WCOOP 2011: Mossop7 sweeps Event #5 shootout, Horecki fourth ($320 NLHE 6-max.)

wcoop2009-thumb.jpg "#WCOOP-05 6-Max NHLE Shootout is about to sell out, don't say I didn't warn you!"

So tweeted Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip of PokerStars Team Online about an hour before the start of today's Event #5, the $320 buy-in no-limit hold'em six-handed shootout event. Capped at 1,256, Philip's prediction came true not long after he'd sent out his message, as all of the available seats had been claimed.

With that many runners, the prize pool totaled a cool $388,800 -- more than twice the event's $175K guarantee. The 216 players winning their first six-handed tables would each be guaranteed $637.63. Those who took a second table to make the final 36 would score a nice payday of $2,721.60. And the six players who won three tables to make the final would each be assured of earning at least $9,642.24.

However, all had their eyes on that first prize awaiting the player able to win all four of his or her tables -- $62,208.36.

All of those who'd heeded Philip's warning and registered in time, that is.

Round 1: From 1,256 to 216

Qsypal was the first to win a Round 1 table. In fact, Qsypal was the only one to take care of the table in under an hour.

Psutka23 and L1VE FOREVER won their tables soon thereafter, and within the first 90 minutes of Round 1 two dozen more players had advanced to the second round, among them SixthSenSe19, UhhMee, IQ_999, GOGOGOGO#1, LiroLa, KingKaizers, poker_loveit, Bonkman05, barriero27, cheeses, DaWarsaw, Jeb Gees, Vitorbrasil, King 2307, polpolpol, chendes, Psutka23, GiveMeUP, Anjeyyy, ugritaly, Nark0s, tollefishy, and sweplatte.

Before they reached the second-hour break, Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip would fall, knocked out in fourth at his table by g.karolis. g.karolis would go on to win that table, besting Team PokerStars Pro Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder heads-up to advance.

Others making it through during the last part of the second hour included Marcin "Goral" Horecki of Team PokerStars Poland and his Polish countryman Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz of Team Online. A total of 76 of the 216 tables had been decided by the time the third hour of play began.

Over the next hour, all but 14 of the 216 tables had been decided. Among those advancing was PlauZee who managed to battle back from a more than 2-to-1 deficit versus Adrienne "TalonChick" Rowsome of Team Online to win.

Rowsome's Team Online teammates Shane "Shaniac" Schleger and Andrew "foucault82" Brokos were able to move onto Round 2, however, as did Toni Judet of Team PokerStars Romania, J.P. Kelly of Team PokerStars U.K., and Ana Marquez of Team PokerStars Spain.


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Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez


Less fortunate was Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc of Team Online, who late in the third hour was nearly evenly matched chipwise with his heads-up opponent pitaoufmg when they got all of the latter's chips in the middle on the turn with the board showing A♠Q♠3♥T♥. Physioc held K♦J♦ for the straight and pitaoufmg J♠9♠ for a flush draw. Then the T♠ landed on the river, crippling Physioc, and one hand later he was out and pitaoufmg had moved on.

Play continued at the remaining tables until just two were still in action with nachoace holding about a 5-to-1 chip lead over DonQuicho416 on one table and KRab42 and tj- benzen nearly even on the other.

Just moments before the four-hour break, nachoace finished off DonQuicho416, catching a deuce with A♦2♥ versus DonQuicho416's A♠K♣ to do so. Then after the break tj- benzen whittled KRab42 down to a short stack, all of which soon went in with 7♣6♣ versus tj- benzen's K♥3♥. The better hand held, and the remaining 216 found themselves seated around 36 new tables, the first hands of the second round immediately being dealt.


Round 2: From 216 to 36

Players reverted back to their original starting stacks -- 5,000 chips -- and the same structure as before for the second round of play. (For these next two rounds, winners' usernames will be highlighted in bold.)

Within the first hour one player -- butchuk -- had already handled his table. And just 15 minutes into the second hour, two more -- Vitorbrasil and 1_conor_b_1 -- had also guaranteed themselves $2,721.60 by moving onto to Round 3.

