WCOOP 2015: aricontre denies RuiNF second bracelet and wins Super Tuesday SE Event #31 ($1,050 NL)

It's been a good week for Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira who won Event #14 and notched his first WCOOP victory (but second overall COOP title). Five days later in WCOOP Event #31, Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira's good fortune continued as he advanced to the final table in a marathon-like Battle Royale that seemed like it would never end. Alas, Ferreira luck finally ran its course when he busted in fourth place after getting ambushed by aricontre's pocket Aces. Some of that "good juju" was transferred from Ferreira to aricontre, who rallied back from a 3-1 deficit during a grueling hour-long heads-up match to win Event #31.

2015 WCOOP Event #31 $1,050 NL Super Tuesday Special Edition drew 1,624 runners. The created a prize pool worth $1,624,00. The top 198 places paid out with $272,020.00 set aside for the champion.

The Super Tuesday SE Day 1 ended with only 58 players making the cut. Canada's bluffyou15 ended Day 1 as the big stack with 962K.

The action Day 2 picked up early on and went from a meandering to brisk pace. With 27 to go RuiNF out in fron with 1.8M. With 19 to go ¿¿toneecho?? surged over 2M and seized the lead when J♥J♦ held up against Be@trixKiddo's A♥K♦.

With 11 left in the hunt, Hoegh93 catapulted into the lead after doubling up with K♦K♥ against WhaTisL0v3's A♦J♥. WhaTisL0v3 flopped a Broadway straight, but Hoegh93 flopped a set and turned a boat.

With ten to go, action went hand-for-hand, Brazil's paranoid999 failed to double up with a dominated K♦T♠ against bartek901's A♠K♣. An Ace on the flop sealed paranoid999's fate in tenth place.


WCOOP Event #31 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: onel4play (1,517,575)
Seat 2: WhaTisL0v3 (843,808)
Seat 3: Hoegh93 (3,234,485)
Seat 4: ¿¿toneecho?? (2,203,987)
Seat 5: RuiNF (190,2073)
Seat 6: bartek901 (1,535,418)
Seat 7: aricontre (1,192,241)
Seat 8: bluffyou15 (2,892,776)
Seat 9: TISSO1709 (917,637)

The final table commenced during Level 42 with blinds at 15K/30K and a 3,750 ante. Denmark's Hoegh93 sat atop the big stack with 3.2M, while Malta's WhaTisL0v3 was the shorty with 843K. The final table included Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira, who won a 2014 SCOOP and shipped a WCOOP five days ago. Meanwhile, Javier "aricontre" Contreras once went deep at the EPT11 London and he once finished third in the Sunday Million.

By the end of Level 43, bluffyou15 took over the lead and passed 4M when bluffyou15's J♣9♣ outflopped ¿¿toneecho??'s A♠K♠ to win a 2.1M pot. The short stack was aricontre with 890K.

onel4play eliminated in 9th place

After almost an hour of inaction, we saw our first bustout at the final table. Short-stacked onel4play open-shoved for 286,420 with A♠7♦ and WhaTisL0v3 called with 6♠6♦. The board ran out Q♠6♥5♣T♣J♦. WhaTisL0v3 flopped a set of sixes and sealed the deal. For a ninth place finish, Romania's onel4play took home $16,727.20.

With eight remaining, bluffyou15 led with 4.3M and bartek901 was right behind with 3.95M. Meanwhile, RuiNF was short worth 818K.

Hoegh93 eliminated in 8th place

It's never pretty to get it all in with A-Q vs. Big Slick. Alas, Hoegh93 min-raised to 90,000, bartek901 re-raised to 219,500, Hoegh93 four-bet shoved for 869,697 with A♦Q♣, and bartek901 called with A♠K♣. Neither player improved on a board of 9♠3♠2♦3♥7♣ and bartek901 won the pot with Ace-King-kicker. For eighth place, Hoegh93 earned $30,856.00.

With seven to go, bartek901 led with 4.5M and bluffyou15 was not far behind with 4.1M. The shorty was ¿¿toneecho?? with 500K.

¿¿toneecho?? eliminated in 7th place

Another incident of A-Q vs. A-K. This one was borderline regicide... aricontre opened to 153,000, WhaTisL0v3 shoved all-in for 1,099,409 with A♦Q♦, ¿¿toneecho?? called all-in for 668,428 with A♥K♣. The board ran out 5♠3♦2♥Q♣7♥. WhaTisL0v3 turned a pair of Queens to win the pot. ¿¿toneecho??'s Big Slick never improved and even missed a gutshot Wheel draw for a potential chopped pot. For a seventh-place finish, ¿¿toneecho?? earned $47,096.00.

