WCOOP Event #4 2-7 Triple Draw Live Blog

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7:15am-- the story of mardene's demise, playitsafe claims victory in Event #4

mardene took a 200,000 chip hit on the first hand back from the break. After raising the button, playitsafe three-bet and mardene made the call. playitsafe rapped pat and bet from position the whole way, mardene calling him down. It ended up being a winning proposition for playitsafe, as mardene missed and playitsafe's 9-8 low held up to send mardene down to 240,000.

Within three hands that 240,000 shrunk to 130,000 and playitsafe prepared to deliver the final blow. It took a few hands, but the aggressive Norwegian succeeded.

mardene opened from the button for a raise and playitsafe called, drawing three cards to mardene's two. playitsafe led out and mardene called. playitsafe took only one on the second draw, while mardene took another two and called playitsafe's bet.

Each player took one on the third draw, playitsafe leading out a third time and mardene electing to save his/her remaining 30,864 in chips despite the size of the pot rather than making the call. On the next deal, mardene had 2/3 of her stack in the 20,000 chip big blind, but chose to fold, and on the following hand, all but 864 of her chips were all in from the small blind. mardene made a J-9-7-6-3 low, but playitsafe tabled the winner with 8-6-5-4-3 and claimed the WCOOP title and $24,809.20. mardene will take home $18,555.52 for second place.


7:05am-- Streaking for the win, chip counts at end of hour thirteen

Athletes have hitting and scoring streaks, poker players have winning streaks. Most of these streaks are over the short term and counted with sesssions or SnGs won. Can you remember the last time you won 15 hands in a row, even during heads-up play? playitsafe has take a commanding lead in the heads-up duel by taking down the last 15 hands in-a-row and 19 of 20, mostly from not even seeing the first draw.

Still no talks of a chop and we'll come back from the break with playitsafe holding a 4:1 chip lead over mardene.

Level 27
Blinds 20000/40000
Average chip count: 1,101,000
Players remaining: 2
First Prize: $24,809.20

1. playitsafe 1,751,136
2. mardene 450,864

6:54am-- It ain't over until someone builds too many houses out of those bricks, heads-up play

This is the chip count when we started heads-up play:

Seat 2: mardene (850864 in chips)
Seat 3: playitsafe (1351136 in chips)

33 hands in we're now almost dead even:
Seat 2: mardene (1130864 in chips)
Seat 3: playitsafe (1071136 in chips)

Not even a whisper of chop talks from our competitors so its looks like the winner will be taking home the entire $24,809.20 plus the WCOOP bracelet.

6:42am-- mardene silences thevoice72 in 3rd place

thevoice72 saw most of his stack shipped to mardene on a hand where mardene made a wheel on the second draw, and thevoice72 called the hand down. Left with 128,000, thevoice72 and mardene clashed again only a few hands later, thevoice72 betting and raising until he was all in after the second draw.

His K-7-6-4-3 couldn't beat mardene's 8-7-6-4-3 and he hit the rail in 3rd place, collecting $13,579 for his run

6:36am-- jordan999 earns more then monopoly money while finishing fourth

With jordan999 down to only 29,000 in chips, a rare family pot broke out, mardene opening for a raise from UTG, and everyone coming in for two bets. jordan999 was all in after the first draw, but could not improve, his ace-high falling to mardene's 8-7-6-5-3.

$11,010.00 should soothe the blow just a bit. Down to 3.

6:32am-- playitsafe cripples jordan999, crosses 1 million mark

With the action folded to the small blind, playitsafe made an opening raise and jordan999 called. Each player drew two cards, playitsafe leading out and jordan999 calling. playitsafe took one on the second draw while jordan999 took another two and check-called another bet from playitsafe.

After drawing one apiece on the third draw, playitsafe led out a third time, jordan999 raised, playitsafe three-bet and jordan999 made the call. playitsafe rolled over a wheel to send his stack over the 1 million mark and cripple jordan999 to only 65,000.

6:29am-- Mills23 represents the Netherlands well, finishes 5th

playitsafe is reassuming his role as a chip vacuum, this time sucking up the remaining chips of Mills23 as the first million chip man of the tournament is now leading by over 350,000 chips to mardene’s approximately 650,000. Mills23 decided to call playitsafe’s raise from the big blind. Both players discarded one and playitsafe fired again and was called.

Another draw for Mills23 on the second draw, while playitsafe decided to stand pat and fired out another bet which again was called leaving Mills23 with less then a big blind left for the third draw. After making a nine (9-7-5-4-3), Mills23 decided is was good enough to push his remaining 17,452 in chips into the middle for a 160,904 chip pot. Unfortunately, playitsafe was not bluffing as he turned over an eight (8-6-5-4-3) for the winning hand.

Mills23 gets $8,074.00 for fifth place tonight, just shy of that WCOOP bracelet.

6:11am-- gudfaren eliminated in 6th place

After over an hour of final table play without an elimination, gudfaren just made his exit in 6th place. Down to 53,000 in chips and with the action folded to gudfaren in the small blind, he raised it up and Mills23 made the call. gudfaren drew one while Mills23 drew two. gudfaren led out and Mills23 called. gudfaren stood pat on the second draw, leaving Mills23 to take another card. gudfaren bet his remaining 17,000 chips and Mills23 called. Both players stood pat on the third draw, Mills23's 7-6-4-3-2 besting gudfaren's 9-7-5-4-3.

For his 6th place finish, gudfaren will take $5,505 back to Oslo.

5:50am-- End of hour twelve chip counts

Level 25
Blinds 12000/24000
Average chip count: 367,000
Players remaining: 6
First Prize: $24,809.20

1. mardene 778,279
2. playitsafe 507,152
3. thevoice72 446,375
4. jordan999 209,468
5. Mills23 189,520
6. gudfaren 71,206

Next person eliminated with receive $5,505.00

5:45am-- gudfaren hasn't been in chip trouble for much of this tournament-- until now.

Two key pots sent his stack down to around 125,000 from 280,000-- first losing 80K to playitsafe who made an 8-7 low to best gudfaren's holding, and then dropping 70K on the next hand to thevoice72, his 9-7-5-4-2 falling to his opponent''s 8-7-5-4-3. Still gudfaren remains active and undeterred and since his tumble, has chipped back up to 175,000.

5:42am-- mardene silences thevoice72 for a big pot

Making a pre-draw raise UTG with blinds at 10000/20000, was folded to thevoice72 who made the call on the button. The first draw brought two fresh card to each of them and mardene lead and was called. mardene only took one card on the second draw as thevoice72 called for two, another bet by mardene and call. Third draw brought some fireworks as both players took one and again mardene lead out to be raised by thevoice72, then a 3-bet by mardene put the brakes on thevoice72 as he called to be shown mardene’s 7-6-4-3-2, which prompted thevoice72 to muck.

mardene is now the chip leader being the first player to 700,000 chips

5:31am-- Around the table, around the world

Four nations brought together for a little poker and a $24,809.20 first prize.

The countries represented tonight:

Norway x 2 (gudfaren and playitsafe)
United States x 2 (mardene and jordan999)
Netherlands (Mills23)
Germany (thevoice72)

5:12am-- And we have arrived to the final table


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Here's how the final table stacked up with playitsafe continuing to hold the chip lead:

Seat 1: Mills23 (467760 in chips)
Seat 2: mardene (227923 in chips)
Seat 3: playitsafe (527152 in chips)
Seat 4: jordan999 (331468 in chips)
Seat 5: thevoice72 (167375 in chips)
Seat 6: gudfaren (480322 in chips)

Good luck to our final six this morning/afternoon/evening!!

5:09am-- No repeat final tables for GymZQuirk

As we reported earlier, GymZQuirk was trying to make back-to-back trips to the WCOOP 2-7 Triple Draw final table. Unfortunately, he’ll have to settle for back-to-back deep finishes as he is tonight’s final table bubble boy.

With his last 17,742 in chips in the middle pre-draw with blinds at 8000/16000 he faced off with chip leader playitsafe. GymZQuirk had a monster draw starting out with 7-5-3-2 before the first draw, and could not connect as he bricked one last time on the third draw and flipped up a pair of fives which were no match for the ten (T-9-8-4-3) of playitsafe as he collected the 39,484 chip pot.

GymZQuirk earned another sizable payday in a WCOOP 2-7 Triple Draw event by winning $3,009.40 for his seventh place finish.

4:59am-- SgtKyle discharged in 8th place.

As we reported just a bit ago, SgtKyle had fallen upon short-stack status and though he ran his chips back up to 125,000 or so, his stack had dwindled back down to 34,440 when this hand came about. playitsafe opened for a raise from UTG and gudfaren three-bet from the button.

Sitting in the 4,000 chip small blind SgtKyle dipped into his time bank to think about his decision and decided to make his move, putting in four bets that left him with only 2,440 behind. Both opponents called and SgtKyle took two cards on the first draw while they each took one. SgtKyle checked, playitsafe bet out, gudfaren called, and SgtKyle committed the last of his chips.

Drawing two cards on the second and third draws, SgtKyle could not beat playitsafe's T-6-4-3-2 which emerged as the winning hand, bouncing SgtKyle from the tournament in 8th place. He earned $3,009.40 for his finish.

4:44am-- End of hour eleven chip counts

Level 23
Blinds 8000/16000
Average chip count: 275,250
Players remaining: 8
First Prize: $24,809.20

1. playitsafe 458,970
2. mardene 339,923
3. Mills23 339,760
4. jordan999 323,468
5. gudfaren 312,322
6. thevoice72 191,375
7. GymZQuirk 189,742
8. SgtKyle 46,440

Team PokerStars Pros


John Duthie (32nd)
Alex Kravchenko (33rd)
Vanessa Rousso (34th)
Marcin "Goral" Horecki (36th)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier (37th)
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose (59th)
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (74th)
Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

4:38am-- thetinkerman eliminated in 9th place

After being crippled on an earlier hand when mardene made 7-6-5-4-2 and dragged the nearly 100K pot, thetinkerman took his last stand, putting in three bets before the first draw after mardene opened for a raise and jordan999 called. On the first draw, thetinkerman and jordan999 took one each while mardene took two.

thetinkerman led out and was called in both spots. All three players took one card on the second draw and thetinkerman led out again. mardene made the call, only to have jordan999 bump it to two bets. thetinkerman reraised all in, mardene mucked, and jordan999 called. thetinkleman was in trouble, drawing one on the third draw while jordan999 stood pat. thetinkerman missed, making a seven-high straight that was no good against jordan000's 8-7-4-3-2.

