TCOOP 2013: Big win for BigMeech99 in Event 46, $215 Sunday Warmup TCOOP Special
Well, here we are on the final day of the 2013 installment of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker. It's a Sunday, traditionally the biggest day of the week for tournaments at PokerStars, which means there's no going small. You go big on Sundays, and that's just what Event 46 did.
A stand-in for the usual Sunday Warm-Up, Event 46 featured the TCOOP turbo structures players love and a 50 percent larger guaranteed prize pool than usual. It's no surprise, then, that 5,157 players showed up for today's running of the Sunday Warm-Up, making it one of the larger versions of this tournament on record. Together they built a prize pool worth $1,031,400, with more than $161,000 set aside for the winner.
Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero was still in the hunt with just four tables left but ended up finishing in 32nd place ($2,269.08), leaving the big money for those with the red spade. A little more than four hours after it began, the tournament reached its final table at 3:17 p.m. ET with blinds and antes at 250K/500K/62.5K. These nine players were ready to race for the prize:
Seat 1: Ramiz888 (2,203,790 in chips)
Seat 2: benderbei2 (7,193,854 in chips)
Seat 3: HesBluffingx (17,376,400 in chips)
Seat 4: Oooowaa (2,983,800 in chips)
Seat 5: DYBYDX (1,355,156 in chips)
Seat 6: BigMeech99 (10,342,104 in chips)
Seat 7: T 54 T 97s (4,433,272 in chips)
Seat 8: vmnielsen (3,924,372 in chips)
Seat 9: Banderivets (1,757,252 in chips)
Setting a brisk pace early
On just the second hand of the final table the first player would be shown the exit. Banderivets of the Ukraine moved all-in for 1.69M chips from the cutoff holding K♥Q♦ and was called by big stack HesBluffingx in the big blind. The Philippine player's Q♠ 4♣ was dominated, but the 4♠ 6♦ 7♥ flop turned things upside down. The J♥ turn and 7♦ river were no help and Banderivets left in 9th place ($8,251.20).
Sitting on the short stack now with just 1.29M chips was WCOOP 2011 High Roller winner DYBYDX. The player from the United Kingdom had come back from holding one of the shortest stacks at the final table to win that event. It would take a similar performance to pick up a TCOOP win, but it wasn't in the cards. Like Banderivets before, DYBYDX got in with the best of it, shoving under the gun with K♣ T♥ and only being called by HesBluffingx in the small blind with 6♣ 3♦. And like Banderviets, DYBYDX fell after the board came 2♦ A♠ 8♣ 6♥ Q♣, finishing in 8th place ($$12,892.50).
The quick pace continued with another elimination three hands later. With the blinds and antes freshly up to 300K/600K/75K, T 54 T 97s of Portugal moved all-in for 3.54M with A♥ 9♣ after the action folded to the small blind. Sitting in the big blind, vmnielsen of Denmark made the call with A♦ 5♣. Once again the dominated hand caught help from the board, which fell 5♠ T♣ 4♠ 4♦ 7♣ to send T 54 T 97s out in 7th place ($23,206.50).
The thing is, he isn't actually bluffing...
The remaining six players were now stacked like so:
Seat 1: Ramiz888 (1,566,290 in chips)
Seat 2: benderbei2 (7,243,854 in chips)
Seat 3: HesBluffingx (21,663,808 in chips)
Seat 4: Oooowaa (1,846,300 in chips)
Seat 6: BigMeech99 (9,204,604 in chips)
Seat 8: vmnielsen (10,045,144 in chips)
With all those chips to play HesBluffingx got two chances for knockouts in the next two hands. The first one didn't go well, as the Philippine player's Q♣ 8♥ failed to crack Ramiz88's pocket aces. But the mojo came back on the next hand, unfortunately for Slovakia'sOooowaa. HesBluffingx's Q♠ 7♦ held up against the Slovakian player's T♣ 9♣, sending Oooowaa to the rail in 6th place ($33,520.50).
HesBluffingx began leaning on the rest of the table and stole several rounds of blinds and antes just by moving all-in before the flop. On the first hand of the 400K/800K/100K level, the Philippine player picked up a real hand at the same time as one of the short stacks, holding T♥ T♦ to benderbei2's 8♠ 8♥. The board fell A♥ Q♠ K♦ 6♥ J♦, HesBluffingx scooped the 13.43M-chip pot, and the player from Belarus left in 5th place ($43,834.50).
Shoot bang crash
Just nine minutes had passed since the beginning of the final table and the field had already been reduced by 55 percent. HesBluffingx tried to cut that further on the very next hand, but Q♠ J♣ couldn't crack Ramiz88's second pair of pocket aces at the final table and the Russian player doubled up. From there the tournament entered its only lull, and it was a brief one at that. Fifteen hands passed before the next big confrontation, which took place between Sweden's BigMeech99 and vmnielsen:
That left vmnielsen with just 115K, which the Danish player managed to turn into 462K before finally running J♦ 7♦ into BigMeech99's A♣ 7♣ and finishing in 4th place ($58,274.10).
Two hands later HesBluffingx would finally put Ramiz888 away. The short-stacked Russian had doubled up twice before with the best hand. But getting in ahead with Q♠ 8♥ wouldn't do the trick against HesBluffingx, whose J♣ 6♥ connected with the 4♠ K♥ 6♦ 6♣ Q♥ board to send Ramiz888 out in 3rd place ($85,090.50).
The blinds and antes were now up to 600K/1.2M/150K, so the 5.5M-chip lead HesBluffingx held at the start of heads-up play wasn't too significant. In fact, it all but disappeared after the first hand as the Philippine player and BigMeech99 checked down the T♦ 9♣ 8♣ 7♣ 7♦ board and BigMeech99 turned up 9♥ 8♠ for two pair. That left less than one big blind's difference between the two players' stacks, and the crucial hand was the very next one:
That left HesBluffingx with just 427K. Two double-ups came to open the door to a long-shot of hope, but the third hand saw BigMeech99's Q♣ 3♣ triumph over HesBluffingx's 9♣ 3♠ on a board of Q♠ A♣ K♣ 6♦ 8♦. With that the tournament was complete.
HesBluffingx made one too many namesake moves at the end of the tournament but still claimed a healthy runner-up prize of $120,518.10. Aside from taking a $552K share of a chop in the 6th Anniversary Sunday Million last year, that's a career best for HesBluffingx. As for BigMeech99, the $161,808.21 winner's purse was a breakthrough after several Sunday major and SCOOP close calls in the past. Congratulations are definitely in order for both players.
TCOOP 2013 Event #46: $215 NL Hold'em, Sunday Warmup TCOOP Special
$750,000 guaranteed prize pool
675 places paid
$1,031,400 total prize pool
1st place: BigMeech99 (Sweden) $161,808.21
2nd place: HesBluffingx (Phillipines) $120,158.10
3rd place: Ramiz888 (Russia) $85,090.50
4th place: vmnielsen (Denmark) $58,274.10
5th place: benderbei2 (Belarus) $43,834.50
6th place: Oooowaa (Slovakia) $33,520.50
7th place: T 54 T 97s (Portugal) $23,206.50
8th place: DYBYDX (United Kingdom) $12,892.50
9th place: Banderivets (Ukraine) $8,251.20