WCOOP 2012: Another bracelet for Norway, inspecta claims Event #37 ($530 LO8)
As Brad Willis reported a few days ago, the Norwegian players have been making their presence known in this year's tournament series after taking down four bracelets including double-winner mikal12345. Tonight's 2012 WCOOP Event #37 $530 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament would feature three Norwegians in the top four finishers and only Sweden's henrikx standing in their way from a gold-silver-bronze medal sweep. The persistence and quiet aggression of henrikx paid off while getting into heads-up play against inspecta. The Swede would come up just short of taking all three of them down as inspecta claimed yet another bracelet for Norway tonight.
Near the seventh hour of play, the money bubble would cause a logjam of micro-stacks to wait out their fate to the five cards in the middle. No one giving up easily as the $530 price tag and $1,072.50 min-cash rewarded the players for their patience during the bubble time. It looked like Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome would be the one to incur the lost buy-in but she managed to hang out juuuuuuust long enough to go out on the same hand during hand-for-hand play as a the shorter stacked Chris "moorman1" Moorman. The EPT Madrid NLHE 8 max Turbo champ would go out on the bubble just as Rowsome was receiving a rather nasty river card.
With the stakes at 4K/8K Rowsome holding 14,338 chips raised in the cutoff as Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick made it three-bets from the button and it folded back to Adrienne who put in the rest of her chips with a double-suited low hand 8♠ 2♥ 6♠ A♥. Chidwick called with aces A♦ Q♦ A♣ 5♥ but Rowsome caught some life with a flopped open-ended straight draw 7♥ 6♦ 2♦. The turned 2♠ gave even more hope for a split but the A♠ on the river gave Chidwick aces full plus a better low to knock out the Team Online (likely out of her bed for this one) in 54th place earning that $1,072.50.
Another Team Online player would also safely cross the bubble but had to nurse a small stack the majority of the time. George "Jorj95" Lind would double up a few times but could not get back to an average stack. With the stakes at 6K/12K Lind holding 25,876 would cap preflop with DanceWiwMe and threw in the additional 1876 chips after the A♣ 4♣ K♦. George would show the flopped two pair T♠ 4♠ 5♥ A♦ as DanceWiwMe needed some help with J♣ A♥ T♣ 7♠. That assistance came on the turned J♠ as the 6♠ river allowed DanceWiwMe to scoop the 54752 chip pot. Lind's 20th place finish earned $1,501.50 as two Team PokerStars Pros looked ready to attack the final table for tonight's bracelet.
Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has a lot riding on this run towards a WCOOP final table and it isn't a shot at a third bracelet or the $41,162.55 first prize. A side bet with fellow Team Pro Eugene Katchalov which might have the Frenchman learning a bit of Russian should he lose the first leg of the three-prong bet. As of yesterday Grospellier has a lot of catching up to do sitting in 846th place on the Player of the Series leaderboard while Katchalov is enjoy a spot in the top 10.
The other Team Pro needs no introduction, Vanessa Selbstlooking for a WCOOP bracelet to match the two World Series of Poker bracelets she currently holds, including one won just this summer in the 10-game event. It would be crowded at Table 31 with two tables remaining as Selbst and ElkY would sit right next to each other as players like 2011 PLO8 Event #30-H SCOOP champ ozenc started dropping out (13th place - $2,359.50).
At the ninth hourly break both Team Pros still hung tough as 11 players remained with Norway's inspecta holding the top of the chip count holding a commanding lead as the stakes moved up to 12K/24K and average stack at 279K. The very first hand back from the break saw Gigaloff take off in 11th place ($2,788.50).
Grospellier and Selbst made the most of the bubble by chipping up to average stacks as the stakes stayed at 12K/24K. Over on Table 1 however, someone was about to take in their last hand. WhEADa holding 59,262 chips in the small blind would open-raise as henrikx made the call to see a J♦4♣7♥ flop. WhEADa would lead out as henrikx raised, and WhEADa holding a decent starting hand 5♣ K♣ A♥ 3♠ put in the remaining 35,262 all-in. henrikx turned up top pair and an inside straight draw J♥ 5♠ 8♦ T♠. The draw was not needed as a Q♦ and 4♦ filled out the board eliminating a possible split and WhEADa in the process (10th place - $2,788.50).
