TCOOP: KvicKiller zips to the finish line in Event 50 ($215 NLHE Hyper-Turbo Wrap Party)

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngNormally the Sunday Supersonic - a $215 hyper-turbo tournament held on PokerStars every Sunday - sports a modest $40,000 guarantee and attracts between 900 and 1,000 players. The whole tournament typically plays out in less than two hours, providing large prizes to the players that make the final table for minimal time investment.

With the 2012 Turbo Championship of Online Poker ending on a Sunday, it only made sense to hold a special TCOOP version of the Sunday Supersonic as the final event in the series. Event 50, $215 No-Limit Hold'em (Hyper-Turbo) served as the Wrap Party for a week and a half of turbo madness. And to celebrate the occasion, PokerStars bumped the guarantee to $300,000. It was a way of saying "thank you" to the fantastic PokerStars players who made the 2012 TCOOP such a success.

Players responded in droves. 2,992 found $215 to throw at Event 50, creating a prize pool of more than $630,000 and a 1st-place prize that flirted with $100,000 - more than 2.5 times the normal guarantee for the whole prize pool! As befits a hyper-turbo, it took only 58 minutes (five of which were spent on break) to whittle the 3,000-strong field down to the 378 players who would cash.

The red spade was well represented among those cashing players. Six members of Team PokerStars Pro and PokerStars Team Online cashed in Event 50; three of them made the final five tables of the tournament. Team Pros Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby (216th, $599.17) and Bryan Huang (122nd, $851.46), and Team Online player Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc (112th, $882.99) each enjoyed a modest level of success. They were outdone by Team Online player Kristian "CharismA3" Martin (38th, $1,356.03) and Team Pros Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (28th, $1,576.78) and Marcin "Goral" Horecki (25th, $1,892.14). Those runs were perhaps not as deep as Martin, Blom and Horecki would have preferred, but a six-to-nine times return on your buy-in will fund a few more tournaments.

Exactly 58 minutes after the money bubble burst (five of which were again spent on break), the final event of the 2012 TCOOP reached its final table of nine players.

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Seat 1: Hasn82 (1199578 in chips)
Seat 2: Slart42 (1294112 in chips)
Seat 3: xxxALBxxx (4040782 in chips)
Seat 4: GangstaZab (2125809 in chips)
Seat 5: KvicKiller (1307442 in chips)
Seat 6: rytsen (1346106 in chips)
Seat 7: ottocat01 (1305818 in chips)
Seat 8: smerks (802764 in chips)
Seat 9: Team Sexy14 (1537589 in chips)

A group affair

With blinds at 100k / 200k and an ante of 40k, this would be a lightning final table. On the very first hand, smerks was eliminated with A♠Q♥ when ottocat01 woke up with pocket aces and snap-called smerks' all in.

rytsen lost a flip moments later when K♣Q♦ couldn't out-flip Team Sexy14's pocket 8s, especially after an 8 flopped. That hand crippled rytsen to just 80,000 chips; rytsen made a quiet exit in 8th place the next hand.

KvicKiller was the next player to tally an elimination. Hasn82 raised all in for 1.25 million, five big blinds at the new levels. KvicKiller called with A♠6♣, a hand that was flipping against Hasn82's pocket 4s. This flip went KvicKiller's way. True to his/her screen name, the end was quick - an ace flopped, and Hasn82 never improved from there.

GangstaZab refused to be left on the sideline of the elimination party. When xxxALBxxx moved all in for 1.77 million, GangstaZab got right in there for 2.12 million with pocket 10s. xxxALBxx had only one over-card with A♠7♠, and this time no ace hit the board. Q♥6♠6♥4♦3♠ ensured xxxALBxxx's demise in 6th place.

KvicKiller was at it again a few hands later during the 150k / 300k level. Dealt 7♦5♦, KvicKiller used the power of a big stack - 4.1 million - to shove all in and intimidate. ottocat01 called with the better hand, A♠8♠, but making a pair of 8s on the river of a 8♥6♣T♣J♥8♣ board was a killer for ottocat01, as that card gave KvicKiller a jack-high straight. ottocat01 bowed out in 5th place.

Cut a deal then cut the remaining players

The limits moved up to 200k / 400k with an 80k ante. Less than two big blinds separated the four remaining players: GangstaZab (4,175,037), KvicKiller (3,801,303), Slart42 (3,723,482) and Team Sexy14 (3,260,178). They agreed to pause the tournament and talk deal.

With relatively even stacks, the chip chop numbers were also relatively event. Each player was guaranteed better than 3rd place money with a proposed split of: GangstaZab $67,697.33, KvicKiller $64,939.62, Slart42 $64,365.39 and Team Sexy14 $60,946.75. The remaining $6,000 would be allocated to the winner.

The exceedingly even stacks did not prevent KvicKiller from trying to get more money.

"70k for me," proposed KvicKiller. GangstaZab laughed.
"You're dreaming donkey boy," said Team Sexy14.
"Just check OPR," KvicKiller shot back.
"I've already came in 2nd in one of these," Team Sexy14 said. "So I'll do the numbers or nothing."
"I need more from gangsta and slart," said KvicKiller.
GangstaZab relented. "I can give you 2k."
"Take that kvic," said Team Sexy14. "Lets play for the 6k and end this donk show."
"I can't give anything bro," said Slart42. "Numbers are already a little bit tiny for me you know."
"OK," said KvicKiller.

The deal was agreed with the modification that $2,000 of GangstaZab's share would go to KvicKiller. Play resumed with just $6,000 left undecided.

On the first hand back from the break, Team Sexy14 moved all in with Q♥[10s]. GangstaZab tanked and called with A♣6♣. Although Team Sexy14 flopped an up-and-down straight draw, 9♥3♦J♣, it never came home. The board came running 5s to end Team Sexy14's run in 4th place.

A few hands later KvicKiller sent Slart42 to the rail in 3rdd place. KvicKiller called Slart42's all in with a dominating hand. K♣J♥ held for KvicKiller against Slart 42's K♦3♠ when both players missed a queen-high board.

The chips were almost dead even to start heads-up play. GangstaZab and KvicKiller each had about 7.5 million at the 200k/400k level. They passed the antes back and forth for six hands. On the seventh hand, having slipped to 6.6 million, GangstaZab opened for the minimum raise to 800,000. KvicKiller shoved all in for 8.2 million and GangstaZab called. The last hand of the 2012 TCOOP played out in KvicKiller's favor:

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Aces full of sevens sealed the win for KvicKiller and brought the 2012 Turbo Championship of Online Poker to a close. And that, as they say, is a wrap.

2012 TCOOP Event 50 $215 No-Limit Hold'em (Hyper-Turbo) results (reflect 4-way deal):

*1st: KvicKiller ($72,939.62)
*2nd: GangstaZab ($65,697.33)
*3rd: Slart42 ($64,365.39)
*4th: Team Sexy14 ($60,946.75)
5th: ottocat01 ($27,436.04)
6th: xxxALBxxx ($21,128.90)
7th: Hasn82 ($14,821.76)
8th: rytsen ($9,145.34)
9th: smerks ($5,361.06)

We hope you enjoyed the 2012 TCOOP. However, just because the turbo action is over doesn't mean the party has to stop. Milestone hands are once again in effect as PokerStars continues down the Road to 100 Billion. Make sure to get your share of the milestone money that's up for grabs!

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in TCOOP