WCOOP 2016: High Roller champ Connor "blanconegro" Drinan wins Event #5 ($320 NLO Hi/Lo 6-Max.)
Connor "blanconegro" Drinan is having quite a week.
Having just wound up last Sunday winning the €10K High Roller to conclude EPT Barcelona by picking up a €849,200 first prize, seven days later he's helped start another PokerStars festival with another victory, this time winning Event #5 here on the first day of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker.
Speaking of a hot streak, Drinan managed to knock out all five of his opponents at the final table to earn himself the win and a $26,614.82 first prize.
This time the game was no-limit Omaha hi/lo, played six-handed. By the time late registration ended there were an even 500 players registered for the $320 buy-in event, which meant a $150,000 prize pool, exactly equaling the event's guarantee. (Talk about a guarantee!)
It took a little less than four hours for those 500 to play down to 65 and the money bubble to burst, at which point Robin "robinho" Ylitalo was in the chip lead. Ylitalo is just coming off having won a silver spade himself at EPT Barcelona, winning a €1K NL Turbo event while there.
A little over an hour later they were down to 12, with Ylitalo having slipped in the counts before falling in 22nd ($1,340.86) and Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz (16th, $1,772.82) among those just missing the final two tables. The 2014 WCOOP Main Event champion also had a more than decent time in Barcelona last month, highlighted by a victory in the €50K Super High Roller for a €1,300,300 first prize.
By then Edgy420 had emerged as a big chip leader, edging up toward the 1 million-chip mark while no one else had as much as 700,000.
The next player out was gettingpwned (12th), earning $1,772.82. Then genio360 (11th) and Perrymejsen (10th) successively went out, picking up $2,343.94 each. ZhipOHoy (ninth) and kuhn89 (eighth) followed, with those two taking away $3,099.07 apiece from the prize pool. And with the tournament's six-hour mark approaching Edgy420 fell to go out in seventh and earn $4,097.44.
With RedPh0enix the new chip leader with more than 2 million -- well over twice the nearest challenger in the counts at the time -- the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Milana Jones (Russia) -- 839,172
Seat 2: Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson (Mexico) -- 178,268
Seat 3: The TJS (United Kingdom) -- 804,318
Seat 4: RedPh0enix (Russia) -- 2,008,288
Seat 5: Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (Mexico) -- 522,748
Seat 6: sleepy_seven (Germany) -- 647,206
Soon after the final table began, the blinds were 10,000/20,000 when Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson open-raised all-in from early position with his last 138,768. Then Connor "blanconegro" Drinan reraised all-in from the small blind to isoloate.
Drinan had A♥K♣9♥6♣ versus Margereson's A♣J♥5♠4♠, and the 2♠K♦2♥J♠2♣ meant no low hand and better kickers for Drinan to win the high, thereby ending Margereson's tournament in sixth.
On the very next hand, RedPh0enix opened for 42,000 from the cutoff, Drinan called from the button, then Milana Jones reraised all-in for 348,023 from the big blind. RedPh0enix got out, but Drinan was there with the call, turning over A♦8♠5♠3♠ versus Milana Jones's A♣K♦Q♥7♦.
The community cards came Q♦2♠T♠K♠9♥ -- again no low hand, and again the high went to Drinan as he made a flush, knocking Milana Jones out in fifth.
Just a couple of minutes later it was Drinan open-shoving all-in from the small blind and sleepy_seven calling all-in for 507,706 from the BB. Drinan had A♦9♥7♠4♣ this time while sleepy_seven showed K♥8♠4♥2♠.
It was a familiar story, as the board came 3♦9♣Q♥4♦T♠. Once more there was no low, and once more Drinan was winning the high, this time with nines and fours. sleepy_seven was done in fourth, and while RedPh0enix still led Drinan had closed the gap considerably with those three knockouts.
The final three all made it to the tournament's seven-hour mark, by which point Drinan had surged in front with over 2.65 million, RedPh0enix was next with almost 1.69 million, and The TJS third with just under 657,000.
A couple of minutes later the blinds were 18,000/36,000 when Drinan opened for 79,200 from the button, The TJS shoved for 623,130 from the small blind, and Drinan called.
The TJS had A♠Q♣J♠7♠ while Drinan showed A♦K♥T♦8♥. The 8♣T♠9♠9♥T♥ board then favored Drinan, giving him a full house which beat The TJS's straight to send the latter railward in third.
The pot gave Drinan nearly a 2-to-1 chip advantage to start heads-up play with 3,311,567 to RedPh0enix's 1,688,433.
After about 20 minutes of back-and-forthing, Drinan had increased his advantage, moving up close to 4 million while RedPh0enix dropped back to just over 1 million. Then, with the blinds at 25,000/50,000, RedPh0enix open-raised all-in and Drinan called.
RedPh0enix had the aces, but when the community cards came 3♦J♦T♦, then K♣, then Q♦, that added up to a straight for Drinan and a fifth final table knockout. RedPh0enix came one spot shy of the win as Drinan was the one taking home the last pot and first prize.
Won a WCOOP. Not a bad week— Connor Drinan (@ConnorDrinan) September 5, 2016
Congratulations to Connor "blanconegro" Drinan for following up his big EPT Barcelona High Roller win with a WCOOP title.
WCOOP-05 ($320 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max) results
Prize pool: $150,000.00
Places paid: 65
1. Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (Mexico) $26,614.82
2. RedPh0enix (Russia) $18,306.27
3. The TJS (United Kingdom) $12,591.51
4. sleepy_seven (Germany) $8,660.76
5. Milana Jones (Russia) $5,957.08
6. Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson (Mexico) $4,097.44
Things are just getting started in the three-week World Championship of Online Poker. Check the WCOOP site for the full schedule as well as results, the updated Player of the Series leaderboard, and more.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.