WCOOP 2016: CalmRevolver placates field winning Event #7 ($700 NLHE, 8-Max Progressive KO)

In 1894 an American federal holiday, Labor Day, was created to celebrate the past long hours of work put in by laborers during the height of the Industrial Revolution. Poor wages and dangerous work conditions would not found anywhere near the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker's Event #7 $700 NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO tournament. However, the 1,782 players did have some long hours in front of them in order to reach a final table with $89,677.03 sitting up top. Since this is a KO format, half of the $1,185,030.00 prize pool would go out to those aggressive enough to send their fellow competitors home. After 11 hours of play, CalmRevolver managed to placate the final table after starting as the chip leader to earn $89,677.03 plus a whopping $37,058.29 in bounties.

A couple of Team PokerStars Online pros would make deep runs in the quest for a WCOOP title. Mikhail "Innerspy" Shalamov managed to weave through nearly the entire field but was stopped short in the sixth hour of play earning $1,711.89 (plus $831.25) in bounties.

Tyler "frosty012" Frost however, would continue to grind his way into the seventh hour of play despite owning the smallest bounty with two tables left. How small was his bounty? Frost was worth $332.50 to knockout when the final 16 players took their seats as compared to Denmark's deathNtaxes2 holding a $12,733.59 sign under the Guy Fawkes mask.

With ten minutes left in the seventh hour of play and the blinds up to 16K/32K ante 4K shortstacked elementx8, who has a couple WCOOP final tables, shoved for 264,387 chips as CalmRevolver called. Frost would over-shove for 785,940 holding pocket sixes 6♦6♠ as CalmRevolver looked for the double KO calling with Q♦K♦. Elementx8's 9♦A♥ would flop a nine but the king next to it 9♣ K♠ 7♣ 4♥ 4♦ sent Frost and elementx8 to the rail in 14th and 15th place respectively.

Finland's Timonpoika was attempting to notch a second leg of the PokerStars Grand Slam after winning the Sunday Million last year for $174K. Instead, Timonpoika would get swept up in a mad rush before the break finishing in 11th place ($4,605.50 + $8,011.11 in bounties).

Play slowed a bit after the break as Singis failed to have eights 8♥8♠ hold against Lavrik-mastr's big slick K♥A♦ to finish in 10th place ($6,405.38 + $872.81) starting up hand-for-hand play.

Mid-way through the eighth hour with the blinds moving up to 25K/50K ante 6,250 relmat would three-bet all-in for 987,496 as TonyYayo5 had a decision for tournament life. Holding 694,550 chips TonyYayo5 made the call with A♥K♠ flipping against relmat's pocket sevens 7♦7♣. Nothing over a ten would hit the 9♠ 2♥ 2♠ 5♥ 8♥ board as TonyYayo5 took away ($8,904.64 + $4,073.11) in ninth place and the remaining players gathered at the final table below:

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Seat 1: OMGitshunt (2384789 in chips)
Seat 2: CalmRevolver (5290861 in chips)
Seat 3: relmat (1838316 in chips)
Seat 4: TheFan83 (2189586 in chips)
Seat 5: Lavrik-mastr (2313750 in chips)
Seat 6: 1BigAceHole (650814 in chips)
Seat 7: fviana (1799378 in chips)
Seat 8: deathNtaxes2 (1352506 in chips)

Near the end of the eighth hour of play with CalmRevolver (6.1 million) and 1BigAceHole (4.1 million) holding sizable stacks over the reminder of the table, TheFan83 would shove a short-stack of 148,036 chips from UTG as Lavrik-mastr made the call. But, deathNtaxes2 came in from the middle position and re-shoved for 807,506. To make things even more interesting relmat did not want to give up the big blind and shoved for 1.38 million. Lavrik-mastr had a chance to join the four-way but decided now was not time and folded.

relmat: 5♥5♦
deathNtaxes2: Q♣A♣
TheFan83: T♣A♠

The fives did not get out of the gate as a queen on the flop and an ace on the river but with deathNtaxes2's scoop, TheFan83 was out in eighth place earning ($8,908.64 + $14,288.29).

