WCOOP 2010: Blue Knight1 becomes a king, wins Event #60 NLHE and $299K

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgThere would be no Sunday Million champion for the month of September 2010 since PokerStars was offering some slightly larger tournaments for the general public with wrist jewelry and prestige to go with being a WCOOP champion. For those wanting to be a Sunday Million champion think of tonight's WCOOP Event #60 as the Sunday Million on HGH. The price tag for admission was the same at $215, and so was the $1.5 million guarantee, but there was the added allure of becoming a WCOOP champion and grabbing that bracelet. Not to mention a slower blind structure with 20 minute levels instead of the usual 15. The event would attract 11,733 players this afternoon for a pumped up prize pool of $2,346,600.00 that paid out 1,530 places. Who would prove to be the strongest of them all and lift the one hundred million tournament chips off the table and take home the $326,417.46 first place prize? Let's find out.

Team PokerStars from all corners of the globe had players from its roster trying to claim WCOOP gold on the final day including: Noah "Exclusive" Boeken, Alex Kravchenko, Jorge Arias, Nuno Coelho, Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli, Chris "Money800" Moneymaker, Jan Heitmann, Randy "nanonoko" Lew, Vanessa Rousso, Daniel Negreanu, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Veronica Dabul, John Duthie, Chad Brown, Marcel Luske, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Anh Van Nguyen, George "Jorj95" Lind, Juan Pastor, newly crowned WCOOP champ Jason Mercier, Sandra Naujoks, Andrew "Kid Nebraska" Goetsch, Juan Maceiras, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, Richard Toth, Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder, Katja Thater, Martha "marene" Eneida Herrera Gonzalez, Andres Alisievicz, Anders "Donald" Berg, Gualter Salles, Denys "diatty " Shcherbakov, Mandy "ROXY24" Thomas, Angel Guillen, Bryan Huang, Dennis Phillips, Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart, Marcello Del Grosso, Henrique Pinho, Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth, Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc, Johnny Lodden, Vicky Coren, Jose "nacho" Igancio Barbero, Christophe De Meulder, Pat Pezzin, Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis, Thierry "BOKPOWER" van dan Berg all dropped by for this massive tourney but were turned away at the cashier's window tonight.

As the hand-for-hand play started up around hour nine, pirate224 had a heavy sweat on the money bubble. Holding just 348 chips with the blinds at 1000/2000 ante 250, jambo669 would bust before the next hand was dealt and was the unfortunate bubble boy tonight as RuiNF, lexylove88, and copvin2008 would also receive $351.99 after busting during hand-for-hand play but having more chips than jambo669 who finished in 1,531st place.

Team PokerStars had several players claim a piece of that massive $2.3 million prize pool including: Victor Ramdin (1368th place, $375.45), Steven Paul (1130th place, $445.85), Alvaro "VARICO" Ballesteros (1091st place, $445.85), JP Kelly (1051st place, $469.32), Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes (976th place, $492.78), Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (942nd place, $492.78), Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hrubý (682nd place, $610.11), Joe "jcada99" Cada (644th place, $633.58), David Williams (519th place, $703.98), Vanessa Selbst (466th place, $727.44), Andre "aakkari" Akkari (250th place, $1,032.50), Tae Joon Noh (189th place, $1,173.30), and finally George Danzer who outlasted all the rest of his team members in 111th place taking home $1,759.95 after a long night.

George Danzer - 111th place

It would take 16 hours to reach the final table bubble thanks to the above mentioned slow blind escalations, but unlike the WCOOP Main Event running along side of this tournament at least they were firmly in the money. After 12 hours those playing for a first prize of $2.27 million (yes, the winner of that tourney would get nearly the ENTIRE prize pool of this one), the Main Event players could walk away empty handed despite a half-day of intense play. Luckily for the players here on the final two tables they would receive no less than $5,162.52 with $14,783.58 assured just nine players away at the final table.

Tyren0 and Blue Knight1 crushed their respective tables down to hand-for-hand play. Blue Knight1 would take a massive 15.5 million chip pot with pocket eights versus HookEmNY's AQo to leap into the chip lead with over 30 million chips. Tyren0 on the adjacent table would benefit from a cooler versus amontobin99. While holding pocket kings, Tyren0 would three-bet from the blinds as amontobin99 four-bet all-in with pocket jacks. The jacks failed to turn the tide and Tyren0 was shipped 16.6 million chips as amontobin99 finished in 11th place ($9,855.72).

On the 20 minutes bubble several all-ins from the short stacks resulted in the shorties getting doubled up or chopping like RiverBoom did against both check_lol and Supernova VIP Marwetz. But, it would be on the opposite table where AidenRoot down to under 10 big bets and the blinds at 125K/250K ante 31,250 would try to scare ureeek off his opening 555,555 chip raise with a three-bet to 1.25 million leaving only 29,958 behind. The tactic did not work as ureeek re-raise enough to put AidenRoot all-in. The short stack held 2♥A♦ to ureeek's dominating A♥J♣. No ducks swam onto the 9♥ 3♦ 6♥ 8♦ 9♣ pond and AidenRoot was our bubble boy in tenth place ($9,855.72).

