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Event 15 of the PokerStars WCOOP 2008 was the first of two no-limit hold’em heads up shootouts on the schedule.  It’s a pretty simple process, you play your opponent 1 on 1, then win, play another opponent and win, and keep moving up until you are the champion.  Of course, it sounds a lot easier than it actually is!

PokerStars set the guarantee at $500,000, which would account for about 1,666 entries with the $320 buy-in.  But just like every single other event so far this series, the guarantee was destroyed when 2,048 people registered increasing the prize pool to $614,400.  This meant 256 places would be paid, and the eventual winner would take home over $104,000.

Quite obviously, in order to beat out 2,043 other players you have to be good at heads up poker.  However, you have to be more than just good, you have to have luck on your side.  With that many entrants, it takes winning 10 matches in a row before the final battle.  Any good poker player would tell you it would take skill and luck to accomplish this feat.

There were many bad beats, nice laydowns, suckouts, and rivers hit for the final 2 players, who sat alone, each with 4,096,000 chips.  This final epic battle was between HuxFluxen and pandaCHAN12.  Immediately after the first hand was dealt, both players were calling for a manager.  It seems the $55k for the runner up and $104k for the champion was too steep to play for.  To reduce some variance and make their experience that much better, they cut a deal.  The runner up would win $70k and the winner would take home just under $90k.  Even though the deal was made, this was still a $20,000 heads up match, neither player took it lightly.

After the deal was done, the players were ready.   The blinds were started at 10,240/20,480, so the match was 200 bbs deep.  Every 15 mins the blinds would escalate, but this was a good structure for a heads up tournament. Many action players prefer heads up poker because that’s exactly what it is, action action action.  It’s 1 on 1, not 1 on 8.  You have to play more hands and get into more spots, great for any action junkie!

After about 30 minutes of play, HuxFluxen and pandaCHAN12 each took their turns holding the chip lead.  However,  HuxFluxen started to gain more momentum, and eventually had a 3:1 chip lead.  In the final hand, HuxFluxen raised preflop and was called by pandaCHAN12.  On the flop of 6s Td 5s, pandaCHAN12 checked and HuxFluxen bet 122,880, which was check-raised up to 368,000 by pandaCHAN12.  After some though HuxFluxen moved all-in with Qs3s for a flush draw and was quickly called by panda with KdTc and top pair.  Things would turn around if panda could fade a spade or queen.  However, the turn was the Ts which gave Hux the flush, but panda two pair.  The river blanked the Ah and the 8,192,000 chips were all moved to HuxFluxen.  pandaCHAN12 collected $70k for his runner up finish and HuxFluxen won the WCOOP bracelet and $89,744!

Congratulations to HuxFluxen, and everyone else who finish in the money in Event 15 of the WCOOP 2008:

