WCOOP 2015: Twitch show time for Somerville ends with victory for Showtime43 in Event #7 ($700 NLHE Progressive Super KO)
I've been fortunate enough to watch plenty of final tables over the years, both live and online, and you get to a point where you think you've seen it all. Well, today I saw something new.
Today during Event #7 of the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker I got to enjoy one of the world's most talented poker professionals live stream and commentate on his final table in (almost) real time. And it was free! It was my first taste of the phenomenon that is Twitch and RunItUp.tv thanks to Team PokerStars Online's Jason Somerville.
It was a little surreal watching Somerville commentate with such ease while playing for a top prize of almost $100,000. He had been playing and streaming live for over ten hours, yet he was never stuck for something to say. It all came naturally. Whether it was commentating action from the other players or conveying his own thought processes in the middle of a hand, Somerville was the ultimate professional. And it was pure entertainment. He was so relaxed that if you just tuned in for the first time, you couldn't guess that he was competing for such enormous prize money.
And tune in they did.
Somerville's live Twitch stream broke records for poker with over 37,000 simultaneous viewers at one time helping the broadcast become the #1 channel on all of Twitch.
It was show time for Somerville in the spotlight as he put in an epic performance to run all the way to sixth place, but it was a different "show time" that would ultimately take the title with his countryman "Showtime43" capturing the WCOOP gold and a total prize of over $125,000.
WCOOP Event #7 was a $700 No Limit Holdem Progressive Super-Knockout tournament. It's a fun format, especially with a structure that provided short levels early to create plenty of action, and longer levels late when the big money was on the line.
Half of the $1,225,595 prize pool would go into the regular payouts while the other half was for bounties that would progressively get larger and larger as the tournament progressed, often to the point of completely changing the dynamics of a table and a player's decision making.
Some of the Team PokerStars Pros in the field included Eugene Katchalov, Naoya Kihara, George Danzer, Matthias de Meulder, Mickey Petersen, Jason Mercier, George Lind, Bertrand Grospellier, Christophe de Meulder and Jaime Staples but they all fell short of the money.
When Brazil's chrisallwin bowed out on the money bubble, the remaining 234 players were in the money for a $612.79 min-cash, as the progressive bounties started to get pretty significant.
Team PokerStars Pro Online's Liliya "Liay5" Novikova was out in 113th place ($949.83 + $2,701.53 bounty) but that wasn't enough to earn the last longer honours among the red spades. The Twitch universe was going crazy sweating the deep run of Jason "jacarverpoker" Somerville who was among the chip leaders approaching the final few tables.
A key hand for Somerville came with 12 players remaining when he would land a big double up with pocket jacks against ace-ten. That jumped Somerville among the big stacks before he extended his advantage on the final table bubble.
Ship It 2010 landed a double up with pocket kings, but the very next hand, Ship It 2010 would run ace-ten into Somerville's pocket kings to depart in tenth place and leave our final table line up as follows.
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: Keep3r (1,054,189 in chips)
Seat 2: TheGreatPike (703,093 in chips)
Seat 3: pokerpimps81 (1,151,514 in chips)
Seat 4: Showtime43 (616,036 in chips)
Seat 5: Mr.Bittar (1,315,450 in chips)
Seat 6: Tankanza (2,545,658 in chips)
Seat 7: Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville (3,175,181 in chips)
Seat 8: sanpri (2,252,433 in chips)
Seat 9: spaise411 (1,008,946 in chips)
jcarverpoker would carry the chip lead, along with almost 30,000 followers on his Twitch channel, into the final table in the quest for his first WCOOP title.
pokerpimps81 would be first to fall in a cooler of a hand against Mr.Bittar. pokerpimps81 three-bet jammed with Q♠Q♦ but Mr.Bittar wasn't going away with K♣K♠. The board ran out a bricky T♦3♦T♣6♠2♦ to see pokerpimps81 collect $6,127.97 plus $2,950.91 in bounties for ninth place.
Moments later the Twitch railbirds were celebrating when their man, jcarverpoker, would land the next knockout.
jcarverpoker opened the button with a raise before spaise411 shoved from the big blind with T♠Q♠. jcarverpoker was always calling with a dominant A♣Q♦ but he had a sweat when the first four cards fell A♥8♣2♠J♠. spaise411 had picked up straight and flush draws, but the 4♦ bricked the river to leave spaise411 to fall in eighth place for $10,723.95 plus $4,447.15 in knockout bounties.
TheGreatPike found a double up with pocket queens through sanpri's ace-jack, before Showtime43 got in on the action with ace-deuce good for a double against Keep3r's suited king-queen.
Showtime43 found some more good fortune with ace-six against Tankanza's pocket queens. A six on the flop was followed by another on the river, to leave Tankanza on the short stack.
The drama would continue as the most-talked about hand of the final table unfolded. The 35,000 Twitch followers held their collect breath as jcarverpoker would three-bet preflop with Q♠J♥, only to be faced with a four-bet from Mr.Bittar in early position. jcarverpoker made the call, bet the ace-high flop, checked the turn and then again had the action checked to him when a fourth heart appeared on the river. jcarverpoker went for some value with his flush but Mr.Bittar sprung the trap with a check-raise all in. jcarverpoker couldn't get away from it and he was shown A♥A♠ for the nuts.
jcarverpoker didn't have much time to dwell on the loss, as next hand he was dealt A♠K♦. Tankanza shoved from under the gun and jcarverpoker was happy to isolate all in. The table folded around and Tankanza's A♣7♣ was in trouble. The board ran out 9♥3♦3♥T♦J♠ leaving jcarverpoker to add to his bounty as Tankanza departed in seventh place for $16,545.53, along with $2,452.17 in bounties.
Keep3r survived an all-in with king-queen rivering a pair against Mr.Bittar's ace-high, before another crucial hand would go against the jcarverpoker "Run It Up" legion.
jcarverpoker opened from under the gun with pocket jacks and called it off when TheGreatPike shoved ace-eight. The 3.5 million chip pot would go the way of TheGreatPike when an ace hit the flop, leaving jcarverpoker on the short stack.
Two orbits of poor cards would leave jcarverpoker down to under two big blinds when he was all in with K♥J♠. TheGreatPike went for the bounty with A♣3♠ and claimed it after connecting on the board of 8♣8♦A♠Q♣4♣.
jcarverpoker picked up $22,673.50 plus $15,666.29 in bounties for his sixth place finish, and while he did miss out on the WCOOP crown, he did amass over 37,000 simultaneous viewers to become the #1 channel on all of Twitch. There is no doubt that Somerville is a tremendous promoter of the game, and after watching him analyze, commentate and entertain during this final table, I can see why he can attract such a huge following.
With their biggest threat out of the way, the final five got back into the action. TheGreatPike assumed the chip lead and the role of aggressor, but Keep3r again found some good fortune by turning two pair with queen-nine to trump TheGreatPike's flopped top pair with ace-king.
It would be former TCOOP champ sanpri who was next to fall in a three-way all-in clash. Mr.Bittar was all in with K♦J♦, sanpri was also all in for a little more with A♦7♠ as the big-stacked TheGreatPike took them both on for an attempted double KO with J♣6♣. The board of K♥3♠6♥3♥T♠ was an interesting one as Mr.Bittar won the main pot to triple up but TheGreatPike caught a pair to win the side pot and the elusive bounty. sanpri was out in fifth place for $29,107.88 and another $7,281.17 in bounties.
With TheGreatPike out in front, Showtime43 was one of the short stacks until a run of 11 of the next 13 pots saw Showtime43 claw back into contention. The second last hand of that sequence resulted in the elimination of Mr.Bittar.
It was one of the more brutal eliminations you will see as Showtime43 shoved the small blind and Mr.Bittar called off a stack of about five big blinds. Mr.Bittar held a monster with Q♦Q♠, while Showtime43 had a less-than-monster 7♣3♦. The old seven-three has had its moments of glory in poker history and on this occasion, Showtime43 was able to turn rags into riches when the board was spread 3♠5♦5♣2♦3♥. A full house for Showtime43 would leave a very unlucky Mr.Bittar to exit in fourth place for $40,291.43 along with $19,504.32 in bounties.
TheGreatPike was still in front but that switched around completely in a matter of moments. First, Keep3r landed a full double with ace-ten against TheGreatPike's ace-seven, then, just two lands later, TheGreatPike was on the rail.
TheGreatPike cold four-bet all in preflop with K♦Q♥ but Keep3r made a great call with A♦9♠. The board fell 4♠4♦8♦A♣3♣, and just like that, TheGreatPike was out in third place for $55,151.77 in prize money plus an additional $15,816.96 in bounties.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: Keep3r (9,448,399 in chips)
Seat 4: Showtime43 (4,374,101 in chips)
Keep3r would enter the heads-up battle with a clear two-to-one chip lead, but Showtime43 wasn't going to go down without a fight as the two engaged in a heads-up war that would last in excess of an hour of play.
Keep3r would extend the lead in the early stages before Showtime43 landed a double up with pocket tens, but it was a huge pot just two hands later that did the damage.
After check-raising on the flop with a double-gutshot straight draw, Showtime43 spiked a deceptive straight on a turn card which also gave Keep3r two pair. Fireworks erupted and Showtime43 had doubled up once again to take over the chip lead.
Keep3r survived with a double up with ace-three, before getting a fortunate split pot with ace-four against Showtime43's ace-seven.
Keep3r hung tough but with the blinds sneaking up, a move had to be made. Keep3r shoved just under 14 big blinds with Q♥J♠ from the button but Showtime43 had a monster A♥K♥ in the big blind and made the easy call. Keep3r had live cards but missed the board of 5♣9♦2♣3♦A♣ with the ace on the river sealing the deal for Showtime43.
A great run by Keep3r ended in second place for $73,535.70 plus $20,052.43 in bounties, but on this occasion the title would go to Canada's Showtime43 who pocketed $98,048.91 plus a whopping $28,470.05 in bounties. Congratulations!
WCOOP-07: $700 NL Holdem Progressive Super-Knockout - $750K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $1,225,595
Places Paid: 234
1. Showtime43 (Canada) $98,048.91 + $28,470.05
2. Keep3r (Austria) $73,535.70 + $20,052.43
3. TheGreatPike (Norway) $55,151.77 + $15,816.96
4. Mr.Bittar (Brazil) $40,291.43 + $19,504.32
5. sanpri (Mexico) $29,107.88 + $7,281.17
6. jcarverpoker (Canada) $22,673.50 + $15,666.29
7. Tankanza (Austria) $16,545.53 + $2,452.17
8. spaise411 (Russia) $10,723.95 + $4,447.15
9. pokerpimps81 (Canada) $6,127.97 + $2,950.91
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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Update: You can watch all of Jason Somerville'e hands on Twitch here.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.