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Elimination Hands from the 2006 WCOOP Main Event

2 October 2006

These are the elimination hands from the 2006 WCOOP Main Event. Although this event had the chance to see the first $1 million online tournament winner, the final table players made a deal once play became six-handed. After the deal, play loosened up considerably, changing the dynamic of final table because most of the money was already decided. Despite the lack of drama, there were still several surprising outcomes and amazingly, only one really bad beat.

9th Place – Serb2127 (Niagara Falls)

After going all-in several times at the beginning of final table play and successfully grabbing some blinds and antes, Serb2127 was crippled by numie2 when his AJ failed to improve against numie2's AK. An orbit later, Serb2127 went all-in with A-10 and was quickly called by the big-stacked hannibalrex. Hannibalrex had 4-2 offsuit and when a Four came on the river, Serb2127 was eliminated, finishing in 9th place. He received $79,065 for more than 12 hours of solid play.

8th Place – milkybarkid (London, UK)

After he was crippled by DEEZZZ_NUTS, milkybarkid called an all-in raise from Hannibalrex. Facing long odds with a pair of Queens dominating his pockets Tens, milkybarkid saw no improvement from the board, finishing in 8th place. He earned $119,225 for his efforts.

7th Place – Annette_15 (Sandnes)

Lefort made a move from the button with 5-6 of diamonds and was quickly called by Annette_15 who showed pocket nines. Lefort flopped a seven-high straight, sending Annette_15 to the rail with $163,150 and the first bad beat of the final table. Raymer did an odds calculation of the hand. His numbers put Annette at a 4-1 favorite pre-flop, but as Raymer, put it, Lefort "flopped the world."

6th Place – DEEZZZ_NUTS (Minneapolis, USA)

After the final table deal was made, NUTS re-raised the Godfather with pocket sixes and was immediately called. Godfather flipped two Queens and there was no saving DEEZZZ_NUTS's dominated pocket pair. Because of the deal, NUTS received $353,164, rather than the original $213,350 Poker Stars set aside for sixth place.

5th Place – Numie2 (Old Bethpage)

After flurry of re-raises, Numie2 found himself all-in against the chip leader area23JC. When the cards flipped, Area had pocket nines and Numie2 had AK offsuit. A set of nines on the flop for area23JC only got better when the case nine showed up on the turn. The pre-arranged deal gave Numie2 $600,042 for his finish. Fifth place would have paid $263,550 without negotiations.

4th Place – GODFATHER 72 (London, UK)

Because the action at this stage of the tournament was fierce, this hand was not recorded. GODFATHER 72 earned $540,793 for his 4th place finish, more than $200,000 more than the guaranteed prize.

3rd Place – Lefort (Bowmanville)

Action was fast and furious when play came down to three players. After several uncontested all-in bids, Lefort's A7 ran into area23JC's pocket Fives. Despite dancing around a straight, Lefort did not improve, suffering after a couple of bad beats and then the elimination hand to finish in third place. His pre-arranged prize total was $417,734, almost $20,000 more than the original third place offering.

2nd Place – Hannibalrex (Lemont)

Heads-up play lasted one hand. Once Lefort was eliminated by the chip leader area23JC, Hannibalrex found himself short-stacked and in a position where only all-in raises made statistical sense. He didn't waste any time, pushing with A-4 offsuit. Area23JC called with K-9 offsuit, hitting the nine on the flop and sealing the tournament when the turn and the river came up blank. Hannibalrex and area23JC were the only players to receive less prize money because of the deal. Hannibalrex received $400,581 for second (would have been paid $632,520) and area23JC received $600,042 for the victory (first place was set at $1,157,737).


Mucking McLane
Elimination Hands from the 2006 WCOOP Main Event is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.
Ryan McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.