WCOOP 2010: Event #46 - FlyingSumo rises to challenge, wins $320 Mixed PLH/PLO

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Event 46 of the World Championship of Online Poker, $320 Mixed Pot-Limit Holdem/Pot-Limit Omaha featured alternating rounds of each game after each. A field of 1,123 players meant the prize pool would remain at the guaranteed amount of $400,000 with the final 144 players making the money.

While several members of Team PokerStars Pro and Online tried to win a coveted WCOOP bracelet, only one would make money on their three-figure investment. Team Belgium pro Matthias de Muelder (below), finishing in 21st for $1,680.


Hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble took just a few hands, as a blind v blind confrontation between Mr. Sparco and $teamRoller1 had Mr. Sparco's last 204,756 chips in the middle holding Q♠ T♥ while $teamRoller1 had the lead with A♣7♦. The board ran out 2♥ 6♠ 8♣ 3♥ K♣, as $teamRoller1's ace-high remained the best, sending Mr. Sparco to fall just short of the final table, collecting $3,800. With Team PokerStars Online player Grayson "Spacegravy" Physioc serving as final table host, here's how the final table started, playing pot-limit holdem with blinds at 12,500/25,000:

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Seat 1: _unskiIIed_ (503,995 in chips)
Seat 2: $teamRoller1 (623,447 in chips)
Seat 3: LUCKY FACE (208,936 in chips)
Seat 4: Catenaccio (165,949 in chips)
Seat 5: FlyingSumo (1,518,856 in chips)
Seat 6: URMYLeNoR (735,240 in chips)
Seat 7: danistiofi (300,207 in chips)
Seat 8: oppy01 (364,244 in chips)
Seat 9: diffsam (1,194,126 in chips)

The first elimination at the final table took place in less than an orbit of play, with Catenaccio making an early exit. Catenaccio made an opening raise to 87,500 with FlyingSumo re-raising to 150,000. Catenaccio re-raised for their remaining 53,449 in chips as FlyingSumo called. When the cards were on their backs, it was a race situation as FlyingSumo held 7♦7♣ while Catenaccio held A♥K♥. The board ran out 8♠ T♣ 8♣ 4♦ Q♦ with FlyingSumo's pocket sevens holding up, as Catenaccio, a 3rd-place finisher in a February Sunday Warm-Up, departed the table with $4,600.00 for 9th place.

A few hands later, _unskiIIed_ would be the next to wind up on the wrong end of the coinflip, earning $8,000.00 for the 8th place finish:

LUCKY FACE was the next player to be sent to the virtual rail. Short-stacked and in the big blind with just 108,936 in chips, the game switched back to Pot-Limit Omaha with blinds at 15,000/30,000. Action folded around to $teamRoller1 in the small blind, raising to 90,000 as LUCKY FACE decided to just call. When the flop came down 8♦ 9♦ J♥, $teamRoller1 bet out 30,000 as LUCKY FACE called all-in. $teamRoller1 turned over 3♠ K♥ 5♥ A♣ while LUCKY FACE showed A♠ 6♥ 7♣ 4♥ for an open-ended straight draw. Unfortunately, LUCKY FACE's luck ran out when the J♣ turn and K♣ river were unable to improve their hand, finishing 7th for $12,000. LUCKY FACE earned a similar amount in the 2009 WCOOP for a 5th place finish in Event #40 - NL Omaha 8 or Better.

The 6th place finisher was danistiofi, making their 2nd WCOOP final table this year, finishing 3rd in event #7, $215 PL Five Card Draw. The game remained PLO as danistiofi made a opening raise from the cut-off to 105,000 with action folding to $teamroller1 in the big blind, re-raising to 330,000, following by danistiofi calling for their remaining 185,315 in chips. $teamroller1 was well out in front, revealing 5♦ 6♣ A♠ A♦ while danistiofi turned over 9♥ T♠ Q♦ 9♦. Neither hand improved after the board ran out 3♥ 8♠ K♥ 2♠ 6♥ as danistiofi added $16,000.00 to their WCOOP winnings.

