TCOOP 2014: easylimp raises a victory in Event #27 ($27+R NLHE 2x-Turbo)
If you're going to play a 2x-Turbo Event, you know you're in for a wild ride. So it sure helps when it's slated as a rebuy event, so you can take some chances early, safe in the knowledge that you can reach deep and reload during the rebuy period. But then once that rebuy period closes, it's time to hold on your hats and enjoy the ride. One player who enjoyed that ride more than anyone else today was the UK's easylimp who was able to reach the TCOOP final table, negotiate through a marathon six-handed deal, before ultimately going on to win the TCOOP title and almost $50,000 in prize money.
Event #27 of the TCOOP schedule would see a field of 5,437 players come together for the $27 No Limit Holdem 2xTurbo Rebuy Event. They combined for 11,897 rebuys and another 3,221 addons to boost the prize pool to a whopping $504,625.25 to blow away the advertised guarantee.
Christian de León, Caio Pessagno, Marcel Luske, Nacho Barbero and Henrique Pinho were members of Team PokerStars in the field but they missed out on the money for the top 720 players. Also missing the cash was JohnecoN from Cyprus who bubbled in 721st place as the remaining players locked up at least $161.48 for their efforts.
Mickey Petersen (453rd - $186.71) and Andre Akkari (396th - $206.89) finished in the money, while Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov lasted the longest with his deep run ending in 79th place for $716.56.
After four hours of play it would be emran86 to miss out on a final table berth by just one spot after shoving king-jack but failing to get past wei li's ace-eight, to see our final table formed as follows:
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Gottonik (14,728,163 in chips)
Seat 2: olih1 (6,730,784 in chips)
Seat 3: elmerixx (3,210,167 in chips)
Seat 4: LaliTournier (4,436,448 in chips)
Seat 5: Javifdez10 (3,032,192 in chips)
Seat 6: safe304 (10,232,372 in chips)
Seat 7: Flush098765 (4,866,068 in chips)
Seat 8: easylimp (12,689,466 in chips)
Seat 9: wei li (6,952,340 in chips)
The final table blinds would kick off at 200k/400k/50k which left several of our players under enormous pressure. Javifdez10 was the short stack but landed an early double up with ace-jack against easylimp's pocket eights, before a huge cooler would see olih1 and wei li commit their stacks. The chips were in on a ten-high flop with olih1's J♣J♥ running into wei li's Q♥Q♦. The turn and river bricked out to see olih1 as a surprising first casualty, departing in 9th place for $4,037.
elmerixx and LaliTournier both found double ups to stay alive, but Flush098765 wasn't so fortunate. Flush098765 moved all in for about seven big blinds with J♣8♣ and Gottonik made the call with A♣Q♦. The board ran out Q♠6♥6♣2♣5♠ to pair Gottonik and eliminate Flush098765 in 8th place for $6,307.81.
Gottonik gave away some of those chips when ace-ten was no match for elmerixx's pocket kings, but it was Javifdez10 who was next to go. When action folded to the button, Javifdez10 moved all in with Q♣T♠ but easylimp made the call in the big blind with a dominant A♦Q♦. Nothing changed through the board of 7♠5♥A♥T♥K♥, leaving Javifdez10 to pick up $11,354.06 for 7th place.
With six players left, the clock was paused so that deal numbers could be considered. It's always a tricky affair to find agreement with so many players wanting to squeeze out as much value for themselves as possible. Of course the big stacks want a chip chop deal, while the short stacks are happy with an ICM deal. Chip leaders Gottonik and wei li tried to compromise and after an intense 45 minutes of discussion, a custom deal was eventually agreed to with $8,000 left in the middle to play for.
With the money safely locked away, it didn't take long for the chips to fly. safe304 was first to fall but was rather unlucky after getting the chips in good:
safe304 was looking good to double up but the flop wasn't so safe, and the river was disastrous as a favourable deal saw safe304 collect $34,000.00 for 6th place.
LaliTournier was the other short stack during the deal talks, but couldn't find a double up to get back into contention. LaliTournier shoved with K♣7♥. Gottonik called in the big blind with T♣K♥ and held through the board of 8♠A♣6♥T♠6♦. The custom deal also gave $34,000.00 to LaliTournier for 5th place.
Gottonik was well in front but elmerixx found a double with queen-nine against wei li's pocket fives to leave wei li in trouble on the short stack.
Very next hand, wei li's last chips were in the middle with a rather dramatic board spread:
wei li caught a pair but a backdoor straight for elmerixx would see wei li finish in 4th place for $44,680.05.
The biggest pot of the final table would see a huge shift in chips when easylimp three-bet jammed with pocket threes and Gottonik called with a suited queen-jack. The board bricked out to see easylimp double through and put pressure on Gottonik as the short stack.
The chips continued to fly around and when the luck turned against Gottonik, we found ourselves heads-up for the title. Gottonik got it in good with A♠Q♠ against easylimp's A♥2♠ but the board ran out 3♣4♦7♥8♥5♣ to give easylimp a straight to wheel Gottonik out in 3rd place for $45,680.06.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 3: elmerixx (19,953,363 in chips)
Seat 8: easylimp (46,924,637 in chips)
easylimp had a comfortable chip lead and would take just three hands to finish the job.
easylimp three-bet jammed with K♦6♦ and elmerixx made the call with A♠2♥. easylimp would need to hit and that's what happened when the board appeared Q♣K♠8♥7♠T♠. elmerixx took home $37,680.05 for 2nd place as easylimp is our TCOOP champion, receiving $49,680.05 in prize money! Congratulations!
TCOOP-27: $27+R No Limit Holdem [2x-Turbo] - $400k Guaranteed
Entrants: 5,437 (11,897 re-buys, 3,221 add-ons)
Prize Pool: $504,625.25
Places Paid: 720
1. easylimp (United Kingdom) $49,680.06*
2. elmerixx (Finland) $37,680.05*
3. Gottonik (Netherlands) $45,680.06*
4. wei li (Canada) $44,680.05*
5. LaliTournier (Brazil) $34,000*
6. safe304 (Slovenia) $34,000*
7. Javifdez10 (United Kingdom) $11,354.06
8. Flush098765 (Germany) $6,307.81
9. olih1 (Iceland) $4,307
* denotes six-handed deal
With 50 events and over $15 million in guaranteed prizes, don't miss out on your opportunity to get among the TCOOP action. Visit the TCOOP main page to see the full schedule of remaining events which run right through until February 2nd.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.