WCOOP: ‘dorinvandy’ Beats Them All in $10k Buy In Event
Monday, 8 September 2008
The name should have warned us that this was going to be insane. The $10,000 ‘High Roller’ No Limit Hold’em event was the fifth in the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker Series on PokerStars, and the field attracted possibly the toughest ever field assembled for an online tournament.
The event had all the feel of the WSOP Europe field last year – smaller but packed with superstars, with no sniff of dead money in the line-up. Spotting the sucker here might have taken a little longer than the thirty minutes Matt Damon suggested. Whether or not the likes of Alexander Kravchenko were sat by their computers cracking open Oreos is unknown.
With such a packed field, a stacked final table was always likely and it didn’t disappoint. Check this out for one table you wouldn’t fancy your chances on:
Seat 1: Glen "Choron" Chorny (961204 in chips)
Seat 2: gbmantis (865936 in chips)
Seat 3: Orel Hershiser (686234 in chips)
Seat 4: #1PEN (799260 in chips)
Seat 5: Chris "Money800" Moneymaker (510878 in chips)
Seat 6: Jonathan "Jcardshark" Little (416281 in chips)
Seat 7: dorinvandy (2469033 in chips)
Seat 8: DuckU (657987 in chips)
Seat 9: purplEUROS (658187 in chips)
One World Series Champion (Chris Moneymaker, in case you’ve been asleep since 2003) one WPT Champion (Jon Little), an EPT Grand Final winner (Glen Chorny), WCOOP Event 3 runner up #1PEN, well known online pros gbmantis, dorinvandy, DuckU, and purplEUROS and a bloke who can throw a baseball (Orel Hershiser). Picking a winner out of this lot was always going to be a tough proposition.
One by one they fell. First out was Hershiser, who had his pre-flop nuts cracked by Jon Little. Next out went purplEUROS, who decided it was time to make a stand with AQo against the aggressive dorinvandy. His timing was off though as Shaun Dorin decided it was ok to ‘gamble’ with Ace-King. It wasn’t so much a race as a 3-1 head start for Big Slick, and the hand held up propelling Dorin over the 3 million chip mark.
Those left at the table danced. The chips moved about from stack to stack as players three-bet their way back and forth. Then something crazy happened. Jon Little was sat on about 1.9 million – well out of danger. An opening bet from UTG for 50,000 arrived from dorinvandy, which Little defended against out of the big blind. The flop came five high, with Little leading out for 72,000 on the 5c-4s-2c board. Dorinvandy raised to 240,000, with Little smooth calling the bet. The turn brought the Qd and Little check called a 420,000 bet. Off to the river, and Little once again checked the Ten of spades. dorinvandy moved all-in, putting Little to a decision for his last 1.2 million. A minute later, Little called. dorinvandy had flopped two pair with 4d-5d and Little had called him down with Ac-5h. That’s right – third pair. Little had gone from second to rail in one hand, leaving most of the online community wondering what had caused such a read. We’re guessing it’s metagame…. it’s always metagame.
From there, dorinvandy was in control. Moneymaker fell in sixth for a $139,635 payday with gbmantis following shortly after in fifth. EPT Grand Final winner Glen Chorny was the next to hit the rail in fourth, and when #1PEN lost his race with pocket fours against super-stacked Dorin, it was down to two. Taking a 5 to 2 chip lead into heads-up, Dorin and DuckU traded blows for a moment before the haymaker was landed on a flop of Ts-8s-7d. All of the money went in as dorinvandy had flopped a set against the open-ended straight draw and flush draw of DuckU, who tabled Qs-9s. Some nights you know one guy is running good though, and Dorin faded the outs to win $617,925 and the kudos of having won perhaps the toughest online MTT ever.