Aussies Online: Jason Gray High Rollin' the WCOOP

Posted at 00:49 2011-09-28

Another PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker has come and gone and local players have again had a solid series that has seen hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money head to the shores of Australia.

During the final week of WCOOP action not only did a few Aussies make deep runs in the$5,200 Main Event, with Grant “grunter321” Levy (82nd), Jarred “Try_An_Hit” Graham (116th) and ‘briswoolf’ (175th) each making the money, but a total of four Australian players made an elusive WCOOP final table, with one of those results even coming in the pro filled Event 61: $10,300 8-Game High Roller.

Being one of the toughest events on the schedule and with such a high buy-in it is not surprising that only three Aussie players showed up for the tournament, with James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst, previous 2011 WCOOP bracelet winner ‘bratpack1979’ and Jason ‘TheHood’ Gray each taking to the felt.

The tournament would be over for bratpack1979 and Obst well before the final table but Gray would weave his way through the stacked 70 player field to find himself part of the final nine players which included the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov, Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu, well known superstars Matt "Hoss_TBF" Hawrilenko, Maria “Femmeonfelt” Ho and PokerStars Team Online player Anders “Donald” Berg.

Hawrilenko was the first victim at the final table and he would go home with $28,000 while Gray would be the short stack at the table. When the game switched to Omaha High/Low, Gray would see the remainder of his stack in the middle when he called a pre-flop four bet against eventual winner ‘Ostrov’. Gray held {as}{jd}{6c}{2c} against the {qs}{9d}{4d}{3S} of Ostrov and was looking okay to stay alive but when the {tc}{qd}{js}{7c}{7c} board ran out, the no low pot and the two-pair of Ostrov would see Gray sent to the rail in an admirable 8th place.

WCOOP Event #61: $10,300 8-game High Roller
1st place: Ostrov ($210,000)
2nd place: Team PokerStars Pro E. Katchalov ($140,000)
3rd place: roi kin23 ($105,000)
4th place: Brryann ($70,000)
5th place: Team PokerStars Pro Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu ($52,500)
6th place: Maria "Femmeonfelt" Ho ($38,500)
7th place: Team Online member Anders "Donald" Berg ($28,000)
8th place: Jason ‘TheHood’ Gray ($28,000)
9th place: Matt ‘Hoss_TBF’ Hawrilenko ($28,000)

Event 48: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em made for a tough field and Australia’s JCoughlan’ put in a fantastic effort to finish in 8th place for a $20,766 score, while the Event 50: $215 No Limit Hold’em was played in the popular ‘Big Antes’ format and fellow Aussie ‘SarahSugar’ managed to weave their way through the massive 2,453 player field to finish in 7th place for $12,019 in prizemoney. Event 52: $320 No Limit Hold’em would continue the local success, as for the third time in just five events an Aussie was at a final table. The event featured a solid 1,771 player field and when all was said and done Australia’s ‘toddytheboy’ finished up with a $19,658 prize for a 6th place finish.

While the WCOOP kept the grinders busy, it was business as usual last week and many of the local players were seen also crushing the regular weekly events.

The 50k guarantee of the PokerStars $109+R turbo event was crushed during the week with Brendon ‘BrendonR’ Rubie taking the lion’s share of the $122,500 prizepool with his 1st place finish worth $23,887. Dylan ‘WhiteRabbito’ Honeyman added to his impressive online resume with an $11,599 score for his 1st place finish in a $109 turbo freezeout event. It has been a busy few weeks for Sal ‘ugritaly’ Fazzino with a big 2nd place in the PokerStars $320 Wednesday Eighty Grand adding another $14,790 to see Fazzino’s monthly earnings skyrocket well over six figures.

Be sure to return to PokerNetwork for all the results from the Australian online army, and also be sure to head on over to our forum to sweat all the big results!



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Aussies again had a strong showing in the final week of the 2011 PokerStars WCOOP Aussies again had a strong showing in the final week of the 2011 PokerStars WCOOP

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