TCOOP: jmc8609 runs the table in Event #7 victory

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngIf you have ever witnessed the destruction power of a three year old hyped up on chocolate chip cookies and kool-aid you might have an idea how the 2012 TCOOP Event #7 prize pool got as big as a Sunday Major. Just a $22 buy-in that attracted a stadium-sized 10,381 crowd of players, looking to turn their little investment into a five figure score. Just little the rabid toddler laying waste to a clean house, all these players were looking to destroy the field and take home the TCOOP title and $75,678.88 for winning it.

Just two and half hours into a tournament with over 10,000 players including Team Online and Team PokerStars Pros such as Tyler "frosty012" Frost, Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth, Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli, Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville, Martin "AABenjamin" Hruby, Henrique Pinho, Martin Staszko, Matthias De Meulder, even nose-bleed high stakes Team Pro Viktor "Isildur1" Blom dropped by to donate part of the 11,194 rebuys and 4,921 add-ons to crush the $400,000 guarantee, leaving a $529,920.00 prize pool. A possible $75,678.88 first place prize for a $22 investment? "Not bad" does not describe this well enough. Maybe, mega-turbotastic?

1,350 players would dip into that prize pool, including a few Team Online and Team Pros. Bryan Huang hung to his chips long enough for 839th place ($121.88) as did Björn "Bjoerni89" Schneider who hopefully got his buy-ins back earning $127.18 in 779th place. Polish pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki.

But, only one pro would make it two and half hours into the tournament. Jose "nachobarbero" Igancio Barbero just would not go away after losing over 100,000 chips with blinds at 5K/10K ante 1,250 after running AT into pocket jacks. He would be all-in save 2,277 chips and managed to run that up past his previous high chip count to 159,030. Then after shoving pocket sixes into the pocket queens of acrobite, Barbero take 11,003 and quadruple it on the very next hand. The comeback would only last two hands as the Argentinean would set his remaining 30,759 chips from big blind all-in with 3♦J♦, trying to pull off another win against Bjeujeuler's pocket eights 8♣8♠ and Al Pacino717's Q♠K♣. A set of eights 6♣ K♦ 9♥ 8♥ 5♣ would resign Nacho's tournament fate in 173rd place ($275.55).


"Nacho" Barbero 173rd place

Last night's champs 88Xin88 and gazon7 took the morning off while early Player of the Series leader Mongy and Event #3 champ SixthSenSe19 donated their rebuys but did not gain any points.

At the fourth hour break just 15 of the original 10,381 players remained and not many chips between them. With blinds at 100K/200K ante 25K the average chip count held at 2.4 million as djego69 was the only player with over four million chips.

MAKKAPAKK would be shot down in 15th place ($2,040.19) the first hand back after losing a huge 3.2 million chip pot right before the break to MusonToch after getting it in good with A♦Q♠ vs. A♣J♠ and coming out behind after a jack flopped 2♠ J♣ 5♣ 7♣ 9♥. Pushit "<'Ø><" from Norway had the right idea for the speed of the turbo tourney trying to "pushit" against Saipik but 7♦8♥ would miss a flush draw against 3♥A♥ on the J♦ A♦ 3♦ 2♣ 4♣ for 14th place ($2,040.19).
toppokerstar won't be number one tonight after falling to piper_kl88's pocket kings in 13th place ($2,040.19). As the blinds climbed to 150K/300K ante 37,500 jmc8609's K♣5♣ found two pair on the Q♦ J♣ K♥ 5♥ A♦ board, and needed that two pair to beat the rivered top pair of Sghango for a three million chip pot and send Sghango off in 12th place ($2,755.58).

djego69 holding A♣7♥ found a likeable ace on the river 7♠ T♥ 9♠ 3♥ A♥ against Lucas Anaya for a 3.1 million chip pot knocking out Lucas Anaya in 11th place ($2,755.58) setting up a very short-lived bubble. On the very next at the opposite table from djego69, a three-way all-in broke out between MusonToch who was forced all-in preflop with a micro-stack of 228,924, powerle, another micro-stack with just 488,720 chips, and macguff1n covering both players calling in the big blind. With blinds at 200K/400K ante 50K macguff1n found pocket kings in the big blind K♣K♦ but was up against the hammer 7♥2♣ of MusonToch and big slick K♥A♦ of powerle. The hammer never nailed anything down on the 3♠ 5♦ 5♠ J♠ T♥ board and due to the chip counts MusonToch was the official bubble boy in 10th place ($2,755.58) and powerle made the final table despite never playing a hand there finishing 9th ($3,709.44).


Seat 1: piper_kl88 (5694017 in chips)
Seat 2: qvor233 (2314444 in chips)
Seat 3: Petrov78 (3765102 in chips)
Seat 4: jmc8609 (8464774 in chips)
Seat 5: macguff1n (5243564 in chips)
Seat 7: Saipik (1456772 in chips)
Seat 8: djego69 (7052027 in chips)
Seat 9: nagelsvamp (2347300 in chips)


A full six minutes would elapse before the first victim of the final table was named. 250K/500K ante 62,500 blinds had nagelsvamp itching to shove, and he did so from early position for 1.2 million as it folded around to jmc8609 who reshoved from the small blind to shutout macguff1n turning over big slick K♦A♠. nagelsvamp needed help with the dominated K♣T♠ but jmc8609 walked this way to 3.5 million chips as the A♦ 2♦ 6♠ 5♥ T♣ board sent nagelsvamp home in eighth place ($5,829.12).

Getting stronger

jmc8609 looked to be pulling away from the pack after this hand versus piper_kl88 below:

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Blinds up again to 300K/600K ante 75K and piper_kl88 trying to get back into this tournament shoving over the top of jmc8609's min-raise for 1.8 million total. Holding a modest T♣Q♥ jmc8609 had the chips to make the call as piper_kl88 showed the even more modest 5♦8♦. An eight would hit but that was it as jmc8609's pair of tens would take it down T♥ 8♠ 4♥ A♠ 9♦ ending piper_kl88's night in seventh place ($10,598.40).


Huge blinds now. 500K/1MM ante 125K eating up anyone who thinks they can wait around for a hand. djego69 looked down at Q♠K♦ and min-raised as Petrov78 shoved for 3.2 million and Saipik knocked down to just 302,005 chips after losing a six million chip pot to djego69 would call all-in. Back to djego69 getting plenty of odds to call, did so as Saipik showed 9♣T♣ and Petrov78 found big slick K♣A♦ at the right time. Despite being in third place after the 2♠ Q♦ 9♦ Petrov78 motored past both players after running diamonds gave the Swede 2♦ 7♦ a flush and the 8.9 million chip pot ending Saipik's night in sixth place ($15,897.60).

Just win the big hands

9.1 million in middle preflop for jmc8609 and djego69. Watch below who grabbed the chip lead and who grabbed fifth place:

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Aces are fun to find late in a tourney, and jmc8609 got the max payoff from A♠A♦ as djego69's 5♣A♥ failed to connect with the J♥ J♠ 2♦ 2♠ Q♠ board earning $21,196.80 in fifth place.

It's Tricky Tricky Tricky

This hand is my recital, I think it's very vital. To rock (a flop), that's right (on time). Ok, my apologies to Rev Run but jmc8609 started running away with this tournament after yet another nine million chip pot went his way. Blinds now at 600K/1.2MM ante 150K jmc8609 open shoved from the button and macguff1n answered the challenge from the small blind calling for 3.2 million holding a medium ace 8♠A♦. If jmc8609 was stealing that ace would look great, instead it paled against the big slick A♣K♠ of jmc8609. Nary a tricky board here 3♣ 7♥ 2♣ T♣ 6♥ and macguff1n collected $26,496.00 in fourth place.

qvor quietly quits

Blinds moving up to 700K/1.4MM ante 175K jmc8609 simply pushed from the button as all pots were played preflop at this point. Quietly still in, qvor233 holding just one million chips after doubling up Petrov78 the previous hand for a 12.6 million chip pot, made the call from the big blind holding K♦2♠. jmc8609 once again was in the lead preflop, pocket fours 4♦4♣ this time, and stayed in the lead through the 4♠ Q♣ 8♣ K♥ T♦ after flopping a set. Despite making very little noise, qvor made a very loud $39,452.54 for third place.

Nine times

Nine times? Nine times. Ferris Bueller may have be sick from school nine times while taking the day off back in the 80s, but jmc8609 was busying running off nine straight wins at the end of this TCOOP tournament. With the blinds at 800K/1.6MM ante 200K the Canadian jmc8609 would capture the 2012 TCOOP Event #7 title with this hand below:

Again in the lead (but only slight) preflop, jmc8609 A♦7♦ would will the middle ace through the 8♠ 6♦ 2♦ T♠ 9♠ board for a straight to defeat Petrov78's K♦J♥ and win $75,678.88!

2012 TCOOP Event #7 $400,000 guarantee $22 NLHE with Rebuys results (01-20-12)
1. jmc8609 (Canada) $75,678.88
2. Petrov78 (Sweden) $55,641.60
3. qvor233 (Bulgaria) $39,452.54
4. macguff1n (Spain) $26,496.00
5. djego69 (Netherlands) $21,196.80
6. Saipik (Russia) $15,897.60
7. piper_kl88 (Germany) $10,598.40
8. nagelsvamp (Netherlands) $5,829.12
9. powerle (Germany) $3,709.44

David Aydt
@PokerStars in TCOOP