TCOOP 2016: Switzerland's bambelbi3510 with precision victory in 8-Game; Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara 4th (Event #48 $530 8-Game)

Going into the final day of the 2016 TCOOP, Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara from Japan cashed in seven other TCOOP events this year, with one final table appearance. Kihara had began the final day 24th overall on the leader board, but a TCOOP title had eluded him. Alas, he'd have to postpone a victory party once again. Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara advanced to the final table in Event #48 8-Game, but he busted in fourth place.

When the dust settled at the 8-Game final table, Switzerland's bambelbi3510 rallied to come from behind during heads-up to win Event #48.

On the final day of the 2016 TCOOP, 320 mixed-game specialists showed up to rumble in Event #48 $530 8-Game. The first-place payday was worth $33,600 and only the top 42 places were awarded a cut of the $160,000 prize pool, which surpassed the initial 100K Guarantee.


Another 4th place finish for Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara

This 8-Game turbo-soaked affair featured three minute levels and was such an enticing attraction that it drew in the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Kosei Ichinose and Jason Mercier.

The money bubble popped in under 2 hours and 15 minutes during a round of PLO. When the bubble burst, nkeyno was in the Top 5 in chips and although Mercier and Ichinose were near the back of the pack, both secured themselves a min-cash. Ichinose and Mercier busted in consecutive places. On the last hand of hold'em, Ichinose lost a race with 7♣7♥ against WRUUUUM' A♠T♠ and was knocked out in 31st place, which paid out $960.00. Jason Mercier attempted to triple up during a round of Omaha8, but he busted in 30th place and cashed for $1,120.00.

With two tables remaining and 12 to go, Russia's aramesko, who won TCOOP Event #33, seized the lead during a round of Razz with over 333K and nkeyno was 7th overall.

Action went hand-for-hand with seven remaining. During a round of Stud, bambelbi3510 had snagged the lead and nkeyno was the short stack. During a round of NL hold'em, MaTitheone failed to double up with A♠3♣ against bambelbi3510's A♣8♥ and Poland's MaTitheone bubbled off the final table in seventh place. The 8-Game final table was set and Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara made another TCOOP final table.


TCOOP 2016 - Event #48 Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: jutrack (195,742)
Seat 2: Sputnick_PT (263,531)
Seat 3: PokerStars Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara (100,422)
Seat 4: zzwwzzwwzz (209,454)
Seat 5: aramesko (256,098)
Seat 6: bambelbi3510 (574,753)

The final table kicked off during a round of PLO at Level 56 with blinds at 6,250/12,500. With six to go, Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara was the shortstack and bambelbi3510 sat atop the big stack with approximately 575K.

Russia's aramesko shipped TCOOP Event #33 Razz three days earlier, plus the Russian made final tables in both 2014 SCOOP and 2014 WCOOP. Germany's Julian "jutrack" Track made at least two WCOOP final tables, but was seeking his first-career COOP title.

Talk about a great coincidence: jutrack and aramesko also made the same 2014 WCOOP O8 final table together...neither won though!

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PET SOUNDS: zzwwzzwwzz eliminated in 6th place

The final table played five levels before we saw the first elimination. During a round of Razz, short-stacked zzwwzzwwzz was knocked out by aramesko. zzwwzzwwzz's J-9-7-5-3 low with 5♣J♣9♠K♠9♦7♠3♣ lost to aramesko's 9-6-5-4-A low and 5♦6♠4♠Q♥A♦K♣9♥. China's zzwwzzwwzz became the first player to bust at the final table. Sixth place paid out $6,400.00.

I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES: aramesko eliminated in 5th place

During a round of Stud, aramesko bowed out. Betting was capped on third street and aramesko was all-in for 41,727 against Sputnick_PT. At showdown...

Sputnick_PT: J♦A♠J♥2♠5♥6♥J♣
aramesko: 7♠7♦4♠3♦9♣A♦9♠

Sputnick_PT won with trip Jacks versus two pair. Russia's aramesko was dunzo in fifth place, which paid out $9,600.00. TCOOP Event #33 champion, aramesko, missed out on winning a second TCOOP title.

SLOOP JOHN B: PokerStars Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara eliminated in 4th place

During a round of Stud Hi/Lo, nkeyno hit the virtual rail. nkeyno was all-in on 4th street with (X-X)/A♥7♠ against bambelbi3510. By seventh street...

nkeyno: Q♠5♥A♥7♠T♣4♠5♠
bambelbi3510: A♣6♥4♥J♥8♥7♣2♥

At showdown, nkeyno could only muster up a pair of fives and bambelbi3510 scooped with a Jack-high flush and a 7-6-5-4-2-A low. Without a qualifying low, Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara busted in fourth place, which paid out $12,800.00.

With three remaining, bambelbi3510 (669K) held a slight lead over Sputnick_PT (645K). And jutrack (284K) was the shorty by default.

I KNOW THERE'S AN ANSWER: jutrack eliminated in 3rd place

Germany's jutrack was the next player to bust. It happened during a round of NLH. Classic race. jutrack bombed it all-in for 351,242 with A♦K♣ and bambelbi3510 called with 7♣7♦. The board ran out J♦T♣3♠2♣2♦. bambelbi3510's pocket sevens held up to win the pot with two pair. Although jutrack flopped a Broadway gutshot draw, jutrack whiffed on the river. Germany's Julian "jutrack" Track went busto in third place, which paid out $18,400.00.

HEADS-UP: Sputnick_PT (United Kingdom) vs. bambelbi3510 (Switzerland)
Seat 2: Sputnick_PT (616,911)
Seat 6: bambelbi3510 (983,089)

With two to go, bambelbi3510 held a small lead...but it wouldn't last long. On the fourth hand of heads-up during a round of NL hold'em, Sputnick_PT doubled up by snapping off bambelbi3510's Q♥Q♠ by flopping a set of tens with T♣T♠. Sputnick_PT won a 1.3M pot and bambelbi3510 was down to under 300K.

During Triple Draw, bambelbi3510 mounted a comeback and nearly pulled even after winning a clutch hand with 7-6-4-3-2 versus Sputnick_PT's 10-7-6-5-4. That hand sparked off a rush of 11 wins inside of 13 hands that thrust bambelbi3510 into the winner's circle.

WOULDN'T IT BE NICE: Sputnick_PT eliminated in second place; bambelbi3510 binks Event #48

bambelbi3510 won the last six hands to bink TCOOP Event #48. During a round of Limit Hold'em, short-stacked Sputnick_PT was all-in for 155,288. Sputnick_PT made a valiant final stand with A♦K♥ against bambelbi3510's T♣8♠. However, bambelbi3510 flopped a pair and turned two pair. Sputnick_PT's Big Slick never improved on a board of T♦6♦4♥8♣5♦ and was knocked out in second place.

For a cosmic runner-up performance, the U.K.'s Sputnick_PT took home $24,480.00.

Congrats to Switzerland's bambelbi3510 for winning TCOOP Event #48. First place paid out $33,600.00.

TCOOP-48 ($530 8-Game Turbo) results
Entrants: 320
Total prize pool: $160,000.00
Places paid: 42

1. bambelbi3510 (Switzerland) $33,600.00
2. Sputnick_PT (United Kingdom) $24,480.00
3. Julian "jutrack" Track (Germany) $18,400.00
4. PokerStars Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara (Japan) $12,800.00
5. aramesko (Russia) $9,600.00
6. zzwwzzwwzz (China) $6,400.00

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Pauly McGuire
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