WCOOP Event #16: Team Online Anders "Donald" Berg wins third WCOOP Bracelet

712 players lined up at the 10:00am CST starting gun for WCOOP Event #16 $215 buy-in PLO (6-max). And at 10:01am mtvdeuem of Slovenia decided ship the entire 5,000 chip starting stack to papillon of Malta exiting the tournament before most had even taken their seats. Quite the contrast from Event #15's Razz tournament that just finished a mere eight hours ago when Fred_Brink outlasted a field of 799, including Team PokerStars pro George Danzer who finished 16th, the Razz contestants may have received a little more play for their buck than mtvdeuem did.

Team PokerStars pro Lex Veldhuis would also have to wait until Event #17 for a shot at a WCOOP bracelet, busting after 15 minutes of play as the players continued to pile in and easily surpass the $250,000.00 guarantee. Daniel Negreanu was looking for a sixth straight day of cashes at the WCOOP as he tweeted early on: "Listening to www.wcoop.com/radio while playing #WCOOP16 my 15th event. 5 cashes no final tables. Going for cash #6 today starting with PLO".

Team PokerStars pros and Team Online Richard Toth, Jose "twin-caracas" Arias, George Danzer (perhaps tired after the Razz-a-thon), Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, Noah "Exclusive" Boeken, Marcin "Goral" Horecki, Christophe De Meulder, JP Kelly, would all perish before the two hour late registration closed the final tally of 1,952 players amassing a huge $390,400.00 prize pool with $61,488.00 slated for first and 252 runners taking home at least $351.36 for their efforts.

WCOOP Player of Series co-leader 2FLY2TILT never got off the ground today, finishing in 1,027th place and co-leader Olkku of Finland also failed to gather any points finishing in 764th place.

Kid Poker would have to wait until Event #17 for another shot at a WCOOP bracelet after three-betting preflop during the fourth hour of the tourney, Daniel would find himself behind a flopped set of queens held by Andrjywa. A second diamond would appear on the board to give his T♠ K♦ 6♦ K♣ hand a ray of hope but a second six on the river gave Andrjywa's Q♥ Q♠ T♥ A♥ a boat ending Negreanu's tournament in 752nd place.

Out on table 206 with blinds of 125/250 jascham77 scored a high rolling Team PokerStars pro double knockout. Two-time WCOOP champ Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Superstar Showdown host Viktor "Isildur1" Blom both got it all-in after a 2♦K♣A♦ flop with jascham77 covering both players. Blom showed a pair of kings, gutshot straight draw, and a flush draw 7♦T♣K♦Q♥, Grospellier turned up three pair A♠K♥3♠2♠, as jascham77 found top set J♠A♥A♣2♠. The turned K♠ had all four aces and kings exposed, meaning both Team PokerStars pros were drawing dead at the 48,083 chip pot ending their nights in 557th (Blom) and 558th (Grospellier) place.

There would be no two-time 2011 WCOOP bracelet winner, at least in this tournament, as all of the champs either did not play or ran cold on the river busting out well before the money.

jascham77 seemed to have a Team PokerStars pro and Team Online magnet attached to that stack as a couple of hours later he would be seated at the same table as the last two remaining Red Spaders were seated with him. Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg who like ElkY, has two WCOOP bracelets strapped to his wrists including last year's Deuce to Seven title and Team PokerStars pro Ana Marquez joined jascham77 for a short while as the field trimmed closer from three digits to two. Berg and Marquez dodged the same fate as their brethren after jascham77 busted to thierr18 earning $663.68 in 103rd place. After the break in tables Berg and Marquez were split up and Ana unfortunately was not able to chip up and running into 1BigAceHole's rivered Aces full after turning a nut straight to finish in 94th place ($663.68).


Ana Marquez - 94th Place

Anders however was left to trudge on with a fifth overall WCOOP final table and third WCOOP bracelet in his sights. At the tenth hour break, Berg stood in eighth chip position out of just 21 players standing between him and tying Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo for most bracelets won.

One by one we inched closer to the final table as entim (18th), kisulik (17th), Skintz (16th), and theirr18 in 15th place fell but all earned $2,849.92 as PUCIPUCO who has a Sunday Million final table to his credit (taking 4th for $79K)continued a tight hold on the chip lead while Berg continued chipping up to nearly a million chips only behind the chip leader and thegr8str8 with blinds at 8K/16K.

