TCOOP 2014: OnTheThinIce skates way to Courchevel victory in Event #2 [$55 NL Courchevel H/L]
"Skating on thin ice" is a common cliche attributed to someone taking a hazardous risk. One misstep can be disastrous because if you don't drown, you'll probably freeze to death. But don't tell that to Finland's OnTheThinIce, who became one of the first newly crowned champions on the opening day of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP). OnTheThinIce started the final table of Event #2 ($55 NL Courchevel Hi/Lo) as the chip leader and safely faded a deadly fate.
TCOOP Event #2 $55 NL Courchevel Hi/Lo attracted 1,831 runners. They boosted the prize pool to $91,550. The top 240 places paid out with $16,022.12 set aside to the eventual champion.
TCOOP's turbo-charged atmosphere featured five-minute levels. It took approximately two hours to make the money in Event #2 and the entire tournament was completed in approximately four hours and twenty minutes.
PokerStars Team Pros taking a shot at a TCOOP title included George Danzer, Jonathan Duhamel, Marcel Luske, Martin Hruby, and Nacho Barbero. Team PokerStars Online grinding it out in Event #2 included Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen and George "Jorj95" Lind.
The only notable player to advance the money in Event #2 was Team Online's mement_mori, who busted shortly after the money bubble burst. He got it all-in on first street during a multi-way pot. The board ran out 5♦Q♠2♥J♥3♣. loveHitGirl won the high pot with a set of fives, while PAhakuutti dragged the low with 7-5-3-2-A. mement_mori made a final stand with Q♣T♦8♣6♠3♠ and lost with two pair -- Queens and treys -- and a low of 8-6-5-3-2. Team PokerStars Online mement_mori hit the road in 208th place, which paid out $89.71.
Denmark's kondikurt bubbled off the final table in ninth place when herosnappinG scooped with a Wheel low and a seven-high straight. With eight players remaining, the Courchevel final table was officially set.
TCOOP Event #2 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: herosnappinG (1,655,704)
Seat 2: Chuvendoil (1,946,302)
Seat 3: FICHMAN (695,629)
Seat 4: Na Ni Ni $Dk (795,971)
Seat 5: krakukra (990,080)
Seat 6: OnTheThinIce (2,369,528)
Seat 7: blahdy (144,642)
Seat 8: loveHitGirl (557,144)
The final table commenced during Level 41 with blinds at 40K/80K and a 10K ante. OnTheThinIce sat atop the big stack with 2.3 million, while blahdy clung onto the short stack.
loveHitGirl eliminated in 8th place
During the opening orbit at the final table, loveHitGirl sunk to the short stack. With the 8♥ showing on first street, blahdy open-shoved for 708,568, super-short loveHitGirl called all-in for 132,144, and herosnappinG called from the big blind. Three-way action.
The board ran out 8♥A♦J♦5♥K♦. loveHitGirl only held a pair of Aces and a low of 8-6-5-2-A, neither strong enough to win either side of the pot. The high end went to herosnappinG's trip Kings and blahdy won the low with an 8-5-4-3-A. Russia's loveHitGirl became the first player to bust at the final table. For an eighth-place finish, loveHitGirl collected $915.50.
blahdy eliminated in 7th place
With the J♠ showing on first street, short-stacked blahdy open-shoved for 794,640, herosnappinG re-shoved for 1,125,78, and everyone bailed
Heads up and herosnappinG was ahead with Aces vs. Kings. The board ran out J♠6♠4♥2♠8♣. blahdy rivered trip eights, but herosnappinG turned a flush. blahdy did not have a low hand, so herosnappinG scooped with Ace-high flush and a 6-4-3-2-A low. Malta's blahdy took home $1,831.00 for seventh place.
krakukra eliminated in 6th place
With 7♣ showing, shorty krakukra bombed it all-in for 442,580 and FICHMAN called.
FICHMAN led with a pair of eights, but flopped trip sevens. The board ran out 7♣K♦7♦5♦T♦. Without a qualifying low, krakukra lost with two pair -- Kings and sevens -- and FICHMAN won the pot with trips. For sixth place, Russia's krakukra earned $2,746.50.
