WCOOP 2010: $320 PLO w/ rebuys - Dapalma150 lays the smackdown to win Event 43 bracelet

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The final week of the World Championship of Online Poker kicked off Monday afternoon with event #43 - $320 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max with rebuys. The tournament drew a field of 759 players, with 771 rebuys and 529 add-ons creating a prize pool of $617,700, with 96 players making the money. The money bubble burst when ODYSSES finished in 97th, guaranteeing the remaining players at least $1,544.25.

Over a dozen members of Team PokerStars Pro and Online took part, only two were fortunate enough to make the money, as both made deep runs. Team PokerStars Hungary Pro Richard Toth finished in 24th place, good for $4,262.13, while Team PokerStars Argentina Pro Jose Ignacio "nachobarbero" Barbero (below) finished in 17th place, earning $5,497.53 for his efforts. Jason "JP OSU" Potter, winner of WCOOP Event #36 on September 17th, finished 10th tonight, adding $8,030.10 to his earlier winnings.

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Hand-for-hand play on the bubble came to a sudden conclusion when the short-stack, Analyser2 was down to 590,804 chips with the blinds at 12,500/25,000. With the table three-handed and the other two stacks over 2,000,000 in chips, Analyser2 needed to quickly find a hand to double-up. In the small blind, Analyser made a raise to 75,000 as dapalma150 called from the big blind. On a flop of 4♠ 2♣ 7♦, Analyser2 led out for 150,000 while dapalma150 re-raised to 600,000, enough to put Analyser2 all-in, and making the call. When the cards were revealed, Analyser2 had the lead pre-flop with 5♠ A♠ T♦ A♣, only to see dapalma150 hold 3♣ 7♥ 4♥ J♣ for top two pair. The 8♦ turn and 6♦ river meant Analyser2, who earlier finished in 5th place at WCOOP event #17 - $215 NL 2-7 single draw, would wind up just short this time, finishing 7th for $12,354.00. Here's how the final table looked, as Team PokerStars Online player Steven Paul welcomed the final table members:


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Seat 1: 1-ronnyr3 (759520 in chips)
Seat 2: marzello (1113565 in chips)
Seat 3: vidal14 (2829639 in chips)
Seat 4: dapalma150 (2698906 in chips)
Seat 5: krondix (2064066 in chips)
Seat 6: alex333888 (2151804 in chips)

The first elimination at the final table would take just ten hands, as the chip leader, vidal14 helped themselves to 1-ronnyr3's chips. 1-ronnyr3 made an opening raise to 87,500 with vidal14 calling from the small blind. The flop came down A♠ 3♠ 8♦ as 1-ronnyr3 led out for 200,000, followed by a re-raise by vidal14 to 800,000 as 1-ronnyr3 called for their remaining 222,020 chips. When the cards were revealed, 1-ronnyr3 showed 8♠ Q♠ J♥ T♠ for a pair of eights and a flush draw, while vidal14 held 4♣ 2♠ A♥ T♥ for a pair of aces. The T♣ on the turn gave both players two pair, and the 7♦ on the river left 1-ronnyr3 out of chips in 6th place, good for $18,531.00.

The blinds had moved up to 15,000/30,000 when what turned out to be the biggest pot played at the final table involved the top two in chips, krondix and alex333888, as they tangled in an over 5,000,000 chip pot with each player making a full house:

A few hands later, as krondix was severely crippled, vital14 would finish what alex333888 had started. Krondix opened from UTG to make a pot-sized bet to 105,000 with vidal14 and dapalma150 calling from the blinds. The flop was 6♠ 5♥ J♦ as krondix bet pot again after vidal14 and dapalma150 checked. This time, vidal14 re-raised to put krondix all-in, calling for their last 20,428 in chips. Vidal14 was well out in front, turning over 9♣ 5♣ 5♦ Q♦ for a set of fives, while krondix revealed Q♥ 9♦ J♥ 9♠ for a pair of jacks and a redraw for a higher set. Unfortunately for krondix, the A♥ turn and 4♦ river didn't improve their hand, sent to the rail in 5th place, earning $30,885.

The blinds had now moved up to 20,000/40,000 when the next elimination took place at the final table as marzello was the next to fall by the wayside. Down to 433,565 in chips, marzello raised from the small blind to 120,000 as vidal14 called from the big blind. The two players saw the flop of 9♥ 6♣ A♠, with marzello betting the pot - 240,000, as vidal14 re-raised to 720,000, as marzello called all-in for their remaining 73,565 in chips holding 8♥ A♦ Q♣ K♣ for a pair of aces, while vidal14 revealed T♥ 5♦ 7♠ 8♣ for an open-ended straight draw. The 8♠ on the turn would fill vidal14's straight, but marzello had the remaining aces and eights to draw to a full house. However, the 5♥ on the river meant marzello's stay at the final table was over in 4th place, with the cashier window showing an additional $43,239.00.

After a few hands of three-handed play, the remaining players discussed a chip count deal. After host Steven Paul ran the numbers, the players agreed to the following deal:

Alex333888 - $88,732.89
vidal14 - $78,754.63
dapalma150 - $73,151.78
$12,000 left over for the winner

After a brief discussion, all three players agreed to the deal and play continued.

Dapalma150 was the short-stacked player at the time of the deal, but this hand to double through vidal14 would give dapalma150 some much needed momentum.

The blinds had now moved up to 25,000/50,000 as dapalma150 continued their rush, holding over half the chips in play as play continued three-handed. Vidal14 was down to 1,728,864 in chips when alex333888 got into a raising war with all of vidal14's chips in the middle pre-flop. Vidal14 held J♦ A♣ 7♥ 9d] while alex333888 held the lead with A♥ Q♠ 4♣ A♦. The board ran out Q♣ J♠ T♠ 5♠ 3♠ as alex333888's aces held up to send vidal14 out of the tournament in 3rd place, good for $78,754.63.


The heads-up battle between dapalma150 and alex333888 had its twists and turns, with both players holding the lead. At one point, alex333888 held a 2-1 chip lead before dapalma150 took the lead back with a series of aggressive plays that caused alex333888 to relinquish the chip lead. By the time of the final hand, dapalma had over 10,000,000 in chips while alex333888 held about 750,000 with the blinds at 40,000/80,000. Alex333888 raised to 240,000 from the small blind as dapalma150 made the call. On a flop of 8♣ 7♠ 7♦, alex333888 led out for 463,200 while dapalma150 re-raised to put alex333888 all-in, and making the call for their remaining 42,673 in chips. Dapalma150 would be well out in front, having flopped trip sevens, 9♣ 2♥ 7♣ T♠, while alex333888 had J♣ 8♥ 6♣ T♥ for a pair of eights. The turn was the 8♦, giving alex333888 the lead, but dapalma150 could win with a deuce, seven, or nine. When the 2♦ came on the river, dapalma150's full house was best, earning the WCOOP bracelet along with $85,151.78 for the win. Alex333888 would have to settle for 2nd place, for $88,732.89 from the deal made with three-handed play. Be sure to check the PokerStars Blog for all your WCOOP reports, and check out www.pokerstars.tv for analysis of select WCOOP final tables, as well as WCOOP.com for statistics, coverage, blogs and a whole lot more.

WCOOP 2010 Event #43 - $320 PLO 6-max with rebuys results:

1st: dapalma150 - $85,151.78*
2nd: alex333888 - $88,732.89*
3rd: vidal14 - $78,754.63*
4th: marzello - $43,239.00
5th: krondix - $30,885.00
6th: 1-ronnyr3 - $18,531.00

* Reflects 3-way chip count deal