WCOOP 2015: bolivianSWAG takes away Event #42 NLHE ($215, Rebuys)

SCOOP champs looked towards getting that second part of the Triple COOP in the WCOOP 2015 Event #42 $215 with rebuys. Two of them, PaDiLhA SP (Brazil) and villepn (Finland), still held chips on day two with just five players remaining. But, the tournament belonged to bolivianSWAG (Malta) who claims the title along with $104,940.00.

This is my fourth tournament of this year's series and it seems like one player odes to shine while I bang out a few sentences on their accomplishments. Patrick "pads1161" Leonard won Event #17 then final tabled Event #40 yesterday (finishing fourth for $28K), and was one of 16 (out of a starting 1,078) players to make day two of this episode. Would there be a third final table and possible second bracelet? That possible win will need to wait until Event #61, as Leonard was unable to run it up from a starting shortstack, finishing in 14th place ($4,372.50).


Leonard added 30 points to his Player of the Series total, good enough for a fifth place tie with someone named Shaun Deeb who already has 11 cashes in the 2015 series (and is looking for his third WCOOP bracelet and possibly new places to put PokerStars jewelry). Both of them are trailing Fresh_oO_D who holds 13 cashes and three final tables in Event #29 (runner-up), Event #39 (fifth place), and Event #43 (third place).

SCOOP 2013 Event #8 champ Sobizzle21 was also on a shortstack for day two, finishing up in 11th place ($5,538.50) to start up hand-for-hand play shortly before the first hourly break.

Right after the break with the blinds up to 10K/20K ante 2.5K gdub2003 shoved a light stack of 100,014 chips as PaDiLhA SP went all-in also with a shortstack, but enough to cover holding A♦3♦. It was ripe for a chopped pot as gdub2003 turned over 2♠A♥ but the 3♥ 3♠ T♦ K♠ 4♠ board had other ideas starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: gaboi20012 (752342 in chips)
Seat 2: skyboy69 (224468 in chips)
Seat 3: bolivianSWAG (2590613 in chips)
Seat 4: PaDiLhA SP (418555 in chips)
Seat 5: cswidler (1350199 in chips)
Seat 6: villepn (311972 in chips)
Seat 7: Raistj (1533768 in chips)
Seat 8: dadowiec (1734767 in chips)
Seat 9: KKremate (1590316 in chips)

On the final table's fifth hand with the blinds moving up to 12.5K/25K ante 3,125 table would fold to KKremate who raised to 54,795 in the cutoff as skyboy69 shoved for 185,718 in the small blind. KKremate covered and called with T♣K♣ as skyboy69 showed A♣J♣. A king on the flop Q♣ K♥ 2♥ 6♦ Q♠ grounded skyboy69 in ninth place ($6,996.00). This was skyboy69's second COOP final table this year, chopping up SCOOP 2015's Event #7-H for $122K in third place.

BolivianSWAG joked with Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari that the tables are English only after fellow Brazilian PaDiLhA SP doubled up and he let out a vamooooooo. The World Series of Poker bracelet holder retorted that vamooooooo is universal but usually reserved for Brazilians.

Towards the middle of the hour Raistj would take a one-two punch. Fresh off chopping an all-in pot with bolivianSWAG with an ace-nine to ace-eight leading preflop, Raistj lost a 708K flip against gaboi20012 when pocket nines failed to hold against big slick. On the next hand with the blinds up to 15K/30K ante 3,750 Raistj raised to 60,015 as PaDiLhA SP three-bet to 172,789. An easy shove for Raistj holding pocket kings K♣K♦ and PaDiLhA SP called with big slick K♥A♦. As foreshadowed, this would not end well for Raistj 9♦ 9♣ 3♦ 9♠ A♣ and with the ace on the river Raistj collected $11,660.00 in eighth place.

15 minutes later another cooler presented itself. After a preflop tug-of-war, KKremate shoved all-in with pocket queens Q♣Q♦ as bolivianSWAG trumped the ladies with kings K♠K♦. A quiet 3♥ 3♦ 2♥ 3♣ J♥ board sent KKremate away in seventh place ($17,490.00). KKremate nearly captured a bracelet in last year's Event #45 earning $356K but will need to wait a little longer for another shot.

