WCOOP 2010: Ten blast their way to final table in Event #30 ($530 Triple Shootout)

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgFor some tourney players, the shootout format is especially attractive, especially those whose specialty is the single-table sit-n-go. Here in Event #30, a $530 buy-in Triple Shootout, entrants only have to defeat three tables to claim first-place prize money. Easier said than done, of course. While a player only technically has to defeat 25 or so opponents to get the bracelet, there can be only one -- of hundreds -- who actually does so.

A total of 895 players came out for this $530 buy-in event. The guarantee had been $500,000, so that meant there was ultimately some overlay. Winning one table ensured the victor at least $1,925 for this event, and winning a second table meant taking away at least $7,000 (10th-place prize money). But all began play on Wednesday afternoon with a plan to land the $91,250 awaiting the event's winner.

Round 1 (from 895 to 100)

Play got underway at 14:00 ET, with 100 tables playing either eight- or nine-handed. kashmirpoker would be the first to move through to Round 2, defeating ButchTimothy heads-up to finish off the table in about two hours and 10 minutes. David "Chino23" Rheem was the next one through, winning his table just a few minutes later.

By the time the tourney reached the three-hour mark, just 10 players had won their tables, with BlunX, mtvdeuem, THEDUTCH4141, PURPLE"K"99, leutch1, El_Cañonero, turataika, and OLD TIME GIN all making it through. At that stage most tables were down to two, three-, or four-handed, though, and soon more Round 2 spots were claimed in rapid order.

One table began with a couple of members of Team PokerStars -- Team Pro Barry "barryg1" Greenstein and Team Online member Randy "nanonoko" Lew. Also at their table sat Robert "R_Brenes" Brenes, son of Team PS pro Humberto Brenes. Click here to see Humberto, Robert, and Humberto Jr. discussing their activities (in Spanish, natch) at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Greenstein would ultimately knock out both Lew and Brenes. Brenes he eliminated in fifth place when the later became short-stacked, then lost a race with A♠Q♣ versus Greenstein's 8♦8♥. Lew later went out in third in a similar hand versus Greenstein, with Lew committing his short stack with A♥K♦ against Greenstein's 8♣8♦, and the board running out nine-high.

The Bear would then enjoy a sizable advantage over his lone remaining opponent, Mildred53, for much of heads-up. Greenstein finally won the table at the three-and-a-half hour mark when Greenstein raised with A♥6♣, Mildred53 pushed a short stack in K♠4♦, and the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame nominee's hand held.


Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein

Checking in on other PokerStars team members, Team Pro David Williams was ousted in sixth place in a hand versus that table's eventual winner, pustelga. Victor Ramdin would also go out in sixth at his table when his pocket queens were crushed by zenmaster666's turned flush. zenmaster666 would use those chips to make it to the final two at that table before losing in heads-up play to blindside030.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier had difficulty getting going on his table as well, finishing in seventh after getting his short stack in preflop with A♣K♦ versus EndlessJ's A♥Q♦, then watching a queen flop. EndlessJ would make it to heads-up play before losing to copi. Humberto Brenes would follow his son to the rail, finishing his table in fourth after getting eliminated by sohokid. sohokid would also finish runner-up at that table, losing in the end to Shankar825. And Chris "Money800" Moneymaker would last longer before eventually going out in third at his table. In his final hand, Moneymaker would run pocket jacks into the eventual table-winner yayaya's A♥A♠.

As it turned out, of all 25 Team PokerStars players who entered the Shootout, Greenstein would be the only one to win his Round 1 table. J.P. Kelly of Team PokerStars U.K. and Ireland came closest to joining Greenstein in the second round, making it to heads up versus EdgarSpadix with whom Kelly battled for close to two hours. EdgarSpadix gained the advantage, however, and then took the last of Kelly's chips in a hand in which both players made two pair, but EdgarSpadix's hand was best. Take a look:

By the four-hour mark, cards were still being dealt at 30 of the original 100 tables, with Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo, Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, and James "Andy McLEOD" Obst among those having moved on to the next round.

