TCOOP: andthe kicks the competition in Event 28, $82 NLHE (2x Chance)
Another day, another slate of TCOOP tournaments bursting with PokerStars players looking to make a big score in a short timeframe. If you're a fan of the "Cadillac of poker," today's first event was a good one: an $82 NLHE affair, full-ring style, with a guaranteed prize pool of $150,000 and a single-rebuy option for those who found themselves on the wrong side of the river in the early going.
Late registration and rebuys ended after 90 minutes, with the tournament structure already ramped up to Level 18 (600/1200 blinds, 150 ante). Exactly 3,002 players bought in, with 1,284 exercising their option to take one more chance for another $75. That built a prize pool of $321,450, more than doubling the guarantee and setting aside $50,790.69 for the eventual winner.
Race for the prize
The money bubble popped at 10:32 a.m. ET when four players were knocked out during hand-for-hand play. Russia's petrovich175, Hungary's GINATTI, and Argentina's JuanchoR all cashed for $192.87, but the Czech Republic's Jytrocel busted in 379th place without a payday on account of having the shortest stack among the four. When Level 28 (3.5K/7K blinds, 875 ante) ended five minutes later, the field had been reduced to just 267 players.
From there the race to the final table was on. The casualties included one member of Team Online, Canada's Tyler "frosty012" Frost, who finished in 171st place ($353.59). Not a bad result at all for someone who also served as the tournament's host! Joining him in the money were Team PokerStars Pros Marcin "Goral" Horecki (232nd, $289.30) and Pat Pezzin (129th, $417.88).
Down to three tables, play had advanced to Level 40 (30K/60K blinds, 10K ante) and bits10 from the UK was the chipleader with 1,891,385 chips. Not far behind was Canada's kings266 (1,840,750 chips) and a trio of Germans - freaknacht (1,702,039 chips), Päffchen of (1,602,491 chips) and Jindujun0805 (1,343,456 chips). Most of the action now involved all-in moves that would either take down the blinds and antes or be called down for a race to see who would chip up and who would exit before the final table. All five of these players would survive the cut to the final two tables on Level 42, led by kings266, who was one of the rare players at this point in a TCOOP event to manage taking down a pot with an uncalled preflop three-bet.
With the tournament's fourth break out of the way it was time to play down to a winner. On Table 152, freaknacht kept kings266 from running away with the lead with this hand:
Moments later kings266's stack would dip further after calling sirglad's all-in bet with K♠ Q♥ only to be up against A♠ K♣ for a 2-million-chip pot. The 3-to-1 shot didn't come home and kings266 was down 1.6 million. But a rebound wasn't far behind - the next hand saw the Canadian get in with pocket tens against the pocket eights of mysterio6044, hit a set on the T♥ 3♥ 9♣ flop, and hold up through the J♥ turn and A♠ river for a 3.38-million-chip pot to give him the lead once again. But moments later it was jack17_at of Austria who sent the tournament to the final table, busting Germany's kadsenvieh in 10th place ($2,009.06) on this cruel hand:
And then there were nine...
The final table began on Level 44 (70K/140K blinds, 17.5K ante) with this lineup:
Seat 1: PROTENTIALmn (424,026 in chips)
Seat 2: jack17_at (3,923,070 in chips)
Seat 3: kings266 (3,117,663 in chips)
Seat 4: bits10 (1,793,885 in chips)
Seat 5: Päffchen (4,675,921 in chips)
Seat 6: KTURK (2,855,963 in chips)
Seat 7: sirglad (1,800,620 in chips)
Seat 8: freaknacht (1,695,635 in chips)
Seat 9: andthe (1,143,217 in chips)
There was plenty of action in the first few orbits but no knockouts as the short stacks in each confrontation all doubled up. Then the action folded to PROTENTIALmn in the small blind; with 896K left after paying the 100K blind and another 425K in the pot, the Canadian player opted to move all-in with Q♦ 6♠. Chip leader jack17_at called quickly with J♠ 8♦, flopped a jack, and never looked back. PROTENTIALmn left in 9th place ($2,732.32).
The next big shift came seven hands later and saw Canada's andthe move into second place with 5.22 million chips after calling all-in before the flop with A♦ K♠ against Päffchen's A♠ J♦ and having Big Slick hold up. Just three hands later, Päffchen would regain most of those chips in a coin flip holding pocket sevens against the A♦ J♣ of kings266, who departed in 8th place ($4,661.02) after a seven came on the flop. Only two hands later the short-stacked sirglad busted in 7th place ($7,554.07) after calling all-in from the big blind with K♥ 8♦ and failing to run down KTURK's A♦ 7♠.
As the field continued to shorten andthe would have the best of it against three more players who were all-in, taking the field down to just three players and moving into a significant chip lead as a result. First was freaknacht, who shoved all-in for 3.77 million on the button with A♦ 5♦; andthe called with A♥ J♠, won the pot, sent freaknacht out in 6th place ($10,768.57) and moved up to 8.84 million chips. Five hands later came bits10, who moved in short-stacked for 1.06 million with J♣ 9♣; andthe called from the small blind K♣ 8♥, fell behind on the J♠ 9♥ 7♦ flop, stayed there on the 6♦ turn and caught a straight on the T♣ river to bust bits10 in 5th place ($13,983.07) and move to 11.09 million chips. Three hands later the run was complete when action folded to KTURK in the small blind and the player from the United Arab Emirates shoved all-in for 3.94 million with A♥ 6♣; andthe called with A♣ 8♣, which was good on the K♣ Q♣ 9♠ 8♠ 7♥ board to bust KTURK in 4th place ($18,801.61).
Let's make a deal
Now the blinds were up to 150K/300K with 37.5K antes. The leader was andthe with 14.09 million chips to the jack17_at's 3.98 million and Päffchen's 3.35 million. The players opted to discuss a deal at this point. After some fiddling over the numbers for the shorter stacks, the three finally came to an agreement that left $3,001.59 on the table for the winner and gave andthe $42,673, jack17_at $35,587, and Päffchen $34,462. With all the formalities out of the way, action recommenced.
Two hands in Päffchen shoved from the button holding Q♦ T♣ and jack17_at called from the big blind with A♣ Q♣. The board was all blanks, coming J♦ 3♣ J♥ 6♥ 3♠ to send Päffchen out in 3rd place. The heads-up battle lasted for 16 hands, most of the raise-and-take-it variety. On the final hand jack17_at shoved for 2.82 million on the button with 6♣ 6♥ and andthe called holding K♦ T♠. After the J♦ 2♣ 5♦ flop and 7♦ turn it appeared the match might go on a bit longer, but the river was the tournament-ending K♥; jack17_at was out in 2nd place and andthe had claimed the latest TCOOP title.
Congratulations to andthe for turning a nice final-table run into more than $45,000, as well as to the other eight players who earned themselves healthy cash prizes and some of the nicest card cappers around.
TCOOP Event 28 $82 No-Limit Hold'em (2x Chance)
3,002 entrants, 1,284 rebuys, $321,450 prize pool
1st place - andthe (Canada) - $45,674.59
2nd place - jack17_at (Austria) - $35,587
3rd place - Päffchen (Germany) - $34,462
4th place - KTURK (United Arab Emirates) - $18,801.61
5th place - bits10 (United Kingdom) - $13,983.07
6th place - freaknacht (Germany) - $10,768.57
7th place - sirglad (Denmark) - $7,554.07
8th place - kings266 (Canada) - $4,661.02
9th place - PROTENTIALmn (Canada) - $2,732.32
* - denotes results of three-way deal
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