WCOOP 2014: psyhoagromor banks $242k with Event #51 win ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday SE)
Whether it's the WCOOP, the Super Tuesday, or in this case, both, final tables can be drawn-out affairs. Stacks are deep, the pace is measured, and the twenty-minute levels offer plenty of time to maneuver. However, Event #51 ($1,050 NLHE, Super Tuesday SE) worked its way down from nine players to two with alarming speed. Mayland Long arrived at the final table with twice the chips of his closest competitor, psyhoagromor, but only moments after it began, psyhoagromor took out two opponents in a single hand to join Mayland Long at the front of the pack. Over the next 45 minutes, psyhoagromor and Mayland Long eliminated four of their six remaining opponents and began heads-up play with more than 160 big blinds apiece. A battle royale ensued and after three lead changes (and an ICM chop), psyhoagromor emerged with his first WCOOP bracelet and $242,383.65.
1,618 players took part in the WCOOP's two-day Super Tuesday Special Edition, the prize pool topping out at $1,618,000.00. 180 spots were paid with the champion set to earn $270,286.90. More than a dozen Red Spades were sprinkled throughout this field including Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov, Vanessa Rousso, George Danzer, and Liv Boeree. Finishing in the money as Day 1 came to a close were Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur (170th), Randy "nanonoko" Lew (154th), and Matthias De Meulder (148th), while Joao "jomane" Nunes and Ike Haxton were among the 113 players that advanced to Day 2.
End of Day 1 Top 5 in chips
Mayland Long (Israel) 346,223
AlexKP (Denmark) 331,903
CzarKassim (Canada) 330,608
99NvrLosez (Canada) 308,600
lechuckpoker (United Kingdom) 289,663
Day 1 concluded when 24 levels were complete and action resumed 14 hours later. A slew of familiar faces cashed his event, among them Andrew "foucault82" Brokos (109th), Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron (107th), Wade '"ricestud" Townsend (73rd), Rupert "ElRupert" Elder (49th), Alexander "AlexKP" Petersen (43rd), Billy "Patrolman35" Kopp (26th), and Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli (12th). Both Haxton and Nunes went out less than two hours into Day 2, in 60th and 68th places respectively.
The blinds were up to 12,500/25,000 on the final table bubble and lechuckpoker was down to 16 big blinds. He opened for a min-rise on the button and D PitcherAK shoved for 965,894 from the big blind. Lechuckpoer called all-in for 348,684 and turned over A♦K♦. D PitcherAK's A♥6♥ was dominated, but he hit a stroke of luck and paired his kicker on the Q♣9♠6♠[ flop. Lechuckpoker did not improve and ended his run one spot short of the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: Mayland Long (4,187,508 in chips)
Seat 2: BWFCLEE (654,960 in chips)
Seat 3: d.quang (621,065 in chips)
Seat 4: D PitcherAK (1,392,703 in chips)
Seat 5: IceStream (1,063,119 in chips)
Seat 6: Valuelol (728,579 in chips)
Seat 7: KaptianKush (562,342 in chips)
Seat 8: Martygra75 (884,653 in chips)
Seat 9: psyhoagromor (2,040,071 in chips)
psychoagromor KOs two
Less than five minutes after the final table action began, we lost two players on a single hand. Psyhoagromor opened for 51,250 from UTG+1 and BWFCLEE three-bet shoved for 592.460 from middle position. The action folded to IceStream on the button and he reshoved for 950,619. Psyhoagromor called and the cards went on their backs.
Psyhoagromor's pocket kings held up on the Q♥6♥2♥Q♠J♦ board and he raked in the 2.6 million pot. BWFCLEE took ninth place ($16,827.20), IceStream finished eighth ($30,742.00), and psyhoagromor moved up to 3.76 million in chips.
Mayland Long busts d.quang in sixth
About ten minutes later, Valuelol opened for 60,000 from UTG+1 and psyhoagromor three-bet to 135,999 on the button. Valuelol came back over the top for all 704,204 of his chips and psyhoagromor quickly called with Q♠Q♥. Valuelol needed a miracle with T♥T♣, but didn't get any help on the J♠9♣5♦5♥J♦ board. For seventh place, Valuelol picked up $46,922.00.
Only two hands passed before Mayland Long picked up J♣J♠ and min-raised to 60,000. D.quang moved all-in for 537,315 with A♣T♦ and Mayland Long looked him up. D.Quang caught a glimmer of hope on the turn when he picked up a wheel draw, but the river paired the board and sent him to the rail in sixth place ($63,102.00).
Martygra75 eliminated in fifth place
Psyhoagromor topped 5 million in chips when his A♣T♣ flopped trip tens vs. Mayland Long's J♠J♥. Psyhoagromor check-called Mayland Long's bets all the way to the river and raked in a 1.3 million pot. Psyhoagromor took over the chip lead with 5.1 million, Mayland Long was close behind with 4.3 million, and their three remaining opponents were all below a million in chips apiece.
