‘CrazyLissy’ wins WCOOP $5200 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event, just under $1.5 million

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Dave Consolazio
Posted on: September 16, 2021 15:55 PDT

The PokerStars WCOOP-91-H $5,200 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event had the biggest guaranteed prize pool on the schedule at $10,000,000 guaranteed. The tournament drew 1,965 total entries to create a small overlay in the $10 million prize pool. After four days of play including a final table on Day 4 that took nearly seven hours to play down to a winner, “CrazyLissy” emerged victorious to win the tournament’s top prize of $1,499,942 on Wednesday.

CrazyLissy started the final table with the shortest chip stack at 15,488,259, which translated to roughly 17 big blinds when the final table action began at 450,000 / 900,000 with an ante of 112,500. The Russian poker pro had back-to-back big hands about an hour into the final table, first doubling up to 39,451,518 with pocket aces over Linus Loeliger’s pocket tens, and then winning a 38 million chip pot with queen-jack against the ace-queen of “Rebel FishAK” on a queen-jack-deuce flop.

With 60,752,190 chips after those two hands, CrazyLissy had the ammo to settle in at the final table and play their game. CrazyLissy is no stranger to success in the WCOOP series with big scores of 6th place for $40,851 in WCOOP-42-H and 7th place for $142,247 in WCOOP-34-H this year, plus a win in the 2019 WCOOP-61-H event for $115,509.

Stevan Chew entered the final table with a massive chip advantage

For most of the day, it felt like it was only a matter of time before Stevan Chew would become champion. Chew entered the final table with 147,396,839 chips, which was nearly double what “necgaidziai” had in second place with 76,129,821 chips and almost 10 times more than CrazyLissy started the day with. The Australian played his big stack well, applying pressure to the smaller stacks while also avoiding trouble in less-than-ideal spots.

The decisive moment of the final table came about four hours into the action. Chew had built his stack up to 246,923,566 and was dealt pocket nines on the button with four players remaining. Chew min-raised to 5 million, Pascal Lefrancois folded in the small blind, and CrazyLissy picked up pocket threes in the big blind. CrazyLissy moved all-in for their last 50,094,880 and Chew snap-called with the nines.

The flop came king-jack-three to give CrazyLissy a set of threes, and the board ran out clean to bring them up to 102,739,760. Had Chew’s pocket nines held, Chew would have entered three-handed play as a huge favorite to win with over 60% of the chips in play. Instead, CrazyLissy’s lucky break put the Russian in position to eventually win the tournament, and Stevan Chew would eventually settle for a third-place finish for $762,169.

Final Table Payouts

1. “CrazyLissy”: $1,499,942
2. Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois: $1,069,210
3. Stevan "random_chu" Chew: $762,169
4. “Rebel FishAK”: $543,301
5. Marco "marcozevola5" Zevola: $387,284
6. Markus “playboy99999” Prinz: $276,069
7. Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger: $196,792
8. “necgaidziai”: $140,180
9. Tyler "Juicy_J_93" Jardine: $99,997

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