WCOOP 2012: Danzer denied, Bumbulbee_G buzzes to victory in Event #33 ($320 NLHE 6-Max)
Poker is a fickle game. One day you can be on an almighty high, playing with confidence and everything going your way, and the next, it drops you to the depths of despair where you can't hit a flop and your bluffs are picked off with regularity. That was the case for Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer today. Perhaps he's not quite at the depths of despair, but he's certainly experienced the highs and lows of poker within 24 hours, after an incredible run yesterday, came crashing down today in dramatic fashion.
It was Event #33 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and the $320 No Limit Holdem 6-max event. It offered a $300,000 guarantee but that was blown away when a field of 1,647 took to the virtual felt for their shot at WCOOP glory.
The players enjoyed the generous 20-minute levels stretched across two days of play that allowed plenty of time for players to get into their groove and get some game time.
Some of those in the middle of the action were Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen, Jan Heitmann, Christophe De Meulder, Fatima De Melo, Anders Berg, Alex Kravchenko, Mickey Petersen, Lex Veldhuis, Martin Staszko, George Lind, Pierre Neuville, Ana Marquez, Matthias de Meulder and Andre Akkari.
Unfortunately they missed the money, as did Andre Coimbra who will be slightly peeved to fall in 218th place and just two spots from the money for the top 216 players.
Finishing in the money was Greg "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz who is having a great WCOOP series, with his 94th place worth another $839.97.
After 30 Levels of play, the first day of play was brought to a halt with 11 players surviving the day as follows:
sammycon23 (Australia) - 1,342,278
Student 407 (Russia) - 1,324,341
George Danzer (Germany) - 1,233,797
WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) - 961,985
Bumbulbee_G (United Kingdom) - 847,197
danidindani (Israel) - 679,514
BoBoNe93 (Poland) - 538,144
tombo_pl (Poland) - 396,712
mora7777 (Mexico) - 327,345
youwannaknow (Netherlands) - 297,149
P-Halt (Mexico) - 286,538
While Australian sammycon23 had the most nervous sleep as the chip leader, all of the focus was on the epic run of Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer.
After winning a WCOOP event earlier in the series, Danzer was gunning for his second gold bracelet of the series, the third of his career and virtually the lead in the WCOOP Player of the Series.
Entering Day 2 in third chip position, Danzer held high hopes but it all came unstuck after a bluff was picked off by sammycon23 in a battle of the blinds.
Danzer proved he was prepared to put it all on the line with nothing but imagination, but sammycon23 made a huge call that proved to be correct to leave Danzer out first of the day in 11th place for $4,941 in prize money.
After P-Halt (10th) and mora7777 (9th) fell, we saw two eliminations in back-to-back hands to see youwannaknow (8th) and danidindani (7th) out prior to the final table forming at the last six players:
Final table line up
Seat 1: BoBoNe93 (1,102,553 in chips)
Seat 2: Student 407 (1,296,938 in chips)
Seat 3: WTFOMFGOAO (1,021,709 in chips)
Seat 4: tombo_pl (576,226 in chips)
Seat 5: sammycon23 (2,071,584 in chips)
Seat 6: Bumbulbee_G (2,165,990 in chips)
Bumbulbee_G was into the chip lead but with the blinds at 8k/16k/2k there was still a long way to go in this one, and the players were happy to dig their heels in for the long haul.
BoBoNe93 collected a nice early pot, inducing a river bluff from Student 407 as BoBoNe93 made a quick call with a Broadway straight. Meanwhile tombo_pl got off the short stack courtesy of a pocket kings versus pocket queens clash with Bumbulbee_G.
It took some time before we saw our first elimination and it came in a big multi-way pot. The preflop raise from sammycon23 was met with calls out of both blinds to see a flop of 4♠5♠8♦. Action checked to sammycon23 who made the continuation bet. From the small blind, Student 407 check-raised but WTFOMFGOAO came over the top of both players with an all-in shove. sammycon23 gave it some thought before folding as Student 407 also took a moment before committing the call. Student 407 held a strong 5♥5♣ for middle set with WTFOMFGOAO showing 6♠9♠ for a big combo draw.
