WCOOP 2014: Ch33s3z0r outlasts Vayo to win Event #34 ($320 NLHE, 6-Max, Re-Entry)
The 2014 World Championship of Online Poker hit the midpoint with a fresh batch of tournaments and over $600,000 in guaranteed prize money spread over those new events. The early tournament gave players a chance to fire away while having a little short-handed fun.
Event #34 was a $320 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament with a 6-max format and players could re-enter up to three times if they busted their stack while registration was open. The tournament drew 1,562 entrants with an additional 395 of them getting back in the game with their re-entry option. They combined to create a $468,600 prize pool, easily surpassing the $500,000 guarantee, and the last 204 would get a piece of the action.
The format produced a lot of gamble and they were quick to get to the bubble. The field was in the money when mortan23 dropped out in 205th to stop hand-for-hand action and players began hitting the rail in numbers. Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara, Caio Pessagno, and Grzegorz 'DaWarsaw' Mikielewicz from Team PokerStars cashed in the tournament but none were around for a chance at the big money.
The tournament was schedule to stop at the end of Level 30 and they came very close to forming the final table in that amount of time. The clock was ticking down until they produced a knockout on the very last hand to leave just 12 players heading into the overnight break. mcdon23 and Pedro "gusmaa" Madeira tangled it up in a pot and mcdon23 was done in 13th when his two pair A♣K♠ was no good against a full house T♥T♦.
The hand was good enough to put Madeira in second position for the restart behind chip leader Ch33s3z0r. There was a big gap between the top six and bottom six players to set up a fun-filled last day, even with the average stack sitting on 54 big blinds.
Ch33s3z0r - 1,296,430
Pedro "gusmaa" Madeira - 980,970
Bobby "ROMDOM" Layne - 970,973
ERA7ER - 914,077
Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo - 808,098
Botond "birs320" Balázs - 805,414
RANNIV20 - 512,108
flowstone80 - 356,296
Bagelakis23 - 345,098
BlackMajlo - 293,291
Robert "rrobert333" Cezarescu - 270,889
SsicK_OnE - 256,356
While no members of Team PokerStars made the cut, there were still a few names looking to add to their list of accomplishments. Maderia final tabled the 2013 WCOOP Limit Hold'em 6-Max tournament, Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo made two WSOP final tables (both in 6-Max), Bobby "ROMDOM" Layne made the 2010 WCOOP Main Event final table plus a Sunday Million title, and SsicK_OnE final tabled the WCOOP Challenge Main Event just a few months ago.
Five of the six shorter stacks were all sitting at the same table, along with the chip leader Ch33s3z0r, and RANNIV20 was able to pick up some chips early. flowstone80 was the first player eliminated after the restart but SsicK_OnE took a tough beat to go out next. He was racing against Ch33s3z0r with A♠Q♥ versus 6♦6♠ and hit the Queen-high flop. SsicK_OnE was fine on the turn but was gone on the two-out 6♣ river.
The (somewhat) equal distribution of wealth among the last two tables meant they could settle down and play without huge stacks grinding down the smaller ones. Few were in any hurry to risk their potential spot at the final table with a speculative hand, only Bagelakis23 dropped out in the next hour.
They returned from their first break of the day then were quickly on the final table bubble when Madeira and BlackMajli quickly went out with big hands. They played several short-handed orbits until leader Ch33s3z0r called a shove from RANNIV20 with flopped two pair J♦9♣ against top pair K♠J♥, the turn and river ran clean to form the final table.
Final Table chip counts:
Seat 1: Bobby "ROMDOM" Layne (1,877,457 in chips)
Seat 2: Robert "rrobert333" Cezarescu (450,196 in chips)
Seat 3: ERA7ER (546,920 in chips)
Seat 4: Botond "birs320" Balázs (1,260,611 in chips)
Seat 5: Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo (1,150,840 in chips)
Seat 6: Ch33s3z0r (2,523,976 in chips)
Blinds: 10k/20k with 2.5k ante
rrobert333 aced, eliminated in 6th
Robert "rrobert333" Cezarescu and ERA7ER were two players looking up at the other four and they tangled early at the final table. The chips were quickly in the middle when Cezarescu open-shoved from the button with Q♥J♥ and was called by ERA7ER in the small blind.
