There are hopes that the 526 players who forwarded their $530 buy-ins for tonight’s WCOOP Event #41 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Matches found plenty of things to do in between the match levels. The prize pool did surpass the $250,000 guarantee, but the near 21 hours to the tourney’s completion surpassed this author’s estimated end time. As with all heads-up matches they can end in two hands or given the excellent structure of WCOOP events, two hours. Names like TLB champ Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (22nd), Rabscuttle (46th), and 2009 WCOOP Event #40 champ PiMaster (48th) who we hope is ok after back-to-back extended nights, dotted high up on the board of in-the-money finishers.

natronjoe123 and umbrillo definitely set the tone for the lengthy night as they battled heads up for several hours getting into the round of 256 causing every remaining contestant to flood their chat box with ahem… “encouragement” to end their epic heads-up battle and rise to the money chop off level. natronjoe123 was all-in twice only to pull out a win against umbrillo’s superior preflop hand and the railbirds were left with more “encouragement” to speed along their fun as it reached the 500/1,000 blind levels when they started with just 15K each fold was met with contempt from the crowd as finally umbrillo rivered a deuce to six straight all-in preflop to get the tournament rolling forward to the round of 256 and one step closer to the money.

In the round of 256 it was internet sensation Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb working against the Wall-e icon’d Percussion in a lengthy battle to determine who was walking away tonight with some cash and who just paid $530 for a long heads-up Pot Limit Omaha tutorial. After being down late in most of the match, the stalwart of the tournament leader board pulled out a victory and advanced into the money and the round of 128. In the last heads-up match, Danny “THE__D__RY” Ryan was battling for the final spot in the round of 128 and the $526.00 guaranteed cash that came with it. Ryan would get his shortened stack in with Q♠ Q♥ 6♦ 6♥ against house_advntg’s 2♠ K♠ K♦ 8♠ but couldn’t hit the set or heart flush on the 4♣ 9♣ 8♣ 4♥ 5♣ to become tonight’s bubble boy as 128 players rejoiced to their new found cash.

The lone Team PokerStars Pro in the money was Humberto Brenes fell in the round of 64 (56th place) collecting $1,052.00 for the night.

As the tournament rolled on to the final sweet sixteen, players like 2007 WCOOP Main Event fifth place finisher AB_illusive hung on to their seats with cooler hands like the one below that eliminated ChanceCU in 15th place:

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The hand would end with flopped quads for AB_illusive, and the very unfortunate rivered nut full house for ChanceCU. The victim stood little chance of walking away from that boat and couldn’t as ChanceCU lost the hand and settled for ninth to sixteenth place money ($2,893.00). In other sweet sixteen action, GambleAB, who already had two final tables in the 2009 WCOOP series (Seventh in Event #4 and Sixth in Event #20), took on Joker$OnYou and advanced to the final eight after hour number sixteen ticked off the tournament clock leaving just VIP Goldstar robert07 and rkruok’s match to determine who would advance to the pay jump to $8,153.00 for making the elite eight. robert07 earned the ticket with a rivered straight against rkruok’s flopped set of eights sending rkruok out in ninth place ($2,893.00).

After grinding it out for almost 17 hours three of the four final eight matches lasted less than ten minutes as the players continued to enjoy extremely deep stacks starting with 960,000 chips and 1,280/2,560 blinds and 15 minute levels. AB_illusive made short work of well-known young gun Andy McLEOD silencing the Australian after knocking him down to 213,467 chips when both would push their chips in preflop as AB_illusive’s aces A♦ 5♣ Q♥ A♣ would hold on the 3♣ J♠ 6♠ 4♣ 10♦ board against the kings K♣ 7♥ K♠ 10♠ of Andy McLEOD sending the SCOOP Event #11 and 2008 WCOOP Event #16 (in PLO no less) champion home in eighth place ($8,153.00). GambleAB and hartwith joined AB_illusive quickly in the final four as all glazed over tournament eyes moved to the robert07 versus Scary_Tiger match…

… and those eyes would stay there for nearly two hours as Scary_Tiger maintained the chip advantage over robert07 for the most part. After being all-in and facing a set of eights, robert07 would turn a flush taking a sizable 1.4 million chip pot. With the blinds at 6,400/12,800 and a now 3:1 chip lead robert07 would lean on his opponent until Scary_Tiger was left with a 1.6 million to 200K chip deficit facing a bet that put him all-in on a 10♦ 5♦ 6♠ flop. Scary_Tiger would make the call holding a pair of kings K♦ K♠ 9♠ 3♣ as robert07 flipped up 6♥ 9♦ J♠ 10♥ for two pair. The board would blank out 7♥ and 4♣ for Scary_Tiger as the predator was tamed in fifth place ($8,153.00) setting up the semifinals.

Semifinals 1: robert07 vs. GambleAB

robert07 vs. GambleAB

Much like the GambleAB’s quarterfinals match this was of the blink-and-you-missed-it variety. The two players started with very deep stacks (1.92 million chips) and blinds (2,560/5,120) but that did nothing to prevent the match from concluding in seven hands. The first big swipe came from robert07 on hand number four after calling a raise from GambleAB on the button the two would view the 4♠K♦3♣ flop. robert07 would check as GambleAB followed through with a 25,600 chip bet and faced a check-raise to 92,160. GambleAB made the call to see the 10♥ turn as robert07 this time led out for 155,120 and it was GambleAB who became the aggressor with a raise to 399,360. But, robert07 flat called to see the J♣ river and led out again for a pot-sized bet that GambleAB couldn’t find a call as robert07 took a 2.6 million to 1.1 million chip lead.

In the decisive hand GambleAB would start off with a three-bet preflop as robert07 made the call. Watch the chips fly into the middle after flop in the video below:

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robert07’s flopped set of fours holding 2♥ 5♠ 4♠ 4♥ would fade the club flush draw of GambleAB’s 5♥ 3♥ Q♣ 5♣ on the 4♣ 3♣ 8♥ 10♦ J♠ board as GambleAB notched his third deep run at this year’s WCOOP taking fourth place ($15,780.00).

Semifinals 2: AB_illusive vs. hartwith

AB_illusive vs. hartwith

As with the quarterfinal matches, one match lasted about the time it takes to eat an Oreo cookie while the other lasted a few packages worth (while dunking them in milk of course). AB_illusive would start this match off red hot winning the first nine hands in a row in taking a slight 2.2 million to 1.5 million chip lead. hartwith would score the first major pot of the match three betting to 1.3 million on the river with the board showing K♥ 2♥ J♠ 5♥ Q♦ and AB_illusive was forced to concede the 1.9 million chip pot. AB_illusive would come back while being down 2.7 million to 1.1 million after doubling up on this hand below:

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The rivered full house overcoming hartwith’s turned flush and higher kicker with trips meant AB_illusive was back in business taking a 2.2 million to 1.6 million chip lead. AB_illusive would extend that lead about twenty hands later after rivering a flush and getting hartwith to pay off a sizable 303,000 chip value bet for a one million chip pot. Three hands later AB_illusive would end the match after calling a three-bet from hartwith with the blinds at 5,120/10,240 to see the 3♣ 4♠ 8♠ flop. Both would check as the 10♥ on the turn got them both excited. hartwith would lead out for 102,400 as AB_illusive came over the top with a pot bet to 430,080 and hartwith would four-bet all-in to 838,997 as AB_illusive made the call showing 4♥ J♥ 6♦ 10♦ for a turned two pair versus the Q♥ 7♣ 8♦ Q♦ queens of hartwith. 9♥ on the river meant the end of a very long night for hartwith in third place ($15,780.00).

Finals: AB_illusive vs. robert07

Playing for the bracelet: AB_illusive vs. robert07

Players again started with massive stacks (3.84 million) and the small blinds starting at 5,120/10,240 to allow these nocturnal players plenty of play after battling to get to the bracelet match for over 19 hours.

In hands twelve and thirteen the two would trade million chip pots as AB_illusive carved out an early 4.2 million to 3.4 million chip lead. The pot sizes stayed relatively small moving into the 7,680/15,360 blind level until robert07 extracted a 460,080 chip value bet from AB_illusive and 1.4 million chip pot after rivering a full house holding 6♦ 5♠ Q♠ 4♣ on a 4♠ 9♠ 2♣ Q♣ Q♥ board as all AB_illusive could do was muck and watch robert07 take the lead 4.9 million to 2.7 million.

At the twenty hour mark robert07 was still in the lead 4.9 million to 2.7 million as the blinds moved up to 10,240/20,480 but AB_illusive started to gain some traction with several unanswered three-bets, winning 11 of 12 pots in the process and closing the lead to 4.7 million to 2.9 million.

After the five minute break and blinds being bumped to 12,800/25,600 here’s how robert07’s lead looked:

Seat 1: AB_illusive (2508279 in chips)
Seat 2: robert07 (5171721 in chips)

A little spark for AB_illusive came after the blinds were bumped again 15 minutes later to 15,360/30,720 winning eight of nine pots and ending with an all-in preflop shove by both players holding aces. robert07 was suited in spades and sure enough two spades would hit the flop, but no more appeared and the chips went back to their owners as AB_illusive carved out a 4.2 million to 3.4 million chip lead.

That lead would hold until this hand where AB_illusive tried to find a river fold but couldn’t:

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The pivotal cooler finally came in the form of turned quads for robert07 7♦ 7♥ Q♥ 6♦ and rivered full house for AB_illusive 3♠ 8♣ 9♠ J♣ on the 9♥ J♦ 7♣ 7♠ 9♣ board as both players got it all in on the river as AB_illusive took his time before ultimately calling the three-bet shove by robert07 and lost the 7.1 million chip pot.

Down to 575,118 chips after the huge cooler, AB_illusive would take one pot worth 426K but six hands later both players would commit their stack to a 8♠ 5♦ K♠ flop . AB_illusive was holding the nut flush draw and a pair of fives A♠ 6♥ 9♠ 5♠ as robert07 made a quick call with pocket queens and the queen-hi flush draw Q♠ A♦ Q♣ 2♠. The spades missed again as the K♣ turn and 2♦ river handed the well-earned WCOOP Event #41 bracelet and $52,600.00 first prize to robert07 after a staggering 20 hours and 48 minutes of play. Ironman AB_illusive deserves props for the aggressive play and almost walking away with the bracelet but took home $26,300.00 as the runner-up.

Once the video and crew take a quick nap, you’ll see the event recaps at PokerStars.TV as well as the WCOOP main page as we gear up for tonight’s live blogging of the WCOOP $5,200 buy-in Main Event with a $10 million guarantee. Also on tap today is the high roller $10,300 H.O.R.S.E. tourney.

WCOOP Event #41 $250,000 Guarantee $530 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-up Match Play
1. robert07 (Henderson) $52,600.00
2. AB_illusive (Koebenhavn K) $26,300.00
3. hartwith (Uckfield) $15,780.00
4. GambleAB (Las Vegas) $15,780.00
5. Scary_Tiger (Northborough) $8,153.00
6. WhySoSerius7 (Groningen) $8,153.00
7. tallgeir (Bergen) $8,153.00
8. Andy McLEOD (Adelaide) $8,153.00


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