For his 9th place finish, thetinkerman will find an extra $3,009.40 in his PokerStars account.

4:36am-- playitsafe not coasting into the final table

Instead of riding his chip lead into the final table, playitsafe continues to push hands pre-draw collecting the blinds and pressuring the smaller stacks to commit larger chucks of their stacks as we near the twelfth hour break and blinds going up to 8000/16000 when we return. Currently playitsafe is sitting on 452,190 in chips with mardene at 429,923 is catching up after taking a few monster pots.

4:21am-- SgtKyle trying to regain command of his chip for a final table run

SgtKyle was sitting on a comfortable stack for the past several hours but has begun to run into some resistance. Over the course of seven hands, SgtKyle saw his stack fall from nearly 170,000 to a low of 41,000. Half of that loss came from back-to-back hands vs. both Norwegians on Table 40-- gudfaren and dominant chip leader playitsafe.

SgtKyle had to concede a 67,000 pot to gudfaren after the third draw, having missed and facing a lead bet fromk gudfaren, and on the very next deal, he dropped another 30,000 chips to playitsafe, who stood pat on the second and third draws with J-9-7-6-3 while SgtKyle drew to improve. Again, he missed. SgtKyle set about rebuilding in haste and it was no doubt satisfying for him to make a wheel against playitsafe, taking his stack back north of the 100K mark. However, he's still the shortest stack of our nine remaining players, and has quite a way to go.

4:16am-- Money bumps

Now that we're getting into the bulk of the prize pool with nine players left, here's the payouts tonight for the remaining players:

1st $24,809.20
2nd $18,555.52
3rd $13,579.00
4th $11,010.00
5th $8,074.00
6th $5,505.00
7th-9th $3,009.40

4:09am-- TN_DeadMoney might consider name change after finishing 10th

After tangling with the theforce72 in the previous hand, TN_DeadMoney was left with under two big blinds (17,180 in chips) with blinds at 5000/10000 and three-bet a raise from thetinkerman as mardene came along for the ride calling for 15,000.

All players took two on the first draw as it was checked around. Only TN_DeadMoney required less cards on the second draw as he took one to thetinkerman and mardene’s two. thetinkerman liked what he found, lead out for 10,000 as TN_DeadMoney put his remaining 2,180 into the middle, and mardene wanted one more card and called.

Mardene caught a rough eight (8-7-6-4-2) on the third draw as both TN_DeadMoney and thetinkerman mucked while he raked in the 72,180 chip pot leaving TN_DeadMoney with 10th place earning $1,394.60

4:00am-- Canadouche eliminated in 11th place

Canadouche: i really
Canadouche: really
Canadouche: hate
Canadouche: you

Those were Canadouche's words for the wrecking ball that is playitsafe, just after the Norwegian showed the 8-7-6-4-3 that crippled him.

With only 11,230 remaining, Canadouche put the rest of his chips all in before the first draw behind an opening raise from gudfaren and a three-bet from GymZQuirk. Canadouche was in bad shape, drawing three cards, then two, then another two, all while GymZQuirk took one and gudfaren stood pat. gudfaren revealed 9-7-6-4-3 at showdown and Canadouche couldn't best it. He hit the rail in 11th place and takes home $1,394.60 for his finish.

3:42am-- End of hour ten chip counts

Level 21
Blinds 5000/10000
Average Chip Count: 200,181
Players remaining: 11
First Prize: $24,809.20

1. playitsafe 449,190
2. thevoice 299,625
3. thetinkerman 242,107
4. Mills23 237,760
5. GymZQuirk 223,242
6. jordan999 176,611
7. gudfaren 158,092
8. mardene 130,243
9. SgtKyle 101,720
10. Canadouche 101,230
11. TN_DeadMoney 82,180

Team PokerStars Pros


John Duthie (32nd)
Alex Kravchenko (33rd)
Vanessa Rousso (34th)
Marcin "Goral" Horecki (36th)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier (37th)
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose (59th)
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (74th)
Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

3:38am-- Geetarer runs into the playitsafe buzzsaw and leaves in 12th place

With blinds at 4000/8000 Geetarer took his smallish stack to a pre-draw war with the chip leader, playitsafe. Capping the betting before the draw, Geetarer’s 21,298 chip stack found its way into the middle, as both players drew two on the first draw. Bad news for Geetarer on the second draw as playitsafe stood pat and Geetarer needed two again. The final draw Geetarer only took one as playitsafe once again stood pat.

Geetarer must have felt good about making an eight (8-7-6-4-3), but its was playitsafe’s day as a single pip got him the 44,596 chip pot with a 8-7-6-3-2. Geetarer received $1,394.60 for 12th place.

