The ten tournaments that brought the 2009 WCOOP closer to its end found a number of big names at the final tables. And in the winners category, Terrence Chan pulled off quite the feat of winning a WCOOP after having won two SCOOP titles (on the same night) in the spring of 2009. And well-known live and online tournament player Bertrand Grospellier was able to grab his first WCOOP title to add to his long list of poker accomplishments. All in all, it was an exciting few days, all recapped below for your reading pleasure.
Event 31: $320 Pot-Limit Omaha w/rebuys, 6-max
Tuesday, September 15, kicked off the next set of ten tournaments with some high-action PLO. Add rebuys to that mix with short-handed tables, and there was guaranteed to be some excitement. There were 799 players in the tournament, and they accumulated 933 rebuys and 534 add-ons, though the numbers still didn’t add up to the guarantee, so PokerStars kicked in the rest and made the prize pool the promised $700K. The last 120 players were paid, and Team PokerStars Pro made it to 46th place before his exit. But at the final table, ImaLuckSac led the pack but ended up finishing in fourth place, while GotURead and KRUTHE took to heads-up action. The two came to a chip-chop deal before the final hand, which found GotURead all-in with against the . When the board came , KRUTHE’s top pair won it, along with more than $115K.
1st place: KRUTHE ($115,444.26)
2nd place: GotURead ($92,805.74)
3rd place: exmanager ($67,900.00)
4th place: ImaLuckSac ($47,250.00)
5th place: berdyfish ($33,250.00)
6th place: Craps4Dinner ($21,000.00)
Event 32: $530 7-Card Stud hi/lo
The first hi-lo version of seven-card stud was offered in WCOOP on Tuesday, and 510 players showed up for the action at $530 per person. The $200K guarantee was bypassed for a $255,000 prize pool, which was reserved for the last 80 players standing. PokerStars stud blogger Adam “STUDstood” Roberts made it to 14th place and Team PokerStars Pro Hevad “RaiNKhAN” Khan who ended up finishing in eighth at the final table, but it was ShawnZJones in the chip lead as the final table began. He made it to heads-up but was behind amke, though the lead switched to put ShawnZJones back in the lead going into the final hand. Amke had it all-in on third street with () ([) (), but ShawnZJones showed () () () for top two pair and the win.
1st place: ShawnZJones ($47,940.00)
2nd place: Amke ($35,062.50)
3rd place: traction1 ($25,755.00)
4th place: TheBigViking ($19,125.00)
5th place: oerockets ($12,750.00)
6th place: Boykee ($8,925.00)
7th place: ExtremeUA ($5,727.50)
8th place: RaiNKhAN ($3,825.00)
Event 33: $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em
The third and last event of the night was a late-starting and expensive one. Players were offered a $1,050 buy-in opportunity with $500K as its guarantee. A sizeable crowd of 1,240 players entered the tournament, pushing the prize pool to $1,240,000 - more than double its guarantee. The final 180 players were paid, and when it came time for final table action, scarface_79 was the overwhelming chip leader, though he ended up finishing in fourth. The last three players made a chip-chop deal, and after Believer82 exited in third, nicelife and df1986 went into battle with nearly even chip stacks. df1986 immediately took the chip lead, though, and on the last hand, the chips went in for nicelife with ] on the flop, but df1986 had . The on the turn gave the latter the flush, and the ended the tournament with df1986 as its champion.
1st place: df1986 ($160,525.11)
2nd place: nicelife ($177,084.33)
3rd place: Believer82 ($134,892.57)
4th place: scarface_79 ($84,320.00)
5th place: redsxfan3300 ($60,760.00)
6th place: REDDYBABY902 ($48,360.00)
7th place: shengy ($35,960.00)
8th place: 011PokerDr ($23,560.00)
9th place: BrynKenney ($12,896.00)
Event 34: $215 No-Limit Hold’em, big antes
The first of two tournaments on Wednesday, September 16, was a variation of the turbo tournament. Though blinds increased every 20 minutes, there were antes from the start that grew substantially as the tournament progressed. With that incentive, and a $500K guarantee, there were 3,650 players registered for the event, which pushed the prize pool up to $730,000 for the final 540 players. It was Koln4ever leading when the final table began, and after the last three players made a chip-chop deal, Koln4ever eliminated vara33 and went into heads-up action against PokerProGG. On the twelfth hand, PokerProGG made the move with , but Koln4ever had pocket threes that held on the board for the win.
1st place: Koln4ever ($108,282.70)
2nd place: PokerProGG ($68,183.19)
3rd place: vara33 ($83,779.11)
4th place: Shark 00100 ($41,975.00)
5th place: joeppiej($31,025.00)
6th place: Raoeoiku ($23,725.00)
7th place: Artiecat ($16,425.00)
8th place: 72good ($9,125.00)
9th place: JUNFI ($5,840.00)
Event 35: $320 Pot-Limit Omaha hi/lo
There were 1,567 players out in force for the PLO split tournament with the $500K guarantee. That number kicked in as the prize pool with some overlay for the players, and as the event played down, 234 of them made it into the money. Upon reaching the final table, drkamikaze1 and lukaluka05 were the massive chip leaders, though only the former would make it to heads-up play while the latter finished third. The final four, however, came to a payout agreement, so when it came to heads-up, payouts were determined with an extra $10K in play for the winner. That winner came when drkamikaze1 went all-in on the board holding , and twenty305 called with . The trips held up when the hit the river to give twenty305 the win.
