WCOOP 2016: Argentinean Domination as 88maca88 claims win in Event #16 ($1,050 NLHE Progressive KO)

In recent times, the Progressive Knockout tournament is proving to be one of the most popular online poker formats, and you can understand why. Bounties along the way give everyone a chance to grab a piece of the prize pool, and with the loot getting larger and larger as the tournament progresses, it stimulates action and excitement, and can sometimes change the whole dynamic of the table.

But ultimately there's only one bounty you really want to win, and that's your own. To do that, you must outlast every other player in the tournament to keep your own bounty for yourself. Today that honour went to 88maca88 as Argentina went one-two in Event #16 of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker.

A field of 1,602 players came together for the $1,050 No Limit Holdem Progressive Knockout Tournament, which was a Special Edition of the Thursday Thrill. Among the starters were the likes of Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Theo Jørgensen, Jason Somerville, Felipe Ramos, Randy Lew, Caio Pessagno, Bertrand Grospellier and Leo Fernandez representing Team PokerStars, but they were eliminated short of the money.

The top 179 players would finish in the cash, and when Brazil's e_memiu was eliminated on the bubble, the remaining players would enjoy a minimum of $1,426.66 of the regular prize pool.

2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker made a deep run in this one, reaching as far as 48th place for $2,158.53 plus $1,000 in bounties.

Play slowed approaching the final table before simultaneous all-in hands on each of the final two tables would see two players eliminated at the very same time on the final table bubble.

First, we would see "i need sheet" three-bet all in with pocket nines to be racing with kurtWSOP's ace-king. Two more aces on the flop gave kurtWSOP the pot and eliminated "i need sheet" in tenth place.

Meanwhile LLinusLLove was all-in preflop on the other table holding pocket eights. fish_san made the call and showed pocket nines. The board missed both players to see LLinusLLove eliminated in ninth place as our final table would start with only eight players:

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Final Table Line up
Seat 1: delfina_47 (1,868,376 in chips)
Seat 2: Mads "MadsMP" Pedersen (1,066,029 in chips)
Seat 3: mario1335 (3,361,659 in chips)
Seat 4: Cristian "progre69" Sampaoli (2,054,417 in chips)
Seat 5: kurtWSOP (2,422,639 in chips)
Seat 6:
Seat 7: Adam "ISmellToast" Crawford (596,402 in chips)
Seat 8: 88maca88 (1,997,745 in chips)
Seat 9: fish_san (2,652,733 in chips)

Adam "ISmellToast" Crawford landed an early double up with a rivered straight against Cristian "progre69" Sampaoli who had final tabled WCOOP Event #10 just a few days earlier.

progre69 was then fortunate to avoid elimination with ace-jack against 88maca88's pocket jacks when the board gave both players a straight, but that luck wouldn't last much longer. Following a raise from MadsMP, progre69 three-bet all in with a very pretty T♥9♥ but would need to connect with the board to get ahead of MadsMP who made the call with A♣Q♥. The board fell 7♠K♣J♣4♣3♠ which missed both players, leaving progre69 to depart in eighth place for $13,851.93 plus another $4,968.75 in knockout bounties.

It wouldn't take long for mario1335 to join the rail. In a preflop war, mario1335 five-bet shoved all in with J♠J♦ but ran smack into the K♥K♦ of kurtWSOP. The board ran out a jack-less 8♦5♠Q♦7♠8♥ to send mario1335 out in seventh place for $18,897.59 in prize money plus $11,626.94 in bounties.

kurtWSOP held the chip lead while ISmellToast was on the short stack and needing a double. ISmellToast found 9♠9♥ and called it off when delfina_47 three-bet jammed all in. delfina_47 showed A♣7♣ and the bold play was rewarded when the board ran out 3♥7♠J♦A♠J♠. Two pair for delfina_47 meant that Adam "ISmellToast" Crawford had to depart in sixth place for $25,781.30 which was soothed with a healthy $24,048.80 in KOs.

The five-handed battle was an intense affair but slowly and surely kurtWSOP, delfina_47 and 88maca88 emerged as the big stacks with fish_san and MadsMP under pressure as the shorties.

fish_san found a double up with pocket nines against kurtWSOP's king-jack, as MadsMP folded down to the point of no return.

