WCOOP 2015: It happens for MiracleQ, Event #5 champ ($215+R NLHE, 6-Max)

Out of 1,256 entrants, the six making the final table of WCOOP Event #5, a $215 buy-in 6-max. no-limit hold'em event with rebuys, represented a talented group including David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera, David "davidv1213" Vamplew, Nick "FU_15" Maimone, and Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank -- all accomplished players with an impressive collection of live and online achievements between them.

In the end, though, it was Russia's MiracleQ who managed to overcome the tough line-up and carry away the bracelet, earning a nifty $101,575.49 prize as well following a three-handed final table deal.


Those 1,256 players took 1,304 rebuys and 980 add-ons, creating a big $708,000 prize pool that easily topped the event's $500K guarantee.

The first day of play involved players working their way through 28 fifteen-minute levels. They were able to reach the final two tables just before play concluded, and after Sweden's Perrymejsen went out in 18th place for a $5,841 cash, the tournament was paused overnight with neverfoldQ5 of Austria and eventual champ MiracleQ sitting atop the leaderboard as the only players with more than 1 million chips.

Here's a look at how everyone's chip counts looked to conclude Day 1, with a number of familiar folks among those still in the hunt:

1. neverfoldQ5 (Austria) -- 1,127,785
2. MiracleQ (Russia) -- 1,121,826
3. cube.com (Germany) -- 967,536
4. Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank (Germany) -- 929,536
5. David "davidv1213" Vamplew (United Kingdom) -- 889,193
6. Vinny "BgsaPnaples" Maglio (Canada) -- 857,885
7. David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera (United Kingdom) -- 855,848
8. StEeEINuTz (Canada) -- 852,113
9. deivid29 (Czech Republic) -- 782,365
10. Wesley "ZeelandBoy" Wiemes (Malta) -- 743,728
11. 'Chas3r.007 (Netherlands) -- 712,127
12. Evgeniy "as1025" Zaytsev (Russia) -- 690,663
13. Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (Netherlands) -- 619,035
14. Ahhh Is It? (United Kingdom) -- 534,923
15. Nick "FU_15" Maimone (Honduras) -- 406,312
16. lteopepe88 (Hungary) -- 261,958
17. Pandochka515 (Russia) -- 227,509

Over the first hour of play on Tuesday, five of the short stacks fell -- Pandochka515 (in 17th), lteopepe88 (16th), Evgeniy "as1025" Zaytsev (15th), Ahh Is It? (14th), and Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (13th) -- all earning $5,841. Down to two tables, MiracleQ had assumed the top spot with more than 1.86 million.

Wesley "ZeelandBoy" Wiemes was next out in 12th, and after having slipped in the counts neverfoldQ5 followed him to the rail in 11th. Vinny "BgsaPnaples" Maglio followed in 10th, with those three each earning $8,142 for their finishes.

Then amid a lot of all-ins and double-ups, deivid29 (ninth), cube.com (eighth), and eventually 'Chas3r.007 (seventh) successively fell, earning $12,036 apiece, and after almost two-and-a-half-hours of play on Day 2, the final table was set. After starting the day as one of the short stacks, Nick "FU_15" Maimone was on top with six players remaining.


Seat 1: David "davidv1213" Vamplew (United Kingdom) -- 1,400,566
Seat 2: MiracleQ (Russia) -- 1,661,984
Seat 3: StEeEINuTz (Canada) -- 3,032,395
Seat 4: Nick "FU_15" Maimone (Honduras) -- 3,118,487
Seat 5: Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank (Germany) -- 2,048,133
Seat 6: David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera (United Kingdom) -- 1,318,435

It took a full hour before the first final table knockout occurred.

It happened in a hand that saw EPT7 London Main Event champion David "davidv1213" Vamplew open with a just-over-2x raise to 176,000 from early position, then StEeEINuTz push all in for 846,001 total from the button. The blinds folded and Vamplew called, showing A♥Q♦ versus StEeEINuTz's A♣T♦. The board came 9♣5♣K♥9♦7♦, and StEeEINuTz was done in sixth.

About 15 minutes later it was Nick "FU_15" Maimone open-pushing for just over 1.97 million (not quite 20 BBs) from the cutoff, then Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank reraised from the button to chase the blinds. Maimone had 8♣8♠ but had run into Frank's J♦J♠, and five cards later -- 5♥T♣5♦Q♠6♥ -- they were down to four.


Nick "FU_15" Maimone

A couple of orbits later David "davidv1213" Vamplew was the one open-pushing, in his case from the button for 867,240 (not quite nine BBs), and getting called by MiracleQ. Vamplew had A♦K♠ and was racing against MiracleQ's 5♠5♣. The community cards came 2♣7♦6♠, then 8♠, then J♠, and with no improvement to his hand, Vamplew's run had ended with a fourth-place finish.


David "davidv1213" Vamplew

Soon the tourney was paused, and with MiracleQ leading (with 5,173,634), Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank next (with 4,306,874), and David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera in third (with 3,099,492), the final trio had a deal discussion. The group quickly agreed to an "ICM"-based chop -- leaving $10,000 on the table for which to play -- and soon cards were back in the air.

Once the deal was made, it didn't take much longer for players to reach the finish line.

Just seven hands later, David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera had slipped under 640,000 (less than six-and-a-half BBs), and after posting the small blind open-pushed and was called by MiracleQ. Cabrera had A♥2♦ and a small preflop edge against MiracleQ's K♠Q♠, but the flop came 3♦Q♦3♣ to hit the latter's hand. The turn was the 6♣ and river the T♠, and just like that they were down to two players.

The stacks were nearly even to start heads-up play between MiracleQ (6,555,371) and Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank (6,024,629). Frank was looking to add a WCOOP title to the SCOOP one he earned on PokerStars last May after taking down the $1,050 NLHE Progressive Super KO event for $158K-plus.


Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank

They remained close for the first few hands, then MiracleQ claimed a few medium-sized pots to create some distance between the pair. Before long they had only been at it for a few minutes, but MiracleQ was already up over 10.7 million to Frank's almost 1.86 million when the final hand took place.

The blinds were 50,000/100,000 with a 12,500 ante, and after Frank limped in from the button, MiracleQ raised to 300,000 and Frank called. The flop came 4♠5♥6♣. MiracleQ led for 262,500, then Frank raised to 1,148,000, leaving just 26,062 behind. MiracleQ responded with a reraise, and Frank called off with the last of his stack.

MiracleQ: 9♦9♥
lissi stinkt: K♣8♣

MiracleQ had an overpair while Frank was drawing. The turn then brought the 6♦ and the river the A♣. MiracleQ's nines had held up, earning the Russian the title.

Congratulations to MiracleQ for winning Event #5, a six-figure payday, and a shiny new WCOOP bracelet. Kudos also to Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank and David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera for getting to the three-handed deal and banking handsome paydays for themselves as well.

WCOOP-05: $215+R NLHE (6-Max)
Entries: 1,256 (1,304 rebuys, 980 add-ons)
Prize pool: $708,000

Places paid: 168

1. MiracleQ (Russia) -- $101,575.49*
2. Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank (Germany) $88,758.09*
3. David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera (United Kingdom) $83,662.42*
4. David "davidv1213" Vamplew (United Kingdom) $45,666.00
5. Nick "FU_15" Maimone (Honduras) $29,877.60
6. StEeEINuTz (Canada) $19,470.00
* = denotes a three-way deal

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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