WCOOP 2010: Mercier and Paul among leaders for Event #42 two-day tourney

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgThe WCOOP 2010 series is now over half way completed as this weekend's events bring that massive $10,000,000.00 guaranteed Main Event with the promise of the winner walking away with over $2,000,000.00 for the victory even closer. Tonight's Event #42 $1,050 buy-in NLHE tournament was the final event of the weekend with the biggest prize pool and guarantee the series has seen thus far. PokerStars put up the $3,000,000.00 guarantee but as late registration closed 3,122 players found the cash or tickets via the plethora satellites that are running around the clock to create a $3,122,000.00 prize pool and give at least six players a six figure score should they find tournament chips in front of their name tomorrow.

Yes tomorrow. 23 levels and nearly 14 hours of very deep stacked poker was to be played as the players started with 15,000 chips and purposely slow blinds starting out at 25/50 and 30 minute blind levels. Push and pray poker this is not, armed with 300 big blinds the rounders would have ample stacks to show their craft and not resort to covering up the screen while chucking in those tournament chips. Current WCOOP Player of the Series leader , Kroko-dill from Moscow busted much too early to obtain any points and stretch the lead over Team Online Anders "Donald" Berg who also suffered an early departure in 1175th place. Fifth place miw210 made it to the cash and will earn at least 5 points tonight, but currently is 100 points behind Kroko-dill in the race for that prize package that includes a Champions' Trophy, EPT Season Seven Monte Carlo package, 2011 SCOOP Main Event-High ticket, 2011 PCA package AND special edition chip set.

Team PokerStars Pros and Team Online were well represented tonight Anh Van Nguyen (2330th), Martin "AA BenjaminAA" Hrubý (2677th), André Akkari (910th), Alexander "Allingomes" Gomes (2542th), Angel Guillen (2201st), Boumaaza "Chiren80" Bachir (1802nd), Christophe De Meulder (1404th), Darus Suharto (1299th), Anders "Donald" Berg (1175th), David Williams (2486th), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (1947th), Karlo "elmagopr" Lopez (466th), Greg "Fossilman" Raymer (2564th), Arnaud "FrenchKiss" Mattern (1055th), Ivan Demidov (1124th), Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (2566th), Joe Cada (972nd), John Duthie (682nd), George "Jorj95" Lind (2814th), Juan Maceiras (2715th), Juan Manuel Pastor (751st), Andrew "Kid Nebraska" Goetsch (1829th), Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu (2328th), Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso (2770th), Dusty "Leatherass9" Schmidt (2854th), Leo Fernandez (2350th), Marcello Del Grosso (2133rd), Matthias De Meulder (2495th), Jose Ignacio "nachobarbero" Barbero (1598th), Randy "nanonoko" Lew (2840th), Nichoel "NicP" Peppe (2818th), Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (2610th), Pat Pezzin (1046th), Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis (1431st), Richard Toth (2792th), Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser (1880th), Sebastian Ruthenberg (1373rd), Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc (472nd), Steve "stevesbets" Jacobs (1119th), Tae Joon Noh (2423rd), Vanessa Selbst (1272nd), Alvaro "VARICO" Blanco (2860th), Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli (1113th), Vicky Coren (672nd), Victor Ramdin (2352nd), all dropped by but could not hold on to their tournament chips long enough to cash.


Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst

After ten and a half hours the money bubble approached with 396 players getting at least $1,779.54 for their hard work. One player got a ten and a half hour bad beat story however. HC_88 was sitting on 70,793 chips with the blinds at 800/1600 ante 200 and three-bet Garrett "gbecks" Beckman from the big blind to 11,200. Beckman would make the call to see a T♥6♥5♣ flop as HC_68 followed through with a 19,200 chip bet. Knowing we were in hand-for-hand, gbecks put some pressure on HC_88 by raising enough to put him all-in. HC_68 would take some time as the difference between a half day of online poker for naught and potentially taking home over four hundred grand for first was in the balance. HC_68 would make the correct call with an overpair of jacks J♥J♠ as gbecks sheepishly rolled over 6♦3♦ good for second pair. 9♦ on the turn had HC_68 looking good this 143,786 chip pot, but the dagger 6♣ on the river gave Beckman trip sixes and HC_68 in need of a bottle of Pepto Bismol. Watch a replay of the hand below with an empty stomach:

