The day before that slice of pizza tasted like heaven. The perfect blend of cheddar, provolone, and mozzarella along with the fresh tomatoes, sliced black olives, and chunky bits of pepperoni and sausage was devoured until the stomach raised the white flag of surrender. After playing a poker tournament for several hours and wandering into the fridge for a late night snack, you reheat the leftover slices hoping for the same feeling. Instead your mouth says “meh” and your stomach is not going to talk to your for while. Dan “djk123” Kelly was looking tonight for a fourth WCOOP title after making the final table, the first person in the history of this tournament series to do so. Instead he settled for sixth place and left with perhaps a feeling similar to eating leftover pizza, good but not great.
To most players just reaching a major final table such as tonight’s $100,000 guarantee 2012 WCOOP Event #20 Limit Hold Em’ tournament is a cause for excitement. To win it all and take home the bracelet and the $31,284.00 first prize like dirty.brasil managed to do after defeating 868 other players, maybe it is time to buy a fresh pie.
Four Team Pros and Team Online members would find their way into the top 117 players which assured them a slice of the $173,800.00 prize pool this evening. Unfortunately, three of them would find a seat on the sidelines within five minutes of each other.
Team Pro Jose “Nacho” Barbero shared a table with Team Online’s Richard “Tzen1” Veenman holding 8,548 chips with stakes at 2,500/5,000. After Debilne_Ucho raised UTG, Baronsengir1 three-bet from middle position, and Barbero four-bet for less from the big blind, and both active players call to see 5♦ 9♥ J♠ from the flop. Check-call by Debilne_Ucho, as the turned K♥ had Baronsengir1 firing again. This time Debilne_Ucho check-raised and Baronsengir1 gave it up, as the aggressor turned over big slick A♦K♠. The two-time LAPT champ was drawing dead with the smaller ace 7♣A♠ and finished in 85th place ($399.74).
15 seconds later Team Pro Pius Heinz holding 21,222 chips would cap preflop with Maestro Shao. An all-diamond flop J♦ 3♦ Q♦ had both players capping again, as the turned 8♣ saw the rest of the current World Series of Poker Main Event champ’s chips in the middle as a major cooler unfolded. Pius flopped middle set with pocket jacks J♠ J♥ and Maestro Shao turned up top set of queens Q♠ Q♣. Instead of being up against a flopped flush or turned straight, Heinz only had one out, and the 6♥ officially ended his tournament in 84th place ($399.74).
Team Pro George Danzer and mikal12345 may have taken the WCOOP Player of the Series lead from Team Pro Eugene Katchalov, but he will get a few of those points back tonight. Four minutes after the back-to-back Team Pro eliminations, Katchalov would see most of his 12,732 chips sitting in the middle preflop after capping against AnteHeroj and AA DOCTOR. Eugene would lead out at the 5♠ J♥ 2♥ flop as AnteHeroj folded. AA DOCTOR however, raised to put the Ukrainian Pro all-in as Katchalov showed big slick K♥ A♦ trailing AA DOCTOR’s pocket tens 10♥ 10♦. The turn 9♠ and river Q♦ did not compliment the overcards and Katchalov would settle for 78th place ($434.50).
Half way through the seventh hour saw current SCOOP Player of the Series Shaun Deeb and Event #15 champion cnew27 both take their paycuts from the prize pool in the same hand. With the stakes at 5K/10K MSC1121 would raise from middle position as Deeb three-bet from the small blind, and cnew27 capped from the big blind. MSC1121 called both raises as Shaun put in his remaining 690 chips. After a bet an call from the J♦5♣8♥ flop, cnew27 was all-in for 4,790 more on the turned J♠. In a bit of a cooler, Deeb turned up Q♣A♠, cnew27 10♦A♥, and MSC1121 reigned all kickers with big slick K♦A♣. K♣ on the river changed nothing as MSC1121 scooped up the 75,270 chip pot as cnew 27 and the waffle crushing Deeb took home $625.68 apiece in 42nd and 43rd place respectively.
After Michael “SirWatts” Watson (fresh off a huge €399,500 payday in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller) busted in 19th place ($799.48) our final two tables held some familiar names. Team Online’s Veenman continued to chug along with an average stack. gudfaren, who seemed to have taken a nap for a few years after nearly winning a WCOOP bracelet in 2009’s Event #22 would nurse a short stack. But, the “Bah Humbug” hat of Dan “djk123” Kelly look poised for a potential fourth WCOOP title holding the chip lead with 15 players remaining. After winning his third WCOOP title in Event #37 last year and adding a SCOOP title this spring the young tournament crusher is trying to become the first fourth-time WCOOP bracelet holder.
gudfaren would not be making a return trip to a WCOOP final table, finishing in 14th place as SCOOP 2012 Event #14-M champ, Zackattak13, found a seat on the rail at the same time in 15th place, both earning $1,477.30. Meanwhile, Kelly’s chip lead would slide over to Fidget65 as the Russian took down a few big pots against the three-time champ. Debilne_Ucho would have aces cracked by a flopped set of queens by Direktor35x and the twelve remaining players headed off to enjoy a five minute break before the ninth hour of play.
MicroMillion II Event #9 champ, ViTaMin_F22, would bow out in 12th place ($1,824.90) shortly after the re-start. Kelly’s bad luck continued after flopping the second nut-flush against an all-in dirty.brasil, then watching the 245,168 chip pot float to dirty.brasil’s stack after fourth heart hit the river matching the ace in the Canadian’s hand.
That four flush was not as bad as Tzen1’s exit from the tournament. With the stakes at 12K/24K Veenman would get his short stack of 98,861 into the middle after capping preflop against bob43155 and the board showing 4♦ 5♠ 7♦ 2♠. Q♣A♦ for Veenman only needed to fade the three outs of bob43155’s 9♥A♠. The river 9♠ stated it was not to be for the Team Online member as Tzen1 picked up $1,824.90 in 11th place.
The final table bubble would last just nine hands as djk123 was able to snag a few chips to bolster his chances at a fourth title. Stakes holding steady at 12K/24K, Kelly and maxxscam would cap preflop and after a 9♣10♥8♣ flop, maxxscam’s remaining 2,885 would call Kelly’s bet as djk123 turned over the flopped top pair and re-draw to a straight 10♦J♠ and maxxscam was left hoping for a king or running hearts K♥4♥. Only one heart would hit the board 9♦ 6♥ as Kelly’s shot at WCOOP history was only eight players away.
Seat 1: Fidget65 (1055972 in chips)
Seat 2: djk123 (319110 in chips)
Seat 3: dirty.brasil (335168 in chips)
Seat 4: Direktor35x (320576 in chips)
Seat 5: chaser100 (651336 in chips)
Seat 6: ugritaly (247412 in chips)
Seat 7: jdtjpoker (304250 in chips)
Seat 8: MSC1121 (464578 in chips)
Seat 9: bob43155 (646598 in chips)
Give Richard Veenman credit for picking up the hosting duties after the brutal beat so close to the final table announcing “and have our first bust”. With the stakes at 20K/40K a short stacked ugritaly would cap preflop out of the big blind with dirty.brasil leaving 43,412 chips behind. No doubt the rest was going into the middle after the 2♥5♥J♠ flop but ugritaly’s Q♣K♥ was outflopped by dirty.brasil’s 6♦5♦. The turned 9♣ and 4♥ river changed nothing as our first victim of the Event #20 final table took home $2,172.50 in ninth place. This was ugritaly’s second WCOOP final table after weaving through several rounds of Event #5’s six-max shootout last year, taking home $32,000.00 in third place.
jdtjpoker holding 262,250 chips would face off against bob43155 for a 510,000 chip pot and ended up mucking the hand after watching an unsuccessful check-raise on the turn and call on the river reveal bob43155’s flopped top set of kings on the 3♦ 10♣ K♥ 9♥ 6♣ board. Left with just 2,250 chips after paying the small blind, jdtjpoker needed a little luck as dirty.brasil raised and chaser100 called out of the big blind. chaser100 would check-call the flop and turn but folded after a second jack hit the river 9♠ 10♥ J♠ 6♥ J♣. dirty.brasil turned up a better than average hand, quads J♥J♦ as jdtjpoker’s 5♠3♥ did not scratch the board while taking home $3,562.90 in eighth place. The 2011 WCOOP Event #48 and Super Tuesday champ will certainly be back and hopefully not running into such monster hands.
Short stack says “that’s a wrap”
As the stakes moved up to 25K/50K Direktor35x was found in a dark corner waiting for any playable cards to enter the room. djk123 sitting in the cutoff would raise as Direktor35x in the small blind decided to come out of the unlit space and raise all-in for 60,652 total. chaser100 came along for the ride in the big blind as Kelly called as well. chaser100 kept true to the name by check-calling all of Dan’s bets down to the queen river 2♥ 5♦ 6♠ 10♦ Q♠ and folding after Kelly bet the river as well. A♥10♠ for top pair-top kicker was revealed as Direktor35x’s king kicker 10♣K♠ was not enough to remain in the tournament finishing in seventh place ($5,283.52).
