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Do you remember Men In Black? Specifially, when Will Smith asked the officer why the lot were summoned, the officer replied: “Well, because you are the best of the best of the best!” This expression truly applies to last night’s event, the 2009 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker event #10: $10,300 High Rollers.
Why so many superlatives? Well, take a gander at some of tonight’s players, which inluded Skilled_Sox, Iftarii, Stevie444, busto_soon, JC Alvarado, LadyMaverick, Money800, JoeHachem, Peter Eastgate, apestyles, pearljammer, Deldar182, SirWatts, shaundeeb, ElkY, ZeeJustin, t soprano, Roothlus, p3achy_keen, stevejpa, Enassigned, AJKHoosier1, SCTrojans. A truly veritable smorgasboard of online poker’s who’s who.   This tournament was extremely deepstacked and had very slow moving blinds, and the final table bubble alone lasted more than an hour.
The 2009 WCOOP Event #10 was hosted by Vanessa Rousso and also her husband and fellow PokerStars Pro Chad Brown, who later subbed in for her.

Well, enough with the preliminaries and on to the actual action!

Bubble:
The bubble was literally interminable. After more than an hour of 10-man play on two tables, it t
Finally, its Andy Alleman, team pokerstars pro, who got impatient and lost a bubble race.

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SB (t319326)
A. Allemann (BB) (t281072)
UTG (t275804)
MP (t374475)
Button (t406750)

Preflop:
2 folds, Button bets t13650, 1 fold, A. Allemann calls t7650

Flop: (t34050) 8, 3, 4 (2 players)
A. Allemann checks, Button bets t20250, A. Allemann raises to t48000, Button raises to t106250, A. Allemann raises to t266672 (All-In), Button calls t160422

Turn: (t567394) Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t567394) J (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t567394

Results:
Button had K, K (one pair, Kings).
A. Allemann had J, 9 (one pair, Jacks).
Outcome: Button won t567394


Andy Allemann receives a pretty good $47K award for being the bubble boy. Congrats!

As we arrive at the final table, the chipstacks and seat positions looked as follows:
Seat 1: Sowerss (440166 in chips)
Seat 2: John Duthie (242238 in chips)
Seat 3: Belabacsi (315576 in chips)
Seat 4: Sumpas (275054 in chips)
Seat 5: KevBoyStar (227947 in chips)
Seat 6: DDBeast (185691 in chips)
Seat 7: Festivuss (236531 in chips)
Seat 8: BeL0WaB0Ve (693072 in chips)
Seat 9: SCTrojans (373725 in chips)
And play was underway.

9th:
DDbeast… ahhh… ATo. Kinda like KQo, its also a Mike Tyson glass jaw kind of hand.

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Sowerss (UTG) (t478736)
John Duthie (UTG+1) (t194813)
Belabacsi (MP1) (t275951)
Sumpas (MP2) (t418483)
KevBoyStar (MP3) (t272497)
DDBeast (CO) (t203149)
Festivuss (Button) (t162224)
BeL0WaB0Ve (SB) (t679150)
SCTrojans (BB) (t304997)

Preflop:
3 folds, Sumpas bets t17000, 1 fold, DDBeast calls t17000, 1 fold, BeL0WaB0Ve raises to t56225, 2 folds, DDBeast raises to t202274 (All-In), BeL0WaB0Ve calls t146049

Flop: (t436423) 8, 4, 3 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Turn: (t436423) 8 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t436423) J (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t436423

Results:
BeL0WaB0Ve had Q, Q (two pair, Queens and eights).
DDBeast had A, 10 (one pair, eights).
Outcome: BeL0WaB0Ve won t436423


DDBeast gets a $56K prize for being the first final table casualty. Congrats!

