TCOOP 2014: Meet speed freak Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm, TCOOP Player of the Series
The Turbo Championship of Online Poker is the youngest of the COOP's so it's pretty fitting that we have a young TCOOP 2014 player of the Series, too. Christian "CMoosepower" Elgstrøm is a fair-haired 21-year-old Dane who's been playing full-time since finishing school a couple of years ago. Elgstrøm cashed in 16 of the 50 events making one big money final table - 5th in the $215 Supersonic for $29,664.30 - and ran deep in a number of others, including a 40th place in the $2,100 Turbo High Roller. It's no one-off streak either. Elgstrøm's already got a SCOOP and Super Tuesday title to his name.
While big name grinders like Shawn "buck21" Buchanan, who won the first ever Triple-COOP, have readymade bankrolls to play entire festival series, others do not. They have to be more selective and pick the events that they think they'll thrive in. That is, of course, unless they get a good score early on. Elgstrøm is one such player. It ended up working out pretty well.
"I feel leader boards are almost made for someone like me, so it's always a target, but if I get a bad start I give up pretty early and don't change my normal grind pattern," explained Elgstrøm. "This series I had a pretty bad start, but after my 5th place in the Supersonic I thought I had a pretty good shot. I went for it and played every event after that, which I wouldn't have been able to without a big score."
Although Elgstrøm's go-to game is Texas Hold'em, the young Dane has also introduced mixed games to his armoury. Five of his sixteen scoring cashes scored came from tournaments where you had more than two cards.
"I almost only play MTTs but lately I have been playing some 8-game cash which I really like," said Elgstrøm. "Tournaments are still where I want to earn my money, but it's nice to get a break from tournaments once in a while, play other games and get challenged in some other ways that I am normally used to. This also helped me to win the leader board. I definitely wouldn't have won if I didn't know how to play the other games since 18 of 50 events were non-Hold'em games. I think this makes series like this one so much more fun since you get to play some different games with a big prize pool."
The CMoosepower turbocharged victory run
TCOOP-07: $27+R NL Hold'em (Turbo), 900th: $134.54
TCOOP-10: $11+R NL Hold'em (3x-Turbo), 1,581th: $71.95
TCOOP-16: $320 NL Hold'em (Turbo, Progressive Super-Knockout), 259th: $297.08
TCOOP-19: $215 Sunday Supersonic Special Edition (Hyper-Turbo), 5th: $29,664.30
TCOOP-20: $82 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-Max, Turbo,1R1A), 50th: $349.35
TCOOP-21: $27 NL Hold'em (4-Max, Turbo), 996th: $64.76
TCOOP-22: $82 FL Omaha H/L (Turbo), 37th: $267.12
TCOOP-24: $109 PL Omaha H/L (6-Max, Turbo), 46th: $418.18
TCOOP-27: $27+R NL Hold'em (2x-Turbo), $400K Gtd, 41st: $1.009.25
TCOOP-28: $82 NL Hold'em (Turbo,2x Chance), $200K Gtd, 60th: $612.49
TCOOP-30: $11+R PL Omaha (6-Max,3x-Turbo), 116th: $283.61
TCOOP-32: $7.50+R NL Hold'em (3x-Turbo), 792nd: $122.89
TCOOP-40: $215 HORSE (Turbo), 56th: $370.50
TCOOP-42: $27+R NL Hold'em (2x-Turbo), 22nd: $1,333
TCOOP-46: $215 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition (Turbo), 241st: $589.12
TCOOP-47: $2,100 NL Hold'em (Turbo, High Roller), 40th: $7,078.80
Total TCOOP 2014 winnings: $42,666.14 + 2015 PCA prize package worth $16,500
Keeping an eye on a series leader board also adds a new dynamic to your game. Beyond the equity in your hand or your equity in the tournament, you also have to balance your Player of the Series equity.
"It changed the way I played, especially in some of the last events where I could see it would get really close between me and buck21 (Buchanan)," said Elgstrøm. "I tried harder to cash every tournament than I normally would have and I made some plays which definitely were wrong in terms of the single tournament, but I estimated it to be the right decision in terms of the leader board. Before the last day he was five points ahead which is only a min-cash and the difference between 1st and 2nd on the leader board was $11,300, so I played very tight around bubbles."
As it was, it was very close with just 15 points in it (look at the TCOOP Leader Board here). You can't accuse Elgstrøm of playing scared. You don't step up to the $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday if you're scared of bubbles. Alongside his Super Tuesday and SCOOP wins, where does Elgstrøm place his new TCOOP 2014 Player of the Series title?
"That's a tough question," said Elgstrøm. "I would probably rate my SCOOP title as third since I won it in a low $11 PLO/NLHE tournament with a lot of runners. I rate the other two higher because although I won against smaller fields in them, the players were a lot better and to me that feels like a bigger accomplishment... The Super Tuesday is the most expensive weekly tournament and it has a tough field which makes it special, but I think I would rate the TCOOP leader board the highest because it's a very unique thing to win. Only two other players have won it before me. I think you need more different skills to win it instead of "just" winning one tournament. Also, it was a very big relief to win after playing for 11 days straight and to finally accomplish what I strived for."
Currently, all of Elgstrøm's energies are focussed online. He simply doesn't play live very often, so you won't have seen him on a PokerStars webcast before. That, however, could change now he's won a $16,500 PCA package.
"I have never been to PCA" said Elgstrøm. "In fact, I have never really played any big tournaments outside of Denmark so that will be a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to it. It's a little bit weird to win a prize that you have to wait for almost a year to get but then I have a big thing to look forward to this year."
Talking of big things, it's probably worth remembering Elgstrøm's name.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.