WCOOP 2015: villepn wins second COOP and beats Andy McLEOD heads-up to win Razz Championship (Event #54 $1,050 Razz)

The final table featured a true legend in Triple COOP winner James "Andy MCLEOD" Obst, a pair of cagey SCOOP champs from Finland (villepn and calvin7v), Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (who shipped a WCOOP last week), and Adam "Adamyid" Owen (10th on the Leader Board after bagging three final tables at the 2015 WCOOP). When it got down to the final two, Andy MCLEOD was heads-up against Finland's villepn, but villepn led 3 to 1 in chips. Andy MCLEOD was unable to rally and prevent villepn's triumphant march into the winner's circle. It was an epic run for villepn, who was last in chips when the final table began. Not only did villepn win their first WCOOP bracelet and second COOP title, but the Finnish player also earned it by beating one of the premier online players in the history of PokerStars.

2015 WCOOP Event #54 $1,050 Razz Championship attracted 184 runners for this two-day Razz Bonanza. These hardcore Razz enthusiasts created a prize pool worth $184,000, which smashed the $50K Guarantee. The top 24 places paid out with $40,020.00 set aside to the champion.

Day 1 ended with only 24 players remaining and Beeethoven87 the leader with 191K.

WCOOP Event #54 - End Day 1 Top 5 Chip Counts:
1. Beeethoven87 (Poland) 191,272
2. goleafsgoeh (Canada) 187,020
3. calvin7v (Finland) 139,210
4. Adamyid (United Kingdom) 132,440
5. HeadShotFyoV (Australia) 130,230

Day 2 started with all remaining 24 players in the money. Four players busted in the first four minutes and HeadShotFyoV took over the lead. Notables who cashed early on Day 2 included ImaLucSac (24th), CHUFTY (20th place), Woody "plplaya" Deck (19th), BrynKenney (18th), and the NERDguy (15th).

It took 36 minutes of play on Day 2 to go from three to two tables. With 16 to go, goleafsgoeh took over the lead and passed the 200K mark. With 13 remaining, Adamyid seized the lead with 275K. Disaster struck with 11 to go, and Adamyid was last in chips while calvin7V rocketed to the top with 350K.

With 9 to go on the final table bubble, Andy McLEOD surged to first with 525K. Austria's kuhns89 started out with 7-6-5-3 but bricked out and lost with K-7-6-5-3 against lacabanhita's J-7-5-3-2 low. With kuhns89 bubbling off the final table in ninth place, the final table was set.

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WCOOP Event #54 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: calvin7v (329,360)
Seat 2: lacabanhita (353,457)
Seat 3: Maicoshaa (131,038)
Seat 4: goleafsgoeh (165,830)
Seat 5: Beeethoven87 (100,109)
Seat 6: villepn (52,601)
Seat 7: Adamyid (234,137)
Seat 8: Andy McLEOD (473,468)

The final table commenced during Level 23 with stakes at 8K/16K and a 1.6K ante. Finland's villepn barely made it to the final table with the short stack. James "Andy McLEOD" Obst sat atop the big stack with 473K. This final table included several players of note.

- The final table featured Triple COOP winner Andy McLEOD, who won 5 total COOPS: 3 SCOOPs, 1 WCOOP, and 1 TCOOP.

- Canada's Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah shipped a WCOOP last week in Event #27.

- It seems like both players from Finland had a couple of COOPs under their belt: calvin7v won 2 SCOOPs (one in 2014 and another in 2015) and villepn won a SCOOP in 2010.

- Adam "Adamyid" Owen made three final tables at the 2015 WCOOP, including a second place finish in Badugi Event #33. Owen started the day 10th overall on the leader board for Player of the Series.

- Maicoshaa took second in WCOOP Event #32 last week.

BONE MACHINE: goleafsgoeh eliminated in 8th place

After nearly an hour of play, we saw the first bust out. Short-stacked goleafsgoeh was down to under 31K. He was all-in on third street with (X-X)/A♠ against lacabanhita's (X-X)/4♣. The board finished up...

lacabanhita: 7♥8♥4♣2♣2♥K♥5♣
goleafsgoeh: 6♥3♣A♠Q♥3♠6♠4♥

By seventh street, goleafsgoeh lost with Q-6-4-3-A against lacabanhita's low of 8-7-5-4-2. Canada's goleafsgoeh will have to wait another day to win a second WCOOP. Eighth place paid out $5,060.00.

GIGANTIC: Maicoshaa eliminated in 7th place

Two hands later, Maicoshaa bowed out. Maicoshaa and villepn rumbled. Betting was capped on fourth street because both players held strong hands...

