TCOOP: Betudontbet wins the 2012 TCOOP Main Event and $382,855

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngAfter 48 events and over $16 million in combined prize pools, PokerStars' inaugural TCOOP sprinted to the finish today with its $700 buy-in NLHE main event. The $1.5 million guarantee was shattered, the player count rising to 3,667 and the prize pool to $2,438,555 by the close of late registration. 495 players earned a share of it with first place set to take home $382,855.67.

A little perspective? That's about twice the average first-place haul in the Sunday Million for a tournament that took less than half the time. Tonight's top five finishers all came away with six figures apiece and a trip to the final table guaranteed players at least $19,508. The only catch? Well, you'd better know how to work a short stack.

A scroll of the registration list revealed a who's who of online poker. Alongside familiar screen names like Tmay420, ZeeJustin, molswi47, aejones, Iftarii, and gipsy74 were more than forty members of Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online, including Vanessa Selbst, Andre Akkari, Viktor Blom, Liv Boeree, Alex Kravchenko, Pius Heinz, Martin Staszko, Lex Veldhuis, and Shane "shaniac" Schleger. A trio of Red Spades finished in the money: Kristian "CharismA3" Martin (462nd), Humberto Brenes (299th) and Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov (115th).

Ten remained after four and a half hours of play, the blinds up to 400,000/800,000 and the 7.33 million-chip average stack amounting to only nine big blinds. Two players ended up risking their tournament lives during the same deal of hand-for-hand play. The shortest stack remaining, vulcano23, had only 1.44 million left after posting the small blind and called all-in behind ImDaNuts' shove, his K♦T♠ in a race situation with 9♦9♠. Vulcano23 did not improve and hit the rail in 10th place while ImDaNuts raked in the 5 million chip pot. Meanwhile, on the other table, MON3Y$HOT open-shoved for 5.08 million with K♠J♠ and Gala_Terry called off his remaining 3.43 million with A♠Q♦ in the small blind. Gala_Terry flopped an ace and turned trips, doubling to 8.96 million, while MON3Y$HOT was crippled heading into the final table.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Didak04 (7,880,488 in chips)
Seat 2: DimaDima13 (4,327,242 in chips)
Seat 3: swissman29 (7,794,273 in chips)
Seat 4: zyxel888 (4,410,438 in chips)
Seat 5: Gala_Terry (8,962,312 in chips)
Seat 6: mmbittencour (4,227,806 in chips)
Seat 7: Betudontbet (25,828,771 in chips)
Seat 8: ImDaNuts (8,653,894 in chips)
Seat 9: MON3Y$HOT (1,254,776 in chips)

Betudontbet had a dominant chip lead with almost three times the stack of second-in-chips Gala_Terry. And with the blinds up to 500,000/1,000,000, he was also the only player starting the final table with more than 10 BB.

The Micros

The first hand at the final table saw another player crippled, zyxel888 shoving for 4.28 million with 2♥2♣ in the cutoff and mmbittencour making the call with A♥J♦ in the small blind. A jack hit the flop and mmbittencour came away with all but 182,632 of zyxel888's chips. The next deal of the cards found MON3Y$HOT under-the-gun and facing the 1,000,000 big blind on the next hand. He decided to go for it on this one, moving all-in for 1,004,776 with 8♣T♣. Didak04 raised to 2.5 million from UTG+1 and mmbittencour called on the button. The rest of Didak04's chips went in on the K♥T♥J♣ flop and mmbittencour quickly called, both players holding ace-queen for Broadway. Only running clubs could save MON3Y$HOT, but a heart and a club fell instead to send him home in ninth place. Xycel888 succumbed two hands later when his K♦4♦ did not improve against Betudontbet's A♦3♠. For eighth place, xycel888 earned $30,481.93.

DimaDima13 nearly tripled up, going from less than two big blinds to nearly six when A♠T♣ held against swissman29's K♣T♦. A few hands later, swissman29 had 1.4 million of his remaining 3.1 million committed in the big blind. Swissman29 tossed in the rest with pocket sevens after his nemesis opened for 4.2 million from the small, but unfortunately for him, DimaDima13 turned up A♥A♠, the board running out king-high to end his run in seventh place.

ImDaNuts flops DimaDima13 dead

With six players remaining, the blinds rose to 800,000/1,600,000. Betudontbet still led the pack with 34.5 million (21.5BB), Gala_Terry and ImDaNuts held about 10 million apiece (6.25BB) and the bottom three sported stacks between five and seven million. Didak04 was the next to move in, shoving for 5.3 million with 9♣T♦ when the action was folded around to him in the small blind. DimaDima13 looked down at K♣8♠ in the big and after a bit of a tank, made the right call, having Didak04 slightly covered. Didak04 caught up on the T♥4♥3♥ flop, his pair of tens holding up through the turn and river to double him up to 11.8 million. Left with 1.62 million, DimaDima13 put the last of his chips in the middle against ImDaNuts on the next deal. DimaDima13's 2♦3♣ was drawing dead on the T♣8♣7♦ flop, ImDaNuts hitting a set of eights to eliminate him in sixth place with a $79,253.03 payday.