Martygra75 was the next unfortunate victim in this final table bloodbath. With the blinds up to 17,500/35,000, D PitcherAK opened for 78,750 and Martygra75 three-bet shoved for 570,084 from the small blind. D PitcherAK snap-called and tabled K♣K♥ while Martygra75 revealed Q♦J♦. Martygra75 flopped a queen, turned a straight draw, and rivered two pair, but D PitcherAK's overpair rivered a king-high straight on the 9♦2♠Q♣T♦J♠ board. For fifth place, Martygra75 banked $79,282.00.
D PitcherAK strikes out in fourth
Time for a rest? Oh no you don't! On the very next hand, a preflop raising war broke out between Mayland Long and D PitcherAK. Mayland Long thought he could more D Pitcher AK off his hand with a six-bet shove, but D PitcherAK called all-in for 1.04 million and turned over Q♥Q♠. Mayland Long revealed A♣9♥ and snapped off D PitcherAK's queens when the flop came down A♦8♣4♥. Mayland Long turned trips with the A♥ and rivered aces full with the 8♥, ending D PitcherAK's run in fourth place ($110,024.00).
KaptianKush smoked in third
As three-handed play commenced Mayland Long held the chip lead with 6.3 million, psyhoagromor was second with 4.75 million and KaptianKush was the short stack at 1.1 million.
However, only five hands later, KaptianKush opened for 77,000 on the button and was met with a 179,999 three-bet from psyhoagromor. KaptianKush shoved for 998,480 and psyhoagromor called, his A♣8♠ racing with pocket fives. KaptianKush's 5♥5♦ held up through the turn, but psyhoagromor spiked a river eight to send him packing in third place ($148,856.00).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: Mayland Long (6,380,094 in chips)
Seat 9: psyhoagromor (5,754,906 in chips)
Psyhoagromor and Mayland Long immediately agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Despite a 625,000 chip defecit, psyhoagromor suggested an even chop, but Mayland Long was only willing to look at ICM numbers. Final table host Roy "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin provided the mathematical assist and our final two quickly agreed to the terms. With $20,000 still at stake, cards went back in the air.
Psyhoagromor and Mayland Long's heads-up battle took 75 minutes to arrive at a winner. The lead changed three times in the first half hour. Psyhoagromor wrested it away from Mayland Long when he successfully value bet K♦Q♣ on a Q♥J♦7♦3♣6♠ board and extracted three streets of value. Mayland Long retook the lead a few minutes later, but psyhoagromor wrested it back when his A♣J♠ flopped aces up vs. Mayland Long's Q♦J♣.
Psyhoagromor moved up to 7.6 million on that hand, and with the blinds up to 25,000/50,000, he opened 9♠T♦ for 102,500 on the button. Mayland Long three-bet to 276,458 and psyhoagromor called. Mayland Long led out for 278,957 on the 9♥6♦3♠ flop and psyhoagromor smooth-called with top pair. The turn came the J♠ and Mayland Long fired out another 498,674. Again, psyhoagromor called. The 9♣ river made psyhoagromor trips and Mayland Long passed the action to him. Psyhoagromor bet 825,000 and Mayland Long paid him off. Psyhoagromor raked in the 3.77 million pot with trips and moved up to 9.48 million in chips, while Mayland Long fell to 2.65 million.
Psyhoagromor and Mayland Long battled for another twenty minutes before Mayland Long limped in on the button and psyhoagromor raised to 180,00. Mayland Long reraised to 425,674 and psyhoagromor called. Psyhoagromor check-raised the K♠K♥5♣ flop to 455,086 and Mayland Long called. When the Q♣ hit the turn, psyhoagromor bet 450,000 and Mayland Long called. The river was the 8♠ and psyhoagromor fired out 1,686,207. Maylang Long called all-in for slightly less and turned up A♥Q♥ for two pair. It was no match for psyhoagromor's K♣9♦ and he locked up the win with trip kings.
Congratulations to Ukraine's psyhoagromor on his first WCOOP title! He took home $242,383.65 while runner-up Mayland Long earned $225,299.25.
WCOOP-51: $1,050 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE]
Places paid: 180
1. psyhoagromor (Ukraine) $242,383.65*
2. Mayland Long (Israel) $225,299.25*
3. KaptianKush (Canada) $148,856.00
4. D Pitcher AK (Canada) $110,024.00
5. Martygra75 (Canada) $79,282.00
6. d.quang (Canada) $63,102.00
7. Valuelol (United Kingdom) $46,922.00
8. IceStream (Bulgaria) $30,742.00
9. BWFCLEE (United Kingdom) $16,827.20
*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.