WCOOP 2015: easylimp adds second COOP in Event 58 win ($530 NLH Ultra-Deep)
The final weekend is upon us for the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker. Tons of huge games of all varieties available for anyone looking for big action. Event 58 provided players with plenty of room to maneuver with another run of the Ultra-Deep format.
The blinds would rarely play a factor as the stacks stayed well ahead of the structure and it seemed to be a popular game to play. PokerStars put a $150,000 Guarantee on this $530 buy-in event which seemed a little mild when all the accounting was complete. Meeting the guarantee was never in question, it was how far it would go over. Not content to double it, or triple it, the field blasted more than $400,000 on top.
The 1,132 players created a $566,000 prize pool paying out to the last 117 remaining. The final eight players would all receive a five-digit payout while the winner would earn more than $100,000. They played down to the last four tables and 32 players took an extra-long break before returning for Day 2. VyruAlus was the overnight leader with whiteser and Jigs Flippin not far behind.
There were plenty of big results among those returning, some looking for redemption. lechuckpoker has a lot of big final table appearances but has yet to be the last player standing. He made two Super Tuesday and a SCOOP final table in 2013, a Sunday Million fourth place finish in 2011, and a WCOOP final table in the glory days of 2009.
tnxcomeagain finished second in the 2014 SCOOP-M 8-Max event in May then followed that up with a Sunday Million win two weeks later. Nearly $350,000 for two results, a nice ROI. Jigs Flippin already has success this series with a runner-up finish in Event 28 ten days ago.
Two players were looking for a chance to get the second part of a Triple COOP. The numerically-happy 10111420 picked up a SCOOP title this past spring when he captured the 4-Max Medium title. He came very close to adding a WCOOP earlier in this series with a second place finish in Event 20.
easylimp has some of the biggest results of the returning players. The UK-grinder picked up a TCOOP title in 2014 and continued a great year with a Super Tuesday win and WCOOP second place finish in Event 37.
Everyone was in contention after making it this far with these deep stacks. They kicked things off for Day 2 and began the grind down towards the final table.
Keeping with the Ultra-Deep theme, they reached the final table bubble and threw out a parachute. After 16 rounds of hand-for-hand action (30 minutes worth) between the two tables, it finally ended in a big race with easylimp's J♣J♠ catching a turned set against OlegOmsk's A♥Q♥. The matter was settled and they all virtually moved as one to the final table.
Event 56 Final Table
Seat 1: 10111420 (8,777,931 in chips)
Seat 2: lechuckpoker (3,292,932 in chips)
Seat 3: biszibosz (5,086,242 in chips)
Seat 4: pol17pl (5,134,917 in chips)
Seat 5: whiteser (3,663,078 in chips)
Seat 6: easylimp (11,224,285 in chips)
Seat 7: Jigs Flippin (8,254,954 in chips)
Seat 8: VyruAlus (8,622,175 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (2,543,486 in chips)
Blinds: 80,000/160,000 with 20,000 Ante
biszibosz races out the door
The average stack starting the final table was nearly 40 big blinds deep with no one sweating a short stack. They pushed chips around the table for a while before two of them found something worth fighting over.
lechuckpoker open shoved from the cutoff and biszibosz called on the button after his stack moved to the bottom of the counts. The blinds got out of the way and lechuckpoker was ahead with 4♥4♦ against A♦J♠.
The race almost ended early on the set-making 9♦4♣2♣ flop but biszibosz had a small glimpse of hope in the form of a gutshot wheel draw on the 3♦ turn. It wasn't meant to be and biszibosz was the first off the final table when the river came 7♦. He picked up $7,075 for his 9th place finish and everyone else was guaranteed a five-digit payday.
pol17pl can't win with JackAce
Just one orbit later and another player found himself in trouble with the troublemaking JackAce. lechuckpoker min-raised it up to 400,000 and pol17pl moved all-in with A♦J♠ to get folds from the rest of the table.
It was a quick, easy call for lechuckpoker with K♣K♥. A dry Q♠9♣5♥4♣Q♣ run out for both hands and lechuckpoker's kings stayed ahead the entire way. JackAce gets another one and pol17pl was goine in 8th place for $11,603.
Stop and go poker; VyruAlus can't get there
After two quick eliminations at the final table, the remaining seven players settled in for another long stretch of small ball. It wasn't until VyruAlus took a stand that the fireworks were lit again.
It all began when Jigs Flippin opened to 545,000 before VyruAlus went aggressive and shoved his 15 big blinds next to act. The button and small blind dropped their hands but lechuckpoker reshipped from the big blind to get a fold from Jigs Flippin.
lechuckpoker was ahead once again, this time with T♥T♠ against VyruAlus's K♦Q♥. lechuckpoker improved his hand on the J♣T♣2♥ flop while VyruAlus picked up an open-ended straight draw. The 4♦ gave him no help and lechuckpoker added the overkill full boat when the river was a knockout 2♦. An unfortunate end for the returning Day 2 leader but the $17,206 payout should soften the blow.
10111420 can't count a winner
Two minutes after VyruAlus was sent out, 10111420 decided it was a good place to make a move. He opened for a min-raise from early position and easylimp three-bet to 1,689,000 from the small blind.
