WCOOP 2013: Victory for ValueFolding in Event #62 ($700 NLHE Super-KO)

The excitement is building around here, WCOOP-wise, with the final day's tourneys kicking off today -- including the big $5,200, $8 million-guarantee Main Event -- among other events finishing up. One that concluded on Sunday was the two-day Event #62, a $700 no-limit hold'em "super-knockout" tourney that ended in dramatic fashion when ValueFolding of Australia managed to take the bracelet following a heads-up battle with heavenwalker of Hungary.

The final hand -- coming after a four-way final table deal -- featured high tension with both players sitting with nearly even stacks to start the hand, one having a dominating lead when the chips went in preflop, then the lead changing a couple more times before the last Event #62 river card was dealt.

With 2,467 players and a $1,665,225 total prize pool, the event's $1 million guarantee was easily bested. Every elimination earned a player $337.50 or almost half the buy-in, with the bounty prize pool making up half of the overall prize pool.

ValueFolding ended up taking away $104,173.05 from the regular prize pool plus a few thousand more in bounties, while heavenwalker also managed to earn a six-figure score thanks to the chop and having amassed a large collection of bounties, too.

Here's the story of ValueFolding's victory which started way back early Saturday afternoon before finally ending with that thrilling finish.

Day 1

It was just after the seven-hour break on Day 1 when the Event #62 money bubble burst and just 324 players remained. Germany's BOOOMMMM -- who already has made three final tables during this year's WCOOP -- led all at that point although would eventually slip back to earn a 76th-place finish in this one.

Among the Team PokerStars Pros, Jason Mercier had just met his end in 334th -- just 10 spots out of the money -- while Vanessa Selbst and Dag Palovic each sat with above average stacks inside the top 60.

Team Online member Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome was also alive, albeit with a short stack, and was among the wave of initial cashers after losing her last chips to miho777 to finish in 317th for $582.82 plus another $1,012.50 for collecting three super-knockout bounties.

Palovic and Selbst would hang on for a while longer before both became short-stacked and then crippled nearly simultaneously at separate tables.

After losing most of his stack to Mihay28, Palovic was knocked out in 160th by MinReraise to earn $999.13 from the regular prize pool plus another $1,350 four four knockouts.


Team PokerStars Pro Dag Palovic

Meanwhile Selbst would lose most of her short stack to eventual winner ValueFolding, then was eliminated in a three-way hand that saw Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad collect Selbst's bounty. Like Palovic, Selbst won $999.13 for her finish (in 155th), adding $1,012.50 more for three bounties.


Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst

By the nine-and-a-half-hour mark of Day 1 they were down to 100, with heavenwalker of leading the way. heavenwalker was also leading when it came to gathering bounties, having claimed 12 already by that point.

heavenwalker would still be in first position when play concluded for the night, collecting a couple more bounties as well as the field was trimmed to just 35 players. Meanwhile the German Einmalgeht passed heavenwalker in the bounty-collecting category, grabbing a 16th before ending Day 1 in fourth position in the counts.

Here's how the top 10 appeared overnight:

1. heavenwalker (Hungary) -- 1,662,329
2. Alex "RedIceRap" Gerlach (Germany) -- 1,091,345
3. Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis (Mexico) -- 1,076,934
4. Einmalgeht (Germany) -- 908,223
5. awaz1983 (Russia) -- 824,758
6. ValueFolding (Australia) -- 823,507
7. stonebas (Bahamas) -- 806,554
8. bananeraise (Austria) -- 797,900
9. alimounda (Greece) -- 743,349
10. Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin (Ukraine) -- 671,179

Day 2

Play resumed early Sunday afternoon with the 35 remaining players retaking their seats around the final four tables.

Within the first hour they were down to 22, with both David "dhilton12" Hilton (32nd, $2,248.05 + 2 bounties) and Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad (27th, $2,664.36 + 6 bounties) having been eliminated. Einmalgeht also went out in 23rd for a $2,664.36 cash, but with 17 bounties added another $5,737.50 to the score.

A half-hour after that they were down to 18 with CaptainGant and awaz1983 having both moved up over 2 million chips and into the top spots ahead of heavenwalker in third position.

It took almost an hour-and-a-half for nine more to fall. €urop€ean (18th), Oleg787 (17th), and OrangeBud11 (16th) each earned $3,163.92 from the regular prize pool plus bounties. Among those three, €urop€ean had picked up 13 knockouts to earn $4,387.50 more.

garyknife (15th), Artem "Artem205" Metalidi (14th), and 3daugth3rs (13th) each made $4,412.84, with 3daugth3rs grabbing the most bounties among that trio with nine knockouts (worth $3,037.50).