1st place: twenty305 ($59,352.91)
2nd place: drkamikaze1 ($47,494.65)
3rd place: lukaluka05 ($62,276.28)
4th place: Mungy ($48,751.16)
5th place: DeuceBuster ($23,750.00)
6th place: lozzz ($18,500.00)
7th place: daveyjh ($13,500.00)
8th place: ArnieAA ($8,750.00)
9th place: dragoonier ($5,000.00)
Event 36: $530 No-Limit Hold’em w/rebuys, 6-max
To start things off on Thursday, September 17, a good deal of money was in play as the $530 NLHE event with rebuys kicked off with a $1 million guarantee. After the 1,030 players took advantage of 1,000 rebuys and 722 add-ons, the prize pool jumped to $1,376,000 and was set to be awarded to the final 156 players. Orel Hershiser was in the field representing Team PokerStars, but the members of the team taking it the furthest were Jason Mercier (26th place) and Leo Fernandez (17th place). The final table was led by GtRealGtOut, though a fourth place finish for him left heads-up for VLs85s and Astrolux85. The two found their way to a payout agreement, then played on as Astrolux85 came from a deficit to the massive chipleader. Finally, on a board, VLs85s got it all-in with , and Astrolux85 called with . He hit the straight when the came on the river to win the event.
1st place: Astrolux85 ($210,000.00)
2nd place: VLs85s ($192,480.00)
3rd place: supadphat ($130,720.00)
4th place: GtRealGtOut ($89,440.00)
5th place: djalminha ($58,617.60)
6th place: oncommand ($41,280.00)
Event 37: $2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha, 6-max
One of the higher buy-ins of the series got underway with PLO as its offering and $600K as its guarantee. When 453 players came out for the $2,100 buy-in event, it boosted the prize pool to $906,000 for the top 66 finishers. Though Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier made it to 19th place, it was kiiski who led the final table and made it to heads-up play - again with the lead - against mojave14. The last hand started with a flop , after which mojave14 moved all-in with , and kiiski called with . The turn and river gave kiiski the victory and more than $172K.
1st place: kiiski ($172,140)
2nd place: mojave14 ($126,840)
3rd place: genoa_st ($92,865)
4th place: plattsburgh ($63,420)
5th place: hartwith ($45,300)
6th place: Crisper ($28,992)
Event 38: $530 No-Limit Hold’em, 1 rebuy/1 add-on
For the second night in a row, a NLHE rebuy event was on the schedule, again with a $1 million guarantee. And again, that number was surpassed when 1,169 players entered and purchased 742 rebuys and 827 add-ons. The subsequent prize pool was $1,369,000, and the last 171 players in the event were paid. Team PokerStars Pros made deep runs in this tournament, as Orel Hershiser finished 49th and Gaulter Salles in 33rd, but at the final table, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier was still alive, though Ginsash was the chipleader. Those two were the ones who made it to heads-up, and after an hour-long match, ElkY was in the lead when the board came . Ginsash was all-in with , but ElkY had for top two pair and the win.
1st place: Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier ($232,730.00)
2nd place: Ginsash ($171,125.00)
3rd place: Pinnekjott ($129,918.10)
4th place: hafizzle ($93,092.00)
5th place: cashryders22 ($67,765.50)
6th place: natefive ($54,075.50)
7th place: ICuRaRook ($40,285.50)
8th place: Kid Canepa ($26,695.50)
9th place: jeff710 ($14,785.20)
Event 39: $1,050 Fixed-Limit Hold’em, 6-max
For the limit hold’em event on Friday, September 18, a total of 540 players came out for the $400K guarantee, and the prize pool ended up being $437,000. The final 66 players made it into the money, and Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown finished just outside the final table in tenth place. At said final table, SoulMaster7 led in the chip counts but finished in fourth place, and heads-up found makavelyces and Terrence “Unassigned” Chan nearly even in chips until the latter chipped up to a healthy lead. Finally, makavelyces moved all-in with pocket nines, and Unassigned called with . The board came to end the match and give Unassigned his first WCOOP victory to go along with two SCOOP wins earlier in the year.
1st place: Terrence “Unassigned” Chan ($83,030)
2nd place: makavelyces ($61,180)
3rd place: Vingtcent ($44,792.50)
4th place: SoulMaster7 ($30,590)
5th place: Tommy2tyme ($21,850)
6th place: KINGKUNG ($13,984)
Event 40: $215 No-Limit Omaha hi/lo, 10-minute levels
The turbo event brought the love of no-limit games into the Omaha variation for a tournament that was sure to be a fast one. With a $200K guarantee, there were 1,265 players in the field, which created a bigger pool of $253,000 reserved for the final 180 players. Team PokerStars Pro made it to 19th place, but it was at the final table that PiMaster led the pack. PiMaster made it to heads-up as well, though he trailed Benba in chip counts. But PiMaster claimed the chip lead over the course of the action, and finally the two went to see one final board of . At that point, Benba pushed all-in with , but PiMaster called with for quads. The irrelevant on the river gave the win to PiMaster.
1st place: PiMaster ($42,263.65)
2nd place: Benba ($30,866.00)
3rd place: chips151 ($23,276.00)
4th place: day713 ($17,204.00)
5th place: LUCKY FACE ($12,397.00)
6th place: PLO UFO ($9,867.00)
7th place: thegrizz1111 ($7,337.00)
8th place: late_entry ($4,807.00)
9th place: cocody1 ($2,631.00)
With that, only five tournaments remained in the 2009 WCOOP, including the Main Event. But satellites continue to run for those last events. Download PokerStars now to load up that new account, and use marketing code “POKERWORKS” and bonus code “STARS600” to qualify for a 100% bonus and weekly $2,000 freerolls.