2006 WCOOP: Event #2 Final Table Report

"I could have killed 'em all, I could kill you. In town you're the law, out here it's me. Don't push it. Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go. Let it go." --John J. Rambo, First Blood

In my travels in Nordic lands, I've often been humbled by how well the people of those countries speak English. In fact, not only is their English better than my Swedish (or Danish, for that matter), their English is often times better than my English. With that admission made, the above quote just sounds good in English. I have to imagine First Blood would've been a far different film if Stallone had looked up and said, "Jag kunde har slaktat dem alla. Jag kunde doda du. I stad du er ratten , ute har den er jag. Inte skjuta `pa den. Inte skjuta pa den eller Jag vill ger du en krig du vill inte tro pa. Lata den ga. Lata den ga." (Full disclosure: I used an online translation service for that.)

That's what's fun about poker, though. In the World Championship of Online Poker Event #2, players met a stone cold killer from Sweden who ran over the table under the name Rambo5. Though he rarely said much, his card-play made it clear, he was a stack-killer with no remorse. Anyone who played against him in the 13 hours of Event #2 had to have been hearing the echoes of First Blood: "Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe."

Nearly 4,500 players showed to up to build a prize pool of more than $2.2 million. In Monday's early morning hours, these nine players found themselves the final table competing for one of the biggest prizes you'll find in online poker.

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Seat 1: LUNOID (1462261 in chips)
Seat 2: Striker 10 (586260 in chips)
Seat 3: Rambo5 (3219217 in chips)
Seat 4: Mr Neverquit (598356 in chips)
Seat 5: lasbas (971978 in chips)
Seat 6: Feb19 (537404 in chips)
Seat 7: gski6986 (1938799 in chips)
Seat 8: Sassenage (535520 in chips)
Seat 9: polpolpol (1387705 in chips)

While Rambo5 knocked off a lot of people on his way to the final fight, he didn't strike first blood at the final table. That distinction went to Mr Neverquit. Facing a raise from Striker 10, Mr Neverquit found pocket tens on the button and moved all in. Striker 10 thought for a bit and then called with his AQ. It was a race he wouldn't win. Striker 10 finished in ninth place for a $22,475.00 payday.

With Striker 10 gone, Sassenage's stack began to dwindle. With fewer than 300,000 chips, Sassenage decided to make a move for the blinds and antes with J9. Lasbas sat in the big blind with more than a million chips and decided he'd take a shot with QT. A queen on the flop was enough to send Sassenage out of the contest. For eighth place, he earned $34,836.25.

That exit left Feb19 on the shortstack and A3 looked good enough to take a shot, but the timing was a little bit off. Polpolpol found AJ in the big blind, made the call, and turned a jack. While Feb19's time at the final table was short, a seventh place finish was good for $46,073.75.

Feb19's departure brought the first break of the final table and the beginning of the 30,000/60,000 level. With blood in the water, Rambo5 woke up and moved in for the kill. The set-up began furiously enough. In a battle of the blinds, Rambo5 and Mr Neverquit went to war with naked aces and ended up chopping an all-in pot. On the very next hand, with Mr Neverquit in the small blind, Rambo5 made a standard raise from the button. Perhaps with the previous hand still fresh in his mind, Mr Neverquit moved in with A7. Once again, Rambo5 held an ace as well, however, this time, Rambo5 had another ace to go with it. Go figure, Rambo with bullets. Mr Neverquit couldn't find a miracle and became Rambo5's first final table victim. For sixth place, Mr Neverquit picked up $59,558.75.

With five players remaining, the game became of story of people picking the right time to make the wrong move. When Lasbas decided to move in under the gun with JT, Polpolpol decided he would spend 25% of his stack to take a shot an eliminating lasbas. Holding pocket sevens, polpolpol made the call. A seven on the flop looked good for polpolpol, but lasbas only needed a nine or a hear to fall to win the pot. It was the heart that came.

Mr Neverquit's demise at Rambo5's hands wasn't enough to scare off the rest of the table. In fact, gski6986 soon decided to make a move with AT against a Rambo5's raise. It was a bad idea. Rambo5 held AQ which was good for nut/no-pair and the win. For fifth place, gski6986 won an astounding $76,415.00.

The carnage must have made polpolpol feel a little froggy, because soon thereafter, he made an all-in move with A2 against a raise from lasbas. Lasbas called off the rest of his 600,000 chips with QJ. Polpolpol ended up making two-pair and booting lasbas to the rail, trousering $94,395 for fourth place.

With a ton of money left on the line for the final three places, the killer briefly became a pacifist. He opened up the option of a deal discussion. Then, just as poker room manager Lee Jones was about to hit the pause button, polpolpol drew Rambo5 back to battle. Rambo5 came in for a raise to 240,000 and polpolpol jammed for 2,323,774. Rambo5 made the call with pocket tens. Polpolpol beseeched the poker gods to bring him an ace or king to match his big slick. None came and polpolpol departed, just short of the deal discussions, with $119,117.50 and a third place finish.

With polpolpol gone, deal discussions began in earnest. Rambo5, with nearly more than a 4-1 chip lead agreed to give LUNOID $250,000 and a shot at $30,865 if he came back and won. It was not to be. After just a few hands, LUNOID, holding pocket sixes, discovered that Rambo5 still had a couple of bullets left in his arsenal. Indeed, Rambo5's pocket aces held up once again, sending LUNOID out in second place and earning the murderous Swede a first place finish and a gold WCOOP bracelet.

Full results for the event can be found on the WCOOP Event #2 Results page. The final table results are below.

PokerStars WCOOP Event #2 Final Table Results
*Results based on two-way deal that left $30,865 for the winner

1. Rambo5 (Sweden) $320,865.00
2. LUNOID (United Kingdom) $250,000.00
3. polpolpol (Cyprus) $119,117.50
4. lasbas (Denmark) $94,395.00
5. gski6986 (United States) $76,415.00
6. Mr Neverquit (United States) $59,558.75
7. Feb19 (United States) $46,073.75
8. Sassenage (Germany) $34,836.25
9. Striker 10 (Sweden) $22,475.00

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