WCOOP 2011: A hat trick (+1) for Poland as sosickPL ships Event #32 ($320 NLHE 6-max)

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgUp until a week ago, a Polish player had yet to win a WCOOP title. It wasn't for a lack of deep runs. Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki came oh-so-close in Event #5, finishing in fourth place. _Akun333_ did him one better in Event #8, coming in third in the $215 Triple Stud. However, it was N4kai who finally brought the bracelet home with his win in Event #18, $320 NLHE. Two days later, gregor7878 made it two when he topped a field of 8,484 in Event #21, $215 NLHE. Yesterday, Olorionek made it the hat trick for his home country after winning $54,814 in the Triple Shootout. Now, sosickPL has added another win for Poland after winning Event #32, a two-day NLHE 6-max affair.

1,714 players bought in for $320 apiece, creating a $514,200 prize pool. 216 places were paid with first place set to earn $83,557.50. Three members of the Red Spade Army, Team Online's Keiran "K_man2307" Harris (46th), Team Pro U.K.'s Jude Ainsworth (101st) and Team Pro Marcin Horecki (114th and Polish!) finished in the money. After twelve hours of play, Day 1 wrapped with 10 players remaining.

Insanocut had the misfortune of running into a monster hand on the final table bubble. Playing four-handed, with the blinds at 12,500/25,000, olegus_71 opened for 75,000 and insanocut three-bet shoved for 830,164 holding 8♠8♦. Olegus_71 snap-called with A♥A♠. Insanocut was drawing dead on the turn, the board running out K♥T♥9♥J♥6♦ to end his run in seventh place and send olegus_71 to the final table with the chip lead.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: sosickPL (1,463,362 in chips)
Seat 2: rocks50 (923,047 in chips)
Seat 3: wex_69 (1,250,424 in chips)
Seat 4: murballz66 (450,652 in chips)
Seat 5: olegus_71 (1,992,219 in chips)
Seat 6: jusc (2,490,296 in chips)

The seventh hand of the final table sent heads spinning, as jusc made an ill-timed move and punted off more than half his stack with four-high. Yes, you read that right. Jusc led off the action with a min-raise to 30,000 from the cutoff. SosickPL three-bet to 141,325 on the button and the action folded back around to jusc, who four-bet to 270,000. SosickPL came back over the top for 398,675, leading jusc to put in a six-bet, setting him all-in for an additional 1,066,652. SosickPL called with A♥K♥ and jusc turned up...3♣4♣? The best hand held up this time, sosickPL flopping a king to take down the 3 million-chip pot and move into the chip lead.

Jusc was left with 957,000 after that hand, but it didn't take long for him to double back up. With the board reading A♣9♦3♣9♣ on the turn, olegus_71 led out for 810,000, having turned trips with Q♥9♥. Jusc, however, snap- called all-in for 661,312, turning over A♠A♦ for aces full of nines. The river fell the 8♣ and jusc bounced back, raking in 1.95 million in chips.

Rocks50's stack was cut down to only 130,000 when his A♣4♣ fell to murballz66's A♦5♠. Although he staved off elimination by doubling twice through jusc, his stack steadily dwindled until he three-bet shoved for his last 160,000 behind sosickPL's 84,000 opening raise. Wex_69 four-bet to 320,000 from the small blind to isolate, sosickPL ducked out of the way and the cards went on their backs, rocks50's A♠5♥ dominated by wex_69's A♦K♥. The board ran out ten-high and the ace-king held, sending rocks50 to the rail in sixth place.

Wex_69, however, would be the next player to fall. With the blinds up to 25,000/50,000, sosickPL opened for 105,000 and wex_69 three-bet to 267,000 on the button. SosickPL re-popped it to 449,000, wex_69 moved all-in for 1,528,816 and sosickPL quickly called, tabling A♣A♥. Wex_69 was in dire shape with A♠Q♦ and could not pull off a miracle, departing in fifth place with $20,568 for his efforts. SosickPL moved up to 4.31 million in chips, his closest competitor murballz66 with 1.76 million.