Seven minutes into ninth hour with the blinds up to 40K/80K ante 10K CalmRevolver would raise to 180K from the button as Lavrik-mastr tried to scare the blind thief off with a shove to 1.39 million. CalmRevolver was speaking truth with the raise and quickly called with A♣K♠. Lavrik-mastr's mid-ace 6♥A♦ did not contend on the Q♥ 2♥ 7♦ A♥ 9♦ board taking away ($12,390.19 + $4,187.39) in seventh place.

Three hands later Tim "1BigAceHole" Ulmer would get one step closer towards earning the Triple COOP. After winning a Spring Championship of Online Poker title in 2014 then notching a Turbo Championship of Online Poker victory this winter, Ulmer was only five players away.

Make that three players away as a three-way all-in pre-flop broke out between fviana, deathNtaxes2, and Ulmer. A classic cooler for Ulmer who covered everyone with pocket tens T♥T♠ looking up at deathNtaxes2's queens Q♦Q♥ and fviana's kings K♥K♣. The board heated up at the right time for Ulmer, laying down a ten on the flop 9♦ T♣ A♦ 7♦ 9♣ to scoop the four million chip pot ending the tournament for deathNtaxes2 in sixth place ($17,232.35 + $23,339.07) and fviana in fifth ($23,966.81 + $6,182.36).

As the blinds moved up to 60K/120K ante 15K Ulmer would take his shot at the chip lead. CalmRevolver raised to 270,000 from the cutoff as Ulmer three-bet to 880K from the small blind. CalmRevolver shot off an all-in covering the table as Ulmer called with A♦Q♣. CalmRevolver's pocket nines 9♥9♣ would hold firm through the 4♣ 7♠ K♣ 2♦ 6♥ board eliminating Ulmer and the potential Triple COOP in fourth place ($33,333.17 + $19,342.93).


Tim "1BigAceHole" Ulmer fourth place - $33,333.17 + $19,342.93

With Ulmer gone the winner would notch their first COOP title of any kind. Shortly after the tenth hourly break with the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 20K CalmRevolver continued dominating the table holding nearly twice as many chips and OMGitshunt and relmat combined. After shoving 11.7 million from the button, CalmRevolver found a customer in OMGitshunt. Pocket nines 9♦9♥ for OMGitshunt was enough to call for 2.69 million facing CalmRevolver's J♥T♦. The runner-runner broadway cards would spell out a straight for CalmRevolver 3♣ 5♥ Q♠ A♥ K♦ as OMGitshunt took away ($46,359.97 + $6,561.62) in third place.

Seat 2: CalmRevolver (14699190 in chips)
Seat 3: relmat (3120810 in chips)

Not much room for relmat to wiggle as the shorter stack wasted little time going for the equalizer. Four minutes into heads-up play relmat would shove 2.86 million holding J♠Q♥ as CalmRevolver made the call with a small ace A♦4♣. That small ace became a large amount of money after dodging a straight draw T♠ K♣ T♣ 5♣ 7♦ to give CalmRevolver the WCOOP 2016 Event #7 title and $89,677.03 (plus $37,058.29 in bounties)!

WCOOP-07 ($700 NL Hold'em, 8-Max, Progressive KO)

Entrants: 1,782

Prize pool: $592,515.00
Bounty Prize pool: $592,515.00

Places paid: 215

1. CalmRevolver (Russia) $89,677.03 + $37,058.29
2. relmat (Canada) $64,477.60 + $3,678.26
3. OMGitshunt (Belarus) $46,359.97 + $6,561.62
4. 1BigAceHole (Australia) $33,333.17 + $19,342.93
5. fviana (Brazil) $23,966.81 + $6,182.36
6. deathNtaxes2 (Denmark) $17,232.35 + $23,339.07
7. Lavrik-mastr (Kazakhstan) $12,390.19 + $4,187.39
8. TheFan83 (Austria) $8,908.64 + $14,288.29

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2016