WCOOP 2017: 84BUKTOP84's wild ride ends with $89K victory in Event #70-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max)

84BUKTOP84 entered the final table of Event #70-H in the middle of the chip counts. The Russian player became well-acquainted with almost every other position on the leaderboard as the game progressed, with the lone exception of the top spot. It wasn't for a lack of trying - 84BUKTOP84 had an opponent dead to rights on a few occasions, particularly once the game was three-handed, only to see just the wrong card fall each time. Persistence paid off in the end, though, as 84BUKTOP84 strung together a few big wins late in the game to lay claim to a first career WCOOP title.

Event #70-H was a rare one-day WCOOP tournament. The field lost nearly 100 players an hour throughout the day before these seven players emerged with a chance at more than $89,000:

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Seat 1: Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (3,046,860 in chips)
Seat 2: langace66 (18,693,054 in chips)
Seat 3: thehushpuppy (4,188,072 in chips)
Seat 4: 84BUKTOP84 (10,450,951 in chips)
Seat 5: Jon "PearlJammer" Turner (6,131,278 in chips)
Seat 6: LEN1234980 (6,181,693 in chips)
Seat 7: thegr8str8 (6,358,092 in chips)

Of all the players at this final, nobody had enjoyed a better WCOOP 2017 than thehushpuppy, winner of both Event #11-H and Event #41-H. But further WCOOP success eluded thehushpuppy this time around. Short from the start, thehushpuppy open-shoved 15 minutes in with A♦ 2♥ in the small blind. 84BUKTOP84 called with 9♠ 9♥ and made a set with the 9♦ on the flop to eliminate thehushpuppy in seventh.

Nobody survived more danger in the first hour of than past Super Tuesday champ and two-time SCOOP winner Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes. He was rarely active, but when he was he made it count. He doubled with pocket nines against A♠ 6♦, then again with pocket tens against pocket nines, and won another pot with A♦ A♠ against past SCOOP and WCOOP finalist thegr8str8's missed straight draw to start the second hour of play on a strong note. But eventually he opened for 480,000 chips on the button with A♠ Q♣ and jammed for 4.3 million after 84BUKTOP84 re-raised in the big blind. 84BUKTOP84 called with K♣ K♥, turned a set with the K♠, and sent JIZOINT to the rail in sixth.

thegr8str8 was the new short stack and managed to replicate the first part of JIZOINT's experience by doubling up multiple times in the next half-hour of play. Then thegr8str8 replicated the latter part after calling past MicroMillions winner langace66's early-position min-raise with 7♥ 6♥ in the big blind. thegr8str8 check-raised to 1.4 million chips with nothing but backdoor draws on the 8♥ 2♣ Q♣ flop and then, after langace66 called, open-shoved with a straight draw after the 5♦ came on the turn. langace66 called wiht Q♠ T♦ for a pair of queens, which held up after the K♥ river to knock thegr8str8 out in fifth.

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Winning that pot moved langace66 to within just a few big blinds of the lead, and two hands later things were looking up again when langace66 was dealt A♣ A♦ in the cutoff. Both 84BUKTOP84 (on the button) and LEN1234980 (in the big blind) called a langace66's 750,000-chip opener to see the 9♣ 5♠ 6♣ flop. LEN1234980 and langace66 both checked, 84BUKTOP84 bet 1.5 million, LEN1234980 called - and then langace66 check-raised to 3.9 million. Both other players called, building the pot to 14.2 million chips, and 84BUKTOP84 called all-in for slightly less when langace66 bet 4.5 million on the 5♥ turn. LEN1234980 folded and 84BUKTOP84's J♣ 5♣ won with trip fives after the Q♠ hit the river, taking over the lead with 21.9 million chips.

84BUKTOP84 took down that pot, but LEN1234980 dominated the next half-hour of play. The past $162 Pacific Rim Special and $215 Saturday Duel winner went from 14.9 million chips to 28.9 million without facing an all-in situation once, reducing all three opponents to less than 10 million each in the process. Eventually two of them clashed in a coin-flip, Event #13-H champ Jon "PearlJammer" Turner with A♣ Q♣ and 84BUKTOP84 with 3♥ 3♠; the Russian player won with fours and treys after the board fell 9♥ 4♥ 2♠ 4♣ 7♣, and PearlJammer left in fourth.


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LEN1234980 had slightly more chips than the other two players combined now and maintained an aggressive stance since both were under 14 million chips and the 175,000/350,000/45,000 blinds and antes were adding plenty of pressure. That strategy helped to whittle both players' stacks to less than 10 million each when the blinds and antes rose again, but then 84BUKTOP84 defended the big blind with K♠ 5♥ and got maximum value from flopping top pair, check-calling bets all the way down the K♥ 9♦ 2♠ 7♦ 3♦ board as LEN1234980 bluffed - and lost - with Q♦ T♠.

That stopped LEN1234980 from running away with the title but 84BUKTOP84 couldn't make up any more ground, partly because langace66 made two pair on the river of the next hand with 8♥ 5♥ to crack the Russian's Q♦ Q♠ in a heads-up pot. Those two met again 20 minutes later, 84BUKTOP84 with A♦ Q♦ and langace66 with J♦ J♥, and langace66 won again, taking 84BUKTOP84's stack down to less than 10 big blinds.

Then 84BUKTOP84 rattled off nine wins in the next 10 hands, capped off by an unlikely 14.6-million-chip win. It came after leading on the 6♦ 5♥ 5♣ flop with 8♦ 7♥ for an open-ended straight draw and calling LEN1234980's raise, then check-calling LEN1234980's bet on the J♦ turn. LEN1234980 checked - and mucked - after 84BUKTOP84 showed down the busted straight draw after the 2♣ river. But once again 84BUKTOP84 was unable to make more of the progress; holding A♠ 7♠ on a Q♠ 5♠ 5♦ flop, he set langace66 all-in but the Austrian player's A♦ A♣ held up for the 21-million-chip win.

The cycle looked like it could go on almost indefinitely, but it was halted a few minutes later after 84BUKTOP84 raised the button with A♦ Q♠. langace66 called with K♠ 9♦, both players paired on the A♠ 9♥ 8♥ flop, and by the 5♥ turn langace66 was all-in. Another nine or king would have kept three-handed play going a little longer but the J♥ came instead and langace66's run ended in third.

The next three minutes were all 84BUKTOP84. The Russian put on the pressure and eventually ended up open-shoving on the button with Q♣ 9♥. LEN1234980 called with K♣ 3♦, the board fell T♣ Q♠ 3♣ T♦ 7♥, and queens and tens locked up the win for 84BUKTOP84. Congratulations to 84BUKTOP84 on weathering the storm to earn that coveted title!

WCOOP-70-H: $530 No-Limit Hold'em [6-Max] results
Entries: 1,101
Prize pool: $550,500
Places paid: 131

1. 84BUKTOP84 (Russia) $89,798.88
2. LEN1234980 (Japan) $62,568.89
3. langace66 (Austria) $43,596.24
4. Jon "PearlJammer" Turner (Mexico) $30,376.64
5. thegr8str8 (Hungary) $21,165.56
6. Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes (United Kingdom) $14,747.56
7. thehushpuppy (United Kingdom) $11,156.04


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