Event #9 of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker might have drawn a modest field — just 145 entries total for the $1,050 buy-in 2-7 no-limit single draw event. But there was nothing modest about the accomplishments of those who took part, with a star-studded group making it to the final two tables and the money.
Ultimately it was Germany’s nilsef prevailing, outlasting the likes of Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb, Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, and Vincent “Vingtcent” van der Fluit on the final day to win the tournament and a $30,511.94 first prize.
In fact, nilsef returned on the final day in 10th place out of 10 remaining players, but managed to scrape all of the way back to gather every last chip and the victory.
Those 145 entries for this two-day event meant a $145,000 prize pool — well over the $100K guarantee. As Day 1 wound down, they were able to get down to the money with Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde (14th) being the first player to cash for $3,043.89. Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (13th) and Fabrizio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez (12th) followed, earning $3,727.71 apiece, then Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot (11th) fell to pick up $4,565.16.
Play concluded early Tuesday evening, with Connor “blanconegro” Drinan — winner of both the EPT13 Barcelona €10K High Roller and 2016 WCOOP Event #5 ($320 NL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max.) — enjoying the end-of-day chip lead.
Here’s how the counts looked overnight, with nilsef at the bottom of the counts looking up at the other nine:
1. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) — 457,625
2. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) — 456,035
3. Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) — 332,386
4. Unemployed (Hungary) — 330,771
5. Vincent “Vingtcent” van der Fluit (Netherlands) — 313,317
6. WATnlos (Germany) — 298,190
7. doofy-proofy (Russia) — 249,090
8. fish_san (Japan) — 226,021
9. Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau (United Kingdom) — 124,503
10. nilsef (Germany) — 112,062
Day 2 began Wednesday morning, and soon it was Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau slipping to go out in 10th ($4,565.16). About 45 minutes into the day doofy-proofy fell (ninth), then on the last hand before the day’s one-hour break Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara was knocked out (eighth), with those two each taking $5,590.75.
With WATnlos the new leader sitting with just under 600,000 chips, the final seven returned from the break to start the final table.
Seat 1: Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) — 174,808
Seat 2: fish_san (Japan) — 293,984
Seat 3: WATnlos (Germany) — 597,875
Seat 4: Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) — 405,849
Seat 5: Unemployed (Hungary) — 420,012
Seat 6: nilsef (Germany) — 500,711
Seat 7: Vincent “Vingtcent” van der Fluit (Netherlands) — 506,761
Eight-time ‘COOP winner Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb began the final table as the short stack among the final seven, and after battling gamely for a half-hour he was the first of the group to fall.
Deeb’s last hand saw him open-pushing all-in from early position with his last 74,248 (about 11-and-a-half big blinds), then watching fish_san reraise push from the next seat over to scatter everyone else.
Deeb drew one card while fish_san stood pat, then Deeb turned over K-8-6-5-4, certainly having picked up a king on his draw. fish-san meanwhile had been dealt a pat nine with 9-8-5-4-3, and they were down to six.
Alas for fish_san, those chips were soon lost. With the blinds at 4,000/8,000, fish_san open-pushed for 83,397 from the small blind and was called by WATnlos in the big blind.
fish_san drew one card while WATnlos took two, and fish_san showed K-T-5-4-2. WATnlos had that beat with 8-7-5-3-2, and fish_san was eliminated in sixth.
As the day’s second hour neared its close, Unemployed had assumed the chip lead with nearly 940,000 while the other four players all hovered around the half-million mark. That’s when Connor “blanconegro” Drinan got involved in some back-and-forthing with Vincent “Vingtcent” van der Fluit and found himself all-in and at risk.
After a just-over-2x raise to 25,440 from under the gun by van der Fluit, Drinan three-bet to 78,400 from the button and van der Fluit called, drawing one card while Drinan stood pat. First to act, van der Fluit bet 102,660, and when Drinan shoved for 415,609, van der Fluit — who had Drinan barely covered — called the raise.
Drinan turned over 8-8-5-5-4 to show the postdraw shove had been a bluff, meaning van der Fluit’s 9-7-4-3-2 was best and Drinan was out in fifth.
They were about halfway through the day’s third hour when Vincent “Vingtcent” van der Fluit open-raised all-in from the button with a 10-big blind stack of 164,151 and Unemployed called from the big blind. The latter stood pat while van der Fluit took two cards, and when Unemployed turned over 9-8-7-5-4 that was more than enough against van der Fluit’s A-K-8-5-3 and the Dutchman was down in fourth.
During three-handed play a key hand arose between Unemployed and nilsef. With nilsef all-in before the draw for over 1 million chips and then standing pat with 8-6-5-3-2, Unemployed drew one and only managed a 9-8-7-4-2, and suddenly nilsef was in command.
Soon after that it was Unemployed open-shoving, jamming a stack of 196,659 (just over 12 BBs) from UTG and getting looked up by WATnlos. Unemployed then drew two while WATnlos stood pat, and Unemployed’s J-T-4-3-2 came up short against WATnlos’s pat nine (9-8-6-5-3), sending Unemployed railward in third.
That set up heads-up play where despite taking that last pot WATnlos began at big disadvantage, as nilsef’s 2,180,862 meant a 3-to-1 lead over WATnlos’s 719,138. They played for a few minutes without too much chip movement, then the end swiftly arrived.
On the last hand nilsef opened with a min-raise to 32,000 from the button and WATnlos called. Both players drew two cards, then WATnlos led with a bet of 49,458. nilsef then raised to 146,880, WATnlos responded with an all-in shove for 803,138 total, and nilsef called.
As it happened, WATnlos had paired up, turning over 6-5-5-3-2. Meanwhile nilsef had not, showing a winning 9-8-5-4-3.
Congratulations to nilsef for topping a tough field and final table full of stars to win Event #9 and the $30K-plus first prize.
WCOOP-09 ($1,050 NL Single Draw 2-7 Championship) results
Total Entries: 145 (104 entries, 41 re-entries)
Prize pool: $145,000
Places paid: 14
1. nilsef (Germany) $30,511.94
2. WATnlos (Germany) $23,785.07
3. Unemployed (Hungary) $18,541.30
4. Vincent “Vingtcent” van der Fluit (Netherlands) $14,453.61
5. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) $11,267.10
6. fish_san (Japan) $8,783.11
7. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) $6,846.74
The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker — a whopping 82 events long — has barely gotten started. Check out the WCOOP site for the complete schedule of remaining events.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.