WCOOP 2013: RichieA7s wins one for Lithuania in Event #55 ($320 NLHE)

By the end of Event #55, a $320 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that attracted another big field of 1,526, the final two players were each gunning to grab the first WCOOP bracelet this series for their respective countries, with Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and RichieA7s of Lithuania the only two left to battle.

The pair did a chop of the remaining prize money, then after Divkovic led for much of their duel it was RichieA7s prevailing to earn a nifty $67,857.80 return on a $320 buy-in, with dejanaceking likewise picking up a nice prize of $64,904.20 following the deal.

But there was only one bracelet to be won, and RichieA7s claimed it. Here's the story of how RichieA7s picked up Lithuania's first title of this year's series and third WCOOP bracelet all-time.

That big field meant a prize pool of $457,800, beating the event's $300K guarantee. It took about six hours and 45 minutes for the cash bubble to burst and with 198 players left Brandon "oncommand" Meyers was atop the leaderboard with almost 175,000 chips, one of 11 players then with more than 100,000.

By the eight-hour break they were down to less than 90 players, with Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz of PokerStars' Team Online among the cashers after getting knocked out in 121st for a $686.70 score. By then bingedrink3r had pushed ahead of all with over 340,000 chips, though there was still a long way to go before Event #55 would be decided.

It took nearly three more hours for the field to be carved down to 18, with oncommand (31st, $1,579.41) and bingedrink3r (21st, $1,831.20) among the fallen. By then Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic had pushed up close to 1.3 million chips and into first, about a half-million chips ahead of the rest of the pack.

About 45 minutes later they were down to nine. The_Crocop (18th), paulwiter (17th), and J-RodFett (16th) each earned $2,105.88 for their finishes. risk2Dupside (15th), gorglav (14th), and INSHALA82 (13th) took away $2,975.70 each. And thegrumpyone (12th), Matt "All_in_at420" Stout (11th), and jbrown8777 (10th) were rewarded with $3,845.52 consolation prizes for not quite reaching the final table.

With Divkovic still the leader -- having accumulated more than 2 million chips while no one else had half that much -- the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Bertuzzi76 (Sweden) -- 568,024
Seat 2: Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) -- 2,067,476
Seat 3: ZingaBoy (Brazil) -- 382,959
Seat 4: Shippotamus (Netherlands) -- 652,602
Seat 5: RichieA7s (Lithuania) -- 928,726
Seat 6: ThrowMaNickl (Romania) -- 929,396
Seat 7: manics16 (Sweden) -- 805,046
Seat 8: FrankTaylor3 (Russia) -- 886,487
Seat 9: KaptianKush (Canada) -- 409,284

On just the second hand of the final table, RichieA7s made a min-raise to 28,000 from early position and it folded to Bertuzzi76 who made it 43,210 to go from the button. The blinds stepped aside, then RichieA7s four-bet to 98,464.

To that Bertuzzi76 responded with another reraise, this time to 160,000, and when RichieA7s pushed all in Bertuzzi76 called with the 397,524 left behind.

Bertuzzi76 had K♠K♣, but alas had run into RichieA7s's A♥A♣. The flop came 7♣9♣J♠, then the A♦ fell on the turn to make the river Q♦ no matter and send Bertuzzi76 out in ninth.

The remaining eight played on past the tourney's 12-hour mark, then a few minutes later the blinds were 8,000/16,000 when ZingaBoy open-pushed all in for 173,131 from the hijack seat with K♣J♠ and got a single caller in Shippotamus who held Q♥Q♦ one seat over.

The board ran out 7♥J♣2♠, then 9♦, then 5♠, meaning Shippotamus's queens beat ZingaBoy's jacks to send the latter railward in eighth.

Another half-hour would pass before the next elimination, with FrankTaylor3 the next to go in seventh.

FrankTaylor3's last hand came after the blinds had risen to 10,000/20,000. Still comfortably in the lead, Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic raised the minimum to 40,000 from under the gun, then RichieA7s reraised to 87,275 from late position.

It folded to FrankTaylor3 in the small blind who shoved for 356,499, and while the big blind and Divkovic folded, RichieA7s called.

RichieA7s: A♠Q♦
FrankTaylor3: 4♣4♦

The flop quickly made FrankTaylor3's small pocket pair seem even smaller, coming 2♠Q♣5♥ to pair RichieA7s's queen. The turn was another queen -- the Q♠ -- and the river the 3♥, and FrankTaylor3's tourney run ended in seventh, adding a fourth cash for FrankTaylor3 in the 2013 WCOOP.

