"O-68" called the former gas company meter reader turned Friday night bingo ball caller.
Bob Underton looked down at his bingo card in disgust again, waiting patiently for B-14 to be called for the past seven numbers after nailing the first three for a shot at four number bingo and a bonus lunch card for the week. The pot was enough to afford a few more beers and an appetizer at the local pub which cater to former vets. His days and memories of the war were fading along with his ability to stay awake during the 90 minutes of Friday night bingo at Cloud Nine Nursing Home but his focus on the prize were as sharp as his days in the foxholes.
"B..... 15". A sigh, as another opportunity lost, but Bob with two Purple Heart awards for being wounded in battle braved on. The small community room remained silent except the splash of an ink dauber hitting the paper sheets or the occasional ashing of a Pall Mall against the worn trays donated by a local restaurant that could no longer allow patrons to smoke in their dining area but the laws let the seniors enjoy their cigarettes in peace while playing quarter bingo for a $10 to $20 prize. Bob was not just playing for a bottle of Grain Belt and chicken wings however, there was a back room with a Limit Omaha Hi-Low game that he wanted to buy into, and if the former meter maid would just call his number he would be taking up the six seat tonight.
Unfortunately for the 394 players in tonight WCOOP 2011 Event #36 $530 buy-in Limit Omaha Hi-Low tourney, Bob would be nowhere to be found. No waiting around for the nuts for these players despite the limit betting format, they would be looking to take down pots with aggression both pre and post flop. PokerStars put up a $175,000.00 guarantee but it was not needed as once again this year the prize pool flowed over the minimum and $197,000.00 was to be split up by 54 players.
Several Team PokerStars pros and Team Online members headed into the back room to sling chips one bet at a time but most would perish well before their B-14 got called to scoop a huge pot. Richard Toth, noted high stakes LO8 player Anders "Donald" Berg, Chad Brown looking to build on a late finish in last night's WCOOP 2011 Event #33, George Danzer, Andre Akkari, Leo Fernandez, Nuno Coelho, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, Henrique Pinho, Omaha grinder Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth, ElkY, Marcin "Goral" Horecki,and Jorge "twin-carcas" Arias would find a seat on the rail before the tournament's fifth hour leaving just two Team PokerStars pros to battle on.
Humberto Brenes and WCOOP 2011 Event # 26 champ Noah Boeken flew past the fifth hour as Noah enjoyed a top ten stack for most of the time, looking to make another deep run. But, players like Player of the Series leader 2FLY2TILT, Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn coming off a very strong SCOOP series, fellow Russian and SCOOP champ kroko-dill were all seen among the leaders as the number of players was trimmed from triple to double digits and the money bubble fast approaching.
Humberto's stack would not last long after calling down Event #29 final tablist PlayWMyNuts to the river for a 27,000 chip pot and being shown, what else, the nut straight. Not one to give up Humberto was left with 811 chips and stakes at 1,200/2,400 he would play eight more hands before heading to the rail in 84th place, joined shortly by Kostritsyn in 82nd.
Kroko-dill would also fail to reach the money losing out in 67th place, but Joel Adam "2FLY2TILT" Gordon would add five points to his WCOOP Player of the Series leading 250 point total after eeking across the bubble in 51st place ($985.00). Also on the leaderboard Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee, who picked up even more points with a 21st place ($1,379.00) finish.
Not eeking across the bubble was the Team PokerStars pro Noah Boeken making a strong charge at another 2011 WCOOP final table near the chip lead with just two tables remaining. No site of the plodding players normally found at the neighborhood card room's O8 games as breaking the bubble from two tables in took just under fifteen minutes.
gipsy74 who final tabled Event #30's Triple Shootout finishing in 4th place ($22,736.25) took home another $1,773.00 in 17th tonight. Then with stakes at 8K/16K and longerpig with just 25,314 in chips also posting 4K in the small blind, it was go time for the UK rounder. Three-betting the raise from ironOne as Boeken came along for the ride as all three saw the K♥ T♦ 5♣ flop. ironOne slowed down and checked as "Exclusive" bet and longerpig pushed in the remaining 1,324 chips. 4♠ turn brought a check-call by ironOne and the same betting action on the 2♥ river as Noah flipped up the runner-runner wheel and six-high straight A♦ 6♠ T♣ 3♥ and neither player could match it as longerpig finished in 11th place ($2,561.00) knocking ironOne down to just under two big bets.
