WCOOP 2013: Second WCOOP bracelet for CrabMaki in Event #10, $215 PLO (Knockout)

Between the large field sizes and tough competition, winning a World Championship of Online Poker bracelet is a pretty big accomplishment. If you earn gold, you've made your way into some pretty select company. But the company of those who have repeated the feat is even more select. In fact, just 18 players have managed become repeat WCOOP champions in the series' 11-year history. Today, in Event #10, that list grew one entry longer.

This $215 PL Omaha Knockout tournament sported a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool and a $41.25 bounty on the head of every player in the field. In the end 1,490 players showed up, building a total prize pool of $302,470 to be distributed among the top 198 finishers. Among those players was Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, who only picked up three knockouts but survived all the way to 59th place ($578.41). Team Pokerstars Pro's Alex Kravchenko picked up two more knockouts along the way but busted sooner than Petersen, finishing in 120th ($361.51).

With the blinds at 8K/16K, these nine players made the final table:

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Seat 1: David "CrabMaki" Shallow (934,162 in chips)
Seat 2: robyblunt (1,467,835 in chips)
Seat 3: B1g_Shark (327,610 in chips)
Seat 4: P-Tius (837,284 in chips)
Seat 5: Leif "drawgle17" Force (915,151 in chips)
Seat 6: 11Barney (626,308 in chips)
Seat 7: robinho (478,251 in chips)
Seat 8: kysah (903,088 in chips)
Seat 9: PINGUWARRIOR (960,311 in chips)

Testing the waters

The first 64 hands of the final table went without a single elimination, but it wasn't for a lack of action. B1g_Shark of Finland doubled up to 703K early on with A♠ A♦ 4♠ 3♠ against incoming chip leader robyblunt's K♠ K♣ Q♣ T♥, but robyblunt got back over 1.4M within a few orbits.

One player who didn't fare well early was the United Kingdom's David "CrabMaki" Shallow. The past WCOOP champion rolled to the final table third in chips on the strength of an amazing 30 knockouts, but he dropped a medium-sized pot almost straight away to Sweden's PINGUWARRIOR and gradually lost ground from there, falling as low as 172K. But a key double through robyblunt on Hand #44 with K♦ K♥ Q♣ 6♥ against K♠ Q♦ 9♣ 8♠ kept CrabMaki in the hunt for a second WCOOP bracelet. Within 10 hands Shallow had won four more pots and climbed up to 798K; within 10 more of that, he had the chip lead thanks to this pot on Hand #62:

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It's expected I'm gone

Finally, on Hand #65, the deadlock broke thanks to a standard Omaha action board. Canada's robyblunt started the hand with 976K and raised the minimum to 60K from the hijack seat. Germany's P-Tius, on the button, was the only caller. The 9♦ 6♥ Q♦ flop prompted robyblunt to bet 65K into the 165K pot, and after a few seconds' thought P-Tius raised to 360K. robyblunt called, building an 822K pot bigger than both players' remaining stacks, and the turn card was the 3♥. This time the Canadian player checked and P-Tius moved in for 448K.

Holding A♦ 9♣ 7♠ 5♦, robyblunt could call and hit any eight, any four, or any diamond to win a pot worth 1.78M and instantly take the chip lead; call, miss on the river, lose with a pair of nines and be left with 107K; or fold and be left with 556K. After dipping into the time bank, robyblunt chose to make the call and P-Tius turned up A♥ Q♣ 9♥ 6♦ for two pair with a heart flush draw. That canceled some of robyblunt's out, but it didn't matter when the 8♦ came on the river, filling robyblunt's flush and sending P-Tius to the rail in 9th place ($2,482.37).

Stop breaking down

It didn't take long to see another big pot. On Hand #73, with the blinds at 15K/30K, B1g_Shark opened for 60K and then called a three-bet to 210K by Croatia's 11Barney in the small blind to see a 6♠ Q♣ 7♥ flop. 11Barney immediately jammed for 396K into the 450K pot, and B1g_Shark called all-in for less. 11Barney was ahead with A♠ A♦ J♦ 8♦ for a pair of aces, but B1g_Shark's T♠ 9♣ 8♣ 5♥ was actually the favorite to win the hand with 15 outs twice. 11Barney was drawing dead when the 5♠ hit the turn, and the 9♠ river officially gave B1g_Shark the 1.01M-chip pot.

11Barney was now the short stack with just 111K, but the Croatian player wasn't going anywhere just yet. 11Barney survived two all-ins against B1g_Shark over the next two orbits, first with Q♠ Q♥ J♥ J♣ against T♥ 9♠ 8♥ 7♦ and then with J♥ J♦ T♦ 5♣ after calling a small raise and flopping top set against A♣ A♥ Q♦ 3♥. That brought 11Barney back to 497K and B1g_Shark down to 562K.

