TCOOP 2016: Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt wins Main Event, $396K (Event #49, $700 NLHE)

TCOOP 2016: Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt wins Main Event, $396K (Event #49, $700 NLHE)

It’s quite something to watch the final table of a turbo-fueled tournament with five-minute levels at which more than $1.4 million of prize money is still up for grabs and no final deal is being made. Such was the case for most of the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event final table, a $700 buy-in tournament that saw no chop considered until they reached heads-up.

That’s when Switzerland’s Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt and KungKroon of Norway finally did strike a deal, and shortly thereafter Alt would be the one to claim the last hand and the title. Alt — who has chopped a Sunday Million and won the ANZPT Sydney Main Event in 2013 — took away a huge prize of $396,691.43 for the win.

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Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt

Alt came close once before this series, taking runner-up in Event #11 ($215 NLHE Heads-Up), and with seven total cashes managed to finish sixth in the TCOOP Player of the Series race. Incidentally, it was the U.K.’s ouchbadbeat who with 16 total cashes was able to finish the last day atop the TCOOP series leaderboard.

Alt’s first prize just barely exceeds — by less than two hundred bucks — what 2015 TCOOP Main Event champion Nikki_Hefner took away last year, thus setting a new record for biggest TCOOP Main Event cash in the four-year history of the series. Here’s the story of how Alt managed to outlast this year’s huge field to turn $700 into nearly $400K in just over five-and-a-half hours.

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There were already more than 2,000 players in their seats by the time the first hands were dealt Sunday afternoon, and after two hours of late registration more than twice that many had joined the fun for a total of 4,077 entries. That meant a $2,711,205 prize pool (easily besting the $2M guarantee for the tournament) with the top 540 places paid.

At that point the field had already been cut in half, and after another dozen five-minute levels whizzed past the money bubble burst as Akash “funwheel” Majumdar of Thailand grabbed the chip lead as the first player to 1 million chips.

Majumdar continued to lead as the field was carved down further, then others rushed ahead as many other big stacks quickly got bigger. Meanwhile among those hitting the rail during that stretch was Team PokerStars Pro Online’s Jorge “Baalim” Limon (346th, $1,355.60), with Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer (205th, $2,033.40) and Aditya “Adi Agarwal” Agarwal (163rd, $2,440.08) also taking away small parts of the prize pool.

With 100 left rookie1609x of Canada had taken over first position in the counts, but by the four-hour mark both rookie1609x (88th, $4,066.80) and Akash “funwheel” Majumdar (73rd, $4,337.92) had been sent to the rail.


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As the tournament’s fifth hour proceeded and they wound down to the last few tables, the U.K.’s RSRMCA began to pull away from the field, and with 30 left had moved up close to 10 million when no one else has as much as half that. A little while later they were down to 18, with IMFICKLE having briefly grabbed the top spot before marcasa edged into the chip lead with two tables left.

Event #24 ($82 PLO H/L, 6-Max) winner Raabinator93 (18th), liran2788 (17th), and funchstar7 (16th) were the next three knockouts, with each player earning $8,133.61.

eijseijs (15th), manyadecano (14th), and Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell (13th) were then eliminated, earning $12,200.42 apiece. For Serradell, the finish capped off an especially successful TCOOP that included a win in Event #36 ($82 NL Draw, Optional Re-Entry) and a runner-up finish in Event #19 ($215 NLHE).

malekfatte (12th), garompon (11th), and rasta25 (10th) then became the last three players eliminated before the final table, with those three each taking away $16,267.23 apiece. With KungKroon having moved up into the lead, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: anthonyff (United Kingdom) — 9,047,944
Seat 2: Petr “Hurloon” Jaros (Czech Republic) — 8,631,717
Seat 3: Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Switzerland) — 7,646,928
Seat 4: RSRMCA (United Kingdom) — 8,072,527
Seat 5: IMFICKLE (Finland) — 4,400,715
Seat 6: KungKroon (Sweden) — 16,592,440
Seat 7: gringenkov (Brazil) — 6,147,653
Seat 8: marcasa (Netherlands) — 10,470,302
Seat 9: Makuherra (Finland) — 10,529,774

Hurloon hits rail in ninth

With the blinds a whopping 500K/1M with a 125K ante, the idea of a chop was brought up immediately in the chat box as the final table began. But as noted above, not everyone was interested, and so the all-ins continued soon thereafter.

It was less than orbit before gringenkov open-shoved from early position and Petr “Hurloon” Jaros called all in from the cutoff for 1,934,064 (less than two big blinds). gringenkov had [Ac][Kd] and Jaros [8h][7h], and after the board came [Tc][6c][Jh][3d][3c], Jaros was out ninth.

RSRMCA run out in eighth

The blinds moved up to 600K/1.2M with a 150K ante, then RSRMCA shoved for 5,122,527 from the button and got called by KungKroon in the big blind.

RSRMCA was hoping [4s][4h] would hold against KungKroon’s [As][Kc], and the [5h][Ac][4c] flop was promising for RSRMCA, making a set of fours versus KungKroon’s top pair of aces. But the turn was the [Jc] and the river the [7c], completing a club flush for KungKroon and knocking RSRMCA out in eighth.

IMFICKLE finished in seventh

Just three hands after that, the blinds were already 700K/1.4M (with a 175K ante) when IMFICKLE shoved for 6,425,715 from middle position and Makuherra called from the big blind.

IMFICKLE turned over [Ac][4s] and needed to improve versus Makuherra’s [9h][9s]. But the [Ks][9d][6c] flop gave Makuherra a set, the [Kd] turn a full house, and the pair-making [4h] river meant nothing for IMFICKLE who was out in seventh.

anthonyff sunk in sixth

The final six marched onward, with deal talk continuing to be suggested by some. But gringenkov — a former Sunday Million winner who had chipped up over 27 million and into the chip lead — typed “sry i dont deal” and so they continued to play it out.

Just like that the blinds were 800K/1.6M (with a 200K ante), and it was marcasa open-shoving from UTG for 2,393,496, anthonyff reraise-pushing for 5,497,944 from the cutoff, and gringenkov caling both from the big blind.

gringenkov: [Jc][9h]
anthonyff: [As][Qd]
marcasa: [Qh][3h]

The community cards came [2h][8c][8h], then [9c], then [Kh], missing anthonyff, giving gringenkov nines and eights, and making a heart flush for marcasa. gringenkov collected the side pot while marcasa survived, and anthonyff departed in sixth.

Makuherra makes it to fifth

The torrid pace continued with Makuherra soon open-pushing all in from the small blind for 8,980,489 (about 4.5 BBs) and Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt calling from the big blind.

Makuherra had [Ad][5d] while Alt turned over [Jd][Js], and five cards later — [4h][Ts][9h][Qh][7c] — Makuherra’s run ended in fifth.

marcasa moves on after finishing fourth

With four left, Alt brought up the deal topic again.

NastyMinder: still no deal guys?
marcasa: I checked
gringenkov: no, sry
NastyMinder: ok
NastyMinder: gl ๐Ÿ™‚
gringenkov: glgl

It would only take three more hands for the field to be reduced by one more.

With the blinds an even 1M/2M (with a 250K ante), the table folded to marcasa who pushed in 6,930,488 over the small blind and Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt called from the big blind. Alt had but [8d][3d] but was ahead of marcasa’s [7c][3c], and after a [Qh][2h][6s][3s][Td] runout both had a small pair but the kickers played, and marcasa had been eliminated in fourth.

That matched marcasa’s fourth-place finish in Event #34, another $700 buy-in NLHE event.

gringenkov grounded in third

Before long Alt was the one pushing out ahead with more than 45 million while both KungKroon and gringenkov hovered around 17-18 million. That’s when gringenkov open-shoved a stack of 16,949,570 (not quite seven big blinds) from the button and got called by KungKroon from the big blind who had that barely covered.

gringenkov had [Ac][Qd] and the edge over Kungroon’s [Ad][9s]. But the flop came [9c][Js][2h] to pair KungKroon’s nine. The turn was the [2d] and river the [7d], and gringenkov was out in third for a cash of more than $223K.

A deal, then a short duel as NastyMinder KOs KungKroon

Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt had a slight lead over KungKroon to start heads-up play, and after one hand they managed to pause the tournament at last for some deal talk with Alt sitting on 47,029,833 versus KungKroon’s 34,510,167.

Numbers were produced — $356,691.43 for Alt, $346,181.46 for KungKroon, and $40,000 set aside for which to play. The discussion that followed was a short one:

KungKroon: agreedio!
KungKroon: no use trying to get more, nasty ๐Ÿ˜‰
KungKroon: this or we play for the lot
NastyMinder: I agree
KungKroon: I agree

Once play resumed, the heads-up match was short as well, lasting just eight hands total.

The last hand began with Alt up to just over 50 million and watching KungKroon shoving all in for 31,072,667 from the button. Alt called, and the players’ hands were turned over:

NastyMinder: [Ah][Jh]
KungKroon: [Qs][5s]

The board came [Kd][2d][4c][8d][6h], hitting neither player’s hand. KungKroon had come one spot shy of the win, while Alt had collected all of the chips to earn the extra $40K, the special TCOOP card capper, and a coveted Main Event title.

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NastyMinder collects the last of the chips

Congratulations to Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt for outlasting more than 4,000 opponents to win this year’s TCOOP Main Event and over $396K!

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Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt

Kudos to KungKroon as well for surviving to make that heads-up deal and take away a nice $346K-plus prize.

TCOOP-49 ($700 NL Hold’em Main Event) results
Entrants: 4,077
Total prize pool: $2,711,205 

Places paid: 540

1. Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Switzerland) $396,691.43*
2. KungKroon (Norway) $346,181.46*
3. gringenkov (Brazil) $223,674.41
4. marcasa (Netherlands) $155,894.28
5. Makuherra (Finland) $115,226.21
6. anthonyff (United Kingdom) $88,114.16
7. IMFICKLE (Finland) $61,002.11
8. RSRMCA (United Kingdom) $33,890.06
9. Petr “Hurloon” Jaros (Czech Republic) $21,689.64
*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $40,000 in play for the winner

Thanks for following our start-to-finish coverage of all 50 events of the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker here on the PokerStars Blog. You can check results and other stats from the series on the TCOOP page as well.


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TCOOP 2016: mrswoodwork crawls to victory in Event #44 ($82 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE])

TCOOP 2016: mrswoodwork crawls to victory in Event #44 ($82 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE])

This weekend, everyone’s favorite Saturday night turbo, the Saturday Speedway, came with a $250,000 guarantee as the 2016 TCOOP sped into its final 24 hours. Following a flurry of early eliminations, the final five were clustered rather closely together in terms of stack size and sensibly made a five-way ICM chop to mitigate the massive (and rapidly rising) blinds. Although they were the two shortest stacks going into the deal negotiations, 4Bullè&Pupè9 and mrswoodwork hit their stride once cards went back in the air and took out the fifth, fourth, and third place finishers to get heads-up. Mrswoodwork started heads-up play at a 2 to 1 disadvantage, but following a clever river check-shove, she got back on top. It looked like 4Bullè&Pupè9 might pull out a comeback when he got the rest of his chips in with pocket eights vs. mrswoodwork’s pocket threes, but a three on the flop locked up victory for mrswoodwork, as she captured her first TCOOP title and over $27k.

3,287 players turned out for this special edition of the Saturday Speedway. 414 places were paid with first place set to earn $39,375.00.

The blinds were up to 90,000/180,000 with ten players remaining when the action folded around to C.Dariwin2. He raised to 450,000, TakeOverCz shoved for 1.35 million from the small blind and C. Darwin2 called all-in. C. Darwin2’s [Qd][9d] was up against [Ks][Td], but the [Kc][Jd][8s] flop made TakeOverCz top pair. C. Darwin2 needed running cards or a ten to make a straight, but the turn and river fell the [7c] and the [5c], sending him to the rail one spot short of the final table.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Outeiri (1,805,724 in chips)
Seat 2: monar31 (1,950,606 in chips)
Seat 3: marksfive (740,062 in chips)
Seat 4: 4Bullè&Pupè9 (2,171,497 in chips)
Seat 5: Scrunter101 (2,342,634 in chips)
Seat 6: mrswoodwork (3,070,901 in chips)
Seat 7: TakeOverCz (2,150,122 in chips)
Seat 8: DARKYMAK (171,278 in chips)
Seat 9: CyrusSaissor (2,032,176 in chips)

On the second hand of the final table, TakeOverCz open-shoved for 2.54 million from UTG+1, DARKYMAK called off his last 135,278 and Scrunter101 called all-in for 2.12 million from the big blind.

TakeOverCz [4c][4h]
DARKYMAK [Th][Tc]
Scrunter101 [Qd][Qh]

Scrunter101’s queens flopped top set on the [Qc][8c][2d][3s][Js] board and he took down the 5 million pot. TakeOverCz was left with only 240,000 in chips and DARKYMAK hit the rail in ninth place. TakeOverCz managed to double up on the next hand when his [Ad][6h] caught a six on the flop vs. mrswoodwork’s [Ah][9c], but he busted in eighth place on the following deal when his [Qh][Js] couldn’t stand up to mrswoodwork’s [Ah][Ts].

Two hands later the blinds were up to 105,000/210,000 and marksfive open-shoved for 533,000 from UTG with [Ac][2h]. Monar31 called the additional 323,000 from the big blind with [3h][5h]. Fortunately for monar31, he paired up on the [Qd][6h][3s] flop. Although marksfive caught a deuce on the turn, the river blanked out with the [Ks] and makrsfive ended his run in seventh place. Later in the same level, SCOOP champion Outeiri found [Ah][Kh] and moved in for 1.29 million from UTG. CyrusSaissor called with [8s][8c] in the big blind and they were off to the races. This time, the pocket pair prevailed on the [9d][6c][3s][Jc][2d] board and Outeiri went out in sixth place.

Shortly after play turned five-handed, the remaining players all agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here’s how they stacked up at the time:

CyrusSaissor 4,123,900
monar31 3,799,336
Scrunter101 3,362,390
mrswoodwork 3,344,877
4Bullè&Pupè9 1,804,497

With little fanfare, the players agreed to an ICM deal that awarded them shares ranging from $18k to nearly $24k. With $5k still on the table for the winner, cards went back in the air.

4Bullè&Pupè9 had been relatively quiet until he found [Kc][8c] and open-shoved from UTG. Mrswoodwork called with [Qd][Jd]. 4Bullè&Pupè9’s king-high prevailed on the [Ah][7s][3d][2c][5c] board and he doubled to 4.11 million. Mrswoodwork slipped to less than 2 million, but picked up [Qs][Qc] only a few hands later. Monar31 opened for 1.12 million, Scrunter101 shoved for 3.92 million and mrswoodwork snap-called her remaining 1 million. Monar31 got out of the way and much to mrswoodwork’s dismay, Scrunter101 turned over [Kc][Kd]. However, mrswoodwork got the miracle she needed on the [Qd][9h][5s] flop and picked up top set. Scrunter101 didn’t get any help from the [6h] turn or the [Jh] river and mrswoodwork nearly quadrupled to 3.83 million.

A few hands later, 4Bullè&Pupè9 open-shoved for 5.33 million from the cutoff and Scrunter101 called all-in for 1.55 million on the button. Scrunter101 was in great shape with [Ts][Th] going up against [Kd][7d]. Scrunter101’s tens held up through the turn on the [Jc][5h][4c][Ac] board, but the [Kc] spiked on the river to make 4Bullè&Pupè9 a pair of kings. Scrunter101 was suddenly on the rail in fifth place.

Two hands later, mrswoodwork opened for 960,000 from the cutoff and monar31 shoved for 2.25 million from the small blind with [Ad][8h]. Mrswoodwork called with [Kh][Jd] and hit an open-ended straight draw on the [Qh][Tc][8c] flop. The [9h] turn made mrswoodwork a king-high straight and the [As] river improved her to Broadway, ending monar31’s run in fourth place.

On the next deal 4Bullè&Pupè9 made it 678,400 to go on the button with [Ks][Jc] and CyrusSaissor shoved for 3.33 million from the big blind. 4Bullè&Pupè9 called and CyrusSaissor revealed [Ah][Jh]. 4Bullè&Pupè9 caught another boffo flop when it came down [Kd][9s][6d], making him a pair of kings. CyrusSaissor was unable to catch up and went out in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: 4Bullè&Pupè9 (10,698,904 in chips)
Seat 6: mrswoodwork (5,736,096 in chips)

The two short stacks when the five-handed deal was made ended up duking it out for the title and the extra $5,000. Mrswoodwork closed the gap between their chip counts on the second hand heads-up when she picked up a 4.44 million pot. After both players checked the [Qh][Jc][Js] flop, mrswoodwork check-called 4Bullè&Pupè9’s 497,280 bet when the [Jh] turned and checked again when the [6d] rivered. 4Bullè&Pupè9 bet 1,052,352, mrswoodwork raised all-in for 4.37 million and 4Bullè&Pupè9 gave up his hand.

Mrswoodwork was up to 7.76 million after that hand and ground her way into the chip lead with 9.8 million. Then, with the blinds up to 180,000/360,000, 4Bullè&Pupè9 opened for 720,000 and mrswoodwork three-bet to 2,232,000. 4Bullè&Pupè9 shoved and mrswoodwork called.

4Bullè&Pupè9 [8d][8h]
mrswoodwork [3d][3c]

Things were looking grim for mrswoodwork… until the flop came down a glorious [Ad][Tc][3h], giving her a set of threes. 4Bullè&Pupè9 needed to catch an eight to survive, but saw the [6s] and the [6d] fall instead, as mrswoodwork clinched her first TCOOP title.

Congratulations to mrswoodwork on a brilliant come-from-behind victory! She banked $27,343.99 for the win, while runner-up 4Bullè&Pupè9 earned $18,043.56.

TCOOP-44 $82 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE]) results
Entrants: 3,287
Total prize pool: $250,000.00
Places paid: 414

1. mrswoodwork (Canada) $27,343.99*
2. 4Bullè&Pupè9 (Malta) $18,043.56*
3. CyrusSaissor (Canada) $23,924.68*
4. monar31 (Russia) $23,304.59*
5. Scrunter101 (Canada) $22,383.18*
6. Outeiri (Germany) $8,375.00
7. marksfive (United Kingdom) $5,875.00
8. TakeOverCz (Czech Republic) $3,380.00
9. DARKYMAK (South Africa) $2,125.00

*= reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $5,000 in play for the winner


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TCOOP 2016: Second COOP win for Zackattak13 in Event #41 ($215 PLO, Heads-Up)

TCOOP 2016: Second COOP win for Zackattak13 in Event #41 ($215 PLO, Heads-Up)

Zackattak13 has been a COOP winner since the spring of 2012, when the Canadian player outlasted the field in Event #14-M, a grueling affair where the final table alone lasted five hours. Now Zackattak13 has a TCOOP title to go along with it after winning Event #41, a heads-up pot-limit Omaha affair.

It’s probably hard to say which of Zackattak13’s COOP wins was tougher, but today’s event was definitely shorter – at six hours and 17 minutes from start to finish, it was only a little more than an hour longer than just the final table of that SCOOP tournament. The 497 entrants got going at 12:00 p.m. ET, coming up just three entries shy of breaking the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. Within four hours they had reached the fourth round, where the top 64 – including both Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (63rd place, $400) and Roy “GodlikeRoy” Bhasin (35th, $400) from Team Online – collected their paychecks.

Within another hour the field had been reduced to just four players with a chance to earn the last heads-up title on the 2016 TCOOP schedule.

Semifinal: flaszeczka (Poland) vs. WTFOMFGOAO (Russia)

One of the two semifinals featured past COOP final experience on both sides of the table as flaszeczka, a 2012 TCOOP winner in shorthanded no-limit hold’em, faced off against two-time WCOOP 2013 finalist and past Sunday 500 champ WTFOMFGOAO.

The two would play for 23 minutes and they wasted no time getting to the big pots. Within the first three hands there were two lead changes. WTFOMFGOAO opened the second hand for 150 on the button, holding [8d] [5d] [5h] [3c], and got two streets of value for a 1,748-chip pot after turning a set of fives and rivering fives full of treys. flaszeczka immediately struck back with a 3,700-chip pot on the next hand, won without showdown after check-raising to 550 on the [5c] [6h] [2c] flop, betting 1,150 into 1,400 on the [Ah] turn, and jamming on the [Ks] river.

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WTFOMFGOAO got back in front a few hands later through some good old-fashioned PLO aggression, taking the 1,900-chip pot without showdown and the river card still undealt, and maintained the lead through the 30/60 level and into 40/80. Then flaszeczka picked up [Kc] [Ks] [8c] [7s] on the button, raised the minimum, and bet half the pot on both the [4s] [Tc] [6s] flop and [As] turn. WTFOMFGOAO check-called both those bets and checked again on the [Jd] river, eventually calling flaszeczka’s nearly pot-sized bet of 1,120 and mucking when flaszeczka showed the nuts.

That gave flaszeczka 6,294 chips and the lead, and WTFOMFGOAO got right back on the horse and started trying to get back in front. flaszeczka mostly got out of the way, giving up the smaller pots and taking the occasional larger one to maintain the lead as the 50/100 level came and went.

They finally came to an impasse in a perfect PLO action hand. WTFOMFGOAO opened for 240 on the button with [9d] [7h] [4c] [5h] and called flaszeczka’s re-raise to 600, then caught a jack-high straight on the [Ts] [8d] [Js] flop and bet when flaszeczka checked. Then flaszeczka re-raised enoguh to put WTFOMFGOAO all-in, the Russian player called, and flaszeczka’s [Ad] [As] [7s] [4d] promptly turned a close race into the end of the tournament by catching the nut flush with the [Qs] turn. The [Jh] on the river was just a formality, and WTFOMFGOAO finished the tournament in 4th place ($7,000).

Semifinal: Zackattak13 (Canada) vs. JimmyDean (Finland)

The other semifinal featured Finland’s JimmyDean against 2012 SCOOP winner and past Sunday Warm-Up runner-up Zackattak13 of Canada.

The two players faced off for 28 minutes, and much of the early portion of that time was spent taking small pots and exchanging the lead on a frequent basis. Through the first four levels of play, only three of the 31 pots were worth more than 1,000 chips.

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Things were so close that the two players began the final hand of the 50/100 level just 17 chips apiece from where they began their match. Even when they finally started playing bigger pots, they stayed close. JimmyDean won two worth 2,036 and 2,268 chips, and then Zackattak13 doubled up to 5,902 when a flopped set of eights with [9s] [8d] [8c] [5s] outran JimmyDean’s heart flush draw with [Kc] [Qh] [6c] [6c] and became eights full of jacks on the river. Then JimmyDean oromptly flopped a queen-high diamonds flush on the next hand and won a 2,610-chip pot, moving back into the lead with 5,403 chips.

The balance fell apart from there. JimmyDean rattled off five straight wins, but they were all worth just a few blinds each. Then Zackattak13 won three four-figure pots in a row and put JimmyDean against the ropes with the last of them, which kicked off with JimmyDean raising slightly more than the minimum on the button and Zackattak13 calling to see a [2c] [9d] [7d] flop. Zackattak13 check-called a smallish 239-chip bet from JimmyDean before check-raising from 536 to 2,750 on the [5c] turn. JimmyDean thought before calling with 1,109 chips left behind, but eventually folded on the [4h] river, giving Zackattak13 the 6,642-chip pot.

Four hands later JimmyDean opened on the button with [Ks] [9c] [7s] [6c] and called all-in when Zackattak13 re-raised with [Ac] [Tc] [Th] [6h], only to be left with a 0.1-percent chance to win – namely a runner-runner straight flush draw – when the flop came [Td] [5c] [5h]. The [6d] turn and [Jc] river were devoid of miracles, and JimmyDean finished in 3rd place ($7,000).

Final: Zackattak13 (Canada) vs. flaszeczka (Poland)

The first order of business for both players upon reaching the final was to make a deal. They hammered it out before the moderator ever showed up in the chat box, leaving $2,000 for the winner and splitting the $36,000 in remaining prize money down the middle. With that out of the way they started what would be an entertaining, back-and-forth match.

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flaszeczka struck the first blow. The past TCOOP winner opened for 150 on the button with [Qd] [Qc] [6h] [8h] and then checked behind on the [2s] [7h] [3s] flop after Zackattak13, who had checked with [3d] [Qs] [3h] [8c] for a set of treys. Zackattak13 led for 225 into the 300-cip pot on the [5h] turn, flaszeczka called with the eight-high flush draw, and then flaszeczka took down a 1,574-chip pot with the completed flush after calling Zackattak13’s bet on the [Jh] river.

Zackattak13 spoke truth to screen name by going on the offensive and taking down nine of the next 11 pots. The last of those, worth 1,418 chips at the conclusion of the 30/60 level, came after flopping top pair with the nut flush draw, turning three of a kind, and showing down an ace kicker on the river when flaszeczka had a king. That gave Zackattak13 a 6,614-to-3,386 lead to begin the 40/80 level, where flaszeczka was able to climb back above the 4,000-chip mark. So the 50/100 level became a crucial crossroad, and Zackattak13 came out of it with the advantage.

Zackattak13 opened the second hand of the level for 230 and called when flaszeczka re-raised to 500 in the big blind. flaszeczka led for 500 on the [9h] [7s] [5s] flop, Zackattak13 called, and both players checked the [8d] turn. flaszeczka led out for 1,500 on the [Th] river but mucked when Zackattak13 showed [Jh] [Js] [8c] [5d] for a jack-high straight.


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Being on the wrong end of that 5,000-chip pot left flaszeczka with 1,906 chips, most of which was was still left four hands when the past TCOOP champ picked up [Ac] [As] [Ts] [4h] and called all-in after Zackattak13 re-raised before the flop with [Kd] [Jh] [Js] [4c]. The flop delivered a set of aces and that got flaszeczka back to 3,412, but that turned out to be the Polish player’s high point for the rest of the final.

The downfall began when flaszeczka limped on the button. Zackattak13 checked with [Th] [8h] [6s] [2c] and then checked again on the [9d] [Ts] [Kh] flop, and flaszeczka checked behind. Zackattak13 bet 200 with trip tens on the [Td] turn and then another 800 on the [6d] river and flaszeczka called both, but mucked when Zackattak13 showed down tens full of sixes.

Left with 1,529 chips and with the blinds freshly up to 60/120, flaszeczka faced a major task just to get back into the game. Twice the player from Poland had to split the pot with Zackattak13, not only without finding a double-up but while watching precious time tick away.

flaszeczka finally made a stand when the blinds went up to 80/160, re-raising all-in for 749 chips with [Qc] [Js] [8d] [5c] after Zackattak13 opened for 480. Zackattak13 called with a ragged [Ah] [9d] [6c] [2s] and caught a pair of sixes on the [6s] [Ks] [7c], while flaszeczka picked up an open-ended straight draw. The [6h] on the turn made trip sixes for Zackattak13, and the tournament came to its end when the [Kh] river shut the door on flaszeczka’s draw.

flaszeczka missed out a second career TCOOP title but earned $18,000 as the runner-up thanks to the 50-50 deal cut at the start of the final, while the extra cash on the table gave Zackattak13 a $20,000 prize. Congratulations to both players on navigating a tough heads-up bracket for the big money at the end, and to Zackattak13 for earning and a second career COOP victory to go along with that SCOOP win from 2012.

TCOOP-41 ($215 PL Omaha, Heads-Up, Turbo) results
Entrants:
 497
Total prize pool: $100,000
Places paid: 64

1. Zackattak13 (Canada) $20,000*
2. flaszeczka (Poland) $18,000*
3. JimmyDean (Finland) $7,000
4. WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) $7,000

*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner


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TCOOP 2016: 94-Minute Victory for AntonKrasch in Hyper-Turbo Event #43 ($215 NL Omaha 8, 6-Max)

TCOOP 2016: 94-Minute Victory for AntonKrasch in Hyper-Turbo Event #43 ($215 NL Omaha 8, 6-Max)

Switzerland’s AntonKrasch won a TCOOP event in only 94 minutes in a hyper-turbo event. Where else can you turn $215 into $25K in 94 minutes or, less time it takes to watch Rounders?

6-Max Hyper-Turbos are efficiently thrilling. The money bubble in TCOOP Event #43 burst in an under an hour, the final table was set in 80 minutes, and a champion declared in less than fourteen minutes. It total… 94 minutes from start to finish. Oh, did I forget to mention this was a split-pot game?

As the kids would say today… “Hyper-Turbos, bruh.”

If you bought into the event and started watching the movie Rounders at the same time, the money bubble would have burst 49 minutes in, or just before the scene when Mike McD (Matt Damon) and Worm (Ed Norton) take a road trip to Atlantic City, where “the sand turns to gold.” And this tournament would have ended in the middle of the infamous scene when Matt Damon plays Johnny Chan heads-up in a pot.

2016 TCOOP Event #43 $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max was a Hyper-Turbo format with 3-minute levels. This no-limit O8 hyper-event attracted 641 runners. They created a prize pool worth $135,122.80. The top 84 places paid out with $24,998.15 set aside for the champ.

A pair of Team Online secured themselves a cash. At the money bubble, Team Online nkeyno from Japan was in the Top 25 and Team Online talonchick was 69th overall. Canada’s talonchick would bust in 71st place and earn $391.85.

At the first break, nkeyno was 22/48. By the next break… um… there was no “next” break. The tournament reached a climax in 94 minutes and nkeyno had fizzled out in 38th place. nkeyno lost the majority of his stack in a three-way pot in which he lost boat over boat. A couple of hands later, nkeyno was knocked out in 38th place in a 3-way pot with [As][Kh][8h][2d] and lost to R_Caiaffa’s [Ad][Jd][5h][3c]. Team Online nkeyno won $621.56.

With 12 remaining on the final two tables, Czech Republic’s filfedra sat a top the big stack with 850K and was seeking  a second career COOP title.

Action went hand-for-hand with seven remaining. filfedra was closing in on 1M and mabelstark was the shorty with under 90K. However, Pikiniki ™ ran into SHIPP ITT’s [As][Ac][Ts][4h] and Pikiniki ™ bubbled off the final table in seventh place. The 6-Max final table was set.

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TCOOP 2016 – Event #43 Final Table Chip Counts:
 Seat 1: SHIPP ITT (1,013,789)
Seat 2: OELoose (474,993)
Seat 3: duremar2001 (159,958)
Seat 4: mabelstark (161,336)
Seat 5: AntonKrasch (461,290)
Seat 6: filfedra (933,634)

The final table kicked off during Level 26 with blinds at 15K/30K and a 6K ante. Canada’s SHIPP ITT held the lead with 1M and filfedra was right behind with 993K. Meanwhile, duremar2001 and mabelstark were both the shorties with 160K. SHIPP ITT had previously won a 2014 SCOOP bracelet and won the Sunday Million in 2010 on 10/10/10. Also, filfedra once won a 2011 SCOOP.


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JACOB’S LADDER: duremar2001 eliminated in 6th place

Action did not last a full orbit before a first bustout. Short-stacked duremar2001 open-shoved for 141,958 and OELoose called from the big blind.

OELoose: [As][6h][6d][2d]
duremar2001: [Ad][4c][3s][3c]

The board finished up [Td][9h][7h][Ah][Kh]. Without a qualifying low hand, OELoose won the pot with a pair of Aces and a better kicker. duremar2001 became the first player to ecit the final table and won $4,053.68.

STUCK WITH YOU: mabelstark eliminated in 5th place; OELoose eliminated in 4th place

Three-way pot. Two players busted. SHIPP ITT opened to 82,994, OELoose re-raised all-in for 243,661, and super-short mabelstark called all-in for 58,336, and SHIPP ITT called.

SHIPP ITT: [Tc][3s][3h][2s]
OELoose: [Ah][Kh][4s][2d]
mabelstark: [Ad][9s][7c][2c]

The board ran out [9h][9d][3d][6c][Js]. Without a qualifying low hand, SHIPP ITT won the main pot and side pot with a full house. The U.K.’s mabelstark made a final stand with trip nines buyt busted in fifth place, which paid out $6,756.14. Norway’s OELoose never improved and was knocked out in fourth place, which paid out $9,458.59.

With three to go, SHIPP ITT led with almost 1.5M, followed by filfedra (934K) and AntonKrasch (784K).

FOREST FOR THE TREES: SHIPP ITT eliminated in 3rd place

SHIPP ITT’s lead was short lived before AntonKrasch wrestled away the top spot. SHIPP ITT went from the penthouse to slumming it in the basement with the short stack.

SHIPP ITT bombed it all-in for 781,661 and AntonKrasch called.

AntonKrasch: [Qd][Qc][4h][2d]
SHIPP ITT: [As][9c][4s][3h]

The borad ran out [Ad][Kh][Qs][Jh][Jc]. AntonKrasch flopped a set of Queens and rivered a full house. Without a qualifying low, AntonKrasch won the pot and sent SHIPP ITT to the rail in third place. SHIPP ITT was dunzo in third, which paid out $13,850.08.

HEADS-UP: AntonKrasch (Switzerland) vs. filfedra (Czech Republic)
Seat 5: AntonKrasch (2,567,911)
Seat 6: filfedra (637,089)

With two to go, AntonKrasch held almost a 4-1 edge. Heads-up would only last 12 hands.

HIP TO BE SQUARE: filfedra eliminated in second place; AntonKrasch wins Event #43

On 12th hand of heads-up and the final hand… filfedra bombed it all-in for 547,089 and AntonKrasch called with Aces.

AntonKrasch: [Ad][Ah][7c][2s]
filfedra: [Kd][Td][6h][3h]

The board ran out [Tc][7s][4d][Jh][Jc]. filfedra had flopped a gutshot draw, but whiffed on the river. Without a qualifying low… AntonKrasch won the pot with two pair — Aces and Jacks. filfedra lost with a lower two pair — Jacks and tens.

For a runner-up finish, Czech Republic’s filfedra took home $18,646.94.

Congrats to AntonKrasch for winning Event #43. First place pay day was worth $24,998.15.

TCOOP-43 ($215 NL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo) results
Entrants: 641
Total prize pool: $135,122.80
Places paid: 84

1. AntonKrasch (Switzerland) $24,998.15
2. filfedra (Czech Republic) $18,646.94
3. SHIPP ITT (Canada) $13,850.08
4. OELoose (Norway) $9,458.59
5. mabelstark (United Kingdom) $6,756.14
6. duremar2001 (Russia) $4,053.68


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TCOOP 2016: maggess88 notches second -COOP title with Event #40 win

TCOOP 2016: maggess88 notches second -COOP title with Event #40 win

There’s a debate over which is tougher: defeating a large field tournament or the smaller fields in tournaments like the Super High Rollers that have become so popular among the elite players. While mixed games do not bring the masses (337 players signed up), they definitely bring the talent. Several former -COOP champions were battling late for the $25,000.00 guarantee TCOOP 2016 $215 Event #40 HORSE title. And one of them would take a step closer to the Triple -COOP as WCOOP champ maggess88 claimed the win and $12,974.50.

Want any proof that the mixed games tournaments are tougher to claim a -COOP win despite their (usually) smaller fields? Check out this table on the money bubble:

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That’s WCOOP 2014 Event #11 and WCOOP 2015 Event #6 champ Matt “Plattsburgh” Vengrin.

Sam “ugritaly” Fazzino who already picked up two victories in this series winning Event #3 and Event #28.

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Sam “ugritaly” Fazzino

Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis who has EPT, TCOOP, and WCOOP titles.

Grebinat took third a few days ago in Event #24’s PLO8 6-Max tournament.

Villepn is going for the Triple -COOP after winning a SCOOP title in 2010 and the WCOOP title last year defeating Andy McLEOD (who finished ITM here taking 27th for $454.95) heads-up for the Event #54 Razz championship.

Rounding around the table guns_n_fight has a MicroMillions title.

Still like your chances?

SCOOP 2013 Event #16-M champ thefish01x would sadly take away zero dollars after finishing on the 48 player money bubble.

Floating over to other tables one could find a Red Spade holding on for dear tournament life as Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer safely made it into the money and, like Villepn, is trying to complete the Triple -COOP with a victory today. Unfortunately, this was not his day as cladarth would eliminate Danzer in the Stud round earning $657.15 for 22nd place.

Ouchbadbeat would add a precious few TCOOP Player of the Series points after finishing in 18th place ($657.15) to break the tie for third with TCOOP 2014 Player of the Series Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm.

After Lewis was eliminated in 17th place ($657.15), the final two tables quickly got work as only 13 would make it to the third hour of play after chip leader SharkBoy217 eliminated Das Kapital author (not really) Karl Marx in 14th place ($909.90).

The switch from Star Trek to Star Wars did not help Vengrin after ditching the Klingon avatar for Yoda as Vengrin and Fazzino would both fall to maggess88’s aces in the Stud Hi/Lo round. Lack of the Force was worth $1,179.50 for both Fazzino and Vengrin finishing 11th and 12th place respectively.

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Matt “Plattsburgh” Vengrin

On the final table bubble with the stakes at 25K/50K ante 5K still in the Stud Hi/Lo round SlyderS1 would take on chipleader SharkBoy217 all-in after receiving the door cards. SlyderS1’s deuces never improved [2s] [5s] / [2c] [Td] [9d] [Kh] / [7s] as SharkBoy217 found a trey on seventh [Qd] [Th] / [5c] [3s] [7h] [6d] / [3h] to start up the final table below:

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Seat 1: scrubbyz (216476 in chips)
Seat 2: Piipboy (180045 in chips)
Seat 3: RL1D (42548 in chips)
Seat 4: cladarth (280118 in chips)
Seat 5: Donald (64840 in chips)
Seat 6: maggess88 (140012 in chips)
Seat 7: berserk64 (183599 in chips)
Seat 8: SharkBoy217 (577362 in chips)

In the seventh hand of the final table with the stakes moving to 30K/60K ante 6K Piipboy would raise to 39K over a raise by SharkBoy217 as cladarth came along for the ride. Cladarth would check-call fourth street looking for a decent Razz hand. Showing [7h][4c][6d] cladarth would lead out on fifth as SharkBoy217 looked for easier prey and folded. Piipboy’s decent starting hand crumbled only notching a king-queen [3h] [8c] / [5d] [Ks] [8d] [Qs] / [3c] as cladarth’s nine-seven [4d] [Ad] [7h] / [4c] [6d] [9h] / [As] was enough to knockout Piipboy in eighth place ($1,516.50).

On the next hand moving to Stud and 40K/80K ante 8K limits, RL1D was all-in for 22,548 with a [5c] showing as scrubbyz and Sharkboy217 stayed in. SharkBoy217 bet fourth street as scrubbyz called all-in for 41,476. RL1D would take down the main pot with trip eights and trip fives (ok, it’s a full house but looks bigger) [8s] [4d] / [5c] [5h] [5s] [8c] / [8h]. Scrubbyz’s split kings would not improve [3d] [Kd] / [Kh] [7s] [Qh] [5d] / [4h] but SharkBoy217’s flush draw did [Tc] [Kc] / [6c] [2h] [9c] [Qs] / [Jc] handing $1,853.50 to scrubbyz in seventh place in a second TCOOP final table this week after placing third in Event #32 for $19K.

During the hold’em round with the bets going up to 50K/100K we would say farewell to yet another familiar face. Anders “Donald” Berg is well known for making the -COOP tournaments his bankroll multiplier, winning three WCOOP titles and two SCOOP titles while barely missing on a TCOOP title last year in Event #48’s 8-Game tournament taking fourth. The wait for the Triple -COOP would continue as RL1D raised all-in preflop for 71,644 with cladarth in the small blind and Berg calling in the big blind. Berg’s remaining 6,036 would be placed in the middle after calling cladarth’s flop bet. Berg’s [7d][Jd] would turn a straight draw after cladarth’s [Ks][8d] flopped a pair of kings. But, RL1D’s [Ac][Jc] found an ace on the river [Kc] [3h] [5d] [6h] [Ad] to stay alive. The former Team PokerStars Online Pro however could not overcome cladarth for the side pot finishing in sixth place ($2,527.50).

