WCOOP: Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Wins Fourth COOP Title

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Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez took down the WCOOP Triple Draw Championship on Saturday(SHRPO photo)

While Triple Draw 2-7 isn’t the most popular poker variant around, the game’s $1,050 buy-in World Championship of Online Poker Championship event drew 121 entries and 23 reentries, enough to create a $144,000 prize pool and surpass its $100,000 guarantee.

Several big-name players made it to Day 2, including 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier, multi-COOP champion Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah, and Triple COOP winner James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst. None would be able to hang on to make the final six, however.

The final table featured players with a combined total of 19 COOP titles, nine of which belonged to poker pro Shaun Deeb, and three of which were owned by Uruguay’s Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. In the end, the Uruguayan grinder defeated Bulgaria’s ‘droseff’ to secure his fourth COOP title and the $30,981 first-place prize.

Event #44, a $320 No Limit Hold‘em Progressive KO Ante Up tournament, also had no trouble covering its $100,000 guarantee. A total of 871 players entered, generating a regular prize pool of $174,200, with $87,100 set aside for bounties.

Expertly navigating the treacherous field was Russia’s ‘kawachi1984’, who, four years ago, gained legendary status after beating out 16,000 entrants to win the PokerStars MicroMillions II for $11,000. On Saturday, he would prove himself again, this time taking down the UK’s ‘limitless666’ to win his first WCOOP title and over $34,000 in prizes and bounties.

There was once a time when Limit Hold‘em was virtually the only type of poker offered online. TwoPlusTwo’s Mason Malmuth once famously wrote that good players would enjoy such a large edge in No Limit games that the betting structure could never be sustainable. Things have changed obviously, but PokerStars hasn’t forgotten about the once popular game.

Event #45, a $320 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six-Max event, gave players a chance to show off their limit poker chops. The tournament drew just 289 entrants, however, coming up short of its $100,000 guarantee.

When the dust settled, only Finland’s ‘mahmuttt88’ and ‘Admiral19793’ of Russia remained. Mahmuttt88 began with a 400,000 chip lead over his opponent and dragged a game-changing 640,000 chip pot with a flush one hour into the match. From there, the Finn kept the momentum and went on to dispatch his competitor with a flopped nut flush, giving him the title and a $19,087 payday.

Event #43 – $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship
121 entries, 23 reentries – $144,000 paid out to 14 places

  1. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez $30,981.06
  2. droseff $23,576.28
  3. Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro $17,941.33
  4. Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb $13,653.20
  5. marroca5 $10,389.96
  6. LeoFernandez $7,906.68

Event #44 -$320 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout (33%) Ante Up
871 entries – $261,300 ($174,200 regular, $87,100 bounty) paid out to 98 places

  1. kawachi1984 $29,443.63 + $5,356.17 in bounties
  2. limitless666 $21,581.77 + $2,840.62 in bounties
  3. Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro $15,819.38 + $1,999.89 in bounties
  4. pseftis $11,595.57 + $2,043.54 in bounties
  5. dinos622 $8,499.51 + $2,546.87 in bounties
  6. AssDuive $6,230.12 + $2,082.41 in bounties
  7. Nzlkm9 $4,566.67 + $2,564.33 in bounties
  8. Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Ödeen $3,347.35 + $687.49 in bounties
  9. Keep3r $2,453.60 + $1,684.36 in bounties

Event #45 -$320 Six Max Limit Hold’em
289 entries – $100,000 paid out to 35 places

  1. mahmuttt88 – $19,087.64
  2. Admiral19793 – $13,661.60
  3. Jens ‘Fresh_oO_D’ Lakemeier – $9,778.00
  4. E. Aequitas – $6,998.41
  5. Pandakey – $5,008.97
  6. Krazy90 – $3,585.07