WCOOP 2010: Event #53 - $530 NL Hold'em w/ Rebuys - DDBeast bests field

wcoop-thumb.pngEvent #53 of the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, $530 NL Holdem w/ Rebuys, drew a field of 837 entries, and combined with 1,041 rebuys and 637 addons, created a total prize pool of $1,267,500 with 108 players paid.

The lure of a WCOOP bracelet along with a prize pool of over one million dollars led several members of Team PokerStars Pro and Online to the tournament with five players making the money. Those players were Team Czech Republic pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hrubý (below) 25th for $6,036.00, Team PokerStars Online player Steven "stevejpa" Paul - 40th for $4,652.75, Team Nordics Pro Johnny Lodden - 52nd for $4,149.75, Team Netherlands Pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken - 73rd for $3,269.50, and 2003 WSOP Main Event winner and Team USA pro Chris "Money800" Moneymaker - 95th for $2,766.50

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The final table bubble happened just before the 12-hour mark, with blinds at 10,000/20,000 with an ante of 2,500. Down to just over 13 big blinds, trontrontron shoved from the button with 4♣4♦, to be called by TMoney0209 with A♣J♣ in the big blind. Hopes of a double-up for trontrontron were quickly dashed when the flop came down J♠ 9♦ 6♣ as trontrontron immediately went with commenting "gg gl all", not liking his chances of hitting his two-outter. The T♥ on the turn and A♠ on the river meant trontrontron was gonegonegone in 10th, earning $13,581.00 for nearly twelve hours of play. Meanwhile, the remaining nine players surrounded themselves around the final table, appearing as follows:

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Seat 1: TMoney0209 (1,831,886 in chips)
Seat 2: KingKaizers (4,056,416 in chips)
Seat 3: Ericb09 (1,488,787 in chips)
Seat 4: AboulRon (760,391 in chips)
Seat 5: DDBeast (786,837 in chips)
Seat 6: KevBoyStar (873,612 in chips)
Seat 7: rickwaa (861,180 in chips)
Seat 8: justdec (3,173,998 in chips)
Seat 9: Nikolay5 (334,393 in chips)

Kristian "CharismA3" Martin served as the host for the final table, and when the players reached their 15-minute break, some players were hoping it ended a little sooner:

DDBeast: can we shorten this break?
CharismA3 (Team Online): If everyone agreed to that we would do so.
KingKaizers: no chance.. im calling granma

On that note, the entire 15-minute break was held.

Blinds were now at 12,500/25,000 with an ante of 3,125, and shortly after the break Nikolay5 was the first player knocked out. Nikolay5 open-shoved from the button for their last 285,018 in chips with J♥ T♦ as TMoney0209 made the call from the big blind with 7♦ 7♠. The board ran out K♣ 8♠ 2♣ 3♦ A♦ with them pocket sevens holding up for TMoney0209, while Nikolay5's brief stay at the final table was good for $16,096.00.

AboulRon would be the next to depart about half an hour later. With the blinds now at 15,000/30,000 with an ante of 3,750, KingKaizers opened from the button to 72,000 as AboulRon called from the big blind. When the flop came down 5♥ 6♥ Q♠, AboulRon shoved all-in for their last 343,307 in chips with 8♦7♥ with KingKaizers making the call with K♥T♠. The open-ended straight draw didn't come in for AboulRon, as the turn and river were the 6♣ and A♦ respectively, giving KingKaizers the win and AboulRon settled for an 8th place finish, good for $27,790.75.

Play continued to be tentative for most of the final table, and KingKaizers was taking advantage, building their stack to over 6,000,000 in chips with little difficulty. One player hoping to make a similar move was Ericb09, but with blinds now at 20,000/40,000 with an ante of 5,000, an open shove with pocket fives ran into rickwaa's pocket queens, leaving Ericb09 with just 62,438 in chips. The final hand for Ericb09 started with a shove from UTG, called in two spots by Supernova Elite DDBeast in the UTG + 1 position and KingKaizers in the big blind. The flop was Q♥5♣9♦ and the two players with chips checked. The 8♠ on the turn led KingKaizers to bet 140,000 and DDBeast got out of the way. When the cards were on their backs, KingKaizers had 8♥8♣ for a turned set of eights, while Ericb09 showed Q♣5♥ for a flopped two pair. Hopes for a four-outer on the river were dashed when the river was the 6♣ as Ericb09, runner-up in a SCOOP event earlier this year, finished in 7th place, picking up $39,611.25.

