WCOOP 2011: gboro780 earns straight As claiming Event #39 H.O.R.S.E. title

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgCollege.

We remember the keg parties, rushing fraternities, and living off ramen noodles and Spam with a tight budget. Besides waking up at 11am having a dozen week old donuts for breakfast, college was all about taking courses outside of your comfort zone in order to grab that degree after four or five years (lawyers and doctors not included). Intro to Anthropology for an Accounting student, Advanced Statistics for an Art major, just like a NLHE specialist weaving their way through the streets of a Razz hand, being a "specialist" will not get you on the podium this evening. Tonight's WCOOP 2011 Event #39 $320 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament with a $125,000 guarantee lays out five poker classes the players must master (Hold Em', Omaha Hi-Low, Razz, Stud-Hi, and Stud Hi-Low) in order to become the valedictorian. Instead of a pretty tassel, cardboard square hat, and a piece of paper, the top of the class will earn a WCOOP bracelet along with $33,332.52 for their studious efforts.

591 students paid their tuition to PokerStars U for this special elective course and only 80 of them would walk away with a passing grade, earning some cash back from the prize pool fund. Team PokerStars pros and Team Online lined up like honor roll students, with well-prepped notes, but the competition for scholarships was fierce. Daniel "Kid Poker Negreanu, Anders "Donald" Berg, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Nuno Coelho, Noah "Exclusive" Boeken, George Danzer, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome would all bow out before the field was trimmed to double digits.

Henrique Pinho got all his chips in before 4th street in Stud, and nailed a set of eights on fourth street against kleopl for a 9,186 chip pot with the stakes at 1,200/2,400. But kleopl went runner-runner-runner diamonds to river a flush knocking out the Portuguese Team PokerStars pro in 97th place.

This left Team PokerStars pro Chad Brown who was oh so close to a final table in Event # 33's PLO and Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen to carry on for the Red Spades as both of them crossed the 80 player mark, earning a minimum of $505.30 after AceNorway busted in 81st place.

Petersen would finish in 69th place ($531.90) as Chad Brown pushed forward and was determined to do a little extra credit tonight and grabbing that bracelet that eluded him a couple of days ago. Also earning some extra credit and cash tonight was e1mdopp who took down the aforementioned Event #33 and Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee, who heading into tonight, was sitting in second place for the WCOOP Player of the Series award trailing 2FLY2TILT by 55 points (a third place finish or better would close the gap).

e1mdopp would drop out in 40th place ($886.50), followed closely behind by Chad Brown. Playing Razz (otherwise known as the elective almost no one wants to take, but had to) and 3K/6K stakes with 600 antes, Brown would complete with 7♥ showing on the door as Papartis88 made it two-bets with a 6♠ as Chad called. Brown led out with the 4♥ as Papartis88 called 9♥ on fourth. Fifth street brought an A♣ for Brown and 4♠ for Papartis88 as the rest of the Team PokerStars pro's chips went into the middle for a 43,610 chip pot. 8-7 low for Chad exposing the 8♥2♣ in the hole as Papartis88 held a 9-6 with 3♠5♥ down below. 8♣ on sixth vaulted Parartis88 into the lead with an 8-6 low and it would hold as Brown bricked, catching a 4♦ and J♣ to finish in 32nd place ($1,063.80). And just after Chad's smiling photo left the table, MacPhee would sit down for just five more hands at the same table, losing to feliX Groni's straight in Stud-Hi to finish in 30th place which should give him 10 more Player of the Series points.

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Chad Brown - 30th place


Down to two tables a familiar name floated to the top of the leaderboard. Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn would go into the final 16 with the chip lead, but as those who play limit tourneys know that the swings are sometimes even bigger than the big bet games. Niendorfer, highland, JRIXYZLE, and ChinaBoy420 would finish 13th - 16th place all earning $1,773.00 as joiso's stack took a dive and was in danger of not making the final table.

juliapups' short stack was gobbled up by ViTamin_F22's flush in Omaha Hi-Low to finish in 12th place ($2,216.25). Papartis88, who knocked out Team PokerStars pro Chad Brown, would hit the rail right before the ninth hour break after watching Kaas81 river an eight low in Razz to beat his 9-7, collecting $2,216.25. If the name sounds familiar Papartis88 managed to final table two out of the three SCOOP 2011 Event #21 tables (taking 4th place for $12K in the medium buy-in and 5th for $19K in the high buy-in).

