TCOOP: SirFlux delivers 1.21 gigawatts of power to Event 45, $109 NLHE
All good things must come to an end; it's the one guarantee there is in this life. Sadly, TCOOP is no exception to this rule, and today was the final day for what has been an action-packed 10 days of turbo poker. With six tournaments on the schedule, this series would end in style - and it would do so starting with Event 45.
With a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, just 1,001 players would need to buy in to this $109 NLHE event to continue the grand TCOOP tradition of flattening guarantees. In the end a total of 2,772 players entered, creating a prize pool of $277,200 and setting up the winner with a sweet payday of $43,798. Only 471 of them remained at the tournament's second break, just 111 spots away from the money. Chip leader was the United Kingdom's jeffshooter (190,139 chips), followed by Norway's ssletten10 (188,324), the UK's nay*8686 (179,095), Germany's _paul€Faul_ (173,593) and Chile's chilenocl (171,672). Only 22 minutes later the money bubble popped when Janilein1 of Germany busted, leaving 360 players to spread the prize pool out amongst themselves.
As it happened, two of those 360 were members of Team PokerStars Pro: Liv Boeree and Matthias "mattidm" De Meulder. With the structure ratcheted up to Level 27 (6K/12K/1.5K), both were on shorter-than-average stacks - Boeree with 63,326 and De Meulder at 33,210 - and surrounded by players who could double them up. De Meulder had the misfortune to run pocket fours into pocket tens just a few hands after the bubble popped, making him the 295th-place finisher ($199.58). Two minutes later the action folded to Boeree on the button on she shoved with K♠ 6♠, only to be called in the big blind by Denmark's Maverick1, who held 9♠ 9♣. Boeree caught a piece of the 6♣ 5♦ 3♠ flop and picked up more outs on the 5♠ turn but blanked on the A♣ river to finish 280th ($207.90).
Break it down
After another 33 minutes the third break of the tournament had arrived, and only 86 players lasted long enough to take advantage of it. The new chip leader was the Netherlands' Freakstah with 1,083,860 chips, followed by Costa Rica's Pokergenius2 (1,002,371), the Netherlands' uknowProsky* (990,850), Estonia's neemekas (912,656) and Turkey's arrmutt (820,700). They returned to play at Level 33 (15K/30K/3.75K) and managed to winnow the field all the way down to the final two tables during Level 40 (60K/120K/15K).
With the average stack only at 1.54 million chips and 315K in the pot every hand before anyone even received their cards, it didn't take long for the action to get going. Within two minutes, Bulgaria's Socre (18th), Russia's romich198272 (17th) and neemekas (16th) had all collected their $1,025.64 payouts. The action slowed from there and another full level would go by without an elimination. Australia's tanker232, who looked likely to be the next out, managed to survive four all-in confrontations on the short stack while Poland's MilanRabsz (15th), South Africa's decamps (14th) and the Netherlands' Tjinoe (13th) collected their$1,413.72 prizes. Germany's cappu82 (12th, $1,801.80) also busted before tanker232 finished 11th ($1,801.80); just moments later SirFlux had knocked out Ukraine's LigterKsen in 10th ($1,801.80) and the final table was set.
One last thing
The final table began on Level 43 (100K/200K/25K) with this lineup:
Seat 1: nog nuBkoM (1070474 in chips)
Seat 2: KARNA1983 (2235830 in chips)
Seat 3: ollé (588295 in chips)
Seat 4: sadam83 (1256469 in chips)
Seat 5: Jonny 4 Hand (1565127 in chips)
Seat 6: Cbank32 (2682421 in chips)
Seat 7: SirFlux (8591903 in chips)
Seat 8: Goldboy2005 (1587632 in chips)
Seat 9: dsnka (8141849 in chips)
It only took two hands to see the first player eliminated; a desperate ollé moved all-in from early position for 538K holding Q♣ 3♣ but ran into Cbank32's J♠ J♥ to finish 9th ($2,356.20). After that Russia's nog nuBkoM managed to double up once, get most of his stack in as a 4-to-1 favorite against sadam83 only to double his opponent up, and then double up again. Only after that did the United Kingdom's KARNA1983 move all-in from late position for 1.76M chips with A♥ 8♣ and get a call from Cbank32 in the small blind with A♣ K♥. The board came A♠ K♠ J♦ T♠ T♦, KARNA1983 finished 8th ($4,019.40), and the tournament went on what would be its final break.
Moments after returning, Germany's Jonny 4 Hand moved all-in for 1.59M with pocket eights and Cbank32 tried to score a third elimination by isolating with A♠ Q♦. The Q♠ 8♣ 4♠ flop put Jonny 4 Hand ahead but left a lot of room for drama, and the Q♣ gave Cbank32 plenty of outs, but the 5♥ river doubled the German up and cut into Cbank32's stack. Two hands later, Greece's SirFlux opened on the button with 4♣ 4♠ and called after Russia's Goldboy2005 moved all-in on the button for 900K with A♠ 3♣. The board was all blanks, the fours held, and Goldboy2005 was out in 7th place ($6,791.40).
A few more double-ups from nog nuBkoM and Poland's sadam83 dominated most of Level 45 (150K/300K/37.5K), but SirFlux struck a huge blow to take the field down to five players. Cbank32 opened the betting in second position with an all-in bet of 2.57M chips; SirFlux flat-called behind and turned up T♥ T♦, while Cbank32 showed A♣ 5♠. The T♠ 5♣ 3♣ flop was great news for SirFlux, and though the 9♣ turn was dangerous the river came the 6♠ to send Cbank32 out in 6th ($9,563.40).
The home stretch
With the blinds now up to 200K/400K, nog nuBkoM was in the big blind with 2.58M chips behind when the Czech Republic's dsnka moved all-in from the small blind for 4.3M. nog nuBkoM called and was a favorite with A♠ J♣ over 6♥ 3♥, but a straightening board of 7♠ Q♥ 5♦ 8♠ 9♠ sent him home in 5th place ($12,335.40). Now up to 7.54M chips, dsnka's stack would grow even greater one pot later thanks to this hand:
That sent Jonny 4 Hand out in 4th place ($16,216.20). Four hands later he was joined on the rail by sadam83, who moved all-in on the button for 4.15M with Q♣ J♠ only to see SirFlux isolate with A♣ Q♠. The A♦ Q♥ J♥ flop brought two pair for both players, but SirFlux's hand held up as the rest of the board came 8♣ 6♦ to eliminate sadam83 in 3rd place.
Now holding 17,612,512 chips to his opponent's 10,107,488, SirFlux offered dsnka a chance to make a deal. dsnka wanted an even chop of the remaining money or nothing, so the two quickly and amicably agreed to play it out. On the fifth hand of their duel there was finally a confrontation; SirFlux min-raised to 1M on the button, dsnka shoved all-in for 8.42M with A♦ 2♥, and SirFlux called with A♠ 9♦. The 16.96M-chip pot would have given dsnka the lead, and the 3♥ J♣ 5♣ left some hope that the wheel might come home. But the J♥ on the turn and Q♣ on the river left both players with a pair of jacks, ace kicker - and SirFlux's 9♦ played to grab the pot.
With that, the first event of the last day of the inaugural Turbo Championship of Online Poker was in the history books. Congratulations to SirFlux, who becomes the second Greek player to win a TCOOP event, and to the rest of the players who made the final table (and have nice card cappers heading their way!).
TCOOP Event 45 - $109 No-Limit Hold'em
2,772 entrants, $277,200 prize pool
1st place - SirFlux (Greece) - $43,798
2nd place - dsnka (Czech Republic) - $32,895.32
3rd place - sadam83 (Poland) - $23,562
4th place - Jonny 4 Hand (Germany) - $16,216.20
5th place - nog nuBkoM (Russia) - $12,335.40
6th place - Cbank32 (Czech Republic) - $9,563.40
7th place - Goldboy2005 (Russia) - $6,791.40
8th place - KARNA1983 (United Kingdom) - $4,019.40
9th place - ollé (Brazil) - $2,356.20