WCOOP 2017: magiet12 magical come-from-behind victory in Event #19-H ($1,050+R PLO 6-Max)
Four out of seven players at WCOOP Event #19-H PLO final table were former SCOOP champions, including 2-time COOP winner omaha4rollz and 2-time SCOOP winner German pro Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler. Hungary's omaha4rollz sought a second-career WCOOP after winning his first two years ago. However, omaha4rollz's quested ended in third place, which set up a heads-up bout between SHiiPTHATiSH and magiet12. The two arranged a deal and chopped up the money, but slugged it out for the title and the glory. SHiiPTHATiSH commenced heads-up with a 10-1 edge, but squandered it away. magiet12 pulled off a miraculous comeback to win the PLO crown. SHiiPTHATiSH settled on a runner-up finish and Poland's magiet12 shipped WCOOP Event #19-H for a six-figure score.
2017 WCOOP Event #19-H $1,050 PLO Rebuy 6-Max attracted 174 total runners. They contributed 261 rebuys and 117 add-ons. The total prize pool passed $552,000. Only the top 23 places paid out with $110,099.20 set aside for the champ.
At the end of Day 1, only 23 players remained. Two players had stacks over 1M: anti-durrr and omaha4rollz. Five players from Finland were still alive with three in the Top 6 overall.
With 12 to go on the final two tables, omaha4rollz passed the 2M mark, when the closest competitor, Sira Al Aziz, held 835K. Two Finnish players were still alive, but both clung to minuscule stacks under 200K. When Sura Al Aziz busted in eight place, the remaining seven combined down to one final table. omaha4rollz chipped up to over 2.75M and only one other player had at least 1M.
Event #19-H - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: psjebemvas (852,975)
Seat 2: omaha4rollz (2,745,069)
Seat 3: magiet12 (452,431)
Seat 4: toweliestar (439,405)
Seat 5: aabas (504,129)
Seat 6: SHiiPTHATiSH (515,591)
Seat 7: anti-durrr (1,180,400)
The final table commenced during Level 29 with blinds at 4K/8K. With seven to go, omaha4rollz led with 2.7M and toweliestar was the shorty by default with 439K.
Four of the seven final table players were SCOOP champs, while omaha4rollz was the only player seeking a second WCOOP crown. omaha4rollz previously won a SCOOP in 2016 and a WCOOP in 2015 (for a $212K score).
Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac binked the 2017 SCOOP PLO High Roller, for his second-career SCOOP. Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler won over $4.5M in live events. In the online realm, playing under toweliestar, the German pro shipped 2 SCOOPs, including a 25K Heads Up back in 2009 and one in 2013. Also, anti-durrr won a SCOOP earlier this year. Meanwhile, Farid 'SHiiPTHATiSH' Jattin won over $2.5M in live tournaments, plus another million online... but he was seeking a first-ever COOP.
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RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER: psjebemvas eliminated in 7th place
Austria's psjebemvas became the first player to exit the seven-handed final table. psjebemvas' A♠A♣Q♦J♠ lost to SHiiPTHATiSH's K♦K♣T♣T♦. SHiiPTHATiSH flopped a flush and Aces were no good. psjebemvas busted in seventh place, which paid out $21,671.68.
PARKER'S BAND: toweliestar eliminated in 6th place
anti-durrr opened to 35,000 and toweliestar called. Fireworks occurred on the flop of 7♦7♣4♦. toweliestar check-raised all-in for 169,585 and anti-durrr called.
anti-durrr led with two pair and a straight draw. toweliestar got it all-in with a diamond-flush draw. The turn was the A♥ and the river was the A♠. toweliestar whiffed on the flush and lost with a smaller two pair. anti-durrr dragged the pot with Aces and sixes. Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler busted in sixth place. He earned $27,170.54.
ANY MAJOR DUDE WILL TELL YOU: aabas eliminated in 5th place
Short-stacked aabas made a final stand with A♠Q♦T♠9♣ against magiet12's K♣K♠4♣2♠. The board finished up J♥4♥3♠4♠8♥. magiet12 won the pot with trip fours and aabas whiffed on a flush draw. Lebanon's aabas was knocked out in fifth place, which paid out $35,944.74.
With four left in the hunt, SHiiPTHATiSH led with 2.4M and anti-durrr was the shorty with 940K.
