TCOOP 2014: Dan "Danny98765" Smith wins Event #17 ($109 NLHE Turbo 1R1A)

Dan Smith is a poker star. He has more than $5.8 million in live poker tournament earnings and millions in online poker cashes. Part of his live earnings includes a side event win at EPT Prague in late 2012 and a $1.18 million win at the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller earlier that year. Online, he has a Sunday Million title to his name, among many other successes.

Today, Smith added a TCOOP title to his list of accomplishments. He took charge early at the final table with a big double-up, and he never backed down. Let's see how it happened.


Event 17 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker was a No Limit Hold'em tournament with turbo action - it's the TCOOP, of course! - that allowed one rebuy and one add-on per player. To say the action was frenzied would be an understatement. The first 90 minutes was filled with rebuys that cost an extra $100, and then the regular turbo excitement kicked in as players vied for the money portion of the event.

The final numbers of the tournament revealed a prize pool nearly double the initial guarantee:

Players: 4,123
Rebuys: 2,662
Add-ons: 1,186
Guarantee: $400,000.00
Prize pool: $797,100.00
Paid players: 450

The money bubble burst to allow the last 540 players a minimum payout of $334.78, and mikechiz of Canada was the first to cash. Team PokerStars Online player George "Jorj95" Lind cashed in 130th place for $876.81, and Team Pro Henrique "Henrique.P" Pinho of Portugal made it all the way to 40th place, where he exited with $1,634.05.

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By the four-hour mark, only four tables remained, and it took about five minutes to reduce that number of tables to three. Only two tables were in play at the time of the 4.5-hour break.

The 11th place elimination of Jon "PearlJammer" Turner made way for hand-for-hand play, at which time both tables got involved. At one table, Danny98765 pushed all-in UTG with A♣9♥, and mrdv8 called all-in with A♦3♥. The board of 4♣J♣Q♠2♠7♠ eliminated mrdv8 in tenth place with $4,782.60.

But before the tables could be combined, the other table had action when Zugwat pushed all-in UTG with 5♠5♦. Jerbi9999 reraised all-in with A♠9♠, and all other players folded. The board of K♠J♠6♠4♦7♣ gave jerbi9999 the flopped flush, and Steven "Zugwat" Silverman was out in ninth place with $6,376.80.

Giffordonian leads 8-handed final

The final table of eight players was set in Level 49 with blinds of 200K/400K and a 50K ante, along with these players' chip counts:

Seat 1: UH Big Tex (2,170,926 in chips)
Seat 2: Kennethmedh (6,297,855 in chips)
Seat 3: jerbi9999 (5,607,097 in chips)
Seat 4: Giffordonian (10,265,251 in chips)
Seat 5: Victor chuch (6,128,728 in chips)
Seat 6: Phantomes124 (2,069,232 in chips)
Seat 7: krec23 (2,717,330 in chips)
Seat 8: Danny98765 (4,598,581 in chips)

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It only took three hands to eliminate a player. Phantomes124 raised all-in from middle position, and UH Big Tex called all-in from the big blind with 5♣5♥. But Phantomes124 had Q♠Q♦, which held up on the 8♦K♥9♣6♣9♠ board. Spencer "UH Big Tex" Hudson was out in eighth place with $9,963.75.

Another three hands into the final table action saw krec23 move all-in UTG with T♦T♥, but Victor chuch reraised from the small blind with A♦A♠, and though the flop was innocent with 4♦3♣7♦, the A♣ came on the turn to give Victor chuch the set of aces. The 5♥ officially sent krec23 out of the tournament in seventh place with $17,934.75.

Danny98765 then doubled through jerbi9999 in this hand:

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Three hands later, Danny98765 wanted more chips and moved all-in from the button with J♣T♠. Kennethmedh called all-in from the small blind with 9♥9♠, and jerbi9999 called all-in from the big blind with 8♥7♠. But the flop brought a pair of tens for Danny98765 with 7♥T♣2♣ and a lower pair for jerbi9999. The K♥ and 5♣ finished the board and eliminated jerbi9999 in sixth place with $25,905.75 and Kennethmedh in fifth with $33,876.75.

On the very next hand, Phantomes124 took her shot with Q♠5♥ from the big blind after Victor chuch raised from the button. Victor chuch did call with K♠2♥ and that king kicker kept him ahead as the board revealed A♥T♠7♥9♥7♦. Phantomes124 collected $45,833.25 for the fourth place finish.

Danny98765 says no deal

The final three players paused the action to discuss a potential deal, but neither the chip-chop nor ICM numbers were preferable to everyone. Danny98765 wanted a particular amount as the chip leader, and the others were not willing to pay it. After more than 20 minutes, the tournament resumed.

And on the second hand back, Danny98765 shoved with T♠9♣, and Giffordonian called all-in for his tournament life with A♣5♥. The flop of A♠K♥Q♥ gave Giffordonian top pair, but the T♣ on the turn and 9♠ on the river gave Danny98765 two pair. Giffordonian exited in third place with $65,760.75.

Danny98765 leads heads-up

The heads-up battle began with these chip counts:

Seat 5: Victor chuch (9,486,216 in chips)
Seat 8: Danny98765 (30,368,784 in chips)

The first ten hands consisted of mere folds or raise-it-and-take-it action. On the 11th hand, Danny98765 raised, and Victor chuch called all-in with 5♣5♠. Danny98765 called with 9♠5♥ and hit a straight draw on the Q♠T♠K♣ flop and completed the straight on the J♥ turn. The 3♣ river ended the tournament with Victor chuch accepting second place and $93,260.70.

Dan "Danny98765" Smith won his first TCOOP title and $125,146.32 in cash. Congratulations!

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TCOOP-17: $109 NL Hold'em (Turbo 1R1A)
Entrants: 4,123 (2,662 rebuys, 1,186 add-ons)
Prize pool: $797,100.00
Places paid: 540

1. Dan "Danny98765" Smith (Canada) $125,146.32
2. Victor chuch (Mexico) $93,260.70
3. Magnus "Girrofdonian" Martin (UK) $65,760.75
4. Phantomes124 (Austria) $45,833.25
5. Kennethmedh (Sweden) $33,876.75
6. jerbi9999 (Israel) $25,905.75
7. krec23 (Russia) $17,934.75
8. Spencer "UH Big Tex" Hudson (Mexico) $9,963.75
9. Steven "Zugwat" Silverman (Canada) $6,376.80

Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.

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