8th:
Kevboystar knocks out the sole remaining pro

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Sowerss (SB) (t486375)
John Duthie (BB) (t227563)
Belabacsi (UTG) (t218698)
Sumpas (UTG+1) (t556329)
KevBoyStar (MP1) (t253247)
Festivuss (MP2) (t141363)
BeL0WaB0Ve (CO) (t876675)
SCTrojans (Button) (t229750)

Preflop:
1 fold, Sumpas bets t17000, KevBoyStar calls t17000, 4 folds, John Duthie raises to t77000, 1 fold, KevBoyStar raises to t252372 (All-In), John Duthie calls t149688 (All-In)

Flop: (t480876) 8, 5, 10 (2 players, 2 all-in)

Turn: (t480876) Q (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: (t480876) 4 (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: t480876

Results:
John Duthie had A, Q (one pair, Queens).
KevBoyStar had A, A (one pair, Aces).
Outcome: KevBoyStar won t480876


And John Duthie, the last remaining PokerStars pro, goes home in 8th with a $74K prize. Congrats!

7th:
Festivuss still had a ton of chips when compared to the blinds, but decided he needed more. Bad timing though, since Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul got the better ace and won the race.

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Sowerss (CO) (t458625)
Belabacsi (Button) (t388794)
Sumpas (SB) (t800033)
KevBoyStar (BB) (t351560)
Festivuss (UTG) (t122738)
BeL0WaB0Ve (MP1) (t630000)
SCTrojans (MP2) (t238250)

Preflop:
Festivuss bets t121738 (All-In), BeL0WaB0Ve calls t121738, 5 folds

Flop: (t262476) 9, 10, 5 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Turn: (t262476) 2 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t262476) K (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t262476

Results:
Festivuss had J, A (high card, Ace).
BeL0WaB0Ve had K, A (one pair, Kings).
Outcome: BeL0WaB0Ve won t262476


Festivuss got outrunned with the weaker ace in 7th place, and now has an extra $104K to spend on delicious Argentinian meats. Congrats!

6th:
Trainwreck for KevBoyStar in 6th place. It truly hurts when you hit your outs while you were already drawing dead, and especially with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line.

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Sowerss (Button) (t660600)
Belabacsi (SB) (t479444)
Sumpas (BB) (t799566)
KevBoyStar (UTG) (t352440)
BeL0WaB0Ve (MP) (t532700)
SCTrojans (CO) (t165250)

Preflop:
KevBoyStar bets t19800, 4 folds, Sumpas raises to t48700, KevBoyStar calls t28900

Flop: (t107400) 5, 8, J (2 players)
Sumpas bets t42000, KevBoyStar calls t42000

Turn: (t191400) Q (2 players)
Sumpas bets t707866 (All-In), KevBoyStar calls t260740 (All-In)

River: (t712880) 6 (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: t712880

Results:
Sumpas had J, J (three of a kind, Jacks).
KevBoyStar had A, Q (one pair, Queens).
Outcome: Sumpas won t712880


KevBoyStar takes $134K with him to spend on booze in Stavanger. Congrats!

5th: That’s a very ugly board for pure value from your overpair. Your opponent should know better than calling for split if he has an A and thinks you do too. C’mon!

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Sowerss (MP) (t486000)
Belabacsi (Button) (t282794)
Sumpas (SB) (t1554256)
BeL0WaB0Ve (BB) (t472200)
SCTrojans (UTG) (t194750)

Preflop:
1 fold, Sowerss bets t25000, Belabacsi calls t25000, 2 folds

Flop: (t71250) 9, J, J (2 players)
Sowerss bets t29750, Belabacsi calls t29750

Turn: (t130750) 9 (2 players)
Sowerss bets t100000, Belabacsi raises to t226794 (All-In), Sowerss calls t126794

River: (t584338) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t584338

Results:
Belabacsi had K, K (two pair, Kings and Jacks).
Sowerss had J, 8 (full house, Jacks over nines).
Outcome: Sowerss won t584338


Belabacsi’s 5th place finish was good enough for a $173K prize. Definitely not bad for his first 6 figure prize online. Congrats!