PRETZEL LOGIC: anti-durrr eliminated in 4th place
The four-handed slog was in full effect until short-stacked anti-durrr hit the bricks. anti-durrr got it all-in on the flop of A♦T♠9♦ with Q♠J♠9♣8♣ and a straight draw. magiet12 led with a pair of Aces and a flush draw and A♣Q♦J♣6♦. The turn was the T♦. anti-durrr improved to a Queen-high straight, but magiet12 turned the nut flush. The river was the J♥. magiet12 won the pot. anti-durrr was dunzo in fourth place, which paid out $47,552.37.
With three to go, SHiiPTHATiSH led 4.1M to magiet12's 1.4M and omaha4rollz's 1.1M.
BARRYTOWN: omaha4rollz eliminated in 3rd place
Going into this decisive hand, SHiiPTHATiSH led 4.2M to omaha4rollz's 1.9M. Instead of picking on the shorty, the two bigger stacks rumbled. The flop was 6♠4♣2♠ and crime tape would be wrapped all around it. SHiiPTHATiSH check-raised to 856,509, omaha4rollz shoved for 1,632,460, and SHiiPTHATiSH called.
omaha4rollz flopped a set and SHiiPTHATiSH won a big flush draw. The turn was the 8♠ and the river was the T♠. SHiiPTHATiSH turned a flush, which held up. Trips were no good. Hungary's omaha4rollz busted in third place, which paid out $62,908.51
HEADS-UP: SHiiPTHATiSH (Costa Rica) vs. magiet12 (Poland)
Seat 3: magiet12 (583,639)
Seat 6: SHiiPTHATiSH (6,106,361)
SHiiPTHATiSH seemed like a sure thing with a redonkulous edge of 10-1, but magiet12 didn't seemed to be intimidated. magiet12 quickly went to work and won a flurry of pots to pull within 2-1.
Action was paused to discuss a deal. SHiiPTHATiSH's stack shrunk to 4.4M and magiet12 improved to 2.3M. Any deal had to leave $11,040 on the table to the champion. The numbers were floated: SHiiPTHATiSH $93,592.33 and magiet12 $88,690.41. magiet12 wanted a few more bucks (approximately $350) to make sure he got a min-six-figure payout and $100K score upon winning the heads-up match. SHiiPTHATiSH agreed to give up some in order to assist with a smoother (potential) payout. The heads-up winner would now get $11,740. And the terms of the deal were.... magiet12 $88,448.75 and SHiiPTHATiSH $93,133.99. Both players agreed and action resumed.
MONKEY IN YOUR SOUL: SHiiPTHATiSH eliminated in 2nd place; magiet12 rallies to win Event #19-H!
The turning point occurred when magiet12 won a 4.7M pot with a sick-river-hero-call. That clutch hand thrust magiet12 into the lead for the first time since heads-up began almost an hour earlier. With a flush and straight potential on the board of J♥8♠8♣6♣5♣ magiet12 made a crying call. "Okay, nothing I can do," said magiet12 before calling with A♥K♦8♦4♥ and trip eights... which ended up being good. SHiiPTHATiSH got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and lost the pot and the lead. SHiiPTHATiSH trailed 4.7M to 1.9M. Three hands later and it would be all over.
Going into the final hand, magiet12 led 4.2M to 2.4M. magiet12 four-bet preflop to 670,107 and SHiiPTHATiSH called. The flop was 9♣2♠2♦. SHiiPTHATiSH checked, magiet12 bet 392,276, SHiiPTHATiSH shoved all-in for 1,778,959, and magiet12 called and said, "Okay. Hope I win."
The turn was the Q♥ and the river was the 8♦. magiet12 turned a full house Queens. SHiiPTHATiSH rivered a meaningless straight.
SHiiPTHATiSH busted in second place and took home $93,133.99 as per terms of the heads-up deal.
magiet12 won the pot and the tournament. Heck of a comeback. First place paid out $100,188.75 for the player from Poland.
1. magiet12 (Poland) $100,188.75*
2. SHiiPTHATiSH (Costa Rica) $93,133.99*
3. omaha4rollz (Hungary) $62,908.51
4. anti-durrr (Cyprus) $47,552.37
5. aabas (Lebanon) $35,944.74
6. Benny 'toweliestar' Spindler (Austria) $27,170.54
7. Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac (Austria) $21,671.68
*Denotes a deal between the final two
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Pauly McGuire is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog. His new novel debuts in early 2018.