018 WSOP Colossus was once again a massive event, drawing 13,070 players and featuring a $1 million top prize. Brazil’s Roberly Felicio was able to navigate through this huge field and on to the seven-figure top prize.
Felicio is just the fourth Brazilian to win a WSOP gold bracelet. He joins Alexander Gomes (2008), Andre Akkari (2011), and Thiago Nishijim (2015) in achieving this honor. But Felicio’s victory is the most high profile out of this group, because it came in the Colossus.
“I’m very happy, it was a tough final table with tough opponents,” said Felicio after the win. “Heads-up was very emotional. But I’m very excited to take home my first bracelet, I still can’t believe it.”
Overview of the 2018 WSOP Colossus
The $565 buy-in, no-limit hold’em Colossus offered 1,754 payouts. Some of the notable players who cashed in the tournament include Phil Ivey (533rd, $2,048), Eric Baldwin (165th, $3,754), Men Nguyen (108th, $3,754), Valentin Vornicu (77th, $6,366), Andrey Zaichenko (50th, $11,483), and Kurt Jewell in (26th, $22,003).
Seven Jones (9th), John Racener (8th), and Gunther Dumsky (7th) went out in quick fashion. Song Choe, who eliminated all three players, ran into trouble himself and was eliminated in 6th place.
Five-handed play lasted for three hours. But there was finally a break in the action, when Liu knocked out Timothy Miles (5th).
Another four hours went by before Scott Margereson went out in 4th place. Liu also eliminated Joe Wurtzel (3rd) to set the heads-up match with Felicio.
Heads-Up Play in the 2018 Coloussus
Despite making multiple eliminations on the final table, Liu was only even with Felicio when heads-up play began.The two battled for roughly 40 hands, before Felicio (A-J) and Liu (A-6) each went all-in. The board (5-4-2-10-Q) missed both players, ensuring Felicio of the victory.
“It was a wonderful experience,” said the Brazilian. “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.”
2018 WSOP Colossus Final Table Results
1. Roberly Felício (Braz) $1,000,000
2. Sang Liu (USA) $500,000
3. Joel Wurtzel (USA) $300,000
4. Scott Margereson (ENG) $220,040
5. Timothy Miles (USA) $166,091
6. Song Choe (USA) $126,158
7. Gunther Dumsky (GER) $96,431
8. John Racener (USA) $74,178
9. Steven Jones (USA) $57,425