10111420 came over the top with a four-bet shove for over 8 million, a strong move with T♣T♦ that might have given him the pot right there. But easylimp was holding A♥K♦ and ready to flip some coins. It landed easylimp-side up on the A♦K♣J♠ flop while 10111420 added a gutshot Broadway draw to the two remaining tens in the deck.
The 7♦ turn was no help and the 6♠ river sent 10111420 out of the tournament in 6th place. A nice run for 10111420 to make his second final table of the series but he was unable to add a WCOOP to his SCOOP title.
Jigs Flippin wasn't flippin; another JackAce victim
They hit the stop portion of the "stop and go" action at the Ultra-Deep final table with the five remaining players just moving chips around the table. Jigs Flippin was the shortest of the five and decided he wasn't waiting for the blinds to reach him again.
He open-shoved from under the gun for his ten big blinds and Stümpper88 did the same with his 21 big blind stack next to act. The button and blinds moved out of the way and Jigs Flippin saw his problem. He was at risk with Q♠J♠ and dominated by A♣J♦.
Jig Flippin did pick up a gutshot draw on the 9♣8♣4♥ flop but couldn't find a save as it completed 8♦K♣ to send him out in 5th place for $28,526.
lechuckpoker falls short again
lechuckpoker did well to make it this far but the end was nigh. The elimination of Jigs Flippin moved him to the bottom of the four-handed counts but this time waited until after a flop to get frisky.
lechuckpoker called a three-bet from whiteser to see the 9♠7♥3♥ flop and immediately shoved after a continuation bet. whiteser called the all-in with A♥7♠ to outkick lechuckpoker's 8♦7♦. He was drawing thin to stay alive then missed the 3♣ turn and 6♠ river to go out in 4th place. A nice jump from the final table bubble he survived.
Let's make a deal; whiteser gets slick
Seat 5: whiteser (24,398,928 in chips)
Seat 6: easylimp (18,303,701 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (13,897,371 in chips)
Blinds: 200,000/400,000 with 50,000 Ante
The three players quickly decided to pause the clock to discuss a deal to spread the remaining prize pool a little more evenly. whiteser had the clear lead and was given the biggest chunk when negotiations were complete.
Getting that nice slice of the pie made whiteser ramp up the aggression and his chips started going elsewhere. The deal meant he was going to get a big payout no matter what happened but he probably didn't expect A♠K♥ to be his undoing.
It was a quick slide to third best stack and he put them in the middle after Stümpper88 min-raised his button. easylimp let his hand go and Stümpper88 quickly called with K♦K♣. whiteser couldn't connect his overcard on the Q♥9♣4♥ flop but added a gutshot draw on the T♣ turn.
No love for whiteser on the 3♠ river and our former three-handed chip leader was gone in third for a very nice $78,868.
Begin the long, slow battle
Seat 6: easylimp (24,657,902 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (31,942,098 in chips)
Blinds: 250,000/500,000 with 62,500 Ante
Stümpper88 began heads up play with a small lead and neither play slipped up or went crazy with the stack so deep. They exchanged the lead several times and were in no hurry.
The first big swing came more than 30 minutes after the start of heads up. Stümpper88 made a couple big bets in a hand that built a 12 million deep pot before he checked the river and his king-high was no good against middle pair.
That hand swung the momentum toward easylimp but 20 minutes later it moved back. It was a pretty mellow pot with the board reading K♠T♥8♥4♣6♦ when easylimp raised enough to put Stümpper88 all-in.
Stümpper88 let his time bank tick all the way down to one second before calling with top pair K♦5♦, good enough to take the huge 49 million pot, leaving easylimp with less than ten big blinds.
Seat 6: easylimp (7,865,404 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (48,734,596 in chips)
Blinds: 400,000/800,000 with 100,000 Ante
But a little thing like being short stacked didn't hold easylimp back, he quickly doubled. Then doubled again and wielded his stack to build back another small lead. An impressive comeback completed after 75 minutes of heads up action.
It might have gone for another hour if each didn't hit one big, final hand. It was limped to the J♠5♦3♥ flop and easylimp check/called a 1 million chip bet to see the 7♦ turn. It was another check/call from easylimp, but for 2.3 million this time around.
He finally pulled the trigger with a river check/raise to put Stümpper88 all-in and he called with his flopped set 3♠3♣. A very fine heads up hand but second best when easylimp tabled his turned straight 6♥4♠.
A crazy hand to finish a deep, long, tough battle that began with nine Ultra-Deep players and ended with an impressive heads up battle. Stümpper88 had several chances to win the title but had to settle for a runner-up result and $69,895.
easylimp joins the ranks of players with two legs of the Triple COOP. This victory plus his 2014 TCOOP win will put him in contention for that honor next spring. Until then, he has $81,597 added to his bankroll and the title of WCOOP champion.
WCOOP-58: $530 NL Hold'em (Ultra-Deep)
Prize pool: $566,000
Places paid: 117
1. easylimp (United Kingdom) $81,597.76*
2. Stümpper88 (Argentina) $69,895.60*
3. whiteser (Ireland) $78,868.64*
4. lechuckpoker (United Kingdom) $41,035.00
5. Jig Flippin (Canada) $28,526.40
6. 10111420 (United Kingdom) $22,866.40
7. VyruAlus (Lithuania) $17,206.40
8. pol17pl (Poland) $11,603.00
9. biszibosz (Poland) $7,075.00
* = denotes three-way deal