When the 2012 PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker was announced poker players and fans around the world looked down the schedule and stopped at Event #22. This particular event was the $10,300 No Limit Hold'em High Roller and was sure to attract the cream of the internet poker crop; and attract them it did.
By the time registration had closed there were 297 of the world's best poker players in their virtual seats all vying for a slice of the $2,970,000 prize pool they had helped to create. Only 45 of the starters would make it into the money places, making 46th place one of the worst finishing positions in online poker this year. Unfortunately for one of the 297 runners someone had to become the 46th place finisher and that someone was Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck.
Wahlbeck's demise meant everyone ellse who has chips in front of them had locked up at least $17,820 for their efforts and were one step closer to the massive $574,695 first place prize. Some of the players who made it into the money places but just short of the final table included Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O'Dwyer (45th), Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron (42nd), Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu (37th), Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney (33rd), Elio “smokrokflock” Fox (25th), Marc “dean23price” Wright (22nd), Steve “gboro780” Gross (21st) and Johan “”busto_soon” Van Til (12th). As you can see from the players mentioned the calibre of the entrants was nothing short of phenomenal.
The final table was extremely tough too with the likes of Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver, Matt “ch0ppy” Kay, Darren “darrenelias” Elias and Jonathan “MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis all present and correct. As the nine-handed finale got under way the players lined up as follows:
As you can see Paul “Paolo69” Foltyn was rather short a but found pocket kings, which held against to double up right off the bat. One by one the players fell by the wayside and with each elimination the chances of a British winner in this event went up. But then, whilst five-handed, disaster struck and the Poker Gods laughed in Foltyn's face.
Sykoen opened to 28,000 from the button, Folytn three-bet to 78,000 from the small blind only to see Shhh00kem four-bet all-in for 336,414 in total. Sykoen got out of the way but our hero called and the cards were revealed for all to see.
Foltyn was a significant favourite to double up but all of that changed as the flop came down gifting Shhh00kem trip tens. He improved to a full house when the landed on the turn and when the river was the the 700,000 pot was slid to Shhh00kem and Folytn was left with 260,000 chips.
Sykoen busted at the hands of Shhh00kem shortly after and then Foltyn's tournament also came to an abrupt end. Down to just over 240,000 chips (around 10 bigs), Foltun open-shoved from the small blind with and was snapped off by Shhh00kem with . Foltyn stayed ahead on the turn but fell behind when the made an appearance on the turn. The river completed the hand and ended Folytn's remarkable run in fourth place, a finish that netted him a career best $245,025.
Along with a shedload of cash, Foltyn also picked up over 750 points in the PocketFives.com rankings and will surely be in the top 10 places when we compile our weekly round-up. Congratulations / commiserations to Foltyn on his superb run. Onto the next one.
WCOOP Event #22 Final Table Results