WCOOP 2010: All up in here, aces_up4108 scoops Event #57 NLO8 turbo tourney

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgA regular poker tournament with gently rising blinds as a comparison to a horse race would be the standard Thoroughbred one mile or eight furlong race. Watching the lead horse shoot out of the gates as the late trailer would have time to nip him at the wire. Tonight's WCOOP Event #57 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo turbo tourney would be more like the Quarter Horses doing their two furlong sprint on the straightaway. The fast action of the shortened racing getting the horse players a quick bang for their buck, is similar to the shove it in preflop nature of a turbo tournament such as this one. The $200,000 guarantee attracted 1,167 gamblers hoping to cash their ticket for the $40,077.02 first prize plus the WCOOP bracelet. 1,167 to one odds are longer then you would normally find at the track, but tonight our players would need to overcome them to win.

Several Team Online and Team PokerStars pros got their gamble on tonight such as Joe Hachem, Henrique Pinho, Pat Pezzin, Jose Ignacio Barbero, Victor Ramdin, Andre Akkari, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Rousso, Darus Suharto, Anh Van Nguyen, Anders "Donald" Berg, David Williams, and Chad Brown but only two would push their betting slips back into the cashier's window for a payout.

Slightly before the four hour mark we managed to dispatch over 1,000 players and reach the money as two Team PokerStars players sat on the same table to take home at least $348.30 for finishing in the top 162. Two-time WCOOP champ Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and George "Jorj95" Lind would make the cut, but Lind busted shortly after the fourth hour mark in 142nd place ($371.52).

ElkY would rock his short stack of under 15K with blinds at 1.5/3K ante 375 up to a respectable stack of over 80K in just a few hands as players were dropping at a rapid pace since the average stack with just 60 players left had under 20 big blinds. Trying to hunt down Grospellier was difficult as he would get bounced from table to table after just a few hands due to all the knockouts. At the five hour break only 35 players remained as ElkY continued to prosper and rolled up his stack to over 150K with 3K/6K ante 750 blinds.

ElkY comeback would end 20 minutes into the fifth hour after losing a few chips and getting blinded down to 41,496 with blinds at 4K/8K ante 1K he would try to shove those chips from the small blind to pick up some much needed dead blind chips without showing cards but instead AlwayzOnTilt had chips to spare and a decent 5♥ T♥ K♦ A♠ hand to make the call. Bertrand would roll over the bluff 5♦ 5♠ 2♣ 9♠ and needed a lot of luck to come out ahead. The board however had other ideas and hooked up AlwayzOnTilt with trip tens T♦ J♣ 6♠ T♣ 8♥ knocking off ElkY's chances of a third WCOOP bracelet in 21st place ($975.24).

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier - 21st place

Bubbling on a full stomach

The 15 minute dinner break would give our final ten players a long time to think up their final table bubble strategies before returning to one of the two tables of five. Amazingly we had three players all-in at once. MrClkClkDirk would survive his all-in versus Chosimbaone despite being up against aces, a turned two pair was enough to keep him alive. ToM RoX 420 and AlwayzOnTilt were not as fortunate, with the blinds at 8K/16K ante 2K they would both shove as AlwayzOnTilt covered and get called by Bigbabb25 who covered both of them:

AlwaysOnTilt K♦ Q♣ 3♦ A♦
ToM RoX 420 J♥ Q♦ A♠ 8♥
Bigbabb25 6♥ A♣ A♥ 6♠

Bigbabb25's aces would bob and weave through the T♥ K♣ T♠ 7♠ 7♣ board and collect the entire 780,370 chip pot sending ToM RoX 420 out on the official bubble in tenth place ($2,554.20) and AlwayzOnTilt in ninth ($4,527.90).

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Seat 1: marek_heinz (661849 in chips)
Seat 2: troyomac (482386 in chips)
Seat 3: MrClkClkDirk (625602 in chips)
Seat 4: spondeed (628644 in chips)
Seat 5: Bigbabb25 (1928481 in chips)
Seat 7: Chosimbaone (62454 in chips)
Seat 8: get crunk (910439 in chips)
Seat 9: aces_up4108 (505145 in chips)

The final table of eight would meet up on table 73 as the blinds were not going to slow down as the 10 minute levels would force our players tonight to be aggressive early and often.