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Seat 1: RiverBoom (17618595 in chips)
Seat 2: ureeek (10508248 in chips)
Seat 3: Tyren0 (21511556 in chips)
Seat 4: 1euroguy (3860126 in chips)
Seat 5: Marwetz (3792514 in chips)
Seat 6: TROBLMAKER (18001071 in chips)
Seat 7: Blue Knight1 (31047468 in chips)
Seat 8: Troubaduren (6602162 in chips)
Seat 9: check_lol (4388260 in chips)

The 17th hour of play would mark the first hand of the final table (won by Marwetz) as the players fueled by Red Bull or that massive $326,417.46 first place price played on with the blinds going up to 150K/300K ante 37,500 shortly after the hourly break.

Dropping Trou

Midway thru the 150K/300K ante 37,500 blind level Troubaduren was found with just 10 big blinds having his stack cut in half since starting the final table would open shove holding some connecting cards 8♠7♠ hoping to steal the blinds. Folded around to ureeek in the cutoff holding pocket tens T♠T♦ a little thought was put in before making the call. The flop J♦9♦8♥ would provide some drama as Troubaduren flopped a pair plus a gutshot straight draw but lost his two pair outs. 2♠ on the turn was no help, nor the 3♣ which sent the 6.4 million chip pot to ureeek ending Troubaduren's day in ninth place ($14,783.58).

Blue Knight gets a river BOOM

In one of the larger pots up to this point with 4.1 million already in the middle and the board showing A♥2♠8♣Q♦9♣ Blue Knight1 would lead out for a tiny 367,545 bet, RiverBoom raised to 1,367,544, as Blue Knight1 three-bet to 5,367,542 total. RiverBoom called to see the nine of clubs completed the nut straight T♥J♣ for Blue Knight1 shipping the 14.9 million chip pot to the runaway chip leader and knocking RiverBoom down to 13 million.

No check here, I shove

check_lol was in the big blind with the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 50K and facing a 1.2 million chip raise from TROBLMAKER. Holding 6.6 million chips, check_lol would shove, back to TROBLMAKER he covered and made the call flipping up pocket nines 9♠9♣. check_lol got the coin flip he wanted showing J♦K♠. He would not however get the board needed to stay alive, as 7♠4♦4♥Q♦5♣ rained down in middle sending the 13.9 million chip pot to TROBLMAKER and finishing check_lol's night in eighth place ($23,466.00).

Loosening up

Three hands later ureeek would double through Tyren0 with pocket jacks versus Tyren0's AJo for a 20 million chip pot. And on the very next hand we would name our seventh place finisher. Find out below who went home earning $46,932.00:

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RiverBoom's nemesis Blue Knight1 would finish off his night after Blue Knight1 tried limping UTG and RiverBoom attempted to claim the dead money with a shove for four million. Folded all the way around to Blue Knight1 who called quickly with pocket jacks J♦J♣. No coin flip here as RiverBoom needed help holding J♠A♣ and would not find it on the 6♣ 2♥ 3♦ 2♣ T♦ board sending RiverBoom home with a fizzle in seventh place.

May need a Dollar to Euro conversion here

1euroguy was left with 669,049 chips after getting blinded down and holding any two cards on the cutoff. A shove was the only answer as the two huge stacks of TROBLMAKER and Blue Knight1 were priced in to call, similarly with any two cards. A board of A♣ 5♥ 7♥ K♣ 9♠ was put out as Blue Knight1 was the only one show his cards holding 6♦9♦ for the winner of the 2.7 million chip pot as 1euroguy was left to muck winning $70,398.00 or €52,242.22 (as of today) in sixth place.

Big stack to no stack

Tyren0 found no luck at the final table, much like a Murphy's Law day where the world seem against you as the car won't start, breakfast is burnt as the toaster misfires, and the kids seem like they have been possessed by something living past the Milky Way galaxy. After the double up to ureeek, Tyren0 would double up Marwetz, and on the very next hand had sixth place money in hand. With just 1.7 million chips left Tyren0 would open shove from the button holding Q♦J♦. Marwetz would fold but big stacked TROBLMAKER with 400K already in the pot would make the call holding 4♥6♥. Fours appeared early and often, with two of them on the flop 4♦ 3♠ 4♠ 2♥ 9♠ leaving Tyren0 drawing dead after the turn and claiming fifth place cash ($93,864.00).

Time to play "Let's Make a Deal before we fall asleep"

Heading into hour 18 and level 47 with blinds of 250K/500K ante 62,500 players took a sip of coffee and sat down to split up the remaining prize pool with $30,000 set aside for the bracelet winner. After slicing off enough for Marwetz, our final four had a deal.