UltraNine's pair of tens failed to hold against Kaas81 who caught queens on fourth and a flush overkill by the river to sunk the Norwegian's chances in 10th place ($2,216.25) setting up the final table bubble. DENISZHARKOV would cling desperately to less than one big bet for several hands but with the stakes at 12K/24K ante 2,400 not even two pair after fourth street in Stud Hi-Low would save the Russian. All in against bisbiki78 holding kings over tens K♥ K♦ / T♦ T♣ 9♦ 7♠ / J♠, bisbiki78 found diamonds on sixth and seventh street to nail a flush and an unneeded low 6♦ 2♦ / J♦ 6♠ 5♣ / A♦ 3♦ to eliminate DENISZHARKOV on the bubble ($2,216.25) and start up the eight player final table below:


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Seat 1: bisbiki78 (531552 in chips)
Seat 2: playitsafe (539768 in chips)
Seat 3: joiso (395756 in chips)
Seat 4: KJulius10 (215512 in chips)
Seat 5: CACAFOGO (212844 in chips)
Seat 6: ViTaMin_F22 (153135 in chips)
Seat 7: gboro780 (647094 in chips)
Seat 8: Kaas81 (259339 in chips)


Bang Bang!

Class was dismissed for two players on the same hands, after the final table played a full round of Omaha Hi-Low, the Razz round found Kaas81, CACAFOGO, and playitsafe in a three-way all-in. Who took the other player's chips? Watch below:


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Stakes at 20K/40K ante 4K and despite eliminating two players near the final table bubble, Kaas81 was all-in on fourth street as CACAFOGO would wait until sixth street to get the rest of his chips in against playitsafe for a massive 599,027 chip pot.

playitsafe 4♣ 5♠ / 3♥ K♦ 6♦ J♣ / 7♥
CACAFOGO 4♥ 2♣ / 5♦ 3♠ 3♦ J♦ / T♣
Kaas81 4♦ 2♥ / A♥ 5♥ 8♥ 8♦ / T♦

A rivered 7-6 for playitsafe beat out Kaas81's 8-5 and CACAFOGO's J-5-4-3-2 for the entire pot eliminating Kaas81 in eighth place ($2,659.50) and CACAFOGO ($3,989.25) in seventh.


Reversal of fortune

ViTaMin_F22 started out the final table on a very short stack, stalling, looking for the right spots and doubling in Razz, then again in Stud-Hi, and another 310,000 chip pot in Stud-Hi going from trying to move up the pay scale to trying to win a bracelet. On the other end KJulius10 could not find a pot to win and in Stud Hi-Low against ViTaMin_F22 it would be his last hand. With stakes at 25K/50K ante 5K all of KJulius10's chips would be in the middle showing 7♦ J♦ / A♠ 7♠ T♦ for no possible low and a pair of sevens as ViTaMin_F22 flipped up 6♦ A♦ / 5♠ 5♦ 8♥ for a pair of fives and just more low card to lock up half the pot. 7♣ for ViTaMin_F22 on sixth locked up the low and the 4♣ on the river gave ViTaMin_F22 the high as well with a straight as KJulius10 could not improve those sevens 9♥ 3♦ finishing in sixth place ($6,205.50).


ViTaMin_F22's stalling tactics during certain games began to wear down on the table as gboro780 and joiso expressed a want to play more hands as ViTaMin_F22 would let his time bank roll down several times during LHE and O8 before folding preflop.