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Anders “Donald” Berg

With SharkBoy217 still holding the chiplead in the Omaha Hi/Lo round, berserk64 would raise as maggess88 three bet from the big blind. Berkserk64 shoved all-in for 35K more as maggess88 called with queens [Qs][Qd][2h][6c]. Berserk64’s low wrap hand [4s][Ah][5h][3s] could not catch any luck [Qc] [Jd] [4c] [5d] [3h] as maggess88’s straight would send berserk64 off in fifth place ($3,538.50).

Five minutes later in the Stud round RL1D was not able to build after knocking out Berg and shoved all-in for 65,684 after the door cards were dealt. SharkBoy217, after losing the chiplead to maggess88, stayed around with jacks that flourished into a jacks full [Td] [Jh] / [Js] [Ks] [Jd] [Qh] / [Ts]. RL1D’s hand failed to blossom [3s] [Tc] / [5d] [8s] [9d] [Kc] / [4c] ending the tournament in fourth place ($5,223.50).

WCOOP 2015 Event #56 champ maggess88 would carve into cladarth’s stack, doubling through in the Stud Hi/Lo round for a 1.06 million chip pot. On the next hand and moving to hold’em with betting at 80K/160K SharkBoy217 raised from the button as cladarth called all-in for 16K and maggess88 called. After checking the flop with the board showing [6d] [7c] [Td] [5h] maggess88 bet the turn as SharkBoy217 swam for calmer waters. Maggess88 turned over a pair with a straight and flush draw [8d][7d] as cladarth’s pair of fives was alive [5c][3d]. But, an [8h] river would excuse cladarth in third place ($7,245.50) narrowing missing out on TCOOP title number two after winning last year’s Event #2.

SharkBoy217’s dominate chiplead was gone at this point as maggess88 headed into heads-up play with a 1.2 million to 403K advantage. That lead would grow to 1.4 million to 283K after six hands as the two players decided to end things in the hold’em round. After capping preflop and 567K in the middle, SharkBoy217 turned over [7s][Qc] only to see a bigger queen held by maggess88 [As][Qd]. The kicker would hold up on the [3s] [5s] [3d] [9h] [6d] board as maggess88 claimed the second leg of the Triple -COOP by claiming the TCOOP Event #40 win and $12,974.50!

TCOOP-40 ($215 HORSE, Turbo) results

Entrants: 337
Total prize pool: $67,400.00
Places paid: 48

1. maggess88 (Netherlands) $12,974.50
2. SharkBoy217 (United Kingdom) $9,604.50
3. cladarth (Poland) $7,245.50
4. RL1D (Norway) $5,223.50
5. berserk64 (Russia) $3,538.50
6. Anders “Donald” Berg (Norway) $2,527.50
7. scrubbyz (Canada) $1,853.50
8. Piipboy (Russia) $1,516.50


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TCOOP 2016: Ichinose 5th, duffm0n the champion in Event #39 ($82 FLHE, 6-max)

TCOOP 2016: Ichinose 5th, duffm0n the champion in Event #39 ($82 FLHE, 6-max)

There was a time when limit hold’em was “the only game in town” in just about any town where people were playing poker. It’s been a long time since those days, and a lot of people will tell you that game is out of style and never coming back. The United Kingdom’s duffm0n will probably beg to differ after taking down the title in Event #39, a 6-max limit hold’em tournament, and winning nearly $9,000 for it.

The game began at 2:00 p.m. ET and ended up drawing a total field of 643 players, good enough to nearly double the guarantee with a $48,225 total prize pool. The top 84 players would earn at least $130.20, with $8,921.95 set aside for the last player standing.

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Kosei Ichinose won a big pot on the final table bubble of TCOOP Event #39

As the field was narrowed to just two tables at the start of the fourth hour of play, Team Asia’s Kosei “K. Ichinose” Ichinose was down to less than two big bets. He managed to double up with a pair of sevens after flopping a set, though, and chipped up as the field shrank to the bubble. And then he popped it with a humble starting hand to seize the chip lead, busting one player and putting another on the verge of elimination.

BADEXTASY had opened the hand with a raise under the gun, holding [Kh] [Qh], and got calls from both blinds, including DJeka[MD] all-in for 58K in the small blind. K. Ichinose led for 40K in the big blind on the [Ts] [4c] [7c], called when BADEXTASY raised to 80K, and then check-called on both the [5s] turn and [7d] river. Ichinose held [6h] [4h] for two pair, sevens and fours, and took 698K between the main and side pots, knocking DJeka[MD] out in 7th place ($988.61) and leaving BADEXTASY with a stack worth next to nothing.

Seat 1: Team PokerStars Pro’s Kosei “K. Ichinose” Ichinose (909,096 in chips)
Seat 2: RyderRock (363,203 in chips)
Seat 3: TaBuLA_Ras4 (857,065 in chips)
Seat 4: duffm0n (806,945 in chips)
Seat 5: _stel_23_ (276,152 in chips)
Seat 6: BADEXTASY (2,539 in chips)

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The odds were long but BADEXTASY won the first all-in and got in ahead with [Ah] [7c] on the second. TaBuLA_Ras4’s [Ks] [Th] flopped top pair and stayed ahead, though, and BADEXTASY left in 6th place ($1,446.75).

The pots stayed mostly small in the early going, with only two of the first 14 getting as large as four big bets. By the time a bigger pot came along the stakes were already up to 60K/120K, so the 536K up for grabs was still only worth four and a half bets. Two-time MicroMillions finalist and RyderRock took that one from Ichinose, calling with [Ts] [9c] in the big blind after Ichinose raised with [As] [Kd] in the small blind and then flopping two pair against the unimproved Big Slick.

Everyone had been playing so close to the vest because of the structure and pay jumps that all the action on the largest pot so far went bet-call on every street. Both duffm0n and past Super Tuesday finalist TaBuLA_Ras4 had picked up open-ended straight draws on the flop of the [5d] [6d] [7c] [5h] [Ah] board, but duffm0n’s [8c] [6c] had made a pair and TaBuLA_Ras4’s [Td] [8h] hadn’t, so duffm0n dragged the 840K chips in the middle to move into the lead with 1.29M.

No matter which short stack got involved at this point, they found a way to survive. TaBuLA_Ras4 got back to 784K on the next hand with unimproved [As] [Js] in a checked-down three-way pot. Kosei Ichinose tripled up with an [As] [Jc] of his own three hands later, but the Red Spade pro still had just two big bets at 257K. RyderRock doubled through duffm0n with [Ah] [As] against [8d] [8s], chipping up to 691K. And then Ichinose picked up [Ac] [Js] again, winning the race against duffm0n’s [5c] [5h] for the 455K-chip pot.


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Unfortunately for Kosei Ichinose, the next big ace that came along wouldn’t fare as well. With the stakes up to 80K/160K, he opened with a raise on the button, holding [As] [Ks], and then capped the betting after RyderRock re-raised in the small blind with [Jc] [Td]. RyderRock called and then both players essentially ended up all-in on the [5c] [Qc] [9h] flop, there being just a 1,664-chip difference between their stacks. Ichinose had a 1.2-percent edge in equity on the flop, and it grew to 13.6 percent on the [9c] turn, but the [3c] on the river made a club flush to win the 1.11M-chip pot for RyderRock. And with that, Kosei Ichinose’s tournament came to an end in 5th place ($2,411.25).

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Like the block holding a Jenga tower together being pulled out of place, Ichinose’s departure set the final table’s collapse into motion. _stel_23_ wasn’t far behind. Holding just 91K, the Greek player was essentially forced all-in on the next big blind. The [6d] [Qd] [Ks] was extremely friendly to _stel_23_’s [Kd] [7d], though, and the kings held up against RyderRock’s [Ac] [2h] for a near triple-up to 223K. _stel_23_ made another pair on the next big blind, this time fives on the [2c] [5h] [3c] flop with [7d] [5s] in the hole. But this time RyderRock had [Kc] [Ks] in the hole, the cowboys held, and _stel_23_ left in 4th place ($3,375.75).

That gave RyderRock the edge in chips as three-handed play began, with 1.25M to duffm0n’s 1M and TaBuLA_Ras4’s 758K, and the German player suggested a deal. duffm0n was against the idea so play continued, and after 17 hands, with stakes at 100K/200K, those two players tangled in a pot that set the course for the tournament’s end. Ryder Rock opened for a raise on the button ,called when duffm0n three-bet from the big blind with [Ad] [Ts], and then called bets on the [8h] [Jd] [6c] flop, [Qs] turn, and [Kc] river before mucking with 112K in chips remaining. duffm0n’s [Qh] [5s] held up unimproved against RyderRock’s [Td] [7c] on the next hand, and RyderRock departed in 3rd place ($4,943.06).

duffm0n limped on the button on the next hand with [8h] [4h], called TaBuLA_Ras4’s raise, and promptly caught three of a kind on the [Ah] [4d] [4s] flop. duffm0n flat-called TaBuLA_Ras4’s bet on the flop, and then did the same after making a full house on the [8s] turn, before raising all-in on the [2d] river. TaBuLA_Ras4 had been bluffing with [Qc] [Jh], and the tournament was over.

TaBuLA_Ras4 earned $6,655.05 as the runner-up, a top-10 score in the Greek player’s career here at PokerStars. Meanwhile duffm0n earned a first career TCOOP title $8,921.95, the fourth-best cash of the U.K. player’s career here and the most ever for an outright win. Congratulations to both players!

TCOOP-39 ($82 FL Hold’em, 6-max, Turbo) results
Entrants:
 643
Total prize pool: $48,225
Places paid: 84

1. duffm0n (United Kingdom) $8,921.95
2. TaBuLA_Ras4 (Greece) $6,655.05
3. RyderRock (Germany) $4,943.06
4. _stel_23_ (Greece) $3,375.75
5. Team PokerStars Pro’s Kosei “K. Ichinose” Ichinose (Japan) $2,411.25
6. BADEXTASY (United Kingdom) $1,446.75


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TCOOP 2016: Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell quick draws way to Event #36 title ($82 NL Draw, Optional Re-Entry)

TCOOP 2016: Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell quick draws way to Event #36 title ($82 NL Draw, Optional Re-Entry)

Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell had already come close to earning a TCOOP title and special card capper this series, coming in second out of 2,505 in Event #19, a $215 NLHE Hyper-Turbo affair. Today the U.K. player did one better, taking down Event #36, an $82 no-limit five-card draw event with optional re-entries.

Serradell — who also has three Super Tuesday titles to his credit — topped a 498-entry field (300 entries, 198 re-entries) to claim the top prize of $7,096.70. Here’s the story of how he did it.


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That 498-entry field meant a $37,350 prize pool in this one, well over the $25K guarantee. The tournament swiftly reached the bursting of the bubble just shy of the two-hour mark, at which point Artur “ARTSchGamble” Scerbak enjoyed the chip lead with 66 players left. Just over a half-hour later they were already down to 12 with Scerbak remaining in front and approaching the 500,000-chip mark.

swoopey (12th), igoorgn (11th), and giyoung1123 (10th) next fell, earning $504.22 apiece, followed by JoeG121 (ninth), 7PRS (eighth), and DENV3UR (seventh) who each picked up $784.35.

With Artur “ARTSchGamble” Scerbak still the chip leader as one of three Germans making the final table, they were down to six.

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Seat 1: Artur “ARTSchGamble” Scerbak (Germany) — 822,759
Seat 2: Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell (United Kingdom) — 490,636
Seat 3: risto155 (Estonia) — 223,502
Seat 4: schn4trick (Germany) — 414,709
Seat 5: Bigboss300 (Germany) — 108,346
Seat 6: MaTitheone (Poland) — 430,048

They had just crossed the tournament’s three-hour mark when risto155 limped from early position, Bigboss300 open-pushed from the button for just under 65,000 (a little more than two big blinds), then leader Artur “ARTSchGamble” Scerbak reraise-shoved from the big blind and risto155 called.

Scerbak then drew three cards while both risto155 and Bigboss300 took just one. Scerbak turned over [Ah][Ad][Kc][Qd][2c] for a pair of aces, which wasn’t as good as risto155’s [Jd][Jh][5s][5d][3d] for two pair. Meanwhile Bigboss300 only had jack-high with [Jc][Ts][9c][8h][4c], and BigBoss300 was out in sixth.

Nearly 15 minutes later the blinds were up to 25,000/50,000 when Scerbak open-pushed all in for just over 450,000 from the button, and Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell reraise-shoved from the small blind to isolate. Both players drew a single card, then Scerbak turned over [Ad][Ks][Qs][Ts][3s] having missed making either a flush or straight and ending with ace-high. Serradell had that easily beat with [Jh][6c][6h][4s][4s] for two pair, and Scerbak’s run was suddenly over in fifth.

Just two hands after that, schn4trick raised to 110,000 from the small blind, MaTitheone reraised all in for almost 335,000 from the big blind, and schn4trick called. Both then drew three cards, with MaTitheone’s [9s][9h][8s][6s][2h] (pair of nines) proving best over schn4trick’s [Kh][Jd][9c][5h][5c] (pair of fives), sending schn4trick railward in fourth.

They battled three-handed for a few more hands, then it was risto155 limping for 50,000 from UTG, Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell raising to 100,000 from the big blind, and risto155 calling with the 24,200 left behind.

Serradell drew just one and risto155 three, with the latter turning over [Qd][Qs][Tc][5c][3c] for a pair of queens. That wasn’t enough against Serradell’s trip sevens — [Ah][9c][7c][7s][7d] — and risto155 was eliminated in third.

MaTitheone had a slight edge to begin heads-up play with 1,346,814 to Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell’s 1,143,186. Serradell soon grabbed the lead away, then MaTitheone took it back for a short while before Serradell seized it once more, moving up over 1.57 millino to MaTitheone’s not quite 920,000 when the final hand took place.

The blinds were up to 40,000/80,000, and MaTitheone started things with a raise to 172,800 from the button. At that Serradell shoved all in, and MaTitheone called with the 725,714 behind.

Both drew just one card, then came the showdown:

MendaLerenda: [Qd][Qc][Th][3h][3c] — two pair, queens and treys
MaTitheone: [Tc][Ts][5c][4h][4c] — two pair, tens and fours

Both had made strong hands, but Serradell’s two pair were better than MaTitheone’s, knocking the latter out in second and giving the title to Serradell.

Congratulations to Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell who adds a TCOOP title to his multiple Super Tuesday wins!

TCOOP-36 ($82 NL Draw, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry) results
Entrants: 498 (300 entries, 198 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $37,350
Places paid: 66

1. Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell (United Kingdom) $7,096.70
2. MaTitheone (Poland) $5,229.00
3. risto155 (Estonia) $3,828.37
4. schn4trick (Germany) $2,614.50
5. Artur “ARTSchGamble” Scerbak (Germany) $1,867.50
6. Bigboss300 (Germany) $1,195.20

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There remains much action left to go in the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker, highlighted by the $700 buy-in Main Event with a $2 million prize pool guarantee coming up Sunday. Check out the TCOOP page for complete details of what events remain.


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TCOOP 2016: FrederickH. tops deal for title in Event #35 ($27+R PL Omaha, 6-max)

TCOOP 2016: FrederickH. tops deal for title in Event #35 ($27+R PL Omaha, 6-max)

The turbo structures of TCOOP have a way of altering most poker games in a pretty fundamental way, especially fixed-limit varieties, but 6-max PLO feels almost like its rules were made with an accelerated pace in mind. “Throw in a few re-buys and an add-on,” you might think, “and you’d have the perfect TCOOP tournament.” And as it turns out, you’d also have TCOOP 2016’s Event #35. With a $27 entry, an hour of re-buys with an add-on at the end, four cards in the hole, and five-minute levels, it was possibly the TCOOP-iest way for FrederickH. of the Netherlands to earn a first career TCOOP title.

There were 1,602 entries in the pool at the close of late registration, which also ended the re-buy period, though just under 1,200 of them remained at that time. Together they combined for 4,082 re-buys and 1,080 add-ons, building a total prize pool of $166,056.20. That was set to be split among the top 204 finishers, with a scheduled top prize of $27,400.26.

The action was brisk. Half of those 1,200 players were knocked out in the next 30 minutes, and within another two hours there were just six survivors trying to stay ahead of the 150K/300K blinds:

Seat 1: Rodrigo “caprioli” Caprioli (2,510,801 in chips)
Seat 2: kiselevich1 (312,791 in chips)
Seat 3: Zbad (6,111,899 in chips)
Seat 4: Bald Warrior (1,289,498 in chips)
Seat 5: Murat Yilmaz (3,361,305 in chips)
Seat 6: FrederickH. (8,865,706 in chips)

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Bald Warrior opened the final table with the button and the second-shortest stack and, after being dealt [Ad] [Tc] [6d] [4c], raised opened with a pot-sized raise. The Canadian player called when FrederickH. re-raised with [As] [Jh] [8h] [7s] and caught a huge combo draw on the [5d] [6h] [3d] flop. The [Qd] on the turn made the flush and moved Bald Warrior into third place with 2.87M chips.

The next 13 hands saw kiselevich1 avoid elimination twice and Bald Warrior double through Past WCOOP and TCOOP finalist Zbad with another combo draw that came home on the river for 5.85M. But the biggest moves were made by three-time SCOOP winner and Event #6 finalist Rodrigo “caprioli” Caprioli. He got started by moving into second place with 4.09M chips when [Ac] [Ad] [4d] [3h] held up against Zbad’s [As] [Js] [8d] [7h]. Then he took the lead after calling FrederickH.’s small-blind raise to 899K with [Ah] [Jh] [Tc] [4h] in the big blind, turning a pair of aces and rivering a wheel straight to chip up to 9.39M.

Short-stacked kiselevich1 held on through all those hands but finally reached the end of the rope in the big blind. Already committed for 500K, kiselevich1 called 253K more all-in with [Ac] [Jd] [Jh] [Ts] after Murat Yilmaz open-raised all-in with [Kd] [Qc] [9c] [5d]. Murat Yilmax caught top pair on the flop of the [Ks] [8s] [Td] [4s] [8d] board and never looked back, while kiselevich1 became the first final table casualty in 6th place ($4,151.40).


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Zbad survived an all-in on the next hand for less than two big blinds, rivering two pair with [Jh] [Tc] [8c] [2c] to outrun Bald Warrior’s top pair on the flop. But Bald Warrior got those chips back with a bonus on top on the next hand. Sitting in the small blind, the player from Canada raised with [Ac] [Ad] [Jd] [8s] and called when Murat Yilmaz jammed with [Qs] [Qc] [7s] [2h]. A flush draw threatened on the flop of the [4c] [Th] [8c] [9h] [5s] board but never evolved further, and Murat Yilmaz left in 5th place ($6,642.24).

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Zbad was short enough when the button and [Ad] [Qd] [Jh] [8h] came along that a pot-sized raise was worth just 19K less than Zbad’s entire stack. The rest of it went in before the flop with the best of it when FrederickH. re-raised with [Td] [7s] [5s] [4d], and even though it stayed ahead on the [6s] [Kd] [9s] flop it became an underdog against FrederickH.’s combination straight-and-flush draw. Neither of those draws ever came home, but the [5d] on the turn did give FrederickH. a pair. It became two pair with the [6c] on the river, enough to claim the 3.78M-chip pot and knock Zbad out in 4th place ($9,963.37).

The three remaining players agreed to talk over a potential deal. Before they could get there, Bald Warrior took the lead after raising on the button, checking behind after catching top pair on the flop, and then calling down caprioli’s bets on the turn and river of the [Kh] [6d] [2c] [7c] [Th] board to win the pot with kings and tens against caprioli’s tens and sevens.

That gave Bald Warrior the edge in chips as deal-making began, but FrederickH. was taking other factors into account in asking for more than ICM:

FrederickH.: i have made calculations
FrederickH.: including my edge
FrederickH.: and lack of hair at warriors side
caprioli: lol
FrederickH.: i dont want no crazy capriolis
FrederickH.: so i need 20k
FrederickH.: my wife wants new ring
FrederickH.: i bought really old one

After some negotiation FrederickH. and caprioli both got exactly $20,000, making this the second deal of the series for Caprioli after Event #6. Bald Warrior took $20,852.25 as chip leader and $2,000 remained on the table for the winner.

The remainder of the tournament spanned just 10 hands, with nine of those pots going to FrederickH. The fourth one started with FrederickH. opening for 1.8M in the small blind with [Ad] [Qd] [7s] [2d] and caprioli calling with [Qc] [Ts] [9d] [3c]. The rest of caprioli’s chips went in with a 34-percent chance to win on the [2h] [Qh] [5s] flop. That chance dropped to zero when the [2c] on the turn made FrederickH. a full house, and caprioli left in 3rd place ($20,000.00).

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FrederickH. had 15.3M chips to Bald Warrior’s 7.07M now, and the next hand all but ended the tournament. FrederickH. limped on the button and Bald Warrior checked to see the [4d] [8d] [6h] flop. Bald Warrior led for the minimum bet of 600K and then called FrederickH.’s minimum raise, and check-called a pot-sized bet of 3.6M on the [2h] flop, but folded with 1.67M behind on the [Qs] river.

After folding pre-flop on the next hand, Bald Warrior’s last stand came in the big blind with [Qh] [Jc] [8h] [2c] against FrederickH.’s [Ks] [5d] [4d] [2s]. The latter had the lead from before the flop until after the river of the [8s] [Kh] [Js] [Qs] [Ah] board, winning with a flush to bring the tournament to its end.

Congratulations to all the players in on the deal, to FrederickH. for the $22,000 score and first career TCOOP title, and to Mrs. FrederickH. on the upcoming jewelry upgrade.

TCOOP-31 ($27+R PL Omaha, 6-max, Turbo) results
Entrants:
 1,602
Re-buys: 4,082
Add-ons: 1,080
Total prize pool: $166,056.20
Places paid: 204

1. FrederickH. (Netherlands) $22,000.00*
2. Bald Warrior (Canada) $20,853.25*
3. Rodrigo “caprioli” Caprioli (Brazil) $20,000.00*
4. Zbad (Russia) $9,963.37
5. Murat Yilmaz (Germany) $6,642.24
6. kiselevich1 (Russia) $4,151.40

*Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner


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TCOOP 2016: Robin “robinho” Ylitalo wins Event #34, $85K ($700 NLHE 8-Max, Prog Ultra-KO)

TCOOP 2016: Robin “robinho” Ylitalo wins Event #34, $85K ($700 NLHE 8-Max, Prog Ultra-KO)

Robin “robinho” Ylitalo came into today’s Event #34 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker with one TCOOP title already, having won a $27 PLO event back in 2013 for nearly $28K. Ylitalo managed to match that feat and then some, outlasting another huge field to win a second career TCOOP title worth even more. Between the $41,801.04 first prize (following a heads-up deal) and $43,454.47 worth of knockout bounties, Ylitalo took away $85,255.51 total for the win.

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Robin “robinho” Ylitalo

We’ll explain how Ylitalo did it — and how those bounties worked — but first let’s start the story of Event #34 with a tweet from Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier:

Up early for the #TCOOP $700 8 max turbo progressive ultra-knockout ! What a mouthful

— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) January 28, 2016

Let us unpack that a little. The “up early” part, of course, is due to Mercier’s being in Melbourne for the ongoing Aussie Millions, coverage of which you’ve already been following here at the PokerStars Blog. By the way, Mercier has already made the final table of the $100,000 Challenge event at the Crown, due to play out on Saturday.

Meanwhile $700 was the buy-in for this no-limit hold’em event, with “8 max” referring to eight-handed tables and “turbo” of course referring to the fast-paced five-minute levels in the structure.

What does “Progressive Ultra-Knockout” mean? Well, the tourney has bounties which in fact comprise the majority of the prize pool with $498.75 of each player’s buy-in going toward them and $166.25 going into the “regular” prize pool. The bigness of the bounties explains the “ultra” part, while “progressive” refers to the fact that with each knockout a player pockets half of the eliminated player’s bounty, and the other half becomes part of the surviving player’s increased bounty.

Whew, Jason was right. That was a mouthful.


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Mercier was one of 1,593 entrants in this event, which added up to a huge $1,059,345 prize pool, with $794,508.75 of that going for the bounties and $264,836.75 for the regular prize pool divided among the top 208 finishers.

The bubble burst just before the tournament’s two-hour mark, at which point MuckCallOK was leading in chips with Mercier still alive with a slightly-below average stack.

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Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier

Mercier would ultimately last to a 117th-place finish, with Serg0013 the one to collect the Team PokerStars Pro’s bounty. Mercier earned $397.25 from the regular prize pool for getting that far, but also took away a bigger prize of $1,745.61 in bounties.

It was just after the tournament’s three-hour mark when they reached 16 players gathered around the last two tables, with Serg0013 having gone out in 68th for $635.60 (plus $3,397.70 in bounties), MuckCallOK still above the average, and 7DonCool7 the new chip leader.

bossinc63 (16th), sk2ll_m0dR (15th), Grondl (14th), and JohnyK91 (13th) were the next knockouts, each earning $1,565.18 from the regular prize pool and more from bounties, including sk2ll_m0dR earning another $8,681.24.

Then TiltMeBig (12th), 19Pistike93 (11th), antroff (10th), and finally MuckCallOK (ninth) were successively eliminated, picking up $1,986.27 each plus bounties, with MuckCallOK earning a whopping $21,126.43 for all the previous knockouts.

With 7DonCool7 still on top and nearing the 2 million-chip mark, the eight-handed final table was underway.

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Seat 1: stebn83 (Switzerland) — 623,082
Seat 2: DoEasyMoney (Belgium) — 1,236,392
Seat 3: Robin “robinho” Ylitalo (Sweden) — 1,104,364
Seat 4: marcasa (Netherlands) — 955,926
Seat 5: hpinceli (Brazil) — 555,963
Seat 6: 7DonCool7 (Germany) — 1,964,001
Seat 7: marlin5555 (Canada) — 742,040
Seat 8: viktorrz (Russia) — 783,232

The final eight made it through a couple of orbits before hpinceli open-pushed all in from UTG for 648,463 (about six-and-a-half big blinds) with [Ac][9c] and was called by marcasa who woke up with [Ad][Kh] in the big blind. The board came [Jc][4s][9s][9d][8c], and hpinceli was out in eighth.

A few minutes after that it was DoEasyMoney open-pushing for 549,560 from early position with [3s][3h], marlin5555 reraise-shoving from the small blind with [As][Qh], and viktorrz folding the BB. The community cards came [4h][4s][8d][7h][7d], that river putting two pair on the board and counterfeiting DoEasyMoney’s hand to cut the field to six.

Play continued, then came two knockouts on successive hands to trim the field to four.

In the first, Robin “robinho” Ylitalo made a just-over-2x raise to 255,600 from middle position, then viktorrz reraised all in for 761,464 from the big blind and Ylitalo called, turning over [Ah][Jh] to viktorrz’s [As][9s]. The [9c][Kd][Ad] flop was good for viktorrz, good for two pair and the lead in the hand, and the [Qh] turn card was fine as well. But the [Jd] fell on fifth street to give Ylitalo a better two pair and knock out viktorrz in sixth. That made Ylitalo the new chip leader with five left,

On the next hand it was 7DonCool7 opening for 495,000 (more than 4x the BB) from the cutoff, stebn83 three-betting all in from the big blind for 796,164, and 7DonCool7 calling. stebn83 showed [Kc][Qd] but 7DonCool7 had [Ah][Kd], and after the [4h][2s][7d][6s][Ad] runout stebn83 was done in fifth.

The four-hour break arrived with Ylitalo still the frontrunner, and once play resumed it was Ylitalo shoving that leading stack from the button and marcasa calling all in from the small blind for 1,015,025 (just over seven BBs). marcasa had [Ks][Qs] and Ylitalo [Ah][2s]. The [Kd][4s][As][8h][3c] gave both a pair but kept Ylitalo in front, and marcasa was knocked out in fourth.

marlin5555 then won a big preflop all-in versus Ylitalo to steal the chip lead. All in with [Ah][Qh] versus Ylitalo’s pocket eights, an ace came and marlin5555 survived to move in front.

Ylitalo would endure another double-up from 7DonCool7 to get knocked back a little further, but then came a hand that saw marlin5555 min-riase to 320,000 from the button, Ylitalo shove from the small blind, 7DonCool7 call all in for 1,206,366 from the big blind, and marlin5555 fold. 7DonCool7 showed [Jd][Js] but Ylitalo had picked up [Qc][Qd], and five cards later — [2d][3h][2s][Kc][Kh] — the better pair had held and 7DonCool7 had to settle for a third-place finish.

The final two played a couple of small hands, then paused things for some deal talk with the chips nearly even with Ylitalo sitting on 4,047,220 and marlin5555 with 3,917,780. Numbers were produced guaranteeing each more than $37K from the prize pool — leaving $4K for which to play — and both soon agreed.

“Can we chop bounty?” asked marlin5555 in the chatbox when play resumed — a worthwhile question given that robinho’s was worth more than $30K and marlin5555’s more than $25K — but the moderator let them know that wasn’t an option, meaning the heads-up battle would be worth considerably more than the $4K that had been set aside.

Ylitalo soon began chipping up and was nearing the 6 million-mark when he open-raised all in from the button and marlin5555 called all in with the almost 1.8 million left after posting the 200K big blind. The players’ cards were turned over:

marlin5555: [Th][Tc]
robinho: [Kc][9d]

marlin5555 was in front, but the [3s][2h][Kd] flop soon changed that by giving Ylitalo a better pair. The turn was the [Qd] and river the [6h] and it was over. Less than four hours and 15 minutes after Event #34 had begun, Ylitalo had collected the final (big) bounty and won the title.

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Robin “robinho” Ylitalo

Congratulations to Robin “robinho” Ylitalo for winning Event #34, a second career TCOOP title, and more than $85K total. And kudos as well to marlin5555 who ended up taking away more than $63K thanks to the heads-up deal and all those ultra-cool ultra-knockout bonuses.

TCOOP-34 ($700 NL Hold’em, 8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Ultra-Knockout) results
Entrants: 1,593
Total prize pool: $1,059,345 ($264,836.75 regular prize pool, $794,508.75 bounty prize pool) 

Places paid: 208

1. Robin “robinho” Ylitalo (Sweden) $41,801.04* (+ $43,454.47 in bounties)
2. marlin5555 (Canada) $37,650.83* (+ $25,677.47 in bounties)
3. 7DonCool7 (Germany) $25,159.44 (+ $29,996.35 in bounties)
4. marcasa (Netherlands) $18,538.53 (+ $2,524.90 in bounties)
5. stebn83 (Switzerland) $13,241.81 (+ $20,360.78 in bounties)
6. viktorrz (Russia) $7,945.08 (+ $3,140.52 in bounties)
7. DoEasyMoney (Belgium) $5,696.72 (+ $16,902.73 in bounties)
8. hpinceli (Brazil) $2,648.36 (+ $748.12 in bounties)

The Turbo Championship of Online Poker marches on, with the $700 buy-in Main Event with a $2 million prize pool guarantee coming up Sunday. Visit the TCOOP page full details of all remaining events.


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TCOOP 2016: SKD20โ„ข dodges the bad beats and trademarks Event #32 with a win

TCOOP 2016: SKD20โ„ข dodges the bad beats and trademarks Event #32 with a win

You know a final table is going to be entertaining when you see aces get cracked twice and two players eliminated in the first few hands.

Bad beats were something of a trademark at the final table of Event 32, a $7.50 NL Hold’em Turbo rebuy tournament with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. I lost count in the end, but it’s safe to say the best hand really didn’t hold up all that often. Considering our final 9 players had battled their way through 6,797 other players to get there, that’s pretty brutal. But hey, that’s poker, right?

One player who knows a thing or to about trademarks and dodging the suck-outs is Australia’s SKD20™, our latest TCOOP champion. We’ve got plenty of hands to get through in the story of how he’d net himself the $36,374.61 first place prize, so let’s get down to it.


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Faces in the crowd

With just three tables left there were a few names that might seem familiar to followers of the online felt. Pablo ‘gordiju’ Gordillo, a player who pulled off arguably one of the sickest Sunday sessions on PokerStars…maybe ever, went very deep in this event (21st for $551.42), as did a player from the Netherlands who goes by the name Elmagico19A1. The latter had great bookends to 2015, winning the Sunday Warm-up in January and the Super Tuesday in December for a combined $177,000, but he’d eventually fall in 15th ($1,008.99).

The most evidently accomplished player at this final table, when it comes to tournaments, was PokerStars Supernova Pokerfan89Gr. The Greek player had almost a million dollars in online results coming into this event, including wins in the Sunday Kickoff, the Big $109, and the $530 Monday PL Omaha 6-Max event; not to mention many big-time final tables. Now you can add another impressive final table to that list.

The final 9

Here’s how they looked when we got down to one table:

gahoibvthakn (Brazil) 21,595,994
zerucka (Georgia) 20,689,100
Kasabian88 (Russia) 6,353,406
SKD20™ (Australia) 53,134,319
scrubbyz (Canada) 61,097,455
Pokerfan89Gr (Greece) 24,973,779
stam89 (Netherlands) 6,695,777
aurimelis (Lithuania) 11,318,938
basketziomb2 (Poland) 6,358,232

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The blinds were 800K/1.6M by this point and so with 3 or 4 significantly short stacks in play we expected to see some action. We didn’t necessarily expect to see the best starting hand in Hold’em beaten. Twice.

Our first elimination came when it was folded around to scrubbyz and he shoved on the button for 59 million. Pokerfan89Gr let it go and stam83 snap called from the big blind with the pocket rockets ([ac][ah]) which was up against [qc][th]. The [8c][2s][js] flop presented only one dangerous card on the turn or river – a nine. Just like that, the [9s] appeared on the turn, giving scrubbyz a queen-high straight, and the [jd] river couldn’t help. stam83 said goodbye in 9th place for $1,830.26.

That gave scrubbyz the chip lead with 75 million. Just a few hands later we had another all-in and a call; this time Pokerfan89Gr open shoved under-the-gun for just under 21 million and basketziomb2 called from middle position, with a stack of just 2.3 million. Both were somewhat standard plays, as Pokerfan89Gr had [as][kd] but basketziomb2 was poised for the double up with [ac][ah].

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It wasn’t to be though. The board ran out [jh][2d][6s][qh][th] and gave Pokerfan89Gr the straight, eliminating basketziomb2 in 8th for $2,933.11.

Pokerfan89Gr had enjoyed a nice start to this final table, but he would hit a big bump in the road shortly after when a mistimed shove with [kh][2h] for 24 million on the button ran into gahoibvthakn’s [kc][kd] out of the big blind. This was a hand where the best hand did indeed hold up. gahoibvthakn shot up to 44 million while Pokerfan89Gr slipped to just 2 million.

Our 7th place elimination wasn’t so much a bad beat; after all, Kasabian88 didn’t even have a full big blind and was all-in when it came round to him. He’d managed to pick up pocket nines, which was pretty lucky you might say. Not when gavoibvthakn shoved, forcing everyone else to fold, and then revealed pocket queens though. There would be no nine, straights or flushes for Kasabian88, but there was a $5,162.27 payday to ease the bust-out blues.

Ups and downs

Now here’s another one of those cheeky suck-outs I was talking about earlier. The blinds were now 1M/2M and zerucka limped from early position. scrubbyz would shove on the button for 65M, more than enough to put all the remaining players all-in, and Pokerfan89Gr would make the call having basically been put all-in by the big blind. zerucka wasn’t ready to play for it all yet and let it go.

The [th][tc] for scrubbyz was ahead of Pokerfan89Gr’s [9h][8h], although we all know how plucky those suited connectors can be sometimes. The flop was a kind one for the all-in player: [6s][7s][4s], giving him an open-ended straight draw. The turn was even kinder – the [5d]. The [9d] changed nothing and it was a welcome double for Pokerfan89Gr, even if it was just for 7 million total.

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The hope from that hand wouldn’t last long though, as we quickly had our 6th place finisher. Pokerfan89Gr shoved on the button for little over 5 million and aurimelis from Lithuania isolated with a shove of his own for 10 million. gahoibvthakn gave up the big blind and the cards were on their backs: [3d][ah] for Pokerfan89Gr against [th][ks] for aurimelis.

The ace-high was ahead, but we’re sure you can see where this is going by now. A [kd][2c][jh][8s][6h] paired aurimelis’ king, and that was all she wrote. Aurimelis chipped up to 16 million while Pokerfan89Gr banked $7,508.76.

The next best pre-flop hand to lose belonged to SKD20™, much to zerucka’s delight. The latter had shoved for 12.4 million on the button and SKD20™, who was chip leader at the time with 75 million, made the call from the small blind.

It was [ah][2s] for the big stack and [qd][tc] for zeruka, who would need to hit to survive. And hit he did. The board ran out [qh][5d][9d][kd][7h] and it was eureka for zurecka, who doubles to 29 million while SKD20™ slipped to 63 million.

Zureka’s good fortune continued with another double up just 4 hands later, this time at the expense of another big stack belonging to scrubbyz.

scrubbyz open-shoved for 57.3 million and zureka called for 30.8 million. When the cards were revealed we saw the [7c][7s] in front of zureka and the [jd][kc] in front of scrubbyz. On first glance we zureka’s pocket pair had been outflopped, but on closer inspection the [th][7d][kd] flop had given zureka a set of sevens. The [6h] turn and [9h] river couldn’t improve scrubbyz, who dropped to 23.9 million, while zureka was now sitting pretty with 69.5 million.

An orbit later and we had a classic race. The blinds were 1.5M/3M and zureka opened to 6,540,000, only for aurimelis to shove for 12,303,472. zureka made the call.

aurimelis: [js][jd]
zureka: [as][qd]

You’re probably thinking that, as I’ve waffled on so much about bad beats, zureka is bound to hit an ace or queen and beat the pocket pair, right?

Right you are – not until the turn though. The [7d][2c][ts] flop was sweet and safe for aurimelis, but the [ah] turn and [th] river were no help to him. For 5th place, aurimelis won $9,855.25.

Then there were 4

Here’s how the chip counts looked with 4 players remaining:

SKD20tm 82,082,719
zerucka 77,772,372
gahoibvthakn 30,882,894
scrubbyz 21,479,015

There were 2 big stacks, 2 shorter stacks, but everything still to play for.

The final stretch

In turbos it never takes too long to whittle down to a winner, and tonight was no exception. When it was folded around to the blinds (2M/4M), gahoibvthakn shoved for 33 million and zureka snapped it off with the bigger stack. It was [8c][8d] for the player at risk, but zureka had him crushed with the [th][ts]. As gahoibvthakn was hoping for an 8 or some miracle straight or flush draws to appear, we saw a board containing the [qh][4h][ac][7s][7d] – which was far from ideal. Gahoibvthakn was eliminated in 4th place winning $13,175.33 for his efforts.

This shot zureka up further into the chiplead with 109 million to SKD20™’s 74 million and scrubbyz’ 27 million. You could soon add that short stack to zureka’s though, as we’d lose scrubbyz in 3rd.

He shoved from the small blind for 22 million and zureka made the call with the [3d][ac] – ahead of the [8s][6s] for scrubbyz. There would be no outdrawing done this time either – a tame board of the [jh][3c][2s][9h][7c] paired zureka’s 3 and eliminated scrubbyz for $19,006.56.

We were now heads-up. Chipleader zerucka (123 million) posed the question of a deal but there was no response from SKD20™ (88 million).

It seemed to have been a good decision to stay silent as SKD20TM began to pick up pace and took over the chiplead. However, it flipped right back when SKD20™ min-opened to 10M and zeruka called. The flop was the [7d][js][8h] and zureka checked, leading to SKD20™ continuing for 8.5M, which was called again. The turn was the [3c] which both checked, but on the [3s] river zureka took the betting lead for 20,655,000. SKD20™ made the call but mucked when zureka showed [9s][tc] having flopped the nuts. That put zureka back up to 120 million while SKD20™ was still strong with 91 million.

Just a few hands later and SKD20™ had taken a small lead again. Then we reached our final hand.

The blinds were now 3M/6M and SKD20™ min-opened to 12M, which zureka called. There was an [8c][2h][6s] flop and zureka checked, making way for SKD20™ to continuation-bet for 10,965,000. zureka now opted to 3-bet to 25,222,222, and after some tanking SKD20™ shoved for 97,352,719. zureka called and we knew our winner was basically going to be decided here.

