Anybody who has ever been busted out of the later stages of a valuable poker tournament will often reflect on what happened and how they could have played better/differently.
This morning the eight final table players who did not win the $215.00 NLHE Turbo Rebuy WCOOP Event 6 will just be scratching their heads at the incredible good fortune enjoyed by Australian poker pro Jonathan “Monster_Dong” Karamalikis.
To set the scene, here was how the final table started (blinds 60K/120K – ante 15K):-
Short Players Start to Tumble
It did not take long for 4kinghellll to lose his chip stack to FrankThomas8, and then for FrankThomas8 to pass his chip stack over to filfedra. In the next hand lotos64 (AQ) doubled up against gp18089 (A8) who then gained most of his lost chips back by busting out ShippityShip with a runner-runner flush. Monster_Dong got involved in the action in the next hand – shoving all-in with J♦ 4♥ and being called by medmar holding A♠ 4♠. The board ran 9♥ 2♣ 6♠ / 10♦ / 5♦ enabling medmar´s Ace high to hold and reducing Monster_Dong to less than one big blind.
Unlikely 8/1 Double Keeps Karamalikis in the Game
With nothing to lose, Karamakilis shoved and caught in the next hand with 9♦ 6♠ (35.16%) against filfedra´s A♥ Q♠ (64.44%), and then repeated the feat with 8♣ 6♦ (33.85%) against Iftarii´s K♠ 9♠ (65.55%) for an unlikely near 8/1 double. The second of the two hands collected a 1.58 million chip pot and got Karamalikis back into the game. With a little bit of breathing space, Karamakilis withdrew from the action for a couple of hands and looked on as gp18089 ran his A♣ 9♣ into medmar´s pocket Kings to be eliminated in sixth, and Iftarii (K♦ }9♠) couldn´t catch against lotos64´s Q♠ Q♣ or medmar´s 6♦ 6♠ in a three-way pot.
Karamalikis Has More Luck to Come
Down to four-handed, Karamalikis wrapped up the championship in just six hands – but not without a little more outrageous good fortune. First he took care of filfedra with pocket fives against the Czech player´s Ace-Deuce, an eight on the flop helped his A♥ 8♠ overcome lotos64´s A♦ 9♠ and, after just two hands of heads-up, medmar´s shove with K♣ 8♦ was called by Karamalikis holding A♣ 10♦, and the Australian´s luck held once more to claim the title and $179,569.13 first prize.
WCOOP Result and Payout
1,589 players either paid the $215.00 buy-in or qualified for the event via a PokerStars satellite tournament. The 3,130 re-buys and 754 add-ons created a prize pool of $1,094,600 – more than double the $½ million guarantee – with players placed in the top 216 getting paid.
Here is how the final table eventually finished-