Online Poker: TheActionKid Wins WCOOP Triple Shootout
ElkY Makes Another Final Table, Big10 Wins Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better Event
The two events to take place last night in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) were a no-limit hold’em triple shootout event and an Omaha eight-or-better event. Read the event recaps below to find out who the winners were, and check out the entire WCOOP schedule and results list on CardPlayer.com.
WCOOP Event No. 27: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Shootout
The $500 no-limit hold’em triple shootout event last night had a guarantee of $300,000. When 729 entrants bought in, the actual prize pool came to $364,500. All entrants were looking to the $76,545 top prize, which they could only snag if they managed to win three single-table sit-and-gos in a row. Those who won their first tables would make money in the event, as 10th-81st place earned $1,640. Among some of the notable players (among many) to take down their first tables were Ben “bfineman” Fineman, Brent “usourcek” Hanks (pictured at left), Chris “Money800” Moneymaker, Jon “sketchy1” Eaton, Alex Kravchenko, Mark “QuasiFiction” Hirleman, Alex “AJKHoosier1” Kamberis, John “johnnykran” Kranyak, and rkruok.
Those who took down both their first and second tables had completed an even more difficult task, and they had guaranteed themselves a payday of at least $5,803 for their troubles and a spot at the final table with a shot at the big first-place prize. Among those to make the final table was Team PokerStars member Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (pictured below), who has had a fantastic WCOOP this year. Before this final table, he had made four other deep runs is WCOOP events. Check out his online poker results page to get that list of results. He ultimately finished in fifth place in this event, earning $20,048. That score put his total 2008 WCOOP winnings at nearly $374,000.
Action at the third and final table in the triple shootout event eventually got to heads up between Andrew “TheActionKid” Glogowski and SgtKyle. With no deal having been made, the entire $76,545 first-place prize was on the line. That meant that almost $26,000 was at stake between a first- and second-place finish. SgtKyle had the chip lead going into heads-up play with 33,708 compared to TheActionKid’s 11,202. The tide turned when TheActionKid’s top pair survived versus SgtKyle’s straight-flush draw, and then TheActionKid sealed the deal with quad eights, which SgtKyle (somehow) couldn’t best. TheActionKid left the table $76,000 richer and with a new shiny WCOOP bracelet.
The final results were:
WCOOP Event No. 28: $500 Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better
The second event of the night was a $500 Omaha eight-or-better tournament with a $400,000 guarantee. The event just barely surpassed that guarantee when 829 entrants bought in, building $414,500 for the prize pool. The first-place finisher in this event would receive $76,268, slightly less than TheActionKid won for his triple-shootout performance. Jack of all trades Chetna “Rex5578” Joshi (with whom we did a two-part strategy interview earlier this year, pictured at right) was one of the notable players to make it deep in the event. She ultimately hit the rail in 35th place, earning $1,451.
Of those at the final table, porcelet had made possibly the biggest accomplishment, as he had also made the final table of the triple shootout event that same day (see the results above). He went out in seventh place in the shootout, and he couldn’t do better than that here, hitting the rail as the first out of the final nine. Nevertheless, he earned more than $16,000 last night in the WCOOP from two final-table finishes.
It came down to lolovitch and Big10 for the title as the final two players. Big10 had a lead of almost 3-1 when heads-up play began, but lolovitch scooped some big pots to even the playing field. At that point, the two decided that an even chop made sense, and they were both guaranteed $61,802 with an additional $8,000 going to the winner, along with the WCOOP bracelet. Big10 got back his big lead when he scooped a pot with a wheel. He then ended the event when lolovitch got all of his chips in with a flush and Big10 called with a full house. Big10 scooped the final pot to eliminate his last remaining foe. He earned the extra $8,000, putting his total winnings at $69,802.
The final results were:
* Payout reflects a two-way even chop with $8,000 left for the eventual winner.
Today will feature two new WCOOP events. The first is a $500 six-handed no-limit hold’em event with rebuys and a $400,000 guarantee. That event starts at 2:30 p.m. ET, and then, two hours later is a $1,000 pot-limit Omaha event with a $500,000 guarantee. Check out the entire WCOOP schedule and results on CardPlayer.com’s WCOOP landing page.
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