WCOOP 2012: cnew27 sees a new bracelet after winning Event #15 ($215 PLO 6-max)
Is there a streak for wins by current Team PokerStars Pros and Team Online in the WCOOP? Team Pro George Danzer took down Event #10 yesterday along with Eugene Katchalov grabbing his second bracelet in Event #13 At tonight's 2012 WCOOP Event #15 Pot Limit Omaha 6-max tournament we would find yet another name with a red spade before it at the final table to remind people that these players tend to be fairly good at playing poker.
Current WCOOP Player of the Series leader Team Pro Eugene Katchalov was trying to notch together another big night after taking down Event #14's Stud Hi/Lo last night. But, the WPT and PCA High Roller champ finished just outside of the money in 339th place. This was good for third place on the leaderboard Norway's mikal12345, who managed a min-cash in 259th place ($343.57) putting the Norwegian just ten points behind Katchalov in the standings.
Going into the seventh hour of play the field was trimmed to under 100 runners with two members of Team Online still chasing the WCOOP bracelet. Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip would struggle a bit holding a below average stack for most of the hour and as the blinds moved up to 1,250/2,500 he found a spot to get his money in good. In the cutoff Philip would raise to 8,750 as it folded to Rafatexxxx (no, not THAT Rafa) in the small blind who three bet to 15,000. Back to Dale holding aces A♥J♥7♣A♠ he quickly shoved for 32,906 total. Back to Rafatexxxx with kings 2♥ K♣ 5♣K♦ and chips to spare, Rafatexxxx would make the call. The ace-cracking king wasted no time to appear on the 4♠ J♠ K♥ 2♠ 4♦ board and Daleroxxu would haul away $808.40 in 75th place.
The other Team Online member, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, would sit comfortably with an above average stack as the players broke for the eighth hour with under 70 players remaining from the starting 2,021 and the first prize of $63,661.50 getting even closer.
Ninth hour was also kind to Mr. Petersen as he sat 15 of 38 as the players headed off for a quick five minute break. All trailed Russia's Tarassol who managed to final table the weekly Sunday $215 PLO tournament in July taking home fourth place cash worth $2,035.00. A little further back in fourth place was fellow Russian K_0_S_T_Y_A who took home a WCOOP bracelet last year in Event #3 earning a whopping $288,660.78 for the win.
With blinds at 5K/10K cnew27 would take the only chip stack over a million (1.09 million) going into the 10th hourly break. The former member of Team Online Clayton "cnew27" Newman would be looking for his first WCOOP bracelet. Current Team Online member Mickey Petersen, also looking for his first bracelet continued his solid ways with 543K in chips, good for 10th place out of 23 players remaining. That chip stack would over double in the first half-hour; including knocking out former chip leader Tarassol in 18th place ($2,829.40) and assuming the chip lead briefly after busting the Russian.
Down to two tables, the current World Series of Poker Main Event champ and Team Pro Pius Heinz dropped in to cheer for Mickey on the rail after he had a WCOOP bracelet within reach in yesterday's Event #14 finishing third (won by fellow pro Eugene Katchalov) for $13,100. Only ten players would make it to the 11th hour of play with blinds at 10K/20K and with average stack over one million chips, the players still had 50 big blinds to play with as baexy took over as the German ran up the stack to 2.7 million, over double of the second place kunkku.
Midway through the level Hush hush999 would be silenced in tenth place ($3,718.64) by kunkku's straight as baexy continued to suck up more chips on the opposite table and push the chip leading stack to over three million with blinds at 12.5K/25K. A few minutes later, three million became four million as harddecision made the right decision to shove over the top of a 250,000 chip bet by baexy with the board showing J♥A♣3♥4♠. The ace-king kicker K♣ K♠ A♦ J♦ was good against baexy pushing a flush draw. 1.8 million in the middle and only one card left, but that card turned out to be a heart 5♥ completing the chip leader's flush draw and sending harddecision to the rail in ninth place ($5,658.80).
NigDawG's Q♦ J♣ 8♦ Q♥ failed to overtake kunkku's aces 4♦ 5♣ A♣ A♥ as the two combined for a 1.01 million chip pot. All-in preflop, a jack on the flop was the only thing to connect on the 7♠ 2♠ J♥ 3♣ 6♠ as NigDawG's elimination in eighth place started a very quick hand-for-hand period.
Just seven hands later with the blinds at 15K/30K AMAK316 whittled down to 204,981 chips would raise to 75,000 from the button as massive chip leader baexy called in the big blind to see a 5♥8♥3♣ flop. baexy checked as AMAK316 would put in the rest of the chips holding queens and the nut flush draw A♥ J♦ Q♥ Q♣ and baexy with a jack-high flush draw and a pair T♠ J♥ 4♥ 3♠. The four became significant as a 2♠ and 6♦ hit the board avoiding the hearts and laying down a straight for baexy as Amit "amak316" Makhij would go out as the bubble boy today in seventh place starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: mement_mori (708696 in chips)
Seat 2: cnew27 (1740666 in chips)
Seat 3: baexy (4612064 in chips)
Seat 4: joaoMathias (227320 in chips)
Seat 5: culibrk1 (948126 in chips)
Seat 6: kunkku (1868128 in chips)
Oh no Joao
Just five minutes into the final table joaoMathias fresh off doubling up a small stack at kunkku's expense would try to shave some chips off the chip leader. With the blinds holding at 15K/30K all the chips would go in preflop after joaoMathias called the four-bet by baexy and flipped up aces suited in spades 9♠ 3♥ A♣ A♠. baexy showed queens suited in spades as well J♠ 6♥ Q♣ Q♠ but the suits would not matter on this board 9♦ 4♠ Q♥ 5♥ T♣ as a queen showed up on the flop quickly ending joaoMathias' five minute gig at the final table in sixth place ($8,528.62). This was a little bit less than the Brazilian made year at the final table of the WCOOP Event #35 capturing $50,972.80 in fourth place.
Short and out
As the blinds moved up to 25K/50K, this pressured the short stacks of culibrk1, kunkku, and Petersen to step up their aggression as baexy and cnew27 horded near four million chip stacks. baexy would led off the betting with a min-raise as culibrk1 holding 489,894 chips bumped it to 375,000. Folded back around to baexy who calmly asked culibrk1 to put the rest in with a four-bet to 650,000. culibrk1 made the call holding a double-suited hand 3♠ Q♠ 9♦ A♦ as baexy showed suited queens Q♦ J♠ Q♣ 5♣. This one did not take long to tilt in baexy's favor as the case queen hit the board and turned into a boat Q♥ T♠ 7♥ T♣ 7♣ handing $15,157.50 to culibrk1 in fifth place.
Team Online Mickey Petersen eliminated in fourth place
Cracking aces? Too easy. Three times while the Team Online member got short with chips he would double up after cracking aces. However, with the blinds at 30K/60K baexy finding found the winning combination to knockout Petersen. Watch Mickey's final hand of the tournament play out below:
With running diamonds for baexy's 2♠ 5♦ Q♥ T♦ it would connect on the 6♦ 9♠ 7♠ A♦ J♦ board enough to overcome Petersen's queens Q♠ K♥ Q♣ 5♣ and deny the Team Online member his first WCOOP bracelet, finishing in fourth place tonight ($23,241.50).
Immediately our final three jumped into deal-making mode and what is usually a long, drawn out filibuster containing movie quotes and past accomplishments, became a five minute acceptance leaving $5,000.00 for tonight's champ:
Deal makes for fast play
Within fifteen minutes of the three-way deal a new bracelet would be awarded. As the blinds moved up to 30K/60K baexy would double up cnew27 as baexy would get coolered after turned top two pair and was not able to overcome the flopped set of cnew27 who raked in the five million chip pot.
Seven hands later baexy was holding 1.93 million chips and the German decided to take things pre-flop this time, trading bets with cnew27 until a 4.22 million chip pot sat in the middle. Double suited with an ace 6♥ Q♥ 3♠ A♠ baexy needed some help to crack cnew27's kings K♦ 7♣ 5♥ K♣. No flush draw materialized on the 4♣ 7♠ 4♦ 2♣ 6♠ board as baexy headed to the exit with the chopped $50,405.39 in third place.
Come C the new champion
Starting off with a large lead (7.4 million to 2.7 million) may have had a hand in this very abbreviated heads-up match between the chip leader cnew27 and kunkku. Despite having sizable stacks against the 30K/60K blinds this "match" would only take six hands.
All won by cnew27.
By the sixth hand cnew27 extended the lead to 8.4 million to 1.7 million as both players decided to let the five cards in the middle determine the winner of the last pot of Event #15. Watch it play out below:
kunkku decided to push a mid-high wrap hand 8♦ K♥ J♠ 9♣ as cnew27 turned over suited queens Q♥ Q♠ J♣ 2♠. Although it was not necessary, a queen found its way to the flop 2♦ 3♣ Q♣ 4♦ A♣ as kunkku was drawing dead by the turn and collecting the runner-up share of the three-way chop ($44,725.93).
As for the 2012 WCOOP Event #15 champ, cnew27 would pick up the extra $5,000.00 bringing the total winnings to $51,391.18!
Players entered: 2,021
Places paid: 264
First prize: $63,661.50
2012 WCOOP Event #15 PLO 6-max results (09-07-12):
1. cnew27 (Mexico) $51,391.18
2. kunkku (Philippines) $44,725.93
3. baexy (Germany) $50,405.39
4. Team Online Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen $23,241.50
5. culibrk1 (Czech Republic) $15,157.50
6. joaoMathias (Brazil) $8,528.62
David Aydt is a freelance contributor from Minnesota