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2009 WCOOP: EVENTS 21-30 - g0lfa Takes Second 2009 WCOOP Bracelet

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This set of events took us directly into the second half of the PokerStars 2009 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and saw some stars begin to emerge. There were players at final tables who had done well in previous events, and then there was g0lfa. After having won Event 18, the online pro was at it again to claim a victory in Event 29. g0lfa became the only player to claim two bracelets at the 2009 WCOOP and the only one likely to accomplish such a difficult feat. Many others claimed their first bracelets, though, and all of the results are listed here.

Event 21:  $215 No-Limit Hold’em w/rebuys

Kicking off the weekend early on Friday, September 11, the NLHE event with rebuys boasted of a $1.25 million guarantee that was surpassed by the crowd. The 2,780 entrants rebought 2,439 times and purchased 1,765 add-ons to create a prize pool of $1,396,800, and the last 396 players standing were paid. The last Team PokerStars Pro standing was Noah Boeken, who finished in 55th place, but at the final table, it was lechuckpoker who led the final nine. The last three players made a chip-chop deal, and though lechuckpoker got the best of it, he finished third. Heads-up found Horst Heftig and Soterdelf battling it out, and when Horst Heftig pushed with {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, Soterdelf called with {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and hit the first card of the {Q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Hearts} board to win the tournament.

1st place:    Soterdelf ($174,594.68)
2nd place:    Horst Heftig ($148,088.50)
3rd place:    lechuckpoker ($178,768.05)
4th place:    Undreaming ($80,316.01)
5th place:    gavz101 ($60,760.81)
6th place:    thanksB ($46,792.81)
7th place:    Dieselek ($32,824.81)
8th place:    trucu2544 ($18,884.74)
9th place:    BKiCe ($11,872.81)

Event 22:  $530 Fixed-limit Omaha hi/lo

There were a total of 840 players in the hi-lo version of Omaha, which allowed the prize pool to sneak just past the $400K guarantee to $420,000. The top 126 players were paid, and that included Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer, who won Event 19 and made it to 18th place in this event. But it was at the final table where gudfaren led the pack, and he was still in the tournament when the last five players struck a chip-chop deal. But heads-up found gudfaren up against Science, who held on to the chip lead and took it to the last hand, which found gudfaren all-in after the board showed {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Though gudfaren had {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for two pair, Science hit the {J-Clubs} on the river for the Broadway straight and the win.

1st place:    Science ($54,139.58)
2nd place:    gudfaren ($42,758.60)
3rd place:    ~US&Co~ ($45,998.35)
4th place:    Canuck ($40,969.09)
5th place:    The1Messiah ($38,692.39)
6th place:    _unskilled_ ($16,800.00)
7th place:    vui-qua-di ($12,600.00)
8th place:    sheckwave ($8,400.00)
9th place:    SLOPPYKLOD ($5,040.00)

Event 23:  $320 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Most of the structures in WCOOP tournaments are favorable to a significant amount of play, but a few of the events are set up as turbos with 10-minute levels to offer faster action. The $300K guarantee also helped draw in 2,676 players, which created an actual prize pool of a whopping $802,000. Only 396 players were paid, and the final table saw nine players fight it out for the top prize, with Moneyball16 in the lead to start. He made it to the final table but at a great deficit to opponent Str8$$$Homey, and it only took the latter 15 hands to end it. Moneyball16 pushed all-in with {K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, but Str8$$$Homey called with {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. The board brought {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, which gave Str8$$$Homey the win.

