WCOOP 2013: Toby Lewis charges to victory in Event #6 ($215 NLHE Rebuy, Turbo)
Action packed Sunday tournaments may have left many with a case of WCOOP hangover. But on the second day of the world's marquee online tournament series 2,090 players were ready to give a little more action in a $215 turbo rebuy format. In just four and a half hours Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis added to his stellar year by battling to top spot and a $189,379.23 payday.
PokerStars sported strong representation in the field, including Team Online members Ike Haxton, Randy 'nanonoko' Lew , Tatiana 'Mysters_Y' Barausova, and Mickey 'mement_mori' Petersen. It was the latter two would make very deep runs. With 20 players remaining Mysters_Y would take the chip lead, having won an important flip with pocket tens versus ace-queen. It was not to be for either accomplished red spade. Peterson would move all-in with Q♠ T♠ under the gun the second hand after the final two tables were drawn, and was called by hte A♥ K♠ of LoneHixx in the cutoff. Being covered with 821,429 at 50,000-100,000 blinds Peterson would need some help, but a 4♣ 7♥ 6♥ 4♥ board would leave him in rough shape heading into the river. The J♦ river slid between his hole cards and he was out in 18th.
Team Online's hopes of a WCOOP title ended with Mysters_Y getting her last three big blinds in good, holding A♣ 5♠ to a thieving gomir's J♦ 8♦. The flop didn't reward the short stack, it rolled out 9♦ 8♣ 7♥, leaving Mysters_Y with just 23.5% equity in the pot. Despite pairing up on the 5♥ turn that number dropped to 16%, before settling on zero with the 9♥ river. Fourteenth place and $7,686 would have to suffice for the feared cash game regular.
The final table would be set when juggernaught seifi35 limped J♣ 9♥ in early position before calling a ten big blind shove from 19Pistike93. They found themselves fortitiously racing against 7♣ 7♠ and spiked immediately on 9♠ 6♣ 3♦. It had to be agony for the short-stacked Hungarian to watch the 8♠ turn only for the 2♥ to fall on the river. The final table bubble boy would be consoled with a hefty $9,927.75 cash.
Three players from the United Kingdom had made the final table, along with two Canadians, a Russian, a Czech, and a German. The turbo structure had whittled the field to nine in less than four hours.
Final Table chip counts
Seat 1: Evadar (United Kingdom) -- 1,374,248
Seat 2: calamitas (Germany) -- 2,165,154
Seat 3: Pandochka515 (Russia) -- 558,654
Seat 4: gomir (Czech Republic) -- 772,334
Seat 5: 810ofclubs (United Kingdom) -- 2,404,120
Seat 6: rdcrsn (Canada) -- 424,732
Seat 7: seifi35 (Switzerland) -- 6,714,821
Seat 8: srxakgirona (United Kingdom) -- 4,410,193
Seat 9: LoneHixx (Canada) -- 3,040,744
The first hand, in keeping with the turbo structure, brought an elimination. At 70,000-140,000 gomir moved all-in UTG+1 for five big blinds holding 7♦ 7♥. Toby Lewis isolated with an all-in of his own, for sixteen blinds with A♣ J♣. A pile of 1.8M chips was in the middle and the J♠ 8♠ 8♥ flop had gomir in rough shape. The K♣ turn brought no backdoors and the 6♦ river moved Lewis into third place, out of the precarious sub twenty big blind zone. For their ninth place effort gomir won $12,810.00.
Four hands later chip-leader seifi35 opened to 480,000 under the gun and Russel "rdcrsn" Carson moved all-in from the big blind for less than 300,000 more with Q♣ Q♦. Earlier rdcrsn had blinded down to 1.4 big blinds only to wake up with aces when his stack went into the pot. He was called held against J♣ J♦, doubling through and continuing his survivalist lifestyle. Three hands later Carson was all-in with 3♦ 3♠ on the button and racing against the active seifi35's K♥ 9♥. The A♣ Q♥ 6♠ flop produced three chop outs on the Q♦ turn and the 6♥ river would realize that scenario.
It would be another orbit before the next elimination, with Russia's Pandochka515 pinning their two big blinds to A♦ 7♥. In the small blind seifi35 tabled 8♠ 8♦ and a broadway heavy board, Q♠ 9♠ T♦ K♥, gave Pandochka515 four additional outs. The dream was over on the 5♠ river, but the Russian eliminated in 8th place would have $22,417.50 to wake up to the next day.
Plying the short stack would come to a brutal end for rdcrsn, who shove a million chips with 9♠ 9♣ on the button at 125,000-250,000. The big blind, srxakgirona, called with 4♣ 7♣ and was worse than a four-to-one dog before five cards became communal. The first three cards didn't seem to pose much threat to the nines, who now enjoyed 92% equity in the pot. The 4♥ turn and 7♠ river robbed any expectations of survival, Russel "rdcrsn" Carson taking home $32,025.00 for his seventh place finish.
Toby Lewis would seize the chip lead after taking back to back multi-million chip pots away from seifi35, the first of which being quite curious. With 2.1M under the gun, six-handed, Lewis moved all-in with Q♣ 9♠ only to be called by seifi35 next to act. Surely the Brit did not expect to be dominating, but he was, facing J♦ 9♦. The case nines came out on the 9♥ 9♣ 7♦ flop, and a 6♥ K♣ run out meant Lewis' queen kicker played.
Having blinded down to 493,560, at that point worth one and one third big blinds, the quiet calamitas put their stack across the line with 6♣ 6♦ and got action from seifi35, priced in last to act preflop. The 4♠ and 7♥ had a respectable 29.5% equity despite looking ragged. What followed appeared more gruesome than any number could describe -- an A♦ A♥ T♥ flop and 5♣ turn gave seifi35 six-outs for the win, three sevens for a better two pair and three tens for a nasty counterfeiting. The T♠ was calamitous, seifi35's seven kicker played, and calamitas was out in sixth for $44,835.00.
Evadar was another runner who had dwindled down to two big blinds, but found the A♥ 5♥ just before having to post, pricing in srxakgirona's Q♥ 6♥. The shorter stack was drawing dead by the fourth card as the board ran out 7♠ 6♣ Q♦ Q♣ T♦. For outlasting half the final table Evadar claimed $57,645.00 in fifth place.
The oft chip-leader seifi35 had made some unorthodox plays during the course of the final table, limp-folding, raising unusually large preflop, and of course, calling off with jack-nine suited. Their bustout hand, in contrast, was everything standard. On the button they shoved for six big blinds with Q♣ J♦ and were dominated when srxakgirona exposed A♥ Q♦ in the small blind. There was no sweat, just a dry 7♣ 2♥ 2♦ 3♦ K♦ run out. A Cinderella run was over in fourth place, but $82,176.15 ensured seifi35 wouldn't be leaving any festivities in a pumpkin.
LoneHixx, who had been taciturn for the final table's duration, risked 3.7M early into three handed play, with the blinds up to 250,000-500,000. Toby Lewis snap called on the button with A♠ 6♠ and was in good shape versus K♦ 4♦. The Q♣ 8♥ 6♦ flop was innocuous but Lewis turned the worst card in the deck, the A♦, granting LoneHixx a fulsome nine outs with a lot of money on the line. The K♣ improved the third place finisher, but they were still second best, and would have to be satisfied with $169,300.77.
Two players were left to square off for the title with relatively even chip stacks and nearly two thousand spectators.
Heads-up began with negotiations between srxakgirona and Lewis, a straightforward chip-chop with 15,000 left in play seemed agreed to quickly. When srxakgirona asked for 2,000 more the following exchange took place:
srxakgirona: "i play HU hyper a lot i have edge"
810ofclubs: "ive got more $ than yo ... gives me the edge"
The renegotiation period was short and the initial agreement was reconfirmed. Play resumed with both players fighting over 15,000 and the coveted WCOOP title. After defending their big blind with Q♠ 5♠, srxakgirona outflopped Lewis' A♦ A♣ on K♥ Q♣ Q♦ and got 16.5M chips, the lion's share of those in play, into the middle with a hammerlock on the hand. The very next hand a 3:1 chip lead would be squared when srxakgirona shoved 6♠ 9♠ into the ten big blind stack of Lewis, who snap called and held up with A♥ T♠.
After a half dozen hands of trading blinds srxakgirona min-raised the button and Lewis moved all-in. Once again 16.7M chips were in the middle and srxakgirona was at risk.
Toby Lewis: A♦ 8♣
srxakgirona: K♥ J♠
Two quite legitimate hands for this stage of the tournament. The trailing king-high would find itself in a mired on the A♥ Q♣ 8♥ flop, backdoor hearts and broadway the most viable exit strategies. The 8♦ hit the turn and the short stack was drawing dead. Toby Lewis had done it,
The freshly crowned champion tweeted his celebration moments later, "OIOI ONLY BINKED IT OFF DIDNT WE!" Congratulations to Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis for taking down WCOOP Event 6 to bank six-figures $189,379.23.
WCOOP Event #6 $215 No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo, Rebuy) results (*reflects heads-up deal)
Prize pool: $1,281,000
Places paid: 270
1. 810ofclubs (United Kingdom) -- $189,379.23*
2. srxakgirona (United Kingdom) -- $169,300.77*
3. Hausgaard87 (Canada) -- $115,290.00
4. seifi35 (Switzerland) -- $82,176.15
5. Evadar (United Kingdom) -- $57,645.00
6. calamitas (Germany) -- $44,835.00
7. rdcsrn (Canada) -- $32,025.00
8. Pandochka515 (Russia) -- $22,417.50
9. gomir (Czech Republic) -- $12,810.00
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Gareth Chantler is contributor to the PokerStars Blog.