WCOOP 2013: OhRaisyDaisy does double duty, wins Event 17, $215 NL 2-7 Draw
Poker is all about the long run. Variance can whipsaw you from high to low in the blink of an eye, so those who commit themselves to the game learn not to get too excited or too down based on any one result. With that said, all but the most grizzled veterans can occasionally find themselves at an intersection of hard work and good fortune that's just too good to shrug off. For many players just making their first WCOOP final table would qualify as one of those moments, but tonight OhRaisyDaisy of Russia doubled up by making it to two different WCOOP final tables - the first and second of the player's career - at the same time. Even without a win it would have been a day to remember, but earning the gold bracelet here in Event #17 should make the memories even sweeter.
A $215 NL Single Draw 2-7 tournament, Event #17 kicked off at 2 p.m. ET and drew a total field of 411 players. Together they built an $82,200 prize pool with $16,851 set aside for the winner. By 9:35 pm ET they had reached a final table of seven players with the blinds and antes at 2.5K/5K/1.25K:
Seat 1: BOOOMMMM (209,687 in chips)
Seat 2: OhRaisyDaisy (393,232 in chips)
Seat 3: H.Oussalé (412,850 in chips)
Seat 4: SunDancerSVK (80,012 in chips)
Seat 5: Puropoker123 (166,919 in chips)
Seat 6: flushid (217,502 in chips)
Seat 7: lazyfed (574,798 in chips)
This marked the second straight year at a WCOOP final table for two different players in our lineup. Germany's H.Oussalé finished 5th in last year's Event #29, a $1,050 NLHE tournament. Victor "puropoker123" Lemos won last year's Event #46, a $320 NLHE 2x-Chance tournament, and became the first Panamanian player to win a WCOOP bracelet. (He also owns a SCOOP title, making him one of a few dozen players within sight of winning the elusive Triple COOP.)
Everyone else in the field was making a first WCOOP final table appearance, with the exception of OhRaisyDaisy, who was simultaneously playing the final table of Event #15.
SunDancerSVK makes a run
The first nine pots were all on the small side, but Hand #10 saw the final table's first all-in moment. Sitting under the gun and about to be hit with 10K in blinds and antes over the next two hands, Slovakia's SunDancerSVK jammed for 61K. Sweden's lazyfed called from the cutoff and stood part on T♣ 8♥ 6♣ 5♣ 2♦, but SunDancerSVK drew one card and came up with 9♣ 6♥ 4♥ 3♠ 2♠ to win the 138K in the middle.
Puropoker123 had a little more than that four hands later and used it for leverage, four-betting all-in before the draw after OhRaisyDaisy opened for 10K and H.Oussalé re-raised to 31.8K. That cleared out the field to win the pot and kept Lemos in the hunt to become a repeat WCOOP winner. Other than the occasional win of a medium-sized pot at showdown to make up for losing blinds and antes, though, he had a hard time making much happen.
The next few dozen hands went by without any major confrontations and the leaderboard began to stratify. OhRaisyDaisy, H.Oussalé, and lazyfed, all with more than 410K, hovered within seven big blinds of each other, while Puropoker123, BOOOMMMM from Germany, and flushid from Switzerland were all holding onto between 196K and 228K. That left SunDancerSVK all alone at the bottom with 108K, looking for a way in.
The Slovakian player wasn't shy about jamming over the top of other players' raises, winning three pots with uncontested all-in bets. Even smaller raises were good enough to win the blinds and antes on a few occasions, and twice when other players called SunDancerSVK down the Slovakian had a good enough hand to win the pot. That run boosted SunDancerSVK to 229K, squarely in the middle of the leaderboard.
On Hand #44 the run continued after SunDacnerSVK opened for 12K under the gun and BOOOMMMM moved all-in for 134K on the button. Both blinds folded and SunDancerSVK made the call, leaving 93K behind. Both players opted to stand pat and turned up their cards. BOOOMMMM held T♣ 9♠ 7♣ 6♠ 4♦, but SunDancerSVK was just a bit better with T♦ 7♦ 5♥ 4♥ 2♣. That 289K-chip pot moved SunDancerSVK up to 382K, while BOOOMMMM was out in 7th place ($2,013.90).
