WCOOP 2011: erickie tops five-figure field for six-figure win in Event #19 ($109 NLHE)

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgDefeat a field larger than most small towns, win enough to buy a house. Its that sort of promise of fortune that draws all of us to the PokerStars weekend MTT grind and led 11,741 players to enter Event #19, a $109 no-limit hold'em freezeout that some players speculated would be the marathon event of the 2011 WCOOP. While most of the NLHE events on the docket are scheduled to play across two days, this ran for nearly 18 hours straight and ended with The Netherlands' erickie defeating dreeniee82 heads-up to become the second Dutch player in as many days to win a bracelet.

The $800,000 guarantee on this event was obliterated, the prize pool climbing to $1,174,100. 1,530 places were paid with $163,324.15 going to the winner. Three members of Team PokerStars cashed: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (1,174th), Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville (1,031st), and Fatima Moreira De Melo of Team Pro Netherlands, who made a deep run, finishing in 49th place. De Melo's elimination hand was a bit of a strange one, with four players seeing a J♦7♦5♠ flop for a minimum raise of 120,000. The action check-check-checked to fan-fan04, who bet 360,000. Believing her opponent to be weak, De Melo check-raised all-in, prompting folds from the other two players, but fan-fan04 made the call, showing A♠Q♠ for only ace-high. It had De Melo beat, though-- she turned up 8♠9♠ for a gutshot straight draw. Fan-fan04 caught an ace on the turn and the river blanked with the 9♣, sending the Olympic Gold medalist to the rail. The hand put fan-fan04 near the top of the leaderboard, and he rode that big stack all the way to the final table.

Speaking of the final table, it was set when a short-stacked RubinHood shoved for his last 2.37 million from the button with A♣6♥ and daskalos20 called with A♥5♥. The board was ripe for a chop by the turn, reading Q♣J♥7♦A♦, but the 5♣ hit the river, making daskalos20 aces up. Daskalos20 collected the 5 million-chip pot, busting RubinHood in 10th place.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: maxover (15,306,436 in chips)
Seat 2: Merk2517 (5,659,254 in chips)
Seat 3: E.Viltseva (8,742,527 in chips)
Seat 4: daskalos20 (21,619,048 in chips)
Seat 5: spel91 (11,516,368 in chips)
Seat 6: fan-fan04 (19,227,151 in chips)
Seat 7: dreeniee82 (14,377,628 in chips)
Seat 8: erickie (11,464,958 in chips)
Seat 9: BANTEX (9,496,630 in chips)

BANTEX ran into a bit of trouble early on, dropping a chunk of his stack to Merk2517. With the board reading T♣5♥J♠8♣3♥ on the river, BANTEX bluffed at the pot with K♥Q♥ despite missing his open-ended straight draw. Merk2517, however, looked him up with Q♣J♦ for top pair and raked in the pot. With his stack down to 5.6 million, BANTEX picked up pocket nines and open-shoved from early position, only to run into fan-fan04's pocket jacks. The jacks held up and BANTEX was banished, picking up $7,396.83 for ninth place.

Merk2517 wasn't long for this final table either. With the blinds up to 250,000/500,000, Merk2517 opened for 1,000,000 with K♣K♦ and E.Viltseva three-bet to 2.15 million with pocket eights. Merk2517 shoved for 7.8 million and E.Viltseva called, needing a miracle to survive. The board complied, running out T♥7♣A♥6♠9♦ to give E.Viltseva a ten-high straight on the river. Merk2517's overpair was toast and he bowed out in eighth, earning $11,741.00.

The U.K.'s spel91 certainly had the liveliest rail at the final table and his mates were almost as gutted as he was when he ran pocket threes into E.Viltseva's pocket queens. E.Viltseva opened for a min-raise to 1 million and spel91 moved all-in for 6.6 million on the button, more likely than not hoping for a fold. E.Viltseva wasn't going anywhere, however, and made the call. The queens were good on the 5♠4♣4♠J♣7♥ board and spel91 was left to collect the $23,482.00 he earned for seventh place.

With six players left, fan-fan04 put a hurt on dreeniee82 in back-to-back hands to take over the chip lead. In the first, the action folded around to fan-fan04 in the small blind and he opened for a min-raise to 1.2 million. Dreeniee82 defended her big blind and they saw the flop fall Q♠5♦4♠. Both players checked. The turn came the 8♣ and fan-fan04 fired out 1.8 million. Dreeniee82 called and they went to the river, which paired the board with the 8♠. Fan-fan04 led again, this time for 3 million straight, and dreeniee82 looked him up. Fan-fan04 turned over 4♦4♥ for a full house, his crafty flop check having earned him two streets of value. Only minutes later they locked horns again, dreenie three-betting fan-fan04's opening raise to 2.37 million. Fan-fan04 called and they saw a Q♦8♣4♦ flop. Dreeniee82 led out for 2.64 million and fan-fan04 called. It was the same story when the 6♥ hit the turn, dreeniee82 betting out 5.37 million and fan-fan04 coming along.When the 4♣ came on the river, however, dreeniee82 slowed down and checked, opening the door for fan-fan04 to bet 6 million. Dreeniee82 gave it up and fan-fan04 raked in a pot worth 21.8 million.

Down to 7.47 million, maxover open-shoved his last 12 BB with K♦T♣ only to find dreeniee82 lying in wait with A♥K♣ in the big blind. Maxover's dominated hand did not improve, the board running out J♥5♣2♠7♦6♠ to send him to the rail in sixth place. For his 17 hours on the virtual felt, he picked up $35,223.