11th hour of the tourney and the field of 1,952 players were reduced to two full tables of six. HUTA KBIRA would catch some bad luck in flopping a set of eights against thegr8str8 who flopped the nut straight. Turn and river did not pair the Q♦ 8♥ T♦ 2♠ K♦ board and HUTA KBIRA was out in 12th place ($3,904.00) as thegr8str8 leapt into the chip lead with the sizable 1.3 million chip pot.

thegr8str8 seemed to take every big pot during the 11th hour, racking up over four million chips after eliminating roverpoke560 in 11th place ($3,904.00). PUCIPUCO with 1.5 million was next on the chip ladder and at the same table, but to show the chasm between them and the other players left, no one at the other table had over a million in chips.

Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome chimed in with a quick "quack" of encouragement for Anders trying to battle with a tight stack and two large stacks playing five-handed. . Well, make that four-handed as thegr8str8 took down yet another player just as Adrienne's quack left the chat box. With the blinds at 15K/30K Dear_Apollo could not find a smooth landing holding 8♠ 4♥ 9♥ Q♠ against thegr8str8's 8♣ A♦ T♠ K♣ which found two more kings on the K♥ J♠ 2♣ 7♦ K♠ board ending Dear_Apollo's tournament in 9th place ($5,856.00).

SM4RTASS had a couple of choice words for N_O_I_S_E after N_O_I_S_E's 6♦ 3♣ K♣ J♠ defeated SM4RTASS' 7♦ T♣ 8♣ 9♥ after the two shoved their chips in the middle post T♠ 9♣ 2♣ flop. Top two and open-ended, SM4RTASS just had to fade a queen and/or clubs for the one million chip pot. A♦ was safe on the turn, the Q♥ was not as SM4RTASS (7th place, $5,856.00) only got a few sharp words in the chat box before the final table started because on the other table...

... there was an all-in as well. With the blinds at 15K/30K short-stacked substance called a min-raise from the chip guru thegr8str8 and both looked at a coordinated J♣ T♦ Q♠ flop. Immediately substance shoved the remaining 116,288 chips into the pot as thegr8str8 called holding the nut straight A♣ 8♣ 8♠ K♥. substance held a lower straight K♦ 9♦ Q♥ T♠ but a small ray of hope with four outs to a boat. 9♥ on the turn added two more outs but the 2♣ river set up the Event #16 final table below:


Just another victim

In what became commonplace in the final two tables, thegr8str8 turned into a giant chip sucking vacuum. The start of the final table was no different as the blinds moved up to 20K/40K one-time chip leader PUCIPUCO held 770,303 chips and got into a pre-flop raising war with thegr8str8. Pot, pot, pot, pot, pot, all-in as the two created a 1.5 million chip pot and thegr8str8 was not speculating turning over aces with broadway cards A♣ A♠ J♠ K♠ as PUCIPUCO held double-suited kings T♣ K♣ 6♦ K♦. Rainbow flop, rainbow turn, and no gold on the river 2♥ 9♦ 2♠ 3♣ T♥ for PUCIPUCO finishing the tourney in sixth place ($8,744.96).

A rare event occurred afterwards as the table broke into a chop discussion, despite thegr8str8 holding half the chips in play and a Team Online member at the table. Despite the severe weight of thegr8str8's stack the table still agreed to see the numbers from Team Online member Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc. Unfortunately, the first batch of numbers came back a little too in favor of thegr8str8, as he was scheduled to receive over the first place amount. While Grayson went back to try to get the real numbers, Anders, who holds a PhD in mathematics by the way, calculated the numbers for thegr8str8 and did not believe those figures so the Canadian chip leader held firm with a higher amount.

Anders lightened the tense mood as he was scheduled to be the final table host tonight and apologized for making it there as a player instead. Despite their efforts, thegr8str8 still wanted too much and play resumed with no chop in place.

