WCOOP 2012: mookstar shines bright, wins Event #48 ($320 Mixed NLHE/PLO)

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgPot-limit Omaha has evolved into an especially popular poker variant, rivaling no-limit hold'em for many players. Event #48 of the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker let players enjoy both, presenting a mixed format alternating between 20-minute levels each of PLO and NLHE.

The guarantee for this $320 buy-in event was set at $200K, although by the time late registration ended a huge field of 1,132 players had jumped in, creating a whopping $339,600 prize pool and thus crushing the guarantee. The top 144 places paid in this one, with $59,362.08 for first prize barring any final table deals.

By the six-hour break the field had shrunk to less than 160 players and the money bubble was approaching. Butros, loop8, Hattenaf, and João "ProfPanik" Silva had found spots at the top of the counts, each having collected 100,000-plus chips to that point.

The Shark Sunk

Meanwhile among the representatives of Team PokerStars, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen of Team Online and Team Pro Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes were still alive, both sporting above-average stacks.

The bubble soon burst, and not long after the Shark lost most of his stack in a PLO hand versus Pizdariki. The Costa Rican would double-up once and chip up some more thereafter, though, thereby surviving along with Petersen through the seven-hour break.

The field shrunk below 100 players as vikkinen pushed out front, approaching 200,000 chips. Then David "Betudontbet" Emmons quickly moved ahead of all to claim the top spot.

Soon after Brenes finally met his end in 89th place ($747.12), Pizdariki taking the rest of his stack in an NLHE hand when Brenes' A♥K♣ failed to improve versus Pizdariki's Q♣Q♦.


Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes

Over the next couple of hours the field shrunk to less than 30 players, during which stretch Shark-slayer Pizdariki moved out in front, chipping up over to half a million chips.

Petersen remained alive as well, although had become short-stacked and appeared on the verge of elimination after finding himself all in before the flop during the NLHE round with A♥2♦ against mookstar's A♦[10d]. The board brought a saving deuce, however, and Petersen survived.

Mickey Meets His End

A half-hour later they were down to 18, with vikkinen, mookstar, and WCOOP legend Joel Adam "2FLY2TILT" Gordon having claimed the top spots on the leaderboard.

Six more fell by the 10-hour break. HonestAbe200 (18th), v1taminka (17th), and Ariel "ArielSpivack" Spivack (16th) earned $1,867.80 for their finishes. And Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky (15th), loop8 (14th), and Giffordonian (13th) took away $2,547 apiece.

Meanwhile Petersen found himself in fourth with 12 left, having evaded elimination once more thanks to a lucky river card in a no-limit hold'em hand versus "2FLY2TILT" Gordon. Take a look:

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"I don't remember the last time I got it in this bad and got there," tweeted Petersen afterwards, noting that he "was close to folding turn vs that sizing" while delivering the hand to his followers via the BOOM replayer.


Team Online member Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen

Alas for Petersen, over the next half-hour his stack would slip back to below-average status during a PLO round while Andras "probirs" Nemeth (12th) and PlayWMyNuts (11th) were eliminated, each cashing for $3,226.20.

Then came a NLHE hand in which it folded around to Petersen on the button. With the blinds at 8,000/16,000, Petersen shoved his remaining stack of just over 163,000, but 2FLY2TILT was quick with the call from the blinds, showing Q♦Q♥. Petersen had but 8♦5♣, and when the community cards brought no help mement_mori was out in 10th, also good for $3,226.20.

The final table was set, with several familiar usernames among them.


Seat 1: Jan "hairos" Sorensen (Denmark) -- 743,015
Seat 2: bbbbb33 (Malta) -- 150,624
Seat 3: Jason "Taknapotin" Somerville (Canada) -- 390,056
Seat 4: mookstar (Canada) -- 941,828
Seat 5: vikkinen (Finland) -- 1,657,216
Seat 6: lyzardos (Hungary) -- 178,869
Seat 7: Joel Adam "2FLY2TILT" Gordon (United Kingdom) -- 443,871
Seat 8: David "Betudontbet" Emmons (Mexico) -- 522,903
Seat 9: me so fish (Finland) -- 631,618

From 9 to 6

The table's short stack, bbbbb33, had congratulations -- and an offer -- ready to deliver to the rest of the table:

bbbbb33: WE DID IT GUYS
bbbbb33: CHOP IT UP?!?!?

Before anyone could respond to bbbbb33 likely-tongue-in-cheek suggestion, bbbbb33 was open-pushing all in for 118,624 from the cutoff seat and getting a single caller in mookstar from the small blind.

bbbbb33 showed Q♦9♥ and mookstar A♣T♠, and when the board came 2♣K♦2♥3♠7♠, bbbbb33 was out in ninth. That marked the best finish so far for bbbbb33 in this year's WCOOP among an impressive seven cashes.

On the very next hand vikkinen opened with a 2x raise to 32,000 from the small blind and lyzardos responded with an all-in shove for 204,869 from a seat over. vikkinen showed K♦9♠ and lyzardos 6♠6♦. The flop came 9♣4♣2♥, giving vikkinen a better pair. The turn was the J♣ and river the 8♦, and lyzardos was gone in eighth.

