WCOOP 2017: Gruissem defeats Arda heads-up for $75K in Event #45 ($215+R NLHE, 6-Max)
Back in 2013 Özgür "phaplap" Arda took home the first World Championship of Online Poker win for Turkey. Fast forward to 2017 WCOOP Event #45's $215+R 6-Max tournament and Arda once again was in position to take away a title but had a massive roadblock in front of him.
Philipp "philbort" Gruissem has several European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour wins totaling nearly $11 million. But, despite the string of high-roller victories, he remains without a -COOP win going into heads-up play against Arda.
After two days and a rather lengthy heads-up battle, Gruissem would go on to claim his first WCOOP title earning $75,414.36.
Day one would allow only 21 of the 676 entries (along with a plethora of re-buys and add-ons) to continue on to day two. The overnight chip-leader and WCOOP 2015 Event #53 champ David "Mrdawwe" Sonelin would try to notch number two. But, the tables were not kind today ending his run in 11th place ($7,052.81)
A little over an hour into day two Philipp "philbort" Gruissem started to put some ground between him and the field. With over $10 million in poker tournament winnings, including a recent eight-max High Roller victory at the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo, Gruissem has been crushing live high stakes for many years but does not have a -COOP title to go along with those accolades.
Gruissem would eliminate WATnlos in 13th place ($5,665.42) to take the chip-lead and shrink the two-day tournament into the last two tables.
Only two players would join the rails during the hour as play slowed a bit despite the short-handed tables. Twenty minutes into the third hour recent Sunday Grand PLO champ, pkrbt, would exit in 10th place as Gruissem struggled a bit while repeatedly facing off against David "davaman" Lopez to his left.
Dmitry 'yurasov1990' Yurasov, who final tabled the EPT13 Malta Main Event final table, and made a Spring Championship of Online Poker final table this year (Event #46-H) tried to do so here but chip-leader Özgür "phaplap" Arda flopped set of sevens and turned boat was too much as Yurasov finished in ninth-place ($8,779.99) bringing up hand-for-hand play.
A few minutes later Arda, who already owns a WCOOP title (2013 - Event #37) would add to his lead by knocking out LoosControl, setting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Özgür "phaplap" Arda (8814516 in chips)
Seat 2: blackaces93 (2416814 in chips)
Seat 3: ChrisACEA (955124 in chips)
Seat 4: Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson (4380334 in chips)
Seat 5: Felipe "lipe piv" Boianovsky (1319680 in chips)
Seat 6: David "davaman" Lopez (5273987 in chips)
Seat 7: Philipp "philbort" Gruissem (2149545 in chips)
Arda would carry a sizable chip-lead into the final seven, but nearly doubling up M.nosbocaJ would cut into that advantage minutes after the re-start. But, shortly after the third hourly break Arda would find his footing by knocking out two players within six hands of each other.
In a battle of the blinds, blackaces93, who holds final tables in all three -COOP series, would shove from the big blind holding A♠J♣. Arda was not bullying around and called with red nines 9♥9♦. A black nine hit the flop 3♠ 9♣ 4♦ T♣ K♥ and blackaces93 exited to the rail title-less again in seventh-place ($10,930.07).
Then more blind versus blind violence broke out as Arda bet enough to set ChrisACEA all-in from the small blind. The shortest stack held a little more than 14BBs and made the call with pocket fives 5♠5♥. A favorite over the ace-little 2♠A♣ held by Arda but an ace on flop 9♠ Q♥ A♥ 7♦ 8♦ shipped $13,606.73 to ChrisACEA in sixth-place.
Gruissem got his groove and the chip-lead back by the end of hour four. Mostly due to two of the last three hands of the hour. The first one he took David "davaman" Lopez to the bank after slow-playing a flopped set of deuces. Then on the next hand Lopez, now down to 11BBs, would shove from the small blind as Gruissem made the call with Q♠K♣. Lopez flipped up T♣9♠ and got a nice turn sweat but after the 5♥ 5♣ 8♠ 7♥ 4♥ river, Gruissem's nemesis was gone in fifth-place $19,164.29.
Trying to follow Gruissem's stack through the many highs and lows of the fifth hour may require some Dramamine or a few stiff drinks. He lost the chip-lead after trying to represent a big hand, which Arda held, knocking his stack down to almost 13BBs. Then, after grinding for a bit, managed a double-up after getting it in with ace-nine versus Arda's ace-ten and finding a turned nine to stay alive. Five hands later WCOOP 2014 - Event #41 winner Felipe "lipe piv" Boianovsky would shove sixes 6♠6♣ into Gruissem's eights 8♣8♥. No karma from the previous beat A♣ 4♦ 7♠ J♠ J♣ as Boianovsky was out in fourth-place ($26,991.86).
Eight hands later the Gruissem end-game steamroller continued. Now holding the chip-lead, Gruissem would call the all-in button shove from SCOOP 2017 Event #8-H champ Martin 'M.nosbocaJ' Jacobson. Jacobson turned up A♦7♠ as Gruissem was well ahead with Q♣A♥. The seven failed to fall K♠ 2♣ 6♣ 9♥ 6♠ landing Jacobson another deep -COOP finish in third place ($38,016.52).
Seat 1: phaplap (9651508 in chips)
Seat 7: philbort (15658492 in chips)
Fifteen minutes into heads-up play Gruissem appeared to be on cruise control towards the title expanding his lead 21.3 million to 3.9 million with blinds at 100K/200K. But, Arda kept a cool head with Gruissem's aggressiveness soon taking the chip-lead as the two played a lot of post-flop poker versus easily relinquishing the blinds.
Phaplap said "too long" finally breaking the chat silence during the five-minute intermission.
Somehow, they made it through the entire hour despite the heavy betting patterns with Gruissem holding a 16.4 million to 8.9 million chip-lead going to 175K/350K blinds.
Eight minutes after the break the two decided to flip pre-flop for the win. Gruissem holding T♣A♠ against Arda's nines 9♦9♥. An ace in the door A♦ 3♦ 2♠ 4♦ Q♣ and Philipp "philbort" Gruissem broke through with his first -COOP victory as the 2017 WCOOP Event #45 champion earning $75,414.36!
WCOOP-45-H: $215+R NLHE [6-Max]
Entries: 676 (1,113 rebuys, 371 add-ons)
Prize pool: $438,480
Place paid: 83
1. Philipp "philbort" Gruissem (Malta) $75,414.36
2. Özgür "phaplap" Arda (Cyprus) $53,544.15
3. Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson (United Kingdom)
4. Felipe "lipe piv" Boianovsky (Brazil) $26,991.86
5. David "davaman" Lopez (United Kingdom) $19,164.29
6. ChrisACEA (China) $13,606.73
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