WCOOP 2010: Money_1985 collects more money for winning Event 41

WCOOP 2009 logo.jpgMany Sunday night WCOOP players are happy with the selection of tournaments offered, but it was Event 41 that made them a little nostalgic. The $200 + $15 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with a $1.5 million guarantee reminded them of the weekly Sunday Million that normally holds this spot. The only difference? This WCOOP event holds a bit more prestige and offers a shiny gold bracelet to its winner.

With the assurance that the Sunday Million would be back in the regular PokerStars Sunday lineup soon enough, players took their shots at a WCOOP title in solid numbers. There were 9,587 registrants for Event 41, which made for an actual prize pool of $1,917,400.00. And from that sizable sum, the top 1,260 players were to be paid, and that process started to happen midway through the tournament when P0KERDUUDE exited on the money bubble. Bbs99 was the first to walk away from the tournament with $345.13, and several members of Team PokerStars followed, including Christian "el grillo" de Leon in 1126th place, Tae Joon Noh in 872nd, Joe "jcada99" Cada in 764th, and Andres "lobojiji" Alisievicz in 194th place.

As play moved into the 15th hour, only 3 tables remained and two Team PokerStars Pros were standing: Christophe "chrisdm" de Meulder of Belgium and Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis of Holland. Neither was in the top ten, and it was chrisdm who had the roughest run, ultimately putting his short stack at risk with pocket tens, which ran into the pocket jacks of 2Maise4U. The board blanked, and de Meulder had to settle for a 21st place finish and the $4,218.28 that went with it.

And shortly thereafter, RaSZi made his move, pushing all-in preflop with 9♦2♦, only to find that shipshipit was ready to call from the big blind with Q♥T♠. The board came 3♥6♠6♦8♣Q♠, and Veldhuis exited in 19th place.

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Well into the 16th hour of the tournament, hand-for-hand play began with ten players left at the two tables, and it didn't end until skyscraper77 moved all-in with K♣J♠ and was called by canucko from the big blind with A♠8♥. The board of 4♥2♥4♣9♠6♠ didn't change the outcome, and skyscraper77 was gone in tenth place with $10,162.22.

Nearly 17 hours after the start of the tournament, the final table was underway. It started in Level 44 with blinds of 125,000/250,000 and a 31,250 ante, and initial chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: canucko (24,442,081 in chips)
Seat 2: Legacy10 (5,372,500 in chips)
Seat 3: LISTILLO (2,340,964 in chips)
Seat 4: pimpstackn89 (2,948,051 in chips)
Seat 5: OliverDK (14,612,680 in chips)
Seat 6: Money_1985 (11,722,136 in chips)
Seat 7: Hape2006 (5,553,438 in chips)
Seat 8: 2Maise4U (14,065,919 in chips)
Seat 9: shipshipit (14,812,231 in chips)

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The short stacks were not afraid to move in the early stages of the final table, and it resulted in several double-ups. LISTILLO did it through pimpstackn89, who then tripled through LISTILLO and Money_1985, and LISTILLO then doubled through canucko. Many more all-in moves were made but went uncalled.

Finally, though, pimpstackn89 was down to 994,973 chips and pushed preflop, while Money_1985 and Hape2006 both called from the blinds. They checked down the entire board of 4♠4♣2♠T♠K♦, at which point Money_1985 showed T♣7♥ for two pair. Hape2006 mucked, and pimpstackn89 didn't show his hand as he exited quietly in ninth place with $14,859.85.

The very next hand saw more action. It started with a raise from OliverDK and call from Money_1985, but Hape2006 reraised all-in for 3,133,465 from the small blind. OliverDK got out of the way, but Money_1985 called with 6♣6♠. Hape2006 turned over A♠K♦, and the race was on. However, the dealer didn't give them much excitement with the T♥4♠T♣7♣5♥ board, and that eliminated Hape2006 in eighth place with $21,091.40.

Still struggling with a short stack was LISTILLO, who made another all-in move, this time with A♥8♠ from the small blind. OliverDK called from the big blind with T♠T♣ and was ahead in the battle. The flop of 6♣2♥3♠ wasn't too interesting until the 5♠ was added on the turn to give LISTILLO more outs, but the 8♦ on the river wasn't one of the necessary cards. LISTILLO was ousted in seventh place with $38,348.00.

Legacy10 worked his short stack into a double-up through 2Maise4U, but he looked to do it again shortly thereafter. The all-in move came preflop with 5♣5♠, and it was shipshipit who called from the big blind with 8♠8♥. Nothing changed as the board produced 7♦J♣7♠K♦T♦, and Legacy10 headed out of the game with $57,522.00 for the sixth place finish.

In the biggest pot of the tournament to that point, Money_1985 tangled with chipleader shipshipit in a pot worth nearly 34.5 million chips, and with Money_1985's victory, he soared into the chip lead for the first time:

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The final five then decided to see some chip-chop numbers, and after several attempts to provide correct numbers, the players looked at the final set and determined that they wouldn't be able to come to any agreement. The tournament resumed, and they played on.

2Maise4U then doubled through shipshipit, leaving the latter with a very short stack. Three hands later, shipship it moved all-in for 1,160,770 chips holding A♥T♦. Canucko reraised to isolate, which worked, and he showed K♦K♥. The flop came 8♣6♥7♥ to give shipshipit some straight outs, but the Q♠ on the turn and 2♣ on the river failed to complete the mission. That left shipshipit out of the tournament in fifth place with $76,696.00.

Four-handed action went on for quite a few levels, and some of the key action occurred when OliverDK doubled through 2Maise4U and canucko took a 27 million-chip pot from 2Maise4U, leaving the latter to double through Money_1985 to stay in the game. OliverDK had more trouble, though, but doubled through Money_1985 and then through 2Maise4U to keep playing.

With that, 2Maise4U was ready to move and pushed all-in for 9,439,103 chips with 3♣3♥, and it turned out that hand had a fair chance when Money_1985 turned over A♥7♦. But the board came 8♥Q♥6♥5♥4♠, and those hearts gave both players a flush but Money_1985 had the nut flush. 2Maise4U was eliminated in fourth place with $95,870.00.

The final three players stopped the action to discuss a potential deal again, and this time, they saw the numbers and agreed that they were fair. With $30,000 set aside for the ultimate winner, the three agreed to the following base payouts:

Seat 1: canucko (20,533,652 in chips) = $180,336.86
Seat 5: OliverDK (14,073,634 in chips) = $168,843.70
Seat 6: Money_1985 (61,262,714 in chips) = $252,798.80

Play then moved quickly OliverDK doubled through canucko to put a serious dent in the latter's stack, but it wasn't canucko who moved next. OliverDK did it again, this time with 25,522,268 chips preflop holding Q♠4♠. Money_1985 made the call with K♥6♥ and even improved that hand on the K♠5♠7♦ flop. The 5♦ on the turn and T♥ on the river ended the tournament for OliverDK, who took home $168,843.70 for the third place finish.

Heads-up play began with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: canucko (8,310,018 in chips)
Seat 6: Money_1985 (87,559,982 in chips)

Three hands later, it was over. Money_1985 put his opponent to the test by pushing all-in, and canucko called for his tournament life holding K♠T♦. Money_1985 showed J♣8♣ and would need to improve to win the event. The flop of 3♦3♣4♠ didn't do it, nor did the 5♥ on the turn, but the 8♥ on the river gave Money_1985 the necessary card. Canucko was forced to accept $180,336.86 for the second place finish.

Money_1985 won Event 41 of the 2010 WCOOP series and walked away with $282,798.80 and a gold bracelet for the hard-fought victory.

2010 WCOOP Event 41 Final Results:

1st place: Money_1985 ($282,798.80)
2nd place: canucko ($180,336.86)*
3rd place: OliverDK ($168,843.70)*
4th place: 2Maise$U ($95,870.00)
5th place: shipshipit ($76,696.00)
6th place: Legacy10 ($57,522.00)
7th place: LISTILLO ($38,348.00)
8th place: Hape2006 ($21,091.40)
9th place: pimpstackn89 ($14,859.85)

*Based on a three-way financial agreement

The 2010 WCOOP is in its last week of the 62 event festival with many more millions to be awarded in guarantees alone. Don't miss your chance to get in on the WCOOP winnings! And for those tracking the series, the official WCOOP website has a plethora of information about the entire series, and PokerStars TV offers tournament highlights.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in WCOOP