Watching and reading the PokerStars coverage here over the week, a pattern seems to emerge. Names of past champions and final table players have already made their marks on the WCOOP 2015 campaign. Like Matt “Plattsburgh” Vengrin who won Event #6 after earning a WCOOP title last year. The two-day Event #17 would also crown a familiar name as Patrick “pads1161” Leonard would win $108,415.51 and the bracelet after a brief heads-up match against Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovskyi.
Check out below for Leonard’s run to the title.
The overnight chip leader Patrick “pads1161” Leonard has two prior ‘COOP final tables in his pocket. Normally the Omaha specialist based on past finishes, Leonard nearly snagged a watch in SCOOP 2014 Event #35-M PLO Hi/Lo as the runner-up and a sixth place in this year’s TCOOP Event #14 NLO Hi/Lo. Leonard would come into day two of this NL Hold Em’ tournament with nearly double the chips of second place pinguinho.
Pinguinho also seems to like the non-NLHE games with a final table in TCOOP 2013’s Event #12 Triple Stud (finishing fourth), and two final tables at SCOOP 2015 in Event #13-M (Stud, finishing as the runner-up to Woody “plplya” Deck), and Event #19-L Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (finishing seventh). But, pinguinho’s hot streak is a continuation of winning two Sunday Majors last weekend including the weekly 6-max for $14K.
Starting off day two cheeky4714 would be the first to improve position. After doubling through mindgamer two minutes into the new day, cheeky4714 would show mindgamer the door on the next hand after sneaking 9♥A♥ past mindgamer’s big slick A♦K♥ on a heart filled 5♥ 10♥ 4♥ 10♦ 8♥ board sending mindgamer out in 16th place ($5,420.74).
Well, pinguinho’s two-week hot streak came a screeching halt as the starting second place stack took a huge hit early with Aptok taking away a key 1.2 million chip pot. Then, with the blinds up to 10K/20K ante 2.5K, pinguinho tried to three barrel bluff JJ@mess off two pair with the board showing 3♦ 10♠ 7♥ 6♠ 4♠. It did not work as pinguinho earned $5,420.74 in 13th place.
At the first break Leonard’s lead was cut into a bit by OMGACEACEACE by taking down a 1.4 million chip pot right before the five minute intermission. Only half of the day two field remained on task for the $108,415.51 up top, as hand-for-hand loomed.
Cheeky4714 made it to the final table of Event #2 here last year (also a six-max event) finishing fifth. Unfortunately, cheeky4714’s journey for a second WCOOP final table would end and the hand of Leonard in seventh place ($11,798.09).
Eight minutes later with the blinds up to 17.5K/35K ante 4,375 Aptok would shove 380K from the small blind as RomeOpro called with A♥3♦. Aptok’s K♥5♥ failed to connect on the 7♠ J♦ 7♦ 10♦ 9♦ board starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: OMGACEACEACE (3252166 in chips)
Seat 2: JJ@mess (2516916 in chips)
Seat 3: HKN291209 (1722850 in chips)
Seat 4: Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (4075850 in chips)
Seat 5: Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovskyi (1499423 in chips)
Seat 6: Manni1822 (1317795 in chips)
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard started the day as the chip leader and would start the final table as the chip leader. Would he end the day with all the chips and a shiny gold and diamond bracelet? Or will JJ@mess notch the third leg of the PokerStars Slam after winning a SCOOP watch in 2014 and the Sunday Million? Read on.
Time seemed to slow to a crawl after the rapid eliminations of the first hour.
45 minutes into the second hour with the blinds up to 20K/40K ante 5K OMGACEACEACE tried to get in cheap by limping in from the small blind as JJ@mess made it 120K to go. OMGACEACEACE made the call to see a couple of tens on the 10♠10♦4♦ flop. OMGACEACEACE would check-call bets on the flop and the turn 8♠. Then the river A♥ saw JJ@mess push all-in for 1.96 million. Holding 7♣A♣ OMGACEACEACE called off the remaining 947K only to see the flopped trip tens 10♣3♣ of JJ@mess. OMGACEACE would take away $19,132.05 in sixth place. This was another huge score for OMGACEACEACE who took down the Sunday Major NLHE $109+R in May for $68K.
The final table would not lose its second player until five minutes before the third hourly break. With the blinds up to 50K/100K ante 12.5K current chip leader RomeOpro and HKN291209 would get to the river with the board showing 5♣ 4♦ 2♠ 3♦ 9♦. HKN291209 checked as RomeOpro shoved all-in. Holding a wheel 9♥A♣ HKN291209 made the call for 1.1 million. But, RomeOpro turned over the higher straight 6♥A♠ knocking out HKN291209 in fifth place ($30,292.41).
JJ@mess’ run for a third leg of the PokerStars slam would come an end with a flip. With the blinds still at 50K/100K ante 12.5K Manni1822 would min-raise from the button as JJ@mess shoved 1.74 million from the small blind with big slick K♣A♣. Manni1822 covered and made the call holding pocket jacks J♦J♣. Despite gaining a couple of outs on the river 5♦ 10♣ 9♦ Q♥ 9♣ JJ@mess would need to wait until the next WCOOP tournament for a bracelet, earning $43,047.11 in fourth place.
If you take a look at RomeOpro’s avatar it’s from Raising for Effective Giving. Basically the site allows players to donate a percentage of their winnings to charity in a way that gets and uses the funds to the appointed charity in the most cost-effective way.
It sounds like RomeOpro wants to maximize giving after this tournament, nixing the first round of chop talks shortly after JJ@mess’ demise.
A few minutes before the fourth hourly break, Leonard would knockoff the short stack to set up a fairly short heads-up battle. With the blinds up to 70K/140K ante 17.5K Manni1822 would shove all-in for 781,517 chips as both Romanovskyi and Leonard jumped into the fray. After the 4♠7♣10♦ flop and a bet from Leonard, Manni1822 would flip up top pair with a decent kicker 10♠K♦. However, pads1161 showed pocket aces A♦A♠. After the third ace A♣ hit the turn Manni1822 would collect $61,860.29 in third place.
Romanovskyi really wants that six figure score and let Patrick “pads1161” Leonard know it after Manni1822 left the table and temporarily pushing away an attempt to chop up the remaining prize pool.
However, after just five hands of heads-up play the two would play the determining hand for the bracelet.
With Leonard holding a 8.2 million to 6.1 million chip lead, he would raise to 302K as Romanovskyi called to see a 3♣4♠10♣ flop. Romanovskyi checked as Leonard fired for 2.2 million and Romanovskyi called again. The 3♠ paired the board but caught no one’s interest as both checked. Romanovskyi would check the 2♦ river as Leonard bet enough to leave Romanovskyi with one chip.
He would make the call, and owned one chip as Leonard showed the turned boat 4♦3♦ and Roman mucked.
The literal “chip and a (virtual) chair” story only lasted one hand as Patrick “pads1161” Leonard took down the next hand to win $108,415.51 and WCOOP 2015 Event #17!
Event #17: $700 NLHE 6-Max, 3-Stack
Prize pool: $637,735.00
Places paid: 120
1. Patrick “pads1161” Leonard $108,415.51
2. Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovskyi $81,311.21
3. Manni1822 (Germany) $61,860.29
4. JJ@mess (Czech Republic) $43,047.11
5. HKN291209 (United Kingdom) $30,292.41
6. OMGACEACEACE (Poland) $19,132.05
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