TCOOP 2013: Pappe_Ruk puts away Event 29 ($215 NLHE Shootout, Super-Knockout)

One of the things we don't see a lot of in the later stages of TCOOP hold'em events is post-flop play. The turbo structures move so quickly that by the time you get down to the end of a tournament the leader usually only has somewhere around 15 or 20 big blinds, and the rest of the table far less than that. But in today's event, there was plenty of post-flop action to go around, since the final table was actually a sit-and-go.

This $215 no-limit hold'em shootout attracted the maximum 1,000 players, building a total prize pool of $206,000 - but since this was a Super-Knckout tournament, that was divided into a $103,000 bounty pool and a $103,000 pool for the prize-winners. Even if you didn't make the final table, you could still theoretically earn more than the last place finisher there. Or, if you survived to heads-up play at your first few tables without making any knockouts of your own and then won that duel, you could end up cashing at the final table without claiming many bounties. There are many roads to the final table, but only one to the win.

I'm gonna knock you out

The final table began at 12:52 p.m. ET, with these 10 players vying for a TCOOP title:

Seat 1: OmeRalph (5000 in chips)
Seat 2: chilenocl (5000 in chips)
Seat 3: Zenzor (5000 in chips)
Seat 4: raspashena (5000 in chips)
Seat 5: daisyarmo (5000 in chips)
Seat 6: Skipper-dawn (5000 in chips)
Seat 7: 42ayay (5000 in chips)
Seat 8: idvalentina (5000 in chips)
Seat 9: ynd! (5000 in chips)
Seat 10: Pappe_Ruk (5000 in chips)

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Romania's idvalentina, looking to improve on Sunday's second-place finish in Event 15, came to the final table with eight knockouts and quickly picked up a few more. With blinds at 40/80 and an ante of 10, Colombia's daisyarmo opened for 240 under the gun and only got a call from idvalentina of Romania. On the 6♠ 3♥ 2♦ flop he Colombian player led out for 560 into the 700-chip pot, and idvalentina once again made the call. When the Q♣ turn came down, daisyarmo moved all-in for 3,585 and idvalentina couldn't have called more quickly. It was K♦ K♠ for daisyarmo, Q♦ Q♥ and turned trips for idvalentina. Only a king would keep daisyarmo alive, but the river was the 6♥ and daisyarmo finished in 10th place ($1,442).

idvalentina won two pots during the next orbit to move even further ahead of the competition. Five hands after knocking out daisyarmo, idvalentina raised on the button with A♣ K♦, got a call from OmeRalph, and checked down the 2♠ 8♠ 9♥ 2♦ Q♠ board to win 1,240 chips against OmeRalph's A♦ J♣. But that paled next to the 9,435-chip pot the Romanian took down two hands later:


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That pot moved idvalentina up to 14,551 chips. It also sent Skipper-dawn to the rail in 9th place, good for $2,472 plus five KO bounties.

Dutch-on-Dutch

OmeRalph had more knockouts than anyone else who'd hit the rail up to that point, but a loss early on at the final table had left the Dutch player short on chips. Sitting in the big blind and facing a raise form the button and re-raise from the small blind, OmeRalph moved all-in for 1,364 chips with A♦ Q♣. Pappe_Ruk, also, of the Netherlands, led out from the small blind on the J♣ 9♥ J♥, and after getting idvalentina to fold turned up T♣ 9♣. The board ran out 5♠ 5♥ and OmeRalph was gone in 8th place ($2,575).

The rise of Zenzor

Freshly flush with chips and sitting in second place, Pappe_Ruk opened for the minimum on the button with 7♥ 7♣ on the next hand. The Dutch player went into the time bank after Zenzor moved all-in for 4,380 chips but eventually made the call. It was a coin flip against Zenzor's A♣ J♠, but an ace on the flop was all it took to send the 8,980-chip pot over to Zenzor.

With blinds and antes at 100/200/25, the remaining seven players were now stacked like so:

Seat 2: chilenocl (4,184 in chips)
Seat 3: Zenzor (8,980 in chips)
Seat 4: raspashena (4,446 in chips)
Seat 7: 42ayay (4,735 in chips)
Seat 8: idvalentina (14,112 in chips)
Seat 9: ynd! (7,670 in chips)
Seat 10: Pappe_Ruk (5,873 in chips)

Things would even out a bit toward the end of the level after 42ayay shoved before the flop with K♣ J♦, got a call from idvalentina with 6♥ 6♣, and flopped a jack to double up to 8,377 chips. Then Zenzor jumped into the lead after calling with A♦ 8♠ in the big blind following a chilenocl all-in move from the small blind. The Chilean player held a dominated K♣ 8♣, which couldn't catch up on J♥ 3♠ 5♦ 3♣ J♠ board and sent chilenocl out in 7th place ($3,244.50).