BolivianSWAG held the overnight lead in Event #8 but fell two places short of a final table. This time the chip lead may lead to a bracelet as bolivianSWAG took an 863K pot while knocking out gaboi20012 in sixth place ($23,320.00). With five players remaining here's how the field stacked up:

Seat 3: bolivianSWAG (3,915,882 in chips)
Seat 8: dadowiec (2,355,672 in chips)
Seat 4: PaDiLhA SP (1,959,526 in chips)
Seat 5: cswidler (1,505,879 in chips)
Seat 6: villepn (770,041 in chips)

PaDiLhA SP already has a SCOOP watch from 2012 and now only three players away from adding a bracelet. With the blinds up to 20K/40K ante 5K and villepn's shortstack draining quickly, the longtime player and also a SCOOP champ would shove for under 200K as PaDiLhA SP called with 8♠A♣. Villepn's J♥Q♣ flopped a pair, but the turned ace 7♣ 3♠ J♠ A♦ 4♠ gave villepn $29,150.00 in fifth place.


Carter "cswidler" Swidler won a WCOOP 2nd chance event in 2012 then final tabled Event #31 in the same year. This time he was back and going deep trying to overcome the sizable stacks held by bolivianSWAG and dadowiec. With the blinds at 25K/50K ante 6,250 Swidler raised to 105K as bolivianSWAG made it 275K to go. Holding pocket sevens 7♣7♠ shoved for 1.5 million as bolivianSWAG snapped with aces A♥A♣. The K♦ 5♣ 3♠ 8♣ 2♦ board neglected to put out a seven as Swidler picked up $41,976.00 in fourth place.

PaDiLhA SP remained patient despite the sizable difference in stack sizes. The strategy paid off as PaDiLhA SP would snag a 2.2 million chip pot, getting value from a flopped flush. Then four hands later with the blinds moving up to 30K/60K ante 7.5K; PaDiLhA SP took a 3.3 million chip pot from dadowiec when a river bluff did not pan out.

The current of chips flowing from dadowiec to PaDiLhA SP continued another four hands later as dadowiec shoved preflop for 1.07 million with Q♠A♣ and PaDiLhA SP was right there to call with queens Q♣Q♦. No ace on the K♦ 7♦ 5♥ 9♠ T♠ board and dadowiec was denied a second WCOOP title (2013, Event #53) in third place ($55,968.00).

A second COOP title for PaDiLhA SP? Or redemption for bolivianSWAG? Both would have plenty of chips heading into heads-up play (blinds at 30K/60K ante 7.5K):

Seat 3: bolivianSWAG (4,686,514 in chips / 78BBs)
Seat 4: PaDiLhA SP (5,820,486 in chips / 97BBs)

Midway through the heads-up battle bolivianSWAG would take a key 3.1 million chip pot preflop as the two traded four raises, and bolivianSWAG's shove would end it as PaDiLhA SP could not answer.

Eight minutes later with the blinds up to 40K/80K ante 10K bolivianSWAG would min-raise as the depleted PaDiLhA SP shoved for 1.56 million holding pocket fours 4♣4♠. BolivianSWAG felt good enough to call with K♥Q♥ and flopped a flush draw to boot 2♣8♥A♥. The turned J♠ gave bolivianSWAG even more outs. But, it was a pair that caught as the Q♦ river shipped the Event #42 title and $104,940.00 to bolivianSWAG!

WCOOP-42: $215 NL Hold 'Em (Rebuys)
Entrants: 1,078
Prize pool: $583,000.00 (956 rebuys, 881 add-ons)
Places paid: 135

1. bolivianSWAG (Malta) $104,940.00
2. PaDiLhA SP (Brazil) $74,798.90
3. dadowiec (Poland) $55,968.00
4. Carter "cswidler" Swidler (Canada) $41,976.00
5. villepn (Finland) $29,150.00
6. gaboi20012 (United Kingdom) $23,320.00
7. KKremate (Brazil) $17,490.00
8. Raistj (Israel) $11,660.00
9. skyboy69 (Malta) $6,996.00

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2015