5 Brutal Cooler or Bad Beat Bustouts from Deep in the WPT World Championship

The World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas will play down to a winner later today. Each of the remaining six players are guaranteed at least $1,001,050 in prize money, but awaiting the winner is a massive $4,136,000 first-place prize.

The road to the final table was not an easy one. Day 5 of the tournament began with 37 players and took more than 18 hours to play down to the final table of six, which will be both live-streamed and filmed for television. During that marathon, several bad beats were doled out including a brutal one that ended the run of Daniel Negreanu in 17th place.

Here’s a look at some other bad beats or coolers that took place late in the tournament and were reported by the WPT Live Reporting Team.

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Yockey Flushed in 12th Place

Bryce Yockey
Bryce Yockey

With a dozen players remaining in Level 31 (300,000/500,000/500,000), Benny Glaser raised to 1 million in the cutoff and Bryce Yockey three-bet to 3.4 million from the button. Adam Adler then four-bet jammed, Glaser folded, and Yockey called off for 10.4 million.

Bryce Yockey: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Adam Adler: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}

Yockey was a big favorite to double, but the {k-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Spades} flop gave Adler a spade flush draw.

“It’s always a sweat,” said Yockey, who saw his dreams come to an end after the dealer burned and turned the {a-Spades}. The meaningless {8-Hearts} was run out on the river and Yockey hit the rail in 12th for $338,500.

It’s not the first time Yockey was the victim of a nasty late beat — poker fans no doubt remember arguably the worst bad beat of all time Yockey suffered against Josh Arieh deep in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship.

Kogel Coolered

Nate Kogel
Nate Kogel vs. Benny Glaser

With 19 players remaining in Level 29 (150,000/300,000/300,000), Glaser raised under the gun and Nate Kogel three-bet from the big blind. Glaser responded with a four-bet to 6.3 million and called when Kogel five-bet jammed for approximately 17 million.

Benny Glaser: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Nate Kogel: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The {k-Spades}{10-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop gave Kogel some options, but he came up empty when the {3-Hearts} bricked on the turn followed by the {5-Clubs} river.

It wasn’t a bad beat, but it was a big cooler deep in the tournament. Kogel took his leave in 19th place for $176,200.

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Glaser Flips Out Paggeot

Corey Paggeot
Corey Paggeot

Glaser was flipping well, and that was evidenced by a hand the level before. With 24 players remaining in Level 28, action folded to Michigan’s Corey Paggeot in the small blind and he limped. That prompted Glaser to raise to 1 million in the big blind.

Paggeot woke up with a check-raise to 4 million and Glaser responded with a four-bet to 13 million. Paggeot hit the tank before moving all in and Glaser wasted little time in making the call.

Corey Paggeot: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Benny Glaser: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

It was a flip and Paggeot was looking to hold to stay alive. That proved easier said than done however as the board ran out an unhelpful {7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}. Glaser extended his chip lead while Paggeot fell in 24th place for $144,300.

Gaspard Discovers the Bad News

Jean Gaspard
Jean Gaspard

With 27 players remaining in Level 28 (125,000/250,000/250,000), Colton Blomberg raised from the cutoff and Adam Adler called from the button. That priced in Jean “Prince” Gaspard in the big blind and it was three-way action to a flop of {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

Gaspard was first to act and opted to jam for 1.325 million. Blomberg called, Adler folded, and Gaspard discovered the bad news.

Jean Gaspard: {8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Colton Blomberg: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Gaspard let it ride of his heart flush draw only to get that sinking feeling that comes upon discovering his opponent held a bigger flush draw. Gaspard could still take the lead with either a five or eight, but that didn’t happen as the {k-Clubs} bricked on the turn followed by the {10-Spades} on the river.

Gaspard had to settle for 27th place and $119,300 in prize money.

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Kings No Good for Brad Owen

Brad Owen
Brad Owen

With 35 players remaining in Level 27 (100,000/200,000/200,000), WPT Ambassador Brad Owen raised to 400,000 from the cutoff only to have Drew O’Connell three-bet to 1.1 million from the button.

Both blinds folded, Owen four-bet to 3.2 million, and O’Connell moved all in for 12.5 million. Owen called off for less and the hands were tabled.

Brad Owen: {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}
Drew O’Connell: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Owen got it in good but a beat was in store as the {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop paired O’Connell. The {8-Diamonds} turn have Owen a bunch more outs with a diamond flush draw, but the {3-Hearts} river was not what he needed to continue his run.

Owen finished in 35th place for $99,600, a new career-high score for the popular poker vlogger who brought his lifetime live tournament earnings up to just shy of $300,000 according to the Hendon Mob.

Bonus: Insane Three-Way All In

During the live stream on Day 4, less than 70 players remained when a sick hand was captured on the live stream.

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Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.

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