1st place:    Str8$$$Homey ($126,441.01)
2nd place:    Moneyball16 ($94,329.01)
3rd place:    IntheRED X2 ($67,435.21)
4th place:    yayaya ($46,161.01)
5th place:    Beto77709 ($34,921.81)
6th place:    dhg77gg ($26,893.81)
7th place:    Raidan909 ($18,865.81)
8th place:    B-scrubs101 ($10,853.86)
9th place:    arioli ($6,823.81)

Event 24:  $530 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play

It was one of the longest tournaments of the WCOOP thus far, starting on Saturday, September 12 and not finishing until nearly the afternoon hours (Eastern Time) on Sunday. The 1,564 players came for the $1 million guarantee, which was the prize pool when all players were seated. Those 256 who made it through the first three rounds of action received payouts, but many more rounds were to be won before the final table. Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson went deep but finished in fifth place. The two who made it to heads-up were JakusKhan and MyRabbiFoo, who made an even-money deal as soon as play began and agreed to play for the extra $20K. It took awhile, but JakusKhan finally got it all-in with {10-Spades}{2-Spades} on a {K-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop, but MyRabbiFoo had {K-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. The {5-Spades} turn and {7-Clubs} river ended it and gave MyRabbiFoo the title and $140K.

1st place:    MyRabbiFoo ($140,000)
2nd place:    JakusKhan ($120,000)
3rd place:    joe E scar ($55,000)
4th place:    imashokU ($55,000)

Event 25:  $320 HORSE

With several 8-game mixed tournaments under their belts, players settled in for a standard HORSE tournament. Registration ended with 1,180 players, which allowed PokerStars to kick in its $400K guarantee with an overlay for players. The last 176 players standing were paid, but it was heads-up between original final table chipleader marked aces and toddch that would determine the winner of more than $70K. It only took five hands for marked aces to increase his deficit and push all-in. marked aces ended with a ({5-Diamonds}{J-Spades}) {A-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} ({8-Spades}) hand, but toddch won with ({10-Spades}{3-Spades}) {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} ({6-Spades}).

1st place:    toddch ($70,400)
2nd place:    marked aces ($50,000)
3rd place:    viking47 ($38,000)
4th place:    ROXY24 ($28,000)
5th place:    finsfan7 ($20,000)
6th place:    $30K ($12,000)
7th place:    CitadelCap ($8,000)
8th place:    Adeph Omega ($4,000)

Event 26:  $215 No-Limit Hold’em

One of the lower buy-in events of the WCOOP, the straight NLHE event brought an astounding 9,795 players to the tables, which left the $1 million guarantee far behind when a $1,959,000 prize pool was created. The last 1,440 players standing were paid, but it was at the final table that dunkmaster50 was in the lead and looking for victory. He made it to heads-up action with lelijk22, but the latter had the chip lead and kept it throughout the battle. It came down to dunkmaster50’s all-in move with {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, but lelikj22 called with pocket eights, and the board brought {8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{J-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Hearts} to give lelijk22 the set and nearly $275K for the win.

1st place:    lelijk22 ($274,260.00)
2nd place:   dunkmaster50 ($199,818.00)
3rd place:    equinespy ($141,048.00)
4th place:    RJules12 ($97,950.00)
5th place:    Holmesy1978 ($79,360.00)
6th place:    PepaG ($58,770.00)
7th place:    jimenezzzz ($39,180.00)
8th place:    ole6 ($19,590.00)
9th place:    candy1203 ($13,321.20)

Event 27:  $25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up

By far, it was the biggest buy-in event of the WCOOP. There were only 36 players who ponied up the massive buy-in, and that pushed the prize pool just past the $800K guarantee to $900,000. Only the top eight players were paid, and Peter Eastgate took that distinction with an eighth place finish. The last match of the tournament was between Iftarii and Sifosis, and though the two exchanged chip leads, it was Iftarri who took it before the final hand, which began with a {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} flop. Much betting led to Sifosis all-in with {J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, but Iftarii showed pocket fives for the set, and the {3-Spades} on the turn and {A-Diamonds} on the river gave the win to Iftarii.

