WCOOP 2016: Ohljo outlasts stacked final group to win Event #37 ($215 NLHE 2R1A)

Event #37 of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker -- a $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em event with options to rebuy twice and add-on once -- ended up producing one of the tougher final table line-ups of the series so far, one featuring Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion, Ivan "Negriin" Luca, and Joel "jbrown8777" Brown (with Brown looking for a second title inside of a week). There was even a Team PokerStars Pro making it close to the final nine to add a little more drama to the proceedings.

In the end, however, it was Bulgaria's Ohljo outlasting everyone to claim the latest WCOOP title and a cool $79,638.33 payday.


This one attracted 1,095 players who after rebuying 855 times and taking 461 add-ons together built a big prize pool of $489,433 that more than doubled the event's $200K guarantee. The top 134 finishers got to divide up the loot, with the money bubble bursting well ahead of the end of Wednesday's Day 1.

By the time that first day concluded those 1,095 runners had reduced themselves down to just 56, with Joel "jbrown8777" Brown and Eli "Timunim" Fagundes leading the way as the only players with more than a million chips. Also among those returning to an above average stack on Thursday was Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier who finished Day 1 with a healthy stack that placed him inside the top 20.

After two hours on Day 2 they were down to 27, with Ivan "Negriin" Luca having risen to the top of the counts by building up to more than 2.77 million -- over a million clear of anyone else at the time. Less than an hour later they were down to 18, with TerjePower18 the new chip leader, Luca having slipped back to the middle of the pack, and Mercier still hanging on with a short stack.

Timonpoika next went out in 18th ($2,613.62), followed by Ringelsdorf (17th), jason13-2008 (16th), Max "$uperdecay" Lykov (15th), and Hei$$enb3rg (14th), with the latter four each earning $3,565.66. 

Mercier continued to battle despite being low on chips, but his run finally ended in 13th after losing the last of his stack to Ohljo. 


Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier

Sebastian "pocket00" Sikorski (12th), Wh0AndBeni (11th), and plspaythxbye (10th) followed the Team PokerStars Pro to the rail, like him earning $4,864.52, and as the tournament was approaching the day's four-hour mark the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion (United Kingdom) -- 969,456
Seat 2: Ivan "Negriin" Luca (Argentina) -- 1,558,224
Seat 3: TerjePower18 (Norway) -- 2,309,807
Seat 4: Bjuran (Sweden) -- 1,496,126
Seat 5: Eli "Timunim" Fagundes (Brazil) -- 1,656,988
Seat 6: Robabatt (Germany) -- 5,144,105
Seat 7: mahmuttt88 (Finland) -- 2,427,198
Seat 8: Joel "jbrown8777" Brown (Canada) -- 3,893,383
Seat 9: Ohljo (Bulgaria) -- 4,654,713 

About 20 minutes into the final table the blinds were 40,000/80,000 when Bjuran open-shoved for 994,926 total over the small blind and got called by Eli "Timunim" Fagundes from the BB. Bjuran had a king with K♦8♥, but Fagundes had a big ace with A♥Q♣, and five cards later -- T♣6♦T♦A♦4♥ -- Bjuran was done in ninth.

Not quite a half-hour later, Eli "Timunim" Fagundes opened for 264,000 from UTG (2.2x the BB), Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion called from the button, and the pair watched the flop fall 2♣7♥3♦. Fagundes continued for 295,700 and Concepcion called again, then the T♣ came on the turn. At that Fagundes fired 589,700, Concepcion raise-shoved, and Fagundes called with the 1,130,014 he had left.

Fagundes had A♦7♦ for sevens but Concepcion had A♥A♠ for the better pair, and after the 5♥ river Fagundes was out in eighth while Concepcion had jumped into the chip lead with more than 7 million.

The final seven made it through the day's five-hour mark, then with the blinds 60,000/120,000 it was Ohljo opening for 265,000 from under the gun, Joel "jbrown8777" Brown shoving for 1,855,595 from the big blind, and Ohljo quickly calling. 

