WCOOP 2010: Shatkhi leads day one of event #54 PLO $2,100 two-day tourney

wcoop2009-thumb.jpg"You were actually behind sir". As the many poker books on etiquette at the tables many have different opinions, one universal rule is to not teach while trying to take everyone's money. The quote above is one you hear often by those table coaches that like to explain their draw in Pot Limit Omaha was beating those indestructible aces (not really) sitting in your hand. We think it's a safe assumption that those playing in tonight's WCOOP's Pot Limit Omaha (6-Max) Event #54 with a $2,100 buy-in knew their percent to win without the cards even being turned over. Considering the multitude of WSOP, SCOOP, and WCOOP champs playing tonight getting thru the 480 player field was going to take every ounce of that knowledge (and some luck of course). PokerStars put up an $800,000.00 guarantee but the 400 player mark was broken early as a $960,000.00 prize pool was locked in after the 120 minute late registration. The 7,500 starting chips plus low and slow blinds starting at 10/20 increasing every 20 minutes meant for a lot of play until day two which will be reached at the start of the final table of six players left tonight.

In the early goings it was Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby taking a sizable lead on the field. Ashby is known for playing the PLO nose-bleed stakes and was showing that skill by topping the leaderboard for the first few hours despite Team PokerStars pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken on his left. Several Team PokerStars pros got a quick lesson of the variance as Barry Greenstein nearly took last place, Johnny Lodden, Greg Raymer, and World Series of Poker PLO bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst would also take early leaves from the tournament.

Team Online Alexey "LuckyGump" Makarov was looking to add a WCOOP PLO bracelet to go with the PLO SCOOP watch he won during Event #33-high this spring, but was unable to get out of the gates tonight busting in the first hour of play. Other noted early exits included ely_cash41, WCOOP Event #36 runner-up Bryn Kenney, current Player of the Series leader Kroko-dill, Dani "supernova9" Stern, and Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron.

After hour five Chris "Money800" Moneymaker continued to rock a top 20 chip stack as the bubble approached with 60 players receiving at $3,840.00 tonight. Fellow Team PokerStars pros Chad Brown and Vadim Markushevski also made it to hour five as Noah Boeken (113rd place), Team Online Anders "Donald" Berg (124th place), Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (172nd place), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (185th place) were unable to advance.

The tournament would play down to its final table of six, and then rejoin with redrawn seats tomorrow at 1700 EST. Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul would rise to the top as "CHUFTY" Ashby would continue to stay in the top 10 moving further into hour five. Chad Brown's stack would not last long with blinds at 400/800 and 15K in chips he would raise to 1,200 from the button as both blinds called to see the 4♦ A♠ T♥ flop. Both blinds checked as Brown continued with a 1,800 chip bet as just croll103 from the small blind would make the call. A♥ on the turn and croll103 would check again as Brown pushed out 7,200. This time however, croll103 min-raised as Chad Brown called behind for his remaining 5,309 chips exposing trip aces 6♠ A♣ 3♠ J♥ which was trailing croll103's trip aces-queen kicker Q♥ 8♣ 9♦ A♦. T♠ on the river sent the Team PokerStars pro home in 77th place.

The players would get the 15 minute dinner break to think about their bubble strategy as the sixth hour came down right during hand-for-hand play and 61 players remaining. Nearly 30 minutes into the bubble sohokid would exit in 61st place making everyone at least $3,840.00 richer. Thirteen players would bust in the next five minutes including Jon "PearlJammer" Turner and gibralter11 who took home a SCOOP watch and $67,144.50 this spring in Event 30-high and managed to take away $3,840.00 in 56th place tonight.

Team PokerStars Pro Vadim Markushevski would stretch a short stack on the bubble into a little larger payday, finally succumbing in 39th place ($5,280.00). Vadim's elimination meant Chris Moneymaker would need to carry the PokerStars flag the rest of the way. But, that flag did not go very far. Watch Chris' hand of fate in 34th place ($5,760.00) below:

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With the blinds at 800/1600 after calling a raise from djharm in the small blind Moneymaker would check call the J♥ 4♥ 5♠ 11,200 chip bet. 2♠ on the turn and djharm made it 33,600 which was called again. River 3♥ got Moneymaker to try to represent the flush by shoving for 25,356 but djharm saw thru the feign and made the call with a flopped set of fives that turned into a wheel 5♣ 8♦ A♦ 5♥ dragging in the 151,512 chip pot and sent the last Team PokerStars pro out of the tournament.

