TCOOP: wyatt_earp14 guns down the final table in Event #40 H.O.R.S.E. title
A quiet Saturday afternoon with your beloved and you glance over at the horse and carriage across the park and think that would be perfect capper for great day. After paying the fee for the majestic steeds to drive you around the city the driver calmly whispers to the horses as they start a slow trot as you take in the warmth of the sun and a quick embrace after sitting down. Right at that moment the five horses decide they were training for the Kentucky Derby instead of a romantic afternoon gazing slowly at the skyscrapers and beautiful apple blossoms they covered two kilometers in record pace.
A similar pace shown in today's 2012 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) Event #40 $109 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament as 766 players gathered to crash through another guarantee. $25,000 was guaranteed by PokerStars but not needed as the $76,600.00 prize pool would assure at least one player a five-figure payday.
One Team Pro and one Team Online member managed to flip through the five games enough to acquire a bit of cash but no TCOOP title today. Russian Team Pro Alex Kravchenko sitting on just 27,059 chips with bets at 8K/16K ante 1,600 decided to go with an excellent 4♦ 3♦ / 5♥ 2♠ by fourth street during the Stud Hi-Lo around with cladarth all-in and triumphticd covering both players also showing a low draw A♠ 4♥ / 3♠ 8♥. Alex would blank but hit a 7-5 low on the river T♦K♠ / 7♣ as cladarth mananged to catch two pair A♣ 9♥ / 4♠ 9♦ 7♠ 7♦ / Q♠. However triumphticd kept gathering wheel cards 2♥ 3♥ 5♠ ending with the ace to five straight scooping the 83,476 chip pot and knocking Kravchenko out in 70th place ($214.48).
That left Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen in the hunt for the TCOOP title. Holding 38,414 chips with bets at 16K/32K in the limit hold em' round Petersen would raise preflop nearly depleting his stack as siac0 three-bet from the button. Mickey made the call for his remaining 6,414 holding Q♠K♣ flipping against the pocket tens of siac0 T♥T♦. No card over a six appeared 5♥ 5♣ 6♠ 3♠ 3♥ and "mement_mori" took home $325.55 in 36th place for just under three hours of work.
No time to be tight around the final table bubble as the average player held just over three big bets and we would lose longshanks26, Fab Matos, THAY3R, and Tomatee in short order after the third hour break all earning $727.70 for 13th through 16th place.
KtheKing ran headfirst into the aces of McHaddock in the hold em' round to earn 12th place ($919.20) and 1-larson would 1-up 2011 SCOOP Event #28-L champ H.Fresn0 hitting a 8-7-5 low to H.Fresn0's 8-7-6 in Razz to shorten the field to ten left.
MrP0P would deflate the field to the bubble getting wired aces 6♣ A♥ / A♦ 5♦ 7♠ 8♦ / 2♠ to hold against an all-in after the door card UltraNine who could not improve on a pair of fours showing on fourth Q♣ K♠ / 4♣ 4♦ 3♦ T♦ / J♣ as the bubble would last all of two hands. Moving on to Stud Hi-Lo MrP0P once again lived up to the name by bursting the bubble. With the bets at 80K/160K ante 16K MrP0P would call all bet from sadam83 who showed 5♠ A♣ / K♦ 7♠ 7♥ by fifth street for a pair of seven and an outside low draw, while MrP0P was going one-way with a pair of queens Q♦ J♥ / Q♣ 9♣ 8♠. sadam83 looking for a second final table in this TCOOP series (claiming 5th place in Event #13) would catch two pair by sixth K♠9♦ to overcome the pair of queens, but not the full house as MrP0P found Q♥8♥ to claim the 783,768 chip pot and started up the final table below:
Seat 1: McHaddock (357320 in chips)
Seat 2: wyatt_earp14 (152384 in chips)
Seat 3: Carteio (938084 in chips)
Seat 4: MrP0P (1497950 in chips)
Seat 5: 1-larson (298945 in chips)
Seat 6: epitomised (263087 in chips)
Seat 7: tennisklause (252614 in chips)
Seat 8: CedarValley (69616 in chips)
Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome welcomed the players and made good on the promise of a quick final table.
Right out of the gate
The very first hand we would be down to seven from the final table of eight. Still in the Stud Hi-Lo level of 80K/160K ante 16K CedarValley holding under a small bet would shove for 53,616 as McHaddock went fishing for chips and put in a full bet as the rest of the table took two seconds off to watch the cards fly out:
CedarValley: shows T♦ J♦ 3♦ 5♥ 9♣ Q♦ / A♥
McHaddock: shows A♣ A♠ / K♥ A♦ 8♦ K♠ / 6♠
Aces have been good for McHaddock and here they would knock out CedarValley in eighth place ($1,149.00).
E to the H to out
Two hands later switching to limit hold em' and bets at 80K/160K 1-larson started it off with a raise UTG as tennisklause smashed the pot with a three-bet all-in for 220,614 total. 1-larson's pocket tens were enough for the extra bet as tennisklause flipped up big slick K♣A♠. This horse race got stuck at the gate after the ten on the door T♣ 9♠ 5♦ 7♥ 3♦ closed tennisklause's chances for the gold TCOOP card protector in seventh place ($1,723.50). The 2008 WCOOP saw tennisklause going after a title at the H.O.R.S.E. final table as well but claming sixth place instead.