Both had flopped top pair, but zeruka’s [7c][8h] was out-kicked by SKD20™’s [8d][9h]. The turn was the [3h]. The river was the [2s]. And it was all over.

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For a 2nd place finish in this event, zeruka won $26,984.62.

‘Winner of TCOOP 2016 E#32’ will now always be SKD20™’s trademark. Congratulations on your $36,274.61 score, sir.


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TCOOP-32 ($7.50+R, NL Hold’em, 3x-Turbo) results

Entrants: 6,806
Rebuys: 23,563
Add-ons: 4,037
Total prize pool: $234,648.92
Places paid: 855

1. SKD20™ (Australia) $36,274.61
2. zeruka (Georgia) $26,984.62
3. scrubbyz (Canada) $19,006.56
4. gahoibvthakn (Brazil) $13,175.53
5. aurimelis (Lithuania) $9,855.25
6. Pokerfan89Gr (Greece) $7,508.76
7. Kasabian88 (Russia) $5,162.27
8. basketziomb2 (Poland) $2,933.11
9. stam83 (Netherlands) $1,830.26

Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2016: Doubles all round courtesy of ugritaly and buzzard1881

TCOOP 2016: Doubles all round courtesy of ugritaly and buzzard1881

It happens in every COOP series. You get into the habit of checking the names of winners each morning, ticking off event numbers as you go and subconsciously acknowledging each player in the win column. Days later you see a name that rings some distant bell. It’s one you’ve seen before, recently too. “How do I know that name?” you ask yourself.

That happened twice this morning. There had been four more TCOOP events played on Wednesday, two of which were won by players whose names set the bells off ringing – ugritaly, and buzzard1881. The cause of this mental noise? Both had just earned a second TCOOP in the space of a week.

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Just a few days ago Canadian player buzzard1881 was telling us how much he enjoys shoot out contests (this was shortly after he won TCOOP-06, a shootout). It gave him an opportunity to focus on winning just one table; he’d said in an interview I’ll admit now needs a bit of a re-write. Seems he had no trouble in a “straightforward” limit stuff H/L tournament either.

But buzzard1881 wasn’t the only one notching up a second win of the series. A little more than a week ago Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino won the third TCOOP event of the series, picking up $33,363 for winning the Progressive-Ultra Knockout (another red-letter day for our “Tournament Naming” department, well done guys). He added another $31,202 to that tally, winning TCOOP-28, a relatively vanilla hold’em turbo with an optional re-entry.

But there were four winners this day and two others are worthy of a mention.

Shtopol’ of Ukraine picked up $17,528 in the PL Omaha, 6-Max, 3x Turbo, an event that moves so quickly that to blink risks missing your blinds.

Then there was the familiar sight of “1BigAceHole”, a name to make you flinch for more than 1Big reason. It belongs to Tim Ulmer, a recent PCA Main Event finalist and all round poker protagonist. He earned $18,848 for his win in TCOOP 29, his second career COOP title.

Here are all the day’s results in full. Click on the link in each to read the full final table report.

TCOOP-28 ($82 NL Hold’em, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry)
Entrants: 2,633 (1,935 entries, 698 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $197,475

Places paid: 342

1. Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino (Australia) $31,202.54
2. max-horror (Russia) $23,434.35
3. Seven_DV (Russia) $16,785.37
4. Loxagos (Germany) $11,552.28
5. SimonToronto (Netherlands) $8,787.63
6. villepn (Finland) $6,812.88
7. TiltStarter (Russia) $4,838.13
8. gpainn (Philippines) $2,863.38
9. flip flop250 (United Kingdom) $1,678.53

TCOOP-29 ($215 NL Hold’em, 6-Max, Shootout, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entrants: 1,178
Regular prize pool: $117,800
Bounty prize pool: $117,800
Places paid: 216

1. Tim “1BigAceHole” Ulmer (Canada) $18,848.36
2. PALblCH (Belarus) $14,136.00
3. Skrb1c (Serbia) $10,602.00
4. Zagalo87 (Czech Republic) $7,068.00
5. seppo1k (Norway) $4,712.00
6. STELARI198 (Greece) $2,921.44

TCOOP-30 ($7.50+R, PL Omaha, 6-Max, 3x-Turbo)
Entrants: 2,578 (12,322 re-buys; 1,417 add-ons)
Total prize pool: $111,281.94
Places paid: 330

1. Shtopol’ (Ukraine) $17,528.56
2. petro_popovi (Ukraine) $12,797.42
3. DaMethod (Austria) $9,458.96
4. SwizzHawk (Switzerland) $6,120.50
5. damourinio (FYROM) $3,894.86
6. DoEasyMoney (Belgium) $2,108.79

TCOOP-31 ($82 FL Stud Hi-Lo, Turbo)
Entrants: 665
Total prize pool: $49,875.00
Places paid: 88

1. buzzard1881 (Canada) $9,361.85
2. admiralph (Belgium) $6,733.12
3. 7PRS (Canada) $4,987.50
4. l0serking14 (Finland) $3,740.62
5. SiiliSuhonen (Finland) $2,493.75
6. jasonpavlich (Mexico) $1,745.62
7. viking47 (United Kingdom) $1,122.18
8. tvtotaliwin (Switzerland) $748.12

Find all the results from this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker, along with links to all the stories from the series, on our TCOOP results page.

Coming up today

There are four more TCOOP events scheduled for Thursday, which means you can pick your own highlight. For some this might be the biggest of the day, the $700 NL Hold’em 8-Max Turbo, Progressive Ultra-Knockout, with a guaranteed prize pool of $700,000. Then again if Razz is your game, your day might be all about TCOOP-33, an $82 Razz event with $25,000 guaranteed. Either way there’s more than $1 million to be one today. If you’re so inclined you might want to play them all.

TCOOP-32: $7.50+R NL Hold’em (3x Turbo) $200K GTD – 12:00 ET
TCOOP-33: $82 Razz (Turbo) $25K GTD – 14:00 ET
TCOOP-34: $700 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Turbo Progressive Ultra-KO) $700,000 GTD – 16:00 ET
TCOOP-35: $27+R PL Omaha (6-Max Turbo) $100K GTD – 18:00 ET

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We’re now just four days away from the TCOOP 2016 Main Event, but there’s plenty still to play for before then. Check out the TCOOP homepage for everything there is to know about the Championship, as well as details of how to win your seat for each event, including the Main Event on Sunday, in one of countless satellites now underway.

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TCOOP 2016: Second win of the series for buzzard1881 in Event #31 ($82 FL Stud Hi-Lo, Turbo)

TCOOP 2016: Second win of the series for buzzard1881 in Event #31 ($82 FL Stud Hi-Lo, Turbo)

Between the relatively small number of events on the schedule compared to WCOOP and SCOOP and the turbo structures at play in all of its events, TCOOP might be the toughest PokerStars tournament series for players to earn repeat victories in. Tough, but not impossible. Just ask buzzard1881, who followed up on a victory late last week in Event #6 with another win today in Event #31, an $82 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo tournament.

The game kicked off at 2:00 p.m. ET with a $25,000 guarantee and by the time late registration closed had drawn 665 players, good for a $49,875 prize pool. With $9,361.75 awaiting the winner, they played on. The average stack was worth 36K as the money bubble approached, with stakes at 5K/10K, so nobody was too comfortable even with 11 tables still in play. That lack of ease continued on for the rest of the tournament, with one small exception: the knowledge that every eliminated opponent meant a pay jump when the final table arrived at 4:53 p.m. ET.

The stakes and antes were up to 50K/100K/10K for these eight finalists:

Seat 1: buzzard1881 (770,738 in chips)
Seat 2: admiralph (405,720 in chips)
Seat 3: SiiliSuhonen (268,150 in chips)
Seat 4: jasonpavlich (165,427 in chips)
Seat 5: tvtotaliwin (233,220 in chips)
Seat 6: l0serk1ng14 (316,570 in chips)
Seat 7: 7PRS (660,623 in chips)
Seat 8: viking47 (504,552 in chips)

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The average stack coming in was worth just four big bets on the 50K/100K/10K level, so a lengthy final was never in the works. The first to go Twitch broadcaster and 2014 TCOOP runner-up tvtotaliwin, who started Hand #3 with 205K in chips and ([Qh] [Kh]) [Ah] in hand. tvtotaliwin completed to 50K and only 2012 WCOOP NL Draw champion 7PRS came along. 7PRS was holding ([5d] [7s]) [5c] and capped the betting on fourth street after making two pair, sevens and fives, with the [7d]. tvtotaliwin picked up a flush draw on fifth with the [9h] but never got the chance to chase it, as the [7h] on fifth gave 7PRS a full house. With that, tvtotaliwin finished in 8th place ($748.12).

7PRS scooped 770K on the next hand to settle into first place with 1.34M chips, but Event #6 champion and past WCOOP winner buzzard1881 struck back immediately to retake the lead. buzzard1881 started with ([Ad] [Ah]) [Td] and bet on every street without improving; 2009 WCOOP finalist viking47 was all-in on third with the [9h] showing, while 7PRS called down to seventh street but mucked (x-x) [7h] [6h] [Qs] [Ks] (x) to give buzzard1881 the 566K-chip side pot. viking47 couldn’t beat a pair of aces, either, giving buzzard1881 the main pot and eliminating viking47 in 7th place ($1,122.18).

The jockeying for position continued four hands later when 7PRS started with the bring-in and ([3d] [5c]) [2d]. 7PRS called buzzard1881’s completion to 60K before leading out on fourth with the [3h] for a pair of threes. buzzard1881 came along with [8h] [Ts] showing, led out on fifth with the [Qd], and then called on sixth and seventh before mucking when 7PRS scooped the pot with ([3d] [5c]) [2d] [3h] [Qs] [4h] ([Ah]) for a wheel straight.

jasonpavlich had come to the final table with a little more than one big bet and had been anted down to less than half of that by the time WCOOP 2010 runner-up and past Sunday Warm-Up finalist SiiliSuhonen had the bring-in with the [2s] showing and, holding a buried pair of fours, opted to complete instead. jasonpavlich called all-in with ([7h] [9h]) [8d] and improved to a pair of eights with the [8h] on fourth street to take the lead. SiiliSuhonen made two pair on fifth to jump back ahead and held on from there, knocking jasonpavlich out in 6th place ($1,745.62).

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Even with that win, SiiliSuhonen still had just two and a half big bet at 306K, making every hand potentially the last. That potential became reality five hands later after trying to steal the antes and bring-in with ([5h] [6s]) [7s] and running up against l0serk1ng14, who raised to 120K with ([5s] [Kc]) [5d] for a split pair of fives. SiiliSuhonen made sevens on fourth street but l0serk1ng14 picked up the [Kh] on fifth for two pair. SiiliSuhonen never caught up and bowed out in 5th place ($2,493.75).

admiralph, the winner of MicroMillions 9 Event #48, turned the trend of busting short stacks around after starting with a split pair of aces on the same hand as 7PRS started with a split pair of queens. That scoop was worth 491K, but still left the table split into two strata:

Seat 1: buzzard1881 (1,137,290 in chips)
Seat 2: admiralph (491,440 in chips)
Seat 6: l0serk1ng14 (353,147 in chips)
Seat 7: 7PRS (1,343,123 in chips)

2013 TCOOP finalist l0serk1ng14 took a stab at evening things out a bit when the action folded around, raising with the [7h] showing to 7PRS’s [4s]. 7PRS called and by fifth street both players had made 8-7 lows and the rest of l0serk1ng14’s chips went in the middle. 7PRS had the better hand at that point with ([8s] [3d]) [4s] [7d] [As], not just for the low against l0serk1ng14’s ([2s] [5s]) [7h] [8h] [6d] but also with ace-high. Neither player improved for the high on sixth or seventh, and l0serk1ng14 left in 4th place ($3,740.62).


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admiralph doubled through buzzard1881 on the next hand, turning ([4h] [5s]) [2d] into a 6-5 low and six-high straight by sixth street against the ace-high, no-low hand that developed from buzzard1881’s ([7h] [Ac]) [4c] starter. buzzard1881 dipped as low as 249K from there before doubling back through admiralph with, fittingly, a 6-5 low and six-high straight for the scoop. The two-time COOP winner survived one more all-in moment with a split pot before coming up with a pot on the 120K/240K/24K level that changed the course of the final.

7PRS got the hand in question going by completing to 120K with ([Kc] [5c]) [Qc] and buzzard1881 called with ([6d] [4d]) [7h]. Both players checked by fourth street and on fifth buzzard1881, holding a made 7-6 low, led out. 7PRS called with ([Kc] [5c]) [Qc] [3c] [Jh] showing and then again after picking up the [Td] on sixth and the [9s] on seventh, making a king-high straight. But that was no good against buzzard1881’s ([6d] [4d]) [7h] [2c] [3d] [7d] [8d], which made a diamond flush for the high to scoop the 1.77M-chip pot.

7PRS was anything but out of the game with 743K chips, but unfavorable starting positions saw that stack whittled down to 467K by the antes before the past WCOOP champ picked up ([9h] [9s]) [Kd] and completed for 120K. buzzard1881 called there and then again on fourth and fifth streets, holding ([6s] [7s]) [6c] [Ts] [4c] for a split pair of sixes. Neither player improved on sixth street but buzzard1881 made a two pair with the [7c] on the river, good enough to take the pot with two pair and end 7PRS’s run in 3rd place ($4,987.50).

Four uneventful hands of heads-up play passed before admiralph had a reason to press the issue, starting with ([2d] [2s]) [6s], but the past MicroMillions winner had the misfortune of picking that hand up while buzzard1881 held ([9c] [9h]) [7s]. buzzard1881 sat back and called admiralph’s bets there and on fourth, unimproved, before leading out with ([9c] [9h]) [7s] [Qd] [Ah]. admiralph called with the unimproved deuces and finally made two pair by seventh street, showing down ([2d] [2s]) [6s] [Qs] [Kh] [Jd] ([6d]), but it was too late. buzzard1881 had made nines and sevens with the [7d] on sixth street, and they claimed the pot to bring the tournament to an end.

Finishing the runner-up was worth $6,733.12 for admiralph, three times as much as winning that MicroMillions event back in 2014. As for buzzard1881, the win was worth $9,361.85, about half of the score from last week’s Event #6 victory. It’s also good for another 100 points on the TCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard, good for second place at the moment behind TedyKGB88 of the U.K. Congratulations on the win, and good luck chasing down that trophy!

TCOOP-31 ($82 FL Stud Hi-Lo, Turbo) results
Entrants:
 665
Total prize pool: $49,875.00
Places paid: 88

1. buzzard1881 (Canada) $9,361.85
2. admiralph (Belgium) $6,733.12
3. 7PRS (Canada) $4,987.50
4. l0serking14 (Finland) $3,740.62
5. SiiliSuhonen (Finland) $2,493.75
6. jasonpavlich (Mexico) $1,745.62
7. viking47 (United Kingdom) $1,122.18
8. tvtotaliwin (Switzerland) $748.12


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TCOOP 2016: Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino wins second title of series in Event #28 ($82 NLHE, Optional Re-Entry)

TCOOP 2016: Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino wins second title of series in Event #28 ($82 NLHE, Optional Re-Entry)

Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino has had a nice week at the TCOOP tables. Just look at his hourly rate in a couple of the events in which the player from Australia has taken part.

Last Thursday Fazzino played Event #3, a $215 no-limit hold’em progressive “ultra-knockout” event, and in just over four-and-a-half hours was able to beat out a 4,250-entry field to win the title and just under $58K between the first-place prize and bounties.

Then today Fazzino needed just about the same amount of time — just a touch over four-and-a-half hours — to win a second TCOOP title in Event #28, an $82 buy-in NLHE event with optional re-entries. For that effort Fazzino picked up a nice $31,202.54 cash. In other words, between those two events he made just under $10K an hour!

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Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino

Players were able to re-enter up to three times during late registration. All told there would be 2,633 entries (1,935 entries, 698 re-entries), adding up to a $197,475 prize pool that well exceeded the event’s $150K guarantee.

It would take only about two hours and 10 minutes to play down to 342 players and for the money bubble to burst, at which point Tony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi topped the chips counts. A half-hour after that they were down to less than 100 with Arvydas “Merfinis” Merfeldas the new leader and Nardi having slipped back to an average stack.


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They were only a short way into the tournament’s fourth hour when just 18 were left, with Nardi out in 69th ($335.70), Merfeldas still near the top, and Loxagos the new chip leader with more than 1.5 million.

zyang1982 (18th), TCOOP Event #13 winner MikeyGG3 (17th), and one-time SCOOP winner LeslieGroves (16th) were the next eliminations, with those three each taking away $730.65. MrNorberto (15th) and vin.fromage (14th) then went out, picking up $1,007.12 apiece.

Then came a big double-knockout hand in which max-horror flopped a full house, then took out both 10Badboy10 (13th, $1,007.12) and former leader Arvydas “Merfinis” Merfeldas (12th, $1,283.58), after which max-horror had more than 3.7 million and twice the stack of the nearest challenger.

Gordon “holla@yoboy” Vayo (11th) and benderbei2 (10th) were next sent railward, each also earning $1,283.58, and with max-horror still the big leader the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: villepn (Finland) — 796,405
Seat 2: SimonToronto (Netherlands) — 1,821,093
Seat 3: Loxagos (Germany) — 1,363,881
Seat 4: gpainn (Philippines) — 1,336,894
Seat 5: TiltStarter (Russia) — 728,726
Seat 6: Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino (Australia) — 1,516,708
Seat 7: Seven_DV (Russia) — 1,026,948
Seat 8: max-horror (Russia) — 4,179,301
Seat 9: flip flop250 (United Kingdom) — 395,044

Shortly after the final table began, leader max-horror min-raised from the small blind, and flop flop250 called all in for just over 15,000, all that was left after posting the 120,000-chip BB. flip flop250 had [Jh][Td] and max-horror [Qd][5h], and the board came [Ah][2c][8c][9h][5s] to give max-horror a pair of fives and knock out flip flop250 in ninth.

Then just before the break that came at the tournament’s four-hour mark, SimonToronto raised 3x to 480,000 from middle position, gpainn reraised all in to 786,918 from the cutoff, and SimonToronto called. gpainn had [Qs][Qd] and was racing versus SimonToronto’s [As][Kh], then the [Kc][7c][9s] flop swung the advantage SimonToronto’s way. The turn was the [8s] and the river the [9d], and gpainn was sent railward in eighth.

Following the break, SimonToronto min-raised to 140,000 from UTG, TiltStarter three-bet to 350,000 from the hijack seat, SimonToronto reraised back, and TiltStarter called all in right away with the 141,274 behind. TiltStarter turned over [Ac][4c] and needed help versus SimonToronto’s [9s][9d]. The board came [8c][6s][2h], then [Ts], then [5s], and TiltStarter was ousted in seventh.

Helped by those knockouts, SimonToronto had moved into the chip lead, eventually pushing up over 5 million. Then it was villepn shoving for 1,230,310 from the cutoff and Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino calling from the big blind.

villepn was going for a “Triple COOP,” having previously won both a WCOOP and a SCOOP, and was at risk with [As][3s]. Meanwhile Fazzino had the edge with [Ad][Td]. The board came [Jd][Ah][7s][9s][Th], giving Fazzino two pair and villepn just one, and villepn’s run was stopped in sixth.

Not long after, Seven_DV would grab the chip lead in a big all-in that saw Seven_DV’s ace-nine outdraw SimonToronto’s ace-jack. The pair got all in on a seven-high flop, then a nine turned and Seven-DV moved up into first position with five left.

A few minutes later SimonToronto was the short stack, and when folded to in the small blind shoved all in for just over 1.4 million total (not quite six big blinds) and Loxagos called from the big blind. SimonToronto had [Jh][7c] and Loxagos [Ts][Td], and five cards later — [8h][9s][Ks][Kd][Ad] — Loxagos’s tens had held and SimonToronto had been eliminated in fifth.

Brief chat about a deal with four left went unheeded as all-ins were occurring nearly every hand. Finally Loxagos was the one not to survive an all-in, pushing from small blind for 1,213,338 with [Ks][Ts], getting called by Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino in the BB with [Qh][6h], then watching the board roll out [Kd][Ah][2s][5h][3h] to give Fazzino a flush and stop Loxagos in fourth.

At the start of three-handed play Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino led with just under 7 million, Seven_DV was next with about 4.16 million, and max-horror third with just over 2 million.

Soon Fazzino was shoving that leading stack all in from the small blind and getting a call from Seven_DV from the BB for just over 2.73 million total. Fazzino had [6d][5d] and Seven_DV [Ah][4s], and the [6s][Jh][3c] flop swiftly swung the edge Fazzino’s way. The turn was the [9h] and river the [4d], and suddenly they were down to two.

Fazzino held the big edge to start heads-up play with 10,237,366 to max-horror’s 2,927,634. max-horror managed one double-up with jack-ten versus Fazzino’s ace-five when a ten came among the community cards. Then a few hands later max-horror doubled again with king-nine versus ace-deuce thanks to a saving king.

max-horror would get all in with the best hand shortly after that after pushing with [Ah][9c] and getting called by Fazzino who had [Ac][2s], but a [Jh][Th][Qd][Kd][6c] runout added up to a split pot, and Fazzino still held the big advantage with more than 10.4 million to max-horror’s almost 2.75 million.

They’d get it all in again on the very next hand after Fazzino open-pushed from the button and max-horror called, with max-horror showing [Ah][Ts] and again being ahead of Fazzino who had [Jd][8c]. But the [Qc][8h][Kd] flop paired Fazzino, and after the [5s] turn and [5h] river it was all over — Fazzino had won a second TCOOP title!

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Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino

Congratulations to Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino for securing a second TCOOP win in less than a week. And with three other TCOOP cashes as well, Fazzino now moves into first place in the TCOOP Player of the Series race!

TCOOP-28 ($82 NL Hold’em, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry) results
Entrants: 2,633 (1,935 entries, 698 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $197,475

Places paid: 342

1. Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino (Australia) $31,202.54
2. max-horror (Russia) $23,434.35
3. Seven_DV (Russia) $16,785.37
4. Loxagos (Germany) $11,552.28
5. SimonToronto (Netherlands) $8,787.63
6. villepn (Finland) $6,812.88
7. TiltStarter (Russia) $4,838.13
8. gpainn (Philippines) $2,863.38
9. flip flop250 (United Kingdom) $1,678.53

There are still more than 20 events left to go in the Turbo Championship of Online Poker, including this Sunday’s $700 buy-in Main Event with a $2 million prize pool guarantee. Check the TCOOP page for information about all of the remaining events.


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TCOOP 2016: A win for Nanos while Lewis and Margereson go close

TCOOP 2016: A win for Nanos while Lewis and Margereson go close

There were plenty of names that sounded familiar in the latest round of TCOOP results. Events 24 to 27 played out on Tuesday with final tables featuring players we’ve seen at this stage of big events before. Some won, some lost, while others faded into the background. Still, there was plenty to talk about.

Perhaps the most noticeable winner was Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos who won TCOOP-26. Nanos is best remembered for reaching the final table of EPT Vienna back in Season 10, alongside Daniel Negreanu. But since then he’s gone on to win a first TCOOP title, and then a second yesterday, this one worth more than $161,000.

Elsewhere it was about who nearly won.

Aggro Santos finished fourth in TCOOP-24, while Georgios “GeoManousos” Sotiropoulos finished fifth behind Nanos in TCOOP-26. Then in TCOOP-27 810ofclubs finished third, but only after taking the biggest share of a three way deal with Leviathan74 and eventual winner wemax. 810ofclubs is in great form, having only recently reached the final table of the PCA main event. In the Bahamas though he was known by a different name: former EPT winner Toby Lewis.

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Here are all the day’s results in full. Click on the link in each to read the full final table report.

TCOOP-24 ($82 PL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Turbo)
Entrants: 1,206
Total prize pool: $90,450
Places paid: 156

1. Raabinator93 (Germany) $15,150.81
2. imcastleman (Canada) $11,306.25
3. Grebinat (Ukraine) $8,592.75
4. Aggro Santos (Mexico) $5,879.25
5. sandman201 (Canada) $3,853.17
6. Olsen83 (Denmark) $2,713.50

TCOOP-25 ($82 Stud, Turbo) results
Entrants: 540
Total prize pool: $40,500
Places paid: 72

1. André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos (Czech Republic) $7,654.70
2. mddgfc (United Kingdom) $5,609.25
3. droseff (Bulgaria) $4,131.00
4. pxc666 (China) $3,037.50
5. 10Badboy10 (Russia) $2,025.00
6. manunanu (Australia) $1,417.50
7. krec23 (Russia) $1,012.50
8. fel_iv (Brazil) $708.75

TCOOP-26 ($700 NL Hold’em, 8-Max, Turbo, Ultra-Deep)
Entrants: 1,377
Total prize pool: $915,705
Places paid: 176

1. Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos (Austria) $161,164.89
2. BARBARVSSA2 (Russia) $114,463.12
3. anteen (Sweden) $86,991.97
4. Domce (Lithuania) $64,099.35
5. Georgios “GeoManousos” Sotiropoulos (Austria) $45,785.25
6. Kiiiiiiik (Germany) $27,471.15.
7. RPILON (Canada) $18,314.10
8. cwirek1982 (United Kingdom) $9,157.05

TCOOP-27 ($27+R NL Hold’em, 2x-Turbo)
Entrants: 3,086
Rebuys: 7,345
Add-ons: 2,083
Total prize pool: $307,218.70
Places paid: 397

1. wemax (Hungary) *$38,000.00
2. Leviathan74 (Greece) *$32,547.49
3. 810ofclubs (United Kingdom) *$39,745.48
4. Blunty2004 (Germany) $17,665.07
5. apoelhinio (United Kingdom) $13,364.01
6. M Cunha G (Brazil) $10,291.82
7. XHorizon101X (Canada) $7,219.63
8. Deividas K (Lithuania) $4,153.59
9. GiBobH/L (Poland) $2,611.35
* Reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $4,000 in play for the winner

Find all the results from this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker, along with links to all the stories from the series, on our TCOOP results page.

Coming up today

There are another four TCOOP events to be played today, meaning another $375,000 in guaranteed prize money to be won. The highlight of the day is arguably a toss-up between TCOOP-28 and TCOOP-29, both of which boast a $150,000 guarantee. We’ll let you decide from the list below.

TCOOP-28: $82 NL Hold’em (Turbo, optional re-entry) $150k GTD – 08:00 ET
TCOOP-29: $215 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Turbo shootout, Progressive Super KO) $150K GTD – 10:00 ET
TCOOP-30: $7.50+R PL Omaha (6-Max, 3x Turbo) $50K GTD – 12:00 ET
TCOOP-31: $82 Stud H/L (Turbo) $25K GTD – 14:00 ET


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Leader Board after 27 events

Lastly for now a look at the current leader board standings after more than half of this year’s events played. There’s a new name at the top in the form of TedyKGB88 who overtakes KommeisterX at the top.

PLACE NAME COUNTRY POINTS
1 TedyKGB88 United Kingdom 235
2 KornmeisterX Germany 210
3 CMoosepower Denmark 200
3 ouchbadbeat United Kingdom 200
5 DJeka[MD] Moldova 175
5 Zagalo87 Czech Republic 175
7 sandman201 Canada 170
8 G’s zee Canada 160
8 ugritaly Australia 160
10 10Badboy10 Russia 155
10 GiBobH/L Poland 155

That leaves five days still to play in TCOOP 2016. Check out the TCOOP homepage for everything there is to know about the Championship, as well as details of how to win your seat for each event, including the Main Event on Sunday, in one of countless satellites now underway.

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TCOOP 2016: André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos wins Event #25 with ease; Danzer goes deep ($82 Stud)

TCOOP 2016: André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos wins Event #25 with ease; Danzer goes deep ($82 Stud)

There was just a single straightforward stud event on this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker schedule, although if you blinked you might have missed it. That’s because it took less than three-and-a-half hours for the $82 buy-in Event #25 to play out this afternoon, at the end of which André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos of the Czech Republic had collected all the chips and a nice $7,654.70 first prize. Santos had to best a 540-entry field to take away the largest share of the $40,500 prize pool that comfortably exceeded the event’s $25K guarantee.

The top 72 finishers made the money in this one, and just two hours in they were already down to 83 players, with FNickel leading the counts and Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer sitting just inside the top 10.

The third hour had just begun when the money bubble burst, then about a half-hour after that they were down to three tables with André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos having jumped out in front of FNickel, pushing way up over 500,000 when no one else had even half that amount. Just a few hands later Danzer found himself short-stacked and then finally knocked out in 18th for a $334.12 cash.

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Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer

Danzer was knocked out by TCOOP star TedyKGB88 who before this event already had six cashes and two final tables to sit in second position in the TCOOP Player of the Series standings.


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Soon they were down to two tables. Freddy(DM(3) (16th) and FENOMENICO (15th) then were eliminated, and after getting short FNickel (14th) followed them to the rail. A few minutes later nemisoi was also knocked out (13th), with those four players each earning $405 for their finishes.

ouchbadbeat (12th), iamfunnyb0t (11th), and Iraqing (10th) were the next to go, followed by TedyKGB88 (ninth) who just missed another final table, but with this finish moves into first in the TCOOP Player of the Series standings at the halfway mark of the series. Those four each earned $564.75.

With the three-hour break coming up, the final table was underway with André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos the chip leader by a wide margin as the only player over 1 million in chips.

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Seat 1: mddgfc (United Kingdom) — 169,196
Seat 2: fel_iv (Brazil) — 53,198
Seat 3: André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos (Czech Republic) — 1,051,983
Seat 4: manunanu (Australia) — 470,011
Seat 5: pxc666 (China) — 256,142
Seat 6: droseff (Bulgaria) — 309,834
Seat 7: krec23 (Russia) — 76,244
Seat 8: 10Badboy10 (Russia) — 313,392

The first final table elimination came quickly in a hand that saw the table’s short stack, fel_iv, get felted by droseff.

All in by third street for less than half a big bet, fel_iv ultimately drew ([5h])([3s]) / [As][Kh][9h][5d] / ([Qh]) for a pair of fives, which wasn’t enough against droseff’s ([Ah])([3h]) / [Qc][8h][Qs][4c] / ([2c]) for queens, and fel_iv was done in eighth.

Just a few hands later, krec23 was the short stack all in by third street with only leader André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos sticking around. krec23 had ([Qs])([9c]) / [8s], then drew [4s][2h][5h] / ([7s]) to make only queen-high. Meanwhile Santos started out ([3d])([Tc]) / [4d] and picked up [9s][5c][8c] / ([Qd]) — also queen-high but with a better kicker — and krec23 was eliminated in seventh.

The fourth hour began, and the limits were up to 50K/100K when manunanu called a third-street raise from Santos, then called again to go all in on fourth. By then manunanu had ([4d])([Jc]) / [Kc][Qd], and three more cards — [3s][2d] / ([6s]) — didn’t improve manunanu to better than king-high. Santos had ([7d])([Ts]) / [Ad][6c] when the last chips went in, and after drawing [6h][Kh] / ([Ks]) finished with kings and sixes to knock out manunanu in sixth.

A minute later 10Badboy10 was raising with the [7s] showing, pxc666 reraised with the [8d] up, 10Badboy10 reraised again to put all 169,392 in the middle, and pxc666 called. Their hole cards revealed, 10Badboy10 had three cards with a lot of potential with ([8s])([6s]) / [7s], then drew [6c][Ad][2c] / ([3c]) to finish with a pair of sixes. pxc666 had that beat already by third street with ([9d])([8h]) / [8d], picking up [Th][3d][Jd] / ([9h]) thereafter to end with two pair and stop 10Badboy10 in fifth for a seventh cash already this TCOOP series.

The final four battled onward for another seven minutes, enough time for the betting limits to increase to 80K/160K. By then pxc666 had slipped to 141,676, and after André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos raised on third street pxc666 called all in. pxc666 would finish that hand with ([2h])([4d]) / [2s][5c][8s][Jc] / ([6c]), having been unable to improve on a pair of deuces made by third street. Santos beat that with ([Ac])([7d]) / [Ts][Js][2c][3d] / ([Jd]), rivering a pair of jacks to oust pxc666 in fourth.

Santos was well in command then with three left, and before long droseff — who won a SCOOP title last year in a 2-7 triple draw event — would be down to less than a small bet with just 55,138. All of that went in by third street versus the chip leader, and droseff’s ([5c])([Jc]) / [2c][Jd][As][9c] / ([Ts]) (a pair of jacks) proved not enough against Santos’s ([8d])([7s]) / [6h][6s][4s][7h] / ([Kh]) (two pair, sevens and sixes), and they were down to two.

Santos had a better than 5-to-1 chip lead to start heads-up play with more than 2.25 million to mddgfc’s just over 445,000, but mddgfc managed to get all those chips in on the first hand between them to earn a double-up and narrow the gap. A few hands after that mddgfc was all in again on fourth street, then after hitting two pair on fifth saw the hand hold up, and suddenly the two players were nearly even in chips.

But Santos would win a similarly-large pot just a few hands later, and was again up around 2.37 million while mddgfc slipped under 325,000 when the final hand took place.

It began with Santos bringing it in for 30,000 with the [2c] showing, mddgfc raising to 100,000 with the [9c] up, then the pair continuing to reraise back and forth until Santos capped it and mddgfc called all in. Here’s what it looked like on third:

mddgfc: ([4h])([7s]) / [9c]
Sira Al Aziz: ([4s])([Ts]) / [2c]

And after each player was dealt four more cards, here’s how they ended up:

mddgfc: ([4h])([7s]) / [9c][Ac][5d][Tc] / ([7d])
Sira Al Aziz: ([4s])([Ts]) / [2c][3h][2d][9d] / ([4d])

mddgfc had at last made a pair of sevens on seventh, but Santos picked up a second pair on the last round to make the best hand and win.

Congratulations to André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos for outlasting 539 opponents in just three hours and 19 minutes to win Event #25 and turn $82 into a cool $7,654.70.

TCOOP-25 ($82 Stud, Turbo) results
Entrants: 540
Total prize pool: $40,500
Places paid: 72

1. André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos (Czech Republic) $7,654.70
2. mddgfc (United Kingdom) $5,609.25
3. droseff (Bulgaria) $4,131.00
4. pxc666 (China) $3,037.50
5. 10Badboy10 (Russia) $2,025.00
6. manunanu (Australia) $1,417.50
7. krec23 (Russia) $1,012.50
8. fel_iv (Brazil) $708.75

Event #25 marks the halfway point of the 50-event Turbo Championship of Online Poker series. Check the TCOOP page for a full rundown of the remaining 25 events along with results and lots of other TCOOP-related information.


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TCOOP 2016: Aggro Santos nears TCOOP title but it’s victory for Raabinator93

TCOOP 2016: Aggro Santos nears TCOOP title but it’s victory for Raabinator93

Poker can be a game of amazing highs and crushing lows. But also amazing lows. And highs that are only half-good.

Well, that’s true in this game at least. A total of 1,206 players hit the register button for this TCOOP $82 PL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-max event, resulting in a crescendoed prize pool of $90,450 – way more than the $50,000 that was guaranteed.

PokerStars Team Pro George Danzer was in this one chasing his first TCOOP title (and the triple COOP), but would eventually bust just seven players before the money. He was the last red spade standing, while other notable names to go deep included Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman, Scott ‘Aggro Santos’ Margereson, and Chris ‘NigDawg’ Brammer.

In fact, Brammer was the chipleader with around 50 players remaining. He’d eventually fall in 26th place, but Margereson would reach the final 6. With a Sunday Million win and two WCOOP titles to his name, a TCOOP title would fit very nicely on his online poker mantelpiece.

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Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson

The final table outlined in this blog is a twisting and turning tale of unwavering all-ins and a dismissed deal that eventually led to our latest TCOOP champion, Germany’s Raabinator93, banking a good few thousand more than he would have if he’d shook hands when he was outchipped 3 to 1 (he took home a not-too-shabby first place pay out of $15,150.81).

But before we get to that, let’s rewind a little.

The magnificent six

Here’s how the final six players stacked up coming into this final table:

sandman201 (Canada) 2,322,520
Scott ‘Aggro Santos’ Margereson (Mexico) 1,064,953
Raabinator93 (Germany) 508,472
Grebinat (Ukraine) 422,646
imcastleman (Canada) 1,294,948
Olsen33 (Denmark) 356,461

Aside from Margereson’s accomplishments, there was another notable winner at the table. Canada’s sandman201 already has a SCOOP title under his belt, and was coming in to this final table as the chipleader.

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The shortest stack at the table belonged to Grebinat, but he’d soon fix that with a double up early through sandman201. With the blinds at 40K/80K, sandman201 opened to 160,000 and Grebinat defended his big blind leaving just 262,646 behind. It would all go in the middle on the [4s][2d][jd] flop and Grebinat’s [tc][js][jh][kc] for a set of jacks was ahead but at risk against his opponent’s [td][kd][ad][5h] flush and straight draws. The [2h] on the turn improved his hand to a full house and Grebinat shot up to 885,292.

sandman201 remained active though, and clashed with the second biggest stack, imcastleman, not long after. The blinds were 50K/100K at this point and imcastleman opened to 200K on the button. Sandman201 made the call from the big blind and the two saw a [ks][kc][9s] flop, which both checked. That brought the [9d] on the turn and now sandman201 bet 200K, which was called. The [jc] on the river was again checked by both, and sadman201’s [3d][jd][2c][4s] couldn’t compete with the [qh][8c][5d][qd] for a two pair, kings and queens. Ship the pot and chiplead to imcastleman.

He’d put it to good use, knocking out Olsen83 in 6th for $2,713.50. The player from Denmark had little over 2 big blinds when he found himself having to put 120K in the middle without yet seeing his cards. Unsurprisingly he called off imcastleman’s shove and it was [8c][qc][kh][jc] for the shorty against [9c][5h][js][8s]. The board ran out [as][4c][3s] [td] [6s] and that was all she wrote for Olsen83.

Exit sandman201

Things weren’t looking good for the Canada-based player and after doubling up Grebinat once more he was gone. Sandman201 opened to 420,000 under the gun and imcastleman called out of the big blind. The [kc][4s][9h] flop fell and both players checked, but when the [2h] arrived on the turn imcastleman put sandman201 all-in and found a caller.

Sandman201 [3d][as][2c][6c]
imcastkeman [jh][kh][kd][9d]

imcastleman was ahead with top set but sandman201 had a chance to win the whole pot with a straight or chop it on the low end. The river, however, was the [9s] and the full house sent sandman201 to sleep in fifth for $3,853.17.

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Grebinat refused to be eliminated from this tournament, doubling up and chopping the pot at every all-in opportunity, but imcastleman was running away with it in between, continuously picking up the blinds hand after hand, chipping up to 4 million.

It would be Scott ‘Aggro Santos’ Margereson who would finish in 4th. Raabinator93 opened to 490,000 under the gun leaving little behind. Aggro Santos shoved for 618,897 and Raabinator93 made the call.

Aggro Santos [6d][ts][kd][as]
Raabinator93 [2h][qs][qh][4s]

The cards fell as follows: [tc][7d][4h] [7h] [qc] and with a full house (queens full of sevens) Raabinator93 scooped the 1.3 million pot and Margereson had $5,879.25 added to his PokerStars account.


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Then came another elimination, this time the plucky Grebinat (only after he’d doubled up once or twice more, of course). A blind vs blind pre-flop raising war saw him all-in at the hands of imcastleman, with a hand that played well for the low pots – [2c][3s][js][4d]. Imcastleman had the [td][4c][th][2h] and we saw a board of the [tc][as][9s] [9d] [8h]. In the end yet another boat for imcastleman would secure him another knockout, while Grebinat secured a 3rd place finish for $8,592.75.

“Deal” and “No deal”

As soon as heads up play started, the two remaining players decided to discuss their deal options. However, it would be a short conversation, as you can see below.

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There were 2 surprises here. One was that imcastleman was so willing to make the deal despite having a 3 to 1 chip lead. And the second was that Raabinator93 was so quick to turn it down.

But we digress. After a short break we were under way and the all-in confrontations came thick and fast.

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After a few chops, Raabinator93 found a double up. It would all go in before the flop: [6d][ac][9s][8s] for Raabinator93 and [qs][ad][jh][ts] for imcastleman. After five community cards were dealt, [6c][kc][7c] [8d] [2d], Raabinator93 won both the Hi (with two pair) and the Lo (with 8,7,6,2,A) for the whole shebang and 2.8 million in chips to imcastleman’s 3.2 million.

Not long later Raabinator93 had totally reversed the chip counts. The final hand of the tournament played out like this.

Raabinator93 made a 3x open on the button to 750,000 and imcastleman shoved for 1,831,790, which got a quick call.

The cards were revealed and here’s what we saw:

Raabinator93: [5s][7c][7h][ah]
imcastleman: [qh][9s][ac][7s]

Although behind to begin with, imcastleman would take the lead the on the [qd][6s][jd] flop. The turn was the [8d], giving Raabinator93 an up and down draw and imcastleman more cards to dodge. He couldn’t do it though; the [4s] on the river gave Raabinator93 the straight and the win.

For his 2nd place finish, imcastleman banks $11,306.25.

Winning in this game is never easy – you’ve got to take the highs with the lows. By refusing the deal and saying those two simple words (“let’s play”), Raabinator93 secured himself the TCOOP title, and $15,150.81.

TCOOP-24 ($82 PL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Turbo) results

Entrants: 1,206
Total prize pool: $90,450
Places paid: 156

1. Raabinator93 (Germany) $15,150.81
2. imcastleman (Canada) $11,306.25
3. Grebinat (Ukraine) $8,592.75
4. Aggro Santos (Mexico) $5,879.25
5. sandman201 (Canada) $3,853.17
6. Olsen83 (Denmark) $2,713.50


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TCOOP 2016: Four winners yesterday, four more today

TCOOP 2016: Four winners yesterday, four more today

One of the great things about a ‘COOP series is the sheer volume of events. No need to wait for the weekend for something big to happen, because in TCOOP there are at least four events to look out for on any given day, such as yesterday… and today for that matter.

We’ll get to today in just a moment. First yesterday with TCOOP events 20 through 23 playing to a finish. That meant four titles and a combined prize pool of more than $660,000.

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They came in 5-card Omaha, Omaha hi-lo, regular hold’em, and one of those turbo zoom tournaments with a name so long there’s a danger of it taking more time to say than to play (in this case a no-limit-hold’em-four-max-zoom-zoom-progressive-progressive-super-knockout).

Here are the results in full. Click on the link in each to read the full final table report.

TCOOP-20 ($82+R PL 5-Card Omaha, 6-Max, Turbo)
Entrants: 372
Rebuys: 695
Add-ons: 230
Total prize pool: $97,275
Places paid: 48

1. flexmasterNL (Netherlands) $18,518.12*
2. CavaloOoOo (Brazil) $16,004.61*
3. GiBobH/L (Poland) $10,943.43
4. Team PokerStars Pro Online Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) $7,538.81
5. pappadogg (Czech Republic) $5,593.31
6. raconteur (United Kingdom) $3,647.81
* Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner

TCOOP-21 ($27 NL Hold’em, 4-Max, Zoom, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entrants: 6,873
Regular prize pool: $84,537.90
Bounty prize pool: $84,194.25
Places paid: 900
1. TeaDrinker77 (Malta) $6,248.95 + $1,884.34 in bounties*
2. nickus_poker (Netherlands) $6,805.85 + $1,673.75 in bounties*
3. PaiKekai (United Kingdom) $5,307.22 + $676.53 in bounties*
4. M Cunha G (Brazil) $2,019.61 + $525.57 in bounties
5. Theo55CY (Cyprus) $1,278.21 + $605.74 in bounties
* Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner

TCOOP-22 ($82 FL Omaha Hi-Lo, 8-Max, Turbo)
Entrants: 728
Total prize pool: $54,600.00
Places paid: 96

1. 7HE__D__ASH (Switzerland) $9,078.53*
2. juicy joy (Netherlands) $8,529.97*
3. Thomas “sandman201” Tyler (Canada) $5,460.00
4. Ulett_23 (Canada) $4,095.00
5. sleepy_seven (Germany) $2,730.00
6. glennerz (Canada) $1,911.00
7. LillyPutina (Russia) $1,228.50
8. BraunerBär (Germany) $819.00
* Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner

TCOOP-23 ($215 NL Hold’em, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, 10-Stack)
Entrants: 2,031
Total prize pool: $428,134.80
Places paid: 264

1. Thi_cortes (Brazil) $64,604.86 *
2. DJeka[MD] (Moldova) $55,133.45 *
3. steve3331 (Hungary) $37,461.79
4. FragdenInder (Austria) $24,617.75
5. Ce$ar$pa (United Kingdom) $16,055.05
6. guix2x (Brazil) $9,033.64
* Reflects the results of a 2-way deal that left $4,000 for the winner

Coming up today

That brings us to today with four more events and nearly $1 million in prize money to be won. They come in different shapes and sizes, with the pick of the day being TCOOP-26, a NL Hold’em ultra-deep tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $700,000.

Here’s the full schedule of what to expect today:

TCOOP-24: $82 PL Omaha H/L (6-Max Turbo) $50K GTD – 12:00 ET
TCOOP-25: $82 Stud (Turbo) $25K GTD – 14:00 ET
TCOOP-26: $700 NL Hold’em (Turbo, Ultra-Deep) $700K GTD – 16:00 ET
TCOOP-27: $27+R NL Hold’em (2x Turbo) $200K GTD – 18:00


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Leader Board after 23 events

Finally a look at the current leader board standings after 23 events, nearly half way in the 50 tournament series.

PLACE NAME COUNTRY POINTS
1 KornmeisterX Germany 210
2 TedyKGB88 United Kingdom 205
3 CMoosepower Denmark 190
4 DJeka[MD] Moldova 175
5 ouchbadbeat United Kingdom 170
6 G’s zee Canada 160
6 ugritaly Australia 160
8 GiBobH/L Poland 155
9 Zagalo87 Czech Republic 145
10 Geraldo Cesar Brazil 140
10 homasapiens Poland 140

Check back on the PokerStars Blog as the day goes on for each result, and find everything there is to know about the Championship on the TCOOP homepage. Then check back here tomorrow for the round-up of the day, as well as what’s up next in TCOOP 2016. As always send your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter @PokerStarsBlog.com.


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TCOOP-22: Ulett_23 denied a Triple COOP, 7HE__D__ASH scoops Event #22 title ($82 FL Omaha Hi-Lo, 8-Max, Turbo)

TCOOP-22: Ulett_23 denied a Triple COOP, 7HE__D__ASH scoops Event #22 title ($82 FL Omaha Hi-Lo, 8-Max, Turbo)

It hasn’t been uncommon the last few years to see a player come seemingly out of nowhere to earn multiple COOP titles within a short period of time, making every new series a reason to keep an eye on their performance. But for some players, multiple COOP titles only come along after years of play. Today’s TCOOP Event #22 was populated by multiple players with past wins during PokerStars’ big annual tournament series, including one just a TCOOP title away from becoming a Triple COOP winner after wins dating back almost a decade. Ulett_23 came up just short of that accomplishment in the end, finishing two spots behind eventual champion 7HE__D__ASH.

The prospect of playing one of the quickest big-money Omaha hi-lo tournaments around drew 728 players, good for a $53,600 prize pool with $10,237.50 awaiting the winner. With five-minute levels, even fixed-limit betting and split pots couldn’t slow things down. It took just two hours and 26 minute to reduce the field to 96 and start the payouts, and by the break before the start of the third hour there were just 23 players left.

They finally reached the eight-handed final table at 3:19 p.m. ET, playing 40K/80K stakes with this lineup:

Seat 1: LillyPutina (167,560 in chips)
Seat 2: sleepy_seven (748,382 in chips)
Seat 3: BraunerBär (336,868 in chips)
Seat 4: Tyler “sandman201” Thomas (407,911 in chips)
Seat 5: 7HE__D__ASH (775,841 in chips)
Seat 6: glennerz (502,632 in chips)
Seat 7: juicy joy (360,821 in chips)
Seat 8: Ulett_23 (339,985 in chips)

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The final table would last 64 hands from start to finish, and almost a quarter of that total would go by with all eight finalist still at the table. Short stacks BraunerBär and LillyPutina survived on the brink of elimination four times between them. That included one pot where both players were all-in against 7HE__D__ASH, who took third place in a hold’em event during SCOOP 2013. LillyPutina’s [Ah] [Qs] [8h] [6s] took the low and BraunerBär’s [Kc] [7c] [6d] [4d] made a six-high straight on to beat 7HE__D__ASH’s pair of jacks on the [2s] [Jh] [3s] [Td] [5c] board.

With juicy joy and Triple COOP aspirant Ulett_23, winner of a 2008 WCOOP bracelet and a 2010 SCOOP watch, also short-stacked, it was only a matter of time before the 80K/160K stakes forced someone into action that would send them to the rail. That came on Hand #14 when BraunerBär raised to 160K with [Ac] [Kd] [Jh] [4d] and Ulett_23 raised all-in for 33K more from the big blind with [9d] [8c] [6d] [2h]. BraunerBär called and had outs on the [9h] [5c] [Qs] flop, but Ulett_23 made a nine-high straight on the [7s] turn to leave BraunerBär in need of a low card to split the pot or a ten to scoop with a higher straight. The [Js] came instead, and BraunerBär was gone in 8th place ($819).

LillyPutina walked a fine line in avoiding a similar fate over the next few hands, splitting two pots with past SCOOP and WCOOP finalist sleepy_seven before making a wheel with [Ad] [7s] [7h] [2c] to scoop a 499K-chip pot against 7HE__D__ASH. Even that wasn’t much defense against the high stakes, though. First LillyPutina called a small-blind raise to 160K by Ulett_23 while holding [Ah] [8d] [6c] [5c], only to fold to a bet on the [Ks] [4s] [Jh] flop. Then the Russian player raised from the small blind on the next hand with [As] [9d] [6c] [2d] and capped the betting with big blind sleepy_seven, chipping in the last 19K after the [2c] [Th] [4c] flop. sleepy_seven’s [Ad] [Js] [7d] [3h] was a 57.4-percent favorite there and ended up making a wheel after turn and river came [4d]-[5s]. That scooped the pot, and LillyPutina was out in 7th place ($1,228.50).


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juicy joy looked to be next on the chopping block, but the player from the Netherlands tripled up with [Ks] [Qc] [Qd] [Jd] and then doubled that stack to 394K on the next hand with [As] [Ts] [7s] [4h] in a battle of the blinds against glennerz’s [Qs] [Js] [9d] [5d]. One hand later juicy joy doubled up again, this time dodging sleepy_seven’s nut flush draw on a [Qh] [3d] [Qd] flop to go runner-runner for the nut heart flush with [Ah] [Ks] [4h] [2d]. And that’s how juicy joy went from 65K to 889K in the span of five hands.

The short stacks’ survival streak continued on the next hand when sandman201’s [Ac] [Ah] [Td] [3c] held up against sleepy_seven’s [As] [Qd] [9h] [2c] when the board only held two low cards. Ulett_23 and 7HE__D__ASH kept it going by splitting pots with juicy joy and sandman201, respectively, but glennerz didn’t have the same luck. glennerz ended up all-in for 160K, just 40K more than the big blind, before the flop with [Js] [7d] [4c] [2c] after Ulett_23 raised with [Kd] [Kc] [6h] [5s]. Ulett_23’s set of kings on the [8d] [Ts] [Kh] flop held up against glennerz’s inside straight draw on the [Ah] turn and [Jh] river, and glennerz left in 6th place ($1,911).

sleepy_seven and Ulett_23 faced off on a couple of pots and broke close to even – Ulett_23 survived the first one with just a quarter of the pot, then doubled back through sleepy_seven with an unimproved [Ks] [8s] [4d] [3s] when sleepy_seven’s [8c] [6d] [4s] [3d] also failed to improve. Then sleepy_seven lost half that stack after raising to 240K on the button and calling 7HE__D__ASH’s all-in bet for 107K more on a [5c] [5h] [4c] flop. sandman201 was along for the ride, too, but both players lost out when 7HE__D__ASH made a full house with [9c] [9s] [6c] [2s] on the [9d] turn.

Three hands later the stakes were up to 140K/280K and sleepy_seven had 198K left behind after paying the big blind. That all went in the middle before the flop with [5h] [5c] [4s] [3c], which was a 4-to-1 underdog to juicy joy’s [As] [Tc] [8c] [3h] after the flop came [Td] [4d] [8s]. With no help from the [Kd] turn or [Qc] river, sleepy_seven’s tournament came to a close in 5th place ($2,730).

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Ulett_23 opened the next hand with a raise on the button, holding [Ac] [7d] [2s] [2h], and 7HE__D__ASH called in the big blind with [As] [Qd] [Ts] [4h]. It looked like Ulett_23’s quest for a third COOP title would likely continue with at least half the pot when the flop came [Th] [5h] [3h], but the [9c]-[5c] turn and river made no low possible. That gave the pot to 7HE__D__ASH with tens and fives, and Ulett_23’s opportunity to join the Triple COOP club ended in 4th place ($4,095).

Three hands later, past SCOOP champion and WCOOP 2014 finalist Thomas “sandman201” Tyler raised on the button with [Ah] [Kd] [7s] [6h] and called when juicy joy three-bet from the big blind. One more bet on the flop was enough to get sandman201 all-in as a 35.6-percent underdog to juicy joy’s [7c] [5c] [3h] [2s]. The [Ac] on the turn made juicy joy a 6-5 low and sandman201 two pair, aces and sixes, but the [8d] on the river made juicy joy and eight-high straight to go with that low. With that, sandman201 finished in 3rd place ($5,460).

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As soon as the field was down to two, 7HE__D__ASH won the first hand to bring both players within one big blind of each other. Discussions for a deal began immediately from there and were as straightforward as possible. Both juicy joy and 7HE__D__ASH agreed to ICM numbers with $500 left on the table for a winner, and two hands later they played the decisive hand. 7HE__D__ASH raised on the button with [Qh] [8d] [6d] [2c] and called when juicy joy three-bet from the big blind with [Ah] [Qs] [Jh] [4d], hitting the jackpot with a nine-high straight when the flop came [7h] [5s] [9s]. juicy joy’s edge for the low evaporated with the [Ad] on the turn, and the [3c] on the river gave 7HE__D__ASH the scoop with the straight and a 6-5 low.

For second place, juicy joy earned $8,529.97. With the extra cash from the deal, 7HE__D__ASH won $9,078.53, a nice prize to accompany that first career TCOOP title. Congratulations to both players on their success!

TCOOP-06 ($82 FL Omaha Hi-Lo, 8-Max, Turbo) results
Entrants:
 728
Total prize pool: $54,600.00
Places paid: 96

1. 7HE__D__ASH (Switzerland) $9,078.53*
2. juicy joy (Netherlands) $8,529.97*
3. Thomas “sandman201” Tyler (Canada) $5,460.00
4. Ulett_23 (Canada) $4,095.00
5. sleepy_seven (Germany) $2,730.00
6. glennerz (Canada) $1,911.00
7. LillyPutina (Russia) $1,228.50
8. BraunerBär (Germany) $819.00

*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner


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TCOOP 2016: flexmasterNL masters Event #20, Team Online’s Kihara 4th ($82+R 5-Card PLO, 6-Max)

TCOOP 2016: flexmasterNL masters Event #20, Team Online’s Kihara 4th ($82+R 5-Card PLO, 6-Max)

Five cards in each player’s hand plus five cards on the board added up to another action-filled, fast-paced TCOOP event this Monday morning as Event #20 played out.

The game was 5-card pot-limit Omaha, played six-handed, with an $82 buy-in plus rebuys and an add-on available to fuel things further. A total of 372 took part, with 695 rebuys bought and another 230 add-ons making the prize pool a big $97,275 — nearly twice the event’s $50K guarantee — and after a little less than three-and-a-half hours it was flexmasterNL of the Netherlands collecting all of the chips and a handsome $18,518.12 prize after a heads-up deal.

Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara of Team PokerStars Pro Online was also there near the end, taking fourth in the event. Here’s the story of how flexmasterNL was able to overcome Kihara and everyone else to earn a TCOOP title.


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The top 48 finishers made the money in this one, and by the time the tournament reached the break that came at the two-hour mark they were already near the bubble bursting with just 56 players left and Miltos “Miltos14” Kyriakides leading the way.

Also in the mix with a top 10 stack at that point was the aforementioned Kihara, and about 15 minutes later the bubble burst with Kyriakides still on top and Kihara continuing to thrive as well. Then by the two-and-a-half-hour mark just 18 were left and Kihara had moved up into the chip lead.

Not long after that they were down to 12 and the last two tables, with Kihara still in front, Kyriakides having become one of the short stacks, and Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm (15th) Douglas “Dowgh-Santos” Ferreira Souza (17th) among the recent knockouts.

Shyam “G’s zee” Srinivasan was the next player out in 12th after getting knocked out in a hand versus Kihara.

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Shyam “G’s zee” Srinivasan

struchalina followed in 11th, with Miltos “Miltos14” Kyriakides at last getting felted in 10th after losing the last of his stack to the new chip leader, pappadogg. Like Srinivasan, those two earned $1,361.85 apiece for their finishes.

rickv17 (ninth), anmols (eighth), and wadzon (seventh) were then successively eliminated, and with the three-hour mark approaching the six-handed final table was set with pappadogg still leading and Kihara having become the short stack.

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Seat 1: pappadogg (Czech Republic) — 1,141,682
Seat 2: GiBobH/L (Poland) — 1,004,242
Seat 3: flexmasterNL (Netherlands) — 597,648
Seat 4: Team PokerStars Pro Online Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) — 324,172
Seat 5: raconteur (United Kingdom) — 436,250
Seat 6: CavaloOoOo (Brazil) — 847,006

Not long after the final table began, the blinds were 25,000/50,000 when GiBobH/L opened for 100,000 from middle position, then raconteur three-bet to 350,000 from the small blind, leaving just 16,250 behind. GiBobH/L reraised back, and raconteur committed those last chips, showing [As][Ac][Kh][Ts][3s] while GiBobH/L had [Ad][Qs][Jd][9s][7s]. The board rolled out [4c][7h][5d][3d][Td], meaning raconteur had two pair (tens and treys) but GiBobH/L had made a diamond flush and raconteur was out in sixth.

About 10 minutes later CavaloOoOo had moved out in front by building a stack of nearly 1.5 million while pappadogg slipped back to just over 500,000. Then with the blinds up to 40,000/80,000, pappadogg opened for 280,000 from the cutoff seat, flexmasterNL called from the small blind, and the flop came [Kc][4s][2s]. At that flexmasterNL pushed out a pot-sized bet, and pappadogg called all in with the 227,510 behind.

flexmasterNL had [Kh][Qs][Tc][8h][5s] for kings and a spade flush draw while pappadogg held [Ad][Kd][Jh][Js][7h] for kings without a draw. The [7d] turn then improved pappadogg to two pair, but the [6s] came on the river to make flexmasterNL’s flush and send pappadogg railward in fifth.

Just a few hands later it was Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara opening with a 3x raise to 300,000 from the small blind, leaving just 39,680 behind. Leader CavaloOoOo reraised from the next seat and Kihaha called all in, turning over [Ah][Jd][Jc][9c][8s] to CavaloOoOo’s [Kh][Qd][6s][5c][2h]. The board came [9s][3s][Qs], then [Kc], then [8c], giving both players two pair but CavaloOoOo’s kings and queens were best. Kihara was done in fourth, his best finish in four TCOOP cashes already this series.

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Team PokerStars Pro Online member Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara

Shortly after that they were in the same level when flexmasterNL min-raised to 250,000 from the button, GiBobH/L called from the big blind, then both checked the [3s][Ts][Td] flop. The turn then brought the [6s] and another check from GiBobH/L, and flexmasterNL took the opening to fire a bet of 202,500. GiBobH/L responded with an all-in check-raise for 613,004 total, and flexmasterNL called.

GiBobH/L had [8s][5h][4c][3c][2s] having turned a spade flush, while flexmasterNL showed [Qs][Qh][Tc][4h][3d] to reveal a flopped full house. The river [8h] was no matter, and GiBobH/L’s run ended in third place. That makes two near-misses for GiBobH/L in this TCOOP series after having also finished runner-up in Event #5 ($82 PL Omaha) just a few days ago.

The remaining two players immediately started talking about pausing the tournament for some deal talk, and one hand later proceedings halted with flexmasterNL sitting on a stack of 2,937,386, about 2-to-1 better than CavaloOoOo’s 1,413,614. Suggested payouts based on their stacks were soon produced, leaving $1,000 for which to play, and after both players swiftly agreed to the proposed figures play resumed.

A few quick hands later flexmasterNL was up over 3.18 million while CavaloOoOo had slipped to 1.16 million. Then with the blinds at 62,500/125,000, flexmasterNL raised from the button to 325,000, CavaloOoOo three-bet to 975,000, CavaloOoOo reraised again, and CavaloOoOo called with the 188,614 left.

They tabled their last five-card hands in anticipation of what would turn out to be the last five-card board of the tournament:

CavaloOoOo: [Ac][Kc][Kh][9s][2d]
flexmasterNL: [Ad][Ks][Jc][5d][3s]

CavaloOoOo was ahead to start, and after the [2c][Qs][7h] flop and [5h] turn, those kings were still in front. But the river brought the [4h] to complete a wheel for flexmasterNL and it was all over — flexmasterNL had won.

Congratulations to flexmasterNL for blitzing through the Event #20 field to win a TCOOP title and an $18,528.12 first prize, adding another nice cash after having finished 12th in Event #14 ($215 NL Omaha H/L) just yesterday. And kudos as well to CavaloOoOo for making it to the heads-up deal and being able to collect a cool $16K-plus cash.

TCOOP-20 ($82+R PL 5-Card Omaha, 6-Max, Turbo) results
Entrants: 372
Rebuys: 695
Add-ons: 230
Total prize pool: $97,275
Places paid: 48

1. flexmasterNL (Netherlands) $18,518.12*
2. CavaloOoOo (Brazil) $16,004.61*
3. GiBobH/L (Poland) $10,943.43
4. Team PokerStars Pro Online Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) $7,538.81
5. pappadogg (Czech Republic) $5,593.31
6. raconteur (United Kingdom) $3,647.81
*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner

There is still more than half of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker yet to go. Click over to the dedicated TCOOP home page for a complete rundown of the remaining events.


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TCOOP 2016: Counting victory #2 for woody123432 after $118K Event #17 win

TCOOP 2016: Counting victory #2 for woody123432 after $118K Event #17 win

Two final tables during the 2015 SCOOP series was not enough for woody1234321. After the opening weekend of the TCOOP 2016 series, woody1234321 now owns two titles defeating a field of 2,987 (and 797 re-entries) in the Event #17 $600,000 guarantee NL Hold’em Turbo Optional Re-Entry tournament. Friday woody1234321 earned $95K as the Event #3 champ and after four and half hours of work, grabbed $118,818.68 defeating Iamapoopie heads-up.

Thanks to the re-entry part of the tournament, woody1234321 took full advantage of the third bullet, read on to learn about the second title.

Current TCOOP 2016 Player of the Series (before this tournament ended…) leader KornmeisterX managed to claim the minimum five points after sneaking into one of the 495 paying spots while finishing 472nd ($348.12).

Making the most of his second bullet, Team PokerStars Online Pro Naoya Kihara managed a deep run. In the top 15 in chips for most of the second hour of play, Kihara fought to stay ahead of the blinds towards the latter half of the hour. With the blinds up to 8K/16K ante 2K Naoya shoved 177,923 chips from middle position holding [Ah][5h] as wrawras re-shoved for a little more with [Qs][Ac]. No fives and one heart short [6c] [9h] [4s] [Js] [Jh] would send the remaining Red Spade out in 87th place ($1,135.20).

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Naoya Kihara

Wrawras would use those chips as a springboard towards the top of the leaderboard at the third hourly break with 31 players remaining. Not that wrawras needs the $118K sitting up top after becoming the seventh millionaire while playing a $100 Spin & Go a few months ago but that big win now allows wrawras to take shots at the Majors.

Wrawras still stood tall as the penultimate table came out with 15 minutes left in the third hour of play. EPT9 London Event #13 winner Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger still alive and hoping for that six-figure payday. Several cashes in the weekly high rolling Super Tuesday and a SCOOP 2013 Event #10-H runner-up finish, gnetaren is looking to cross the -COOP threshold with a victory.

The PokerStarBlog hopes IamGrouchy! has a better night after finishing in 16th place earning $2,270.40 as the shortstacks milked the clock to the max hoping to earn a spot at the final table with a timely double-up.

A shortstacked Benger would be asked to leave in 12th place ($4,540.80) after his king-four got ran down by iTSReTSaM hitting a straight with jack-eight.

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Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger

Wrawras claimed the chip lead after knocking out gnetaren in 11th place ($4,540.80) as hand-for-hand play lasted all of one hand. With the blinds up to 80K/160K ante 20K Iamapoopie shoved 3.2 million from the small blind to force p0008000 into a tournament life decision. Holding 389,483 behind in the big blind, p0008000 made the call with [6c][As] out in front of Iamapoopie’s [7d][Jd]. But, a flopped flush [4d] [2d] [6d] [7s] [5s] quickly opened up the final table below:

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Seat 1: Iamapoopie (3874186 in chips)
Seat 2: suarez_BG (852140 in chips)
Seat 3: wrawras (3890442 in chips)
Seat 4: woody1234321 (1441588 in chips)
Seat 5: kolja31 (690293 in chips)
Seat 6: !!f1ghtback! (1252506 in chips)
Seat 7: XXstardogXX (1578801 in chips)
Seat 8: beigale777 (2243589 in chips)
Seat 9: iTSReTSaM (3096455 in chips)

SCOOP 2012 Event #40-M champ suarez_BG needed a lot of help to claim the second leg of the Triple COOP.

This would not be that day.

Two hands into the final table, suarez_BG would push 792,140 chips from middle position as beigale777 made the call from the big blind holding a solid ace [9s][Ah]. Not as solid as suarez_BG’s [Jh][Ac] but two nines on the flop [7h] [9h] [9c] [4c] [8h] turned the 1.8 million chip pot to beigale777 as suarez_BG collected $6,054.40 in ninth place.

Kolja31 politely asked for a new dealer after getting ground down to under a big blind nearly halfway through the fourth hour of play. The “new” dealer presented pocket deuces [2h][2d] to face the chip leader woody1234321’s [Tc][Jh] for a 1.2 million chip pot. The pair did not last long as a ten on the flop [9s] [Ac] [Ts] [4c] [Qs] sent $9,460.00 in kolja31 in eighth place.

Woody1234321 as mentioned above already has a victory in this tournament series (Event #3) winning $95K in the Progressive KO format along with two SCOOP final tables in 2015.

The essence of the turbo tournament format was fully embraced by the final six as the winner was declared in seven minutes after the break.

First hand back from the break with the blinds at 150K/300K ante 37.5K Iamapoopie would min-raise from the cutoff as online poker pugilist !!f1ghtback! was nearly forced to call and did from the big blind for 80K holding [5d][8h]. Iamapoopie was not bluffing after turning over [Td][Ad] and running safely through the [As] [Jh] [7d] [Ks] [3h] board to eliminate !!f1ghtback! in seventh place ($17,028.00).

Three hands later wrawras would open shove 1.4 million holding [Kc][Qd] as severely depleted iTSReTSaM called all-in for 345,480 with [2s][Qs]. The one live card did not come through [Ah] [Ad] [7c] [As] [6d] as iTSReTSaM took away $24,596.00 in sixth place.

Wrawras was hoping for some momentum after knocking out iTSReTSaM and shoved again two hands later for 2.1 million. Chip leading woody1234321 was there for the call with pocket fives [5d][5s]. Wrawras’ [Qh][As] looked good for another double up after flopping two pair [2d][Ad][Qd]. But, a third diamond on the turn [9d] was too much as the Spin & Go millionaire proved to be a solid player here as well notching $32,164.00 in fifth place.

On the next hand with the blinds moving up to 200K/400K ante 50K Iamapoopie min-raise from the cutoff as XXstardogXX made it 2.07 million to go after shoving from the small blind. Iamapoopie called with [Td][Jc]. XXstardogXX’s dominate [Ad][Ts] was fine on the flop but a turned jack [3s] [4s] [Kd] [Jd] [8s] ended XXstardogXX’s galactic run in fourth place ($43,516.00).

After eliminating XXstardogXX, Iamapoopie would only hold the chiplead for one hand. Testing out the new big stack, Iamapoopie shoved 9.6 million from the small blind with [Td][Ac]. A top hand heads-up but unfortunately ran into woody1234321 holding pocket kings [Ks][Kc]. A ten in the middle of the [Qh] [2c] [Tc] [6h] [Jd] board was not enough as woody1234321 collected the 15.9 million chip pot.

Four hands later beigale777 could barely afford the big blind as woody1234321 min-raised from the small blind. Beigale777 shipped the 36,979 chips holding [Jc][3s] as woody1234321 pulled up another big hand in pocket tens [Tc][Td]. The tens were good on the [Qd] [5h] [Ad] [Ks] [8h] board as beigale777 collected $62,436.00 in third place.

Holding a 16.5 million to 2.3 million chip lead it would take woody1234321 only three hands to claim a second TCOOP title during the 2016 series (which has another whole week to go!). Iamapoopie would call the button shove with [3h][Kd] as woody1234321 once again came up holding a dominating hand [7h][Ks]. The seven kicker was enough on the [5h] [4s] [Jd] [Ac] [7c] board to earn woody1234321 $118,818.68 as the TCOOP 2016 Event #17 champion!

TCOOP-17 ($215 NL Hold’em, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry) results

Entrants: 2,987
Re-entries: 797
Total prize pool: $756,800.00
Place paid: 495

1. woody1234321 [two re-entries] (Mexico) $118,818.68
2. Iamapoopie [one re-entry] (United Kingdom) $88,545.60
3. beigale777 (Israel) $62,436.00
4. XXstardogXX [one re-entry] (Canada) $43,516.00
5. wrawras (Brazil) $32,164.00
6. iTSReTSaM (Sint Maarten (Dutch Part)) $24,596.00
7. !!f1ghtback! (Austria) $17,028.00
8. kolja31 (Germany) $9,460.00
9. suarez_BG (Bulgaria) $6,054.40


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TCOOP 2016: KornmeisterX masters Event #14, wins $22K ($215 NL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Prog Super-KO)

TCOOP 2016: KornmeisterX masters Event #14, wins $22K ($215 NL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Prog Super-KO)

These bounty events in the Turbo Championship of Online Poker can prove especially lucrative to some. Just ask KornmeisterX of Germany who this morning won Event #14, a $215 buy-in no-limit Omaha high/low event played six-handed and following the progressive super-knockout format.

KornmeisterX topped a field of 722 for the win, earning $13,809.50 and the biggest share of the regular prize pool. But all of the additional knockouts KornmeisterX collected added another $8,578.86 in earnings — well over twice the next-highest total of bounties collected.


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That 722-entry field meant the event’s $150,000 guarantee kicked in, with $77,800 going for the regular prize pool to be divided by the top 96 finishers and the other $72,200 going for bounties.

After just two hours of play they were already all of the way down to 38 players with Germany’s Ioeda4789 leading the counts as the only player over 300,000. Also in the mix was Team PokerStars Pro Online member Jaime Staples, sitting in the middle of the pack with almost exactly an average stack of just under 100,000.

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Jaime Staples, Team PokerStars Pro Online

Alas for Staples he wouldn’t last much longer, falling in 35th in a hand that saw KornmeisterX collect Staples’s bounty. The Twitch streamer collected $373.44 from the regular prize pool, plus another $750 in bounties for just over two hours’ work.

Ahyaa 35th for just over 1K but a good start to #TCOOP Sunday! 1 hour break then we on the full Sunday grind ๐Ÿ™‚

— Jaime Staples (@jaimestaples) January 24, 2016

That pot helped sent KornmeisterX up into first position in the counts. Less than half an hour later they were already down to the final two six-handed tables, with Ioeda4789 having fallen in 20th for $536.82 (plus $1,281.25 in bounties), KornmeisterX still near the top, and Edgy420 the new leader with nearly 750,000.

flexmasterNL (12th), former TCOOP winner jungledancer (11th), and fire81147 (10th) were the next knockouts, each earning $1,011.40 from the regular prize pool (with both flexmasterNL and fire81147 earning even more than that from bounties). gangst3m1 (ninth), Przemo_oo3 (eighth), and desgrippes (seventh) soon followed them to the rail, picking up $1,556 each from the regular prize pool plus bounties.

With leader Edgy420 having edged up over the 1 million chip-mark, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: KornmeisterX (Germany) — 1,093,255
Seat 2: RagVoen (Belarus) — 581,465
Seat 3: TedyKGB88 (United Kingdom) — 223,551
Seat 4: Edgy420 (Canada) — 1,028,742
Seat 5: mickyb88 (United Kingdom) — 224,172
Seat 6: Jonathan “Poker Own U” Bardier (Canada) — 458,815

Just a few minutes into the final table, the blinds were 10,000/20,000 when RagVoen opened for 40,000 from under the gun, then mickyb88 reraised all in for 176,922 from the button. The blinds folded, RagVoen called, and the players opened their hands:

RagVoen: [As][Jd][Jh][2d]
mickyb88: [Ac][Kc][Qh][3s]

The board came [5d][8h][Jc][3h][7c], which meant RagVoen had the better high hand (a set of jacks) as well as the best low (7-5-3-2-A), and mickyb88 was out in sixth.

A short while after that KornmeisterX had reassumed the chip lead, having moved up over 1.65 million while Edgy420 sliped back down under 850,000. Then with the blinds at 12,500/25,000, KornmeisterX opened for 55,555 from the cutoff, Edgy420 three-bet shoved for 845,267 from the big blind, and KornmeisterX called to put Edgy420 at risk.

Edgy420 had [Jh][4s][3c][2d] while KornmeisterX showed [Ad][8s][3d][2c]. The board didn’t provide any support for low hands, coming [Qd][Td][Ah][Ts][As]. That meant KornmeisterX’s trip aces was best for the high, and Edgy420 was done in fifth.

Play continued, then suddenly came two more knockouts in successive hands to trim the field from four to two.

In the first, Jonathan “Poker Own U” Bardier had become short-stacked and open-pushed from under the gun for 160,190 (just over five big blinds), getting one caller in KornmeisterX. Bardier — who won a TCOOP stud event back in 2012 — had a strong starter with [Ac][Ad][Jd][5c] versus KornmeisterX’s [Qc][Td][6d][2h], but a runout of [Th][7c][Qh][Jh][Tc] gave KornmeisterX a full house and sent Bardier railward in fourth.

The very next hand then saw an also-short TedyKGB88 shoving for just 91,801 over the small blind and KornmeisterX calling from the big blind, and five cards later TedyKGB88 was out in third. It was a fourth cash and second final table of the series for TedyKGB88 who took fourth in Event #5 ($82 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO) just a couple of days ago, pushing TedyKGB88 up to second place at this early stage of the TCOOP Player of the Series race.

Who is in first for Player of the Series right now, you are wondering? Keep reading.

Those two knockouts gave KornmeisterX a big advantage to start heads-up play with a better than 5-to-1 chip lead over RagVoen. The pair took turns for the first several hands pushing all in against one another with the other folding. Eventually RagVoen chipped up a little, then managed two straight double-ups to move up over 1.5 million while KornmeisterX dropped back to just under 2 million.

That’s when the two players began discussing the possibility of a deal in the chatbox, and before long the tournament was paused with KornmeisterX back up to 2,241,228 versus RagVoen’s 1,368,772. The pair couldn’t agree to the suggested chop, however, and play continued.

KornmeisterX built up further, eventually getting up over 2.54 million to RagVoen’s 1.06 million when the final hand took place.

The blinds were 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante. RagVoen limped in from the button, KornmeisterX made it 120,000 to go from the big blind, and RagVoen called. The flop came [As][Kd][7c], and KornmeisterX led for 115,005. RagVoen responded with an all-in shove for 939,397, and KornmeisterX called.

KornmeisterX: [Kc][Tc][3c][2c]
RagVoen: [7d][6s][4c][2d]

Both payers had a pair with KornmeisterX’s kings ahead of RagVoen’s sevens, while both were additionally looking to make a backdoor low hands. But the [Jh] turn and [9d] river improved neither player’s hand, meaning KornmeisterX had scooped to win the pot and the title.

Congratulations to KornmeisterX for taking just three hours and 16 minutes to best a 722-entry field and win Event #14 for a total of more than $22K. And with a fifth TCOOP cash in the first five events, KornmeisterX is now the frontrunner in that aforementioned TCOOP Player of the Series race just ahead of TedyKGB88, with RagVoen not too far behind in sixth!

TCOOP-14 ($215, NL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Super-KO) results
Entrants: 722
Total prize pool: $150,000.00 ($77,800.00 regular prize pool; $72,200.00 bounty prize pool)

Places paid: 96

1. KornmeisterX (Germany) $13,809.50 (+ $8,578.86 in bounties)
2. RagVoen (Belarus) $10,230.70 (+ $2,348.43 in bounties)
3. TedyKGB88 (United Kingdom) $7,780.00 (+ $1,095.31 in bounties)
4. Jonathan “Poker Own U” Bardier (Canada) $5,446.00 (+ $1,481.24 in bounties)
5. Edgy420 (Canada) $3,890.00 (+ $3,048.43 in bounties)
6. mickyb88 (United Kingdom) $2,334.00 (+ $768.75 in bounties)

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There’s still a week’s worth of this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker left to go, with more than 30 events still to play out. Check the TCOOP site for the remaining schedule.


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TCOOP 2016: PULGUTIO splits the cash but takes the $32K win in Event #11

TCOOP 2016: PULGUTIO splits the cash but takes the $32K win in Event #11

No long waits between rounds at the TCOOP 2016 Event #11 $215 buy-in NL Hold’em Heads-Up tournament. It is not uncommon for these tournaments to last more than half a day under normal circumstances (or a whole day during the WCOOP). But, thanks to the turbo blinds the starting population of 1,024 was down to the 128 money spots in two hours and 40 minutes.

Oddly, the latter rounds even with less players it would take nearly six hours for PULGUTIO to defeat NastyMinder in the final match. After a 50/50 split, PULGUTIO would claim the extra $3K earning a total of $32,220.00 as the Event #11 champ.

Read on below for PULGUTIO’s road to TCOOP victory.

Unfortunately, the fast paced opening rounds meant a quick exit for some notables such one of our favorite Twitch pros, Jaime Staples, who came one match short of cashing in 168th place.

All remaining players could give thank to BensBenz for bursting the money bubble on Table 42. Ben “BensBenz” Yu is no stranger to cashing in -COOP tournaments as he final tabled WCOOP 2015’s Event #32 (3rd place, $23,920). After knocking plsc0meagain down to 2,522 chips, Yu would pressure by raising enough to put plsc0meagain all-in preflop holding [8c][Ah]. Plsc0meagain made the call with [As][5h] and did not improve on the [2s] [Tc] [Jc] [8s] [Kc] board to lock up at least $409.60 and a shot at $40,960.00.

Round of 128

2012 SCOOP Main Event-High champ Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo could not dig out of an early hole against seboraptor earning $409.60 in 110th place. He was followed closely by TCOOP 2014 Player of the Series Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm who added yet another TCOOP cash to his long list.

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Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm

WCOOP 2014 Event #52 winner Shyam “g’s zee” Srinivasan would need to wait for another shot at adding a TCOOP title finishing in 78th place as the round of 128 threatened to close in less than an hour.

Down to Diogo “phounderAA” Veiga and FROGGERT and doubling the guarantee pay ($819.20), FROGGERT would make a late rally to side-step Veiga into the round of 64.

Round of 64

Down to the final two tables monopol would fall short to blakjak19 in 34th place ($819.20). Blakjak19 will be looking to improve on a WCOOP 2015 Event #61 final table (finishing fifth for $38K).