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Team PokerStars Pros and Team Online Vadim Markushevski (395th place $1,779.54), Jan Heitmann (383rd place $1,779.54), Celina Lin (373rd place $1,810.76), Thierry van den "BOKPOWER" Berg (358th place $1,841.98) managed to sneak into the cash but busted shortly after HC_68's brutal bubble exit.

Anyone find an easy spot at this table?

PiK6iX_iWIN quipped "soft table" from the chat box. We agree. Check out tonight's proverbial "table of death", or maybe even label it the corner of death. Poker author and noted tournament crusher Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet had to content with not one but two Team PokerStars pros on his left. Jason Mercier and Chad Brown were happy to keep the grape ape's aggressive play in check as jektiss on his right who nearly took down a WCOOP bracelet in last year's Event #43 (eventually won by Team PokerStars pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier). A little later our perspective eyes also spotted Team PokerStars Barry Greenstein at the table as well. Good grief. And after Barry and Van Fleet got into a queens vs. jacks all-in preflop confrontation (with Barry taking down the sizable 379,128 chip pot with the ladies), apestyles (353rd place $1,841.58) was replaced by Team Online player Steven Paul. Four red spades at the same table and we all of them with healthy chips stacks as level 23 approached with the break for the morning.

Sam "siola" Iola who made the final table of this year's SCOOP Main Event-High banking $199,875 for seventh place, and has a Sunday Million title to his credit /en/blog/sm/2009/siola-secures-sunday-million-victory-on-060845.html ($187,860.54) found his name only one below the top of the leaderboard rounding level 20. The top spot belonged to 1$ickDisea$E who took down the Super Tuesday for $73,917.00 back in March and was looking to topple that score with a top seven finish tomorrow.

Table 272 was not the only place to get your pro on pro violence, moving over to table 305 we found Team PokerStars pro Florian Langmann and Humberto Brenes picking on each other. Into level 21 with blinds at 1,500/3,000 ante 375 Brenes led off the betting with a raise to 7,500 as the German pro three-bet to 21,000. Brenes would make the call to see a flop of 2♠ A♥ A♦. Langmann would lead out for 15,000 as Humberto made the call. A♠ on the turn and Langmann checked to the "Godfather of Costa Rican poker" as Brenes bet 35,000 as Langmann decide not to continue and mucked, conceding the 78,375 chip pot to Brenes.

Team PokerStars online Jorge Arias (274th place $2,341.50) and Team PokerStars pro Veronica "Princesa" Dabul (261st place $2,497.60) would be lost during level 21 as well as Brock "t soprano" Parker (245th place $2,653.70), Johan "busto_soon" van Til (258th place $2,497.60), and WCOOP 2010 has been very good to Event #27 champ John "jmonnett" Monnette earning another cash for $2,341.50 in 276th place.

In the last level of the evening with blinds at 2,000.4,000 ante 500, Team Online's Steven Paul knocked out arxigos in a cooler aces versus queen confrontation for a huge 331,884 chip pot. And Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was on the verge of becoming the overnight chip leader getting lovehykong to shove preflop with Q♦K♥ and turning over big slick K♣A♦. But, the 345,136 chip pot would slide across the table as the turn binked a queen on the turn 8♠ 8♥ 4♦ Q♣ 8♦ and Mercier would have to settle for 17th place on the leaderboard.

And with that hand we bid adieu to the players to reconvene in 11 hours for day two. Join us at 1700 EST for the second half as 176 survivors will play down to one and a potential $491,715.00 first prize.

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Day 1 Leaderboard

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP