WCOOP 2015: Nlzkm9 plows through PLO field, wins Event #15 ($215 PLO, 1R1A)
In pot-limit Omaha, four hole cards instead of two mean generally speaking you have to do better than be dealt a big pair to win what's in the middle. But sometimes that's enough, as happend for Nlzkm9 on the final hand of the 2015 WCOOP Event #15, a $215 PLO tournament with one rebuy and one add-on.
Dealt a pair of kings on the tournament's final hand, the pair would hold for Nlzkm9, earning the Hungarian the tournament's final pot, a $57,362.10 first prize, and a shiny WCOOP bracelet.
There were 740 entries total coming out for this one on Thursday, and after taking 405 rebuys and 418 add-ons that group built a $312,600 prize pool, well over the $200K guarantee. They played all of the way down to just 23 players on Day 1, with Germany's akia86 ending the night with the chip lead and Nlzkm9 sitting in fourth position.
Here's how the top 10 looked to start today's final day of play:
1. akia86 (Germany) -- 662,756
2. UziStuNNa (Hungary) -- 602,204
3. Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer (United Kingdom) -- 541,539
4. Nlzkm9 (Hungary) -- 527,115
5. kalashn1kovv (Slovenia) -- 510,077
6. Ben "vindog03" Vinson (United Kingdom) -- 468,595
7. wuutti (Finland) -- 462,734
8. magic_mente (Slovenia) -- 418,008
9. MeJohann (United Kingdom) -- 380,444
10. chininhaltig (Germany) -- 345,449
Within the first half-hour on Friday five players had hit the rail, including TCOOP winner Smertin (22nd) and SCOOP champ aaa1 (20th), both of whom earned $1,563 for their finishes. Meanwhile Nlzkm9 had surged to the top of the counts, having swiftly built up over 1.1 million, at the time about 300,000 clear of Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer in second position.
Over the next hour nine more players would be sent railward. Desolas (18th), 1dönertasche (17th), and HeadShotFyoV (16th) each earned $2,188.20 for their finishes. Two-time SCOOP winner Stroynowski (15th), YaaGy (14th), and Henri "I_Mr_U_Bean" Koivisto (13th) were next out, picking up $2,813.40 apiece. And sauce3000 (12th), komarolo22 (11th), and chininhaltig (10th) each were felted thereafter, each earning $3,438.60.
With kalashn1kovv the new leader and Brammer still second in chips, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: wuutti (Finland) -- 836,216
Seat 2: MeJohann (United Kingdom) -- 872,918
Seat 3: kalashn1kovv (Slovenia) -- 1,359,872
Seat 4: UziStuNNa (Hungary) -- 524,191
Seat 5: Nlzkm9 (Hungary) -- 971,435
Seat 6: magic_mente (Slovenia) -- 499,983
Seat 7: Ben "vindog03" Vinson (United Kingdom) -- 987,468
Seat 8: akia86 (Germany) -- 622,952
Seat 9: Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer (United Kingdom) -- 1,139,965
Just a few minutes into the final table, the blinds were 15,000/30,000 when magic_mente opened for 66,000 from the small blind, getting a call from Ben "vindog03" Vinson in the BB. The flop came 8♠3♥9♦, magic_mente led for 63,360, and Vinson called. The turn then brought the A♥ and another bet from magic_mente of 243,196. This time Vinson responded with a raise-shove all in and magic_mente called with the not quite 100,000 left behind.
magic_mente had K♥J♥T♦5♠ and was drawing while Vinson held A♦K♣8♦5♥ for top pair of aces. The river was the K♦, and magic_mente was done in ninth.
Nearly a half-hour later they were into the day's third hour of play when akia86 opened with a pot-sized raise to 175,000 from early position, wuutti reraised all in for just over 500,000 from a couple of seats over, and akia86 called with the almost 175,000 left behind.
akia86 was double-suited with A♦8♦7♣2♣ while wuutti held K♥K♣6♥4♦. The board rolled out 3♠7♥Q♥9♥T♥, making a flush for wuutti and sending akia86 off in eighth.
Play continued with kalashn1kovv remaining in front while Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer slipped to seventh of seven. Then came a hand that saw Brammer open for the maximum, betting 210,000 from early position and leaving himself about 270,000 behind.
It folded to Nlzkm9 in the big blind who reraised pot, and Brammer called all in, showing A♥K♥J♦8♠ while Nlzkm9 had K♦K♣8♥8♣. The community cards brought lots of clubs, coming 6♣3♣9♣J♣7♠, giving Nlzkm9 a flush and stopping Brammer in seventh.
A huge hand developed shortly thereafter, one beginning with Nlzkm9 raising to 120,000 from early position. MeJohann three-bet to 420,000 from the small blind, Nlzkm9 called, and the flop came 5♦T♦4♣. That prompted an all-in bet of 772,918 from MeJohann, and Nlzkm9 was there with the call.
MeJohann turned over A♣K♣Q♦7♦ for a diamond flush draw, while Nlzkm9 had J♣T♣8♦6♦ for top pair, a lesser flush draw, and a gutshot to a straight. The turn was the Q♥, giving MeJohann a better pair, but the river brought the 6♠ to make a second pair for Nlzkm9 and thrust the Hungarian into the chip lead. That knocked out MeJohann in sixth, the fifth cash already in this year's WCOOP for the U.K. player on PokerStars.
Two more knockouts quickly followed, carrying things up to the day's three-hour mark.
First it was Nlzkm9 opening with a 2x raise to 160,000 from the cutoff and watching Ben "vindog03" Vinson call from a seat over. kalashn1kovv then three-bet to 680,000 from the big blind, forcing a fold from Nlzkm9 but Vinson called. The flop then came 5♠2♦9♥, prompting kalashn1kovv to shove all in and Vinson to call off with the almost 280,000 he had left.
Vinson had Q♥T♠9♠8♦ for nines and overcards while kalashn1kovv had 6♣5♥4♦3♥ for a big wrap to a small straight. The turn was the A♣, keeping Vinson in front, but the river was the 6♠ to make that straight for kalashn1kovv and knock out Vinson in fifth.
Just two hands later UziStuNNa limped in from the small blind, Nlzkm9 raised to 240,000 from the big, and UziStuNNa called. The flop brought three Broadway cards -- J♥K♥Q♣ -- and after UziStuNNa checked, Nlzkm9 fired 120,000. UziStuNNa then check-raised all in for almost 700,000, and Nlzkm9 called.
UziStuNNa had A♠T♣7♥3♠ and Nlzkm9 A♥Q♦T♠5♥, meaning both had flopped straights though Nlzkm9 had a redraw to a heart flush. The turn was the 3♥, bringing the flush, making the 7♣ no matter and eliminating UziStuNNa in fourth.
Hour number four of Day 2 began with Nlzkm9 way ahead with about 4.17 million, kalashn1kovv next with just over 2.04 million, and wuutti third with a shade under 1.6 million.
Almost 15 minutes later, the blinds were 40,000/80,000 when Nlzkm9 opened for 200,000 from the small blind, wuutti three-bet to 600,000 from the big, Nlzkm9 made it 1 million to go, wuutti pushed for about 1.35 million total, and Nlzkm9 called.
The board came A♦5♣7♦, then K♦, then 3♥, giving wuutti a just a pair of kings while Nlzkm9 had made two pair. wuutti was out in third, and heads-up play began with Nlzkm9 sitting on 5.26 million versus kalashn1kovv's 2.55 million.
Eighteen hands later the gap between the pair had narrowed with Nlzkm9 down just under 4.44 million and kalashn1kovv up to almost 3.38 million.
Then with the blinds at 50,000/100,000 a preflop raising war erupted with kalashn1kovv min-raising to 200,000 from the button, Nlzkm9 making it 600,000, kalashn1kovv four-betting to 1.8 million, Nlzkm9 shoving all in, and kalashn1kovv calling with what was left behind.
Nlzkm9 had been dealt that big pair and was single-suited. Meanwhile kalashn1kovv was double-suited with a rundown of middle cards and was looking for some cooperating community cards to come to prolong the match.
The flop came promisingly for kalashn1kovv, coming 5♥Q♦9♦ to provide a pair and a wrap draw although another diamond would mean doom. The turn and river were both blanks, though, coming 3♣ then T♥, meaning Nlzkm9's pair of kings had held to win the pot and the title.
Congrats to Nlzkm9 for besting a big WCOOP field to win the bracelet and a first prize worth more than $57K.
WCOOP-15: $215 PL Omaha (1R1A)
Entries: 740 (405 rebuys, 418 add-ons)
Prize pool: $312,600
Places paid: 99
1. Nlzkm9 (Hungary) $57,362.10
2. kalashn1kovv (Slovenia) $40,950.60
3. wuutti (Finland) $30,947.40
4. UziStuNNa (Hungary) $23,288.70
5. Ben "vindog03" Vinson (United Kingdom) $16,255.20
6. MeJohann (United Kingdom) $13,129.20
7. Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer (United Kingdom) $10,003.20
8. akia86 (Germany) $6,877.20
9. magic_mente (Slovenia) $4,063.80
So much has happened already and it's still only the first week of the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker. Head over to the WCOOP page for info about the rest of the 70-event schedule, as well as results so far and updated totals in the Player of the Series race currently led by none other than EPT11 Player of the Year Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.