The World Cup of Cards Main Event crowned its champion on July 8, and Pedro Fernandes of Brazil is that champion. Fernandes collected an impressive $154,070 for his $1,100 investment after a heads-up deal involving Mikhail Mikheev, who had won his seat via a $109 Mega Satellite.

WCC Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Pedro Fernandes Brazil $154,070*
2 Mikhail Mikheev Russia $127,961*
3 Christian Rudolph Austria $79,105
4 Joel Nystedt Austria $51,740
5 Nikita Kalinin Russia $35,502
6 Dmitry Yurasov Belarus $27,455
7 Finn Kruck Germany $21,680
8 Peter Chien Canada $17,212
9 Andras Nemeth Hungary $13,606

*reflects a heads-up deal

Andras Nemeth was the first player to head to the rail; he crashed out during the 300,000/600,000/75,000a level. Fernandes, who was chip leader by a considerable distance at this point, raised to 1,500,000 from under the gun with . Nemeth was next to act, and he three-bet all-in for 9,000,771 with . Fernandes called, and the board ran to send Nemeth to the sidelines in ninth place.

Peter Chien crashed out during the same level as Nemeth. Chien open-shoved for 5,619,160 with from late position, and Christian Rudolph looked him up from the small blind with . Those nines held as the five community cards ran .

The final table lost its third player shortly after Chien’s exit. Germany’s Finn Kruck falling in seventh place. Kruck’s stack had dwindled to 1,243,684 at the 350,000/700,000/87,500a level, and he moved all-in with . Fernandes called in the small blind with , and Nikita Kalinin called with in the big blind. Both active players checked down the board, and Fernandes won the pot with his pair of sixes.

Sixth place and $27,455 went to the Belarusian pro Dmitry Yurasov. Rudolph raised to 1,519,000 from under the gun with , Mikheev called on the button with , and Yurasov called in the small blind with . The flop fell , Yurasov led for 1,908,060, which folded out Rudolph, but Mikheev was going nowhere with his set of sixes. Mikheev raised all-in, and Yurasov called off his 12,165,363 chips. The turn and river improved Mikheev to a full house and sent Yurasov to the rail.

Blinds increased to 400,000/800,000/100,000a, and Fernandes found under the gun. Fernandes min-raised to 1,600,000. Kalinin was next to act, and they three-bet all-in for 18,929,000 with , a bet that Fernandes snapped off. Kalinin flopped jack but failed to improve further with the five community cards reading . Game over for the Russian grinder.

Fourth place and $51,740 went to Joel Nystedt almost immediately after Kalinin crashed out. Nystedt open-shoved for 9,642,450 with , and Rudolph looked him up with the dominating . Nystedt headed for the showers when the board ran .

Heads-up was set when the dangerous Rudolph ran out of steam in third place, a finish worth $79,105. The blinds were now 600,000/1,200,000/150,000a, and Rudolph made it 2,604,000 to go from the button with . Mikheev defended his big blind with . The flop came down [67c], and Mikheev check-called a 1,680,000 continuation bet from Rudolph. Mikheev checked again on the turn. Rudolph fired another bet, this one weighing in at 9,240,000, and Mikheev called. A river gifted Mikheev two pair, and he checked again. Rudolph bet 16,800,000 into the 28,098,000 pot, which left him a mere 262,308 chips behind. Mikheev raised to put Rudolph all-in, the bet was called, and Rudolph sent home.

Fernandes went into the heads-up battle with Mikheev holding a 133,189,418 to 68,410,582 chip advantage. The heads-up duo fought it out for a short while before agreeing to a deal that left $10,000 more for the eventual champion.

The final hand went Fernandes’ way, and it was a relative cooler. Fernandes made it 3,000,000 to go with , and Mikheev called with . The flop saw Mikheev check-call a 1,575,000 bet from Fernandes. The turn improved Mikheev to a straight, and he check-called a 9,000,000 bet. A river was the gin card for Fernandes as he now held a better straight! Mikheev led for 22,800,000 before calling off his last 15,931,582 when Fernandes ripped it in. A sick hand for Mikheev to be on the wrong end of, but the $127,961 he collected from his $109 Mega Satellite win will go some way to ease the pain.

So there you have it, Fernandes is the 2021 World Cup of Cards Main Event champion and recipient of a cool $154,070.

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