WCOOP 2017: Third COOP title for Jerry "hummylun" Wong in Event #10-H, $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo)
Former November Niner Jerry "hummylun" Wong won his first WCOOP title back in 2014, topping a Badugi event two years after a heartbreaking loss on the bubble of the WCOOP Main Event final table. After three more years of waiting he followed up on that victory during SCOOP 2017 with a win in Razz. And tonight, rather than waiting another couple of years for his next big PokerStars score, he took down his second career WCOOP title in Event #10-H.
Day 1 of this $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo tournament ended with just 11 players left in the field. The overnight chip leader was Ukraine's gunnersfun, whose three COOP final table appearances since SCOOP 2016 include a runner-up finish against Calvin "cal42688" Anderson, while Triple COOP winner Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah trailed the field with just four and a half big bets. Both of them survived the first half-four of play - which saw Jerry Wong take ove rthe chip lead - to face off with a tough lineup:
Seat 1: aDrENalin710 (396,321 in chips)
Seat 2: Adam "Adamyid" Owen (998,647 in chips)
Seat 3: Jerry "hummylun" Wong (2,084,374 in chips)
Seat 4: Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney (441,395 in chips)
Seat 5: paaskebaesen (315,021 in chips)
Seat 6: gunnersfun (1,659,818 in chips)
Seat 7: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (455,442 in chips)
Seat 8: Gregory_2804 (498,982 in chips)
The first elimination of the final table came just five minutes in. Within another 15 minutes three more players would hit the rail and the remaining players settled into a regular rhythm.
Mike Leah, who was playing simultaneously in the Event #8-H final, had the bring-in with the 4♥ showing and a buried pair of queens. Short-stacked Gregory_2804 of Russia completed for 30,000 with (6♥ 3♥) A♦ and then called all-in for another 18,982 when Leah raised. Gregory_2804 made a pair of aces on fourth street but missed out on a low when sixth and seventh were both face cards. The aces would have enough to win the pot but Leah spiked the Q♣ on the river to make three queens, sending Gregory_2804 to the rail in eighth.
Four hands later Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney, appearing at his second final table of WCOOP 2017 after finishing runner-up in Event #3-H, had the bring-in with the 2♠ showing and called three bets to see fourth street with gunnersfun and Adam "Adamyid" Owen, a past SCOOP 5-Card PLO/8 champ and WCOOP 2015 FL Badugi Championship runner-up. Adamyid took the high half of the pot with (A♦ 7♠) 3♦ Q♣ A♣ T♣ (7♦) for aces and sevens; gunnersfun's 8-6 took the low half, and Kenney, who had been all-in by fourth street, mucked and exited in seventh.
Mike Leah's number was up five hands later. He completed with a split pair of aces and was all-in heads-up by fifth street against Jerry Wong. Wong had brought in the action with (3♥ 7♣) 4♠ and was dealt 5♦ on fourth. He didn't end up making a low, but he paired on fifth street and then again on sixth to makes fives and fours. Leah couldn't beat that in the end and bowed out in sixth.
Wong struck again minutes later for the fourth knockout in 20 minutes. He completed to 30,000 with the 4♥ showing after gunnersfun brought in the action with the 2♦ showing. paaskebaesen, who was returning to a WCOOP final for the first time since finishing third in a 2014 Razz event /en/blog/online/wcoop/2014/wcoop-2014---akun333---amazes-in-event-5-151111.shtml, raised to 60,000 with (3♣ 3♥) A♦ and ended up all-in by fifth street with an additional 9♥ and 5♠ against Wong, whose own (5♣ 2♠) 4♥ K♠ 4♠board showed merely a pair of fours. That became kings and fours on sixth street, beating paaskebaesen's unimproved treys for the 309,042-chip pot on the river and eliminating the Norwegian player in fifth.
Wong had the lead with the table four-handed, holding 50 big bets' worth of chips while the others all had between 17 and 25 big bets each, but that didn't allow him to pull away from the field. Any time someone was close to a knockout blow in the next 45 minutes, the target would find a way to slip out of danger. Four-time WCOOP winner aDrENalin710 survived the first time by scooping a pot with a 6-5 low and a runner-runner, eight-high straight to top gunnersfun's pair of tens. He managed to fight off elimination multiple times before gunnersfun got revenge.
