WCOOP 2016: No stopping Noogaii in Event #79 ($320 No Limit Holdem)

The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker is now wrapping up with players taking their very last shot to get amongst the WCOOP honours. One player who took their last opportunity with both hands is Ireland's Noogaii who had to wait 79 events before his moment in the sun. It was a $320 No Limit Holdem Event, and when it was all said and done, Noogaii had overcome a massive field of 3,338 players to capture the title and over $120,000 after a four-way deal.

The field of 3,338 entrants comprised of 2,257 unique players and 1,081 re-entries, to form a whopping prize pool of $1,001,400 to more than double the advertised guarantee.

Filipe Ramos, Celeste Orona, Randy Lew, Grzegorz Mikielewicz, Caio Pessagno, George Danzer and Bertrand Grospellier were in action today representing Team PokerStars but they fell short of the money for the top 404 players.

Marc-Andre Ladouceur reached the cash on his third bullet, finishing in 399th place for $781.39, while Adrienne Rowsome (365th) and Jason Mercier (341st) both took a second entry for the same payout.

Jorge Limon (324nd - $891.04), Lex Velhuis (260th - $1,016.12) and Liv Boeree (231st - $1,016.12) were the other Team PokerStars Pros to reach the money.

Fresh off his victory in WCOOP Event #74, Mike "SirWatts" Watson was making another deep run before bowing out just short of the final table in 13th place.

When FellipeD got his last chips in preflop with ace-queen against Noogaii's ace-king, the board ran out with four hearts to give Noogaii a flush. FellipeD was eliminated on the final table bubble in tenth place as our final table line up was set as follows:


Final Table Line up
Seat 1: tobi123456 (5,907,717 in chips)
Seat 2: FishyMcFish0 (1,486,412 in chips)
Seat 3: dulek_jason (2,968,706 in chips)
Seat 4: Noogaii (7,919,543 in chips)
Seat 5: jutrack (5,724,768 in chips)
Seat 6: Mogelwette (1,431,536 in chips)
Seat 7: xXOLIVATOXx (3,716,420 in chips)
Seat 8: Nassimovitch (2,667,057 in chips)
Seat 9: Kanishka "kanishka27" Samant (1,557,841 in chips)

It wouldn't take long for the action to erupt, with short stack FishyMcFish0 landing a big double up with pocket kings against tobi123456's pocket aces on just the second hand of the final table!

Nassimovitch would be the first to go. After a preflop raise from Noogaii, Nassimovitch moved all in from the big blind with 7♥7♦. Noogaii made the call and the race was on! Nassimovitch looked set for a double up, until the king arrived on the river on a board of 8♦5♥3♣J♠K♠. Noogaii took the pot and Nassimovitch took home $9,608.23 for ninth place.

Just moments later and India's Kanishka "kanishka27" Samant would also join the rail. It was unfortunate timing for kanishka27 who moved all in for fourteen big blinds with Q♠J♦ but ran smack into the A♥A♠ of FishyMcFish0 who had found pocket aces once again! The board was complete overkill as it ran out 7♠A♣3♠A♦8♠ to give FishyMcFish0 quads, and with that, kanishka27 was out in eighth place for $13,478.94.

The action didn't slow there as the very next hand we would lose another player. With around eleven big blinds, Mogelwette moved all in with a pretty J♦T♦ but dulek_jason had that dominated as he made the call with A♥T♥. The board fell 8♠4♣2♦6♠7♥ leaving Mogelwette to depart in seventh place which was worth $18,908.93 in prize money.

FishyMcFish0 would continue to play the rush as he would be responsible for the next elimination. xXOLIVATOXx raised the button and FishyMcFish0 made the call in the big blind to take a flop of 8♦2♣A♠. The action was check, bet, call as the 3♦ hit the turn. Both players checked and the river was a repeat 3♥. FishyMcFish0 checked again and xXOLIVATOXx made a bet. Suddenly FishyMcFish0 sprung to life with a check-raise all in and xXOLIVATOXx made the call with A♣9♥ for top pair but FishyMcFish0 had the goods with a deceptive 2♦2♠ for a full house! An unlucky xXOLIVATOXx was left to exit in sixth place for $26,526.48.

