WCOOP 2011: EPT now WCOOP champ Nicolas "niccc" Chouity wins Event 54 PLO 6-max

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgIt's finals week at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker with the $5 million guaranteed Main Event in just a few days. Those that have been skipping class are showing up with their hall passes ready to play when the stakes are higher. Tonight's field of 418 players is laced with SCOOP, WCOOP, WSOP, EPT, LAPT, and a bunch of other poker acronym champions. Bigger stakes mean bigger prizes as Event #54's $2,100 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha 2-day event brought out the stars of poker to vie for a $167,000.00 first-place prize and more importantly to most, a WCOOP bracelet.

Despite the 7,500 chip starting stacks and 20-minute blinds, the field was decimated to just 81 players after the fifth hour, placing the "two-day" part of the tournament header in doubt. WCOOP Player of the Series leader 2FLY2TILT would not be picking up any points tonight as one of the first to bust, along with ImaLucSac who moved up into a tie for fifth after a fourth-place finish in last night's Event #51 PLO8. Team PokerStars Pros of course were in the house to try to take down another event for the home team, but for some it was a quick $2,100.00 donation to the 54 players that would cash. John Duthie, Chad Brown, Team Online's Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip, Humberto Brenes, Raymond Wu, WCOOP 2011 Event #26 champ Noah "Exclusive" Boeken, and Ana Marquez //www.pokerstars.com/team-pokerstars/ana-marquez/ would finish their day before the three-hour late registration ended.

Three-time WCOOP bracelet holder Dan "djk123" Kelly would follow another group of Team Pros out the door early. Eugene Katchalov, now online after his move back to Ukraine, Richard Toth, and Toni Judet along with Team Online's Keiran "K_Man2307" Harris would find better things to do for the first day was slated to last 14.5 hours.

Denmark's "Easy Pots" failed to find any loose chips in this field bowing out in 166th place closely by Team Pros Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Joe Hachem, and Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen. Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu has tallied 13 cashes in the series thus far but would not add one tonight busting out in 137th place with Anders "Donald" Berg falling around the same time in 139th place.

Heading into the sixth hour 15-minute break, only reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel would be left from Team PokerStars Pro, along with only 57 others including Alexandre Gomes who held the chip lead and Benny "toweliestar" Spindler who's got a little experience in the higher stakes games taking down the SCOOP 2009 $25K buy-in Event #21.

Shortly after exposabre busted on the bubble, SCOOP 2010 Event #18-High champ Alexey "LuckyGump" Makarov (47th place, $4,180.00), James "Andy McLEOD" Obst (48th place $4,180.00), and SCOOP 2011 Event #17-High champ adiprene1 (32nd place, $5,016.00) all failed to make day two, or at this point on level 20 and the tournament scheduled to go until level 34 (at 20 minutes apiece), "day two" will need to be changed to "awarding the WCOOP bracelet tonight".

That prediction of awarding those two six-figure pay days at the final table tonight looked more on target heading into hour eight as there would only be four tables remaining. Spindler had a rough return from the sixth-hour break, busting in 28th place ($5,434.00) as Duhamel continued to show his PLO chops with an average stack. Alex Gomes kept his stack tidy and tall in the top ten of the chipcounts but the players seemed to be determined to finish this thing tonight.

After "thegiant" fell from the beanstalk in 19th place ($6,270.00) half-way through the eighth hour of play, another SCOOP champ emerged near the top of the leaderboard. Uruguay's HN Kakaroto strapped on a SCOOP championship watch after Event #10-High this year and is looking to add a WCOOP bracelet tonight.

Team PokerStars pro Jonathan Duhamel eliminated in 17th place

There would be no tomorrow and no WCOOP bracelet tonight for the WSOP champ. With the blinds at 2K/4K the Canadian Team Pro would min-raise from the button as Sweden's el_klonkador made the call from the big blind. The 4♠ J♦ 7♠ flop looked ragged but hit a middle wrap hand perfectly. Checked from the blind, Duhamel followed through with a 12,250 chip bet. el_klonkador perked up with a check-raise to 54,750 as Jonathan holding just 60,251 chips re-raised for just a spot more all-in. el_klonkador holding the nut flush draw, a pair, and an inside straight draw made the call 7♣ A♠ 9♦ 8♠ as the Main Event champ clung to his top two J♠ 7♥ 8♥ Q♥. No amount of squeezing would stop a higher two pair from hitting the turn A♣ and insult to injury nut flush hitting the river K♠ ending Duhamel's night in 17th place ($7,942.00).

Jonathan Duhamel - 17th place

After KJulius' kings fell to the aces of antchev in 13th place ($7,942.00) for here on out everyone was receiving at least five digits for their efforts tonight. alexandrapau perhaps got a little too excited about that, busting out in 12th place ($11,704.00) on the first hand after they combined the tables to two left. HN Kakaroto would not be adding any PokerStars wrist jewelry after getting tangled up with and217's aces A♥ 4♣ 7♦ A♠ and despite flopping top pair with 8♣ K♠ Q♠ T♣, the two pair or trips never hit the 6♦ 3♠ Q♥ 2♥ 7♠ board earning him $11,704.00 in 11th place.

