TCOOP: StøvsugerN sucks up all the chips in Event 10

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngPersonal disclosure time: I had no idea what a "3x-Turbo" tournament was the first time I played one on PokerStars a few years ago. The tournament in question was a satellite for a live event. I knew the satellite was a turbo tournament. And I knew there was a rebuy period. I mistakenly assumed that the "3x" in 3x-Turbo meant that the tournament would play three times as fast.

I was dead wrong.

PokerStars does offer a sped-up turbo tournament format, the "Hyper-Turbo", but it's an entirely different beast from the 3x-Turbo. If I had bothered to look at the Tournament Types page on the PokerStars web site, I'd have learned that the 3x-Turbo features a rebuy period that is three times as long as normal. (Thus, "3x".) The three-times-as-long rebuy period helps provide a little cushion against the early bad beats which are going to be part and parcel of any turbo tournament.

You're probably wise to that already. But just in case you weren't, it seemed like a good starting point for discussion of 2012 TCOOP Event 10, $11+R No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo). I'll also tell you that according to Google Translate, støvsugeren is the Danish word for vacuum cleaner.

We'll come back to that.

By the time registration closed and the rebuy period ended for Event 10, 12,636 players entered the tournament and combined for 39,225 re-buys and 6,072 add-ons. Add it all up and you come up with a prize pool of $579,330, $81.10 as a minimum payout, and more than $79,000 for the winner.

Of the 21 Team Pros and Team Online players to try their luck in this event, four made the money. George "gkap13" Kapalas, Pat Pezzin, and 2011 WSOP Main Event champion Pius Heinz all squeezed into the bottom rungs of the payout ladder. They all were bested by Team Online player Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli, who earned PokerStars bragging rights for this tournament with his team-best finish of 560th place, good for $168.00 in prize money.

Despite the extended rebuy period, it took only five hours for the field of more than 12,000 to collapse down to a single table of nine:

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Seat 1: Pokerboelie (39375232 in chips)
Seat 2: Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet (95934120 in chips)
Seat 3: €urop€an (31303652 in chips)
Seat 4: StøvsugerN (65805474 in chips)
Seat 5: menhtinhcanh (29052864 in chips)
Seat 6: Duttert (14051701 in chips)
Seat 7: redislav (25297488 in chips)
Seat 8: Sobizzle21 (25644377 in chips)
Seat 9: boo187uk (11278092 in chips)

Deal or no deal?

Van Fleet came into the final table as the chip leader, but with blinds at 1.25MM / 2.5MM and an average stack of less than 40 million, play rated to be quick. On the very first hand of the final table, Sobizzle21 picked up Big Slick and moved all in from under the gun. Action passed to Duttert in the big blind, who called all in for less - with A♣Q♠. Neither player improved on a jack-high board. After just one hand, the final table was down to eight players.

The remaining eight players wanted to discuss a deal, but Van Fleet blocked it with the statement, "I don't really like to deal. Unless you wanna give me 60k." The other seven players did not take him up on that offer.

TCOOP 10 - Jon Van Fleet.jpg"He who has the chips can block the chops."

The blinds were passed around for a few hands until Pokerboelie moved all in for 32.8 million with pocket tens. From the cut-off position, €urop€an called with A♥K♥. Pocket tens held, crippling €urop€an to about 4 million in chips. €urop€an was not the next player out, however; that honor went to boo187uk, whose pocket 8s lost a race to Sobizzle21's Q♠J♦ when a jack flopped.

€urop€an did finally bow out in 7th place, and it wasn't pretty:

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With six players left, the prospect of a deal was raised a second time. This time Van Fleet offered to look at numbers, but again the table lacked unanimity and so play continued. Van Fleet picked an unfortunate time to shove against StøvsugerN's big blind; StøvsugerN called with A♣2♣ and dominated Von Fleet's 2♦9♦. Ace-deuce held, causing the two players to trade places in the counts. StøvsugerN rose to about 82 million, while apestyles slipped to under 40 million.

Blinds moved up to 3 million and 6 million. menhtinhcanh was dealt the red 10s on the button, a great hand to shove for 24 million. Small blind redislav called with K♥J♥ and flopped a king. It was a quick end for menhtinhcanh.

Five become one

Van Fleet followed menhtinhcanh out of the tournament two hands later. After losing with 9♥T♦ to Sobizzle21's Q♥K♠, Van Fleet was all in for less than the big blind. His J♠T♥ was dominated by StøvsugerN's Q♦T♦. Both players paired tens but StøvsugerN's queen kicker played and sent Von Fleet to the rail in 5th place.

The table was down to four players; the blinds were up to 4 million and 8 million. redislav made a move with T♣9♣, all in for 40 million. Sobizzle21 re-jammed with A♠K♠. A flop of 5♠A♣5♦ left redislav drawing almost dead. There were no miracle running cards as redislav was eliminated in 4th place.

The remaining 3 players agreed to pause the tournament and discuss a deal. At that point, chip-chop numbers would have given Pokerboelie $60,632.06, Sobizzle21 $55,101.74 and StøvsugerN $53,812.71, with a $6,000 set-aside for the winner. Sobizzle21 and StøvsugerN agreed to those numbers almost immediately; Pokerboelie asked for $70,000.

"How can u ever want 10 more than chips EV in a 3x-turbo?" StøvsugerN asked. "Chip count or nothing."

"Ok that might be unrealistic," Pokerboelie conceded, "but I still want 65k."

"We all have 11-15 BBs. Nothing to warrant you getting so much. So accept the chip chop or just play," said Sobizzle21.

Pokerboelie made one more attempt for $63,000 but Sobizzle21 and StøvsugerN stood firm.

"Ur already guaranteed more than 2nd place money with only a 3bb edge. Pretty good deal bro," said Sobizzle21. Faced with this indisputable logic, Pokerboelie finally agreed to the chip-count deal.

Once play resumed, it didn't take long to find a winner. And that's where we come back to the Danish word for vacuum cleaner - støvsugeren. Each player took a turn as chip leader. But in the end the cards favored the Dane at the table, StøvsugerN, who first knocked out Sobizzle21 by making a straight with 6♠7♥ against Sobizzle21's K♠8♠, and then out-flipped Pokerboelie for most of the marbles in this hand:

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From there, it took only two hands for StøvsugerN to suck up the rest of the chips.

2012 TCOOP Event 10 $11+R No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo) results (reflects three-way deal):

*1st: StøvsugerN ($59,812.71)
*2nd: Pokerboelie ($60,632.06)
*3rd: Sobizzle21 ($55,101.74)
4th: redislav ($28,966.50)
5th: Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet ($23,173.20)
6th: menhtinhcanh ($17,379.90)
7th: €urop€an ($11,586.60)
8th: boo187uk ($5,793.30)
9th: Duttert ($3,620.81)

Today is Day 3 of the 2012 TCOOP. There are still eight more days to go. You can find a complete schedule of events, including all satellites, on the TCOOP Main Page.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in TCOOP