TCOOP closes with (quick) bang

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngIf you blinked, you might have missed it, but there was no mistaking the sound of a lot of money rushing by really fast and slamming into the bankrolls of PokerStars' newest Turbo Championship of Online Poker champions.

Sunday marked the end of the very first TCOOP, one that was an an unqualified, unmitigated success by almost any measure. In all, the fifty turbo events built up more than $18 million in prize money, including the massive $2.4 million main event prize pool. When that event was done, betudontbet had won more than $380,000 for a few hours work.

It was a fascinating experience to watch TCOOP play out over its first run. We met champions among poker players we've never seen before. We saw well-known tourney pros step up for a win. All of them walked away with big cash and one-of-a-kind TCOOP card cappers. In some cases, people played every event, but it didn't take that kind of effort to win a title. For example, the winner of Event #9, Baja272 played just one TCOOP tourney.

It was worldwide event, to be sure. When it came time to play the final table of Event #42, all nine seats at the table represented different countries. Of all the countries who played TCOOP, Russia had the most entrants, while Germany won the money money, and Canada took home the most titles.

Meanwhile, Scott "Mongy" O'Reilly was one of those people grinding it out in every one of the 50 TCOOP events. Not only did he win an event , he also did well enough in the rest to win the TCOOP leaderboard. As it happened, his points title happened to tie with TeHKai, however, as O'Reilly won about $9,000 more than THKai, O'Reilly will officially take first place for the SCOOP Main Event ticket.

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Scott "Mongy" O'Reilly

For a look back at all of our TCOOP reporting, check out the 2012 TCOOP coverage page.

Congratulations once again to Scott "Mongy" O'Reilly for his TCOOP leaderboard win, and to all the other TCOOP champions from 2012.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in TCOOP