WCOOP 2010: icatchyou catches WCOOP 8-Game gold

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgOne of the things for which the World Championship of Online Poker is renowned is incredibly deep structures. But not everyone enjoys sitting at their computers for 14 hours playing poker. Some players don't mind giving up a little of the skill edge that can come from a deeper structure in exchange for the certainty that the tournament will be over much, much sooner. It was with those players in mind that PokerStars created WCOOP tournaments with 10-minute levels - like the levels in WCOOP 2010 Event 18, $109 8-Game Mix.

An attractive price point, an attractive level length of 10 minutes, and a mixed-game format encouraged 1,671 players to register for Event 18. Each ten-minute level was split into equal halves, allowing the game to rotate every five minutes. The players would play, in order, Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha.

The $167,100 prize pool would be divvied up by the last 216 players remaining in the tournament. Team PokerStars Online put three team members through to the money. Karlo "elmagopr" Lopez and Martha "marene" Eneida Herrera Gonzalez each made small cashes by finishing 146th and 136th respectively. Their compatriot, Andrew "Kid Nebraska" Goetsch, notched his first WCOOP 2010 cash by making the final three tables. He earned $1,336.80 for finishing in 18th place.

Goetsch couldn't stay away after he busted. Once Sharkomaha was eliminated during the Stud Hi/Lo round, Goetsch re-materialized. ""I was not only the fish who went out 18th in this tournament," he said. "I am also your HOST for the final table. I gotta give it up for 7th through 17th place who beat the snot out of me all day long to come up just short of the final table." These six players didn't come up short:

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Seat 1: cmarty3 (1572304 in chips)
Seat 2: Gedulden (765682 in chips)
Seat 3: So cLu3L3ss (316379 in chips)
Seat 4: amichaiKK (475050 in chips)
Seat 5: Rags11FSU (1070345 in chips)
Seat 6: icatchyou (813240 in chips)

As soon as the game changed to no-limit hold'em, cLu3L3ss became the first final-table casualty. cmarty3 opened with a raise from 30,000 to 120,000. cLu3L3ss three-bet shoved for 260,000 with A♥8♥. cmarty3 called with A♣Q♠ and flopped a pair of queens, Q♦2♦J♣, to leave cLu3L3ss drawing at runners. They didn't come, and cLu3L3ss was gone in 6th place.

Five minutes later there was another game change and another elimination. In the pot-limit omaha round, amichaiKK defended the big blind against an under-the-gun raise by Rags11FSU, then check-called a small bet on a flop of 3♣A♣5♠. When the turn came the 9♦, amichaiKK shoved - and was snap-called. amichaiKK showed down 9♣9♥8♠5♥ for trip nines, a hand behind Rags11FSU's flopped wheel, A♠2♠4♦Q♥. The river J♠ swept amichaiKK off the final table in 5th place after it didn't pair the board.

The average stack with four players remaining was roughly 1.2 million in chips, with blinds in the PLO round at 15,000 and 30,000. The remaining four players were somewhat evenly stacked and decided to consider a chip-chop deal. After deducting $2,000 as a set-aside for the eventual winner, the chip-chop figures were $21,342 to cmarty3, $17,683.11 for Gedulden, $16,871.91 for icatchyou and $14,624.74 for Rags11FSU. Gedulden and icatchyou quickly agreed. Rags11FSU asked cmarty3 for an extra $1,000. cmarty3 agreed after a few moments of thought and the deal was done.

Not much changed in the triple draw round, but when the game came back to limit hold'em chips moved rapidly around the table. Rags11FSU lost a pot at showdown to icatchyou, who flopped middle pair with A♥T♣ on a board of T♥8♦Q♥. Two hands later, Rags11FSU's whole stack was at risk after a flop of A♣J♦6♥ and a K♦ turn. Rags11FSU had the best hand with A♦4♠, a pair of aces, against icatchyou's pair of jacks, Q♦J♥. Icatchyou rivered a third jack to knock Rags11FSU out in 4th place.

cmarty3 then went on a rush, winning eight out of nine hands as the game switched to Omaha Hi/Lo. Gedulden, the short stack, could only watch as Gedulden's stack rapidly dwindled. Icatchyou and cmarty3 conspired to eliminate Gedulden in third place:

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icatchyou had a small chip lead to start heads-up play, 2.7 million versus cmarty3's 2.2 million. Limits were already 100,000 and 200,000. Icatchyou stretched that lead to 3.5 million to 1.4 million as the game switched to razz. From there one big pot ended the tournament.

Betting was capped on third street by icatchyou, showing a 3 against cmarty3's 8. Each player caught a baby on fourth street: icatchyou drew a 7 and cmarty3 drew an 8. Icatchyou bet and cmarty3 called.

Icatchyou bricked on fifth street, but didn't let that prevent a raise after cmarty3 drew a 5 and bet 8-2-5. Icatchyou bricked again on sixth, calling one bet from cmarty3 and taking the two players to the river. cmarty3 bet X-X / 8-2-5-9 / X, then called all in after icatchyou raised X-X / 3-7-Q-7 / X. icatchyou turned up a 6, 2 and 4 in the hole for a well-concealed 7-6. cmarty3 could only muster an 8-5 with a 3, 2 and ace in the hole.

Less than seven hours after the tournament started, icatchyou amassed all of the chips and was declared the champion of WCOOP 2010 Event 18.

WCOOP 2010 Event 18 - $109 8-Game (10 minute levels) results (reflects results of four-way deal):

1st place: icatchyou ($18,871.91)
2nd place: cmarty3 ($20,342)
3rd place: Gedulden ($17,683.11)
4th place: Rags11FSU ($15,624.74)
5th place: amichaiKK ($6,684.00)
6th place: cLu3L3ss ($4,177.50)

It's not too late to get in on the action. WCOOP 2010 isn't even half over yet. Get the WCOOP 2010 schedule, the latest news, and up-to-date statistics on the WCOOP homepage. You'll also find the folks at PokerStars TV are doing their usual excellent work during WCOOP 2010.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in WCOOP