In a knockout event such as this one, all bounties are given the same value, but ultimately there’s only one bounty that you really want to collect — the last one! Bounties are a nice way to share the prize pool around, but when there’s six figures up top, you only want to be the one who is there to see that final bounty claimed and win the tournament.
In Event #48 of the World Championship of Online Poker, the player who did exactly that was Chile’s Nicolas “PKaiser” Fierro. With over $6.5 million in online earnings, and another $1.1 million on the live poker circuit, Fierro can now add a WCOOP title to his impressive poker resume.
Event #48 of the WCOOP today was a $215 No Limit Holdem Turbo Knockout event which attracted a huge field of 3,982 to swell the prize pool to $808,346, smashing the advertised guarantee. A portion of the prize pool would be allocated for the $41.25 bounty placed on the head of every player.
Mickey Petersen, Vanessa Rousso, Naoya Kihara, Theo Jørgensen, Tyler Frost, Jonathan Duhamel, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Grzegorz Mikielewicz, Andre Coimbra, Jake Cody, Christophe de Meulder, Vicky Coren, George Lind, Randy Lew, Jason Mercier, Victor Ramdin and Stavros Kalfas were all out representing the red spade of Team PokerStars but sadly all fell short of the money for the top 540 players.
A min-cash was worth $270.51 but that eluded BnKitchen from Canada who was our bubble in 541st place.
Matthias de Meulder was the lone Team PokerStars Pro in the money with the Belgium superstar eliminated in 114th place for $772.90 in prize money plus five knockout bounties.
After just four hours of play the huge field was down to two tables and we would steamroll our way to the final table with simultaneous eliminations. First it was znake77 (10th) who held A♣7♣ but was outflopped by ArskaTheMan’s J♥10♦, while on the other table ChiphunterTH (9th) saw A♥2♠ fall to RUNITSRANN’s dominant A♦8♥. That left our final eight as follows:
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: empty
Seat 2: ArskaTheMan (3,025,473 in chips)
Seat 3: Paulman 87 (680,406 in chips)
Seat 4: kavishk (2,052,258 in chips)
Seat 5: Nicolas “PKaiser” Fierro (4,277,993 in chips)
Seat 6: RUNITSRANN (4,560,959 in chips)
Seat 7: NL_Profit (1,734,678 in chips)
Seat 8: Shhh00kem (1,673,496 in chips)
Seat 9: RZA4444 (1,904,737 in chips)
With the final table blinds starting at 70,000/140,000, there was little room to move for some of the short stacks. That was especially true for Paulman 87 who moved less than five big blinds all in on the first hand of the final table. Paulman 87 held A♠J♥ but found a call from chip leader RUNITSRANN with A♥Q♠. The board fell K♦3♣4♥9♠10♥ to leave ace-queen in front and eliminate Paulman 87 in eighth place for $8,051.10 in prize money plus seven bounties.
The very next hand NL_Profit would land a double up in a battle of the blinds with king-jack good to scoop against Shhh00kem’s king-five. That left Shhh00kem crippled but next hand, both players more than doubled up in a three-way all-in clash. Shhh00kem’s king-ten caught a king to stay alive, while hand NL_Profit’s pocket jacks won a huge side pot against RUNITSRANN’s pocket nines.
One hand later and Shhh00kem got lucky again, this time with pocket fours rivering a set against ArskaTheMan’s pocket sixes, to see Shhh00kem turn one small blind into over 1.3 million in chips in just two hands.
It allowed Shhh00kem to survive long enough to outlast kavishk. It was your classic coin flip as kavishk three-bet all in with Q♠Q♣ and PKaiser made the call with A♦K♦. The flop was a bare 5♥5♦5♣ but the A♥ landed on the turn to give PKaiser the lead before the 10♠ completed the board. India’s kavishk was left to depart in seventh place for $14,491.99 along with eleven bounty knockouts.
