In this post I am going to review WBCOOP EVENT-15 only, because I had quite a nice experience while playing in it, so there are lots of things to share.
It was a usual Tuesday night for me, it has not seemed that anything extraordinary is going to happen. 3,000 chips starting stack, 5 minutes blind interval, seemed like a nice tournament for me. But I just came to play and do my best, so did not really think about much besides how to do my best. When I started the blinds were 25/50 already, because I was a little late to join.
First hand I have started with 8Q off suit, under a BB. Player from a dealer position raised to 100 chips, me and a small blind called. Flop: 6, 10 of spades and 2 of clubs, I had a Queen of spades, so had three spades already. SB checked, I bet 200, player from a dealer position folded, SB called. Turn brought Ace of spades, I was one spade away from a second highest flush. I bet 400, opponent raised to 800, I thought for a minute and decided to call and BOOM it's 9 of spades!
After this my opponent decided to move all of his chips in and I called. He showed a complete bluff - KJ and I doubled up in a first hand. After that hand I felt a power rushing through my veins, I just knew that this tournament is not going to be the same as the others.
When the late registration was over, it was a total of 401 player registered in a tournament. Late registration was closed in 30 minutes. 11 minutes after that I had another interesting hand. Started with Aces, was the first one to act, raised to 800 chips (Blinds were 200/400). A person from a CO position raised to 1,899 chips, I re-raised to 3,200 chips, opponent moved all in his whole stack, but he had me covered because I only had 6,333 chips in total. Long story short, he have shown a pair of Tens, did not hit a ten and lost and I doubled up.
A hand after that, I had pocket tens and 13,566 chips with me, I was under a BB position, and an opponent from a SB position went all in with 4,612 chips and I called. Opponent turned over AQ, did not hit anything, and I hit a 10 on a river and eliminated the player.
At that point, quite some players were eliminated, but we still didn't reach the bubble phase.
When we reached the money, in one of the hands I have started with a pair of Jacks under a BB position. Blinds were 300/600, first person to act raised to 1,200 chips (everyone else folded), I re-raised to 3,000 chips, opponent moved all in with 6,850 chips I called. Opponent turned over Tens, did not hit anything and was eliminated.
Next hand was about 30 minutes later when we were guaranteed at least 16.50$ SCOOP tickets. I was a short stack, had only slightly more than 23,000 chips, when the blinds were 1,000/2,000. Was dealt AK suited, was the first one to act and raised to 4,000 chips. Big Blind called and we saw a flop: A, 9, 2 rainbow. Opponent checked, I raised to 4,500 chips and opponent mucked the cards.
After a few minutes Pokerstars Team Pro Bryan Huang (BryanHuang) was moved to my table! That was the first time during the WBCOOP series! However, he was not involved in a hand I am going to talk about. I had slightly more than 13,000 chips, Blinds were 2000/4000, so I was pretty much on a life support. I was the first one to act and moved all in with KJ off suit. Big Blind called with AQ, and I was praying to receive a King or a Jack. Boom! Flop brought 8 ,K, 8 and I was celebrating and waiting for the rest of the cards. Those were 4 and 10 and I survived and doubled up!
In a few minutes I was dealt AK off suit and had nearly 32,000 chips, was sitting on a dealer button. Bryan Huang pushed all in and I called, I had him covered. He turned over A9 and did not hit anything, while I hit a second king on a turn to make it even more painful and eliminated a Pokerstars Team Pro player from a tournament for the first time in my life! Plus I received 1$ + 22$ SCOOP ticket bounty bonus! At that time I was more excited to eliminate him than to play in such a deep stage of a tournament. However, I concentrated and continued playing.
Check the hand on a PSO hand replayer (was unable to BOOM it later on): http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/replayer
When I was really deep and only about 10 players were left and I was guaranteed a 33$ ticket, I was dealt 88. I had slightly more than 53,000 chips, what was just below the average stack and which was about 73,000 chips. The Blinds were 3,000/6,000 and I raised to 24,000 from a Dealer button. SB moved all in, BB folded, I called. My opponent had me covered and turned over K10, luckily he did not hit anything and I survived and had a wealthy chip stack which was above the average!