NoLimi7Souja would speed things along towards the final table tonight, scoring a double knockout. With the blinds at 5K/10K and playing five-handed, goodfellKO would pot raise from the hijack as NoLimi7Souja made the call from the cutoff, then Brazilian pro Alex "allingomes" Gomes decided to shove for 117,621 from the small blind as goodfellKO called all-in and NoLimi7Souja covered both and called with kings K♣ 8♠ K♦ J♠. Gomes turned over K♥ 7♦ Q♣ A♦ while goodfellKO showed jacks with a suited ace 7♣ A♣ J♣ J♦. Despite kings being ace magnets, none would hit the 3♠ 5♣ T♥ 7♠ 9♠ board as NoLimi7Souja's flush took down the 341,974 chip pot ending goodfellKO's night in ninth ($18,392.00) and Alex Gomes' shot at a bracelet in eighth place ($18,392.00).

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Alex Gomes - 8th place

Six hands later NoLimi7Souja would add antchev's chips to his stack after turning a higher two pair to send antchev off on the bubble in seventh place ($18,392.00) thus starting up the final table a day early below:


Seat 1: niccc (188755 in chips)
Seat 2: NoLimi7Souja (1027328 in chips)
Seat 3: beastishngry (140989 in chips)
Seat 4: el_klonkador (454623 in chips)
Seat 5: liujunwei926 (534213 in chips)
Seat 6: and217 (789092 in chips)

Seven levels remaining for the night, if one of our final six does not claim the Event #54 bracelet we will be back here tomorrow at 1400 EST to settle up these large bags of cash.

Beast receives an appetizer

A midnight snack happily accepted by beastishngry as the blinds moved to Level 29's 8K/16K beastishngry would min-raise from UTG as and217 shoved in a shortstack of 112,297 chips holding a decent double suited hand 3♠ J♦ A♦ 5♠ as beastishngry got his knife and fork out, also double suited calling with [Jc ]7♦ T♦ 7♣. A set of sevens on the flop and fading the four-outer four on the river 2♠ 7♥ 8♣ A♥ K♠ beastishngry dabbed the corners of his mouth full from the 248,594 chip infusion as and217 would take home $29,678.00 in sixth place.

Holding when it counts

Just two hands later NoLimi7Souja would min raise from the button as only el_klnokador was interested, calling in the big blind. An innocent 5♥ T♣ 2♠ flop fell as el_klonkador shot out a pot-sized bet determined to get the shortstack in the middle on the flop. NoLimi7Souja obliged by min raising, as el_klonkador called the raise all-in K♥ T♥ 9♥ Q♦ holding top pair as NoLimi7Souja held a little better trying to get aces to hold 2♣ 8♠ A♦ A♣ for the 275,718 chip pot. Scare card on the J♣ turn for NoLimi7Souja as it opened up a super wrap straight draw for the Swede. But, a second five would hit the river, ending el_klonkador's night in 5th place ($46,398.00).

Draws, draws, draws, everyone loves a draw

Watch below as liujunwei926 and beastishungry get their chips in the middle after a A♥ 8♦ 5♥ flop:

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Two pair Q♦ 3♥ A♣ 5♣ for liujunwei926 as beastishngry had an open ended straight draw 6♦ 7♣ 4♠ 9♣. 3♠ on the turn opened up the deuces for an out and the board complied with beastishngry's pleas for one on the river 2♦ ending liujunwei926's night in fourth place ($63,536.00).

Unleash the beast

Four hands later with the blinds now at Level 30's 10K/20K beastishngry was back at the chip buffet looking for the perfect entrée for dinner. NoLimi7Souja's stack has the beginning final table chip leader fell down to just 249,664 chips and his tournament life would be riding on the double-suited J♠ 8♥ 6♥ K♠ as beastishngry held a suited pair of kings K♣ 2♠ Q♣ K♥. Thanks to the pair of queens on the flop Q♦ J♣ Q♥ the turn A♣ and river 5♥ were less of a sweat as NoLimi7Souja could not pull off a wire-to-wire victory finishing in third place.

Dinner date with a chop?

In what might be a first online, since beastishngry wanted an even chop but niccc did not want to give up the small chip advantage and about $2K extra, niccc agreed to take beastishngry out to dinner at a EPT event. The chop left $9,000.00 worth of table scraps for the two fight over:

niccc: $141,947.13
beastishngry: $139,980.87

Considering niccc is Nicolas Chouity the 2010 EPT Grand Final champ, we think the dinner will be more than a grilled cheese sandwich.

EPT and now WCOOP champion Nicolas "niccc" Chouity

The final two would battle through Level 31 as Nicolas opened up a large lead (2.69 million to 430K) heading into Level 32 and just as the yellow warning message about the blind change faded we would have an EPT champ with a WCOOP bracelet. Check out the video below as they get in preflop:

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Nicolas would flop an open-ended straight draw, the turn bricked, but rivered straight was worth an extra $9,000.00 and the WCOOP Event #54 title! The win was worth a little less than his EPT Grand Final paycheck but $150,947.13 makes for a very filling day at the tables.

Nicolas "niccc" Chouity EPT and Event #54 WCOOP champion

$450,000 guaranteed WCOOP 2011 Event #54 Pot Limit Omaha (6-max) results (09-22-11):
(* denotes two-way chop)
1. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity *$150,947.13
2. beastishngry (Hungary) *$139,980.87
3. NoLimi7Souja (Canada) $91,960.00
4. liujunwei926 (China) $63,536.00
5. el_klonkador (Sweden) $46,398.00
6. and217 (Hungary) $29.678.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP