TCOOP: _JMCD_89 brings home a win in Event #8 ($82 NLHE, Big Antes 2x Chance)

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngSo many structural variations of no-limit hold'em tournaments are available on PokerStars that we sometimes have trouble keeping up with them ourselves. Today's TCOOP events alone showcased three formats-- a six-max shootout, a rebuy, and one that just resulted in a slam-bang, tilt-a-whirl, did-that-just-happen final table. Event #8 actually had two special features. First off, it was a double chance event, meaning each player had the opportunity for a single rebuy if they went broke within the first hour. Secondly, it had "big antes." Not only were antes in play from the start, but they were super-sized-- about 40% of a small blind compared to the typical 20-25%. The format encourages action and action ensued, nearly 5,000 players reduced to a winner in under five hours.

4,936 players put up $82 apiece, leaving the $300k guarantee in tatters before the double chance period was over. 1,306 of them took advantage of the rebuy, taking the prize pool up to $468,150. 630 players earned a share of it, with first place set to recieve $73,446.41. Team PokerStars was clearly a big fan of the format with nearly two dozen Red Spades on the registration list. Eight of them finished in the money including reigning World Champion Pius Heinz (617th), Team Online's Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli (510th), Toni Judet (502nd), Liv Boeree (394th), Anders "Donald" Berg (294th), Bryan Huang (218th) and Christophe De Muelder (89th). Winning the Team Pro last-longer was Scandi sensation Johnny Lodden, who bowed out in 84th place after his A♣T♦ fell to kizmann2's A♠9♠ (flopped his kicker, ouch).


Johnny Lodden, 84th place

The average stack was a scant 12 big blinds with ten players remaining, and in a blind-vs-blind hand, xuriguera went for a pure steal, shoving his last six big blinds with only 2♠6♣. In a nightmare scenario he won't soon forget, calfan11 woke up with J♠J♠ in the big blind and snap-called. The queen-high board gave the win to calfan11 and send xuriguera to the rail on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: goodvibe1 (2,600,114 in chips)
Seat 2: Vlad76415 (672,467 in chips)
Seat 3: _JMCD_89 (7,513,755 in chips)
Seat 4: arualleinad (1,059,565 in chips)
Seat 5: Popiedejopie (3,457,469 in chips)
Seat 6: jahhont (1,579,578 in chips)
Seat 7: ouchbadbeat (1,199,524 in chips)
Seat 8: calfan11 (4,625,364 in chips)
Seat 9: Scarypooper5 (8,502,164 in chips)

Ouchbadbeat's stack dwindled to its last 247,057 before he was forced all-in from the 300k big blind. The action folded to arualleinad in the cutoff, who shoved for 2.1 million and right behind him, Popiedejopie re-shoved for 2.67 million on the button. The small blind folded and the cards went on their backs:

ouchbadbeat: Q♣4♦
arualleinad: A♣6♥
Popiedejopie: K♠K♦

Popiedejopie retained the lead on the J♠9♥3♦ flop, but the T♣ on the turn offered ouchbadbeat a ray of hope to win the main pot as he picked up an open-ended straight draw. He missed the river, though, the 3♣ falling to give both main and side pots to Popiedejopie. Ouchbadbeat went home in ninth place ($3,745,20) while arualleinad took eighth ($5,851.87).

Immediately after picking up that 5.1 million-chip pot, Popiedejopie broached the subject of a deal. But before everyone could agree to pause the action, Scarypooper5 shoved for 7.4 million from the button and Vlad76415 called all-in for his last 840,000 from the big blind. Vlad76415's K♦Q♥ couldn't catch up to Scarypooper5's A♦3♥ and he departed in seventh place, earning $10,533.37.

Once again, Popiedejopie launched into his spiel.

"Let's decrease the variance," he proposed, "Don't want to crapshoot for 73k."

And although a few voices began chiming in assent, it again was a case of speed as another player was eliminated before a unanimous vote could be had. Calfan11 opened for a min-raise to 800,000 from UTG+1 and the action folded to jahont in the big blind. With 480,000 of his remaining 499,000 already committed, it was a trivially easy call, but his K♦2♠ could not improve against calfan11's A♦8♥. Jahont was eliminated in sixth place, taking home $15,214.87.

Popiedejopie continued pleading with his opponents to pause the action, but _JMCD_89 wasn't ready to deal quite yet. At this point Scarypooper5 held the chip lead with 9.5 million, _JMCD_89 was close behind with 9.2 million, Popiedejopie was third with 5 million, calfan11 had 4.7 million and goodvibe1 was the short stack with just over 2 million.

Four hands later, goodvibe1 picked up A♥K♥ and moved in for his last 5 BB. _JMCD_89 reshoved behind him to isolate, only to find his A♣5♦ dominated. Goodvibe1 was one card away from a double-up on the turn with the board reading 9♣8♣2♠A♠, but _JMCD_89 caught his three-outer on the river, the 5♠ falling to make him two pair. Just like that, goodvibe1 was out in fifth place, earning $19,896.37.

Having taken the chip lead with 12.96 million, _JMCD_89 was finally willing to pause and look at the chip count chop numbers. It took about twenty minutes of negotiations, but the final four arrived at a deal that gave _JMCD_89 the lion's share of the prize pool and left $6,000 on the table for the winner.

Two minutes later, it was all over. In fact, it will take you longer to read what happened than the time it actually took to unfold.

The first hand after the pause was a three-way all-in. Calfan11 shoved for 3.81 million with pocket fives, Scarypooper5 re-shoved for 8.6 million with A♦8♠, and _JMCD_89 called with A♣T♠, having both players covered. _JMCD_89 paired his ten on the flop, the board running out Q♣T♣7♦2♠3♠ to give him the 21.5 million pot. Calfan11 took fourth place, having started with fewer chips than Scarypooper5, who finished third.

_JMCD_89 held 83% of the chips in play as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 3: _JMCD_89 (25,756,779 in chips)
Seat 5: Popiedejopie (5,453,221 in chips)

After a few trades of the blinds, all the marbles went in on Hand #5. _JMCD_89 shoved with A♥8♥ and Popiedejopie called with K♥3♥. The Q♥8♦3♦ paired both players, but Popiedejopie couldn't improve any further, the turn and river falling the 6♦ and the 9♥.

Congratulations to _JMCD_89 on his TCOOP title and $68,000 in prize money. For his runner-up finish, Popiedejopie earned $40,016.37.

2012 TCOOP Event #8 ($82 NLHE Big Antes 2x Chance) Results:

1. _JMCD_89 (United Kingdom) $68,000*
2. Popiedejopie (Netherlands) $40,016.37*
3. Scarypooper5 (Canada) $49,291.34*
4. calfan11 (Australia) $35,751.01*
5. goodvibe1 (Germany) $19,896.37
6. jahhont (Russia) $15,214.87
7. Vlad76415 (Russia) $10,533.37
8. arualleinad (Ireland) $5,851.87
9. ouchbadbeat (United Kingdom) $3,745.20

*= reflects the result of a four-way deal that left an additional $6,000 for first place

There's still plenty of time to get in on the TCOOP action. Head over to the TCOOP page for a full schedule and satellite information.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in TCOOP