Despite the lack of Germans, it was still a difficult final table at the 8-Game High Roller which featured Luke ‘lb6121’ Schwartz, Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins, and a trio of SCOOP winners. German cardslingers have been obliterating the high-roller scene both in the live arena and the online realm. It was utterly surprising that the final table lacked some familiar German names. Instead, we witnessed two former super powers — Sweden and Brazil — slug it out for mixed-game, high-balling supremacy. It seems like every couple of years, a new wave of players from a specific country takes a turn at dominating the poker landscape. At the apex of the online poker boom in the mid-aughts, the top Swedish pros were among the premier online players in the world. At the start of the 2010s, the poker boom had reached South America, and the Brazilians emerged as the next group of players to be reckoned with. Just last Spring, the Brazilians dominated 2016 SCOOP during a winning frenzy that Stephen Bartley dubbed the Brazilian Storm.
Over the last two years, the Germans threw a wrinkle into the global scene as they life-hacked the tournament game. Fedor Holz won so much money that he retired… while still in in his early 20s. For something completely different, the Germans took a back seat and sat on the sidelines while Brazil and Sweden battled heads-up for the 8-Game High Roller crown.
Sweden’s compris waited until Triple Draw to launch an unstoppable assault. compris rallied from behind to defeat Brazilian pro Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins heads-up to win Event #75-H. compris banked $247,975.00 in cash for the win. Earlier this year, compris won a SCOOP NL event for a $320K score. The latest victory in WCOOP Event #75-H marked at least 2 COOP titles for the Swede. compris is now only a TCOOP win away from the elusive Triple COOP.
Like most high roller affairs, the brightest stars in poker flocked to 2017 WCOOP Event #74-H $10,300 8-Game. The last biggest buy-in mixed-game event on the WCOOP slate attracted 60 runners, who added an additional 31 re-entries for a total of 91 entries. The total prize pool ballooned to $910,000. Only the top 12 places got a cut of the prize money with the winner banking nearly a quarter million.
Finland’s villepn busted on the money bubble in unlucky 13th place. Among those fortunate dozen who cashed in the High Roller… Apotheosis92 (12th place), omaha4rollz (11th place), MUSTAFABET (10th place), Kekkhou (9th place), hotmark777 (8th place), and Isildur1 (7th place).
WCOOP Event #75-H – Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: theNERDguy (936,106)
Seat 2: lb6121 (164,168)
Seat 3: RuNGodlike (1,293,723)
Seat 4: Antonio7 (783,542)
Seat 5: ShipitFTW911 (167,322)
Seat 6: compris (1,178,889)
Going into the final table, RunGodlike and compris held the two big stacks. Meanwhile, ShipitFTW911 and lb6121 struggled with a short stack.
As expected the final table for the High Roller was stacked with talent, including 5 SCOOP winners, a Sunday Million winner, and 1 WCOOP champ. Luke ‘lb6121’ Schwartz won 5 SCOOPs and binked the Sunday Million last summer. LAPT8 champion Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins won a WCOOP in 2015. Also winning SCOOPs… Antonio7 won a SCOOP in 2017, RunGodlike won a SCOOP in 2016, and compris won a SCOOP in 2017.
BRICK CITY: ShipitFTW911 eliminated in 6th place
Short-stacked ShipitFTW911 was the first player to exit the final table. ShipitFTW911 avoided a couple of eliminations and doubled up to stay alive during Omaha Hi/Lo. However, it was Razz that sunk ShipitFTW911’s ship.
ShipitFTW911 had an enticing 2-3-4 on third street and got it all-in against compris. Things got even groovier on 4th street with an Ace. If you play enough Razz, you know what could happen when you start out with a perfect A-2-3-4. The worst possible scenario is utter disaster. ShipitFTW911 lived out a nightmare and bricked out on 5th street, 6th street, and 7th street. The Ace on the river was particularly brutal. ShipitFTW911 finished with A-2-3-4-Q-10-A and lost with A-2-3-4-10 against compris’ 8-4-5-5-J-9-3 or 3-4-5-8-9 low. For a sixth-place finish, ShipitFTW911 earned $47,775.00.
