It was an American invasion in Berlin this weekend, as Kevin MacPhee of Idaho won the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe No-Limit Hold’Em Main Event – taking home a WSOP bracelet and the €883,000 first-place prize. The win marked MacPhee’s second-ever gold bracelet; his first came earlier this year when he conquered the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’Em Turbo High Roller.
“It was a goal of mine just to win one bracelet,” the Idaho native told WSOP.com. “Having two in the same year feels pretty unreal. I’m not the greatest mixed-game player, I’m more of a no-limit tournament specialist, so it’s very difficult for me to win two in a year.”
MacPhee started the final day with a massive chip lead after Erik Seidel was eliminated short of the six-handed final. MacPhee’s first ouster at the six-handed final table saw his ♤ flush put German Kilian Kramer (A♡, 10♢) to the sword.
The final heads-up duel between MacPhee and runner-up David Lopez came after Lopez rivered two-pair against JC Alvarado (A♢, K♡), sending the Mexican home in third.
MacPhee then slowly-but-surely furthered his chip lead over Lopez until a weak ace was enough to overwhelm the short-stacked Spaniard and take home the win.
Five years ago, MacPhee broke onto the scene with a win in the sixth season of the European Poker Tour.
“I took a big risk being a kid from Idaho and coming out to Europe, leaving everything behind, including family and friends, and just putting my stuff in storage to come out on tour,” he said. “That was seven years ago and I’ve been on the road since then. I felt validated when I won the EPT, and yeah, the bracelet was really nice. This is just the icing on the cake. Now I can start to cement my legacy. … I think this starts to secure my reputation as an elite player. There’s a lot of players with one bracelet. Two bracelets, you thin out a lot of people. Two bracelets and an EPT title, there’s not too many people that have that.”
If MacPhee ever does leave life on the road, he knows where he might like to settle down.
“Berlin is a just a great city,” MacPhee told PokerNews. “It’s a 24-hour city and I come here knowing that even if I have a bad time at the poker table, I’m going to have a great time in the city. I would love to live here some time.”
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