Noogaii would then move into the chip lead following the elimination of former SCOOP winner tobi123456. The hand started with Noogaii raising from the button and tobi123456 defending the big blind. The flop landed 8♦5♥3♦ and Noogaii's continuation bet was met with a check-raise from tobi123456. The call was made and the turn brought the Q♠. Once again it was the same betting pattern as tobi123456 checked, Noogaii bet and tobi123456 check-raised, this time all in. Noogaii made a brave call with K♥8♣ for a pair of eights and that was ahead as tobi123456 tabled 5♦9♦ for a pair of fives with a flush draw. The river was the Q♣ which changed nothing, leaving tobi123456 to exit in fifth place for a $37,212.62 score.

With four players left, the clock was immediately paused as the players entertained the idea of a deal. The ICM numbers were presented with chip leader Noogaii wanting an extra $3,000 to reach the $100,000 mark. The other three players obliged with $1,000 apiece and a deal was struck, leaving just over $20,000 in the middle to play for.

It proved to be a wise decision for the short-stacked jutrack who was eliminated just two hands later. A raising war unfolded preflop with jutrack four-betting and then calling it off with A♦Q♣ only to see Noogaii have that notched with his A♣K♣. The board landed 8♦2♣J♣9♥A♥ to leave "Big Slick" in front and end the run of jutrack in fourth place. Thanks to the deal, jutrack took home $77,330.24 which was more than $25,000 above the original fourth place payout.

Noogaii was out to a commanding lead three-handed as FishyMcFish0 and dulek_jason both struggled to contain the Irishman's aggression.

In the end, the two short stacks collided with FishyMcFish0 three-bet jamming pocket sixes against dulek_jason's ace-nine. An ace found its way onto the river to give dulek_jason a big double up and leave FishyMcFish0 crippled.

When the big blind rolled around, FishyMcFish0 was committed preflop with Q♠5♦ as Noogaii had another monster with the J♣J♠. The board fell 8♠8♣2♣A♣3♣ to bring no help to FishyMcFish0 who had to go in third place for a post-deal total of $87,744.87.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 3: dulek_jason (9,114,974 in chips)
Seat 4: Noogaii (24,265,026 in chips)

Noogaii held a commanding chip lead entering heads-up play and dulek_jason was unable to make any inroads before the final hand of the tournament unfolded.

After three-betting preflop, Noogaii made a continuation bet on the flop of 6♥3♦9♣. dulek_jason made the call and the turn brought the 3♠. Noogaii slowed with a check and dulek_jason fired a bet of 1.2 million. Noogaii made the call and the T♣ completed the board. Noogaii checked it again and dulek_jason went for glory with an all-in bet of just under 4 million. Noogaii made the call and dulek_jason showed Q♦T♦ for two pair, tens and threes, but Noogaii flipped over A♦A♥ for aces and threes to take the pot and the title!


dulek_jason finished the tournament in second place and received $87,216.59, as former MicroMillions winner Noogaii added another title to his resume along with a massive $120,008.69 in prize money! Congratulations!

WCOOP-79: $320 NL Holdem - $150,000 Guaranteed
Entrants: 3,338 (2,257 entries, 1,081 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $1,001,400
Places Paid: 494

1. Noogaii (Ireland) $120,008.69 *
2. dulek_jason (Poland) $87,216.59 *
3. FishyMcFish0 (Canada) $87,744.87*
4. jutrack (Germany) $77,330.24*
5. tobi123456 (United Kingdom) $37,212.62
6. xXOLIVATOXx (Brazil) $26,526.48
7. Mogelwette (Germany) $18,908.93
8. Kanishka "kanishka27" Samant (India) $13,478.94
9. Nassimovitch (Malta) $9,608.23

* denotes four-handed deal

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.

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