WCOOP 2017: ruthless848 wins stacked #47-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max), denies DSmunichlife & veeea second wins
What a stacked finish for this one! Event #47-H of this year's World Championship of Online Poker, a $2,100 buy-in, eight-handed no-limit hold'em tournament, drew a predictably talented field of competitors, with the last couple of tables full of familiar names with long résumés of tournament successes -- including in the WCOOP.
Ultimately from 587-entry field it was ruthless848 of Canada topping everyone to win a $207,240.30 first prize, keeping runner-up DSmunichlife from winning a second WCOOP event of the series. That was after ruthless848 had knocked out another WCOOP winner from this series in third place, Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov.
But there were many other tough competitors for ruthless848 to get through, too, in order to claim that triumph. Read on to learn the story of how ruthless848 did it and the who's who of players who came close to winning themselves.
That big field meant a prize pool of $1,174,000 -- well over the $750K guarantee -- with the top 71 finishers making the cash. After one day of play the bubble had burst and with 61 left Andreas "gnetaren" Samuelsson had bagged the chip lead.
They had played almost four hours on Day 2 on Sunday when those 61 returners had played down to just 16 players sitting around the last two tables.
Samuelsson was still in the hunt at that point with an average stack, while Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov was sitting in first position, taking aim on a possible second WCOOP title of the series after winning Event #6-H ($1,050 NLHE Prog. KO).
Connor "blanconegro" Drinan was the next out in 16th ($9,601.55).
Drinan was followed by xiaoyyy (15th), slistos (14th), and João 'IneedMassari' Simão (13th) who each took away $12,262.78.
7DonCool7 (12th) and Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker (11th) were the next knockouts.
Then Andreas "gnetaren" Samuelsson slipped to fall in 10th, like both 7DonCool7 and Muehloecker earning $15,661.39.
With Vezhenkov still chip leader, the final nine were reassembled around a single table. After a while Brian "brianm15" England lost a preflop all-in versus fellow short stack skarbnik79 to get knocked down to less than four big blinds, and a few hands later lost the rest to Ole "wizowizo" Schemion in a three-way all-in to go out in ninth ($20,002.25).
The official eight-handed final table was underway, with Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov still the man with a leading stack.
Seat 1: Ole "wizowizo" Schemion (Austria) -- 2,278,321
Seat 2: B4NKR0LL3R (Morocco) -- 3,640,153
Seat 3: DSmunichlife (Germany) -- 3,181,022
Seat 4: ruthless848 (Canada) -- 5,822,569
Seat 6: skarbnik79 (Poland) -- 1,014,228
Seat 7: 88maca88 (Argentina) -- 1,130,626
Seat 8: Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov (Russia) -- 7,760,333
Seat 9: Fear1sWisdom (United Kingdom) -- 4,522,748
Almost half an hour into the final table, it was Schemion opening from middle position for 147,700 (a little over 2x) and skarbnik79 defending the big blind with a call. The 6♦2♥A♦ flop then inspired a lot of action following a check from skarbnik79 -- a c-bet from Schemion, an all-in check-raise of just over 2 million from skarbnik79, and a Schemion call.
Schemion had a flush draw with K♥Q♥, but was in fact ahead as skarbnik79 had a lesser draw with 8♥7♥. The 2♠ turn and 4♦ river changed nothing, and skarbnik79 was out in eighth.
The final seven marched onward until eventually a hand arose in which Vezhenkov opened from middle position, Schemion three-bet from the button to leave himself a little over 2.7 million behind (close to 34 big blinds), and Vezhenkov called. The Q♦9♠K♦ flop then saw Vezhenkov check, Schemion continue, Vezhenkov check-raise, Schemion shove, and Vezhenkov call.
Schemion had A♠K♠ and top pair, top kicker, but Vezhenkov had flopped a straight with J♠T♠. The 9♦ turn left Schemion drawing live, but the 2♠ river was no help to him and he was out in seventh.
That's two final tables this WCOOP for Schemion, who took fifth in Event #12-H ($1,050 NLHE).
Vezhenkov continued to maintain the chip lead as the tournament moved into the day's eighth hour. In fact, at that point the Russian had it without interruption for the entire final table, with only Fear1sWisdom having come close for a couple of hands at one point along the way.
But a hand arose in which the table's other WCOOP winner this series -- DSmunichlife, winner of Event #30-H ($215 NLHE, Prog. KO) -- won a big all-in with pocket aces versus Vezhenkov's pocket kings, and suddenly DSmunichlife was the frontrunner with six left.
