WCOOP 2017: 0$kar15 not grouchy after winning Event #61 ($2,100 NLHE, Heads-Up)

Until this series, 163 players have a World Championship of Online Poker and Spring Championship of Online titles.

Make that 164.

The two-day Event #61-H $2,100 NLHE Heads-Up started with 128 runners playing an expedient seven hours on day one. The carnage left only eight players including multiple -COOP champ Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier and SCOOP winner 0$kar15. Lakemeier would run into issues in the quarterfinal round, but 0$kar15 managed to keep a level head, defeating silentm0de after a two-way deal to earn a second -COOP title and $66,899.98.

Read on below for the full story.

Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom provided an interesting pair-up in the round of 16. The winner would park their 100K in tournament chips away until the next day with a shot at $76K. The other would grab $5,120.00 and perhaps a pint after weaving through three rounds. Blom, fresh off winning Event #58 for his fourth -COOP title and Lakemeier, already holding three -COOP titles, also notched a win in Event # 23 this year. Lakemier would dispatch Blom quickly, earning a seat in day two's quarterfinals.


Viktor Blom

After seven hours of play only one match remained before shuttering day one. MrMaximize would etch out a near 2:1 lead on Vlad "dariepoker" Darie who owns victories in the Super Tuesday and Sunday Warm-Up. After flopping a top pair of kings 8♠K♦, Darie would shove when an ace hit the river 5♣ K♥ 9♥ 4♦ A♥. That ace matched one in MrMaximize's hand 3♠A♠ ending day one and assuring a five-figure payoff for everyone left.


On to day two, one and half hours into his quarterfinal match, Lakemeier would be down 39K to 61K against silentm0de with blinds at 200/400 ante 50. An attempted bluff all-in holding ace-high T♠A♠ of nearly 30K with the board reading K♣ J♣ 9♥ 7♦ 6♣ would get picked off by silentm0de's call with fourth-pair 8♣7♣ ending Lakemeier's run for a second 2017 WCOOP title in eighth-place ($10,240.00).

In the other quarterfinal matches, KRab42 would un-seat E. Aequitas from the table in seventh-place. 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #4-M champ 0$kar15 would use a straight to knockout MrMaximize. And Martin 'nizmo jiz' Kozlov, with some close calls for a -COOP title, would settle with another near-miss after RomanHLD ace-seven snuck by Kozlov's ace-jack to close out the quarterfinal round.

RomanHLD vs. 0$kar15

Starting with 200 big blinds slow-rising blinds one would expect more chess without a clock versus a 100-meter sprint. Unlike Usain Bolt, this match did last more than ten seconds to finish. The SCOOP champ would quickly grab the chip-lead and never gave it up. After 35 minutes RomanHLD and 0$kar15 would reach the river with board showing T♠ 7♥ 2♦ K♦ 8♠ as RomanHLD shoved with a turned two-pair K♣7♣. The slow-played set 7♠7♦ worked out perfectly for 0$kar15 who was now one player away from a second -COOP title.

KRab42 vs. silentm0de

KRab42 has several -COOP final tables including another semi-final finish in last year's SCOOP Event #49-H earning $65K (also a Heads-Up event) and final tabling the Sunday Million. The big turning point in this fight came nearly an hour in with KRab42 firing pre-flop with a three-bet, at the flop, and on the river 2♦ J♣ 6♠ A♣ 9♥ holding seven-high 5♥7♥. The bet would not shake silentm0de's flopped top-pair J♦K♠. Now holding nearly an eight to one advantage, silentm0de would lean on KRab42 and won a pre-flop flip with king-seven versus KRab42's pocket deuces to advance to the finals against 0$kar15.

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silentm0de vs. 0$kar15

0$kar15 would win the first three hands while the two looked around for the deal buttons. After bargaining to playing for a little more than the required 2% ($10,000) they made the agreement below:

0$kar15: $56,899.98
silentm0de: $55,980.02

The first big swing and connection post-deal came from 0$kar15. Twenty minutes in, with silentm0de carving out a small lead they reached the river T♣ 2♥ 3♦ 9♦ A♣ with 22K already in the pot. Silentm0de kept the aggression and bet 14.1K as 0$kar15 barely hesitated to shove for 32K. After a small debate within silentm0de's home, a fold, thus handing 0$kar15 the temporary (and soon-to-be permanent) chip-lead.

Fast-forward twenty minutes as silentm0de clawed back to a mere 800 chip-disadvantage, silentm0de would go for broke on this hand. After a three-bet by 0$kar15, and a flop bet, both would reach the turn Q♦ 9♠ 7♠ J♥ as 0$kar15 continued pushing with a 8.4K bet. Silentm0de tried to represent a big hand and shoved for 41.5K as 0$kar15 enjoyed calling with the nut straight and flush re-draw K♠T♠. No way out for silentm0de's J♦8♦ as 0$kar15 picked up the additional $10K earning $66,899.98 and the 2017 WCOOP Event #61 title!

WCOOP-61-H: $2,100 NLHE [Heads-Up]
Entries: 128
Prize pool: $256,000
Places paid: 16
1. 0$kar15 (Austria) $66,899.98*
2. silentm0de (Moldova) $55,980.02*
3. KRab42 (Canada) $25,600.00
4. RomanHLD (Germany) $25,600.00
* denotes two-way deal

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David Aydt
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