After nearly two hours to eliminate the first three players at the final table, the next three to finish thisclose to a WCOOP bracelet were eliminated in the next ten minutes. The blinds were now at 30,000/60,000 with an ante of 10,000 when DDBeast would find a fortunate river card to knock out Ricky "rickwaa" Kroesen, runner-up at the ANZPT Gold Coast tournament in August, in 6th place, earning $52186.25 :

Two hands later, justdec min-raised from the button to 120,000, then TMoney0209 re-raised all-in from the small blind to 934,913 total with 7♣7♦. KingKaizers made the call from the big blind with 8♦8♣ and justdec folded. TMoney0209's hopes of hitting a two-outer to stay alive were crushed when the flop was Q♦ 8♥ K♦, needing both sevens to double-up. Instead, the turn and river were the T♦T♥ and TMoney0209 was eliminated in 5th place, earning $64,761.25.

The next player exiting the table was justdec, shoving from the small blind with A♥9♦ over the top of DDBeast's min-raise. DDBeast wasted no time, making the snap call with Q♠Q♦. The board ran out 7♠ 6♣ 8♦ 6♠ 4♠, as justdec added $91,797.50 to their account.

The action cooled down a bit as the blinds increased to 40,000/80,000 with an ante of 10,000, as DDBeast would end the WCOOP dreams of 3rd place finisher and EPT Tallinn winner Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani. After a raise by DDBeast, KevBoyStar shoved for 1,963,152 total from the small blind with 7♠7♦. KingKaizers folded, but DDBeast again woke up with Q♠Q♦, and again they held up when the board ran out K♠ J♥ 2♦ 9♦ J♣ as Stani earned another six-figure payday, winning $122,606.25.

Shortly after heads-up player started, DDBeast and KingKaizers agreed to a deal where $40,000 and the WCOOP bracelet was set aside and the remaining moneys would be split according to the chip counts. Those figures came out to:

KingKaizers - 8,623,063 chips, $178,163.27
DDBeast - 5,544,437 chips, $172,919.23

When heads-up play resumed, KingKaizers added to his lead, at one point having over 11,000,000 chips to DDBeast's 2,400,000. However, DDBeast would double up once when turning a higher two pair. A few hands later, with the blinds now at 50,000/100,000 with an ante of 12,500 the following hand reversed what appeared to be a certain KingKaizers victory:

Now DDBeast held the commanding chip lead, and yet again, the river would be on DDBeast's side to take down Event #53 at the WCOOP. KingKaizers min-raised from the small blind to 200,000 with DDBeast re-raising enough to put KingKaizers all in. KingKaizers would be in front pre-flop with A♦5♥ against DDBeast's K♠8♠. The flop was a good one: 2♥ 2♠ 3♥ and the turn changed nothing T♥. Unfortunately, the river was 8♣, meaning KingKaizers would finish 2nd, an improvement on their 4th place finish in a Sunday Million in July, but disappointed to know how close they were to a WCOOP victory, maybe consoled by the $178,163.27. Meanwhile, DDBeast was more than happy to take down a WCOOP bracelet along with $212,919.23. Congrats go to both of you!

WCOOP Event #53 - $530 NL Holdem w/ Rebuys results:
1st DDBeast - $212,919.23*
2nd KingKaizers - $178,163.27*
3rd Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani - $122,606.25
4th justdec - $91,797.50
5th TMoney0209 - $64,761.25
6th Ricky "rickwaa" Kroesen - $52,186.25
7th Ericb09 - $39,611.25
8th AboulRon - $27,790.75
9th Nikolay5 - $16,096.00

* Reflects a deal made heads-up.

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