WCOOP 2010: J0hnny_Dr@m@ earns top billing in Event #5, $320 NLHE 6-Max Shootout
Win a six-person sit-n-go. Seems a simple enough proposition, right? Now do it four times. In a row. And your opponents? Among them them will be some of the toughest MTT players in the world. Folks you've read about on these very pages. Guys you've watched on TV. You're also going to be playing short-handed for the duration so you'd better open up that hand range. There's no room for nitting it up here, boys and girls.
It's not looking so simple anymore, is it?
Shootout tournaments are a curious beast, and in the case of WCOOP Event #5, players needed to beat one six-handed table to reach the money and three to earn their way to the final table. A capped field of 1,296 players turned out, the $388,800 prize pool blowing past the $300k guarantee. 216 places were paid with first place earning $62,208.36, a fantastic Labor Day payday if we've ever seen one.
Nearly two dozen Team PokerStars Pros threw their hats in the ring including Barry Greenstein, Bertrand Grospellier, Henrique Pinho, Joe Hachem, Johnny Lodden, George Lind III, J.P. Kelly, Juan Maceiras, Daniel Negreanu, Randy "nanonoko" Lew, Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc, Steven Paul, Chris Moneymaker, David Williams, and Jan Heitmann. Four Team Pros cashed: George Danzer (71st), Anders Berg (144th), Pat Pezzin (181st), and Johannes Steindl (195th). Other notable finishes included David "WhooooKidd" Baker (63rd), Tristan "Cre8ive" Wade (46th), Chad "lilholdem954" Batista (34th), Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul (26th), Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (25th), Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis (16th), and Ari "BodogAri" Engel who just missed the final table, finishing in eighth place.
FlyingSumo was the last player to win his third-round match, four-bet shoving pre-flop on Johnnyy0423 with A♥J♣ and earning a call. Johnnyy0423's A♣9♠ was dominated and did not improve on the eight-high board, sending us to the final table. Stacks were reset to 5,000 chips and blinds started at 25/50.
Seat 1: Zgaga (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: FlyingSumo (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: J0hnny_Dr@m@ (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: DalconOpeaN (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: GB2005 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: vluff (5,000 in chips)
Each player at this final table bore some impressive results on PokerStars. FlyingSumo has three wins in the Nightly Hundred Grand. GB2005 won the Sunday Million in January 2007 and the Battle of the Planets in November 2008. Zgaga represented Slovenia in the World Cup of Poker IV, and vluff won the Sunday Warm-Up just over a year ago for a $134,000 score. J0hnny_Dr@m@ final tabled the Sunday 500 only ten weeks ago and DalconOpeaN was the runner-up in that same tournament on July 18 of this year, earning nearly $64,000. All of them were gunning for their first WCOOP title.
J0hnny_Dr@m@ quickly assumed the role of table captain and pulled out to an early lead, increasing his stack to 12,000 by the end of the second level. His gains came at the expense of GB2005, Zgaga and DalconOpeaN, who fell to around 2,000 chips apiece. DalconOpeaN managed to work his stack back up to around 3,500 when he found himself on the wrong end of a coinflip. With the blinds at 50/100, DalconOpeaN opened for 300, GB2005 shoved for 3,205 and DalconOpeaN made the call, his 9♥9♦ up against K♠T♦. A ten hit the flop and although DalconOpeaN picked up an open-ended straight draw on the turn, the river blanked out and he was crippled, left with only 255 in chips. They went into the pot two hands later, but DalconOpeaN's Q♠8♠ did not improve against FlyingSumo's K♦5♠ and he exited in sixth place, earning $9,642.24.
About twenty minutes later, Zgaga's turn raise couldn't shake J0hnny_Dr@m@ from a multiway pot. J0hnny_Dr@m@ was the initial raiser, making it 300 to go, and both vluff and Zgaga called from the blinds. The flop came down 8♠7♥6♥ and the action was checked around. When the 2♠ hit the turn, vluff led out for a min-bet of 120, Zgaga raised to 450, J0hnny_Dr@m@ called and vluff got out of the way. The river was the 4♣ and Zgaga checked to J0hnny_Dr@m@, who bet 1,280. Zgaga made the call, only to watch J0hnny_Dr@m@ roll over K♠5♠ for an eight-high straight. Zgaga's stack was slashed in half. Less than an minute later, Zgaga got the rest of his chips in the middle with A♥Q♠, dominating vluff's A♠9♣. The T♥8♠5♦ flop was safe for Zgaga, but vluff paired his kicker when the 9♦ hit the turn. The river was the A♣ and just like that, Zgaga was gone, earning $15,552 for fifth place.
FlyingSumo was knocked down to less than 2,000 in chips when he got his stack in the middle with an open-ended straight flush draw against GB2005's overpair, but did not improve. Three minutes later he picked up K♠K♥ and three-bet shoved over J0hnny_Dr@m@'s 300-chip opening raise. J0hnny_Dr@m@ called with A♦9♣ and spiked top two pair on the A♣9♥5♣ flop. The turn was the 3♦, the river was the 2♣, and FlyingSumo was knocked out in fourth, collecting $23,328.
When play turned three-handed, J0hnny_Dr@m@ took down the largest pot thus far at the final table, his overpair holding up against GB2005's top pair:
After that hand, GB2005 was left on only 3,000 in chips. He tried to move vluff off his hand pre-flop, three-betting all-in after vluff opened for 385. Vluff, however, made the call with K♣Q♠, catching GB2005's hand in the proverbial cookie jar with only Q♣9♣. The board ran out A♥A♣K♠8♠9♥and GB2005 departed in third place, earning $34,992.
J0hnny_Dr@m@ held a 2-1 chip lead over vluff as heads-up play commenced.
Seat 3: J0hnny_Dr@m@ (19,351 in chips)
Seat 6: vluff (10,649 in chips)
Vluff's stack was quickly reduced by half after J0hnny_Dr@m@ flopped top pair, top kicker with A♥K♦ and had his value bets paid off on each street. However, vluff quickly regained his lost chips on this hand, putting them back to where they started their heads-up battle:
When the scheduled 15-minute break began at 4:55 a.m. EDT, J0hnny_Dr@m@ once again held a 2-1 chip lead and asked vluff if he was interested in discussing a deal. Vluff agreed to look at chip count chop numbers, but instantly rejected the proposed payouts once they were calculated. Play resumed, and it lasted all of one hand.
Vluff opened for 400 from the button, J0hnny_Dr@m@ raised to 1,299 and vluff four-bet to 2,789. J0hnny_Dr@m@ moved all-in and vluff made the call.
J0hnny_Dr@m@ all but sealed his victory on the K♥8♣3♥ flop. Vluff needed to find a ten on the turn or river to survive, but the 7♠ and the 2♥ fell instead, ending his tournament with a second-place finish and $46,656 while J0hnny_Dr@m@ captured his first WCOOP bracelet and $62,208,36. In the words of his namesake Entourage character, "Victory!"
WCOOP Event #5 - $320 NLHE 6-Max Shootout Results
1. J0hnny_Dr@m@ ($62,208.36)
2. vluff ($46,656.00)
3. GB2005 ($34,992.00)
4. FlyingSumo ($23,328.00)
5. Zgaga ($15,552.00)
6. DalconOpeaN ($9,642.24)