WTFOMFGOAO was looking for a seven or spade but it didn't matter once the 4♥ hit the turn to improve Student 407 to an unbeatable full house. The meaningless river was the K♥ as WTFOMFGOAO finished the tournament in 6th place and received $12,352.50.
It only took two more hands to lose our next player as tombo_pl was sent crashing to the rail. The hand started with BoBoNe93 opening with a min-raise. tombo_pl put in the three-bet before Bumbulbee_G cold four-bet from the big blind. BoBoNe93 got out of the way but tombo_pl was happy to move all in with T♠T♣ as Bumbulbee_G made the call with A♠Q♠. The race was on and it fell heavily in favour of Bumbulbee_G as the board ran out 6♠Q♦Q♥7♦7♣. A great tournament for tombo_pl that ended in 5th place for $19,764.00 in prize money.
Bumbulbee_G was into the chip lead but sammycon23 tightened things up at the top with the elimination of BoBoNe93. A min-raise from sammycon23 on the button was met with a call from BoBoNe93 in the big blind to take a 5♠8♥9♣ flop. Things got busy as BoBoNe93 led out with a bet, sammycon23 raised before BoBoNe93 moved all in. sammycon23 didn't hesitate in making the call with a monster pair - K♠K♥. It was a dangerous flop for the kings, but sammycon23 was in front against BoBoNe93's J♣T♠ for a straight draw. BoBoNe93 picked up even more outs on the J♥ turn card but the 8♣ river left sammycon23 to take it down and leave BoBoNe93 to collect $29,646.00 for 4th place.
Student 407 was the short stack of the three players but picked up a big pot with a full house against Bumbulbee_G to even things up as an intense three-way battle ensued.
As Student 407 started to climb it was sammycon23 who started to slide. Student 407 survived heavy action holding Q♠7♠ on a 2♦Q♥8♥5♠A♣ board against sammycon23 before the killer blow was struck:
Queens all around but sammycon23 found himself unlucky to be outkicked to fall in 3rd place for $44,469.00.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: Student 407 (5,153,718 in chips)
Seat 6: Bumbulbee_G (3,081,282 in chips)
Student 407 started out with a narrow heads-up advantage and the pots were small in the early stages before a key double up shifted the momentum in favour of Bumbulbee_G.
The action was bet and three-bet on the turn, before Bumbulbee_G moved all in on the river on the board of 6♣4♣K♣6♦9♠. Student 407 considered the decision for a few moments before calling with A♦6♠ for trips but Bumbulbee_G showed 4♦6♥ for a full house to take back the chip lead.
Bumbulbee_G stepped up the aggression, winning 23 of the next 29 pots to wear down Student 407 before the final hand of the tournament unfolded.
The action was three-bet preflop before Student 407 raised all in on a flop of 3♦6♥T♠. Bumbulbee_G made the call with 8♥8♣ and it proved correct as Student 407 opened A♠9♦ for ace-high. The turn was the 4♣ and river 8♠ was the icing on the cake for Bumbulbee_G. Student 407 took home $60,033.15 for 2nd place as Bumbulbee_G takes the WCOOP gold and $80,291.61!
WCOOP Event#33 $320 NLHE (6-Max) Final Table Results
Number of entrants: 1,647
Prize pool: $494,100
Places paid: 216
1st Bumbulbee_G (United Kingdom) - $80,291.61
2nd Student 407 (Russia) - $60,033.15
3rd sammycon23 (Australia) - $44,469.00
4th BoBoNe93 (Poland) - $29,646.00
5th tombo_pl (Poland) - $19,764.00
6th WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) - $12,352.50
With a total of 65 events on the PokerStars WCOOP schedule, there are plenty more opportunities to get among the action with events running right through until September 24th. For more details head to the WCOOP home page or check out WCOOP radio for daily shows at 15:00 ET.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.