2009 WCOOP: 2FLY2TILT soared to victory in Event 4 ($215+R NL Single Draw 2-7)

WCOOP 2009 logo.jpgLong gone are the days when online poker tournament series consisted of primarily hold'em. Players have increasingly expressed a desire for more games, a mix that includes Omaha and draw games, variations on the games the make for a well-rounded card player. The premiere online poker site heard the cries, and the WCOOP has transformed into an exciting combination of the games players want and the high level of competition they desire. Welcome to the 2009 WCOOP.

After the first day of action, with the massive $1.7 million NLHE out of the way and a razz tournament under our belts, the second day of WCOOP brought more of an assortment with PLO, an 8-game mix, and this deuce to seven lowball event. Deuce to seven single draw, also known as Kansas City lowball, provides players with a skill game that relies heavily on intuition, and throwing in the no-limit aspect along with rebuys makes it a risky and exciting draw game not for the faint of heart.

A total of 336 players were brave enough to venture into $200 + $15 + Rebuys No-Limit Single Draw 2-7 territory on September 4, and they were in it for a total of 178 rebuys and 227 add-ons. The resulting prize pool caused PokerStars to kick in its promised $200,000 guarantee, and a substantial overlay awaited the players who made it to the 49-place payout window.

Play progressed toward the final table well into the evening hours, and the Team PokerStars Pros in the field were eliminated before the money. Joe Hachem was the first to go in 298th place, and others like William Thorson, Greg Raymer, Katja Thater, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Chris Moneymaker, Ylon Schwartz, George Danzer, and Barry Greenstein followed. The last PokerStars representative standing, Jason Mercier, fell in 74th place, after having been eliminated earlier from the European Poker Tour Barcelona event. (Still, the freshly clean-shaven Mercier has 40 more events in the WCOOP and many more EPT stops on the horizon in which to pick up some 2009 honors.)

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The Event 4 bubble came and went with kingjohnny83 leaving in 50th place and Buxx becoming the first to cash in the tournament with $1,000 for 49th place. Eventually, with two tables remaining, one player was looking to make another final table in the event in which he placed fourth in 2008. Aftret made a valiant effort but had to settle for 13th place this year, which made for an impressive second year performance. Several other players then took their places on the rail before hand-for-hand action kicked in, and awhile later, it was Believer82 who made the all-in move but SRVEast who called all-in. Believer82 stood pat while SRVEast took one card to provide a complete hand of Q-8-5-4-3, but that was beat by the J-T-8-4-2 of Believer82. SRVEast was the final table bubble player, taking $3,800 for the eighth place finish.

Nearing the tournament's twelfth hour and in Level 31, with blinds at 7,000/14,000 and a 3,500 ante, the final table was in place with chip counts as follows:

Seat 1: Believer82 (687,048 in chips)
Seat 2: teacuppoker (449,133 in chips)
Seat 3: jimbo2312 (947,144 in chips)
Seat 4: trollringen (1,042,244 in chips)
Seat 5: 2FLY2TILT (371,445 in chips)
Seat 6: GambleAB (303,510 in chips)
Seat 7: Dorsal Fin 7 (471,976 in chips)

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Two famous PokerStars names turned up in the chat box to cheer on the players. Barry Greenstein greeted everyone, and Ylon Schwartz came by seemingly to cheer on GambleAB and teacuppoker. After the two Team Pros joked about starting up their own game, they sat back and let the 2-7 players battle it out.

Meanwhile, 2FLY2TILT went on a heater and took down a series of pots to jump from one of the lowest positions on the board to chip leader over the course of the first 30 hands. And Greenstein kept the humor rolling throughout with sarcastic remarks.

GambleAB: barry you must have gone to the Lee Jones school of corny jokes
barryg1: Lee is an inspiration

It wasn't but moments later, though, that GambleAB was risking his tournament life. A rough time gaining momentum led him to push for his last 148,915 chips and stand pat with 9-6-4-3-2, but Believer82 called and stood pat with a better hand of 8-7-6-5-3. GambleAB was eliminated from the game in seventh place, which was worth $5,000. Subsequently, Greenstein's wit kicked in again with:

barryg1: anyone else have a smart remark?
barryg1: i thought not

While Greenstein pretended to have control over the table, the six players moved along. Deep-stack poker found the competitors exchanging the chip lead quite frequently and making it anyone's game. By the time Level 34 kicked in, all stacks were relatively even.

Nearly an hour since GambleAB left the fray, Dorsal Fin 7 was the shortest stack at the table, though not by much. But when the action of a key hand started with a raise from jimbo2312 and call from 2FLY2TILT, Dorsal Fin 7 came over the top with an all-in reraise. jimbo2312 was the only caller and stood pat with T-8-7-4-2, while Dorsal Fin 7 took one card and ended up with K-9-7-6-5, which ousted him in sixth place with $7,000 to show for it.

After another 30 minutes, trollringen had been chipped down to less than 100K and decided to open-shove with it, finding teacuppoker as the only caller. trollringen took one card but ended up with 6-5-7-4-4, and teacuppoker stood pat and showed 7-6-4-3-2. That sent trollringen out in fifth place with $9,000 for the long day/night.

Eventually, another player was ready to take a stand, and it was teacuppoker who moved all-in after a raise by 2FLY2TILT and call by Believer82. 2FLY2TILT called that raise and stood pat with 9-8-7-6-4, while teacuppoker chose one card but came up with a pair of eights. The hand eliminated teacuppoker in fourth place with $13,000.

The next to risk his tournament life was jimbo2312, who pushed as the short stack and stood pat with Q-J-8-5-3, but Believer82 was the caller, and after drawing one card, he flipped over J-9-7-3-2 to eliminate jimbo2312 in third place, which was worth a $21,000 payday.

Heads-up action began with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: Believer82 (1,935,148 in chips)
Seat 5: 2FLY2TILT (2,337,352 in chips)

It was just past 7am ET in the U.S. when the two finalists got their match underway, and there wasn't much of a chip difference between the two. But 2FLY2TILT chipped away at his opponent right from the start, and Believer82 found it tough to come back from what became a 3-to-1 chip deficit. But the fight continued for more than 150 hands, at which point Believer82 finally put 762,296 chips all-in. 2FLY2TILT called, took one card, and ended with A-7-5-3-2, while Believer82 took two cards and couldn't do anything with a pair of jacks in his hand. Believer82 was out in second place with $30,000.

2FLY2TILT became the tournament champion, for which $42,000 and a 2009 WCOOP bracelet would be awarded. Congratulations on winning a tough and lengthy tournament.

2009 WCOOP Event 4 Results:

1st place: 2FLY2TILT ($42,000.00)
2nd place: Believer82 ($30,000.00)
3rd place: jimbo2312 ($21,000.00)
4th place: teacuppoker ($13,000.00)
5th place: trollringen ($9,000.00)
6th place: Dorsal Fin 7 ($7,000.00)
7th place: GambleAB ($5,000.00)

The 2009 WCOOP has only just begun, and 40 tournaments remain on the schedule and tens of millions of dollars in guarantees accompany them. Check the newly launched WCOOP website for all of the information, but don't forget to check the list of tournaments and the satellites that offer entries for as little as $1. And PokerStars.TV will have tips from the pros and exciting developments as the series progresses.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in WCOOP