WCOOP 2016: chismann chops heads-up for second -COOP title in Event #58 ($320 Razz)

Taking the chip lead to a final table is no guarantee of success, but it certainly makes things easier when you have some room for error. Just ask chismann, the German player who arrived at the final table of WCOOP Event #58 with the chip lead, rode out a few rough spots, and emerged in position to make a deal heads-up before walking away with a WCOOP Razz title and more than $22,000.

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Event #58 kicked off yesterday at 4pm ET with a $50K guarantee and up to three optional re-entries available to every player who busted out in the early going. The 308 players who entered the tournament combined for 151 re-entries, good for a $137,700 prize pool and close to $25K set aside for the winner. The day ended with 57 players left in the field, just two spots shy of the money.

Day 2 started at 4pm today with buzzard1881 in the lead with 193,675 chips, trailed by Fresh_oO_D at 188,327 and WCOOP 2008 & SCOOP 2010 winner Ulett_23, whose fourth entry had been the charm that led to a 171,441-chip stack. Connor "blanconegro" Drinan was right behind in fourth, and tarantaleo closed out the top five at 161,599. Chief0r and Unkn0wn123 were the only players to miss out on the money when play resumed, with everyone else receiving at least $811.45 for their efforts.

chismann, having entered the tournament just once on Day 1, was in 13th place as the day began. The TCOOP 2012 pot-limit Draw winner & SCOOP 2016-Low no-limit Draw finalist from Germany managed to climb up the leaderboard steadily enough to claim the chip lead by 7:49 p.m. ET, when Fresh_oO_D was knocked out in ninth place and the final table lineup was set.

Seat 1: 0409479 (792,849 in chips)
Seat 2: ImluckNuts (670,112 in chips)
Seat 3: Ulett_23 (248,777 in chips)
Seat 4: maucchi (702,190 in chips)
Seat 5: YordanPetrov (557,663 in chips)
Seat 6: chismann (955,745 in chips)
Seat 7: tarantaleo (72,128 in chips)
Seat 8: Sz4t4n (590,536 in chips)

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Bulgaria's tarantaleo must have had a feeling of deja vu. After arriving short-stacked to a MicroMillions Razz final and being the first player out back in 2012, tarantaleo was in desperate straits from the beginning of this final table as well. Starting with (4♠ A♦) / 6♠ on the third hand helped out, but the 7♥-5♣ runout on sixth and seventh streets helped more as tarantaleo doubled through Ulett_23. Exactly one orbit later tarantaleo started with (3♦ A♠) / 7♦ and opened the action, then got in for four bets before fourth street after being raised by Sz4t4n, who had (3♠ 6♣) buried beneath the 5♣ that was showing. tarantaleo's last 59K went in the middle on fourth with K-7-3-A to Sz4t4n's J-6-5-3, and by sixth tarantaleo was still in position to win if one of the three remaining fives in the deck fell on seventh street. But the 8♥ came instead, Sz4t4n's 7-6-5-3-2 won the 356K-chip pot, and tarantaleo was out in eighth.

Ulett_23, the only previous WCOOP winner left at the table, was the shortest remaining stack now with 141K. Picking up (6♥ 3♥) / 2♦ was the start of a double-up three hands later, and with that 247K-chip pot the potential for advancement seemed to be there for the taking. But aside from stealing the antes and bring-in a single time, Ulett_23 wouldn't win another pot for the next 30 minutes. Even without getting involved too often, the antes worked the Canadian player's stack down to 79K - and then Ulett_23 started a hand with (7♠ 5♥) / A♣. Four bets went in on third street when chismann started with (3♠ 2♠) / 5♣. Ulett_23 was all-in by fourth street in hope of a few friendly cards, but a pair of jacks, another seven to pair the one he started with, and a deuce on seventh street left him with J-7-5-2-A. chismann's 9-5-4-3-2 won the 234K-chip pot, and Ulett_23 left without a second WCOOP title in seventh.

That pot gave chismann 915K, and a win in the next pot - taken down uncontested with (X-X) / 3♦ 5♠ 2♣ showing on fifth street when maucchi folded - put the German player within two big bets of the chip lead. And after 0409479 lost out in a pot that doubled maucchi to 430K, chismann took over the top spot and set to work maintaining it.

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Wins weren't hard for chismann to come by, but a 700K-chip pot taken with a 7-6-4-3-2 heads-up against Sz4t4n, who had (X-X) 6♦ 9♠ 7♣ J♦ / (X), moved chismann over 1.5M when nobody else at the table had more than 738K. It also dropped Sz4t4n into last place, setting up another confrontation between the two players four hands later. Sz4t4n started with (2♥ A♣) / 7♠ to chismann's (A♥ 6♣) / 5♦ and every street went bet-call, putting Sz4t4n all-in on seventh street with (2♥ A♣) / 7♠ 4♠ J♠ 9♥ / (9♦) for a 9-7 low. chismann had already made an 8-6 low on sixth street, so Sz4t4n departed in sixth.

chismann surrendered the chip lead on the next orbit after losing a 692K-chip pot heads-up to SCOOP 2015-Medium Razz finalist YordanPetrov, starting with the 3♣ showing but picking up face cards on fifth and sixth before mucking on seventh when YordanPetrov's 9-7-6-4-A took down the pot. Five hands later it was YordanPetrov doing the heavy lifting, calling Sunday Warm-Up & SCOOP 2015 finalist ImluckNuts's completed bet with (3♥ 3♦) / 4♣before the action went bet-call all the way down to seveneth street. ImluckNuts called there and showed (5♠ 8♠) 2♦ 7♠ 2♥ T♣ / (A♦) for an 8-7 low, but YordanPetrov had done that one better with (3♥ 3♦) / 4♣ 2♠ 8♥ J♣ / (6♠) for an 8-6. YordanPetrov dragged the 586K-chip pot, and ImluckNuts bowed out in fifth.