3:27am-- BrandonPL hangs on to his short stack no longer, out in 13th place

Whittled down to 13,000 in chips, BrandonPL took what would be his last stand against Canadouche, getting the rest of his stack in before the first draw. BrandonPL made a Q-8 low that was no mathch for Canadouche's 9-8 low and he hit the virtual rail in 13th place, collecting $1,174.40

We are now down to two tables with 10th-12th place getting $1,394.60

3:24am-- Morteler eliminated in 14th place

After rather swingy last couple of hours which saw his stack climb from 45,000 to more than 100,000 only to slip back down to 27,000, Morteler met his tournament end courtesy of TN_DeadMoney. Morteler opened for a raise from second position, TN_DeadMoney three-bet from the button, Morteler capped and TN_DeadMoney called. Morteler drew one card while TN_DeadMoney stood pat, and check-called a bet after the first draw.

Morteler drew one again on the second draw and check-called all in when TN_DeadMoney bet. Morteler couldn't improve his queen-low by the showdown and TN_DeadMoney dragged the pot with 9-5-4-3-2. A 14th place finish here tonight earned Morteler $1,174.40.

3:16am-- RiskStar fades out in 15th place

With under three full big blinds at the 4000/8000 blind level, RiskStar found a hand to go with and faced last year’s 2-7 WCOOP final tablist GymZQuick as he got his remaining 17,621 into the middle after the first draw after three-betting GymZQuick pre-draw.

Both players drew two on the first draw, but GymZQuick stood pat on the final two draws. RiskStar drew one on his final draws, but couldn’t connect with his 7-6-3-2-X draw as he ended up with a queen-seven (Q-7-6-3-2) which lost to the rough eight of GymZQuick (8-7-6-3-2) and RiskStars earned $1,174.40 for 15th place.

3:06am-- Stirfry714 woks in 16th place.

With slightly less than 21,000 remaining in his stack, Stirfry714 called playitsafe's button raise and drew two cards while his opponent took one. Stirfry714 check-called a bet and both players took a card apiece on the second draw. Stirfry714 check-called another bet from playitsafe and took one more card on the third draw while playitsafe stood pat.

Stirfry714 check-called all in for the rest of his chips on the final betting round and saw the bad news when playitsafe rolled over 8-7-4-3-2, trouncing his 9-7-5-4-2. For his 16th place finish, Sitrfry714 earned $1,174.20 and playitsafe added to his chip lead and now is over 400,000 in chips.

3:01am-- Scandis, Yanks go to war on Table 40

At Table 40, it's looking more like an Olympic hockey match than a poker game. Not so much with the blood and fisticuffs, but certainly the aggression and wild swings. And where there's aggression at the poker table... you're sure to find a Scandi. Or three. Check out this excerpt from their chat:

Geetarer do you guys play a lot of 2-7 in Norway?
Geetarer: i see three guys from Oslo
Stirfry714: no, they're just much better at it than us.
gudfaren: yes,its the 2-7 capital
Geetarer: hahahaha
Geetarer: we'll see about that
Stirfry714: yeah, this is like the U.S. vs. Norway table... lol.

Indeed, at that particular table, gudfaren, RiskStar, and playitsafe all hail from the Norwegian capital of Oslo while their three opponents are all Americans.

2:54am-- The Sarge sends private pauliejaboni home in 17th

Crippled on a previous 94,500 chip pot with Morteler, pauliejaboni got his remaining 11,680 chips into the middle before the first draw with SgtKyle who was sitting with 155,540 to start the hand with 3000/6000 blinds.

Both players were forced to draw on all three chances but pauliejaboni bricked with his draw to a seven by getting the Qc for a Q-7-6-3-2 on the final draw as SgtKyle made a nine (9-6-4-3-2) and took the 23,360 chip pot.

While exiting in 17th place, pauliejaboni received $1,027.60

2:46am-- RagingMensan eliminated in 18th place, probably doesn't care for seeing jordan999 anytime soon

After a series of pots with tablemate jordan999 which saw his chip count take a sudden nosedive, RagingMensan got his remaining 6,991 all in before the first draw vs. (who else?) jordan999. On the third draw, RagingMensan stood pat with J-T-7-6-2 while jordan999 drew one and caught good, making T-7-5-4-3 to oust RagingMensan from Event #4.

For his efforts today, he'll collect $1,174,40. A familiar face in PokerStars tournaments, RagingMensan won the Nightly Hundred Grand back in March for a $32,792 score.

2:38am-- Rage against the chips, RagingMensan drops 150K

Over the course of the last three orbits, RagingMensan has gone from the top of the leaderboard to the basement, his 191,000 stack plummeting to the 30,000 he sits with now. His nemesis? jordan999, who made wheel in a 56,000 pot vs. RagingMensan, then forced a fold from him on the third draw on the very next hand. Down to around 75,000 RagingMensan dropped another pot to jordan999, mucking his hand when jordan made an 8-6 low.

Table change perhaps would help?

