PokerStars has proven time and time again that it knows how to end a tournament series with a grand finale of events. The European Poker Tour is a prime example of that. And WCOOP is no exception to that tradition, as the last few days of the World Championship of Online Poker are bringing big action surrounding the Main Event.
September 24 had two hugely popular events on the calendar, one of which was Event 59, a $2,100 HORSE tournament with a $200K guarantee. The last few days of the series also boast of a High Roller 8-Game, a PLO Heads-Up, a massive $215 NLHE, and of course, the $5,200 NLHE Main Event.
This HORSE event drew names from around the world to compete in the five-game mix, which consisted of Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud, and Stud Hi/Lo. The 15-minute levels for each game in rotation ensured a lot of action. Let's start with the basics:
Prize pool: $282,000
Paid players: 24
A solid number of PokerStars players were in the field, though one who finished not long after the tournament began was Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel, the second player to exit the event.
Further along, Team Pro Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu departed in 91st place, followed by Noah "Exclusive" Boeken in 89th. PokerStars Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg finished in 79th, and Team Pros Eugene Katchalov (61st place) and Pat Pezzin (57th place) were also out. Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen left in 48th place, and Team Pro Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso left in 35th place, a few spots short of the money.
The money bubble burst, courtesy of bubble player rockstar2, and Team Pro Ivan Demidov became the first to cash in the tournament with $3,525.00 for 24th place. Chad "ChadBrownPRO" took home $4,935.00 for 16th place, and Andre "aakkari" Akkari just missed the final table with a $6,345.00 payout for 12th place.
Moving along much faster than anticipated, Day 1 saw the unpredicted start of the final table.
In the LHE round, BrynKenney was the shortest stack of the group and made a preflop raise. Mitdadu reraised, and BrynKenney called. The flop came A♣Q♦9♦, and a bet from mitdadu was called by BrynKenney. The 8♦ on the turn prompted another bet from mitdadu, and BrynKenney responded with an all-in call for his last 7,341 chips. BrynKenney showed K♠T♦, but mitdadu turned over A♥K♣ for two pair. BrynKenney didn't make his straight on the 9♠ river and was eliminated in eighth place with $7,755.00.
Still in LHE, A1Jags was the only players under 100K and got involved with mitdadu, who was in the big blind, preflop. But it was after the 7♥A♣J♠ were dealt on the flop that the betting was capped, leaving A1Jags with less than 25K in chips. The 8♦ on the turn allowed A1Jags to put out a bet, but mitdadu check-raised, and A1Jags then moved all-in. Mitdadu called with 8♣8♥ for the turned set, and A1Jags showed A♠Q♥ for top pair. The 5♦ came on the turn and sent A1Jags out in seventh place with $9,870.00.
Team Pro Alex Kravchenko of Russia was riding a very short stack during the Razz round and was dealt 5♦ to start. He raised, and Operga reraised with 3♠. Betting was then capped, and Kravchenko took a Q♣ on fourth street. Operga opened with a bet showing Q♦, and Kravchenko raised all-in. Operga called and ended up with 6♠2♠3♠Q♦A♣5♠T♣ for a 6-5-3-2-A low, which bested the 7♥4♥5♦Q♣8♥A♠ hand of Kravchenko. The Team Pro exited in sixth place with $12,690.00.
In the subsequent Stud round, Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier raised with a 8♦, and p3rc4 reraised with 5♥ to prompt the other players to fold. ElkY raised again all-in, and p3rc4 called. Their final revealed hands:
The two pair of p3rc4 was clearly the best hand, and ElkY exited the tournament in fifth place with $15,510.00.
When that level ended, play was paused to give the remaining players some well-deserved rest.
It was 14:00 ET on September 25 that Day 2 began, and action was in Level 45, a Stud Hi/Lo round with 8,000/16,000 blinds and a 1,600 ante. The starting chip counts for the remaining four players were:
Only one of the final four was new to 2011 WCOOP final tables, and turataika was looking to make the most of the experience with a victory in Event 59.
The other three were looking to best their previous final table performances. P3rc4 finished sixth in Event 35 (NLHE), mitdadu took fifth in Event 9 (NLHE), and Operga made it to sixth place of Event 24 (Stud).
Operga didn't take long to make a move, but the all-in resulted in a split pot with p3rc4. Several hands later, Operga moved all-in on third street with 7♠ showing, and turataika made it happen with T♠. When all of the cards were dealt, Operga had A♣Q♦7♠T♣9♣7♥3♥ and a pair of sevens, but turataika showed 8♦8♠T♠9♠6♣2♠4♠ for the spade flush. With no low hand, Operga had to leave in fourth place with $23,970.00.
No more for mitdadu
Mitdadu was in trouble during three-handed play, especially after losing a pot worth 176K to p3rc4. Reduced to a stack of less than 30K, mitdadu finally got involved just as the new level of Omaha Hi/Lo began. Mitdadu pushed all-in preflop, and both other players called. Turataika and p3rc4 checked down the board of 8♦6♦5♣9♠K♦, and mitdadu showed K♥J♥Q♦T♠ for the rivered pair of kings. However, turataika showed 5♦T♦Q♣Q♥ for the flush to take the high pot, and p4rc4 had 4♣3♥T♥8♥ for the low. The split pot left mitdadu out in the cold with $33,840.00 for third place.
Finland versus Norway
The last two players began their match in Level 47 with these chip counts:
Seat 6: p3rc4 (867,119 in chips)
Seat 8: turataika (190,381 in chips)
Though turataika made an initial surge over the 300K mark, p3rc4 doled out the aggression and whittled turataika down to near 125K.
Finally, after the first break of the day, razz was the game in play. Third street brought a 2♥ for p3rc4 and 4♥ for turataika. A raise and reraise brought a 4♣ for p3rc4 and 2♠ for turataika, which prompted a bet from turataika and check-call from p3rc4. Betting was capped after a 3♠ for p3rc4 and 2♦ for turataika on fifth, and turataika moved all-in on sixth. The complete hands were soon revealed:
Turataika couldn't win the hand and had to accept $43,710.00 for the second place finish.
Norway's p3rc4 won the WCOOP tournament, the gold bracelet, and $61,335.00 in cash. Congrats!
WCOOP Event 59 ($2,100 HORSE) Results:
1st place: p3rc4 ($61,335.00)
2nd place: turataika ($43,710.00)
3rd place: mitdadu ($33,840.00)
4th place: Operga ($23,970.00)
5th place: Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier ($15,510.00)
6th place: Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko ($12,690.00)
7th place: A1Jags ($9,870.00)
8th place: BrynKenney ($7,755.00)