Seat 1: Aftret (162211 in chips)
Seat 2: utvekklo2 (173237 in chips)
Seat 3: henrikx (535811 in chips)
Seat 4: highland (185309 in chips)
Seat 5: V. Selbst (329271 in chips)
Seat 6: ElkY (408066 in chips)
Seat 7: UHaveNoMoney (459909 in chips)
Seat 8: PokerSavage1 (114035 in chips)
Seat 9: inspecta (849651 in chips)
"These bets are so small, can we skip ahead to 100K/200K jorj?" the Team Pro Selbst asked the Team Online player turned host as she was looking to get her gamble on as the final table still averaged ten big bets even after raising the stakes to 16K/32K.
See u later
Five minutes into level 26 with the stakes at 16K/32K, utvekklo2 would try to take a bite out of Vanessa's stack after she raised preflop and both utvekklo2 and henrikx called out of the blinds. 7♦ J♥ 3♦ flop got the blinds to check as Selbst bet. utvekklo2 would check-raise as henrikx folded and Vanessa called. Q♠ on the turn and utvekklo2 led out as Selbst raised, and utvekklo2 three-bet all-in for 75,237. Vanessa would call holding aces A♠ 3♥ 4♦ A♥ and utvekklo2 showed a nut-low draw and top pair 2♠ 5♠ A♣ Q♦. Neither draw would hit on the T♠ river giving Selbst the 310,474 chip scoop as utvekklo2 took home $3,560.70 in ninth place. utvekklo2 already earned one WCOOP bracelet this year in Event #3 and currently is sitting in third place on the Player of the Series board behind fellow Norwegian mikal12345
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier eliminated in 8th place
ElkY would pick up 30 much needed Player of the Series points tonight as he was done in by his Team Pro teammate Selbst. Check out the video below as Grospellier is crippled to just over one big bet:
Flopped wheel and rivered six-high straight would take nearly all of the French pro's chips. UHaveNoMoney would collect ElkY's remaining 24,757 chips on the next hand as he would not become a three-time WCOOP champ tonight earning $4,826.25 in eighth place.
PokerSavage1 tamed at last
With the stakes moving up to 25K/50K the blinds started to bite a bit for the shorter stakes despite the table still holding a ten big bet average. PokerSavage1 would eek out a few small double ups then decided to call UHaveNoMoney's small blind raise out of the big blind to see a J♥3♦9♦ flop. They would cap the flop leaving PokerSavage1 with just 7,420 chips which went in after the board paired 9♥. PokerSavage1 turned over the flopped top pair J♠ 6♠ A♥ T♦ as UHaveNoMoney showed aces that were cracked by the turned trip nines 9♣ 3♥ A♠ A♣. Drawing dead, PokerSavage1 would meekly take a seat on the rail in seventh place ($6,971.25).
inspecta adds to chip lead
Further along in the 25K/50K stakes level, inspecta would press the chip lead to seven digits and get one step closer to the bracelet. The chip leader inspecta would raise from the cutoff as henrikx and highland called out of the blinds. Flop of 6♣ K♥ 2♠ got inspecta to bet as both blinds called again. 8♣ on the turn and highland decided to be the aggressor and bet as henrikx folded and inspecta put highland all-in for 12,006 more. J♦ 5♦ A♦ 4♥ for highland gave the short stack a decent 8-6-4-2-A low with no high, but inspecta had the nut low T♣ A♣ A♠ 3♦ and a pair of aces to boot. J♥ river left highland out of the running for tonight's title in sixth place ($9,116.25).
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst eliminated in 5th place
Selbst fought to add to the collection of bracelets already won by Team Pros during the 2012 WCOOP but fell short of the goal during the 40K/80K stakes level.
