A day of firsts - Shane147 takes down WCOOP Event #1 and becomes first British WCOOP Champion
Shane "shane147" Hellyer started off the month of September right. In addition to claiming the first WCOOP title of 2008 with his victory in Event #1, he became the first British player to claim WCOOP gold when he took out Austria's pffwhatever heads-up in Event #1 - NLHE Six-Max. We caught up with Shane after he had a couple of days to soak in the enormity of his feat, and got his opinion on being a WCOOP champion and the first British player to claim that honor.
Hellyer bought into the tournament on a lark because he saved money on a car purchase that day, an investment that certainly paid off in spades! According to Shane, "four hours before the tournament start time I brought a cheap car for £200. Because of the cheap price I thought I would treat myself [with a WCOOP buy in]." 17 hours later he got an even better treat when he claimed first place!
A 27-year-old blade technician, Hellyer has been playing poker for about 3 years now. He concentrates on No Limit Hold'em because it's the biggest game, a fact certainly proven out by the 7,000-person field he bested to win the event.
When he's not crushing 17-hour online tournaments, he enjoys cycling and snooker, which is where the "147" in his screen name comes from.147 is the highest snooker break possible, also called a "maximum." Hellyer played snooker semi-professionally in his "miss-spent youth." He got into poker when he watched snooker legend Steve Davis playing in a tournament and decided to take a shot himself.
This is by far the biggest tournament win of Hellyer's career, the biggest score previous to the being a $5,000 prize online. Living on the Isle of Wight, there aren't a ton of opportunities for live play, but Hellyer admits to the occasional wager among friends. After all, "what snooker player hasn't?"
His final table strategy as simple - punish the small stacks. As he tells it "being the chip leader, I was able to bully most players into folding the blinds. I could feel people thinking about the money, so I played very aggressively which paid off." And pay off it did, to the tune of $202,409! With this win, Hellyer might think about upgrading that cheap car he just bought!
Congrats to Shane "shane147" Hellyer for a great performance in WCOOP Event #1 and on becoming Britain's first WCOOP champion!