Going for broke and getting there

Fresh off losing a 555,000 chip pot to gboro780, bisbiki78 would be left with 171,476 chips playing Omaha Hi-Low with stakes at 30K/60K. Three-betting gboro780 preflop than four-betting all-in post 6♣ 2♦ 8♥ flop, it was a surprise that neither player flipped up even a possible low. 4♠ Q♥ K♠ K♣ kings for bisbiki78 and jacks J♣ Q♦ T♠ J♦ for gboro780 as bisbiki78 was well ahead. Was being the definitive word as the 9♦ turn opened up a wrap straight draw and flush draw. The third diamond (a lot of diamond flushes today?) on the river K♦ would end bisbiki78's night in fifth place($8,865.00).


Bricks for joiso

Deep in the Stud round with stakes at 40K/80K ante 8K, gboro780, ViTaMin_F22, and playitsafe all enjoyed more than 10 big bets in their stacks while joiso was left with just 158,156 chips after paying the ante. With a K♠ door card Kostritsyn decided to make a run for it against gboro780 showing the 9♠ getting all of those chips in on fourth street. joiso's starting three broadway cards would hit exactly nothing A♦ J♥ / K♠ 7♦ 5♥ 6♠ / Q♥ as gboro780's split nines improved to trips 9♦ K♣ / 9♠ 7♣ 9♣ T♦ / 4♥ as josio narrowly missed another chance for some wrist jewelry at PokerStars after his amazing run in the SCOOP 2011 series where he had three runner-up finishes and a third place but no watch. The Russian pro does add $13,297.50 to his bankroll for fourth place tonight.

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Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn - 4th place


Played it right

Oof? That's all this scribe utter after this hand:

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For the next half hour our final three would shove the chip lead amongst each other but with the stakes up to 50K/100K in the Omaha Hi-Low round any stack at this point was vulnerable. gboro780 was on a roll taking or splitting the past six hands increasing his stack to 1.6 million but folded to ViTaMin_F22's raise from the button. playitsafe with 489,614 chips to start the hand called from the big blind to see a mid-range 7♠ 8♣ 8♠ flop. playitsafe would check-raise after ViTaMin_F22's followed through. A♠ on the turn got the rest of the chips into the middle for a one million chip pot as playitsafe turned over the flopped boat J♥ 7♣ 8♥ 9♣ but ViTaMin_F22 did one better, turning aces full 3♠ A♣ T♣ A♦ then for giggles rivering quads A♥ to eliminate playitsafe who seems to thrive in the Sunday Majors but could not pull off the victory tonight finishing in dramatic fashion for third place ($17,907.30).


Hard pill to swallow

gboro780 had no intentions of chopping up the final two spots perhaps for the stalling tactic that ViTaMin_F22 employed or knowing he had a skill advantage. Regardless of reason, heads-up play would only last four hands of Omaha Hi-Low, three wins and one split for gboro780, and three hands of Razz all won by gboro780. The finale showed both players with strong boards on sixth street as the two traded bets until ViTaMin_F22's stack was all-in and a pot of 1.26 million showing in the middle. gboro780 rolled over 5♣ Q♣ / 3♦ J♣ A♥ 4♣ a jack-five low as ViTaMin_F22 showed a nine low A♠ 2♠ / 9♠ 9♦ 3♥ 5♦. gboro780 would spike a 6♣ to improve to a six-five-four low leaving ViTaMin_F22 in need of a wheel or another six for a six-five-perfect low. ViTaMin_F22 would improve but only to an 8♠ eight as gboro780 stepped up to the head of the class and received his prize as the WCOOP 2011 Event #39 H.O.R.S.E. champion earning $33,352.52!

$125,000 guarantee WCOOP 2011 Event #39 H.O.R.S.E. results (09-17-11):
1. gboro780 (Canada) $33,332.52
2. ViTaMin_F22 (China) $24,378.75
3. playitsafe (Norway) $17,907.30
4. Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn $13,297.50
5. bisbiki78 (Greece) $8,865.00
6. KJulius10 (Canada) $6,205.50
7. CACAFOGO (Norway) $3,989.25
8. Kaas81 (Spain) $2,659.50

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP