WCOOP 2013: maxxmeister to the max, masters Event #52 ($215 NLHE 1R1A)

Hailing from the tiny territory of Gibraltar (population around 30,000), it was maxxmeister earning the latest World Championship of Online Poker bracelet at PokerStars tonight, topping a field of 1,306 players from all over the globe in Event #52, a $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em tourney with options to re-buy once and add-on.

maxxmeister claimed the maximum share of what turned out to be a $571,000 prize pool in this one thanks to 835 re-buys and 714 add-ons. That total again beat another WCOOP guarantee ($300K), and after outlasting everyone to win the bracelet, maxxmeister earned a $97,070 first prize.

Here's the story of how maxxmeister took the title, a task that required a little over 14-and-a-half hours to accomplish.

They were only about halfway to that conclusion -- just over seven hours in -- when the field had been whittled down to 171 players and the money bubble burst, at which point gardze_wami, milanissimo8, and Mr Negreanu (no, not that Mr. Negreanu) occupied the top three spots in the counts.

Meanwhile there was one red spade left beside a username still alive in the event, as Team Online member Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen was there with a below average stack.

Petersen would hang on for nearly an hour more before finally falling in 115th place for a $1,027.80 cash. In his last hand Petersen pushed his short stack with Q♦J♥, but unfortunately ran into pokerkluka's A♥A♣. A queen flopped but no further improvement came, and Petersen's tourney run ended.


Team Online member Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen

A couple of hours after that the field had shrunk down to less than 50, with torkolort1, eisenhower1, and Sykoen having pushed up to the top of the counts.

They'd continue on through the 11-hour mark after which just 18 remained, with eisenhower1 having moved into first position, joined by four other players who also had stacks above 1 million -- Mr Negreanu, tollefishy, Adam "Roothus" Levy, and maxxmeister.

An hour more and they were down to nine, with inca7bar (18th), serhiy1989 (17th), and Paul "padjes" Berende (16th) earning $2,740.80 apiece; rmntaw4ever (15th), TGSM89 (14th), and poker_loveit (13th) each taking away $3,825.70; and Pandochka515 (12th), eisenhower1 (11th), and Kanderson777 (10th) each finding $4,910.60 in their PokerStars accounts.

With Kevin "iacog4" Iacofano having by then nudged out into the lead, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: Adam "Roothlus" Levy (Canada) -- 721,672
Seat 2: Pinguizetti (Ireland) -- 713,960
Seat 3: torkolort1 (Norway) -- 1,737,978
Seat 4: hari bow kid (United Kingdom) -- 1,382,295
Seat 5: tollefishy (Norway) -- 840,750
Seat 6: maxxmeister (Gibraltar) -- 2,684,225
Seat 7: Mr Negreanu (United Kingdom) -- 729,577
Seat 8: Kevin "iacog4" Iacofano (United Kingdom) -- 3,413,557
Seat 9: MagicHammer (Hungary) -- 2,050,986

It would take more than a half-hour for the first final table elimination to come.

The blinds were up to 17,500/35,000, and when Mr Negreanu opened for 73,850 from under the gun, MagicHammer called from a couple of seats over. It folded around to maxxmeister in the big blind who reraised to 245,000, prompting an all-in shove for 838,382 from Mr Negreanu and a fold from MagicHammer.

Mr Negreanu: A♥Q♣
maxxmeister: A♦K♦

A bad spot for Mr Negreanu, and after the K♥K♣8♣ flop things got worse in a hurry. The board ran out 6♥ then A♠, and Mr Negreanu was gone in ninth.

They crossed the tourney's 13-hour mark, and about 10 minutes later the blinds were up to 20,000/40,000 when tollefishy raised to 81,199 from early position, then maxxmeister three-bet to 220,000 from the next seat. It folded back to tollefishy who pushed for 938,400 total and maxxmeister made the call.

It was A♣K♥ for tollefishy and T♥T♣ for maxxmeister. The flop came Q♣Q♠4♠ -- no help for tollefishy. Neither did the 9♦ turn and 2♥ bring any improvement for tollefishy, who was thereby ousted in eighth.

About 15 minutes later Pinguizetti min-raised to 100,000 from middle position, then Kevin "iacog4" Iacafano reraised to 254,500 from the big blind. That prompted an all-in push by Pinguizetti for 1,447,788 total, and Iacafano called right away.

Pinguizetti had Q♦8♦ and was in need of help against the Q♠Q♥ of Iacafano. The community cards came A♣5♣5♠, then 8♥, then T♠, and iacog4 ended with the better two pair to end Pinguizetti's Event #52 in seventh.

Play continued with Iacafano losing the lead then moving back into first position following a dramatic hand that saw him all in before the flop with [10d][10c] versus MagicHammer who had A♣K♣. A ten came on the flop followed by a couple of aces to give Iacafano a full house verus MagicHammer's trips.

Three hands later torkolort1 raised to 100,000 from the button and got one caller in hari bow kid from the small blind. The flop came 4♥2♠A♠ and hari bow kid checked. torkolort1 bet 138,500 and hari bow kid called. The turn then brought the 5♥ and another check-call from hari bow kid, this time to a bet of 225,000 from torkolort1.

The river was the 2♣. hari bow kid checked one more time, and when torkolort1 pushed all in, hari bow kid called with the 846,798 left behind, turning over A♦6♣ for aces and deuces. torkolort1 had A♣K♥ for the same two pair and a better kicker, though, and hari bow kid was out in sixth.

maxxmeister would then finally forge in front after grabbing a succession of pots to take the chip lead through the 14-hour break. The blinds moved up to 40,000/80,000, and torkolort1 raised 2x to 160,000 from the cutoff seat. It folded around to MagicHammer who made it 350,000 to go from the big blind, torkolort1 pushed for 2,129,448 altogether, and MagicHammer called.

MagicHammer had Q♦Q♥ and was in a dominant position versus torkolort1's 7♦7♠. The board ran out 3♣2♥A♥9♣2♣, and they were down to four.

Adam "Roothlus" Levy would be the next casualty, finishing fourth after having earned a SCOOP event title in a $55+R NLHE 6-max. tourney earlier this year.

Levy's began his last hand with a min-raise to 160,000 from cutoff, Kevin "iacog4" Iacafano reraise-push for more than 2.1 million from the big blind, and Levy call all in with the 1,137,316 he had left.

Levy had Q♦Q♠ and the preflop edge versus Iacafano's K♠J♣, but the A♠K♥8♥ flop swiftly swung the advantage Iacafano's way. The turn was the 6♠ and river the 5♦, and Levy was out.


Adam "Roothlus" Levy

It wasn't long after that hand that MagicHammer raised to 160,000 from the button, a short-stacked Kevin "iacog4" Iacafano reraised all in for 736,898 from the big blind, and MagicHammer called.

Iacafano was hoping his A♦2♥ would save him against MagicHammer's Q♦Q♥, preserving his tourney life and his quest to earn a second WCOOP bracelet after having won a $215 fixed limit hold'em event back in 2009.


Kevin "iacog4" Iacafano

But alas for iacog4 the board came K♠J♣5♣5♥K♦, and Iacafano typed "gg" has he headed railward in third.

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Heads-up play started with maxxmeister in front with 8,666,348 to MagicHammer's 5,608,652. The pair held steady for several hands, then maxxmeister won a decent-sized pot to jump up over 11 million. MagicHammer battled gamely, chipping back a bit as their duel stretched over 20 minutes. But at last the end arrived.

In the last hand the blinds were up to 50,000/100,000 and maxxmeister opened by raising to 200,000 from the button. MagicHammer called, and the pair saw a flop come T♣7♥Q♠.

MagicHammer checked, maxxmeister bet 200,000, MagicHammer raised to 500,000, and maxxmeister called. MagicHammer checked again after the turn brought the 9♦, and maxxmeister bet once more, this time 680,000. MagicHammer called.

The river was the 2♦. MagicHammer checked one more time, and maxxmeister put out a bet of 2.8 million, more than the 2,109,608 that MagicHammer had left. The latter called, tabling T♦7♦ for a flopped two pair, but maxxmeister had turned a straight with 8♣6♣, and the tourney had been won.

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Congratulations to maxxmeister for topping another tough WCOOP field and final table and claiming nifty $97K-plus score and a bracelet for Gibraltar.

PokerStars 2013 WCOOP Event #52 ($215 NLHE, 1R1A) results

Players: 1,306
Re-buys: 835
Add-ons: 714
Total Prize pool: $571,000.00
Places paid: 171

1. maxxmeister (Gibraltar) -- $97,070.00
2. MagicHammer (Hungary) -- $71,375.00
3. Kevin "iacog4" Iacafano (United Kingdom) -- $54,187.90
4. Adam "Roothlus" Levy (Canada) -- $38,828.00
5. torkolort1 (Norway) -- $28,264.50
6. hari bow kid (United Kingdom) -- $22,554.50
7. Pinguizetti (Ireland) -- $16,844.50
8. tollefishy (Norway) -- $11,134.50
9. Mr Negreanu (United Kingdom) -- $6,166.80

It's getting close. The $5,200 buy-in, $8 million guaranteed WCOOP Main Event is only days away now. See the WCOOP information page for details.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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