WCOOP 2017: Nick "PureCash25" Rampone earns $256K after comeback in Event #27 ($530, NLHE, Sunday Million SE)
Quite the contrast from the previous night.
Yesterday, everyone at the final table had some -COOP hardware or deep major tournament finishes. The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker Event #27 $530 Sunday Million Special Edition final table featured two players that managed to weave through a field of over 3,500 with significant recent wins/finishes.
Geraldo Cesar "GeraldoCesar" Neto a two-time Turbo Championship of Online Poker champ would bow out in fifth-place.
Leaving Nick "PureCash25" Rampone, the Super Tuesday winner with three Spring Championship of Online Poker final tables last year, and a TCOOP one as well. Rampone would reach heads-up play against alex.rivero who played with near zero regards to the $70K difference between first and second. Rampone was down early on, but caught fire and took down the title earning his first WCOOP title and $256,502.18.
While 166 players returned for day two, including multiple -COOP winner €urop€an in third chip position. The Finn has all the wins, WCOOP last year in Event #35, two Spring Championship of Online Poker victories including this year's Event #41-H and what may be the toughest leg of the PokerStars Grand Slam, a Sunday Million win. In fact, €urop€an nearly had a TCOOP title before all of them, as the runner-up in 2013's Event #34. Despite being at home with this Sunday Million special edition, day two was not kind for €urop€an finishing early in 53rd place ($4,109.02).
Going into the sixth hour of play only 11 remained from the 166 with the Union Jack flying for first and second chip positions. Arron8 and hoodie333 would lead at the last break before the final table.
Keeping with the expedient theme of day two, only four minutes would drop before the spotlights came on. Arron8 kept up the hot streak after getting sikatiistai all-in pre-flop while holding ace-seven to the short-stack's ace-queen. A seven in the door and sikatiistai exited in 11th place ($11,336.19).
As arron8's bad beat played out, messigoat10 was all-in on the adjacent table holding A♣4♣ against PureCash25's pocket kings K♥K♦. A king on the flop 9♦ 7♠ K♣ 2♥ J♠ would put this one out of reach by the turn, starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Anastasiia "SpringSmile" Syvak (14242764 in chips)
Seat 2: YerSoLucky (2224305 in chips)
Seat 3: arron8 (53556835 in chips)
Seat 4: Geraldo Cesar "GeraldoCesar" Neto (20689995 in chips)
Seat 5: alex.rivero (10889406 in chips)
Seat 6: hoodie333 (18890672 in chips)
Seat 7: farrokh674 (5897444 in chips)
Seat 8: Nick "PureCash25" Rampone (31421622 in chips)
Seat 9: komarac_zg (20886957 in chips)
Twenty minutes in komarac_zg had a small surprise for the struggling farrokh674. Holding a little more than 14BBs farrokh674 would raise as komarac_zg made the call for a queen-high flop 8♥ Q♦ T♣. The pre-flop deception would be revealed as put a farrokh674 hand into the sewer grate by betting only to see a clown with razor sharp teeth staring back. Komarac_zg was no clown for slowplaying aces A♦A♣ as farrokh674 was not getting away from top pair-top kicker Q♠A♠ finishing in ninth-place ($16,031.53) after the turn 2♣ and river T♠ failed to save.
Six hands later the other short-stack, YerSoLucky, got the pay bump holding over a few BBs went looking for more holding pocket sixes 6♠6♣. Alex.rivero's suited connector 9♣8♣ used the turn not the river 2♥ Q♦ Q♣ 8♦ Q♥ to end YerSoLucky's tournament in eighth-place ($22,672.02).
Shortly after the seventh hourly break Anastasiia "SpringSmile" Syvak, winner of the first Ladies Event in Season Seven of the old European Poker Tour was looking to improve her chip position holding a tad over 15BBs. Syvak won $3,397 for the 20 player tournament back in 2010 and would make nearly 10 times that amount here after her pocket eights 8♣8♥ would fall to komarac_zg's ace-queen A♠Q♥ when an ace hit the flop T♣ 6♦ A♣ 7♠ 6♣. Anastasiia's welcome run was worth $32,062.89 in seventh-place.