Just a couple of minutes later KaptianKush shoved all in from under the gun for 118,408 (a little under six BBs) and manics16 called from the big blind.

It was KaptianKush's 5♥5♦ versus manics16's Q♠T♠. The 4♣7♠7♦ flop was okay for KaptianKush, but the T♥ on the turn was not, and after the K♣ river they were down to five. That marks five cashes for KaptianKush this WCOOP, with this the best finish thus far.

Just after the 13-hour break, it was RichieA7s raising 2x to 50,000 from UTG and dejanaceking calling from the small blind. That's when Shippotamus shipped all in for 651,234 from the big blind, getting a call from RichieA7s and a fold from Divkovic.

RichieA7s had A♠K♠ and Shippotamus 6♠6♣, and the K♦J♥9♦ instantly put RichieA7s well in front. The last two community cards were tens -- T♦ and T♠ -- and Shippotamus was done in fifth.

Play continued for 15 more minutes, then on two consecutive hands came bustouts to cut the field from four to two.

The blinds were 15,000/30,000, and with ThrowMaNickl having slipped down to just 502,820 after contributing the small blind and 3,750 ante, ThrowMaNickl open-pushed all in and manics16 called from a seat over.

Both players had been dealt aces, with ThrowMaNickl picking up A♣4♥ and manics16 A♥9♣. The board hit neither player, coming T♥K♥2♣7♣6♦, meaning manics16's kicker played and ThrowMaNickl was out in fourth.

The next hand saw manics16 open-raising to 60,000 from under the gun, Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic reraising to 166,500 from the small blind, then after RichieA7s folded, manics16 shoved for 1,107,053 and dejanaceking called.

Divkovic had A♣Q♦ and manics16 T♥T♣, and while the 5♣6♦J♠ flop kept manics16 in front the A♥ turn snatched the lead away in the hand. The river was the 4♣, and manics16 hit the rail in third.

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The final pair played one hand of heads-up and then stopped the proceedings to consider a two-way deal, at which point Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic had the edge with 4,610,973 to RichieA7s 3,019,027.

"Chip chop" figures were quickly produced -- leaving $6,000 for which to play -- and after a little bit of thought from both players they agreed to the terms presented and a deal was struck.

Play resumed, and the final two would battle for about 20 minutes more, carrying the tourney close to the 14-hour mark overall. During that battle dejanaceking maintained the lead for most of the way, then RichieA7s grabbed the advantage in a hand in which he flopped two pair.

On the very next one after that, the blinds were 17,500/35,000 and RichieA7s had a little over 4.04 million to dejanaceking's stack of about 3.58 million. Divkovic raised to 70,000 from the button, RichieA7s reraised to 198,764, Divkovic called, and they watched the flop fall J♥J♣3♠.

RichieA7s led for 158,442 and dejanaceking called, then when the 3♣ came on the turn to put a second pair on the board, RichieA7s bet again -- big this time, for just over 3.5 million. That covered Divkovic, so when he called for 3,223,246 he was all in.

dejanaceking showed A♠K♠ for an ace to go with the those jacks and treys, while RichieA7s had A♣J♠ for trip jacks. The river then brought the J♦ to make a full house out of the community cards, but RichieA7s quads were best and the tourney was over.

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Congratulations to RichieA7s who earns a WCOOP bracelet and a cool $67K-plus for the win. Kudos also to Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic for his deep run and for earning nearly as much as RichieA7s thanks to the two-way chop in his fifth cash of this year's WCOOP.

PokerStars 2013 WCOOP Event #55 ($320 NLHE) results (*reflects two-way deal)

Players: 1,526
Prize pool: $457,800.00
Places paid: 198

1. RichieA7s (Lithuania) -- $67,857.80*
2. Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) -- $64,904.20*
3. manics16 (Sweden) -- $42,346.50
4. ThrowMaNickl (Romania) -- $31,130.40
5. Shippotamus (Netherlands) -- $22,432.20
6. KaptianKush (Canada) -- $17,854.20
7. FrankTaylor3 (Russia) -- $13,276.20
8. ZingaBoy (Brazil) -- $8,698.20
9. Bertuzzi76 (Sweden) -- $4,715.34

The big finale of the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker is just a few days away, with the $5,200 Main Event (with a $8 million guarantee) starting on Sunday. See the WCOOP information page for full details of the remaining events on the schedule.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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