TCOOP: As the Stars Tweet

tcoop.pngThe Turbo Championship of Online Poker was announced in December 2011, and players all over the world have been waiting for the tournament series to kick off. The wait is over. The inaugural 2012 PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Jan. 19 with a $22 no-limit hold's six-max event. Throughout the 50 events on the docket, there's $10 million in guarantees up for grabs. Since the series has already kicked off, we decided to take a look at what some of the players are saying about TCOOP -- through their social media outlets, because we've already told you what they think about turbos.

On Wednesday, Team PokerStars Online's Kristian "CharismA3" Martin tweeted, "#TCOOP tomorrow!!! WE SO EXCITED." We're excited too. In fact, we're so excited we can't decide which seat we should take.

On Thursday, Marty Mathis was getting his grind station ready for TCOOP. He tweeted, "Just hung the lucky #TCOOP poster in our apartment. Do you recognize it @PokerStars?" He attached the following photo to the tweet. Actually Marty, we do recognize it, and we'd like it back. KThnx.


Marty Mathis and his pilfered TCOOP poster

And just 20 minutes before things kicked off on Thursday, Team PokerStars Online's Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip tweeted, "Guarantee = smashed." Just two hours later, Philip's Event #1 was smashed -- but not in a good way. Philip did make the money in Event #2 though. He finished in 165th place.

Team PokerStars Pro Canada's Pat Pezzin wasn't too excited about his TCOOP Day 1, tweeting, "Not so great in Day 1 of #TCOOP. Played all 4 events with 1 min cash, but I'm deep in the Daily $215 Turbo 14th/24 left...$14k for 1st." An hour later, he tweeted, "Just won the $215 Daily Turbo @pokerstars for $14,500 beating 378 players. Bring on #TCOOP. #loving turbos." So the day didn't end that bad.

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree kicked off TCOOP with a bang, finishing in 38th place in Event #3 -- good for $1,200. Shortly after her win, she tweeted, "mUST stop WATCHing BrEaking BAD and go to SLEep aaarH." We're going to blame sleep depravation for the interesting format, but she's not going to let a lack of sleep stop her from TCOOP. She assured her 31,000+ followers, "...Yes, I will be playing mucho #TCOOP this coming week."

Team PokerStars Online's Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman was scheduled to host the first three events of TCOOP, but his flight was grounded in Seattle due to a massive snowstorm. His fellow team members tweeted their sympathies when he tweeted the picture of the bench (in a children's playroom) that would be his bed for his overnight stay, and even helped him out with his hosting duties.


Thurman's bed for the night

How'd he awake? To squeals of delight of course. For those of you wondering, Thurman made it home Friday night -- after 40 hours in the Seattle airport.


Shane Schleger and Daniel Negreanu are a few of the members of Team PokerStars who have yet to make an appearance on the TCOOP felts, but don't you worry, Schleger has made it clear he'll be on the felt on Sunday. Negreanu hasn't given us an exact day, but we're sure he'll be gracing the tables soon.

TCOOP runs through Sunday, Jan. 29 and the PokerStars Blog will be providing updates from all of the events. You can also follow Team PokerStars on Twitter for updates straight from the pros.

Elaine Chaivarlis
@PokerStars in TCOOP