No second bracelet just yet
The two short stacks at the table were now Puropoker123 with 183K and flushid with 133K. Neither was in any immediate danger, as both had enough chips to push their opponents out of a pot if push came to shove. Just five hands after BOOOMMMM's departure, flushid used that leverage by moving all-in over the top of Puropoker123's opening bet of 14K. The Panamanian made the call with 49K left behind and both players stood pat on the draw. Puropoker123 showed T♦ 8♥ 6♦ 5♦ 2♦ but lost out when flushid showed 9♥ 6♣ 5♠ 4♠ 3♠.
The past champion wasn't down and out just yet, but the blinds and antes chipped away until he was left with just under 8K on Hand #66. Puropoker123 called all-in after SunDancerSVK opened for 12K in the cutoff and was joined by lazyfed from the big blind. lazyfed drew two, Puropoker123 drew one, and SunDancerSVK stood pat. The one card gave Puropoker123 T♦ 9♥ 4♣ 3♦ 2♠, but SunDancerSVK took both the main pot and the side pot with the slightly better 9♣ 8♥ 7♦ 5♠ 2♣. That was the end of the run for Victor Lemos, whose quest for a second WCOOP bracelet ended in 6th place ($3,493.50).
The rise and fall of SunDancerSVK
With blinds and antes soon to rise to 3.5K/7K/1.75K, the chips were now distributed like so:
Seat 2: OhRaisyDaisy (406,037 in chips)
Seat 3: H.Oussalé (397,745 in chips)
Seat 4: SunDancerSVK (375,478 in chips)
Seat 6: flushid (295,804 in chips)
Seat 7: lazyfed (579,936 in chips)
OhRaisyDaisy, H.Oussalé, and lazyfed were all within just a few big blinds of where they'd begun the final table. flushid was up 78K, but SunDancerSVK was the big mover. With 295K more than the Slovakian had brought to the table, things were looking good - and as the table moved on they started looking even better. Most of the pots stayed small so the action moved fast, but SunDancerSVK continually won the biggest pots. And with back-to-back wins at showdown against lazyfed - with Q♣ 8♣ 5♥ 4♣ 3♦ against Q♥ 8♦ 6♥ 4♦ 2♣ for 96K on Hand #116, and with T♦ 9♦ 8♥ 7♥ 4♣ against J♠ 7♣ 6♣ 5♦ 2♥ for 74K on Hand #117 - SunDancerSVK chipped up to 591K and completed a move into the chip lead after starting the final table in last place.
Five hands later, though, the slide began. SunDancerSVK three-bet to 40K in the cutoff after H.Oussalé opened the betting for 17.5K, only to be called by both lazyfed in the small blind and H.Oussalé under the gun. lazyfed stood pat with T♣ 6♦ 5♦ 3♥ 2♣ and won the 138K pot after both opponents drew one card but couldn't make a better hand. Then on Hand #125 lost a much bigger sum. H.Oussalé again opened the betting for 17.6K, and SunDancerSVK again raised to 40K, but this time no one else called and H.Oussalé four-bet to 88.7K. SunDancerSVK made the call and drew one card after H.Oussalé stood pat, but the draw couldn't beat T♠ 9♠ 4♦ 3♠ 2♣ and H.Oussalé claimed the 199.4K in the middle.
SunDancerSVK was now down to 420K. The Slovakian player tried another three-bet to 40K on Hand #130 when H.Oussalé opened for 17.6K again, but had to fold when flushid four-bet to 96K from the small blind to claim the pot uncontested. Now down to 350K and in fourth place out of the five remaining players, SunDancerSVK dropped further on Hand #137 after opening the betting under the gun for 16K, calling a re-raise to 40K from lazyfed on the button, standing pat, and check-folding to a bet of 64K after the draw.
Sitting with 274K, the slide still wasn't through for SunDancerSVK. Hand #140 saw the Slovakian player re-raise OhRaisyDaisy's 16K opener to 40K on the button before flushid moved all-in for 468K in the small blind. OhRaisyDaisy quickly folded and SunDancerSVK dipped into the time bank to think long and hard about making the call before eventually declining. Then on Hand #147 SunDancerSVK opened for 16K and called a raise to 32K by lazyfed; both players stood pat, but SunDancerSVK check-folded to lazyfed's all-in bet to fall to 158K - now worth less than 20 big blinds.