Ignat "0Human0" Liviu (12th) and RedIceRap (11th) next went out, both earning $5,661.76 with Liviu adding nine bounties and RedIceRap 13. Then 10-handed play lasted for a while, with both quarltje and ValueFolding narrowly escaping elimination along the way.

quarltje had been all in following a 6♠3♣7♥ flop holding 4♠4♥ versus heavenwalker's 7♠5♠. The turn was a 9♦, but the river brought the 5♦ to give quarltje a saving straight.

Then a little later ValueFolding was all in before the flop with A♥T♠ versus Pokerfan89Gr's 8♣8♦. The board rolled out six-high through the turn, but the river was the A♠ and ValueFolding survived to make the final table (and eventually win).

Finally it was mestre_urubu five-bet shoving with J♦J♣ and getting called by Ted "TWG8186" Goldstein who had A♠A♣. A jack came on the flop, but so did an ace, and two cards later mestre_urubu was out in 10th for $5,661.76 plus 11 bounties ($3.712.50 more).

Just a short while before the three-hour break of Day 2, the final table was underway with awaz1983 having moved in front.


Seat 1: Ted "TWG8186" Goldstein (Canada) -- 3,147,677
Seat 2: CaptainGant (Russia) -- 1,744,777
Seat 3: a$$ou (Canada) -- 803,547
Seat 4: awaz1983 (Russia) -- 3,808,884
Seat 5: Pokerfan89Gr (Greece) -- 2,439,283
Seat 6: ValueFolding (Australia) -- 1,817,997
Seat 7: quarltje (Belgium) -- 2,123,405
Seat 8: Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis (Mexico) -- 763,370
Seat 9: heavenwalker (Hungary) -- 1,853,560

It took about 45 minutes for the first final table elimination to come. With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000, Pokerfan89Gr open-raised all in from 510,784 from middle position and quarltje called the push from the hijack seat. Then heavenwalker reraised all in from the button for more than 1.95 million and when it folded back around quarltje stepped aside.

Pokerfan89Gr had A♦2♥ while heavenwalker had picked up K♣K♦. The board came 8♠6♥6♣5♠8♥, and Pokerfan89Gr was out in ninth.

An orbit-and-a-half later it was a$$ou open-pushing from middle position for 532,484 (a little under seven big blinds) and getting one caller in heavenwalker. a$$ou had A♥9♣ and needed help against heavenwalker's A♣Q♥, but the 8♥K♦T♦6♣5♠ board hit neither player and heavenwalker collected a second final table bounty as a$$ou cashed for a fifth time in the series.

Moments later the blinds were still 40,000/80,000 when TWG8186 opened for 160,050 from the button, then CaptainGant reraised all in for 372,727 from the small blind. It folded back to TWG8186 who called, turning over K♣T♣ to CaptainGant's 8♣8♠.

The T♥7♥2♦ flop put TWG8186 in front with a pair of tens, and after the 2♥ turn and 4♦ river CaptainGant had been stopped in seventh place. That's nine cashes for CaptainGant this WCOOP who has now crashed the top 50 in the WCOOP Player of the Series race.

The remaining six reached the day's four-hour break with heavenwalker -- now with 19 bounties collected -- in first position with about 5.11 million with TWG8186 next in line with just over 4.52 million.

About 10 minutes after play picked back up, the blinds were 50,000/100,000 when ValueFolding made a min-raise to 200,000 from the cutoff seat, then Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis reraised to 498,000 from the small blind. It folded back to ValueFolding who reraised all in for more than 2.4 million total, and Mathis called with the 1,781,120 he had left.

Mathis had A♠A♥ and appeared primed to earn a big double-up versus ValueFolding who had 8♠8♣. But the flop came 8♦7♠2♥ to give ValueFolding a set and a commanding lead in the hand. The turn was the 7♥ and river the K♣, and Mathis hit the rail in sixth with a sixth cash this WCOOP.


Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis

On the very next hand, quarltje open pushed for 658,140 from the cutoff with K♥2♣ and only heavenwalker called from a seat over with K♠T♦. The community cards came A♣J♣A♠, then Q♠, then 6♥, and heavenwalker's straight meant quarltje's run had ended in fifth place. That marked a fifth cash for quarltje this WCOOP, and the best finish of the five.