Come on in for a wheel good time
MrP0P held the only seven figure stack and was looking to add to it as the Omaha Hi-Lo round started up with bets of 100K/200K. McHaddock would raise UTG as MrP0P called from the button. T♥ 4♣ A♠ flop got McHaddock to follow through as MrP0P called again. 8♦ turn and McHaddock was all-in for 150,936 as MrP0P called showing the flopped top two 3♣ 2♣ T♠ A♥ and turned nut low. McHaddock also caught enough to stay alive with a set of eights T♣ J♠ 8♣ 8♠. Until the 5♣ river shipped the entire 1.01 million chip pot to MrP0P, ending McHaddock swim for the gold today in sixth place ($2,681.00).
Gunned down at the P.S. Corral
Check out the three-way Omaha Hi-Lo hand below as the law prevailed and sent our fifth place finisher's tournament life to the Tombstone cemetery:
Carteio: shows K♣ 2♥ 6♣ A♦
1-larson: shows A♥ 4♠ 6♠ 2♦
wyatt_earp14: shows J♣ 4♦ 9♥ 3♦
Luckily the PokerStars dealers can sort out multi-way pots quicker than this author can pour a Captain and Coke. 7♥ K♠ T♦ 8♦ Q♣ board meant no low to split as Carteio took down 300,176 chips by covering both players and wyatt_earp14's straight allow him to sweep up 1-larson's remaining chips ending the UK player's tournament in fifth place ($3,830.00).
Big slow down in play
No, just kidding.
It would take a whole four hands for the next elimination as we moved on to the dreaded Razz round and 100K/200K bets and ante 20K. epitomised would be forced all-in after getting dealt the K♥ as Carteio 2♣ and MrP0P A♠ made the call. Carteio would bet on every street as MrP0P was determined to call him down. With a 197,798 chip bet on sixth Carteio was finally all-in as MrP0P made the call showing a rather ugly 7♦ J♦ / A♠ 2♦ T♣ T♥ as Carteio had a board lock for the big pot 5♣ 3♥ / 2♣ A♥ 8♦ 7♣. epitomised caught the wrong hand in the wrong game 9♦ Q♦ / K♥ 9♥ 9♠ 3♣ / A♦ showing a king low to finish in fourth place ($5,745.00) as Carteio would end up with a six-five taking in 1.3 million chips, challenging MrP0P for the chip lead. A second final table for epitomised stepping up from his 5th place finish in Event #22.
A break from the race
The players would quickly come to a three-way deal thanks to talonchick who got the PokerStars computer to spit out the final numbers below:
$500 plus the TCOOP gold card protector left behind for the champ. Ride on.
P0P goes the chip lead
After giving up another double up to Carteio in a pot worth 1.73 million, MrP0P's huge lead would drop to 712,196 chips as game moved to Stud Hi-Lo and 120K/240K bets ante 24K. wyatt_earp14 would bring it in showing 4♦ as MrP0P called with a 6♣. 9♠ did not slow down wyatt_earp14 making another bet as MrP0P caught a low card 7♥. Both players caught a pair on fifth, nines for wyatt_earp14 9♣ and sevens for MrP0P 7♣. Bet-call again on sixth as wyatt_earp14 would put MrP0P all-in on the river and flipped up trip nines 9♥ 6♠ / 4♦ 9♠ 9♣ 5♦ / 7♠ beating out MrP0P's rivered two pair and a missed low 2♣ 8♥ / 6♣ 7♥ 7♣ T♥ / T♠ and ending the tournament in third place ($11,270.90) and adding another major table to his credit after finishing seventh in last year's WCOOP Event #30
Heads up for the title
In what was the longest stretch between eliminations would come during heads-up play as wyatt_earp14 (2,144,804 chips) and Carteio (1,685,196) would play for over 20 minutes despite bets that took up a sizable chunk of their stacks.
Finally with the bets at 250K/500K ante 50K and Carteio holding 862,196 chips both players would trade raise after the door cards were dealt in Stud Hi-Lo to decide the tournament. Watch the final 1.7 million chip hand below:
wyatt_earp14: J♣ 9♦ / J♠ 8♣ A♦ 8♠ / 5♣
Carteio: 4♦ K♠ / T♣ T♦ 3♠ 3♦ / 9♥
wyatt_earp14's jacks would catch a needed second pair on sixth to beat Carteio's tens-up to win the 2012 TCOOP Event #40 title earning $10,625.65!
$25,000 guarantee 2012 TCOOP Event #40 H.O.R.S.E. results (01-28-12)
(* denotes part of three-way deal)
1. wyatt_earp14 (Austria) *$10,466.94
2. Carteio (Brazil) *$10,625.65
3. MrP0P (Canada) *$11,270.91
4. epitomised (United Kingdom) $5,745.00
5. 1-larson (United Kingdom) $3,830.00
6. McHaddock (Finland) $2,681.00
7. tennisklause (Spain) $1,723.50
8. CedarValley (Canada) $1,149.00