WCOOP 2016: Elgstrøm defeats Leah heads-up for Event #19 title ($1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo)

The Championship Events of the World Championship of Online Poker have much higher buy-ins as well as much higher levels of competition. As they should because "championship" does not imply novice but instead mastery of the given poker discipline.

Event #19's $1,050 buy-in 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo tournament did not have a large prize pool in comparison with some of the other events during this series, but the talent pool would make this victory taste even sweeter. After a grueling first day starting with 168 runners, only 21 would survive. And after four and half hours two COOP champions remained. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah and Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm battled it out for 45 minutes as Elgstrøm's relentless aggression would earn him the $34,028.00 first place prize and his third COOP title overall (after two Spring Championship of Online Poker wins).


Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm - Event #19 Champion $34,028.00

Make it all the way through a day and not get paid? What is this live poker? For four unlucky players during Day Two of Event #19 would head to the next WCOOP tournament with the meme of recently departed Gene Wilder playing Willy Wonka telling them they won NOTHING, GOOD DAY SIR! Not an easy thing after battling with top notched talent for half a day and get a handful of air to show for it.

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The first day was not a cake walk as players such as the defending champ Chillolini would throw in two bullets and come away short in 38th place. Even Calvin "cal42688" Anderson who can usually be found at a Stud COOP final table was not able to get much going yesterday despite re-loading as well.

But, the talent showing up for the title of the 7-card Stud Hi-Lo Championship on Day Two will add some prestige to claiming this WCOOP win. Take the overnight chip leader, Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah with two WCOOP titles go along with a pair of Spring Championship of Online Poker victories this past spring. Title number five would put him closer towards the overall COOP leader Shaun Deeb who claimed another COOP win earlier this week.

2014 Turbo Championship of Online Poker Player of the Series Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm would love to grab another COOP notch towards the Triple COOP. He stands third in chips starting the day.

A little further down the leaderboard is someone who people have come to look towards for organizing fun poker tournaments and maybe forget he is quite the player. Twitch guru and Team PokerStars Pro Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville will try to grab his own WCOOP win before sliding into his Twitch commentary role with fellow Team Pro Jason Mercier tomorrow as Mercier plays the $102,000 buy-in Event #28 (three satellites available at $3.3K, $15K, and $35K!).


Team Pro Leo Fernandez also claimed one of the 21 spots in Day Two but will need a lot of help holding 71K in chips with stakes at 6K/12K ante 1.2K. Fernandez was not able to spin up a stack as five minutes into the new day UIDuffer would knockout both Fernandez (20th place) and Freddy[DM[3] (21st place).


Hand-for-hand play started up 20 minutes into Day Two after 2014 TCOOP Event #35 champ rtspurs headed to the rail in 19th place.

Iteopepe88 was quite happy at the 40 minute mark of the first hour, sending a string of dollar signs into the text box. The reason was Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm's deuce to six straight would scoop the pot over notontilt09's aces with a 7-6 low guaranteeing everyone at least $3,100.67 for their efforts.

Only 14 would survive the first hour after ALEX2PAIRS, kiiski (a former WCOOP champ from 2009 and definitely NOT a fish) and TheMuppet finishing in 15th through 17th place respectively.

SCOOP 2015 Event #37-M winner MarkBang would exit the tournament on the final hand of hour two earning $3,801.57 in 12th place. Hour two was kind to Somerville, ramping up to second in chips behind Elgstrøm who is showing he can handle slow tournaments as well as the turbo ones.

Getting down to hand-for-hand play before the final table with several heavyweights still in. Leah looking for number five, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick with three COOP titles along with EPT wins, Elgstrøm plundering other player's stacks with the chip lead, and Somerville likely bringing Run It Up nation to the spotlights. Not to take anything away from Bluf_To_Much, a SCOOP 2015 victor in Event #39-M, former WCOOP Player of the Series Mikal "Mikal12345" Blomlie looking for a fourth WCOOP title, or thechips55 who took third in Event #12 two days ago.

Mid-way through the third hour one of the short-stacks would finally break. With the stakes at 16K/32K ante 3.2K, Iteopepe88 would be all-in by fourth getting called by UIDuffer holding split aces. Iteopepe88's turned pair of treys would not improve as the final table started up below:

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Seat 1: Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (497820 in chips)
Seat 2: Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (1085552 in chips)
Seat 3: UlDuffer (288748 in chips)
Seat 4: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (493223 in chips)
Seat 5: thechips55 (74759 in chips)
Seat 6: Bluf_To_Much (582865 in chips)
Seat 7: Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville (155425 in chips)
Seat 8: Mikal "Mikal12345" Blomlie (181608 in chips)

Somerville took a lot of hits approaching the final table, taking the biggest one on the first hand under the spotlights. With the stakes staying the same, Jason would raise UTG as only UIDuffer called. Same actions on fourth as Somerville bet and UIDuffer called. Fifth however, the real action would start. UIDuffer would lead out as Somerville raises with A♣9♣8♠ showing. UIDuffer three-bet with 5♠Q♦A♥ as Jason raised a hint more (225 chips) and was all-in. UIDiffer showed the rolled-up fives 5♣ 5♥ / 5♠ Q♦ A♥ 4♦ 2♦ as Jason only improved his split aces to two pair J♠ A♦ / A♣ 9♣ 8♠ T♣ / 8♦ earning $5,714.46 in eighth place.

