WCOOP 2015: Jeppsson owns final table wins Event #61 title, McDonald seventh

There is no denying that Mike "Timex" McDonald has been on a hot streak. Live or online here at PokerStars does not seem to matter. While McDonald would headline the WCOOP Event #61 final table it would be Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson owning the storyline and the day as he dominated from two tables on to claim the title and $105,942.56 after a three-way chop with A.Tricarico and 42ayay.

At the beginning of day two eisenhower1 held a slight chip lead over 42ayay and Ce$ar$pa. By the end of the first hour with 13 remaining, eisenhower1's 2.7 million chip stack would tower over 42ayay (740K) and Mike "Timex" McDonald (710K) with blinds moving on to 8K/16K ante 2K.


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McDonald of course is fresh off a fourth place finish at the EPT Barcelona worth €269,400 and taking the day one lead in the WCOOP Event #47 $51K Super High Roller, finishing fifth for $172K. McDonald will have his work cut out for him to claim a WCOOP bracelet as Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson is no stranger to high-stakes play with a Super Tuesday title in his pocket and final tabled this year's SCOOP Main Event-High, taking sixth for $294K.

Twenty minutes into the second hour calvin7v would collect $8,474.76 in 11th place as hand-for-hand play did not stop the aggression on either table with a potential six-figure difference between first and tenth. With an average of 30BBs, players regularly three-betting preflop and holding little fiscal concern over the possible big payday.

VitinhO Dzi was one card away from collecting 8K after getting it all-in with king-ten versus blakjak19's pocket tens. But, the river was nice enough to extend VitinhO Dzi's play as the rivered pair of kings continued the tense hand-for-hand period.

15 minutes before the second hourly break with the blinds up to 12.5K/25K ante 3,125 42ayay would min-raise as salaliitto shoved all-in for 297,016 chips. Salaliitto is no stranger to Major final tables making it to both the Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Million plus SCOOP 2015's Event #30-H earning $111K in fourth place. Adding another COOP final table would need to wait as 42ayay's pocket nines 9♥9♦ would flop a set 3♦ 7♣ 9♠ 6♠ 4♠ and outrace salaliitto's J♦T♦ to start the final table below:

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Seat 1: RGRGINDIA (195723 in chips)
Seat 2: VitinhO Dzi (583700 in chips)
Seat 3: Mike "Timex" McDonald (867766 in chips)
Seat 4: 0Human0 (775775 in chips)
Seat 5: A.Tricarico (750491 in chips)
Seat 6: 42ayay (1320354 in chips)
Seat 7: PolecatRider (393177 in chips)
Seat 8: Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson (2750657 in chips)
Seat 9: blakjak19 (327357 in chips)


McDonald would keep his hopes alive for a WCOOP bracelet but the first elimination from this final table would clip a few chips from his stack. The third hand in with the blinds staying the same, blakjak19 would shove UTG for 317,982 as RGRGINDIA called all-in for less. On to McDonald who re-shoved and covered both players with pocket queens Q♥Q♦. Good news for RGRGINDIA holding the other two queens in the deck Q♠Q♣. However, blakjak19's pocket sevens 7♠7♦ decided to spoil the chop party after hitting a set on the flop 2♥ 5♥ 7♣ K♠ 9♥ to take the 887K pot and knockout RGRGINDIA in ninth place ($10,805.31).

Timex waits for no one. After losing that sizable pot he got right back up and would square up his stack just before the second hourly break. With the blinds moving up to 15K/30K ante 3,750 McDonald would open to 60,300 as PolecatRider called from the big blind. After the A♠7♠K♦ flop PolecatRider would check-call the 45K bet to see a 5♠ on the turn. Checking again, McDonald shoved as PolecatRider paused before making the call with a pair and the nut flush draw Q♠K♥. But, Timex's pair of aces 4♦A♦ would safely cross the river 7♣ shipping $15,890.17 to PoleCatRider in eighth place.

Is there someone famous at this table? Team PokerStars Online Pro Felix "xflixx" Schneiders welcomed the sizable 1,500+ (and growing) railbirds to the final table during the break as Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson's stack still towered over the other players to start the third hour.

