WCOOP 2010: ProXimaVez dominates Event #4 $320 PLO final table

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Day 2 of the World Championship of Online Poker commenced with Event 4 - $320 Pot-Limit Omaha with $200,000 guarantee. A field of 1,805 players registered crushing the guarantee to create a prize pool of $541,500 with 234 players making the money, starting at $541.50. The money bubble was burst just before the six-hour mark, as Taknapotin would become the last player to not make the money, leaving the remaining 234 players relieved and a little bit richer.

While many members of Team PokerStars entered the tournament, only three were able to make their way into the money. JP "Jp kelly" Kelly (below) was the first to leave in the money, finishing in 180th for $622.72. He was followed by Kristian "CharismA3" Martin, earning $1,380.82 for a 46th place finish. The final player from Team PokerStars was the Netherlands' Joep "Pappe_Ruk" Van Den Bijgaart, who rallied from a short stack on the money bubble to eventually finish 20th for $2,057.70.

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JP Kelly

As visions of the final table greeted the remaining players, action picked up quickly with the remaining field looking at a big payday along with the WCOOP bracelet. With the field down to ten players, KSS007 was feeling the pressure as the short stack with just 124,188 in chips as the blinds were at 10,000/20,000. Action was folded around to Törhönen in the small blind, making a raise to 60,000. KSS007 re-raised all-in, with Törhönen making the call. KSS007 revealed 9♥ Q♦ A♥ 4♠, while Törhönen showed 5♦ 9♣ 9♠ 5♣. The flop came down 4♣ J♣ Q♥, giving KSS007 two pair, while Törhönen had a flush draw. The turn was the 2♥, but it was heartbreak for KSS007 as the 6♣ on the river gave Törhönen their flush, sending KSS007 to the rail on the final table bubble, earning $4,223.70 for 10th place. Here's how the final table looked when play started 9-handed:

Seat 1: kimble83 (1,159,181 in chips)
Seat 2: pluggy_18 (656,708 in chips)
Seat 3: ProXimaVez (760,948 in chips)
Seat 4: Törhönen (1,160,467 in chips)
Seat 5: TNDynamite (441,015 in chips)
Seat 6: Niizch (2,223,844 in chips)
Seat 7: gutshotjerry (704,306 in chips)
Seat 8: Duffman08 (1,104,918 in chips)
Seat 9: kung_ivo (813,613 in chips)

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Team PokerStars pro Dusty "Leatherass9" Schmidt handled the hosting duties at the final table. One player especially grateful to make the final 9 was gutshotjerry who said: "i have 0 dollars in account. this is hilarious". Fortunately for him, he was guaranteed to see his account have at least $5,415 by the time their tournament was over. As the blinds eventually increased to 15,000/30,000, several six-figure pots were won among the players at the final table, but no one had been knocked out. The hand below details the first elimination, and how ProXimaVez moved into the lead:

Three hands later, ProXimaVez would collect the rest of Törhönen's chips with a fortunate river card. Action had folded around to ProXimaVez, raising to 90,000 from the small blind as Törhönen made the call. On the 2♠ J♣ 5♥ flop, ProXimaVez led out for 180,000, then Törhönen re-raised to 720,000. ProXimaVez then re-raised again to 1,260,000, enough for Törhönen to call with their last 100,947, showing 7♠ 5♦ 4♥ 2♦ for bottom two pair, while ProXimaVez held Q♥ Q♦ 4♠ 3♣ for an overpair and another open-ended straight draw. The 3♠ gave ProXimaVez some additional outs, one of which came on the river: Q♣ for a set of queens, leaving Törhönen to wonder what happened while collecting $9,476.25 for the 8th place finish.

ProXimaVez now held nearly 3,000,000 in chips as the rungood continued at the expense of gutshotjerry. ProXimaVez opened with a raise to 90,000, with action folded around to gutshotjerry re-raising to 315,000. ProXimaVez raised to 630,000, enough to put gutshotjerry all-in for the remaining 194,403. ProXimaVez showed Q♦ T♦ 9♠ A♠
while gutshotjerry held 5♣ Q♠ Q♣ J♠. The flop came down 8♥ T♥ 8♣ as gutshotjerry held the higher two pair. The lead lasted only until the T♣ appeared on the turn, and the 4♠ on the river didn't change the direction the chips were headed, as gutshotjerry would settle for $14,620.50 for 7th place.