Close to an hour later just one table had yet to be decided, with TIETYMM and bostanu24 engaged in a lengthy, back-and-forth battle for the last second round seat. Finally -- just before 17:00 ET -- bostanu24 was all in with A♥8♦ versus TIETYMM's K♥T♥, and made it to the river before a ten fell, sending TIETYMM into the next round.

Here is a list of the 100 players who won their first round tables, thereby assuring themselves at least a $1,925 payday in Event #30:

1BigAceHole, AaronBeen, AdVictoria, Ajeff007, AlusivPnkBny, AmirSF, amrasaralond, Andy McLEOD, anguila, arxigos, Team PokerStars Pro Barry "barryg1" Greenstein, Belabacsi, Beldar C., bigdogpckt5s, Big_Nemo, blindside030, BlunX, BolshoeElo, BriDge2PaiN, Chaaai, Chino23, copi, DagobertDyck, dhilton12, donnysack, donut604, EdgarSpadix, eisenhower1, El_Cañonero, feltsofdream, gaffel, iacog4, ImaLuckSac, jas42, JeanGrae, jhwang21, JohnFR, JohnnyBax, johnxfleming, Jymaster11, kardioloq, kashmirpoker, KennyRap, Kozor01, lennart, luetch1, M.nosbocaJ, malicous222, MDGR, miw210, MobMentality, moiswi47, mtvdeuem, Nappi86, Niendorfer, Nyx86, OLD TIME GIN, P0ker D0h, Patonius2000, philter, pi3t3r, PiKappRaider, piscogay, pleasepick, Poker Own U, Pro at 19, PURPLE"K"99, pustelga, qucumba, raisemouse, RandALLin, rcrane082985, RJules12, Ronfar3, ryanbluf, salfshb, SCAINS2, shahmat, Shankar825, SmartFAB, Spraggs, Stev0L_, th'Kick, THEDUTCH4141, the Norfman, The RealQuaid, TIETYMM, trontrontron, turataika, twirlpro, VattNissen, VernonH, vulty, watoz86, WhEADa, WushuTM, xSuPrA, xxjondxx, yayaya, ZeeJustin.

Round 2 (from 100 to 10)

The second round saw all 100 players returning to starting stacks of 7,500 (as had been the case in the first round), again playing with 20-minute levels. This time, of course, all ten tables began ten-handed.

After being one of the first to win in Round 1, David "Chino23" Rheem was one of the first to be eliminated in Round 2. After five-betting preflop and getting called by BriDge2PaiN, Rheem led on a queen-high flop and again got a call. When the turn made the board Q♠2♥6♥5♦, Rheem pushed all in and was called. Rheem showed Q♣J♦, but BriDge2PaiN had A♣A♥, and the river 3♠ sent Rheem out in 10th at the table.

James "Andy McLEOD" Obst was also the first to be eliminated from his table, bounced by JohnFR in a hand in which both players flopped sets, with JohnFR's queens besting Obst's sevens. Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo ended up exiting early as well, going out in eighth place on his table. After struggling for much of the first hour and 15 minutes, Bonomo was down to 3,385 chips when he pushed all in preflop with J♦J♣. Unfortunately for Bonomo, he was called by WushuTM who held A♥A♦. Both players ended up making sets -- WushuTM's on the flop and Bonomo's on the turn -- but the case jack didn't arrive on the river, and Bonomo was out.

Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy went out relatively early, too, being eliminated in seventh after nearly two hours of play. In his final hand, Josephy was all in before the flop for his last 5,132 with 9♥9♣ versus jhwang21's A♠K♥. The flop was 2♠Q♦J♥ and Josephy was still best, though hardly comfortable. The 8♥ on the turn was fine for him, but the A♥ on the river sent JohnnyBax packing.

After about two-and-a-half hours of play, blindside030 was the first to move through to tomorrow's final table. After outlasting their opponents, blindside030 and RandALLin were heads up with blindside030 having about a 2-to-1 chip advantage when RandALLin pushed all in with A♣2♥ and blindside030 called with A♥9♠. The board ran out 9♦6♥Q♠8♣3♣, and blindside030 had moved on.

It wasn't long after that that kardiolog had found a spot in tomorrow's final table as well. AaronBeen had made it to heads up against kardiolog, but by the time those two began their battle kardiolog had a commanding advantage with more than 70,000 chips to Been's 3,040. Been chipped back to 7,065, then called kardiolog's preflop all-in holding A♥T♠. The pair looked destined to chop that one as kardiolog held A♦T♦, but the flop brought two diamonds, and a third on the turn gave kardiolog the flush and the win.