At that point the remaining four decided to talk about a possible deal. heavenwalker was leading with 6,290,575, ValueFolding was next with 4,873,225, TWG8186 third with 3,810,016, and awaz1983 fourth with 3,528,184.

Both ICM and "chip chop" figures were produced -- leaving $20,000 for which to play -- and ultimately the four were able to agree on a compromise that involved using the ICM numbers with heavenwalker getting an extra $1,000 from each of the other three. The deal being made, cards were soon back in the air.

Soon it was awaz1983 making a slightly-more-than-2x raise to 209,000 from the button, then watching ValueFolding reraise to 444,002 from the small blind. It folded back to awaz1983 who shoved for 1,427,684 total and ValueFolding called.

ValueFolding: A♣6♠
awaz1983: K♣6♣

A tough spot for awaz1983, and it became tougher after the 2♦A♦T♣ flop paired ValueFolding's ace. The T♦ turn made the 7♦ river no matter, and awaz1983's Event #62 run ended in fourth.

Two minutes later it was Ted "TWG8186" Goldstein making a just-over-2x open to 200,050 from the button, then heavenwalker reraised to 455,000 from the big blind and Goldstein called. They watched the flop bring three babies -- 5♦4♦2♠ -- and when heavenwalker led for 400,000, TWG8186 pushed for 2,405,016 and heavenwalker called.

Goldstein had A♦6♣ for a gutshot to a straight plus overs while heavenwalker had a pair and an open-ender with 3♦2♦. The turn was the 7♥ and river the K♦, and TWG8186 had been knocked out in third.

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Heads-up play began with heavenwalker enjoying the edge chip-wise with 10,100,591 to ValueFolding's 8,401,909.

The pair would ultimately battle for nearly half an hour, carrying the tourney up to the five-hour mark of Day 2. Both would enjoy the chip lead multiple times during that stretch as the stacks remained close, and in fact ValueFolding only had a slight edge with just under 9.5 million to heavenwalker's stack of just over 9 million even when the final hand took place.

The blinds were up to 70,000/140,000 and heavenwalker, having the button, raised the minimum to 280,000. ValueFolding then three-bet to 700,000, heavenwalker made it 1.4 million to go, and ValueFolding responded with an all-in shove which heavenwalker called.

Both players had picked up big aces, but ValueFolding's A♥Q♦ was just a notch better than heavenwalker's A♠J♣.

The flop then fell 8♥5♦J♥, pairing heavenwalker's jack and suddenly leaving ValueFolding needing a queen to avoid being crippled down to about three big blinds. The turn then arrived... the Q♥! ValueFolding had grabbed the advantage back, and after the T♣ came on fifth street it was all over! ValueFolding had won!

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Congratulations to ValueFolding for grabbing one of the final WCOOP bracelets of 2013 and a $107K-plus first prize. Kudos also to heavenwalker who picked up over $93K after the four-way deal, then added another $7K-plus thanks to collecting a tournament-high 21 "super-knockouts" along the way.

PokerStars 2013 WCOOP Event #62 ($700 NLHE, Super-Knockout) results (*reflects four-way deal)

Players: 2,467
Total prize pool: $1,665,225.00
Regular prize pool: $832,612.50
Bounty prize pool: $832,612.50
Places paid: 324

1. ValueFolding (Australia) -- $104,173.05* + $3,712.50 (11 bounties) = $107,885.55
2. heavenwalker (Hungary) -- $93,615.07* + $7,087.50* (21 bounties) = $100,702.57
3. Ted "TWG8186" Goldstein (Canada) -- $78,769.28* + $2,700.00 (8 bounties) = $81,469.28
4. awaz1983 (Russia) -- $77,096.14* + $3,712.50 (11 bounties) = $80,808.64
5. quarltje (Belgium) -- $37,467.56 + $1,687.50 (5 bounties) = $39,155.06
6. Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis (Mexico) -- $28,725.13 + $4,387.50 (13 bounties) = $33,112.63
7. CaptainGant (Russia) -- $20,399.00 + $3,375.00 (10 bounties) = $27,344.00
8. a$$ou (Canada) -- $12,072.88 + $2,700.00 (8 bounties) = $14,772.88
9. Pokerfan89Gr (Greece) -- $7,493.51 + $2,362.50 (7 bounties) = $9,856.01

The 2013 World Championship of Online Poker is coming to a close, but there's still much left to be determined with the final events -- including the big $5,200 Main Event -- yet to conclude. Check the WCOOP information page for information about results as well as the 2013 WCOOP Player of the Series.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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