Chris Moneymaker - 34th place

Down to four tables just before the eight hour mark and < xllllll>< out of Tampa and CHUFTY were sitting one-two in the chip counts while Jason "JP OSU" Potter winner of this year's Event #36 would finish in 24th ($7,200.00) and Supernova Elite simona75 followed closely behind in 21st place ($7,200.00).


Supernova Elite simona75 - 21st place

Sunseeker would turn out the lights on Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis in 17th place ($9,120.00) after Billirakis' wrap draw failed to come in versus Sunseeker's flopped top set. With 15 left LukeFromB13 would turn the screws on LUFCBas in a pot that would give the winner the chip lead of the tournament. Watch the video below as LUFCBas uses up a sizable amount of his time bank after the flop:

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After a raise by shinbunshi to 8,645 and a re-raise to 28,000 by LUFCBas in the small blind, LukeFromB13 would call from the big blind as shinbunshi folded. 8♦K♦5♠ flop and LUFCBas led out for 33,400 while LukeFromB13 would bump it up to 164,845 chips. LUFCBas let the time bank run for nearly two minutes before deciding to shove the rest of his 207,019 chips. LukeFromB13 insta-called with top set of kings K♣K♥9♦T♥ as LUFCBas was in bad shape holding top pair K♠A♠4♦T♣. 8♣ on the turn settled the hand and 478,683 chips slid to LukeFromB13 as LUFCBas finished in 15th place ($9,120.00). LukeFromB13 would tear apart the remainder of that table getting the last 244,484 chip pot from bogg during an aces versus kings all-in preflop confrontation and combined the tables down to two.

Last table to go before the setting the stage for tomorrow's final table as Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul was getting short on chips with the blinds moving up to 2500/5000. Saul would raise from UTG getting calls from CHUFTY in the cutoff and Shatkhi in the big blind. After a flop of 2♥ 5♠ 7♦ Shatkhi would check as Saul pushed for 53,943 and got a call from CHUFTY. But, Shatkhi was not about to play nicely and check-raised to 270,772. CHUFTY would fold to the re-raise as Shatkhi turned over 5♣ 7♣ 9♦ 8♠ for top two pair as Saul 9♣ 7♥ A♣ J♥ needed to catch a higher two pair to stay alive. Q♥ gave Saul more outs to a flush, but the T♠ on the river shipped the 216,829 chip pot and eliminated BeL0WaB0Ve in 12th place ($12,960.00).

BushwickDave would get a small stack of 34,909 in the middle against < and watched his remaining tournament chips swim to to < 's stack with quad queens, ending BushwickDave's night in 11th place ($12,960.00). Brett "Get Crunk" Richey would be the next to go after having a flopped two pair go down to CHUFTY's turned higher two pair for a 405,176 chip pot finishing in 10th place ($12,960.00).

Ah, the joys of Omaha

CHUFTY may want to thank the river gods for this hand as sunseeker and Ashby get it all-in preflop with similar hands for a 410,074 chip pot. Watch it play out below:

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sunseeker turned up Q♦ T♣ A♣ 9♦ as CHUFTY showed 9♥ K♠ A♦ Q♠ and the flop came out J♠ 2♣ K♣ which favored sunseeker despite CHUFTY's top pair. Q♣ on the turn and the hand was all but sealed up with a flush and CHUFTY needed one of three outs. K♦ was one of them as Ashby took in the 410,074 chip pot and sunseeker's tournament day settle into the sunset in 9th place ($20,160.00).

With the blinds at 5K/10k the first hand back from the 10th hour break saw < xllllll>< and shuriken555 get their chips in the middle after a flop of 6♦A♠6♣. < xllllll>< turned over K♥ J♣ 9♠ 6♠ for the flopped trips and shuriken555 T♦ Q♣ J♠ A♦ had just top pair. Q♠ gave a sweat for a full house (king or jack made a boat for < xllllll>< ) and the river 9♣ was not an ace or queen and shuriken555 finished in 8th place ($20,160.00).

After a very lengthy final table bubble we had our final six in place. Knocked down to just 82,751 chips with the blinds at 12.5K/25K, zockerbert decided to try his luck preflop and called the raise of Shatkhi creating a 190,502 chip pot. Shatkhi had queens K♣ 7♠ Q♦ Q♣ while zockerbert showed 4♥ Q♥ 6♣ A♥. The K♠ 9♣ 5♦ 5♥ J♠ board would completely miss zockerbert as he would receive $20,160.00 for seventh place setting up the final table for tomorrow!

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Final table to start at 1700 EST tomorrow blinds at 12.5K/25K

Shatkhi 1,335,909
Gorrioncillo 701,971
CHUFTY 605,740
LukeFromB13 540,366
< xllllll>< 274,025
shinbunshi 141,989

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP