WCOOP 2016: tomacampi returns seven years later for second -COOP title in Event #21 ($215, NLHE)

It was not meant to be an early morning on this side of the world but a shortened field meant the denouement of this story would come a little sooner than expected. Only 41 players would get an overnight reprieve as a missed guarantee meant PokerStars would be footing part of the prize pool for the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker's Event #21 NLHE with a $400,000 guarantee but still a tidy $60,732.88 was waiting up top for the winner.

After nearly six hours of play on Day Two and a three-way chop between Dakain, tomacampi, and Bradley "BaZa88" Bower, tomacampi would claim $51,855.50 and what might be the longest stretch between -COOP wins after winning the first title in 2009. Read on below to see how tomacampi's return to the stage worked out.

Two hours after the re-start for Day Two 13 players from the original 1,713 could begin to see that WCOOP title sitting a mere dozen rounders away from them.

Tomacampi has been around for a long time. For a poker player this usually means a profitable state of being as Hungarian has racked up several COOP final tables including a victory in the 2009 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #7 before there were the famous three-tiered buy-in levels. Tomacampi would hold the chip lead with 11 players left.

Joining the fun before the final table was Bradley "BaZa88" Bower who has claimed a couple Super Tuesday final tables along with a win in the Sunday Bigger $162 for $42K.

Despite a smaller stack, this player already has a Super Tuesday title, and two WCOOP titles including one from earlier this week in Event #6. Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson won $72,339.49 for the 6-max tournament with rebuys and will be looking to claim a second WCOOP title and take the early Player of the Series contest lead.

Jeppsson can thank tomacampi for opening up the spotlights after taking care of whistlernewf. With the blinds at 20K/40K ante 5K both players would trade raises preflop as whistlernewf would be all-in holding pocket kings K♠K♣. Normally not good news for big slick K♥A♣ but the chip leader did not bat an eye as an ace found its way to the flop 8♥ Q♦ A♥ 2♠ 4♥ ending whistlernewf's tournament and starting up the final table below:

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Seat 1: Dakain (1115923 in chips)
Seat 2: JafreeSPb (1217950 in chips)
Seat 3: Bradley "BaZa88" Bower (2120645 in chips)
Seat 4: Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson (1014227 in chips)
Seat 5: DEADyshka (1451607 in chips)
Seat 6: tomacampi (5113300 in chips)
Seat 7: L2PokerBRO (2634078 in chips)
Seat 8: Clutch Hero (1399214 in chips)
Seat 9: luk45zp (1063056 in chips)

While Jeppsson did have the lowest stack to start the final table there was plenty of room for play with a shade over 20BBs. Unfortunately, six minutes after the third hourly break and blinds at 25K/50K ante 6,250, Christian took offense to Bower's attempt to steal from the small blind and shoved for 742,927 chips. It was no steal as Bower held the goods, calling with A♦Q♠. Christian's dominated A♥6♠ would not pull through the T♣ J♥ 9♦ 2♥ 3♣ board earning $4,671.72 in ninth place.


Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson - 9th place $4,671.72

Ten minutes later with the blinds moving up to 30K/60K ante 7.5K DEADyshka would shove 722,857 from UTG+1 as L2PokerBRO looked up the shover and re-shoved for 2.4 million holding pocket jacks J♠J♣. No one else wanted in on this party as DEADyshka turned over pocket tens T♣T♥ watching tournament life get drained after the dry 2♦ A♥ 4♣ 9♠ 7♦ board. DEADyshka would walk away with $6,437.56 in eighth place.

Action would speed up for this final table despite the healthy stacks. Four minutes later with the blinds holding, a three-way all-in pre-flop would break out between Dakain, JafreeSPb, and Bower who covered the other two players. Normally a player would be thrilled to catch two pair holding big slick K♣A♣, however Bower had little reason to celebrate as Dakain's deuces 2♣2♦ found a third one on the flop A♠ 2♥ 7♥ K♥ 4♦. There was a small consolation as Dakain tripled up to 2.1 million, Bower's two pair out-flipped JafreeSPb's pocket eights 8♣8♦ to smaller side-pot and eliminated JafreeSPb in seventh place ($8,870.84).