The crowd would grow to 1,850 spectators during this hand. With the blinds up to 20K/40K ante 5K McDonald's stack would take a sizable hit six minutes prior after trying to convince Jeppsson to lay down a rivered wheel with a paired board. With a little under 500K chips left, Timex would three-bet shove all-in from the big blind over a raise by A.Tricarico. The original raiser made the call with pocket jacks J♥J♠ as McDonald's sixes 6♣6♠ needed assistance. Both players would end up with a flush on the A♠ K♠ 2♠ 3♠ 9♥ board as Mike "Timex" McDonald's run for the Event #61 bracelet ended in seventh place ($22,952.47).


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Mike "Timex" McDonald -- seventh place ($22,952.47)


After going nearly the entire hour without an elimination there were two within seven minutes of each other. 0Human0 decided to challenge the chip leader's opening raise with a shove from the big blind. Jeppsson was up to the fight making the call with big slick K♦A♠, racing against 0Human0's pocket eights 8♦8♣. The Q♦ Q♠ T♠ K♠ 3♥ board would extend Jeppsson's chip lead as 0Human0 collected $30,014.77 in sixth place.

Shortly after blakjak19 took away $38,136.42 in fifth place, the two shortstacks decided to try their luck combining their stacks. With the blinds up to 25K/50K ante 6,250 VitinhO Dzi shoved for 518,621 as A.Tricarico followed suit for 792,121 chips turning over 7♦A♦. VitinhO Dzi's T♠K♠ was dead after the turned boat 2♦ A♣ 7♥ A♠ 3♦ but earned a sizable $54,379.71 in fourth place.

After VitinhO Dzi was pulled away from the table 42ayay seemed to have the answer for everything. 42ayay would methodically pick away at Jeppsson's stack while taking over the chip lead and getting Jeppsson to type out the shark emote as a nod towards 42ayay's run.

As 42ayay started appearing human again, but still holding a million chip lead on A.Tricarico and Jeppsson, they would pause for one of the quickest chops I have covered for the WCOOP in eight years. Almost as fast as Schneiders was able to type out the amounts, all three players typed "I agree" to the figures below with $10K set aside for the champion:

42ayay: $102,259.09
eisenhower1: $95,942.56
A.Tricarico: $95,124.33

Close to the fourth hourly break 42ayay and Jeppsson would get to the river with four million chips in the pot. Both players flopped trips, but Jeppsson held the better kicker (which also hit the river for the unnecessary boat).

Shortly after the double-up, with the blinds up to 40K/80K ante 10K 42ayay would shove for 1.54 million as Jeppsson made the call with A♦5♠. Kicker problems for 42ayay's 2♦A♠ would not improve on the K♠ 4♠ 3♦ 6♠ 7♥ board. 42ayay, the third place finisher, would get the biggest slice of the chop ($102,259.09) but no jewelry.

Jeppsson would bring a 6.5 million to 1.39 million chip lead to heads-up play trying to finish off what he barely missed during the SCOOP series this year.

And he did.

After agreeing to skip the five minute break, it would only take a total of eight minutes to claim his first WCOOP title.

With the blinds holding, Jeppsson would min-raise from the button as A.Tricarico called to see the 9♣8♠3♣ flop. Jeppsson followed through with a 128,695 bet but A.Tricarico check-raised all-in for a little more than a million. Holding a flopped two pair 3♦9♦ Jeppsson called as A.Tricarico's 8♣6♥ would not catch up on the turn J♥ nor 7♠ river. After the seven fell, Jeppsson was free to call himself WCOOP champion, winning Event #61 and $105,942.56!


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Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson -- WCOOP 2015 Event #61 Champion ($105,942.56)


WCOOP-61: $700 NL Hold'em [1R1A]
Entries: 518 (Rebuys: 249, Add-ons 295)
Prize pool: $706,230.00
Places paid: 72

1. Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson (Sweden) $105,942.56*
2. A.Tricarico (Belgium) $95,124.33*
3. 42ayay (Sweden) $102,259.09*
4. VitinhO Dzi (Brazil) $54,379.71
5. blakjak19 (Cyprus) $38,136.42
6. 0Human0 (Romania) $30,014.77
7. Mike "Tîmex" McDonald (Canada) $22,952.47
8. PolecatRider (Germany) $15,890.17
9. RGRGINDIA (India) $10,805.31

* = denotes a three-way deal

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2015