With six remaining RuiNF was the new leader with 3.5M, but the shortstack -- TISSO1709 -- had 2.2M.

TISSO1709 eliminated in 6th place

Six-handed lasted a full level before someone busted... aricontre opened to 184,000, TISSO1709 shoved for 1,313,575 with, and aricontre called with A♠8♥. The board finished up T♣T♦4♦7♣9♠ and neither player improved, yet aricontre won the pot with an Ace-nine-kicker. Germany's TISSO1709 was knocked out in sixth place, which paid out $63,336.00.

With five remaining and the final table approaching its fourth hour... aricontre rocketed to over 7.3M, followed by RuiNF (2.7M), bluffyou15 (2.6M), WhaTisL0v3 (2M), and bartek901 (1.4M).

WhaTisL0v3 eliminated in 5th place

Five-handed went quick all things considered. WhaTisL0v3 bombed it all-in for 1,305,832 with K♣J♦ and aricontre called with A♠Q♠. The flop was J♣T♦2♦ and WhaTisL0v3 took the lead. The turn was the 6♥ and the river was the Q♣, which improved aricontre to a pair of Queens. WhaTisL0v3 was dunzo in fifth place, which paid out $7,9576.00.

With four to go, aricontre was still ahead with 7.6M, followed by bartek901 (3.8M), RuiNF (2.9M), and bluffyou15 (1.7M)

RuiNF eliminated in 4th place

Looks like RuiNF will have to wait another day to win a second WCOOP bracelet... aricontre opened to 246,000, RuiNF bombed it all-in for 2,594,497, bartek901 shoved for 4,482,138, and aricontre called all-in for 4,155,252. Three-way.

aricontre: A♥A♠
bartek901: 9♥9♠
RuiNF: A♦Q♣

Aces in a three-way pot made aricontre nervous. The board ran out K♠7♣5♦J♣6♦. Pocket Aces held up for aricontre, who won both the main pot and the side pot. bartek901's pocket nines were no good and bartek901 was crippled with a left with barely 80K. RuiNF failed to improve A-Q and busted out in fourth place, which paid out $110,432.00.

bartek901 eliminated in 3rd place

Two hands later, it was all over. bartek901 called all-in for 107,658 with A♦3♠ but ran into aricontre's J♥J♦. The board finished up 8♦4♠2♥J♣6♣ and aricontre won with a set of Jacks. Mexico's bartek901 earned $150,220.00 for a third-place finish.

HEADS-UP: aricontre (United Kingdom) vs. bluffyou15 (Canada)
Seat 7: aricontre (11,747,887)
Seat 8: bluffyou15 (4,492,113)

With two to go, aricontre appeared to have a decent edge. This matched lasted approximately an hour before someone finally went down.

After the first thirty minutes, bluffyou15 pulled even after winning a 2.5M pot with two pair. The tides had turned and bluffyou15 was ahead 3-1 in chips. But then aricontre embarked on a tsunami of a rush with the biggest destruction coming when aricontre won an 8M pot by snapping off bluffyou15's Q♠Q♦ with 9♠8♣ (for a turned straight to beat two pair). The two pulled even and at that juncture, aricontre never looked back.

bluffyou15 eliminated in 2nd place; aricontre wins WCOOP Event #31 Super Tuesday SE!

Once aricontre saw daylight and pulled even, it was only a matter of time before this event was over...  aricontre dragged 12 out of the last 13 hands to bink this tournament.

On the final hand...  bluffyou15 trailed 11.9M to 4.3M... bluffyou15 min-raised 280,000, aricontre re-raised to 847,029, bluffyou15 four-bet shoved for 4,296,882 with A♦9♥, and aricontre called with A♥T♥. Neither player improved on a board of J♦6♦5♥8♦4♣. aricontre won the pot with an Ace-ten kicker.

For a runner-up finish, bluffyou15 earned $19,8940.00.

Congrats to Javier "aricontre" Contreras for winning Event #31 Super Tuesday SE. First place paid out $272,020.00.

WCOOP-31: $1,050 NL Hold'em (Super Tuesday SE)
Entrants: 1,624
Prize Pool: $1,624,00
Places Paid: 198

1. aricontre (United Kingdom) $272,020.00
2. luffyou15 (Canada) $198,940.00
3. bartek901 (Mexico) $150,220.00
4. Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira $110,432.00
5. WhaTisL0v3 (Malta) $79,576.00
6. TISSO1709 (Germany) $63,336.00
7. ¿¿toneecho?? (United Kingdom) $47,096.00
8. Hoegh93 (Denmark) $30,856.00
9. onel4play (Romania) $16,727.20

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