WCOOP 2015: WhoAreYoux1 defeats Linde to win Event 45 ($1,050 NLH 6-Max, Ultra-Deep)
WCOOP tournaments are generally stacked deeper than your standard tournaments, giving players plenty of bang for their buck. Unless you're playing a turbo or Zoom, chances are you'll find yourself with a healthy stack to wield against opponents. Throw "Ultra-Deep" in the tournament name and you know there are going to be some seriously big stacks.
PokerStars put a $500,000 guarantee on Event 45 with a $1,050 price tag. The tournament drew 912 players to almost double the guarantee and offer up some big numbers for the top spots. The 6-Max format tried to balance out the slow grind of the deep stacks but they were in no hurry to mix it up until later in the first day.
Day 2 saw only 14 players returning but some big results still in the mix. lehout came back to the second day as the leader and a double SCOOP/single WCOOP champion. His WCOOP title came last year when he was the last player standing in the 6-Max Shootout.
hello_totti hit a big score just a few months ago in the huge SCOOP-H Main Event, making the final table to pick up over $100,000 for a 9th place finish. Turko_man won a Sunday Million back in the glory days of 2009 and hdjgkfkgsdl was the runner-up in the mega Sunday Million 8th Anniversary event for $884,000.
Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde was the best known player getting through to Day 2 with big numbers live and online. He won the SCOOP-H No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Hold'em event in 2013 and final tabled the 2015 PCA Main Event at the beginning of this year. A win in this tournament would get him the next step towards the Triple Crown.
Linde, lehout, and hdjgkfkgsdl were among the final table six with Linde holding the lead. They each reached that point when lehout's trip aces were good the entire way against RGRGINDIA's flopped second pair of kings.
Event 45 Final Table
Seat 1: lehout (15,132,317 in chips)
Seat 2: hdjgkfkgsdl (4,395,336 in chips)
Seat 3: WhoAreYoux1 (6,400,486 in chips)
Seat 4: Sowiet Wings (3,105,252 in chips)
Seat 5: say wow (3,462,050 in chips)
Seat 6: Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (13,104,559 in chips)
Blinds: 60,000/120,000 with 15,000 Ante
Deep stacks but quick exit
The final table kicked off and no one was approaching the danger zone as far as their stack was concerned. The average stack was 63 big blinds and it was expected to crawl forward with little pressure from the structure.
Then lehout and Sowiet Wings got preflop frisky. lehout opened for a standard raise but Sowiet Wings wasn't buying it. He moved all-in from the small blind with A♠9♠ and lehout, the big stack, called with 5♣4♣.
lehout was behind but flopped a pair on the 7♣5♥2♠ board before Sowiet Wings caught the A♣ turn to move back ahead. It also gave lehout the first part of a backdoor flush which got there on the 8♣ river. A valiant comeback attempt for Sowiet Wings but he was gone in 6th place for $27,360.
Things settle down and grind down hdjgkfkgsdl
After the quick exit of Sowiet Wings, action took a turn and the five remaining players became much more deliberate. The pace was steady for nearly an hour before hdjgkfkgsdl finally had to take a stand after losing a series of smaller pots to move under ten big blinds.
It began with lehout once again opening from early position before hdjgkfkgsdl moved all-in as the next to act. It folded around and lehout called with a dominated K♥7♦ against K♣Q♠.
The domination didn't last long as lehout nailed the J♠7♠7♥ flop to storm ahead. hdjgkfkgsdl couldn't find any help as the board completed A♠8♦ to send him out in 5th place for $43,320.
say wow says goodbye
Short-handed tables can get rammy and jammy and say wow saw a big ace with three other players behind. He moved all-in with his 15 big blinds first to act with A♠T♥ and didn't have to wait too long to see what happened.
Linde and lehout let their hands go but WhoAreYoux1 quickly called with the big pair Q♥Q♣. say wow needed something special on the run out to stay in the tournament and flopped an underpair when it came J♣T♠2♠. That added a couple outs and he added a bunch more on the K♠ turn.
say wow had 12 outs on the river but blanked them all on the J♥ river to go out in 4th place for $61,560.
"Let's Make a Deal" and live by the queens, die by the queens
The three remaining players paused action at the final table and quickly came to an agreement to chop up the prize pool with $10,000 left behind for the winner. There was a lot of money at stake and the deal guaranteed all three would walk away with a six-digit cash.
Linde had the lead and earned the biggest piece of the deal, though lehout and WhoAreYoux1 could pass him with a win.
Shortly after they made their deal, former leader lehout found two Broadway cards to take into battle now that he locked up a nice chunk of change. He opened from the button for 657,000 before WhoAreYoux1 three-bet to 1,712,555 from the small blind.
Linde let his hand go and lehout four-bet shoved with K♠J♦ to get a quick call from WhoAreYoux1 with Q♥Q♣. The same hand lehout used to eliminate say wow a few minutes earlier.
lehout had an overcard but his small odds became much slimmer after the Q♠2♠2♦ flop. He was left looking for running kings to catch a miracle but was drawing dead after the 8♣ turn. It was a pointless 5♠ river and lehout went from leader to out in 3rd place for his agreed upon $113,244.
WhoAreYoux1 outlasts Linde to win Event 45
Seat 3: WhoAreYoux1 (33,815,363 in chips)
Seat 6: Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (11,784,637 in chips)
Blinds: 150,000/300,000 with 37,500 Ante
WhoAreYoux1's elimination of lehout created the biggest pot of the tournament and pushed him to a 3-to-1 chip lead at the start of heads up play. The two would only battle it out for 15 minutes before WhoAreYoux1 took care of the former SCOOP champion.
Linde was never able to wrestle the lead from WhoAreYoux1 despite a double up late in the battle. The final hand saw both pick up small pairs and get the chips in the middle.
Linde moved all-in with 2♥2♣ after WhoAreYoux1 opened with 8♦8♥ and got a call by the bigger pair. Linde was probably hoping for a flip but was dominated before adding a gutshot draw on the 6♣5♥4♥ flop. He hit the draw on the 3♣ turn to put him in a position to get back in the game.
The card also gave WhoAreYoux1 a gutshot of his own and turnabout is fair play. He got there on the 7♠ river to give him the bigger straight and title. It was a tough way to lose the heads up match but Linde can comfort himself with the $122,249 consolation prize.
It was a great result for WhoAreYoux1, whose biggest prior cash was $21,873 for a final table finish in The Bigger $109 in 2013. This victory passed that amount but a full $100,000 and he's now a WCOOP champion for a cool $129,214.
WCOOP-45: $1,050 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Ultra-Deep)
Prize pool: $912,000
Places paid: 114
1. WhoAreYoux1 (Belgium) $129,214.04*
2. Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (Canada) $122,249.94*
3. lehout (Netherlands) $113,244.83*
4. say wow (Belarus) $61,560.00
5. hdjgkfkgsdl (Germany) $43,320.00
6. Sowiet Wings (Russia) $27,360.00
* = denotes a three-way deal