WCOOP 2016: Negreanu defeats Isildur1 to win Event #71 ($2,100 HORSE Championship)

If you were asked to name your dream poker heads-up match up, it would be hard to go past Daniel Negreanu versus Viktor Blom -- two players who have revolutionized the game of poker in completely different ways.

Negreanu, the ultimate poker ambassador and promoter has done it all in the live poker world, up against Blom, the mysterious online phenom who crushed the souls of the high stakes world.

Today saw that dream match come to life as these two poker giants collided for a WCOOP championship in Event #71 of the series. Negreanu entered the heads-up battle with a big chip lead, and in the end, the cards fell his way to see him earn the title and over $60,000 in prize money.

A star-studded line up of 147 entrants came together for the $2,100 HORSE Championship, comprising 113 players and 34 re-entries, to form a prize pool of $294,000.

Among the starts included Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (x2), George Danzer (x2) and Bryan Huang but they were bounced short of the money stage.

After Day 1 of play, just 40 players remained with former WCOOP winner Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby leading the way.

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Only the top 15 players would finish in the money with notable players Justin Bonomo, Naoya Kihara, Jens Lakemeier and James Obst among those to be eliminated empty-handed on Day 2. When p0cket00 was eliminated on the bubble, the remaining players had locked up at least $6,437.45.

Overnight chip leader Richard Ashby would fall in 11th place, while the Twitch universe were saddened to see their cult hero Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville fall in tenth place when he ran into a flush in Omaha Hi-Lo.

The final table bubble would burst with the elimination of Adam "Adamyid" Owen. During Seven-Card Stud, Adamyid was all in on fifth street and ended with two pair, but Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu rivered trip jacks to take it down and see our final table set as follows:

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Final Table Line up
Seat 1: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (389,462 in chips)
Seat 2: Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (152,066 in chips)
Seat 3: L1TE-BR1TE (597,687 in chips)
Seat 4: WTFOMFGOAO (375,523 in chips)
Seat 5: Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu (487,311 in chips)
Seat 6: Kashmir_uzi (201,280 in chips)
Seat 7: childers (159,567 in chips)
Seat 8: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (577,104 in chips)

It was a star-studded line up with over $60,000 up top, but perhaps more importantly for these guys, the WCOOP title was up for grabs.

childers started the final table as one of the short stacks and got into a tangle in a hand of Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo against former SCOOP winner Kashmir_uzi. With a monster pot in the middle, childers was forced to fold on the river to leave himself with barely a couple of bets in his stack.

childers survived one all-in clash in Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo, but a few moments later, wouldn't survive another. childers raised on third, bet on fourth before all the chips were in the middle on fifth street against online phenom Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. childers was drawing for a flush and a low but seventh street didn't improve him beyond a pair of eights on a board of (8♠8♣) 7♣Q♣5♣A♠ (K♠). That wasn't enough as Isildur1 found (5♥5♠) 4♦2♣3♥7♦ (2♦) for two pair and the only low to scoop the pot. childers picked up $10,643.82 for eighth place.

Connor "blanconegro" Drinan was another who couldn't get much going on this final table. blanconegro took a hit against WTFOMFGOAO, before his last chips were all in on fourth street against Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu in another hand of Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo. blanconegro's board of (5♠4♥) 6♦T♥6♠J♠ (3♣) could only muster a pair of sixes as KidPoker improved to a board of (7♠2♠) 6♥4♦8♣5♦ (J♥) for a straight and seven-low to scoop the pot. blanconegro was out in seventh place for $13,686.46.

With six players left KidPoker moved into the chip lead as the game switched to Holdem which threw up some new complexities:

KidPoker said, "so everyone is tanking cause its limit holdem yeah?"
goleafsgoeh said, "Daniel: counting hands per game >>>>> this"
goleafsgoeh said, "plays too fast compared to other games - unbalanced and way higher variance yeah"
L1TE-BR1TE said, "I maybe tanked a few seconds because I have 3 dogs jumping on me and dont want to misclick"
KidPoker said, "gotcha"
goleafsgoeh said, "my dog is sleeping cant blame her"
L1TE-BR1TE said, "mbn"

Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah won a handy pot with top pair out-kicking the same pair of KidPoker, but those chips would be returned when the game switched to Omaha Hi-Lo as KidPoker got three streets of value with trips.

However it was Razz that would bring about the next elimination. Kashmir_uzi had been reduced to a short stack and after a raise on third street, was all in by fourth against both KidPoker and goleafsgoeh. KidPoker bet into the side pot on fifth before goleafsgoeh took the initiative with the betting on sixth. On the river, goleafsgoeh checked, KidPoker fired another bet and goleafsgoeh made the call. goleafsgoeh was showing 2♦3♦Q♠7♦ while Kashmir_uzi's board read A♥3♣Q♣T♣ but they both mucked when KidPoker tabled (7♣2♥) 4♥6♦9♦9♠ (5♣) for a seven-low to take down the pot. goleafsgoeh was crippled but it brought an end to the tournament of Kashmir_uzi who collected $17,598.81 for sixth place.

goleafsgoeh was hanging on by a thread but was unable to recover. Again the game was Razz with goleafsgoeh all in on third street against WTFOMFGOAO. goleafsgoeh's board would run out (K♠7♦) 6♣3♥4♣T♥ (T♠) for a ten-low but WTFOMFGOAO bettered that with (4♥7♥) 8♦A♠2♣K♣ (9♠) for an eight-low. goleafsgoeh was sent to the rail in fifth place for a $22,629.59 score.