Normally the Championship final tables tend to last several hours so grabbing a comfy chair and drink are done at the start. But, with three fairly short stacks there was a chance for some speedy bust outs. Indeed four hands later with a bump in the stakes to 20K/40K ante 4K the tournament would name its seventh place finisher. Thechips55 came into the hand with 57,159 chips but would leave with none of them after facing off against Elgstrøm. The chip leader rivered pair of aces was too much T♥ 9♣ / A♣ 7♥ 4♦ 8♠ / A♠ for thechips55's missed low and pair of sixes 4♥ 2♥ / 5♦ 6♥ 9♦ 6♣ / T♦ taking away $7,373.43 in seventh place.

Three hands later another shorty would fall victim to the rising stakes. Mikal "Mikal12345" Blomlie survived a few all-ins prior to the final table but would not last in this one. Blomlie would cap and was all-in for 63K after receiving an ace, as Bluf_To_Much came along for the ride with a four. The starting ace was not able to connect on a high or low 4♦ 9♣ / A♥ 6♣ Q♠ 7♣ / J♠ as Bluf_To_Much racked up two pair 6♥ 7♥ / 4♠ 8♥ 7♠ T♠ / 8♣ scooping the small pot and knocking out Blomlie in sixth place ($9,514.02).


Mikal "Mikal12345" Blomlie - 6th place $9,514.02

After the threesome of eliminations in the starting minutes of the final table, things would calm down a bit until 13 minutes into the hour when UIDuffer got really short holding under two big bets. With the stakes holding at 20K/40K ante 4K, Leah would raise after UIDuffer completed as Bluf_To_Much called. UIDuffer three-bet to 60K as both players called. Leah did not back off on fourth, leading out as Bluf_To_Much called and UIDuffer was all-in for 3,773. Check-check on fifth, but on sixth and seventh Leah would check-call and mucked after seeing Bluf_To_Much's flush 6♥ 8♥ / 3♥ T♥ A♣ 4♥ / K♦ with an 8-6 low. UIDuffer would do the same and claim fifth place ($12,276.04).

Chidwick was not going down without a fight. Struggling with a short-stack in the fifth hour of play, "stevie444" kept pushing but ran into some big hands. First, with the stakes at 32K/64K ante 6.4K Chidwick would trade bets with Bluf_To_Much and Elgstrøm. But folded the river as Bluf_To_Much called to see Elgstrøm's flush scooping a large 921K pot.

On the next hand with 92,620 chips left Leah would complete as both Bluf_To_Much and Chidwick called. Chidwick bet after pairing his seven as both players called. Fifth did not appear to bring much to anyone as Chidwick shoved all-in for 22,220 and both called. Check-check on sixth but Leah bet the river where Bluf_To_Much was not willingly to pay the price. Leah showed rivered trips 3♥ 6♣ / A♠ J♠ 9♣ 3♠ / 3♦ as Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick could not find a low nor improve those sevens 4♣ 6♠ / 7♠ 7♥ 8♦ 6♥ / K♥ earning $15,839.91 in fourth place.


Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick - 4th place $15,839.91

15 minutes later with the stakes moving up to 40K/80K ante 8K and Elgstrøm retaining the chip lead, he would knock Bluf_To_Much's playable stack down to under two big blinds after taking back-to-back 704K and 584K pots. Holding on to those scraps, four hands later Bluf_To_Much tried once again to defeat Elgstrøm going all-in after both players received an ace on third. Despite those aces neither player would grab a pair nor a low as Bluf_To_Much's 7♥ 6♦ / A♠ J♥ K♣ 9♣ / 4♠ ace-king-jack was not enough to get by Elgstrøm's ace-king-queen K♦ 7♣ / A♥ T♦ Q♥ 8♥ / 2♠ claiming third place ($20,438.40) and starting up heads-up play.

Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (2059337 in chips)
Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (1300663 in chips)

Give Leah credit for battling this tsunami for a long as he did. Despite taking the chip lead in a couple of spots, Elgstrøm kept coming down with a rain of chips and after 45 minutes claimed the win. In the final hand with the stakes up to 50K/100K ante 10K the players would trade raises up to four-bets after both showing a five. Leah would check-call fourth, but led out on fifth after getting an ace. Elgstrøm raised as Leah three-bet all-in with Elgstrøm making the call. Elgstrøm revealed the rolled-up fives which made a boat by sixth 5♣ 5♦ / 5♠ 2♠ Q♥ 2♣ / 9♠. Leah's aces A♣ 8♥ / 5♥ 6♦ A♠ K♠ / 8♠ needed to catch a low but failed as Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm won the 2016 WCOOP Event #19 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship and $34,028.00!

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Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah - Runner-up $26,371.88

WCOOP-19 ($1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship) results

Entrants: 168

Prize pool: $168,000.00

Places paid: 17

1. Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (Denmark) $34,028.00
2. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) $26,371.88
3. Bluf_To_Much (Moldova) $20,438.40
4. Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (Mexico) $15,839.91
5. UlDuffer (Ireland) $12,276.04
6. Mikal "Mikal12345" Blomlie (Norway) $9,514.02
7. thechips55 (Canada) $7,373.43
8. Team PokerStars Pro Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville (Canada) $5,714.46

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2016