On the very next hand those two big bets would go into the middle against jdimindtrix who used the force to extract ironOne's final stack, and the 77,490 chip pot when his modest 7♠ 6♦ K♣ K♥ did not even need the king on the turn T♦ 9♥ 7♣ K♠ J♦ to take down ironOne's 2♠ 3♣ T♥ 4♥ earning $2,561.00 in tenth place setting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Mortholmes (405427 in chips)
Seat 2: lyzardos (440988 in chips)
Seat 3: GreekToni777 (553711 in chips)
Seat 4: kardioloq (200149 in chips)
Seat 5: bratpack1979 (222092 in chips)
Seat 6: jdimindtrix (262587 in chips)
Seat 7: Xolaider (315851 in chips)
Seat 8: Floopy (99497 in chips)
Seat 9: Team PokerStars pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (454698 in chips)
Three players going for a second WCOOP bracelet - well two now
As mentioned above Noah "exclusive" Boeken was attempting to pull down a fourth WCOOP 2011 bracelet for Team PokerStars pros and Team Online, as well as a second one for himself. But, bratpack1979 was also trying to become a two-time winner tonight after claiming the Event #4 PLO title for $83,518. There can only be one, and it would not be bratpack1979, holding just 37,026 chips and stakes at 10K/20K the WCOOP champ would four-bet all in preflop getting calls from jdimindtrix, Boeken, and kardioloq. After the Q♥ K♠ Q♦ flop, Noah's bet dropped jdmindtrix. 5♣ and Boeken bet again as kardioloq came along to see the T♣ river which woke kardioloq up to raise and Noah took the hint that he was beat and folded. Flopped boat for kardioloq A♠ Q♠ K♥ 2♠ slightly edged out the low wrap hand of bratpack1979 2♦ 4♥ 3♣ 5♠ finishing the night without the second bracelet but $3,270.20 in ninth place.
Do or do not, there is no try
jdimindtrix would do, but the cards simply failed to catch on. After recently doubling up, jdmindtrix still only had 66,244 chips deciding to get in most of that in preflop as Xolaider and GreekToni777 also came in for four bets preflop. 8♠ K♥ 9♥ flop got jdmindtrix to put in the remaining 2,244 chips as GreekToni777 and Xolaider ponied up the full 16,000 chip bet. Q♦ turn and 5♣ river had both players pushing in bets as GreekToni777 showed a set of flopped kings T♦ 3♠ K♣ K♦ good enough to scoop the 378,244 chip pot and eliminate jdimindtrix in eighth place ($4,432.50) but if Alec Guinness was hosting he'd send off our eighth place finisher with "remember, the force will be with you... always".
Stakes up, player down
Xolaider never recovered from losing those chips to GreekToni777's set of kings and with just 67,491 chips they would become part of Noah Boeken's stack. Watch below as the short-stack gets it in preflop against the Team PokerStars pro:
Xolaider's 3♠ 5♥ J♦ 2♣ would catch two pair on the turn temporarily over taking Noah's queens Q♥ A♥ Q♦ 3♣ on the 6♠ 5♣ K♦ 3♦ board. But, the second K♠ counterfeited Xolaider's two pair, pushing the 144,982 chip pot to Exclusive, finishing the night in seventh place ($6,402.50).
Team PokerStars pro Noah Boeken eliminated in sixth place
Everything seemed to be going right for the Netherlands pro, but after doubling up Mortholmes for a 758,028 chip pot, and dropping a 330,000 chip pot to GreekToni777, Boeken found himself with just 131,291 chips and stakes of 20K/40K. Two hands later he would three-bet kardioloq's button raise as kardioloq and Floopy out of the small blind called. Flop A♣ 2♦ 7♠ had Noah leading out and both players called to see a 5♠ turn. Again Exclusive bet but only kardioloq came along for the 7♦ river. Just 11,291 left, Boeken pushed the chips out hoping his two pair of aces over kings was good for at least half the pot, but it was not even close as kardioloq not only had a wheel but a boat as well, knocking out Noah in sixth place ($8,372.50).
