TCOOP 2013: gorglav gorges field in Event #11 ($109 NL Heads-Up)

Finland's cannotletgo looked unstoppable in TCOOP Event #11 $109 Heads-Up NL, especially after knocking out Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder in fourth place. Only one player, gorglav from Russia, stood in the way between a disappointing runner-up finish and first place. The final match lasted a little more than thirty minutes, with cannotletgo and gorglav taking it easy in the initial levels by feeling each other out. Heads-up poker often employs the combination of chess-like strategy along with the mental aspects of boxing. Although the physical aspect of pugilism is a non-factor, both players were engaged in mental punching match. Whomever breaks first, usually loses... and gorglav landed the first crushing blow. Although cannotletgo tried to recover, gorglav eventually pulled away for the victory as the last person standing.

Event #11 featured twelve arduous rounds of heads-up play. Players started with 5,000 in chips and levels were five-minutes long. Stacks reset to 5,000 whenever a player advanced to the next round.

Event #11 attracted 3,083 heads-up combatants. They battled for a piece of the $308,300 prize pool. Only the top 512 runners got a cut of the money with $46,246.68 originally set aside to the eventual winner.

Several familiar faces participated in the event including Team PokerStars Pros Matthias De Meulder (4th), Christophe De Meulder (493rd), Christian De Leon (628th), Jonathan Duhamel (733rd), Vivan Im (1,295th), Max Lykov (1,303rd), Jake Cody (2,013th), Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby (2,125th), and Liv Boeree (2,235th).

Among the Team Online Pros in the heads-up event were Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen (549th), Tatiana "Mysters_Y" Barausova (2,883rd), and Kevin "Wizard of Ahhhs" Thurman (2,989th).

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Team PokerStars Pro Matthias "mattidm" De Meulder

Only two notables cashed in this event: Team PokerStars Pros Matthias and Christophe De Meulder. Christophe finished in 493rd place and busted out right after the money bubble. His twin brother Matthias went on a much deeper run and advanced to the "Final Four."

Round 6... Matthias De Meulder's A♦K♠ defeated Othniel222's K♦8♣. An ace on the river dealed the deal and De Meulder advanced to the round of 64.

Round 7... Matthias De Meulder's match against Leo2222 lasted only 12 minutes, or a mere two and a half levels. De Meulder won a race with A♥Q♥ against leo2222's 7♥7♠. De Meulder flopped an Ace and rivered a Queen to win the pot with Aces up. Leo2222 busted out in 58th place and De Meulder advanced to the round of 32.

Round 8... The previous round went fast for De Meudler, but his round 8 match against [Abs!ck]² went much longer. It was one of the last matches to finish up. Matthias De Meulder finally took out [Abs!ck]² with A♠J♥ against K♠6♦. After beating his toughest opponent of the evening, De Meulder advanced to the Sweet 16.

Round 9... De Meulder defeated OkeybDokey77 in only 21 hands. That match lasted only seven minutes or 1.5 levels. OkeybDokey77 four-bet shoved pre-flop with T♣T♦ but De Meulder ambushed him with Q♣Q♦. The board ran out A♥7♣3♠8♦4♠ and De Meulder's Queens held up. OkeybDokey77 busted in 14th place while De Meudler advanced to the next round and Elite 8.

Round 9 - Sweet 16 Results:
gorglav defeated toama13
micide defeated bastet2004
Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder defeated OkeybDokey77
Mikleler defeated klauniq
joe ofAA defeated bearnaisesås
JacktShipper defeated doulas12
djalminha defeated oppa23
cannotletgo defeated mexican222

Round 10 - Elite 8 Results:
micide defeated JacktShipper
Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder defeated joe ofAA
cannotletgo defeated Mikleler
gorglav defeated djalminha

JacktShipper eliminated in 8th place

This match-up went turbo-fast and lasted only six hands before its completion. On the final hand... JacktShipper's 9♥9♠ lost to micide's Q♥Q♣ in a set-over-set situation. A Queen on the flop solidified micide's hand. A nine fell on the river and gave JacktShipper a set as well, but that card ended up leading him into disaster. Micide check-raised all-in with a set of Queens, JacktShipper called because he thought his set of nines were good enough given the pot odds he was getting. JacktShipper took home $7553.35 for an eighth-place finish.

joe ofAA eliminated in 7th place

Matthias De Meulder hoped for another quick match, but he struggled early on against a formidable joe ofAA. De Meulder lost almost half of his stack in the opening levels, but he woke up with K♣K♦ and doubled up to win a decisive pot that turned the course of the match. Both players got it all-in on the river with board showing T♣A♣K♠7♥3♥. Although joe ofAA flopped an Ace with A♠J♥ (and also picked up a Broadway draw), De Meulder flopped a set of Kings. De Meulder's set held up when he faded joe ofAA's straight. That was the beginning of the end for joe ofAA.