In the next 23 minutes, I had an intense fight and managed to build up my chip stack to more than 150,000 chips! When the Blinds were 5,000/10,000 and it was only 5 of us left and we were sitting on a final table, I had this hand. I was on a Dealer button with Aces, raised to 20,000, BB pushed more than 95,000 chips stack and I called. Opponent turned over a pair of nines, didn't hit anything and was eliminated in a 5th place.
After a few hands I was dealt K4 off suit, was under a BB, blinds were still the same. Everyone folded to SB, he raised to 20,000, I re-raised to 40,000, because I had more value to raise than call, opponent called. Flop 2, Q, 8 two spades, opponent checked, I checked back, another 2 came. Opponent checked again, I raised to 30,000, opponent folded.
Soon I increased my chip stack to more than 310,000. In one hand when the blinds were 6,000/12,000 and still four of us left, I was dealt 88, while sitting on a SB. Dealer raised to 36,000 chips, I called, and a big blind pushed all of his stack which was nearly 51,000 chips and we both called. Flop 5, 8, 2 two diamonds, opponent raised to 12,000, I re-raised to 36,000 chips, opponent called. Turn - 10 of hearts, I raised to 60,000 chips, opponent called. River - 4 of spades, I raised to 72,000 chips, opponent called and mucked the hand while I took the 493,365 chips pot and eliminated a player that was all in.
I was a chip leader for the most of the time, at one time had about 670,000 chips. Until an unfortunate situation happened, I lost with a Set + Ace kicker to a full house. I don't blame my reading skills, I was just acting too fast. After that 2Sick2Loose from Germany had about a 9:1 advantage against MariusTrif from Romania, but Marius did even think about forfeiting and won the tournament!
TOP 3 Results
1. MariusTrif (Romania) - 109$ SCOOP ticket
2. 2Sick2Loose (Germany) - 55$ SCOOP ticket
3. Wernestas (United Kingdom) - 55$ SCOOP ticket
It was nice to appear in a TOP 3 and know that you have played very well (I'm originally from Lithuania, but staying in the United Kingdom).
Bryan Huang congratulating me with a bounty!
This tournament was definitely one of the best tournaments I have ever played until this day!
Thank you for reading, see you soon!
Hey folks, today we are going to look at the very recent WBCOOP Tournaments number 11, 12, 13 and 14.
I have not played in any of them because I was not very familiar with that type of poker and because of my time zone.
Let's begin. First tournament we are going to review is WBCOOP EVENT-11 NLHE/PLO.
A total of 459 entrants have entered the tournament as well as Jon Heitmann Pokerstars Team Pro member.
The starting stack was 3,000 chips and blinds were increasing every 15 minutes. So it was very easy to start when the blinds were not increasing that often. However, the chip stack was not that big, so everyone needed to analyse their opponents first and then take some serious action. Jon Heitmann eventually finished in 135th place, he was quite close to winning a SCOOP ticket.
It was a very hard tournament and it took 7 and a half hour to finish. At the end these three human beings were the winners:
While t I am writing this post Sonnya Jade is sitting in a second position of WBCOOP 2013 leaderboard. However Leaderboard statistics are still going to change and change till the end of the series.
WBCOOP EVENT-12 STUD H/L [TURBO]
This tournament was not as popular as the other WBCOOP tournaments, it had 243 entrants. It was a good chance for everyone to win some high value tickets. 96 players have not left the tournament empty handed, but with a big smile in their faces :)
No Pokerstars Pro players have entered this tournament and took slightly less than 4 hours for a tournament to be completed.
The top four winners were:
WBCOOP EVENT-13 4-MAX NLHE
This No Limit Holdem tournament had nearly 500 entrants (497), two of them were Pokerstars Pro players V. Wahlbeck and Lex Veldhuis (L.Veldhuis). Some players had the honour to eliminate Pokerstars Pro players and win 22$ SCOOP tickets.
