WCOOP 2012: Wire-to-wire final for OMG_POKISH in Event 42, $215 NLHE

wcoop-thumb.pngDay 1 of this tournament saw a total of 8,342 players show up to build another mammoth WCOOP prize pool. The guaranteed prize pool of $1 million was shattered, and $1.66 million in total prizes were up for grabs. The biggest part of that money was awarded yesterday, but 115 players survived to return at 11 a.m. ET today and play down to a winner.

Today's blinds started at 10K/20K with a 2.5K ante. Leading the way was Russia's AlexBet86 with 2.37M chips. Close behind were Norway's d-mon-d (2.29M), the Netherlands' FrederickH. (2.11M), Vietnam's kidpro2012 (1.87M), and Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur (1.78M). It's not uncommon in a big tournament like this WCOOP event to see players at the top of the leaderboard with 115 players left cruise to a final table. Nor is it unusual to see a late chip leader run into trouble before the final table. What's out of the ordinary is to see everyone in the top 10 fail to advance to the final, and that's exactly what happened today. In fact, only two players in the top 33 at the start of the day advanced to the final nine. The biggest-stacked player from the beginning of Day 2 to advance to the final was OMG_POKISH, who had begun in 12th place with 1.22M chips.

The early levels moved at a brisk pace, reducing the field to 77 players by the first break. Another hour had it down to 44, and a third hour to 28. By the time the fourth break of the day arrived there were just 15 players remaining. Germany's FabOne1986 held the lead thanks to a massive pot on the last hand before that break, which also saw the Day 2 incoming chip leader's tournament come to an end:

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That 13.25M-chip pot was the biggest of the tournament so far and sent both of the other players home with $4,671.52, with FoNZ87 finishing in 17th place and AlexBet86 in 16th.

Close behind FabOne1986 at the break were FrenchDawg (8,99M chips), GrumpyNacho (8.69M), OMG_POKISH (6.96M), and Okto19 (6.53M). All five stayed toward the top of the leaderboard as the field narrowed to 12, but the spread between their stacks shrank to just 2 million chips with blinds at 100K/200K.

As the fifth break arrived just 11 players remained and briankrause1 held the lead with 12.57M chips, just ahead of OMG_POKISH's 12.41M. On the other end of the leaderboard, splasher22 (3.57M), xAndorx (3.32M) and omar miete (2.53M) were all looking to double up or otherwise stave off elimination before the final table and earn at least an extra $3,800; with blinds at 125K/250K, none of them had more than 15 big blinds to work with. splasher22 was the first to go, running A♥ 8♣ into OMG_POKISH's A♠ Q♣ on the last hand of the 125K/250K level to put the tournament on its final table bubble.

As it turned out the other two short-stacked players would survive to the final nine thanks to a huge pot between FabOne1986 and FrenchDawg. Both players had just over 7M chips when the hand began:

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Two hands later the tournament came to an end in 10th place ($9,176.20) for FrenchDawg.


With blinds at 150K/300K and antes at 37.5K, the final table lineup looked like this:

Seat 1: omar miete (4,966,780 in chips)
Seat 2: xAndorx (7,916,387 in chips)
Seat 3: Okto19 (5,953,631 in chips)
Seat 4: GrumpyNacho (7,722,876 in chips)
Seat 5: OMG_POKISH (16,582,275 in chips)
Seat 6: FabOne1986 (14,806,420 in chips)
Seat 7: 04122010 (6,698,139 in chips)
Seat 8: briankrause1 (11,372,600 in chips)
Seat 9: Trance&Acid (7,400,892 in chips)

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It didn't take long to get some action. The second hand saw another big preflop confrontation featuring FabOne1986. This one saw FabOne1986 open in middle position for the minimum of 600K, only to have omar miete respond with a three-bet shove for 4.23M. FabOne1986 called with A♦ J♦ and was again behind, this time to omar miete's K♣ K♥. But again the flop brought help, this time coming Q♦ 8♠ A♠. The 6♠ turn and T♦ river were no help to omar miete, who became the 9th-place finisher. The prize of $12,930.10 may have been the smallest at the final table, but it was a fine reward for a player who had been just 88th of 115 when the day began.

Just minutes later the blinds went up again, this time to 200K/400K with a 50K ante. On the seventh hand of the level another big run-in before the flop saw Trance&Acid four-bet shove for 6.65M with Q♣ Q♥ and get a call from OMG_POKISH with K♠ K♦. The 9♣ 7♣ 5♦ T♦ 8♥ changed nothing, sending the 14.31M-chip pot to OMG_POKISH and making Trance&Acid the 8th-place finisher ($20,020.80).

The next stretch of play saw the Ukraine's xAndorX pick up quite a few chips. First came a 6.12M-chip pot taken down on a K♣ 6♣ K♥ after leading out small, getting raised by OMG_POKISH, and three-betting all-in for 3.67M. XAndorx claimed to have held aces; whether or not that was true, four hands later everyone knew for sure the Ukrainian player had them. XAndorx ended up all-in for 7.21M before the flop with aces against briankrause1's 8♠8♥, taking down a 15.37M-chip pot when the board fell K♥ J♠ 3♣ 5♥ T♣.

After that loss briankrause1 still had 2.92M chips, all of which went in the middle from under the gun before the flop a few hands later. The rest of the table folded around to 04122010 in the big blind. The numerically-named player from Greece opted to call with K♣ 9♠, leaving just 975K behind. That hand was dominated by briankrause1's K♦ T♦, which stayed ahead through the 5♠ J♠ Q♦ flop and 2♠ turn. But one of the only cards in the deck that briankrause1 didn't want to see fell on the river, in the form of the T♣ to give 04122010 a king-high straight. That meant briankrause1 was our 7th-place finisher, good for $35,870.60.


Shortly afterward the blinds went up to 250K/500K with a 62.5K ante, and the tournament went on break with these six players remaining:

Seat 2: xAndorx (14,436,276 in chips)
Seat 3: Okto19 (9,084,262 in chips)
Seat 4: GrumpyNacho (9,098,876 in chips)
Seat 5: OMG_POKISH (24,757,536 in chips)
Seat 6: FabOne1986 (20,375,212 in chips)
Seat 7: 04122010 (5,667,838 in chips)

Most pots at this point were of the raise-and-take-it variety, with most of the taking performed by OMG_POKISH with three-bets before the flop. A few of the other players got in on the act here and there, but most of the action was driven by the big stack. One significant exception came when 04122010 opened before the flop with a shove for 5.6M in the cutoff, only to see Okto19 respond with a three-bet all-in. Okto19's A♠ K♠ had 04122010's A♦ J♦ dominated, and it held up as the board came 9♦ 3♠ 2♣ 8♥ 2♠ to send 04122010 out in 6th place ($51,720.40).

Only five more hands would pass before the next monster pot, once again courtesy of a preflop confrontation. This time FabOne1986 opened under the gun for the minimum of 1M and xAndorx moved all-in for 8.39M with 5♦ 5♣. FabOne1986 made the call with A♣ K♠ and promptly caught top pair on the 9♠ A♦ Q♠ flop. The board ran out 4♦-T♥, the 17.85M-chip pot went to FabOne1986, and xAndorx finished in 5th place ($68,404.40).


The players soon agreed to talk about making a deal, but one of them wouldn't survive to see the negotiations. Okto19 opened the betting with a shove for 10.42M on the button, holding A♣ 4♠. GrumpyNacho folded in the small blind, but OMG_POKISH woke up with J♠ J♣ in the big blind and quickly called. The 5♠ K♥ 8♣ Q♥ T♣ board brought no help and Okto19 finished in 4th place ($88,425.20).

Seat 4: GrumpyNacho (8,011,376 in chips)
Seat 5: OMG_POKISH (50,811,136 in chips)
Seat 6: FabOne1986 (24,597,488 in chips)

After the three looked at the numbers briefly, nobody was happy with a chip-chop. Rather than drag out the process, they quickly got back to playing poker - and once they did, nearly all the pots went to OMG_POKISH, who used the big stack to lean on both opponents. The Dane had more than 63M chips in the big blind when FabOne1986 folded the button and GrumpyNacho moved all-in for 9.04M. Holding 7♣ 7♠, it was another easy call for OMG_POKISH. Up against GrumpyNacho's K♦ 9♣, OMG_POKISH needed to dodge six outs to make it a heads-up affair, and the 8♥ 6♠ 5♥ 2♦ 5♦ board cooperated in that regard. GrumpyNacho left in 3rd place ($133,472) and the last two competitors prepared to face off.

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With blinds at 300K/600K and OMG_POKISH holding 73.85M chips to FabOne1986's 9.56M, one of two paths appeared likely: either FabOne1986 would claw back into contention, or the match would be finished in short order. It turned out to be the latter when, on the 11th hand of heads-up play, FabOne1986 shoved on the button for 9.48M with Q♠ 9♣ and OMG_POKISH called with A♣ 5♦. The 8♣ 8♠ A♥ flop proved to be all the Dane needed, but the 2♣ [and 7♦ made it official.

For FabOne1986, the end of a fine late-tournament run came with a career-making prize of $184,141.30. As for OMG_POKISH, $250,264.40 and the distinction of becoming another Danish WCOOP champion will most likely make for long night of celebration.

WCOOP Event #42: $215 NL Hold'em
$1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool
8,342 entrants, 1,080 places paid
$1,668,400 total prize pool

1st place: OMG_POKISH (Denmark) $250,264.40
2nd place: FabOne1986 (Germany) $184,141.30
3rd place: GrumpyNacho (Uruguay) $133,472.00
4th place: Okto19 (Germany) $88,425.20
5th place: xAndorx (Ukraine) $68,404.40
6th place: 04122010 (Greece) $51,720.40
7th place: briankrause1 (Canada) $35,870.60
8th place: Trance&Acid (Denmark) $20,020.80
9th place: omar miete (Paraguay) $12,930.10

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