PKaiser was again the one responsible for the next elimination as RZA4444 got a little unlucky. From the button, RZA4444 moved all in with A♣J♠ and PKaiser made the call out of the big blind with A♥10♦. RZA4444 was all set for a double up but the board ran out 4♠5♥10♠Q♥8♠ to see PKaiser spike a perfect ten to claim the bounty. RZA4444 had to be content with $20,932.87 for sixth place along with 12 bounty KOs.
Shhh00kem had done well to outlast a couple of foes but when the blinds came around again, Shhh00kem was forced to commit with Q♠10♠ which didn’t match up so well with RUNITSRANN’s 10♣td]. The board was spread K♦8♣8♠3♥A♣ to leave Shhh00kem to depart in fifth place for $27,373.76 plus a very nice 15 bounties.
With the action moving so quickly it was no surprise to see the remaining four players toss up the idea of doing a deal, however it was the chip leader PKaiser who was happy to play on for the moment.
ArskaTheMan said, “wanna look numbers?”
NL_Profit said, “i dont mind”
RUNITSRANN said, “yeah”
PKaiser said, “I’d rather wait a little”
ArskaTheMan said, “^^”
NL_Profit said, “=)”
NL_Profit said, “than we dance”
It proved to be a fortunate decision for ArskaTheMan, who landed a double up moments later with king-queen jagging a queen on the river to survive through RUNITSRANN’s ace-ten.
RUNITSRANN was crippled and with barely three big blinds, moved all in with K♠10♠. PKaiser made a gambling call with 6♠4♦ and connected hard with the board of 4♣10♦6♦2♠3♠. Two pair for PKaiser left RUNITSRANN to depart in fourth place for $37,035.08. RUNITSRANN also picked up a tournament-leading 22 knockout bounties, which was seven bounties more than the next best.
Once again the remaining three were keen to look at the numbers, but before the clock could be paused, NL_Profit found a big double up with ace-eight holding against PKaiser’s ace-six which certainly changed the deal equation.
ICM numbers were quickly agreed to with chip leader PKaiser receiving the lion’s share, leaving $10,000 and the title in the middle to play for when play resumed. And just three hands later, the tournament was all over.
The first hand was uneventful, but the second hand back would see NL_Profit cold four-bet jam preflop with A♠8♦ but that was unable to throw PKaiser from J♠J♦. The board bricked out 8♥6♥5♦9♣4♣ to eliminate NL_Profit in third place for a post-deal total of $74,389.75 along with ten knockout bounties.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 2: ArskaTheMan (2,957,766 in chips)
Seat 5: PKaiser (16,952,234 in chips)
PKaiser held a big chip lead and with under ten big blinds, ArskaTheMan only had one move – all in. With 10♦7♦ ArskaTheMan made the move first hand of heads-up play, but PKaiser had a relative monster with A♣9♠ and made the quick call. The board was spread 8♠Q♠J♣2♠5♦ and with no help for either player, it was all over!
A great effort by ArskaTheMan would be rewarded with $67,306.84, and six bounties, for second place, while our champion is Chile’s Nicolas “PKaiser” Fierro who takes home $87,923.86, 15 bounties and the WCOOP title. Congratulations!
WCOOP-48: $215 NLHE Turbo KO – $500K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $808,346
Places Paid: 540
1. Nicolas “PKaiser” Fierro (Chile) $87,923.86*+ 15 KOs
2. ArskaTheMan (Finland) $67,306.84* + 6 KOs
3. NL_Profit (Russia) $74,389.75* + 10 KOs
4. RUNITSRANN (United Kingdom) $37,035.08 + 22 KOs
5. Shhh00kem (Canada) $27,373.76 + 15 KOs
6. RZA4444 (Canada) $20,932.87 + 12 KOs
7. kavishk (India) – $14,491.99 + 11 KOs
8. Paulman 87 (Mexico) $8,051.10 + 7 KOs
9. ChiphunterTH (Germany) $5,152.70 + 8 KOs
* denotes three-handed ICM deal
The 2014 World Championship of Online Poker is in full swing and the Player of the Series race is starting to heat up, but it’s not too late to jump into the WCOOP action, with events running right through until September 28th. There’s over $40,000,000 in guaranteed prize money to be won! Check out the WCOOP homepage for more details.
Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.