The remaining seven pushed through the 11-hour break. The game switched back to PLO with the blinds moving up to 10,000/20,000. vikkinen then raised to 50,000 from early position and watched as me so fish reraised to 180,000 from the button. The blinds got out and vikkanen made the call.

The flop came A♠K♥A♦, prompting an all-in push for 94,308 by vikkinen which me so fish promptly called. vikkinen showed A♣T♦9♣3♦ and
me so fish K♠K♣7♥7♠ -- trip aces for vikkinen, but me so fish had flopped a boat, kings full of aces.

The turn was the K♦, improving vikkinen to quads and leaving vikkinen needing the lone remaining ace to survive. But the river was the 6♠ and vikkinen was knocked out in seventh.

From 6 to 2

They were down to six, but the very next hand would see the remaining group suddenly cut down by two more.

They were still in the PLO round, with David "Betudontbet" Emmons opening with a pot-sized raise to 70,000 from UTG+1. Jan "hairos" Sorensen called the raise from the button, then Jason "Taknapotin" Somerville reraised to 300,000 from the small blind.

mookstar folded the BB, but Emmons called Somerville's reraise with the 205,983 he had left. Then Sorensen -- who had both players covered -- called as well.

Taknapotin: A♥K♦K♣9♣
hairos: Q♣T♣8♠5♠
Betudontbet: A♠A♣Q♥T♠

The fate of the trio rested in the community cards, which came Q♦9♠3♥J♠A♦ to give Sorensen a winning queen-high straight and send Emmons out in sixth and Somerville in fifth. Both Betudontbet and Taknapotin made their fifth cashes of the 2012 WCOOP in this one, with Event #48 being the first final table for each.

After that hand mookstar led the final four with about 2.55 million, hairos was next with just under 1.43 million, me so fish was third with about 1.29 million, and 2FLY2TILT fourth with a little less than 380,000.

Not long after they'd changed back to NLHE and leader mookstar was opening with a min-raise to 50,000 from under the gun. Joel Adam "2FLY2TILT" Gordon then reraise-shoved for 302,256 from the button, the blinds folded, and mookstar called.

mookstar showed 3♠3♦ and 2FLY2TILT K♠6♦, and when the community cards fell T♦5♠A♣2♠J♦, Gordon's attempt to win a third career WCOOP bracelet fell a few spots shy in fourth.

The three remaining players battled back and forth, their stacks evening out between them for a time until Sorensen saw his cut considerably in a hand against me so fish.

Then, with game PLO and the blinds 15,000/30,000, mookstar opened for 60,000 from the button, hairos reraised to 195,000 from the big blind, and mookstar called.

The flop came 8♥5♦8♠, Sorensen pushed all in for 335,010 more, and mookstar quickly called. hairos showed A♠K♦5♣3♣ (eights and fives) and mookstar K♥Q♠8♣7♠ (trip eights). The turn was the 2♠ and river the 6♣, and they were down to two.

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mookstar still held the advantage as heads-up play began, sitting with 3,405,814 to me so fish's 2,254,186. mookstar immediately began the work of filleting me so fish's stack, and as they began to approach the 12-hour break had built a better than 3-to-1 chip advantage when the final hand arrived.

The game was still PLO when me so fish opened for 2x from the button to 60,000, mookstar reraised to 180,000, and me so fish called. The flop came K♥5♠6♥. mookstar bet 200,000, and me so fish called. The turn then brought the T♠. This time mookstar bet 760,000, and me so fish raised all in for 898,372 and mookstar called the remainder. The cards were flipped over...

mookstar: Q♠Q♥T♥6♠
me so fish: K♠Q♣J♦J♣

me so fish had the lead for the moment with kings, but mookstar had bottom pair plus a flush draw. The T♠ on the turn improved mookstar to two pair, then the 3♥ river made the heart flush to end me so fish's run in second and give mookstar the win.

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Congratulations to mookstar for topping a huge field of 1,132 and an especially tough final table to claim the WCOOP bracelet and more than $59K!

WCOOP Event #48 ($320 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha) Results:
1st: mookstar (Canada) -- $59,362.08
2nd: me so fish (Finland) -- $43,129.20
3rd: Jan "hairos" Sorensen (Denmark) -- $32,262
4th: Joel Adam "2FLY2TILT" Gordon (United Kingdom) -- $24,110.60
5th: Jason "Taknapotin" Somerville (Canada) -- $16,980
6th: David "Betudontbet" Emmons (Mexico) -- $13,584
7th: vikkinen (Finland) -- $10,188
8th: lyzardos (Hungary) -- $6,792
9th: bbbbb33 (Malta) -- $3,905.40

Entrants: 1,132
Places paid: 144

The 2012 Player of the Series race is starting to get especially interesting with only a few days left in this year's WCOOP. Check the WCOOP site for up-to-the-minute updates of the leaderboard, and of course do tune in as well to WCOOP Radio each day for more WCOOP highlights and stories.

Martin Harris is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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