WCOOP 2016: pokerturo sets up a victory in Event #30 ($109 No Limit Holdem 6-Max)
Skill will take you a long way in poker, but in a single poker tournament, skill can only get you so far. You need to have a bit of luck on your side as well. Sometimes the cards just don't fall your way, and there's nothing you can do about it, and we saw that many times on today's WCOOP final table. For a six-handed event there were a heck of a lot of coolers where the cards just dictated the action, and there were none colder than the final hand of the tournament.
The two giant killers of the final table were pokerturo and Mr. Tim Caum, and when the flop brought top two pair for one and a set for the other, there was just no stopping the action as pokerturo was crowned our latest WCOOP champion.
A field of 3,783 players took to the virtual felt of PokerStars for Event #30 of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker. The event was a $109 No Limit Holdem 6-Max, a Special Edition of the Sunday Cooldown, with the prize pool of $378,300 blowing away the advertised guarantee.
Bertrand Grospellier, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Leo Fernandez, Grzegorz Mikielewicz, Liliya Novikova, Chris Moneymaker, Felipe Ramos and Caio Pessagno were part of the action representing the red spade of Team PokerStars but they were eliminated short of the money.
The top 473 players would receive a payout and when Belgium's girafganger7 bubbled in 474th place, the remaining players had secured at least $249.82 for their efforts.
One of those to take home a profit was Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody who was the last red spade standing as he finished in 202nd place for $429.10.
After nine hours of six-handed fun, the final table was reached with the elimination of syvers007. On the three-handed table, syvers007 moved all in from the button with K♥T♥ but Mr. Tim Caum made the call with A♦5♠. The board brought no help for syvers007 who was out in seventh place as our final table was set:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: kis011 (5,376,991 in chips)
Seat 2: skarpet2 (6,817,554 in chips)
Seat 3: luis_faria (6,034,473 in chips)
Seat 4: pokerturo (3,184,591 in chips)
Seat 5: DGr33nman (2,380,490 in chips)
Seat 6: Mr. Tim Caum (14,035,901 in chips)
Mr. Tim Caum held a healthy chip lead entering his first ever WCOOP final table, but with the blinds recommencing at 80k/160k/20k, most players had some room to move.
However it wouldn't take too long to lose our first player.
DGr33nman opened with a raise before kis011 three-bet all in from the big blind. DGr33nman made the call and showed A♥Q♦ and the race was on with kis011's 4♣4♥. The board fell 5♦7♠5♥K♠2♣ which left the pair in front and eliminated DGr33nman in sixth place for $6,455.80.
kis011 was looking threatening but the momentum ended quickly when kis011 ran pocket tens into skarpet2's pocket jacks for a full double up.
kis011 said, "thats harsh"
kis011 said, "lol"
Harsh indeed, and it only got worse on the very next hand as kis011 moved the short stack all in with A♦Q♣ and once again was notched, this time by pokerturo's A♠K♠. The board arrived 3♥6♦8♣J♣K♦ and kis011 was bounced in fifth place for $9,876.20 in prize money.
With four players left, Mr. Tim Caum was the most active player on the table and chipped away at the smaller stacks to build his chip lead even further.
pokerturo then took a dent out of the chip leader, with a steal attempt from the small blind with nine-eight, paying dividends as he caught two pair on board to better Mr. Tim Caum's ace-five.
pokerturo was unlucky not to win the next pot as well after flopping a straight against skarpet2 but the board ended up giving both players a straight for a split pot.
pokerturo continued to surge and a massive momentum swing went his way after his pocket queens held against Mr. Tim Caum's ace-king in the biggest pot of the tournament. Suddenly we had ourselves a new chip leader!
Meanwhile skarpet2 needed to make something happen, and when Mr. Tim Caum moved all in from the small blind, skarpet2 was happy to make the call with A♥4♠ in the big blind. Mr. Tim Caum tabled 2♣2♥ and the baby pair held through the board of J♦Q♥8♠7♥8♥. skarpet2 collected $15,108.84 for fourth place.
Just four hands later and we had our next elimination with luis_faria the one to fall. luis_faria limped from the small blind and pokerturo put in a raise from the big blind. luis_faria then decided his next move was all in but pokerturo made the call. luis_faria tabled K♠T♣ but was in bad shape as pokerturo had that dominated with K♣Q♦. The board of 7♠3♥2♠9♦Q♣ paired the queen on the river which left luis_faria to depart in third place for a nice $23,113.82 score.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 4: pokerturo (22,834,282 in chips)
Seat 6: Mr. Tim Caum (14,995,718 in chips)
pokerturo had a healthy lead entering heads-up play and was quick to throw up the notion of a potential deal, however Mr. Tim Caum was happy enough to play it out.
pokerturo said, "numbers?"
Mr. Tim Caum said, "nah man lets play"
Mr. Tim Caum said, "good practice"
pokerturo said, "kk"
Mr. Tim Caum said, "hf"
pokerturo said, "u 2"
Half a dozen hands would pass with the status quo remaining before the final hand of the tournament would unfold.
pokerturo raised preflop from the button and Mr. Tim Caum defended the big blind to see a flop of 9♣4♥7♥. Action checked to pokerturo who made a continuation bet. Mr. Tim Caum responded with a check-raise but pokerturo made the call as the Q♣ hit the turn. Mr. Tim Caum bet out a cool three million in chips but pokerturo moved all in to put Mr. Tim Caum to the ultimate decision. He made a quick call and showed 9♠7♠ for a flopped two pair but it was a rather brutal cooler as pokerturo tabled 4♦4♠ for a set! The river was the A♠ which left pokerturo to win the pot and the tournament!
It was a great run by Mr. Tim Caum who was the big stack for a long way in this tournament as he took home $35,359.96 for second place. However on this occasion the WCOOP crown heads to Austria with pokerturo winning a handsome $54,096.92 in prize money. Congratulations!
WCOOP-30: $109 NL Holdem 6-Max - $250,000 Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $378,300
Places Paid: 473
1. pokerturo (Austria) $54,096.92
2. Mr. Tim Caum (Ireland) $35,359.96
3. luis_faria (Poland) $23,113.82
4. skarpet2 (Poland) $15,108.84
5. kis011 (Norway) $9,876.20
6. DGr33nman (United Kingdom) $6,455.80
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.