2006 WCOOP: Event #11 Final Table Report

The first time I ever played seven-card stud for stakes of any consequence and in a live casino, it was in a dark corner of Bally's in Atlantic City. I remember the room being darker than a poker room should be and having blackjack tables available on the rail to keep the gamblers happy while they waited to sit down. Apart from the scotch-drinking walker on my left, the only other memorable thing about the game was the old man in the one-seat. He groused, he cajoled, and he won--a lot. From the moment I sat down, I knew this man had been playing stud since before my father was born. The man was old enough that I wasn't sure which would break first, his physical well-being or the game. I remember thinking at the time, seven-card stud just might die when this guy does...and that might be tonight.

I'm wrong a lot.

The resurgence of poker's popularity has brought with it a new appreciation for games considered to be in their twilight. PokerStars WCOOP Event #11 may not have been the biggest event, but it, no doubt spoke to the world's appreciation for seven-card stud. More than 650 people showed up to play for nearly $200,000. The final eight players came from just two countries--the U.S.A. and Germany.

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Seat 1: davebreal (60866 in chips)
Seat 2: jcsacc (123828 in chips)
Seat 3: hurricaneace (271636 in chips)
Seat 4: Sassenage (344436 in chips)
Seat 5: nikstar (193287 in chips)
Seat 6: Evelyn (185586 in chips)
Seat 7: morten (325536 in chips)
Seat 8: BJCAS (137325 in chips)

Davebreal, exceptionally low in chips after some early final table losses, managed to finish in eighth place. With barely enough chips to post the ante and small bet, davebreal took a chance with Ad4s/2c. The chance came at a bad time. Sasesenage had aces in the hole and made a set on fourth street. Davebreal earned $3,744.90.

Over the course of the next 20 minutes, jcsacc found himself in the same position--too few chips to see a hand to the end. He started with a pair of eights versus nikstar's pair of jacks. His hand never improved and he departed in seventh place, earning $5,755.32.

BJCAS, with more than 80,000 in chips at the 7,500/15,000 limit, called the bring-in and a raise with KhTs/Jh. On fourth street, he made a pair of kings and came out betting against hurricaneace who was showing JdQc. BJCAS and hurricaneace both blanked on fifth street and BJCAS check-called one bet. Sixth street is where things started to get ugly. BJCAS made a queen to give him the open-ender to Broadway to go with his pair of kings. Hurricaneace made another club. Both players checked. The river was the killer. BJCAS made his ace for Broadway, but hurricaneace made his club for a flush. All the money went in and BJCAS went out in sixth place for $7,686.90.

Evelyn is well-known on PokerStars, having been around for nearly as long as the site itself. By and by, Evelyn's stack deteriorated to a terminal level. Morten dealt the death blow and sent Evelyn out in fifth place for $9,855.00. Hurricaneace was the next to go, after losing most of his chips in a previous hand and getting everything in before fourth street against everybody else at the table. The three remaining players checked it all the way down and hurricaneace never made better than king-high. For fourth place, he picked up $12,239.91.

Three-handed, the players had deep enough stacks to play poker for a long while. It took another half an hour before another player found the rail. Morten, another long-time PokerStars player, started with an ace showing and by fifth street was committed to the pot against Sassenage, who by that time had made a pair of queens. The rest of Morten's board wouldn't even pair-up and he was out in third place.

When heads-up play arrived, the nikstar and Sassenage were basically even in chips and cut a quick deal. The deal ended up being the quickest thing that would happen. Head-up play lasted for 45 minutes, during which time the players traded the lead many times. In the end, the United States nikstar captured the title and the WCOOP bracelet.

A complete list of people who cashed in this event can be found on the PokerStars WCOOP Event #11 results page. Final table results are below.

PokerStars WCOOP Event #11 Final Table Results
Results based on to-way deal that left $5,000 for first place

1. nikstar (United States) $39,548.00
2. Sassenage (Germany) $33,517.00
3. morten (Denmark) $16,950.60
4. hurricaneace (United States) $12,239.91
5. Evelyn (Germany) $9,855.00
6. BJCAS (United States) $7,686.90
7. jcsacc (United States) $5,755.32
8. davebreal (United States) $3,744.90

Brad Willis
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