WCOOP 2014: naukil slays final table earning $40K in Event #16 [$215 Pot Limit Omaha - 6-max, Super Progressive KO]
The silver medal.
The runner-up plate at Wimbeldon.
They both mark excellent runs by athletes who managed to make it just one step away from the top.
Tonight's $200,000 guarantee, Event #16, turned the spotlight on someone who has been just one player away from taking that small step to the top of the podium.
HeadShotFyoV almost took away a bracelet during last year's WCOOP and after a furious run at the final table was in position to do it again. But naukil had other ideas, claiming tonight's tournament for the $29,712.36 first prize plus $11,182.74 in bounties.
Breaking the money bubble at the five and half hour mark was only half the battle for our remaining field of 240, as the potentially more lucrative task of collecting half of each slain opponent's bounty can be an easier way to obtain a decent ROI.
Case in point would be Team Online's Lex Veldhuis who missed the cut line for the regular prize pool after finishing in 265th place, but still managed to make a small profit after claiming $337.50 in bounties. Even players like Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (331st place, $250.00 in bounties) who is one TCOOP title away from completing the PokerStars Grand Slam, managed to eke out a profit despite busting before the regular money bubble.
Early WCOOP Player of the Series leader and winner of Event #11 plattsburgh may have only snagged one bounty but managed to cross the money line and pick up more leaderboard points with a 165th place ($232.12) finish. However, that lead will be threatened by the UK's Mr Negreanu who nearly claimed a bracelet in Event #15 and still held chips heading into the eighth hour of play with 42 runners remaining.
Those chips unfortunately did not carry out into hour nine as Mr Negreanu missed out on back-to-back WCOOP final tables and took a seat on the rail in 33rd place ($649.95 plus $1,370.31 in bounties). Sunday Million champ puffinmypurp (27th place $779.94 plus $439.06 in bounties) would join Mr Negreanu on the sidelines as 25 players moved into hour nine and closer to that bracelet. At this point it was easy to see who was aggressive enough to get this far, as gaffel carried only a $100 bounty while chipleader HeadShotFyoV had far away the largest bounty of $5,293.73 sitting up top.
HeadShotFyoV would hold on to the chip lead, as only two table of six remained after ten hours of play. Winning tonight would be redemption for the Australian as HeadShotFyoV was runner-up to tanya1604 in last year's Event #38, also an Omaha event.
First hand back from the 11th hourly break AJSuited16 would depart in ninth place ($2,785.50 plus $3,082.79 in bounties) leaving just two eliminations before the final table. Unfortunately for AJSuited16 that meant no chance tonight to improve on a third place finish in Event #11 last year. New chipleader naukil would knockout Paatrick_129 in a huge 1.9 million chip hand after Paatrick_129 flopped a set and naukil caught up with a turned straight. The straight held up on the river to set up hand-for-hand play.
With the blinds up to 12.5K/25K on the four-handed table kaju85 would lead off with a raise to 51,249 as PAW717 made the call from the big blind. J♠A♠7♦ flop got both players' attention as PAW717 would check but came back with a check-raise to 302,498 after kaju85 tried to follow-through. But, kaju85 three-bet to 635,245 chips putting PAW717 all-in. Holding 199,454 chips PAW717 made the call with A♦2♦5♥K♦ far behind the flopped set for kaju85 5♣7♥7♠K♠. An ace on the turn A♥ added a couple of outs, but the J♦ on the river laid PAW717 to rest in seventh place ($2,785.50 plus $518.75 in bounties) starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: martec1972 (323920 in chips)
Seat 2: arbianight (601430 in chips)
Seat 3: naukil (3168367 in chips)
Seat 4: SpeedUp2 (2077181 in chips)
Seat 5: HeadShotFyoV (707656 in chips)
Seat 6: kaju85 (2406446 in chips)
85 trumps 72
Just as the blinds moved up to 15K/30K martec1972 led off for a raise to 105,000 as it folded around to kaju85 in the big blind who made it 330,000. Holding just 60,340 left in chips martec1972 pushed all-in with a coordinated A♠J♠T♦K♦ but was still looking up at kaju85's A♣K♠A♦9♥. A lack of face cards, diamonds, and spades 8♥ 5♥ 2♣ 6♦ 8♦ would shove martec1972 out the door in sixth place ($4,159.68 plus $618.75 in bounties).
