WCOOP 2010: Vamo! Brazil's IneedMassari takes down Event #12, $215 Heads-Up NLHE

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgFourteen hours after Day 1 play wrapped, the surviving 64 players in Event #12, $215 Heads-Up NLHE, hopped back online to play down to a new WCOOP champion. Having already won their first six heads-up matches, each player who made it this far would pocket at least $1,384.20, but to slap on that bracelet and collect the $78,438 first-place prize would take another six straight victories.

David Williams and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier were the only members of Team PokerStars Pro to make it to Day 2 and both of them unfortunately went out in the first round. Williams had sohokid whittled down to about 2,600 when all the chips went in before the flop, Williams holding pocket threes against sohokid's Q♥J♠. A queen hit the flop and sohokid doubled up, evening their stacks back up. On the very next hand, Williams called sohokid's three-bet shove preflop, but his K♠J♥ did not improve against A♥Q♣ and he exited in 43rd place.


The Artist Formerly Known as "RugDoctor," Team PokerStars Pro David Williams

A short time later, ElkY's run ended in 38th place after a swingy match against NDGrinder59. Grospellier called all-in after turning two pair against NDGrinder59's top pair and a flush draw, but a third spade hit the river, sending the French hoodie aficionado on to the next WCOOP event.


Au revoir, ElkY

WSOP bracelet winner Matt "Hoss_TBF" Hawrilenko also met his tournament end in Round VII. Down to six big blinds, he moved all-in with Q♠5♥ and Nos172 called with J♦T♣. Hawrilenko was looking good through the turn, but Nos172 spiked a jack on the river to send him to the rail in 34th place.

Mudvaynes is no stranger to a WCOOP final table. He finished seventh in the 2009 WCOOP Main Event, earning a hefty $268,000 and made another deep run today. After finishing off wrigleypug in Round VIII when his pocket jacks held up against pocket nines, Mudvaynes took on AndyCole in the sweet sixteen. Pocket jacks may have been his savior in the previous round, but they were his destroyer here as AndyCole's fish hooks gutted Mudvaynes' pocket tens, ending his run in 13th place.

The final four round pitted AJacejackAJ against Bad_Fidel and IneedMassari against rumnchess. AJacejackAJ moved out to a 7 to 3 chip lead relatively quickly and although Bad_Fidel did his best to hang on, he found himself in kicker trouble on this hand and was eliminated in fourth place.

Over on Table 2, IneedMassari took an early chip lead and at one point, had rumnchess on the ropes with only 1,500 in chips. However, after managing to double back up, rumnchess found another gear and started putting more pre-flop pressure on his opponent. Their stacks evened back up when they saw a Q♠9♦3♥ flop in a limped pot. IneedMassari checked to rumnchess, who bet 200. IneedMassari raised to 550, rumnchess reraised to 900, IneedMassari shoved for 2,417 and rumnchess made the call. Both players turned over monster hands, rumnchess with A♠Q♥ for top pair, top kicker and IneedMassari having craftily limped in with pocket kings. The kings held and they were back to square one.

About five minutes later all the chips were in the middle again, IneedMassari's A♠K♦ dominating rumnchess' K♠Q♦. The board ran out K♣6♦3♣9♣5♣, and rumnchess departed in third place while IneedMassari advanced to the final table.


The final table

Brazilians love a good sporting match, even one played out via blinking screens and mouse clicks. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari got the party started, letting out a hearty "VAMOOOOOOOOO!" in the chat box in support of his fellow countryman IneedMassari, who hails from Belo Horizonte. The only thing we know about Belo Horozonte is that the New York Times once called it "the bar capital of Brazil" so it is entirely possible Akkari is quite familiar with the locale.

IneedMassari leapt out to a 3-1 chip lead after taking down two significant pots. In the first, AJacejackAJ attempted a triple-barrel bluff with only jack high IneedMassari picking him off with second pair. In the second, AJacejackAJ check-raised a K♥J♣7♦ flop, earned a call, and then fired a second bullet on the turn when the 3♠ fell. IneedMassari called again. The river was the A♥ and AJacejackAJ check-folded to IneedMassari's 1,000-chip bet.

AJacejackAJ made a nice comeback, pulling their stacks back to even when IneedMassari forced another fold on the river in this hand:

IneedMassari induced another big fold from AJacejackAJ only a few minutes later. IneedMassari called AJacejackAJ's pre-flop min-raise and they saw a K♥7♣3♠ flop. IneedMassari check-raised AJacejackAJ's 160-chip bet to 375, only to bet met with a reraise to 720. IneedMassari four-bet to 1,111 AJacejackAJ five-bet to 1,502 and IneedMassari shoved for 7,404 total. AJacejackAJ gave up his hand, electing to save his last 774 in chips.

AJacejackAJ doubled up four hands later with J♥T♥ against A♠9♣ (jack on the river), but his chips were in the middle again on the next deal, his open-ended straight draw up against IneedMassari's overpair and gutshot. Here's how the hand played out:

"BRASILLLLLLLLL!" shouted Akkari in the shout box as IneedMassari locked up his first WCOOP title and the $78,438 first-place prize. For his runner-up finish, AJacejackAJ earned $41,526.

WCOOP Event #12 ($215 Heads-Up NLHE) Results

1. IneedMassari ($78,438.00)
2. AJacejackAJ ($41,256.00)
3. rumnchess ($25,377.00)
4. Bad_Fidel ($25,377.00)
5. elitelive ($12,688.50)
6. Ryland1989 ($12,688.50)
7. Atmosphere23 ($12,688.50)
7. AndyCole ($12,688.50)

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in WCOOP