TCOOP 2013: Patokaka2007 takes down Event #3 ($215 NLHE Knockout)

Turbo time has arrived! Event No. 3 on this first day of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars came and went in a blurry blitz of bets, bluffs, and busts. There were lots of bounties collected, too, in this $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em "knockout" tourney, and after just four hours and 45 minutes it was Patokaka2007 of Switzerland grabbing the last of them to claim a nifty $109,257.40 first prize

acozubi zooms in front

About 2,800 players had registered by the time the first hands were dealt, but over the course of 75 minutes' worth of late registration the total field would expand all of the way to 4,632. From each $215 entry, $161.75 went to the prize pool and $41.25 into the bounty pool. That meant $191,070 would be set aside for bounties, with the total prize pool generated by the players adding up to $749,226 -- just a few players shy of the $750K guarantee! Thus did PokerStars top off that prize pool to meet the guarantee, with the top 585 finishers due to divide those riches.

By that 75-minute mark, acozubi had rocketed to the top of the counts, having built the starting stack of 5,000 up over 55,000. A fun new feature in the PokerStars client allows players and observers to see how many knockouts each player has earned during this type of bounty event, thus it was possible to see that acozubi had knocked out seven players during that period while building that stack to collect $288.75 worth of bounties -- at the time the most KOs of anyone.

tsiampas65 rampage, and a TCOOP cash for mement_mori

Five-minute levels kept things moving quickly, and less than a half-hour later the field had been winnowed to less than 1,000 players with thanasis1982 and Bart0071 the first to cross the 100,000-chip plateau. Just a half-hour after that they were already approaching the bursting of the cash bubble, with thanasis1982 still on top with more than 150,000.

Soon the bubble burst, and as the field continued to shrink rapidly only Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen of Team Online was left among the red-spade wearing reps of Team PokerStars. Petersen would last a while longer with a below average stack before running 8♠8♣ into strato_1's J♠J♥ to be eliminated. Petersen picked up $330 for his 408th-place finish, plus another $41.25 for grabbing one bounty along the way. Just a moment before early leader acozubi had gone out in 411st for $330 as well, plus those seven bounties.

Chips continued to move quickly. M1ghtyDucks was the first player to collect 200,000 of them. Pretty soon they'd reach the two-and-a-half-hour mark and tsiampas65 was cruising past 500,000 and into first position, having scored a cool 15 KOs along the way while doing so.

Finding a final table as tonn22 takes the lead

By the three-hour break just 110 players were left, with M1ghtyDucks (195th, $562.50, 5 KOs) among those having hit the rail and zokete leading at that point with with a stack of nearly 740,000. Fifteen minutes later it was tigbitties56 becoming the first player to 1 million chips to occupy the top spot among the remaining 65.

Before long, Lawyer_HS had negotiated a spot at the top of the leaderboard with more than 2 million. Then falling in 18th place was tsiampas65, who earned $2,250 for the finish plus another $742.50 for what would turn out to be a tourney-leading 18 knockouts. sabouvasile1 (17th, 16 KOs) followed, also grabbing $2,250 of the prize pool, and the remaining 16 made the four-hour break with Zepota having surged ahead with more than 4 million.

Back from the break, gsden2727 went out in 16th ($2,250, 16 KOs), followed to the rail soon thereafter by poorjudge (15th, 8 KOs), Turko_man (14th, 8 KOs), and FellipeNunes (13th, 7 KOs), each of whom earned $3,375 in addition to their bounties. Mattsons (12th, 6 KOs), early leader thanasis1982 (11th, 16 KOs), and @RXIDI@ (10th, 8 KOs) were next knocked out, and each of them took away $4,500 plus bounties.

Nine remained, with tonn22 of the Netherlands having assumed the chip lead to start the final table.


Seat 1: Patokaka2007 (Switzerland) -- 2,769,072
Seat 2: free1978 (Netherlands) -- 2,343,571
Seat 3: zero All-in (Ukraine) -- 777,696
Seat 4: max700 (Russia) -- 4,550,474
Seat 5: tigbitties56 (Canada) -- 2,900,194
Seat 6: Zepota (Germany) -- 1,764,450
Seat 7: tonn22 (Netherlands) -- 5,263,802
Seat 8: Clemme_1982 (Denmark) -- 1,415,261
Seat 9: Lawyer_HS (Ukraine) -- 1,375,480

The stacks were deep, but so were the blinds, already up to 80,000/160,000 (with a 20,000 ante) and increasing quickly. Thus it wasn't surprising to see the eliminations continue at a rapid clip.

Patokaka2007 sets pace as field shrinks to six

The second hand of the final table saw the first elimination, as Lawyer_HS open-raised all in from under the gun for 1,335,480, Patokaka2007 rereaised over the top from a seat over, and everyone else got out of the way.

Lawyer_HS had A♦T♥ and needed help versus Patokaka2007's K♦K♥. The flop came K♠Q♦2♥, giving Patokaka2007 a set but also offering straight hopes to Lawyer_HS. But the turn was the 3♠ and river the 7♣, and Lawyer_HS was out in ninth.

Just a couple of hands later, the stakes had risen to 100,000/200,000/25,000 when zero All-in opened for 600,000 from UTG, leaving just 112,696 behind. Patokaka2007 reraised from the small blind, and it folded to zero All-in who called. zero All-in had A♦3♣ and Patokaka2007 A♥9♦, and when the board rolled out A♠6♥9♠K♦3♥, Patokaka2007 had the better two pair and a second bounty at the final table as zero All-in's run had ended in eighth.

Less than an orbit after that, Clemme_1982 made a 3x opening raise to 600,000 from under the gun, chip leader tonn22 reraised all in from the big blind, and Clemme_1982 called with the 390,261 left behind. Clemme_1982 had A♠5♦ and tonn22 K♣T♣. The flop came 7♣J♦Q♠ and Clemme_1982 still led, but the A♦ fell on the turn to give tonn22 a Broadway straight, making the 7♠ river no matter and sending Clemme_1982 railward in seventh.

From six emerge max700 and Patokaka2007

tonn22 continued to lead, but Patokaka2007 was closing in with six players left. And Patokaka2007 would soon grab some more chips after knocking out Zepota in sixth.

In Zepota's last hand, the blinds were 125,000/250,000 when Zepota open-pushed all in for 1,988,200 from late position and only Patokaka2007 called from the small blind. Zepota had 8♣8♦ and was hoping that pair would hold versus Patokaka2007's K♣Q♥. But the flop came 5♣A♥K♥ to put Patokaka2007 ahead. The turn was the 7♣ and river the 3♦, and Zepota was out in sixth.

They were in the same level when free1978 raised all in for 2,759,821 from the button, max700 reraised all in from the small blind, and tigbitties56 stepped aside.

free1978: Q♠T♠
max700: 7♦7♠

This time the pocket pair would hold, as the board came 4♦2♣4♥2♥8♠ to send free1978 out in fifth.

The final four battled forward, with tigbitties56 becoming the short stack with less than 2.9 million, Patokaka2007 moving to third position with about 4.83 million, and max700 and tonn22 leading the way while hovering in the 7.5-8 million chip range.

That's when max700 made a 2x raise to 800,000 from under the gun, then tigbitties56 reraised all in for 2,845,388 from the button, forcing folds from the blinds. max700 called, however, turning over Q♦Q♣ to tigbitties56's A♠Q♥. Five cards later -- T♦8♥5♣9♦9♠ -- they were down to three.

Patokaka2007 would soon chip up and into the lead, then came a big hand between max700 and tonn22 that saw the latter's stack suddenly reduced to less than a couple of antes.

In that one max700 open-shoved for more than 6.33 million from the small blind and tonn22 called all in from the big blind, leaving just a little behind. max700 had K♣5♥, but had run into the A♦J♦ of tonn22. Alas for tonn22, the flop came 4♥K♠J♥ to pair both but giving max700 the advantage. The turn was the 7♥ and river the 8♥, thus improving max700 to a flush and pushing max700 up over 1.2 million while tonn22 had sunk to less than 120,000.

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On the next hand, tonn22 was automatically all in from the small blind, and when max700 folded the button tonn22's hand was shown to be 8♦4♣ while Patokaka2007 had A♦8♥. The board came 2♥5♠6♥5♥9♥, and tonn22 had been eliminated in third place.

Last, most lucrative knockout to Patokaka2007

That big hand versus tonn22 had given max700 the lead to start heads-up play with 12,800,082 versus Patotaka2007's 10,359,918, and they'd play but one small hand before pausing the tourney to discuss a possible deal. Both were amenable to proposed chip-chop numbers, and the tourney soon continued.

There was still a lot to play for, however. There was still the prize of a coveted TCOOP title, of course. And with $15,000 still on the table for which to play, the last bounty would prove the biggest of the day.

The pair would battle for a little over 10 minutes, during which stretch Patokaka2007 grabbed the advantage then pushed up over 16.1 million while max700 slipped just under 7 million. Then with the blinds at 300,000/600,000 (with a 75,000 ante), Patokaka2007 raised to 1.2 million from the button, max700 shoved all in, and Patokaka2007 quickly called.

max700 had picked up a pocket pair with 6♠6♦, but Patokaka2007 had a pair, too -- A♥A♠! Much like the fast-moving tournament, the community cards came swiftly, rolling out 9♥Q♥K♥K♠9♣, and just like that Patokaka2007 had won.

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Congratulations to Patokaka2007 for topping a huge field of 4,632 to win TCOOP Event #3 and a better than six-figure score! And kudos as well to max700 of Russia for making it to heads-up and a chop.

TCOOP Event #3 $215 No-Limit Hold'em (Knockout) final table results (*reflects two-way deal):
1st: Patokaka2007 (Netherlands) -- $109,257.40* (plus $660 for 16 bounties)
2nd: max700 (Russia) -- $96,242.60* (+$495, 12 bounties)
3rd: tonn22 (Netherlands) -- $61,875 (+$577.50, 14 bounties)
4th: tigbitties56 (Canada) -- $43,125 (+$453.75, 11 bounties)
5th: free1978 (Netherlands) -- $31,875 (+$288.75, 7 bounties)
6th: Zepota (Germany) -- $24,375 (+$660, 16 bounties)
7th: Clemme_1982 (Denmark) -- $16,875 (+$453.75, 11 bounties)
8th: zero All-in (Ukraine) -- $9,375 (+$330, 8 bounties)
9th: Lawyer_HS (Ukraine) -- $6,000 (+$123.75, 3 bounties)

Entrants: 4,632
Prize pool: $750,000
Bounty pool: $191,070
Places paid: 585

As noted, the Turbo Championship of Online Poker is just getting started. Check the TCOOP page for details on all of the remaining events, including the $700 buy-in Main Event on January 27.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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