After folding to a river bet by Aftret with 340,000 chips in the middle two hands before her final hand, Vanessa would be left with just 110,681 chips after folding her small blind. She would raise her button as UHaveNoMoney, the new chip leader, decided to match her bets until the Team Pro was all-in. 8♠ 5♥ A♦ T♠ for Vanessa had low and high potential as UHaveNoMoney turned up a better low draw and kicker J♣ 4♠ A♣ K♣. The flopped top two pair did not hold as a king on the turn and unchanging ace on the river 5♣ 4♦ 8♥ K♦ A♥ would ship the 261,362 pot to UHaveNoMoney as Selbst had no chips and collected $12,012.00 in fifth place.
A hard fall
UHaveNoMoney was crusing along as the chip leader until a stretch of four hands would leave the Norwegian (one of three in the final four) without chips to continue. Check out the final blow below in the largest pot of the tournament up to this point:
Down to 490,094 chips with the stakes at 40K/80K from 1,495,110 chips just three hands ago, UHaveNoMoney would catch a nasty cooler after rivering the second-nut boat 6♥ Q♥ 7♥ 3♠ only to see inspecta turn up the nut boat T♣ A♦ Q♦ J♣ claiming the 1.1 million chip pot and send UHaveNoMoney reeling in fourth place ($17,160.00).
After a few three-handed hands, our final three looked to Team Online's Lind for some possible chop numbers. Despite some relatively close chop numbers, Aftret decided to "gamble it out" as Lind turned the poker machine back on for the threesome to continue.
Two down one to go
henrikx kept the Swedish flag flying high despite being surrounded by Norwegians and would go into heads-up play thanks to the demise of Aftret. With the stakes at 50K/100K Aftret held just 177,564 chips and all of them would be going in preflop against inspecta. Both players showed modest middle, heavy hands. Fives for Aftret 9♦ 5♣ 7♦ 5♥ and J♦8♠4♣6♣ for inspecta. As two jacks hit the flop J♥ 2♦ J♠ left Aftret looking for a five or a runner-runner low that contained a four or a six. The six would hit, but too late as the T♠ turn left the 6♣ river a waste of pixel space as Aftret claimed third place $22,522.50
Sweden vs. Norway
Going into four-handed play with three players from Norway and one (Henrikx) from Sweden a betting person would put a sizable wager on an all-Norway heads-up match especially since Henrikx sat in fourth place after Selbst busted in fifth place. Fast-forward almost an hour and it would be Henrikx holding the chip lead over inspecta to decided the Event 37 bracelet and the entire $41,162.55 first prize after our final two failed to reach an agreement to chop up the money.
And the whiff
If you have ever watched baseball as the pitch sounds the smack of leather behind the batter with a cloud of dust and a batter reeling from the missed swing, it would be similar to watching the deciding river card come out for the final hand tonight. With the stakes up to 80K/160K inspecta grasp control of heads-up play taking a 2,642,658 to 574,842 chip lead. After henrikx made a raise from the button, inspecta called to see the 6♥2♦K♠ flop. Check-bet-call as henrikx only held a little more than two big bets after the bet. Turned K♦ inspecta would check-raise as henrikx made the call leaving just 14,842 behind. River 2♠ got inspecta to lead out this time as henrikx knew the fate of the tournament was sealed holding 5♦ A♣ 3♦ T♦ and whiffing on both the low and flush draws as the Swede made the call with nothing and sure enough inspecta held a king T♠ K♥ T♥ 9♥ to win tonight's Event #37 and claim $41,162.55!
Players entered: 429
Places paid: 54
Buy in: $530.00
Prize pool: $214,500.00
First place: $41,162.55
WCOOP 2012 $125,000 guaranteed Event #37 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo results
1. inspecta (Norway) $41,162.55
2. henrikx (Sweden) $30,566.25
3. Aftret (Norway) $22,522.50
4. UHaveNoMoney (Norway) $17,160.00
5. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst $12,012.00
6. highland (Mexico) $9,116.25
7. PokerSavage1 (Mexico) $6,971.25
8. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier $4,826.25
9. utvekklo2 (Sweden) $3,560.70
David Aydt is a freelance contributor from Minnesota