WCOOP 2014: __akun333__ amazes in Event #50 ($530 Razz)

Three years ago, __akun333__ fell just short of a WCOOP bracelet. That night he finished third in the Triple Stud event, two spots behind 2011's Player of the Series 2FLY2TILT, who captured his second WCOOP bracelet. Today, he was back at the final table, albeit with a formidable opponent standing between him and the gold. Artem "roi kin23" Litvinov is no stranger to EPT main events and high rollers and pummeled __akun333__ in the early stages of their heads-up match, moving out to a 13 to 1 chip lead. However, __akun333__ found some gas in the tank and mounted a remarkable comeback. He evened their chip counts and after striking a deal, __akun333__ at last closed out a WCOOP win.

364 Razz enthusiasts bought in to Event #50, their $530 buyins combining to create a $182,000.00 prize pool 48 players earned a share of it with first place set to earn $35,035.00. Representing the Red Spades were WSOP Razz bracelet winner George Danzer, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara and Roy "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin. Vanessa Selbst slid into the money in 46th place and Matthias "Mati312" Brandner made the final three tables, ending his run in 21st place.

The betting limits were up to 12,000/24,000 when nine players remained. With the 7♦ showing, short stack kingkai raised roi kin23's completion to 24,000, roi kin23 reraised to 36,000 with the 4♦ up and kingkai called. Kingkai got the rest of his chips in on fourth street with four to a 7-5 low, while roi kin23 turned over four to a 7-4 low.

roi kin23 (3♣7♣) 4♦2♣A♦9♥ (5♦)
kingkai (2♠A♥) 7♦5♣9♠K♣ (Q♥)

Roi kin23 pulled an ace on fifth street to make a 7 low and improved to a wheel on the river. Kingkai didn't improve beyond the 9-7 low he made on fifth and ended his run on the final table bubble.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: iacog4 (344,235 in chips)
Seat 2: padjes (351,016 in chips)
Seat 3: paaskebaesen (357,701 in chips)
Seat 4: TinyPea (80,672 in chips)
Seat 5: Adamyid (660,557 in chips)
Seat 6: __akun333___ (304,419 in chips)
Seat 7: roi kin23 (452,422 in chips)
Seat 8: Bykladjo (178,978 in chips)

Padjes exits in eighth

TinyPea arrived at the final table with less than three big bets, but found safer ground when he doubled through padjes. TinyPea was all-in on fifth street with a T-8 low vs. padjes's 8-7 low draw, but fell behind on sixth when he hit a jack and padjes made a 8-7-6-2-A low. However, TinyPea caught a four on the river to improve to a 8-7-4-2-A low. Padjes's river nine was no help and TinyPea doubled to 222,144.

Padjes fell to 119,000 and got the rest of his chips in on fifth street vs. roi kin23.

padjes (4♣6♠) A♥6♥5♠5♥ (Q♣)
roi kin23 (2♦8♥) A♦T♥3♣3♦ (5♣)

Roi kin23 improved to 8-5-3-2-A on the river, as padjes bricked out with two pair on sixth and a river queen. For eighth place, padjes banked $4,095.00.

TinyPea takes seventh

TinyPea lost over half his stack in a clash with Adamyid. TinyPea competed on third and called Adamyid's 40,000 raise. TinyPea called on fourth and fifth streets, but folded to Adamyid's bet on sixth.

TinyPea (X-X) 3♥3♠2♦6♥
Adamyid (X-X) 6♦T♦8♥7♦

Down to 86,000, TinyPea completed to 20,000 on third with the 3♠ up and Bykladjo called. TinyPea called a bet on fourth and bet the rest of his stack on fifth.

TinyPea (6♦9♦) 3♠T♣2♣4♥ (4♠)
Bykladjo (6♣5♦) 3♣8♣8♠Q♦ (4♣)

TinyPea' had the lead going in to the river with a 9-6-4-3-2 low, but Bykladjo caught a four to make 8-6-5-4-3. TinyPea hit the rail in seventh place, good for $5,005.00.

Adamyid felts iacog4

Iacog4 was next to put his tournament life at risk. Heads-up vs. Adamyid, iacog4 called his fourth and fifth street bets. On sixth, Adamyid paired his jack and with a pair of deuces showing, iacog4 made the low board. He check-called 50,000 more from Adamyid, then went all-in on seventh for 30,535. Adamyid called.

iacog4 (3♠4♣) T♦2♠2♥Q♥ (8♦)
Adamyid (5♥7♥) 8♠A♥J♠J♥ (6♦)

Iacog4 made a T-8 low on the river, but it was no match for Adamyid's 8-7 low and he went out in sixth place ($6,825.00).

Bykladjo eliminated in fifth

Moments later, Bykladjo called paaskebaesen's third street raise and fourth street bet. Paaskebaesen led out again on fifth, Bykladjo raised all-in for 66,322 and paaskebaesen called.

Bykladjo (2♣3♦) 7♣K♠Q♣K♣ (9♣)
paaskebaesen (3♦7♦) 6♦K♦Q♦4♣ (4♦)

Paaskebaesen's Q-7-6-4-3 low edged out Q-9-7-3-2 and Bykladjo departed in fifth place, earning $9,555.00.

Don't you let that deal go down

Shortly after four-handed play commenced, the players agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's a look at how they stacked up at the time:

Adamyid - 1,029,992
_akun333__ - 618,919
paaskebaesen - 558,923
roi kin23 - 522,166

Per the players' request, final table host Roy "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin presented them with ICM and chip count chop numbers. Naturally, chip leader Adamyid preferred the chip count figures, which awarded him about $1,860 more than the ICM numbers. His four opponents, however, wanted to go with the ICM deal. Paaskebaesen issued an ultimatum, "ICM or play," and Adamyid was more than willing to restart the action and revisit the topic later.

