TCOOP: TLD2008 tops Event 20, $55 PLO (6-max, 1R1A)
Action has been the catchword throughout TCOOP - you can't have a turbo tournament without plenty of it - but the catchword was in all caps for today's 20th event of this tournament series. After all, there's probably no purer distillation of action in this world than turbo shorthanded Pot-Limit Omaha.
More than 500 players were seated and ready for their dose of action when play began at 8:00 a.m. ET, and plenty more found their way to the tables during late registration. An hour and a half later the rebuy period and late registration had closed, yielding a $133,100 prize pool composed of 1,475 entries, 936 rebuys, and 251 add-ons. That was good enough to best the tournament's guarantee of $100,000 and schedule payouts for 192 players, including a first prize worth more than $21,000.
At that point 444 players remained from the original field, led by the Czech Republic's vagi0000 with 155,326 chips. With blinds at 800/1600, that came out to about 97 big blinds - as comfortable an edge as anyone would have for basically the rest of the tournament. Still in the hunt at that point were PokerStars Team Pros Marcin "Goral" Horecki, Victor Ramdin, George Danzer, Matthias De Meulder and Pat Pezzin, as well as Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg. In the end Berg would squeak into the money in 189th place ($159.72), while Pezzin took 188th ($159.72) and De Meulder finished 170th ($166.37).
By the time the tournament had reached its third break, the field had been reduced to just 28 players. Hong Kong's BrianLYip occupied the top spot on the leaderboard with 1,491,815 chips - or about 49 big blinds at the 15K/30K level. Rounding out the top five were Serbia's bokinjo (1,055,388 chips), Austria's ozenc (1,044,065 chips), vagi0000 (749,640 chips) and the United Kingdom's pblock09 (748,259 chips).
The remarkable run of vagi0000, who held the chip lead after the rebuy period closed, ended in 19th place ($798.60). After getting worked down to 7 big blinds at the 25K/50K level, the Czech player got all-in before the flop holding A♦ 5♦ 3♥ 2♥ only to be up against Liquid Nymph's A♥ T♥ K♠ 6♠ and finished off by a board of K♥ J♥ 3♣ T♠ 6♥. Meanwhile BrianLYip and bokinjo took charge of their tables, stealing and restealing blinds seemingly at will as the last three tables continued play. But it was Norway's D.man nr one taking the lead as the first player to break the 3-million-chip mark with this hand:
The tournament would consolidate to two tables after bokinjo fell in 13th place ($1,064.80) following two confrontations with the United Kingdom's TLD2008. In the first a preflop three-bet with 7♣ 5♥ 4♥ 3♣ was called by A♥ K♥ 8♦ 8♣, which hit Broadway on a 6♠ 2♥ T♦ A♣ 6♦ board; on the last, K♣ Q♥ 7♣ 7♥ couldn't outrun K♦ J♥ J♣ 9♠ on a J♠ T♦ 5♥ 7♠ 2♦ board. From there TLD2008 continued to expand the chip lead, moving over 4 million chips with a knockout of Russia's Ira_161 in 8th place ($1,996.50) and then eliminating Estonia's kulgur on the bubble in 7th ($1,996.50) with A♥ T♣ T♦ 9♥ against A♦ K♠ J♣ 6♦ on a board of J♥ 3♥ 8♣ 7♥ 7♦.
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here
With the bubble duly popped, the final table lineup looked like this:
Seat 1: MEKRAN24 (270,992 chips)
Seat 2: BrianLYip (1,154,227 chips)
Seat 3: TLD2008 (5,265,897 chips)
Seat 4: D.man nr one (4,265,860 chips)
Seat 5: Liquid Nymph (1,097,272 chips)
Seat 6: superf2sh (1,264,752 chips)
If you think "action" when you think turbo shorthanded PLO, you would have fit right in at this final table. On the very first hand, MEKRAN24 got in on the big blind for 270K hold A♣ 6♥ 3♥ 3♠ against the A♠ Q♠ J♦ 8♦, which picked up all sorts of outs on the T♦ 7♣ 5♣ flop, hit top pair on the Q♥ turn and sealed the deal on the T♣ river. The 6th place finish was worth $3,620.32
Liquid Nymph was the next to go, falling in 5th place ($5,457.10) two orbits later on this hand:
Another two orbits went by without an elimination before superf2sh became the next to go. Down to just over 3 big blinds with 684K, the Norwegian player opted to move all-in under the gun holding Q♣ 9♠ 8♣ 8♦. TLD2008 called in the big blind with K♠ J♠ J♥ 5♠, which was good for three of a kind on a board of K♥ 6♥ 6♠ K♣ A♦. That made superf2sh the 4th place finisher ($8,518.40)
At that point the remaining three players agreed to look at the numbers for a potential deal. Only moments after being shown the figures - $17,626.89 for D.man nr one, $17,439.24 for TLD2008, and $13,711.73 for BrianLYip - all three typed "I agree" without any further discussion, leaving $2,000 on the table for the winner and concluding one of the shortest dealmaking sessions of TCOOP so far.
And then, just as fast as they made their deal, the remaining three players made a day of the tournament. BrianLYip promptly doubled through TLD2008 but fell in 3rd place on the very next hand when A♦ 6♦ 5♥ 4♦ couldn't top A♣ J♣ J♠ T♣ on a J♦ T♥ 7♥ 6♥ 2♣ board. One hand later, TLD2008 claimed the win with this hand:
Congratulations are due to all the final table players for their strong performances, especially to TLD2008 for making the most of a good run at the end of the tournament.
TCOOP Event 20 $55 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-max, 1R1A)
1,457 entries, 936 rebuys, 251 add-ons
1st place - TLD2008 (United Kingdom) - $19,439.24*
2nd place - D.man nr one (Norway) - $17,626.89*
3rd place - BrianLYip (Hong Kong) - $13,711.73*
4th place - superf2sh (Norway) - $8,518.40
5th place - Liquid Nymph (Netherlands) - $5,457.10
6th place - MEKRAN24 (Russia) - $3,620.32
* - denotes result of three-way deal
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