WCOOP 2012: da69kid drops a bomb on Event 31, $530 NLHE Triple Shootout

wcoop-thumb.pngDay 1 of this event drew a field of 711 players, good for a total prize pool of $355,500. A little more than a third of that money - $123,180.30, to be exact - was distributed evenly among the players who won their first table but busted from their second. Team PokerStars Pro's Martin Staszko (22nd place) was among those who collected a paycheck on Day 1, making him the only Team Pro member to cash in this event. Those who survived were guaranteed at least $4,977, but everyone's eyes were on the $64,879 top prize.

Day 2 began with this lineup of players, all starting with 7,500 chips and 20-minute blind levels:

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Another day, another $64K on the line

Seat 1: Praytush "Shane Gamble" Buddiga (Malta)
Seat 2: Carter "cswidler" Swidler (Canada)
Seat 3: Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter (Canada)
Seat 4: lizet555 (Israel)
Seat 5: da69kid (Ireland)
Seat 6: CHAINSAWDONK (Canada)
Seat 7: bastet2004 (Germany)
Seat 8: geovou7 (Greece)
Seat 9: Max "HotKarlMC" Heinzelmann (Germany)
Seat 10: Artem205 (Ukraine)

Several of our competitors have had big WCOOPs so far. Carter "cswidler" Swidler won a WCOOP 2nd Chance event for $115,620 earlier this week. Artem205 made final tables in both Event 22 and Event 24 for more than $159,000 in winnings. And Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter managed 3rd place for $23,411 in Event 12.

Even those who hadn't made big scores so far this WCOOP had plenty of experience in this sort of situation, including bastet2004, who won a 2nd Chance event during WCOOP 2010 and took first and second in events during SCOOP 2010; Praytush "Shane Gamble" Buddiga, who made the final table at EPT Berlin last year; and 2011 EPT San Remo and EPT Berlin runner-up Max "HotKarlMC" Heinzelmann.

Level 1 (20/40):

lizet555 (10,265) and HotKarlMC (8,977) lead the way. lizet555 shows down pocket kings to take the first pot and takes another from bastet2004 on the river without a showdown.

Level 2 (30/60):

On the first hand of Level 2, lizet555 has kings and is up against bastet2004 once again. This time the flop comes 2♣ 9♠ J♦, and by the turn bastet2004 is all-in. No kings meant an early 10,513-chip pot for bastet2004.

By the end of the level, bastet2004 is still in the lead with 10,097 chips. Thanks to a healthy pot taken with no showdown da69kid isn't far behind 9,293.

Level 3 (40/80/10):

da69kid jumps out into the lead in the early part of the level, but bastet2004 surges back ahead thanks to a pot worth 8,224 chips at the expense of HotKarlMC. After a short break, HotKarlMC drops consecutive pots to lizet555 without a showdown, first on the river of a J♣ 3♠ 5♥ A♦ 7♣ board and then on the turn of a 3♦ Q♣ K♦ K♠ board.

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Max Heinzelmann

That leaves HotKarlMC with just 1,112 chips, all of which go in the middle preflop two hands later. HotKarlMC has A♥ J♦, but that's behind TheCart3r's A♣ Q♠. The K♦ K♠ 6♣ 3♥ 4♣ board is no help and Max "HotKarlMC" Heinzelmann becomes the 10th place finisher, earning $4,977.

Seat 1: Shane Gamble (8,408 in chips)
Seat 2: cswidler (6,697 in chips)
Seat 3: TheCart3r (7,252 in chips)
Seat 4: lizet555 (9,565 in chips)
Seat 5: da69kid (10,265 in chips)
Seat 6: CHAINSAWDONK (5,888 in chips)
Seat 7: bastet2004 (14,059 in chips)
Seat 8: geovou7 (5,053 in chips)
Seat 10: Artem205 (7,813 in chips)

Level 4 (50/100/10):

The level starts with a bang when Artem205 ends up getting all-in on a Q♣ A♣ 3♣ flop holding A♥ Q♠ - but lizet555 is also holding A♦ Q♦, so the 15,936-chip pot gets split down the middle.

The next big pots aren't quite so massive, but they also aren't chops. da69kid moves back into a virtual tie for the chip lead, grabbing a 6,436-chip pot after hitting a straight on the river with 7♣ 7♥ and extracting value from Shane Gamble. Then TheCart3r takes one worth 6,422 chips without a showdown on the river of a 8♠ 4♠ 9♦ 2♣ 5♥ board after getting two streets of value against Artem205.

The last hand of the level sees Shane Gamble get some of those chips back from the earlier loss. After a button raise from geovou7, Shane Gamble check-raised the J♥ T♥ 9♦ flop, bet out on the 6♦ turn, and moved all-in on the Q♣ river. After some thought geovou7 opted to fold, shipping the 5,218-chip pot to Shane Gamble.

That left the players stacked like so:

Seat 1: Shane Gamble (8,574 in chips)
Seat 2: cswidler (6,637 in chips)
Seat 3: TheCart3r (10,333 in chips)
Seat 4: lizet555 (9,215 in chips)
Seat 5: da69kid (13,580 in chips)
Seat 6: CHAINSAWDONK (4,763 in chips)
Seat 7: bastet2004 (14,975 in chips)
Seat 8: geovou7 (2,516 in chips)
Seat 10: Artem205 (4,407 in chips)

Level 5 (60/120/15):

The two big stacks clash for the first time, though in a small pot. da69kid opens for just over the minimum with K♠ K♦ in the cutoff; bastet2004 calls in the small blind, then calls half-pot bets on the Q♠ Q♦ 3♠ flop and 9♣ turn. They both check the 7♦ river and da69kid's cowboys win the 2,973-chip pot to claim sole possession of the chip lead. Another 2,721-chip pot to end the level leaves da69kid more than 30 big blinds ahead of the nearest player.

Seat 1: Shane Gamble (9564 in chips)
Seat 2: cswidler (6367 in chips)
Seat 3: TheCart3r (9328 in chips)
Seat 4: lizet555 (10041 in chips)
Seat 5: da69kid (15205 in chips)
Seat 6: CHAINSAWDONK (4988 in chips)
Seat 7: bastet2004 (12764 in chips)
Seat 8: geovou7 (2741 in chips)
Seat 10: Artem205 (4002 in chips)

Level 6 (80/160/20):

The two biggest pots of the tournament so far both played out within a single orbit. First came the first big clash between lizet555, the early leader, and current leader da69kid:

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Five hands later, after the action folded around, Shane Gamble opened for 425 in the small blind. cswidler insta-shoved for 5,872 with A♥ T♥, and Shane Gamble called almost as quickly with A♣ K♣. Shane Gamble hit top pair but got a lot of trouble to go with it on the 9♣ 8♥ K♥ flop. The 7♠ turn added more outs for cswidler, and one of them came home on the river in the form of the J♦ to ship cswidler the 11,924-chip pot.

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Praytush "Shane Gamble" Buddiga

Shane Gamble was left with 2,637 chips, which had become 2,217 by the time the same situation arose on the next orbit. With no action in front, Shane Gamble moved all-in from the small blind with 8♥ 5♥ and cswidler called with K♦ J♥. The 4♥ Q♣ 4♠ T♥ Q♠ board was no help and Shane Gamble left in 9th place ($6,754.50).

Level 7 (100/200/25):

After getting short on the last level, lizet555 doubles through TheCart3r after calling a min-raise on the button with A♠ 3♠, checking behind after flopping trip aces, and then getting value on the turn and river from TheCart3r's J♠ J♣.

Two orbits later lizet555 has another chance to stack up, this time against a short-stacked geovou7. But A♣ K♥ can't crack geovou7's Q♥ Q♦ after the board falls Q♠ A♦ 6♦ 3♣ T♠, and the Greek lives to see another hand.

Three hands later, da69kid extends the lead with the biggest pot of the final table so far:

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Level 8 (125/250/30):

As the level begins there are several players within one bad card of an early bustout:

Seat 2: cswidler (13922 in chips)
Seat 3: TheCart3r (4552 in chips)
Seat 4: lizet555 (5430 in chips)
Seat 5: da69kid (27480 in chips)
Seat 6: CHAINSAWDONK (5523 in chips)
Seat 7: bastet2004 (10601 in chips)
Seat 8: geovou7 (4307 in chips)
Seat 10: Artem205 (3185 in chips)

Understandably, play has become more tentative and most pots are only worth 6 or 7 big blinds when they're taken down. The first big exception comes when da69kid opens for the minimum in early position and cswidler calls from the small blind to take a flop of 4♥ 4♠ T♥. From there cswidler check-calls half-pot bets on the flop, the 3♠ turn, and the Q♣ river, only to see that da69kid had flopped trips with A♣ 4♦. The 10,710-chip pot goes to da69kid and cswidler has 7,112 chips left.

Five hands later the same two players clash again, this time before the flop. In early position cswidler opens for the minumum, da69kid three-bets from the cutoff, and after the action folds back around cswidler four-bet-shoves for a total of 6,962 chips. It's an easy call for da69kid with Q♥ Q♦, which is up against cswidler's A♦ K♥. The board runs out J♦ Q♣ 8♣ 5♠ 8♠ and cswidler leaves in 8th place ($8,887.50).

The next bustout comes just two hands later. After da69kid opens for the minimum in middle position, Artem205 moves all-in from the small blind with 6♥ 6♣. Then TheCart3r calls in the big blind with just 952 chips behind; da69kid folds, and TheCart3r turns up A♠ A♥. Bad timing for Artem205, who leaves in 7th place ($11,198.25).

Level 9 (150/300/35):

The table is starting to lean in da69kid's direction under the weight of 60 percent of the chips in play:

Seat 3: TheCart3r (8,547 in chips)
Seat 4: lizet555 (4,165 in chips)
Seat 5: da69kid (44,974 in chips)
Seat 6: CHAINSAWDONK (6,223 in chips)
Seat 7: bastet2004 (8,754 in chips)
Seat 8: geovou7 (2,337 in chips)

Short-stacked geovou7, down to just over 5 big blinds, gets a reprieve early on this level after moving all-in with 5♣ 5♥ and surviving against CHAINSAWDONK's 4♣ 4♥. Three steals later, geovou7 is back up over 5K.

Soon da69kid is the only player who has more than the 7,500-chip starting stack. Nobody else has more than 23 big blinds, and with a $3,300 pay jump on the line nobody wants to do anything crazy. With a min-raise here and a min-raise there, da69kid keeps adopting orphaned pots. Those help to keep da69kid on the rise even after doubling up short stacks like CHAINSAWDONK and lizet555.

The next shorty-on-shorty confrontation comes when lizet555, fresh off a reprieve with A♣ 2♥ against da69kid's A♦ Q♣, opens with a min-raise in the cutoff. CHAINSAWDONK shoves for 4,342 in the small blind and lizet55 calls with just 973 chips behind. CHAINSAWDONK's A♦ T♠ is up against lizet555's A♥ K♠ with the tournament on the line, but the 7♥ 3♠ A♣ T♣ 7♦ board throws out the Canadian a lifeline.

The last big pot of the level sees bastet2004 get all-in before the flop with Q♠ Q♦ against CHAINSAWDONK's K♥ K♠ but stay alive once the board comes 4♦ J♦ K♦ 7♣ T♦.

Level 10 (200/400/50):

The first hand of the level sees a three-way pot between short stacks:

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That sent lizet555 and CHAINSAWDONK both to the rail. For having the shorter stack at the end of the hand, lizet555 takes 6th place ($14,220.00), while CHAINSAWDONK's bigger stack earns 5th place ($17,597.25).

The remaining players are stacked like this:

Seat 3: TheCart3r (6,657 in chips)
Seat 5: da69kid (49,843 in chips)
Seat 7: bastet2004 (9,578 in chips)
Seat 8: geovou7 (8,922 in chips)

The next big confrontation takes a little while, but it leaves bastet2004 against the wall when 8♠ 8♦ can't hold up against geovou7's A♦ T♥ on a board of A♣ 4♥ K♠ 4♣ 2♣. Left with just 366 chips, bastet2004 ends up all-in two hands later with K♠ Q♠, which can't best da69kid's A♦ 4♠. That sends bastet2004 out in 4th place ($25,062.75).

Another big preflop coin-flip situation takes play down to the final heads-up battle. After geovou7 folds on the button, TheCart3r open for 1,200 from the small blind and calls when da69kid moves all-in from the big blind. TheCart3r's 8♠ 8♥ is ahead only until the 2♦ J♦ K♥ flop gives da69kid's A♦ J♥ middle pair. The board runs out 6♠-5♦, and Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter becomes the 3rd place finisher for a payday of $35,594.75.

Some tournament are destined for long heads-up battles at the end, but the stacks and blinds mean this isn't one of them:

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Seat 5: da69kid (57,481 in chips)
Seat 8: geovou7 (17,519 in chips)

geovou7 flops top pair and wins the first pot before losing four in a row, splitting the next, and losing another. One more preflop win for geovou7 comes before the decisive hand, which sees the preflop action go raise-reraise-shove-call. It's 5♠ 5♣ for da69kid and K♥ Q♥ for geovou7; the 3♦ 3♣ 8♦ changes nothing, but the 5♥ on the turn means geovou7 is drawing dead. The meaningless A♣ on the river puts an official end to our final table, making geovou7 the runner-up for $45,148.50.

As for da69kid, the top prize of $64,879.20 and a WCOOP bracelet made a fine reward for a well-played final table.

WCOOP Event #31: $530 NL Hold'em [10-Max, Triple Shootout]
$200,000 guaranteed prize pool
711 entrants, 100 places paid
$355,500 total prize pool

1st place: da69kid (Ireland) $64,879.20
2nd place: geovou (Greece) $45,148.50
3rd place: Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter (Canada) $33,594.75
4th place: bastet2004 (Germany) $25,062.75
5th place: CHAINSAWDONK (Canada) $17,597.25
6th place: lizet555 (Israel) $14,220.00
7th place: Artem205 (Ukraine) $11,198.25
8th place: Carter "cswidler" Swidler (Canada) $8,887.50
9th place: Praytush "Shane Gamble" Buddiga (Malta) $6,754.50

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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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