Starting stack was 3,000 Chips, and blind levels were increasing every 15 minutes. Late registration was 60 minutes, so for those who entered the tournament in the beginning, the play was not as quick as later on. None of the two Pokerstars Pro members reached the money and were bust quite early.
After slightly more than 5 hours the tournament was over and some players were left empty handed, while the winners were not. These are the TOP 4 winners who did the best job:
WBCOOP EVENT-14 5-CARD DRAW
This tournament had a big number of entrants (343), compared with how popular this type of poker is. Frosty012 was a Pokerstars Pro player who joined the tournament and had a 22$ worth of SCOOP ticket bounty on his head. He finished in a 240th place and did not anything (Poor Frosty :/).
Starting stack was 3,000 chips and blinds were increasing every 10 minutes, while the late registration was open for 60 minutes. So it was not boring to start playing early or join later on if you had something else to do if you could not join earlier (for example homework, job related work, while some people needed to cuddle their cat as well).
After 5 and a half hours of a very long play, three winners received their medals (medals are represented by high value SCOOP tickets that are basically medals, but slightly different).
Congratulations to all the winners, I wish you all the best in those SCOOP tournaments and the rest of the WBCOOP!
Four more tournaments have ended; I participated in two of them, so now it is 6 left to go for me.
WBCOOP EVENT-8 NLHE.
The tournament had 570 entrants and I was one of them. This tournament was fun to play and we were also honoured to have a Pokerstars Pro Frosty012 playing with us (he finished in a 375th place). I survived for quite some time, and had some ''special'' moments, so I will share them with you. When I registered, the tournament was already running an hour prior. But because of the big blind intervals, I had no problems starting to play.
First hand I want to share with you, was a pair of sixes, big blinds were 75/150, I was the first one to act and raised to 300 chips. Player from a cut-off seat called, small blind folded and big blind raised to 999 chips. I was the only one to call and we saw a flop: 3 9 6, opponent instantly raised to 1,350 chips, I shoved my 7,366 chips stack and opponent called. He had Aces and lost.
Next hand I want to share was one hour later after a previous one. I think that was one of the best hands I played in quite a while. I started with K6 off suit, from a BB position. One player raised to 1,200 chips and everyone folded back to me. Only because of that I decided to call. The flop was 7 9 3 , no flush possibility. I checked, opponent made a small bet of 1,200 chips, I called. 4 came on a turn, there was still no chance of a flush. Opponent raised to 2,000 chips and I called once again. The river brought Ace of hearts, and now a heart flush was possible, I raised to 4,500 chips and my opponent folded and showed me one card - a jack. Even if my opponent was bluffing, it was still a very good play, because I had quite a minimum stack and was calling similar type of raises all the time. Of course I am happy when I win a lot of chips, but when I win a lot of chips because of my good play and not luck, I feel even better.
Most of the time I had an average chip stack. When had a very minimal chip stack I shoved with AJ and lost to AA and finished 150th, what was quite close to winning a ticket. After nearly 10 hours of what is slightly less than a Sunday major tournament, the tournament was over. And the winners were:
If any of these three guys are not playing poker professionally, then they should start doing so. Surviving in a tournament for nearly 10 hours is a sign that you have what it takes to become a professional player.
Next tournament was WBCOOP EVENT-9 PLO H/L.
I do not play Omaha PL H/L, only Omaha PL, that's why I have not participated in this tournament. Anyways, it had 286 entrants and 3 from them were Pokerstars Pro players: Liv Boeree, Frosty012 and Talonchick.
First Pokerstars Pro player to bust was Liv Boeree who finished in a 164th place. It took a long time for another Pokerstars Pro player to bust and it was Adrienne Rowsome ''talonchick'' who finished in 38th place. After nearly 6 hours the tournament has ended.
