WCOOP 2016: Couldn't be better for Perfect1232, Event #4 champ ($215 NL Hold'em Sunday Million SE)
Among the several events helping kick off this 2016 World Championship of Online Poker was a "Special Edition" of the Sunday Million, the weekly $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars that celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year.
This "SE" Sunday Milly sported a $1.5 million guarantee and a two-day schedule, and with 10,228 total entries it was a good thing they had the extra day to find a winner. That big turnout meant a $2,045,000 prize pool, split among the top 1,268 finishers, and in the end it was Hungary's Perfect1232 earning the lion's share of the loot, picking up $231.369.97 after winning the event following a three-handed final table.
They managed to play all of the way down to 231 players on Day 1, with Dan "APowers1968" Colpoys enjoying the overnight chip lead. Here's what the the top of the leaderboard looked like when play resumed on Monday:
1. Dan "APowers1968" Colpoys (Canada) -- 3,146,329
2. ruffianace (Canada) -- 2,531,270
3. Chad "ihaterivers" Walker (Anguilla) -- 2,524,556
4. blooming94 (Bolivia) -- 2,440,794
5. tinkerpinker (Russia) -- 2,422,318
6. TheUrsaraie (Romania) -- 2,249,381
7. dani aziz (Brazil) -- 2,217,385
8. Donald "d7o1d1s0" Rae (United Kingdom) -- 2,152,173
9. Keith "The Camel" Hawkins (United Kingdom) -- 2,040,930
10. R00Kn'daVET (Canada) -- 2,031,253
After a couple of hours of play on Day 2 they were down to 100 players, with ruffianace leading the way with a stack of just under 6 million.
About five-and-a-half hours into Day 2 just 18 players remained, with Dan "APowers1968" Colpoys having gone out in 38th ($3,889.32), ruffianace still near the top, and burasss the new leader with a stack of just over 20 million.
rolandinjo (18th) next went out, earning $5,556.25. After that demetri1978 (17th), Ronnie "ronnieb122" Ballantyne (16th), Kamikaze94 (15th), and Dmitry "veryking" Vitkind (14th) successively hit the rail, with each earning $7,917.69.
Next out was 2016 SCOOP $10K Main Event champion Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi (13th), with burasss (12th) and Baniclvan (11th) following him, like Shakerchi earning $11,282.50. Then after a lengthy final table bubble it was R00Kn'daVET (10th) going out, also picking up $11,282.50.
With king2173 the new leader with more than 71 million and Day 2 having just crossed the seven-hour mark, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Smertvich (Russia) -- 9,015,282
Seat 2: Perfect1232 (Hungary) -- 48,686,548
Seat 3: Manig "swordfish007" Loeser (Austria) -- 8,301,090
Seat 4: kbp00 (South Korea) -- 16,829,907
Seat 5: veyrassois (Switzerland) -- 13,343,207
Seat 6: Pipin811 (Argentina) -- 12,631,012
Seat 7: dani aziz (Brazil) -- 11,904,900
Seat 8: ruffianace (Canada) -- 12,520,500
Seat 9: king2173 (Austria) -- 71,327,554
The final nine made it through one orbit together, then with the blinds at 500K/1M it was dani aziz open-shoving for 11,904,900 from middle position and leader king2173 calling from two seats over.
dani aziz had 7♣7♦ but unfortunately had run into king2173's A♦A♠. The flop came 7♥A♥3♣ to give both sets, and after the 4♠ turn and 6♣ river dani aziz was done in ninth.
About six minutes later they were in the same level when Manig "swordfish007" Loeser open-shoved for 4,676,090 from middle position with A♦2♠ and got one caller in king2173 in the big blind with 9♣6♣. The 9♠8♦J♥ flop hit the chip leader's hand, and after the 4♣ turn and T♣ river Loeser was eliminated in eighth.
Another six minutes passed, and with the blinds up to 600K/1.2M it was ruffianace opening for 5,860,435 from middle position, leaving just a single chip behind. Perfect1232 then reraised all-in from the small blind, and after kbp00 folded the big blind ruffianace called with that last chip.
ruffianace had Q♥9♦ while Perfect1232 showed A♠J♣, and after the 8♥A♣9♠6♣5♦ gave Perfect1232 the best pair, ruffianace was out in seventh.