A little while after that 88maca88 -- who won a WCOOP event in 2016 -- min-raised from the cutoff, watched B4NKR0LL3R jam from the big blind, then called off for 21 BBs total.
88maca88 had A♠K♣ while B4NKR0LL3R held 8♦8♣, and when the board came jack-high -- J♠4♥4♠7♠T♦ -- 88maca88 departed in sixth.
Fear1sWisdom subsequently slipped in the counts, then when down under 11 big blinds open-raised all in from the button with K♦Q♣ and was called by DSmunichlife who had K♠Q♠ in the big blind. A chop seemed a likely outcome, but the board came T♣8♠J♦A♠5♠, making a backdoor flush for DSmunichlife and sending Fear1sWisdom railward in fifth.
They were nearing the end of the ninth hour of Day 2 when B4NKR0LL3R limped from the small blind, DSmunichlife raised 3x to 600,000 from the big blind, and B4NKR0LL3R called. The flop came 3♥6♣6♥, and B4NKR0LL3R check-called a bet of 200,000 from DSmunichlife. The turn was the 2♠ and B4NKR0LL3R again check-called a bet of 200,000.
The river was the J♣. B4NKR0LL3R checked one more time, and DSmunichlife bet enough to force B4NKR0LL3R all in with a call, and indeed B4NKR0LL3R called with the 2,132,908 left behind.
B4NKR0LL3R had A♦A♣, but DSmunichlife's 6♦2♣ made a full house to win and B4NKR0LL3R exited in fourth.
ruthless848 had become the chip leader with three players left, and just four hands later a big hand brewed between ruthless848 and Vezhenkov, one that also turned out to involve pocket rockets.
That hand started with a min-raise to 400,000 from DSmunichlife from the button. ruthless848 then made it 999,000 to go from the small blind. Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov then cold four-bet to 2.3 million from the big blind, getting DSmunichlife to fold but ruthless848 called.
Both checked the 2♠9♥8♥ flop, then ruthless848 also checked the 3♠ turn. Vezhenkov bet 1,268,750, then ruthless848 check-raised to 2,587,500 and Vezhenkov called.
The river was the 3♣, and ruthless848 bet 5.45 million -- a bit more than the almost 4.85 million Vezhenkov had behind. He thought for a while, then finally chose to call with A♥Q♠ for ace-high and that pair of threes on board. ruthless848 had A♠A♦, though, and Vezhenkov had to settle for third.
That pot put ruthless848 up over 20.5 million, a big advantage over the almost 8.8 million DSmunichlife had to start heads-up play.
The pair battled nearly 15 minutes, after which DSMunichlife had edged up over 12.8 million to ruthless848's 16.5 million.
That's when DSMunichlife min-raised from the button to 400,000 and was called, and the pair saw a flop come Q♠9♥6♦.
As it turned out, that flop had hit both players -- in a big way. Which is why after ruthless848 checked, DSMunichlife bet 518,500, ruthless848 check-raised to 1,537,000, DSMunichlife made it an even 3 million to go, ruthless848 reraised all in, and DSMunichlife called with what was left.
Both had flopped two pair, but with DSmunichlife having the better hand it looked as though a big pot would go the at-risk player's way to place DSmunichlife in prime position to go for that second title of the series.
But the turn was the 7♠, then the river... the 8♠! A backdoor flush for ruthless848 and it was all over!
Congratulations to ruthless848 for topping a 587-entry field including a host of talent players among the last couple of tables to win Event #47-H and a $207K-plus first prize. Kudos also to DSmunichlife who after winning one event this series and also taking third (in #11-H) and sixth (#in 42-H) in others, adds a runner-up finish and another big score as well. And also to Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov who came close as well to adding yet another big win to his collection.
WCOOP-47-H: $2,100 NLHE (8-Max)
Entries: 587 (431 entries, 156 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,174,000
Places paid: 71
1. ruthless848 (Canada) $207,240.30
2. DSmunichlife (Germany) $153,671.78
3. Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov (Russia) $113,950.20
4. B4NKR0LL3R (Morocco) $84,496.06
5. Fear1sWisdom (United Kingdom) $62,655.32
6. 88maca88 (Argentina) $46,459.99
7. Ole "wizowizo" Schemion (Austria) $34,450.91
8. skarbnik79 (Poland) $25,545.88
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.