KINGS CRACKED: Antonio7 eliminated in 5th place
During a round of Stud Hi/Lo, Antonio7 lost a sizable pot with Kings and nines versus theNERDguy’s Aces and sevens. Antonio7 slipped under 177K after that loss, while theNERDguy padded his chip lead. A couple of hands soon after, theNERDguy put away Antonio7 for good. Antonio7 got it all-in on fifth street with K♥K♦/10♦6♣8♦ versus theNERDguy’s 7♦3♠/5♠5♥4♣. Antonio7 finished up with K♥K♦10♦6♣8♦6♣8♦ and made a final stand with Kings. theNERDguy improved to two pair on sixth street and finished up with 7♦3♠5♠5♥4♣4♥10♠. Without a qualifying low, theNERDguy won with two pair against Antonio7’s pair of Kings. For a fifth-place finish, Antonio7 took home $63,700.00
With four left in the hunt, theNERDguy chipped up to 1.8M. Meanwhile, lb6121 was the new short stack with 720K.
BROKEN DREAMS DOWN TRIPLE DRAW BOULEVARD: lb6121 eliminated in 4th place
With four to go, compris challenged theNERDguy for the lead. By Triple Draw, the top three stacks evened out. All three held approximately 1.2M, while lb6121 was the clear cut shorty. During Triple Draw, lb6121 incurred a big hit against theNERDguy losing with 9-7-4-3-2 to his 8-7-4-3-2. lb6121 slipped under 200K and struggled to keep his head above water the remainder of the round.
During old-school limit hold’em, lb6121 hoped his luck would change, but his stack was hovering around 160K and getting thinner and thinner with every orbit. lb6121 was down to 100K when he made a final stand with King-rag against RunGodlike’s Ace-Jack. RunGodlike dragged the pot with a Jack-high straight. Luke ‘lb6121’ Schwartz was picked off in fourth place. He earned $86,450.00 for fourth place.
With three remaining, compris chipped up to 2.5M (mostly after cracking RunGodlike’s Kings with Queens). RunGodlike was second with 1.1M, followed by theNERDguy’s 925K.
LOOSEY RAZZ, BUSTO BY STUD: RunGodlike eliminated in 3rd place
RunGodlike lost half of his stack during a very loosey goosey round of Razz. He was the shorty going into Stud. During a round of Stud, he was all-in on sixth street with 3♥6♠/6♦Q♠A♥4♦ vs. compris’ 8♣J♠/8♦K♥2♠J♣. RunGodlike trailed with sixes. compris rivered a deuce to win the hand with Jacks and deuces. RunGodlike missed on the river. For a third-place finish, RunGodlike took home a six-figure payday worth $127,400.00.
HEADS-UP: theNERDguy (Brazil) vs. compris (Sweden)
SEAT 1: theNERDguy (1,420,042)
SEAT 6: compris (3,098,958)
With two to go, compris held a 2 to 1 edge. theNERDguy would launch a quick strike to pull even during Stud 8. Neither player could make up any sizable ground during PLO. The action returned to the top of the list with Triple Draw. That’s where we saw fireworks.
SHIP IT TO SWEDEN: theNERDguy eliminated in 2nd place; compris wins Event #75-H!
Triple Draw was where theNERDguy lost his cookies. At the end of PLO, theNERDguy held a slight lead 2.3M to 2.1M. But that’s as high as he’d get. compris dominated Triple Draw and went to work as soon as the level changed. compris won decisive hand with 8-6-5-4-2. compris was pat and theNERDguy could not catch up. compris took the lead on that hand and a mini-rush pushed compris over 3.2M. At that juncture, theNERDguy trailed 2 to 1 in chips and needed help if he wanted to survive the level and make it to Limit Hold’em. theNERDguy attempted to bluff at a pot, but compris picked him off with 8-7-6-4-2. theNERDguy was in deep trouble and down to 180K. He tried to double up, but he could not stave off elimination against the unstoppable compris.
On the final hand… going into the second draw, theNERDguy pulled 6-5-4-3-2 and had to discard the 6 on the third draw. On the final draw, theNERDguy pulled a King. The King-5-4-3-2 low was not going to beat compris’ better low of Jack-10-7-6-3. comrpis pulled off the comeback to win the pot and the tournament.
Brazil’s theNERDguy a.k.a. Yuri Martins banked a runner-up prize worth $166,075.00.
Congrats to compris for winning the High Roller! Event #75-H paid out a first-place prize worth $166,075.00. This win marked at least 2 COOPs for Sweden’s compris, who shipped a SCOOP earlier this year.
WCOOP-75-H: $75-H $10,800 8-Game [High Roller]
Entries: 91 (60 entries; 31 re-entries)
Prize pool: $910,000
Places paid: 12
1. compris (Sweden) $247,975.00
2. Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins (Brazil) $166,075.00
3. RunGodlike (U.K) $127,400.00
4. Luke ‘lb6121’ Schwartz (U.K.) $86,450.00
5. Antonio7 (Canada) $63,700.00
6. ShipitFTW911 (Sweden) $47,775.00
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Pauly McGuire is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.