Dan “djk123” Kelly – still a three-time WCOOP champion
Despite getting a bump from taking out Direktor35x, djk123 was still on the short end and after losing a 312,500 and 462,500 chip pot to MSC1121 and bob43155, the three time champ was on the ropes with 124,524 chips going into the hand shown below:
The money went in good, the results came out bad for Kelly. After capping with A♣7♣ he would watch the board come out 7♠ 10♣ 2♥ 8♦ 9♥ and connect with bob43155’s J♣K♠ just enough to slide the 274,048 chip pot out of Dan’s reach. Sixth place and $7,021.52 for djk123 as there would be no four-time WCOOP champ crowned tonight.
More dirtiness on the felt
As the stakes moved up to 40K/80K bob43155 would lose a one million chip pot against MSC1121, unable to call the 30,270 all-in bet with the board showing 5♥ 7♠ 8♠ A♥ Q♦. Seven hands later with 140,848 chips left, bob43155 would trade bets with dirty.brasil until all those chips were in preflop. bob43155’s K♥Q♠ looking ripe for a double up against dirty.brasil’s 4♠10♠, until the flopped boat of course 4♦ 10♥ 10♣ 2♦ 4♥. Fifth place and the $8,759.52 bankroll boost was shipped in bob43155’s general direction.
Chased off the table
A dozen hands later, a massive 1,016,416 pot would break out between MSC1121 and chaser100. Check out the video below as one player would come near the chip leading dirty.basil’s stack and the other a well-deserved rest after almost eleven hours of play:
chaser100 did not want to believe MSC1121 had A♣10♦ beat with the board showing K♠ 10♠ 4♥ 6♥ after capping the flop and going all-in on the turn. MSC1121 covered and made the final call showing the flopped set of fours 4♦4♣ and raking in the huge 1.01 million chip pot as chaser100 took home $12,600.50 in fourth place.
Dirty deed not done for cheap
As the tournament turned into the 11th hour of play and 11 hands after chaser100 left for good, we would be down to heads-up play. With the stakes holding at 40K/80K dirty.brasil would cap pre-flop with Fidget65 as the flop showed a couple of deuces 2♠J♥2♦. Determined to get a short stack (after starting the hand with 246,616 chips) in the middle, Fidget65 would three-bet all-in holding king-high 5♠K♦ as dirty.brasil made the call with ace-high A♠Q♥. Each player would have one end of the wheel after the 3♣ turn and 4♠ river, but dirty.brasil’s ace still reigned as Fidget65 held steady enough to take home third place tonight ($16,858.60). Tonight’s result added another -COOP final table for Fidget65 after coming in fifth place during the 2011 SCOOP Event #37-L.
Cleaning up all the tournament chips
The heads-up battle would last a half-hour as MSC1121 brought in a slight lead (2.24 million to 2.09 million). No chop talks, and the only thing to pop into the chat box was a quick “gl” by dirty.brasil.
12 minutes into the match MSC1121 would enjoy the largest lead after taking down a 1.1 million chip pot after turning a king-high flush and getting paid on the turn and river to extend the lead 3.8 million to 541,522.
After that pot MSC1121 would watch the lead evaporate as dirty.brasil stormed to take the chip lead after raising the river with the board showing 2♥ 3♥ 2♦ 4♥ 5♠ and MSC1121 had no answer after folding.
MSC1121 would not lead again, as the stakes moved up to 60K/120K MSC1121 would be left with 143,478 chips and managed to double up twice and dirty.brasil was right there to knock the Japanese player back down again after a straight and flush draw hit for a 1.32 million pot.
Two hands later MSC1121 holding just 67,824 chips raised all-in for less from the button as dirty.brasil made the call with 3♥4♠. A♦7♦ was much better than one could hope for but it was dirty.brasil’s night as seen when the board flopped a straight 6♣ 7♣ 5♠ and held after MSC1121 turned two pair A♥ missing the full house on the river 4♦. $31,284.00 and a bracelet to announce dirty.brasil as the 2012 WCOOP Event #20 champion!
Players entered: 869
Places paid: 117
Prize pool: $173,800.00
First place: $31,284.00
2012 WCOOP Event #20 $100,000 guaranteed Limit Hold Em’ results (09-08-12)
1. dirty.brasil (Canada) $31,284.00
2. MSC1121 (Japan) $22,594.00
3. Fidget65 (Russia) $16,858.60
4. chaser100 (United Kingdom) $12,600.50
5. bob43155 (Mexico) $8,759.52
6. Dan “djk123” Kelly (Australia) $7,021.52
7. Direktor35x (Germany) $5,283.52
8. jdtjpoker (Mexico) $3,562.90
9. ugritaly (Australia) $2,172.50
David Aydt is a freelance contributor from Minnesota