The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker Event #74 $530 NLHE tournament would start with 1,025 and have 86 players get through an entire day of play. Then, vanquish 77 of those runners in a mere five hours.
After under two hours of final table play the remaining three: juarnes, monzemann, and Futti18 would finally hop into chat box and discuss chopping up funds. No deal and another two hours of play along with juarnes’ elimination meant more money for Futti18 and monzemann.
The two would try to make a deal again, but the players held firm and set out for another hour of battle. Futti18’s resistance to chopping three-ways, and heads-up turned out for the best after taking down Event #74 for $85,815.14.
Read on for the story how monzemann cleared the way for Futti18’s win.
The start of day two was quick one for ten players as they would leave the stage before finishing their first coffee or Red Bull as everyone was assured at least $1,464.35 with a chance for $85K a few hours away.
Fast forward to the NFL games finishing up the first quarter and two tables of nine remained led by munchenHB. The former WCOOP champ from 2011 (Event # 42) Mike “munchenHB” Telker sniffed a final table in Event #11 this year takes the chip-lead into the penultimate table. Telker would have plenty of big chasers trying deny a second WCOOP title.
Oscar “KungKroon” Kroon was the runner-up at the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event taking home a deal worth $346K. Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson has claimed two Spring Championship of Online Poker titles, winning his second last year in Event #1-H.
Another two-time SCOOP champ Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde (last win this year in Event #6-H). TCOOP 2017 Event #6 winner monzemann took over the chip-lead with 15 left joining Mattsson in trying for that second notch to a Triple -COOP.
Aces vs Kings vs Queens all-in pre-flop was perfect for Futti18. Holding aces, the recent Sunday Warm-Up winner would take out Eat_U_Up_ha in 12th place ($5,383.01) and knocked Telker’s kings down to under five BBs. Telker would open shove on the next hand giving his scraps to zeruka and finishing in 11th place ($5,383.01).
On the next hand Andre “AndreBusato” Busato, who already has a final table in this series, (Event #25-H) would also open shove into zeruka who made the call with ace-ten and took down Busato’s suited jack-nine to start up the final table below:
Seat 1: monzemann (7103980 in chips)
Seat 2: Oscar “KungKroon” Kroon (1535192 in chips)
Seat 3: juarnes (10795442 in chips)
Seat 4: zyxel888 (568974 in chips)
Seat 5: Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde (1022901 in chips)
Seat 6: Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson (6282936 in chips)
Seat 7: Futti18 (10414591 in chips)
Seat 8: Cyberraver (3839479 in chips)
Seat 9: zeruka (10986505 in chips)
Despite the large pay disparities between first and ninth-place, the players came out firing under the spotlights. Five hands in, Cyberraver, looking for another good time after making the Event #14-H final table this year, would raise UTG as monzemann and Futti18 came along. Only monzemann would follow along to the 10♥ 6♦ 5♥ A♥ 6♥ river as Cyberraver shoved the flush K♥J♥. The paired river was a blessing for monzemann’s flopped set 10♠10♦ sending Cyberraver off in ninth-place ($6,983.89).
Monzemann struck again on the next hand as micro-stacked zyxel888 went for broke with pocket sixes 6♦6♥. But, once again, monzemann picked up tens 10♣10♦ and used them to flop a set 10♥ K♦ A♦ 8♦ 7♥ and eliminate zyxel888 in eighth-place ($9,556.11).
Mid-way through the fifth hour of play and ten minutes after the last elimination, monzemann would go three-for-three. This time the victim was Oscar “KungKroon” Kroon who slipped to holding under seven BBs. Holding K♦J♣ Kroon’s three-bet shove was called by monzemann’s big slick K♣A♣. Failing to overcome the pre-flop disadvantage 7♣ 9♠ 9♣ 7♥ 8♣ Kroon earned $13,075.70 in seventh-place.
That would be the end of the smooth sailing for monzemann as two hands later juarnes would double-through the chip-leader after monzemann tried to bluff-shove the river with jacks and juarnes notched a straight to knock monzemann to the back of the final six.
