WCOOP 2014: Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch wins Event #3, $200K; whipEEr $269K after 7-way deal ($215 NLHE)

For Event #3 of this year's WCOOP a "Special Edition" of the Sunday Million was staged, lasting two days and guaranteeing a whopping $1.5 million prize pool. The event drew a massive field of 11,634, making a $2,326,800 prize pool that was ultimately split among the top 1,530 finishers.

After two hard fought days and a lengthy seven-handed deal (!), it was Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch playing from Mexico who came away with the title and a nifty $200,280.71 prize. Meanwhile third-place finisher whipEEr of the Czech Republic earned an even bigger reward of $269,364.88 thanks to having had a big chip lead at the time of the deal.

Day 1: 11,634 to 159

The first day of play saw that big field whittle all of the way down to just 159 players, with Slovenia's XmasParty666 enjoying the overnight chip lead after having built up a stack of over 2.58 million.

Here's how the top 10 looked, chip-wise, at the end of play on Day 1:

1. XmasParty666 (Slovenia) -- 2,585,841
2. SilentPurple (Canada) -- 2,445,849
3. elkaril (Belgium) -- 2,059,518
4. RaiseYouGod (Poland) -- 1,923,717
5. oknyazkov (Belgium) -- 1,880,679
6. Dustin "game2eazy" Murphy (Mexico) -- 1,825,996
7. whipEEr (Czech Republic) -- 1,762,650
8. youaremelon (Canada) -- 1,732,843
9. weekesy333 (Canada) -- 1,565,750
10. Christian "Kolkelini" Kolke (Germany) -- 1,518,516

Among those making the money on Sunday was Felix "xflixx" Schneiders of Team Online who was among the early cashers by finishing in 1,395th for $372.28.

Others still in the hunt heading into Day 2 were Team PokerStars Pros Chris "Money800" Moneymaker in 43rd position with 982,718, as well as Team Online members Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (45th, 945,184) and Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur (104th, 471,102).

Day 2: 159 to 1

Play resumed at 14:30 ET on Monday, and before long the field had shrunk further to less than 100. A little while after that Team Online member Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur was all in with his short stack with T♥T♦ versus Kovalski1's K♠7♠. Alas for Ladouceur, two kings fell among the community cards and the Canadian was eliminated in 83rd ($2,326.80).

Later in the afternoon Team PokerStars Pro Chris "Money800" Moneymaker was all in with A♠Q♥ but had run into eventual champ Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch's A♥K♦, and five cards later Moneymaker was out in 65th ($2,908.50).

Play marched on with Team Online's Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz -- the lone red spade left -- hanging on with a short stack for some time before finally getting all in with A♥J♣ and needing improvement versus josoares's 5♠5♥. No such improvement came, and Mikielewicz was sent railward in 22nd ($4,653.60).

Soon after that they'd reached the four-and-a-half-hour break of Day 2 and just 18 players remained, with Ivan "Negriin" Luca sitting in front with more than 14.4 million.

It would take about an hour-and-a-half more for nine more to fall. pistecaloze (18th), josoares (17th), and Deadly$pades (16th) each earned $5,118.96 for their finishes. Burda19 (15th), oknyazkov (14th), and Diego "Die Ventura" Ventura (13th) next went out to earn $7,445.76 apiece. And Alex.Z(A3) (12th), start-of-Day-2 leader XmasParty666 (11th), and Teobaldo (10th) followed them out to earn $9,772.56 each.

With whipEEr the new chip leader after having amassed a stack approaching 30 million, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch (Mexico) -- 18,560,697
Seat 2: whipEEr (Czech Republic) -- 29,578,407
Seat 3: nadalon (Mexico) -- 4,455,897
Seat 4: Ivan "Negriin" Luca (Argentina) -- 19,625,217
Seat 5: ioannis79 (Greece) -- 9,592,671
Seat 6: INIEPINIE (Netherlands) -- 11,064,466
Seat 7: Ami "UhhMee" Barer (Canada) -- 3,199,068
Seat 8: lstza (Brazil) -- 4,589,236
Seat 9: GepettoAce (Canada) -- 15,674,341

UhhMee undone in ninth

Not long after the final table began, the blinds were 250k/500k when Ami "UhhMee" Barer min-raised to 1 million from middle position, then Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch reraised to 2.5 million from the button. It folded back to Barer who called with the 824,068 he had left behind, and the pair's hands were revealed.

UhhMee: Q♥9♥
gutshtallin: J♣J♦

The board rolled out 9♣6♦3♣7♠6♥, meaning Welch's jacks had held and Barer was out in ninth.

Negriin knocked out in eighth

More than 20 minutes later the blinds were 300k/600k when whipEEr opened with a 2x raise to 1.2 million, then Ivan "Negriin" Luca reraised to 1,999,999. It folded back to whipEEr who shoved over the top and Luca called with the 2,017,827 he had behind.

whipEEr held A♠7♦ versus Luca's K♦J♣. The community cards came 9♣T♥6♥5♦3♥, bringing no improvement to Luca who was eliminated in eighth.