4th: Just two hands after our previous elimination:

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Sowerss (BB) (t786294)
Sumpas (UTG) (t1546756)
BeL0WaB0Ve (Button) (t454700)
SCTrojans (SB) (t202250)

Preflop:
2 folds, SCTrojans bets t201000 (All-In), Sowerss calls t191000

Flop: (t407000) 6, Q, Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

Turn: (t407000) 10 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t407000) 9 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t407000

Results:
SCTrojans had 7, A (one pair, Queens).
Sowerss had J, J (two pair, Queens and Jacks).
Outcome: Sowerss won t407000


SCTrojans is now a good $254K richer. Congratulations!

After this hand, the tournament was paused so that the remaining players could reach a deal. The preliminary numbers, which have $40,000 left to play for, would be as follows:
Sowerss $449,802.50
Sumpas $511,733.80
Bel0wab0ve $396,288.70

On order of tip stack to shortest stack. The players would have an approximately 3:2:1, with the biggest stack in possesion of Sumpas with about 1,500,000 chips. Kevin Saul decided he would need $430,000 at least to accept a deal, but the other players thought he was crazy and a deal could not be reached. Play resumed.

3rd: Should’ve taken that deal! Wrong time for a big call on the river 4-outer.

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Sowerss (BB) (t527500)
Sumpas (Button) (t1779720)
BeL0WaB0Ve (SB) (t682780)

Preflop:
Sumpas bets t21400, BeL0WaB0Ve raises to t56530, 1 fold, Sumpas calls t35130

Flop: (t126810) Q, A, 3 (2 players)
BeL0WaB0Ve checks, Sumpas bets t46500, BeL0WaB0Ve calls t46500

Turn: (t219810) 3 (2 players)
BeL0WaB0Ve checks, Sumpas bets t125000, BeL0WaB0Ve calls t125000

River: (t469810) 10 (2 players)
BeL0WaB0Ve checks, Sumpas bets t1550440 (All-In), BeL0WaB0Ve calls t453500 (All-In)

Total pot: t1376810

Results:
Sumpas had J, K (straight, Ace high).
BeL0WaB0Ve had 8, A (two pair, Aces and threes).
Outcome: Sumpas won t1376810


Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul takes home a healthy $337K for his efforts tonight. Congrats!

Add to that the following critical hand HU, in which Sumpas demonstrates how his rungood continues. Just a few hands since Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul’s elimination:
HU-rungood:

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Sowerss (BB) (t527500)
Sumpas (SB) (t2462500)

Preflop:
Sumpas bets t22000, Sowerss calls t12000

Flop: (t46500) 7, 5, 8 (2 players)
Sowerss checks, Sumpas bets t25000, Sowerss calls t25000

Turn: (t96500) Q (2 players)
Sowerss checks, Sumpas bets t57000, Sowerss calls t57000

River: (t210500) J (2 players)
Sowerss checks, Sumpas bets t125000, Sowerss calls t125000

Total pot: t460500

Results:
Sumpas had 10, 9 (straight, Queen high).
Sowerss didn’t show
Outcome: Sumpas won t460500

Sumpas now held an over 8:1 chip advantage. It was just a matter of time before he would finish this one off, and take home the WCOOP 009 Event #10 bracelet.
Despite the huge chip deficit, Sowerss made a valiant effort to come back. But his efforts were cut short, and all because of this hand, wherein either heavy levelling or fatigue played a key role:

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Sowerss (BB) (t780000)
Sumpas (SB) (t2210000)

Preflop:
Sumpas bets t30000, Sowerss calls t16000

Flop: (t63500) 4, K, 4 (2 players)
Sowerss checks, Sumpas bets t30000, Sowerss raises to t90000, Sumpas raises to t165000, Sowerss raises to t748250 (All-In), Sumpas calls t583250

Turn: (t1560000) 7 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t1560000) 3 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t1560000

Results:
Sumpas had K, 10 (two pair, Kings and fours).
Sowerss had J, 10 (one pair, fours).
Outcome: Sumpas won t1560000

Sowers takes home $448K for his 2nd place finish. Player Sumpas, fresh of a 6th place finish in last years WCOOP Main Event, this time takes home the WCOOP 2009 Event #10: $10,300 High Rollers for a little north of $611K, the WCOOP Bracelet, and endless bragging rights. Congrats to all who played, and remember, if you did not win this time there is always next time!