WCOOP 2016: onmybicycle rides to a first COOP title in Event 22 ($215 PL 5-Card Omaha H/L, 6-Max)

The second WCOOP weekend gave players plenty of opportunities to mix it up on the virtual felt. Event 22 had the action-inducing fun of Pot Limit Omaha, then threw in an extra hole card, put them each at a short-handed table, and tweaked it by making it a split pot game. After a big run from the bottom to the top on Day 2, it was the Netherland's onmybicycle claiming to top prize for his first COOP title.

The tournament drew 377 entrants with each of them having three additional re-entry options if they went bust. Another 257 entries came via that path to put the total entrant number at 634 to easily surpass the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The last 83 players earned a piece of the $126,800 prize pool and they were in the money late in the day. The tournament paused the clock at the end of the Level 25 and those players still with chips returned for Day 2 looking for the next WCOOP champion.

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Event 22 Day 2 returning players

Adam "Adamyid" Owen came back from the extended break with a huge chip lead over the other 22 remaining players. He was the only one with more than one million in his stack and his closest competitor, kotik363, held less than 500,000. But the first hour of the new day did not go well for the 2016 SCOOP champion, his lead quickly evaporated in a series of smaller hands until he hit the final table in the middle of the pack.

It took two hours of Day 2 action to reach the final bubble of the tournament. After nearly 40 minutes of hand-for-hand play, it was onmybicycle sending out 2012 SCOOP champion "The Cooker" out in 7th place with a huge flopped flush to set the table.

Owen was not the only player at the short-handed table with past success. He was joined by 2015 Sunday Warmup winner vip25459 with another big name next to him in Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov. The former WSOP and WPT champion made another COOP final table and was looking for his third WCOOP title.

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Seat 1: onmybicycle (1,582,170 in chips)
Seat 2: Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov (514,394 in chips)
Seat 3: vip25459 (285,623 in chips)
Seat 4: Adam "Adamyid" Owen (856,686 in chips)
Seat 5: KRASIVIQ (2,030,030 in chips)
Seat 6: Zbad (1,071,097 in chips)

Blinds: 10,000/20,000

RIP to vip25459, eliminated in 6th

It was always going to be a long comeback for vip25459 as the former Sunday Warmup champ was by far the shortest stack hitting the final table. His tournament run came to an end only two hands after they joined as one.

KRASIVIQ opened to 50,000 from under the gun, Katchalov called on the button along with vip25459 and Owen from the blinds to see the T♠7♥4♥ flop. vip25459 put out a minimum bet and KRASIVIQ responded with a pot-sized bet to put vip25459 all-in.

KRASIVIQ: A♦A♥9♥7♠6♦
vip25459: T♦6♥5♠3♥2♠

vip25459 had a small statistical edge with the smaller pair, big wrap draw but KRASIVIQ was ahead with the aces, nut flush draw, and better low draw. The K♠ turn and J♦ river bricked for vip25459 and it was pair over pair to send him out in 6th place.

Katchalov can't come back either, eliminated in 5th

Two hands after vip25459 was eliminated, WSOP/WPT champ Katchalov put himself at risk looking for a double up. He min-raised under the gun and called another 110,000 from Owen to the A♦Q♥9♠ flop. Katchalov quickly moved all in and Owen called.

Katchalov: A♠Q♦J♣3♦2♦
Owen: A♥J♠T♣4♦2♥

Katchalov was well ahead for the double with top two pair and added a flush draw on the 5♦ turn. There were only a handful of bad cards in the deck for Katchalov and the K♥ river was one of them, filling the gutshot for Owen to send the double-WCOOP champ out in 5th place.

Zbad doubles through Owen

Owen's day was looking up after they made it down to the final table, then he ran into a tough spot. He was heads up with Zbad to the K♦Q♦7♥ when the chips went in the middle after few bets.

Owen flopped bottom set with 7♣7♠6♠6♥2♣ but Zbad held top set with Q♠Q♥J♦5♦4♣. It went from bad to worse for Owen as the A♠ turn and T♣ river failed to improve his hand while Zbad hit the overkill straight to double.

Owen gets his chips back

The hand left Owen with less than 400,000 but that situation did not last very long. Five hands later, his chips were in the middle preflop against Zbad once again and he needed to catch to stay alive.

Owen: A♠K♦9♦5♠3♠
Zbad: A♥Q♥Q♠6♣2♠

It was a good flop for Owen when it came K♥J♣4♣ to give him the bigger pair then he dodged the 6♦ turn and 4♥ river to earn back his chips.

Zbad can't return the favor, eliminated in 4th

After Owen doubled back up, the remaining four players were relatively equal in stack-size to draw out play for many orbits. Zbad was never able to bounce back from his two big pots against Owen but found a good hand to try to pull them back.

He three-bet to 234,640 after Owen opened under the gun to 68,800 and called all-in after Owen put in a fourth big bet.

Zbad: A♥A♠K♠5♣2♥
Owen: A♣T♦7♣4♥3♦

Zbad was ahead for the double but Owen nailed the K♦3♣3♠ flop for trip treys. The Q♣ turn was no help for Zbad and he was the next one gone when the river 6♥ finished him off.

Owen can't add another COOP, eliminated in 3rd

Owen was the shortest of the remaining three, but not desperately so. He took a stand before a flop was dealt when he four-bet shoved against onmybicycle. The bet was quickly called and Owen needed some help.

Owen: A♥J♥9♣4♣2♥
onmybicycle: A♣J♣J♦7♣4♥

The T♥9♦6♠ flop changed little for Owen and the 6♥ turn left him with only ten outs to stay alive. The river 3♣ was no help and the former online champ had to settle for a 3rd place finish.

Owen had several close COOP calls in the past with plenty of final tables and a handful of runner-up results, until he finally cracked through this year for his first SCOOP title. He came two spots shy of picking up his second COOP title a few months later.


Adam "Adamyid" Owen

onmybicycle rides to first COOP title in Event 22

Seat 1: onmybicycle (2,615,691 in chips)
Seat 5: KRASIVIQ (3,724,309 in chips)

Blinds: 16,000/32,000

Bulgarian KRASIVIQ began heads up play with a small chip lead but onmybicycle quickly chipped away at it to build one of his own. The two battled through several chopped pots, a small double by KRASIVIQ, until onmybicycle dealt the final blow.

It took four bets to get the final hands all in with KRASIVIQ at risk and behind.

onmybicycle: A♥K♣K♠6♦4♥.

The Q♥J♥5♣ flop only made things worse and KRASIVIQ was down to few chances after the 7♥ turn. onmybicycle's flush was better and KRASIVIQ's only out for the high hand was the straight-flush 9♥, although there were still 13 low cards to save KRASIVIQ's tournament.

The 7♣ river blanked for KRASIVIQ to give onmybicycle the pot, the title, and more than $21,000. It was a great Day 2 for the Dutch player after he returned to action sitting in 20th place of the 23 remaining. He moved his way up the counts and laddered the payouts until he earned the biggest of the tournament all for himself.

WCOOP-22 ($215 PL 5-Card Omaha H/L, 6-Max) results
Entrants: 634 (377 entries; 257 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $126,800
Places paid: 83

1. onmybicycle (Netherlands) $21,808.67
2. KRASIVIQ (Bulgaria) $14,682.45
3. Adam "Adamyid" Owen (United Kingdom) $9,884.97
4. Zbad (Russia) $6,655.07
5. Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov (Ukraine) $4,480.54
6. vip25459 (Kazakhstan) $3,016.53

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Al Rash
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