The mighty fall

Adamyid would soon eat his words. With the betting limits up to 30,000/60,000, a raising war ended with roi kin23, paaskebaesen, and Adamyid putting in 90,000 apiece on third steet. Roi kin23 led out for 30,000 on fourth, paasekbaesen folded and Adamyid called. Roi kin23 check-raised on fifth and led out again on sixth and seventh. Adamyid called him down.

roi kin23 (2♦A♠) 5♦4♥3♥8♥ (6♥)
Adamyid (X-X) 6♠7♣4♣T♥ (X)

Roi kin23 turned up a wheel and passed a million in chips while Adamyid fell to 400,000.

Later in the level the two clashed again. Roi kin23 completed on third with the 8♥ and Adamyid raised with the 5♥. Roi kin23 called, then led out on every subsequent street. Once again, Adamyid called him down.

roi kin23 (5♠6♣) 8♥A♠4♥J♦ (3♣)
Adamyid (X-X) 5♥8♠6♦6♠ (X)

Roi kin23's 6-5-4-3-A won him the 573,000 pot and Adamyid was crippled to only 26,000.

On the next deal, Adamyid committed the rest of his chips on third street and both __akun333__ and paaskebaesen called. Paaskebaesen bricked on fourth street and folded to __akun333__'s 40,000 bet.

Adamyid (7♦Q♥) A♦9♥J♥T♣ (J♣)
__akun333__ (5♣2♠) A♥J♠6♠5♦ (J♦)
paaskebaesen (X-X) T♦Q♣

Adamyid's J-T-9-7-A fell to J-6-5-2-A and he was eliminated in fourth place. Although he picked up $14,105.00 for his efforts, the payday was $11,085.47 less than the ICM chop he turned down.

roi kin23 outpips paaskebaesen

Four hands later, paaskebaesen raised on third street with the 8♦, then called roi kin23's lead bets on fourth and fifth. Roi kin23 led again on sixth, paaskebaesen moved all-in for 149,947 and roi kin23 called.

paaskebaesen (7♥6♦) 8♦J♠2♥4♣ (6♣)
roi kin23 (J♥4♥) 8♣A♠7♣6♠ (K♠)

Although paaskebaesen caught a four to make an 8-7-6-4-2 low on sixth street, roi kin23 pulled a six and edged him out with an 8-7-6-4-A. For third place, paaskebaesen earned $19,565.00.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 6: __akun333___ (799,887 in chips)
Seat 7: roi kin23 (1,930,113 in chips)

Roi kin23 whittled __akun333__ down to only 192,000 in chips before he mounted a comeback. __Akun333__ chipped back up to 340,000, then doubled to 680,000 when his 7-5 low beat out roi kin23's 9-6. Three hands later, __akun333__ pulled in a 736,000 pot when he rivered a T-8-5-4-3 low and roi kin23 didn't improve from the K-T low he made on sixth. __Akun333 moved up to 1.05 million and doubled again five hands later when his 9-6 low bested roi kin23's 9-8.

After a bit more back and forth, our two gladiators agreed to take another run at making a deal. Here's a look at their stacks when the action paused:

__akun333__ 1,329,548
roi kin23 1,400,452

This go-around, negotiations were simple and swift. When the ICM numbers were calculated their shares were less than $185 apart and they quickly agreed to the deal. With $2,000 still up for grabs, action resumed.

The betting limits were up to 50,000/100,000 when __akun333__ and roi kin23 engaged in a fifth street raising war. The betting was capped and __akun333__ led out again on sixth street. Roi kin23 called and both players checked the river.

__akun333__ (8♠7♣) 6♣K♦A♦9♣ (8♥)
roi kin23 (X-X) 3♥9♦J♦3♦ (X)

__Akun333__ revealed a 9-8 low and roi kin23 mucked. Roi kin23 lost about half his stack and was left with 690,452 while __akun333__ topped 2 million.

Roi kin23 never fully recovered from that hand. With 765,000 behind and the 6♠ up, he called __akun333__'s third street raise and led out on fourth with 6♠8♦. __Akun333__ raised to 120,000 with 6♥9♦ and the betting was capped. Both players caught queens on fifth, but roi kin23 check-eased to 240,000 and __akun333__ three-bet. Roi kin23 called, and put the last of his chips in on sixth when he picked up a jack and __akun333__ hit a king.

__akun333__ (5♦4♥) 6♥9♦Q♥K♠ (5♣)
roi kin23 (J♠2♥) 6♠8♦Q♠J♦ (6♣)

__Akun333__'s Q-9-6-5-4 triumphed over roi kin23's Q-J-8-6-2 and after waiting three years for another shot, __akun333__ locked up his first WCOOP bracelet.

Congratulations to Poland's __akun333__ on an incredible come-from-behind win! He banked $31,392.80 for the win, while runner-up roi kin23 earned $29,577.20.

WCOOP-50: $530 Razz
Entrants: 364
Places paid: 48

1. __akun333__ (Poland) $31,392.80*
2. Artem "roi kin23" Litvinov (Russia) $29,577.20*
3. paaskebaesen (Norway) $19,565.00
4. Adamyid (United Kingdom) $14,105.00
5. Bykladjo (Russia) $9,555.00
6. iacog4 (United Kingdom) $6,825.00
7. TinyPea (United Kingdom) $5,005.00
8. padjes (Netherlands) $4,095.00

*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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