Sinoire and ArhAngel_29R would battle it out for the last spot in the round of 32. It would take a suck-and-re-suck situation but Sinoire caught the re-suck. Holding [Ad][Qc] Sinoire would shove from the button as ArhAngel_29R made the call with [Qd][9d]. A nine on the turn [Jc] [Kc] [5s] [9h] made things bleak for Sinoire. But the ace on the river [Ac] started up Round Six.

Round of 32

Dhr. Awesome was unable to win another Major (Super Tuesday earning $87K) after finishing in 22nd.

This round would only last an hour and may have been shorter but neither maggess88 nor viehkanking wanted to leave before getting a shot at that $40K up top. Maggess88 managed to nail down a WCOOP bracelet in 2015’s Event #56 defeating Peter “Belabacsi” Traply heads-up. Maggess88 would move one step closer to the second leg of the Triple -COOP after putting away viehkanking to advance.

Round of 16

So much for maggess88 running it up for a TCOOP title. Despite holding a 2,017 to 7,983 chip lead with the blinds at 80/160, maggess88 would receive a cruel and swift twist of tournament fate.

First, holding pocket queens to NastyMinder’s ace-trey all-in preflop, and watching two aces tumble out on the board. The next hand maggess88 tried to bluff at a board showing two tens on the turn only to see NastyMinder holding one. Finally, pocket deuces went down to NastyMinder’s king-queen to finish in 12th place ($2,252.80).

After the sixth hourly break, gabrielafave would put away AceVentur1 to start round eight and the quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals

It would take seboraptor ten minutes to deny former Sunday Million champ Ravi “govshark2” Raghavan a chance to earn another leg of the PokerStars Grand Slam.

Sup-sport777 tried to slow play kings and paid the price against gabrielafave as the Brazilian moved on after notching two pair.

NastyMinder took the largest part of a six-way chop in the Sunday Million in 2014 earning $160K in fourth place. But, the elusive Major victory is now two matches away after NastyMinder took down Mr.Bittar who was trying to notch another -COOP final table after making a SCOOP and WCOOP final table in 2015.

That left the battle of the capital letters as PULGUITO and FROGGERT owned the remaining stage. In the end PULGUITO’s lead was too large to overcome as FROGGERT claimed fifth place and $6,348.80.

Semi-Finals #1

NastyMinder vs. gabrielafave

If you look up “turbo” in the dictionary it would define the noun as short for a motor vehicle’s turbocharger. Well, this match was the Ferrari of turbocharged poker.

One hand and done.

With both players holding 5,000 in chips, NastyMinder would three-bet preflop to 475 as gabrielafave called to see the [Kh][5s][As] flop. NastyMinder kept the foot on the accelerator as gabrielafave called the 775 chip bet. [4d] turn and NastyMinder bet 1,675 as gabrielafave shoved for 3,750 with NastyMinder insta-calling with two pair [Kd][Ad]. Holding [Qd][Ah] gabrielafave’s tournament was done regardless of the river earning $12,288.00 in fourth place.

Semi-Final #2

PULGUTIO vs. seboraptor

Unlike the adjacent table, PULGUTIO and seboraptor would make it to the seventh hourly break as PULGUTIO held a 6,570 to 3,430 lead with blinds at 40/80.

After the break PULGUTIO pressed and while seboraptor tried to dig out of the hole and was unable to get a firm enough footing. With the blinds up to 60/120 seboraptor would shove preflop for 2,044 as PULGUITO made the call holding [Ks][Ad]. Seboraptor’s [Ac][7h] kicker problems would not turn around [6c] [8d] [6d] [As] [Js] cashing out in third place $12,288.00.

Finals

PULGUTIO vs. NastyMinder

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Immediately the final two worked out a 50/50 split with $3K set aside for the TCOOP Event #11 champion.

Ten minutes after the deal NastyMinder slipped a little but notched a nice 2,820 chip pot to take a small lead 5,565 to 4,435. This would be the last time NastyMinder led this final match.

Eight minutes later with the board showing [Js] [3h] [6c] [4s] [7d] PULGUTIO would get called down on all three streets holding the victorious kings [Kd][Kh] taking a 6,179 to 3,821 lead.

NastyMinder got one small double-up a ten minutes later but PULGUTIO’s lead was too much. With the blinds up to 80/160 NastyMinder would shove for 1,161 chips as PULGUTIO called with pocket sevens [7c][7d]. NastyMinder’s [6d][8d] found an eight [Ah] [7h] [8c] [Qc] [9h] but the seven sitting next to it would give PULGUTIO the TCOOP 2016 Event #11 victory earning $32,220.00!

TCOOP-11 ($215 NL Hold’em, Turbo, Heads-up) results

Entrants: 1,024
Prize pool: $204,800
Places paid: 128

1. PULGUITO (United Kingdom) $32,220.00*
2. NastyMinder (Switzerland) $29,220.00*
3. seboraptor (Poland) $12,288.00
4. gabrielafave (Brazil) $12,288.00

*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $3,000 in play for the winner

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TCOOP 2016: Mantas “bagoch” Bagočius zooms to Event 9 Win ($215 NLH, Zoom, Re-Entry)

TCOOP 2016: Mantas “bagoch” Bagočius zooms to Event 9 Win ($215 NLH, Zoom, Re-Entry)

Because a turbo structure doesn’t generate enough action, why not throw in some Zoom poker to juice it up a little further. There are three Zoom events on the TCOOP schedule and Event 9 was the first, a $215 buy-in tournament with a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The fast-fold format kept things moving quickly with players seeing more hands than a standard turbo. If players found themselves without chips in the first 75 minutes, they had up to three re-entries available to them.

The tournament drew 1,367 entrants with 676 re-entries during the late registration period. They blasted past the guarantee and the prize pool was up to $408,600 when registration was shut down. The tournament paid out the last 270 players with the winner set to earn $65,376.


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The tournament was in the money less than 30 minutes after registration closed and those 270 players wasted no time mixing it up. The Zoom portion of the tournament closed with three tables remaining and it played out as a standard turbo.

Team PokerStars’ Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara had a top five chip stack when they settled into the last three tables and had a chance to add a major online title to his 2012 WSOP bracelet. His efforts fell short when he three-bet shoved with [qc][9c] straight into girafganger7’s [ts][tc] to go out in 16th.

The tournament hit the final table when Mantas “bagoch” Bagočius sent MeBeKing out in 10th place after his [ac][4h] out-turned [ah][5s]. Bagočius came to the final table with a past record that includes two Sunday Million titles, the last coming this past summer.

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Seat 1: Econometrist (986,035 in chips)
Seat 2: Mantas “bagoch” Bagočius (3,003,052 in chips)
Seat 3: Joao Valli (627,003 in chips)
Seat 4: girafganger7 (1,045,883 in chips)
Seat 5: DJeka[MD] (340,830 in chips)
Seat 6: Zagalo87 (1,681,302 in chips)
Seat 7: kraftatze (1,320,610 in chips)
Seat 8: hateblondies (827,788 in chips)
Seat 9: TANGKETAN (382,497 in chips)

Blinds: 20K/40K with 5K Ante

TANGKETAN can’t capitalize on making final table

The turbo final table was expected to play out quickly and they actually waited until the second hand for one player to get all their chips in the middle. It was TANGKETAN to start things off with an open-shove for only 132,497 from under the gun and girafganger7 called.

TANGKETAN: [as][jd]
girafganger7: [ah][qd]

TANGKETAN needed a lot of help to stay alive, missed the [9s][7s][5s] flop, but picked up the nut flush draw. None hit on the [6d] turn or [kh] river to send TANGKETAN out in 9th place for $4,086.

DJeka[MD] makes a move, falls out in 8th

DJeka[MD] probably thought he found a good spot to pick up a few bonus chips but it went sideways. He was in the small blind when girafganger7 limped from button and DJeka[MD] shoved with [ks][jh]. It might have worked to get girafganger7 out of the hand but Zagalo87 followed that move with one of his own.

Zagalo87 moved all-in over the top to get the fold from girafganger7 and his big blind [ac][ad] was dominating. DJeka[MD] needed a miracle but didn’t catch the [td][5d][2s] before getting a brief glimpse of salvation on the [js] turn.

DJeka[MD] had five ace-cracking outs but blanked the [5h] river to be the next sent out, eliminated in 8th place for $7,150.

Econometrist not strong, second best for 7th

Keeping with the theme, the final table let one hand go by without a knockout before two players mixed it up in a big pot. It also produced one of the few hands in the fast tournament that featured post-flop play.

It started when Bagočius opened to 105,000 under the gun then picked up calls from Zagalo87 and Econometrist to see the three-way, diamond-friendly [ad][7d][2d] flop. Econometrist and Bagočius checked before Zagalo87 led out for 170,200.

Econometrist responded with a check/raise all-in for 796K. Bagočius let his hand go but Zagalo87 quickly called with the nuts. His [kd][qd] was crushing Econometrist’s [td][8d] to leave him with less than 0.2% chance of winning.

He needed perfect-perfect running straight flush cards and the [7h] turn was not one of them. That meant Econometrist was drawing dead to 7th place for $10,215.

hateblondies hates Queens, gone in 6th

Three players were gone in mere minutes of final table action and the pace stayed hot when hateblondies tossed in his (nearly) 500K virtual stack in the middle from middle position. Bagočius stayed busy and followed it up with a shove of his own next to act.

Everyone else got out of their way and hateblondies saw his predicament. Bagočius was ahead with [ah][qd] against [ac][jh] then nearly locked up the hand on the [qs][qc][5d] flop. Another miracle was needed but we instead saw another player drawing dead after the turn.

It was the [9d] to leave hateblondies with zero river outs and he was gone in 6th place for $14,301.

girafganger7 runs set up, run out in 5th

The knockout of hateblondies set up an odd stretch of play at the final table. They played nearly two orbits without a single player at risk, almost unthinkable in this game. Then we saw Zagalo87 run into a monster and (Kings full) before he produced one of his own.

It started when he raised it up under the gun with [as][ac] and girafganger7 came along in the big blind. girafganger7 checked after the [ah][8s][6c] flop and Zagalo87 played it cool with a check behind. He saw another check from girafganger7 after the [7c] turn and fired a small, 122K bet.

girafganger7 called the bet and check one last time after the [kh] river and raised after another small bet from Zagalo87. The check/raise was for all his chips with bottom pair [9s][6s] and Zagalo87 quickly called with his top set to send girafganger7 out in 5th place for $18,387.

This was not the first taste of big tournament success for girafganger7. He came very close to picking up a WCOOP title this past September when he finished 2nd in Event 67.

kraftatze jacked up and out in 4th

kraftatze is having a very nice week, this deep run comes on the heels of his Sunday Kickoff tournament victory a few days ago. He earned more than $30,000 for that result and was close to doubling it at this final table.

If he was going to cash for more than $30K, kraftatze needed to pick up some chips and he tried with an under the gun shove with [7s][7d]. The bet got through Bagočius but Joao Valli reshipped with [jd][jh] to get heads up.

kraftatze fell further behind on the [qs][ts][js] flop but did pick up a flush draw. The [kd] turn added some chop outs but he whiffed the [4h] river for a 4th place finish.

Zagalo87 loses long battle

Only 12 minutes to go from a full final table to three-handed action, it would take more than double that amount of time to get to a champion. The final three players went at it for 34 hands, more than 20 minutes, plus the regularly scheduled break before they hit heads up.

The fast action meant the average stack deepened enough to give them some flexibility. It might have gone longer if not for a couple big hands to get closer to a champ.

In a battle of the blinds, Zagalo87 opened to 70,000 from the small and Bagočius three-bet to 414,400 from the big. Zagalo87 took the opportunity to move all-in with his second place stack and Bagočius quickly called.

Bagočius: [ad][kd]
Zagalo87: [jd][th]

Zagalo87 had two live cards but missed the [qh][6c][2h] flop before adding outs on the [kh] turn. He had flush and straight outs going into the river but the [7d] was not one of them. It was a long grind at the end but Zagalo87 had to settle for 3rd place money.

Mantas “bagoch” Bagočius wins first TCOOP title

Seat 2: Mantas “bagoch” Bagočius (8,043,899 in chips)
Seat 3: Joao Valli (2,171,101 in chips)

Blinds: 70K/140K with 17.5K Ante

Bagočius had a comfortable lead at the start of heads up play but Joao Valli evened things up on the third hand. His [ad][qs] was best for the double against [jd][td] but that was the end of his good run.

The two went back and forth over 14 hands before they flipped a coin to finish it. Bagočius opened a big lead once again and shoved after Joao Valli limped on the button.

Bagočius was ahead with [5c][5h] against [kh][7c] and dodged the over cards as the board ran out [8h][4s][2c][ac][8d]. A predictable fast end to a tournament that only took four hours from start to finish.

Joao Valli earned $49,032 for his runner-up finish while Bagočius picked up his third major title for $65,376. The win gives Bagočius a TCOOP title to go along with his previous two Sunday Million victories, half way to a PokerStars Grand Slam.

TCOOP-09 ($215 NL Hold’em, Turbo, Zoom, Optional Re-Entry) results
Entrants: 1,367 (676 Re-Entries)
Total prize pool: $408,600
Places paid: 270

1. Mantas “bagoch” Bagočius (Lithuania) $65,376.00
2. Joao Valli (Brazil) $49,032.00
3. Zagalo87 (Czech Republic) $36,744.00
4. kraftatze (Germany) $26,211.69
5. girafganger7 (Belgium) $18,387.00
6. hateblondies (Russia) $14,301.00
7. Econometrist (Netherlands) $10,215.00
8. DJeka[MD] (Moldova) $7,150.50
9. TANGKETAN (China) $4,086.00


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TCOOP 2016: buzzard1881 wins second career COOP title in Event #6 ($82 NLHE 6-max, Turbo, Shootout)

TCOOP 2016: buzzard1881 wins second career COOP title in Event #6 ($82 NLHE 6-max, Turbo, Shootout)

For players pursuing the elusive Triple COOP, the TCOOP title can sometimes be the toughest of the three to chase down. TCOOP’s turbo structures tend to make things a little more chaotic than during, say, a SCOOP or WCOOP tournament. But for buzzard1881, who took down a second COOP title in TCOOP Event #6, catching a few breaks at the right time today guarantees that the rest of 2016 will hold literally dozens of non-turbo opportunities to join the Triple COOP club.

The field for today’s event, which had no late registration and started at 10:00 a.m. ET, was 1,672 players, good for a $125,400 prize pool. The top 216 players – those who won their first two tables – cashed for at least $205.65, with $877.80 going to the players who busted from the semifinal tables. Those kicked off at 1:37pm ET, and it took an hour and eight minutes for them to play out completely. Once they did, these six winners of four tables apiece were left to compete for the first shootout title of TCOOP 2016:

Seat 1: buzzard1881 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: Avi Popo (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: Knakworst93 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: Mrcaimann (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: madnutscrazy (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: Rodrigo “caprioli” Caprioli (5,000 in chips)

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The first major action came on the 30/60 level when Mrcaimann opened for 150 on the button and madnutscrazy came along in the small blind to see the [2c] [Jh] [9h] flop. madnutscrazy check-raised Mrcaimann’s bet of 180 to 420, and Mrcaimann called there and after madnutscrazy led for 528 on the [3c] turn. madnutscrazy then check-called a bet of 720 on the [5d] river, mucking when Mrcaimann turned over [Jc] [9c] for two pair, jacks and nines. That 3,696-chip pot gave Mrcaimann a stack worth 6,638 chips and the lead heading into the first break of the final table.

Mrcaimann grabbed another 1,535 chips nine minutes after the break without having to show down a hand, four-betting on the button after an opening raise to 225 under the gun by buzzard1881 and a re-raise to 550 from Avi Popo. But the biggest pot yet for the player from the U.K. came four minutes later after raising in the cutoff with [Td] [9d], flopping a combination flush-and-open-ended-straight draw, catching the straight on the turn of the [Ad] [8d] [7s] [Js] [Jc] board, and getting three streets of value out of buzzard1881, who had called the initial raise from the big blind.

After that 4,946-chip pot went to Mrcaimann, the chip counts looked like this with blinds and antes at 50/100/10:

Seat 1: buzzard1881 (3,166 in chips)
Seat 2: Avi Popo (4,803 in chips)
Seat 3: Knakworst93 (4,590 in chips)
Seat 4: Mrcaimann (11,681 in chips)
Seat 5: madnutscrazy (1,380 in chips)
Seat 6: caprioli (4,380 in chips)

Mrcaimann used the ammunition to try to take out the shorter stacks, but without success. First madnutscrazy, winner of a Sunday Kickoff last year, survived all-in against the leader in a blind-versus-blind showdown, calling with [Jd] [Td] after Mrcaimann shoved from the small blind with [Kc] [4c]. madnutscrazy caught top pair, turned a jack-high straight, and dodged any clubs on the river to chip up to 2,778. Mrcaimann got those chips back quickly enough through sheer aggression, but then buzzard1881 got all-in behind with [Ah] [9h] against Mrcaimann’s [Tc] [Th], flopped an ace, and seized the lead with 7,546 chips.

The loss dropped Mrcaimann to second place, but not that far behind at 7,378 chips. But with the blinds and antes now up to 125/250/30, the momentum now shifted to buzzard1881, who picked up two pocket pairs and put that chip lead to work. First the Canadian player successfully isolated with [7d] [7s] after short-stacked madnutscrazy open-shoved, winning the flip against madnutscrazy’s [Kc] [Th] on the [5h] [4d] [3c] [2d] [Qs] board to eliminate the player from India in 6th place ($3,109.92).

Four hands after that came a bigger score. buzzard1881 picked up [Js] [Jh] and called in the big blind after Knakworst93 open-shoved for 5,155 chips. The Dutch player’s [6c] [6h] didn’t improve on the [Qd] [Kc] [2s] [5h] [Ah] board, and Knakworst93 was gone in 5th place ($5,016).


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buzzard1881 took a swing for the fences four hands later, calling with [7d] [7h] in the big blind after Avi Popo jammed for 2,800, but the Latvian player’s [Ac] [Tc] caught an ace on the flop for the double-up. Eight hands later Avi Popo looked to be in position for another double at buzzard1881’s expense, after opening under the gun with [Ad] [Qs] and being re-raised by buzzard1881 with [Ah] [8h]. But then the flop came [Jh] [8c] [Jc], and suddenly Avi Popo needed an ace, king, or queen to stay in the game. The [Js] and [4s] came instead, and Avi Popo was out in 4th place ($7,524).

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With the table three-handed, the blinds and antes at 150/300/35 and rising, and buzzard1881’s lead at almost 10,000 chips, a deal was struck. Mrcaimann had the shortest stack but asked for a bit more than ICM, citing a track record at sit-and-go tournaments. Then something interesting happened. Before three-time SCOOP champion Rodrigo “caprioli” Caprioli could add anything, buzzard1881 offered to give up $400 not just to Mrcaimann, but to caprioli as well, and offered up this nugget of humility:

buzzard1881: biggest holdem score im a fish

caprioli: lol

That sealed the deal and with $2,000 left on the table for the victor, the path to the tournament’s end was clear. caprioli opened the second hand for the minimum on the button, holding [4c] [4s], and called quickly when buzzard1881 shoved from the small blind. But the leader held [Kd] [Kh], which stood up after the board came [Qh] [3d] [Td] [3c] [9h] and sent caprioli to the rail in 3rd place ($14,841.50), two spots shy of a fourth career COOP title.

Four hands later Mrcaimann picked up [Qh] [8s] and shoved on the button, and buzzard1881 called with [Kc] [7c]. Mrcaimann flopped top pair but buzzard1881 caught up with a club flush on the river of the [2s] [5c] [8d] [4c] [2c] board to end the game.

Mrcaimann took $14,018.13 from the deal, a little less than last year’s winnings after making a four-way deal in SCOOP Event #17-L. As for buzzard1881, the winner’s share was worth $17,539.45. Even more notably, it’s a second career COOP title after WCOOP 2013’s Event #42, adding a little more anticipation to this year’s SCOOP and WCOOP series. Congratulations to both players for their early success in TCOOP 2016!

TCOOP-06 ($82 NL Hold’em, 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout) results
Entrants:
 1,672 
Total prize pool: $125,400.00
Places paid: 216

1. buzzard1881 (Canada) $17,539.45*
2. Mrcaimann (United Kingdom) $14,018.13*
3. caprioli (Brazil) $14,481.50*
4. Avi Popo (Latvia) $7,524.00
5. Knakworst93 (Netherlands) $5,016.00
6. madnutscrazy (India) $3,109.92

*Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner


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TCOOP 2016: bokinjo binks Event #5, Team Pro Vivian Im 12th ($82 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO)

TCOOP 2016: bokinjo binks Event #5, Team Pro Vivian Im 12th ($82 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO)

Pot-limit Omaha is already one of the more lively variants of poker to play. Make the game short-handed, and that quickens the pace still more. Play it as turbo tournament and add bounties for knockouts, and you’ve got a formula guaranteed to satisfy action-seekers.

Such was the invitation being offered by Event #5 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker, an $82 buy-in PLO tournament played six-handed and with progressive “super-knockout” bounties. In the end 1,649 players accepted that invite, and from that field Serbia’s bokinjo emerged as the winner after just four hours and 12 minutes of play, earning $10,049.55 from the regular prize pool plus another $300 worth of bounties.


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The big turnout created a $123,675 prize pool divided evenly between the regular prize pool and the bounty prize pool, and exceeding the event’s $100K guarantee. While the top 216 finishers would divide up the regular prize pool, the rest went for bounties with players picking up $37.50 every time they knocked out an opponent.

In just over two hours the field had already been carved down under 100 players, with Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im sitting atop the chip counts as the first player to have spun the starting stack of 5,000 up over 300,000.

By the three-hour break they were down to 31, with Im still near the top and AlexElizarov the new leader with just over 525,000. About 20 minutes later just 12 remained, with treinen the new leader with more than 1.75 million and Vivian Im having become the short stack.

Im hung on for a few more hands, then was ousted in a hand versus eventual champ bokinjo to go out in 12th for a $618.37 cash plus another $225 for having collected six bounties.

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Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im

lodiniz (11th) and tema77728 (10th) followed, both also picking up $618.37 from the regular prize pool plus extra for bounties. Then Psycel (ninth), cnfr12 (eighth), and Esben7 (seventh) went out, earning $927.56 each plus bounties.

treinen was still leading with six to go, having pushed up just over 3 million just before the final table began.

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Seat 1: GiBobH/L (Poland) — 1,616,073
Seat 2: TedyKGB88 (United Kingdom) — 1,051,960
Seat 3: bokinjo (Serbia) — 1,195,937
Seat 4: LLCoolJ23 (Germany) — 833,543
Seat 5: Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm (Denmark) — 547,262
Seat 6: treinen (Netherlands) — 3,000,225

It would take less than an orbit for the first knockout to occur at the final table.

With the blinds 40,000/80,000, two-time SCOOP winner and 2014 TCOOP Player of the Series Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm opened for 280,000 from under the gun, TedyKGB88 reraised all in from the button, and it folded back to Elgstrøm who called all in with the 237,262 behind.

Elgstrøm was double-suited with [Ac][Jh][8h][5c] while TedyKGB88 had [Ah][Kd][Tc][3c]. The board then came [9d][Ts][4h][Ad][2d], adding up to two pair for TedyKGB88 (aces and tens) but just one for Elgstrøm (aces), knocking out the latter in sixth.

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Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm

A few minutes later LLCoolJ23 min-raised to 160,000 from first position and got three callers in GiBobH/L (button), TedyKGB88 (small blind), and bokinjo (big blind). The flop came [4s][Qc][5s], and it checked to LLCoolJ23 who continued for 640,000. It folded back to TedyKGB88 who check-raised all in, and when the action came back LLCool23 called all in with the 193,543 left.

LLCoolJ23 had [Ah][Ad][3c][3h] for aces and a gutshot wheel draw, while TedyKGB88 had [As][Js][9s][6c] for a spade flush draw. The turn and river brought two more spades — coming [7s] and [Qs] — making that flush for TedyKGB88 and knocking out LLCoolJ23 in fifth.

The pace slowed a bit at that point, and the final four all made it through almost a half-hour more to reach the four-hour break at which point GiBobH/L had assumed a large lead with nearly 4 million while no one else had as much as 1.6 million.

Not long after that, TedyKGB88 opened with a 3x raise to 600,000 from the small blind, committing nearly two-thirds of the starting stack, and after bokinjo reraised from the big blind, TedyKGB88 put the rest in as a call.

TedyKGB88 had [Qd][Jc][4h][3d] while bokinjo showed [Kd][Ks][7h][2h]. The board came [Qc][8s][7d], then [Td], then [Ts], making kings and tens for bokinjo and queens and tens for TedyKGB88, thus ending TedyKGB88’s run in fourth.

TedyKGB88 did get a nice consolation prize, however, having knocked out 15 players — more than anyone else in the tournament — to add an extra $562.50 to the fourth-place prize.

There was some brief deal talk in the chat box among the final three players, but the tournament was never paused to continue the discussion. Soon treinen had gotten short was was all in from the button for just under 500,000 (about two BBs) versus both GiBobH/L (small blind) and bokinjo (big blind).

The remaining players checked down the board as it came [7h][Ad][Td][6c][6s], and when GiBobH/L turned over [As][Ks][7d][6h] for a full house, the others mucked and treinen was on the rail in third.

GiBobH/L had the edge to start heads-up play with 4.54 million to bokinjo’s 3.70 million and would stay in front for the first few hands until bokinjo enjoyed a big double-up to grab the advantage.

Four hands after that the blinds were 150,000/300,000 when GiBobH/L raised to 900,000 from the button, bokinjo called, and the pair saw a flop come [7s][4s][8h]. bokinjo checked, GiBobH/L went all in for 1,340,672, and bokinjo called.

bokinjo: [Td][9s][7h][6s]
GiBobH/L: [Ac][Qs][Tc][9d]

bokinjo had flopped a pair of sevens with both a spade flush draw and a bunch of straight outs, while GiBobH/L could complete an open-ender as well. The turn then brought the [8s], filling a flush for bokinjo and making the river [4d] no matter — bokinjo had collected the tournament’s final bounty and the Event #5 title.

Congratulations to bokinjo for besting a field of 1,649 in just over four hours to win a TCOOP title and claim a five-figure score for just $82.

TCOOP-05 ($82, PL Omaha, 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Super-Knockout) results
Entrants: 1,649
Total prize pool: $123,675.00 ($61,837.50 regular prize pool; $61,837.50 bounty prize pool)

Places paid: 216

1. bokinjo (Serbia) $10,049.55 (+ $300 for 8 bounties)
2. GiBobH/L (Poland) $7,513.25 (+ $375 for 10 bounties)
3. treinen (Netherlands) $5,565.37 (+ $337.50 for 9 bounties)
4. TedyKGB88 (United Kingdom) $3,710.25 (+ $562.50 for 15 bounties)
5. LLCoolJ23 (Germany) $2,473.50 (+ $300 for 8 bounties)
6. CMoosepower (Denmark) $1,545.93 (+ $150 for 4 bounties)

With 50 total events stretching over the next week-plus, there’s a lot more Turbo Championship of Online Poker to go. Check the TCOOP site for details of all the remaining events. https://www.pokerstars.com/tcoop/


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TCOOP 2016: New titles from Down Under to Deutschland

TCOOP 2016: New titles from Down Under to Deutschland

It started in Brazil with a man who turned $27 into $110,000. Before we could blink, the phenomenon had moved to Hungary where $82 became more than $12,000. Next was Australia and $215 exploding to $58,000. Then it bounced back to Germany for an $82 into $47,000 score.

This is how the Turbo Championship of Online Poker works. At dinner, you have a little money. Before bed, you have a heck of a lot more. It’s the fastest championship series in online poker, and it began yesterday afternoon with a historic three-phase kickoff that drew more than 53,000 players. The winner, Brazil’s Helio “hneves182” Neves, made $110,000 in the span of just a few hours.


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As always, the PokerStars Blog is reporting on every TCOOP final table, no matter how fast it goes.

Events are running now. See the TCOOP homepage for a full schedule.

For a complete catch-up on the first winners of the 2016 TCOOP series, see the results below. You can click on any of the headlines to read a full wrap-up of the final tables.

TCOOP-01 ($27 NL Hold’em, 6-Max, Turbo) results
Entrants: 53,311 
Total prize pool: $1,500,000.00

Places paid: 7,044

1. Helio “hneves182” Neves (Brazil) $111,000.00
2. acemaKerface (United Kingdom) $80,850.00
3. soso74sos (Romania) $53,760.00
4. topgold1 (Romania) $27,990.00
5. doungara (Greece) $16,050.00
6. stsnitro (Russia) $10,245.00

TCOOP-02 ($82 NL Omaha Hi-Lo, 6-Max, Turbo) results

Entrants: 1,649 
Total prize pool: $123,675.00

Places paid: 216

1. rekri (Hungary) $12,717.66*
2. Shtopol’ (Ukraine) $10,017.82*
3. isDatLekker? (Netherlands) $11,439.90*

4. Nopaleva (Russia) $13,304.68*

5. ouchbadbeat (United Kingdom) $11,142.72*
6. homasapiens (Poland) $3,091.87
*Reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner

TCOOP-03 ($215 NL Hold’em, Turbo Progressive Ultra-Knockout) results
Entrants: 4,250
Regular prize pool: $212,500.00
Bounty prize pool: $637,500.00
Places paid: 540

1. ugritaly (Australia) $33,363.40 + $24,591.48
2. ToTall4Y (Germany) $24,862.50 + $23,458.01
3. Bigdaft (United Kingdom) $17,531.25 + $3,683.19
4. ViDss (Brazil) $12,218.75 + $3,893.09
5. Borjomi1970 (Russia) $9,031.25 + $9,387.52
6. actaml (Poland) $6,906.25 + $1,403.90
7. plokker292 (Netherlands) $4,781.25 + $7,302.80
8. drygo 1 (Norway) $2,656.25 + $8,136.88
9. bobix12 (Poland) $1,700.00 + $4,247.13

TCOOP-04 ($82 NL Hold’em, Turbo) results
Entrants: 4,026
Total prize pool: $301,950
Places paid: 540

1. makarios007 (Germany) $47,408.76
2. deepbluer (Canada) $35,238.15
3. VeromosAA (Israel) $23,910.87
4. B4NKR0LL3R (United Kingdom) $17,362.12
5. MonsieurRask (United Kingdom) $12,832.87
6. wrx2no (Australia) $9,813.37
7. reijomo (Finland) $6,793.87
8. kymatoz8814 (Russia) $3,774.37
9. Heintje8 (Netherlands) $2,415.60


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TCOOP 2016: rekri reaps the whirlwind for $12K in Event #2 ($82 NL Omaha Hi-Lo, 6-max)

TCOOP 2016: rekri reaps the whirlwind for $12K in Event #2 ($82 NL Omaha Hi-Lo, 6-max)

One of my personal favorite things about TCOOP is how great the series is for helping me put time into perspective. For instance, on a normal day, I’d say that four hours and six minutes isn’t really time enough to accomplish anything significant. But today, the first day of TCOOP, I learned me that four hours and six minutes is exactly enough time to win a turbo no-limit Omaha hi-lo tournament. The education was indirect, of course – I’m just the reporter here. It’s rekri from Hungary who learned it all firsthand by becoming the champion of TCOOP 2016’s second event.

Event #2 kicked off at 2:00 p.m. ET and attracted a field of 1,649 players by the time late registration closed one hour and 15 minutes in. Each was given 5,000 starting chips and the blinds rose every five minutes. Less than an hour after that there were just 216 players left, all guaranteed a payout of at least $129.85. Where moments before the short stacks had clung to their chips, now they started to put them into action. And before the tournament could reach a third break, the field had been reduced to just these six players:

Seat 1: homasapiens (1,208,136 in chips)
Seat 2: rekri (1,153,394 in chips)
Seat 3: Nopaleva (1,822,898 in chips)
Seat 4: ouchbadbeat (801,878 in chips)
Seat 5: Shtopol’ (1,625,242 in chips)
Seat 6: isDatLekker? (1,633,452 in chips)

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With even the biggest stacks worth just 20 big blinds, nobody had a significant advantage. That could’ve made things tense, especially since it was a first TCOOP final table for everyone involved, but ouchbadbeat kept things light from the start. The short stack, runner-up in a SCOOP event back in 2013, rattled off a list of shout-outs in the chat box like an Oscar winner and then raised all but 1 chip and typed, “folding to reraise.”

Nobody took up the offer, but the action wasn’t too long coming. rekri climbed out of the cellar with a scoop after moving in with [Ac] [Kc] [Jh] [2c], falling behind homasapiens’s [As] [Kd] [Ts] [5d] on the [Kh] [6c] [5h] flop, and moving back ahead with kings and jacks thanks to the [Jd] on the turn and the harmless [Tc] on the river.

rekri and Shtopol’ split a pot two hands later with the nut flush and nut low, respectively. Then homasapiens open-shoved for 524K three hands after that, holding [6d] [4h] [3c] [3d] and looking for a board with some low cards. ouchbadbeat isolated all-in from the small blind and showed down [As] [Ad] [9d] [4d], which held up when the [9s] [Jc] [Qc] [8d] [Kd] kept the pair of aces ahead of the pair of treys. With that, homasapiens was out in 6th place ($3,091.87).

Discussions for a deal followed two hands later, no big surprise given the biggest stack being worth just 19 big blinds. 2015 WCOOP Super High Roller finalist Nopaleva held out for a little more than ICM, asking for $60 more from each player, and even there ouchbadbeat was still entertaining. While the others figured out whether to agree, he typed, “i pay my donation of $60 tribute to putin” (in reference to Nopaleva’s Vladimir Putin avatar). Eventually Nopaleva got the extra $60 from everyone, leaving $1,000 and the champion’s watch on the table for the winner.


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From there it took just eight minutes to bring the tournament to a close. Shtopol’ took on Nopaleva immediately when play resumed, moving all-in from the cutoff with [Ac] [Kc] [Qs] [5s]. Nopaleva called in the big blind with [As] [Tc] [9h] [5h] and the board came [8d] ‘[Jc] [3c] [8s] [3s], leaving no low and making both players’ top two cards the kickers to a pair of treys.

Following two split pots, first between rekri and Nopaleva and then isDatLekker? and Shtopol’, ouchbadbeat got the chance to take out the player that had exacted “tribute” during the deal. Nopaleva open-shoved for 1.15M with [Ad] [Js] [Jc] [8h] and ouchbadbeat successfully isolated by re-shoving for 1.24M with [Ac] [8c] [6c] [2d], leaving ouchbadbeat with just 86K after the [4s] [Th] [Jd] [5c] [5s] board made no low possible and gave Nopaleva jacks full of fives.

ouchbadbeat survived twice and typed, “expart chip and chair comeback coming. i warn u now.” But the first hand the player from the U.K. was dealt after that, [Qc] [6s] [5d] [2d], couldn’t pull off the trick. ouchbadbeat shoved with it, Shtopol’ called with [7c] [5c] [5s] [3h], and tens and sevens scooped the pot when the board came [Ts] [Tc] [Ad] [Kh] [2s]. That sent ouchbadbeat to the rail in 5th place ($11,142.72).

isDatLekker? doubled up two hands later, shoving with [Ah] [Qs] [Th] [5c] and scooping the 2.59M-chip pot when Nopaleva called with [9d] [7s] [5s] [4d] but couldn’t make a hand on the [8h] [3d] [Kc] [8s] [Jd] board. Five hands later Nopaleva called all-in from the big blind with [Ad] [Kh] [Js] [Ts] after rekri shoved in the small blind with [Ah] [7d] [5h] [4d]. Broadway cards and spades could have kept Nopaleva in the game, but the board came [8h] [3d] [6s] [2d] [Qh], rekri scooped the pot with a six-high straight, and Nopaleva departed in 4th place ($13,304.68).

rekri climbed to 3.38M with that pot, providing crucial momentum for the final stretch. The Hungarian player called in the small blind with [Ad] [9d] [7h] [7s] and 1.37M left behind when past WCOOP finalist isDatLekker? shoved from the button with [Ah] [6c] [5c] [3h], but the cushion ended up being unnecessary. The [Qs] [Ac] [Ks] [Js] [Qc] board made both players aces and queens, and rekri’s nine kicker was good for the whole 4.35M-chip pot. That knocked isDatLekker? out in 3rd place ($11,439.90).

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The heads-up showdown for the last $1,000 and the title lasted a single hand. rekri opened all-in on the button with [As] [9h] [8h] [7d] and was called by Shtopol’, who was a slim favorite before the flop with [Ac] [Ks] [9d] [2h]. The [Qs] [7c] [2c] [Ts] [Qc] made two pair for both players, but rekri’s queens and sevens took the pot and brought the tournament to a close.

Just four hours and six minutes after putting down $82 for a stack of chips, Shtopol’ took $10,017.82 from the deal as the runner-up. And rekri earned $12,717.66, the champion’s watch, and a first career TCOOP title to go along with a MicroMillions 7 win in 2014. Congratulations to both players for hanging on until the end!

TCOOP-02 ($82 NL Omaha Hi-Lo, 6-Max, Turbo) results

Entrants:
 1,649 
Total prize pool: $123,675.00

Places paid: 216

1. rekri (Hungary) $12,717.66*

2. Shtopol’ (Ukraine) $10,017.82*

3. isDatLekker? (Netherlands) $11,439.90*

4. Nopaleva (Russia) $13,304.68*

5. ouchbadbeat (United Kingdom) $11,142.72*

6. homasapiens (Poland) $3,091.87

*Reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner


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TCOOP 2016: Say hello to Helio “hneves182” Neves, Event #1 champ for $110K ($27 NLH 6-Max)

TCOOP 2016: Say hello to Helio “hneves182” Neves, Event #1 champ for $110K ($27 NLH 6-Max)

The green flag fell on this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker today, and just a few hours later the checkered flag was being waved to signal the end of the first of 50 fast-paced events on the TCOOP schedule. Event #1, a $27 buy-in, three-phase, six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament, played out in lightning-fast fashion Thursday afternoon, and by the finish it was Brazil’s Helio “hneves182” Neves alone in the winner’s circle, having claimed a $110,000 first prize.

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Helio “hneves182” Neves

Hailing from Salvador in Bahia, Brazil, Neves is a familar face on the Latin American Poker Tour, having just final-tabled the LAPT8 Peru Main Event in Lima last July where he finished sixth. Here’s the story of how Neves managed to outlast tens of thousands — including knocking out all five of his final table opponents — on his way to claiming the first title of this year’s TCOOP series.


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For this kickoff event, PokerStars added a hefty $1.5 million guarantee to the prize pool, and the whopping 53,311 total entries actually came just a few thousand shy of reaching that amount on their own. Players played their way through two preliminary phases during the days and hours leading up to today’s event, with 9,241 of them making it through to today’s cinematically titled “Phase 3: The Final Phase.”

Most who made it to the final phase would cash, as the $1.5 million prize pool was due to be split between the top 7,044 finishers. Ukraine’s Krek2012Karp started the day with the chip lead as the only player to accumulate more than 200,000 chips during Phases 1 and 2.

It only took a half-hour for the money bubble to burst, and less than an hour more for Krek2012Karp to tumble down the counts to finish in 1,762nd for a $165 cash. Shortly after that they were already down to 1,000 players, with Dmaster681 — winner of a Super Tuesday just last September — out in front and nearing the 1 million-chip mark.

The field continued to evaporate quickly as many players rushed past Dmaster681 who eventually fell in 141st ($585.00). By the day’s three-hour mark there were just 98 players left, with stsnitro the new leader at more than 7.3 million. A little less than an hour after that they were down to 12, gathered around the final two tables, with doungara sitting in first with more than 52 million.

skillstar1 (12th), Paladin_MMM (11th), and skill@work (10th) were the next players out, each earning $5,565 for their finishes. Then Moneystork (ninth), Reiz88 (eighth), and PeroQmaloSoy (seventh) were successively ousted, picking up $7,320 apiece.

