WCOOP 2016: Tgonz triumphs in Event #15 ($215 PLO 1R1A); Andrey Pateychuk runner-up
It took two days -- and a number of all-ins versus a gritty heads-up opponent -- before Tgonz of the Philippines claimed the victory in Event #15 of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker, a $215 pot-limit Omaha event offering players opportunities to rebuy once and add-on.
Tgonz took away a first prize of $43,861.73, earning the first title for the Philippines this series after outlasting runner-up Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk to claim the win.
There were 595 total players in this one, and they rebought 371 times and took 258 add-ons to build a prize pool of $248,472 -- well clear of the $200K guarantee -- which the top 71 finishers split.
By the time Day 1 of the two-day event concluded just 21 players remained, with Tgonz (1,284,394) the overnight leader ahead of three other million-chip earners, Zack "Zackattak13" Korik (1,200,349), Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk (1,031,063), and Coltaine (1,025,231).
It took less than 15 minutes on Day 2 for three more to fall and just two tables to remain, with Tgonz still the frontrunner among the final 18 players.
pm_marke next went out in 18th, earning $1,821.10. 2014 WCOOP Player of the Series Alan "Mr Negreanu" Gold (17th), Mayu "marocca5" Roca (16th), hominin (15th), and Dhr. Awesome (14th) next fell, each taking away $2,302.91. Then Bluf_To_Much (13th), EPT10 Prague Main Event champion Julian "jutrack" Track (12th), feliceko (11th), and Ryan "gutshtallin" Welch (10th) were knocked out, with those four making $2,912.14 apiece.
With Tgonz still the chip leader, having increased his lead while building a stack of more than 2.65 million the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Coltaine (Germany) -- 1,767,731
Seat 2: Vlad "dariepoker" Darie (Romania) -- 1,289,626
Seat 3: Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk (Russia) -- 1,252,201
Seat 4: Zack "Zackattak13" Korik (Canada) -- 831,291
Seat 5: Edgy420 (Canada) -- 665,142
Seat 6: Tgonz (Philippines) -- 2,658,045
Seat 7: Lena900 (Sweden) -- 1,729,982
Seat 8: -Rebus1980- (Russia) -- 526,620
Seat 9: mcmorumbi1 (Brazil) -- 1,519,362
Soon after the final table begin, the blinds were 20,000/40,000 when Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk opened for 80,000 from under the gun and got a single caller in Vlad "dariepoker" Darie playing from the big blind.
The flop came 6♠J♠5♣, and Darie check-called a bet of 180,000 from Pateychuk. The turn then brought the A♣ and another check from Darie. Pateychuk fired 540,000 this time, Darie check-raised all-in for 648,410, and Pateychuk called.
Darie had J♥T♠T♣6♣ for two pair plus a flush draw, while Pateychuk turned over A♦J♦T♥6♥ for a better two pair. The river was the 7♠, and Darie was done in ninth.
On the very next hand, Tgonz opened for 140,000 from early position, Zack "Zackattak13" Korik three-bet to 440,000 from the big blind, Tgonz repopped it, and Korik called all-in with the 93,091 he had left behind.
Korik turned over K♦K♥Q♣4♦ and saw he'd run into the A♣A♠6♣6♥ of Tgonz. The slot machine-like 7♠7♣7♥ flop gave both full houses, then after the 6♠ turn and 8♣ river Korik was on the rail in eighth.
Five minutes after that hand, the blinds had gone up when -Rebus1980- opened for 175,000 from UTG and Lena900 called from the big blind. The flop came 8♥7♥2♣, prompting a bet from Lena900, and -Rebus1980- called with the 111,620 left behind.
-Rebus1980- had Q♠Q♦5♥2♠ for an overpair while Lena900 had A♣J♦7♣5♠. The 6♣ turn and J♣ river then completed a backdoor flush for Lena900, ending the run of -Rebus1980- in seventh.
Just a couple of minutes later -- in the last hand before the day's two-hour break -- Edgy420 opened for 175,000 from the cutoff, mcmorumbi1 three-bet the pot from the big blind, and Edgy420 called all-in with the 368,705 left, turning over J♣J♥T♥T♦ to mcmorumbi1's A♣A♦8♦7♠.
The board ran out 3♣7♣2♥K♣6♣, missing both players' hands altogether and keeping mcmorumbi1's aces in front to knock Edgy420 out in sixth.