With five to go, FICHMAN took command of the lead with 2.7 million. Na Ni Ni $Dk brought up the rear with 584K.
Na Ni Ni $Dk eliminated in 5th place
With the 7♣ exposed on first street, short-stacked Na Ni Ni $Dk moved all-in for 523,192, OnTheThinIce re-shoved for 2,255,244 to isolate, and everyone got out of the way. Heads-up.
Na Ni Ni $Dk: A♥9♠7♠6♦2♦
The board ran out 7♣Q♥8♦K♥8♣. Without a qualifying low hand, Na Ni Ni $Dk lost with two pair -- eights and sevens -- against OnTheThinIce's trip eights. For a fifth-place finish, Denmark's Na Ni Ni $Dk earned $4,577.50.
With four remaining, OnTheThinIce re-seized the lead with 3.2 million.
Chuvendoil eliminated in 4th place
With 8♣ showing, Chuvendoil moved all-in for 2,383,104 and OnTheThinIce tried to pick him off from the big blind.
The board finished up 8♣A♥Q♠2♠5♥. Chuvendoil made a final stand with the Dead Man's Hand -- Aces and Eights -- and a 8-7-5-2-A low. Neither could defeat OnTheThinIce, who scooped with a better two pair -- Aces and Queens -- and a 7-5-3-2-A low. Ukraine's Chuvendoil was knocked out in fourth place, which paid out $6,408.50.
With three to go, OnTheThinIce chipped up to 5.7 million for almost half the chips in play. FICHMAN sat in second with a shade over 2 million and herosnappinG was last with 1.420 million.
FICHMAN eliminated in 3rd place
The 5♦ was exposed on first street. FICHMAN bombed it all-in for 1,719,452 and big-stacked OnTheThinIce called.
FICHMAN was ahead with a pair of Kings. However, the board ran out 8♦6♥5♦4♠7♦. OnTheThinIce scooped with a ten-high flush and a 7-6-5-4-3 low. FICHMAN's pair of Kings never improved and he was gobbled up in third place, which paid out $8,697.25.
HEADS-UP: OnTheThinIce (Finland) vs. herosnappinG (Germany)
Seat 1: herosnappinG (2,058,016)
Seat 6: OnTheThinIce (7,096,984)
With two to go, OnTheThinIce held a sizable lead. Heads-up only lasted 22 hands, but herosnappinG put up an admirable fight. On the 15th hand, herosnappinG avoided an elimination to double up when he turned a straight. That decisive hand put both stacks almost even and OnTheThinIce's lead was trimmed to under 250K. Alas, that's as close as herosnappinG would get before OnTheThinIce delivered a crushing knockout blow.
herosnappinG eliminated in 2nd place; OnTheThinIce wins TCOOP Event #2
With the 5♠ showing, herosnappinG decided to throw down and rumble. OnTheThinIce accepted the challenge and called. A pot worth 8.5 million was at stake with herosnappinG putting his entire stack worth 4,216,032 on the line.
The board finished up 5♠5♦4♠2♣9♠. herosnappinG rivered a Jack-high flush and made a strong low with 6-5-4-2-A. However, OnTheThinIce scooped with a boat and the Wheel. OnTheThinIce flopped a full house -- fives over fours -- and then turned the Wheel to secure the win.
Germany's herosnappinG failed to double up and hit the virtual rail in second place. For a runner-up performance, herosnappinG took home $11,443.75. This is the second notable runner-up finish for herosnappinG, who took second in 2013 WCOOP Event #1.
Congrats to Finland's OnTheThinIce, who earned $16,022.12 for a first-place finish in Event #2 Courchevel Hi/Lo.
TCOOP-02 $55 NL Courchevel H/L (Turbo)
Prize pool: $91,550
Places paid: 240
1. OnTheThinIce (Finland) - $16,022.12
2. herosnappinG (Germany) - $11,443.75
3. FICHMAN (Austria) - $8,697.25
4. Chuvendoil (Ukraine) - $6,408.50
5. Na Ni Ni $Dk (Denmark) - $4,577.50
6. krakukra (Russia) - $2,746.50
7. blahdy (Malta) - $1,831.00
8. loveHitGirl (Russia) - $915.50
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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.