917 people laid down $530 in virtual money to play in the PokerStars Limit Omaha Hi/Lo World Championship of Online Poker Event #8, with Austria's copi taking down the bracelet and the $87,882.00 first place prize money. It took almost eleven hours to cut the field down to a final table, and copi was in the lead from the beginning of the final nine. The final table chip counts looked like this -
Seat 1: copi (693336 in chips)
Seat 2: SSSHIP_IT (307845 in chips)
Seat 3: bigdogpckt5s (259245 in chips)
Seat 4: joeaces (69874 in chips)
Seat 5: Lystig (280373 in chips)
Seat 6: SKOAL (553128 in chips)
Seat 7: rkruok (67632 in chips)
Seat 8: ch0ppy (256864 in chips)
Seat 9: oskar (262703 in chips)
With the blinds sky-high, Joeaces started the final table on an extremely short stack. He wasted no time getting his chips in the middle, going all in on the first hand of the final table. He went all in holding , and looked to have a decent draw on a flop of , but a deuce on the turn and the on the river left him well behind Lystig's . Lystig's Jack held up for the high, and his 7-6-4-3-2 was good for the low when Joeaces deuce was counterfeited, leaving him with a pair of deuces and 8-4-3-2-A for the low. Joeaces picked up $5,502.00 for his 9th-place finish.
ChOppy declared that he wasn't interested in a deal right before the next break, and came back to bounce in 8th place. His short stack got all in on the river with , but was well behind Rkrouk, who had flopped two pair with . Ch0ppy went to the rail in 8th, good for $9,628.50. Oskar went to the rail next when ‘SKOAL' caught a runner-runner flush to eliminate him in 7th place ($14,213.50). As ‘Bigdogpckt5s' got his last big bet in the middle against Lystig and couldn't catch up to send play to five-handed and Bigdogpckt5s to the rail in 6th ($19,257.00).
SSHIP_IT killed a deal when play got to five-handed, by haggling for an extra $4,000, and fell victim to the curse of the deal killer less than five minutes later, when he was busted by SKOAL. By turning down the deal for $32,000, he lost better than seven grand, because his 5th-place take was $24,988.25.
The four remaining players made a deal, leaving $22,000 on the table for the eventual winner, and splitting up the remaining prize money according to the chip stacks of the moment. The players settled on a deal that gave them the following amounts -
SKOAL was the short stack when play got down to four-handed, but he climbed back from the brink with a couple of tough hands against Lystig. On the first, Lystig couldn't catch up to SKOAL's flopped hand, and doubled SKOAL up. Then a few hands later, SKOAL made his flush and nut low on the river to send Lystig to the rail in 4th place.
Copi apparently decided that with three players remaining, it was time to put an end to the tournament, and he crushed rkruok in about fifteen minutes of concentrated flogging. On his final hand, rkruok picked up two pair on the flop with , but copi hit his bigger two pair on the river, and rkruok went out in 3rd place.
By the time heads up play began, copi's chip lead was massive, and it took him no time at all the put the finishing touches on SKOAL and pick up the extra $22,000 for first place. Here are the final table finishes and payouts for WCOOP event #8.
1. copi (Austria) $87,882.00
2. SKOAL (United States) $40,729.00
3. rkruok (Australia) $49,680.00
4. Lystig (Norway) $53,937.00
5. SSSHIP_IT (United States) $24,988.25
6. bigdogpckt5s (Canada) $19,257.00
7. oskar (Germany) $14,213.50
8. ch0ppy (Canada) $9,628.50
9. joeaces (United States) $5,502.00