WCOOP 2017: OverTheTop43 wrestles a second COOP win in Event #22-H ($530 NLHE, Win the Button)

Austria's OverTheTop43 came to the final table of Event #22-H with the shortest stack of nine. Facing down an WCOOP final table lineup for the second time in this series (after a sixth-place finish in Event #16-H), the SCOOP 2013 champion managed to stay afloat until the table was five-handed. Then, on the strength of a pot worth more than 80 big blinds, OverTheTop43 surged into the lead and, using the Win The Button format against the remaining players, soon walked away with a second career COOP title.

It took seven hours of play on Day 2 to take the field from its 58 starters down to nine. The last hand before the 1:55 p.m. ET break popped the bubble, so these players had to wait five minutes to get the final table started:

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Seat 1: hdjgkfkgsdl (14,237,559 in chips)
Seat 2: Rodrigo "rodrigorpv" Valente (2,695,721 in chips)
Seat 3: LgwZ (4,639,273 in chips)
Seat 4: Sergio "trujustrus" Cabrera (5,575,163 in chips)
Seat 5: Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot (2,505,908 in chips)
Seat 6: u3meha (4,356,718 in chips)
Seat 7: OverTheTop43 (2,400,447 in chips)
Seat 8: WhatIfGod (8,355,352 in chips)
Seat 9: Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo (4,783,859 in chips)

Past Super Tuesday champ Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot came in on the short stack and opened the action all-in with J♣ J♥ on the second hand. 2014 Yearly Tournament Leader Board runner-up Rodrigo "rodrigorpv" Valente moved in for one big blind more, holding A♥ K♥, and the two ended up heads-up. Big Slick turned into a pair of aces when the board came 5♣ 9♥ A♣ 6♦ 8♥ and tonkaaaa hit the rail in ninth.

rodrigorpv dodged Sunday Million 8th Anniversary Special runner-up hdjgkfkgsdl's 6♣ 4♣ flush draw to double into the chip lead with K♣ K♦ one orbit later. Three hands after that SCOOP 2017 winner u3meha re-raised all-in for 3.2 million chips from the small blind after three-time past SCOOP finalist LgwZ opened for 265,200 in the cutoff. With a relatively short stack and A♦ Q♦ in the hole, LgwZ called as a big underdog to u3meha's A♣ K♥. The Brazilian player made queens and eights on the Q♥ 8♥ 5♦ 8♦ 3♣ board and u3meha exited in eighth.

After those two quick knockouts the table settled into something of a comfort zone. Only one player faced elimination for the rest of the hour, putting 50 minutes between u3meha's departure and Sergio "trujustrus" Cabrera's. The two-time Super Tuesday champion moved all-in five minutes after returning from the break, coming in over the top of a pre-flop raise to 320,000 chips by WCOOP 2014 double winner WhatIfGod that had been called twice before the action reached trujustrus. He shoved for 4.5 million with A♠ J♠ and only hdjgkfkgsdl, holding A♦ Q♣, came along. The board came 4♣ T♣ T♦ 7♠ 6♥, kickers played, and trujustrus bowed out in seventh.

Past Super Tuesday champ Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo went down half an hour later after pushing the play at the wrong moment. He re-raised to 1.3 million chips on the button with Q♠ J♥ after LgwZ opened for 442,000 under the gun and LgwZ, whose stack was larger by less than one ante's worth of chips, called to see the flop come 7♠ A♥ 6♥. LgwZ check-called 1.2 million there and then 5.5 million more - essentially all-in - after the 5♥ turn. Sephirot88 was drawing to a flush to beat LgwZ's two pair with A♠ 5♠ but missed on the 3♦ river and left in sixth.

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It only took 10 minutes for another confrontation to brew up, this time after OverTheTop43 min-raised to 400,000 chips with A♥ Q♣ under the gun. rodrigorpv re-raised to 1.3 million and then called all-in with Q♠ Q♥ when OverTheTop43 shoved for 5.1 million. the A♣ on the flop was all it took to end rodrigorpv's tournament in fifth.

OverTheTop43's own tournament life was almost snuffed out a few minutes later in a coin flip with A♠ K♣ against LgwZ's T♦ T♠, but the board made an eight-high straight for both players. After 20 minutes the same two players clashed and again it was OverTheTop43 who survived, this time thanks to an ace on the river to bail out A♣ 8♣ against the Brazilian's pocket eights. And then OverTheTop's 9♣ 9♠ survived against LgwZ's A♥ Q♠ to bring the Austrian's back to about 45 big blinds, good for second place.


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After winning a few decent-sized pots, OverTheTop43 threatened to run away with the tournament but lost with A♥ K♣ to WhatIfGod's T♥ T♠ in a blind-versus-blind situation to bring all four players' stack to within about 15 big blinds of each other. OverTheTop43 soon reclaimed the lead, picked up A♣ A♥ on the button, and raised to 1.7 million chips when LgwZ opened for 663,000 under the gun - and then called when WhatIfGod shoved for 12 million in the small blind with A♠ K♥. The 3♠ 4♦ 3♥ T♦ 2♠ delivered a massive 25.1-million-chip pot to OverTheTop43 and eliminated WhatIfGod in fourth.

LgwZ (8 million chips) and hdjgkfkgsdl (9.2 million) were both in a bad spot, caught between the guaranteed $16,000 pay jump for making second place and the bigger-than-usual advantage that OverTheTop43's 32.3-million-chip stack afforded the Austrian in the Win The Button format. OverTheTop34 took advantage and leaned on the other two players as heavily as possible, reducing them both to stacks worth less than 15 big blinds, and then picked up J♣ J♥ on the same hand that gave 7♦ 7♥ to hdjgkfkgsdl. The flop of the 4♥ 7♠ K♣ 9♣ J♠ board gave hdjgkfkgsdl a set but the river made a bigger one for OverTheTop43, busting hdjgkfkgsdl in third.

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OverTheTop43's lead sat at 30 million chips with the blinds and antes at 175,000/350,000/45,000 and the Win The Button format remained in force during heads-up play, allowing the Austrian to maintain control of the match. LgwZ managed one double-up in half an hour of play, with K♥ Q♣ against 6♦ 6♥, but then the Brazilian picked a bad time to bluff in search of more chips.

Holding T♦ 7♦, LgwZ represented something much stronger with a re-raise to 2.5 million chips before the flop and then a 1.2-million lead bet on the A♦ Q♠ A♣ flop. OverTheTop43 called there and again on the 9♦ turn before calling LgwZ's all-in bet of 10.9 million after the K♣ river. LgwZ showed down the pair of aces already on the board, and OverTheTop43 locked up the win with A♥ 9♣ for aces full of nines.

It takes a combination of skill and luck to come back after starting the final table in last place. Congratulations to OverTheTop43 for walking that fine line for a second career COOP title!

WCOOP-22-H: $530 No Limit Hold'em [Win the Button] results
Entries: 991 (723 entries, 268 re-enries)
Prize pool: $495,500
Places paid: 116

1. OverTheTop43 (Austria) $81,648.18
2. LgwZ (Brazil) $59,746.44
3. hdjgkfkgsdl (United Kingdom) $43,719.99
4. WhatIfGod (Sweden) $31,992.50
5. rodrigorpv (Brazil) $23,410.78
6. Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo (Switzerland) $17,131.07
7. Sergio "trujustrus" Cabrera (United Kingdom) $12,535.85
8. u3meha (Ukraine) $9,173.24
9. Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot (Canada) $6,712.58


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