TCOOP: Victory comes in two shakes of a LAMBTON's tail in Event 12 ($33 Triple Stud)

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngTriple Stud. Three variants of stud poker rolled into one. Three times the Stud fun. And during the 2012 TCOOP, they come at three times the normal pace.

By PokerStars' lofty standards, the turnout was modest for 2012 TCOOP Event 12, $33 Triple Stud. 1,720 stud aficianados and / or people who decided, "What the heck?" registered for the tournament. Those who managed to finish in the top 224 were guaranteed a minimum of $52.11. Numbered among those 1,720 were ten members of Team PokerStars. Only one of them, Team Pro Henrique Pinho, received any return on their buy-in. Pinho finished in 199th place, good enough to make the second rung of the prize ladder.

From there the action was already being driven by the relentless increases in limits. The average chip count quickly dropped to between 4 and 5 big bets - enough to play one hand to the river - and stayed there for the rest of the tournament. Elimination could be brutally quick, an unusual feature for Stud, which is often thought of as a very slow game.

A double elimination during 120k/240k Razz created an eight-handed final table that looked like this:

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Seat 1: Paokgeorge (2045297 in chips)
Seat 2: capotinha (387752 in chips)
Seat 3: LarssonDJ (1111885 in chips)
Seat 4: LAMBTON (475682 in chips)
Seat 5: vpisjak (693344 in chips)
Seat 6: aless_84 (1351972 in chips)
Seat 7: YaaGy (1272580 in chips)
Seat 8: Oddla (1261488 in chips)

Cutting things down to size

The average stack to start the final table was 1,075,000, less than five big bets. With antes of 24,000 and a bring-in of 36,000, even big-stacked Paokgeorge didn't have much breathing room. But these players knew what they were in for when they signed up for a turbo triple stud tournament (we hope!).

capotinha started the table as the short stack and was also the first player eliminated. After being whittled down to 103,752, capotinha made a stand during the Stud Hi/Lo round with 9♦K♠ / A♣. YaaGy started with split aces and finished with trip aces for high and a 6-4 for low. capotinha could only muster a lowly pair of jacks and reported to the rail in 8th place.

vpisjak was also among the short stacks to start the final table. Shortly after capotinha's elimination, and still during the Stud Hi/Lo round, vpisjack got all in on 3rd street with three babies, 4♥A♣ / 5♥. Oddla took a flyer with 8♠Q♣ / A♠, a hand that turned into two pair, queens and sevens, with no low. vpisjak only improved to a pair of 5s and was bounced out in 7th place.

The last hand of 200k/400k Stud Hi produced the 6th-place finisher. YaaGy's fortunes had bounced a few times already at the final table when, down to 333,000, YaaGy went with Q♦T♠ / 8♦. That hand didn't improve to anything better than ace-high - which was just barely worse than the pair of deuces that Paokgeorge mustered by the river. YaaGy was out.

Take the money and run

At 250k/500k Razz, the average stack had dipped to just 3.5 big bets. The remaining five players decided to try to work out a deal, rather than to rely on luck the rest of the way. Once the chip-chop numbers were delivered, each player quickly agreed to the deal, leaving the $500 set-aside as all that remained to be determined.

The 300k/600k round of Stud Hi/Lo claimed aless_84 in 5th place. aless_84 was all in on third street with three small cards, 4♦8♥ / 2♦, but only improved to a pair of 4s. LarssonDJ showed down two pair, aces and fives, to claim the pot and the knockout. Two hands later Oddla followed aless_84 to the rail at the hands of LAMBTON. Oddla was forced to make a play with K♦4♠ / T♦ and, by the river, couldn't beat LAMBTON's two pair, aces and eights.

Down to three players, Paokgeorge received no love from the deck. Battered and bruised in successive hands, Paokgeorge finally knuckled under in the Stud Hi round after starting with 3♠ 7♣ /4♠ and failing to make anything. LarssonDJ collected the pot comfortably, having made 10s and 9s by fifth street and not even having to sweat the river card.

The heads-up battle between LAMBTON and LarssonDJ lasted all of five hands. LAMBTON won four of them - including the final hand:

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On this day, the slow game of Stud became a fast-paced game. And the LAMBTON went out like a lion in victory.

2012 TCOOP Event 12 $33 Triple Stud results (reflects five-way deal):

* 1st: LAMBTON ($5,432.65)
* 2nd: LarssonDJ ($4,934.27)
* 3rd: Paokgeorge ($7,628.23)
* 4th: Oddla ($4,365.92)
* 5th: aless_84 ($4,213.14)
6th: YaaGy ($1,548.00)
7th: vpisjak ($1,032.00)
8th: capotinha ($516.00)

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