UK on UK violence, usually saved for Premiership Football games on Saturday, broke out fifteen minutes into the eighth hour of play as alex.rivero, hoodie333, and arron8 reached the river with the board reading T♦ 5♥ 2♣ Q♠ J♣. Arron8 and alex.rivero both checked as hoodie333 put out 4.8 million chips. Arron8 holding T♣A♥ shoved for 21.6 million as alex.rivero saved up for another time. Hoodie333 however covered and called with the flopped set of tens T♥T♠ sending arron8 away in sixth-place ($45,343.51).
Four hands later we would bid adieu to the TCOOP champ. Geraldo Cesar "GeraldoCesar" Neto was battling with the shortest stack at the table and shoved pre-flop for the second straight hand. Ace-king was good for a push on the previous hand, but pocket nines 9♥9♦ failed follow through on the flop sweat against Nick "PureCash25" Rampone's tens on a T♦ J♦ K♦ 6♥ 6♠ board, winning $64,125.24 in fifth-place.
Oddly not one chirp in the chat box at this point with a fairly top-heavy payout and blinds starting to be felt by all of the remaining four. At the start of the final table, komarac_zg would take out two players and survive well into the eighth hour of play. The former predator was now the short-stack holding a little over 11BBs, shoved with pocket fives 5♦5♥. Rampone, now holding the chip-lead was there again to gamble, calling with A♥T♠ and finding two pair on the 6♦ T♣ 2♥ 3♦ A♣ board shipping $90,686.67 and fourth-place to komarac_ag.
All remaining players are walking away with over six-figures and since they seem to have ditched their keyboards thus far, someone may walk away with the full $256,502.18 up top.
If Rampone does not go on to win tonight, he will certainly want to check out the replay of this hand as alex.rivero check-raised all-in on the river for heaps and after a two-minute self-mediation session he folded as alex.rivero took the chip lead into the break.
The rise of alex.rivero can be seen in the graphic above and few hands later when hooodie333 refused to believe alex.rivero had a decent hand after calling all bets only to be shown a flopped nut straight and gaining the chip-lead. This took a lot of wind out of hoodie333's sail as three hands later hoodie333 tried to represent a flush, trips, anything, when a flush board paired on the river only to have Rampone call down with a turned flush, sending hoodie333's ace-high off with $128,250.48 in third-place.
Seat 5: alex.rivero (105168057 in chips)
Seat 8: PureCash25 (73531943 in chips)
Give alex.rivero credit for playing with zero fear in the late-game portion of this final table. Taking down the first five hands of heads-up play and quickly digging Rampone into a 154M to 24M hole with blinds up to 700K/1.4M ante 175K.
Ten minutes later, with Rampone slowly chipping away at that lead, a huge cooler developed with a third club hitting the turn, then the board pairing on the river. Alex.rivero led out only to have Rampone shove. After careful thought, alex.rivero called with the turned flush but Rampone flipped up pocket aces which flopped a set and rivered a boat to re-take the chip-lead.
Aces helped Rampone take the chip-lead and nearly a half-hour later, they would be worth over a quarter of a million dollars. Holding a 122M to 55.9M advantage, Rampone would raise pre-flop and get called on a flop bet as well. With the board showing 2♦ 8♣ 7♣ 3♦ Rampone put out another bet as alex.rivero shoved with top pair and a flush draw 8♦5♦, but Rampone was happy to call with pocket aces A♦A♣, getting there with the 3♥ river to earn the Event #27 title and a whopping $256,502.18!
WCOOP-27-H: $530 NLHE [Sunday Million SE]
Prize pool: $1,787,000
Place paid: 431
1. Nick "PureCash25" Rampone (Canada) $256,502.18
2. alex.rivero (Brazil) $181,373.35
3. hoodie333 (United Kingdom) $128,250.48
4. komarac_zg (Croatia) $90,686.67
5. Geraldo Cesar "GeraldoCesar" Neto (Brazil) $64,125.24
6. arron8 (United Kingdom) $45,343.51
7. Anastasiia "SpringSmile" Syvak (Latvia) $32,062.89
8. YerSoLucky (Ireland) $22,672.02
9. farrokh674 (Romania) $16,031.53
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