On the comeback trail
After starting with the fourth most chips but the highest bounty at the final table, HeadShotFyoV had plenty of people gunning for that extra 6K sitting above the avatar's name. With the blinds moving up to 20K/40K HeadShotFyoV would min-raise from the button as arbianight three-bet to 260,000 from the big blind and HeadShotFyoV made the call. A small 2♠3♦8♣ would throw the remainder of arbianight's stack into the middle holding a pair of tens T♦ K♣ T♠ A♠ and a small advantage over HeadShotFyoV's top pair A♦Q♦8♥7♦. The overpair would be overtaken by one of the two aces left in the deck A♣ hitting the turn and closing out arbianight's tournament with a jack J♦ on the river. arbianight picked up $7,428.00 plus $3,747.64 in bounties with the fifth place finish.
Jacks are back
Just two hands later kaju85 would min-raise from the cutoff as naukil made it 300,000 from the button. kaju85 bumped it one more time to 960,000 as naukil called to see a couple jacks 3♣J♦J♠ land on the flop. kaju85 shoved for 975,000 as naukil called quickly with the flopped trips J♥K♥K♦Q♥. kaju85 cracked aces A♠A♦4♠4♥ failed to catch up on the 2♣ turn and T♣ river collecting $11,142.00 plus $2,470.29 in bounties for fourth place.
Speed up? Not a problem
Just another 13 hands to get the bracelet and the big cash on the table for heads-up play as the blinds held at 20K/40K SpeedUp2 would lead off for a raise to 140,000 on the button. HeadShotFyoV made it 300,000 from the small blind as naukil called both bets. SpeedUp2 shoved for the remaining 236,644 as both players called. After checking the flop, naukil bet one million on the turned 4♠ A♠ 9♣ 7♥ getting HeadShotFyoV to fold to reveal two pair 7♠6♦9♠T♣. SpeedUp2 showed top pair with a nut flush draw 2♥K♠J♠A♦ but could not catch on the river 5♥ ending the tournament in third place ($16,713.00 plus $2,093.74 in bounties).
Not one for long engagements
Most WCOOP events end with a lengthy battle for the bracelet thanks to the amount of play the players still have at this point in the tournament. But the nature of PLO tends to draw out the gamble, and tonight's ending was no exception. With the blinds moving up to 25K/50K and just seven minutes into the fight for the $29K up top we would have a new WCOOP champion. naukil started the hand with a 6.69 million to 2.59 million chip lead as HeadShotFyoV min-raised. naukil answered with a three-bet to 300,000 as HeadShotFyoV called. naukil would lead out for 600,000 on the 4♣7♣7♥ flop as HeadShotFyoV made it 1.25 million. naukil called as the 2♠ hit the turn and HeadShotFyoV shoved for 1.04 million. Holding straight and flush draws Q♣Q♥6♣5♥ naukil made the call. HeadShotFyoV flipped up 7♦ J♣ 5♦ 9♠ for the flopped trips but failed to dodge the 3♥ river as naukil made the 2014 WCOOP Event #16 winning straight earning the bracelet $29,712.36 plus $11,182.74 in bounties!
WCOOP-16: $215 Pot Limit Omaha (6-Max, Progressive Super Knockout)
Places paid: 240
Regular prize pool: $185,700.00
Bounty prize pool: $185,700.00
1. naukil (Switzerland) $29,712.36 + $11,182.74
2. HeadShotFyoV (Australia) $22,284.00 + $7,957.39
3. SpeedUp2 (Bulgaria) $16,713.00 + $2,093.74
4. kaju85 (Portugal) $11,142.00 + $2,470.29
5. arbianight (Mexico) $7,428.00 + $3,747.64
6. martec1972 (United Kingdom) $4,159.68 + $618.75
David Aydt is a freelance contributor