Blue Knight1 $269,669.46
TROBLMAKER $209,000.00
ureeek $169,000.00
Marwetz $165,000.00

$48,000.00 increase in pay

After the deal was cut, Marwetz was not able to get out of the chip hole dug by the aggressive and big stacked players Blue Knight1 and TROBLMAKER on his left. As the blinds held at 250K/500K ante 62,500 Marwetz would try to steal the blinds by open shoving from the button with 8♥T♠. TROBLMAKER in the small blind would make the call holding 2♦A♦. Two deuces on the flop K♦ 2♣ 2♠ 7♣ 7♦ was more than enough to ship the 14.3 million chip pot to TROBLMAKER and thanks to the deal Marwetz would be going home with $165,000.00 instead of the quoted $117,330.00 in fourth place.

ureeek takes a bite out of the Knight

Watch below as ureeek plays a premium hand to get the maximum pay off:

After making a preflop raise to 1.5 million with the blinds at 250K/500K ante 62,500 ureeek would get both Blue Knight1 and TROBLMAKER to call and see a Q♥6♣J♦ flop. TROBLMAKER tried to steal the pot by leading for two million but was called by Blue Knight1 and ureeek shoved for 10 million. TROBLMAKER got out of the way, but the huge stacked Blue Knight1 would make the call holding top pair Q♠9♠. A good hand for Blue Knight1 but could not top the pocket aces A♥A♣ of ureeek as the 8♥ and J♠ fell on the turn and river to ship the 27 million chip pot to ureeek.

Freshly cleaned chips

As the blinds stayed the same, TROBLMAKER would make a standard raise to 1.5 million from the button as Blue Knight1 folded and ureeek wanted to finish any decision making with a shove large enough to cover TROBLMAKER's stack. TROBLMAKER would make the call for his tournament life holding Q♣K♦ as ureeek was slightly ahead with J♥A♣. No cards over a nine appeared on the 5♣ 7♣ 7♠ 9♥ 2♥ board and we were down to heads-up play for $30,000 and the bracelet as TROBLMAKER left with $209,000.00 in third place.

ureeek vs. Blue Knight1

Despite a 34 million chip lead, the slowly rising blinds would allow for plenty of deep stacked pay as ureeek with 41.4 million chips still had 82 big blinds as Blue Knight would carry in a few racks of his own holding 75.9 million or 152 big blinds. Let's get a fresh pot of coffee ready for a potentially long morning.

First blood goes to ureeek

In the biggest pot of the tournament to not expose the hole cards, our final two played a game of chicken and ureeek would take it down. The blinds had moved up to 300K/600K ante 75K as ureeek would call the three million chip three-bet of Blue Knight1 to see a 4♦ T♦ 3♣ flop as Blue Knight1 led out for 3.2 million and ureeek came back with a raise to 7.8 million. Four-bet by Blue Knight1 to 13.2 million as ureeek took a few moments to think and shoved for 32.8 million total as Blue Knight1 folded without comment conceding the 32.5 million chip pot.

Duck flies in to save the day

Over the next 15 minutes Blue Knight1 would knock ureeek to a 99.6 million to 17.7 million chip disadvantage and was all ready to request a bracelet sizing. With all of ureeek's chips in the middle on a flop of 6♣Q♠3♦ and holding top pair, Blue Knight1 was looking very good to claim that extra $30,000.00 in the WCOOP title as ureeek could only produce an open ended straight draw 4♣5♣. Deuce on the turn 2♠ gave the unbeatable straight to ureeek along with 35.4 million chips and delayed Blue Knight1's bracelet interview.

Hour 19 and cards back in the air

The player elected to skip most of the hourly break as Team Online Andre Coimbra jumped into his hosting duties after a quick cup of coffee to start up the tournament a little early as the players came back to 400K/800K ante 100K blinds.

Knight becomes a king

Blue Knight1 would jump to a 106 million to 11.2 million chip lead as the blinds started to hurt at 500K/1MM ante 125K as the players would see their final hand after 19 hours 15 minutes. Watch Blue Knight1's ride to victory below:

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As ureeek shoved for his stack from the button, we can only guess Blue Knight1 mouthed "hold please" as the call button was pressed while holding pocket kings K♥K♣. ureeek was far behind holding K♦7♦ but would find a seven on the flop 2♥ T♣ 7♣. Q♠ turn was not the two-outer, and the J♠ clinched the WCOOP Event #60 title for Blue Knight1 earning the extra $30,000 and the WCOOP bracelet!

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the exciting conclusion to the largest WCOOP tournament prize pool ever as the WCOOP Main Event starts up Day 2 with 271 players playing down to one. We will be live blogging the action here at the PokerStarsBlog starting with the final table as they play for a whopping $2.2 million first prize.

$1.5 million guarantee WCOOP Event #60 No Limit Hold Em' Results (09-27-10)
(*denotes part of four-way deal)
1. Blue Knight1 (Schaumburg) *$299,669.46
2. ureeek (kapele) *$169,000.00
4. Marwetz (Hannover) *$165,000.00
5. Tyren0 (Rotterdam) $93,864.00
6. 1euroguy (Roksem) $70,398.00
7. RiverBoom (no chat) $46,932.00
8. check_lol (Helsinki) $23,466.00
9. Troubaduren (Odense C) $14,783.58

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP