Olechia dominates to win September 23 Women's Sunday
Did you check out the WCOOP Main Event? As we watched the Women's Sunday, we had an eye on the biggest online poker tournament of the year, the season finale of the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker. The series was incredible, and it culminated in a $5,200 NLHE Main Event that guaranteed a $5 million prize pool and $1 million to first place. It was exciting to watch!
Our very own Women's Sunday was thrilling as well. We had a nice crowd for this edition of the weekly tournament, with many of the participants winning their way into the $55 buy-in event through satellites. There are qualifiers throughout the week that offer seats for $2.20, $5.50, or $11, not to mention the free Saturday satellite with $1 rebuys. Players have many ways to get into the action. Check out more about our Women's Sunday here.
The final numbers for the September 23rd edition of the tournament were:
Total players: 224
Prize pool: $11,200.00
Paid finishers: 36
Three of the players were members of Team PokerStars, and each of them had a $50 bounty to give to any player who could eliminate her from the tournament. Team Pro Vanessa Selbst was the first of the trio to exit the tournament in the first hour, and fellow Team Pro Ana Marquez wasn't far behind. And the next hour saw the elimination of Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome in 117th place.
Action moved right along toward the money, and that bubble hit about 15 minutes before the three-hour mark of the tournament. The bubble burst rather quickly, and previous Women's Sunday winner kassike exited in 36th place for $84.00. Payouts continued until only two tables remained, and the 11th place elimination of SooSickkk put them on the final table bubble.
It took only minutes for the short stacked katuuuu to risk it all with A♦4♣. Sexyhands had K♣5♠ but caught a king on the 3♦2♥K♦J♦8♠ board. Katuuuu left in tenth place with $179.20.
SHILPA Bets dominates with strong lead
The final table began with these players and their corresponding stacks:
Seat 1: SHILPA Bets (176,559 in chips)
Seat 2: katie75013 (56,346 in chips)
Seat 3: aecdragon (67,952 in chips)
Seat 4: olechia (89,344 in chips)
Seat 5: sexyhands (50,588 in chips)
Seat 6: DOZAspb (36,818 in chips)
Seat 7: RoseKoehler (44,750 in chips)
Seat 8: Trymean77 (79,215 in chips)
Seat 9: elyshe31 (70,428 in chips)
RoseKoehler lost ground pretty quickly and decided to go for the double-up. She raised all-in for 18,500 chips UTG, and olechia reraised all-in from the button. Everyone else folded, and olechia showed A♦6♦. RoseKoehler was at risk with 2♠2♣, and the flop of 8♦9♦8♣ gave her two pair. But the 6♥ on the turn gave olechia the better two pair, which held up on the 3♠ river. RoseKoehler had to be the first to leave the final table, taking home $212.80 for ninth place.
The shortest stacked player going into the final table finally made a move. DOZAspb raised all-in from early position, and Trymean77 called with 9♠9♥. DOZAspb showed A♥J♣ but never caught an ace or jack on the 7♣5♠7♥6♠3♠ board. That left DOZAspb out in eighth place with $280.00.
Olechia and elyshe31 battled in a hand that awarded the 55K pot to olechia. That left elyshe31 with less than 50K chips, and she pushed that all-in on the next hand with A♣5♠. Aecdragon reraised all-in from the button, and that was good enough to isolate. Aecdragon had A♥J♣, and that hand only improve to trip jacks on the 7♣6♦9♣J♠J♦ board. Elyshe31 departed in seventh place with $392.00.
On the very next hand, olechia was ready for more action. She raised from the button, and sexyhands reraised all-in from the small blind. Olechia called with A♥T♦, and sexyhands turned over A♦8♥ to show she was in trouble. The flop of 7♣A♠9♦ was interesting, but the 2♦ turn and 3♣ cards were not so fascinating. Olechia scooped that pot with the aces and higher kicker, while sexyhands left in sixth place with $504.00.
Three hands after that, katie75013 raised all-in from her button, and aecdragon reraised all-in. Olechia folded her big blind, and aecdragon showed 8♣8♠. Katie75013's tournament was on the line with K♥Q♠, and nothing about the 5♣5♥5♠3♠A♠ board could save her. Aecdragon's full house eliminated katie75013 in fifth place with $649.60.
After a few smaller pots, the pace of the table increased again. Olechia moved all-in for more than 224K, and original raiser aecdragon called all-in for 156,475 chips with Q♣Q♥. Olechia was behind with A♠9♦, and a double-up looked promising. But the board came A♦T♠5♦K♥8♦ delivered that pair of aces with the very first card shown, and that was enough to send aecdragon out in fourth place with $952.00.
On the very next hand, Trymean77 made her move for 124,307 chips with 7♣7♠. Original raiser olechia called with A♥8♦ and again improved, this time to a flush on the Q♥2♥J♣J♥9♥ gift from the dealer. Trymean77 was out in third place with $1,265.60.
Can olechia keep her momentum?
Olechia had been aggressive, and it paid off in the last few rounds. Olechia started heads-up with this sizeable lead:
Seat 1: SHILPA Bets (147,697 in chips)
Seat 4: olechia (524,303 in chips)
And this happened:
Olechia challenged with Q♠6♣, and SHILPA Bets called all-in with a solid A♥K♠. But the flop of 3♠6♠T♦ gave olechia her pari, and the 4♦ and 5♣ finished the board. SHILPA Bets had to accept second place and the $1,680.00 that went with it.
Olechia won the Women's Sunday title and $2,290.40 in cash. Congrats!
Women's Sunday Results for 09/23/12:
1st place: olechia (Lithuania) - $2,290.40
2nd place: SHILPA Bets (UK) - $1,680.00
3rd place: Trymean77 (UK) - $1,265.60
4th place: aecdragon (China) - $952.00
5th place: katie75013 (Mexico) - $649.60
6th place: sexyhands (Canada) - $504.00
7th place: elyshe31 (Finland) - $392.00
8th place: DOZAspb (Russia) - $280.00
9th place: RoseKoehler (Brazil) - $212.80
There are many ways to get in on the Women's Sunday action. Take a look at the home page for information on daily satellites. And join us on Facebook for news and monthly freerolls, and Twitter for the latest information. See you next week!
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.