Roberly Felicio conquers Colossus at WSOP, Volpe wins third bracelet

The largest event of the 2018 World Series of Poker so far is in the books as Roberly Felicio outlasted a massive field in the Colossus $565 No-Limit Hold’em tournament.

Felicio, a native of Brazil, faced off against a 13,070-player field in the tournament to take home the $1,000,000 prize for first place. It was Felicio’s first ever WSOP win and only his fourth career WSOP cash. His previous three cashes were much smaller, totaling only $4,682.

Felicio matched up with Sang Liu heads-up when only two players remained. When heads-up play began, they were pretty close in chips with Felicio holding 35.3 million in chips to Liu’s 30 million. It took 42 hands for all of the chips to find their way to Felicio.

At one point Liu actually took over the chip lead, but Felicio wrestled it back and took an even bigger lead when he caught a lucky eight on the river with J-8 against Liu’s J-10.

On the final hand of the tournament, Liu moved all-in pre-flop with A-6 suited spades and Felicio called with Ad-Jh. The flop gave Liu some hope when it showed 5c-4s-2s, but it wasn’t to be as the turn was the 10c and the river the Qd, eliminating Liu.

Volpe bags third WSOP bracelet

While Felicio was celebrating his million-dollar win, Paul Volpe was trying on his third WSOP bracelet. Volpe recorded his third career WSOP win in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.

Volpe faced a much smaller 169-player field, and outlasted them all to cash $417,921. His previous WSOP wins came in the 2016 $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed tournament and the 2014 $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. Volpe also has two other cashes already at this year’s WSOP, finishing third in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty and 15th in the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller.

Other recent bracelet winners at this year’s WSOP include Johannes Becker, Jeremy Harkin and Benjamin Moon.

Becker, from Germany, won his first WSOP bracelet after topping a 321-player field in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball tournament. He cashed $180,455 for the win.

Harkin claimed his first WSOP win in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-handed tournament. He outmatched a 406-player field to earn $129,882.

Moon posted his first WSOP win and first WSOP cash in the Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The tourney had a 1,306-player field and for first place Moon took home $315,346.