WCOOP 2014: Late comeback nets bracelet for treven7 in Event #39, $215 NLHE (6-Max, 10-Minute Levels)
Most of the events in the World Championship of Online Poker are noted for their long levels, offering extremely deep play as just another facet of their value. But in the middle of a tournament series chock-full of 30-minute levels, it can sometimes be a relief to play in something a bit faster-paced. And that's where tourneys like Event #39 come in.
With its 10-minute levels and 6-max format, this tournament barely had enough time for the players to blink without the blinds and antes escalating again. This promise of quick play attracted 2,636 entrants, good for a $527,200 prize pool to be split among the top 330 finishers. And according to plan, it did race right along: it took just seven hours and 16 minutes to reach the final table, which began on the 30K/60K/7.5K level with these six competitors in their seats:
Seat 1: treven7 (1,930,699 in chips)
Seat 2: Fukuruku (1,221,117 in chips)
Seat 3: dasRektum$ (2,283,191 in chips)
Seat 4: PolecatRider (298,083 in chips)
Seat 5: DJG1989 (3,818,554 in chips)
Seat 6: vovtroy (3,628,356 in chips)
It would take 60 hands and a little less than an hour for the final table to play out completely, starting with a knockout on the very first hand. Germany's PolecatRider opened the action by raising all-in for 298K in the small blind, and the United Kingdom's DJG1989 called in the big blind with 5♠ 4♦. That trailed PolecatRider's Q♣ 4♥ both before and after the [J♠ 3♥ 8♦ flop, but not after making a pair of fives on the 5♦ turn. The 5♥ on the river made that trip fives, and PolecatRider was the first casualty in 6th place ($9,990.44).
With nobody else in direct trouble the pots that played out from there stayed mostly small. Russia's vovtroy won the first one that went to showdown, a 783K-chip pot with 9♥ 9♦ on a 3♠ 6♦ K♥ K♠ 4♣ board. Five hands later the Russian raised out of the small blind, then led on the flop and turn before check-calling a 370K-chip bet by the United Kingdom's treven7 on the river of a 2♥ 3♦ 6♥ 6♠ J♣ board. treven7 showed down J♥ 5♥, a two-way draw having turned into jacks and sixes by the river. That was good for 1.79M, the biggest pot of the final so far.
Blinds and antes soon rose to 40K/80K/10K, eating into Ukrainian player Fukuruku's short stack. With just 11 big blinds, Fukuruku had one move after picking up 2♦ 2♠ and made it. Finland's dasRektum$ called on the button with A♠ J♠ and picked up nine flush outs to go with those two overcards on the 8♦ 8♠ 9♠ flop. The K♠ on the turn completed the flush and left Fukuruku in need of one of the last two deuces in the deck for a full house to stay alive. But the 4♦ arrived on the river instead, and Fukuruku departed in 5th place ($18,452).
The field would stay at four players for exactly one hand, which was opened by dasRektum$ with a minimum raise to 160K under the gun. vovtroy, holding 4♥ 4♠, responded with an all-in raise to 2.26M, but it couldn't have been timed any worse as dasRektum$ snap-called with A♦ A♥. Only a four could keep vovtroy's tournament alive, but the board fell J♣ 6♦ 3♦ Q♣ 7♠ and the Ukrainian was gone in 4th place ($28,996).
A deal - and an unlikely finish
Within moments the three players left agreed to talk over a deal. dasRektum$ had a slim lead of about four big blinds over DJG1989, with treven7 hovering further back at 2.2M. They eventually agreed to chop it up the remaining prize pool based on ICM, and quickly got back to play.
The majority of the pots stayed small, but any time they began to get larger, they made their way to dasRektum$'s stack. That trend whittled treven7 down to 1.03M and DJG1989 to 4.03M at the start of a key hand that opened with treven7 moving all-in from the button with 5♠ 4♠. dasRektum$ was in the big blind and flat-called, which put the decision to DJG1989 in the big blind. After dipping into the time bank for a bit, DJG1989 responded with the second all-in bet of the hand. dasRektum$ insta-called with K♠ K♥, and DJG1989 showed down 2♣ 2♥. dasRektum$ was on the verge of knocking out both opponents for the title, but the board came down 4♣ 4♥ 7♠ 7♥ 8♠, giving treven7 fours full of sevens and the main pot worth 3.13M. The kings were still good against the deuces, though, giving dasRektum$ the 5.99M-chip side pot and knocking DJG1989 out in 3rd place ($63,989.76).
dasRektum$ had the lead as heads-up play commenced:
Seat 1: treven7 (3,138,597 in chips)
Seat 3: dasRektum$ (10,041,403 in chips)
treven7 got the first lift toward a comeback after calling a dasRektum$ raise to 200K with K♥ 2♦ and catching two pair on the K♠ 6♦ 2♥ flop. treven7 checked but didn't go for the raise, opting simply to call after dasRektum$ bet 165K. treven7 check-called again on the A♦ turn, this time for 333K, and then a third and final time when dasRektum$ bet 692K int 1.42M on the river. treven7 showed the flopped two pair, which beat the Finn's 3♥ 5♣ to win the 2.8M-chip pot.
The big move forward came about eight hands later, on two consecutive hands. The first only went to the flop. treven7 had three-bet for 540K before the flop after dasRektum$'s min-raise to 240K, then called a fourth bet for 980K to see the 6♦ J♠ Q♦. treven7 checked there and immediately moved all-in after dasRektum$ bet 695K, stealing the 3.38M-chip pot and pulling to within 14 big blinds of the lead.
The leap ahead came on the very next hand, which itself turned into a raising war pre-flop when treven7 was dealt Q♦ Q♠ and dasRektum$ 3♦ 3♠. treven7 called the last bet all-in for 5.71M and the queens held up on the K♥ K♣ 5♠ A♣ A♦ board to leave dasRektum$ with just 1.71M chips.
It would take another 10 hands, but dasRektum$ would finally end up all-in, coming over the top of treven7's opening raise to 240K with A♣ Q♠ and finding a coin flip on the other side as treven7 called with J♠ J♦. The board was never close to offering help, though, coming 6♦ T♣ 7♣ T♠ 3♣ to bring the tournament to what only a few minutes earlier had seemed a highly unlikely end.
The largest share of the deal belonged to dasRektum$ at $64,508.99, even if the title didn't in the end. Meanwhile the extra $6,000 on the table made treven7's official take $59,975.61, almost eight times higher than the U.K. player's previous best tournament score here at PokerStars. Throw in a WCOOP champion's bracelet thanks to a nice little run at the end of the tournament after a deal had been struck, and you have the makings of a very successful day indeed. Congratulations!
WCOOP 2014: Event #39, $215 No-Limit Hold'em (6-Max, 10-Minute Levels)
$527,200 prize pool
330 places paid
1st place: treven7 (United Kingdom) $59,975.61*
2nd place: dasRektum$ (Finland) $64,508.99*
3rd place: DJG1989 (United Kingdom) $63,989.76*
4th place: vovtroy (Russia) $28,996
5th place: Fukuruku (Ukraine) $18,452
6th place: PolecatRider (Germany) $9,990.44
* - denotes results of a three-way deal
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.