With acemaKerface the new frontrunner with more than 68 million and Neves in second position, the final six-handed table was underway.

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Seat 1: acemaKerface (United Kingdom) — 68,638,693
Seat 2: doungara (Greece) — 35,516,472
Seat 3: stsnitro (Russia) — 22,467,954
Seat 4: Helio “hneves182” Neves (Brazil) — 57,044,686
Seat 5: topgold1 (Romania) — 43,035,631
Seat 6: soso74sos (Romania) — 43,409,868

It had only taken four hours and 15 minutes to play down from 9,241 players to six. Less than 15 minutes later the last five eliminations would come, all five at the hands of Neves.

The blinds were up to 1.5M/3M, and on just the second hand of the final table the short stack stsnitro raised big to 18 million from the button, Helio “hneves182” Neves reraised all in from the small blind, and stsnitro called all in with the just over 2.5 million left behind. stsnitro had [Ks][7s] and a couple of live cards versus Neves’s [Ad][Qc]. But the board came [6c][5s][Tc][Jh][3d] to miss both players, and stsnitro was out in sixth.

Just over an orbit later, doungara open-raised all in for 23,556,217 from the cutoff, Neves reraise-pushed from the button, and the blinds stepped aside. doungara had [Ah][6s] but Neves once again had picked up [As][Qc]. The community cards came [2c][5d][8s][Tc][Ks], and doungara was out in fifth as Neves pushed his now-leading stack up close to 110 million.

The final four would battle on for a short while, long enough for the blinds to increase again to 2M/4M. That’s when Neves open-raised all in from under the gun, topgold1 called from a seat over, and the others got out of the way. topgold1 was the one with [Ah][Qh] this time, while Neves had [8d][8c]. The [2d][3d][6d] flop hit neither player, then the [Ad] came on the turn to give topgold1 aces but Neves an unbeatable diamond flush. The [8s] river was no matter, and suddenly they were down to three.

At that soso74sos asked about a deal, but as Neves had over 171 million and close to two-thirds of the chips in play, he said he wasn’t interested.

A half-dozen hands later Neves shoved from the button and soso74sos called, and after Neves showed [Tc][7h] and soso74sos [As][Ah], it looked very much like the Neves train was about to be derailed if only for a moment.

But then came the flop — [9h][6d][3d] — and turn — [8s], and just like that Neves had a straight and again his opponent was drawing dead before the river had even been dealt. soso74sos was done in third, while Neves had 237,412,111 versus acemaKerface’s 32,701,193 to start heads-up play.

They played four hands, then on the fifth acemaKerface open-pushed all in for about 72 million from the button with [Js][Th] and Neves called in a flash with [Ad][8h]. The flop came [Ah][3d][Jc] to pair both players, then the [Kh] turn provided some extra outs for acemaKerface. But the river was the [3h] and after just under four-and-a-half hours, Phase 3 and the tournament was over with Neves the champion. Like all winners of TCOOP events, Neves gets a gold card capper to go along with his first prize.

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Congratulations to Helio “hneves182” Neves, the first winner of this year’s TCOOP who takes away a huge $110,000 first prize.

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Helio “hneves182” Neves

TCOOP-01 ($27 NL Hold’em, 6-Max, Turbo) results
Entrants: 53,311 
Total prize pool: $1,500,000.00

Places paid: 7,044

1. Helio “hneves182” Neves (Brazil) $111,000.00
2. acemaKerface (United Kingdom) $80,850.00
3. soso74sos (Romania) $53,760.00
4. topgold1 (Romania) $27,990.00
5. doungara (Greece) $16,050.00
6. stsnitro (Russia) $10,245.00

Things are just getting started, TCOOP-wise. Check the Turbo Championship of Online Poker site for full details of the remaining events.


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TCOOP 2015: Nikki_Hefner nabs Main Event title, nearly $400K (Event #49, $700 NLHE)

As the Super Bowl played out in Arizona, the Super Bowl of the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker took place on PokerStars — a similarly fast-paced, action-filled event for which the rewards were also high. It would take about five hours and 10 minutes for the $700 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament to complete, with Russia’s Nikki_Hefner ultimately emerging as the champion in this one, earning a huge $396,516.38 payday for the effort following a heads-up deal with riversouza of Brazil.

There was another big sporting event on Sunday, too — the Australian Open in Melbourne — one suggested more directly by Nikki_Hefner’s avatar.

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Nikki_Hefner was aces today

Already over 2,400 players in their seats when the first hands were dealt Sunday afternoon, and two hours later when late registration at last closed the field had ballooned to 4,169 total, thus building a total prize pool of $2,772,385 (well above the $2 million guarantee).

The top 540 finishers were due to split those riches, and by that point they’d already winnowed down to 1,300 with Patrick “pmahoney22” Mahoney having by then ascended to the top spot. Of course, the turbo format with its five-minute levels ensured things would change quickly, and almost exactly half an hour later they were down to 540 with Mahoney having slipped back to an average stack.

Meanwhile at the top of the counts was a very familiar name when it comes to the ‘COOPs — Calvin “cal42688” Anderson — who’d put some distance between himself and the rest of the field as the first player to 1 million chips.

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Calvin “cal42688” Anderson

Anderson continued to keep the top spot during most of the tournament’s next hour as the field was carved down under 150 players, finally losing it to start slipping back to the pack.

Meanwhile as play continued the last couple of red spades in the counts were eliminated. First Team PokerStars Pro Aditya “Adi Agarwal” Agarwal ran queen-ten into 0m3rtá’s pocket aces to finish 113th ($3,326.86). A little after that Team PokerStars Pro Online member George “Jorj95” Lind III went out in 87th ($4,158.57) after losing a three-way all-in won by gogaie01.

Patrick “pmahoney22” Mahoney (96th, $3,881.33) would also hit the rail during that stretch, then a little while later Calvin “cal42688” Anderson’s run would end as well (36th, $6,237.86).

They’d been playing about four hours and 20 minutes when just 18 remained, with basil86 the new chip leader by a wide margin, having built up over 18 million when the nearest challenger had around 10 million.

Jiri “Desmoplakin” Horak (18th), wavegoodbye (17th), and Brixinka (16th) soon hit the rail, each taking away $8,317.15. Hichcock (15th), Turaluralu (14th), and andyhin22 (13th) followed, taking $12,475.73 each from the prize pool. And it wasn’t long before morans350 (12th), BEGEMOTIK3 (11th), and KolayRuss (10th) all went out to pick up $16,634.31 apiece.

With Nikki_Hefner the new chip leader, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: basil86 (United Kingdom) — 13,303,969
Seat 2: Jonathan “jxarturo” Arturo (Colombia) — 10,451,494
Seat 3: PitBully01 (United Kingdom) — 8,187,778
Seat 4: Spraggs (United Kingdom) — 4,857,502
Seat 5: GhettoHomie (Germany) — 3,643,296
Seat 6: majo-K88 (Germany) — 6,537,873
Seat 7: riversouza (Brazil) — 7,644,360
Seat 8: Nikki_Hefner (Russia) — 22,012,435
Seat 9: yryryryr (Portugal) — 6,741,293

Germans GhettoHomie, majo-K88 go out

The final table featured three Brits and two Germans, but both of the latter would be gone within the first couple of minutes.

On just the second hand of the final table, the table folded around to GhettoHomie on the button who pushed all in for just under 3.2 million (just over five big blinds) and riversouza called from the big blind. GhettoHomie had [Kd][3h] and needed help against the [Qh][Qc] of riversouza, but a [Ah][2h][8d][Jd][Ts] board didn’t bring it and GhettoHomie was eliminated in ninth.

The very next hand saw the table’s other German, majo-K88, similarly open-push from the button — this time for just over 5.4 million — and get a caller from the big blind in Nikki_Hefner. majo-K88 had [2s][2c] and hopes the small pair would hold against Nikki_Hefner’s [Ad][8d], but a [9d][Tc][4c][Qd][2d] board completed a diamond flush for the chip leader, sending majo-K88 out in eighth.

yryryryr runs out, jxarturo runs into aces

Ten minutes and a couple of levels zipped by, then a short-stacked yryryryr — down to less than 720,000 (just over half a big blind) — pushed those chips in from early position with [Qd][6h] and was up against riversouza in the big blind with [Ad][9d]. The community cards came [Jc][3d][Js], then [8d], then [7s], and yryryryr was done in seventh.

Two hands later jxarturo open-pushed from early position for a little over 7.2 million (about six BBs) and only riversouza called from the button. jxarturo had picked up [Ad][Kc], but had run that big hand into a bigger one as riversouza revealed [As][Ac], and five cards later — [7d][6s][Th][9d][5d] — jxarturo was knocked out in sixth.

Brits bounced as basil86, Spraggs, PitBully01 fall

Not long after that hand, riversouza — the new chip leader — opened with a 2x raise to 2.8 million from the button, basil86 reraised all in from the big blind for a little over 3.9 million, and riversouza called. basil86 had [Qd][Th] while riversouza had but [4d][3h], but the flop came [Kc][4h][3d] to pair the latter twice. The turn was the [Ks] and river the [2h], and basil86’s run ended in fifth.

They made it a little over an orbit more, then riversouza was opening to 2.8 million again (from UTG). It folded to Spraggs in the big blind who pushed for just under 3.5 million and riversouza called, turning over [Ks][9h] to Spraggs’s [Ad][4c]. The [Jd][4h][Kh] flop paired Spraggs’s four but gave riversouza a better pair of kings. The [Qh] turn and [Jh] river then improved riversouza further to a flush, sending Spraggs away in fourth.

Three-handed would last eight hands, with the last of those starting with a button fold by riversouza, an all-in shove by Nikki_Hefner from the small blind, and an all-in call for almost 9 million (a little under 6 BBs) by PitBully01. Nikki_Hefner had [5d][5c] and PitBully01 [Kc][Tc], and after the board came [3h][9c][9d][6s][Ad] those fives held to send a third straight U.K. player out as PitBully01 fell in third.

Nikki_Hefner handles heads-up, riversouza runner-up

The final two played one hand, then paused proceedings to talk about possibly dividing up the more than three-quarter of a million dollars still left to be claimed. riversouza led then with almost 45.6 million to the just over 36 million of Nikki_Hefner. Soon suggested payouts were produced — leaving $40,000 for which to play — and both players quickly agreed to the $350K-plus paydays they were being guaranteed.

Play resumed, and within just a couple of hands Nikki_Hefner nudged in front, then won a few more. In fact, the pair would play 14 hands total between them heads-up, and Nikki_Hefner would win all but one of them, having built all of the way up over 75 million to riversouza’s 8.3 million by the time the final hand took place.

It began with riversouza open-pushing that stack of about five BBs from the button and Nikki_Hefner calling.

Nikki_Hefner: [Th][9h]
riversouza: [Ac][5s]

riversouza had the edge preflop, and looked even better after the first three cards came [5c][7s][Ad] to make a pair of aces. But the turn was the [6h] to provide a backdoor straight possibility for Nikki_Hefner. And sure enough — like a well-placed drop shot landing just inside the line — the [8c] fell on fifth street, filling that straight and giving the pot and title to Nikki_Hefner.

Congratulations to Nikki_Hefner for blitzing through more than 4,100 opponents in just over five hours to win this year’s TCOOP Main Event title and a nearly $400K first prize. Kudos also to riversouza for getting to the heads-up deal and ensuring that nifty $363K payday for coming runner-up.

TCOOP-49 ($109 NL Hold’em, Turbo) results
Entrants: 4,169
Total prize pool: $2,772,385.00
Places paid: 540

1. Nikki_Hefner (Russia) — $396,516.38*
2. riversouza (Brazil) — $363,119.56*
3. PitBully01 (United Kingdom) — $228,721.76
4. Spraggs (United Kingdom) — $159,412.13
5. basil86 (United Kingdom) — $117,826.36
6. jxarturo (Colombia) — $90,102.51
7. yryryryr (Portugal) — $62,378.66
8. majo-K88 (Germany) — $34,654.81
9. GhettoHomie (Germany) — $22,179.08

*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $40,000 in play for the winner

Thanks for following our coverage of the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker. Click here for recaps of all 50 events as well as other features, and check the the TCOOP page for complete results and statistics from this year’s series.

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TCOOP 2015: One for Bosnia & Herzegovina as lilachaa wins Event #45 ($109 NLHE)

It’s the final day of the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker, with the day’s first scheduled event, Event #45 ($109 NLHE), having just completed. Heading into today Germany and Russia were tied for the most TCOOP titles this year with five apiece, and while Germany would send two players to this final table it would be lilachaa earning a first win for Bosnia and Herzegovina, topping a field of 2,509 to accomplish the feat.

Following a four-way final table deal, lilachaa took away a cool $29,645.35 for the win while the U.K.’s Clarkson7 actually earned a little more — $30,000 even — thanks to having had a big chip lead at the time the deal was made. Here’s the story of lilachaa’s triumph which not only represented Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first win of this year’s TCOOP, but first final table, too.

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It took a little over two hours and 20 minutes for them to play down to 324 players and the cash, at which point datrue enjoyed the chip lead as they began dividing up the $250,900 prize pool (more than the event’s $225K guarantee).

Less than 15 minutes later they were down under 200 players, and soon after that Team PokerStars Pro Online member Felix “xflixx” Schneiders lost the last of his short stack to knowitbetter to fall in 196th ($263.44). Over the next hour they played down to the final 18, with datrue (47th, $526.89) and knowitbetter (27th, $802.88) hitting the rail along the way and Clarkson7 having moved up into first position.

TheShark1988 (18th), namazu66 (17th), and former Sunday Million winner adkaf (16th) next went out, picking up $953.42 each. KAZAN2301 (15th), rvb80 (14th), one-time SCOOP champ MauriceSch (13th) followed, earning $1,329.77 apiece. Then BUCK 7 DEUCE (12th), garacha (11th), and Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (10th) successively hit the rail, each taking away $1,706.12 from the prize pool.

Meanwhile Clarkson7 added considerably during that stretch to carry a commanding chip lead to the final table.

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Seat 1: réééééz (Hungary) — 3,818,428
Seat 2: Clarkson7 (United Kingdom) — 11,278,715
Seat 3: Guillaume “guimoura” Moorish (Brazil) — 2,095,288
Seat 4: lilachaa (Bosnia and Herzegovina) — 1,212,711
Seat 5: mart0989 (Germany) — 1,206,908
Seat 6: Dannyz0r (Romania) — 1,012,540
Seat 7: chrissyh59 (United Kingdom) — 2,199,278
Seat 8: Sparw. (Germany) — 673,156
Seat 9: CunningPlan (United Kingdom) — 1,592,976

On the final table’s very first hand, leader Clarkson7 opened with a big (12x) raise to 2.4 million from middle position, and Dannyz0r called all in for just under 890,000 after posting the small blind. Clarkson7 had [Ad][Ks] and had Dannyz0r’s [Ah][9c] dominated, and after the board brought the latter no help Dannyz0r was done in ninth.

Of the nine final tablists, CunningPlan had achieved TCOOP glory before, having won a title last year in a $215 NLHE 6-Max event. But the quest for a second win would be cut short as just three hands later CunningPlan open-shoved from the button for a little under 240,000 (barely a big blind) and réééééz reshoved from the small blind to isolate. CunningPlan had two live cards with [9c][8c] versus réééééz’s [Ks][Qs], but the flop brought both a king and queen for réééééz and CunningPlan couldn’t catch up, thus falling in eighth.

They nearly made it through another orbit before a super-short Sparw. was all in before the deal from the small blind, and the table folded around to create a heads-up situation between Sparw. and réééééz in the big blind. Sparw. had [8c][6s] and a better starter than réééééz who held [8s][2d], but a deuce on the board gave réééééz the pot and sent Sparw. railward in seventh.

The knockout of Sparw. had come on the last hand prior to the four-hour break, at which point Clarkson7 still led the final six players comfortably with more than 11.1 million chips.

Just a couple of minutes after play resumed, chrissyh59 open-pushed from under the gun for about 2.2 million (not quite nine big blinds), lilachaa reraised all in for a little more from the small blind, and mart0989 folded the big blind. chrissyh59 appeared in decent shape to double with [As][Ks] versus lilichaa’s [Ac][Jc], but a [Jh][4h][Qc][6d][Js] runout gave lilichaa trips and ended chrissyh59’s run in sixth.

mart0989 would be next out in fifth after open-pushing a little more than 850,000 (just under three BBs) with [4c][4d], getting called by Guillaume “guimoura” Moorish who had [Qd][Js], and watching both a queen and a jack come among the community cards.

The remaining four players continued for a short while longer, then stopped the tournament to discuss a possible deal. Clarkson7 remained the pace-setter with almost 9.7 million, réééééz was next with a little under 5.8 million, lilachaa was third with a little over 5.6 million, and Guillaume “guimoura” Moorish fourth with almost 4 million.

Both “ICM”-based and “chip chop” figures were presented to the players — leaving $4,500 aside for which to play in each case — and while ICM was the preferred method of the group Clarkson7 wanted a little more ($30K even) than the suggested amount ($28,813.72).

“I’ve got 2x everyone in chips,” Clarkson7 noted, while lilachaa objected saying “it’s a turbo, the only reason why im making a deal in the 1st place.” Moorish then offered to make up the difference to get Clarkson7 to $30K, and after all four agreed play resumed.

On the first hand after the deal, réééééz min-raised to 800,000 from the cutoff/UTG, Clarkson7 shoved all in from the button, then Guillaume “guimoura” Moorish called all in for about 3.75 million from the small blind, prompting lilachaa and réééééz both to fold. Moorish had picked up [Ks][Kh], but it was [As][Ac] for Clarkson7. The flop came [Ad][6s][6c] to give Clarkson a full house, and by the turn Moorish was drawing dead to finish in fourth.

Two hands later lilachaa won a big preflop all-in versus Clarkson7 with [As][Jd] versus the latter’s [Ah][8h]. An eight flopped in that one, but a jack came on fifth street to pull lilachaa even with Clarkson7.

A couple of hands after that lilachaa raised 2x to 800,000 from the button, réééééz shoved for about 4.1 million from the small blind, Clarkson7 reshoved from the big blind, and lilachaa stepped aside. Clarkson7 had [Th][Ts] while réééééz showed [Ad][6c], and the community cards didn’t help réééééz who was eliminated in third.

Heads-up play began with Clarkson7 in front with about 15.8 million to lilachaa’s stack of just over 9.2 million. A few minutes into their duel lilachaa had chipped up to grab the advantage, then Clarkson7 seized it back before a huge hand developed that saw lilachaa all in following a [6h][Qh][7h] flop.

Clarkson7 turned over [Qc][Jh] for top pair and a flush draw while lilachaa had [Kh][9s] for a higher flush draw. The [Td] turn card kept Clarkson7 in front, but the river was the [3h] and suddenly lilachaa had over 20 million while Clarkson7 had slipped down to just over 5 million.

Two hands later lilachaa raised from the button, Clarkson7 shoved, and lilachaa called, turning over [8d][7s] to Clarkson7’s [2h][2c]. The board came [5s][7h][Qc][Ad][7c], and lilachaa’s trips beat Clarkson7’s two pair to end the tournament.

Congratulations to lilachaa for topping more than 2,500 opponents to win Event #45 — one of only three players from Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate. And kudos as well to the other three players who made it to the four-way deal to ensure themselves nice paydays in this one, too.

TCOOP-45 ($109 NL Hold’em, Turbo) results
Entrants: 2,509
Total prize pool: $250,900
Places paid: 324

1. lilachaa (Bosnia and Herzegovina) — $29,645.35*
2. Clarkson7 (United Kingdom) — $30,000*
3. réééééz (Hungary) — $25,308.35*
4. Guillaume “guimoura” Moorish (Brazil) — $21,616.84*
5. mart0989 (Germany) — $11,290.50
6. chrissyh59 (United Kingdom) — $8,656.05
7. Sparw. (Germany) — $6,147.05
8. CunningPlan (United Kingdom) — $3,638.05
9. Dannyz0r (Romania) — $2,258.10

*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $4,500 in play for the winner

As noted, it’s the last day but there are still a few more events left in the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker, including the $700 NLHE Main Event later this afternoon featuring a $2 million guarantee and at least $300,000 for the winner. Check the TCOOP page for the remaining schedule of events.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: Maden2k fixes them up in Event #39 ($82 FL Holdem 6-Max Turbo)

A few years ago, Fixed Limit Holdem was the game of choice. Nowadays, people tend to prefer the No Limit variety, but when you combine a turbo-charged structure and the lure of a big prize pool, then Limit Holdem suddenly becomes more exciting.

Event #39 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker was an $82 Fixed Limit Holdem 6-Max Turbo Event and the UK’s Maden2k was the one to triumph, picking up $11,366.52 in a little over three-and-a-half hours of game time.

The field of 866 players would ensure that the prize pool guarantee was met with the top 114 players to collect a profit.

There were a few Team PokerStars Pros in the field but sadly Naoya Kihara, Luka Kovač, Kosei Ichinose and former world champion Johnathan Duhamel all finish short of the money.

When mixmaster_p missed an open-ended straight and Bespont made a backdoor full house, mixmaster_p was out on the final table bubble as our final six were set as follows:

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Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: caprioli (552,588 in chips)
Seat 2: Bespont (718,348 in chips)
Seat 3: Maden2k (1,231,485 in chips)
Seat 4: RCAMDESSUS (813,979 in chips)
Seat 5: THR33 (200,746 in chips)
Seat 6: Jhughes2008 (812,854 in chips)

With the final table blinds commencing at 30,000/60,000, this was always going to be a rapid-fire final table, and it didn’t take long for the fireworks to erupt.

THR33 was the one most under pressure, but managed to survive the first two all ins with split pots. However the relief was only momentary. THR33 moved all in with [ts][th] against Maden2k’s [ac][8c] but when the board ran out [As][8d][8s][5c][Jh], it was an emphatic victory for Maden2k with a flopped full house. THR33 was out in sixth place for $1,948.50 in prize money.

Maden2k was well out in front, but RCAMDESSUS moved into contention winning a big pot with ace-jack on an ace-high board against Jhughes2008’s ace-three.

Jhughes2008 was left short and soon after was all in with [kh][qh] against Bespont’s [jc][tc]. The final chips didn’t go in until the flop of [7s][3c][9s] with Jhughes2008’s overcards still in front while Bespont added a straight draw. The [3d] bricked the turn but the [ts] river paired up Bespont to send Jhughes2008 to the rail in fifth place taking home $3,085.12 for their efforts.

capriole found a double up next hand with pocket kings, and then two hands later got lucky against RCAMDESSUS to double up again. capriole held ace-three against RCAMDESSUS’ ace-ten when both players paired their kicker on the flop. However capriole found another three on the river to win the monstrous pot.

RCAMDESSUS could only laugh as that crippling blow would force an all-in next hand. RCAMDESSUS had the same hand with [ah][ts] but Maden2k showed [Ad][Jc] with the board of [Js][2s][8h][7s][2h] pairing up Maden2k to eliminate RCAMDESSUS. Fourth place was worth $4,384.12.

Bespont threw up the idea to look at some deal numbers, but before anything could be decided, caprioli’s last chips were in the middle. After raises preflop and on the flop, the last chips were in on the turn on the board of [2d][7d][2s][4s] with capriole just holding [Qs][Kd] for overcards as Bespont’s ace-high was actually in front with [3c][Ad]. That was, until the river [kc] rolled off to give capriole a pair for a big double up.

It was a devastating blow for Bespont who was all in next hand. On a flop of [3h][2s][4h], Bespont was committed with [kc][9h] but Maden2k had flopped pretty good with [5s][4s] for a pair and straight draw. The [as] turn and [7s] left Maden2k with a flush which was too good for Bespont who picked up $6,326.13 for third place.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: caprioli (1,231,056 in chips)
Seat 3: Maden2k (3,098,944 in chips)

It was a near 3-to-1 chip lead to Maden2k when heads-up play commenced, and that extended over the first few hands, before the final hand of the tournament unfolded.

Betting was capped preflop before caprioli’s last chips were in on the flop of [6h][6c][8d]. Capriole was forced to go with [kd][jh] but Maden2k held [ac][8c] for the lead. The turn brought the [2s] and the river [ad] sealed the deal.

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capriole collected $8,281.12 for second place as Maden2k was crowned the newest TCOOP champion, winning $11,366.52 in prize money. Congratulations!

TCOOP-39: $82 FL Holdem 6-Max Turbo – $50K Guaranteed
Entrants: 866
Prize Pool: $64,950
Places Paid: 114

1. Maden2k (United Kingdom) $11,366.52
2. capriole (Brazil) $8,281.12
3. Bespont (Russia) $6,326.13
4. RCAMDESSUS (Argentina) $4,384.12
5. Jhughes2008 (United Kingdom) $3,085.12
6. THR33 (Denmark) $1,948.50

The 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker runs right through until February 1st with a guaranteed $15,000,000 in tournament prize pools across 50 fantastic events. The highlight of the series is the TCOOP Main Event on February 1st which offers a $2,000,000 prize pool guarantee and a top prize of at least $300,000.

Check out the TCOOP home page for the full schedule, satellite information, results, series leaderboard and more.

Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: Main Event coming this weekend

Of all the events PokerStars hosts throughout the year, this weekend’s has to be one of the best.

This Sunday, the Turbo Championship of Online Poker will hit warp speed with the $2 million guaranteed Main Event. The $700 buy-in event may seem a little steep, but how often do you get to play for a guaranteed $300,000 first prize that you can win in just a few hours?

What’s more, you can get in for a lot less than $700. Satellites to the Main Event are running around the clock, and you can get your Main Event seat for pennies on the dollar. You can find a full schedule on the TCOOP website.

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Between now and then, there are a dozen other TCOOP events, including the $2,100 High Roller.

The PokerStars Blog will have full coverage of every final table (we have quick fingers, don’t ya know).

In the meantime, while you’re getting ready for the big event, check out the stories on our recent winners by clicking any of the headline links below.

Good luck this weekend!

TCOOP 2015: Event #32 ($7.50+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)
Entrants: 11,404 entries (Rebuys: 31,688, 5,281 add-ons)
Prize pool: $329,903.86
Places paid: 1,440

1. Phemo (Germany) — *$45,250.00
2. angryhippo69 (Finland) — *$34,593.17
3. Liquid_Luck9 (South Africa) — $23,753.07
4. ionatje (Belgium) — $16,495.19
5. phil0308 (Austria) — $13,196.15
6. Jonatanko (Slovakia) — $9,897.11
7. BODAO1995 (Canada) — $6,598.07
8. monoco1965 (Uruguay) — $3,299.03
9. GummyLiquer (Denmark) — $2,243.34

*Denotes a two-way deal.

TCOOP 2015: Event #33, $82 Razz (Turbo)
Entrants: 783 entrants
Prize pool: $58,725 prize pool
Places paid:104

1. gettingpwned (Germany) $10,004.61*
2. smily (Switzerland) $7,545.59*
3. luis_faria (Portugal) $7,261.47*
4. theodorus32 (Netherlands) $4,404.37
5. OneArmReg (United Kingdom) $2,936.25
6. wadzon (Russia) $2,055.37
7. 1incubator1 (Switzerland) $1,321.31
8. Koziammo (Israel) $880.87

* – denotes results of a four-way deal

TCOOP-34: $215 NLHE (Turbo, Re-Entry)
Entrants: 3,897 (2,605 entries, 1,292 re-entries)
Prizepool:$779,400.00
Places paid: 495

1. TONY MONT211 (Greece) $64,801.32*
2. Younas “cocoojones” Roenhoff (Denmark) $108,642.99*
3. DaanOss (Netherlands) $54,569.19*
4. Jonas “Palsgaard1” Christensen (Denmark) $75,000.00*
5. 67KOSTAS (Greece) $52,783.50*
6. vitinhorrn15 (Brazil) $25,330.50
7. Tonimonntana (Germany) $17,536.50
8. rtspurs (Ireland) $9,742.50
9. skantalias (Greece) $6,235.20

*= reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $12,000 in play for the winner

TCOOP-35 $82 PL Omaha (4-Max)
Entrants: 1,613
Prize Pool: $120,975.00
Places Paid: 208

1. nicebetman (Russia) $20,566.63
2. ILLE_RABAT (Austria) $12,499.13
3. HeadShotFyoV (Australia) $7,246.40
4. Boogey92 (Norway) $4,409.53
5. plplaya (United Kingdom) $2,823.55

TCOOP-36 ($27 NL 5-Card Draw, Turbo) results
Entrants: 1,206 (799 entries, 407 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $29,607.30
Places paid: 156

1. swissoz (Switzerland) — $4,959.80
2. christoloco (Norway) — $3,700.91
3. runørj (Norway) — $2,812.69
4. alquimia1975 (Argentina) — $1,924.47
5. kristofxm8 (United Kingdom) — $1,261.27
6. hakotauri (Finland) — $888.21


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TCOOP 2015: swissoz sweeps to almost-$5K score in Event #36 ($27 NL 5-Card Draw, Re-Entry)

What makes poker poker? Is it the cards and hand rankings? The bets and bluffs? The money or something else meaningful to be risked and won?

Poker is an incredibly flexible game, admitting all sorts of different variations and rules, yet no matter how wild the cards get, all versions can be more or less traced back to classic five-card draw — a game played in saloons and on steamships in the 19th century, in casinos and at kitchen tables in the 20th, and (among other places) on computers here in the 21st.

Event #36 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker provided a forum for the latter today with a $27 buy-in, no-limit five-card draw event with up to three re-entries available to players. There were 799 taking part and they re-entered 407 times, thus making a total of 1,206 entries and a $29,607.30 prize pool (over the $25K guarantee). After racing through nearly 44 five-minute levels, it was swissoz of Switzerland coming away with all of the chips and the $4,959.80 first prize.

The cash bubble burst just as the tournament reached the two-hour break, with Drawkingkill being the unfortunate 157th-place finisher while DarthJules and TCOOP Event #28 ($82 NLHE re-entry) champion OMGRubCasco both squeaked into the money with min-cashes of $42.93.

At that point varojan of Armenia enjoyed the chip lead. Almost exactly an hour later varojan would still be alive among the final 12, albeit with a short stack, while alquimia1975 had taken over the top spot in the counts.

varjoan’s run then finally ended in 12th, then jungledancer — who earlier this week won TCOOP Event $24 ($109 PLO H/L 6-Max) — was the next out in 11th. J Thirteen followed in 10th, with those three each taking away $370.09 for their finishes.

p1kes (ninth), PUCIPUCO (eighth), and ViTaMin_22 (seventh) then followed, and after just three hours and 15 minutes of discards and draws, the final table was already underway with swissoz sitting with a stack of nearly 1.7 million and the chip lead.

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Seat 1: kristofxm8 (United Kingdom) — 522,248
Seat 2: alquimia1975 (Argentina) — 1,277,329
Seat 3: runørj (Norway) — 748,856
Seat 4: hakotauri (Finland) — 262,131
Seat 5: swissoz (Switzerland) — 1,691,131
Seat 6: christoloco (Norway) — 1,528,305

At the end of the first orbit of hands at the final table, alquimia1975 opened with an almost 2.5x raise to 148,447 from the button, the table’s short stack hakotauri reraised all in from the big blind for 157,131, and alquimia1975 called. Both players drew two cards, and hakotauri turned over a nice hand with [As][Qh][Qc][6d][6h] for two pair. But alquimia1975 had [Qs][7d][3s][3d][3h] for three of a kind, and hakotauri was out in sixth.

Just a few hands later kristofxm8 open-pushed a stack of almost 520,000 (not quite nine big blinds) and got one caller in alquimia1975. kristofxm8 took one card while alquimia1975 drew two, and the story was similar to the previous one as kristofxm8 showed [Ts][3d][3s][2d][2h] for two pair, but alquimia1975 had [Ks][9h][5h][5d][5s] for trips to send kristofxm8 railward in fifth.

swissoz continued to maintain the chip lead as the final four kept battling, making a flush to earn a big pot off alquimia1975 along the way to push over 4 million and make alquimia1975 the short stack among the other three, none of whom had more than 1 million.

Soon alquimia1975 was all in before the draw versus swissoz with the latter drawing two cards and alquimia1975 three. swissoz was the one picking up three of a kind this time with [Td][8d][5d][5s][5c], better than alquimia1975’s one pair with [9d][9s][8s][6d][4d], and they were down to three.

They almost it to the four-hour break, with christoloco earning a double-up through leader swissoz to push up over 1.6 million while bringing swissoz down to about 3.25 million, with runørj hangingn in with just under 1.2 million.

Then suddenly arrived a dramatic conclusion to Event #36 in which the Swiss player would knock out both Norwegians at once to claim the title.

The final hand started with an open-shove by runørj from the button, with swissoz reraising from the small blind and christoloco calling all in from the big blind. swissoz and christoloco each drew two cards while runørj drew three, and the showdown was something to behold.

runørj had [Qs][Tc][9c][9h][7d] and hopes that a pair of nines would be enough.

But christoloco turned over [Qh][Jc][4d][4h][4s], having made a better hand with three fours.

However, the leader swissoz had drawn the best of all — [Qc][8d][8c][8s][8h] for quads!

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A fantastic finish

christoloco earned second-place money for having more chips than runørj to start the hand, with the latter taking third. Meanwhile congratulations go to swissoz for collecting all of the chips and nearly $5K first prize after only having bought in a single time for $27.

TCOOP-36 ($27 NL 5-Card Draw, Turbo) results
Entrants: 1,206 (799 entries, 407 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $29,607.30
Places paid: 156

1. swissoz (Switzerland) — $4,959.80
2. christoloco (Norway) — $3,700.91
3. runørj (Norway) — $2,812.69
4. alquimia1975 (Argentina) — $1,924.47
5. kristofxm8 (United Kingdom) — $1,261.27
6. hakotauri (Finland) — $888.21

There is an action-packed weekend’s worth of tournaments still left to go in the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker, culminating with the big $700 NLHE Main Event on Sunday featuring a $2 million guarantee and at least $300,000 for the winner. Check the TCOOP page for the remaining schedule of events.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: TONY MONT211 blows away cocoojones in Event #34 ($215 NLHE Re-Entry)

TONY MONT211 may have walked away with his first TCOOP title this evening, but Younas “cocoojones” Roenhoff is laughing all the way to the bank. With five players remaining, cocoojones controlled 30 of the 48 big blinds still in play while his opponents’ stacks ranged from three to nine big blinds. Following a lengthy negotiation, cocoojones came away with over $108k in guaranteed money and the possibility for another $12k on top should he win the whole thing. Holding only 3.3 big blinds,TONY MONT211 was one of those four micro-stacks, and no doubt thrilled to lock up almost $8,000 more than fourth-place cash. However, once action resumed, TONY MONT211 picked up his “little friend” and went on a rampage, doubling up twice before busting DaanOss in third place. Heads-up with cocoojones with $12k to gain but nothing to lose, TONY MONT211 relentlessly hacked away at cocoojones’s stack, taking the chip lead and ultimately the TCOOP title.

Event #34 drew a total of 3,897 entries (2,605 unique players and 1,292 re-entries). 495 players earned a share of the $779,400.00 prize pool, with $122,366.70 set aside for first place.

Blinds were up to 100,000/200,000 with ten players remaining. Holding only 729,640, danidindani picked up [Jc][Jh] UTG and open-shoved. 67KOSTAS looked him up with [Kc][9h] in the big blind. Everything looked good for danidindani until the river, when a king spiked, sending him to the rail on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: 67KOSTAS (1,851,929 in chips)
Seat 2: Palsgaard1 (1,469,892 in chips)
Seat 3: rtspurs (1,860,650 in chips)
Seat 4: Tonimonntana (1,338,870 in chips)
Seat 5: TONY MONT211 (2,593,854 in chips)
Seat 6: DaanOss (2,816,019 in chips)
Seat 7: cocoojones (4,089,412 in chips)
Seat 8: vitinhorrn15 (1,656,874 in chips)
Seat 9: skantalias (1,807,500 in chips)

Skantalias also found the rail at the hands of 67KOSTAS. All-in for 1.27 million with [Ks][Ts], he did not improve against [Ah][Kd] and went out in ninth place. Less than a minute later chip leader cocoojones got a huge boost. Rtspurs moved in for 1.28 million, Tonimonntana shoved for 2.48 million behind him and cocoojones reshoved for 4 million from the small blind.

rtspurs [9d][Th]
Tonimonntana [Ac][Tc]
cocoojones [Qc][Qs]

Cocoojones’s pocket queens held up against both hands on the [Kd][Jd][9h][2c][Kc] board and he moved up to 8.26 million. The shorter stack to start the hand, rtspurs took eighth place and Tonimonntana finished seventh.

Meanwhile, Palsgaard1 was down to only 395,000 with the blinds up to 150,000/300,000. All-in with [Ks][Qs] vs. DaanOss’s [Ah][Td] and 67KOSTAS’s pocket sevens, Palsgaard1 turned a queen and rivered a king on the [Th][8s][6h][Qd][Kc] board and quadrupled his stack to 1.6 million. A few hands later, 67KOSTAS open-shoved for his remaining 1.88 million with [Ac][Jd] and Palsgaard1 snap-called all-in with [Ah][Kc]. Four hearts on the board gave Palsgaard1 an ace-high flush and he doubled again, making the leap from 395k to 2.5 million in only seven hands.

Two hands after that, the action folded to cocoojones on the button and he applied maximum pressure, open-shoving for 9.59 million. Vitinhorrn15 called from the small blind with [Ac][Jd] and cocoojones revealed a dominated [Js][7s]. However, luck was on cocoojones’s side and he turned a jack-high flush on the [8s][4h][3s][5s][Qd] board, ending vitinhorrn15’s run in sixth place.

At this juncture, the final five agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here’s how they stacked up when the music stopped:

cocoojones 11,927,056
Palsgaard1 3,656,852
DaanOss 1,432,254
TONY MONT211 1,331,354
67KOSTAS 1,137,484

Per the players’ request, final table host Luka “LukaSteel” Kovač provided both ICM and chip chop numbers. Naturally, all the short stacks favored the ICM deal, but chip leader cocoojones wanted a raise from his $99k share. TONY MONT211 agreed to give up $4k, DaanOss offered $3k, and Palsgaard1 shaved $2,302.71 off his share, taking it down to an even $75,000. 67KOSTAS was unwilling to give up anything, and when Kovač presented the new numbers, TONY MONT211 realized that although he held more chips, 67KOSTAS would walk away with more guaranteed money. It took a bit of coaxing to get 67KOSTAS to budge (including a few Greek swear words I only know from watching Season 2 of The Wire) but ultimately he gave up $600 from his share to TONY MONT211 in order to close the deal.

On the first hand after cards went back in the air, Palsgaard1 open-shoved from UTG with [Kh][Qc] and 67KOSTAS called off his remaining 687,484 from the big blind with [As][2c]. Although 67KOSTAS was good through the turn, Palsgaard1 rivered a king and took down the pot, sending 67KOSTAS home in fifth place.

Two hands later, Palsgaard1 picked up pocket tens and moved in again but ran into TONY MONT211’s [As][Ac] in the small blind. TONY MONT211 doubled to 2.16 million and on the next hand, doubled again, this time through cocoojones when his [Ks][Qd] held up against [Kh][4h].

Cocoojones took out Palsgaard1 in fourth place a few hands later, his [Ad][5h] holding up against [Kd][3h] in a blind vs. blind battle. However, on the next deal, TONY MONT211 moved in from the small blind with [Kc][3c] and DaanOss called off his remaining 1.13 million with [8s][9c] in the big. TONY MONT211 turned a king-high flush on the [Qc][9h][6c][Jc][4d] board and DaanOss hit the rail in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 5: TONY MONT211 (6,007,670 in chips)
Seat 7: cocoojones (13,477,330 in chips)

Cocoojones whittled TONY MONT211 down to 2.25 million in chips before he came storming back. All-in with [4d][6d] against cocoojones’s [Js][2s], TONY MONT211 flopped a four and doubled to 4.5 million. Cocoojones won the next three hands and knocked him back to 3.32 million, but couldn’t finish him off. Cocoojones made a button shove with [Jh][6s] and TONY MONT211 snap-called with [Kc][Js], the [Qh][4c][3h][9s][3c] board doubling his stack to 6.65 million.

With the counts almost back to where they started heads-up, both players limped in and saw a [Qh][7s][3h] flop. TONY MONT211 check-called cocoojones’s 500,000 bet and checked again when the [Jh] hit the turn. Cocoojones checked behind. The river was the [8h] and TONY MONT211 checked a third time. Cocoojones bet 1,105,000 and TONY MONT211 looked him up with [Js][3c] for two pair. Cocoojones had nothing but air with [2s][4s] and TONY MONT211 raked in the 4.33 million pot, putting them nearly even in the counts.

TONY MONT211 took the chip lead for the first time a few hands later when cocoojones limped in on the button and he raised to 1.5 million. Cocoojones called, but folded to TONY MONT211’s 1,456,322 bet on the [Tc][Ts][6c] flop. TONY MONT211 ground out a few more small pots and worked his way up to a 2 to 1 chip lead when the final hand unfolded.

Holding [Ks][Qc], TONY MONT211 limped in on the button and cocoojones leapt into his trap, shoving for 5.83 million. TONY MONT211 quickly called and cocoojones revealed [Kc][5c]. TONY MONT211 flopped queens up on the [Qs][4c][4h][Js][3c] board and against all odds, shipped his first TCOOP title.

Congratulations to TONY MONT211 on a thrilling come-from-behind victory! He banked $64,801.32 for the win. Kudos are also due to runner-up Younas “cocoojones” Roenhoff, who took home the largest share of the prize pool by far at $108,642.99.

TCOOP-34: $215 NLHE (Turbo, Re-Entry)
Entrants: 3,897 (2,605 entries, 1,292 re-entries)
Prizepool:$779,400.00
Places paid: 495

1. TONY MONT211 (Greece) $64,801.32*
2. Younas “cocoojones” Roenhoff (Denmark) $108,642.99*
3. DaanOss (Netherlands) $54,569.19*
4. Jonas “Palsgaard1” Christensen (Denmark) $75,000.00*
5. 67KOSTAS (Greece) $52,783.50*
6. vitinhorrn15 (Brazil) $25,330.50
7. Tonimonntana (Germany) $17,536.50
8. rtspurs (Ireland) $9,742.50
9. skantalias (Greece) $6,235.20

*= reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $12,000 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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Gryp5i on his TCOOP win and how to make a bad day great

Talking to some of the TCOOP winners from the class of 2015 you pick up on a familiar theme. They play TCOOP because they love poker, but also because it’s quick. Not everyone has the time to invest in a 12 hour (often longer) tournament, what with jobs and families to think about. So the opportunity to play a tournament which start-to-finish lasts no more than four or five hours is an opportunity not to be missed. In that regard TCOOP is a bit like the working man’s (and woman’s) ‘COOP. The Ford Pick Up Truck of championships, albeit with a fuel-injected V-8 engine under the hood.

That much was the case for Event #25 winner gryp5i, 30, from Germany, who, using poker as a way to relax after a busy day, then found he had trouble getting to sleep after winning the title and a first prize of $100,403.

“After the tournament and some minutes of big happiness I tried to calm down a bit,” said gryp5i. “Course of the reason for that is that I had to get up again for work six hours later. I tried to go to bed ASAP but it took around two hours more. So the next working day was a little bit hard.”

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We rarely point out this downside of winning a hundred grand, but gryp5i had a great story to tell, from going from six big blinds three handed to a first TCOOP title (read Kristin Bihr’s report on the final here).

“The final table itself was a great success,” said gryp5i. “My stack was much lower than average so it was amazing that I reached the final three. That I finally won the tournament was biggest success I’ve had in my poker career.”

As we hinted, it was a great end to a day that had a frustrating start. All things considered the omens were not good, as gryp5i explained.

“The day itself started much worse,” he said. “On the way to work my mobile phone crashed and the display was broken, so I thought this day couldn´t be good. After work I decided to play a little bit poker to relax. I started with some smaller tournaments. One of them was the $27 Progressive Super Knockout. I finished in 30th position. After it finished, I want to play some more. The late registration of the TCOOP $215 tournament (Event #25) was only open for two minutes longer. I registered in the last minute…”

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And so gryp5i would head to work the next day on minimal sleep, but perhaps a little less concerned about the state of his phone. If TCOOP is the working man’s poker series it is also perhaps the one most likely to change lives. For gryp5i the prize money might mean a little more poker — with a trip to the World Series planned for the summer — but it’s also a chance to make those life changing purchases, like a house, which, with what is his biggest win by some way in the bank, is where the bulk of gryp5i’s payday will go.

“In my opinion I am just a normal guy who goes to work every day, likes to spend time with family and friends, love to travel and watching football games.”

And so a great start to the year for gryp5i, one that makes his decision to open a PokerStars account two months ago one of his more profitable ones. “Generally the last year was very good for me. I changed the job and it was the best decision. This new year now starts directly with this title, so it can continue.”


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: umaebitz recovers to blitz Event #31 ($82 Stud H/L Turbo)

How do you make Stud Hi-Lo exciting? Some might say deal a flop, but how about adding a turbo-charged twist to the action? Suddenly chips are all in on third street and it’s actually pretty exciting when you have two full boards to sweat on an all-in!

Today’s TCOOP Stud Hi-Lo Event was all over in three and a half hours with Canada’s umaebitz recovering from the absolute short stack at the start of the final table to claim the title.

It was Event #31 of the 2015 TCOOP and a field of 671 players ensured the guarantee was easily smashed with a prize pool of $50,325.

Among the starters were Martin Hrubý, Jonathan Duhamel and Adrienne Rowsome, but they fell short of the money. Other Team PokerStars Pros who had a little more success were Naoya Kihara (66th – $150.97) and Kosei Ichinose who looked a chance for the final table before bowing out in 14th place for $490.66.

Simultaneous eliminations across the final two tables during hand-for-hand play would see our final table start one short.

NigDawG would finish ninth when all in on third street and making just a pair of nines with Aguskb rivering trips tens to claim the pot. At the same timeBIGtittitilt was all in on fourth street on the other table with a promising [7h][as][kd][2h]. BIGtittitilt caught good again with the [3h] on fifth, but the final two cards were bricks to be left with just ace-high and no low. rtspurs started with queens and ended with two pair to see BIGtittitilt officially take eighth place for $754.87 as our final table of seven looked as follows:

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Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: (empty)
Seat 2: Eagle2319 (267,292 in chips)
Seat 3: rtspurs (1,674,541 in chips)
Seat 4: umaebitz (62,008 in chips)
Seat 5: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (305,156 in chips)
Seat 6: CandyJohnson (403,202 in chips)
Seat 7: absolutD37 (293,918 in chips)
Seat 8: Aaron “Aguskb” Gustavson (348,883 in chips)

Despite coming in super short, umaebitz was able to survive the first couple of all-ins to claw back a few antes, before big clash with Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah.

umaebitz raised and goleafsgoeh was all in on third, with umaebitz making the call. The boards ran out as follows:

umaebitz: [3c][7c][Ac][As][Ks][Kc][Ts]
goleafsgoeh: [Kd][Qc][Kh][5c][4d][7s][Jh]

umaebitz had a nice high-low starting hand but ended up making two pair with aces and kings as goleafsgoeh was unable to improve on his starting pair of kings. goleafsgoeh would take home $1,132.31 for seventh place.

absolutD37 would be next to fall, with both CandyJohnson and absolutD37 all in on third street with Aguskb gunning for the double KO. CandyJohnson improved to [2s][8s][Qs][Qc][As][Qd][Ac] for a full house which was good to scoop. Aguskb started with three to a low but could only end up with a pair of sixes while absolutD37 started with three clubs and ended with two pair. CandyJohnson more than doubled as absolutD37 departed in sixth place for $1,761.37.

umaebitz would continue the come back with a big double through CandyJohnson with a six-high straight good for both the high and low against CandyJohnson’s two pair.

Then moments later, umaebitz would rake in another multi-way monster. The chips were all in on fifth street with the boards running out as follows:

umaebitz: [Ad][5s][8s][2h][Ac][4h][4c]
CandyJohnson: [2c][5c][2s][3d][3h][6d][Qd]
Aguskb: [6h][Td][Ts][Kh][8c][7c][Ks]

All three players made two pair but umaebitz’s aces and fours took the high and also the only low to scoop the lot, leaving Aguskb to exit in fifth place for $2,516.25.

Eagle2319 was the short stack and took a shot at the double up in a hand against CandyJohnson. A series of re-raises on third would see the chips all in with Eagle2319 making two pair with aces and fours. However CandyJohnson improved even further, making a full house to take it down. With neither player showing a low, Eagle2319 was eliminated in fourth place. That was worth $3,774.37.

The rapid rate of eliminations continued as three quickly became just two with the fall of CandyJohnson.

The betting was capped on third street, before CandyJohnson fired bets on fourth and fifth to be all in. rtspurs made the call and the final boards were spread:

CandyJohnson: [Th][4h][Ts][4s][8d][3c][9s]
rtspurs: [3s][5s][2d][9d][4c][2h][6s]

CandyJohnson started with two pair but couldn’t improve on that as rtspurs rivered a six-high straight to scoop both the high and low. That meant CandyJohnson would have to be content with $5032.50 for third place.

Heads-up chip count
Seat 3: rtspurs (1,756,710 in chips)
Seat 4: umaebitz (1,598,290 in chips)

umaebitz took down the first pot to switch the chip lead before the two players paused the clock to discuss a deal, but before the figures had been presented, former TCOOP winner rtspurs was already on the defensive.

rtspurs says, “I’d be looking for an even split with money still left for 1st”
umaebitz says, “no”
rtspurs says, “you still have advantage with stack, but have to take records into account”
rtspurs says, “I’d be willing to leave 1k for 1st”
rtspurs says, “which obviously favours the big stack”
umaebitz says, “eh I’ll do a chip chop otherwise let’s play”

The numbers were then presented and rtspurs tried one last time to squeeze out a few extra dollars.

rtspurs says, “ok, get me to 7,800 and I deal”
umaebitz says, “you really going to quibble over 50 bucks?”
rtspurs, “edge buddy, not asking much”
umaebitz, “i’ll do the chip chop or play”
rtspurs, “k”

With the fruitless negotiations out of the way, the two finally agreed to chip chop numbers with $500 and the TCOOP title left in the middle to play for.

rtspurs claimed the first major blow when both started with quality high-low hands. rtspurs started with [ah][4h][2c] and ended with two pair, aces and fours, while umaebitz started with [as][4s][3c] and even picked up the [2h] on fourth, but couldn’t make a low, instead pairing up twice for aces and threes.

That put rtspurs into the lead, but umaebitz was quick to claw it back with a single pair of queens raking in a nice pot when rtspurs bricked the river and could only showdown jack-high.

umaebitz was back in front, and just a few hands later, it was all over.

Betting was capped on third, rtspurs bet on fourth and fifth before umaebitz raised enough to put rtspurs all in and the cards were tabled:

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rtspurs started with queens but that was as good as it got which wasn’t enough to get past umaebitz’s pair of kings. rtspurs takes home $7,751.58 for second place as umaebitz is our TCOOP champion, winning $8,488.71. Congratulations!

TCOOP-29: $82 Stud H/L Turbo – $25K Guaranteed
Entrants: 671
Prize Pool: $50,325
Places Paid: 88

1. umaebitz (Canada) $8,488.71*
2. rtspurs (Ireland) $7,751.58*
3. CandyJohnson (Norway) $5,032.50
4. Eagle2319 (Belgium) $3,774.37
5. Aaron “Aguskb” Gustavson (Macao) $2,516,25
6. absolutD37 (Austria) $1,761.37
7. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $1,132.31
8. BIGtittitilt (Germany) $754.87

* denotes heads-up deal

The 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker runs right through until February 1st with a guaranteed $15,000,000 in tournament prize pools across 50 fantastic events. The highlight of the series is the TCOOP Main Event on February 1st which offers a $2,000,000 prize pool guarantee and a top prize of at least $300,000.

Check out the TCOOP home page for the full schedule, satellite information, results, series leaderboard and more.

Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: umaebitz recovers to blitz Event #31 ($82 Stud H/L Turbo)

How do you make Stud Hi-Lo exciting? Some might say deal a flop, but how about adding a turbo-charged twist to the action? Suddenly chips are all in on third street and it’s actually pretty exciting when you have two full boards to sweat on an all-in!

Today’s TCOOP Stud Hi-Lo Event was all over in three and a half hours with Canada’s umaebitz recovering from the absolute short stack at the start of the final table to claim the title.

It was Event #31 of the 2015 TCOOP and a field of 671 players ensured the guarantee was easily smashed with a prize pool of $50,325.

Among the starters were Martin Hrubý, Jonathan Duhamel and Adrienne Rowsome, but they fell short of the money. Other Team PokerStars Pros who had a little more success were Naoya Kihara (66th – $150.97) and Kosei Ichinose who looked a chance for the final table before bowing out in 14th place for $490.66.

Simultaneous eliminations across the final two tables during hand-for-hand play would see our final table start one short.

NigDawG would finish ninth when all in on third street and making just a pair of nines with Aguskb rivering trips tens to claim the pot. At the same timeBIGtittitilt was all in on fourth street on the other table with a promising [7h][as][kd][2h]. BIGtittitilt caught good again with the [3h] on fifth, but the final two cards were bricks to be left with just ace-high and no low. rtspurs started with queens and ended with two pair to see BIGtittitilt officially take eighth place for $754.87 as our final table of seven looked as follows:

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Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: (empty)
Seat 2: Eagle2319 (267,292 in chips)
Seat 3: rtspurs (1,674,541 in chips)
Seat 4: umaebitz (62,008 in chips)
Seat 5: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (305,156 in chips)
Seat 6: CandyJohnson (403,202 in chips)
Seat 7: absolutD37 (293,918 in chips)
Seat 8: Aaron “Aguskb” Gustavson (348,883 in chips)

Despite coming in super short, umaebitz was able to survive the first couple of all-ins to claw back a few antes, before big clash with Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah.

umaebitz raised and goleafsgoeh was all in on third, with umaebitz making the call. The boards ran out as follows:

umaebitz: [3c][7c][Ac][As][Ks][Kc][Ts]
goleafsgoeh: [Kd][Qc][Kh][5c][4d][7s][Jh]

umaebitz had a nice high-low starting hand but ended up making two pair with aces and kings as goleafsgoeh was unable to improve on his starting pair of kings. goleafsgoeh would take home $1,132.31 for seventh place.

absolutD37 would be next to fall, with both CandyJohnson and absolutD37 all in on third street with Aguskb gunning for the double KO. CandyJohnson improved to [2s][8s][Qs][Qc][As][Qd][Ac] for a full house which was good to scoop. Aguskb started with three to a low but could only end up with a pair of sixes while absolutD37 started with three clubs and ended with two pair. CandyJohnson more than doubled as absolutD37 departed in sixth place for $1,761.37.

umaebitz would continue the come back with a big double through CandyJohnson with a six-high straight good for both the high and low against CandyJohnson’s two pair.

Then moments later, umaebitz would rake in another multi-way monster. The chips were all in on fifth street with the boards running out as follows:

umaebitz: [Ad][5s][8s][2h][Ac][4h][4c]
CandyJohnson: [2c][5c][2s][3d][3h][6d][Qd]
Aguskb: [6h][Td][Ts][Kh][8c][7c][Ks]

All three players made two pair but umaebitz’s aces and fours took the high and also the only low to scoop the lot, leaving Aguskb to exit in fifth place for $2,516.25.

Eagle2319 was the short stack and took a shot at the double up in a hand against CandyJohnson. A series of re-raises on third would see the chips all in with Eagle2319 making two pair with aces and fours. However CandyJohnson improved even further, making a full house to take it down. With neither player showing a low, Eagle2319 was eliminated in fourth place. That was worth $3,774.37.

The rapid rate of eliminations continued as three quickly became just two with the fall of CandyJohnson.

The betting was capped on third street, before CandyJohnson fired bets on fourth and fifth to be all in. rtspurs made the call and the final boards were spread:

CandyJohnson: [Th][4h][Ts][4s][8d][3c][9s]
rtspurs: [3s][5s][2d][9d][4c][2h][6s]

CandyJohnson started with two pair but couldn’t improve on that as rtspurs rivered a six-high straight to scoop both the high and low. That meant CandyJohnson would have to be content with $5032.50 for third place.

Heads-up chip count
Seat 3: rtspurs (1,756,710 in chips)
Seat 4: umaebitz (1,598,290 in chips)

umaebitz took down the first pot to switch the chip lead before the two players paused the clock to discuss a deal, but before the figures had been presented, former TCOOP winner rtspurs was already on the defensive.

rtspurs says, “I’d be looking for an even split with money still left for 1st”
umaebitz says, “no”
rtspurs says, “you still have advantage with stack, but have to take records into account”
rtspurs says, “I’d be willing to leave 1k for 1st”
rtspurs says, “which obviously favours the big stack”
umaebitz says, “eh I’ll do a chip chop otherwise let’s play”

The numbers were then presented and rtspurs tried one last time to squeeze out a few extra dollars.

rtspurs says, “ok, get me to 7,800 and I deal”
umaebitz says, “you really going to quibble over 50 bucks?”
rtspurs, “edge buddy, not asking much”
umaebitz, “i’ll do the chip chop or play”
rtspurs, “k”

With the fruitless negotiations out of the way, the two finally agreed to chip chop numbers with $500 and the TCOOP title left in the middle to play for.

rtspurs claimed the first major blow when both started with quality high-low hands. rtspurs started with [ah][4h][2c] and ended with two pair, aces and fours, while umaebitz started with [as][4s][3c] and even picked up the [2h] on fourth, but couldn’t make a low, instead pairing up twice for aces and threes.

That put rtspurs into the lead, but umaebitz was quick to claw it back with a single pair of queens raking in a nice pot when rtspurs bricked the river and could only showdown jack-high.

umaebitz was back in front, and just a few hands later, it was all over.

Betting was capped on third, rtspurs bet on fourth and fifth before umaebitz raised enough to put rtspurs all in and the cards were tabled:

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rtspurs started with queens but that was as good as it got which wasn’t enough to get past umaebitz’s pair of kings. rtspurs takes home $7,751.58 for second place as umaebitz is our TCOOP champion, winning $8,488.71. Congratulations!

TCOOP-29: $82 Stud H/L Turbo – $25K Guaranteed
Entrants: 671
Prize Pool: $50,325
Places Paid: 88

1. umaebitz (Canada) $8,488.71*
2. rtspurs (Ireland) $7,751.58*
3. CandyJohnson (Norway) $5,032.50
4. Eagle2319 (Belgium) $3,774.37
5. Aaron “Aguskb” Gustavson (Macao) $2,516,25
6. absolutD37 (Austria) $1,761.37
7. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $1,132.31
8. BIGtittitilt (Germany) $754.87

* denotes heads-up deal

The 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker runs right through until February 1st with a guaranteed $15,000,000 in tournament prize pools across 50 fantastic events. The highlight of the series is the TCOOP Main Event on February 1st which offers a $2,000,000 prize pool guarantee and a top prize of at least $300,000.

Check out the TCOOP home page for the full schedule, satellite information, results, series leaderboard and more.

Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: Billy Chattaway’s secret history

We know Billy Chattaway doesn’t deal.

He will not compromise. He wants to be the champion. He wants to end up on top.

I mean, really, he’ll just lay it out there: he is No Deal Bill.

Got it? No deals!

Won the PLO Tcoop #5 , had to let them know when it got 5 handed to stop asking to deal as I’m #NoDealBill , nice to win outright 🏆

— B8chatz (@B8chatz) January 23, 2015

That’s how it played out when Chattway won TCOOP Event #5 for more than $20,000 last week.

When we got in touch with the 24-year-old Bromley, UK man to ask him about his win. He was amused that we’d keyed in on his #NoDealBill hashtag. It all started when he won back-to-back Sunday majors a few weeks ago for more than $100,000.

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“When I got last few players in Sunday Second Chance, people wanted to deal,” he said. “Every time I have refused to deal and wanted to play for the outright win. I tweeted after the first and second win with the hashtag #NoDealBill and so carried this on for the PLO TCOOP, also. I found it really funny that the PokerStars Blog mentioned this as my nickname and included the dialogue in the deal discussions. My friends and I have been joking about this since.”

So, at this point, you might be tempted to think Chattaway is the kind of guy who is in it for the glory, for the championship, for the recognition of being The Man. Right?

Well, maybe not. See, Chattaway has a bit of a secret life, and it goes beyond his PokerStars screen name, b8chatz.

Before turning himself into a multi-million-dollar-winning poker player. Chattway was a pro footballer with some sick moves. How sick? Well, that’s part of the secret. I present to you, exhibit #1…Mr. Chattway sporting a wig.

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A wig? Why would a footballer wear a wig?

Well, if he were trying to impersonate Lionel Messi, a wig would be a good start.

This obviously requires some explanation.

“I used to be a body double for Lionel Messi in Pepsi adverts and Adidas commercials,” Chattaway explained. “I got to go to South Africa, Romania, and Barcelona. So, it was a fun time!”

Back in those days, Messi had a couple of people who sat in for him during commercial shoots. Chattaway handled the football parts, though you’d never know it was him. In fact, those kids…

“The kids are famous now,” Chattaway said.

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Indeed, ol’ NoDealBill is not a man who needs the credit. He’ll leave the stardom for Messi and the kids of Africa.

That said, he’ll take a TCOOP championship any day. Why?

“The prestige of a TCOOP event is pretty cool,” he said. “I’m hoping to get a bracelet to show off to my nan.”

When it comes down to it, if you can show off for you nan, who else do you need?

Congrats again Mr. Messi Chattaway. We know who you are.


is the PokerStars Head of Blogging

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TCOOP 2015: QOTSAfan ain’t worth a dollar, feels like a millionaire after Event #22 win ($82 FL Omaha Hi/Lo)

For a brief time two years ago, Allan “Yaba” Drake was a breath away from topping the TCOOP leaderboard. He won 2013’s second TCOOP event, a $55 NL Omaha Hi/Lo contest for $22k and granted an interview to our own Brad Willis, in which he claimed to have played $1/2 NLHE at the Excalibur Las Vegas over a decade ago with Phil Ivey and Jen Harman. Although that tale may seem dubious, Yaba was no one-trick pony and went on to finish runner-up in the 2014 WCOOP’s Event #62 ($700 NLHE 6-Max Progressive SuperKnockout) for over $100k.

Tonight, Yaba was poised to take down a second TCOOP title, but ran into a Costa Rican buzz saw going by the screen name QOTSAfan. QOTSAfan pecked at Yaba’s chip lead throughout the final table and dismantled him heads-up, earning more than enough cheddar to hop on tour with Josh Homme & Co., should he ever need a break from the online grind.

794 players entered the 2015 TCOOP’s lone fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo event, their $82 buy-ins combining to create a $59,550.00 prize pool. 108 places were paid with $10,778.71 set aside for first place. Newly minted Team PokerStars Pro Kosei Ichinose made a deep run, but busted out in 15th place in a three-way hand vs. Yaba (queen-high straight) and QOTSAfan (8-5 low).

After three and a half hours of action, the field was down to its final ten players and the betting limits were up to 80,000/160,000. Down to only 72,799 in chips, SWBregenz called all-in from the cutoff, his [Ad][5d][7d][Kd] up against big blind QOTSAfan’s [Qd][6d][6s][2s]. QOTSAfan flopped a queen, turned trips, and rivered quads on the [Qc][Js][9h][Qs][Qh] board and sent SWBregenz packing one spot shy of the final table.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: QOTSAfan (619,069 in chips)
Seat 2: konway (292,740 in chips)
Seat 3: Artur90l (604,490 in chips)
Seat 4: Pekka3 (348,214 in chips)
Seat 5: Yaba (1,525,034 in chips)
Seat 6: biszibosz (22,866 in chips)
Seat 7: MarkBang (320,110 in chips)
Seat 8: Veemer (215,624 in chips)
Seat 9: shalomrum (21,853 in chips)

Two players, shalomrum and biszibosz, squeaked onto the final table with about 22,000 apiece, and both were all-in on the first hand of play. Biszibosz posted his remaining 22,866 in the small blind and shalomrum called off his 21,853 stack from UTG+1. QOTSAfan came in for a raise right behind him, making it a three-way race.

biszibosz [Kd][9d][5s][3d]
shalomrum [Ad][Jc][6d][6h]
QOTSAfan [As][2h][6c][Ts]

Biszibosz made a wheel on the [Qd][4h][2c][Ah][4s] board and took down the main pot and the smaller of the two side pots, giving him new life. QOTSAfan’s aces and fours for high were enough to win the larger side pot, while shalomrum came up empty and was eliminated in ninth place.

Four hands later, another three-way pot spelled Artur90I’s end. Biszibosz raised all-in for 155,676 with [2s][3c][5s][6c], QOTSAfan made it a full raise to 200,000 from the cutoff, and Artur90I three-bet shoved for 236,276 from the big blind with [Qs][Jc][6d][2d]. QOTSA fan called with [As][2c][4c][9d] and made an ace-high flush on the [Qc][Tc][6s][Jd][Ac] board (using the [2c][4c] from his hole cards), but it was just outpipped by biszibosz’s ace-high flush (using the [3c][6c] from his hand). Biszibosz scooped the 517k pot and Artur90I hit the rail in eighth place.

Konway was next to fall, managing only sevens and threes for high after QOTSAfan flopped kings full of sevens. Then, on the next deal, MarkBang opened for a raise and called Yaba’s big blind three-bet. MarkBang got the rest of his chips in with [3c][5h][6c][9d] on a [Ad][2c][2h] flop and Yaba called with [Ah][2s][5d][Kd]. MarkBang missed his draws while Yaba turned quad deuces and sent him home in sixth place.

Yaba took the chip lead with 2.3 million, but gave up a chunk of his stack to QOTSAfan, doubling him to 1.33 million when his aces and tens fell to aces and kings. Then, with the betting limits up to 120,000/240,000, Veemer got the rest of his chips in the middle on a [7h][5d][4s] flop vs. biszibosz.

Veemer [Qh][Qd][9h][6c]
biszibosz [2d][5h][7s][Th]

Biszibosz’s sevens and fives held up for high and the [3s] turn made him a 7-5-4-3-2 low, ending Veemer’s run in fifth place.

At this juncture, the final four agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here’s how they stacked up at the time:

Yaba 1,665,452
QOTSAfan 1,144,072
biszibosz 814,672
Pekka3 345,804

All four quickly agreed to an ICM chop and with $1,000 still in play for the winner, cards went back on the screen.

Moments later, QOTSAfan delivered a double blow that sent us to heads-up play. Pekka3 raised all-in from UTG for 275,804, biszibosz made it a full raise to 280,000 and QOTSAfan three-bet to 420,000. Biszibosz called, and bet the rest of his stack on the [Jd][5h][5c] flop.

biszibosz [Ah][2d][7h][Th]
Pekka3 [Ad][Kd][Kc][Qd]
QOTSAfan [As][4s][5s]Jc]

QOTSAfan flopped jacks full and no low materialized when the [9c] turned and the [6s] rivered. Pekka3, the shorter of the two all-in stacks, went out in fourth place while biszibosz took third — an outstanding accomplishment given the 1/8 of a big bet he brought to the final table.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 1: QOTSAfan (1,954,548 in chips)
Seat 5: Yaba (2,015,452 in chips)

QOTSAfan perfectly played the role of massive conquistador, scooping the first two heads-up pots to move up to 2.93 million. Then, on the third hand, he quartered Yaba, making a jack-high flush vs. his kings and sevens while both held identical 8-7 lows. Yaba fell to 518,000 in chips, but staged a comeback, retaking the chip lead when he turned sixes full of fours against QOTSAfan’s pair of tens.

But that was not the end for QOTSAfan. “Gimme some more,” he declared, and scooped up four pots in a row to get back up to 3.18 million in chips, leaving Yaba on 951,000.

With the betting limits up to 160,000/320,000, QOTSAfan called Yaba’s button raise and led out on the [9h][3c][2s] flop. Yaba raised, QOTSAfan three-bet, and Yaba called. The turn came the [As] and QOTSAfan bet another 320,000. Yaba called all-in and revealed [Kd][2c][3h][5d] for two pair, deuces and treys, while QOTSAfan turned up [Ac][4d][8h][9d]– aces and nines with an 8-4-3-2-A low. The river [Ks] improved Yaba to kings and treys, but it wasn’t enough and QOTSAfan locked up his first TCOOP title.

Congratulations to QOTSAfan, our Event #22 champion. He banked $8,365.45 for the win, while runner-up Yaba earned $7,993.88.

TCOOP-22: $82 FL Omaha Hi/Lo
Entrants: 794
Prizepool:$59,550.00
Places paid: 108

1. QOTSAfan (Costa Rica) $8,365,45*
2. Allan “Yaba” Drake (Canada) $7,993.88*
3. biszibosz (Poland) $6,793.40*
4. Pekka3 (Sweden) $5,520.75*
5. Veemer (Canada) $3,066.82
6. Mark “MarkBang” Bango (Hungary) $2,471.32
7. konway (Peru) $1,875.82
8. Artur90I (Poland) $1,316.05
9. shalomrum (Israel) $762.24

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: shipitpapa ships the knockout title in Event #16 ($320 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout)

While the top prize in Event #16 was a five-figure number, shipitpapa managed to ship a six-figure payday from the tournament.

In addition to winning $76,972.82 for besting a field of 4,193 players, shipitpapa collected $25,099.59 in bounties throughout the five-hour tournament.

This brought our Belgian champion’s total winnings up to $102,072.51.

shipitpapa made it to the final table with a bounty of just $5,513.05 but managed to eliminate six players on the road to victory.

shipitpapa was responsible for the last four eliminations and managed to do it in just seven hands.

shipitpapa did in fact ship it.

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Seat 1: Adrien111111 — $946.87 bounty
Seat 2: P. Neuville — $8,006.20 bounty
Seat 3: kruemelpicka — $6,608 bounty
Seat 4: Fel777 — $1,710.93 bounty
Seat 5: niñoarteaga — $4,814.02
Seat 6: umbroSS — $8,385.31 bounty
Seat 7: pppocket — $10,710.28 bounty
Seat 8: huiiiiiiiiii — $7,349.94
Seat 9: shipitpapa — $5,513.05 bounty

Not only was pppocket the short stack at the final table, the Canadian player also had the highest bounty with $10,710.28.

It was no surprise that pppocket hit the rail first.

With 125K/250K blinds and a 31,250 ante, umbroSS moved all-in for 1.62 million from middle position.

pppocket called all-in for 666,893 from the hijack and the other players got out of the way.

umbroSS tabled [jh][js] while pppocket showed [as][8c].

The [9c][3h][jc] flop decimated pppocket’s number of outs and then a [5s] and [6s] sealed the deal.

pppocket won $5,031.60 for finishing 9th in addition to $10,710.28 in bounties.

umbroSS’s own bounty increased to $13,740.45 –the largest at the table– and the Russian player chipped up to 2.95 million.

Fast three, slow five

Play was shallow at the final table.

After pppocket’s elimination, kruemelpicka was the chip leader with just 21 big blinds. With another blind increase just minutes away, the short stacks kept shoving and shoving.

There were a few double ups, but most ended in eliminations.

P. Neuville was the next to go. With blinds still at 125K/250K, P. Neuville had less than two big blinds with 433,940.

P. Neuville jammed from the hijack and FEL777 re-shoved for 1.40 million from the button. The blinds released and we had another showdown.

P. Neuville: [ac][10c]
FEL777: [6c][6d]

The board ran [kc][js][5c][5h][8d] and P. Neuville hit the rail in 8th. P. Neuville won $7,861.87 for the finish, slightly less than the $8,006.20 he accumulated in bounties.

When the blinds ticked up to 150K/300K with a 37.5K ante, Austria’s huiiiiiiiiii was automatically all-in from the big blind with just 185,120.

shipitpapa moved all-in from under-the-gun for 2.16 million and the rest of the table folded.

huiiiiiiiiii showed [ks][js] but was dominated by shipitpapa’s [ac][jh].

The [9c][6h][qh] flop killed huiiiiiiiiii’s hopes of a flush and then a [jc] and [2s] completed the board. huiiiiiiiiii earned $14,151.37 for finishing 7th –in addition to $7,349.95 in bounties– while shipitpapa’s bounty grew to $9,188.02

Two hands later, shipitpapa’s bounty got another big boost.

umbroSS moved all-in for 1.59 million from the cutoff and shipitpapa re-shoved from the button.

umbroSS turned over [kd][js] but ran into shipitpapa’s [qh][qs].

The board was a lowly [4d][3d][6c][4s][10h] and umbroSS was out of the running. Up until that hand, umbroSS had collected the biggest bounty of $13,740.45 and got another $20,440.87 for finishing 6th.

Deal

When play got five-handed, players decided to make a deal.

At the time of negotiations, the counts were:

kruemelpicka — 7,114,616
shipitpapa — 4,909,699
FEL777 — 3,335,296
Adrien111111 — 3,013,154
niñoarteaga — 2,592,235

After lots of number crunching and Spanish translations for niñoarteaga, the final five players finally reached a deal after 25 minutes.

kruemelpicka — $65,000.00
shipitpapa — $56,972.82
FEL777 — $50,326.25
Adrien111111 — $48,628.11
niñoarteaga — $46,191.09

$20,000 left for first.

After the 25-minute deal, it took six minutes to play down to a winner.

niñoarteaga was the first to go all-in but managed to survive.

Then Adrien111111 was less successful. Adrien111111 moved all-in for 4.20 million from under-the-gun and shipitpapa called from the big blind.

A flip ensued when shipitpapa showed [7d][7s] to Adrien111111’s [kc][js].

The [5c][qd][ac][6s][4d] board fell in shipitpapa’s favor and the final table shrunk. Adrien111111 won the agreed-upon $48,628.11 for finishing 5th while shipitpapa’s chip and bounty lead increased.

Ship it to papa

There was only one other double up after Adrien111111 was eliminated. FEL777 moved all-in for 1.12 million from the cutoff and shipitpapa re-shipped to 9.88 million from the small blind.

kruemelpicka folded and FEL777 showed [9d][9s] while shipitpapa tabled [8s][6s].

FEL777 was in the lead with a pair and then upgraded to quads when the board came [jh][4c][9h][9c][5d].

The tournament ended seven hands later with shipitpapa winning six of them.

In the second post-deal elimination, kruemelpicka moved all-in for 3.47 million from the cutoff and shipitpapa called from the big blind.

shipitpapa was in the lead with [as][2s] while kruemelpicka showed [ks][qd].

The [10c][5c][ac][2h][7s] board gave shipitpapa two-pair and another elimination.

kruemelpicka won $65,000.00 for finishing 4th and half his $6,608.01 bounty was tacked onto shipitpapa’s.

shipitpapa jammed from the small blind the following hand and FEL777 called all-in from the big.

FEL777: [qc][9c]
shipitpapa: [8s][6h]

FEL777 wouldn’t hit quads again, but shipitpapa hit trips. The board fell [6c][2d][6d][qh][3d] and FEL777 was out.

FEL777 earned $50,326 for the finish in addition to $5,714.03 in bounties.

Heads-up

shipitpapa — 15,653,952
niñoarteaga — 5,311,048

shipitpapa won the blinds the first two hands and ended the tournament on the third.

shipitpapa moved all-in from the small blind and niñoarteaga called all-in for 4.37 million from the big.

Once again, shipitpapa was behind with [10h][6h] while niñoarteaga tabled [ah][4c].

But sixes came to shipitpapa’s rescue again and the Belgian player won the tournament when the board came [4s][8c][6d][2c][kh].

niñoarteaga won $46,191.09 for the runner-up finish while shipitpapa took the biggest slice of each prize pool.

shipitpapa won $76,972.82 for finishing first and cashed a total of $25,099.69 in bounties, nearly twice as much as the closest contender.

TCOOP 2015: Event #16 ($320 No-Limit Hold’em, Turbo, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entries: 4,193
Total prize pool: $1,257,900.00 ($628,950.00 regular, $628,950.00 bounty)
Places paid: 540

1. shipitpapa (Belgium) — *$76,972.82 ($25,099.69 bounty)
2. niñoarteaga (Argentina) — $46,191.09 ($4,814.02 bounty)
3. FEL777 (Russia) — *$50,326.25 ($5,714.03 bounty)
4. kruemelpicka (Germany) — *$65,000.00 ($6,608.01 bounty)
5. Adrien111111 (United Kingdom) — *$48,628.11 ($946.87 bounty)
6. umbroSS (Russia) — $20,440.87 ($13,740.45 bounty)
7. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) — $14,151.37 ($7,349.95 bounty)
8. P. Neuville (Belgium) — $7,861.87 ($8,006.20 bounty)
9. pppocket (Canada) — $5,031.00 ($10,710.28 bounty)

*Denotes a five-way deal.

The knockouts are done for now but there’s still plenty of TCOOP action to go. Check out the TCOOP homepage for a list of the remaining events and satellites to each one.

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TCOOP 2015: CandyJohnson makes it a 2-7 Double COOP in Event #12 ($27 NL Single Draw 2-7 [Turbo, Re-Entry])

Déjà vu struck as this event played down to a winner, and a quick consultation with the Book of Knowledge clarified that feeling of odd familiarity. Eight months ago, CandyJohnson won a SCOOP title and $10,657 in Event #13-M, $215 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw. Tonight, after a final table that only spanned 23 minutes, the Norwegian struck again and captured a second “COOP” in TCOOP’s Event #12, a $27 buy-in iteration of the very same game.

Event #12 drew 1,136 players. They made 376 re-entries, for a total of 1,512 entries and a $37,119.60 prize pool. 189 places were paid with $5,409.18 up top.

The money bubble burst after a little over two hours of play. Ninety minutes later, only eight players remained. Down to his last ten big blinds, admiralph open-shoved for 403,950 and CandyJohnson reshoved for 708,354 to isolate. Both players drew one card. Admiralph’s T-9-7-6-4 low was no match for CandyJohnson’s 9-7-6-4-3 and he departed on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: lajki (405,855 in chips)
Seat 2: rulez84 (1,482,555 in chips)
Seat 3: Premove (1,056,342 in chips)
Seat 4: Raabinator93 (1,892,046 in chips)
Seat 5: CandyJohnson (1,192,304 in chips)
Seat 6: ARAFAT1984 (448,744 in chips)
Seat 7: fish_san (1,082,154 in chips)

CandyJohnson scored another knockout when lajki moved in for his last 236,000 and drew one. CandyJohnson drew one as well and hit a 9-8-6-4-3 low, while lajki paired his seven and busted his wheel draw. Chip leader Raabinator93 grew stronger and topped 3 million after busting Premove, who made a UTG shove for 314,000. Raabinator93 called from second position with a pat 9-7. Premove drew one, but paired eights (8-8-5-4-3) and hit the rail in sixth place.

Three hands later, the action folded to CandyJohnson in the small blind. He moved in for 1.07 million and ARAFAT1984 called off his remaining 514,988. Both players drew one card and both paired, CandyJohnson rolling over 5-4-3-2-2 and ARAFAT1984 revealing 9-9-8-5-3. CandyJohnson’s pair of deuces were the best hand and he moved up to 1.71 million while ARAFAT1984 departed in fifth place.

With four players remaining, Raabinator93 still held the lead with 3.56 million and he extended it further when he called fish_san’s button shove. Fish_san stood pat with T-8-7-6-5 while Raabinator93 drew one. However, Raabinator93 improved to a 9-8-5-3-2 and claimed another victim, ending fish_san’s run in fourth place.

Three-handed play began with Raabinator93 leading the pack with 4.62 million. Rulez84 was second with 1.69 million and CandyJohnson the short stack with 1.24 million. CandyJohnson gained some ground in a blind vs. blind hand he opened pre-draw for 169,600. Rulez84 called from the big blind and drew one card while CandyJohnson stood pat. CandyJohnson led out for 240,000 and rulez84 called, only to muck at the sight of CandyJohnson’s T-8-6-5-2.

