WCOOP 2012: Beckersen81 adds WCOOP bracelet to SCOOP, MicroMillions titles in Event #59 ($215 NLO8)
Beckersen81 has an avatar that's hard to forget. A close-up shot of a white tiger stares back at his opponents, and I knew I'd seen it before. Ten weeks ago, the white tiger got heads-up with didumiss' yellow-eyed bobcat in Event #6 of the MicroMillions II. Beckersen81 emerged the victor that night, after mowing down nearly 6,600 players in a $2.20+R tournament to come away with the title and a $7,000 score. He was already a SCOOP champion, earning his watch in 2010's $33 8-Game event; over 3,100 players were left in the dust in that one for an $11,500 haul. Tonight's field may have been smaller, but the prize pool was twice as big, and once again the white tiger pounced, Beckersen81 adding a WCOOP bracelet to his growing prize wall, and more than $33,000 to his bankroll.
927 players put up $215 apiece to throw down with their fellow no-limit split-pot Omaholics, creating a $185,400 prize pool. 117 spots were paid with first place set to earn $33,372 along with a WCOOP bracelet. Red Spades in the mix included Eugene Katchalov, Alex Kravchenko, Vivian Im, George Danzer, Jonathan Duhamel, Anders "Donald" Berg, and David Williams, now a part-time Canadian playing his first day of online poker in more than a year. Williams did not cash but five of his colleagues did: ElkY (83rd), Daniel Negreanu (56th), Marcin Horecki (49th), Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome (40th), and Chad Brown (17th).
AlexElizarov claimed most of Brown's stack after they got their chips in on a J♠6♥4♣ flop, Brown holding A♠7♣T♠J♣ (top pair, top kicker and four to a seven low) while AlexElizarov turned up Q♣Q♠2♥5♠ (gutshot straight draw and four to a six low). The 3♣ on the turn completed AlexElizarov's straight as well as his low and he scooped the pot, leaving Brown on 5.5 big blinds. Brown shoved from UTG with A♥6♠8♥T♣ on the next hand and AlexElizarov looked him up from the small blind with A♣2♥6♥6♦. The J♦7♥7♣7♦7♠ board made AlexElizarov sevens full of sixes, sending Brown to the rail in 17th place.
WIth even the short stacks on 20-25 big blinds, hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble dragged on for over half an hour. Finally, matt86ck broke the stalemate, shoving for 235,000 from the small blind with A♦K♣T♠5♦. Iriskapoker called with A♥3♥7♠J♠ and rivered top two pair on the Q♦7♥6♣6♠A♠ board. Neither player made a low and iriskapoker scooped the pot, ending matt86ck's run one spot short of the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: broken_jia (351,500 in chips)
Seat 2: AlexElizarov (194,529 in chips)
Seat 3: Beckersen81 (548,094 in chips)
Seat 4: ColdBryan (277,720 in chips)
Seat 5: Macr0s (607,840 in chips)
Seat 6: 2mark (549,589 in chips)
Seat 7: iriskapoker (1,021,274 in chips)
Seat 8: glockwood81 (687,275 in chips)
Seat 9: temoshka87 (397,179 in chips)
Slow, slow, quick, quick
Two levels passed without an elimination, nearly every sizable pot resulting in a split. The action got going when broken_jia opened for 28,500 and ColdBryan shoved for 368,500 with A♦K♦Q♦4♠. Broken_jia had the goods with A♣A♠2♣7♥ and hit top set and a 7-6 low on the A♥6♠3♦ flop. ColdBryan did not improve, and was eliminated in ninth place, earning $2,317.50.
Three hands later, AlexElizarov made it 35,200 to go and both glockwood81 and temoshka87 called from the blinds. Glockwood81 checked the Q♠9♥5♥ flop, temoshka87 shoved for his remaining 76,000, and iriskapoker reshoved for 626,000 to isolate. Glockwood81 got out of the way and the cards went on their backs:
AlexElizarov's top set held up, and with no low possible, he scooped the pot, leaving temoshka87 to exit in eighth place.
AlexElizarov got a major boost when he doubled through 2mark, his A♠2♦3♠4♦ hitting a J♠T♠4♠ flop to make an ace-high flush against 2mark's A♦3♥5♥6♣. The Q♥ on the turn made no low possible and 2mark was left with only 4,300 in chips. They went in on the next deal, but 2mark couldn't beat Macr0s' queens up on a king-high, paired board. For his seventh-place finish, 2mark collected $5,636.16.
AlexElizarov continued to chip up, snatching those chips right out of Macr0s' stack when he made a six-high straight and a 6-4 low. AlexElizarov doubled to 1.44 million, good for the chip lead.
Go-go gadget Glockwood
Glockwood81 also made big strides as the final table approached its midpoint. In a blind vs. blind battle, glockwood81 rivered a wheel, snapping off iriskapoker's jacks and threes to send him home in sixth place:
Then, with the blinds up to 12,500/25,000, glockwood81 opened for 62,500 on the button and broken_jia three-bet to 199,850. Glockwood81 shoved for 670,000 and broken_jia called, turning over A♠A♥2♦6♠. Glockwood81 was behind with A♣K♠Q♣2♣, but saw the board run out J♥8♦6♣T♠A♦ to make a Broadway straight. Glockwood81 scooped, leaving broken_jia on ten big blinds.
Broken_jia clocks out
Four hands later, broken_jia put the last of his chips in preflop against Macr0s and Beckersen81, but could not stand up to Beckersen81's aces up and Macr0s' 7-6-3-2-A low:
Beckersen81 barrels ahead
Now with a firm chip lead, Beckersen81 put pressure on short stack AlexElizarov after they went heads-up to a A♥6♠2♠ flop. AlexElizarov check-called Beckersen81's shove, turning over A♣2♥6♣9♦ for aces up. Beckersen81 had Q♣3♠4♦5♦ for a wrap draw and the nut low. The 7♦ on the turn didn't alter too much, but the 5♣ on the river not only filled Beckersen81's seven-high straight but improved his low to a wheel. AlexElizarov hit the rail in fourth place, scoring $13,441.50.
Less than five minutes later, Beckersen81 open-shoved for 2.45 million from the small blind and Macr0s called all-in from the big.
A 2♠2♥T♦T♥6♦ board gave Beckersen81 kings up and the win. For third place, Macr0s took home $17,983.80.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: Beckersen81 (3,141,473 in chips)
Seat 8: glockwood81 (1,493,527 in chips)
Heads-up play lasted all of 11 hands, our two #81s getting their money in on a Q♠J♦6♣ flop. Beckersen81 turned over jacks up while glockwood81's hopes lay with his wrap draw. But this night belonged to Beckersen81, fours falling on the turn and river to lock up his WCOOP title.
Congrats to Beckersen81 on adding a WCOOP win to his growing collection of PokerStars titles. He earned $33,372 for his victory while runner-up glockwood81 picked up $24,102.
PokerStars 2012 WCOOP Event #59 ($215 NL Omaha H/L) results
Places paid: 117
1. Beckersen81 (Germany) $33,372.00
2. glockwood81 (Canada) $24,102.00
3. Macr0s (Germany) $17,983.80
4. AlexElizarov (Russia) $13,441.50
5. broken_jia (Canada) $9,344.16
6. iriskapoker (Russia) $7,490.16
7. 2mark (Germany) $5,636.16
8. temoshka87 (Russia) $3,800.70
9. ColdBryan ($2,317.50)
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