Play continued into Level 8 (blinds 125/250), at which point six players remained over at Barry Greenstein's table. eisenhower1 opened a hand with a raise to 625 from under the gun and got three callers behind him, including Greenstein who began the hand as the table's short stack with 6,640. The flop came Q♣A♦4♣ and it checked to Greenstein who bet 1,500. Only Chaaai called. The turn brought the 9♦. Chaaai checked, Greenstein bet 3,000, Chaaai raised to 6,250, and Greenstein called with his remaining 1,485. Chaaai showed Q♥Q♦ for a flopped set, while Greenstein had A♣5♣ and hopes of a club flush. But the river was the 4♦, and the last Team PokerStars Pro had been eliminated.

At about the three-and-a-half-hour mark of the second round, Beldar C. took the last of raisemouse's chips to claim the third spot in Thursday's final. Elsewhere Chaaai had about a 2-to-1 chip advantage over th'Kick when they started their heads-up battle, but over the course of the next 90 hands th'Kick had built a stack of more than 68,000 to Chaaai's 6,951. All of those chips then went in the middle for Chaaai, holding K♥Q♦, but th'Kick had A♥Q♠. The board came 9♣5♥A♠J♣5♣ and th'Kick was through to the final.

Four tables down, six to go. The next four were settled in rapid order, all within 10 minutes of one another. First piscogay knocked out both P0ker D0h and turataika to take Table 10. Then MDGR finished off a short-stacked xxjondxx to claim all the chips at Table 5. Three minutes later, it was WhEADa holding A♠8♥ and calling pleasepick's all-in with pocket fives. An eight fell on the turn, and WhEADa's hand held. A minute later WushuTM's A♣Q♠ held up versus a short-stacked Niendorfer's 5♥A♥, and eight of the final table seats had been filled.

The final two tables continued past the four-hour mark, with Patonius2000 and jhwang21 battling it out over on Table 6 and JeanGrae and Belabacsi heads-up on Table 1.

While the former match continued with the stacks nearly even, JeanGrae began to build an advantage in the latter, and at the four-and-a-half-hour mark had assumed a 4-to-1 chip lead. Then back at Table 6, Patonius2000 took a couple of pots in succession to push out to 46,866 to jhwang21's 28,134 when the following hand took place.

With the blinds 300/600, jhwang21 raised to 1,440 from the small blind/button, and Patonius2000 made the call. The flop came a provocative 6♣7♦5♣. Patonius2000 checked, jhwang21 bet 1,775, then Patonius2000 check-raised to 5,155. jhwang21 responded by shoving all in, and Patonius2000 made the call.

jhwang21 had 5♦8♥ for fives and an open-ended straight draw, but Patonius2000 had 8♠6♠ for a better pair and the same draw. The turn and river brought a couple of queens, and Patonius2000 had made it to the final table.

Meanwhile, JeanGrae maintained that lead over Belabacsi at Table 1. Down to just 13,793 to JeanGrae's 61,207, Belabasci reraised all in with T♠9♦ and JeanGrae called with K♥8♣. The community cards came 5♠3♥3♣4♣6♣, and JeanGrae had claimed the tenth and final seat at tomorrow's final table.


WCOOP Event #30 ($530 No-Limit Hold'em Triple Shootout) Round 2 winners:
Beldar C.

Each of these 10 players is guaranteed at least $7,000 for having won two tables today, though each will be gunning for much more. Here are the payouts for tomorrow's final table:

1st place -- $91,250
2nd -- $63,500
3rd -- $47,250
4th -- $35,250
5th -- $24,750
6th -- $20,000
7th -- $15,750
8th -- $12,500
9th -- $9,500
10th -- $7,000

Play resumes in Event #30 on Thursday at 14:00 ET. Come back to the PokerStars blog for coverage of Day 2 and the Event #30 final table. And while you're surfing around, check out PokerStars.tv and the WCOOP site while you're at it for more news and schedule info for the world's biggest online tournament series.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in WCOOP