Team PokerStars Pro was unstoppable on Day 5 of the 2012 WCOOP with George Danzer and Eugene Katchalov both winning tournaments.
Both Katchalov and Danzer are now two-time WCOOP winners with their first titles coming in the 2009 online series.
Surprisingly Katchalov and Danzer weren’t the only PokerStars Pros to go deep on Day 5 as reigning World Champion Pius Heinz came within two eliminations of taking down his first WCOOP event.
Check below for highlights from Day 5 of the 2012 PokerStars WCOOP:
Event 10: $320 No-Limit Hold’em Ante Up
George Danzer outlasted 1,367 players to win his second WCOOP title in the two-day $320 No-Limit Hold’em Ante Up event yesterday.
For those unfamiliar, Ante Up tournaments employ a fixed blind level throughout the entire tournament while the antes escalate rapidly. It requires a different strategy than regular No-Limit Hold’em.
The Ante Up format apparently has a lot of fans as Daniel Negreanu, Matthias de Meulder, George “Jorj95” Lind and Marcin “Goral” Horecki were amongst the numerous pros to buy into Event 10.
Day 2 began with just 16 players left and surprisingly Danzer was nearly dead last in the chip counts.
The German PokerStars pro battled back, however, and managed to grab a seat at the final table with a smaller stack.
Danzer, who won his first WCOOP event in 2009, built his stack up and would eventually beat mrAndreeew in a marathon heads-up match to secure the $69,717 first-place prize.
Suffice to say Danzer has been hot lately as he finished second in a bracelet event at the 2012 WSOP this summer.
Here are the complete final table payouts:
1. GeorgeDanzer - $69,717
2. mrAndreeew - $51,262
3. Thetz - $38,918
4. Ediguardo - $27,886
5. Ratajpoker - $20,299
6. Megaheiner - $16,198
8. $kill Game - $7,996
9. Huiiiiiiiiii - $4,429
Christian "el grillo" de Leon
Event 11: $215 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up
Canadian online player Stunnaf00 proved to be the ultimate heads-up victor after two days of one vs. one matches in Event 11.
A total of 2,159 players bought into the heads-up affair creating a prizepool of $431,800 with 256 places getting paid.
Some of the established players who cashed in Event 11 included recent WCOOP final table finisher Christian “el grillo” de Leon and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Stavros “IDOLLS” Kalfas.
The entire tournament eventually came down to Stunnaf00 versus Sweden’s Vichyn88. The pair quickly cut a deal that would see them play the last match for $5,000.
Stunnaf00 may have had second thoughts about the deal as it only took him four hands to eliminate Vychyn88.
Here are the final eight results in Event 11 (*reflects a heads-up deal):
1. Stunnaf00 - $58,634
2. Vichyn88 - $53,634
3. Levinhostar - $23,749
4. Moern - $23,749
5. Gry Dilling - $11,874
6. FlawlessMind - $11,874
7. Snakefoxes - $11,874
8. Jliberta146 - $11,874
Event 12: $215 6-Max Omaha-8 [1R1A]
Omaha Hi-Lo is certainly not No-Limit Hold’em but Event 12 still managed to attract an impressive field of 555 players.
Once rebuys and add-ons were factored into the equation, the tournament offered a total prizepool $225,000.
That was more than enough incentive for pros Adrienne “talon chick” Rowsome, Martin Staszko, Alex Kravchenko, Anders “Donald” Berg, Daniel Negreanu and Marcin Horecki who all played the event.
Eugene Katchalov made a deep run the tournament but eventually hit the rail in 48th place. Don’t feel too bad for Katchalov, however, as he went on to win Event 14 outright later that day (check below for details).
Norway’s mikal12345 entered the final table as one of the middle stacks but quickly exerted his control over the situation.
Mikal12345 beat karolinaD heads-up to win the first-place prize for $43,396 with no deal needed.
Here are the final table results for Event 12:
1. mikal12345 - $43,396
2. karolinaD - $31,976
3. TheCart3r - $23,411
4. ~Peeranha~ - $15,988
5. Slavik_Krs - $11,420
6. Krasavchik33 - $7,308
Pius Heinz made the final table of Event 14
Event 14: $215 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo
Tournament crusher Eugene Katchalov beat out 655 players to win his second WCOOP title in Event 14: $215 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo.
Incredibly Katchalov wasn’t even the only Team PokerStars Pro at the final table of Event 14 as 2011 WSOP Main Event winner Pius Heinz was in third place when the final eight was set.
Heinz was also looking for his first WCOOP bracelet and put on a valiant effort before finally being eliminated in third place when his two-pair was beaten by trollringen’s better two-pair.
The German earned $13,100 for his efforts, which is well shy of his $8.7 million score last year, but he’ll take it.
Katchalov was running hot at this point and entered heads-up play with 1.7 million chips to trollringen’s 1.5 million.
In the early stages of heads-up Katchalov hit a nine-high straight and took down a huge pot from trollringen.
Trollringen started to bleed chips and it didn’t take much longer for Katchalov to land the knockout blow.
With no deals in place, Katchalov took down the whole $24,588 first-place prize and become the second Team PokerStars Pro of the 2012 WCOOP to win a bracelet.
Here's a look at the final table payouts:
1. Eugene Katchalov - $24,588
2. Trollringen - $17,685
3. Pius Heinz - $13,100
4. Lennart - $9,825
5. Gjeddekongen - $6,550
6. LadyDoDo91 - $4,585
7. TkalexV - $2,947
8. Joeyspanne88 - $1,965
Ongoing WCOOP Events
Event 13: $530 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Knockout Day 2
WCOOP Events Starting Today
11:00 ET – WCOOP-15 $215 Pot-Limit Omaha [6-Max]
- $215 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed
14:00 ET – WCOOP-16 $215 Single Draw 2-7
- $215 buy-in $50,000 guaranteed
17:00 ET – WCOOP-17 $320 No-Limit Hold’em
- $320 buy-in $400,000 guaranteed
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