Two years ago this week, Jerry “hummylun” Wong was one of eleven players remaining in the WCOOP Main Event and one card away from a double-up that would put him on a 104 big-blind stack. Holding pocket aces against pocket sixes, he was a 95.5% favorite; all he had to dodge were two outs. One million dollars in equity evaporated in an instant when a six hit the river and Wong made a devastating exit, just short of the final table. Remarkably, Wong finished 13th in the WCOOP Main the next year, but that first bracelet was still just out of reach. Wong may not ever get that million in Sklansky bucks back, but tonight he earned a well-deserved victory and finally joined the ranks of WCOOP champions with a win in Event #29 ($320 Limit Badugi).
276 players entered the lone Badugi event of the 2014 WCOOP, their $320 buyins combining to create a, $82,800.00 prize pool. 40 places were paid with first place set to earn $16,146.00. The Red Spade Army had five bannermen in the field: Caio Pessagno, Marcin Horecki, George Danzer, Matthias “Mati312” Brandner, and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara. Unfortunately none of them finished in the money. Other notable cashes included Daniel “DazzleO” Ospino (32nd), Greg “DuckU” Hobson (26th), WCOOP TLB contender Mr Negreanu (20th), David “WhooooKidd” Baker (17th), James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (14th), and four-time WCOOP bracelet winner Dan “djk123” Kelly (13th).
When play went hand for hand on the final table bubble, nine players remained and the betting limits were up to 5,000/10,000. Gieras opened for a raise to 10,000 and H.Oussalé moved all-in for 11,695 from the small blind. RolldUpTrips called from the big and gieras called, making it three ways to the first draw. H.Oussalé stood pat, while RolldUpTrips and gieras each discarded one. RolldUpTrips led out for 5,000 and gieras folded, leaving him heads-up with H.Oussalé. Both players stood pat on the second and third draws. H.Oussalé turned up a 9-8-4-2 badugi, but RolldUpTrips outpipped him with a 9-7-3-2. H.Oussalé hit the rail in ninth place and the final table was set.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: RolldUpTrips (140,686 in chips)
Seat 2: hummylun (335,415 in chips)
Seat 3: gieras (196,709 in chips)
Seat 4: octane190 (180,384 in chips)
Seat 5: tRaMp$d0PrAy (331,330 in chips)
Seat 6: Pekka3 (49,754 in chips)
Seat 7: adkaf (100,312 in chips)
Seat 8: ihsan89 (45,410 in chips)
ihsan89 exits in eighth place
Ihsan89 chipped up to 80,000 in the early going, but lost half his stack when he rapped pat then bet out on the second draw, only to fold to gieras’s 24,000 raise. Another second-draw fold to adkaf a few hands later left ihsan89 on only 13,000 in chips. Down to only 4,910, ihsan89 moved in on the button, RolldUpTrips raised from the small blind and hummylun called from the big. RolldUpTrips stood pat while hummylun and ihsan89 both drew two. RolldUpTrips led out for 6,000 and hummylun called. On the second draw, RolldUpTrips was pat and both his opponents drew one. Again, RolldUp trips fired out, but hummylun folded to his 12,000 bet. RolldUpTrips rapped pat again on the third draw and ihsan89 drew one card. Ihsan89 missed, revealing a three-card 6-5-3. RolldUpTrips turned over a J-9-8-6 Badugi and sent ihsan89 to the rail in eighth place ($2,070.00).
Adkaf lost a significant chunk of his stack when he doubled up Pekka3. Adkaf stood pat three times with J-T-8-4 Badugi, but Pekka3 made a 9-3-2-A Badugi on the second draw and doubled to 111,500.
Holding 77,500 behind, adkaf three-bet to 21,000 before the first draw and UTG raiser gieras called. Both players drew one card. Gieras bet 7,000 and adkaf called. Gieras and adkaf took another card apiece on the second draw and gieras led out for 14,000. Adkaf called. Gieras was pat on the third draw and adkaf again discarded one. Gieras led out, adkaf raised to 28,000, gieras three-bet to 42,000 and adkaf called off his remaining 7,500 with an 8-6-5-2 Badugi. Unfortunately for him, gieras rolled over a 6-5-2-A Badugi and adkaf was out in seventh place ($2,484.00).
RolldUpTrips fell to 73,500 in chips when he drew one three times and called down tRaMp$dPrAy’s bets on each street. TRaMp$d0PrAy’s J-7-3-A Badugi was good and RolldUpTrips mucked. RollUpTrips couldn’t get any traction after that and with 17,600 remaining, he opened for a raise to 14,000. Gieras called from the small blind and drew one card while RolldUpTrips took two. Gieras bet 7,000 and RolldUpTrips called all-in for 3,600. On the second and third draws, gieras discarded one and RolldUpTrips drew two. While gieras made a J-8-5-4 Badugi, RolldUpTrips showed down a three-card 7-5-2 and ended his run in sixth place ($3,312.00).
Pekka3 picked off
Eight hands later, tRaMp$d0PrAy opened for 14,000 and Pekka3 reraised to 21,000 from the small blind. TRaMp$d0PrAy called and drew two while Pekka3 drew one. Pekka3 led out for 7,000, tRaMp$d0PrAy raised, and the chips kept flying into the pot until the betting was capped at 28,000 apiece and Pekka3 was all-in. Both players took one card on the second and third draws and both whiffed on their Badugis; Pekka turned over a three-card 9-2-A, but it was no match for tRaMp$d0PrAy’s three-card 4-3-2. For fifth place, Pekka3 took home $4,554.00.
gieras gutted in fourth
With the betting limits up to 8,000/16,000, hummylun opened, gieras raised and hummylun capped the betting at 32,000. Gieras called and drew won while hummylun stood pat. Hummylun led out for 8,000 and gieras called off his remaining 1,863 in chips. Gieras discarded one on the second draw and one on the third while hummylun remained pat with his K-Q-9-2 Badugi. Gieras missed his draw and turned up a three-card 8-2-A, sealing his fourth-place elimination ($6,624.00).
octane190 gasses out
When play turned three-handed, tRaMp$d0PrAy led the way with 649,000, hummylun was second with 437,000 and octane190 was the short stack with 294,000.
Octane190 slipped to 191,000 in a three-way pot vs. tRaMp$d0PrAy and hummylun. Octane190 drew two, two and one, but fell to tRaMp$d0PrAy’s 9-6-3-A Badugi. Hummylun peeled another 100k off octane190’s stack when a raising war broke out after the second draw. Hummylun led out, octane190 raised, hummylun three-bet and octane190 called. While hummylun stood pat, octane190 drew one, but folded to hummylun’s 16,000 bet.
Down to 41,768, octane190 called hummylun’s small blind rase and drew two cards. Hummylun also drew two, then led out for 10,000. Octane190 called. Both players took two on the second draw and again, hummylun fired. Octane190 called all-in for 11,768 and drew two more cards. Hummylun discarded one and turned over a three-card 3-2-A. However, octane190 had also missed, and finished with a three-card 6-4-A. For third place, octane190 picked up $9,108.00.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: hummylun (660,162 in chips)
Seat 5: tRaMp$d0PrAy (719,838 in chips)
Hummylun chipped away at tRaMp$d0PrAy’s stack and took a slight chip lead when he made a T-6-5-A Badugi on the first draw and got three streets of value. The two kept this match relatively even until tRaMp$d0PrAy went on a rush and won 12 out of 17 hands. He zoomed up to 1.06 million, but hummylun went back to work and steadily whittled him back down. Back up to 606,000 vs tRaMp$d0PrAy’s 774,000, hummylun made a 9-8-7-4 Badugi on the first draw and raised tRaMp$d0PrAy’s lead bet. TRaMp$d0PrAy called and drew one while hummylun stood pat. Hummylun led out again, tRaMp$d0PrAy raised and hummylun called. Both players were pat on the third draw and hummylun check-called another 24,000 to see tRaMp$d0PrAy’s T-8-6-4 Badugi.
Hummylun climbed to 1.3 million in chips and pushed tRaMp$d0PrAy down to 71,000, but he doubled up with a K-Q-4-3 Badugi vs. hummylun’s three-card 9-4-A. Six hands later, hummylun opened for 28,000, tRaMp$d0PrAy raised and hummylun capped it at 56,000. TRaMp$d0PrAy called and drew now while hummylun stood pat. TRaMp$d0PrAy bet his last 8,676 and hummylun quickly called. Hummylun remained pat on the second and third draws while tRaMp$d0PrAy drew one each time. Unfortunately, tRaMp$d0PrAy missed and finished with 4-2-A, while hummylun turned up a K-Q-9-2 Badugi for the win!
Congratulations to Jerry “hummylun” Wong on his first WCOOP title! He banked $16,146 for the win, while runner-up tRaMp$d0PrAy earned $12,006.00.
WCOOP-29: $320 Limit Badugi
Places paid: 40
1. Jerry “hummylun” Wong (Canada) $16,146.00
2. tRaMp$d0PrAy (Mexico) $12,006.00
3. octane190 (Canada) $9,108.00
4. gieras (Poland) $6,624.00
5. Pekka3 (Sweden) $4,554.00
6. RolldUpTrips (Mexico) $3,312.00
7. adkaf (Slovakia) $2,484.00
8. ihsan89 (Germany) $2,070.00
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.