WCOOP 2017: Belarus' Leqenden Takes Down Penultimate WCOOP-81-H: $530 NLHE [Wrap-Up] for $101,734
The penultimate tournament of the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), WCOOP-81-H: $530 NLHE [Wrap-Up], $400K GTD, attracted 1,303 entries, which easily surpassed the advertised guarantee by creating a $651,500 prize pool.
After nearly nine hours of play, it was Belarus' Leqenden who emerged victorious to capture a $101,734.89 first-place prize. Leqenden is now a two-time COOP champ after having previously won a SCOOP title.
The tournament attracted three Team PokerStars Pros in Fatima De Melo, Jaime Staples, and Jeff Gross, but unfortunately none of them were able to make the money. In fact, Gross came the closest, but was still far off busting in 336th place.
Others among the 161 players to get paid were Anthony "holdplz" Spinella (145th - $1,140.64), Robin "robinho" Ylitalo (99th - $1,451.67), Mike "MikeyGG3" Gentili (46th - $2,351.13), and Kurt "kyrt23x" Fitzgerald (26th - $3,807.88).
Here's how things stacked up at the start of the final table:
1: jwall888 (Canada) 16,598,511
2: TheTractor8 (Romania) 13,549,323
3: gaddulla (UK) 7,009,341
4: Anastasiia "SpringSmile" Syvak (Austria) 6,031,671
5: Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani (Norway) 5,319,745
6: vino la iubi (Germany) 4,454,272
7: Leqenden (Belarus) 4,262,836
8: kareempirias (Cyprus) 4,027,965
9: skarpet2 (Poland) 3,886,336
vino la iubi Has a Kicker Problem
The first to fall from the final table was vino la iubi (2,082,772). The blinds were 125,000/250,000/32,500 when action folded to him in the small blind and he raised to 500,000. jwall888 (21,260,636) responded by moving all in from the big and vino la iubi called off.
vino la iubi: A♠7♠
vino la iubi had a kicked problem and it didn't get resolved as the board ran out a dry 4♣T♠8♦2♦5♠. vino la iubi exited in ninth place for $7,848.81.
skarpet2 Flushed in 8th Place
After the blinds went up to 150,000/300,000/37,500, skarpet2 (1,601,336) moved all in under the gun holding the A♠9♦ and action folded around to jwall888 (24,660,908), who three-bet to 2,827,672 from the small blind with the A♥K♦. That inspired SpringSmile to fold from the big, and skarpet2 was looking for some help.
The 4♥6♣8♥ flop didn't do him any favors, and the 6♥ turn actually took away some outs. The K♥ river improved jwall888 to a flush, and skarpet2 hit the rail in eighth place, good for $10,811.51
No Paint for gaddulla
The next elimination didn't occur until the blinds went up to 175,000/350,000/45,000. That is when action folded around to Gaddulla (3,634,432) on the button and he moved all in. jwall888 (23,094,345) called from the small blind, and the cards were turned up after SpringSmile folded from the big.
gaddulla was drawing to two live cards, but he watched helplessly as the board ran out an unhelpful 8♣8♥3♣9♥Q♥. gaddulla earned $14,892.57 for his seventh-place finish.
kareempirias Taken Down on the Turn
With the blinds at 200,000/400,000/50,000, Leqenden (16,130,324) raised to 800,000 under the gun with the 8♦8♥ and action folded all the way around to kareempirias (2,261,108), who called out of the big blind with the T♥9♠.
When the flop came down T♦A♦3♦, kareempirias moved all in for 1,411,108 and Leqenden called. The 8♣ turn was gin for Leqenden, and he scored the KO after the K♥ was run out on the river.
Syvak Fails to Fill Up
A dozen or so hands later, Leqenden (25,006,432) raised to 1.2 million from the cutoff and then called when Anastasiia "SpringSmile" Syvak (6,069,052) moved all in from the small blind.
Syvak got it in good with the better ace, but the 4♦3♦3♣ flop made things interesting by giving Leqenden a flush draw. He hit it on the J♦ turn, but Syvak could still win with either a jack or three on the river. It was no meant to be though as the 5♦ blanked instead.
TheTractor8 Breaks Down
With the blinds at 250,000/500,000/62,500, TheTractor8 (6,006,492) jammed the button holding the A♣9♣ and jwall888 (8,034,486) called with the A♠T♦ in the big blind. The board ran out 3♥7♦8♥7♠A♥ and jwall888 scored his fourth elimination of the final table.
jwall888 Bricks to River to Bust in Third
Later in the same level, Leqenden (34,759,421) limped the small blind with the 4♣5♦ and jwall888 (11,469,785) checked his option with the 3♦9♥. The 2♥5♥9♣ flop paired both players, and Leqenden led out for 500,000. jwall888 popped it to 1,221,875, Leqenden called, and the 4♠ peeled off on the turn.
Leqenden, who made two pair, checked and then moved all in after jwall888 bet 1,750,000. With an added up-and-down straight draw, jwall888 called off the 7,935,410 he had behind, but he missed when the J♦ bricked on the river.
Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani Finishes Runner Up
Leqenden began heads-up play with a big chip lead over Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani, and it didn't take long for him to dispatch the Norwegian in second place. In the final hand of the tournament, which happened with the blinds at 300,000/600,000/75,000, Stani (17,970,794) raised to 1.2 million from the button with the A♣7♦ and Leqenden (47,179,206) three-bet to 3.6 million holding the A♠Q♣.
Stani called and the bet 3,675,000 after Leqenden checked the A♦9♥8♦ flop. Leqenden woke up with an all-in check-raise and Stani called off. He was looking for some help, but he didn't get it as the 5♠ blanked on the turn followed by the 2♥ on the river.
WCOOP-81-H: $530 NLHE [Wrap-Up], $400K GTD
Prize pool: $651,500
Places paid: 161
1st: Leqenden (Belarus) $101,734.89
2nd: Kevin "KevBoyStar" Stani (Norway) $73,855.60
3rd: jwall888 (Canada) $53,616.82
4th: TheTractor8 (Romania) $38,924.12
5th: Anastasiia "SpringSmile" Syvak (Austria) $28,257.63
6th: kareempirias (Cyprus) $20,514.10
7th: gaddulla (UK) $14,892.57
8th: skarpet2 (Poland) $10,811.51
9th: vino la iubi (Germany) $7,848.81