2009 WCOOP: lebordellai victorious in Event #12, $215 4-max NLHE

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Short-handed enthusiasts rejoiced today with the advent of WCOOP Event #12, a 4-max No-Limit Hold'em affair. The 4-max format was added to the WCOOP schedule last year and the 2009 installment proved to be even more popular than 2008's, drawing 3,864 entrants. 560 players came away with a share of the $770,800 prize pool with
first place earning $111,457,69.

Flying the flag for Team PokerStars Pro in this event were a diverse, international bunch including Chris Moneymaker, Katja Thater, Ylon Schwartz, Tony Hachem, Andre Akkari, Vanessa Rousso, Johnny Lodden, Hevad Khan, Ivan Demidov, Barry Greenstein, J.C. Alvarado, Emad Tahtouh, Gualter Salles, Marcin Horecki, and Vicky Coren, who won the Team Pro last-longer with her 177th place finish. Other notable names notching cashes in this event included Brock "t soprano" Parker (173rd), Ari "BodogAri" Engel (163rd), Brandon "any2cantu" Cantu (160th), and Joseph "bigegypt" Elpayaa (122nd).

Here's how the final four stacked up as action commenced:

Seat 1: pejcao (2,765,239 in chips)
Seat 2: SebbyGl (1,648,038 in chips)
Seat 3: lebordelaii (8,310,283 in chips)
Seat 4: Catafract80 (6,546,440 in chips)

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Team PokerStars Pro's Gualter "stockcar99" Salles drew hosting duties for the evening, welcoming everyone to the final table and congratulating them on beating out 3,850 players to get there. Although SebbyGI immediately inquired about a chop, no one seemed interested in discussing numbers just yet, and for good reason. With the blinds at only 12,000-25,000 with a 3,125 ante, the stacks were as deep as we've ever seen at the top of an online final table, ranging from 66 big blinds for SebbyGI, to a whopping 332 big blinds for chip leader lebordelaii.

With the stacks so massive and the blinds that low, one might think we were in for a marathon night of poker. Au contraire. Proving the old adage that yes, anything is possible in tournament poker would you believe that the entire final table was over and done with in the space of 55 minutes?

SebbyGI had lost a few small pots, his chip count dipping below the 1,000,000 mark only a few hands before he decided to make a move on lebordellai. SebbyGI opened for 72,125 from under-the-gun and lebordellai put in a reraise, making it 180,000 to go from the button. Both blinds folded, and SebbyGI responded with a four-bet shove for 957,789. Lebordellai made the call, turning over 9♥9♠. SebbyGI needed some help with his A♣9♥ but couldn't find it on the T♦T♠8♣2♥8♠ board, his tournament coming to an end with a fourth-place finish for $29,675.81. This was SebbyGI's second final table of the 2009 WCOOP, his first coming in Event #2, $215 Razz where he finished third for $28,994.01.

Catafract80, sitting third in chips, was the next to make a move, doubling through pejcao to take his stack up to 7.85 million. In a frenzied pre-flop raising war, Catafract80 opened for 80,000 from the button, pejcao three-bet to 220,000 from the small blind, and Catafract80 came back over the top for 500,000. Perhaps in an attempt to end the hand right there, pejcao moved all in for nearly 7 million, but Catafract80 made the call for his remaining 3.4 million chips, turning over J♦J♣ to pejcao's A♣T♣. The jacks held on the 4♣6♠4♠3♥Q♣ board and Catafract80 raked in the 7.8 million pot.

Pejcao's tournament would only last another three minutes. After opening for 75,000 from the button, lebordellai three-bet to 210,000 from the small blind and pejcao made the call. Lebordellai led out for 270,000 on the A♥8♠7♥ flop, pejcao raised to 590,000 and lebordellai smooth-called. Both players checked the 6♥ on the turn. Once the 9♠ hit the river, lebordellai moved in for the rest of his chips, 7,183,476 in all and pejcao called for the 2,538,919 he had behind. Though pejcao had to be confident when he turned over 7♣5♣ for a nine-high straight, that river card had not only made his hand, it made his opponent's, lebordellai showing J♥T♠ for a jack-high straight to eliminate pejcao in third place. For the long grind, pejcao pocketed $40,476.01.

Here's how the chip counts looked at the start of heads-up play:

Seat 3: lebordelaii (11,363,645 in chips)
Seat 4: Catafract80 (7,906,355 in chips)

Only a few hands into the match, lebordellai forced a fold from Catafract80 on the river, sending his chip count past the 15 million mark. Check it out on the replayer:

That hand shot lebordellai out to 15.3 million in chips, leaving Catafract80 with 3.9 million-- still plenty of chips with the blinds at 17,500-35,000/4,375. However, these two seemed determined to play big pots and gamble it up.

Catafract80 took another hit when lebordellai weilded his big stack, three-betting Catafract80 all in on a 8♥J♠A♠ flop. Catafract80 gave up his hand, conceding the 1.6 million pot to his opponent. Lebordellai remained relentless, and after being forced to fold to yet another all-in three-bet, Catafract80 decided to strike back. After lebordellai opened for 70,000 Catafract80 shoved for 1,762,952, but was met with a quick call. Lebordellai showed Q♥Q♠, Catafract80 revealed A♦6♣, and the board ran out K♥K♣9♦8♥T♥, lebordellai's queens holding up to eliminate Catafract80 and end one of the swiftest WCOOP final tables in history.

Along with the WCOOP champion's bracelet, lebordellai earned $111,457.69 for his dominating performance. Runner-up Catafract80 took home $63,822.25.

WCOOP Event #12 ($215 NLHE 4-max) Results

1. lebordelaii $111,457,69
2. Catafract80 $63,822.25
3. pejcao $40,467.01
4. SebbyGI $29,675.81

With over 30 more events on tap, there is still plenty of time to get in on the WCOOP action. Hit up the WCOOP page for a full schedule and satellite information. For even more in-depth coverage, check out PokerStars.tv.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in WCOOP