Meanwhile CrabMaki moved into the chip lead again with this pot against robyblunt on Hand #86:

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robyblunt stayed active and managed to claw some of that back, and keep CrabMaki in check, with a 1.11M-chip pot on Hand #93 when the river card that made a flush for CrabMaki gave robyblunt a full house. But after Hand #103 the U.K. player was back down to 564K after catching two pair and the nut flush draw with A♠ Q♥ 8♥ 4♠ on a Q♠ 8♦ K♠ flop, only to have PINGUWARRIOR's straight draw with Q♦ J♠ T♦ 9♠ come home thanks to the 7♣ turn and 9♦ river. The 1.3M-chip pot moved PINGUWARRIOR into second place behind CrabMaki's 2.38M.

The long wait for another elimination finally came on Hand #108 as two familiar foes faced off once again. B1g_Shark started the hand with 302K an opened for a pot-sized raise to 140K on the button, then called all-in with A♠ 9♠ 7♣ 3♦ when 11Barney moved in from the big blind. The Croatian held Q♥ J♦ J♣ 6♥ and would have had just 95K left if things went badly, but the board came down J♠ 4♦ A♣ 8♣ 9♥, 11Barney won the pot, and B1g_Shark was out in 8th place ($4,579.14).

Let it loose

After so much play, the blinds were beginning to catch up to the chip stacks and hem the short stacks in. The chip counts now looked like this, with blinds up to 25K/50K:

Seat 1: David "CrabMaki" Shallow (2,320,473 in chips)
Seat 2: robyblunt (504,371 in chips)
Seat 5: Leif "drawgle17" Force (609,651 in chips)
Seat 6: 11Barney (720,380 in chips)
Seat 7: robinho (1,024,241 in chips)
Seat 8: kysah (727,522 in chips)
Seat 9: PINGUWARRIOR (1,543,362 in chips)

The next significant pot went to former WSOP Main Event final tablist Leif Force, who got all but 134K of his 484K stack in the middle before the flop via a three-bet against CrabMaki's opening raise. CrabMaki called that raise, then called again when Force moved in on the K♥ 8♠ 3♥ flop, but the past WCOOP champ's 9♣ 7♣ 6♥ 4♥ couldn't outrun Force's A♥ Q♠ 9♥ 8♥ after the turn and river came T♦-A♦.

Just three hands later CrabMaki would lose the chip lead after flopping a big combo draw but running into a bigger flush draw and a pair of aces to go with it on Hand #119:

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In the midst of all the action robyblunt had fallen all the way down to just 249K, but a timely straight on the next hand against 11Barney kept the Canadian player in the game. That left 11Barney with 254K, all of which went in the middle on Hand #126 with A♥ Q♣ Q♠ 3♦, only to run up against CrabMaki's A♣ A♦ 7♦ 6♥. The board came 5♦ 5♥ 8♥ 4♣ 6♣, CrabMaki won the 533K-chip pot, and 11Barney left the tournament in 7th place ($6,989.21).

There was another double-up on the very next hand, as past TCOOP winner robinho of Sweden picked up a huge combo draw with A♦ T♣ 9♦ 7♣ on a 3♦ 8♣ 7♦ flop; PINGUWARRIOR called robinho's all-in bet with K♦ Q♥ T♥ 8♥, but the 6♥ turn and 6♣ river gave robinho the 1.05M chips in the middle.

The wait for the next knockout wouldn't take nearly as long as the last one had. On Hand #130 Leif Force opened for the minimum raise to 100K from the hijack seat and CrabMaki called in the big blind to take a flop of 6♦ K♠ 3♣. Holding K♦ J♠ T♥ 7♠, CrabMaki check-raised enough to move Force all-in, and Force gladly called with K♥ Q♠ 6♥ 5♠ for top two pair. The T♠ on the turn gave CrabMaki a bigger two pair, though, and the 5♥ on the river sent Force to the rail in 6th place ($9,399.29).

robinho's redoubt

The short stack now was robyblunt, who had been one of the most active players at the table. It looked as if the Canadian might be the next to go after catching top pair with K♦ J♠ 9♣ 8♦ on a K♠ 2♠ 6♣ flop and leading out, only to run into robinho's A♠ A♦ Q♠ 2♦. The 5♥ had robyblunt on the verge of elimination, but the J♣ on the river was good for the 1.07M-chip pot.