Cezarescu needed a lot of help when ERA7ER tabled A♠A♦ and hit a small piece of the A♥K♣J♣ flop while ERA7ER flopped top set. The Q♣ turn left Cezarescu with just four outs to chop the pot but couldn't stay in the tournament when the river came 3♥, going out in 6th place for $11,715.
The hand also moved ERA7ER into contention as the remaining five stacks evened out.
ERA7ER erased, eliminated in 5th
ERA7ER's time with a nice stack didn't last long when he got frisky with his 30+ big blinds shortly after the second break. He opened for a small raise then shoved after a three-bet from Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo in the small blind. Vayo considered his options before correctly calling with 8♥8♠.
ERA7ER was behind with 6♠6♣ and Vayo had him covered by just 70,000. The K♥T♣2♥ flop change little and the tournament ended for ERA7ER when the board completed 4♣T♥. It was a tough spot for German grinder but he had to settle for 5th place money.
ROMDOM done, eliminated in 4th
Former WCOOP Main Event final tablist Bobby "ROMDOM" Layne was sitting sweet until he lost a 1.5 million chip pot against leader Ch33s3z0r's runner-runner two pair with 7♦5♦. He mucked his hand to earn him the short stack and he shoved a few hands later with 6♦6♥ from the big blind after Botond "birs320" Balázs opened from under the gun.
Balázs called the bet with A♠J♠ to set up the race and he took the lead right on the A♥9♥4♣ flop. The T♦ turn left Layne with just two outs to stay alive but he missed them both on the 3♦ river to go out in 4th place for $28,116.
birs320 bows out, eliminated in 3rd
Ch33s3z0r was holding half the chips in play at the three-handed table with the other half equally split between Balázs and Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo. There was no reason to get out of hand but Balázs got a little creative preflop against the leader.
Ch33s3z0r opened for a min-raise and Balázs three-bet to 185,000, a move which drew a fourth bet from Ch33s3z0r big enough to put Balázs all-in. Balázs might have considered letting his hand go but ended up calling with K♠Q♥. He was dominated when Ch33s3z0rs rolled over A♣K♥ and it stayed that way on the 7♣6♠3♦ flop.
Balázs was drawing thin to stay in but no miracle made an appearance on the 5♣ turn or 6♦ to send the former EPT final table member out in 3rd position for $42,174.
Ch33s3z0r outlasts Vayo to win Event #34
Seat 5: holla@yoboy (1,734,035 in chips)
Seat 6: Ch33s3z0r (6,075,965 in chips)
Ch33s3z0r began heads up play with a nice lead but Vayo had plenty of chips to push around. With no pressure from the structure, the two of them got comfortable for a long grind. Neither pushed the action very hard with Ch33s3z0r not needing to risk too many chips while Vayo was trying to chip up.
The two battled it out for nearly an hour, during which the rail filled up with more than 700 viewing the final table, but they rarely popped a pot over seven-digits. Vayo dropped further back as the match moved along and he finally took a shot to get a double.
He was dealt J♣T♦ on the button and shoved right off the bat, Ch33s3z0r called with K♦Q♦ and a chance at the title. Vayo's two live cards connected on the K♣J♥6♦ flop but Ch33s3z0r did as well. The 4♦ turn didn't help either player and the tournament was over with the final 7♣ river.
Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo has plenty of success both live and online but was unable to add a WCOOP title. It was always going to be an uphill battle and he dropped out of the tournament in the runner-up spot for $57,872.
Ch33s3z0r came back to Day 2 with the lead and stayed that way through most of the action. His WCOOP victory for $77,319 is the biggest of his career and he joins the host of Russian with big results.
WCOOP 2014: Event #34 $320 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Re-Entry)
Entrants: 1,562 (395 re-entries)
Prize pool: $468,600
Places paid: 204
1. Ch33s3z0r (Russia) $77,319.00
2. Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo (Mexico) $57,872.10
3. Botond "birs320" Balázs (Hungary) $42,174.00
4. Bobby "ROMDOM" Layne (Mexico) $28,116.00
5. ERA7ER (Germany) $18,744.00
6. Robert "rrobert333" Cezarescu (Romania) $11,715.00