In this hand, daskalos20's check on the flop allowed dreeniee82 to take a free card, pick up top pair on the turn, and make the nuts on the river:

With that pot, dreeniee82 had enough ammo to challenge fan-fan04 for the chip lead. However, it was daskalos20 who knocked him off the top spot when he four-bet shoved for 11.7 million with pocket aces and fan-fan04 called with pocket queens. Daskalos20 doubled to 24.1 million, but did not hang onto those chips for long. Dreeniee82 claimed most of them when daskalos20 led off a preflop battle with a 1.88 million opening raise. Dreeniee82 reraised to 3.45 million, daskalos20 four-bet to 6.4 million and dreeniee82 came right back over the top, moving all-in for 32.7 million. Daskalos20 couldn't pull the trigger, giving up his hand and the 14.1 million-chip pot. Five minutes later, daskalos20 was dunzo despite getting his money in good. He open-shoved for 7.89 million with A♦Q♠ and fan-fan04 called from the small blind, his A♠7♠ dominated. Daskalos20's hopes were dashed when the flop came down 7♦6♦6♥, pairing fan-fan04's kicker. The turn was the J♥, the river was the 4♠ and daskalos20 departed in fifth place, earning $46,964 for his troubles.

E.Viltseva had a wild ride at this final table, doubling up, then doubling up an opponent, only to double up again. Down to 9.3 million with the blinds up to 500,000/1,000,000, E.Viltseva made his last stand, shoving from the button with J♥7♠. Dreeniee82 called with K♣6♣ in the big blind and hit a K♦Q♥8♠ flop to leave E.Viltseva drawing only to running cards. No luckboxing here, and E.Viltseva exited in fourth, taking home $58.,705.

Sitting second in chips with three players left, fan-fan04 picked up A♣A♦ on the button and opened for 2 million. Erickie, had other ideas, though, and made an ill-timed three-bet shove, putting his entire 29.4 million at risk. A delighted fan-fan04 practically beat him into the pot, only to watch erickie's Q♠J♣ hit top two pair, the board running out Q♣J♥2♣T♦4♣. Fan-fan04's aces were snapped off and erickie suddenly found himself the dominant chip leader with over 59.7 million.

Left with only 5 million, fan-fan04 managed to double up once with A♠T♣ against erickie's K♦J♠, but his reprieve lasted only two hands. Fan-fan04 shoved again, but this time Q♥J♦ could not run down erickie's A♠K♥. Fan-fan04 was eliminated in third place, earning $82,187 for his run.

Of the 117 million chips in play, less than 7 million separated dreeniee82 and erickie as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 7: dreeniee82 (55,289,154 in chips)
Seat 8: erickie (62,120,846 in chips)

Dreeniee82 surged into the lead early in the match, picking up a series of four pots that took her up to 90 million in chips, but erickie put the brakes on dreeniee82's run, doubling up on a 7♥7♣ vs. A♦Q♠ coinflip when he flopped a set of sevens. The hand left their chip counts virtually even and dreeniee82 went to work again. She picked off erickie's bluff in this hand to move back up to 85 million after a lengthy tank on the river:

Erickie responded by snapping off dreeniee82's pocket kings with A♣6♣ when the flop came down A♦Q♠5♦. Dreeniee82 check-called the flop and check-called the turn when the 8♥ fell, both players knuckling the table when the T♦ hit the river. A few hands later, both players limped in to see a T♦T♣9♦ flop, erickie leading out for 2.4 million from the small blind. Dreeniee82 called, the board double-pairing on the turn with the 9♠. Erickie bet another 3.6 million and dreeniee82 called. The river fell the K♦ and erickie loaded the third bullet, making it 8.4 million to go. Dreeniee82 called only to see erickie flip over T♠8♦ for a full house. A few small pots and blind steals later, erickie's stack passed the 80 million mark.

With the blinds up to a staggering 600,000/1,200,000, dreenie82 limped in from the small blind, then called erickie's 3.6 million raise from the big. The flop fell 8♣4♠3♠ and erickie led at the pot for 4.8 million. Dreeniee82 shoved for her remaining 31.8 million and erickie quickly called, rolling over 3♦4♥ for bottom two pair. Dreeniee82 could only show 4♦6♦. The A♦ on the turn didn't help, neither did the 5♥ on the river, and after a 17 hour and 52 minute grind, erickie shipped the WCOOP bracelet and $163,324.15.

Final table host Richard "tzen1" Veenman was thrilled to see a fellow Dutchman get the win.

Tzen1 (TeamOnline): And we have a winner!!!!!
Tzen1 (TeamOnline): If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much!
Tzen1 (TeamOnline): Grats erickie

Congratulations are also due to dreeniee82, who played a relentless, aggressive game. For her runner-up finish, she too earned a six-figure score-- $117,410.00

WCOOP Event #19 ($109 NLHE) results

1. erickie (Netherlands) $163,324.15
2. dreeniee82 (United Kingdom) $117,410.00
3. fan-fan04 (Hungary) $82,187.00
4. E.Viltseva (Russia) $58,705.00
5. daskalos20 (Cyprus) $46,964.00
6. maxover (Czech Republic) $35,223.00
7. spel91 (United Kingdom) $23,482.00
8. Merk2517 (Russia) $11,741.00
9. BANTEX (Denmark) $7,396.83

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in WCOOP