The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker is in the home stretch with only a few more days to earn WCOOP honors. The latest non-Hold’em game brought out a small, talented field for the 7-Card Stud Championship. Of the 127 starting entrants, it was Poland’s __akun333___ picking up his second WCOOP victory and third overall COOP title.
Event #67 drew 102 players with 25 of them opting to use their single re-entry while registration was open. They created a prize pool worth $127,000 with the last 13 players getting a piece of it. The tournament paused at the end of Level 16 for a long, nighttime breather with 27 players remaining.
Dzuba1205 was the overnight leader but two big-time players were right behind him in Adam “Adamyid” Owen and Calvin “cal42688” Anderson. Other top players still around included Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah, Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, Mikhail “Mikleler” Semin, and Team PokerStars member Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville.
The first order of business on Day 2 was cutting the field in half to get them to the money bubble. It took nearly three hours to lose 14 players including Somerville, Leah, and Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski. They were in the money and down to 13 players when 2015 SCOOP champ THEMOS17 when Anderson’s (K♥9♥)7♥5♦ improved to kings up against ace-high.
There was plenty of top shelf talent spread among the last two tables including Anderson’s nine COOP titles along with __akun333___ and marroca5 owning two legs of the Triple COOP crown. Dzuba1205 and Adam “Adamyid” Owen were first and second at the start of the day, each made the money, but they were the first two players eliminated after the bubble.
The final table was formed when __akun333___ eliminated Mikhail “Mikleler” Semin after he hit his flush with (8♣5♣)3♣7♣Q♦4♣J♠ against a rivered pair of sixes. Former Sunday Million winner AceQuad was the chip leader at the start of the final table with profit76 and psyhoagromor holding very short stacks.
Seat 1: profit76 (52,888 in chips)
Seat 2: Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (416,168 in chips)
Seat 3: AceQuad (473,492 in chips)
Seat 4: DerRaeuber (220,544 in chips)
Seat 5: sonajero (461,750 in chips)
Seat 6: Calvin “cal42688” Anderson (358,020 in chips)
Seat 7: psyhoagromor (47,094 in chips)
Seat 8: __akun333___ (510,044 in chips)
psyhoagromor has quick final table exit, eliminated in 8th
It only took four hands for psyhoagromor to take a hand to the max. He was all-in on 5th street with (A♠Q♦)K♣5♦9♥ against Anderson’s trip jacks (J♦6♠)J♠8♦J♥. He needed miracle running cards but the 2014 WCOOP Super Tuesday SE champ was drawing dead to 8th place when he pulled the 8♣ on 6th street.
Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara aced out, eliminated in 7th
Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara holds the honor of being Japan’s first WSOP bracelet winner but the pro is still looking for his first major online title. He fell a bit short in the 7-Card Stud Championship in a hand that is as close to a cooler as you’ll get in this game.
Kihara was all-in on 5th street split (Q♠J♥)J♠4♦A♠ up against the split aces of DerRaeuber’s (A♣10♥)A♥8♠5♣. He had plenty of outs for the comeback but the 7♠ on 6th and 6♦ on 7th street did him no favors.
AceQuad misses the world, eliminated in 6th
profit76 was one of the two trouble stacks at the start of the final table but he was able to run it nicely while AceQuad and Anderson dropped very low. AceQuad was the first of the two getting in their stack, moving in after he completed and called all-in with (J♣4♦)A♦ against __akun333___’s (10♥8♣)10♣.
AceQuad added outs all the way down but the best he could find was ace-high and __akun333___ improved to overkill tens up on 7th street to send the former Sunday Million victor out in 6th place.
Anderson chases AceQuad out the door, eliminated in 5th
Four hands later, and after laddering up courtesy of AceQuad’s knockout, Calvin “cal42688” Anderson’s attempt at COOP victory #10 came to an end in a family pot. He was all-in early with (X-X)Q♥ and the other four players came along for the ride.
__akun333___ and sonajero stuck around until the end and sonajero’s aces up on 4th street were good enough to take the pot from them all. Anderson mucked his hand but it clearly was at least second best.
DerRaeuber runs out of time, eliminated in 4th
The game became very volatile during four-handed play with big stack swings as the bets climbed ever higher. DerRaeuber had his time as the chip leader but it did not last long.
The Austrian was under 120,000 when he was the bring-in showing (X-X)2♥ and called a complete by profit76 along with sonajero. DerRaeuber was all-in after three bets on 4th street with (X-X)2♥9♣ against sonajero’s (X-X)5♣J♣ and profit76’s (X-X)10♠5♠.
There was a single big bet on the rest of the streets with sonajero and profit76 taking turns leading the action. profit76 had three spades showing on his board and his two opponents mucked their hands when he showed the completed flush. Since the hole cards were not tabled, it’s tough to tell when either had but DerRaeuber was unable to bounce back to go out in 4th place.
sonajero losed big, eliminated in 3rd
The crazy swings continued as the three remaining players all took their spot at the top of the counts at one point or another. As long as someone didn’t lose two big hands in a row, they had a chance at the title.
That did not happen for sonajero, first he lost a 275,000 chip pot against profit76 to leave him with only 41,000 and then he shipped the rest over three hands later. His final hand saw him all-in showing (X-X)5♣ as the bring-in and he moved shoved after profit76 completed with (X-X)A♥.
sonajero had to catch something big to crack profit76’s split aces but the best he could do was pair his four on 4th street. profit76’s hand held up and sonajero was eliminated in 3rd place to set up the heads-up battle.
sonajero has made a habit of running deep in COOP events but falling just short of the title. This is at least the fourth time he finished second or third in a COOP event.
__akun333___ trips up profit76 to win Event #67
Seat 1: profit76 (1,704,672 in chips)
Seat 8: __akun333___ (835,328 in chips)
profit76 began heads-up play with a two-to-one chip advantage but __akun333___ chopped away at it until he had retaken the lead. The match could have gone on for a while but they both caught big hands to settle the matter.
profit76 was dealt split jacks and might have felt comfortable even when __akun333___ paired his ten on fourth street. Bets were fired all the way down until profit76 was all-in on 6th street.
The problem for profit76 was this; that paired ten for __akun333___ also matched a buried ten for trips and his 7th street A♠ could not save his tournament.
It was a great run for the Romanian after he came to the final table with 2.5 big bets. He had to settle for a second place finish and was unable to add a WCOOP title to his SCOOP win from earlier this year.
__akun333___ already owned both a SCOOP and WCOOP title before today, now he is a big three-time COOP winner after taking down the 7-Card Stud Championship.
WCOOP-67 ($1,050 7-Card Stud Championship) results
Entrants: 102 (25 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $127,000
Places paid: 13
1. __akun333___ (Poland) $28,104.51
2. profit76 (Romania) $21,767.17
3. sonajero (Uruguay) $16,858.88
4. DerRaeuber (Austria) $13,057.35
5. Calvin “cal42688” Anderson (Mexico) $10,113.04
6. AceQuad (Mexico) $7,832.64
7. nkeynoNaoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) $6,066.45
8. psyhoagromor (Ukraine) $4,698.53