WCOOP Event #43 $10,300 High Roller Heads-Up NL attracted the premier and brightest heads-up players across the virtual spectrum. This event was capped at 64. The prize pool swelled to $640,000 with $224,000 set aside to the eventual champion. Only the top 8 places paid out with a min-cash valued at $40,000.
Each heads-up match began with 10,000-chip starting stacks with 30-minute levels. Several well-known heads-up specialists flocked to this event including Shaun Deeb, Isildur, Scott "gunning4you" Seiver, Tom "kingofcards" Marchese, Olivier "Adonis112" Busquet, and the King of WCOOP Dan "djk123" Kelly.
Among the Team PokerStars Pros in the mix were Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov, ElkY, George Danzer, Jason Mercier, and Ville Wahlbeck. A handful of Team PokerStars Pros would make deep runs in this event, but only two would cash -- ElkY (8th place) and Katchalov (5th place).
The first round was the longest of the entire tournament clocking in at almost 3.5 hours. A quartet of PokerStars Team Pros advanced to Round 2 included ElkY, Jason Mercier, George Danzer, and Eugene Katchalov.
George Danzer won his opening round when he turned a flush with A♦4♦ against Ra1syDa1sy's trip Queens and K♣Q♠. Jason Mercier moved on when his A♥Q♦ outflopped CrabMaki's T♣T♦.
The ElkY vs. Shaun Deeb match-up was one of the most interesting pairing in the entire field. ElkY struck first blood and Deeb never recovered. On the final hand, although Deeb was ahead with A♦3♣, ElkY hit a favorable flop with K♥6♦. Deeb busted and ElkY lived to fight another day.
The longest match of the opening round occurred between Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov against Tom "kingofcards" Marchese. The two slugged it out in a three-hour long fracas with Katchalov finally moving on.
Other notables who won their opening match included djk123, $stinger88, supernova9, gunning4you, Adonis112, and zangbezan24. After a 2 hour and 22 minute battle, djk123 woke up with Q♥Q♦ against viknovik's 8♥8♦. The pocket ladies held up and djk123 advanced to Round 2.
Several familiar faces busted in the opening round including... Isildur1, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, ZeeJustin, AEJones, Iftarii, Shaun Deeb, and Shawn "buck21" Buchanan.
Islidur1 was the first player to get eliminated from the entire tournament. On the flip side, supernova9 became the first player to advance to the next round. Their match lasted only eight hands. Isildur1 was crippled on the sixth hand when both players bombed it in preflop. Isildur1's A♥K♠ lost a race against supernova9's T♠T♥. Isuldur1 busted two hands later and won the "boobie prize" for finishing in 64th place.
Daniel Negreanu made an early exit when he lost a race with 9♣9♥ against vovtroy's A♠K♠. KidPoker hit the rail in 59th place.
Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck's grueling match almost lasted three hours. He got it all-in after flopping two pair with T♠8♣. Pantkvittot called with a flush draw holding A♥2♥. Wahlbeck faded a heart draw, but Pantkvittot backdoored two pair to win the pot. Wahlbeck busted in 34th place.
High Roller Heads-Up Results - Round 1:
gunning4you defeated D TIME GIN
K_O_S_T_Y_A defeated FiSHeYe1984
JasonMercier defeated CrabMaki
Pantkvittot defeated Ville Wahlbeck
Sphinx87 defeated raidalot
supernova9 defeated Isildur1
Helio TYF defeated micide
Sykoen defeated poluyter
JodieSweetin defeated Lottenice
djk123 defeated viknovik
Odonkor1 defeated Iftarii
KTPOKP defeated Iftarii
zangbezan24 defeated aejones
Broski defeated Lrslzk
Sussie Smith defeated ZeeJustin
SkaiWalkurrr defeated Sievros
kotkis defeated Serkules
forheyley defeated carrycakes
Syous defeated altiFC
GeorgeDanzer defeated Ra1syDa1sy
vovtroy defeated Daniel Negreanu
pistons87 defeated Trueteller
Katchalov defeated king of cards
EireAbu defeated Fisfarfar
Bandano defeated Milana Jones
wilhasha defeated roi kin23
ElkY defeated Shaun Deeb
takechip defeated buck21
Suwalski defeated ToxToxTox
sanpri defeated JLlama
Adonis112 defeated Also11
$stinger88 defeated mtvdeuem
Much like the opening round, the second round was stretched out to least three hours. Notables who won in Round 2 and advanced to the Sweet 16 included a trio of Team PokerStars Pros -- Jason Mercier, ElkY, and Eugene Katchalov. Also winning their matches were djk123 and supernova9.
ElkY was one of the first players to advance to the next round during a quickie against takechip. On the decisive hand, takechip four-bet shoved with Q♣Q♦ and ElkY called with A♠K♥. An Ace on the flop ravished takechips' Queens. AlkY's hand held up and he advanec to the Swet 16, while takechip was knocked out in 31st place.
