WCOOP 2017: After heads-up deal, great dant outguns AmSoGood in Event #15-H ($1,050 NLHE, 4-Max)

The phrase "four-handed poker" conjures up images of lots of loose action. The players who entered Event #15-H found plenty of that - even when only two remained. With a past WSOP Main Event champion already dispatched and a deal cut early on during heads-up play to guarantee at least $127,000 for both players, TCOOP 2017 finalist great dant of Brazil and AmSoGood of Canada fought back and forth for more than two hours. Then great dant won two pots in quick succession and brought the proceedings to their end, locking up a WCOOP title in the process.

Day 1, which saw almost as many re-entries as initial entries, ended after 25 levels of play with just 24 players remaining in the field. Among those to fall by the wayside on Day 2 were MITS 304, Vlad "dariepoker" Darie, Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo, Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro, Connor "blanconegro" Drinan, and Andreas "mrAndreeew" Berggren. Bulgaria's KuuL popped the bubble in sixth place, setting up these five players for a shot at the title and more than $170,000:


Seat 1: Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson (5,192,199 in chips)
Seat 2: AmSoGood (9,774,394 in chips)
Seat 3: TopRaise91 (6,641,073 in chips)
Seat 4: exposabre (5,227,023 in chips)
Seat 5: great dant (16,265,311 in chips)

2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson came in looking to add a WCOOP title to the SCOOP win he earned this spring. He was active in that pursuit in the first 20 minutes but didn't have much to show for it when the hand that ended his tournament came up. Sitting in the small blind with A♠ Q♦, Jacobson re-raised to 897,400 chips after great dant opened for 287,450 on the button. great dant thought it over for a few moments and then called, bringing a 2♠ 3♣ 6♣ flop. Jacobson led for 675,000 and then went into the tank when great dant shoved for 15.5 million, more than enough to set Jacobson in. He eventually made the call and learned he was looking to dodge 12 outs that could turn great dant's A♣ T♣ into a winner. The K♦ on the turn wasn't one of them but the T♥ river was, giving great dant the 10.1-million-chip pot and eliminating Jacobson in fifth.

Martin Jacobson

Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson, out in fifth

Fifteen minutes' worth of small pots followed. That stretch was interrupted by a hand where TopRaise91 opened the action for 308,000 chips on the button with K♣ K♠, then shoved for 7.1 million when past Sunday Warm-Up and Super Tuesday finalist exposabre re-raised to 980,000 from the small blind. exposabre called with A♠ K♥ and watched the aceless T♥ 7♣ 2♦ 4♠ 2♥ board deliver the 14.4-million-chip pot to TopRaise91's stack.

exposabre's remaining stack was worth less than six blinds and the Canadian ended up moving all-in five hands later with K♦ 8♥ on the button. great dant called with K♥ Q♦, the board fell 9♥ A♦ 5♦ A♣ A♥, and exposabre left the tournament in fourth.

Two knockouts had boosted great dant's stack to 21.4 million chips, while the stacks of TopRaise91 (14.2 million) and AmSoGood (7.3 million) were worth about that much combined. In the absence of heavy pressure from the 70,000/140,000/17,500 blinds and antes, which would only rise every 30 minutes, there was plenty of room to play poker - and so they did.

An hour later great dant was still in the lead, but things were tighter. The trio's stacks were separated by less than 30 big blinds and the chance to make a deal had been sunk when great dant wanted a few thousand dollars more than the ICM numbers provided and TopRaise91 wasn't having it. AmSoGood slipped into the lead after knocking TopRaise91 off an 11-million-chip with an all-in bet on the turn of a paired board, then expanded it in absentia when TopRaise91 rivered a Broadway straight with J♥ T♣ to double through great dant.

That last-second save kept TopRaise91 in the game right before the hourly break. After they returned TopRaise91 picked up K♦ K♠ on the button and opened the action for 440,000 chips. AmSoGood called the small raise in the big blind and then check-called another 503,333 after the 6♦ 3♠ Q♣ flop to see the 4♠ come on the turn. This time AmSoGood, holding a combination straight-and-flush draw with A♠ 5♠, check-raised all-in. TopRaise91 called with 61.4-percent equity but lost to a seven-high straight on the river, giving AmSoGood the 13.1-million-chip pot and sending TopRaise91 to the rail in third.

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Within 10 minutes great dant had cut AmSoGood's 15-million-chip lead down to about 2 million, so AmSoGood suggested a deal. The negotiations went quickly this second time around. When the host provided the numbers that gave AmSogood slightly more cash as the current owner of more chips, great dant said, "I will agree with the even chop." AmSoGood replied, "I'm not doing anything but this." So they agreed and $17,240 was left on the table for whoever fared best in this deep-stacked heads-up duel, an issue that wouldn't be settled for close to two and a half hours.

The lead changed hands seven times in all, starting with great dant's run of 10 wins in the first 15 hands. The Brazilian maintained that lead for the next hour of play, bringing AmSoGood's stack down to 5.8 million with the blinds and antes at 150,000/300,000/37,500 after flopping a spade flush with A♠ 6♠. AmSoGood nearly hit the rail shortly afterward but caught a five on the river with A♥ 5♣ against great dant's A♦ 8♠, then used that reprieve to spark a comeback that gave the Canadian player the lead just 15 minutes later.


AmSoGood's lead grew after winning an 18-million-chip pot with pocket queens, earned by calling down a bluff raise on the K♠ river. Left with only 9.3 million chips, great dant rallied back two hands later after raising with A♥ 9♣ from the big blind and calling all-in when AmSoGood shoved with A♠ 4♣. And then, six hands after that, great dant doubled again after flopping top pair with the nut flush draw holding A♦ 2♦ and then checking the turn and river to lure AmSoGood into shoving all-in. Losing that 31.1-million chip pot left AmSoGood in desperate straits but 15 minutes later the Canadian was back in the lead again.

The duel seemed like it would come down to whichever player could win two pots back-to-back. And then it did. great dant reclaimed a slim lead with a 10-million-chip pot after flopping top pair with K♠ 6♥ and check-calling flop and turn bets from AmSoGood. Two hands later, great dant re-raised out of position with J♣ J♦; AmSoGood, who had raised on the button with T♠ 8♦, called that bet and 3.7 million more on the 9♦ 8♥ 3♣ flop before calling all-in with a pair of eights after great dant open-shoved on the 2♦ turn. Any eight or ten would have kept the tournament going, but the 6♠ came instead to give great dant the win.

Congratulations are in order for both players after their epic duel. great dant grabbed the extra cash and the title, while AmSoGood still walked with more than twice as much as the third-place finisher thanks to the deal. Look for both of them on the WCOOP Player Of The Series leaderboard.

WCOOP-15-H: $1,050 No Limit Hold'em [4-Max] results
Entries: 862 (497 entries, 365 re-enries)
Prize pool: $862,000
Places paid: 112

1. great dant (Brazil) $144,302.80*
2. AmSoGood (Canada) $130,933.80*
3. TopRaise91 (Austria) $60,202.08
4. exposabre (Canada) $36,600.52
5. Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson (United Kingdom) $22,955.06
* - denotes heads-up deal leaving $17,240 for the winner

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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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