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2018 WSOP: Event #7: COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold'em won by Roberly Felicio for $1 Million

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Posted on 11 June 2018 by "T".

At its fourth consecutive run at the annual WSOP, on late evening of Thursday last week, the $565 buy-in COLOSSUS has finally wrapped up, and the one who managed to win the event's bracelet and $1 million first-place prize money was Roberly Felicio, a Brazilian restaurant owner.

The 49-year-old Brazilian Felicio, whose only previous cash at the WSOP was at 501st place at last year's Monster Stack event, despite having only one friend with him in Las Vegas, had a fairly loud and supportive rail. Even though they were strangers, his fellow countrymen cheered him on continuously as he rose at the top spot in the event.

Felicio said after he won, "That was the best part. I came here to Vegas with only one friend and being here, I had a lot of Brazilians cheering for me and also some professionals. I think that was the difference heads-up. When I was down, I would look at the rail and the people that are there cheering for me. I'm sure that is what made the difference for me to get the title."

Felicio added, "I'm very happy, it was a tough final table with tough opponents. Heads-up was very emotional. But I'm very excited to take home my first bracelet, I still can't believe it."

Of course, Lady Luck was definitely on his side too, because runner-up Sang Liu was actually just one card away from bagging the event. Sang Liu had J-10 on a board of J-7-3-K against Felicio's J-8. The river revealed an 8, thus giving Felicio two pair and a commanding chip lead.

Sang Liu had to settle for second place, with his take-home prize money quite a long way from the top-heavy prize structure that awarded Felicio twice as much for making it to first place.

The main reason for the payout discrepancy was the $1 million guarantee for first place (on a $6.5 million prize pool), and also a disappointing turnout of only 13,070 entries. Even if that player field size is considered to be one of the biggest in the history of the WSOP, it was a long ways off from the previous three editions of the COLOSSUS, which had entrant numbers of 18,054 (in 2017), 21,613 (2016), and 22,374 (2015).

2018 WSOP Event #7 COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results






Roberly Felicio




Sang Liu

United States



Joel Wurtzel

United States



Scott Margereson

United Kingdom



Timothy Miles

United States



Song Choe

United States



Gunther Dumsky




John Racener

United States



Steven Jones

United States




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7 comments on "2018 WSOP: Event #7: COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold''em won by Roberly Felicio for $1 Million"

 godoy11/06/2018 19:25:44 GMT
One of the greatest achievements of a man for Brazilian world poker was made for this man to be a roberly man that this first lughar is the one of many because the Brazilian poker is very well represented vamosssssssssssssss
 Gerimantas12/06/2018 06:25:27 GMT
Yes very big amount of money this guy from Brazil wins for first place, one million of dollars is life changing amount of money and it is very good result to be better more than 13000 players. Congratulations for Roberly Felicio
 doubletop77712/06/2018 07:35:16 GMT
What a fantastic win for Roberly Felicio, a $1,000,000 prize for a $565 outlay. It must be a fantastic feeling just to play in one of these events, let alone being lucky enough to win the whole thing
 CALICUL15/06/2018 18:25:59 GMT
1st place won a lot of money compared to the other players at the final table but this is their way of dividing these awards. Personal i think these awards should be reduced because is two much for 1st and other players do not win too much. This is one reason why the number of players decreases in every year in this tournament.
 Tony_MON7ANA05/07/2018 08:44:30 GMT
My most sincere congratulations to Roberly Felicio on winning the $565 buy-in COLOSSUS and scooping US$1 million. I tried to find the replay of the final table online, but it was nowhere to be found, unfortunately.
 Mober05/07/2018 17:03:24 GMT
Colossal indeed. With only 565 USD buy in the first prize was 1 million.
Too many players in with more than 13k, but according to the data, it was even less,
from the previous years.
Almost half compared to 2015...
 CALICUL05/07/2018 21:04:10 GMT
This tournament was colossal of course and the amount for 1st place is normal. If it was a smaller tournament then it was quite different. This Roberly Felicio can change his name in Robbery Felicio Smile because he managed to ,,steal'' a million dollars in this game, a colossal capture. Cool

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