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.


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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.


Quarterfinals.

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.


Semifinals
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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Finals
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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