EPT Champion Tom Middleton scoops WCOOP Challenge main event for $500,000

Middleton’s winner’s photo from his epic win in Barcelona.

Britain’s Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton followed up his incredible €942,000 victory at EPT Barcelona  last September with another mammoth title exactly seven months later by claiming the WCOOP challenge main event title on PokerStars for $500,000 in the early hours of Monday morning.

Middleton, who has more than $2m registered to his name in live tournament winnings and is hailed by others on the circuit as one of Europe’s finest young players, overcame an elite field of 1,624 players over 2 days of action in one of the internet’s toughest tournaments.

Having started the second day’s play sitting in the middle of the field, Middleton slowly progressed up the leaderboard and by the time the illustrious and surprisingly pro heavy final table had been assembled, the man from Yorkshire was in a commanding position.

Despite admirably strong showings from David ‘Bakes’ Baker (6th) and Bryn Kenney (9th), Middleton managed to navigate his way to a heads up duel with unknown Israeli entity ‘bboooommmmmm’.

Following a heads up deal that left both players guaranteed over $400,000 and only a further $40,000 left to play for, Middleton finally ended proceedings when his opponent – now agonisingly short stacked – was forced all-in pre-flop with 9-3. Middleton only held 2-5, but that was enough to make the call, and a deuce on the flop sealed the victory.

Final Table Standings

1. Tom “hitthehole” Middleton (United Kingdom) $500,000*

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 “BrynKenney” Kenney (Canada) $32,480

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