Pappe-Ruk strikes back

The next 11 hands went by without ever going further than the turn before Pappe_Ruk took a bite out of raspashena's stack:

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That left raspashena low on chips, a situation which only got worse as the blinds and antes ate away at the Russian player's stack. Finally, sitting in the small blind, raspashena got in with A♦ Q♠ and won against Pappe_Ruk's K♦ 4♦ to get back to 2,852 just after the blinds and antes had progressed to 200/400/50.

No title this time

The next player to go, though, would be idvalentina. After Zenzor opened for a minimum raise to 800 under the gun, idvalentina moved all-in on the button for 7,211 chips with A♥ Q♦. Zenzor made the call with T♦ T♣, which held up through the 3♠ 5♣ 8♦ 9♥ K♥ board to send idvalentina out in 6th place ($4,120). That makes two strong final table finishes during this TCOOP for the Romanian player, who also bagged 10 KO bounties in this tournament.

A career week

Zenzor stole the next four pots in a row before the flop to stack up over 24K. Then raspashena, down to just 752 chips, put them in the middle with 8♣ 7♠. That couldn't beat 42ayay's Q♦ T♠, and raspashena was gone in 5th place ($5,098.50). It was quite a run for raspashena, who had only knockout out three players en route to the final table, and it adds to what's already been a career week for the Russian player; raspashena defeated 9,843 players in an $11 PokerStars tournament on Monday to win $14,485.

Min-raise, snap-call, and repeat

The last four players now locked in for the push to the title with blinds and antes at 250/500/60:

Seat 3: Zenzor (24,005 in chips)
Seat 7: 42ayay (12,263 in chips)
Seat 9: ynd! (6,110 in chips)
Seat 10: Pappe_Ruk (7,622 in chips)

It didn't take long for a confrontation to occur. Pappe_Ruk kicked off the betting with a minimum raise under the gun and had an easy call with A♠ A♦ after ynd! of Taiwan moved all-in for 6,920 from the big blind. The Q♣ J♠ in ynd!'s hand managed to flop top pair, but the full board ran out T♥ Q♥ 2♠ 3♣ 3♥ and the Taiwanese player was gone in 4th place ($7,261.50).

Five hands later Pappe_Ruk would score another knockout. The action proceeded exactly as it had in the previous hand: Pappe_Ruk opened for the minimum bet of 1,000 chips and then called after 42ayay shoved for 10,213. This time it was a coin flip - Pappe_Ruk's A♣ Q♥ against 42ayay's T♠ T♥ - but the 7♣ 8♣ 6♣ 6♥ 9♣ meant the result was the same. 42ayay left in 3rd place, earning$9,733.50 plus 13 KO bounties.

An even and drawn-out battle

Pappe_Ruk and Zenzor were separated by only 130 chips - less than one small blind - as the heads-up match began. As one might expect, that led to a pretty even matchup. They played a total of 67 hands as the blinds and antes went from 250/500/60 to 500/1,000/125, with Pappe_Ruk holding the lead from the fifth hand onward following an uncalled river bet in a 10,050-chip pot. Finally the two found themselves in a spot where they were destined to clash:

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With that Zenzor was eliminated in second place, claiming $13,081 plus nine KO bounties. It was a career-best score at PokerStars for the Canadian player, who has won no less than six TCOOP satellites with buy-ins of $2.20 or less in the last week.

As for Pappe_Ruk, the top prize was worth $18,797.50. Throw in 13 knockouts - including the last three players in a row - and the total take for the Dutch player rises to $20,136.50.

TCOOP 2013 Event #29: $215 NL Hold'em (Shootout, Super-Knockout)
$75,000 guaranteed prize pool
1,000 entries
100 places paid
$103,000 total prize pool
$103,000 total bounty pool

1st place: Pappe_Ruk (Netherlands) $20,136.50 ($18,797.50 + 13 KOs)
2nd place: Zenzor (Canada) $14,008 ($13,081 + 9 KOs)
3rd place: 42ayay (Sweden) $11,072.50 ($9,733.50 + 13 KOs)
4th place: ynd! (Taiwan) $7,982.50 ($7,261.50 + 7 KOs)
5th place: raspashena (Russia) $5,407.50 ($5,098.50 + 3 KOs)
6th place: idvalentina (Romania) $5,150 ($4,120 + 10 KOs)
7th place: chilenocl (Chile) $3,862.50 ($3,244.50 + 5 KOs)
8th place: OmeRalph (Netherlands) $3,811 ($2,575 + 12 KOs)
9th place: Skipper-dawn (Denmark) $2,472 ($1,957 + 5 KOs)
10th place: daisyarmo (Colombia) $2,266 ($1,442 + 8 KOs)

We're officially on the tail end of this year's TCOOP schedule now. That means there's no time to waste - get in on the action now so you don't spend the next year wondering how much money you could've made for less than a full day's work at the tables.

Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in TCOOP