WCOOP 2015: IAmSoSo marvels with win in PLO Championship Event #57 ($2,100 6-Max PLO); 6th place for 3-time WCOOP champ mikal12345

If you host it, they will come in droves. Like ravenous moths flocking en masse to flame, PokerStars ignited another raging inferno with its WCOOP PLO Championship. The final table in event #57 featured three-time WCOOP bracelet winner Norway's Mikal "mikal12345" Blomlie and Russia's Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy, who advanced to a fourth final table this WCOOP and started the day in seventh place on the Leader Board. Unfortunately, mikal12345 could do no better than sixth place and vovtroy busted in fifth place.

The WCOOP PLO Championship bracelet was determined by a rapid-fire, intense heads-up battle between a pair of Scandis with IAmSoSo representing Sweden and RealCrapDad fighting under the Danish flag. RealCrapDad held a minor edge but the two agreed on a money chop before they threw down and voraciously attempted to plunder each other's stack. When it was all settled, IAmSoSo came from behind to pick off RealCrapDad in second place. Sweden's IAmSoSo binked Event #57 and won a WCOOP bracelet.

2015 WCOOP Event #57 $2,100 PLO Championship (6-Max) attracted 374 runners. They created a prize pool worth $748,000.00, which crushed the $150K Guarantee. First place initially paid out $153,340.00.

Day 1 ended with only 18 players and RealCrapDad in the lead with 384K. The top of the leader board was dominated by Scandis...

WCOOP Event #57 - End Day 1 Top 5 Chip Counts:
1. RealCrapDad (Denmark) 384,195
2. IAmSoSo (Sweden) 359,101
3. ShipitFTW911 (Sweden) 353,078
4. KuntaKinte90 (Israel) 289,071
5. Sauce123 (Canada) 263,942

Day 2's action picked up with one player busting in the first five minutes. It took about 40+ minutes to trim the field from three to two tables. With 12 to go on the final two tables, RealCrapDad still led with 720K. Sweden's IAmSoSo seized the lead with 850K after picking off ShipitFTW911 in ninth place.

With seven remaining, action went hand-for-hand. The top 4 in chips were on one table (IamSoSo, RealCrapDad, mikal12345 and KunteKinte90), while the three shorties were approximately even as the trio slugged it out on the other table. The final table bubble lasted over a full level. On the four-handed table, two of the stacks emerged as 1M monster stacks (RealCrapDad and IAmSoSo) as the other two were severely reduced to around 250K.

When the final table bubbled final burst... KuntaKinte90 bubbled out in seventh place when K♠Q♥T♣3♠ lost to IAmSoSo's A♠9♥6♠5♥. KuntaKinte90 whiffed on a straight draw, and IAmSoSo rivered two pair to win the pot.


WCOOP Event #57 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: mikal12345 (224,289)
Seat 2: IAmSoSo (870,672)
Seat 3: EEE27 (359,966)
Seat 4: vovtroy (218,860)
Seat 5: JohnyK91 (676,661)
Seat 6: RealCrapDad (1,389,552)

The final table commenced during Level 26 with blinds at 6K/12K. RealCrapDad led with was with 1.39M. Russia's vovtroy was last with 218K, but mikal12345 was next-to-last with 224K. The final table featured Norway's Mikal 'mikal12345' Blomlie, who won 3 WCOOPs including two last year. Meanwhile, Russia's Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy won a SCOOP title in 2014, but made three other final tables at this year's WCOOP such as Event #41 and a third-place finish in Event #31.

WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS: Mikal "mikal12345" Blomlie eliminated in 6th place

On the second hand at the final table, we saw fireworks. RealCrapDad opened to 32,160, mikal12345 potted to 114,480, RealCrapDad re-raised to 358,125, and mikal12345 called all-in for 109,809.

RealCrapDad: A♠A♣A♥3♥
mikal12345: K♠K♦J♦8♣

RealCrapDad was ahead with Aces versus Kings. The board ran out 6♥5♦3♠9♦2♥. Although mikal12345 picked up a diamond flush redraw, he never got there. RealCrapDad won the pot with a pair of Aces versus mikal12345's Kings. Mikal "mikal12345" Blomlie became the first player to exit the final table. The 3-time WCOOP champion took home $28,050.00 for sixth place.


6th place in Event #57 for mikal12345

GOING TO CALIFORNIA: vovtroy eliminated in 5th place

It did not last five handed very long before someone busted... vovtroy opened to 42,000 and EEE27 called. On the flop of J♣7♣6♦, EEE27 fired out 60,000 and vovtroy called all-in for 58,460. Both players tabled their hands...