1st place:    Iftarii ($315,000)
2nd place:    Sifosis ($180,000)
3rd place:    Adonis112 ($90,000)
4th place:    zangbezan24 ($90,000)

Event 28:  $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em, 2-day

The first day of the tournament was on Sunday, September 13, and brought 3,268 players to the tables. The original $3 million guarantee was bowled over by what became the $3,268,000 prize pool. The money bubble burst late in the day so the top 495 players could be paid, and Ylon Schwartz was the last Team PokerStars Pro standing, finishing ultimately in 186th place. The day came to an end with 176 players, who returned on Monday to play down to the winner. Going to the final table, reilly11014 was the chipleader, but he finished in fourth place and left Unsyatisfied and GAKingChaser to play heads-up. The latter was in the lead, but Unsyatisfied took it over and chipped away at GAKingChaser, who finally pushed all-in with pocket nines, only to discover his opponent had pocket jacks. The board of {J-Hearts}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} finished it and gave Unsyatisfied the win.

1st place:    Unsyatisfied ($513,076)
2nd place:    GAKingChaser ($382,356)
3rd place:    Visionary129 ($269,610)
4th place:    reilly11014 ($187,910)
5th place:    runslikerubs ($138,890)
6th place:    goin4br0ke ($106,210)
7th place:    johnnyv5000 ($73,530)
8th place:    thepractice ($40,850)
9th place:    Ginsash ($26,144)

Event 29:  $320 Mixed (Pot-Limit Hold’em & Omaha)

The PLO and Holdem mix drew 1,407 players to the tables, which pushed the prize pool past the $400K guarantee to $422,100. The last 216 players standing received a portion of it, but clearly the bigger payouts were at the final table. It was g0lfa who led the table when it began, and there was no denying that he had another win in his sights. Getting to heads-up, he had a 4-to-1 lead over groengras and kept it. The final hand was in PLO, and groengras pushed all-in with {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{10-Spades}{7-Hearts}. g0lfa had {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, and the board came {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} to give g0lfa his second 2009 WCOOP bracelet.

1st place:    g0lfa ($69,245.51)
2nd place:    groengras ($50,652.01)
3rd place:    DarthFisumus ($37,989.01)
4th place:    Comandr_Cool ($28,280.71)
5th place:    MrCoco ($20,049.76)
6th place:    Monam1 ($15,828.76)
7th place:    alfito775 ($11,607.76)
8th place:    spassewr ($7,386.76)
9th place:    Guldgraveren ($4,221.01)

Event 30:  $320 No-Limit Hold’em, 2X chance

It was an interesting set-up that allowed players who busted in the first hour to buy in again. The 2,488 players found 293 doing just that, and the $600K guarantee was thus blown away by the $834,300 prize pool. The last 360 players in the game were paid. Going to the final table, buckguy2200 led the pack but ended up being eliminated in fourth place, while spencerman3 and Ginobili1988 moved on to heads-up with the latter in the lead. The two exchanged the chip lead back and forth, but it was spencerman3 who ended up in the top spot when the last hand came down. It started with a {9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop, and more betting led to the {Q-Clubs} on the turn. After the {A-Hearts} on the river, Ginobili1988 was all-in with {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}, but the pair of nines was done in by the {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and two pair for spencerman3, who took the title.

1st place:    spencerman3 ($131,819.41)
2nd place:    Ginobili1988 ($99,006.39)
3rd place:    grpoker2 ($70,915.51)
4th place:    buckguy2200 ($48,806.56)
5th place:    BobbyDick66 ($37,126.36)
6th place:    Akaperion ($28,783.36)
7th place:    acehole60 ($20,440.36)
8th place:    Evilduke11 ($12,097.36)
9th place:    DriverKRD ($7,091.56)

The 2009 WCOOP is close to its end, but there are millions of dollars still to be won in the remaining events. And satellites are running around the clock to give players the opportunity to play for a fraction of the buy-ins. Download PokerStars now to get started, and don’t forget to use the marketing code “POKERWORKS” and bonus code “STARS600” to qualify for a 100% bonus on your deposit and weekly $2,000 freerolls.

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