Perhaps feeling some frustration, SunDancerSVK opened the betting on the next hand by moving all-in on the button with K♦ J♥ 9♥ 8♣ 3♦ and was called by lazyfed in the big blind. SunDancerSVK stood pat and lazyfed drew one card, only to lose out on the 295K-chip pot by pairing on the draw for 9♠ 7♦ 3♥ 2♥ 2♣. After sitting back for the next three orbits, the Slovakian player would again drop to the back of the pack on Hand #162:
Only seven hands later, with blinds and antes now at 5K/10K/2.5K, the swings would finally come to an end. SunDancerSVK jammed for 123K under the gun, OhRaisyDaisy called in the big blind, and both players drew one card. The Slovakian player showed down A♥ 9♥ 8♦ 4♠ 2♣ but couldn't beat 8♥ 7♣ 6♠ 3♥ 2♥, and with that SunDancerSVK was gone in 5th place ($3,493.50).
From worst to first - and from second to last
After all that action the last four players were stacked like so:
Seat 2: OhRaisyDaisy (836,528 in chips)
Seat 3: H.Oussalé (258,840 in chips)
Seat 6: flushid (482,274 in chips)
Seat 7: lazyfed (477,358 in chips)
Shortly after SunDancerSVK's departure, H.Oussalé dropped a pot to OhRaisyDaisy and folded a set of blinds to fall to 138K, a full 40 big blinds less than any of the other three players. But the former WCOOP final tablist stayed cool and weathered the storm, winning the occasional small pot to maintain while the others chipped away at OhRaisyDaisy's lead. Finally, on Hand #217, H.Oussalé moved in for 110K under the gun and was called by OhRaisyDaisy. Both players drew one card and OhRaisyDaisy showed A♣ 7♥ 6♠ 5♠ 2♠; the ace on the draw sank the Russian's hand and H.Oussalé's 9♥ 8♦ 7♣ 4♦ 2♥ was good for the 236K-chip pot.
After sitting back a few hands and watching lazyfed take two big pots from OhRaisyDaisy to move into the chip lead with more than 800K, H.Oussalé stacked up to 352K by winning seven small pots in a row, all but one of them without a showdown. That helped to get action when the German player actually held strong cards on Hand #236, and suddenly H.Oussalé was back in the swing of things.
The next 70 hands saw the table dynamic shift a number of times as the blinds and antes climbed to 7K/14K/3.5K. OhRaisyDaisy and lazyfed battled back and forth to maintain a chip lead, while flushid bobbed up on occasion but trended downward. H.Oussalé chipped up as high as 680K but fell back down to 540K before winning this monster against lazyfed on Hand #307:
Now in the lead, H.Oussalé had room to maneuver. The German player called a button raise to 35K from OhRaisyDaisy seven hands later and drew one card, while the Russian also took one. H.Oussalé then check-called another 34K before showing down T♥ 6♦ 5♠ 3♣ 2♠ to pick off OhRaisyDaisy's bluff with 9♥ 7♠ 7♣ 5♦ 2♣. That 166K-chip pot moved H.Oussalé up to 948K, more than 500K ahead of the nearest opponent.
At the other end of the spectrum was flushid, who hadn't been able to make much happen in quite some time. Three hands after H.Oussalé's big call, the Swiss player opened for 30.8K under the gun only to be raised another all-in for 300K more on the button by lazyfed. flushid didn't waste much time calling all-in for 261K total and standing pat with T♥ 9♠ 5♥ 4♠ 2♣; lazyfed drew one card and turned up T♦ 8♥ 7♠ 4♦ 2♥ to claim the 557K pot. With that, flushid was eliminated in 4th place ($5,137.50).
