2006 WCOOP: Event #6 Final Table Report

Trying to explain to someone who doesn't know much about poker that our game is not gambling is something very difficult to accomplish. It's hard to make people understand that poker players are not gamblers in the traditional sense. The successful poker players put their money in the middle when they are certain the statistical edge is in their favor. It's not like roulette or Let It Ride. The x-factor known as "chance" comes into play, but it's rare enough that some poker players wouldn't even consider their game a gamble.

And still, there is some gamble in the hearts of most poker players. They fight it. They walk the long way around the casino pits and stay as far from the track as they can. They know their money is better utilized on the poker baize.

And yet...the heart of a gambler still beats. How best to extinguish that nagging little desire? Well, a rebuy tournament of course.

PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Event #6 was the only No-Limit Hold'em rebuy tournament of the series and it drew more than 2,000 people to the virtual felt. For the first hour, they could gamble without fear. Moreover, they could exploit the people who were even more willing to gamble without the best statistical edge. During the rebuy period, players reloaded their stacks more than 2,500 times and then took 1,300 optional add-ons. The result was a prize pool worth nearly $1.2 million.

Afternoon turned to night, night turned to morning, and, finally, nine people turned the rebuy madness into a shot a really big cash.

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Seat 1: jukeboxlo (491592 in chips)
Seat 2: austinlewis (1140664 in chips)
Seat 3: bad_beat_bud (2010720 in chips)
Seat 4: agissilaos (440580 in chips)
Seat 5: Faar1 (421752 in chips)
Seat 6: thanksB (4518882 in chips)
Seat 7: aStupidDream (2789692 in chips)
Seat 8: GammonMorten (1822666 in chips)
Seat 9: Oli G (1834452 in chips)

One of the most familiar match-ups in tournament poker raised its head on the very first hand of the final table. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000, agissilaos moved all-in pre-flop with pocket tens. Looking to isolate, aStupidDream raised all in with big slick. The board looked like it would give agissilaos the double-up. By the turn, the board looked like this: 3h-2s-Jd-5s. AStupidDream had ten outs going into the river. One of them, the four of hearts, plopped down, and knocked agissilaos out in ninth place. The finish was good for $14,210.40.

Another race came shortly thereafter, and this time the gamble was a little more pronounced. Austinlewis was willing to put his entire stack, more than a million chips, in the middle with AQo. Bad_beat_bud risked half his stack with a pair of threes. Once again, the pair lost out. Austinlewis doubled up and started looking toward the big money.

The first big pot that developed post-flop was worth nearly four million chips. ThanksB came in for a standard raise and GammonMorten called. When the flop came down 6s-Ac-5c, the table exploded. ThanksB bet out 160,000 and GammonMorten raised to 560,000. ThanksB, holding A6 for two pair pushed in he rest of his chips. GammonMorten called for the rest of 1.2 million chips with 8c7c, an up and down straight draw and an eight high flush draw. By the river, GammmonMorten had missed all his outs and thanksb had made a full house. GammonMorten finished in eighth place for $23,447.16.

It seemed with that finish, most of the gamble went out of the table for a while. Seven-handed play dragged on seemingly forever without a huge hand. It would be nearly 40 minutes before another player found the exit. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, jukeboxlo moved all-in pre-flop with KQo for 654,184. Bad_beat_bud made the call with a pair of nines. Jukeboxlo flopped a queen, but by the river, bad_beat_bud had made a straight with his pair of nines. Jukeboxlo left in seventh place, earning $29,605.00.

That bust-out re-introduced players to the egress. Getting short-stacked, Farr1 moved all in with K6. AStupidDream called in the big blind with T8 suited in clubs. Three clubs on the flop locked Farr1 out of the pot and sent him packing in sixth place. He won $40,854.90.

The chips did not stay with aStupidDream long. Just a few minutes later, he doubled up austinlewis. The players got in a raising and re-raising battle pre-flop that ended up with austinlewis all-in with a pair of kings vs. aStupidDream's pocket tens. The kings held up and austinlewis started to roll over the table. With the blinds at 40,000/80,000, Oli G moved all in from the button with 89o. Austinlewis called in the small blind with A4, made the nut flush by the turn, and knocked out Oli G in fifth place for $52,696.90.

Just a few minutes later, austinlewis continued his killing spree. After raising then calling a re-raise with pocket eights, austinlewis saw a 7c-Jh-3d flop with thanksB. ThanksB led out on the flop and austinlewis called. On the turn, a two of hearts, thanksB moved all in and austinlewis called. ThanksB turned up KJ for top pair. Austinlewis had two outs...and hit one on the river. ThanksB hit the rail in fourth place, earning $63,354.70.

Three-handed, bad_beat_bud likely developed a distaste for the letter A. Over the course of two hands with austinlewis, bad_beat_bud contested hands with AT and A5. On the first, his two pair lost to austinlewis' set of threes. On the next, austinlewis held pocket king. Bad_beat_bud didn't suffer bad beats on either hand, but was still rewarded a handsome $78,157.20 for third place.

Heads-up, austinlewis held a nice lead, but after doubling up aStupidDream once austinlewis decided it was time for a deal. Both players agreed to a standard chip count deal and played for $20,000 and the WCOOP bracelet.

AStupidDream fought hard for the bracelet. After flopping trip-eights and drawing even with austinlewis, aStupidDream looked like he had a shot. Then, came the final, painful hand.

AStupidDream limped in, then called a raise with JsKs. The flop couldn't have been much prettier, Jc-Kc-8d. When austinlewis bet out, a StupidDream raised. Austinlewis re-raised all in, holding KT. AStupidDream made the easy call. That's when the pain set in. The turn and river came perfect-perfect for austinlewis... a seven and a nine. Suddenly aStupidDream's top-two pair was no good against runner-runner straight. He'd got his money in with a 93% chance of winning and somehow managed to lose. Nonetheless, the deal he cut gave him $156,936.00.

That left first place, the bracelet, and nearly $200,000 for austinlewis, the 2006 WCOOP Event #6 champion and a man with more gamble in his heart than many others.

You can see all the money winners on the PokerStars WCOOP Event #6 results page. Final table results are below.

PokerStars WCOOP Event #6 Final Table Results
Results based on two-way deal that left $20,000 for first place

1. austinlewis (United States) $199,509.00
2. aStupidDream (United States) $156,936.00
3. bad_beat_bud (United States) $78,157.20
4. thanksB (United States) $63,354.70
5. Oli G (Iceland) $52,696.90
6. Faar1 (Denmark) $40,854.90
7. jukeboxlo (United States) $29,605.00
8. GammonMorten (Denmark) $23,447.16
9. agissilaos (Greece) $14,210.40

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