EEE27: Q♥5♣4♣3♥
vovtroy: A♣A♠Q♣T♠

Although vovtroy flopped a flush draw, it never filled in when the board finished up out J♣7♣6♦6♥3♦. EEE27 won the pot with a seven-high straight against vovtroy's two pair (Aces Up). Russia's vovtroy busted in fifth place, which paid out $43,010.00.

With four remaining in the hunt, RealCrapDad held the lead with 1.4M, narrowly ahead of IAmSoSo (1.3M), followed by the two shorties who were roughly even: JohnyK91 (498K) and EEE27 (508K).

BLACK DOG: JohnyK91 eliminated in 4th place

RealCrapDad min-raised to 32,000 and JohnyK91 called. JohnyK91 check-raised the flop for 572,750. On the turn, JohnyK91 shoved for 187,141 with a flush draw and a straight draw.

JohnyK91: J♣3♠6♣8♥
RealCrapDad: 4♠5♠5♥4♦

RealCrapDad called with a set of fours and a straight draw. The board ran out 4♥3♣7♥2♣T♠. JohnyK91 whiffed on a flush and straight draws and could only muster up a pair of treys. RealCrapDad dragged the pot with a set of fours. JohnyK91 was knocked out in fourth place, which paid out $57,970.00.

With three remaining, RealCrapDad led with 2M, followed by IAmSoSo's 1.2M and EEE27's 420K.

BATTLE OF EVERMORE: EEE27 eliminated in 3rd place

RealCrapDad min-raised to 32,000, EEE27 raised to 104,000, RealCrapDad called. The flop was A♣T♥3♣. EEE27 fired out 216,000, RealCrapDad bumped it up to 432,000, EEE27 called all-in for 48,531.

EEE27: A♥Q♣Q♦2♥
RealCrapDad: K♣7♣5♥2♦

RealCrapDad had a flush draw and a Wheel draw. EEE27 flopped top pair. The turn was the J♠ and the river was the 4♦. EEE27 turned a Broadway draw, but missed that. RealCrapDad rivered the Wheel to win the pot. Finland's EEE27 was dunzo in third place, which paid out $8,4150.00.

HEADS-UP: RealCrapDad (Denmark) vs. IAmSoSo (Sweden)
Seat 2: IAmSoSo (1,514,085)
Seat 6: RealCrapDad (2,225,915)

In the battle of Scandinavia, the final two quickly decided to cut a deal with RealCrapDad holding a slim edge.


After one hand, RealCrapDad led with 2.36M and IAmSoSo held 1.38M. They had to leave $3,000 on the table to the winner. The deal terms were floated: RealCrapDad ($136,276.69) and IAmSoSo ($126,263.31). Both players quickly agreed and play resumed.

MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP: RealCrapDad eliminated in 2nd place; IAmSoSo wins WCOOP Event #57!

After the deal, IAmSoSo jumped out of the gates and won four consecutive pots to seize the lead. IAmSoSo padded the lead after rivering a flush to win a 890K pot with J♥T♥9♦2♥ to snap off RealCrapDad's K♣K♠5♠2♦. IAmSoSo surged to over 3M with that hand. Once RealCrapDad got short, it was too late to mount a comeback.

Going into the final hand, IAmSoSo was way ahead with 3M to RealCrapDad's 744K... IAmSoSo opened to 48,800 and RealCrapDad called. The flop was Q♥6♠5♠. RealCrapDad checked, IAmSoSo fired out 67,000, and RealCrapDad called. The 9♦ fell on the turn and RealCrapDad check-called a 180,000 bet from IAmSoSo. The river was the 4♠. RealCrapDad moved all-in for 415,312 and IAmSoSo called.

RealCrapDad: K♦9♣8♥6♣
IAmSoSo: 7♦5♦5♣4♣

IAmSoSo won the pot with a set of fives against RealCrapDad's two pair and busted straight draw. RealCrapDad was knocked out in second place.

Denmark's RealCrapDad earned $136,276.69 for a second-place finish.

Congrats to Sweden's IAmSoSo for winning Event #57! First place paid out $129,263.31.

WCOOP-57: $2,100 PL Omaha Championship (6-Max)
Entrants: 374
Prize Pool: $748,00
Places Paid: 48

1. IAmSoSo (Sweden) $129,263.31 *
2. RealCrapDad (Denmark) $136,276.69 *
3. EEE27 (Finland) $84,150.00
4. JohnyK91 (Netherlands) $57,970.00
5. Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy (Russia) $43,010.00
6. Mikal 'mikal12345' Blomlie (Norway) $28,050.00

* = denotes a deal between the final two players

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