ProXimaVez continued to build their stack, and was looking for more when getting into a confrontation with niizch for the biggest pot of the tournament so far:

Now holding over half the chips in play five-handed, ProXimaVez continued to accumulate as the blinds had now moved to 20,000/40,000. The next player to see their hopes for a comeback extinguished was kimble83, who opened the action with an UTG +1 raise to 140,000. This was followed by another re-raise from ProXimaVez to 480,000 as kimble83 4-bet all-in to 562,576 as ProXimaVez made the call. When both players' cards were turned over, it was kimble83 who was behind with Q♥ J♥ 4♦ 8♥ against ProXimaVez's Q♦ T♦ 9♠ A♠. The flop came down 5♣ 6♣ A♥ giving ProXimaVez top pair as kimble83's hopes were down to a gutshot straight draw. The 7♦ on the turn gave kimble83 their straight, but ProXimaVez now had a redraw for a higher straight if one of the three remaining nines came on the river. In what continued to be a disturbing trend to his opponents, the 9♥ on the river would give ProXimaVez a higher straight, as kimble83 settled for the 5th place money of $25,721.25 while ProXimaVez closed in on 6 million in chips.

Players continued to fall by the wayside in rapid order, with ProXimaVez vacuuming up all the chips, as kung_ivo would experience momentarily. From the small blind, kung_ivo raised to 120,000 as ProXimaVez made the call. On a flop of [8h Ah Js], kung_ivo led out for 240,000, followed by a raise to 480,000 from ProXimaVez, enough for kung_ivo to call all-in for 191,782. This time, ProXimaVez bested his rival on the flop, when their 6♥ T♦ A♠ 4♦ had outflopped kung_ivo's 9♠ Q♦ Q♣ 9♥. The 5♥ turn and 3♥ river didn't change the result, as ProXimaVez sent another player to the rail disappointed, as kung_ivo's 4th place finish was good for $35,603.62.

With play now three-handed and ProXimaVez now holding over 70% of the chips, talk of a deal commenced. Dusty Schmidt ran the numbers for a deal based on chip counts, with $4,000 left to for the winner. Here's how it would have broken down:

ProXimaVez - $85,693.33
duffman08 - $56,959.15
TNDynamite - $53,703.17

If that deal had been accepted, ProXimaVez could have actually earned more than the posted 1st place winnings of $86,640.65 with a victory. However, the trio negotiated amongst themselves and after several minutes, it appeared a deal was set with these amounts plus the $4,000 played out for first:

ProXimaVez - $78,000.00
duffman08 - $61,355.65
TNDynamite - $57,000.00

However, upon further reflection, duffman08 decided to pass on the deal, figuring a double-up thru ProXimaVez could get him a better deal and play resumed. Duffman would take a pot for over 1.7m from ProXimaVez, but the momentum was very short-lived as the tournament would end just three hands later. TNDynamite was down to just 714,060 in chips and in the small blind, when faced with a raise by ProXimaVez to 120,000. TNDynamite re-raised to 400,000 as duffman08 got out of the way while ProXimaVez re-raised enough for TNDynamite to call all-in. Both players had similar hands: TNDynamite having 9♦ Q♥ A♦ A♣ while ProXimaVez held A♠ T♦ 3♠ A♥. The flop was more fortunate to ProXimaVez when it came down 6♠ 5♣ 7♠ for the nut flush draw, which got there when the 2♠ on the turn sealed TNDynamite's fate, followed by the 5♦ on the river left TNDynamite to receive $48,735.00 for a third place finish.

As the next hand was dealt, duffman08 was looking to make an attempt at a deal, but it wasn't meant to be. From the small blind, duffman08 raised to 105,000, while ProXimaVez re-raised to 315,000, which was followed by a 4-bet to 945,000. ProXimaVez 5-bet to 2,835,000 as duffman08 called for 1,530,000. ProXimaVez turned over 2♥ K♦ K♥ 3♦ while duffman08 only had K♠ T♣ A♥ 2♠. The board ran out 4♠ 7♣ 9♣ 7♥ 3♣ as duffman08, with a 2nd place finish for over $43,000 in the Sunday 2nd Chance tournament just over a week ago, adds another $64,980.00 to the account for another impressive runner-up finish. ProXimaVez knocks out every player at the final table, earning $86,640.65 and a WCOOP bracelet for his efforts.

Be sure to check out the other WCOOP results from Day 2, like the $215 NL Holdem Turbo Rebuys event, and check out WCOOP.com for all things WCOOP, and PokerStars.tv for highlights from select WCOOP events and much, much more.

WCOOP 2010 Event #4 - $320 Pot-Limit Omaha results
1st: ProXimaVez - $86,640.65
2nd: Duffman08 - $64,980.00
3rd: TNDynamite - $48,735.00
4th: kung_ivo - $35,603.62
5th: kimble83 - $25,721.25
6th: Niizch - $20,035.50
7th: gutshotjerry - $14,620.50
8th: Törhönen - $9,476.25
9th: pluggy_18 - $5,415.00