WCOOP 2012: Illini213 dominates and wins Event 29 ($1,050 NLHE 2-Day)
Illini213 entered this tournament with something to prove. After bubbling the Event 10 final table in the 2012 WCOOP, Illini213 wanted to win. Making Day 2 was the first step, and dominating the final table was the second. With a chip lead that allowed some room to push others around, Illini213 plowed through the final opponents and simmsux in heads-up play. None of it was easy, but the reward for Illini213 was sweet victory.
Event 29 was one of the numerous tournaments of the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) that was set up for two days of play. This one had a $750K guarantee, and considering the $1,000 + $50 buy-in and the length of time that a well-structured No Limit Hold'em tournament can run, two days looked good. Players who go deep aren't forced to play tired, and they can be well-rested to play for the win.
Beginning on September 11, players lined up to get in on the action, and the guarantee - as usual in WCOOP - was left in the proverbial dust. After three hours of registration, the final numbers were:
Prize pool: $1,422,000
Paid players: 162
Among the early casualties, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree was eliminated without the opportunity to get much going. Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen followed her to the rail shortly after, as did Team Pros Martin Staszko, Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth, Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu, Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown, Leo Fernandez, Maxim Lykov, George Danzer, Ville Wahlbeck, Christian "el grillo" de Leon, Ana Marquez, Vanessa Rousso, Victor Ramdin, Joao "jomane" Nunes, and Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero. Team Online's Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc headed out in 239th, and Team Pro Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder exited in 183rd.
The money bubble burst a short time later, as supernova9 was eliminated in 163rd place, and govshark2 became the first place to cash in this event for $1,990.80.
Level 23 started with about 125 players, but among the casualties of those two last levels of the day was Team Online's Shane "shaniac" Schleger, who took 95th place for $2,986.20. The night finally ended at the end of Level 24 with 82 players remaining. The top 10 players with their chip counts, with chip leader shown here:
1. CrabMaki (UK) - 513,830 (WCOOP 2010 bracelet holder profiled here & pictured above)
2. veeea (Russia) - 425,060
3. wizowizo (Germany) - 310,251 (Super Tuesday winner profiled here)
4. Gambler4444 (Germany) - 281,966 (Sunday Million winner)
5. majus26 (Austria) - 276,044 (WCOOP 2012 winner)
6. baddada123 (China) - 266,486
7. H.Oussale (Germany) - 261,379
8. arxigos (Germany) - 256,898 (TCOOP 2012 winner)
9. guimoura (Brazil) - 246,250
10. Flush_Entity (Canada) - 239,077 (WCOOP Event 8 Day 2 player)
36. Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen (Mexico) - 124,284
62. Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind (Canada) - 69,235
Look at those accolades! Majus 26 was going for a second 2012 WCOOP bracelet, and chip leader CrabMaki was looking for a second lifetime WCOOP win. And Flush_Entity made Day 2 of Event 8 just last week but busted in 38th place, so there is likely some great desire to turn this one into a win. None of the players in that group were inexperienced, so Day 2 was looking like a fun one before it even started.
Players returned on September 12 to Level 25, with blinds at 1,400/2,800 and ante of 350. The first hour reduced the field to 53 players on 6 tables, and among the casualties was Team Online's George Lind. Jorj95 was the shortest stack in the field and pushed his remaining chips all-in from the big blind. Original raiser kipsterDK called, and that player's A-J beat the A-T of Jorj95. He took home $3,697.20 for 61st place.
The first of the previous night's top 10 players exited during the next hour when arxigos received 44th place, and baddada123 wasn't far behind with a 37th place finish. Veeea left in 29th, followed by the day's initial chip leader CrabMaki in 28th, who lost the last of his chips to new chip leader memoanda. Majus26 was denied a second 2012 WOCOP bracelet by Lilla London, the new chip leader at the point that majus26 accepted 20th place. Gambler4444 followed in 19th.
More than four hours into Day 2, only two tables remained. One of the casualties during the next hour was Flush_Entity, who rode a short stack for several hours but continued to stay in until the cards finally pushed him out in 14th place. Former top 10 player wizowizo departed in 12th, leaving H.Oussale as the only one from the group of 10 still in contention for the title.
More than an hour later, the elimination of RomeOpro in 11th place initiated hand-for-hand play. And a few minutes later, qwerfgh moved all-in with K♣Q♠ against the A♥J♣ of simmsux in a battle of the blinds. The board came Q♦K♥3♥J♥J♦ to give simmsux trip jacks, and qwerfgh had to take tenth place and the $12,513.60 that went with it.
Illini213 leads final table, Team Pro Guillen fighting
The final table began in Level 39, with blinds of 9,000/18,000 and a 2,250 ante. Players' chip counts were as follows:
Seat 1: kukuchanel (1,856,698 in chips)
Seat 2: stanman420 (839,635 in chips)
Seat 3: simmsux (973,652 in chips)
Seat 4: Illini213 (2,401,112 in chips)
Seat 5: H.Oussalé (1,408,306 in chips)
Seat 6: Lilla London (966,666 in chips)
Seat 7: angelguillen (425,724 in chips)
Seat 8: GripDsNutz (1,519,372 in chips)
Seat 9: Superfizzy (273,835 in chips)
The final table started with a great deal of caution, resulting in small pots and few flops. But Lilla London kept getting involved and losing ground. Lilla London then got involved with Illini213 to see a reraised flop of 7♠K♣5♦. Lilla London bet, and Illini213 called. The J♠ on the turn brought the same action, and the 3♥ on the river prompted Lilla London to move all-in with A♠T♦. But Illini213 called with K♠T♠, and the pair of kings had it. Lilla London left in ninth place with $15,357.60.
Short-stacked Superfizzy doubled through GripDsNutz to stay in action, leaving Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen on the short stack. Illini213, on the other hand, continued to extend a lead that looked nearly impossible to catch. Until...
A hand started with stanman420 raising UTG and H.Oussale reraising from middle position. Stanman420 called, and the flop came 7♥K♥. H.Oussale bet, and stanman420 check-called. The 4♦ on the turn prompted the same bet and check-call, which resulted in the reveal of the A♦ river card. H.Oussale bet again, that time all-in for more than 940K chips. Stanman420 went into the time bank and thought for quite a while before finally calling all-in with K♠J♠ for the pair of kings. But H.Oussale showed A♣K♦ for top two pair, and stanman420 exited in eighth place with $27,729.00.
That put H.Oussale closer to Illini213 than anyone had been in a while. Guillen then doubled through GripDsNutz, putting Superfizzy back at the bottom of the chip counts.
But it was Guillen who made another move. It happened when simmsux raised preflop and angelguillen responded by reraising all-in for 518,198 chips from the button. Simmsuz called with A♥J♣, but angelguillen was ahead with A♦K♣. The flop of Q♣K♥8♣ gave angelgiullen the pair of kings, but it gave simmsux the straight draw. The 5♥ on the turn changed nothing, but the T♥ hit hard on the river for the straight. Team PokerStars Pro Angel "angelguillen" Guillen was out in seventh place with $41,949.00.
No one can catch Illini213
Superfizzy took another chance to double up, and it was successful, and it was again through GripDsNutz. H.Oussale lost some ground on second place and instituted an aggressive strategy that put every opponent to the test. They kept folding to his large raises, and H.Oussale neared the 3 million mark, but simmsux accepted one challenge and took a 1.38 million chip pot from H.Oussale. Again, Illini213 was alone at the top and over 4 million chips.
Short-stacked Superfizzy made another move, this time with K♣9♣ for 224,705 chips. Illini213 called from the small blind with Q♦J♣, and the board came A♦6♣4♥Q♠8♥ to give Illini213 the pair of queens. Superfizzy fizzled out in sixth place, which was worth $56,169.00.
Going into Hour 8 of Day 2
The break at the top of the hour showed that Illini213 climbed even further, surpassing the 5.2 million mark. H.Oussale was in a distant second with just over 2 million chips, and simmsux was right behind with a few less than 2 million. Kukuchanel had fallen to fourth place with little more than 710K, and GripDsNutz held up the last position with 624K.
When players returned from break, though, GripDsNutz doubled through Illini213 to stay in action. And then this interesting hand happened to put GripDsNutz in much better position and H.Oussale on the short stack:
Shortly after, H.Oussale pushed all-in with 4♠4♣, and Illini213 called with K♣Q♣. The board came K♦A♣7♠A♠9♥, and Illini213 took it down, leaving H.Oussale out in fifth place with $70,389.00.
But then, GripDsNuts got into a preflop raising war with simmsux. The latter finally made an all-in move, and GripDsNutz risked 2.3 million chips with A♠Q♠. Simmsux showed 7♥7♣, and that hand evolved into a straight on the T♥6♣6♦8♦9♥ board. GripDsNutz (SCOOP 2012 winner) had to leave the tournament in fourth place with $96,696.00.
Kukuchanel finally risked it all with K♥9♦, and Illini213 had A♥4♣. The board produced 3♣7♠5♣3♠J♠, and the ace kicker played to eliminate kukuchanel in third place with $134,947.80.
Heads-up play and a deal
The two finalists began their battle with these chip counts:
Seat 3: simmsux (4,719,528 in chips)
Seat 4: Illini213 (5,945,472 in chips)
They fairly quickly paused the action to discuss a deal, and they took the chip-chop numbers, modified them, and doubled the amount to leave out for the winner. Instead of the obligatory $15,000.00 set aside for the winner, they made it $30,000.00, and they agreed that Illini213 would be guaranteed $195,490.00 and simmsux would take home at least $194,000.00. Both players agreed, and play resumed without delay.
Illini213 was aggressive and rather quickly climbed over 8 million chips. Simmsux finally took a stand after a preflop raising war and pushed all-in with K♠9♥. Illini213 called with A♠Q♣. The flop of K♥Q♦3♥ kept simmsux in the lead and hopeful for a double-up, and the T♦ didn't change that. But the A♥ on the river gave Illini213 two pair, leaving simmsux out in second place with $194,000.00.
WCOOP 2012 Event 29 ($1,050 NLHE 2-Day) Results (reflects two-way deal):
1st place: Illini213 (Costa Rica) - $225,490.00*
2nd place: simmsux (Costa Rica) - $194,000.00*
3rd place: kukuchanel (Russia) - $134,947.80
4th place: GripDsNutz (Costa Rica) - $96,696.00
5th place: H.Oussale (Germany) - $70,389.00
6th place: Superfizzy (Germany) - $56,169.00
7th place: Team PokerStars Pro Angel "angelguillen" Guillen (Mexico) - $41,949.00
8th place: stanman420 (Costa Rica) - $27,729.00
9th place: Lille London (Sweden) - $15,357.60
Two players agreed to payouts with $30,000 set aside for the winner
Paid players: 162
We're approaching the halfway mark! But WCOOP runs through September 24 with a total of 65 tournaments, so there's plenty of time left to get in on the action. For all sorts of information, check out the WCOOP home page. And don't forget to tune in to WCOOP Radio for daily shows at 15:00 ET.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.