No deal for mmbittencour

With $1.1 million in prize money at stake, five players remaining and only 46 big blinds left in play, mmbittencour thought it was time to make a deal.

"Agreement?" he wrote in the chat box, his time bank ticking down as he waited for a response.

Although a few players told him they'd already checked the requisite box that would pause the tournament for discussions, it wasn't unanimous. His clock down to zero, mmbittencour couldn't wait any longer and moved in for 4.32 million from the button with K♥9♠. Betudontbet re-shoved from the small blind with 7♠7♦ and ImDaNuts ducked out of the way from the big. Betudontbet's sevens held up and mmbittencour was out, his fifth-place finish earning him $103,638.58.

Who will blink first?

With the field down to four, and the blinds at 1M/2M, Betudontbet controlled 58% of the chips in play, his stack up to 42.4 million. ImDaNuts held 11.8 million, Didak04 had 11.2 million and Gala_Terry was the short stack with 7.9 milliion. Betudontbet maintained his aggressive approach, leaving his three opponents to play a high-stakes game of chicken when it came to the gargantuan pay jumps. Betudontbet continued whittling away his opponents' stacks, moving up to 56.1 million in chips before Didak04 put his remaining 4.7 million in the pot. Didak04's A♥T♣ held up against Betudontbet's Q♥8♥, taking him up to 10.9 million.

Gala_Terry claimed some of those chips on the very next hand when his A♣J♠ held up against Didak04's 5♥6♦. Then ImDaNuts made it a hat trick of double-ups, his K♣8♦ holding up against Betudontbet's K♦6♥ to take him up to 14.7 million. A few hands later, Gala_Terry went for it again, shoving 4.57 million from the small blind with K♦8♦, but unfortunately ran right into Betudontbet's A♦K♥ in the big. Betudontbet made aces up on the 4♣9♥9♦4♠A♣ board and KOed Gala_Terry in fourth place, a $140,216.91 payday awaiting him in his PokerStars account.

Math is hard

Despite Betudontbet's monster chip lead, the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a deal. However, once the chip count chop numbers were revealed, it became glaringly apparent that they waited too long. Final table host Andre Coimbra and the PokerStars support team ran the calculations several times, leaving $30,000 on the table for the eventual winner, but the chip count chop formula gave Betudontbet a $392,843.08 share of the prize pool, already more than the published first place.

ImDaNuts: lol what
ImDaNuts: that cant be right
ImDaNuts: betudontbet gets more than first?
acoimbra (TeamOnline): the numbers are correct, you are free to dicuss them
ImDaNuts: lol
Didak04: well I wont take a deal unless I get $250000
ImDaNuts: lol jus play
Didak04: ok lets play
Betudontbet: gl

Cards went back in the air and on the first hand after the pause, Didak04 moved all-in for his last 4 million from the small blind. Betudontbet called, his Q♠2♠ leading Didak04's J♠8♥. Betudontbet's queen ended up playing on the 9♠9♣3♣7♦5♥ board and Didak04 departed in third, earning $201,180.78.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 7: Betudontbet (64,079,934 in chips)
Seat 8: ImDaNuts (9,260,066 in chips)

The final two are no doubt a distinguished duo. Behind the moniker "ImDaNuts" is poker pro Chris Oliver, who earned $1.8 million for his runner-up finish in the 2011 PCA Main Event. Additionally, Oliver has a number of major online wins on his C.V., including a $88k win in the Sunday 500, a fourth-place finish in the Sunday Million, and a sixth-place finish in the 10th Anniversary High Roller tournament for $93,500. David "Betudontbet" Emmons is also no stranger to a major final table. He took third in the Super Tuesday back in October for nearly $37,000 and has made more than 20 five-figure tournament scores on PokerStars.

With smaller blinds and a less lopsided chip count, this could have been a heads-up battle royale between two online heavyweights. But this is TCOOP, and it was all over in one hand. Betudontbet found A♠5♥ and shoved, ImDaNuts calling all-in with K♠7♦. Although ImDaNuts flopped a king, Betudontbet turned an ace to seal the win:


A hearty congrats is due to Betudontbet for a dominating final table performance en route to the TCOOP Main Event title. His pockets are $382,855.67 fuller while ImDaNuts collected $285,310.93 for second place.

2012 TCOOP Event #49 ($700 NLHE Main Event) results

1. David "Betudontbet" Emmons (Mexico) $382,855.67
2. Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (Costa Rica) $285,310.93
3. Didak04 (Australia) $201,180.78
4. Gala_Terry (United Kingdom) $140,216.91
5. mmbittencour (Brazil) $103,638.59
6. DimaDima13 (Russia) $79,253.03
7. swissman29 (Luxembourg) $45,867.48
8. zyxel888 (Russia) $30,481.93
9. MON3Y$HOT (Australia) $19,508.44

To all the players who raised, shoved, called, binked, spiked, and shipped their way through these last eleven days of turbo tournaments, thanks for making the first TCOOP such a smashing success. Back to your regularly scheduled grind, everyone. But don't forget-- SCOOP is only three months away!

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in TCOOP