TCOOP: Ghoulio scares up nearly $32K for $55 in Event #6 (NLHE 6-max. Shootout)

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngEvent #6 in the Turbo Championship of Online Poker offered players the unique opportunity to win five short-handed, no-limit hold'em turbo-style sit-n-gos and turn a mere $55 into nearly $32K. All in about six hours or so, too!

A total of 3,994 players decided such an offer sounded worth their while, thereby creating a prize pool of $199,700 -- almost twice the tourney's $100K guarantee. The top 216 finishers made the money, meaning players had to win their first two matches to get that far. Doing so but going no further would earn a $327.50 payday.

Making it another round to the final 36 would increase the prize to $1,397.90. And winning that fourth match landed one a seat at the final table and at least $4,952.56, with $31,953.44 due the champion.

Round 1 (3,994 to 1,296)

With 3,994 players that meant the first round was comprised of three- and four-handed tables.

Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz won his three-handed table in just over 20 minutes, making him one of the first to make it through to the second round. And Martin Staszko of Team Czech Republic, the man Heinz defeated heads-up to win the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, also won his four-handed table, although it took him just over an hour to do, making his first-round match one of the last to complete.

There were more than a dozen other representatives of Team PokerStars participating, though of that group only four were able to join Heinz and Staszko in the second round. Twin brothers Christophe and Matthias de Meulder of Team Belgium both made it through, as did Alex Kravchenko (Team Russia) and Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (Team Online).

After almost one hour and 15 minutes chaosTHCHAD defeated sideshowgil in the last-to-complete first round match, and the second round immediately began.

Round 2 (1,296 to 216)

The 1,296 first-round winners were assembled around 216 six-handed tables for the event's second round.

Of the Team PokerStars players, Martin Staszko went out early, finishing sixth with C.Darwin2 going on to win his table. And Christophe "chrisdm" de Meulder only lasted a little longer to finish in fourth, with juanlanas787 being the one to advance from his six-handed table.

Meanwhile, the other four all made it through to the third round and the cash. Alex Kravchenko took less than a half-hour to win his table. Pius Heinz and Grzegorz Mikielewicz both took about 50 minutes to advance. And Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder need a little over an hour to win his table.


Team PokerStars Pro Matthias de Meulder

About ten minutes later the last of the 216 tables was decided, and after two-and-a-half hours of poker the second round had concluded, meaning TCOOP Event #6's money bubble had popped.

Round 3 (216 to 36)

Much like the previous round, Round 3 saw most of the six-handed tables take about an hour each to find winners.

Among the PokerStars folks, Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder took just under an hour to win his table, knocking out snow1975 heads up to move on. And Alex Kravchencko took just a few minutes more to outlast KAR1964 and move into the next-to-last round.


Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko

Pius Heinz was less fortunate, going out in fourth at his table where GrimCrimson eventually secured all of the chips. And Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz also came up short, finishing second to Face2FKing to miss moving on. After falling to a 3-to-1 chip deficit, Mikielewicz was all in with Q♦Q♥ against Face2FKing's A♥9♣, but an ace flopped and "DaWarsaw" was soon out.

It wasn't much longer that all but one of the 36 matches had completed, the last still three-handed with dexitoo, Dacor, and p@r@gon all sitting with nearly even stacks of 10,000 with the blinds up to 400/800 (Level 13). But Dacor soon knocked out p@r@gon, then dexitoo doubled through and eventually knocked out Dacor to earn a spot at one of the six penultimate tables.

Round 4 (36 to 6)

Everyone still alive had guaranteed to bank $1,397.90 from TCOOP Event #6. But all were still eyeing the possibility of winning two more tables and grabbing the almost $32K and a TCOOP title.

Flying Smile was the first one through to the final table, completing his match in about 45 minutes. In the final hand, basman85 had 6♦6♥ when he called Flying Smile's reraise shove with K♣9♣. The board then brought three clubs and a flush to Flying Smile to end the match.

Seconds later it was Ghoulio knocking out skburke during heads-up play to advance. Those two had nearly even stacks when they got it all in preflop with Ghoulio holding K♦K♠ and skburke A♦Q♠. An ace flopped, but so did a king, and Ghoulio's set held up to secure him a final table seat.

A few minutes after that StratoS won his table, with ratajpoker coming up a spot short of advancing. After whittling ratajpoker down to less than 3,000, StratoS used pocket deuces to beat ratajpoker's Q♠T♥ and advance.

They crossed the one-hour mark, and Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder was heads-up with a slight lead over KingRakker. KingRakker grabbed the advantage, however, after winning a preflop all-in with 7♥7♦ against de Meulder's A♣8♠. Three hands later it was de Meulder who was all in with K♠7♥ versus KingRakker's A♣Q♣, and when "mattidm" failed to improve it was KingRakker who'd moved on.

jagr6688 grabbed the fifth final table seat next after a tough heads-up battle with Banderivets. The pair went back and forth for a while before jagr6688 moved out to a 2-to-1 chip lead. Then came a hand in which bets on all post-flop streets eventually saw Banderivets all in with 4♣3♦ on a 7♦3♣2♦7♣8♣ board. But jagre6688 had J♣2♣ for a rivered flush, and just one table was left to be decided.

