Nick Petrangelo takes down WSOP $100,000 High-Roller after a controversial deal

Petrangelo outlasted a field of 105, beating Elio Fox heads-up.

"This kind of event is super tough, but they’re really fun, and it’s what I love to do.”

After finishing 6th in the Super High Roller Bowl last week for $900,000, Nick jumped into the $100K event, where he played against the best players in the world for 4 days, to claim the title. This is Petrangelo's second WSOP bracelet, he won the $3,000 NLHE Shootout Event back in 2015. With this score - which accounts for his biggest payday ever - the American pro has now $14,619,745 in total live earnings, giving him the 32nd spot on the All-time Money List.

Final results


1 Nick Petrangelo $2,910,227*
2 Elio Fox $1,798658*
3 Aymon Hata $1,247,230
4 Andreas Eiler $886,793
5 Bryn Kenney $646,927
6 Stephen Chidwick $484,551

“Last week I played the Super High Roller Bowl,” said Petrangelo, after the tournament.“Then the very next day I jumped right into this. So after a super intense week, it feels like a relief to be done more than anything. There’s a lot of pressure playing against really tough players for huge buy-ins, especially with the stream. This kind of event is super tough, but they’re really fun, and it’s what I love to do.” 

The tournament attracted the creme of the poker community, but many of them fell short, as Phil Ivey, Fedor Holz, Adrian Mateos all had to leave their tables empty-handed. Jake Schindler came closest to the money, busting as the bubble boy when his Ace-jack couldn't manage to outdraw the Ace-Jack of Paul Volpe's.

Stephen Chidwick was the first victim at the final table, he finished 6th for $484K, while Bryn Kenney got 5th for $646K. The former soccer player from Germany, Andreas Eiler, finished 4th, for $886,793, which is only his second biggest score - he got 2nd in the €111K High-Roller for One Drop in Rozvadov, last November. Englishman, Aymon Hata busted 3rd for $1,247,230, leaving Fox and Patrengelo at the table.

At this point, the two remaining players started to negotiate a deal and they managed to come to an agreement. For an equal share of the money, Fox agreed to 'lose' the bracelet. After his win, Patrengelo praised his opponent, saying: "He's a great player. He has a really strong background, especially in these formats. He plays Turbo SNGs."

However, not everyone was pleased with the way the two handled the situation. The poker community took the issue to the Twittersphere: