WCOOP: CHRISCCC bobs, weaves to $105K win in Event #14, $530 NLHE (6-max, Knockout)
Event #14 was the first regular no-limit hold'em knockout tournament of the 2014 WCOOP schedule. With two days of 6-max poker to be played, the last player standing would have to demonstrate not only skill and cunning, but stamina as well. In the end CHRISCCC of the United Kingdom outlasted the field, winning a career-best prize and a first WCOOP bracelet to boot.
Action began yesterday at 11 a.m. ET and by the time late registration ended, the field had grown to 1,910 players. That built a $964,550 prize pool, with $123,463.27 set aside for the winner, plus bounties worth $101 on every player's head. Dozens of players collected enough bounties to cover their entry, including more than a dozen who didn't even make the money.
The payouts began at 240th place with several Team PokerStars Pro members still in action. Liv Boeree (167th place, $964.55) was the first to go. Chris "Money800" Moneymaker collected 10 bounties before bowing out in 67th place ($1,620.44). Christophe "chrisdm" de Muelder only scored three knockouts but lasted to 48th ($2,006.26), and Jonathan "johnduhamel" Duhamel was gone a few spots later in 44th ($2,006.26) with a lone bounty.
Twenty-two spots after Mr. Duhamel's departure, the first day of play came to an end. The 22 survivors from Day 1 resumed play on Day 2 at 11 a.m. ET. They were led by Russia's veeea (1,087,056 chips), the United Kingdom's ludovi333 (1,009,409), and Brazil's Lagrecasso (958,677). The latter two made it through to the final six, but veeea bowed out just before in 8th ($11,574.60). When Estonia's Gratitdude left in 7th ($11,574.60), the lineup was set:
Seat 1: SilentPurple (1,279,912 in chips)
Seat 2: Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (2,793,126 in chips)
Seat 3: ludovi333 (2,252,086 in chips)
Seat 4: dussmann (1,010,984 in chips)
Seat 5: CHRISCCC (3,526,077 in chips)
Seat 6: Felipe "Lagrecasso" Tavares (3,462,815 in chips)
Leading the way were two players within a big blind and a half of each other. The United Kingdom's CHRISCCC was making a first WCOOP final table appearance, while Felipe "Lagrecasso" Tavares, adding a WCOOP final table to his resume to go along with his Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up finals from earlier this summer. With blinds and antes at 25K/50K/6.25K and stacks worth nearly 70 big blinds apiece, they had the edge on the rest of the table.
Lagrecasso put that edge to work on the fourth hand, opening on the button for 100K and calling after Canada's SilentPurple jammed for 1.2M in the small blind. The Brazilian had live overcards with A♠ J♥ to SilentPurple's 3♣ 3♠, but the 4♠ 7♦ 6♥ 8♣ Q♦ brought no help and the short stack doubled to 2.49M.
The 30K/60K/7.5K level arrived and passed mostly without incident until CHRISCCC opened for 120K and was called by SilentPurple on the button, bringing a T♥ 5♥ 4♦ flop. CHRISCCC led for 165K there and 320K on the 7♦ turn, and SilentPurple called both bets. Both players checked when the A♥ came on the river, filling out a potential flush, but CHRISCCC's set of fours with 4♥ 4♠ was good for the 1.34M-chip pot.
Two hands later SilentPurple was the one holding 4♣ 4♠, and the Canadian player opened with it for 120K. CHRISCCC called in the big blind, then check-called 129K on the Q♥ 2♣ 2♥ flop to bring the J♦ on the turn. Both players checked, and the K♥ on the river prompted CHRISCCC to bet 310K. SilentPurple came in for a big raise to 843K, but those fours were no good when CHRISCCC called with T♥ 8♥ for the flush, winning the 2.26M chips in the pot and dropping SilentPurple's stack to 1.2M.
Through all that action, Germany's dussmann had been sitting back with the table's shortest stack, looking for an opening. One presented itself in the form of K♦ Q♠ on the button on the very next hand, and the German player moved all-in for 894K. Lagrecasso called in the big blind with a dominating A♦ K♠, which was good for the 1.86M-chip pot after neither player improved on the 5♣ T♠ 7♣ 6♥ 3♥ board, eliminating dussmann in 6th place ($17,284.73).
Just six hands later SilentPurple and CHRISCCC would have one more run-in after the latter opened on the button for 120K and the former shoved for 1.06M in the big blind. CHRISCCC called with 9♣ 9♥ and led the race against SilentPurple's A♥ K♠ only until the flop came K♥ 2♠ A♠ to give the Canadian top two pair. But the 9♦ on the turn gave CHRISCCC a set and had SilentPurple teetering on the edge of elimination with just four outs left in the deck. The 6♦ on the river didn't fit the bill, CHRISCCC won the 2.19M-chip pot, and SIlentPurple left the tournament in 5th place ($30,865.60).
From four down to two
CHRISCCC now had the lead with the blinds and antes advancing to 40K/80K/10K:
Seat 2: Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (2,312,626 in chips)
Seat 3: ludovi333 (1,923,621 in chips)
Seat 5: CHRISCCC (6,210,151 in chips)
Seat 6: Felipe "Lagrecasso" Tavares (3,878,602 in chips)
ludovi333 had come into the day in second place but hadn't been able to make much happen since arriving at the final table. After being blinded and anted down, then folding on the turn in a hand against Lagrecasso, the player from the U.K. was left with 1.23M. On the next hand ludovi333 picked up 8♣ 7♣ under the gun and moved in, being called by nutsinho in the big blind with 9♣ 9♠. The 4♦ T♥ K♠ flop was no help, and the J♦ on the turn only dangled a brief glimmer of gutshot hope before the J♥ gave nutsinho the 2.52M-chip pot and sent ludovi333 to the rail in 4th place ($46,298.40).