A seven-way deal

Soon the day's six-and-a-half-hour break arrived, and during the interim the remaining seven all agreed to pause the tournament to discuss a possible deal.

At that point whipEEr had a big lead with about 45.2 million, well ahead of Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch in second with just under 20.3 million. INIEPINIE, ioannis79, and GepettoAce occupied the middle spots in the counts, while nadalon and Istza were the short stacks.

"Please dont be greedy friends i dont want to argue," typed GepettoAce as they awaited both "chip chop" and "ICM"-based numbers. "I am not greedy just needy," replied ioannis79, earning a smiley face from GepettoAce.

Both sets of figures were produced, leaving $30,000 for which to play. What followed was about 45 minutes' worth of bartering, which finally ended with an agreement upon a variation on the "chip chop" numbers from which whipEEr gave up enough to counter the large figure he was due along with some further tinkering below.

Amid the sharing of well deserved congratulations, play finally resumed.

INIEPINIE put out in seventh

Soon ioannis79 was min-raising to 1.2 million from the cutoff, INIEPINIE reraising all in for 5,448,494 from the button, the others folding, and ioannis79 making the call.

It was Q♠T♦ for ioannis79 and A♥8♠ for INIEPINIE. The flop came Q♦2♦3♠ to give ioannis79 the lead, and after the 8♥ turn and 9♥ river INIEPINIE was out in seventh.

nadalon sent along in sixth

An orbit later whipEEr raised 2x to 1.2 million from early position. Next to act, nadalon three-bet all in for 4,480,897 total, and everyone folded back to whipEEr who called.

whipEEr: A♦4♣
nadalon: K♣9♣

The board came 5♠7♠4♦, then 3♥, then T♠, and whipEEr's hand was best as nadalon was sent away in sixth.

ioannis79 vanishes in fifth

On the very next hand, whipEEr raised to 1.2 million once more, this time from under the gun, ioannis79 reraised all in for 4,353,380 from a seat over, and when it folded back whipEEr called.

ioannis79 had the advantage with A♠Q♥ to whipEEr's A♦2♦, but the 9♣K♠2♠A♥6♦ board gave whipEEr two pair and the better hand to oust ioannis79 in fifth.

GepettoAce gone in fourth

The blinds increased to 400k/800k while GepettoAce's stack slid to less than 5 million. Then a hand arose that saw GepettoAce open-push from UTG for 4,731,342 and Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch call from the button.

It was A♠3♦ for Welch and T♥9♠ for GepettoAce. The flop came A♣J♠K♦ to pair Welch's ace and give GepettoAce hopes for a gutshot straight. The turn was the 6♦ and river the J♣, and GepettoAce was out in fourth.

whipEEr picked off in third

Three-handed play began with whipEEr still the chip leader, but a series of big pots ended up going in Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch's direction to push him well out in front as whipEEr fell to third position.

Then with the blinds still 400k/800k it was whipEEr open-raising all in for 8,301,034 from the small blind and Istza calling from the big blind. whipEEr had Q♠4♦ while Istza had picked up A♥7♣. The 9♦K♣2♣J♦9♣ board didn't help whipEEr who was out in third though still claimed the largest share of the prize pool thanks to the seven-handed deal.

gutshtallin grabs victory over Istza

Heads-up play began with Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch in the lead with 71,717,029 to Istza's 44,622,971. Welch had been second in chips at the time of the deal, but Istza had been dead last and so was looking at finishing an unlikely comeback to snare the money that had been set aside.

Nine hands later Welch still was hovering above 70 million when he open-raised a little over 2x to 1.76 million from the button and Istza called. The flop came J♣J♥5♥, Istza checked, Welch bet 2.4 million, and Istza called. The turn then brought the J♠. Istza again checked, and this time gutshtallin bet 4.8 million. Istaz called once more.

The river was the 4♠, and Istza checked one last time. Welch then made a big shove all in, and Istza called with the 36,462,971 left.

Istza had K♠4♥, having made fours full on the end. But Welch showed 8♦8♣ for a better full house, and won the WCOOP title and extra $30K.

Congratulations to Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch for overcoming a monster-sized field to claim the Event #3 title and just over $200K. And kudos to all seven of the players making the final table deal, especially whipEEr whose prize of $269K-plus represented the biggest score of the tourney.

WCOOP 2014: Event #3 ($215 NLHE, Sunday Million Special Edition)
Entrants: 11,634 
Prize pool: $2,326,800.00
Places paid: 1,530

1. Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch (Mexico) -- $200,280.71*
2. Istza (Brazil) -- $80,000.00*
3. whipEEr (Czech Republic) -- $269,364.88*
4. GepettoAce (Canada) -- $103,645.95*
5. ioannis79 (Greece) -- $136,146.01*
6. nadalon (Mexico) -- $108,476.59*
7. INIEPINIE (Netherlands) -- $147,057.32*
8. Ivan "Negriin" Luca (Argentina) -- $23,268.00
9. Ami "UhhMee" Barer (Canada) -- $14,658.84

*= reflects the results of a seven-way deal that left $30,000 in play for the winner

There still a ton of WCOOPin' left to go. Check the World Championship of Online Poker homepage for details of all the remaining events.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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