Bring the noise

Nearly an hour since our previous elimination, the blinds moved up to 30K/60K as N_O_I_S_E and superowl99 got 2.5 million chips into the pot after an all club flop 4♣ Q♣ A♣. Watch the results below:

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Flushes for both players prompt the shoving, but N_O_I_S_E held the nut flush K♥ 7♣ 7♠ K♣ as superowl99 was left drawing dead 6♥ 7♦ T♣ 9♣ with the lower flush, collecting $15,303.68 in fifth place. This was not superowl99's first shot at a major tournament win, as the UK player barely missed out on a SCOOP watch this year, finishing 2nd in Event #30-H for $27,900.

After superowl99's elimination the chips began to flatten out among our final four as N_O_S_I_E took over the chip lead and the remaining players decided to take a look at chop numbers again. But, while the pause was going down after the current hand, thegr8str8 tried bluffing at a paired board on the river and lost over a million chips to N_O_S_I_E who turned the nut straight and went to the break with a chip leading 4.6 million. thegr8str8's frustration showed as he immediate canceled on agreeing to look at the chop numbers as the players went to the 14th hourly break.

Tooth and nail

The remaining four would stay that way as the blinds moved up to 50K/100K and GrovSnus who lost a sizable all-in against Berg, was down to just 652,709 chips and making a pot button raise with 9♠ T♥ 3♦ 9♥. thegr8str8 came immediately back with a re-raise to put GrovSnus all-in. Holding only 302,709 behind folding wasn't a great option so GrovSnus made the call and needed help while staring down the barrels of thegr8str8's aces 8♣ A♦ 6♥ A♥. Gutterball draw on the flop would be as close as GrovSnus would get as the board ran out K♥ 7♣ 6♠ T♦ 7♥ to end GrovSnus' night in fourth place ($22,448.00).

Should have taken that deal

You see it time and time again where a chip leader should have taken a deal and ended up finishing lower than the deal would have paid. This is one such case. Just over a dozen hands after GrovSnus took a seat on the rail, thegr8str8 made pot raise as Anders called from the big blind to see a 2♦ 8♥ 7♥ flop. Berg took the role of aggressor and put out enough chips to force thegr8str8 all in. Holding a flush draw and gutshot straight draw, thegr8str8 made the call 6♦ Q♥ 3♦ T♥. Anders flipped up 7♣ T♠ 2♠ J♣ good for two pair. T♣ on the turn paired up both players and despite two pair on the river 6♠, thegr8str8 lost out to Berg's tens over sevens collecting $34,160.00 in third place.

History to be made?

With tonight's final table Anders "Donald" Berg has now made five WCOOP final tables, winning two of them. He would become only the second player (Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo being the other) to hold three WCOOP bracelets. Starting out heads-up play, Berg would need to overcome yet another chip deficit holding a million chips less than N_O_S_I_E's stack (4.4 million to 5.4 million).

Team Online Anders "Donald" Berg - three time WCOOP champ

N_O_S_I_E wanted a deal, Berg wanted to gamble so they did, and the high stakes Omaha player's experience prevailed. With the blinds at 60K/120K Berg scooped up six consecutive pots to take a 8.7 million to one million chip lead. Anders would complete from the button as N_O_S_I_E shipped a pot bet and Berg called to see a 7♦ T♠ K♥ flop. Watch below as the final hand of Event #16 plays out:

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Quickly N_O_S_I_E put in the rest of the 679,725 chip stack as Anders called holding top pair 6♠ 5♥ 3♦ K♠. N_O_S_I_E needed some assistance holding 6♥ Q♦ 7♠ A♠ and got it with a 6♣ on the turn. But, the roller-coaster kept moving as a 4♣ on the river gave Berg a straight, $61,488.00 for first place, and an amazing third WCOOP bracelet!


Team Online Anders "Donald" Berg - WCOOP Event #16 Champion

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2011 WCOOP $250,000 guarantee Event #16 Pot Limit Omaha (6-max) results 09-09-11
1. Team Online Anders "Donald" Berg $61,488.00
2. N_O_S_I_E (Sweden) $45,872.00
3. thegr8str8 (Canada) $34,160.00
4. GrovSnus (Sweden) $22,448.00
5. superowl99 (United Kingdom) $15,303.68
6. PUCIPUCO (United Kingdom) $8,744.96

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP