TCOOP: grauito grabs a win in Event #43 ($109 NL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngLimit betting, split pots, low variance. A-2? Nice hand. Slow and steady wins the game.

This is Omaha Hi/Lo.

Preflop all-ins, slim edges, 8 big blind stacks, double eliminations. A-2? Shove! 1,200 players to one in less than two hours.

This is Omaha Hi/Lo during TCOOP. Any questions?

1,198 players came out for the final Omaha event of the 2012 TCOOP, a no-limit, short-handed hyper-turbo affair that carried a $109 buy-in. 156 players earned a share of the $128,006.30 prize pool, with first place set to earn $21,441.87. More than a dozen members of Team PokerStars turned out to split and scoop their way to fortune, two of them notching cash finishes. Liv Boeree made it all the way to 66th place and Portugal's Henrique Pinho went out with four tables remaining, his 2♣3♠6♦Q♥ falling to Jaapin's A♣2♥4♦9♦. Jaapin made two pair and the nut low on the T♣5♣4♠T♠8♣ board, sending Pinho to the rail in 20th place.

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Team PokerStars Pro Henrique Pinho, 20th place

One hour and forty minutes after cards went in the air, the final seven players were battling it out for seats at the six-handed final table. Chip leader grauito was punishing the short stacks at his table, repeatedly moving all-in to steal the blinds and antes, when he finally found a customer in Dr dakon, who had 60,000 of his remaining 137,000 committed in the small blind. Grauito shoved and Dr dakon called off his last 67,312, turning over A♦5♥7♣J♦. Grauito turned over a similar hand, A♥5♦7♠K♠. Although Dr dakon made trip jacks on the K♥J♥J♠ flop, grauito caught a third king on the river to end Dr dakon's run in seventh place and set the final table.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: triumphticd (2,016,231 in chips)
Seat 2: driedubbel (635,602 in chips)
Seat 3: B_Lindberg (544,749 in chips)
Seat 4: Fred-wpt (274,437 in chips)
Seat 5: whyamimrpink (328,507 in chips)
Seat 6: grauito (2,190,474 in chips)

After getting quartered in a hand against B_Lindberg, whyamimrpink was left with little more than one big blind. A few hands later, he was all-in with 2♥3♠7♣9♥ against grauito's A♥2♠5♥8♥. Neither player improved on the K♠J♥J♦7♠J♠ board, grauito's ace playing to give him the pot. For sixth palce, whyamimrpink earned $3,840.18.

On the next deal of the cards, driedubbel open-shoved for 267,602, Fred-wpt called all-in for 168,874, and grauito shoved for 1.94 million from the small blind. Triumphticd gave up his 200,000 big blind and the cards went on their backs:

grauito: A♥2♦5♠9♠
driedubbel: K♦K♣Q♦7♥
Fred-wpt: A♣2♠T♣T♥

Grauito immediately snapped off driedubbel's kings on the 9♣3♠2♥ flop, turning an even better two pair, nines and fives when the 5♦ hit. The river was the J♥ and grauito scooped the pot, scoring a double KO. Fred-wpt had fewer chips to start the hand and departed in 5th place ($5,453.06) while driedubbel took fourth ($8,320.40). With his finish today, driedubbel became the fifth player to make two TCOOP final tables. Three days ago, he finished runner-up to Rounder63 in Event #30 ($11+R PLO 6-Max, 3x-Turbo) earning $24,237.78. As the kids like to say, must be nice.

The next hand saw triumphticd open-shove from the small blind for 1.73 million and B_Lindberg call off his remaining 1.2 million from the big. Triumphticd's Q♣J♥7♣4♥ rivered a queen on the T♣8♦2♠T♥Q♥ board make queens up, besting B_Lindberg's A♣K♥J♠J♣. He collected $12,160.59 for his third-place finish, good for an hourly rate of more than $6,000.

Heads-up chip counts:

Seat 1: triumphticd (3,253,474 in chips)
Seat 6: grauito (2,736,526 in chips)

It took only eleven hands to go from six players to two, and after one set of blinds and antes were traded, triumphticd and graulito decided to pause the action and discuss a deal. They quickly agreed to a 50/50 split of the remaining prize pool, leaving $2,000 in play for the winner. Final table hostess Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome's language skills came in handy during the negotiations, where she also served as graulito's translator.

talonchick (TeamOnline): Cada jugador tiene asegurado $17,721.32, pero deben continuar jugando para definir el campeonato y recibir 2000 USd adicionales
talonchick (TeamOnline): Se deben dejar 2,000 USD para el campeon

Four hands later, grauito had all the chips in front of him. Holding K♣T♦9♥6♥, he open-shoved for 3.03 million and triumphticd called with A♥2♠9♠T♠. Although triumphticd flopped a Broadway straight, grauito turned a flush to scoop the final pot:


Congratulations to grauito, our newest TCOOP champion! He earned $19,721.32 for the win, while runner-up triumphticd took home $17,721.33.

2012 TCOOP Event #43 ($109 NL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo) results

1. grauito (Spain) $19,721.32*
2. triumphticd (Canada) $17,721.33*
3. B_Lindberg (Sweden) $12,160.59
4. driedubbel (Netherlands) $8,230.40
5. Fred-wpt (Netherlands) $5,453.06
6. whyamimrpink (Belgium) $3,840.18

*= reflects the result of a two-way deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in TCOOP