2007 WCOOP: Event #18 Final Table Report

There are certain things in your life that you shouldn't attempt without a solid working knowledge of how they work. While opinions vary on what these things are, I'd think the top ten would include driving a tractor, using a pressure cooker, and playing Seven Card Stud Eight or Better.

I've spent several years around some of the greatest poker thinkers in the world. I've traveled with somebody who has a World Series bracelet in the same event, and I've played the game in Vegas casinos. However, if someone asked me how to play, I'd only be able to say (as a friend once told me), "If you have a nine in your hand to start, fold."

Fortunately, there are people out there who love this game and are, by all accounts, quite good at it. Nearly 600 people signed up to play in Event #18 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Eleven hours later, eight of them still had a chance at the WCOOP bracelet.

Seat 1: theowl48 (193105 in chips)
Seat 2: BigLL (116329 in chips)
Seat 3: mysticaces (215596 in chips)
Seat 4: TheActionKid (179319 in chips)
Seat 5: pinfishtom (218792 in chips)
Seat 6: Sensor (81840 in chips)
Seat 7: motor1963 (489027 in chips)
Seat 8: crazyjanie (299992 in chips)

Sensor started the final table with the shortest stack, and by the time the limits moved up to 10,000/20,000, he was down to 50,000 in chips. It was time to pick a hand and go with it. Starting with 6c5c/5d, Sensor made his move. It was as if he knew he was on his way out when he said, "Big shout out to my grandmother who is watching me play this tonight, my mom, my girlfriend, and all of my friends . Thanks for the support." He came in for a raise and got action from motor1963, who was showing a 2. By sixth street, Sensor had committed himself to the hand and was all-in. While he finished with aces up, he never made a low. Motor1963, meanwhile, picked up trip threes to send Sensor to the rail in eighth place for a $5681 payday.

Motor1963, already flush with chips, continued his tear a few hands later when he rivered a straight and six-low to cut a big chunk out of TheActionKid's stack. The mood at the table then turned a little sour.

TheActionKid: nice river
motor1963: ty
TheActionKid: keep betting into the best player at the table

TheActionKid did his best to fight back and was able to work his stack back up to where he started at the final table. However, no matter his level of talent, he would be the next to go down. Over the course of the next half an hour, his opponents whittled his stack down to a mere 30,000 at the 15,000/30,000 limit. Dealt 3h5c/As, he got all his chips in against his foe, motor1963's 2sAh/2h. Four cards later, motor1963 had trip deuces, good enough to beat TheActionKid's pair of aces. TheActionKid placed seventh for $8,730.

After a 30 minute break, the limits moved up to 20,000/40,000 and hands that went to the river started to get expensive. Six-handed, the average stack was risking half his stack by playing a hand to the river. BigLL used this time to take over a commanding chip lead, building his stack above 800,000. However, this chip lead wouldn't last for long. After making a few unsuccessful attempts to knock out the short-stacks, BigLL ran into crazyjanie's rolled up sevens and handed the chip lead across the table.

Theowl48 was the first to succumb to the bigger stacks. With 115,000 left in his stack, he started with a pair of kings. He got his stack in against mysticaces and motor1963. Motor1963 had three jacks by fourth street and mystic aces was on a low draw. By the river, theowl48 had an eight low and the pair of kings he started with. Neither was good enough for half the pot and he was out in sixth place, cashing for $11,661.

While motor1963 had his share of victories at the final table, he couldn't hold up against the relentless action at the table. We never saw his full hand. He had 5dThQc9h showing and had all his chips in on fourth street. At the river, he couldn't beat a pair of threes. Motor1963 finished in fifth place for $14,950.

BigLL may have had a massive chip lead for a while, but crazyjanie had sights set on the man with the Bacardi player icon. When BigLL was dealt two aces down, the pot was sure to be big. It got even bigger when crazyjanie made trip sixes on fourth street. BigLL never caught up and the 400,000 chip pot slid to crazyjanie, moving the player over the million chip mark.

Pinfishtom may not have been the most active player at the final table, but he managed to make it all the way to fourth place and a $18,567 cash. Ultimately, a pair fours dealt down was his downfall. Mysticaces started with a pair of nines and ended with aces up, while pinfishtom never improved.

Mysticaces looked to be on his way to getting heads up with crazyjanie, but BigLL missed having the chip lead and set about getting it back. The first order of business was pulling an ace-high flush by fifth street and picking up a pot worth more than half a million chips.

By and by, the chips kept moving around the table, but not much was changing. Crazyjanie maintained the chip lead, while mysticaces and BigLL sat closely together. Eventually, the players decided to make a deal that left $9,000 and the WCOOP bracelet on the table.

BigLL: $39,367
mysticaces: $38,712
crazyjanie: $49,473

The deal got things moving. BigLL jumped into the game like a man on a mission to win it all or go to bed. When his pair of three ran out trips against craxyjanie's queens, BigLL started a march that had him rolling over the table. Within five minutes, he had more than a million chips and more than half the chips on the table. Five minutes later, he sent crazyjanie to the rail after crazyjanie missed a heart flush draw and ended with jack-high.

Heads-up, BigLL started with a big chip lead, but it evaporated quickly in a scene that looked a lot like a bar fight--punches being thrown with no particular aim, sometimes landing, sometimes not, but always hurting somebody or something. The chip lead moved back and forth faster than even instant hand histories could understand. Ultimately, BigLL started landing the big blows, took the chip lead, and eventually the bracelet after making trip deuces and a six low against mysticace's king-high.

Congratulations to all the players who cashed in Event #18.

2007 WCOOP Event #18 Final Table Results
Based on finishing order and a three-way deal that left $9,000 for first place

1. BigLL (United States) $48,367.00
2. mysticaces (United States) $38,712.00
3. crazyjanie (United States) $49,473.00
4. pinfishtom (United States) $18,567.90
5. motor1963 (Germany) $14,950.00
6. theowl48 (United States) $11,661.00
7. TheActionKid (United States) $8,730.80
8. Sensor (United States) $5,681.00

Brad Willis
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