L2PokerBRO's exit was nearly all Dakain's doing. First, L2PokerBRO looked at the possibility of knocking out both Dakain and Clutch Hero in the same hand holding pocket queens against Clutch Hero's ace-ten and Dakain's ace-jack. But, one of the two aces in the deck hit the flop along with a small pair and a king to split the pot between the two short-stacks. A few minutes later L2PokerBRO got queens again but this time Dakain received a timely pair of kings taking down the 3.67 million chip pot. Left with a little more than 311K and blinds at 35K/70K ante 8,750 L2PokerBRO tried one last time to get something by the wall that was Dakain.

It did not happen.

After pushing pre-flop, L2PokerBRO would turn over J♣Q♠ looking up at Dakain's Q♣A♣ and once the 4♠ 8♠ 5♣ A♠ 7♥ board was laid out, L2PokerBRO's tournament was over in sixth place ($12,223.84).

Shortly after the fourth hourly break with the blinds moving up to 40K/80K ante 10K luk45zp, with several COOP final tables including a victory in the recent 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #39-M, would shove from the small blind for 1.35 million. Dakain's rise from short-stack to chip leader was about to unfold after making the call from the big blind with T♦A♦. Luk45zp would not notch a WCOOP title after A♣5♦ failed to overtake the ten kicker on the T♠ 4♦ 9♥ J♠ 6♠ board earning $16,844.24 in fifth place.

Dakain is beginning to catch a flare for the dramatic. 15 minutes later with the blinds holding, tomacampi would raise from the button as Clutch Hero shoved for 2.28 million from the small blind. Dakain in the big blind made the call as tomacampi declined to continue. This flip between Clutch Hero's pocket sevens 7♥7♠ and Dakain's J♣A♥ looked over after a seven flopped. But, the lady on the river K♣ T♦ 7♣ 8♣ Q♠ would give Dakain a straight and handed $23,211.04 to Clutch Hero in fourth place.

The threesome would pause the tournament to discuss a possible deal with Dakain holding over half the chips in play. While tomacampi and Dakain agreed quickly to the deal setting aside $8K for the winner, Bower would need a little extra time to think. After a 20 minute pause from the last hand, the three came to the following agreement:

Dakain: $46,862.61
tomacampi: $43,855.50
BaZa88: $38,072.97

As compared to the beginning of the final table, it felt as through three-handed play would last longer than Avatar after Bower survived an all-in shortly after the deal. The chip lead would trade hands several times over the next hour and half with all three still vying for this WCOOP title and the extra $8K from the deal. With the blinds up to 70K/140K ante 17.5K Dakain would min-raise from the small blind as Bower shoved for 2.66 million. Dakain called with A♠J♦ hoping to put away Bower's 9♠K♠. The second ace 4♥ A♥ K♦ A♣ 5♠ would lock things up as Bradley "BaZa88" Bower won $38,072.97 in third place.

Seat 1: Dakain (8573762 in chips)
Seat 6: tomacampi (8556238 in chips)

Nearly a dead-heat in chips and still comfortable blind levels could have meant a sequel to Avatar. Instead this chapter would only take 10 minutes. With the blinds moving up to 80K/160K ante 20K and tomacampi stretching the lead to 10.7 million to 6.4 million, after two days of play with nearly six hours on Day Two the final two would end the tournament on a pre-flop flip. Dakain's big slick K♦A♣ trying to catch against tomacampi's sixes 6♠6♦. Nothing over a nine came out 3♠ 9♠ 7♥ 8♥ 9♥ ending Dakain's run and proclaiming tomacampi the 2016 WCOOP Event #21 champion!

WCOOP-21 ($215 NL Hold'em) results

Entrants: 1,713

Prize pool: $400,000.00

Places paid: 206

1. tomacampi (Hungary) $51,855.50*
2. Dakain (Germany) $46,862.61*
3. Bradley "BaZa88" Bower (Australia) $38,072.97*
4. Clutch Hero (Japan) $23,211.04
5. luk45zp (Poland) $16,844.24
6. L2PokerBRO (Australia) $12,223.84
7. JafreeSPb (Russia) $8,870.84
8. DEADyshka (Russia) $6,437.56
9. Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson (Sweden) $4,671.72

* denotes part of three-way deal

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2016