By the end of the second hour of play for Round 2, fishycall, 42ayay, Juecksel, ImaLuckSac, gavvalllaaaa, Olorionek, ugritaly had all won their tables as well.

Meanwhile, among the remaining Team PokerStars players, Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz was one of the first eliminations in the second round. Team PokerStars Pro J.P. Kelly lasted longer before being eliminated in fourth at his table. Ana Marquez and Toni Judet started at the same table, but went out in fourth and third, respectively.

That left three players to represent Stars -- Andrew "foucault82" Brokos (Team Online), Marcin "Goral" Horecki (Poland), and Shane "shaniac" Schleger (Team Online).

Brokos made it to heads-up at his table, and was leading intimad8or when a key hand arose. With the blinds 80/160, intimad8or raised to 320, Brokos reraised to 1,000, and intimad8or called. The flop came 4♥T♥K♠ and Brokos continued for 1,336. intimad8or again called. The turn then brought the Q♠. Brokos bet 3,534, intimad8or raised all in for 11,018 total, and Brokos called.

Brokos showed Q♦T♦ -- he'd turned two pair. But intimad8or had turned a better two pair with his K♣Q♣. The river was a trey, and Brokos was suddenly down below 4,000. Three hands later he'd lose a race with A♦8♠ versus pocket sevens, and intimad8or was onto the next round.

Horecki also made it to heads-up at his table to battle Check90. Things went better for him, though, as he managed to knock Check90 known under 5,000, then won a race with A♦J♦ versus Check90's pocket eights enabling Goral to advance.

Meanwhile, Schleger made it to heads-up versus tollefishy, and the pair engaged in a lengthy battle while others pushed through into Round 3. Among those winning their tables while shaniac played on were Qsypal, poker_loveit, delpede112, SpewyMango, BADEXTASY, Bensen1, UhhMee, Luigi da BP, Psutka23, nordlending, philliator, theczar19, Buugo Hoss, ostergaard, 810ofclubs, caprizas, Mossop7, xalkidas, phinomenon, pimmie, and Emaa.

Finally Schelger had tollefishy down under 3,000 when the latter pushed with Q♣[10h] and shaniac called with 4♥4♠. A four flopped, and soon shaniac was waiting with the others who'd made it to the final 36.

Just three more Round 2 matches were to be decided, all of which were down to heads-up. Soon phinomenon took care of flashdiastr, then Dachish outlasted KingOfFilth. That left just Operga and SQUi5HiiFiSH to carry their last heads-up battle forward.

SQUi5HiiFiSH held the advantage for a while, but Operga had retaken it when a big hand developed in which SQUi5HiiFiSH pushed all in on a 6♠[10c]9♠Q♣ board holding K♠4♠. Operga called with J♣8♥ -- a turned straight -- and when the river 3♣ failed to bring SQUi5HiiFiSH a spade flush or higher straight, their match had finally concluded with Operga the one moving on.

Round 3: From 36 to 6

About eight-and-a-half hours after the first round had started, the initial hands of Round 3 were dealt.

Marcin "Goral" Horecki got off to a fast start at his table, flopping a set of jacks early on to double up and all but wipe out Operga who held Q♦Q♥. Horecki would maintain the chip lead at his table from there, finally reaching heads-up versus BADEXTASY.

Those two would battle for about 15 minutes, by which point BADEXTASY became short and had to push with A♣3♣ but ran into Horecki's A♠K♣. The better hand held, and after a little more than an hour Goral was the first player through to the final table.

It was only a few minutes later that nordlending and Luiga da BP were heads-up and nearly even at their table. The pair then played a decisive hand in which a series of raises on the turn resulted in nearly 29,000 chips in the middle with the board showing 6♣7♣A♦T♦. Luigi da BP had T♥7♥ for two pair, but nordlending had 9♦8♣ for a straight. The river was the 4♦, and suddenly Luigi da BP was crippled.

On the very next hand Luigi da BP was all in with K♥3♥ against nordlending's A♥K♠, and five cards later nordlending was the second player to make the final six.

