1,567 players came out in search of a WCOOP title today in pot-limit Omaha Hi/Lo, a hybrid game that combines the explosive action of pot-limit Omaha with the finesse of limit Omaha Hi/Lo. With a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool there was a bit of an overlay, with 234 players claiming a share of the prize pool and the champion set to earn $80,000. Representing Team Poker Stars Pro were Ylon Schwartz, Andre Akkari, Chad Brown, Ivan Demidov, Jason Mercier, George Danzer, Bertrand Grospellier, Lex Veldhuis, Juan Maceiras, Gavin Griffin, Chris Moneymaker, Noah Boeken and Katja Thater, with Jan Heitmann (177th) and Victor Ramdin (100th) making the money.

Here’s a look at how our final nine stacked up as action got underway:

Seat 1: twenty305 (616,494 in chips)
Seat 2: ArnieAA (352,448 in chips)
Seat 3: lozzz (622,600 in chips)
Seat 4: Mungy (437,790 in chips)
Seat 5: daveyjh (511,010 in chips)
Seat 6: lukaluka05 (2,002,141 in chips)
Seat 7: DeuceBuster (412,150 in chips)
Seat 8: dragoonier (426,352 in chips)
Seat 9: drkamikaze1 (2,454,015 in chips)

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As Host Gareth congratulated the remaining players on their achievement, they offered up a bit of tongue-in-cheek modesty in response.

HostGarethD said, “It must have taken some expert play to get this far…”
lukaluka05 said, “hell no”
dragoonier said, “not really”
daveyjh said, “lol”
lukaluka05 said, “just donking it up”

It only took two hands for a major pot to develop, Mungy doubling through big stack lukaluka05. After Mungy opened for 90,000, lukaluka05 three-bet to 285,000 and Mungy made the call, leaving himself a bit less than 183,000 behind. Lukaluka05 set Mungy all-in on the K♠5♥2♣ flop and Mungy made the call, turning over A♣2♦3♦5♠ for two pair and the nut low draw while lukaluka05 showed A♠A♦8♠9♥ for the overpair and an eight-low draw. The turn was the J♥, the river was the 8♦ and Mungy scooped the pot, increasing his stack to over 950,000.

Moments later, the final table lost its first player in dragoonier, who opened for 105,000 before the flop and got two callers in drkamikaze1 and ArnieAA. The flop came down A♦7♥3♥, Arnie AA checking over to dragoonier, who moved all in for 276,253. Drkamikaze1 reraised to 552,704 behind him, inducing a fold from ArnieAA. Dragoonier showed the Q♠7♣3♠2♣ for two pair sevens and threes, while drkamikaze revealed A♠9♦5♥4♥ for a pair of aces, a gutshot straight draw and a 7-5 low. The turn was the J♥, missing dragoonier, and the 6♣ hit the river, making drkamikaze’s straight and sending dragoonier to the rail in ninth place for a $5,000 payday.

Left on the short stack after that hand, ArnieAA became the next player to depart. After raising to 105,000 pre-flop and earning a call from lozzz, Mungy put the squeeze on, three-betting to 465,000. ArnieAA called all in for an additional 149,948 and lozzz folded. ArnieAA’s A♦2♣5♥Q♣ was up against A♠A♣3♠6♠ and could not improve on the K♦10♠9♥10♣8♣ board, Mungy making aces up to send ArnieAA home in eighth place. He collected $8,750 for his efforts.

After doubling up Mungy on one of the first hands of play, lukaluka05 was able to reclaim some of those lost chips after playing a massive pot with daveyjh. Lukaluka05 called davetjh’s 120,000 opening raise and the two saw a flop of A♠J♥4♣. Daveyjh led out for 160,000 and lukaluka05 called. The turn came the K♥ and daveyjh fired again, albeit a small bet of 120,000. Lukaluka05 raised to 400,000 and daveyjh called all in, turning over A♥Q♣4♥3♦ for a pair of aces and the nut flush draw, while lukaluka05 showed his made straight with K♦Q♦10♠9♠. The river was the K♣ and lukaluka05 raked in the 1.3 million pot, eliminating daveyjh in seventh place for a $13,500 score.

Lozzz ended up on the short stack after doublilng up DeuceBuster, his two pair falling to a rivered straight. With 185,000 in chips remaining, lozzz got them in before the flop, moving all in behind Mungy’s 120,000 pre-flop opening raise. Mungy called, turning up A♥K♠J♥10♥ to lozzz’s 5♣4♦4♣2♥. The board ran out J♠10♦9♣6♣7♠ Mungy hitting two pair to end lolzzz’s tournament in sixth place. He took home $18,500, not bad for a day’s work.

With five players remaining, drkamikaze1 was in control with 3.2 million in chips while his closest competitor, lukaluka05, was sitting on 1.8 million. Those stacks ended up reversed, however after they hooked up in a massive 3.7 million chip pot. Check it out on the replayer:

Four hands later, DeuceBuster decided to make a move, opening for 150,000, then shoving over the top of lukaluka05’s three-bet. Lukaluka05 made the call, showing A♣K♥J♦4♦ while DeuceBuster turned over A♥7♥5♥2♠. Both players made two pair on the A♦J♠5♦ flop, lukaluka05 the better two pair with aces and jacks. The turn was the K♠, making him aces and kings and the river was the Q♠, ending DeuceBuster’s WCOOP run in fifth place for $23,750.

With play now four-handed, lukaluka05 had a commanding chip lead with 4.4 million while his three opponents held stacks ranging from 860,000-1.7 million. However, twenty305 cut into that lead when he rivered a wheel against lukaluka05 to double up to 1.7 million. The chip counts a bit more even at this point, the final four elected to pause the tournament and discuss a deal. Everyone seemed happy with the chip count chop numbers except for lukaluka05, who wasn’t keen on receiving less than second place money despite being the chip leader by nearly a million. Lukaluka05 asked for his three opponents to give up $1,000 in prize money apiece, and they all quickly agreed. With a deal in place, leaving $10,000 on the table for the winner, the tournament resumed.

Mungy was the next to exit the final table, getting the rest of his chips in before the flop vs. drkamikaze1. Mungy’s A♥9♠3♦2♣ made only a pair of aces for high on the K♠Q♦J♥A♣10♠ board, drkamikaze1 hitting an ace-high straight with A♦K♣J♠5♠ to send Mungy to the rail in fourth place. Mungy collected $48,751.16 for his performance.

In a limped, blind vs. blind hand, lukaluka05 and twenty305 went to war on the A♠J♦5♦ flop, twenty305 leading out for 120,000, lukaluka05 raising to 480,000, and twenty305 three-betting to 1,560,000. Lukaluka05 moved all in for his remaining 1.78 million and twenty305 called, turning up A♥K♦3♥2♥ for top pair, and the nut low draw while lukaluka05 showed 10♦5♣4♥2♠ for bottom pair, a gutshot wheel draw, and the second nut low draw. The turn was the 4♦, however, twenty305 hitting a wheel, and the river was the A♣, lukaluka05’s tournament at an end in third place. However, with the four-way deal, lukaluka05 walked away with the largest share of the prize pool at $62,276,28.

Here’s a look at the chip counts as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 1: twenty305 (4,400,552 in chips)
Seat 9: drkamikaze1 (3,434,448 in chips)

The duel between twenty305 and drkamikaze1 lasted less than five minutes. The chip counts had hardly moved at all when the final hand unfolded, drkamikaze1 opening for 180,000 from the button and twenty305 making the call. Twenty305 check-called drkamikaze’s 360,000 bet on the 8♥6♥6♠ flop, then checked against when the K♥ hit the turn. Drkamikaze1 bet 1,080,000, twenty305 re-potted to 4.32 million, setting drkamikaze1 all-in. He made the call, turning up A♣9♠8♣4♠ for two pair, but twenty305 had flopped trip sixes with the A♠7♣6♣5♠. The river was the J♦ and it was all over, twenty305 earning the WCOOP title, the champion’s bracelet and $59.352.91. Runner-up drkamikaze1 took home $47,494.65.

WCOOP Event #35 ($320 Pot-Limit Omaha HiLo) Results:

1. twenty305 $59,352.91*
2. drkamikaze1 $47,494.65*
3. lukaluka05 $62,276.28*
4. Mungy $48,751.16*
5. DeuceBuster $23,750.00
6. lozzz $18,500.00
7. daveyjh $13,500.00
8. ArnieAA $8,750.00
9. dragoonier $5,000.00

(*= reflects a four-way deal leaving $10,000 on the table for the winner)

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