Brown had picked up Q♥Q♣ but Ohljo had K♦K♣, and after a 4♥3♣A♥J♣J♥ runout Brown was on the rail in seventh. That was just a few spots shy of a third career WCOOP title for Brown who has won a couple of Prog-KO events, including one just a few days ago in Event #24 ($530 NLHE) where he earned a six-figure score.

Just two hands later, leader Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion open-shoved from the small blind and a short-stacked Ivan "Negriin" Luca called all-in from the big blind for 1,201,024. Luca was ahead with A♠J♣ versus Concepcion's 8♦7♣, but an 8♥8♣T♦ flop quickly put the chip leader in front in the hand. The turn was the 3♦, making the river no matter and ending Luca's run in sixth.


Ivan "Negriin" Luca

The final five battled onward, with Robabatt and Ohljo eventually closing the gap to overtake Concepcion. Then Ohljo won a big pot off of OMGjonyctt to push Concepcion down in the counts while rising up near 13 million to take a big chip lead.

Not long after, Concepcion open-raised all-in from the small blind for 1,022,556 (not quite 7.5 big blinds) with K♥3♦, TerjePower18 called from the BB with K♠T♠, and after a 4♣2♣J♠8♣J♦ board Concepcion was out in fifth.

It was another strong WCOOP showing for Concepcion who won a WCOOP in 2013 and took runner-up in Event #14 this year, another $215 no-limit hold'em event, after losing a big heads-up lead to Brian "brianm15" England. 


Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion

A few minutes later mahmuttt88 was the one pushing all-in -- in this case from the small blind for 1,842,172 (just over 13 BBs) -- and leader Ohljo called from the next seat. mahmuttt88 had K♥4♣ and needed to improve against Ohljo's A♥5♦, but the 8♥6♥T♦7♥6♣ board didn't cooperate and mahmuttt88 was eliminated in fourth.

The final three pushed forward, then with the blinds up to 100K/200K Robabatt shoved for 2,570,140 over the small blind with A♠8♣ and Ohljo called from the big blind with K♦Q♦. The 3♣7♦4♠ flop was okay for Robabatt, but the K♥ turn was not. The 4♦ fell on fifth street, stopping Robabatt in third.

Ohljo enjoyed a big lead to begin heads-up play with 19,258,860 to TerjePower18's 4,851,140. The pair made it to one more hourly-break, the one that came at Day 2's six-hour mark, by which point TerjePower18 had been whittled down under 2 million. 

TerjePower18 managed one double-up (with A♣4♦ versus K♥J♥), but was soon all-in again before the flop for 2,094,480 with J♥5♥ versus Ohljo's A♣T♥.

The 2♦5♠4♦ flop hit TerjePower18's hand, making it look as though the match would be extended, and the 7♠ turn didn't change anything. But the T♣ came on the river to give the final pot and victory to Ohljo.

Congratulations to Ohljo for outlasting a tough final table and over 1,000-player field to earn the Event #37 title and an almost $80K score.

WCOOP-37 ($215 NL Hold'em, 2R1A) results
Total Entries: 1,095 (855 rebuys, 461 add-ons)
Prize pool: $489,433 
Places paid: 134

1. Ohljo (Bulgaria) $79,638.33 
2. TerjePower18 (Norway) $58,374.03
3. Robabatt (Germany) $42,787.99
4. mahmuttt88 (Finland) $31,363.45
5. Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion (United Kingdom) $22,989.30
6. Ivan "Negriin" Luca (Argentina) $16,851.08
7. Joel "jbrown8777" Brown (Canada) $12,351.77
8. Eli "Timunim" Fagundes (Brazil) $9,053.82
9. Bjuran (Sweden) $6,636.46

The 82-event 2016 World Championship of Online Poker is just now crossing the halfway mark. Go visit the WCOOP site for a look at the rest of the schedule. 

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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