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Online Poker: Brent “Astrolux85” Roberts Wins WCOOP Event 36


Only a few days of the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker remain and day 15 offered two events, both of which required a deep wallet. The first was Event 36, a $530 no-limit hold'em six-max with rebuys. In addition to the 1,030 entries, there were 1,000 rebuys and 722 add-ons that bumped the prize pool to $1,376,000 and the top prize to over $200,000.

Heads-up play came down to Vladimir “VLs85s” Vorobiev and Brent “Astrolux85” Roberts. Vorobiev began with the chip lead, but Roberts won a crucial hand en route to his comeback victory. On the button, Vorobiev raised and Roberts called, delivering an {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop. It was an action flop as Roberts four-bet all-in with {K-Spades}{10-Spades} and was called by Vorobiev who held {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. Roberts was on flush and straight draws, getting there as the turn fell the {K-Diamonds} and the river the {J-Clubs} to make him the winning straight. It was this hand that brought Roberts back into the game and ultimately the win for $210,000.

PokerStars WCOOP 36 - $530+R No-Limit hold'em [6-max]
Buy-in: $500+30
Prize Pool: $1,376,000
Entrants: 1,030

*1. Brent “Astrolux85” Roberts - $210,000
*2. Vladimir “VLs85s” Vorobiev - $192,480
3. supadphat - $130,720
4. GtRealGtOut - $89,440
5. djalminha - $58,617.60
6. oncommand - $41,280

* denotes two-day deal

Notable Finishes: Anthony “holdplz” Spinella (7th - $24,080), James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (10th - $17,200), Shaun Deeb (21st - $8,668.80), Corey “Comandr_Cool” Burbick (25th - $6,880), Jason Mercier (26th - $6,880), Evan “PURPLE”K”99”Parkes (28th - $6,880), David “vui-qua-di” Pham (30th - $6,880).

Jani “kiiski” Vilmunen came away victorious in Event 37, a $2,100 pot-limit Omaha six-max tournament, after defeating Felipe “mojave14” Ramos. On the final hand, Vilmunen raised on the button and Ramos called, leading to a flop of {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. Four bets later, Ramos was all-in with bottom pair, a straight draw, and a flush draw holding {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{J-Hearts} against Vilmunen’s nut straight with the {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. The turn and river were bricks for Ramos and Vilmunen won the WCOOP bracelet along with $172,140.

PokerStars WCOOP 37 - $2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-max)
Buy-in: $2,000+100
Prize Pool: $906,000
Entrants: 453

1. Jani “kiiski” Vilmunen - $172,140
2. Felipe “mojave14” Ramos - $126,840
3. genoa_st - $92,865
4. Matt “plattsburgh” Vengrin - $63,420
5. Jules “hartwith” Adamson - $45,300
6. Crisper - $28,992

Notable Finishes: PokerSavage1 (7th - $19,026), Chris “Moorman1” Moorman (9th - $19,026), Jordan “scarface_79” Smith (16th - $8,607), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (19th - $6,795).

Those interested in seeing more of the action as it happened, be sure to check out Event 33 and Event 34 final recap shows on PokerStars.TV or just check them out below.

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