Despite coming into the final table with one of the larger stacjs in play, Japan's maucchi had been forced to play for survival after dropping some chips early on. Even with just 214K after ImluckNuts's departure and the stakes at 40K/80K with 8K antes, maucchi managed to make a game out of it. The Japanese player was able to climb as high as 712K without facing elimination, or indeed even making it to showdown. When a showdown finally arrived, though, it went against maucchi. After starting the hand with (6♠ 2♥) / 4♣, picking up a king and then pairing twice kept maucchi from overcoming chismann's T-7 low - and the player from Japan was back down to 277K again.

chismann proved to be an obstacle again three orbits later. The German player completed to 50K with (7♥ T♥) / 2♦ and maucchi called with (7♠ 2♠) / 8♦, setting a string of bet-call streets into motion that had maucchi all-in on sixth street with a J-8-7-4-2 low made and chismann holding a made T-9-7-2-A. Any ten, nine, six, five, trey, or ace could have kept maucchi's high-wire survival act going, but the 4♠ came on seventh street instead and maucchi bowed out in fourth.

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Worth 603K in chips, that pot boosted chismann's stack to 2.5M with the stakes at 60K/120K and the antes at 12K. YordanPetrov was within one heads-up pot of taking that lead away at 1.38M, and 0409479 was hanging on with 700K. The two bottom stacks evened out a few hands later when YordanPetrov folded to 0409479 on fifth street with a paired board, and about ten hands after that the player from Bulgaria would pair not once but twice by fifth street.

Forced to fold with 456K left, YordanPetrov typed "fml" into the chat box and chipped down to 222K over the next few hands before picking up (A♦ Q♦) / 4♥ and going with it. chismann's (5♦ 3♠) / J♥ turned into an 8-7 low by sixth and then a 76-low with the A♠ on seventh street. YordanPetrov's T-9 - once again with a paired board - couldn't compete, and the player from Bulgaria left in third.

Ahead better than 2-to-1 as heads-up play began, chismann looked to put the match away early. After taking three quick pots, chismann started with the J♠ up and 3♠ 6♠ below - and 0409479 had the J♥ up with 6♦ 2♠ below. The action went bet-call until sixth street, when chismann raised with a made J-8 and 0409479 re-raised to get all-in with a made J-7. The 5♠ on seventh street made a solid 7-6-5-4-2 for 0409479 and doubled the player from the U.K. to 1.44M chips. It wasn't long before the two players agreed to an even chop of the remaining prize money, with $2,754 set aside for the winner.

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0409479 spent the next 10 minutes pulling slightly closer hand by hand and finally claimed the lead in a 984K-chip pot thanks to an ace on the river of a (5♣ 4♠) / K♦ 6♥ 9♥ K♥ / (A♥) board. But chismann turned things around with a 1M-chip pot four hands later, which set the pattern for the heads-up match. Every time the player from the U.K. would pull close or take the lead by a small margin, chismann would reel off a win and regain momentum. For 25 minutes this pattern endured, until chismann finally put together a string of wins to close the tournament out.

The key pot saw chismann holding a 344K-chip lead and (4♥ A♦) / 2♥ as the hand began. 0409479 had the 2♦ showing, setting up two bets of action on third street, a checked fourth when both players drew face cards, and two more bets on fifth when chismann picked up the 3♥ for a 4-3-2-A draw looking for another low card. It arrived on sixth street as the 5♥, and that wheel took the pot as 0409479 mucked with 2♦ J♠ 7♠ 5♠ showing.

That pot gave chismann 3.1M to 0409479's 1.4M, and the German player would drop only three of the next 15 pots en route to closing out the tournament. The final hand saw 0409479 make a desperate stand with (9♥ 6♥) / 3♦ and pair twice on sixth and seventh streets while chismann made an 8-6-3-2-A low for the win.

Thanks to this WCOOP win and that TCOOP victory back in 2012, chismann will be in contention for a Triple COOP when SCOOP starts up next spring. Congratulations on the victory!

WCOOP 2016: Event #58, $320 Razz
Entrants: 459 (308 entries, 151 re-entries)
Prize pool: $137,700
Places paid: 55

1. chismann (Germany) $22,763.90*
2. 0409479 (United Kingdom) $20,009.90*
3. YordanPetrov (Bulgaria) $13,261.18
4. maucchi (Japan) $9,720.40
5. ImluckNuts (Russia) $7,125.02
6. Sz4t4n (Poland) $5,222.61
7. Ulett_23 (Canada) $3,828.17
8. tarantaleo (Bulgaria) $2,806.03
* - denotes results of a heads-up deal

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