MadsMP said, "im not goin anywhere boys"

MadsMP was true to his word with an impressive triple up with a rivered straight versus a set, but that would be as far as the comeback would go.

A short time later, MadsMP found A♠4♥ and moved all in but 88maca88 made the call with a dominant K♣A♥. The board ran out 2♦8♥A♦2♣Q♥ and that was enough for Mads "MadsMP" Pedersen to be removed in fifth place for $35,172.39 plus $7,203.12 in bounties.

delfina_47 won a nice pot with a call down with just ace-high to dent the momentum of kurtWSOP, while 88maca88 was emerging as a contender, winning a good share of the pots four-handed.

88maca88 then shot into the lead with the elimination of fish_san. With a preflop raise and a call in front, fish_san three-bet all in with A♠9♥. That got past kurtWSOP but 88maca88 made the call and tabled a dominant A♥T♠. The board of 3♥A♦T♣T♦2♦ was overkill with a full house for 88maca88 sending fish_san to the virtual rail in fourth place for $47,984.46 as well as an impressive $19,054.68 in bounties.

It was two Argentineans up against a Brazilian in the final three, and it appeared from the chat, that there were some attempts to strike up a deal, but 88maca88 remained silent and the game continued.

With all three players relatively even in chips, it seemed that the battle could last a while, but out of nowhere, action erupted between kurtWSOP and delfina_47 on a board of J♠7♣Q♠5♣3♠. It was a limped pot and a checked flop, before delfina_47 bet the turn and kurtWSOP raised. delfina_47 made the call, and on the river kurtWSOP went for glory with an all-in bet. With three spades on board, delfina_47 made the call with 9♠6♠ for the rivered flush as kurtWSOP tabled 6♥7♦ for a pair of sevens. It was an explosive end for kurtWSOP who departed in third place for $65,463.32 and $18,407.21 in knockout bounties.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: delfina_47 (9,598,980 in chips)
Seat 8: 88maca88 (6,421,020 in chips)

An all-Argentina finale would see delfina_47 start with a narrow chip advantage. delfina_47 extended that slightly before 88maca88 fought back hard with three big pots in a row, the third of which was at showdown with pocket aces.

When 88maca88 collected another nice pot with a king-high flush, he was into a strong chip lead before the final hand of the tournament unfolded.

The chips were all in preflop with delfina_47 four-bet jamming with A♠2♦ but 88maca88 held a powerful A♣Q♥ and made the call. The final board read 9♥6♥K♦A♥4♥ and with the only heart in hand, 88maca88 collected the pot and the victory!

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A great tournament for delfina_47 would see him pick up $89,309.09 in prize money and $30,165.49 in bounties, but the WCOOP title would head to his compatriot 88maca88 who pocketed $121,841.69 plus a massive $41,871.79 in bounties. Congratulations!

WCOOP-16: $1,050 NL Holdem Progressive KO - $1M Guaranteed
Entrants: 1,602
Prize Pool: $1,602,000
Places Paid: 179

1. 88maca88 (Argentina) $121,841.69 + $41,871.79 in bounties
2. delfina_47 (Argentina) $89,309.09 + $30,165.49 in bounties
3. kurtWSOP (Brazil) $65,463.32 + $18,407.21 in bounties
4. fish_san (Japan) $47,984.46 + $19,054.68 in bounties
5. Mads "MadsMP" Pedersen (Denmark) $35,172.39 + $7,203.12 in bounties
6. Adam "ISmellToast" Crawford (Canada) $25,781.30 + $24,048.80 in bounties
7. mario1335 (Croatia) $18,897.59 + $11,626.94 in bounties
8. Cristian "progre69" Sampaoli (Argentina) $13,851.93 + $4,968.75 in bounties
9. LLinusLLove (Switzerland) $10,153.39 + $14,453.12 in bounties

The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker is the world's most prestigious online poker tournament festival with over $50,000,000 in prize money guaranteed! Check out the WCOOP home page for the full schedule of events.

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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

Heath
@PokerStars in 2016