About 20 minutes later the blinds were 30,000/60,000 when mcmorumbi1 min-raised to 120,000 from UTG, Coltaine three-bet to 450,000 from the next seat over, then Tgonz reraised again to 1.53 million from the small blind.
It folded back to Coltaine who called all-in with 1,002,103 and showed K♣K♠6♣4♠. Meanwhile Tgonz had A♣A♠T♥2♦, and after the board came 9♦J♣4♥A♥2♠, Tgonz had a set of aces while Coltaine had been eliminated in fifth.
Five minutes later Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk raised 2x to 120,000 from the button and both blinds called -- Tgonz (small) and Lena900 (big). The 2♦3♦9♥ flop was then checked around to Pateychuk who bet 244,800. Tgonz folded, but Lena900 check-raised to 1,094,400. Pateychuk then reraised all-in and Lena900 called with the 531,802 he had left.
Pateychuk had A♣Q♣9♦9♣ -- he'd flopped top set of nines. Meanwhile Lena900 had flopped middle set with his J♦5♥3♣3♥, and after the T♠ turn and 5♠ river Lena900 was collecting fourth-place money.
The final three players made it to the day's three-hour mark, with Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk the leader with about 6.16 million, mcmorumbi1 next with just a touch under 3.5 million, and Tgonz third with just under 2.58 million.
Tgonz began building further, however, then a hand arose that saw Tgonz min-raise to 200,000 from the button, mcmorumbi1 three-bet to 700,000 from the small blind, and Tgonz call. The flop came 3♠9♥5♦, mcmorumbi1 led for 1.5 million, Tgonz raised to 3 million, and mcmorumbi1 called with the 392,564 behind.
Tgonz had 9♦8♣6♦2♣ having made a pair of nines, while mcmorumbi1showed A♣K♣K♦7♣ for kings. The A♠ turn improved mcmorumbi1 to aces, but the river was the 6♠ to give Tgonz two pair and knock out mcmorumbi1 in third.
That pot helped Tgonz to a 3-to-1 chip lead to begin heads-up play with 9,170,889 to Pateychuk's 3,069,111.
Heads-up would ultimately last just over a half-hour, with Tgonz enjoying the chip lead for much of it although Pateychuk was able to wrest away for brief periods. The duel was marked by Pateychuk winning a series of all-ins, the first four of which happened postflop.
Pateychuk's survival prompted some chatbox conversation between the pair, with the two players disagreeing over whether or not Pateychuk was ahead or behind when the chips had gone in on those all-ins. In truth -- as affirmed by PokerStars' all-in equity display -- of the four times Pateychuk was ahead twice and behind twice, although it was close in all instances.
Eventually, though, Pateychuk got whittled down under 1 million, then won another all-in after getting his chips in preflop and outdrawing Tgonz despite starting with Q♣9♠4♣2♠ versus his opponent's A♣T♣9♣3♠. Two hands later Pateychuk would win a sixth all-in, this time getting chips in on the flop while ahead and bringing the ahead-behind count even again to 3-3. But alas for the Russian his luck finally ran out as they neared the day's four-hour mark.
On the last hand, Tgonz min-raised to 320,000 from the button, Pateychuk shoved for 921,952 total, and Tgonz called.
Pateychuk was just over 57% to win this one, but the board brought five diamonds -- T♦4♦9♦6♦A♦ -- giving Tgonz a flush and the hand. Pateychuk typed "gg" as the last card was dealt, and it was over -- Tgonz had at last won.
Congratulations to Tgonz for topping a field of 595 to win Event #15 and a nearly $44K first prize.
WCOOP-15 ($215 PL Omaha, 1R1A) results
Total Entries: 595 (371 rebuys, 258 add-ons)
Prize pool: $248,472
Places paid: 71
1. Tgonz (Philippines) $43,861.73
2. Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk (Russia) $32,180.42
3. mcmorumbi1 (Brazil) $23,610.23
4. Lena900 (Sweden) $17,322.44
5. Coltaine (Germany) $12,709.21
6. Edgy420 (Canada) $9,324.55
7. -Rebus1980- (Russia) $6,841.27
8. Zack "Zackattak13" Korik (Canada) $5,19.33
9. Vlad "dariepoker" Darie (Romania) $3,682.60
The great majority of the 82-event 2016 World Championship of Online Poker is still left to go. Visit the WCOOP site for the complete schedule of remaining events, where you can also check stats, results, Player of the Series leaderboard, and more.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.