Place      Player      Country      Payout
1     HuxfluxenWCOOP Sweden     $89,744.00
2     pandaCHAN12     Ireland     $70,000.00
3     Benba     United States     $33,792.00
4     IFiNishfish     Finland     $33,792.00
5     Lucarelli     Israel     $16,896.00
6     pokerjamers     United States     $16,896.00
7     sqmpork     Sweden     $16,896.00
8     evilly     United Kingdom     $16,896.00
9     donflun     United States     $5,529.60
10     SpaceyFCB     Belgium     $5,529.60
11     phiIter     Norway     $5,529.60
12     cpfactor     United States     $5,529.60
13     DATZWUSSUP     United States     $5,529.60
14     sw23     United States     $5,529.60
15     lennart     Sweden     $5,529.60
16     troppa     Norway     $5,529.60
17     Break-Necks     Canada     $3,686.40
18     AreTheseUtz     United States     $3,686.40
19     Misfit2005     United States     $3,686.40
20     JustJackDK     Denmark     $3,686.40
21     ILuvAntonius     United States     $3,686.40
22     Ceballos231     France     $3,686.40
23     ilir3     Canada     $3,686.40
24     MPK_ReaVer     Norway     $3,686.40
25     jellycz     Czech Republic     $3,686.40
26     Asul     Romania     $3,686.40
27     D1Nozzo     Germany     $3,686.40
28     $NaUd$     Canada     $3,686.40
29     Craps4Dinner     United States     $3,686.40
30     redeye3030     United States     $3,686.40
31     AceOfSpade11     France     $3,686.40
32     Pokerkong1     Norway     $3,686.40
33     FF_81     France     $1,843.20
34     bdubs3737     United States     $1,843.20
35     EyeScreamMan     United States     $1,843.20
36     xSCWx     United States     $1,843.20
37     potstabber10     United States     $1,843.20
38     McShove     United States     $1,843.20
39     Salty_Nutz85     Canada     $1,843.20
40     bambache     Romania     $1,843.20
41     Magnus888     Norway     $1,843.20
42     CCF20     Netherlands     $1,843.20
43     zmeyer     United States     $1,843.20
44     teekki     Finland     $1,843.20
45     DWare94     United States     $1,843.20
46     Str8$$$Homey     Canada     $1,843.20
47     ucftennis12     United States     $1,843.20
48     Ken Eric     Norway     $1,843.20
49     austinlewis     United States     $1,843.20
50     Kenny Rap     United States     $1,843.20
51     Lacertin     Germany     $1,843.20
52     joinin     United States     $1,843.20
53     Sankronizer     Sweden     $1,843.20
54     zangbezan24     Canada     $1,843.20
55     dw2006     United States     $1,843.20
56     mekkas     Portugal     $1,843.20
57     Wakeboarrder     United States     $1,843.20
58     Arnesen     Norway     $1,843.20
59     SkillVille     United States     $1,843.20
60     iecavniex     Latvia     $1,843.20
61     alchiani     Italy     $1,843.20
62     Tomif gsd     Hungary     $1,843.20
63     djalminha     Spain     $1,843.20
64     Wodgoat     Australia     $1,843.20
65     mulinator     United States     $1,228.80
66     zinzidane10     Canada     $1,228.80
67     smeggi     Norway     $1,228.80
68     buck21     Canada     $1,228.80
69     cjwren45     United States     $1,228.80
70     stackpatrol     Canada     $1,228.80
71     Empire2000     United States     $1,228.80
72     im12yearsOLD     United States     $1,228.80
73     slavoy     Poland     $1,228.80
74     Crispy86     United States     $1,228.80
75     copi     Austria     $1,228.80
76     EasyPots     Denmark     $1,228.80
77     ocropTi     Germany     $1,228.80
78     drood     Canada     $1,228.80
79     Carbon11     United States     $1,228.80
80     wuutti     Finland     $1,228.80
81     bukkwildh     Estonia     $1,228.80
82     Patrolman35     United States     $1,228.80
83     kose16     Germany     $1,228.80
84     johndif     France     $1,228.80
85     HighHeat33     United States     $1,228.80
86     Pimoss87     Netherlands     $1,228.80
87     Dantès13     United States     $1,228.80
88     Tmay420     United States     $1,228.80
89     marroca5     Colombia     $1,228.80
90     WheresMyRoll     United States     $1,228.80
91     LiNNi81     Norway     $1,228.80
92     btvedt     Norway     $1,228.80
93     jeff710     Canada     $1,228.80
94     McMang     Sweden     $1,228.80
95     highroll123     United States     $1,228.80
96     lasalchicha     United Kingdom     $1,228.80
97     Hyves     Sweden     $1,228.80
98     supermario70     Austria     $1,228.80
99     Hot Blonde     Australia     $1,228.80
100     johnnyvero     United States     $1,228.80
101     JP OSU     United States     $1,228.80
102     SM4RTASS     Netherlands     $1,228.80
103     nCall,urGOOD     United States     $1,228.80
104     Teobaldo     Brazil     $1,228.80
105     KidPoker     United States     $1,228.80
106     Redimps3000     Denmark     $1,228.80
107     Fidoo     Denmark     $1,228.80
108     jacksup     United States     $1,228.80
109     $kill Game     United States     $1,228.80
110     RyPac13     United States     $1,228.80
111     johnny1430     United States     $1,228.80
112     beanie35     United States     $1,228.80
113     Choicest     Canada     $1,228.80
114     Draethen     Canada     $1,228.80
115     whollyflush     United Kingdom     $1,228.80
116     Little Kraut     United States     $1,228.80
117     nyquilholic     United States     $1,228.80
118     rolonrolon     United States     $1,228.80
119     TIJO     Costa Rica     $1,228.80
120     Hoo34sier     United States     $1,228.80
121     MOSANKINGI     Finland     $1,228.80
122     RiskStar     Norway     $1,228.80
123     EL-Irish     United States     $1,228.80
124     bnxr     Italy     $1,228.80
125     Displeased     Sweden     $1,228.80
126     SikaTrx     Canada     $1,228.80
127     hestekjeften     Norway     $1,228.80
128     Rompelukt     Norway     $1,228.80
129     lassemand     Denmark     $614.40
130     chopra     Norway     $614.40
131     Lindk25     Denmark     $614.40
132     Zalk     Sweden     $614.40
133     rocha911     Canada     $614.40
134     Tonimonntana     Germany     $614.40
135     R0GEREL     Belgium     $614.40
136     adamoos     United States     $614.40
137     IWNTCHUMLUVN     United States     $614.40
138     bigegypt     United States     $614.40
139     torkolort1     Norway     $614.40
140     l337O     United Kingdom     $614.40
141     cocosbeen     Netherlands     $614.40
142     plasticard     Sweden     $614.40
143     xlogic     Poland     $614.40
144     bigpman8     United States     $614.40
145     vegan213     United States     $614.40
146     KevinV     Netherlands     $614.40
147     Punty     Australia     $614.40
148     MrGuggenheim     Sweden     $614.40
149     Cippino1     Italy     $614.40
150     DBL_J_22     United States     $614.40
151     cmg1028     United States     $614.40
152     gabriel171     Brazil     $614.40
153     fizzmon     United States     $614.40
154     Dimoni     Spain     $614.40
155     ramco     United Kingdom     $614.40
156     mass.mike     United States     $614.40
157     HEMIpowerSWT     United States     $614.40
158     YRWTHMELTHR     Canada     $614.40
159     timmy720     United States     $614.40
160     7thChakra     United States     $614.40
161     wobbly_au     Australia     $614.40
162     snake8484     Canada     $614.40
163     Sage Phantom     United States     $614.40
164     WATnlos     Germany     $614.40
165     31PokerGod31     Romania     $614.40
166     BigBossman1     United States     $614.40
167     theNorfman     Canada     $614.40
168     Luxembourg     Luxembourg     $614.40
169     Balla-B13     United States     $614.40
170     The Camel     United Kingdom     $614.40
171     ICuRaRook     United States     $614.40
172     PoPeRs     Canada     $614.40
173     jrss1322psu     United States     $614.40
174     HundoFight     United States     $614.40
175     10Gunman     Norway     $614.40
176     sexygee     United Kingdom     $614.40
177     lucky_aces08     United States     $614.40
178     Kaito1989     Germany     $614.40
179     Sizo     Norway     $614.40
180     supameng     United States     $614.40
181     taqtiX     Iceland     $614.40
182     Shorthead     United Kingdom     $614.40
183     LeeNelsonP*     New Zealand     $614.40
184     grasdal     Norway     $614.40
185     r0bi25     United States     $614.40
186     Halozination     Germany     $614.40
187     themerkman     United States     $614.40
188     Halfrek     Denmark     $614.40
189     andersmeli     Norway     $614.40
190     Dr Dave15     Canada     $614.40
191     StorPike     Sweden     $614.40
192     Mr.Buster     Iceland     $614.40
193     drgeniusus     Germany     $614.40
194     PerPer     Denmark     $614.40
195     micide     Germany     $614.40
196     obywatel_g     Poland     $614.40
197     chapz805     United States     $614.40
198     Highpothead     United States     $614.40
199     $ulle$     Norway     $614.40
200     AAKKQ     Canada     $614.40
201     graybone     United States     $614.40
202     maxteam     United States     $614.40
203     PrtyPsux     United States     $614.40
204     Miss Pretty     United States     $614.40
205     Tehp     United States     $614.40
206     beastmode315     United States     $614.40
207     JCastle     United States     $614.40
208     La_Alvarado     Argentina     $614.40
209     brainwash     United States     $614.40
210     ide1     Finland     $614.40
211     bandit80     United States     $614.40
212     oldschool043     United States     $614.40
213     Drewmac1     United Kingdom     $614.40
214     mcdubb     Canada     $614.40
215     Bruut99     Netherlands     $614.40
216     1LUCKYBOX     United States     $614.40
217     Goonasabi     United States     $614.40
218     mstrminding     United Kingdom     $614.40
219     MickBt23     United States     $614.40
220     yogo03     Hungary     $614.40
221     Lenny     United States     $614.40
222     cthiry     Luxembourg     $614.40
223     imashokU     United States     $614.40
224     Adonis112     United States     $614.40
225     aww96     United States     $614.40
226     josephozzz     Australia     $614.40
227     ozenc     Netherlands     $614.40
228     lud69     France     $614.40
229     TiltHappens     United States     $614.40
230     AngeL_fH     Brazil     $614.40
231     ryanmack91     Canada     $614.40
232     simple math     United States     $614.40
233     ~US&Co~     Ukraine     $614.40
234     brehmer     United States     $614.40
235     lp_SakiSaki     Sweden     $614.40
236     kalamitsis     Greece     $614.40
237     Shacky23     Canada     $614.40
238     Jarfish     Canada     $614.40
239     aftershock15     United States     $614.40
240     iamhiv     United States     $614.40
241     majskolv     Sweden     $614.40
242     bloodytiger     Thailand     $614.40
243     LolotheBunny     United States     $614.40
244     dl184     United Kingdom     $614.40
245     dejf78     Poland     $614.40
246     Shahin86     Sweden     $614.40
247     tallälailla     Finland     $614.40
248     GrKose     Ukraine     $614.40
249     dpdragon     United States     $614.40
250     intervntion     India     $614.40
251     t2h2h     Netherlands     $614.40
252     I_RAISE_$21     United States     $614.40
253     WiscoMurray     United States     $614.40
254     allinstevie     United Kingdom     $614.40
255     MOOKIO     Netherlands     $614.40
256     Gabfield     Canada     $614.40