De Meulder finally took out short-stacked joe ofAA, who made a final stand with A♥9♣. De Meudler outflopped him with J♦6♦ when a Jack hit the flop and sunk joe ofAA's hope for a comeback. De Meulder shipped the pot and advanced to the Final Four. Germany's joe ofAA finished in seventh place place, which paid out $7,553.35.

Mikleler eliminated in 6th place

Super short Mikleler made a move with A♥8♠ and big-stacked cannotletgo tried to pick him off with 6♦4♥. It wasn't a good day for Mikleler, because cannotletgo won the hand with trip fours. Cannotletgo advanced to the Final Four, while Mikleler busted in sixth place and collected $7,553.35.

djalminha eliminated in 5th place

Short-stacked djalminha took K♣7♥ into battle against gorglav's T♥T♠. The board ran out Q♥J♠6♦3♠5♣ and gorglav's pocket tens held up. With that victory, gorglav advanced to the final four, while djalminha was knocked out in fifth place, which paid out $7,553.35.

Round 11 - Final Four Results:
cannotletgo defeated Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder
gorglav defeated micide

Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder eliminated in 4th place

De Meulder played several rapid-fire matches en route to the Final Four, but he found himself on the dour end of a quickie. De Meulder's match versus cannotletgo lasted ten hands, but all of the damage was done on hand #6. The two got involved in a raising war pre-flop when cannotletgo five-bet shoved and De Meulder called. Heck of a time to get coolered! De Mulder's was in trouble with A♦K♠ against cannotletgo's K♣K♦. The board ran out Q♠4♦4♥9♥2♣ and cannotletgo's pocket cowboys held up. De Meulder was crippled and left with 350 in chips.

Four hands later, De Meulder busted out when his 2♣2♠ to cannotletgo's A♥5♣. The 5♦ on the flop sealed De Meulder's fate.

Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder busted out in fourth place, which paid $15,415. Meanwhile, Finland's cannotletgo advanced to the finals against the winner of the match between gorglav vs. micide.

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micide eliminated in 3rd place

On the other table... gorglav and micide match took much longer to determine a winner until gorglav delivered a crushing blow when his 8♠8♦ held up against micide's A♣9♣. The board ran out 6♦2♥2♣T♥3♦. Left with only 856 chips, micide didn't giveup so easily and won a few consecutive pots. However, any semblance of a legitimate comeback fell short of the mark. The board read 7♦3♥3♦2♥. Micide bet small for 600, gorglav shoved for 5,316 and micide called all-in for 2,404. Both players flopped two pair, but gorglav was ahead with K♠7♠ against micide's Q♣7♣. The river was the 5♦, which did not help micide at all. Germany's micide bubbled off the final table and finished in third place, which paid out $15,415. Russia's gorglav advanced to the final round.


HEADS-UP: gorglav (Russia) vs. cannotletgo (Finland)

When the final two took their seats at the final table, they quickly agreed on a chop. $4,000 was left on the table for the eventual winner.

The two played small ball over the first two levels and were feeling each other out. The only pot in excess of 1,000 went to cannotletg toward the end of Level II.

At the end of Level III, gorglav dragged a pot worth 1,776. He four-bet shoved pre-flop and cannotletg folded. At the start of the first break, gorglav held a slight lead 6,324 to 3,676.

During Level IV, gorglav tried to pull away after building up a 3-1 chip advantage. Then fireworks happened when players bombed it all-in. Cannotletgo led with 9♥9♣ against gorglav's 7♥7♦. The board ran out K♣J♠3♠K♥T♦, and cannotletgo avoided an elimination by doubling up with pocket nines. Although gorglav held a slight lead, both players were almost even in chips and back to square one. By the end of Level V, gorglav won two sizable pots (3.4K and 2K) and got back up to a 3-1 advantage.

cannotletgo eliminated in 2nd place; gorglav wins Event #11

After thirty minutes of back-and-forth fisticuffs, someone emerged as the victor. The final hand was kicked off by gorglav's min-raise to 320. Cannotletgo did not waste any time and shoved all-in over the top for 2,955, and gorglav called with A♠Q♦. Alas, cannotletgo need help with his inferior A♦8♣. The board ran out Q♥5♦5♠7♠T♥ and gorglav won the pot with two pair -- Queens and fives.

After a magnificent run, cannotletgo just missed out on a TCOOP title. Finland's cannotletgo earned $33,455.34 for a runner-up performance.

Congrats to Russia's gorglav, who earned a $37,455.34 pay day for first place. You can now add gorglav's name to a list of this year's TCOOP champions.

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Event #11 $109 NL Heads-Up - Top 8 Results and Payouts:
Entrants: 3,083
Prize Pool: $308,300
Payouts: 512

1. gorglav (Russia) - $37.455.34 **
2. cannotletgo (Finland) - $33,455.34 **
3. micide (Germany) - $15,415
4. Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder (Belgium) - $15,415
5. djalminha (Portugal) - $7,553.35
6. Mikleler (Russia) - $7,553.35
7. joe of AA (Germany) - $7,553.35
8. JacktShipper (Belgium) - $7,553.35

** Denotes the final two players agreed on a chop

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Pauly McGuire is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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