WCOOP 2014: Pappe_Ruk makes it past the river in Event #58 victory ($530 NLHE, 1R1A)

Never giving up is the mark of a champion. Whether it is a runner fighting through a cramp during a marathon, a single parent furthering their education to raise their child comfortably, or a poker player trying notch a major championship after suffering a bad beat on the river, resilience to temporary setbacks and the ability to rise above it is what can separate winning and settling for less. Today's conclusion to the 2014 WCOOP Event #58 NLHE $530 one rebuy, one add-on tournament showed just that during the exciting heads-up match between Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart and RunThisTable. Both players clawed their way back from possible elimination with one card to come during heads-up play. But, it was Bijgaart ultimately claiming the huge $159,186.25 victory.

Being the final weekend of the 2014 WCOOP series, a spotlight is shown on the Player of the Series race and its cache of prizes. The Champion's Trophy, 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) package, 2015 European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final Package, and possibly the quickest way to earn a quarter of a million in poker... a free ticket to the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) main event all up for grabs. Players such as four-time WCOOP champ Dan "djk123" Kelly currently sitting in a tie for ninth place with Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee and one other player who could overtake psyhoagromor's current lead with a win today.

RolldUpTrips, currently holding 265 Player of the Series points, a third place finish today from the top spot, would join the 15 lucky players to survive day one of Event #58. Another familiar face in TCOOP champ Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart would be vying for the $159,186.25 prize and of course the WCOOP bracelet.


If anyone felt a draft while pulling up the tables for day two you were not alone. Out on the table holding Nick "FU_15" Maimone and SCOOP champ RunThisTable back-to-back-to-back eliminations of IKnewwwIt (14th place, $7,807.50), rdcrsn (13th place, $7,807.50), and Fukuruku (12th place, $9,542.50) left the tournament on the edge of hand-for-hand play within the first 20 minutes. Sunday Warm-Up champ PokerSavage1 (11th place, $9542,50) got a gentle nudge out the door a few minutes later by Super Tuesday champ Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet as hand-for-hand play was the only thing slowing down this rapid decent towards crowning a champion.

While it looked like Maimone and superf1sh would both hit the final table running, only one would do so. With the blinds up to 12.5K/25K ante 3,215 a preflop leveling war broke out between the two above average stacks that ended with Maimone all-in and 1.9 million chips in the middle. superf1sh final tabled two WCOOP events last year including a runner-up finish in Event # 20 and after this hand superf1sh was heading back under the spotlights. Queens for superf1sh Q♥Q♠ outraced Maimone's big slick K♠A♥ on the 8♥ 4♦ T♣ 3♠ 8♣ board to start up the final table below:


Seat 1: Graftekkel (404183 in chips)
Seat 2: RunThisTable (1227920 in chips)
Seat 3: RolldUpTrips (1717644 in chips)
Seat 4: apestyles (1665268 in chips)
Seat 5: jonwayne69 (1254606 in chips)
Seat 6: Pappe_Ruk (761725 in chips)
Seat 7: serb2127 (1181608 in chips)
Seat 8: neesam1405 (2108699 in chips)
Seat 9: superf1sh (2690847 in chips)

Rolled up and shipped out

After the flurry of action to get to the final table things would settle down for a bit thanks to the slow rising blinds and an average stack still over 30BBs. RolldUpTrips would suffer a two-outer beat on the river after getting serb2127 all-in preflop with queens against aces. Over an hour later, aces would play a part on RolldUpTrips' exit. With the blinds up to 20K/40K ante 5K Bijgaart would raise to 81,500 from UTG+1 as it folded around to RolldUpTrips in the small blind holding 783,291 chips and A♥Q♥. RolldUpTrips shoved as "Pappe_Ruk" quickly called turning up aces A♣A♦. Zero hearts and missing a gutter-ball straight draw 6♣ J♦ 9♠ K♣ 4♣ sent RolldUpTrips to the rail in ninth place ($11,277.50).

Flipped out

While the rest of the table hovered around the same chip stack, superf1sh enjoyed owning a stack nearly double the size of second place RunThisTable. As the blinds moved up to 30K/60K ante 7.5K Van Fleet would open for 126,599 from early position as it folded to neesam1405 on the button. neesam1405 made the call as superf1sh shoved the chip leading stack of 3.5 million from the small blind. apestyles would think hard before making the call with big slick K♠A♥. neesam1405 declined the party invite as superf1sh flipped up pocket tens T♠T♣ and won the flip after an all-low 5♠ 5♦ 8♣ 6♦ 3♦ board cleared Van Fleet's seat at the final table in eighth place ($19,085.00).

