WCOOP 2011: Struggle between good and evil over, Horns_Halos wins Event 29 NLO8 title

It is a precious time in a young couple's life when bringing home their first child. The new nursery, the perfectly crafted crib with airplanes playing a lullaby while flying gently over little Johnny's head, and of course the little bundle of joy wrapped tightly while cooing softly all the way home from the hospital. Yes, it is a calming time of reflection after laying the newborn down for bed the first time as you walk backwards through the doorway to take in the serenity and head to your own bedroom to catch up on sleep.
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! Suddenly the blood pressure spikes as little Johnny's dreams are broken by a need for a new diaper/bottle/didn't feel like letting you sleep. At any given moment over the next months and years, little Johnny's cries are a mark to set into immediate action.

Much like the players in today's WCOOP Event # 29 $265 buy-in No Limit Omaha Eight or Better, the players must learn to appreciate the lulls in the action for Johnny will be crying all-in with zero notice even it is just to grab with the blinds with a 500 big blind shove. Add in the shortened tables to 6-max and put a $50.00 bounty on everyone's head and well, expect to rest like a pair of parents with a newborn.

Just 20 minutes into the late registration saw the $100,000 guarantee become moot as 685 players plied in for the roller-coaster chip ride that this Omaha variant brings. $137,000.00 in the main prize pool after the 180 minute late registration ended with an additional $34,250.00 in bounties to be doled out $50.00 a time for eliminating anyone, not just the Team PokerStars pros or a Team Online member.

Perhaps a bit zealous towards earning that extra fifty bucks for taking out someone with a red spade by their photo, all the Team Pros and Team Online members would be gone before the cashier's window cracked open with 90 players left. Anders "Donald" Berg captured his third overall WCOOP bracelet last week and is known as a high stakes O8 cash game pro, but was knocked out early in this one. He would be followed by George Danzer, Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, and newly minted WCOOP champ Noah "Exclusive" Boeken who took down Event #26 last night for $44K.
Nuno Coelho, Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez, Marcin "Goral" Horecki, and Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu all woke up early hoping for a quick score but went away empty.

The three remaining Team Online members also had to look on to Event #30 or the eight-game Event #31 later on. Newer Team Online players Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip and Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen outlasted 2/3rd of the field but still no cash.

That left Supernova Elite Andre Coimbra to take this one down, as he was holding a top 25 stack half way through the tournament's fourth hour. But, with the blinds at 200/400 the variance of NLO8 reared its ugly head. Coimbra limped from UTG as pod2000 bumped it up to 2,100 and only Andre would make the call and see a 6♠ 7♣ 5♦ flop which put a low possible on the board. A check from the Portuguese online pro got pod2000 to follow-through for 3,285 which Andre called again and both looked to the 3♠ on the turn. Check-raise all-in is a powerful tool to use and Coimbra did so after pod2000 pushed another 12,750 into the pot. Holding the nut low and two straight draws T♠ 2♦ 9♦ A♦, pod2000 made the call all-in for 19,128 chips. pod2000, who recently final tabled the Super Tuesday collecting $36K in third place, would be free-rolling against Andre's set and flush draw Q♠ K♠ 6♦ 6♥, that freeroll would turn into a scoop as the 8♥ spiked on the river giving pod2000 the whole 76,506 chip pot, leaving Andre with just 1,982 chips. Those scraps would double once, but ohlamon48 would collect the Team Online's remaining chips a few hands later ending his night in 131st place.


Andre Coimbra

Spain's Brummel made an attempt to best his 6th place finish in this event (that was a full table affair) last year but fell short in 156th place. Familiar names such Jon "PearlJammer" Turner, 2010 EPT champ Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee, villepn who won a SCOOP watch in the high stakes Event #14 O8 event last year and 2011 SCOOP Event #10-H champ HN Kakaroto found themselves in the money after the sixth hour of play.

All four of the above players would cash but stopped well short of the final table. HN Kakaroto ($397.30, 68th place) and Kevin MacPhee ($424.70, 64th place) were the first go, followed by villepn making his tournament series leading 8th cash ($479.50, 52nd place), and finally Turner who had a top five chipstack late in the tourney but lost a huge 116,894 chip pot when his aces were cracked all-in preflop when Luck Donkey scooped the pot with a nut flush and wheel. Left with 24,401 in chips and blinds at 700/1400 Pearljammer would limp on for six more minute before succumbing in 32nd place ($685.00).