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The hand began with bringing in the action with the 5♥ showing. gunnersfun completed for 40,000 and then called aDrENalin710's raise to 80,000, which left the Russian with just 90,784. By the time those chips went in the middle it was fifth street and aDrENalin710's board showed a pair of treys. gunnersfun already had a pair of fours, which held up when aDrENalin710's (3♠ 8♦) 5♥ 3♦ K♣ J♦ (6♦) failed to produce either a better pair or a low, sending aDrENalin710 to the rail in fourth.
By the time they went on break 10 minutes later, there was just a bit more than three big bets' worth of chips separating all three remaining players. The next hour and a half of poker saw all of them take a turn with the chip advantage, but it was generally Wong who led the way. Owen jumped out front early but quickly fell behind Wong again; gunnersfun's turn out front came almost an hour and a half later and lasted less than 10 hands before Wong reclaimed the lead once more.
Then Owen and Wong played out a pot that started with Owen bringing in the action for 21,000 with the 9♣ showing. Wong completed with the K♦ showing and then proceeded to bet when checked to on every remaining street. Owen called those bets the whole way, building a 1.16-million-chip pot, but mucked with (x-x) 9♣ 3♥ K♠ 8♥ (x) showing when Wong showed (T♣ 4♦) K♦ 5♠ J♦ 2♠ (J♠) for a pair of jacks.
That loss left Owen with 672,095 chips, a third of which bled away on the next hand when he folded on fifth street to a bet from Wong, whose board showed (x-x) A♥ 3♥ 4♦ by that point. Owen brought in the action for 21,000 on the next hand and called gunnersfun's completion to 70,000, then called bets on fourth and fifth streets before ending up all-in on sixth with a board reading (J♣ 8♣) 5♣ K♠ 2♣ 4♥. Owen was one club away from a flush and a low but missed them both with the Q♥ river. gunnersfun's flush draw came home on the river of a (A♦ 6♦) 5♦ 9♦ T♥ A♥ (Q♦) board and Owen bowed out in third.
Heads-up play started with gunnersfun and Wong nearly even in chips and though they would each control bigger stacks during their 43-minute duel, they were still within less than one small bet of each other after half an hour. Then Wong took down the first of five final pots that led to victory, a 1.84-million-chip whopper that he began on the bring-in with the 7♣ showing. He raised to 200,000 after gunnersfun completed the bet to 100,000, and gunnersfun came along with (x-x) 7♦. The action went bet-call on every street until Wong showed (A♥ 2♥) 7♣ K♥ 2♠ 2♣ (Q♠) for trip deuces. gunnersfun mucked (x-x) 7♦ Q♦ 5♦ K♠ (x) and Wong took a 4.3-million-to-2.5-million lead.
Wong took the next two pots as well, earning another 2.2 million chips in the process to leave gunnersfun with less than two big bets. Two hands later gunnersfun committed all-in on fourth street with (7♥ K♥) 4♠ 3♠, which had the edge over Wong's (4♣ Q♣) 7♦ 6♦. Wong made a pair of queens on fifth to take the lead; gunnersfun hit running aces on sixth and seventh to move ahead, but Wong had caught the Q♠, making trips queens to win the pot and the tournament.
This marks two COOP wins for Jerry "hummylun" Wong this year. With dozens of events remaining on the WCOOP 2017 schedule, including plenty more small-field Stud tourneys, he's one to watch for the rest of the series. Congratulations to him on his latest victory!
WCOOP-10-H: $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo results
Entries: 137 (118 entries, 19 re-enries)
Prize pool: $150,000
Places paid: 125
1. Jerry "hummylun" Wong (Canada) $32,625
2. gunnersfun (Ukraine) $23,250
3. Adam "Adamyid" Owen (Mexico) $18,000
4. aDrENalin710 (Russia) $12,750
5. paaskebaesen (Norway) $8,250
6. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) $6,750
7. Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney (Mexico) $5,250
8. Gregory_2804 (Russia) $4,125
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