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Friday night was another big night for the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker hosted by PokerStars. Three big events, including Event #23, a $300+$20 NL Freeze-Out, kicked off a big weekend for the tournament series. Event 23 was merely a $300,000 guaranteed tournament; however, over 2,600 players entered, creating an $802,800 prize pool! Entering the final table 9 relatively unknown players (along with host Hevad “RainKhan” Khan) were battling it out for a first place check of $126,441.01:

Seat 1: Moneyball16 (2898225 in chips)
Seat 2: arioli (586849 in chips)
Seat 3: Raidan909 (1410756 in chips)
Seat 4: B-scrubs101 (454150 in chips)
Seat 5: Str8$$$Homey (2067491 in chips)
Seat 6: yayaya (477184 in chips)
Seat 7: Beto77709 (1969306 in chips)
Seat 8: dhg77gg (1608271 in chips)
Seat 9: IntheRED X2 (1907768 in chips)

“Moneyball16” came into the final table with nearly a million chip lead over 2nd place “Str8$$$Homey”. Those chip leads proved to be quite useful, as the two biggest final table stacks made it all the way down to heads-up play.  The tournament ended rather abruptly, as it took only 10 minutes to go from 4-handed play to the finish line. Below are the last three bust-out hands, heads-up stacks, and payouts.  Congratulations goes to the final 9 and the other 387 players who made the money in WCOOP Event #23!

Seat 1: Moneyball16 (2807499 in chips)
Seat 5: Str8$$$Homey (7498227 in chips)
Seat 6: yayaya (901236 in chips)
Seat 9: IntheRED X2 (2173038 in chips)
IntheRED X2: posts the ante 17500
Str8$$$Homey: posts small blind 70000
yayaya: posts big blind 140000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
IntheRED X2: folds
Moneyball16: folds
Str8$$$Homey: raises 7340727 to 7480727 and is all-in
yayaya: calls 743736 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (6596991) returned to Str8$$$Homey
*** FLOP *** [Qc 8h 8s]
*** TURN *** [Qc 8h 8s] [7d]
*** RIVER *** [Qc 8h 8s 7d] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Str8$$$Homey: shows [9s 6d] (a straight, Six to Ten)
yayaya: shows [Ah 9h] (a pair of Eights)
Str8$$$Homey collected 1837472 from pot

Seat 1: Moneyball16 (2789999 in chips)
Seat 5: Str8$$$Homey (8959463 in chips)
Seat 9: IntheRED X2 (1630538 in chips)
IntheRED X2: posts small blind 70000
Moneyball16: posts big blind 140000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Str8$$$Homey: raises 160000 to 300000
IntheRED X2: raises 1313038 to 1613038 and is all-in
Moneyball16: folds
Str8$$$Homey: calls 1313038
*** FLOP *** [Th Ts Qc]
*** TURN *** [Th Ts Qc] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [Th Ts Qc 9s] [9c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
IntheRED X2: shows [7s 7h] (two pair, Tens and Nines)
Str8$$$Homey: shows [Kd Qh] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
Str8$$$Homey collected 3418576 from pot

Seat 1: Moneyball16 (2632499 in chips)
Seat 5: Str8$$$Homey (10747501 in chips)

Seat 1: Moneyball16 (3314999 in chips)
Seat 5: Str8$$$Homey (10065001 in chips)
Str8$$$Homey: posts small blind 70000
Moneyball16: posts big blind 140000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Str8$$$Homey: raises 140000 to 280000
Moneyball16: raises 3017499 to 3297499 and is all-in
Str8$$$Homey: calls 3017499
*** FLOP *** [Tc 8s 9c]
*** TURN *** [Tc 8s 9c] [7h]
*** RIVER *** [Tc 8s 9c 7h] [8d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Moneyball16: shows [Kc Th] (two pair, Tens and Eights)
Str8$$$Homey: shows [Kd Jc] (a straight, Seven to Jack)
Str8$$$Homey collected 6629998 from pot

WCOOP Event #23 $300k Guaranteed
2,676 Entrants; $802,800 prize pool

1. Str8$$$Homey $126,441.01
2. Moneyball16 $94,329.01
3. IntheRED X2 $67,435.21
4. yayaya $46,161.01
5. Beto77709 $34,921.81
6. dhg77gg $26,893.81
7. Raidan909 $18,865.81
8. B-Scrubs101 $10,853.86
9. arioli $6,823.81