About 20 minutes later, 1_conor_b_1 had made it to heads up versus intimidator and held about a 3-to-1 chip advantage. And soon after Shane "shaniac" Schleger found himself heads up as well versus Mossop7.

"Headsup with a healthy lead to make my first ever #WCOOP final table!" tweeted Schleger. Indeed, Schelger had about a 4-to-1 chip lead at the time of his tweet.

Mossop7 battled back, though, and even regained the advantage briefly. "Eeks lost the lead, serves me right for tweeting about it I guess. #WCOOP," tweeted Schleger before regaining the lead once again.


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Shane "shaniac" Schleger, Team Online


Round 3 had been going a little over two hours when Schleger had Mossop7 all in before the flop holding Q♣Q♦ to Mossop7's K♦T♣. The flop came A♠T♥A♣ and shaniac was only a cooperative turn and river away from the final table. But the turn was the T♠, giving Mossop7 a full house, and after the river 5♣ the pair were nearly even in chips.

Meanwhile, Juecksel had gained a big heads-up lead versus fishycall, then had the latter all in with J♥2♥ versus Juecksel's A♠K♦. Five cards later Juecksel was through to the fourth and final round.

A moment later intimad8or was all in with T♥9♥ aginst 1_conor_b_1's 6♥4♥. The flop came A♥4♦Q♥, pairing 1_conor_b_1's four but bringing intimad8or the better flush draw. The turn was the 6♠, making 1_conor_b_1 a second pair, and the river the 8♣, earning 1_conor_b_1 a final table seat.

Meanwhile, back on Schleger's table Mossop7 had a slight lead when the pair raised back and forth before the flop to put shaniac all in with A♠K♥ versus Jossop7's A♦J♥. The flop landed 2♦4♣5♥, and it was looking as though Schleger's primary concern would be a trey coming to cause him to have to chop the pot.

But the turn brought worse news for shaniac -- the J♣! -- pairing Mossop7's jack. The river was the 6♣, Schleger had just missed that WCOOP final table, and Mossop7 had moved on.


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Just one table was left in action, where three players remained. Soon ugritaly knocked out Olorionek and had about a 2-to-1 chip advantage over Buugo Hoss at the start of heads-up play. Before long Buugo Hoss was all in before the flop with A♣Q♠ versus ugritaly's A♠7♠. A seven flopped, Buugo Hoss couldn't catch up, and with ugritaly taking the last of the Round 3 tables the final six-handed table was set.


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Round 4: From 6 to 1

All six players again began with 5,000 chips, and immediately Horecki proposed to the group that they try to tweak the payouts so that no one who had won three tables would get stuck with sixth-place prize money ($9,642.24). Others agreed to discuss the possibility and the tourney was paused.

The original payouts were $62,208.26 (1st); $46,656 (2nd); $34,992 (3rd); $23,328 (4th); $15,552 (5th); and $9,642.24 (6th). Horecki's plan was to flatten out the payouts thusly: 6th: $20,000; 5th: $24,000; 4th: $28,000; 3rd: $32,000; 2nd: $38,000; and 1st: "$52,378.60 + glory + bracelet."


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Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki


There was some debate about the merits of the idea, particularly the fact that those finishing 4th-6th would stand to earn a bit more than the scheduled payouts while the top three finishers would be earning less.

After some more discussion, however, all decided to go with the plan. But as it turned out, Horecki's numbers didn't quite add up to what was left in the prize pool -- he actually had an extra $2,000 in there. The first-place prize was adjusted to $50,328.60, all agreed, the payouts were adjusted accordingly, and cards were again back in the air.

As the first few hands were dealt, players commiserated with each other regarding the length of the tournament. They'd been at it nearly 12 hours already, and as ugritaly pointed out, it could be another four hours before a winner would be determined.

Then again, given everyone's state of mind -- and the deal-making that had just been completed -- things could go much more quickly.