About 15 minutes later the blinds were up again to 800K/1.6M when king2173 (still leading) opened for 4 million from early position, then watched kbp00 shove for 17,409,814 from the small blind. king2173 called the reraise, showing J♦J♠ while kpb00 had A♠Q♥. The K♣9♦3♠8♥4♣ runout kept the jacks in front, and kpb00 was on the rail in sixth.
Just four hands later, king2173 raised to 4 million from the cutoff, veyrassois called from the big blind, and the flop came 6♦T♦9♥. veyrassois led with an all-in push for 8,717,480, and king2173 called.
veyrassois showed K♣T♠ for top pair with a king kicker, which at the moment was better than king2173's T♣8♣ for tens with a lesser kicker. The J♠ turn kept veyrassois ahead, but the 8♦ fell on the river to give king2173 a second pair, and veyrassois was finished in fifth.
Two hands after that, Pipin811 open-shoved from the button for 12,531,176 (not quite eight big blinds) with A♥K♠ and Smertvich called from the big blind holding 6♠6♦. The community cards came 4♥Q♠4♦5♥Q♣, meaning Smertvich had the better two pair and Pipin811's tournament run was over in fourth.
The final three continued for a short while, then paused things to talk about a possible chop. At that point king2173 had about 117 million, Smertvich was next with just over 45 million, and Perfect1232 had right at 42 million.
Both "ICM"-based figures and "chip chop" numbers were presented, leaving just over $40K to play for in each case. Leader king2173 proposed finding some midpoint between the two figures, and while Perfect1232 was willing to negotiate Smertvich favored sticking with "ICM" numbers and they were at an impasse.
Play resumed, and the trio battled all of the way near the day's nine-hour mark, at which point Smertvich was on top (79,625,846), Perfect1232 next (75,824,613), and king2173 third (49,109,541). They tried another deal discussion, and again both sets of numbers were produced.
This time Smertvich was the one wanting a little more than what an "ICM"-based deal offered. Ultimately Perfect1232 gave up some ($600) to Smertvich and a deal was done. With $40,912 still on the table along with the WCOOP title, play resumed once more.
Eventually the blinds were a whopping 1.2M/2.4M when Perfect1232 opened for 4.8 million from the button, then king2173 pushed all-in for 32,004,856 over the small blind and Perfect1232 called. king2173 had A♦Q♦ and Perfect1232 K♣J♦. The J♣T♠9♥ flop hit Perfect1232's hand, and after the 3♣ turn and 4♥ river king2173 was out in third.
That pot gave Perfect1232 the edge to start heads-up play with 122,275,082 to Smertvich's 82,284,918. Ultimately the pair would battle for more than a half-hour more, trading the lead back and forth and remaining close for much of the way.
Then, with Perfect1232 back in front with just under 110 million to Smertvich's 94.5 million, Perfect1232 min-raised to 6.4 million from the button, Smertvich three-bet to 20.8 million, and Perfect1232 called.
The flop came A♣8♦7♥, and after Smertvich continued for 12.8 million, Perfect1232 called again. The turn was the J♣, and this time Smertvich shoved for 60,560,138. Perfect1232 called once more.
Perfect1232 had top pair of aces while Smertvich had a flush draw and a gutshot. The river then brought the 9♦, giving Smertvich a lesser pair, Perfect1232 a straight, and after a nearly 10-hour second day of poker ending the tournament.
Congratulations to Perfect1232 for outlasting more than ten thousand opponents including a gritty final table to win the extra $40K-plus and take the Event #4 title.
WCOOP-04 ($215 NL Hold'em, Sunday Million SE) results
Total Entries: 10,228 (7,415 entries, 2,813 re-entries)
Prize pool: $2,045,600
Places paid: 1,268
1. Perfect1232 (Hungary) $231,369.97*
2. Smertvich (Russia) $193,412.10*
3. king2173 (Austria) $174,914.65*
4. Pipin811 (Argentina) $94,455.17
5. veyrassois (Switzerland) $66,285.82
6. kbp00 (South Korea) $46,517.55
7. ruffianace (Canada) $32,644.70
8. swordfish007 (Austria) $22,909.28
9. dani aziz (Brazil) $16,076.98
*denotes three-way deal.
We're only two days into the three-week World Championship of Online Poker. Visit the WCOOP site for a look at the full schedule of remaining events as well as results, the updated Player of the Series leaderboard, and more.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.