This last weekend saw double the fun at the tournament tables, as two different WSOP online finals were held, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, with each sending one lucky winner to Las Vegas in July with a $17,500 trip package to the Main Event.
Saturday’s event was yet another sell-out with 55 entries and plenty of familiar names from past events representing Team PokerRoom, including whassup x (WSOP and WPT Canada), borys11111 (WPT Legends), dj_stiff (WPT Canada and Aussie Millions), AKplus (WSOP), Ovoman (WSOP), Firework (WSOP), and THEASH (WSOP).
While both whassup x and dj_stiff made it to the final table, neither had a huge stack and it was looking like we’d have a newcomer to the Team. whassup x exited in 10th, but dj_stiff managed to hang around…and hang around…and hang around (much like the first two days of play at the WPT Canada event, where he eventually cashed for nearly $50,000).
Once he got some chips to work with his aggressive style started to shine, and suddenly dj_stiff was heads-up with 080090 with the $17,500 prize package on the line. The savvy Team PokerRoom.com vet didn’t let the opportunity slip away, either, sealing the deal with the victory and booking his THIRD spot on Team PokerRoom.com, this time for the 2008 WSOP Main Event! 080090 didn’t go home empty-handed, though, as he did collect $2,988 plus a ticket to another online finals for his efforts.
Sunday’s WSOP online finals also drew a packed house of 55 players, and guaranteed a newcomer a spot on Team PokerRoom when the last former team member standing Ovoman was eliminated at the final table.
It was still anyone’s game when it was three-handed, with the following chip stacks:
Seat 5: Kitchenboy1 ($31,990 in chips) Seat 8: graebsch ($59,227 in chips) Seat 10: UpChitCreek ($73,783 in chips)
graebsch would knock out Kitchenboy1 in 3rd ($1,778 + a ticket) to take the lead going into heads-up play, with about 100,000 chips to 60,000.
UpChitCreek apparently had a paddle, though, as he quickly began battling back, and then taking a big lead of his own when his rivered full-house took down graebsch’s rivered straight.
UpChitCreek would take down the victory shortly thereafter when a short-stacked graebsch was forced to shove all-in with 8h 2c, and UpChitCreek called with 7h 8s, which was good for the win when the board came 6c 6h Ts Kh 9d.
Congrats to both dj_stiff and UpChitCreek for their big wins this weekend, with two more players adding their name to the growing Team PokerRoom.com roster for the 2008 WSOP, which is shaping up to be quite the event.
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