Running people off this table

Just as the blinds moved up to 40K/80K ante 10K play folded to RunThisTable in the small blind who decided to bully the shortstacked jonwayne69 with a shove for 2.55 million. Holding two face cards and under 10BBs in the big blind jonwayne69 made the call with J♥K♠. RunThisTable was not throwing air after showing Q♣A♥. Five-high laid across the 5♥ 4♦ 5♠ 2♦ 2♣ board declaring RunThisTable's ace-high was good for the 1.6 million chip pot as the two-time Super Tuesday champ jonwayne69 collected $27,760.00 in seventh place.

serb2127 wakes up

After dealing with disconnects and lags earlier, serb2127 seemed to have found a stable internet connection and some cards to play. The next hand after jonwayne69 left the table, shortstacked Graftekkel would shove for 532,281 from the cutoff as serb2127 found pocket kings K♠K♦ in the big blind and instantly made the call. Graftekkel's 4♥K♥ went looking for hearts in all the wrong places as only one showed up on the 6♣ T♣ Q♠ K♣ 3♥ river to claim $36,435.00 in sixth place.

Is this a bad time? I can come back later

As the blinds moved up to 50K/100K ante 12.5K the players started to finally feel a squeeze from the rising forced bets. Play would fold around the table to the shortest stack held by neesam1405 in the small blind. neesam1405 looked down at a suited A♦2♦ and shoved for 1.21 million as superf1sh swiftly called with pocket queens Q♠Q♣. The board put this one to bed on a turned boat 7♠ 9♦ Q♥ 7♦ J♣ for superf1sh as neesam1405 earned $45,110.00 in fifth place.

Not super happy

Just as the blinds moved up to 60K/120K ante 15K RunThisTable would raise to 300,000 from the cutoff as it folded around to the depleted stack of superf1sh holding Q♥A♥. 1.8 million chips would get shipped into the middle with hopes of claiming that bracelet which eluded superf1sh last year. RunThisTable provided the hope by calling with a dominated A♣J♠ and those good thoughts of a double-up were promptly set aside after seeing J♦ 7♠ T♥ 5♦ 6♦ a jack in the door. superf1sh would have to "settle" for $64,628.75 in fourth place.

Running to heads-up play

Five hands later RunThisTable would only have one player left to defeat in order to claim not only a six-figure score but the WCOOP bracelet. serb2171 limped in from the small blind as RunThisTable was having none of that and raised to 300,000. serb2171 pressed right back and shoved for 1.99 million with K♣J♥. RunThisTable was happy to oblige while showing Q♣A♦ and the unnecessary ace on the river 6♠ 4♠ 8♥ 7♥ A♥ would seal serb2171's fate in third place ($85,882.50).

Big crowd for a big win

We already know based on past performance that RunThisTable enjoys heads-up play with a SCOOP win and making it to the final sixteen while trying to repeat the following year. But, there were over 1,700 railbirds carefully watching this table for a reason. Maybe it was the sizable six-figure prize but more likely, they were cheering for the popular Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (but behind the walled off chat box for the use of the players and PokerStars staff only at this point).

One card away

13 minutes into heads-up play with RunThisTable holding about a million chip advantage the players would try to decide things preflop as Pappe_Ruk called RunThisTable's four-bet shove with Q♠A♥. RunThisTable's pocket fours 4♣4♠ held on by a thread after the paired turn 5♥ 7♦ 9♠ 9♦ but could not pass the Q♣ river giving Joep a 12 million to 984K lead.

Three minutes later however that lead was a distant memory as RunThisTable doubled through three times to bring the match nearly square once again. But, as the players rested for the hourly break, RunThisTable held the lead 8.2 million to 4.75 million with blinds at 70K/140K ante 17.5K.

Immediately after the five minute break the players would flip preflop for the bracelet as Joep's J♦A♦ managed to snag a flush on the river Q♠ 6♣ Q♦ 5♦ 8♦ to overcome RunThisTable's pocket sevens 7♦7♠ and extend the match once again.

Eight minutes later with Joep now holding a 11.1 million to 1.85 million chip lead and blinds at 80K/160K ante 20K he would limp in from the button as RunThisTable checked to see an eight-high flop 3♣8♠4♠. RunThisTable checked as Joep led out for 160,000. RunThisTable check-raised to 404,800 as Joep put RunThisTable all-in with a shove. RunThisTable made the call with top pair 8♣Q♠ that could not catch up to Joep's pocket tens T♥T♦ on the 5♦ turn nor 2♥ river. The two-day adventure was worth $159,186.25 for Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart after finally earning the 2014 WCOOP Event #58 victory!


Event #58 champion - Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart ($159,186.25)

WCOOP-58 $530 NL Hold'em (1R1A) results

Entrants: 790
Rebuys: 447
Add-ons: 498
Places paid: 99
Prize pool: $867,500.00

1. Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (Netherlands) $159,186.25
2. RunThisTable (Canada) $113,642.50
3. serb2127 (Canada) $85,882.50
4. superf1sh (Norway) $64,628.75
5. neesam1405 (Malaysia) $45,110.00
6. Graftekkel (Netherlands) $36,435.00
7. jonwayne69 (United Kingdom) $27,760.00
8. Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet (Canada) $19,085.00
9. RolldUpTrips (Mexico) $11,277.50

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in WCOOP