WCOOP 2014: SCOOP champ lehout earns WCOOP glory in Event #5 ($320 NLHE 6-Max, Shootout)

No one at this final table wanted to be the first to go broke. To get there, each of its six players won the equivalent of three consecutive single table tournaments, a process that took close to eleven hours. Then, for nearly two and a half hours, six-handed play slogged on before MAMOHT_T broke the seal and eliminated GodsTeacher. From there, the action moved swiftly, the field falling from six to two inside twenty minutes. 2011 SCOOP champion lehout did most of the heavy lifting; he won three coin flips to eliminate the fifth, fourth, and third-place finishers and arrived to heads-up play with a 2 to 1 chip lead over MAMOHT_T. Although MAMOHT_T put up a good fight, lehout closed out the win and paired his SCOOP watch with a WCOOP bracelet.

1,296 players flocked to the 2014 WCOOP's first shootout event, the prize pool topping out at $388,000.00. The 216 winners of their first-round tables ensured themselves a minimum of $637.63 for their efforts, while the 36 who made it two in a row earned a pay jump to at least $2,721.60. Up top? A juicy $62,208.36 and a coveted WCOOP bracelet.

Ten Red Spades joined the action including Chris Moneymaker, Vicky Coren, Randy "nanonoko" Lew, Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur, Matthias De Meulder, Christophe De Meulder, Eugene Katchalov, Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas, and Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara. The only one to make the money, however, was 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, who finished in 138th place.

After seven and a half hours of play, the field was down to a decorated final 36. Among the third-round bustouts were Christian "charder30" Harder (36th), Jono "Spyver" Beck (28th), Vincent "Vingtcent" Van Der Fluit (27th), Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (21st), Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen (20th), and Randal "RandALLin" Flowers (17th).

One third-round table remained in play far longer than the rest. Doofus86 and petermurphy8 played heads-up for over an hour and a half before petermurphy8 sniffed out a river bluff and called off over half his remaining chips with two pair. Doofus86 was left with 4,900 chips at the 150/300 level and woke up with A♠K♦ eight hands later when petermurphy8 made a button shove with K♣T♠. Doofus86 kept the lead on the 9♥6♥3♣ flop, but petermurphy8 turned the J♣ and rivered the Q♦ to make a king-high straight. Doofus86 went out in brutal fashion on the final table bubble while petermurphy8 advanced to the fourth round.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: roosi88 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: lehout (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: petermurphy8 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: MAMOHT_T (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: GodsTeacher (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: klauniq (5,000 in chips)

MAMOHT_T the early chip leader, GodsTeacher the short stack

The sun rose on Tuesday morning in Europe as our six remaining players took seats at the final table, each sporting a fresh 5,000-chip stack. MAHMOT_T emerged as the early chip leader, reaching 10,800 when his A♠2♦ flopped a wheel vs. GodsTeacher. MAMOHT_T got three streets of value and took down the 4,420 pot, leaving GodsTeacher on only 1,550 in chips with the blinds up to 50/100. However, roosi88 knocked MAMOHT_T back down to size when his 8♠8♣ held up on a K♣3♠2♣K♦T♥ board vs. 4♥5♥.

Short stack GodsTeacher almost met his end when he moved all-in on a 9♦9♥2♥ flop and MAMOHT_T called with 9♠T♣. GodsTeacher turned over Q♥T♥ and sunk MAMOHT_T's trips when the 5♥ river made his flush. GodsTeacher doubled to 3,430 and MAMOHT_T fell back to earth, left with 6,792 in chips.

2.5 hours six handed

Over two hours after the final table commenced, each one of its six seats were still occupied. By the 100/200 level, half the table was holding less than 15 big blinds and a vast majority of their preflop reshoves got through without a call. The one exception was lehout, who three-bet all-in for 3,112 with A♥Q♦ and was called by roosi88 with J♦J♣. Lehout made top two pair on the A♣Q♣4♥9♥8♥ board and doubled to 6,774, leaving roosi88 on 5,793.

It took a bona fide bad beat to break the stalemate and unfortunately, GodsTeacher was on the receiving end of it. With the blinds up to 100/200 with a 25 ante, the action folded to MAMOHT_T in the small blind. He raised to 440 and GodsTeacher moved all-in for 3,141 from the big blind. MAMOHT_T called and both players turned over the same hand.

GodsTeacher A♥K♠

MAMOHT_T was freerolling when the 7♣7♦5♦ flop gave him the nut flush draw. He made his flush when the 6♦ turned, putting a dagger in GodsTeacher's heart. The river was the inconsequential Q♦ and GodsTeacher departed in sixth place ($9,642.24).

The dominoes fall

Five minutes later, a preflop raising war broke out between lehout and petermurphy8. Lehout opened for 438 from the cutoff, petermurphy8 three-bet to 912 on the button and lehout came back over the top for 1,687. Petermutphy8 shoved for 5,923 and lehout called, having him covered. It was a classic race, petermurphy8's J♥J♣ up against A♠K♠. Lehout picked up a flush draw on the 8♠2♠2♥ flop and hit it when the 7♠ turned, ending petermurphy8's run in fifth place ($15,552.00).

Only eight more hands passed before roosi88 open-shoved for 3,248 from the cutoff and lehout looked him up on the button. Lehout's T♣T♠ held up against K♥Q♣ on the 8♦4♦3♣8♠J♥ board and roosi88 hit the rail in fourth place ($23,328.00).

lehout flushes klauniq

As play turned three-handed, lehout held the chip lead with 15,144, MAMOHT_T was second with 11,052 and klauniq was the short stack with 3,804 in chips. Barely six minutes later, klauniq called lehout's button raise and they saw a J♣T♦3♠ flop. Both players checked. The 5♣ came on the turn and klauniq led out for 475. Lehout called. The river was the 3♣ and klauniq made it 1,355 to go. Lehout raised to 6,125 and klauniq called off his remaining 1,597, revealing T♣7♣ for a jack-high flush. Unfortunately, lehout had the better flush with A♣9♣ and klauniq's run came to an end in third place ($34,992.00). After two hours and twenty-seven minutes of six-handed play, it took only seventeen minutes to shrink the field to two.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: lehout (20,048 in chips)
Seat 4: MAMOHT_T (9,952 in chips)

Lehout and MAMOHT_T immediately agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. With an assist from final table host Jorge "Baalim" Limon, lehout and MAMOHT_T settled on an ICM chop of all but $4,000 of the remaining prize pool. Lehout was guaranteed $54,435.74 while MAMOHT_T would take home at least $50,428.62. With the WCOOP bracelet at $4k still up for grabs, action resumed.

Lehout kept a steel grip on his chip lead and with the blinds up to 150/300, he opened K♣2♣ for 741 on the button. MAMOHT_T called and they saw a A♠K♥7♠ flop. MAMOHT_T checked, lehout bet 822 and MAMOHT_T came in for a raise to 2,400. Lehout shoved and MAMOHT_T called off his remaining 3,968 with A♥3♦. Although MAMOHT_T got his money in with the best of it, the poker gods intervened and produced the K♠ on the turn, making lehout trips. Only an ace could save MAMOHT_T, but the T♦ rivered instead, locking up lehout's WCOOP tite.

Congratualations to lehout on joining the ranks of double "COOP" champions! He banked $58,435.74 for the win while runner-up MAMOHT_T earned $50.428.62.

There's plenty of WCOOP action ahead! Check out the WCOOP page for a full schedule of events.

WCOOP-05: $320 NLHE (6-Max, Shootout)
Entrants: 1,296
Places paid: 216

1. lehout (Netherlands) $58,435.74*
2. MAMOHT_T (Russia) $50.428.62*
3. klauniq (Czech Republic) $34,992.00
4. roosi88 (Germany) $23,328.00
5. petermurphy8 (United Kingdom) $15,552.00
6. GodsTeacher (United Kingdom) $9,642.24

*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $4,000 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in 2014