Another high stakes tournament of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2020 has wrapped up for the night as the money bubble burst in WCOOP-37-H: $5,200 PLO [6-Max, High Roller] to leave 14 survivors out of a field of 125 entries. They are all guaranteed a portion of the $625,000 prize pool with $12,900 locked up so far, and the winner can look forward to a payday of $140,506.
Almost half of the field consisted of re-entries as 69 unique players re-entered a total of 59 times - 44.8% of the field were re-entries. A second or third entry was not uncommon and this was also the case for Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas, who entered mid-way through the registration period.
Bujtas needed to fire a third bullet to eventually run up a stack and finish Day 1 at the top of the leaderboard with 2,123,462. Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb picked a different strategy and entered towards the end of the late registration period, quickly doubled two times and spun that stack up further to claim 1,916,970 for the final day.
Third in chips is Sweden's "jedimaster82" with 1,313,792 and another two players bagged up more than a million in chips including Andras "probirs" Nemeth (1,044,947) and Richard "raconteur" Gryko (1,042,894). Portuguese poker pro Joao "Naza114" Vieira won two WCOOP PLO titles in 2019 and made it through with 945,333 on his only bullet.
Some of the other survivors include Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank (696,078), Adam "fishbones11" Fyshe (573,517) and Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich (377,574). The last player to bust without anything to show for was Brazil's Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski, who had already won two titles in the current festival.
The 14 Finalists in WCOOP-37-H: $5,200 PLO [6-Max, High Roller]
|Position||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas||Hungary||2,123,462||133|
|2||Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb||United States||1,916,970||120|
|4||Andras "probirs" Nemeth||Hungary||1,044,947||65|
|5||Richard "raconteur" Gryko||United Kingdom||1,042,894||65|
|6||Joao "Naza114" Vieira||Portugal||945,333||59|
|8||Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank||Germany||696,078||44|
|9||Adam "fishbones11" Fyshe||Canada||573,517||36|
|11||Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich||United Kingdom||377,574||24|
The Action of the Day
The start of the event was delayed by 10 minutes and throughout the registration period, the entries and re-entries kept on coming with a maximum of eight tables running at the same time. One of the first players to bust was Finland's "Aku1206" but they then re-entered and became one of the early front runners.
Kahle "ROFLshove" Burns sent over his stack twice in quick succession to the Finn and was also the first player to run out of chances to re-enter when he was eliminated in a three-way all-in with Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas and "Ahhh Is It?". That spelled the end for Bujtas, too, who then re-entered and ran up a stack in quick succession.
Plenty of Scandinavian mixed game aficionados took a shot on Day 1 and many of them came up short such as Andreas "Skjervoy" Torbergsen, Niklas "Lena900" Astedt, "XD89lol<3", Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgard, Jens "Jeans89" Kyllonen, Eelis "EEE27" Pärssinen and Joni "bustoville" Jouhkimainen.
Pärssinen was among those to send over the chips to Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb. In the first hand, both players held aces and Deeb turned a straight with his two other cards to leave Pärssinen short. Shortly after, the Finn got it in preflop and ran into the aces of Deeb.
Jouhkimainen, one of the 2019 WCOOP PLO winners, came up short of the money by a few spots and Bujtas then knocked out PLO cash game legend "Venividi1993" when a wrap got there against turned two pair. The next player to bust in an "aces versus aces dilemma" was Russia's "le kork" as Bujtas claimed another victim and the field raced towards the money bubble.
Only 16 players went on the last break and within minutes of returning to the seats, the money bubble had burst. Espen "locomi" Myrmo came up second-best with kings against the queens of Andras "probirs" Nemeth and Bujtas knocked out a short-stacked Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski moments later.
All remaining 14 players will return the following day at 1.05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to determine a champion and the returning blinds will be 8,000/16,000.
The final day of WCOOP-37-H: $5,200 PLO [6-Max, High Roller] will be streamed on the PokerStars Twitch channel with cards-up coverage and commentary on a delay of at least 20 minutes. All PokerNews live updates will be published according to that delay. You can also check out all the other PokerStars WCOOP 2020 highlights, results and live updates right here!