We already knew that the World Championship of Online Poker was big, but when the world’s richest weekly poker tournament doubles its regular buy-in, you just knew this particular event on the schedule was going to be massive!
A prize pool of close to two million dollars, six figure returns for the top four players and a staggering $304,880.49 for our eventual champion – this was an event for the ages!
And after two days of toil there could only be one left standing and it would be Hungarian jorginho88. In a dominant performance, jorginho88 was the chip leader for most of the final table before going into the heads-up battle with Austrian caaaaamel with a chip deficit. But jorginho88 would not be denied. He quickly rallied back, grabbed the lead once again and never let it go to become our latest WCOOP champion!
Today’s event was a Special Edition of the Super Tuesday, with a buy-in of $2,100, which is double the usual price tag for this event, but that didn’t deter a field of 904 players coming together to form a prize pool of $1,808,000.
Vivian Im, Bertrand Grospellier, Jason Somerville, George Danzer, Felipe Ramos, Jason Mercier and Randy Lew were out representing Team PokerStars but the red spades were all eliminated short of the money stage.
After the first day of play, the tournament was delicately poised with 110 players left but only the top 89 players would finish in the money. Leading the way was Nick “caecilius” Petrangelo with almost double the stack of his nearest rival.
However things didn’t quite go to plan for the Canadian on day two of play as he was eliminated on the final two tables. Other notables to make a deep run but miss the final table included Jon “PearlJammer” Turner, Jonathan “MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis and Ami “UhhMee” Barer.
When joshuah333 ran a suited ace-jack smack into the pocket kings of jzjayz88, joshuah333 was derailed in tenth place as our final table of nine was set:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: -MortenVM- (1,708,661 in chips)
Seat 2: Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland (934,153 in chips)
Seat 3: Andras “probirs” Nemeth (1,6984,91 in chips)
Seat 4: caaaaamel (645,883 in chips)
Seat 5: jzjayz88 (896,693 in chips)
Seat 6: Spowi07 (352,272 in chips)
Seat 7: Manni1822 (324,467 in chips)
Seat 8: João Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten (993,352 in chips)
Seat 9: jorginho88 (1,486,028 in chips)
The super slow structure of this event meant there was plenty of game time ahead with the final table blinds kicking off at 10,500/21,000/2,625. However it would take just five hands for a massive three-way all-in to erupt that resulted in our first elimination.
From the cutoff position, caaaaamel moved all in preflop for around thirty big blinds. jzjayz88 was on the button and he moved all in for a little more and the action was over to Spowi07 in the small blind. With around fifteen big blinds, Spowi07 also committed all in with the big blind getting out of the way. caaaaamel tabled 4♥4♦ with jzjayz88 needing to improve holding A♦K♥, but it was Spowi07 with the best hand with Q♥Q♦. As is often the way in poker, sometimes you just have to make your own luck, as caaaaamel connected with the 3♣8♣4♠5♣J♥ board, landing a set of fours to scoop the massive pot. jzjayz88 took a big hit while Spowi07 was left to depart in ninth place for $25,406.55 in prize money.
jzjayz88 was left on the short stack, and a short time later was all in from the small blind for less than ten big blinds with A♠7♠. Manni1822 was in the big blind and took the gamble with 2♠2♦ with the baby pair holding through a board of Q♣Q♦3♥6♦J♥. jzjayz88 was left to collect $34,661.16 for eighth place.
After bluffing with a busted straight draw, Manni1822 was onto the short stack and perhaps a little miffed with the call down by Andras “probirs” Nemeth with just third pair. The next hand, when probirs opened with a raise from the cutoff, Manni1822 looked down at an adventurous 7♠10♠ in the small blind and decided to move all in. probirs made the call and tabled A♠Q♦. The board brought all blanks as it landed J♦3♦9♣6♣4♦, leaving probirs’ ace-high to collect the pot and eliminate Manni1822 in seventh place for $47,286.97.
It would be some time before our next elimination with Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland the one to fall. -MortenVM- opened with a preflop raise which was met with a three-bet from JWPRODIGY. The action was then with caaaaamel in the big blind who moved all in. -MortenVM- let it go but JWPRODIGY made the call with 10♠10♣ to be racing with caaaaamel’s A♥K♥. The flop fell 7♦6♣2♣ but it was the K♣ on the turn which propelled caaaaamel into the lead. JWPRODIGY picked up a flush draw to survive but the river was the 4♦. JWPRODIGY would depart in sixth place for a tidy return of $64,511.97.
Former Sunday Warm-up winner jorginho88 started to flex his muscle with an impressive five-bet preflop taking down a hefty pot uncontested against caaaaamel to move into a clear chip lead. Meanwhile caaaaamel was on the slide and fell back further next hand when calling off with second pair to double up probirs who held two pair.
However caaaaamel would extract revenge when the two got their stacks in the middle preflop in a classic coin flip. probirs opened under the gun with a raise before caaaaamel moved all in. Action folded back to probirs who made the call with J♠J♦ as caaaaamel showed a suited K♦A♦. The flop of Q♦3♣5♦ was an interesting one as caaaaamel picked up a flush draw, but the turn J♥ was even more exciting as probirs improved to a set of jacks. The outs for caaaaamel had reduced but he found the flush anyway when the 8♦ fell on the river bed to see an unlucky probirs outed in fifth place for $88,011.08 in cash.
With four players left it was jorginho88 who surged ahead, while caaaaamel continued the rollercoaster ride. caaaaamel took another hit when -MortenVM- found a double up with ace-ten against caaaaamel’s pocket sixes but moments later caaaaamel had those chips back, surviving an all-in with ace-queen connecting against jorginho88’s pocket fives.
-MortenVM- would be the next to crack. Facing an open from the dominant jorginho88, -MortenVM- moved all in next to speak with A♠7♣. Action folded back to jorginho88 who made the call and tabled a powerful J♥J♣. The board was all bricks as it ran out 3♦8♥10♣8♦2♠ offering no help to -MortenVM- who departed in fourth place for a six-figure score of $120,070.36.
jorginho88 continued to push the lead three-handed, and had moved ahead to have about two-thirds of the chips in play. However caaaaamel won a nice pot with three streets of value with ace-queen for top pair, top kicker to close the gap.
The pressure was on João Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten as the short stack to make something happen.
Following a raise from caaaaamel on the button joaoMathias looked at Q♥10♥ and moved all in for about sixteen big blinds. caaaaamel made the call and tabled A♥8♣ as joaoMathias would have to improve to stay alive. The flop of A♣10♠4♦ connected with both players, but the K♦ turn and 8♥ river gave caaaaamel two pair for the knockout. joaoMathias stayed tough throughout the final table and ended up with a very nice $163,807.15 for third place.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 4: caaaaamel (5,306,446 in chips)
Seat 9: jorginho88 (3,733,554 in chips)
caaaaamel had reclaimed the chip lead entering heads-up play but jorginho88 was quick to swing the advantage back again with a rivered straight before the final hand erupted.
From the button, caaaaamel raised it up and jorginho88 defended the big blind to see a flop of J♣3♥9♣. Both players checked and the 8♣ appeared on the turn. Again jorginho88 checked it and this time caaaaamel threw out a bet. That was met with a check raise from jorginho88 and caaaaamel chewed up some think time before making the call as the 9♦ completed a dangerous board. jorginho88 went for the kill and declared all in to put caaaaamel to the ultimate decision. The second ticked down before caaaaamel called it off and tabled Q♣9♥ for three nines, but that wasn’t enough as jorginho88 revealed K♣4♣ for the king-high flush for the victory!
A great run by caaaaamel as he picked up $223,476.03 for second place, however on this occasion the WCOOP crown would head to Hungary as jorginho88 takes the title and $304,880.49. Congratulations!
WCOOP-60: $2,100 Super Tuesday SE – $1.5M Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $1,808,000
Places Paid: 89
1. jorginho88 (Hungary) $304,880.49
2. caaaaamel (Austria) $223,476.03
3. João Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten (Brazil) $163,807.15
4. -MortenVM- (Denmark) $120,070.36
5. Andras “probirs” Nemeth (Hungary) $88,011.08
6. Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland (Australia) $64,511.97
7. Manni1822 (Germany) $47,286.97
8. jzjayz88 (China) $34,661.16
9. Spowi07 (Austria) $25,406.55
The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker is the world’s most prestigious online poker tournament festival with over $50,000,000 in prize money guaranteed! Check out the WCOOP home page for the full schedule of events.
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Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.