Kings held up for djk123, who won a big hand to cripple JodieSweetin. In didn't take much longer before djk123 extracted the rest of JodieSweetin's chips. On the final hand, djk123 ran down JodieSweetin's A♠2♠ with K♠Q♦. A King on the flop tweaked JodieSweetin's fate. JodieSweetin busted in 29th place, while djk123 advanced to the Sweet 16.
Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov advanced to the next round when he took out EireAbu. The board of 9♦4♠3♣9♣ sparked fireworks. Both players were all-in. Katchalov led withJ♣9♠ and trip nines, but trying to fade a club-flush draw from EireAbu's Q♣4♣. The river was the J♥ and Katchalov improved to a full house. EireAbu hit the road in 24th place and Katchalov locked up a spot in the Sweet 16.
Supernova9 moved onto the Sweet 16 when he flopped a set of sevens with 7♥7♠. His hand held up and he destroyed any hopes Sphinx87 had on going deep in this event.
Mercier and Pantkvittot battled in the longest match of Round 2. Ninety minutes into their marathon-like match, Pantkvittot took a sizable lead over Jason Mercier. Despite the setback, Mercier went into grind mode and built his stack back up, first pulling even in chips, then surpassing Pantkvittot. Shortly after the match passed three hours, Mercier delivered a knock out blow. Mercier's Q♥Q♦ held up against Pantkvittot's A♠K♥. Pantkvittot flopped a King to take the lead, but Mercier turned a set to jump back ahead. Mercier won the pot and advanced to the Sweet 16, while Pantkvittot busted in 17th place.
Notable eliminations in Round 2 included Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer, gunning4you, $stinger88, and zangbezan24.
Scott "gunning4you" Seiver got flushed out by K_0_S_T_Y_A. Both players bombed in all in on a flop of A♦5♥2♦ with gunning4you ahead with A♥J♥ against K_0_S_T_Y_A's 8♦5♦. Alas, the T♦ spiked on the river and gunning4you's day was over with a 30th place finsih. K_0_S_T_Y_A won the pot with a diamond flush and advanced to the next round.
Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer failed to advance to the next round. On a board of J♦7♠5♠8♠, Syous turned a straight with T♦9♥ and got it all-in against Danzer's J♣T♠. Danzer held a flush-draw and a gutshot (for a tie). The mighty Danzer whiffed on both and busted in 28th place.
$tinger 88 and Adonis112 had an intense match. Adonis112 methodically chipped away at $tinger's stack bit by bit. On the final hand, Adonis112's J♦T♠ came from behind to defeat $tinger 88's K♣9♦. Adonis112 moved onto the next round and $tinger 88 was knocked out in 21st place.
High Roller Heads-Up Results - Round 2:
K_O_S_T_Y_A defeated gunning4you
JasonMercier defeated Pantkvittot
supernova9 defeated Sphinx87
Helio TYF defeated Sykoen
djk123 defeated JodieSweetin
Odonkor1 defeated KTPOKP
Broski defeated zangbezan24
Sussie Smith defeated SkaiWalkurrr
kotkis defeated forheyley
Syous defeated GeorgeDanzer
pistons87 defeated vovtroy
Katchalov defeated EireAbu
Bandano defeated wilhasha
ElkY defeated takechip
sanpri defeated Suwalski
Adonis112 defeated $stinger88
Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, and ElkY were the only Team PokerStars Pros who made it to the Sweet 16. The third round of the event determined who was going to make the money and guarantee at least $40,000. Only two of the three would advance to the next round -- ElkY and Katchalov -- while Mercier was eliminated in tenth place.
ElkY was the first player to advance to the Elite 8 and barely broke a sweat. ElkY-Bandano's match did not last a full level before ElkY moved along. On a board of 8♣6♥4♥J♦5♣, ElkY moved all-in and Bandano called. Bandano tabled K♣J♣ for a pair of Jacks and a King-kicker, but ElkY won the pot with A♥J♠ for a pair of Jacks with an Ace-kicker. ElkY made the money, while Bandano was knocked out in 16th place.
It wasn't pretty, but boats over boats never are. The board read 4♠T♣3♠T♥A♦. Helio TYF checked, supernova9 shoved for 6,120, and Helio TYF called. Although supernova9 turned trips with T♠9♠, Helio TYF rivered a boat with A♣A♥. The elusive Ace on the river sunk supernova9's chances at making the money. Helop TYF moved onto the next round, while supernova9 busted in 15th place.
Odonkor1 got the best of djk123 during the early stages of their match. Odonkor1 eventually opened up a large lead and quickly finished off djk123. Short-stacked djk123 got it all in with A♣3♣ against Odonkor1's A♥5♥. The board ran out J♣9♠7♥8♣6♥. Odonkor1 rivered a nine-high straight with A♥5♥. Dan "djk123" Kelly was knocked out in 14th place and missed the money. Meanwhile, Odonkor1 advanced to the Elite 8.
Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov was in command most of his match against pistons87. Katchalov slowly chipped away before siphoning the rest of pistons87's stack. Both players got into a raising war and got it all-in preflop with "baby Aces"... Katchalov was sligthy ahead with A♥3♠ against pistons87's A♦2♦. The board ran out J♦4♥2♣5♣J♠. Katchalov turned the Wheel and that's all she wrote. Katchalov won the pot and advanced to the Elite 8, while pistons87 busted in 12th place.
Sussie Smith advanced after winning a race with A♣Q♠ against broksi's 9♣9♥. A Queen on the flop sealed broksi's fate in 11th place. Sussie Smith moved onto the next round.
Jason Mercier ran into a cooler. Mercier flopped a pair of Jacks with A♦J♦ and got it all-in against K_0_S_T_Y_A's pocket Cowboys. The Kings held up and Mercier was crippled. K_0_S_T_Y_A finished off Mercier when he turned a straight with J♠9♦ on a board of Q♥8♣7♦T♣J♦. Mercier turned a set with T♥T♦ but he could not boat up to win the hand and stave off elimination. Team PokerStars Pro Mercier missed the money by two spots when he finished in tenth place. K_0_S_T_Y_A advanced to the next round.
The Syous and kotkis match-up ran the longest in Round 3. The loser would end of the proverbial "Bubble Boy" and miss the money by a single spot.
Once the match passed two hours, we finally saw kotkis finish off a short-stacked Syous. On the final hand... Syous checked, kotkis shoved for 14,990, and Syous tank-called all-in for 3,010. Syous rivered a pair of Aces with A♠7♦, but kotkis turned a six-high straight with 4♥2♥. Syous busted in ninth place and bubbled off the money, while kotkis advanced to the Elite 8.
High Roller Heads-Up Results - Round 3:
K_O_S_T_Y_A defeated Jason Mercier
Helio TYF defeated supernova9
Odonkor1 defeated djk123
Sussie Smith defeated broski
kotkis defeated Syous
Katchalov defeated pistons87
ElkY defeated Bandano
Adonis112 defeated sanpri
The final eight players locked up a cut of the prize pool worth $40,000. A pair of Team PokerStars Pros were alive -- ElkY and Eugene Katchalov -- but both would not advance after this round.
ElkY eliminated in 8th place
It took almost an hour before the first player busted. That happened on ElkY's table, who was heads-up against Adonis112. A pre-flop raising war broke out... when Adonis112 min-raised to 120, ElkY bumped it to 300, Adonis112 re-raised 840, ElkY five-bet to 1,680, Adonis112 six-bet shoved for 11,751, and ElkY called. ElkY tabled A♠A♥ while Adonis112 trailed with J♣J♦. The flop was J♠T♦4♥ and Adonis112 took the lead with a set of Jacks. The turn was the K♥ and the river was the 3♣. ElkY's pocket Aces were cracked and he busted out in eighth place. Team PokerStars Pro ElkY earned $40,000. Adonis112 a.k.a. Olivier Busquet advanced to the Final Four.
K_0_S_T_Y_A eliminated in 7th place
In a quarterfinal match-up between K_0_S_T_Y_A and Helio TYF... on a board of K♦4♣A♣4♥J♣, K_0_S_T_Y_A checked, Helio TYF bet 5,070, K_0_S_T_Y_A called all-in for 2,843. K_0_S_T_Y_A tabled A♥5♠ for two pair -- Aces and fours. Alas, Helio TYF won the pot with 4♠2♠ for trip fours. Helio TYF advanced to the Final Four. K_0_S_T_Y_A was knocked out in seventh place, but the Russian collected $40,000.
Odonkor1 eliminated in 6th place
This quarterfinal match between Odonkor1 and Sussie Smith pitted two Swedish players against one another. On the final hand, Odonkor1 opened with a min-raise to 120, Sussie Smith bumped it to 360, Odonkor1 four-bet to 870, Sussie Smith said "gg" then raised all-in for 16,401, and Odonkor1 called all-in for his last 2,729. Odonkor1 was in trouble with A♥J♣ against Sussie Smith's K♥K♠. The board ran out Q♠8♠5♥8♣6♣. Sussie Smith's pocket Kings held up and advanced to the Final Four. Unfortunately, Odonkor1 busted in sixth place, but earned $40,000.
Katchalov eliminated in 5th place
The longest quarterfinal match featured Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov versus kotkis. Katchalov got caught with his hand in the cookie jar early on and kotkis opened up a 3-1 advantage. Katchalov didn't panic. He got back into the game and evened things up after he dragged a 7.7K pot with K♣Q♠ for a King-high straight.
Katchalov lost a couple of pots and kotkis jumped back out in front. Kotkis patiently waited for a chance to pick off Katchalov. Then it happened. On the final hand... kotkis opened to 200 and Katchalov called. The flop was Q♦J♦6♣ and both players checked. The turn was the 8♠. Katchalov checked, kotkis bet 200, Katchalov raised to 600, and kotkis called. The river was the 4♠. Katchalov moved all-in for 1,640, and kotkis called.
Katchalov tabled Q♠8♥ for two pair. Kotkis showed 7♣5♦ and won the pot with an eight-high straight. Alas, kotkis advanced to the final four. Team PokerStars Pro Katchalov busted in fifth place but won $40,000. He was seeking multiple WCOOP titles. He had already won WCOOP Event #14 and was seeking another WCOOP bracelet. Alas, Katchalov's run good ended with a 5th place-performance.
High Roller Heads-Up Results - Round 4:
Helio TYF defeated K_O_S_T_Y_A
Sussie Smith defeated Odonkor1
kotkis defeated Katchalov
Adonis112 defeated ElkY
With four players remaining... each player was just two victories away from the WCOOP High Roller championship. The semi-finals match-ups featured Helio TYF vs. Sussie Smith and Adonis112 vs. kotkis.
kotkis eliminated in 4th place
After an hour of heads-up action, very little chip movement occurred between Adonis112 and kotkis. But then in a blink of an eye... someone finally busted. The damage mostly happened on the first of two hands when Adonis112's Q♠Q♦ held up and he dragged a 14.8K pot.
Three hands later, we had more fireworks. kotkis opened to 120, Adonis112 raised to 360, kotkis shoved for 5,200, and Adonis112 called. Adonis112 wwas racing with A♥K♥ while kotkis was ahead with 2♠2♦. The flop was Q♥J♠T♣ and Adonis112 flopped a Broadway straight. The turn was the T♥ and the river was the 5♦. Adonis112 won the pot and advanced to the finals. Alas, Finland's kotkis busted in fourth place, but earned $64,000.
Sussie Smith eliminated in 3rd place
Over on the other semi-final table, Helio TYF and Sussie Smith battled back and forth playing small ball before someone landed a devastating blow. On that final hand...Helio TYF opened to 120, Sussie Smith raised to 360, Helio TYF re-raised to 840, and Sussie Smith called. The flop was Q♦8♦6♣. Sussie Smith checked, Helio TYF bet 840, Sussie Smith raised to 1,830, and Helio TYF called. The turn was the 6♥. Sussie Smith checked, Helio TYF bet 2,100, Sussie Smith shoved for 6,053, and Helio TYF called. Sussie Smith showed A♠Q♥ for two pair -- Queens and sixes. But Helio TYF tabled K♠K♥ for a higher two-pair. The river was the 9♠. Helio TYF's hand held up and he advanced to the finals. Meanwhile, Sussie Smith was knocked out in third place, but collected $64,000.
High Roller Heads-Up Results - Round 5:
Helio TYF defeated Sussie Smith
Adonis112 defeated kotkis
HEADS-UP FINALS: Adonis112 (Canada) vs. Helio TYF (Canada)
It was down to two players -- both from Canada. The two traded small pots back and forth for more than an hour before someone busted.
Helio TYF eliminated in 2nd place; Adonis112 victorious
On the final hand of the tournament...Helio TYF min-raised to 160, Adonis112 raised to 480, and Helio TYF called. The flop was T♣5♦4♦. Adonis112 bet 480, Helio TYF raised to 1,152, Adonis112 re-raised to 2,880, Helio TYF bumped it up again to 4,800, Adonis112 re-raised all-in for 10,752, and Helio TYF called for his last 3,488. Helio TYF flopped two pair with 5♣4♣ and was in much better shape than Adonis112's K♦K♥. The turn was the 9♥ and the river was the 9♠. Adonis112 won the pot with a better two pair -- Kings and Nines. Unfortunately, Helio TYF busted in second place, but earned $128,000.
Congrats to Olivier "Adonis112" Busquet for shipping WCOOP Event #43. He also collected a decent pay day worth $224,000.
Check out the final hand in the replayer:
WCOOP Event #43 - Final Table Results and Payouts:
Prize Pool: $640,000
1. Olivier "Adonis112" Busquet (Canada) - $224,000
2. Helio TYF (Canada) - $128,000
3. Sussie Smith (Sweden) - $64,000
4. kotkis (Finland) - $64,000
5. Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) - $40,000 - $40,000
6. Odonkor1 (Sweden) - $40,000
7. K_0_S_T_Y_A (Russia) - $40,000
8. Team PokerStars Pro ElkY (United Kingdom) - $40,000
Pauly McGuire is a freelance writer from California.