While monzemann would partly recover from the hand, Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson’s chips headed in a different direction. Twenty minutes into the sixth hour, Mattsson would open-shove a shade over seven BBs as Futti18 called with 10♠A♠. Mattsson’s A♥2♠ could not even catch a sweat on the K♠ Q♣ 3♣ 6♦ 5♥ board taking away $17,891.54 in sixth-place.
With 10 minutes remaining in the sixth hour, the other two-time SCOOP champ, Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde, was trying to stay alive holding under ten BBs. Table-killer monzemann was slowly picking up steam again and called Linde’s shove holding J♠10♣. Linde’s sevens 7♥7♣ failed to make it through the flop 5♦ A♠ 10♥ 2♣ J♦ pulling down $24,481.10 in fifth place.
Take away one big hand and monzemann would have been the far-away chip-leader for nearly the entire final table (likely would have finished by now). Add this big hand and yet another elimination, monzemann would claw the way back to contending with juarnes. Shortly after the sixth hourly break zeruka and monzemann would trade raises pre-flop until zeruka was all-in with jacks J♦J♠. One count short of monzemann’s queens Q♠Q♥. A jack in the door should have knocked monzemann down to 20BBs, but a queen on the river J♥ 5♦ 2♠ 6♣ Q♦ sent zeruka packing in fourth place ($33,497.57).
juarnes: “lets not do the waiting game”
After more than six hours into day two, I agree. The three tried to hash out a deal. Juarnes and monzemann, nearly knotted in the chip-count, thought Futti18, holding half the amount, was getting a little too much love as the shorter stack and demanded something back. Futti18 did not back down as the cards went in the air after the ten minute interlude.
The threesome would nearly play through another hour and nearly into the eighth hour before Futti18 and monzemann started picking the pockets of juarnes. Monzemann and juarnes would see a flop and check down with the board reading 6♠ 7♠ 10♣ 9♥ 8♠ as juarnes took a poke at the pot after monzemann checked. Monzemann check-raised all-in and covered as juarnes called with the jack-high straight. Not good enough to beat monzemann’s flush Q♠9♠ as juarnes would be left out of chop talks 2.0 in third-place ($45,834.89).
monzemann (35398343 in chips)
Futti18 (17151657 in chips)
The two players remaining personally eliminated the other seven foes. Well, monzemann took care of six of them, the main reason for the near 2:1 chip-advantage going into heads-up play. During chop talks 2.0 the terms were much more agreeable yet no deal was struck as both would play on for their first WCOOP title.
At the end of the first full hour of heads-up play monzemann decided to take a little risk and call Futti18’s four-bet shove with ace-ten. Futti18 rolled over pocket threes and managed to clear the board taking a 39.55M to 12.99M lead into the new hour with blinds at 250K/500K ante 62.5K.
That hand would be the catalyst for Futti18’s victory. Five minutes after the break with Futti18 winning the last three hands and opening up the lead, monzemann would raise pre-flop, bet the flop, and turn. But, on the queen river 8♣ 9♣ 9♥ 3♦ Q♣ slowed down to check. Futti18 jumped in to bet enough setting monzemann all-in holding trips 9♦J♦. The rivered pair of queens 10♠Q♠ for monzemann was not enough as Futti18’s trip nines earned $85,815.14 and the 2017 WCOOP Event #74 title!
WCOOP-74-H: $530 NLHE
Prize pool: $525,500
Place paid: 125
1. Futti18 (Russia) $85,815.14
2. monzemann (Austria) $62.716.11
3. juarnes (Belgium) $45,834.89
4. zeruka (Georgia) $33,497.57
5. Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde (Mexico) $24,481.10
6. Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson (Sweden) $17,891.54
7. Oscar “KungKroon” Kroon (Sweden) $13,075.70
8. zyxel888 (Russia) $9,556.11
9. Cyberraver (United Kingdom) $6,983.89
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