There it was Alex Kravchenko heads-up and behind against DonAfonze. Soon a hand developed in which the Russian was calling all in on the turn with the board showing 4♠T♠Q♠8♦ while holding J♦9♥ for a queen-high straight. But DonAfonze had J♠3♠ for a flopped flush, making the 9♠ river no matter. The last Team PokerStars Pro had been eliminated, and DonAfonze had grabbed the last seat at the TCOOP Event #6 final table.


Round 5 (6 to 1)

As had been the case for every other round, the chip stacks were reset to 5,000 and the blinds dialed back to 25/50 to start the final match. As it happened, the five-hour break coincided with Kravchenko's bustout, giving the group five minutes to catch their breath before proceeding.

Shortly after play began, Ghoulio proposed talking about a possible deal and KingRakker, DonAfonze, and StratoS were all amenable to the idea. But neither Flying Smile nor jagr6688 were responding to the invitation, and so play continued without interruption.

jagr6688 pushed out to an early lead during the first few levels, pushing close to 8,000, while Flying Smile and StratoS fell to the bottom of the counts with about 2,000 each.

But Flying Smile scored a timely double-up after shoving with 5♣4♣, getting called by KingRakker with [10s][10c], then drawing to a club flush to survive. Then StratoS doubled-up as well through jagr6688 with K♦Q♦ against the latter's J♦9♦ to bring the group closer to even again.

They reached the half-hour mark with the chip balance again having shifted to make Flying Smile the short stack with less than 2,000. He'd double up again, however, again drawing fortunately versus KingRakker, this time pulling a straight with J♦[10s] against KingRakker's K♥Q♣. KingRakker couldn't help but comment afterwards.

KingRakker: omfg
KingRakker: incredible lucker
KingRakker: second time
Flying Smile: thats the way to win tourney

Alas for Flying Smile, his run good didn't last much longer as he lost most of his stack to DonAfonze in an all-in confrontation in which his pocket fives didn't improve against DonAfonze's 8♣8♠.

Soon down to just over 200 chips (or one big blind), Flying Smile was all in with 9♦7♦ against Ghoulio's K♠4♥, and when the board ran out A♠3♠K♦J♠K♥ they were down to five.

StratoS became short-stacked pnce more and was opening with a 3x raise to 600 from the small blind, then KingRakker reraised to 1,600 from the big blind. StratoS called, leaving himself but 251 chips behind. Those went in on the A♥7♣K♣ flop, and KingRakker quickly called, showing K♦J♠ for kings. StratoS had J♥T♥ and hopes to complete a gutshot, but the turn was the 5♦ and river the A♦ and StratoS was out in fifth.

That hand pushed KingRakker up over 10,000, but soon Ghoulio picked up a few pots to surge up over 15,000 and into the lead.

It was at about the 45-minute mark that the next elimination took place. With the blinds at 150/300 (Level 9), jagr6688 limped from the button, then DonAfonze raised his short stack all in for 2,475 from the small blind. KingRakker folded, and jagr6688 called, showing K♥T♥ to DonAfonze's A♥9♥. The community cards came 8♥T♣Q♦5♥K♠, giving jagr6688 two pair and knocking DonAfonze out in fourth.

After a couple of minutes more Ghoulio had nudged close to 20,000 chips while both jagr6688 and KingRakker hovered just over 5,000. Then a hand arose in which Ghoulio opened huge for 8,800 from the button/UTG and got one caller in KingRakker who committed his last 4,679.

Ghoulio had A♥5♠ and KingRakker J♦J♠. The flop came K♣A♠6♣, pairing Ghoulio's ace, and after the 9♦ turn and Q♣ river there were just two players left.

RSS readers click through to see replay

Heads-up play started with Ghoulio enjoying a better than 5-to-1 lead with 25,018 to jagr6688's 4,982. The pair traded small pots for about 15 hands. Then, with the blinds 200/400, Ghoulio raised to 4,000 from the button and jagr6688 called with the 3,382 had left.

jagr6688: K♣9♦
Ghoulio: J♠4♥

The flop came 8♦3♣J♥ and suddenly jagr6688 was in need of help to survive. The turn was the 8♠ and the river the 9♥, and Ghoulio had grabbed the last of the chips to win his fifth-straight table and the TCOOP title.

RSS readers click through to see replay

Congratulations to Ghoulio for negotiating five tables' worth of competitors and earning a handsome payday of nearly $32K for that $55 buy-in!

TCOOP Event #6 Results ($55 No-Limit Hold'em 6-max. Shootout):
1st: Ghoulio ($31,953.44)
2nd: jagr6688 ($23,964)
3rd: KingRakker ($17,973)
4th: DonAfonze ($11,982)
5th: StratoS ($7,988)
6th: Flying Smile ($4,952.56)

Still just getting started as far as the TCOOP is concerned, with more than 40 events scheduled over the next week-plus. Take a look at the Turbo Championship of Online Poker website for details regarding the variety of games and buy-ins on offer.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in TCOOP