WCOOP 2012: Huzzah for ZISIMO7, Event #34 champ ($320 PLO, 6-max., 1R1A)

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgWe're crossing the halfway point of this year's World Championship of Online Poker, and the action isn't slowing down. Speaking of action, Event #34 gave seekers of such plenty to enjoy -- a $320 buy-in short-handed pot-limit Omaha event with a re-buy and add-on thrown in to add a little extra oomph.

Here is how the numbers stacked up for this one...

Entrants: 860
Re-buys: 551
Add-ons: 441

Total prize pool: $555,600 (besting the $300K guarantee)
Places paid: 108
First place: $97,952.28

It would take three hours and 43 minutes for half of those 860 players to be eliminated. With 430 left, BYWMaster led (with 82,264), followed by flashdisastr (80,075) and doublmeup1 (73,382).

After five hours and 27 minutes, exactly one-fourth of the field still had chips. With 215 players still alive, BYWMaster was still the leader (with 191,570), with Ti0373 (177,273) and Galen "Gakn29" Cranston (160,864) having pushed into the top three.

It would take nearly two hours more to reach the money, and shortly after that just 100 remained, led by $saxo$ (with 494,156), Ti0373 (365,182), and Dave "CrabMaki" Shallow (363,344).

An hour after that and they were down to 50, with Dave "CrabMaki" Shallow having moved in front (with 780,647), cheach123 next (625,627), and $saxo$ third (460,771). Also still in the hunt were a couple of Team PokerStars Pros -- Johnny Lodden (in 26th position) and George Danzer (in 35th) -- sitting right beside each other, in fact, at one of the nine remaining tables.

For Lodden it was his fifth cash of this year's WCOOP, though the first time he'd cracked the top 100. Meanwhile Danzer was continuing his remarkable "Summer of George" by recording his ninth cash of the series here after earlier making Day 2 of Event #33 ($320 NLHE, 6-max.), ending today in third position of the final 11 in that event.


Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer

Over the next stretch Danzer would chip up while Lodden would slip to below-average status. Soon Lodden found himself all in on the flop in a hand versus Dave "CrabMaki" Shallow and failed to survive, going out in 41st ($2,111.28).

Danzer would continue to add chips and enjoy the lead for a time before slipping back to the middle of the pack. Play continued and a little while after they had passed the 10-hour mark the field had shrunk to 18 players gathered around three six-handed tables.

By then Carlos "djalminha" López led all as the only player with more than a million chips, having pushed up over 1.27 million. lynxx88 was the nearest challenger with 833,912 and Li "Python817" Zhang next with 817,367.

Danzer's stack would fluctuate up and down as the field whittled down toward a final table, with the German leading with 12 to go but ultimately sliding back and seeing his run come to an end in 10th place ($7,222.80). Still, another impressive WCOOP performance and finish for Danzer, whose efforts on this Day 12 of WCOOP certainly position him well in the Player of the Series race.

Following Danzer to the rail were Nikolo5 (9th), Ignat "0Human0" Liviu (8th), and lynxx88 (7th), each earning $10,611.96, while Python817 and Ti0373 moved to the top of the counts. After 12 hours and 17 minutes of play, they had reached the final table.


Seat 1: djalminha (Portugal) -- 532,316
Seat 2: Ti0373 (Russia) -- 2,656,400
Seat 3: nussunlussun (Finland) -- 928,624
Seat 4: Python817 (Canada) -- 3,205,587
Seat 5: ZISIMO7 (Greece) -- 528,030
Seat 6: jezicarabbit (Canada) -- 1,409,043

Ten minutes passed, then leader Li "Python817" Zhang opened for the minimum by raising to 80,000 from middle position. It folded around to Carlos "djalminha" López in the small blind who reraised to 280,000. Python817 reraised the pot once more and djalminha called with the 92,316 he had left.

Python817 had Q♠Q♦6♠5♦ and djalminha K♥K♣7♠7♦. The board brought no queen, but it did bring diamonds, coming A♦J♦9♦8♠4♣ to give Zhang the flush and knock López out in sixth.

About 15 minutes later the blinds were up to 25,000/50,000 when nussunlussun raised pot to 175,000 from under the gun, then Python817 reraised to 300,000 from one seat over. It folded back to nussunlussun who called with the 65,594 remaining behind, turning over J♥T♠9♣4♥ while Zhang turned over A♦A♣7♣7♠. The flop came K♦A♠4♠ to give Python817 a set of aces, and when the K♠ fell on the turn to improve Zhang to a full house the 3♦ river was no matter as nussunlussun finished in fifth.

A short while after the blinds were still 25,000/50,000 when Ti0373 raised to 120,000 from UTG and it folded to jezicarabbit in the big blind who made it 385,000 to go. Ti0373 called the reraise, and the pair saw the flop come K♠7♣4♥. jezicarabbit responded by pushing all in for 537,200 and Ti0373 made the call.

jezicarabbit showed Q♥Q♦5♥3♦ for queens and a low gutshot, but Ti0373 had flopped middle set with 8♦7♠7♥5♣. The turn was the 2♠ and river the K♦, and jezicarabbit was out in fourth.

The remaining three battled to the 13-hour break, the last hand before which saw Ti0373 crippled in a hand versus ZISIMO7 that saw the river bring Ti0373 trips but ZISIMO7 a full house. After a lot of preflop action in that hand, most of the chips went in on the river... take a look:

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Returning from the break, ZISIMO7 led with 4,912,452, Li "Python817" Zhang was not far behind with 4,294,816, and Ti0373 down to what would be less than a big blind with 52,732.

Ti0373 survived an initial all-in, but soon was at risk again with 8♠8♦6♦4♥ against Zhang's K♣K♠9♥5♦. The five community cards came K♦Q♦6♠7♣9♠ and they were quickly down to two.

Heads-up play began with players nearly even, with ZISIMO7 a bit in front with 4,739,720 to Python817's 4,520,280. They played one hand, then paused proceedings to talk about a possible deal. The "ICM" numbers were proposed (leaving $6,000 for which to play), but when Python817 wanted more the pair couldn't come to terms, and play soon resumed.

It didn't take long after that -- just eight more hands, nine total between the two heads-up. And as it happened, ZISIMO7 would win all but one of those hands, including the last and biggest one.

With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Python817 raised to 120,000 from the button, then ZISIMO7 pushed it up to 360,000. Python817 came back with another reraise to 1.08 million, and ZISIMO7 called.

The flop came 9♥3♣8♠. ZISIMO7 led with a bet of 2.16 million, Li "Python817" Zhang raised all in for 2,273,793, and ZISIMO7 called. Python817 had A♦A♠5♦3♥, giving him the lead for the moment against ZISIMO7's K♣Q♦T♠9♣. But the T♣ fell on the turn to give ZISIMO7 two pair, and after the 4♥ river, Event #34 had been decided.

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Congratulations to ZISIMO7 for topping a field of 860 to claim the bracelet and almost six-figure first prize in Event #34!

WCOOP Event #34 ($320 Pot-Limit Omaha, 6-max., 1R1A) Results:
1st: ZISIMO7 (Greece) -- $97,952.28
2nd: Python817 (Canada) -- $72,228
3rd: Ti0373 (Russia) -- $55,560
4th: jezicarabbit (Canada) -- $38,892
5th: nussunlussun (Finland) -- $27,780
6th: djalminha (Portugal) -- $16,668

Entrants: 860
Places paid: 108

Head over to the WCOOP site to see updates on where ZISIMO7, George Danzer, and everyone else stands thus far in that WCOOP Player of the Series race. And check out WCOOP Radio each day for more information, interviews, and more than a few grins, too.

Martin Harris is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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