WCOOP action heats up as series winds down

Greg Raymer

The WCOOP is nearing the end of its impressive run. Players sensing their last chances to win a bracelet have been registering for the events in force, absolutely destroying some of the expected prize pool amounts.

Event 29

The last of the NLHE w/Rebuys tournaments took the stage with the $530 buy-in Event 29. Both attendance and aggression far surpassed Victor Ramdin, Alex Kravchenko, Steve Paul-Ambrose, Alexandre Gomes, Noah Boeken and Chris Moneymaker.

With Gavin Griffin busting in 164th place, only two Team PokerStars members made it into the money: Noah Boeken and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Grospellier went the deepest, finishing in 15th place (his sixth 2008 WCOOP finish in 15th or better).

After hours of intense action the final table shaped up with a rather tight spread of chips across the final six:

Seat 1: grunter321 $1,247,525
Seat 2: AceOfSpade11 $3,212,254
Seat 3: DuckU $3,000,127
Seat 4: PiKappRaider #2,442,144
Seat 5: isuckoutonu $1,305,742
Seat 6: Roothlus $1,508,208

After dominating play on the final table, PiKappRaider went into heads-up as the chip leader with almost double that of AceOfSpade11.

PiKappRaider $8,456,478
AceOfSpade11 $4,259,522

In only 10 minutes of play (and a five-minute break) PiKappRaider knocked out AceOfSpade11 in second place, taking home the $211k first prize and WCOOP bracelet.

Event 30

$1,050 buy-in PLO took the stage as 742 players registered to fight for their share of another massive prize pool. The action-heavy PLO tourney brought out many of the Team PokerStars pros, including Greg Raymer, Lee "LeeNelsonP*" Nelson, Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso, Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose, Andre "aakkari" Akkari, Marcin "Goral" Horecki and Vicky Coren.

Hoping to win a second WCOOP bracelet for PLO, Raymer was rolling along until near the bubble. After losing a large pot worth most of his chips, Raymer went to the rail in 118th, only 10 spots shy of the money.

Here's the finishing order for the event:

WCOOP Event 30 - $1,050 Pot-Limit Omaha
(based on three-way deal)

1. salamandra24 $97,291.28
2. u_dirty_dog $110,000
3. iggymcfly $106,203.72
4. potstabber10 $55,650
5. phatman $38,955
6. Tmay420 $31,535
7. DAVIDOXXX $24,115
8. Skjervøy $16,695
9. styroben33 $10,462.20

It may seem odd that the first-place finisher won less than did second and third place. With only three players left, the players made a deal to chop up most of the prize money according to chip stack size. salamandra24, being the shortest stack at the time, received the least amount of money.

Just after the deal was finalized, the current chip leader iggymcfly was eliminated in third, and salamandra24 went on to win the WCOOP bracelet.

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