Controversy over Fossilman WCOOP win

Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer won WCOOP Event 6 - $300 Pot-Limit Omaha.

He was disconnected on the final-table bubble and accused of cheating, but finally Greg Raymer managed to win the very dramatic Event 6 of the 2007 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The victory in the $300 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament gave Raymer $168,362.40 in prize money.

Greg Raymer's troubles started when there were 10 players remaining in the tournament. Fossilman had the chip lead when he suddenly lost his Internet connection, and disappeared from the action for about 20 minutes.

He was, however, still in a good position when the final table started, and while there he had some luck with the cards, hitting flushes to knock opponents out of the tournament on two separate occasions.

With four players left in WCOOP Event 6, a deal was discussed, but the chip leader at the time, O.Mustang, thought the proposition was unfair to him, and refused to accept it. Later on, Raymer revealed in the chat that he would have turned down the deal as well.

Play went on, and eventually Raymer and O.Mustang were heads-up. The real controversy started following a couple of big calls on the river from the Fossilman:

"do they tell u what I have," O.Mustang asked in the chat, most likely referring to Raymer's sponsorship deal with WCOOP host PokerStars.

"obv not," replied Raymer.

"how can u call," O.Mustang continued.

The PokerStars support staff entered the discussion and explained that "No one can see anyones [sic] hole cards during the hands", but that wasn't enough for O.Mustang, who kept complaining about the tournament being rigged.

A bit surprisingly, O.Mustang then asked Raymer if he wanted "to chop." "Not especially," replied Raymer.

The heated heads-up match lasted for about 15 minutes. In the last hand, the players were all-in on a flop with a lot of drawing possibilities, but it turned out that Fossilman's two pair of sevens and eights was enough to win the hand and the tournament.

Raymer had battled his way through a 772-person-strong starting field, and taken home the biggest Omaha win of his career. Fossilman got $168,362.40 for his efforts, while disgruntled runner-up O.Mustang had to settle for $97,022.40 - almost $3,000 less than the aformentioned deal would have given him.

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