And the TOP 3 winners were:
As we can see Team Pokerstars Pro Tyler Frost ''Frosty012'' is doing a very good job. Also Dewashington from Russia is also doing very well, I have seen him cashing out a few times. I am sure both of these guys will appear in a TOP 15-30 of a leaderboard.
The last tournament we are going to take look at is WBCOOP EVENT-10 7-Card Stud.
It had 295 entrants, this is a decent amount of players compared with how popular this type of poker is. No Pokerstars Pro players were in this tournament (were probably exhausted after a previous one). After just slightly less than 8 hours, the tournament was over.
Ticket values for the top finishers were higher than compared with some other WBCOOP tournaments, so I will list top 4 winners.
It looks like that no matter what tournament it is, it could be a WBCOOP series tournament, a Sunday major tournament (even a Sunday Million 7th anniversary tournament), Lithuanians do win major prizes.
That's all I wanted to share with you guys today. Tomorrow we will have a review of the next bunch of tournaments and I may also take a part in one of the upcoming tournaments.
We had quite a few WBCOOP Tournaments recently, these are WBCOOP Events number 5, 6 and 7. I participated in two of them, but have not won any tickets, oh well.
WBCOOP Event-5 NLHE Shootout tournament has started with 397 players, considering there was no late registration available, the number was quite big. I finished in 256th position, what is not really bad, but not impressive either. Just before me Team Pokerstars Pro Frosty012 was eliminated (257th place).
And after nearly 5 hours, the tournament was finished and the top finishers were:
1st. 1betur0ut (United Kingdom) - 215$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd-9th place - 55$ SCOOP Tickets.
WBCOOP Event-6 8-Game
I have not participated in this tournament myself; however, there were quite some familiar faces I was familiar with. Some players from my home country, some players I have met in the previous tourneys etc.
8-Game is a mixture of 8 styles of Poker, I suppose it was a big fun for players to adapt to a different style every 6 minutes!
The tournament had 256 entrants, while 108 players won the tickets. It was slightly less than 50% chance to win a ticket, but players needed to show a lot of patience. Previously mentioned Team Pokerstars Pro player Frosty012 reached the final table and was eliminated in 5th place and got himself a 33$ SCOOP ticket.
After exactly 7 hours, the tournament was over. The top 3 winners are:
The next tournament was WBCOOP Event-7 6-Max NLHE in which I participated. From 507 Starting entrants I finished 316th. Considering the blinds were increasing every 15 minutes, it wasn't so bad. However, that was not enough for me, no one likes to leave empty handed, am I right?
Too bad that no Pokerstars Team Pro players participated in this tournament and no one won a bonus 22$ ticket. And only now I understood that I still have not sit on one table with a Pokerstars Pro player and have not got a chance to win a bonus ticket. I hope this will happen soon. Not only because of a ticket, but also for an experience to bust a Pokerstars Pro!
After nearly 6 hours the tournament was finished, and the winners were crowned:
Big congratulations to the winners, tomorrow is another day of WBCOOP series and I am going to take a part!
Best of luck and see you tomorrow!
3 More tournaments have ended and we have 3 more champions. I have not played in any of these three tournaments, but I will give a shoot in an event number 5. So let's take a look how those tournaments have ended.
WBCOOP EVENT NO-2 PLO 6-MAX. Started with 305 players and 108 players were awarded prizes, that is about one third of all entrants, what is quite a big chance to win something. Too bad there were no Pokerstars Team Pro players playing.
After five and a half hours, the tournament had ended and these three players have finished in top three positions:
WBCOOP EVENT NO-3 FL BADUGI had only 202 entrants, but it is no surprise, because some players are not that familiar with this type of poker. After nearly of 6 hours of intense play the tournament finished. I will provide the usernames of TOP 4 winners, because we have quite interesting names and also the prizes there quite different than usual.
As we see we have a first Team Pokerstars Pro winner and I am also happy to see a Lithuanian getting a major result as well.
WBCOOP EVENT NO-4 NLHE/PLO [TURBO]
This WBCOOP Tournament had 314 entrants and too bad that no Pokerstars Pro players were playing in it.
