WCOOP 2011: Victory for Vingtcent in Event 31 ($320 8-Game)

Logo - WCOOP.pngSome players like to mix up their poker tournament experiences. Mixed hold'em is a good example of putting together limit and no-limit with alternating levels. Other games like HOSE and HORSE are even more challenging, as they incorporate poker variations like Omaha and Stud into the action, forcing players to change games quite often. So it goes without saying that an 8-game mix is a grand test to anyone's poker game.

Event 31 was set up with 10-minute levels, alternating from game to game in this order: limit 2-7 triple draw, LHE, Omaha H/L, razz, stud, stud H/L, NLHE, PLO. For those believing they were adept in all (or most) of those variations and ready for the challenge, there was a $100K guarantee attached to the $320 buy-in.

The results of the 180-minute registration period:

Players: 632
Prize pool: $189,600
Paid players: 184

As the tournament moved forward, the money bubble eventually burst when PPPPPositive exited in 85th place. That left the remainder of the field guaranteed a minimum payout of $511.92.

Several PokerStars players were still in the field but some departed rather quickly, as Team Pro Henrique Pinho left in 79th place and Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg in 77th place. Team Pro George Danzer then left in 54th place, Andre "aakkari" Akkari in 46th, and Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso in 44th.

Still holding strong was one of the newest members of Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome of Canada. She stayed in the top ten as the field was reduced from four tables to three, and then two tables.

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Play continued with two tables, but the elimination of McMang in eighth place put hand-for-hand action into motion. It lasted for several levels, through Omaha H/L, razz, and stud. In stud H/L, the action heated up when short-stacked AceQuad got involved with jokanavic. AceQuad showed A♠7♥4♥6♦2♠K♣K♠, but the high and low were beat by the 4♣3♦6♥5♥5♦2♥8♣ of jokanavic, who made a straight and 6-5-4-3-2 low. AceQuad departed in sixth place with $3,886.80.

Heated battle begins with Chillolini on top

Just after the 10-hour mark, the final table began in Level 54 with stud H/L, blinds of 20,000/40,000 and a 4,000 ante. The starting chip counts were:

Seat 1: Vingtcent (554,962 in chips)
Seat 2: jokanavic (200,428 in chips)
Seat 3: EeeTee2008 (563,826 in chips)
Seat 4: talonchick (267,241 in chips)
Seat 5: Chillolini (1,009,732 in chips)
Seat 6: ElmanOne (563,811 in chips)

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In the same level, Vingtgent, jokanavic, EeeTee2008, and ElmanOne went to fourth street with jokanavic holding 3-4 and ElmanOne A♥T♥. ElmanOne folded on fifth street, but the other three players took it further, with jokanavic all-in on sixth street. After the river, Vingtcent showed 5♠5♦5♣K♣J♦4♦4♠ for a full house. EeeTee2008 simply mucked, as did jokanavic, the latter of whom was eliminated in sixth place with $5,688.00.

Vingtcent veers into the lead

Talonchick was on the short stack of the five remaining players but nearly doubled up in a hand against EeeTee2008.

EeeTee2008 was doing quite well, actually, but it was EeeTee2008 decided to move a stack of 530,285 all-in preflop when confronted by two raises. It was in a PLO hand that ElmanOne raised and EeeTee2008 reraised. ElmanOne called, but Vingtcent reraised to more than 300K. EeeTee2008 then moved all-in, prompting a fold from ElmanOne and call from Vingtcent. EeeTee2008 was at risk with A♦A♠Q♠3♦, and Vingtcent showed K♠K♥8♥4♠. The board came T♦6♣7♠5♣J♦ gave Vingtcent a straight and eliminated EeeTee2008 in fifth place with $9,480.00.

Team Online's talonchick taken out

Talonchick was the short stack but lost even more of her chips during the triple draw 2-7 lowball limit round. Ultimately, with only 15,732 chips remaining, she moved all-in, and Chillolini was the only caller. Talonchick discarded one and then showed T♣8♣7♥5♦3♣. Chillolini did the same but showed 8♠6♠4♦3♦2♦ for the better hand. Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome was eliminated in fourth place with $13,272.00.

In the same level, ElmanOne and Chillolini got into a preflop raising war from the blinds until betting was capped, and Chillolini was all-in. Both players discarded one on the first draw, and Chillolini discarded one on the second and third draws as well before showing K♠7♣5♠4♣3♦. But ElmanOne had 8♥5♣4♦3♣2♦ and the better hand, and Chillolini exited in third with $19,434.00.

Heading into heads-up

The final two players began their match with these counts:

Seat 1: Vingtcent (2,692,375 in chips)
Seat 6: ElmanOne (467,625 in chips)

ElmanOne made progress during the LHE round, even taking a pot worth 540K, but Vingtcent continued to take pots and maintain the same percentage of a lead that was indicated by starting chips.

The battle lasted for approximately 30 minutes, and it ended in the Omaha H/L round. Betting was capped prior to the T♣6♥5♣, and ElmanOne bet 40K and Vingtcent called. The 5♥ on the turn brought another bet from ElmanOne but a raise from Vingtcent. ElmanOne called all-in with K♦J♠3♥2♥, but Vingtcent had A♦K♥9♥2♦. The Q♠ on the river gave neither player a low hand and left the pair of fives as the high, but Vingtcent had the better kicker. ElmanOne was out in second place with $26,164.80.

Vingtcent of the Netherlands won the 8-Game WCOOP tournament, along with $35,076.00 in cash and the gold WCOOP bracelet. Congrats!

WCOOP Event 31 ($320 8-Game) Results:

1st place: Vingtcent ($35,076.00)
2nd place: ElmanOne ($26,164.80)
3rd place: Chillolini ($19,434.00)
4th place: Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome ($13,272.00)
5th place: EeeTee2008 ($9,480.00)
6th place: jokanavic ($5,688.00)

There are many more WCOOP events on the schedule, and satellites are running around the clock. All of the pertinent information can be found on the main WCOOP page, along with the special stats page. And check out the WCOOP Radio shows for daily prizes, special guests, and WCOOP commentary.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in WCOOP