WCOOP 2017: L1TE-BR1TE shines brightest in #52-H ($1,050 Razz)
As expected, the $1,050 buy-in razz tournament -- Event #52-H in this year's World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars -- attracted a tough, talented field of experts who are among the best at making the worst poker hands.
All told there were 177 entries (123 uniques), and after two days of low hands it was Canada's L1TE-BR1TE sitting the highest with all the chips and a $34,944.19 first prize following a heads-up deal.
That turnout meants a $177,000 prize pool, easily besting the $125K guarantee for the event, with the top 24 finishers splitting the cash.
Just 13 made it through to Tuesday's Day 2, with L1TE-BR1TE enjoying a large overnight chip lead. L1TE-BR1TE continued to stay in front as RaiseandGive was knocked out in 13th ($3,097.50) and Nikiter (12th) and ImLuckNuts (11th) were likewise eliminated, each earning $3,982.50.
That's when Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm powered into the chip lead with 10 left. Soon DSmunichlife -- who has made four WCOOP final tables this series including winning Event #30-H ($215 NLHE) -- went out in 10th, and 3OutTrout followed in ninth, those two also cashing for $3,982.50.
With Elgstrøm still the chip leader and not quite an hour completed in Day 2, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: aDrENalin710 (Russia) -- 1,335,965
Seat 2: fNx_R (Ukraine) -- 584,870
Seat 3: Zelja22 (Croatia) -- 353,225
Seat 4: WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) -- 551,960
Seat 5: Trabelsi (Finland) -- 956,196
Seat 6: Jaime "jle90" Lezama (Mexico) -- 386,100
Seat 7: Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (Denmark) -- 1,871,770
Seat 8: L1TE-BR1TE (Canada) -- 2,809,914
Soon a hand developed between Zelja22 and L1TE-BR1TE, one in which Zelja22 three-bet on third street then led every street thereafter, going all in on sixth with L1TE-BR1TE calling all the way.
By then Zelja22 had 4-2 / A-10-K-5 (a 10-low with a good draw to better) while L1TE-BR1TE had 2-8 / 4-10-3-10 for a worse 10-low. Zelja22 drew a pairing five on the end, failing to improve, while L1TE-BR1TE drew a five as well to make an 8-5-4-3-2 and knock out Zelja22 in eighth -- another final table to go along with the third place Zelja22 achieved in Event #31-H ($215 H.O.R.S.E.).
Not long after that WTFOMFGOAO got into it with fNx_R, reraising on third and, leading on fourth, then raising all in on fifth with 6-9 / 7-4-7 with fNx_R calling holding 7-J / 2-3-6. WTFOMFGOAO then drew a deuce and a king to end up with 9-7-6-4-2, while fNx_R picked up a ten and a nine to finish 9-7-6-3-2 -- just pipping WTFOMFGOAO who went out in seventh.
That marks WTFOMFGOAO's 23rd cash of the series (no shinola!), including a victory in Event #24-H ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) -- good enough to put WTFOMFGOAO in the top five currently in the Player of the Series race.
Trabelsi -- who earlier won a WCOOP way back in 2006 -- became short before long, and after raise-calling CMoosepower on third, then calling again on fourth, Trabelsi led fifth street and called all in after Elgstrøm raised.
Trabelsi had 6-2 / 8-J-2, then drew out 4-10 to end with a ten-low. Elgstrøm meanwhile had 4-5 / 3-J-10, and after drawing 9-8 finished with a nine-low to oust Trabelsi in sixth.
The remaining five played another 20 minutes before the next knockout, one coming in a three-way hand that saw fNx_R have the lead on third before folding fourth, at which point L1TE-BR1TE seized the initiative with bets until Jaime "jle90" Lezama called all in on sixth street.
It was 9-2 / 5-A-K-Q for L1TE-BR1TE versus Lezama's 7-3 / A-8-A-8, and L1TE-BR1TE ended with a Q-low after drawing a pairing deuce on seventh. That proved good enough as Lezama was dealt a seven on seventh -- a third pair -- meaning Lezama was out in fifth.
They had just crossed into the day's fifth hour of play when Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm -- winner of a couple of SCOOPs and a TCOOP before -- had become the shortest of the remaining four with less than a single big bet.
Soon Elgstrøm got all in by fourth-street in a multi-way hand, with aDrENalin710 eventually betting out fNx_R on fifth street having already made an 8-low with A-2 / 3-8-7. Elgstrøm had 2-5 / Q-3-9 by then, after after drawing 7-9 still could only make a 9-low, thus ending his run in fourth.
aDrENalin710 has won no less than four WCOOP titles before, as well as a couple of SCOOPs, though with three players left slipped chip-wise down to a single big bet. All the chips went in on third street in a hand against leader L1TE-BR1TE, and ultimately aDrENalin710 drew 5-7 / A-J-A-5 / J for a pair of aces -- not enough against the 8-10 / 3-K-7-8 / 4 making a 10-low for L1TE-BR1TE. aDrENalin710 was out in third, and they were down to heads-up.
L1TE-BR1TE had over 7.71 million versus fNx_R's almost 1.14 million to start heads-up play. L1TE-BR1TE kept the lead and hand fNx_R on the ropes for much of the next 40 minutes, but fNx_R managed to scrape back and nearly even things with more than 4.18 million versus L1TE-BR1TE's almost 4.67 million.
That's when they decided to cut a deal for most of the remaining prize money, then when play resumed L1TE-BR1TE again began to push out ahead.
They ended up playing heads-up for almost two hours total, though at last fNx_R was down to under 615,000 (not three big bets) and would get all in by fourth street holding 4-7 / A-J versus L1TE-BR1TE's 7-5 / 6-3. Here's what the final boards contained:
fNx_R: 4-7 / A-J-4-9 / 5
L1TE-BR1TE: 7-5 / 6-3-Q-2 / K
fNx_R made a 9-7-5-4-A, but L1TE-BR1TE's 7-6-5-3-2 was better and it was all over -- L1TE-BR1TE had won.
Congratulations to L1TE-BR1TE for being the best at making the worst hand in Event #52-H to win the title and nearly $35K. And kudos also to fNx_R for getting to heads-up and making a deal to ensure a nice almost $31K payday.
WCOOP-52-H: $1,050 Razz
Entries: 177 (123 entries, 54 re-entries)
Prize pool: $177,000
Places paid: 24
1. L1TE-BR1TE (Canada) $34,944.19*
2. fNx_R (Ukraine) $30,968.31*
3. aDrENalin710 (Russia) $21,240.00
4. Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm (Denmark) $15,045.00
5. Jaime "jle90" Lezama (Mexico) $9,735.00
6. Trabelsi (Finland) $7,965.00
7. WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) $6,195.00
8. Zelja22 (Croatia) $4,867.50
* Denotes two-way deal
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.