TCOOP: alberto ka goes from $215 to $90k in under two hours

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngIn less time than it takes to watch a basketball game, fly from London to Madrid, or even write and code a typical PokerStars Blog recap, Brazil's alberto ka turned $215 into more than $90,000. The top four finishers made more this afternoon than most folks in their home countries make in a year. The top seven came away with five figures each and the top 306 doubled their buyin in under an hour. This is what happens when PokerStars unleashes a $300,000 guaranteed hyper-turbo smack in the middle of the Sunday grind. Chaos. Madness. Stacks bursting into flames like cars in a Michael Bay film. Hyper-turbos won't let you catch your breath. Your only hope is to hold on tight and pray. Hang on long enough, dodge enough bullets, fade enough draws and you could come away with some life-changing cash.

2,724 players bought in to TCOOP Event #19 creating a $574,219.20 prize pool that nearly doubled the guarantee. 342 players earned a share of it with the champion set to take home $90,728.44. Over 30 members of Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online joined the party, with five of them finishing in the money. Pat Pezzin climbed four rungs on the payout ladder with his 267th-place finish, Johnny Lodden went out close behind him in 248th, Pius Heinz more than tripled his buyin finishing 162nd and Nacho Barbero's deep run ended in 62nd place. Earning Team Pro last-longer honors was Matthias De Muelder, whose A♥8♦ fell to Q♣T♦ to go out in 40th place.

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Matthias De Muelder, 40th place

It took 54 minutes of play to eliminate 2,383 players and reach the money. Plugging those numbers into Dr. Pauly's Formula for Donkey Liquification gives us a bustout rate of one player every 1.36 seconds. Only 48 more minutes passed before ten players remained and the final table bubble loomed. With the blinds up to 60,000/120,000, daitemillion open-shoved for 1.01 million with A♠Q♠ and vvbunde called off his remaining 600,000 with A♣J♠. Daitemillion's dominating hand held up and vvbunde hit the rail, setting the final table.


Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: YUD1006 (1,526,946 in chips)
Seat 2: alberto ka (1,776,552 in chips)
Seat 3: daitemillion (1,943,988 in chips)
Seat 4: TotalBiz (2,530,743 in chips)
Seat 5: The Temple55 (421,272 in chips)
Seat 6: Xcellent58 (1,399,163 in chips)
Seat 7: StoyanB (849,930 in chips)
Seat 8: J. The Greek (1,242,864 in chips)
Seat 9: 1banditpanda (1,928,542 in chips)

The final table's first hand also brought its first elimination. Daitemillion open-shoved from under-the-gun holding pocket tens and YUD1006 called all-in from the small blind with A♠Q♦. The coin landed on daitemillion's side, the board running out jack-high to send YUD1006 home in ninth place.

Although a few players suggested pausing the final table to discuss a deal, a consensus could not be reached. Meanwhile, on Hand #4, short-stack The Temple55 had 80,000 of his remaining 141,000 committed in the small blind. TotalBiz moved all-in for 2.1 million from the button and The Temple55 called, his 8♦9♦ dominating TotalBiz's 7♦9♣. The 8♥6♠4♦ flop hit both players, The Temple55 flopping top pair while TotalBiz picked up an open-ended straight draw. TotalBiz hit the 5♠ on the turn to fill it and ended The Temple55's run in eighth place.

Two hands later, J. The Greek picked up pocket kings at what he must have thought was the perfect time. Daitemillion opened for a min-raise to 400,000 and J. The Greek shoved for 726,864 only to have daitemillion snap-call and show pocket aces. Another ace on the flop all but ended it for J. The Greek, the turn and river blanking out to send him home in seventh place with a $14,068.37 score.

The next deal of the cards brought another pair of aces, this time for StoyanB, who took his stack from 470,000 to 1.27 million after doubling through daitemillion. Daitemillion's chips weren't lost for long, though. Two hands later (and the ninth overall at the final table), daitemillion picked up J♦J♣ and opened for a min-raise to 500,000 and was met with a shove from TotalBiz. Daitemillion called, TotalBiz in dire shape with 9♣9♠. The fishhooks held up for daitemillion and he raked in the 5 million chip pot while TotalBiz departed in sixth place.

Hand #11 saw Xcellent58 throw in his last 4.5 big blinds with J♦5♥ only to run into alberto ka's J♣J♠. The 2.6 million pot took alberto ka out of the danger zone for the first time, while Xcellent58 collected $25,552.75. The next deal saw StovanB move in for his last 924,000 with T♦8♣ and daitemillion made the call with Q♣T♣ in the big blind. StovanB hit top pair on the 8♦6♥2♥ flop, but daitemillion rivered a queen to take him out in fourth. In only twelve hands, the final table had been whittled from nine players to three.

1banditpanda's patience appeared to have paid off when daitemillion open-shoved for 6.5 million with A♠3♥ and 1banditpanda called with Q♥Q♠. Daitemillion's built-in horseshoe still appeared to be in active mode, however, as the flop fell A♣8♣3♣ to make him two pair. The turn and river fell the 7♣ and the 9♦ and 1banditpanda had to settle for third, departing with a still-spectacular $48,808.63 score.

Daitemillion held a 2 to 1 chip lead over alberto ka as heads-up play began.

Seat 2: alberto ka (4,578,888 in chips)
Seat 3: daitemillion (9,041,112 in chips)

Surprisingly, neither player uttered a peep about making a deal, despite the $22,000+ difference between first and second place money and the fact that there were only 55 big blinds left in play. Alberto ka wrested the chip lead away from daitemillion on the seventh hand of heads-up after rivering a queen-high flush against daitemillion's two pair:

Five hands later, daitemillion picked up pocket threes and shoved for 3.65 million. Alberto ka called wtih A♣6♣, needing to survive one last coinflip. He paired his kicker on the Q♦6♦5♣ flop and although daitemillion picked up an open-ended straight draw when the 4♣ hit the turn, it also gave alberto ka the nut flush draw. The river was the 4♠ and after one hour and 59 minutes of work, alberto ka had a TCOOP title and over $90,000 in the bag. For his runner-up finish, daitemillion earned $68,142.59.

2012 TCOOP Event #19 ($215 NLHE Hyper-Turbo) results

1. alberto ka (Brazil) $90,728.44
2. daitemillion (Russia) $68,142.59
3. 1banditpanda (Romania) $48,808.63
4. StoyanB (Bulgaria) $33,591.82
5. Xcellent58 (Netherlands) $25,552.75
6. TotalBiz (United Kingdom) $19,810.56
7. J. The Greek (Greece) $14,068.37
8. The Temple55 (Unted Kingdom) $8,326.17
9. YUD1006 (United Kingdom) $4,880.86

If you haven't joined in the TCOOP action, you may need to get your head examined. It's your ticket to five figures in five hours. Head over to the TCOOP page for a full schedule and satellite information.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in TCOOP