WCOOP 2015: Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen claims Event #40 (6-max, Shootout)

"King of the Olds".

Hard to believe this tournament series started in 2002 with a total of nine events and $730K in combined prizes. Now, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) boasts $45 million in guarantees (which are usually crushed as Event #40's NLHE 6-Max Shootout was by $110K) and 70 different chances to claim a bracelet.

One name has popped in these tournaments for awhile in the final table reports as he has been playing since 2004 or 05' from his memory. Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen would weave through four tables, and after chopping with Luigi da BP, took away his first WCOOP title and $69,825.33.

Down to the money bubble on day one, 35 players already locked up their seats to the penultimate table while watching m8675309a and AmarthZeïdes scramble for the last chair guaranteeing $3,978.00. Seven minutes before the seventh hour of play with the blinds up to 250/500 ante 60, m8675309a would bully shove 26,126 chips from the button as AmarthZeïdes made the call for 3,254 all-in holding Q♠7♣. Well, m8675309a's J♥9♥ got something to hold on to after flopping a jack and rivering a flush J♦ K♦ 6♥ 7♥ 5♥ to open up the prize pool to the remaining 36.

At the next table someone finally got m8675309a's number as the Tommy Tutone fan would not make it to day two finishing in 19th place and receiving the same $3,978.00 as the other 30 players who fell short of making the second day.

Among those missing out: Manni1822 (tenth place) who final tabled Event #17 (also a six-max event) earning $61K in third place. SCOOP 2015 Event #29-H champ Emil "Maroonlime" Patel and Connor "blanconegro" Drinan who nearly binked the Super Tuesday.

Plenty of players looking for yet another major win at PokerStars including Patrick "pads1161" Leonard already claiming a bracelet this year taking down Event #17 while locking up $108K. Old school represented by Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen with final tables in all three COOP series. KornmeisterX already has a final table this year in Event #12 and Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani owns a Super Tuesday title.

But the day for the bracelet would actually start before the first card was dealt as the player jockeyed to assure their overnight nap would be profitable. However, the figures put out by Rasmussen and Leonard did not catch enough interest as the chat box went cold while the action heated up.


The first hour of play watched KornmeisterX get crippled early on as juarnes got max value on a flopped straight. KornmeisterX would step lightly, and found a couple of spots to double up but would only take 959 chips from a starting stack of 5,000 into the second hour with blinds at 40/80 ante 10.

After the break the lithe motions of KornmeisterX's shortstack would quickly stumble. Five minutes into the second hour of play with the blinds moving up on the next hand, Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani was not in a generous mood and open shoved from the small blind holding 6♠K♦. KornmeisterX decided T♣J♦ was enough from the big blind to take a shot and was rewarded with trips on the T♥4♦T♦ flop. But, running diamonds on the 3♦ turn and 9♦ river shipped $14,400.00 to KornmeisterX in sixth place.

It would take awhile but the action hands waited until the later part of the hour.

First, with blinds up to 80/160 ante 20 Patrick "pads1161" Leonard's chances at a second WCOOP bracelet year would need to hold off until the next tournament. Leonard open shoved 3,111 chips from the small blind as juarnes took a shot and called with Q♦K♣ from the big blind. Right timing, right call, right result as the 5♥ 4♠ J♣ 8♣ T♠ board sent Leonard to the rail receiving $21,600.00 in fifth place. With the fifth place finish, Leonard vaulted into ninth place in the WCOOP 2015 Player of the Series race

Three hands later and five minutes before the third hourly break, Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani would open from the cutoff as Luigi da BP three-bet from the button. Dattani shoved for 5,668 with Q♣A♠. Regret may have settled in after Luigi da BP called and turned over big slick A♥K♠. A king on the flop 6♦ K♥ 8♦ 9♦ 3♣ ended this one by the turn as Dattani scooped up $28,800.00 in fourth place.


Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani

At the break Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen would hold a slight lead on Luigi da BP as juarnes held only a third of their stack. Despite the willingness to chop at the beginning, the chat box remained silent.

Seat 1: THAY3R (12826 in chips)
Seat 3: juarnes (4326 in chips)
Seat 6: Luigi da BP (12848 in chips)

Ten minutes into the third hour with the blind up to 80/160 ante 20, Luigi da BP would raise to 342 as juarnes made the call in the big blind to see a T♠J♦7♣ flop. Luigi followed through with a 362 chip bet as juarnes went for broke with a check-raise all-in for 2,717. Luigi had no problem calling with aces A♦A♣ as juarnes showed the slowed played kings K♣K♦. The cooler played out in Luigi's favor with a T♦ on the turn and A♠ river as juarnes picked up $41,400.00 in third place.

The old school player had to be taught a new trick on how to find the deal button. Luckily Luigi was able to assist Rasmussen as the chat silence was broken. Team PokerStars Online Pro Grzegorz "DaWarshaw" Mikielewicz stepped in to help out our final two.

Luigi asked "icm or chipchop"
Rasmussen replied "they're the same"
Luigi trying to keep light in a tense moment of being one player away from a WCOOP title, showed a bluff and said "I'm kidding!".

Both of them also showed their age here as Luigi asked about Rasmussen's first tourney. "2004 or 05" was the reply as Mikielewicz jumped in with 2004 as well, older than Luigi's 2006.

After the comedy routine was done both players quickly agreed to the figures below (leaving $5K aside for the champion):

THAY3R (Mexico) $64,825.33
Luigi da BP (Hungary) $64,634.67

After the six minute mini-break for the chop talks, just three hands later THAY3R went to work claiming a huge 14.1K pot to take a lead which he would not let go.

Another ten minutes later with the blinds up to 100/200 ante 25 and Rasmussen now holding a 26.2K to 3.7K chip lead, he would min-raise from the button as Luigi da BP made the call. Luigi would try a small check-raise at the coordinated J♣9♣7♥ flop, but Rasmussen made the call. T♥ turn and Luigi jumped all-in for 2,427 as Rasmussen called with the straight K♦8♣. Luigi showed a higher straight draw Q♣5♦, but the "King of the Olds" would take home the bracelet as the J♦ river shipped $69,825.33 and the Event #40 title to Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen!

WCOOP-40 $530 NL Hold Em' (6-Max, Shootout)
Entrants: 720
Prize pool: $360,000.00
Places paid: 36

1. Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (Mexico) $69,825.33*
2. Luigi da BP (Hungary) $64,634.67*
3. juarnes (Belgium) $41,400.00
4. Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani (Czech Republic) $28,800.00
5. Patrick "pads1161" Leonard (Hungary) $21,600.00
6. KornmeisterX (Germany) $14,400.00

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2015