2012 WCOOP: Greased lightning, SlickDickey speeds to Event #58 win ($1,050 LHE)
If people were looking to view a game that would produce a fast final table, most players would not name Limit Hold Em' as their first choice, especially with the deep blinds and stacks of a WCOOP event. Tonight's $150,000 guaranteed Event #58 LHE's final table would be reached in a little more than eight hours but SlickDickey turned it into a $57K victory in less than an hour, dispatching the final three players in three minutes. Just a minute longer than a hooking penalty in hockey, SlickDickey's bracelet run was complete and thanks to yet another guarantee busting crowd of 261 players creating a $261,000.00 prize pool, the victory was worth some very decent cash.
Two days left for Team Pro George Danzer to close the gap in the WCOOP Player of the Series race against mikal12345. As reported this morning by Rick Dacey, the Team Pro had just nine events left to eliminate a 65 point different between the German and the Norwegian. Cruising along into the fifth hour of play and mikal12345 already finished out of the money in 179th place, Danzer had a shot at least claiming 10 points for a cash. Unfortunately, the Event #10 winner, and last Red Spade standing, would exit the tournament in 50th place, just 14 spots outside of the money.
After the sixth hourly break and hand-for-hand play awaiting the 37 remaining players, the elimination of SCOOP 2012 Event #14-M champ Zackattak13 would burst the bubble allowing six short-stacked players (oncommand (Mexico), ExTerminator (United Kingdom), AMAK316 (Canada), Kroko-dill (Russia), treezer (Sweden), and MqThales (Gibraltar)) to claim $1,696.50 within five minutes of watching Zackattak13 go home with nothing.
A few spots up the pay ladder saw someone no one was surprised to see in the money. The two-time SCOOP champion and WCOOP champ (in Limit Hold Em' 6-max of course) Terrence "Unassigned" Chan was looking for yet another WCOOP bracelet in his favorite event. However the MMA fighter was not able to get the remaining field to tap-out and finished in 25th place earning $1,957.50
Getting closer to the final table, Thor "osten" Hansen, the Event #25 champ was all-in in a three-way pot against Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah and beng_51 starting the hand with just 8,192 chips and 4K/8K stakes. Leah would force beng_51 out on the river 9♣ 6♥ A♣ T♣ 3♠ and turned over the flopped two pair 6♣9♦. Hansen was unable to improve on his 7♠A♠ and would not claim his second bracelet of the 2012 series finishing in 13th place ($2,871.00).
With the stakes at 6K/12K, SCOOP champion Ami "UhhMee" Barer tried run a short stack of 34,525 into something a little more significant, raised from the cutoff of the four-handed table as Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet made the call out of the big blind. 2♥4♥T♣ got Van Fleet to check-raise the continuation bet as Barer called. apestyles would lead out on the K♣ turn as Barer called all-in for 10,525 holding an inside straight draw and two overs A♣Q♦ against Van Fleet's flopped top pair 8♦T♥. A whiff on the river 2♣ and Barer collected $7,047.00 in ninth place.
after Suru5 also collected $7,047.00 in eighth place, the magic number to the final table was one. As Van Fleet's stack moved up, Leah's stack moved in the other direction. Stakes now at 8K/16K on the four-handed table vestimokrec would pressure from the small blind by raising as goleafsgoeh made the call in the big blind. An all-heart flop 3♥6♥A♥ got Leah to match all bets until his entire stack was in the middle of the 88,896 chip pot. vestimokrec turned over pocket queens with the queen of hearts Q♥Q♦ as Leah needed some running cards T♠8♥ with the lesser flush draw. One of those running cards 7♣ hit the turn but the river K♦ did not contain a nine and Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah was out on the bubble ($7,047.00) starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: vestimokrec (399856 in chips)
Seat 2: apestyles (229757 in chips)
Seat 3: SlickDickey (379136 in chips)
Seat 4: hlamberg (400589 in chips)
Seat 5: beng_51 (448046 in chips)
Seat 6: 2bb100hands (100116 in chips)
No one likes to hear this call on the craps table (unless you are that gambler betting on the Don't Pass Line of course). Tonight after just seven hands our first dice shooter would be out of the tournament. With the stakes at 8K/16K and holding two big bets, the aptly named 2bb100hands, would trade bets with SlickDickey until the 32,116 chips were in the middle. SlickDickey showed the killer queens Q♣Q♥ and 2bb100hands turned up 9♥8♥. The suited connector would find nothing on the 3♥ 2♣ K♣ 6♠ 7♥ board to latch on to, and finished the night in sixth place ($10,440.00).
