WCOOP 2015: theNERDguy geeks out with win in PLO Hi/Lo Championship (Event #51 $1,050 PLO8 6-Max)
Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins has gone deep in several COOP events, including a second-place finish in last year's WCOOP Main Event, a runner-up in a TCOOP, and a third-place in a SCOOP. Despite the deep runs, theNERDguy had yet to break through and actually win a COOP. All of that finally changed when theNERDguy took down WCOOP Event #61 to win a first bracelet in the PLO Hi/Lo Championship.
2015 WCOOP Event #51 $1,050 PL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (6-Max) attracted 272 runners. They created a prize pool worth $272,000, which smashed the $50K guarantee. The top 36 places paid out with $59,840.00 set aside to the champion.
Day 1 ended with 18 players remaining in the middle of Level 21 with blinds at 2K/4K. Venezuela's jj20002 led with 318K and theNERDguy (Brazil) was right behind with 311K.
Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer and Eugene Katchalov both cashed, but busted late on Day 1. Danzer finished in 28th and Katchlov in 27th place. They both earned $2,040.
Day 2's action went quick. In around 15 minutes, the field was thinned from 18 to 12. With 12 to go, theNERDguy led with 368K.
With 10 to go, jj20002 held the lead with 540K but the play slowed down. On the final table bubble, jj20002 passed 880K. The final seven played an elongated bubble. During that extended time, theNERDguy battled jj20002 for the lead, as crazy169 clung to life as the short stack. After surviving numerous all-in attempts, crazy169 could not dodge another bullet. Without a qualifying low hand, crazy169 failed to double up with A♦8♣8♥3♠ against nizmo jiz's A♥A♣6♦5♠. Bolivia's crazy169 bubbled off the final table in seventh place.
WCOOP Event #51 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: omaha4rollz (332,608)
Seat 2: nizmo jiz (474,021)
Seat 3: Mindalterer (255,419)
Seat 4: theNERDguy (925,003)
Seat 5: onmybicycle (374,929)
Seat 6: jj20002 (358,020)
The final table commenced during Level 25 with blinds at 5K/10K. Brazil's theNERDguy was closing in on 1M as the big stack. Meanwhile, Costa Rica's Mindalterer held onto the short stack with 255K.
The final table featured Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins, who took second place finish at the 2014 WCOOP Main Event, and was also a runner-up in a 2015 TCOOP and third in a SCOOP. Just last week, Martin "nizmo jiz" Kozlov went deep in Event #22. Meanwhile, omaha4rollz final tabled a WCOOP last year and onmybicycle was a runner-up at a 2013 WCOOP event.
ALABAMA GETAWAY: jj20002 eliminated in 6th place
After nearly an hour of play, someone busted out... theNERDguy opened to 34,400, jj20002 potted to 127,200, theNERDguy raised to 220,000, jj20002 called all-in for 24,210.
The board ran out T♦3♥3♣9♠Q♣. Without a qualifying low, jj20002 lost with a pair of treys against theNERDguy's two pair -- Queens and tens. Venezuela's jj20002 became the first player to exit the final table and busted in $10,880.00.
With five to go, theNERDguy led with 1.1M. The closest was nizmo jiz in second with 699K.
ALTHEA: onmybicycle eliminated in 5th place
After five-handed for a full level... we had some action... theNERDguy opened to 43,000, onmybicycle bumped it up to 149,000 and theNERDguy called. The flop was Q♣T♣7♥ and fireworks ensued... onmybicycle moved all-in for 223,813 and theNERDguy called.
The board finished up out Q♣T♣7♥5♦Q♦. Without a qualifying low, theNERDguy won the pot with a full house versus onmybicycle's two pair. The Netherlands' onmybicycle busted in fifth place, which paid out $16,320.00.
With four to go, theNERDguy chipped up to 1.2M. Sitting in second was Mindalterer (685K) and nizmo jiz (678K) right behind. Meanwhile, the shorty was omaha4rollz with 150K.
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER: omaha4rollz eliminated in 4th place
The raising war was kicked off by theNERDguy with a raise to 75,000, omaha4rollz bumped it up to 225,000, theNERDguy raised to 675,000, and omaha4rollz called all-in for 160,890.
The board ran out K♦6♦3♥7♥J♠ and omaha4rollz whiffed on a flush draw. It was a scoop for the theNERDguy who won the low with 7-6-3-2-A (beating 7-6-4-3-A) and won the high with two pair. Hungary's omaha4rollz busted in fourth place, which paid out $21,760.00
With three to go, theNERDguy led with 1.8M, or more than double what Mindalterer (445K) and nizmo jiz (464K) held combined.
LOST SAILOR: Mindalterer eliminated in 3rd place
Big-stacked bully theNERDguy opened to 53,750, Mindalterer bombed it all-in for 122,232 and theNERDguy called.
The board ran out A♥T♥8♣Q♥5♥. Without a qualifying low, theNERDguy won the pot with two pair against Mindalterer's pair of Jacks. For a third-place finish, Mindalterer took home $31,280.00.
HEADS-UP: theNERDguy (Brazil) vs. nizmo jiz (Australia)
Seat 2: nizmo jiz (661,900)
Seat 4: theNERDguy (2,058,100)
With two to go, theNERDguy held a 3-1 edge. But the two would play a rather lengthy heads-up match.
During the first thirty minutes of heads-up, theNERDguy stayed out in front, but was unable to knock off nizmo jiz. Meanwhile, nizmo jiz dominated the second half hour of heads-up to seize the lead.
An hour into heads-up... theNERDguy avoided an elimination and surged into a huge lead in the same hand. Without a qualifying low, theNERDguy doubled up with A♣J♠4♦2♠ against nizmo jiz's T♥8♥6♠3♠ and busted flush draw. theNERDguy won a 2.1M pot and nizmo jiz was reduced to 500K.
SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE: nizmo jiz eliminated in 2nd place; theNERDguy wins WCOOP 6-Max PLO Hi/Lo Event #51
On the final hand... theNERDguy opened to 86,000 and nizmo jiz called. The flop was A♥J♦5♠... nizmo jiz checked, theNERDguy fired out 96,500, nizmo jiz check-raised to 461,500, theNERDguy re-raised to 1,556,500, and nizmo jiz called all-in for 362,350.
nizmo jiz: J♥7♠3♦5♥
Although nizmo jiz flopped two pair, theNERDguy flopped a set of Aces. The turn was the T♣ and the river was the 9♦. Without a qualifying low, theNERDguy won the pot.
For a second-place finish, nizmo jiz earned $41,752.00.
Congrats to Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins for winning WCOOP Event #51 PLO Hi/Lo Championship. First place paid out $59,840.00.
WCOOP-51: $1,050 PL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (6-Max)
Prize Pool: $272,000
Places Paid: 36
1. Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins (Brazil) $59,840.00
2. nizmo jiz (Australia) $41,752.00
3. Mindalterer (Costa Rica) $31,280.00
4. omaha4rollz (Hungary) $21,760.00
5. onmybicycle (Netherlands) $16,320.00
6. jj20002 (Venezuela) $10,880.00
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