Isildur1 had been sitting quiet but he started to flex with a nice Razz pot with a nine-low against L1TE-BR1TE, but those chips soon headed back to where they came when L1TE-BR1TE put in a river raise to force a fold from Isildur1.

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Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

When the game switched to Seven-Card Stud, Isildur1 really got motoring. He won a pot from KidPoker by forcing a fold on seventh before extracting value on every street with a pair of aces to challenge KidPoker for the chip lead.

WTFOMFGOAO won a nice pot with a flush in Seven-Card Stud to put L1TE-BR1TE under pressure, but L1TE-BR1TE responded with a flush of his own against WTFOMFGOAO's two pair to double up.

However the comeback was short-lived as L1TE-BR1TE was the next to go. When the game switched to Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo, a raising war erupted that saw L1TE-BR1TE all in on third street against KidPoker. When the boards ran out, L1TE-BR1TE couldn't improve on a pair of jacks on (J♦7♦) J♣5♦6♣4♠ (T♣). KidPoker showed (5♠4♥) 8♥4♦5♣2♦ (3♥) for two pair and an eight-low to scoop the pot and eliminate L1TE-BR1TE in fourth place for $29,098.41.

With three players left, WTFOMFGOAO was challenging for the chip lead, but KidPoker regained control with a deceptive full house in Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo against Isildur1.

WTFOMFGOAO took a hit as Isildur1 made a straight and a low to scoop, before a game-changing three-way pot would see all players reach seventh street in Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo. Isildur1 would fold on the river but WTFOMFGOAO called down the bet of KidPoker who showed (6♦K♦) K♠2♣6♥A♦ (Q♣) for kings and sixes to scoop the monster pot.

With more than two-thirds of the chips in play, KidPoker was on a roll but it would be Isildur1 who would end the tournament WTFOMFGOAO and take us to heads-up play. The game was back to Limit Holdem and after a three-bet preflop, a raising war erupted on a flop of Q♣Q♠8♦ that would see WTFOMFGOAO's last chips committed. WTFOMFGOAO showed J♣K♣ and would need a fair bit of help as Isildur1 revealed A♦Q♥ for trip queens. The turn was the 7♣ to give WTFOMFGOAO some hope with a flush draw, but the river blanked the J♦. After a brave effort, WTFOMFGOAO was out in third place for $37,416.40 in prize money.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 5: Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu (2,141,331 in chips)
Seat 8: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (798,669 in chips)

In a battle for the ages it was one of the greatest live players of all time in Daniel Negreanu squaring up against one of the most accomplished online players of all time in Viktor Blom.

Isildur1 said, "good luck buddy"
KidPoker said, "GL my friend"

KidPoker would enter the heads-up battle with close to a three-to-one chip advantage with Limit Holdem kicking things off.

KidPoker would draw first blood with three streets of value with A♥J♥ after flopping a flush draw and turning top pair. Moments later KidPoker raked in another nice pot with queen-jack and Isildur1 was quickly on the ropes.

An interesting pot would see KidPoker raise the button and Isildur1 call to see a flop of K♥Q♥5♠. KidPoker would continuation bet, but Isildur1 put in a check-raise. KidPoker called and Isildur1 bet again on the repeat Q♦ turn. KidPoker called and the river was the 4♥. Isildur1 fired another barrel to put his opponent to the test but KidPoker called it down. Isildur1 tabled A♥2♣ for just ace-high as KidPoker tabled 8♣5♥ for two pair in a great call.

That gave KidPoker a huge advantage, and soon after, it was all over.

With Isildur1 down to three big blinds, it was a case of any two cards for both players. The chips were in preflop with Isildur1 going with 6♠9♣ as KidPoker found K♣4♣. The board fell 8♣A♦T♥K♠A♥ to give KidPoker a pair of kings to win the pot and the Championship!

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom came oh so close to another online poker title, but he will have to be content with the $48,112.18 for second place on this occasion, as this time the glory goes to one of the game's greats. Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu has done it all in the world of poker and now he adds a WCOOP title to his credentials along with $61,865.47 in prize money!

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WCOOP-71: $2,100 HORSE Championship - $200,000 Guaranteed
Entrants: 147 (34 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $294,000
Places Paid: 15

1. Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu (Canada) $61,865.47
2. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (United Kingdom) $48,112.18
3. WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) $37,416.40
4. L1TE-BR1TE (Canada) $29,098.41
5. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) $22,629.59
6. Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) $17,598.81
7. Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (Mexico) $13,686.46
8. Childers (United Kingdom) $10,643.82

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