Slick set bro
Still on the 8K/16K stakes level, Van Fleet would call a raise from SlickDickey out of the big blind to see a T♠K♦6♦ flop which apestyles went for a check-raise as SlickDickey made the call. Jon would lead out on the 2♠ turn but this time SlickDickey made the raise as apestyles made the call. Check-call on the 7♥ river as SlickDickey turned up a set of sixes 6♥6♣ leaving Van Fleet with just 5,757 chips. After posting the small blind the rest of the chips went as his 4♣T♣ would fail to overcome the A♥Q♦ of beng_51 and the poker book author Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet's final table ended in fifth place ($15,660.00).
By the ninth hourly break, the weight of the chips on the table severely slanted towards SlickDickey who held a huge chip lead of 1,429,252 as the other three: beng_51 (213,803), hlamberg (186,589), and vestimokrec (127,856) scrambled to keep their hopes alive for the $57,420.00 first prize.
Welcome to the SlickDickey show!
After the five minute hourly break, SlickDickey did nothing to slow down the gush of chips flowing towards the chip leader's stack. Watch as the dominos fell quickly towards SlickDickey's bracelet run, starting with the demise of hlamberg below:
After a three-way capping pre-flop between vestimokrec, SlickDickey, and hlamberg, the short-stacked hlamberg would be all-in after the A♠9♠7♠ flop. vestimokrec would try to bet at the 2♣ turn but got raised and made the call. 8♦ river SlickDickey bet again and vestimokrec folded to conserve chips as SlickDickey turned up a flopped two-pair 9♣A♣ and hlamberg could not find a fourth spade holding A♥J♠ to finish in fourth place ($20,880.00).
Express route to Braceletville
Two hands later with the stakes at 12K/24K, beng_51 decided to take a shot at the chip leader holding just 57,803 chips. After capping preflop, the remaining 9,803 went in on the turn holding K♥T♠. SlickDickey however showed a king with a better kicker K♣Q♣ as both players watch the 8♥ J♦ 5♥ 2♦ 2♠ board spill out nothing to change the preflop advantage as beng_51 became another SlickDickey victim in third place ($30,015.00).
Bringing a Nerf gun to a real fight
vestimokrec was stuck trying to accomplish one of the biggest comebacks in WCOOP history. Down 1,788,233 to 169,269 chips, vestimokrec would need a lot of luck to overcome such wide margin. vestimokrec holding the Nerf gun to SlickDickey's bazooka, the fight for tonight's WCOOP bracelet would only last seven hands.
Watch below as SlickDickey puts a final touch to the Event #58 victory:
After taking most of vestimokrec's chips on the previous hand, SlickDickey would raise from the button forcing vestimokrec to call off 1,267 chips with any two from the big blind. vestimokrec's T♣3♥ would need to catch against SlickDickey's A♦8♣. Despite some straight outs by the turn 8♦ J♠ J♣ 7♥ 5♠ vestimokrec could not stop SlickDickey ascension to the 2012 WCOOP Event #58 title and $57,420.00 first prize!
Players entered: 261
Places paid: 36
Entry fee: $1,050
Prize pool: $261,000.00
First prize: $57,420.00
2012 WCOOP Event #58 $150,000 guaranteed Limit Hold Em' results(09-21-12):
1. SlickDickey (Mexico) $57,420.00
2. vestimokrec (Russia) $40,063.50
3. beng_51 (Russia) $30,015.00
4. hlamberg (Latvia) $20,880.00
5. Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet (Canada) $15,660.00
6. 2bb100hands (Russia) $10,440.00
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David Aydt is a freelance contributor from Minnesota