2:35am-- End of hour nine chip counts

Level 19
Blinds 3000/6000
Average chip count: 122,333
Players remaining: 18
First Prize: $24,809.20

1. playitsafe 278,962
2. thetinkerman 212,775
3. Mills23 208,760
4. TN_DeadMoney 196,875
5. SgtKyle 136,040
6. gudfaren 130,592
7. GymZQuirk 129,621
8. Stirfry714 109,430
9. Geetarer 107,798
10. mardene 105,743

Team PokerStars Pros


John Duthie (32nd)
Alex Kravchenko (33rd)
Vanessa Rousso (34th)
Marcin "Goral" Horecki (36th)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier (37th)
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose (59th)
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (74th)
Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

2:30am-- PlayaAAK8 there for Fossil Man’s WCOOP PLO win, out in 19th

Now we are down to three tables with the elimination of another former WCOOP final tablist PlayaAAK8. As you may remember Team PokerStars Pro Greg “FossilMan” Raymer’s victory in Event #6 of the 2007 WCOOP, PlayaAAK8 had a front row seat and placed 6th, no final table today as he’ll be banking $1,027.60 for his 19th place effort.

2:18am-- Tapping toes, and no one goes

We have been at 19 players for a while now as the blinds have increased to 2500/5000 and a couple of players are hanging out to only a couple of big blinds while playitsafe continues to lead and driving towards breaking the 300,000 chip mark. The pay scale also will go up to $1,174.60 from $1,027.60 for the 19th place finisher.

2:00am-- Who says size matters?

"i feel so little" wrote Geetarer in the chat window.

Modestly stacked at 55,000 the onetime winner of the Nightly Hundred Grand (an $18,788 score back in June of this year) is surrounded by four of the top five stacks in the tournament-- gudfaren, Stirfry714, playitsafe, and GymZQirk, who are all over 150,000.

1:35am-- 200,000 chip barrier broken by playitsafe

Probably misnomer as in poker you don’t usually get a pile of chips by playing it safe but “playitsafe” is currently in the driver seat breaking the 200,000 chip mark (see below) while leading the tournament with blinds at 2000/4000.

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1:27am-- End of hour eight chip counts

Level 17
Blinds 2000/4000
Average chip count: 91,750
Players remaining: 24
First prize: $24,809.20

1. playitsafe 169,462
2. thetinkerman 167,335
3. GymZQuirk 165,600
4. gudfaren 152,592
5. TN_DeadMoney 135,875
6. Mills23 124,678
7. mardene 115,493
8. SgtKyle 107,290
9. Stirfry714 96,680
10. Morteler 92,805

Team PokerStars Pros


John Duthie (32nd)
Alex Kravchenko (33rd)
Vanessa Rousso (34th)
Marcin "Goral" Horecki (36th)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier (37th)
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose (59th)
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (74th)
Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

1:16am-- GymZQuick looking to return to the final table

GymZQuirk is currently 2nd in chips with 142,000 hailing from the great state of Minnesota (ok I may have a little bias here). His current chip position is not by chance, as the St. Paul resident is shooting for a return to the 2-7 Triple Draw final table after placing fourth in this very event last year. I’m sure he would like to improve on the $7,788 he won last year.

1:01am-- Winner of the last longer bet, last of the Team PokerStars Pros John Duthie exits in 32nd

Bang, bang, bang and gone. Four Team PokerStars Pros made it past the recent break then exited quickly.

John Duthie was the last standing as he started his final hand with just 5,030 in chips and blinds at 1600/3200. His two big blinds would go into the middle before the first draw as the betting was capped by Geetarer and soapsuds. Geetarer drew two with Duthie and soapsuds taking one. Bet by soapsuds found a call by Geetarer, as the second draw things looked up for Duthie as he stood pat while Geetarer and soapsuds continued to draw. On the third draw, Geetarer again took two cards, Duthie stood pat, while soapsuds took one, but this time Geetarer lead out testing soapsuds for his remaining 3184

Geetarer 8-5-4-3-2
Duthie: 9-8-5-3-2
soapsuds: 9-6-5-4-2

And the last of the Team PokerStars pros was eliminated in 32nd place banking $734.00

12:50am-- Alex Kravchenko eliminated in 33rd place

Newly minted Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko just met his tournament end when his 8-7-6-4-2 was just out-pipped by the thetinkerman's 8-6-5-4-2, eliminating him from the tournament. The young Russian will pocket $734.00 for his finish (or 18,703 Rubles, which sounds much sexier to us).

12:40am-- "LadyMaverick" Exits in 34th Place

One-time chip leader Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso was just eliminated, much to the chagrin of the rail. Her stack down to 26,765 after a high of more than 110,000, she lost the bulk of her remaining chips when she made a seven-high straight after the third draw while Stirfry714 was sitting on a wheel after the second.

Her remaining 7,500 went into the middle went into the middle on the next hand, where she stood pat on each draw with 9-8-5-5-4, her opponent doidovarrido ending up with 8-7-6-3-2 to end her tournament. Rousso will take home $734.000 for her efforts today.

12:31am-- End of hour seven chip counts

Level 15
Blinds 1600/3200
Average chip count: 64,764
Players remaining: 34
First Prize: $24,809.20

1. RangingMensan 153,815
2. thetinkerman 134,455
3. jordan999 115,012
4. RiskStar 108,392
5. mardene 95,295

Team PokerStars Pros
Vanessa Rousso 32,865
Alex Kravchenko 26,940
John Duthie 40,030


Marcin "Goral" Horecki (36th)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier (37th)
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose (59th)
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (74th)
Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

12:24am--Team PokerStars Pro Marcin “Goral” Horecki takes leave in 36th

In a family pot Horecki, raised it up from UTG with blinds at 1400/2800 and armed with only 8,960 chips he was joined by Storm338 and BrandonPL in the hand for the first draw after the blinds folded. No betting took place after the first draw, but the second draw saw all three players take two cards setting off the fireworks of betting as Storm338 lead off with BrandonPL raised it up to 5600, and Horecki 3-betting all-in for his remaining 6,160 in chips.

Storm338 and BrandonPL checked the third draw after Horecki and Storm338 took one while BrandonPL stood pat. Horecki flipped up a smooth ten, Storm338 mucked, but BrandonPL showed 9-7-4-3-2, good enough to eliminate the Team PokerStars Pro in 36th place.

12:15am-- Fooge eliminated in 39th place, Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier eliminated in 37th place

Fooge will unfortunately have to wait for the next event to try and make a repeat WCOOP final table appearance (his first was an 8th place finish in the 2006 Stud Hi/Lo). Down to his last 5,380, Fooge made a pre-draw raise from second position and was called by both blinds. After drawing two cards, the rest of his chips went in, thetinkerman and RagingMensan continuing to bet on the side through the second and third draws. Ultimately, RagingMensan's 8-5-4-3-2 emerged as the winning hand, while Fooge mucked and hit the virtual rail in 39th place, collecting $660.60.

As for Team PokerStars Pro's Isabelle Mercier, she was not-so-comfortably nestled at her "Table of Death" with Vanessa Rousso and Alex Kravchenko both to her right when her final hand came up. Down to 4,700 in chips, Mercier raised it up from UTG, Morteler three-bet from second position, and Rousso called from the big blind. All three players drew two, Rousso leading out with a bet, Mercier calling all in for her last 505, and Morteler coming along as well. At the showdown, Morteler's T-7-5-4-3 held up to beat Rousso's Q-7-5-3-2, while Mercier mucked and exited in 37th place.

And sadly, with Mercier's elimination, that "Table of Death" we were so fond of was broken.

12:04am-- Anyone know these people?

Not often you’ll find two Team PokerStars Pros at the same table of a full nine person NLHE ring game, so how about finding three of them sitting at a 2-7 Triple Draw table late in a tournament?

Open up Table #32 where Alex Kravchenko, Isabelle Mercier, and Vanessa Rousso are currently battling it out. Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Marcin “Goral” Horercki currently looking for admission to the table as well to make a it full party.

11:55pm-- Vanessa Rousso losing some ground

Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso returned from the last break as the chip leader with 111,815, but has lost nearly half that stack over the course of several small pots.

In one recent hand, her frustration bubbled to the surface just a little, after raising it up pre-draw and getting called in two spots by Isabelle Mercier and Morteler. All three drew two cards with Vanessa raising Morteler's post-draw lead and forcing out Mercier. Morteler stood pat on the second draw and Rousso took one. Morteler led out with a check and Rousso checked behind. Morteler was pat again on draw number three while Rousso drew one and folded to Morteler's 2,400 bet.

"grrrrr" was LadyMaverick's only reply. Rousso currently sits on just over 65,000 in chips.

11:52pm-- Isabelle “NoMercy” Mercier is grinding it out.

At the same table with fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso, Mercier is hovering a little below average in chips currently but just took a 22,000 chip pot of Geetarer after the two took a card on the first draw trading bets with blinds at 1200/2400.

Geetarer stood pat on the second draw and bet with Mercier taking one again and calling the 2400 chip bet. The third draw found both players standing pat and this time it was Mercier as the aggressor putting out her bet with a call from Geetarer she turned over 7-6-4-3-2 for the second nuts, taking down the pot sitting on 31,705 in chips.

11:43pm-- Mike "Sowerss" Sowers Eliminated in 50th Place

Sowerss came back from the break with a slightly below-average stack of 44,000 and saw it dwindle down to 8,500 after coming out on the bad end of several mid-sized pots. After dev209 opened for a raise from second position, Sowerss three-bet to 3,600 and was called by GymZQuirk in the small blind, as well as original raised dev209.

Sowerss drew three again on the second draw while GymZQuirk rapped pat and dev209 took another two. In went those last 165 chips, Sowerss taking two cards on the final draw while both his opponents stood pat. Crazily enough, both dev209 and GymZQuirk ended up with the same hand, 8-6-5-3-2, while the one time chip leader Sowerss paired aces and hit the rail.

11:34pm-- THAY3R Eliminated in 52nd Place

THAY3R, a frequent face on Poker Stars final tables, was just eliminated in 52nd place with a one-two punch. THAY3R lost about 6,000 of his14,000 remaining chips when he couldn't improve his hand on the third draw vs. goodevibe1, who stood pat with a T-9-7-6-5 and lost the rest on the next hand. Though he was drawing smooth with 7-6-5-2, he picked up a king on the third draw, losing the hand to pauliejaboni's 9-8-4-3-2. For his efforts, THAY3R will bank $513.80.

11:21pm--Kravchenko continues to grind

As the stakes increase -- a big bet in Level 13 is 2,400 -- we're starting to see more hands end prior to that third draw. Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko recently took down a decent-sized pot versus RobRoy when the latter folded to Kravchenko's bet after the second draw.

Kravchencko has maintained a playable stack all day, and currently sits right at the average stack size with of just under 44,000 chips, good enough for 20th place at the moment.

11:09pm--Chip counts at six-hour break

Level 13
Blinds 600/1,200, stakes 1,200/2,400
Average chip count: 42,346
Players remaining: 52
First prize: $24,809.20

1. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso 111,815
2. RiskStar 94,762
3. jordan999 86,228
4. thetinkerman 69,765
5. cpfz55555 69,290
6. RagingMensan 66,215
7. Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie 65,860
8. TN_DeadMoney 61,310
9. Xaston 59,507
10. PlayaAAK8 58,633

Team PokerStars Pros:

Alex Kravchenko 50,940 (17th)
Marcin "Goral" Horecki 39,426 (28th)
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 23,305 (41st)


Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose (59th)
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (74th)
Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

11:03pm - Rousso runneth over

The LadyMaverick continues to hold the #1 spot in Event#4 and as we head into break appears to be an unstoppable force. Just before players broke a big hand developed between LadyMaverick, gudfaren, and Morteler. With action three-bet before the draw and raised again on the second and final draws, the pot had swelled to 33,000. This pushed the LadyMaverick's stack to 111,815 when she showed her unbeatable hand of 7-5-4-3-2 to the table.

10:43pm - Ladies night

Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso was just moved to the same table as Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier. Rousso is currently in 1st place and Mercier is in 37th, making this not only a powerhouse table but a very popular table for the railbirds. Much like occurred earlier when our TeamPokerStars Pros greeted each other, the two ladies greeted each other fondly and then began the difficult task of establishing exactly which continent and time zone the other was on. Ah, the life of a professional poker player!

10:42pm--Duthie retreats; cpfz55555 pushes ahead

Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie was just seen mixing it up with one of the chip leaders, cpfz55555. After cpfz55555 raised from middle position, Duthie called from the big blind. On the first draw, both took one card. Duthie then check-called cpfz55555's bet. Both again took one card on the second draw. Once again, Duthie checked, cpfz55555 bet (2,000 this time), and Duthie called.

Both stood pat on the third draw. Duthie checked, and when cpfz55555 bet again, Duthie let it go, giving his opponent the 10,500-chip pot.

Duthie now has 38,860, placing him near the bottom of the top 25. Meanwhile cpfz55555 is up to 83,820, very close to leader TN_DeadMoney. Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso is in third.

10:25pm - Duthie holding strong

John Duthie has seen his chip stack dwindle to the danger zone, but much like his fellow Team PokerStars mate Rousso, has had several big hands in Levels 10 and 11 that have built his stack up to a more comfortable level. For her part, the LadyMaverick is 5th place at the moment with a very managable 68,615.

10:13pm--Brown goes down

Down to just 4,610 -- with the blinds 400/800 and the stakes 800/1,600 -- Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown raised from middle position and mgritter three-bet from the small blind. Brown then capped it, and mgritter called.

Both discarded one on the first draw. mgritter bet, Brown raised with the last of his chips, and mgritter called. On the second draw, mgritter took two cards and Brown one. Then both took one on the third round.

mgritter showed J-T-7-3-2, good enough to best Brown's A-8-6-4-3. Brown is out in 74th place, while mcgritter has 39,465, putting him in 20th.

10:00pm--Chip counts at five-hour break

Level 11
Blinds 400/800, stakes 800/1,600
Average chip count: 26,853
Players remaining: 82

First prize: $24,809.20

1. Sowerss 66,290
2. TN_DeadMoney 64,910
3. soapsuds 60,029
4. Donkey X 58,725
5. luxet 58,590
6. Geetarer 53,310
7. mogli64 52,020
8. cpfz55555 48,820
9. Rabscuttle 47,825
10. RiskStar 46,402

Team PokerStars Pros:

Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso 42,805
Marcin "Goral" Horecki 34,313
Alex Kravchenko 28,740
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 28,600
John Duthie 24,860
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose 15,495
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown 9,010


Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

9:59pm - Things that make you go hmmm....

During Level 10, Vanessa Rousso won a combined total of 26,700 over 3 hands with hands having a T-high card.

9:40pm--Sowerss powers ahead

Having gathered some chips just before the bubble burst, Mike "Sowerss" Sowers has continued his aggressive play since that moment passed. He's won 4 of the last 8 pots over at Table 75, and now has more than 75,000 -- 20k ahead of cpfz55555 in second.

9:33pm--Bubble bursts as luv2winalot goes out in 109th

While he faced the prospect of being the bubble boy with just 1,790 in chips, luv2winalot's tablemates were commiserating. "its ok," he typed. "story of my life lately."

In the fatal hand, krex raised, luv2winalot reraised with his last chips, and krex called. Both drew two cards on the first round. On the second, luv2winalot took one card while krex stood pat. Both stood pat on the third round.
luv2winalot had drawn to a nice hand -- 7-6-5-4-2 -- but krex had a nicer one with 7-6-5-3-2. Amid the "gg"'s, Team PokerStars Pro Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose chimed in "sick....g."

9:29pm - Big hand for the Lady

Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso continues to build her stack, having just taken a 12,600 pot with a surprising showdown. Her opponents having three-bet before the draw, she called, and on the first draw drew 2 and checked. When jordan999 bet she called along with Stirfry714. On the second draw both she and Stirfry714 drew 2, jordan999 drew 1, and action was checked to jordan999 who bet out. Rousso raised and stirfry714 folded, leaving jordan999 to call. On the final draw Rousso stood pat and jordan999 drew one and both checked.

At showdown Rousso revealed T-8-7-5-2 much to the delight and dismay of her tablemates. Currently she is running over table 20 with nearly 40k in chips. In the most ladylike manner, of course.

9:26pm--Three off the money

As we begin Level 10 (blinds 300/600 & stakes 600/1,200), we are just three eliminations away from the cash bubble bursting.

9:11pm--Life getting uncomfortable for short stacks

That line across which only those who will cash in today's event will go is getting closer. With 128 players left, we are just 20 more eliminations from the money. Those lasting to that point will all be guaranteed $308.28.

Of these things the short stacks are surely aware. One such player, Ryan "Daut44" Daut, had been sitting on a stack of a little more than 4,000 for the last couple of orbits, folding 11 straight hands prior to the initial draw. Finally, down to 3,540 -- just over three-and-a-half big bets -- Daut found a hand to play.

bzola had raised from middle position, Mills23 called from the button, and Daut also called from the small blind. On the first round, all three drew two cards, and all three checked. All three again drew two on the second draw. This time bzola bet out, and both Mills23 and Daut called. On the third draw, all three drew a single card. This time Daut bet out, leaving himself just 540, bzola called, and Mills23 raised. Daut called with his remaining chips and bzola folded. Mills23 showed 7-6-5-3-2, besting Daut's 8-7-5-4-2 and knocking him out in 131st.

8:53pm - Wait, before you go...

Right before the break, as other players were heading off and enjoying those extra "free" break minutes, John Duthie was finishing up the hand that doubled him up and set him up nicely for Level 9 play. Starting with 4,910 in chips he three-bet before the draw and had one caller, SADWCT. On the first draw both players checked, with Duthie having drawn one card and SADWCT two. At the second draw Duthie stood pat and bet out, SADWCT drew one and called. On the final draw both players stood pat with Duthie betting and SADWCT calling. Duthie had the nuts and raked a 6,000 pot.

8:52pm--Chip counts at four-hour break

Level 9
Blinds 250/500, stakes 500/1,000
Average chip count: 15,398
Players remaining: 143
First prize: $24,809.20

1. mogli64 44,380
2. NeocortexX 40,315
3. cpfz55555 37,220
4. E-Daddie 36,400
5. Sowerss 35,950
6. Geetarer 34,860
7. jordan999 34,178
8. soapsuds 33,489
9. PlayaAAK8 32,450
10. luxet 32,340

Team PokerStars Pros (near end of Level 8):

Marcin "Goral" Horecki 20,265
Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso 16,850
Alex Kravchenko 16,140
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose 15,860
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 12,235
Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown 11,760
John Duthie 4,910


Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (191st)
Bill Chen (202nd)
Katja Thater (230th)
Tom McEvoy (258th)
Gavin Griffin (305th)
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (318th)
Luca Pagano (515th)
Victor Ramdin (531st)
Dario Minieri (579th)
Vicky Coren (683rd)
Andre "aakkari" Akkari (698th)

8:45pm--Goral gathering chips

Team PokerStars pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki built up chips early and has enjoyed an above average stack throughout the tournament thus far.

Recently Horecki picked up a nice 8,200-chip pot after having drawn to a 7-6-5-3-2, pushing him up to 22,465 and into the top 30.

8:23pm - Vanessa Rousso doubles up

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso has gotten a boost to her stack in Level 8. After hovering around the 4k mark she doubled-up courtesy of mardene and SgtKyle with a 7-6-5-3-2 at showdown, giving her a 9900 stack when it was all over. Her chip count has been steadily rising since, making this lady a formidable opponent at the tables.

8:25pm--Chen takes it on the chin

Down to just 1,035, Team PokerStars Pro Bill Chen was all in before the first draw against lara15fiona. On the first two draws, both players took one card. Chen took one again on the third draw, while lara15fiona stood pat.

lara15fiona showed T-8-6-3-2, but Chen had paired on the end, losing with a 7-7-6-3-2. He's out in 202nd. Meanwhile, lara15fiona is up to 24,800 and 14th place.

8:14pm--Sowers claims chip lead

Our current chip leader is Mike "sowerss" Sowers, sitting on a nice-sized stack of more than 35,000.

Sowers was recently involved in a pot that was capped four ways prior to the first draw. By the end, only he and iffywicky remained in the hand, and Sowers' 8-7-5-3-2 just nipped iffywicky's 8-7-6-4-2 to give him the 9,300 pot.

7:56pm--Griffin gone

Just before the break, Team PokerStars Pro Gavin Griffin was sitting on a stack of 980 when the following

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