Event #31 of the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker was $1,050 Limit Holdem and 580 players signed up for a shot at grabbing a chunk of the $580,000 prize pool. Aasezz had put up a great fight to survive at the final table, and would gain momentum as he survived all the way to a first place finish. PokerStars was well represented in the money as Chris Moneymaker finished in third place for $5,220 and Vanessa Rousso finished in third place for $59,450.
The big guns were trotted out quickly at the final table. Action was capped preflop with four players in the hand and Brendol would flop a straight with his [Qs][Jd] on a board of [10d][9h][8h]. The heavy betting continued and Zak0707 would be eliminated in the hand while juuuiice found himself holding onto a much diminished stack. Zak0707 would take home $17,400 for his sixth place finish.
Juuuiice liked his hand when his [Ac][Js] hit top pair on a flop of [Jd][5s][3s]. The betting continued until juuuiice was all-in on the river. Aasezz had been holding [Qh][5h] and when a second five landed on the turn he made a set to take the lead. Juuuiice exited in fifth place, having earned $29,000.
Brendol had a dominating hand when he went all-in with [Ks][Jc] and saw Vanessa â€œLadyMaverickâ€ Rousso holding [Kc][6d]. A king fell on the flop and another fell on the turn, but LadyMaverick hit a six on the river to make a full house and eliminate Brendol. Drood took the blame for the bad beat as he had said â€œnhâ€ when the second king landed on the turn. Brendol was out in fourth place and collected $40,600.
Vanessa Rousso held the chip lead entering three-handed play but would see her stack disintegrate until she was the one facing elimination. With a dangerously low chip stack Rousso flung the rest of her chips in the middle with [5h][2d] and got a call from drood and his [Ac][8c]. Rousso flopped a pair of twos on the [10d][9s][2c] flop but drood came right back to make a pair of eights when the [8s] landed on the turn. The [4d] landed on the river and Vanessa Rousso was eliminated in third place, earning $59,450.
Aasezz had been trying to make a deal during three-handed play but both Rousso and drood said they were not willing to make a deal until heads-up play began. However, once heads-up play began neither player mentioned a deal, they were both playing for the win.
Aasezz began to dominate heads-up play as more and more chips started moving in his direction. In the final hand drood moved all-in preflop with [Jd][8s] and aasezz made the call with [10s][2s]. The flop of [7d][6s][5h] was good for druid, giving him an open-ended straight draw and keeping his jack-high in the lead. However, the [2h] on the turn gave aasezz a pair of deuces which would hold up as the river fell [Kc].
Drood would take home $80,040 for his runner-up performance while aasezz captured the victorâ€™s prize of $107,300 and a WCOOP bracelet.