Rulez84 fell below 1 million in chips before calling off his stack to another small-blind shove from CandyJohnson. Both players drew one. CandyJohnson only managed a K-T-8-5-3 low, but rulez84 made a seven-high straight and went out in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: Raabinator93 (3,634,998 in chips)
Seat 5: CandyJohnson (3,925,002 in chips)

Nearly even in chips, Raabinator93 and CandyJohnson pecked at one another for eight hands before the deciding one unfolded. Dealt a pat T-9-6-4-2, CandyJohnson opened for 240,000 and Raabinator93 three-bet to 600,000. CandyJohnson shoved and Raabinator93 called all-in. Raabinator93 drew one but came up empty with A-6-5-4-2, sealing CandyJohnson’s victory.

Congratulations to our newest member of the Double COOP club, CandyJohnson! He banked $5,409.18 for the win, while runner-up Raabinator93 earned $3,822.57.

TCOOP-12: $27 NL Single Draw 2-7 (Turbo, Re-Entry)
Entrants: 1,512 (1,136 entries, 376 re-entries)
Prizepool:$37,119.60
Places paid: 189

1. CandyJohnson (Norway) $5,409.18
2. Raabinator93 (Germany) $3,822.57
3. rulez84 (Germany) $2,616,56
4. fish_san (Japan) $1,648.11
5. ARAFAT1984 (Ukraine) $1,148.10
6. Premove (Russia) $860.80
7. lajki (Hungary) $646.62

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: QaizAfghan quells field in Event #9 ($215 NLH Turbo, Zoom, Re-Entry)

Get it in good and hope for the best.

It’s the mantra of many poker players, at least those who recognize their control only pertains to their own actions, and can’t cover how the cards fall.

The idea was hard to ignore at the conclusion of Event #9 when DeanoSupremo of the U.K. found himself with the chip lead heads-up and on two occasions had gotten it in good versus the lone remaining opponent, QaizAfghan of Denmark. But as it happened, both hands went the other way, giving QaizAfghan both pots and the victory in Event #9.

QaizAfghan earned a nice $66,282.77 prize for first following a three-way deal at the final table. Here’s the story of what happened, including those dramatic last couple of hands.

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Event #9 was a no-limit hold’em Zoom-styled tournament that cost $215 to play and allowed players up to three opportunities to re-enter during the first 75 minutes. With 2,478 total entries (1,677 entries with 801 re-entries), the prize pool ballooned to $495,600, well over the $400K guarantee for the event. The top 324 spots paid, and it would take only a little over 100 minutes of poker for them to zoom into the money (pun intended).

About an hour after that they were down to 27 players at which point the “Zooming” stopped and the tournament finished following the usual multi-table tournament format. RiverBoom, husajn54, and NinjuPoker were sitting in the top three spots in the counts at that juncture as the only three who had accumulated more than 1 million chips.

A little later they’d just crossed the tournament’s three-hour mark when just 18 remained, with DeanoSupremo having become the new leader with more than 1.4 million.

Adam “acske” Carlton (18th), former WCOOP and SCOOP champion AJacejackAJ (17th), and kellkovski (16th) next hit the rail, earning $1,883.28 apiece. grinder1992 (15th), RiverBoom (14th), and Andrzejeczek (13th) followed, picking up $2,626.68 each. Then Teuneman (12th), SuitedConex4 (11th), and o23oSyD (10th) successively went out, picking up $3,370.08 each for not quite making the final table.

With nine players left QaizAfghan had assumed first position with nearly 3 million, while NinjuPoker was the short stack.

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Seat 1: DeanoSupremo (United Kingdom) — 1,053,119
Seat 2: KoTCheshir (Russia) — 1,133,139
Seat 3: husajn54 (Poland) — 1,924,810
Seat 4: QaizAfghan (Denmark) — 2,942,140
Seat 5: Malario (Mexico) — 1,650,038
Seat 6: réééééz (Hungary) — 1,029,694
Seat 7: CandyJohnson (Norway) — 1,112,420
Seat 8: NinjuPoker (Austria) — 517,106
Seat 9: Alexey “kawachi1984” Chinarev (Russia) — 1,027,534

NinjuPoker enjoyed a double-up through Alexey “kawachi1984” Chinarev shortly therafter, and soon Chinarev was reraise-shoving a below average stack over leader QaizAfghan’s opening raise with the latter calling. Chinarev had [Ah][Qc] while QaizAfghan had [9h][9s], but a six-high board was no help for Chinarev who went out in ninth.

About an orbit later CandyJohnson — also a former SCOOP champion who won an event last year — open-pushed a stack of just over 900,000 (about nine big blinds) from the button and NinjuPoker reraise-shoved from the small blind to isolate. NinjuPoker showed pocket jacks while CandyJohnson had a pair of sevens, and five cards later CandyJohnson was on the rail in eighth.

Suddenly NinjuPoker had gone from life support to challenging for the chip lead, then came another big hand that led to another knockout and catapulted NinjuPoker into first place with more than 4 million.

That one started with a min-raise to 240,000 by NinjuPoker from middle position, after which husajn54 shoved for almost 1.6 million from the blinds and NinjuPoker called. NinjuPoker had [Ah][Jd] and husajn54 [Jc][Js], and neither the [Tc][6d][7h] flop nor [2c] turn helped NinjuPoker. But the river was the [Ac], pairing NinjuPoker and stopping husajn54 in seventh.

The remaining six made it to the four-hour break, and soon after DeanoSupremo opened and a super-short KoTCheshir called all in from the big blind. KoTCheshir’s [Qc][Td] was ahead of DeanoSupremo’s [5c][4h], but the board brought a four to pair the latter and knock KoTCheshir out in sixth.

Not long afterwards the final five stopped the tourney briefly to talk about a deal, but that conversation ended even before numbers were produced and play continued with QaizAfghan back in front after having nudged ahead of NinjuPoker. réééééz then pushed ahead NinjuPoker as well, then NinjuPoker doubled through réééééz to make the latter a short stack. On the next hand réééééz was all in with [6c][5c] versus Malario’s [Ac][8d], and while a six flopped the river brought an ace to knock réééééz out in fifth.

At last NinjuPoker’s run came to an end in fourth after pushing all in from the small blind for about 1.65 million (just over eight BBs) with [Ad][2c], getting called by DeanoSupremo in the big blind who held [Ac][8s], and getting no help from the community cards.

The remaining trio then stopped the proceedings again for some deal talk. DeanoSupremo had the chip lead then with just over 5 million, QaizAfghan was next with a little under 4.3 million, and Malario was third with a bit more than 3 million.

“ICM”-based figures were presented — leaving $8,000 for which to play — and after only a short pause all three agreed to the deal and play resumed.

It didn’t take long before QaizAfghan and Malario got it all in with QaizAfghan holding [Ac][7d] and Malario [Ks][Tc]. The better hand held, leaving Malario with less than 40,000 chips. After doubling once Malario was ousted in third after [Tc][5c] failed to catch up to DeanoSupremo’s [As][Kd], and heads-up was underway.

DeanoSupremo had the edge to start the duel with just under 7 million to QaizAfghan’s 5.4 million, and would remain in front over the next few hands. But then came that rapid-fire sequence mentioned above — two unfortunate hands that suddenly turned the tables on DeanoSupremo to give QaizAfghan the win.

The first saw QaizAfghan reraise all in for about 5.7 million with [Jd][8s] and get called by DeanoSupremo who had [Ah][Tc]. The flop came [Ts][2c][9s] to pair DeanoSupremo’s ten and cause the all-in percentages to show a 55.7% edge for the chip leader’s hand to hold. But the turn was the [Qh], suddenly making that percentage zero as QaizAfghan had filled an unbeatable straight.

After that hand QaizAfghan had just over 11.5 million while DeanoSupremo was down to 880,000, and just two hands later the latter was all in with [Jh][7d] against QaizAfghan’s [Tc][4c].

The flop came [6d][3c][Qh], and DeanoSupremo was 71.2% to win. The turn then brought the [5d], pushing the chance of survival up to 77.3% for DeanoSupremo.

Then came the river… the [2c]! Another straight filled for QaizAfghan, who thereby earned the extra $8,000 and the TCOOP title!

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Congratulations to QaizAfghan for the win, and to DeanoSupremo and Malario, too, for making it to the three-way deal and ensuring themselves nice paydays as well.

TCOOP-09 ($215 NLH Turbo, Zoom, Re-Entry) results
Entries: 2,478 (1,677 entries, 801 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $495,600.00
Places paid: 324

1. QaizAfghan (Denmark) — $66,282.77*
2. DeanoSupremo (United Kingdom) — $59,968.86*
3. Malario (Mexico) — $54,518.47*
4. NinjuPoker (Austria) — $29,736.00
5. réééééz (Hungary) — $22,302.00
6. KoTCheshir (Russia) — $17,098.20
7. husajn54 (Poland) — $12,142.20
8. CandyJohnson (Norway) — $7,186.20
9. kawachi1984 (Russia) — $4,460.40

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $8,000 in play for the winner

There is still more than a week’s worth of Turbo Championship of Online Poker left to go. Check the TCOOP page for the remaining schedule.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: sk2flash snipes the shootout in Event #6 ($55 NLHE Turbo 6-Max Shootout

sk2flash had to be the last player standing multiple times to take down event #6 and win $20,800.00.

The shootout drew 2,600 players and sprawled them across hundreds of 6-max tables. Only one player from each table would advance though and just six would survive tables enough make it to the last one.

It was a turbo battle royale of sit & gos and Russia’s sk2flash was the only one left standing after the dust and chips settled.

The final table

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Seat 1: sk2flash
Seat 2: kenenisa
Seat 3: acske
Seat 4: messs89
Seat 5: Jesusisback0
Seat 6: flowstone80

In a very communistic fashion, everyone started the final table of the shootout even in chips.

Everyone was the short stack and everyone was the chip leader.

That didn’t last long though.

Blinds started at 25/50 and acske won the first hand of the final table by raising to 150 from the hijack.

Then acske was the first to go.

First, acske lost a large chunk after blinds went up to 30/60. sk2flash raised to 150 from under-the-gun and acske called from the cutoff.

Jesusisback0 called from the small blind and flowstone80 did the same from the big blind.

The flop came [jc][4c][5c] and sk2flash continued for 300. acske raised to 680 and the blinds folded.

sk2flash called and a [10c] fell on the turn. Both players checked and an [ad] completed the board.

sk2flash bet 1,320 and then acske called and mucked when sk2flash showed [ac][qs].

acske was down to 1,214 and was eliminated two hands later. acske moved all-in from under-the-gun and sk2flash called from the small blind.

acske turned over [jc][jh] and was flipping against sk2flash’s [ah][qs]. The board ran [qd][3s][8h][8c][3h] and acske hit the rail.

sk2flash was up to 8,376 while acske won $3,224 for finishing 6th.

sk2flash continues to bash

Blinds were up to 100/200 and sk2flash’s stack had grown to 11,800.

Then sk2flash raised to 500 from the small blind and kenenisa called.

The flop came [5s][3h][4d] and sk2flash bet 400. kenenisa called and a [6c] came on the turn to give the board a very good Badugi.

sk2flash upped the bet to 800 and kenenisa called.

The river brought a [7d] and sk2flash shoved. kenenisa called all-in but was playing the board with [2s][2h] while sk2flash showed a nine-high straight with [8c][9s].

kenenisa was out in 5th and won $5,200 while sk2flash chipped up to 16,826.

messsing up the monopoly

sk2flash had a monopoly on final table eliminations and the lead, but then the other Russian at the table, messs89, joined the club.

With sk2flash’s massive lead, the other three players were fighting for second and doubled each other up a few times.

messs89 temporarily snagged the second spot but then doubled up flowstone80 when the at-risk player’s [6s][6d] held up against messs89’s [ad][kc].

Then Jesusisback0 doubled up with [9h][8h] to flowstone80’s [as][8c].

After that, messs89 won two large pots off of sk2flash, took the lead and eliminated a player.

flowstone80 moved all-in for 2,776 from the button and messs89 called from the big blind.

flowstone80 had the lead with [as][4d] to messs89’s [kh][jd] but the [kd][3c][6s][2h][10s] board quickly changed that.

flowstone80 won $7,800.00 for finishing 4th while messs89 chipped up to 17,708.

Back to flash

messs89 had a large lead and Jesusisback0 started chipping up as well, leaving sk2flash as the short stack.

Then sk2flash came back.

With 300/600 blinds and a 75 ante, sk2flash moved all-in for 7,606 from the button and Jesusisback0 called from the big blind.

sk2flash: [ac][9c]
Jesusisback0: [ad][7h]

The board ran [6d][5h][qs][kd][3h] and sk2flash doubled up to the lead with 15,737. Then sk2flash made sure Jesusisback0 couldn’t come back.

The following hand, messs89 raised to 1,200 from the button, Jesusisback0 re-raised all-in for 2,192 and both players called.

sk2flash and messs89 checked down the [2s][4h][qd][10s][7d] board and Jesusisback0 showed [ah][10h]. messs89 mucked and sk2flash showed the winning hand with [js][jc].

Jesusisback0 earned $11,700.00 for the 3rd place finish while the tournament went heads up.

Heads up

sk2flash — 20,271
messs89 — 9,729

Heads-up play lasted only five hands despite messs89 nearly closing the gap with pocket kings.

messs89 raised to 1,200 and sk2flash called, bringing a [9d][10d][6d] flop. messs89 bet 900, sk2flash called and a [4d] came on the turn.

Both players checked and the river brought an [ah].

sk2flash check-called a 2,175 bet but mucked when messs89 showed [kd][kc].

sk2flash was down to 15,546 while mess89 was at 14,454.

Then things ended the next hand.

sk2flash raised to 1,200 and messs89 called. sk2flash continued for 1,200 on the [2d][6c][4c] flop and messs89 moved all-in for 13,179.

sk2flash called and we had the final showdown of the tournament.

sk2flash: [qc][2c]
messs89: [ks][6d]

messs89 was in the lead with a pair of sixes but then the turn brought a [2h] to give sk2flash trip deuces.

A [js] completed the tournament and sk2flash took down the title.

messs89 got $15,600 for finishing 2nd while sk2flash became the newest TCOOP champion, a title worth $20,800.

TCOOP 2015: Event #6 ($55 No-Limit Hold’em, 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout)
Entries: 2,600
Prize pool: $130,000.00
Places paid: 216

1. sk2flash (Russia) — $20,800.00
2. messs89 (Russia) — 15,600.00
3. Jesusisback0 (Poland) — $11,700.00
4. flowstone80 (Germany) — $7,800.00
5. kenenisa (Hungary) — $5,200.00
6. acske (Australia) — $3,224.00

That’s it for this sixth event of the series. There’s still plenty of TCOOP action to go, but it goes by fast. Check out the TCOOP homepage for a schedule of the remaining events and qualifiers to each one.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars blog.

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TCOOP 2015: sk2flash snipes the shootout in Event #6 ($55 NLHE Turbo 6-Max Shootout

sk2flash had to be the last player standing multiple times to take down event #6 and win $20,800.00.

The shootout drew 2,600 players and sprawled them across hundreds of 6-max tables. Only one player from each table would advance though and just six would survive tables enough make it to the last one.

It was a turbo battle royale of sit & gos and Russia’s sk2flash was the only one left standing after the dust and chips settled.

The final table

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Seat 1: sk2flash
Seat 2: kenenisa
Seat 3: acske
Seat 4: messs89
Seat 5: Jesusisback0
Seat 6: flowstone80

In a very communistic fashion, everyone started the final table of the shootout even in chips.

Everyone was the short stack and everyone was the chip leader.

That didn’t last long though.

Blinds started at 25/50 and acske won the first hand of the final table by raising to 150 from the hijack.

Then acske was the first to go.

First, acske lost a large chunk after blinds went up to 30/60. sk2flash raised to 150 from under-the-gun and acske called from the cutoff.

Jesusisback0 called from the small blind and flowstone80 did the same from the big blind.

The flop came [jc][4c][5c] and sk2flash continued for 300. acske raised to 680 and the blinds folded.

sk2flash called and a [10c] fell on the turn. Both players checked and an [ad] completed the board.

sk2flash bet 1,320 and then acske called and mucked when sk2flash showed [ac][qs].

acske was down to 1,214 and was eliminated two hands later. acske moved all-in from under-the-gun and sk2flash called from the small blind.

acske turned over [jc][jh] and was flipping against sk2flash’s [ah][qs]. The board ran [qd][3s][8h][8c][3h] and acske hit the rail.

sk2flash was up to 8,376 while acske won $3,224 for finishing 6th.

sk2flash continues to bash

Blinds were up to 100/200 and sk2flash’s stack had grown to 11,800.

Then sk2flash raised to 500 from the small blind and kenenisa called.

The flop came [5s][3h][4d] and sk2flash bet 400. kenenisa called and a [6c] came on the turn to give the board a very good Badugi.

sk2flash upped the bet to 800 and kenenisa called.

The river brought a [7d] and sk2flash shoved. kenenisa called all-in but was playing the board with [2s][2h] while sk2flash showed a nine-high straight with [8c][9s].

kenenisa was out in 5th and won $5,200 while sk2flash chipped up to 16,826.

messsing up the monopoly

sk2flash had a monopoly on final table eliminations and the lead, but then the other Russian at the table, messs89, joined the club.

With sk2flash’s massive lead, the other three players were fighting for second and doubled each other up a few times.

messs89 temporarily snagged the second spot but then doubled up flowstone80 when the at-risk player’s [6s][6d] held up against messs89’s [ad][kc].

Then Jesusisback0 doubled up with [9h][8h] to flowstone80’s [as][8c].

After that, messs89 won two large pots off of sk2flash, took the lead and eliminated a player.

flowstone80 moved all-in for 2,776 from the button and messs89 called from the big blind.

flowstone80 had the lead with [as][4d] to messs89’s [kh][jd] but the [kd][3c][6s][2h][10s] board quickly changed that.

flowstone80 won $7,800.00 for finishing 4th while messs89 chipped up to 17,708.

Back to flash

messs89 had a large lead and Jesusisback0 started chipping up as well, leaving sk2flash as the short stack.

Then sk2flash came back.

With 300/600 blinds and a 75 ante, sk2flash moved all-in for 7,606 from the button and Jesusisback0 called from the big blind.

sk2flash: [ac][9c]
Jesusisback0: [ad][7h]

The board ran [6d][5h][qs][kd][3h] and sk2flash doubled up to the lead with 15,737. Then sk2flash made sure Jesusisback0 couldn’t come back.

The following hand, messs89 raised to 1,200 from the button, Jesusisback0 re-raised all-in for 2,192 and both players called.

sk2flash and messs89 checked down the [2s][4h][qd][10s][7d] board and Jesusisback0 showed [ah][10h]. messs89 mucked and sk2flash showed the winning hand with [js][jc].

Jesusisback0 earned $11,700.00 for the 3rd place finish while the tournament went heads up.

Heads up

sk2flash — 20,271
messs89 — 9,729

Heads-up play lasted only five hands despite messs89 nearly closing the gap with pocket kings.

messs89 raised to 1,200 and sk2flash called, bringing a [9d][10d][6d] flop. messs89 bet 900, sk2flash called and a [4d] came on the turn.

Both players checked and the river brought an [ah].

sk2flash check-called a 2,175 bet but mucked when messs89 showed [kd][kc].

sk2flash was down to 15,546 while mess89 was at 14,454.

Then things ended the next hand.

sk2flash raised to 1,200 and messs89 called. sk2flash continued for 1,200 on the [2d][6c][4c] flop and messs89 moved all-in for 13,179.

sk2flash called and we had the final showdown of the tournament.

sk2flash: [qc][2c]
messs89: [ks][6d]

messs89 was in the lead with a pair of sixes but then the turn brought a [2h] to give sk2flash trip deuces.

A [js] completed the tournament and sk2flash took down the title.

messs89 got $15,600 for finishing 2nd while sk2flash became the newest TCOOP champion, a title worth $20,800.

TCOOP 2015: Event #6 ($55 No-Limit Hold’em, 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout)
Entries: 2,600
Prize pool: $130,000.00
Places paid: 216

1. sk2flash (Russia) — $20,800.00
2. messs89 (Russia) — 15,600.00
3. Jesusisback0 (Poland) — $11,700.00
4. flowstone80 (Germany) — $7,800.00
5. kenenisa (Hungary) — $5,200.00
6. acske (Australia) — $3,224.00

That’s it for this sixth event of the series. There’s still plenty of TCOOP action to go, but it goes by fast. Check out the TCOOP homepage for a schedule of the remaining events and qualifiers to each one.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars blog.

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TCOOP 2015: Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway captures Event #5, $20K ($27 PLO 6-Max)

Pot-limit Omaha is already an action game. Make it short-handed, speed up the levels in a tournament to just five minutes, and toss in the ability to rebuy twice and add-on once, and it becomes a whirling blur. Such was the story for the $27 buy-in Event #5 of this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker, and from the 2,174 PLO players who took part it was Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway of the U.K. needing less than five hours to emerge with the title and a nice $20,877.61 return on a small investment of time and money.

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Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway

That big field ultimately took 2,620 rebuys and added on 605 more times to build a total prize pool of $132,545.45, well over the event’s $100K guarantee. Read on to see how Chattaway — a.k.a. “#NoDealBill” (explained below) — earned for himself the largest chunk of those riches.

It took about two hours and 40 minutes for the field to work its way down to just 276 players and the money, at which point last year’s SCOOP Main Event (High) winner Ivan “vandir4rek” Soshnikov enjoyed the chip lead. Meanwhile a couple of red spades lurked on the front page of the counts with Team PokerStars Pro Online member Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara and Team PokerStars Pro Marcin “Goral” Horecki both sitting inside the top 25.

Team PokerStars Pro and 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year George Danzer was also still battling with a below average stack, although ROMDOM would soon knock him out in 217th for a $125.91 cash. Meanwhile both Horecki and Kihara would continue to battle, both making it to the three-hour break at which point they found themselves seated side-by-side.

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“Hello, neighbor… nice-looking red spade you have on.”

Alas for Horecki, the Polish pro wouldn’t keep his seat much longer, as soon after play resumed he’d lose his chips to MrSoprano86 to fall in 122nd place for $178.93. Fortunes soon turned for Kihara as well, who then saw the rest of his stack slide over to cada69 as he was eliminated in 76th for $258.46.

The tournament continued racing forward, with Ivan “vandir4rek” Soshnikov still thriving with a top five stack for a while before falling in 29th ($556.69).

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Ivan “vandir4rek” Soshnikov

By the four-hour break just 11 players remained gathered around the last two tables, with rixon777 on top by a wide margin with more than 6.6 million chips.

Fishtripp had just fallen in 12th, followed thereafter by andriu_starc (11th) and charlycheeba (10th) with each earning $1,219.41. Former TCOOP winner kollerPS (ninth) and KaKeTaa (eighth) were the next to go, then after several players survived all-ins it was Sesbik888 falling in seventh with those three taking away $1,855.63 apiece.

With Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway the new chip leader with just a little more than floddan and rixon777 having become one of the short stacks along with FezioJnr, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: Alex “skalexjung” Jung (Germany) — 2,778,576
Seat 2: rixon777 (Australia) — 2,934,484
Seat 3: FezioJnr (United Kingdom) — 1,935,736
Seat 4: 1Lacky7 (Russia) — 3,205,296
Seat 5: Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway (United Kingdom) — 8,086,606
Seat 6: floddan (Sweden) — 8,054,302

The very first hand of the final table saw FezioJnr open-shoving that short stack (representing less than five big blinds) from the small blind with [Kh][Kc][4h][3s] and leader Chattaway calling with [Ah][Qd][Jh][2d]. The board then came [Th][9h][4c][Qc][8h], that river heart giving both flushes but b8chatz the better one, and they were down to five.

They made it through another orbit, then rixon777 four-bet all in for a little under 3.5 million total and Chattaway called, showing [Kh][Kc][Jd][2h] to rixon777’s [As][Ks][Th][8d]. The case king fell on the flop to give b8chatz a set, and after failing to catch up rixon777 was on the rail in fifth.

Just three hands later one-time SCOOP champ Alex “skalxjung” Jung reraise-pushed over a Chattaway open, commiting his last 1 million or so (barely two big blinds), and both 1Lacky7 and b8chatz called. The remaining two players checked down the [3d][Kh][8s] flop and [2h] turn, then after the [5s] river 1Lacky7 led and Chattaway skedaddled. 1Lacky7 then showed [Td][5c][5h][2c] for a set of fives, better than Jung’s [Jd][8d][7s][6s], and the latter was done in fourth.

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Alex “skalexjung” Jung

While Chattaway and 1Lacky7 had earned the three final table knockouts, floddan had the chip lead with three left when 1Lacky7 brought up the idea of a possible deal.

1Lacky7: deal?
b8chatz: NO DEA.
b8chatz: DEAL
b8chatz: dont tilt me
b8chatz: ๐Ÿ™‚

floddan added a picture of the smiling sunglasses icon to punctuate the discussion, and the trio kept battling for a few minutes more. Then a raising war erupted from the blinds between 1Lacky7 and Chattaway resulting in 1Lacky7 being all in with [Ah][Kd][Th][4s] versus b8chatz’s [Tc][Td][8d][2s]. The [6h][7s][6d][3c][2c] board meant Chattaway’s hand was best, and 1Lacky7 collected third-place prize money.

floddan still led to start heads-up play with a little over 15.3 million to Chattaway’s almost 11.7 million. Within just a few hands, though, b8chatz had evened things up, then began to push out in front having moved up over 21.6 million to floddan’s not quite 5.4 million.

Then — not quite four hours and 45 minutes after the tournament’s first hands had been dealt — the end suddenly arrived.

The last hand saw Chattaway make a 3x open from the button for 3 million, with floddan responding with a shove and Chattaway calling right away.

floddan: [Kc][8d][6h][4d]
b8chatz: [Ad][Qd][9c][7s]

floddan would need help to survive, but the [2s][Ts][Td] flop didn’t provide any. The [Ac] turn then decided it, pairing b8chatz’s hand and leaving floddan drawing dead. A short while after the tourney concluded, Chattaway let his followers on Twitter know of his triumph (and the scuttled deal talk):

Won the PLO Tcoop #5 , had to let them know when it got 5 handed to stop asking to deal as I’m #NoDealBill , nice to win outright 🏆

— B8chatz (@B8chatz) January 23, 2015

Chattaway just recently won himself two straight $215 Sunday 2nd Chance titles, one on 12/28/14 for over $56K and another on 1/4/15 for nearly $44K, and now he’s already claimed another big ROI and five-figure score. Congratulations to Chattaway for blitzing through more than 2,100 opponents to win a TCOOP title and handsome prize of $20,877.61.

TCOOP-05 ($27 PLO, 6-Max, Turbo, 2R1A) results
Entrants: 2,174
Rebuys: 2,620
Add-ons: 605
Total prize pool: $132,545.45
Places paid: 276

1. b8chatz (United Kingdom) — $20,877.61
2. floddan (Sweden) — $15,574.09
3. 1Lacky7 (Russia) — $11,597.72
4. skalexjung (Germany) — $7,621.36
5. rixon777 (Australia) — $4,970.45
6. FezioJnr (United Kingdom) — $2,796.70

It’s only the second day of this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker, with dozens of events still left to be played. Check the TCOOP page for the full schedule.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: Frauwutz gets Series off to a start with big weekend ahead

TCOOP hardly needs to be sold. The action and the prize pools take care of that. So when we tweeted that “Frauwutz was ahead” last night (with an exclamation mark), as if he’d seized pole position in an unlikely and decisive coup – albeit 20 minutes after play started — we were having a little fun. We didn’t realise he’d then go on to win the thing.

chip_leader_tcoop_23jan15.jpgfrauwutz off to a good start

But when the lights were turned on at Blog HQ this morning we discovered that in fact he had. In a rare instance of a player getting to the front early on and staying there, frauwutz captured the title, a first prize of $46,252.50 and an improbable story of coincidence. Regardless, we’re delighted for him.

frauwutz_stll_leading.jpgAnd a good finish (hat-tip to the eagle-eyed @L0zrlok for spotting this)

Frauwutz’s win, which you can read about here, was the first of this year’s TCOOP series, with four of what will be 50 events completed on opening day. Each of them was won by a player recording their first COOP win.

In Event #2 there was a near miss for EPT regular Sam “SamSquid” Grafton, but it was cladarth who emerged with the title, richer to the tune of $17,783.12 after a no-limit Omaha contest that, as Martin Harris reported, lasted a mere four hours and 11 minutes.

Meanwhile in Event #3 the game was no-limit hold’em, but of the progressive super knockout kind, with bounties paid on every player eliminated. It meant woody1234321, from the United Kingdom, would win in more ways than one, collecting the first prize of $72,999.14 (after a three-way deal), but also the most bounties, which added up to an additional $22,222.15, more than any other player in the event (he would dismiss four players from the final table alone). Read Heath Chick’s report on the event here.

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That left Event #4 to round off the day, a straight forward no-limit hold’em vanilla tournament, that boasted a field of more than 6,200 players and a prize pool of more than $300,000. It was won by Criptoon from the Netherlands, in what proved a wire-to-wire final table performance. As Pauly Maguire reported, it was a typical TCOOP event, with a final table completed in a mere 21 minutes, or as he put it, quicker than an episode of The Simpsons. Read his report here.

Scroll down for the full results from the opening day of TCOOP.

So with four events played there are now just 46 to go, which should give you plenty of time to get involved. And remember, if the buy-ins are a little steep for your bankroll there is always the option of a satellite, with qualifiers running throughout the Championship, with entry fees ranging from a few FPPs to a few cents. Check out the tournament lobby, or the TCOOP homepage, for details.

Looking ahead to the weekend there is plenty of action in store, dominated of course by events in TCOOP.

There are four more events today, starting soon with Event #5 at 08:00 ET, a PL Omaha 6-Max (2R1A), before hold’em takes center stage once more. There are 11 events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, with action available almost throughout every waking hour. The pick of those will be Event #16 on Sunday, the $320 NL hold’em Progressive Super Knockout with $1 million guaranteed. It should make for an interesting addition to the usual range of Sunday Majors. They of course continue uninterrupted.

For the full run down of everything you need to know about TCOOP, as well as the schedule, guaranteed, and how to qualify, visit the TCOOP homepage.

That’s your weekend on PokerStars. Congratulations to all our winners so far, and good luck to everyone taking part in TCOOP, and the Sunday Majors, this weekend. You too frauwutz.

TCOOP results so far:

TCOOP 2015: Event #1 ($27 No-Limit Hold’em, 6-Max, Turbo, Re-Entry)
Entries: 13,776 (6,556 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $500,000
Places paid: 2,700

1. frauwutz (Germany) *$46,252.50
2. MoscowNo1 (Russia) *$38,117.61
3. PKAnoitecer (Portugal) *37,583.29
4. jawong2000 (Hong Kong) *$31,041.60
5. fournn (Canada) $9,050.00
6. thygz (Estonia) $5,705.60
* Denotes a four-way deal

TCOOP-02 ($55 No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo)
Entrants: 2,258
Prize pool: $112,900.00
Places paid: 288

1. cladarth (Poland) $17,783.12
2. fleim333 (Russia) $13,265.75
3. 10jacker (Iceland) $9,878.75
4. alexandrapau (Canada) $6,491.75
5. DarthJules (Russia) $4,233.75
6. aabas (Lebanon) $2,368.64

TCOOP-03: $215 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super KO – $800K Guaranteed
Entrants: 4,952
Prize Pool: $495,200
Bounty Prize Pool: $492,200
Places Paid: 630

1. woody1234321 (United Kingdom) $72,999.14* + $22,222.15
2. rounder3989 (Germany) $54,671.32* + $11,311.83
3. jamani69 (Crotia) $48,563.08* + $10,625.10
4. shiyueudzhan (China) $27,978.80 + $2,084.46
5. aroustamian (Russia) $21,046.00 + $8,559.33
6. DrinDasDing (Germany) $16,094.00 + $5,476.13
7. viivi87 (Finland) $11,142.00 + $2,861.71
8. Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver (Costa Rica) $6,190.00 + $1,663.27
9. Papszi17 (Hungary) $3,961.60 + $1,146.86

TCOOP-04 $55 NL Hold’em
Entrants: 6,204
Prize Pool: $310,200
Places Paid: 810

1. Criptoon (Netherlands) $43,901.75 *
2. Masta_shadow (Netherlands) $40,754.53 *
3. jaggaRbomb (Canada) $25,544.97
4. thenickh (United Kingdom) $17,526.30
5. AJacejackAJ (Canada) $13,183.50
6. Pe3aK84 (Russia) $10,081.50
7. haof11 (Israel) $6,979.50
8. damourinio (Greece) $3,877.50
9. Jesusisback0 (Poland) $2,481.60
* Denotes a deal among the final two players


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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TCOOP 2015: woody1234321 gets the win in Event #3 ($215 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super KO)

Life is busy. Who really has time to sit there for 14+ hours grinding a poker tournament? That’s why the PokerStars Turbo Championships of Online Poker (TCOOP) is one of the most popular series of the year. Big fields, huge prize pools and it’s all over in a matter of hours.

The opening day of the series kicked off with some fantastic offerings, the third of which was the $215 No Limit Holdem Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout Event. It attracted an enormous field of 4,952 players to swell the prize pool to just shy of $1 million to surpass the advertised guarantee.

Half of that prize pool would be shared among the top 630 players, while the other half would be offered as progressive bounties on each of the players, with that bounty accumulating value as the tournament progressed.

Some of the Team PokerStars Pros in the field included Stavros Kalfas, Tyler Frost, Martin Hrubý, George Lind, Caio Pessagno, Marcin Horecki and Johnathan Duhamel who all fell short of the money.

Matthias de Meulder (537th – $188.17+$637.50) finished in profit while the two red spades that lasted the longest were actually the two newest additions to the PokerStars Team Pro stable with Indian Aditya Agarwal (263rd – $282.26+$787.50) and Japanese player Kosei Ichinose (223rd – $307.02+$212.50) both running deep in a solid performance.

After a little over four hours of play, puffinmypurp would bubble the final table when shoving with [kh][9d] into shiyueudzhan’s [as][ts]. shiyueudzhan paired up the ten to collect the pot to see our final table set:

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Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Papszi17 (1,605,828 in chips)
Seat 2: rounder3989 (2,411,605 in chips)
Seat 3: Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver (2,204,630 in chips)
Seat 4: woody1234321 (4,954,923 in chips)
Seat 5: DrinDasDing (2,092,688 in chips)
Seat 6: aroustamian (4,504,840 in chips)
Seat 7: shiyueudzhan (2,560,909 in chips)
Seat 8: viivi87 (930,032 in chips)
Seat 9: jamani69 (3,494,545 in chips)

jamani69 was quick out of the blocks, winning the first two pots including the elimination of Papszi17. It was a battle of the blinds when jamani69 opened with a min-raise before Papszi17 moved all in. jamani69 made the call with [ac][2c] for a slight advantage over Papszi17’s [kc][qs]. The board ran out [2d][9s][2h][5s][Ts] to give jamani69 trip deuces and the bounty as Papszi17 departed in ninth place for $3,961.60 plus $1,146.86 in bounties.

Next hand, Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver would also join the rail after getting pretty unlucky. Action folded around to rounder3989 in the small blind who moved all in with an ambitious [9c][4c] hoping to take down the blinds, but ImDaNuts made the call for tournament life with [ad][8h]. The board would run out [Kh][7c][Tc][8d][Js] to see rounder3989 make a straight to land the knockout. ImDaNuts picked up $6,190 along with $1,663.27 in bounties for eighth place.

The third elimination in three hands would see viivi87 crash in seventh place. The short-stacked viivi87 was all in preflop from early position with [ks][qh] with woody1234321 making the call with a dominant [as][qd]. The board of [6h][5d][9c][8c][Ac] put the exclamation point on the hand with an ace on the river to see viivi87 eliminated for $11,142 plus $2,861.71 in bounties.

A few hands of relative quiet was interrupted when DrinDasDing called off from the big blind with [ad][4d] after the big-stacked jamani69 had shoved from the cutoff position with [6h][6d]. DrinDasDing caught a pair but it was the wrong one as the board landed [4s][Tc][Qd][2h][2d]. The sixes held for jamani69, leaving DrinDasDing to exit in sixth place. That was worth $16,094 plus a healthy $5,476.13 in bounties.

One of the key hands of the tournament would result in a big double up for rounder3989 with pocket kings collecting a pot worth in excess of six million chips against woody1234321’s pocket jacks. That would jump rounder3989 into contention, but jamani69 still held the chip lead with five players left.

The action would slow five-handed with several orbits of play before the next elimination. Again it was rounder3989 who took down the pot, but this time it required a bit of help from the river. aroustamian three-bet jammed with [qh][qs] and rounder3989 made the call with [qc][ad]. With just three outs to hit, the board of [Kh][Ts][2s][5c][Ac] would spring an ace from space on the river to end aroustamian’s tournament in fifth place for $21,046 along with a generous helping of bounties worth another $8,559.33.

China’s shiyueudzhan would be next to fall as woody1234321 started to rise to the top of the chip counts. With play folding to woody1234321 in the small blind, an all-in shove was called by shiyueudzhan with a rather strong [ac][jh], but woody1234321 had that notched with a dominating [as][qh]. The board bricked out [7h][2s][5d][2d][6c] leaving shiyueudzhan to pick up $27,978.80 plus $2,084.46 in bounties for fourth place.

A few hands were played three-handed before the idea of a deal was suggested.

rounder3989 said, “numbers anyone?”
woody1234321 said, “sure”

The players requested deal numbers based on a chip chop, which was quickly agreed to, leaving $16,000 in bounties in the middle and the title to play for.

With the numbers signed and sealed, play continued with the short-stacked jamani69 the next to go. With the blinds so high, jamani69 had just four big blinds when woody1234321 shoved from the small blind. jamani69 called with an above-average [kh][6h] but that would need to improve against woody1234321’s [td][ts]. The board would run out [8h][As][8d][Jd][9h] with no help for jamani69 who was busted in third place for a post-deal $48,563.08 plus another $10,625.10 in bounties.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: rounder3989 (9,481,570 in chips)
Seat 4: woody1234321 (15,278,430 in chips)

woody1234321 would take a small lead into heads-up play and extended that slightly before the first big clash between the two players would also be their last.

The hand started off innocently enough, with rounder3989 limping the small blind and woody1234321 checking the option in the big blind to see a flop of [js][5c][ts]. woody1234321 check-raised the flop before rounder3989 moved all in. woody1234321 was happy to call with the [jh][5s] flopping well with two pair, but it wasn’t over just yet as rounder3989 tabled [9s][4s] for a flush draw. rounder3989 paired up on the [9h] turn but the [8d] river left woody1234321 to capture the pot and the victory!

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It was a great run by rounder3989 who picked up $54,671.32 plus $11,311.83 in bounties for second place as the TCOOP title goes to the United Kingdom with woody1234321 pocketing $72,999.14 plus a massive $22,222.15 in bounties. Congratulations!

TCOOP-03: $215 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super KO – $800K Guaranteed
Entrants: 4,952
Regular Prize Pool: $495,200
Bounty Prize Pool: $492,200
Places Paid: 630

1. woody1234321 (United Kingdom) $72,999.14* + $22,222.15
2. rounder3989 (Germany) $54,671.32* + $11,311.83
3. jamani69 (Crotia) $48,563.08* + $10,625.10
4. shiyueudzhan (China) $27,978.80 + $2,084.46
5. aroustamian (Russia) $21,046.00 + $8,559.33
6. DrinDasDing (Germany) $16,094.00 + $5,476.13
7. viivi87 (Finland) $11,142.00 + $2,861.71
8. Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver (Costa Rica) $6,190.00 + $1,663.27
9. Papszi17 (Hungary) $3,961.60 + $1,146.86

The 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker runs right through until February 1st with a guaranteed $15,000,000 in tournament prize pools across 50 fantastic events. The highlight of the series is the TCOOP Main Event on February 1st which offers a $2,000,000 prize pool guarantee and a top prize of at least $300,000.

Check out the TCOOP home page for the full schedule, satellite information, results, series leaderboard and more.

Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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