Down to 25 big blinds, jusc met his tournament end when he hero-called the river with second pair, only to run into sosickPL's two pair:

Jusc collected $30,852 for his fourth-place finish while sosickPL widened his chip lead even further. As play turned three-handed, sosickPL held 5.36 million, onetime short stack murballz66 held 2.07 million, and olegus_71 was looking for a double-up with 1.13 million, good for 19 big blinds.

Play dragged on three-handed for the better part of a level and a half, the blinds rising to 40,000/80,000. Deadlocked at around 1.5 million chips apiece, murballz66 and olegus_71 played chicken for second-place money and took turns asking sosickPL to agree to see chip count chop numbers. SosickPL wasn't having any of that given his chip position, leaving the two short stacks to fight it out. Murballz66 ended up blinking first after olegus_71 folded his button and sosickPL moved all-in from the small blind. Murballz66 found K♠7♠ in the big and called off his last 695,000, only to watch sosickPL turn over A♥K♦. An ace on the flop all but ended it for murballz66, the board running out A♣J♣9♠4♦8♥ to send him to the rail in third place.

SosickPL had olegus_71 outchipped by nearly a 4 to 1 margin as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 1: sosickPL (6,808,411 in chips)
Seat 5: olegus_71 (1,761,589 in chips)

Olegus_71 saw his stack whittled down to 1.15 million before winning a coinflip to double up, his pocket fives holding against A♣8♠. Olegus_71 ground that 2.3 million up to 3 million with some deft small-pot poker, before winning this 2.2 million-chip pot to take the lead:

With the chip counts close to even, both players agreed to pause the tournament to discuss a deal. Olegus_71 held 4,445,178 to sosickPL's 4,124,822 Taking out the required $7,000 for the winner left the two $139,032.60 to split up but instead of running chip-count chop numbers, they started tossing figures back and forth in the chat box. Remarkably, despite losing the chip lead, sosickPL was able to negotiate a slightly larger slice of the pie for himself.

sosickPL: you now that im better player
sosickPL: so 71, 68, 7 for win
sosickPL: or no deal
sirfreddy83 (TeamOnline): LOl guys
sosickPL: agree or playin?
olegus_71: ok ))

With the deal in place, action resumed and sosickPL immediately regained control of the match, taking three medium-sized pots off olegus_71 Down to 2.67 million, olegus_71 picked up a big hand at the right time, opening for 240,000 and calling a shove from sosickPL. Olegus_71's pocket jacks held up against A♠8♦ and he was suddenly back in the driver's seat with 5.3 million to sosickPL's 3.2 million. With the blinds moving up to 70,000/140,000, however it was really anyone's game; only 61 big blinds were left in play.

Still, these two managed to slug it out for another twenty minutes before all the chips went in the middle. SosickPL opened for 310,000 on the button and olegus_71 called from the big blind. The flop fell T♦5♦3♣ and olegus_71 checked over to sosickPL, who bet 267,600. Olegus_71 raised to 700,000 and sosickPL smooth-called. The turn came the 8♣ and olegus_71 led out for 840,000, a bit more than one-third of his remaining chips. SosickPL called again and the 4♠ landed on the river. Olegus_71 shoved for his last 1.54 million and sosickPL quickly called, tabling K♦T♠ for top pair. Olegus_71 had only 5♠9♦ for middle pair on the flop and after a ninety-minute heads-up battle, sosickPL shipped his first WCOOP title and $78,000. For his runner-up finish, olegus_71 earned $68,032.80

WCOOP Event #32 ($320 NLHE 6-max) results

1. sosickPL (Poland) $78,000.00*
2. olegus_71 (Russia) $68,032.80*
3. murballz66 (Canada) $46,278.00
4. jusc (Lithuania) $30,852.00
5. wex_69 (Canada) $20,568.00
6. rocks50 (Russia) $12,855.00

*- reflects a two-way deal

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in WCOOP