TCOOP: As The Stars Tweet Part 2
The Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) is in full swing with 31 of the 50 events already consigned to the history books. Has it been a success so far? We would like to think so and the prize pools seem to confirm that thought too, as through the first 31 events there have been guaranteed prize pools of $5,000,000 and the total prize money awarded to date stands at a staggering $10,497,098.40!
One man who is absolutely loving the TCOOP right now is the Exeter-based pro Scott "Mongy" O'Reilly. Mr O'Reilly finds himself 10 points clear at the very top of the TCOOP 2012 Leaderboard thanks to some impressive results at the virtual felt. He has played in each and every one of the 31 events so far, cashing on eight occasions for a total of $30,010.80 and he even took down Event #4, the $33 No-Limit Hold'em $100,000 Guaranteed.
O'Reilly was amongst the 9,877 entrants who helped to smash the guarantee by more than $196,000 and once the bumper crowd had been whittled down to the final six players a deal was struck and he walked away with $23,134.25 for his efforts.
Victoria Coren is one of a whole host of Team PokerStars Pros who have been thoroughly enjoying the TCOOP thus far, and seems particularly impressed by how fast the tournaments have been progressing. She tweeted to her legion of fans, "Yay, in the money in #TCOOP event 15! 7000 of us started playing an hour ago, already down to 875 players. That's what I call a turbo." Event #15 was the $55 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo that attracted 6,928 entrants. Despite the field being the size of your average Sunday Million the tournament was brought to a conclusion after just two hours 35 minutes of play! A deal was struck when three-handed "ocropTi" of Germany claiming the win and $48,000 in prize money whilst fellow choppers "StoyanB" of Bulgaria and "koka77" of Germany helped themselves to $37,824.72 and $37,408.39 respectively. Miss Coren busted out in 539th place for $123.22.
Another happy Tweeter was Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis, who despite playing a ton of events at the Aussie Millions has still found time to participate in no fewer than 13 TCOOP events. He entered TCOOP-16, the $55 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout event and by the time registration had closed he had been joined by 12,269 other competitors! Just over five and a half hours after buying in Lewis had outlasted the gargantuan field and was awarded $68,676.14 for his efforts, earning more than $12,000 per hour. Not a bad wage if you can get it! He tweeted from his @810ofclubs account saying, "Won myself a TCOOP with 12k runners lol."
Before we sign off this article we will let Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip's brag-tweet serve as a warning to those of you who like to count their proverbial chickens before they are hatched. Shortly after the start of TCOOP-24, the $109 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Low Six-Max event, Daleroxxu informed his 2,291 followers the he had "Just booked last longer bet with @ShaneSchleger in #TCOOP-24 and doubled up 2 hands later. Looks like his luck finally ran out." But how wrong the Scotsman was because his fellow PokerStars Team Online Pro went on to finish in 94th place for a score of $244.38 whilst Daleroxxu busted out in 179th place, just 10 spots from the money bubble!