WCOOP 2014: Planets align for Neptune04 in Event #46 ($320 5-Card PLO 6-Max 1R1A)

Poker is a game of variance. Some days nothing goes right, and then others, the planets align and everything falls into place. Perhaps it helps to have a username like Neptune04 to survive and thrive on the brutal variance of short-handed, five-card Pot Limit Omaha. It's not a game for the faint-hearted and Neptune04 showcased plenty of skill and aggression on the way to the WCOOP title and almost $40,000 in prize money following a four-way deal.

Event #46 of the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker was a $320 Five-Card Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Event with one optional rebuy and add-on available. The prize pool was guaranteed at $150,000, but that number was more than doubled as 490 players came together, combining for 301 rebuys and 251 add-ons to form a prize pool of $312,600.

Some of the Team PokerStars Pros in the field included George Danzer, Vicky Coren, Naoya Kihara, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel and Theo Jørgensen but they all fell short of the money for the top 66 players.

A min-cash was worth $1,094.10 but that slipped through the grasp of Crazy Elior from the UK who bubbled in 67th place.

One red spade did reach the cash with Team Online's Roy Bhasin making a deep run. A Pot Limit Omaha expert, Bhasin came unstuck at the hands of fellow Aussie James Obst to fall in 29th place for $2,031.90.

Obst himself finished in 14th place and when childers' eight-high straight fell to Neptune04's ten-high straight, childers was out in seventh place as our final table of six was formed as follows:

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Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Dundermåsen (357,524 in chips)
Seat 2: Mr Negreanu (743,726 in chips)
Seat 3: xxMatSon (980,104 in chips)
Seat 4: Neptune04 (1,087,807 in chips)
Seat 5: Brian "brianm15" England (643,758 in chips)
Seat 6: Eversti78 (1,397,081 in chips)

With the final table blinds kicking off at 6,000/12,000 there was still plenty of play ahead with Dundermåsen the short stack with almost thirty big blinds. Chip leader Eversti78 could clearly see it was a long road ahead and threw up the early suggestion to look at a potential deal:

Eversti78 said, "most likely we can't make a deal, but wouldn't hurt to check the numbers(?)"

The request fell on deaf ears as the players got down to work. Most of the pots were relatively small, but Dundermåsen did manage to find a double up. On a flop of 5♥4♣8♣, the chips went into the middle, with Dundermåsen's top two pair holding through the turn and river against Neptune04's unimproved pair of fours.

Dundermåsen continued to surge, making a straight against Mr Negreanu before the two clashed moments later on a flop of T♣7♠J♠. The chips went into the middle with Mr Negreanu showing 8♥Q♥5♥9♣T♦ for the flopped straight as Dundermåsen's J♣A♠Q♣K♣J♦ top set had plenty of outs to improve. The turn was the 8♣ but the river 7♣ paired the board to give Dundermåsen a full house to take it down. Mr Negreanu was left to head first to the rail in sixth place for $10,003.20 in prize money.

brianm15 would soon follow to the rail after committing all in on a flop of J♣K♣2♦. brianm15 had flopped bottom set with 2♥2♠3♠J♦3♣ but Eversti78 had that notched with T♦6♠J♠4♣J♥ for a set of jacks. The turn was the 9♦ and river the 8♣ which didn't change anything, leaving brianm15 to depart in fifth place for $15,630 in prize money.

As the final four were further contemplating a deal, Dundermåsen collected another huge double up with pocket aces making a full house as xxMatSon missed both straight and flush draws, which certainly changed the deal numbers that were presented.

It didn't take long for the four to lock in an ICM deal with Eversti78 holding the chip lead and leaving $3,000 aside for the eventual champion.

Neptune04 was the short stack of the quartet but changed that around with a big clash with xxMatSon on a flop of 5♠4♦8♣. xxMatSon could do no more than get the money in with the nuts holding 5♦7♦J♠6♣J♥ for the straight as Neptune04 would need to improve with 6♠6♥8♠8♦5♣ for top set. The turn was the 5♥ which paired the board to give Neptune04 a winning full house as the K♦ completed the board.

It was a massive blow to xxMatSon and very next hand, the two collided again with all the chips in preflop. xxMatSon went with 6♣T♦Q♦3♦T♣ but Neptune04 was a little ahead of that with Q♥J♥J♣6♦A♠. The fall of the cards would see the J♦A♣J♠3♣8♣ board bring not one, but two jacks to give Neptune04 quads for the exclamation point on the elimination of xxMatSon in fourth place for a $37,710.88 score.

Neptune04 was on a roll and into the chip lead. Eversti78 tried to make a stand with an all-in bet on a flop of J♥2♦9♠ holding 8♠2♣Q♣J♠9♦ for top two pair but Neptune04 made the call with 7♦8♦T♠9♥6♥ for a big straight wrap. The turn was the A♥ but the river Q♦ improved Neptune04 to a queen-high straight to snatch the pot. That left Eversti78 to depart in third place but, thanks to the deal, Eversti78 picked up the most cash from the tournament with $41,842.21 in prize money.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: Dundermåsen (1,869,622 in chips)
Seat 4: Neptune04 (3,340,378 in chips)

Neptune04 had a handy chip lead, but it was always going to be a tough, tight battle to determine our champion. Neptune04 kicked ahead with a seven-high straight, but Dundermåsen fought back with a deceptive full house to crack Neptune04's pocket aces.

Dundermåsen lost a pot with a mistimed river bluff raise into Neptune04's wheel straight, and when Neptune04 got the chips in on a flop of Q♠9♠8♥ with the nut straight, it looked like victory was just two cards away. The turn bricked but the river T♠ gave Dundermåsen a straight-flush holding K♠J♠ for a crucial double up.

However that would be the highlight for Dundermåsen in this heads-up battle.

A few moments later, the two got their chips into the middle on a flop of K♦6♦J♥. Dundermåsen showed 4♦8♦Q♠K♠8♣ but Neptune04 held 2♦7♠T♥K♣A♦ and improved to two pair on the 6♥ turn and T♠ river. Kings and sixes for Dundermåsen wasn't enough as Neptune04 ended with kings and tens to grab the win!

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Dundermåsen received $38,296.22 for a runner-up finish but the WCOOP title and $39,232.19 heads to the UK with Neptune04 claiming victory. Congratulations!

WCOOP-46: $320 5-Card Pot Limit Omaha [6-Max 1R1A] - $150K Guaranteed
Entrants: 490 (301 rebuys, 251 add-ons)
Prize Pool: $312,600
Places Paid: 66

1. Neptune04 (United Kingdom) $39,232.19*
2. Dundermåsen (Sweden) $38,296.22*
3. Eversti78 (Finland) $41,842.21*
4. xxMatSon (Finland) $37,710.88*
5. Brian "brianm15" England (Costa Rica) $15,630.00
6. Mr Negreanu (United Kingdom) $10,003.20

* denotes four-handed ICM deal

The 2014 World Championship of Online Poker is in full swing and the Player of the Series race is starting to heat up, but it's not too late to jump into the WCOOP action, with events running right through until September 28th. There's over $40,000,000 in guaranteed prize money to be won! Check out the WCOOP homepage for more details.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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