After only 2 and a half hour the tournament was over. Top 3 winners are listed below:
As we can see we have quite a few winners now. Players from Russian speaking countries are leading at the moment, but it is still not over. We should see the Leaderboard quite soon.
At the bottom of this post you will a list of the upcoming WBCOOP Tournaments. If you will see me (Wernestas) playing in any of them, don't forget to say Hi :)
Catch you later.
Today I played in a first WBCOOP Event-1 NL Holdem tournament. Late registration was quite long - 90 minutes and it had 422 Entrants. When I started the tournament, I did not pull any big bluffs, or anything major, however was happy with my play. I was really card dead, every time when I had a flush, my opponent had a full house, situations like that. However, I was not frustrated about it, it was just a variance. One time I was even down to 2000-2500 chips, when the average chip amount was just above 11,000 chips. But I quickly recovered back, and continued my normal play.
In one of the hands I managed to get a 7 card flush.
After that I was bluffing with Pocket fives, on a board where flush and full house were possible to have. However, my opponent called a raise on a river with just Queen high and I took the pot (have not expected to win it at all).
Nothing much happened for quite some time, for the most of the time I had slightly lower than average chip stack, when shoved my small stack with Kings. It was only one person left to act and BOOM, what I see - it is a pair of Aces I'm against. Of course I was thinking that that's where my play is going to end, flop did not bring anything, neither did turn, but BOOM again and this time I got a king on a river! This hand woke me up a little and even made me laugh.
While playing I have noticed a player macijauskas, who is from Lithuania, my home country. I was surprised of how he managed to become a tournament chip leader (With more than 100,000 chips), then quickly lost a half of his chip stack, then went down to about 20,000 chips and then eventually finished in a 120th place. Quickly after that Pokerstars Pro player and a friend of mine Dave Philip was eliminated in a 114th place.
At that time I was still in a tournament. During the tournament never had way above the average tournament chip stack, but was happy about my play, I was not too passive. It took some time to reach the money (tickets with the money value), and quickly after that two more Lithuanian players got bust. In total, with me included there were at least 4 Lithuanian players playing in a tournament. After that stage I have not built my stack up till the average size, but was happy when I was guaranteed to win at least an 11$ worth SCOOP tournament ticket. Blinds were increasing, had about 12,000 chips left, when the average was 70,000. I shoved with AJ and lost to AA (however, managed to catch a Jack ha ha). So, was out in a 56th place, what is a very nice result, especially when I have not played poker for quite a while. I have won an 11$ ticket without making any investment, thanks to Pokerstars and their WBCOOP promotion.
After slightly less than 9 hours the tournament was over.
The TOP 3 results are as follows:
Thank you for reading, next WBCOOP Tournament I am planning to play in is an Event Number 5 - NLHE Shootout.
So follow my blog, I will keep you updated.
Best of luck,
As the last year I am entering this year's World Blogger Championship of Online Poker 2013 (WBCOOP) competition (last year I finished first in votes).
To enter I need to share the best moment I had on Pokerstars. I think this is a very interesting topic, so without further delay I present to you - My Best Moment on Pokerstars!
I suppose many bloggers will write how they received their first Royal Flush or hit a one outer. Well mine is slightly different.
It was a time during one of Pokerstars Billionth Hand promotions. I was involved in Pokerstars Twitter promotion, where lucky participants could win expensive tournament tickets. Well, I have not won, but that's not what the story is about.
One of the tasks in that promotion was to play a hand against Pokerstars Pro and share the hand via Boomplayer. The Highest BB's I could play at that time were 0.10/0.20USD according to my bankroll. However, it was the last day to complete the mission and none of the Pokerstars players were playing low stakes games. I found Sirfreddy83 sitting on a 0.50/1USD BB's Table, that was way above my bankroll (it was all of it!). I told to myself: ''Ernest, you are going to do it, but be extremely cautious''. I sat down, it was the biggest cash game I was ever a part of. After a couple of folds and wins of small pots, I was dealt Q10 of hearts suited. A player to my right raised to 2.75$, because I had a mediocre hand and a chance to play against a Pokerstars Pro I called. I thought, if he does not have a trash hand, he might call because he was on a Big Blind, but he folded as everyone else did. We were left to play heads-up.
