WCOOP 2017: SkaiWalkurrr uses the force to win Turbo Event #76-H ($1,050 NL PKO)
Turbo time. The kind of frenetic pace when you run so fast that you're feet don't touch the ground. Fitting that someone with a Star Wars-themed screen name inspired by Luke Skywalker would win this event. The U.K.'s SkaiWalkurrr slid into the final table with the chip lead but facing a pair of dangerous Swedish pros in Anton Wigg and Viktor Blom. The future was in SkaiWalkurrr's hands. He swiftly picked off the Swedes and ascended to the supreme rank of Jedi to join the club of WCOOP champions. SkaiWalkurrr also walked away with a bountiful score: $116,008.79 in regular prize money, plus an additional $94,800 in PKO bounties for a total score worth $210,000.
2017 WCOOP Event #76-H $1,050 NL TURBO 6-Max, Progressive KO attracted 1,522 total entries, with 1,076 original runners and 446 re-entries. They created a total prize pool worth $1,522,000, with half of the pool ($761,000) allocated to bounties and the other half allocated toward the prize pool. Only the top 191 places paid out with $116,008.79 set aside to the champion.
With 25 to go, Isildur1 lurked in the middle of the pack. With 18 to go on the final three tables, Isildur1 shot up into the Top 4 in chips. With 12 left in the hunt, Isilur1 slid into second behind scrubbyz, who led with 15.8M.
With eight remaining, action went hand-for-hand on the final table bubble. Short-stacked quiditbear made a final stand with A♦8♣, but lost to SkaiWalkurrr's 8♦7♦. SkaiWalkurrr flopped a gutshot draw and got there on the river. Rough. quiditbear bubbled off the final table in eighth place and the turbo final table was set.
WCOOP Event #76-H - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: scrubbyz (19,427,795) + $21,384.74 bounty
Seat 2: holdplz (4,455,521) + $7,078.12 bounty
Seat 3: antesvante (9,692,206) + $5,953.12 bounty
Seat 4: drupa-lucker (9,813,563) + $10,654.27 bounty
Seat 5: SkaiWalkurrr (18,350,711) + $16,145.49 bounty
Seat 6: 99Palanke (8,652,153) + $15,483.38 bounty
Seat 7: Isildur1 (5,708,051) + $5,999.99 bounty
The final table commenced during Level 42 with blinds at 150K/300K and 37.5K. Canada's scrubbyz led with 19.4M, while holdplz was the shorty with 4.4M.
A pair of Swedish sharks circled the final table with Isildur1 and antesvante. Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom won 3 SCOOPs and binked a WCOOP just the other day. Anton 'antesvante' Wigg won the Sunday Million in 2009. He banked over $5M on PokerStars, but had never won a COOP title. Also of note... scrubbyz final tabled a SCOOP earlier this year. And, holdplz came close a few times, but never won a COOP. He took second in the Sunday Million back in 2007. In real life, playing as a human named Anthony Spinella, he won a WSOP bracelet in 2015.
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THE ROBOTS: holdplz eliminated in 7th place
How about those Aces? Isildur1 min-raised to 700,000, holdplz shoved for 4,223,021 with K♣Q♥, and Isildur1 insta-called with A♣A♠. The board ran out T♦7♣5♣8♦5♠. Isildur1 won the pot with Aces up. holdplz could not crack Aces and he became the first player to exit the final table. Isildur1 added a bounty worth $3,539.06 for knocking out holdplz and his own bounty jumped to $9,539.05. Anthony 'holdplz' Spinella busted in seventh place, which paid out $13,302.96.
SPACELAB: antesvante eliminated in 6th place
Scandi down! Sweden's antesvante open-shoved for 7,802,206 with 9♣9♥ and SkaiWalkurrr snap-insta-turbo-called with K♣K♠. The board finished out a pretty insane... A♣A♠T♥T♣A♦. Pocket Kings somehow held up. SkaiWalkurrr banked a bounty worth $2,976.56 and their own bounty got bumped to $19,122.05. For a sixth-place finish, Anton 'antesvante' Wigg took home $19,052.09.
METROPOLIS: Isildur1 eliminated in 5th place
Isildur1 got super short and picked a spot against the big stack. SkaiWalkurrr opened to 1,344,000, Isildur1 bombed it all-in for 2,781,174 with A♣Q♣ and SkaiWalkurrr called with K♣Q♠. The board ran out A♥A♠T♥9♣J♠. Isildur1 flopped trip Aces, but SkaiWalkurrr rivered a Broadway straight to win the pot. SkaiWalkurrr banked Isildur1's bounty of $4,769.53, meanwhile their own bounty increased to $23,891.57. For a fifth-place finish, Isildur1 a.k.a. Viktor Blom walked away with $27,343.33, plus an additional 9,039.07 in bounties.
With four to go, SkaiWalkurrr led with 34.2M and 99Palanke was the shorty with 7.2M.
THE MODEL: scrubbyz eliminated in 4th place
Four-handed lasted seven hands, or barely two orbits before someone went busto. The two biggest stacks rumbled and the results were disastrous for scrubbyz. All the money went in on the river. The board read Q♥4♠3♥7♦2♦ and there was 6.1M in the pot. scrubbyz fired out 3,689,988, SkaiWalkurrr moved all-in for 36,630,358, and scrubbyz called with Q♠2♠ and two pair. scrubbyz lost with 5♠5♣ and a busted gutter draw. SkaiWalkurrr dragged a monsterpotten worth nearly 48M. SkaiWalkurrr added a bounty worth $10,692.37 for picking off scrubbyz, and their own bounty jumped to $34,583.94. Canada's scrubbyz busted in fourth place, which paid out $39,242.86.
With three left in the hunt, SkaiWalkurrr sat on top a mountain of chips worth 63.6M, while the two other players held 6M each. SkaiWalkurrr would wrap up the tournament in only five hands.
NEON LIGHTS: 99Palanke eliminated in 3rd place
Three-handed lasted six hands. SkaiWalkurrr claimed another victim. 99Palanke made a final stand for 4,760,796 with K♥J♠ against SkaiWalkurrr's Q♥5♣. SkaiWalkurr hit the flop with a pair of fives... which held up, when the board finished up A♦5♠2♣8♥4♥. SkaiWalkurrr added another bounty, this one worth $7,741.69. Meanwhile, their own bounty got even larger... $42,325.63. For a third-place finish, 99Palanke collected $56,320.84, plus $14,983.40 in bounties.
HEADS-UP: SkaiWalkurrr (U.K.) vs. drupa-lucker (Russia)
Seat 4: drupa-lucker (6,363,563)
Seat 5: SkaiWalkurrr (69,736,437)
Heads-up only last two hands. If you sneezed or blinked, you might have missed the dramatic ending.
THE MAN MACHINE: drupa-lucker eliminated in 2nd place; SkaiWalkurrr wins Event #76-H!
The force is strong in this one. drupa-lucker was down to 7.1M. Pocket nines versus Jack-nine? No problem! SkaiWalkurrr shoved for 68,861,437 and drupa-lucker cakked all-in.
The board ran out T♠4♣3♦7♣8♥. SkaiWalkurrr caught running cards for a straight to win the pot and the tournament. Nines were no good for drupa-lucker. SkaiWalkurrr won the pot with a Jack-high straight and banked drupa-lucker's bounty worth $5,327.14.
For a profound runner-up performance, Brazil's drupa-lucker earned $80,831.06 (plus $10,154.29 in bounties).
SkaiWalkurrr shipped the tournament and won $116,008.79, plus an additional $94,805.57 in PKO bounties. The total score exceeded $210K. Congrats!
WCOOP-76-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]
Entries: 1,522 (1,076 entries, 446 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,522,000 (Regular pool: $761,000; Bounty pool $761,000)
Places paid: 191
1. SkaiWalkurrr (U.K.) $116,008.79 + $94,805.57 in bounties
2. drupa-lucker (Russia) $80,831.06 + $10,154.29 in bounties
3. 99Palanke (Brazil) $56,320.84 + $14,983.40 in bounties
4. scrubbyz (Canada) $39,242.86 + $20,884.76 in bounties
5. Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom (Sweden) $27,343.33 + 9,039.07 in bounties
6. Anton 'antesvante' Wigg (Sweden) $19,052.09 + $5,453.12 in bounties
7. Anthony 'holdplz' Spinella (Mexico) $13,302.96 + $6,578,13 in bounties
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