WCOOP 2010: DSchec dodges bullets en route to Event #19 victory ($109 NLHE, 10-minute levels)

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgHow were 11,085 players reduced to a nine-handed final table in only seven and a half hours? As Scotty Nguyen might say, ten-minute levels, baby. Far from the more measured pace of a typical WCOOP event but not quite the "shove and pray" atmosphere of a turbo, the structure in Event #19 kept things lively while still allowing some room for skillful play. There was a nice overlay for players as the tournament missed its guarantee, the top 1,440 finishers earning a share of the $1.25 million prize pool and the first-place prize coming in at a whopping $175,000. Not too shabby for a $109 investment.

45 members of Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online bought in, including three world champions-- Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Joe Cada. Joining them were Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, Vanessa Rousso, Humberto Brenes, David Williams, John Duthie, Gualter Salles, Pat Pezzin and Arnaud Mattern. Six solidiers in the Red Spade Army made the money: Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc (1057th), Christophe De Meulder (954th), Pierre Neuville (908th), Jose "Nacho" Barbero (682nd), Fatima Moreira De Melo (610th), and Diego Brunelli (118th).

Mr. Raael was down to only five big blinds when he moved all-in from UTG+1 for 442,370 holding A♣T♥, but he had the misfortune of running into a dominating hand, dogsballs making the call with A♥J♦. Mr. Raael did not improve and was eliminated in 10th place, leaving us with our final nine.

Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: oncecajun (6,608,773 in chips)
Seat 2: dogsballs (6,965,076 in chips)
Seat 3: damaven (3,860,386 in chips)
Seat 4: Cairns1987 (2,589,857 in chips)
Seat 5: bagnus (1,209,088 in chips)
Seat 6: Buzibär (1,272,080 in chips)
Seat 7: pierreguay (2,484,966 in chips)
Seat 8: hoodskier (4,137,770 in chips)
Seat 9: DSchec (4,127,004 in chips)


Pierreguay was the first player to exit the final table. After Buzibar opened for 275,000, pierreguay three-bet shoved for just under 1.2 million from the small blind only to run his Q♠J♠ into pocket aces. The K♠T♣4♦ flop gave both players a nice sweat as pierreguay picked up an open-ended straight draw, but he did not fill it, the Q♣ and the 7♦ falling on the turn and river to send him to the rail in ninth place.

Play remained eight-handed for another two and a half levels before a cruel river card sent damaven packing. All-in before the flop with A♠T♦ against DShec's A♦9♥, everything looked good for damaven until the turn. The 9♥, however, spiked on the river, ending his run in eighth place for a $12,500 score.

The pace of play picked up significantly following damaven's elimination. Bagnus doubled through oncecajun with A♥Q♦ against pocket fives, leaving him on the short stack. Two hands later oncecajun attempted to wrest a pot away from hoodskier, but found himself the victim of bad timing. Hoodskier opened for 340,000 from the cutoff and oncecajun shoved for 1.5 million with A♥2♦ only to run into pocket queens. The 9♠4♦8♦J♠Q♠ board brought no help for oncecajun and he departed in seventh place, $25,000 richer.

Five hands later, Buzibar and dogsballs got their money in before the flop with A♥J♣ and pocket eights respectively, dogsballs having his opponent slightly covered. The eights held on the Q♦3♥5♦K♣K♥ board and Buzibar hit the rail in sixth place, collection $37,500.

Two hands after that (holy mother was this thing going fast), we saw another coinflip for all the bones. This time dogsballs was the initial raiser, making it 325,750 to go on the button. Cairns1987 shoved for 3,561,857 from the small blind holding A♣5♥ and dogsballs made the call for just over a quarter of his stack with pocket fours. 9♣J♦T♠7♥3♠ on the board and Cairns1987 exited in fifth place, earning a cool $50,000.

Four hands after that (oh my GOD), bagnus, the only short stack among the final four, opened for 540,000 with pocket nines and was met with a three-bet to 3.24 million from hoodskier. Bagnus shoved for 3.36 million and hooskier called the small balance, turning over A♥4♦. Bagnus was a 7-3 favorite when the money went in but an ace on the flop sent him packing in fourth place. His consolation prize? $62,500.

As soon as play turned three-handed, hoodskier, dogsball and DSchec decided to discuss a deal. Host Anders "Donald" Berg paused the action and did the math for a chip count chop. They could not come to an agreement, however and play resumed.

Although DSchec was the short stack when chop negotiations began, two pots put him back in contention. After opening for 467,555 and getting a call from dogsballs, DSchec led out for 455,455 on the 8♦8♠6♠ flop. Dogsballs called and they went to the turn, which fell the 2♣. Dschec checked, dogsballs bet 645,750 and DSchec shoved for more than 5.7 million. Dogsballs gave up his hand and DSchec took down the 3.1 million pot.

The second hand saw DSchec making a hero call on the river with king-high. Check it out on the replayer:

After that hand, all three players were hovering between 9 and 12 million in chips with the blinds at 100,000/200,000. Despite the relatively deep stacks, these three still weren't afraid to get their money in before the flop and soon enough, hoodskier and DSchec found themselves in another race situation, this one for more than half the chips in play. Hoodskier opened for 449,995 from the small blind with A♦J♦, DSchec raised to 1,445,555 from the big blind and hoodskier shoved for more than 11.5 million. DSchec called all-in for 7.36 million, turned over 8♠8♥, and proceeded to flop a set and turn quads to take down the pot and leave hoodskier on only 2.7 million.

"Glad i didn't chop," DSchec said.

"Did u decide before or after the board came down... :)" hoodskier replied.

The rest of hoodskier's chips went in on the very next deal, his pocket sevens falling to dogsballs' pocket eights to end his run in third place. Hoodskier picked up $90,000 for his efforts.

DSchec and dogsballs paused to look at chip count chop numbers before heads-up play began but the deal discussions broke down again after DSchec told dogsballs that he would not take anything less than $145,000. The clock was restarted and cards went back on the screen.

Here's a look at the chip counts as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 2: dogsballs (15,701,270)
Seat 9: DSchec (17,553,730)

Dogsballs quickly moved out to a 2-1 chip lead and expanded it further when he got two streets of value out of his pocket kings. DSchec, however, did not back off from his aggressive approach and ground out several small pots, taking his chip count back up to 11 million before the decisive hand of the tournament unfolded.

It was all over on the next hand. Dogsballs opened for 700,000, DSchec shoved for 23.2 million and dogsballs called off his last 9.2 million, turning over A♥K♠. DSchec showed 2♦2♠. Dogsballs could not catch an ace or a king on the J♣5♦6♠7♣J♦ board and DSchec at last had all the chips in front of him. Our newest WCOOP champion collected $175,000 on his $109 investment while runner-up dogsballs earned $127,500 for his nine hours' work.

WCOOP Event #19 ($109 NLHE, 10-minute levels) results

1. DSchec ($175,000)
2. dogsballs ($127,500)
3. hoodskier ($90,000)
4. bagnus ($62,500)
5. Cairns1987 ($50,000)
6. Buzibar ($37,500)
7. oncecajun ($25,000)
8. damaven ($12,500)
9. pierreguay ($8,500)

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in WCOOP