By far, the 8-Game High Roller draws more stars per table than any other WCOOP event. A quick scroll through the list revealed COOP champions, WSOP bracelet winners, cash game legends, and plenty for whom all three apply. Defending champion Jason Mercier was ready to go back-to-back while Daniel Negreanu hoped to improve on last year’s third-place finish. But history did not repeat itself tonight. Rather, this year’s 8-Game champ is a first-time WCOOP champion, but certainly no stranger to mixed games. A regular in high-stakes cash games on PokerStars, Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau denied TCOOP winner Tridynamo a double-COOP tonight, defeating him heads-up to win $235,350 and a WCOOP bracelet.
A small but lethal field of 86 players turned out for the $10k 8-Game, the prize pool reaching $860,000.00. It was divided among the final twelve, with first place set to earn $234,350.00 and a WCOOP bracelet. Red Spades represented a little over 10% of the field, among them Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov, Alex Kravchenko, George “Jorj95” Lind III, ElkY, George Danzer, Ville Wahlbeck and Sebastian Ruthenberg.
Mercier’s run at back-to-back titles lasted to the final 25 players, when RaiseOnce barreled fifth, sixth, and seventh street in a stud hi/lo pot with trip eights showing. Mercier folded the river and fell to 11,000 in chips. A few hands later, WCOOP bracelet winner David “Gunslinger3” Bach finished him off in no-limit hold’em, his pocket eights holding vs. Mercier’s K♥Q♣.
With 16 remaining, the money bubble loomed large and George “Jorj95” Lind III’s stack had shrunk to only 16,462. Lind committed the rest of his chips on a K♣7♠4♣2♠ board in Omaha Hi/Lo vs. kuhns89 and Tridynamo. The river fell the K♠ and kuhns89 turned up A♣4♦J♦K♦, scooping the pot with kings full of fours. Tridynamo took the low with A♥5♣9♠K♥ and Jorj95 was eliminated in 16th place, four spots shy of the money.
Bubble boy honors went to Jon “PearlJammer” Turner. After Andy McLEOD raised him on fifth in a stud pot, PearlJammer called him to the river, but couldn’t beat Andy McLEOD’s buried jacks. Left with 510 in chips, PearlJammer was all-in from the ante on the next hand and went out in 13th place.
From twelve to six
Our lone remaining Team Pro, Sebastian Ruthenberg, dealt a double blow to RaiseOnce and David “Gunslinger3” Bach in the stud hi/lo round. Gunslinger3 committed the last of his chips on third street and both RaiseOnce and Ruthenberg called. RaiseOnce led fourth, fifth, and sixth streets before check-calling the river, but his hand couldn’t stand up to Ruthenberg’s rivered pair of aces. No one made a low and Gunslinger3 busted in 12th place, while RaiseOnce was crippled to only 390 in chips. All-in from the ante, he busted in 11th place on the next hand.
BRAZZMONKEY (10th) and kuhns89’s (9th) tournament lives were also claimed in the 3,000/6,000 stud hi/lo level. Fifteen minutes later, Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn followed them to the rail in 8th place. Now playing no-limit hold’em with 1,000/2,000 blinds, joiso committed his last 50 BB preflop with A♦J♦, but ran into BiatchPeople’s A♣Q♦.
Kostritsyn’s elimination left us on the final table bubble, where Elia001 was the short stack with 60,000 in chips. However, Elia001 switched chip positions with Sebastian Ruthenberg when the game turned to PLO. Elia001 three-bet to 13,000 preflop and led for 18,990 on a Q♠7♦4♦ flop. Ruthenberg made a pot-size raise and Elia001 called off his remaining 27,800 with A♦6♦10♣Q♥. Ruthenberg revealed 4♣5♠6♣7♥ for bottom two pair, but they shriveled up on the turn when Elia001 made the nut flush with the J♦ and doubled to 120,652.
Ruthenberg’s slide continued through the 2-7 triple draw level and by the time the game switched to limit hold’em, he was down to 28,430 in chips. Ruthenberg bet the last of his chips on a A♥7♦6♠ flop and Andy McLEOD looked him up. Ruthenberg’s Q♣7♣ led Andy McLEOD’s J♥6♥ and he improved to queens up when the Q♦ turned. However, Andy McLEOD spiked a two-outer on the river, the 6♦ falling to eliminate Ruthenberg in seventh place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: BiatchPeople (250,474 in chips)
Seat 2: hotmark777 (190,543 in chips)
Seat 3: Tridynamo (140,514 in chips)
Seat 4: Elia001 (231,552 in chips)
Seat 5: Andy McLEOD (241,722 in chips)
Seat 6: Enon (235,195 in chips)
Enon exits in sixth
Tonight’s final table hosting duties fell to last year’s winner, Jason Mercier, who deadpanned:
JasonMercier (TeamPro): congrats everyone
JasonMercier (TeamPro): ill be your host
JasonMercier (TeamPro): can you believe it?
Over an hour passed before the first player was eliminated. Elon couldn’t get any traction at this final table and suffered a long, slow slide, falling from 235,000 to 38,000 before BiatchPeople took him out. The game was stud hi/lo and Enon called two bets on third street, another on fourth, and committed the rest of his chips on fifth.
Enon (7♣A♣) 8♦3♦6♣4♣ (9♠)
BiatchPeople (A♥8♣) 4♥2♣3♥A♠ (5♦)
BiatchPeople improved to a wheel on the river and Enon was out in sixth place, earning $45,150.00.
Andy McLEOD busts in fifth
Elia001 held the chip lead with 487,000 going into five-handed play, but didn’t hang on to it for long. BiatchPeople wrested it away in another stud hi/lo hand, making fives full of fours on sixth street to scoop against Elia001. Down to 247,000, Elia001 doubled short stack hotmark777 in a NLHE hand. All the money went in pre flop and hotmark777’s K♠Q♥ flopped a king to snap off Elia001’s pocket nines. Elia001 fell to 123,000 after the hand.
Meanwhile, Andy McLEOD was also losing ground. Tridynamo sent him reeling in this NLHE hand where he flopped TPTK and turned trips:
Elia001 finished off Andy McLEOD in the PLO level. With the blinds up to 2,500/5,000, Andy McLEOD raised all-in for 49,454 on a A♦K♦8♠ flop holding 5♥7♦8♦J♦. Elia001 called with A♣3♣J♣Q♦ and turned trips with the A♥. The river was the 4♥ and Andy McLEOD’s run at a second WCOOP title came to an end in fifth place, good for $60,200.00.
Tridynamo takes out Elia001 in fourth
Although Elia001 rebounded slightly when he eliminated Andy McLEOD, he was still the short stack. By the time the game changed to 2-7 triple draw, Elia001 was down to 90,500 and was soon crippled when he check-folded to Tridynamo’s bet after the third draw:
Elia001 was left with 6,554 in chips and although he quadrupled to 25,662 on the next hand, he never recovered. Two hands later, Elia001 bet the last of his chips before the first draw and Tridynamo called. Elia001 drew one and one before standing pat on the third draw; Tridynamo drew three, then two before doing the same.
Tridynamo just outpipped Elia001 with a 9-8-5 vs. a 9-8-6 and Elia001’s run came to an end in fourth place ($81,700.00).
hotmark777 burns out in third
As three-handed play commenced, Tridynamo was the chip leader with 567,000, hotmark777 was close behind with 499,000 and BiatchPeople was the short stack with 224,000. In a series of limit hold’em hands, Tridynamo demolished hotmark777’s stack, leaving him on only 61,000. Although hotmark77 doubled through BiatchPeople to get back up to 151,000, BiatchPeople knocked him right back down when he rivered two pair. Hotmark777 three-bet pre flop with A♦J♠ and called BiatchPeople’s cap, then committed the rest of his chips on the Q♥9♦2♠ flop. BiatchPeople turned up 4♦4♠ and they held up through the K♦ turn and 6♠ river to eliminate hotmark777 in third place ($120,400.00).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: BiatchPeople (807,181 in chips)
Seat 3: Tridynamo (482,819 in chips
BiatchPeople ramped up his aggression right out of the gate, winning seven of the first eight hands to chip up to 1.13 million. Down to 159,000, Tridynamo rebounded to 311,000 when BiatchPeople folded the river in Omaha Hi/Lo, but soon enough, BiatchPeople whittled him back down to 46,000. Tridynamo doubled to 93,000 on the next hand, and to 187,000 on the one after that when his 2♣6♦10♣Q♠ made aces up and a 7-6 low on a A♠10♥7♣A♣5♠ board.
Tridynamo hit another upswing and chipped up to 395,000 but fell back to 139,000 over the course of ten hands. After a long slog of small pots, BiatchPeople at last closed it out, making a T-9 low in Razz to seal his WCOOP win.
Congratulations to Alex “BiatchPeople” Luneau, our 2013 WCOOP 8-Game High Roller champion! He banked $234,350.00 for the win while runner-up Tridynamo earned $156,950.00.
PokerStars 2013 WCOOP Event #65 ($10,300 8-Game [High Roller]) results
Places paid: 12
1. Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau (United Kingdom) $234,350.00
2. Tridynamo (Sweden) $156,950.00
3. hotmark777 (Lebanon) $120,400.00
4. Elia001 (Russia) $81,700.00
5. James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (Australia) $60,200.00
6. Enon (Canada) $45,150.00
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.