The first big chip exchange happened about 15 minutes after play had gotten underway. With the blinds at 30/60, it folded to Mossop7 who raised to 150 from the button. 1_conor_b_1 made it 410 from the small blind, forcing Horecki to fold from the BB. Mossop7 then made it 1,080, in response to which 1_conor_b_1 shoved all in and Mossop7 called with the 4,491 chips he had left.

Mossop7 showed K♥K♣ and 1_conor_b_1 A♣9♠, and after the board came Q♦4♦7♦6♣3♣ Mossop7 was the chip leader with over 11,000 while 1_conor_b_1 had plunged to just 239.

1_conor_b_1 would double-up once, but was all in again with A♠8♥ against ugritaly's A♦A♣ and soon after hit the rail in sixth place.

A short while later the blinds were still 30/60 when Juecksel raised to 143 from the button and got one caller in ugritaly in the big blind. The flop came J♦K♣5♠. ugritaly checked, Juecksel bet 150, ugritaly raised to 412, Juecksel pushed all in for 2,650 total, and ugritaly called.

Both players had top pair, but ugritaly had the best kicker with K♥7♦ to Juecksel's K♦4♠. The turn was the 6♦ and river the Q♠, and Juecksel was out in fifth.

They'd moved on to Level 3 (blinds 40/80) when nordlending opened for 200 from under the gun. Mossop7 called from the small blind, then "Goral" Horecki shoved all in for 3,014 from the big blind. nordlending, who didn't have Horecki covered by much, made the call and Mossop7 stepped aside.

Goral: A♦Q♦
nordlending: 9♥9♣

The flop came 8♣8♦T♥, and Horecki still harbored hopes. But the 9♠ turn gave nordlending an unbeatable boat, making the K♣ river inconsquential and sending Horecki out in fourth.

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With three left ugritaly had the lead with 13,067, followed by Mossop7 with 10,511 and nordlending with 6,422. Over the next stretch ugritaly fell back while nordlending pushed up, with both sitting just under 8,900 when the following hand took place.

With the blinds 50/100 (Level 4), nordlending opened with a minimum-raise to 200 from the button, then ugritay reraised to 698 from the big blind. nordlending made it 1,400, ugritaly reraised all in for 8,888, and nordlending called with almost the same amount of chips. ugritaly had A♣Q♦, but nordlending had shown up with A♦A♥. The board came 8♥3♥J♠7♠J♥, and ugritaly was down to just 92 chips.

ugritaly's small stack went all in on the next hand versus both opponents, and Mossop7 and nordlending checked down the 6♦A♥T♦Q♠9♠ board. When Mossop7's T♥2♥ for a pair of tens proved best, ugritaly mucked and was out in third.

Heads-up play began with nordlending having the edge with 17,612 versus Mossop7's 12,388. Within 10 minutes, Mossop7 had taken the advantage, and soon had built up over 20,000. Ten minutes after that Mossop7 was up to 24,533 to nordlending's 5,467 when the final hand of the night took place.

They were in the middle of Level 5 (blinds 60/120), having only played about an hour-and-a-half since discussing a deal. Mossop7 opened for 240, and nordlending reraised to 650. Mossop7 pushed all in and nordlending quickly called, turning over 9♣9♦ to Mossop7's A♦8♥.

The flop brought an ace, coming 4♠A♣6♦. The turn was the 6♥ and river the 8♦, giving Mossop7 aces and eights and the WCOOP bracelet.


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Congratulations to Mossop7 for sweeping through four tough tables to claim the Event #5 bracelet and a little over $50,000 in first-place prize money!

WCOOP Event #5 ($320 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, 6-max.) Results (*reflects six-way deal):
1st place: Mossop7 ($50,328.60)*
2nd: nordlending ($38,000)*
3rd: ugritaly ($32,000)*
4th: Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki ($28,000)*
5th: Juecksel ($24,000)*
6th: 1_conor_b_1 ($20,000)*

Still three whole weeks' worth of WCOOPing remain. Check out the WCOOP site for the remaining schedule, and be sure to check out the Exclusive Live WCOOP Radio shows -- in four languages! -- that will begin on Wednesday, September 7th.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in WCOOP