WCOOP 2011: Win for marroca5, 2nd place for Anders Berg in Event 47 ($530 Stud H/L)

Logo - WCOOP.pngIt was just an ordinary Tuesday. Not much happening, really. It's almost mid-week, long enough from the next weekend to leave most wondering what to do with themselves. But during WCOOP, the answer to any such question is easy... Play a WCOOP tournament!

Event 47 wasn't for everyone, though. Stud H/L requires special skills, not to mention the $530 buy-in. But for those adept in the game with a substantial bankroll or the ability to win one of many, many satellites to the event, poker players had a great WCOOP option, with a $50,000 guarantee no less, on this otherwise uneventful Tuesday.

When the registration period was complete, these were the final numbers:

Players: 262
Prize pool: $131,000
Paid players: 40

This event brought a lot of familiar PokerStars faces to the tables. The first to exit the tournament was Team PokerStars Pro Andre "aakkari" Akkari, and he was followed by PokerStars Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, and Team Pros Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth, Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu, Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero, Pat Pezzin, Marcin "Goral" Horecki, and Humberto Brenes.

The last 100 players still showed some Stars logos in the field, but Team Pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken departed in 97th place, Jonathan Duhamel in 92nd, Chad Brown in 87th, and George Danzer in 74th. Just before the money bubble, Team Online's Shane "shaniac" Schleger exited in 47th place.

The first player to cash in the tournament was mddgfc, who took home $753.25 for 40th place. Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier departed in 20th place, and Alex Kravchenko followed a bit later in 12th place.

Still going strong with two tables left was Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg, who maintained a comfortable spot in second place on the leaderboard as the field thinned.

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The elimination of lestrigon777 in tenth place put the rest of the players into hand-for-hand mode, and Donald was in top chip position. Short-stacked luetch1 took the opportunity to double through rockstar2, and big action took some players all over the leaderboard.

Finally, though, luetch1 was at it again, in another battle with rockstar2. Betting was capped after fourth street with luetch1 all-in, and the final hand was 4♠7♣7♠9♦Q♣8♦T♥, but the pair of sevens with no low was no comparison for the J♥7♥3♥5♥A♠6♠8♥ of rockstar2 with a flush and 7-6-5-3-A low. Luetch1 was gone in ninth place with $2,620.00.

Team Online's Donald leads and looks fourth bracelet

The final table was set in Level 23, with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a 1,600 ante. It was nearly 8.5 hours into the tournament, and players' starting stacks were:

Seat 1: Donald (466,905 in chips)
Seat 2: ilushan (223,710 in chips)
Seat 3: rockstar2 (374,059 in chips)
Seat 4: Itto (223,720 in chips)
Seat 5: 7PRS (101,866 in chips)
Seat 6: marroca5 (184,628 in chips)
Seat 7: SonnyRamone (223,511 in chips)
Seat 8: ramondemon77 (166,601 in chips)


It didn't take long for short-stacked 7PRS to make a move, but it started innocently enough with 7PRS going to fourth street with Itto and marroca5. All three went along but it was on the river that 7PRS bet all-in, marroca5 raised, and Itto called. Marroca5 showed 2♥8♠3♠9♥7♥2♦2♠ for the three deuces, and with no low, that hand took the entire pot. 7PRS simply mucked and left in eighth place with $3,275.00.

Speaking of Itto, that player moved all-in for his last 17K on third street with A♠4♣ and a 2♦ showing, and ilushan called with 6♠6♣ and a K♦. When all of the cards were dealt, Itto added 9♥J♠9♣2♥ for two pair, but ilushan added Q♥T♠3♦Q♠ for a better two pair. With no qualifying low, Itto headed out in seventh place with $3,930.00.

Shortly after, ilushan moved all-in preflop with Q♠Q♣ and a 9♥ showing, but Donald was along for the ride with K♥K♠ and 7♣. Ilushan only produced 4♣A♣7♥J♦ for that same pair of queens and no low, while Donald's hand developed into a set of kings with 3♣9♦T♦K♦. That left ilushan out in sixth place with $5,240.00.