First cracked aces, now cracked stack

Chosimbaone had some bad luck on the final table bubble, losing the majority of his stack to MrClkClkDirk after getting those aces cracked as described above. After the blinds moved up to 10K/20K ante 2.5K he would call a min-raise from get crunk in the big blind to see a T♠ 9♠ 6♦ flop. In a stop-and-go play Chosimbaone would shove for 94,408 holding 3♦ Q♣ 9♣ J♣ for middle pair and an open ended straight draw. get drunk had plenty of chips to make the call with aces 7♣ 5♥ A♣ A♦. Plenty of outs for Chosimbaone but missed them all as the T♦ on the turn took away the two pair outs and Q♦ on the river shipped the 298,816 chip pot to get crunk as Chosimbaone took home $4,527.90 in eighth place.

Got crunked

After the blinds moved up to 12.5K/25K ante 3,125 get crunk would min-raise from middle position as it folded around to MrClkClkDirk on the button who would push to 337,727 chips. Back to get crunk with over a million chips, he would make the call holding a double suited A♠9♠5♥3♥ that was up against the aces A♦6♦8♠A♥ of MrClkClkDirk. No waiting for the river to crack aces here as two fives spilled out on the flop 5♦ T♥ 5♠. 3♠ on the turn opened up a possible low hand for MrClkClkDirk but the K♦ on the river was too high and sent MrClkClkDirk off in seventh place ($6,489.90). O8 must be MrClkClkDirk's game because in WCOOP 2010 Event #51's PLO8 he almost reached the final table, bubbling in tenth place earning $3.5K.

Out of ketchup

marek_heinz who's last name is better known for the tasty condiment for hot dogs was all-in along with troyomac and called by Bigbabb25 who covered them both. Blinds moved up again to 15K/30K ante 3,750 but there would be two winners of the one million chip pot, watch it play out below:

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marek_heinz K♣6♥A♠3♥
troyomac T♣A♦Q♣2♣
Bigbabb25 5♥A♣4♣5♦

As the board of Q♥8♠J♦3♣2♥ played out marek_heinz tried squeezing out at least a sliver of the big pot but came up empty. troyomac took the high pot of 427,517 chips with queens, and Bigbabb25 would take the low and scoop the side pot with fives plus the nut 8-4-3-2-A low for the remaining 628,310 chips, sending marez_heinz home in sixth place ($9,171.90).

Pushy Pushy Choppy Choppy?

Rising blinds and watching Bigbabb25's big stack get reduced to average levels of around one million chips got the remaining five talking about a potential chop. get crunk did not allow the talk to get off the ground as play continued into the seventh hour break. Here is how our remaining five stacked up with 17.5K/35K ante 4,375 blinds with spondeed in the lead after doubling thru Bigbabb25:

spondeed 2,047,788
get crunk 1,195,788
Bigbabb25 993,607
aces_up4108 938,720
troyomac 629,097

Got his wish

get crunk wanted to play it out and was granted that opportunity. He would first tangle with aces_up4108 all-in preflop with the blinds still at 17.5K/35K ante 4,375 for a huge 1.8 million chip pot. aces_up4108 low wrap hand 5♥ A♦ 3♣ 2♥ would find a straight and the nut-low on the 6♣ A♣ 7♠ 4♦ 6♠ board and cracked get crunk's kings K♣ 5♣ A♠ K♦ as he missed on the flopped flush draw. The very next hand with just 182,693 chips left, get crunk would open shove from the small blind holding five and sixes 5♥ 6♦ 6♥ 5♣ as his nemesis aces_up4108 would call flipping up 4♠ J♦ 2♥ K♥. A jack on the flop J♠ 9♦ A♦ 7♦ Q♦ was all aces_up4108 would need to knock out Brett "get crunk" Richey in fifth place ($11,493.90).