The game had switched back to pot-limit holdem with the blinds at 20,000/40,000 when URMYLeNoR finished in 5th place for $20,000.00. A series of raises with diffsam had URMYLeNoR all-in preflop with J♣J♠ against diffsam's A♣K♠. When the flop came down A♠ Q♠ A♦, diffsam moved into the lead, and URMYLeNoR's hopes for hitting a two-outter were spurned as the 5♣ turn and 7♣ river appeared on the screen as diffsam moved into 2nd with over 2.1m in chips, just behind FlyingSumo's 2.6m.

When oppy01 had gone from having just under seven big blinds to doubling through diffsam on consecutive hands to move back into contention, three of the players were hoping to make a deal. However, FlyingSumo wasn't willing to deal at the time. With the game back at PLO with blinds at 25,000/50,000, diffsam's chip stack kept going in the wrong direction. Diffsam made a raise from the button to 175,000 with $teamRoller1 making a re-raise to 575,000 as diffsam called all-in. $teamRoller1 was well out in front when the cards were revealed: 2♥ A♣ 9♣ A♦ against diffsam's 7♥ A♥ 9♦ T♦. The board ran out 9♥ 4♣ 3♠ K♣ Q♣ giving $teamRoller1 an unnecessary flush, while diffsam was left to see the cashier window show $28,400.00 more in the account for a 4th place finish.

With diffsam out of the way, FlyingSumo was now willing to negotiate a deal with $teamRoller1 and oppy01. Eventually a deal was made between the three players with an additional $8,000 set aside for the winner:

FlyingSumo - $56,000.00
oppy01 - $49,038.95
$teamRoller1 - $45,681.05

With the negotiating out of the way, play resumed with oppy01 eventually taking the lead, which would be short-lived when FlyingSumo would send $teamRoller1 to the rail in 3rd place on this hand, pot-limit holdem with blinds at 30,000/60,000:

FlyingSumo kept up the attack as play moved to heads-up, winning several confrontations against oppy01 to hold a 2.5-1 chip lead when the final hand was dealt. FlyingSumo was in the small blind, opening with a raise to 120,000 as oppy01 made the call. On a flop of 3♥ Q♥ Kd], oppy01 checked, FlyingSumo bet out 120,000. Oppy01 re-raised to 300,000 followed by a three-bet from FlyingSumo to 660,000, then a four-bet by oppy01 all-in for 1,449,406 as FlyingSumo made the call. When the cards were shown, FlyingSumo was well out in front with K♠Q♠ for top two pair, while oppy01 held K♥T♣, needing runner-runner straight cards to stay in the tournament. The 3♠ on the turn meant oppy01 was drawing dead, and the irrelevant J♣ meant a victory for FlyingSumo, to go along with the 4th place finish in Event #5 - $320 NL Holdem 6-max Shootout - earlier this WCOOP.

WCOOP 2010 Event #46 - $320 Mixed Pot-Limit Holdem/Pot-Limit Omaha Results

1st: FlyingSumo - $64,000.00*
2nd: oppy01 - $49,038.95*
3rd: $teamroller1 - $45,681.05*
4th: diffsam - $28,400.00
5th: URMYLeNoR - $20,000.00
6th: danistiofi - $16,000.00
7th: LUCKY FACE - $12,000.00
8th: _unskiIIed_ - $8,000.00
9th: Catenaccio - $4,600.00

* Reflects a three-way deal.

With over 75% of the the WCOOP complete, that means the opportunities for winning a bracelet of your own are dwindling. Be sure to check out the WCOOP website for the latest results, standings and more. Also, be sure to check out www.PokerStars.tv for highlights of several WCOOP final tables, including Jason Mercier's win in Event #42 - $1,050 NL Holdem from earlier this week.