No bracelet this time around
Now 317 hands into the final table with blind and antes still at 7K/14K/3.5K, the remaining three players were stacked like so:
Seat 2: OhRaisyDaisy (449,213 in chips)
Seat 3: H.Oussalé (972,755 in chips)
Seat 7: lazyfed (633,032 in chips)
H.Oussalé was now in the driver's seat and wasted no time climbing over the 1M-chip mark with a win on the very next hand. But things didn't go particularly well from there. H.Oussalé managed to win eight of the next 30 pots but they were generally smaller than the lost pots over that stretch, especially the ones worth 178K and 147K to OhRaisyDaisy. The Russian player had been knocked out of Event #15 in fifth place by this point and had full concentration on this tournament, not to mention the chip lead with 1.03M when neither of the other two players had more than 683K. But H.Oussalé went on another run between Hands #360 and #370, winning seven of the 10, including one worth 178K that was taken down uncontested before the draw with an all-in move after flushid opened for 56K on the button and OhRaisyDaisy called in the small blind.
That gave the German player the lead back, but it proved to be a short one. Hand #374 saw H.Oussalé open for 35K in the small blind only to be raised to 403K by an all-in lazyfed. H.Oussalé didn't take too long to call and the German player elected to draw one card while lazyfed stood pat. lazyfed's J♥ 8♠ 7♣ 4♥ 2♦ wasn't the prettiest hand around, but it was good enough to win the 817K-chip pot when H.Oussalé ended up with A♣ 7♥ 5♥ 3♥ 2♣ after the draw.
Suddenly things were upside-down with lazyfed in the lead at 817K, OhRaisyDaisy in the middle at 670K, and H.Oussalé in last with 567K. Four hands later they would shift just as dramatically as OhRaisyDaisy and H.Oussalé, with less than the value of a single ante separating their stacks, clashed in what would end up being the single biggest pot of the tournament:
A single card can make all the difference in this game - and here it turned a draw to the nuts with 7-5-3-2 into a paired hand that lost to a king-low. With that H.Oussalé left the tournament in 3rd place ($8,220).
A lengthy and even battle
Going into heads-up play the blinds and antes were at 8K/16K/4K and OhRaisyDaisy had 1.31M chips to lazyfed's 744K. lazyfed held a small advantage in the number of pots won, but on the whole OhRaisyDaisy's wins tended to be worth more so things evened out. In fact, after 100 hands of heads-up play the two players' stacks had only shifted by 40K, just two and a half big blinds by that point. By Hand #529 OhRaisyDaisy had managed to extend the lead to more than a million chips, holding 1.53M to lazyfed's 517K, but one hand brought the two players to within a single big blind of each other:
The two traded the lead back and forth for the next dozen hands before OhRaisyDaisy took over the lead for good. The Russian opened for 40K on the button before lazyfed three-bet to 120K. OhRaisyDaisy didn't waste much time putting in a fourth bet to 300K, and lazyfed called to draw a single card. OhRaisyDaisy stood pat, and lazyfed check-folded to a 222K bet to give OhRaisyDaisy the 610K-chip pot, good for a total stack of 1.36M.
For the next 40 hands or so OhRaisyDaisy chipped up before sliding back down, but at the end of that stretch the Russian was still up 100K. Finally on Hand #585 came the decisive pot, after lazyfed opened for 75K and OhRaisyDaisy jammed for an effective 586K holding J♠ 9♣ 8♦ 5♣ 3♥. lazyfed made the call and drew one card, while OhRaisyDaisy stood pat on the J-9. The Swede's draw with 8♣ 6♦ 4♣ 3♠ was live - in fact, exactly half the 42 cards remaining in the deck would have kept the tournament going. But the Swede drew the Q♠, which was in the other half; with that the tournament was done and lazyfed finished in 2nd place ($11,919).
For the win, OhRaisyDaisy earned $16,851 and a first career WCOOP bracelet. Though the Russian player has earned bigger prizes in the past, winning WCOOP gold in one event and coming close in another event at the exact same time is the kind of moment that should remain special no matter how many more wins come down the road. Congratulations to OhRaisyDaisy on a very successful and memorable day at the tables!
WCOOP 2013: Event #17, $215 NL Single Draw 2-7
$82,200 prize pool
56 places paid
1st place: OhRaisyDaisy (Russia) $16,851
2nd place: lazyfed (Sweden) $11,919
3rd place: H.Oussalé (Germany) $8,220
4th place: flushid (Switzerland) $5,137.50
5th place: SunDancerSVK (Slovakia) $3,493.50
6th place: Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos (Panama) $2,671.50
7th place: BOOOMMMM (Germany) $2,013.90
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.