Scooped indeed

The blinds moved up to 20K/40K ante 5K as short stacked troyomac with just 361,596 would take his battle preflop trying to steal the blinds from the small blind. But, large stacked spondeed had plenty of chips to make the call with J♥ 3♦ 6♥ J♦. Nominal holdings but a shade better than the 8♦ 4♠ 7♠ 4♣ held by troyomac. spondeed's middling hand got much better after the T♥ 9♦ J♣ flop with a set of jacks, but so did troyomac who hit a straight. 7♣ on the turn had the 733,192 chip pot ready for troyomac but the T♠ on the river had other ideas as the jacks full for spondeed sent troyomac off in fourth place ($16,161.12). Been awhile since troyomac saw a final table, after reaching WCOOP Event #18's last table in 2008 earning $25,928.40 in third place.

1-2 punch and knocked out

Chop talks three-handed were cut short by spondeed and after doubling up Bigbabb25, spondeed found himself all-in on the very next hand facing the imaginary "not chopping" curse and instead of being the dominate chip leader had one foot out the door. The blinds moved up to 25K/50K ante 6,250 as aces_up4108 would call spondeed's 1.3 million chip shove from the button holding T♥ 3♣ 3♥ A♣ as spondeed had four connecting cards in 6♦ 4♠ 6♠ 5♠. Connecting preflop but missing post-flop as the board J♦ Q♥ K♠ Q♦ T♠ flopped a broadway straight for aces_up4108 shipping the 2.6 million chip pot to aces_up4108 and setting up heads-up play.

Two to tango

With the dissenters now on the rail, our final two would quickly make a deal to both their satisfaction thanks to the help of Team Online's Steven Paul and leaving $4,000.00 aside for the champ:

aces_up4108 $32,833
Bigbabb25 $32,269

Hi-Lo and the chips go to...

In the biggest pot of the tournament both players get their chips in the middle after a flop of 4♠ 6♦ Q♦ and Bigbabb25 covering by 292,832 chips. Watch the 5.5 million chip pot play out below:

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Flopped nut low and re-draws to a straight and nut flush for aces_up4108 3♦6♥2♣A♦ as Bigbabb25 was holding on for dear life and only a shot at half the pot with top pair 9♥ T♥ Q♣ 4♣. 5♣ on the turn locked up the scoop for aces_up4108 as the six high straight with nut low was good for the 5.5 million chip pot.

Trip sixes evil? Not for aces_up4108

After a double up for Bigbabb25 on the next hand, four hands later the two would get their chips in the middle preflop for the bracelet decider. The blinds remained at 25K/50K ante 6,250 as Bigbabb25 would call all-in from the blinds holding 9♣ 7♣ 3♠ 5♦ as aces_up4108 rolled over 6♠ A♦ J♣ 7♠. Bigbabb25 was looking for some low cards and the Q♠ T♣ 6♦ flop did not cooperate. 6♣ on the turn gave aces_up4108 trip sixes but shone a little light for Bigbabb25's club draw. The river 3♦ was however as the final 996,328 tournament chips went to our WCOOP Event #57 champ aces_up4108 who earned $36,833.01 and the WCOOP bracelet.

A relatively short seven and a half hours of play can be seen again via the replays in your PokerStars lobby. Or if you were railing this tournament and want some insight on the rest of the WCOOP action, be sure to stick around here on the PokerStarsBlog for final table recaps of every event.

$200,000 WCOOP Event #57 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 10-minute Levels Results (09-24-10)
(* denotes part of two-way deal)

1. aces_up4108 (Templestowe) *$36,833.01
2. Bigbabb25 (chattanooga) *$32,269.71
3. spondeed (Pahrump) $22,059.00
4. troyomac (Stratford) $16,161.12
5. Brett "get crunk" Richey (Нью-Йорк) $11,493.90
6. marek_heinz (Praha) $9,171.90
7. MrClkClkDirk (Oxford) $6,849.90
8. Chosimbaone (Valdez) $4,527.90
9. AlwayzOnTilt (Concord) $2,554.20

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP