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!