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ECOOP Event #8 - NLHE $100+$9 (R) $250k Guaranteed

ECOOP Event #8 - NLHE $100+$9 (R) $250k Guaranteed 0001

The 8th Event at the European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP) took place on Friday 7th December at Titan Poker. An impressive 1485 players in total took part in this $100 + $9 No Limit Hold'em rebuy tournament. After $68,800 worth of rebuys and $49,200 worth of add-ons, the total tournament prize pool ended up being $266,500, more than the guarantee, and 150 players won prizes. The players battled it out for over 8 hrs, before the chip leader at the start of the final table, "Hikipinko", eventually triumphed, winning $55,965.00 and an ECOOP Bracelet.

Well done to the following players on making the final table, which began at just after 3am GMT.

Hikipinko 1,902,053.24
chompchompp 811,696.26
fhauggen 522,000
Maestro1979 450,654.50
Finmacul 444,907
Sioux29 419,008
walle1888 406,797
mvgto 323,760
Jolavi 283,624

The first decisive hand on the final table involved "Finmacul" raising 75,000 with {j-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} which was subsequently re-raised all-in by "Jolavi" with {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} and called all in by "mvgto" holding a big pocket pair {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. The flop came down {8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{k-Spades} which didn't help any of the three players involved. The turn {6-Diamonds} and river {3-Hearts} didn't improve anyone's hand and "mvgto" took the monster pot of 727,384, eliminating "Jolavi" in 9th place.

The next player to go was "Finmacul" whose {k-Hearts}{q-Spades} ran into "walle1888"'s {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}. After the blinds, the action was folded around to "walle1888" who raised 90,000 with his pocket kings, which was called by "Finmacul" in the big blind. The flop came down {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and "Finmacul" went all-in on a stone cold bluff, which was called by "walle1888". The turn and river failed to improve either hand and "walle1888" took down the pot of 664,814 to eliminate "Finmacul" in 8th place.

With the blinds up to 25,000/50,000, the next player to head for the rail was the short stacked "Maestro1979". With the action folded around to him after the blinds, "Maestro1979" moved all-in for his remaining 201,447.92 with {k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. He was called by the chip leader "walle1888" with {j-Spades}{a-Clubs} and everyone else folded, leaving these two to see the flop. The flop came down {q-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{a-Spades} giving "walle1888" the advantage, which was consolidated by the turn card {j-Hearts} giving him two pair. The river card {9-Spades} helped neither player and "Maestro1979" was eliminated in 7th place.

The next decisive hand also involved two players getting all their chips in the middle pre-flop. The first player to go all-in was the second shortest stack, "chompchompp" holding {a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} which was called all-in by "Hikipinko" from the small blind with {q-Diamonds}{a-Spades}. With "Hikipinko" dominating, the flop came down {k-Spades}{9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. With the turn and the river also not offering any relief for "chompchompp", "Hikipinko" took the million chip pot, eliminating "chompchompp" and installing "Hikipinko" as the new chip leader with five players remaining.

An extremely short stacked "mvgto" was the next player eliminated when all in pre-flop with {6-Spades}{q-Spades}. The call was made again by "Hikipinko" from the small blind with {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. The board showed {10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades} before the all important turn card {a-Clubs}. The river card was a blank for both players, giving "Hikipinko" the pot of another half a million chips and eliminating "mvgto" in 5th place.

The next hand which saw a player leave the table was a tussle between "Hikipinko" and "fhauggen", the shortest stack at the table and was also decided on pre-flop betting action. "Hikipinko" made an initial 150,000 raise with {j-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} and "fhauggen" went all in with {10-Hearts}{AH) "Hikipinko" called the all in and the {j-Clubs} on the flop followed by the {JS) on the turn ensured that "Hikipinko" took the spoils of nearly 2 million in chips and "fhauggen" bowed out of the contest in a very respectable 4th place.

The final three players remaining saw "Hikipinko" and ""walle1888" quite evenly matched on over two million in chips, with "Sioux29" the short stack with 978,016. Once again it was "Hikipinko" the aggressor who was responsible for the knock out to reach heads up. With "walle1888" folding before the flop, "Sioux29" raised 180,000 with {6-Clubs}{a-Hearts} only to be met by a huge all-in from "Hikipinko' with {10-Diamonds}{a-Spades} which then in turn caused "Sioux29", with so many chips already committed, to also go all-in. The flop came down {2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{k-Spades} giving "Hikipinko" a pair and the turn and river were blanks, meaning "Sioux29" was eliminated from the tournament in a creditable third place and the tournament had reached the heads up stage.

Going into the heads up, "Hikipinko" had a nearly 4-1 chip lead over his opponent "walle1888". As typical of the betting patterns in this tournament, the decisive hand was determined by pre-flop betting. "Hikipinko" raised 120,000 from the small blind with {2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and was re-raised all-in for more than a million chips by "walle1888" with {a-Hearts}{8-Spades}. "Hikipinko" called the all-in. The flop came down {2-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} giving "Hikipinko" trip 2's. The turn card was {k-Diamonds} and even the {a-Spades} on the river couldn't help "walle1888", meaning a hard fought tournament win and ECOOP bracelet for "Hikipinko".

Congratulations to the top three finishers, "Hikipinko", "walle1888" and "Sioux29" who received the following payouts:

Hikipinko $55,965.00
walle1888 $29,315.00
Sioux29 $21,320.00

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