Down to two tables despite an average of 100 big blinds things moved quickly towards our final six. CandyJohnson of Norway (12th place), phatlat of Canada (11th place), and the catchy sounding "jajaajaa" of Bulgaria (10th place) all took home $1,781.00. What seems to be a repetition as regular Omaha players seem to rise to the occasion during these tourneys, quimmmy was last seen heads-up at the final table of SCOOP Event #33 NLO8. Despite taking home the biggest payday, the watch went to maxocon007. Today he wouldn't make it that far finishing in ninth ($2,794.80).

Horns_Halos was the first player to a million chips and with blinds at just 3K/6K ante 750 that left a lot of room for play. Even more play after getting midastruck all-in after a 7♣ J♥ 2♣ flop and facing midastruck's two pair J♣ 5♥ A♥ 2♥. But, the chip leader would add the 469,740 chip pot to his stack after the Q♦ turn gave a bigger two pair Q♥ A♠ 3♣ 7♥ with the K♦ on the river showing no consequence.

At the bubble nemisoi was left last in chips holding just 74,580 and with blinds at 3K/6K, decided to take an all-in leap over a 13,320 raise from nkeyno. 8♦ 4♣ 7♣ 9♣ was good enough for nkeyno to make the call falling behind nemisoi better low with a pair hand 7♥ 7♠ 4♦ A♦. But, no one wins preflop, especially in Omaha and much to nemisoi's dismay a couple of nines decided to hit the 5♥ 9♦ T♥ 9♠ 5♣ board ending the Russian's night in seventh place ($2,794.80) and starting up Event #29's final table below:


"Do people actually lose in Omaha H/L? I haven't seen evidence of it".

A quote to start off the final table from the MC for the evening, Team Online Kevin "WizardofAhhs" Thurman and if Kevin ever wants to see evidence of people losing in Omaha H/L I'd be happy to show him my bankroll and hand histories.

"The unthinkable happens"

As our host mentioned he had not seen anyone lose at Omaha H/L and it took Zbad's elimination to make him a believer. With the blinds at 4k/8K ante 1K nasad 11 would raise to 18,640 from UTG as Zbad holding just 89,620 in chips shoved holding A♠ K♠ 2♠ 3♦. Folded around to nasud 11 with plenty of chips and decent double suited 4♠ 2♥ 9♠ A♥ to make the call. The flop 9♥ 5♥ J♦ nailed nasud's hand with a pair and nut flush draw. 8♣ on the turn left some light for a low, but the K♥ on the river filled nasud 11's flush draw ending Zbad's night in sixth place ($4,110.00).

"40bbs effective stacks, looks like I'll be hosting for another 10-15 hours". Once again our graceful hosting putting in overtime, but might like to know that NLO8 tends bring out overbetting and all-ins very quickly as our remaining five moved into the 5K/10K blind level and cutitup taking over the chip lead with Horns_Halos not far behind.

All-in pre flop example?

Here you go.

Although this one was more out of necessity, nasud 11 lost a previous hand all-in preflop, getting scooped by PlayWMyNuts and was left with just 40,425 chips after paying the big blind. Holding 4♣2♥5♠5♣ nasud 11 needed chips fast and shoved over the initial 26,640 chip raise by nkeyno. Having over 300K behind, nkeyno made the easy call with 3♥9♦2♠A♥. Watch below as the cards (and nasud's chips) run out:

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The ace laid on the door A♦ 9♥ 6♣ K♣ J♠ good enough for nkeyno to take down the 118,350 chip pot and eliminate nasud 11 in fifth place ($6,850.00).

A brief chop discussion would slow things down briefly with a pause and a no, almost immediately after Thurman had the dealer start pitching again, Horns_Halos would regain the chip lead all-in preflop against cutitup by taking down a 1.8 million chip pot.