Maicoshaa (X-X)/2♥A♥
villepn (X-X)/A♣2♣

On fifth street, Maicoshaa was all-in. The boards ran out...

Maicoshaa: 8♥6♠2♥A♥8♠T♥4♠
villepn: T♣5♠A♣2♣4♥7♠Q♣

Maicoshaa was unable to double up and villepn won the pot with a 7-5-4-2-A low against 8-6-4-2-A. Maicoshaa busted in seventh place, which paid out $6,440.00. With six remaining... lacabanhita led with 509K, Andy McLEOD was second with 475K, and Beeethoven87 was last with only 101K.

WHERE IS MY MIND: Adamyid eliminated in 6th place

By sixth street, Adamyid was all-in. The boards finished up...

calvin7v: 4♥3♠8♥9♥A♥8♦5♠
Adamyid: 4♣2♠T♠9♦K♠9♠8♣

Adamyid was unable to double up with 10-9-8-4-2, and calvin7v won the main pot and side pot with 8-5-4-3-A low. Second place paid out $8,280.00. Congrats to Adamyid for another deep run and yet another final table appearance.

CACTUS: Beeethoven87 eliminated in 5th place

Short-stacked Beeethoven87 was all-in for 30,634 against villepn. By seventh street, the boards finished up...

Beeethoven87: 6♦Q♣A♣8♠A♦3♣Q♦
villepn: 5♠7♠2♥A♠3♦2♣3♠

Beeethoven87 was unable to double up and villepn won the pot with 7-5-3-2-A low against Q-8-6-3-A. Beeethoven87 busted in fifth place, which paid out $10,120.00.

BRICK IS RED: calvin7v eliminated in 4th place

Short-stacked calvin7v was all-in by 3rd street for 42,290. Big-stack Andy McLEOD tried to pick him off...

calvin7v: T♣A♦5♣A♠T♦8♥T♠
Andy McLEOD: 4♣9♦7♠6♣J♦3♠7♣

Andy McLEOD won the pot with 9-7-6-4-3 against calvin7v's A-A-10-8-5. Finland's calvin7v busted in fourth place, which paid out $15,640.00. With three to go, lacabanhita led with 817K, followed by Andy McLEOD's 749K, and villepn was last with 272K.

OH MY GOLLY: lacabanhita eliminated in 3rd place

It did not last three-handed very long before another short stacked hit the road. On fourth street, lacabanhita was all-in against villepn for 149,888.

lacabanhita: 4♣2♣5♣2♦J♠2♥4♠
villepn: 6♣7♣A♠8♠T♣7♦K♥

At showdown, villepn dragged the pot with 10-8-7-6-A low against lacabanhita's 2-2-J-5-4. U.K.'s lacabanhita was knocked out in third place, which paid out $22,080.00.

HEADS-UP: Andy McLEOD (Australia) vs. villepn (Finland)
Seat 6: villepn (1,472,842)
Seat 8: Andy McLEOD (367,158)

With two to go, Andy McLEOD trailed 3-1.

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Triple COOP winner "Andy McLEOD" = WCOOP runner-up in Event #54

I'M AMAZED: Andy McLEOD eliminated in 2nd place; villepn wins WCOOP Event #54

Andy McLEOD was not able to get any momentum going and was unable to thwart villepn's march to first place. The tournament ended on a rush with villepn taking down 8 out of 9 last pots. Going into the final hand, Andy McLEOD was down to 163K, while villepn chipped up to 1.6M. On the final hand, Andy McLEOD was all-in on sixth street.

villepn: 3♦6♦2♣J♠2♠5♠A♥
Andy McLEOD: 5♣T♣3♠Q♦5♦4♥7♥

Andy McLEOD lost with 10-7-5-4-3 against villepn's 6-5-3-2-A. Andy McLEOD busted in second place, which paid out $28,520.00. Congrats to Finalnds villepn, who won $40,020.00 for first place in Event #54. This marks villepn's second COOP title and first WCOOP bracelet.

WCOOP-54: $1,050 Razz Championship
Entrants: 1,624
Prize Pool: $1,624,00
Places Paid: 198

1. villepn (Finland) $40,020.00
2. James "Andy McLEOD" Obst (Australia) $28,520.00
3. lacabanhita (United Kingdom) $22,080.00
4. calvin7v (Finland) $15,640.00
5. Beeethoven87 (Poland) $10,120.00
6. Adam "Adamyid" Owen (United Kingdom) $8,280.00
7. Maicoshaa (Russia) $6,440.00
8. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Lead (Canada) $5,060.00

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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars.

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