Eight hands later the same two players would square off after robyblunt opened for a minimum raise to 100K, robinho three-bet to 375K, and robyblunt called to take a flop of 8♦ 3♥ 3♦. Holding A♦ Q♦ 9♠ 4♦ for a flush draw, robyblunt led out for enough to move robinho in and the Swede called with K♠ Q♥ T♠ 6♠ for king-high. The 7♣ on the turn gave the underdog a straight draw to go with all the pair possibilities, but the 3♠ river was no help and robinho left in 5th place ($11,809.36).

kysah's quiet finish

As the 144th hand of the final table started, the chip were distributed like so:

Seat 1: David "CrabMaki" Shallow (1,905,611 in chips)
Seat 2: robyblunt (2,692,224 in chips)
Seat 8: kysah (1,683,044 in chips)
Seat 9: PINGUWARRIOR (1,169,121 in chips)

The blinds were still at 25K/50K but soon went up to 30K/60K, reducing the effective stack sizes and piling on the pressure for everyone left at the table. Within six hands PINGUWARRIOR had survived an all-in by hitting a flush with A♣ Q♠ J♣ T♥ to crack robyblunt's K♠ K♣ Q♦ Q♥. Then CrabMaki pulled into the lead thanks to this pot against robyblunt:

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Just two hands later CrabMaki stacked up over 4M after robyblunt min-raised and all four players called before checking the K♣ Q♦ Q♠ flop. PINGUWARRIOR bet 180K on the K♦ turn and both CrabMaki and Australia's kysah made the call; the action checked to CrabMaki after the 2♣ river, and the past champ got 225K of value from PINGUWARRIOR on the river with A♠ K♠ T♦ 5♥ for three kings.

On Hand #158 kysah's quiet run would finally come to an end. The Australian player got in ahead after three-betting pre-flop with J♣ T♥ T♠ 9♥ and jamming on the 4♥ Q♥ 3♦ flop, but PINGUWARRIOR had a bigger flush draw with J♥ 9♦ 8h] 7♦ and it came in after the turn and river fell K♣ 3♥. Just like that the field was down to three and kysah was gone in 4th place ($16,388.51).

PINGUWARRIOR's final battle

CrabMaki now held more than twice as many chips as each of the other two players at the table. The question was whether he would clash with them before they got to each other; the answer was "no." After nine hands of back-and-forth play, robyblunt opened on the button for 120K and then jammed for 1.24M after PINGUWARRIOR three-bet from the small blind. PINGUWARRIOR called with K♣ 7♠ 3♣ 2♠, which was in bad shape against robyblunt's K♠ K♦ 8♥ 7♣; the board came Q♠ 6♦ 8♣ 5♥ J♥, the 2.55M-chip pot went to robyblunt, and PINGUWARRIOR was left with 222K in chips.

Just two hands later PINGUWARRIOR was all-in two before the flop with A♠ 7♥ 5♣ 2♥ against robyblunt's A♣ K♦ 9♣ 4♦. After the board came Q♥ 3♣ K♥ 5♦ 6♠, the 624K-chip pot went to robyblunt and PINGUWARRIOR was gone in 3rd place ($22,293.19).

Standing of the verge of getting it on

As heads-up play began with blinds at 40K/80K the chip stacks looked like this:

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Seat 1: David "CrabMaki" Shallow (4,643,611 in chips)
Seat 2: robyblunt (2,806,389 in chips)

robyblunt made a bit of progress just a few hands in but the sixth hand of the duel erased it totally:

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Though the match would go on for a few dozen hands more, that was the confrontation that shaped its final outcome. CrabMaki kept the pressure on and robyblunt was unable to get back to the 1M-chip mark for the 30 hands. Even then CrabMaki kept the initiative, until finally on the 54th hand of heads-up play (and 220th of the final table) there was reason enough for robyblunt to take a chance:

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With that, David "CrabMaki" Shallow's tournament-high 33rd knockout, the tournament was complete. An active final table didn't end up in a gold bracelet for robyblunt, but the Canadian player still earned a nice payday of $29,523.41 for being the runner-up. prize for the win was $40,369.72, but the second bracelet of his career is what everyone will be talking about. He joins a group of two-time WCOOP winners that includes the likes of Team PokerStars Pros ElkY, Jason Mercier, and George Danzer - select company indeed. Congratulations to David for such a fine performance!

WCOOP 2013: Event #10, $215 PL Omaha (Knockout)
1,490 entrants
$302,470 total prize pool ($241,007.50 regular, $61,462.50 bounty)
198 places paid

1st place: David "CrabMaki" Shallow (United Kingdom) $40,369.72
2nd place: robyblunt (Canada) $29,523.41
3rd place: PINGUWARRIOR (Sweden) $22,293.19
4th place: kysah (Australia) $16,388.51
5th place: robinho (Sweden) $11,809.36
6th place: Leif "drawgle17" Force (Mexico) $9,399.29
7th place: 11Barney (Croatia) $6,989.21
8th place: B1g_Shark (Finland) $4,579.14
9th place: P-Tius (Germany) $2,482.37

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Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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