At the 12th hour 15 minute dinner break here how our remaining four stacked up:
Horns_Halos: 1,761,331
nkeyno: 645,618
PlayWMyNuts: 549,054
cutitup: 468,997

Play with my chips

Fresh back from the break with blinds at 7K/14K ante 1,750 Horns_Halos and PlayWMyNuts played footsie with a min-raise from the chip leader and a three-bet to 91,000 by PlayWMyNuts. Then the lights went off and things got serious as Horns_Halos put in a four-bet to force PlayWMyNuts all-in to call. With 6♠ A♣ 4♠ 2♠ PlayWMyNuts stepped on the dance floor and called as Horns_Halos turned up 4♦ J♠ 9♠ A♦. A nine on the flop and a king on the turn locking out a possible low Q♠8♥ 9♦ K♦ A♥ Horns_Halos took in the 955,386 chip pot and the final table was reduced to three as PlayWMyNuts collected $9,590.00 for fourth place.

Can we chop with Horns_Halos holding over half the chips in play? Yes, we can! Check out the numbers below with $2,000.00 set aside for our champ:

Horns_Halos: $21,555.00
nkeyno: $17,800.00
cutitup: $15,500.00

Breaking for no one

Immediately after the 13th hour break nkeyno and and cutitup decided to combine their stacks post flop in order to take on Horns_Halos' huge stack. Who won? Take a gander below:

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nkeyno would raise it up from the small blind to 50,000 with the blinds now at 10K/20K ante 2,500 as cutitup made the call to see a high, coordinated flop 9♥ Q♦ 8♠. nkeyno put out a teaser bet of 55,000 as cutitup was in no mood for tickling and shoved for 576,068 holding 7♦ 6♥ 7♠ A♥. Two ladies matching the third one on the flop 4♠ Q♣ Q♥ 5♦ made nkeyno's decision to call easier. Turned J♠ helped no one and the 7♥ improved cutitup to a cruel lesser set ending the Swede's night in third place ($15,500.00).

Bracelet for one

The combinations of the stacks gave nkeyno a fighting chance against Horns_Halos solid grip on the table and the possible bracelet. Trailing only 1.5 million to 1.92 million and blinds at 10K/20K ante 2,500 there was plenty of room three-bets and actual play without dissolving into a push fest.

Definition: Cooler

No need to Google this or break open a Webster, just watch the video:

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Kings full for Horns_Halos, queens full for nkeyno and with no quads on the board the three million chip pot slid to Horns_Halos. Lucky for nkeyno that he took the lead because those chips would come right back into that stack fours hands later after doubling up twice, knotting up the match again.


"Said in Russell Crowe's voice obv" WizardOfAhhs has a future in comedy as heads-up play would eclipse an hour and a half. With neither player willing to shove preflop every other hand, they were determined to play this out with post-flop poker usually unseen while playing NLO8.

nkeyno would grab a hold of the lead for the majority of the 90 minutes of heads up play, but it came down to wear and tear as Horns_Halos took the lead after winning four hands in a row starting with quad nines for a one million pot and on the very next hand they finally decided things preflop. With the blinds at 20K/40K ante 5K the stacks went in the middle, leaving fate up to the five in the middle. Aces for Horns_Halos 8♥ A♥ A♦ 6♠ and better low with a suited ace for nkeyno 6♥ K♠ A♠ 5♠ with one WCOOP bracelet waiting in the balance. The flop was not kind for nkeyno as there would be no low, but J♣ T♠ 9♣ did open up four outs to a straight. The lady never showed up to the party as the 5♥ turn and T♦ river blanked for nkeyno as Horns_Halos added an extra $2,000.00 from the three-way chop agreement to win tonight's WCOOP Event #29!

$100,000 guarantee WCOOP 2011 Event #29 No Limit Omaha H/L 6-max Knockout results (09/14/11):
(* denotes part of three-way deal)
1. Horns_Halos (United Kingdom) *$23,555.00
2. nkeyno (Japan) *$17,800.00
3. cutitup (Sweden) *$15,500.00
4. PlayWMyNuts (Canada) $9,590.00
5. nasud 11 (Czech Republic) $6,850.00
6. Zbad (Russia) $4,110.00

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP