TCOOP: Without question, Sisnleicht? wins Event 35 ($55 PLO 4-Max)

TCOOP logo.pngThe inaugural TCOOP series is more than halfway to its completion, so you can be sure the final days will be packed with as much turbo online poker action as possible. Today, players were able to choose from NLHE two ways, Razz, and this particular Omaha option.

With the continuously growing popularity of Omaha as a player's game of choice, variations on the game are becoming more standard as well. Combine those PLO desires with a general interest in short-handed play, and we present Event 35. And putting PLO action together with the faster pace of four-max tables and the turbo structure of five-minute levels was sure to pique interest.

It all came together nicely. The $50 + $5 buy-in with a $75K guarantee resulted in these numbers:

Players: 2,414
Prize pool: $120,700.00
Paid players: 320

Players busted rapidly through the first 1.5 hours of the tournament, and the money bubble approached about 10 minutes later. Hand-for-hand play resulted in a few minutes of tension before the elimination of as1025 in 321st place. SoteriaDos was the first player to cash for $90.52, and the field thinned drastically from there.

The group of Team PokerStars Pros in this event didn't fare so well. In fact, only one of them made it into the top 1,000 and cruised through the money to the top 100. In fact, Team Pro Alex Kravchenko moved into the top 50, then the top 30.

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Finally, in the process of trying to climb further, Kravchenko was eliminated in 26th place, which was worth $633.67.

Just past the three-hour mark, five tables turned to three in the blink of an eye (or about 15 minutes, truth be told). As the 3.5-hour hit, there were six players, but that was quick to change. On Table 232, ALEX VDV pushed all-in with A♣8♠7♦2♥ against the A♦Q♥Q♠6♥ of TeHKai. The board came 5♥J♦Q♣T♥6♠ and left ALEXVDV out in sixth place with $3,621.00.

At the same time on Table 424, halifax and meamemet got into a preflop raising war that ended with halifax calling all-in with A♦Q♥Q♦2♠. Meamemet showed Q♣6♠7♣8♣ and accumulated two pair on the A♥T♥6♦5♣7♦ board. Halifax departed in fifth place for a $3,621.00 payout.

Meamemet meets final table in chip lead

The final table was set in Level 39, with blinds of 80,000/16,000. Players starting stacks were listed as follows:

Seat 1: meamemet (4,937,301 in chips)
Seat 2: TeHKai (1,909,246 in chips)
Seat 3: moonwatch79 (1,995,654 in chips)
Seat 4: Sisnleicht? (3,227,799 in chips)


Only a few hands into the action, moonwatch79 moved all-in after an initial raise from TeHKai. Moonwatch79 showed A♠Q♦5♦2♥, but TeKHai had A♣A♦9♥4♥. The board of 6♥K♣7♣J♣Q♣ only gave moonwatch79 a pair of queens, which wasn't good enough for the double-up. Fourth place and $4,984.91 went to moonwatch79.

Sisnleicht? surges

Sisnleicht? then made a move against meamemet and scored a big double to take the lead:

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Several hands later, a number of preflop raises and reraises prompted TeHKai to move all-in with A♥A♦3♣2♥. Sisnleicht? called with Q♥T♣8♣8♦. The flop of 4♠9♠A♠ gave TeHKai the three aces, but the T♦J♦ to round out the board made a straight for Sisnleicht?. TeHKai was out in third place with $6,940.25.

A pair of heads-up hands

The final two players started with these counts:

Seat 1: meamemet (3,129,502 in chips)
Seat 4: Sisnleicht? (8,940,498 in chips)

On the first hand, Sisnleicht? raised to 400K, and meamemet folded.

The second hand started with a raise from meamemet and call from Sisnleicht? to see a 2♠4♣7♣ flop. Sisnleicht? checked, but meamemet bet and Sisnleicht? raised. Meamemet responded by moving all-in with J♥T♠9♠4♥, and Sisnleicht? called with 8♦6♦5♣2♣. That flush draw hit on the T♣ turn, and the Q♣ on the river only made it a higher flush. Meamemet had to depart in second place with $10,561.25.

Sisnleicht? of Austria claimed the TCOOP title and $17,803.87 in cash. Congrats!

TCOOP Event 35 ($55 PLO 4-Max) Results:

1st place: Sisnleicht? ($17,803.87)
2nd place: meamemet ($10,561.25)
3rd place: TeHKai ($6,940.25)
4th place: moonwatch79 ($4,984.91)

There a few days left to get in on the TCOOP action. Check out the main page for updates, leaderboard information, and a full schedule of events.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in TCOOP