Pot 6.65$ and we saw a flop. It was 10, 10, 5, no hearts. I did not panic, my first thought was - TRAP HIM (Or Her)!
My opponent checked, I made a small raise of 2$, opponent called. The Turn - BOOM A Queen. ''Hallelujah Jesus I have the second nuts'', was my first thought! The pot was 10.50$ and I started to think of how to keep my opponent in a pot. My opponent checked, I raised to 4$, and to my surprise player re-raised to 10.75$. After that I made a three-bet to 17.50$ and player called. Last Card 7, made a diamond flush possible, but that did not affect me. Opponent bet 12$, I bet my last 17.75$ and my opponent called. Opponent shown a pair of Kings and mucked the hand, I collected the 78.50$ pot and doubled my bankroll in less than 5 minutes! This was my best in-game moment on Pokerstars.
* To see a hand on Boomplayer please go to: www.Boomplayer.com
Other great moments I had on Pokerstars:
* As mentioned, I was the first in votes in last year's WBCOOP competition and had dozens of supporters. Too bad that the votes did not matter. However, it was amazing to be mentioned on Pokerstars blog! (Original post: http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/wbcoop/2012/wbcoop-best-blogger-award-special-announ-091527.html).
* During the most recent WCOOP series, my funny email that was sent to Joe Stapleton, who was a host of Pokerstars WCOOP radio got me an amazing Pokerstars Jacket, which I only wear in special occasions!
This is the original email I have sent:
Dear Uncle Joe,
I am really really upset,
Because every time I catch a set,
I always get super super wet.
Don't get me wrong it is just a sweat.
So a Spade Hooded Jacket is my request.
To be honest I do not have any problems with sweating. I am always very calm in my daily life, while doing business or study work and of course playing poker.
Even Pokerstars Pro Dale Philip himself congratulated me with this win (see picture below).
Thank you very much for reading, make sure to follow my posts about the upcoming WBCOOP Tournaments!
See you soon,
Hey guys, it is been some time since my last post. The more you guys will get involved in commentating my posts, the shorter these breaks will be. Some awesome things happened, one of them was that I was involved in Pokerstars WCOOP Radio Promotion and won a Pokerstars Jacket which will reach me in two weeks! Also, I am currently having a break from poker so not playing a lot, just a couple of tournaments/SNGs per week. Need to concentrate on studies. Also, noticed that I am really good at Omaha finished first or second in 4 6-max tournaments in a row (did not play a fifth one that day).
Also, the biggest update is, that I have just started playing on Pokerstars.Fr. Really love this software and it looks different then the main Pokerstars one and I really like it. Need to verify a couple of documents before I start, but it is worth it. Also, will definitely participate in FCOOP Sattelites, will see how it will go.
That's it for now, please comment on my Facebook/Blog/Twitter, until the next time :)
Some things happened since the last time. Spent some time in a holiday resort, played basketball, but did not spend so much time playing poker. Now I am trying to catch up. I have managed to win a 55$ ticket from 115FPPs on Pokerstars and also had a couple of other achievements. But I want more, much more.
The next thing, I am mostly updating my Facebook, then Twitter, then this blog. If I need to write a long post or if I have an importatn picture to show, then I am posting here. Well, you guys should follow all of these. Also, I have started sharing my hands on Pokerstars BoomPlayer. I have already posted several on Twitter, but Facebook filter recognises it as spam, so does not allow it and I cannot post them. So simply visit the link to see some of the nice plays I have made http://www.boomplayer.com/poker-hands?search=wernestas
When the new hands on BoomPlayer will be available, I will post a message on Twitter so make sure you are following it or just visit the main page of this blog and on a right you will see my Twitter updates.
That's it for now, cheers!