WCOOP 2015: reidir exceeds the limit in Event #10 ($215 FL Holdem 6-Max)
Limit Holdem isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the World Championship of Online Poker continue to prove there is a demand for one of the most traditional forms of poker.
Event #10 of the 2015 WCOOP schedule would see a strong field of 549 players pony up $215 for the Limit Holdem 6-Max Event to exceed the advertised guarantee. Bertrand Grospellier, Andre Akkari, Luka Kovač, Eugene Katchalov, George Danzer, Matthias de Meulder, Jason Mercier and Naoya Kihara were all in the field representing Team PokerStars but they would be bounced out short of the money for the top 72 players.
Another to feel the pain of defeat was Russian krakura who was the unfortunate bubble, leaving everyone else with a minimum $351.36 safely secured.
Just as we had seen a day earlier, Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville was making waves with another deep run in a WCOOP event, much to the delight of his legion of railbirds. There wouldn't be a repeat final table this time around though as Somerville was eliminated in 23rd place for a $768.60 return.
When former WCOOP champion Mrp1neApple was eliminated on the final table bubble in seventh place, our final table was set.
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: reidir (795,903 in chips)
Seat 2: tatianita032 (118,190 in chips)
Seat 3: CatPuppy1999 (654,659 in chips)
Seat 4: Dancer King (414,688 in chips)
Seat 5: Tom "Jabracada" Hall (604,442 in chips)
Seat 6: GRAILKO (157,118 in chips)
With the blinds kicking off the final table at 6,000/12,000, there were already a few short stacks under pressure, and one of those would be tatianita032.
tatianita032 was all in preflop with A♥3♣ and got action from two opponents who played out a big side pot on a board of 7♠4♥6♥7♥J♣. On the river, GRAILKO was all in with CatPuppy1999 calling it down with A♣7♣ for trip sevens. However GRAILKO showed K♥9♥ for the flush to more than double up as tatianita032's ace-high was left to head to the rail in sixth place for a $3,513.60 score.
High stakes player and promoter, Tom "Jabracada" Hall was the highest profile player on the final table, but with five players left, Jabracada started to slide onto the short stack after missing a few flops. Jabracada landed a double up with ace-king against the pocket fives of reidir when a king landed on the river, but he couldn't mount a comeback.
The blinds got hold and Jabracada was short when he found 4♦4♠ and stuck the rest of his chips in the middle. There was plenty of action with three callers, but by the river on the 8♥A♣2♠5♣8♦ board, Dancer King was the only opponent standing. Dancer King showed T♣8♣ for trip eights and that was too much for Jabracada who was eliminated in fifth place for $5,490.00.
GRAILKO had done well to survive after coming into the final table as one of the shorties, but the end would come in fourth place.
GRAILKO was almost down to the felt when all in with 4♣7♠ against reidir's pocket aces, but a couple of fours on the flop and a seven on the turn would give GRAILKO a full house for a rather incredible double up.
However the comeback was short lived as GRAILKO couldn't find another good spot to accumulate chips. Blinded down to three big blinds, GRAILKO went with 3♠6♠ preflop against reidir's Q♠J♦. The board of Q♥J♠3♥7♠8♦ brought two pair for reidir, sending GRAILKO home with $7,686.00 for fourth place.
reidir and Dancer King were the big stacks as CatPuppy1999 would slip back before a raising war erupted in a battle of the blinds with reidir. CatPuppy1999 three-bet preflop in the big blind, and then raised a bet on a A♠2♣5♦ flop. When the 6♣ hit the turn, the final chips were in the middle with CatPuppy1999 showing K♦5♣ for a pair of fives, but reidir had a real hand with A♥9♦ for top pair. The river was the Q♠ to leave CatPuppy1999 to depart in third place for $11,254.50.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: reidir (1,567,856 in chips)
Seat 4: Dancer King (1,177,144 in chips)
reidir would hold the chip lead into heads-up play with Dancer King in what would turn out to be quite an intense battle.
The chips would swing back and forth on several occasions. Dancer King took over the lead and looked a chance to go all the way, but ultimately it would be the aggression of reidir that would arrest control. Not a lot of pots went to showdown, but reidir was able to grind down Dancer King slowly but surely in true Limit Holdem grinding fashion.
When on the short stack, Dancer King would survive several all-in clashes, one with a life-saving deuce on the river to make trips against reidir's better pair to continue the battle.
However when reidir flopped a straight in a three-bet pot and got value on every street, reidir was just one hand away from victory.
The final hand would see Dancer King, with around four big blinds, raise it up from the button, reidir three-bet and Dancer King was committed all in with T♣8♠. However the timing wasn't great as reidir showed up with a monster K♣K♠! Dancer King caught a pair but it wasn't enough on a board of 4♠3♥7♦T♠9♠.
Dancer King picked up $15,372 for second place, but in the end it would be Brazil's reidir who would claim the WCOOP title along with an impressive $20,862 in prize money.
With that victory we believe that reidir will take the lead in the WCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard...at least for now!
WCOOP-10: $215 FL Holdem 6-Max - $75K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $109,800
Places Paid: 72
1. reidir (Brazil) $20,862.00
2. Dancer King (Russia) $15,372.00
3. CatPuppy1999 (Germany) $11,254.50
4. GRAILKO (Poland) $7,686.00
5. Tom "Jabracada" Hall (United Kingdom) $5,490.00
6. tatianita032 (Colombia) $3,513.60
The 2015 World Championship of Online Poker is just getting started with over 70 events across the series. Check out the WCOOP home page for the full schedule of events playing out over the next three weeks.
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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.