Floopy lost too much preflop in the hand with Boeken's elimination and eight hands later would follow the Team PokerStars pro on the rail. With stakes still at 20K/40K and just 7,285 chips, Floppy's scraps would go in UTG as Mortholmes tried to isolate with a raise from the cutoff but got calls from lyzardos and kardioloq instead. An unholy 6♣ 6♥ 6♦ hit the flop and exactly no one want anything to do with that or the rest of the 7♠ 9♥ board as all three of the active bettors checked it down. For good reason as no one had even a pair and kardioloq's big slick A♠ 3♣ 7♣ K♥ played the board well enough to scoop the 137,285 chip pot, knocking out Floopy in fifth place ($11,032.00).
Mortholmes, GreekToni777, and kardioloq all held around 900,000 in chips while lyzardos clung to a short stack of 135,927 and finally got the cards to gamble with. The stakes remained at 20K/40K as GreekToni777, Mortholmes, and lyzardos would all cap preflop to see a Q♥ Q♣ A♦ flop. Mortholmes played it coy by checking as lyzardos tried to take it down with a bet, GreekToni777 called, but Mortholmes sprung the trap and check-raised. lyzardos was committed and pushed in the remaining 55,927 chips as GreekToni777 folded and Mortholmes snap called with the flopped boat T♥ A♥ 4♦ Q♠. Two-outs for lyzardos' kings 3♥ K♣ 2♣ K♦ turned to no outs as the A♠ fell on the turn to shutout lyzardos in fourth place ($15,760.00).
Loq'd out of the bracelet race
Our final three would play for almost 40 minutes until kardioloq's slide out of contention was complete. With the stakes at 30K/60K, kardioloq would lose 260K in chips over the past five hands, and with 126,806 chips left, Mortholmes applied the pressure by raising from the button as kardioloq made the call in the big blind. K♥ 6♠ A♠ flopped as kardioloq tried to check-raise and get Mortholmes to drop but instead he would reraise to force kardioloq all-in and expose just a pair of tens 5♣ 7♦ T♣ T♠ needing a low card for a chop or a ten to scoop against Mortholmes' top pair T♥ 4♣ Q♥ K♣. But, the cards kept coming down Mortholmes' way catching a runner-runner full house for the 268,612 chip pot as the WCOOP 2010 Event #30 champ was looking for a second bracelet but kardioloq would settle tonight for third place ($20,685.00).
Greece vs. Denmark for the title
And it would take a bit of a cooler to find our champ. Watch below as both players would both flop trips but only one nailed a full house:
Despite both players holding over a million chips at the start of heads-up play and stakes at 30K/60K, the conclusion was reached in just eight minutes as Mortholmes went 3-1-1 (three scoops, one loss, and one split) in the last five hands to take a 2.7 million to 232K lead. In the decisive hand and stakes moved up to 40K/80K, GreekToni777 would raise from the button as Mortholmes called to see a couple of fours on the flop 8♠ 4♠ 4♦. Mortholmes would follow the same script eliminating lyzardos by check-raising with the flopped boat 8♥ J♠ 4♣ 5♥ as both players traded bets until all of GreekToni777's chips were in the middle. No nine on the turn A♠ or river K♣ and Mortholmes could safely raise those arms in victory scoring $37,804.30 as the WCOOP 2011 Event #36 champion!
$175,000 guaranteed WCOOP 2011 Event #36 Limit Omaha Hi-Low results (09-16-11)
1. Mortholmes (Denmark) $37,804.30
2. GreekToni777 (Greece) $28,072.50
3. kardioloq (Russia) $20,685.00
4. lyzardos (Hungary) $15,760.00
5. Floopy (Canada) $11,032.00
6. Team PokerStars pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (Netherlands) $8,372.00
7. Xolaider (Russia) $6,402.00
8. jdimindtrix (Romania) $4,432.50
9. bratpack1979 (Australia) $3,270.00
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