WCOOP 2012: MilanRabsz's money but ottoman09's gold in Event #40 ($320 NLHE 6-Max)
Some people play poker tournaments for the money. Some play for the glory. Usually it's the winner of the tournament who gets the thrill of walking away with both, but a three-way deal in today's WCOOP event has seen ottoman09 grab the title as MilanRabsz was able to negotiate the biggest pay day on a fascinating final table.
It was Event #40 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker where 2,327 players hit the virtual felt for the $320 No Limit Holdem 6-Max event, producing a prize pool of $698,100 to almost triple the advertised prize pool guarantee.
It was a great field highlighted by Team PokerStars Pros Pierre Neuville, Anders Berg, Vanessa Rousso, Chad Brown, Maxim Lykov, Shane Schleger, Liv Boeree, George Danzer, Matthias de Meulder, Jose Barbero, Eugene Katchalov, Grzegorz Mikielewicz, Bertrand Grospellier, Charlotte Van Brabander, Daniel Negreanu, Stavros Kalfas, Mickey Petersen, Randy Lew, Kevin Thurman, Humberto Brenes, Jude Ainsworth, Andre Coimbra and Lex Veldhuis.
They all fell short of the money but faring a little better were Martin Hrubý (298th - $530.55), George Lind (296th - $530.55) and Ana Marquez (229th - $614.32) who all collected a small profit as the best-placed red spades in the field.
When jknack10 three-bet shoved A♠9♠ into the dominant A♣J♥ of PAULMARCKO, a jack on the river saw jknack10 eliminated in 7th place as our final table line up was set:
Final table line up
Seat 1: MilanRabsz (4,075,517 in chips)
Seat 2: ottoman09 (1,579,734 in chips)
Seat 3: Booobich (958,954 in chips)
Seat 4: PAULMARCKO (1,763,379 in chips)
Seat 5: N1clasM (1,362,398 in chips)
Seat 6: pepealas (1,895,018 in chips)
The final table blinds kicked off at 15k/30k with a 3,750-chip ante, so despite MilanRabsz holding a massive chip lead, the short stacks still had plenty of room to move.
ottoman09 and MilanRabsz were the early movers at the final table, as it took some time before we saw our first casualty.
That player was N1clasM who three-bet shoved over an open from ottoman09 who made the call with 9♠9♦. N1clasM was racing for tournament life with A♥T♥ but couldn't connect on the board of K♦6♦7♥8♠6♠. N1clasM picked up $13,948.03 for 6th place.
Early on there was a little discussion about the possibility of a deal. A few players were interested but with such a big lead, MilanRabsz was happy to keep playing for now.
pepealas landed a big double up with pocket aces against the pocket nines of ottoman09, before winning two more healthy pots to sneak into the chip lead.
It was an hour between eliminations as Booobich had blinded down to around four big blinds which were committed preflop with A♣9♣. ottoman09 made the call with a dominant A♦K♦ which survived the 3♥2♠5♠2♣J♠ board to leave Booobich to collect $26,178.75 for 5th place.
Just four hands later and we were down to three with the short-stacked PAULMARCKO unable to survive. Again ottoman09 was in dominant shape with A♦Q♦ as PAULMARCKO ran a short stack into trouble with 6♠A♣. The board ran out 3♠2♣8♠5♥7♣ to see PAULMARCKO out in 4th place for $40,140.75.
The players then quickly proposed the idea of a deal:
pepealas said, "Deal"
MilanRabsz said, "we can see"
ottoman09 said, "lets se icm if is ok ?"
pepealas said, "Discuuss first"
MilanRabsz said, "ok"
MilanRabsz held the chip lead and was able to negotiate the lion's share as the three players agreed to a deal with $5,000 put aside for the eventual winner.
With play resumed, ottoman09 and MilanRabsz were winning the majority of pots three-handed, as pepealas waited for a spot to strike when the following hand went down:
pepealas shoved the short stack and caught a breath of life with an ace on the flop, but a cruel runner-runner delivered MilanRabsz a straight to take the pot. After the deal, pepealas was rewarded with $72,800 in prize money for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: MilanRabsz (7,199,125 in chips)
Seat 2: ottoman09 (4,435,875 in chips)
MilanRabsz held a handy chip lead, but ottoman09 fought back, winning several good pots without getting to showdown. One of the more interesting hands saw ottoman09 min-raise the button to 200,000, before MilanRabsz three-bet to 444,445. ottoman09 four-bet to 1,105,670 but MilanRabsz remained defiant with a five-bet to 1,883,445. It wasn't until ottoman09 moved all in with a six-bet shove for 5,273,934 that MilanRabsz eventually gave it up.
It was typical of the contest, with the deep stacks allowing the players to use their skill with very few hands getting to showdown.
When MilanRabsz fired bets on the turn and river with just eight-high on a board of Q♦3♥9♦A♦A♥, ottoman09 was able to pick it off with K♠9♠ to gain the ascendency in the heads-up battle and a short time later, it was all over.
The final hand saw MilanRabsz min-raise from the button. ottoman09 moved all in and MilanRabsz called off a 16BB stack with Q♥J♥ to be looking good for a double up against ottoman09's J♠T♥. However the board ran out 9♦5♣5♦T♣A♦ to see ottoman09 spike the ten on the turn to grab the win.
MilanRabsz missed the bracelet but the deal awarded the lion's share with $90,000 for 2nd place as the gold goes to ottoman09 along with $86,771.85 in prize money!
WCOOP Event#40 $320 NLHE (6-Max) Final Table Results
Number of entrants: 2,327
Prize pool: $698,100
Places paid: 300
1st ottoman09 (Romania) - $86,771.85*
2nd MilanRabsz (Poland) - $90,000.00*
3rd pepealas (Ireland) - $72,800.00*
4th PAULMARCKO (Russia) - $40,140.75
5th Booobich (Sweden) - $26,178.75
6th N1clasM (Sweden) - $13,948.03
* denotes three-handed deal
With a total of 65 events on the PokerStars WCOOP schedule, there are 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.