The next big hand started with Donald, rockstar2, and marroca5 heading to fourth street, though marroca folded after a bet and raise on fourth. It was after fifth that rockstar2 bet all-in, and Donald called. Rockstar2's final hand was 3♦A♠6♠J♣9♦8♥9♣, but those pair of nines couldn't beat the two pair displayed in the 7♥9♥4♣2♣8♦8♣2♥ hand belonging to Donald. Rockstar2 was gone in fifth place with $7,205.00.

A bit later, SonnyRamone moved all-in preflop, and Donald, marroca5, and ramondemon77 called. Marocca5 also called all-in after several raises on fourth street, and Donald and ramondemon77 continued until a bet on the river forced Donald to fold. When all was said and done, these hands were shown:

ramondemon77: T♥T♣K♠K♥8♠Q♠T♦
marroca5: 4♠3♣A♣7♦2♣6♠K♦
SonnyRamone: 8♦4♣5♠7♥2♠5♥9♣

Ramondemon77 had the high with the full house and took both side pots, but marroca5 was saved with part of one of the side pots and the main pot with the low. SonnyRamone, on the other hand, was out in fourth place with $10,480.00.

After the first 15 minutes of three-handed play, Donald managed to climb up to 1.3 million chips, while ramondemon77 took some hits and was reduced to little more than 368K. Marroca5 climbed a slight bit to 276K, but Donald was simply in charge of the table.

Marocca5 then began to climb, taking big pots from both opponents to climb over 600K. Ramondemon77 did manage to double through marocca5 to put a dent in the latter's rise, but marocca5 took most of it back on a subsequent hand. And with a big pot from Donald, marroca5 jumped into the chip lead.

Everything changed quite a bit, with the exception that ramondemon77 was still the shortest stack at the table. Donald got involved with ramondemon77 that led to ramondemon77 making the all-in call on sixth street with 8♠8♥7♥2♥9♥K♠ against the A♦3♠2♠6♠J♣6♣ of Donald. The river brought a 3♥ for Donald to make two pair, and the T♣ for ramondemon77 did nothing but eliminate him from the tournament in third place with $14,410.00.

Strong finish for both players

The final two competitors started their battle as follows:

Seat 1: Donald (442,060 in chips)
Seat 6: marroca5 (1,522,940 in chips)

Donald was not used to being the short stack at the final table, but marroca5 was in the process of making a supreme comeback, unwilling to let anyone - including Donald's PokerStars logo or five stars - stand in the way.

On the other hand, Donald wasn't giving up on his goal of taking a fourth WCOOP bracelet, the second one of the 2011 series. He doubled up once to stay in the game and tried to stay aggressive.

Donald was in a position to have to move again, though. The two got into a hand that started with 4♦ for Donald and A♥ for marroca5 on the table. Betting was then capped on fourth street with the reveal of a 5♥ for Donald and Q♠ for marroca5. When Donald picked up a 3♣ on fifth street, he called all-in for his last 22,460 chips, and marocca5 was along with 7♣. The complete hands:

Donald: A♠K♥4♦5♥3♣9♠3♦
marroca5: Q♥6♣A♥Q♠7♣J♥K♠

With no low hand, marroca5's pair of queens took the high and the remainder of the chips. Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg finished in second place with $18,995.00.

Marroca5 of Columbia took down Event 47, along with $25,545.00 and the gold WCOOP bracelet. Congrats!

WCOOP Event 47 ($530 Stud H/L) Results:

1st place: marroca5 ($25,545.00)
2nd place: Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg ($18,995.00)
3rd place: ramondemon77 ($14,410.00)
4th place: SonnyRamone ($10,480.00)
5th place: rockstar2 ($7,205.00)
6th place: ilushan ($5,240.00)
7th place: Itto ($3,930.00)
8th place: 7PRS ($3,275.00)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in WCOOP