With only a 27-big-blind spread between the three remaining players, dealmaking soon began. After some back and forth they came to an agreement that guaranteed everyone at least $87,965.76 and left $12,000 on the table for the winner. Play resumed and within five hands nutsinho was pressing to make up some ground.
Lagrecasso opened the hand for 160K on the button and nutsinho re-raised to 434K from the small blind. After dipping into the time bank for a moment, Lagrecasso called, bringing the 3♣ 9♦ Q♥ flop. nutsinho checked and Lagrecasso bet 305K into 978K. nutsinho called that bet, and then another 555K after the 4♣ came on the turn, before moving all-in for 1.98M after the A♦ came on the river. Lagrecasso declined to pay and nutsinho won the 2.69M-chip pot, moving into second place and dropping Lagrecasso back into third.
Lagrecasso got all of those chips back with a little interest on the next hand, taking down 2.39M with K♣ 8♦ on a 9♦ 6♥ 5♥ K♠ 9♠ board to move within less than a big blind of CHRISCCC's leading stack of 5.45M. Then CHRISCCC hit the gas, winning eight of the next 14 pots, including two worth more than 1.6M each against Lagrecasso via uncalled river bets. That moved CHRISCCC over the 8M-chip mark and left Lagrecasso and nutsinho within three big blinds of one another, both right around 3M chips.
nutsinho won three of the next four pots before CHRISCCC tore through the next five in a row, setting the stage for Lagrecasso to look for a double-up through one or the other as the 60K/120K/15K level began. As it happened, Lagrecasso would take them both on. nutsinho opened the hand in question with a raise to 240K on the button, which CHRISCCC then three-bet to 520K in the small blind. Then Lagrecasso picked up K♠ J♥ in the big blind and jammed for 2.72M. nutsinho made it four bets all-in for 4.3M, which was good enough to push CHRISCCC off the pot and get to a showdown with A♦ K♥. The board came down 4♥ 3♣ 9♥ 5♥ 4♦, Big Slick stayed good, and Felipe "Lagrecasso" Tavares was out in 3rd place ($91,552.87).
Heads-up play began between two players who had begun Day 2 of the tournament 21st and 11th in chips, respectively, out of 22 players:
Seat 2: Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (7,594,834 in chips)
Seat 5: CHRISCCC (6,730,166 in chips)
CHRISCCC trailed by seven big blinds but wasted no time seizing the lead. The U.K. player made it three bets for 600K out of the big blind on the second hands of heads-up after nutsinho opened for 240K. nutsinho called there and then for another 600K on the 2♦ K♦ T♥ flop, then had to use the time bank for a bit before calling CHRISCCC's 1M-chip bet on the 4♣ turn. Both players checked when the T♦ came on the river, and CHRISCCC won the 4.44M-chip pot with A♥ K♥ for two pair, kings and tens.
nutsinho got some of those chips back a few hands later after hitting two pair with K♥ 3♥ and running cards on the turn and river, but CHRISCCC still held a lead of 7.62M-6.7M. nutsinho briefly moved ahead a few hands later, but CHRISCCC won a small pot to reset the balance where it had been before nutsinho's previous win. Then came the key confrontation that set up the end run to the title. CHRISCCC opened for 240K on the button and nutsinho called, bringing a 8♠ T♥ T♠ flop. nutsinho checked and then raised to 578K after CHRISCCC bet 240K. CHRISCCC flat-called and both played checked the J♠ turn before nutsinho led for 967K on the A♥ river. CHRISCCC called pretty quickly and showed T♣ 7♥ for flopped trip tens, good enough to beat nutsinho's J♣ 5♣ for jacks and tens.
That 3.6M-chip pot gave CHRISCCC 9.9M chips to nutsinho's 4.4M, and the U.K. player didn't make any missteps from there forward. Only six of the last 28 pots reached seven figures, and five of those went to CHRISCCC, including the largest and last of them. CHRISCCC opened with a raise to 280K on the button and then called for 1.89M after nutsinho jammed with J♣ T♦. The timing couldn't have been worse as CHRISCCC held J♠ J♥, and the pair held up through the 2♥ 8♦ 5♥ K♥ 6♦ board to bring the tournament to a close.
Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker wasn't able to add a WCOOP title to his resume, but he did earn PokerStars career second-best prize of $87,965.76 after the three-way deal - not a bad take for a $530 investment. Meanwhile CHRISCCC earned the extra $12,000 on the table to make for a total victor's purse of $105,989.04. That career high, along with a first WCOOP title, should make for a good celebration this weekend. Congratulations to both players on a tournament well played!
WCOOP 2014: Event #14, $530 No-Limit Hold'em (6-Max, Knockout)
$964,550 prize pool
240 places paid
1st place: CHRISCCC (United Kingdom) $105,989.04* + 12 KOs @ $101 each
2nd place: Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (Canada) $87,965.76* + 10 KOs
3rd place: Felipe "Lagrecasso" Tavares (Brazil) $91,552.87* + 10 KOs
4th place: ludovi333 (United Kingdom) $46,298.40 + 7 KOs
5th place: SilentPurple (Canada) $30,865.60 + 8 KOs
6th place: dussmann (Germany) $17,284.73 + 7 KOs
* - denotes results of a three-way deal
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.