TCOOP 2014: youaremelon pairs WCOOP bracelet with TCOOP title in Event #16 ($320 Progressive Super-Knockout)

PokerStars pushed the evolution of the bounty tournament one step further with the Progressive Super-Knockout. In this curious hybrid, players not only have a bounty on their heads equal to half their buy-in, but that bounty is halved again once the player is eliminated. The player dealing the knockout blow automatically wins half that player's bounty while the other half is added to their own bounty. The longer a player lasts and the more KOs they get, the larger their own bounty grows. And oh, how those bounties grow. By the time TCOOP Event #16 reached the final table, players' bounties ranged from $1,700 all the way to $14,800, more than the seventh-place payout.

Canada's youaremelon was the wrecking ball sporting that massive price tag. Already a WCOOP champion, youaremelon came in to the final table with a healthy chip lead. Although he hit a couple of rough patches, youaremelon never relinquished that lead and eliminated five of his eight opponents en route to his first TCOOP title. In addition to the $96,804.55 first-place prize, youaremelon claimed $60,336.94 in bounties for a total haul of $157,141.39.

4,019 players bought in to TCOOP Event #16, half their $320 buy-in going to the $618,926 regular prize pool and the other half to the $618,926 bounty pool for a total prize pool of $1,237,852. 810 places were paid with first place set to earn $96,804.55 on top of their bounties collected. This was a popular event with the Red Spades; 21 of them were in the field including Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Victor Ramdin, Andre Akkari, Johnny Lodden and Vivian Im. Four of them cashed: Henrique Pinho (713th), Nacho Barbero (703rd), Martin Hruby (497th), and George Danzer (383rd).

It only took two hours of play to reach the money bubble and another two to hit the final table bubble. Blinds were up to 60,000/120,000 with ten players remaining and shorti73 was down to his last 3BB. He committed the rest of his chips on a A♦6♠4♠ flop holding A♥8♦, but unfortunately ran headlong into youaremelon's set of aces with A♣A♠. Shorti73 went out in tenth place while youaremelon increased his already-massive bounty to $14,794.11.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: PearlJammer (645,545 in chips, $2,622.81 bounty)
Seat 2: ArtemZ (1,261,422 in chips, $4,657.26 bounty)
Seat 3: Roll-z-Dice (2,375,920 in chips $1,686.77 bounty)
Seat 4: youaremelon (4,418,003 in chips, $14,794.11 bounty)
Seat 5: Reimroc222 (3,294,574 in chips, $6,416.22 bounty)
Seat 6: Lecherous (1,343,330 in chips, $3,555.21 bounty)
Seat 7: poka100 (1,543,136 in chips, $6,038.00 bounty)
Seat 8: XueuX (1,379,758 in chips, $6,896.88 bounty)
Seat 9: KvicKiller (3,833,312 in chips, $8,031.24 bounty)

ArtemZ, PearlJammer fall early

The final table lost its first player on the fourth hand of play. With the action folded to him on the button, ArtemZ open-shoved for 983,922 with K♠Q♣ and youaremelon called with A♣J♣ in the big blind. Youaremelon flopped an ace and turned two pair, sending ArtemZ to the rail in ninth place ($4,951.40). Youaremelon picked up $2,328.63 in cash for the KO and increased his own bounty to $17,122.74.

Two hands later, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner doubled to 916,000 when his Q♦9♣ flopped a nine vs. Lecherous's T♦2♠. Three hands after that, PearlJammer open-shoved from UTG with K♣9♥ and KvicKiller looked him up with A♥8♥ in the big blind. KvicKiller made top pair on the A♠J♥4♥T♦3♣ board and ended PearlJammer's run in eighth place ($7,736.57). For the KO, KvicKiller pocketed $1,311.41 and increased his bounty to $9,342.64.

youaremelon KOs two more

Lecherous got off the micro-stack by doubling through youaremelon, his A♣K♥ holding up vs. K♠7♥. Then, on the next hand, poka100 open-shoved for 1.46 million from UTG and KvicKiller called from the hijack. KvicKiller's 9♥9♦ hit a favorable T♠7♥3♣ flop, but poka100's Q♣J♦ hit running cards to make Broadway when the A♥ turned and the K♦ rivered. Poka100 doubled to 3.1 million while KvicKiller fell to 2.67 million.

With the blinds up to 125,000/250,000, XueuX got his remaining 745,000 in the middle vs. youaremelon. Although he had a significant pre-flop lead with 9♥9♦ facing K♦4♥, youaremelon hit a king on the flop and a four on the turn to snap off XueuX's pocket pair. XueuX was eliminated in seventh place ($13,925.83) and youaremelon's bounty soared past the $20k mark.

Three hands later, Roll-z-Dice open-shoved for 1.1 million and youaremelon successfully isolated with a three-bet to 3.87 million. Roll-z-Dice's K♣6♥ was dominated by youaremelon's K♥Q♣ and did not improve on the T♣9♦5♣3♠2♦ board. Roll-z-Dice exited in sixth place ($20,115.09). Youaremelon picked up another $843.39 in cash, increased his own bounty to $21,414.56, and moved up to nearly 11 million in chips.

Reimroc222 whacks KvicKiller

Youaremelon took a short breather as Lecherous open-shoved for 1.38 million and KvicKiller looked him up from the big blind. Lecherous's A♣8♣ held up against K♥8♥ and he doubled to 3.03 million, leaving KvicKiller on only 5BB. A few hands later, KvicKiller open-shoved from UTG and Reimroc222 reshoved on the button with K♦K♥. KvicKiller's K♠5♠ couldn't compete and he hit the rail in fifth place ($26,304.35). Reimroc222 scored his first final table KO, earning $4,671.32 in cash and increasing his own bounty to $11,087.54.

youaremelon slips, Reimroc222 ousts poka100

Youaremelon began to lose ground, doubling up two players in a row. First, Lecherou's A♠T♥ held against youaremelon's 4♣7♣, good for 5.14 million. Then, on the next deal, poka100's K♣T♣ made Broadway on the turn against youaremelon's second pair with Q♣T♦ to double him up to 3.8 million.

However, poka100's chips soon landed in Remroc222's stack. All-in with 2♦2♥ vs. poka100's A♠9♣, Reimroc222's baby pair held up on the K♦8♥5♥T♣J♦ board and doubled his stack to 7.16 million. Poka100 was left with only 358,000 and busted to Reimroc222 a few hands later when his A♠3♥ was dominated by A♥J♠. Poka100 picked up $34,969.31 for fourth place while Reimroc222's bounty increased to $14,106.54.

youaremelon fills up on Lecherous

On the very next deal, youaremelon opened for a min-raise to 800,000 and Lecherous three-bet shoved for 4.36 million from the big blind. Youaremelon snap-called with 8♥8♣. Lecherous turned over 3♣9♠. Lecherous couldn't catch up on the A♥J♦6♣6♠6♥ board and departed in third place ($50,968.55). Youaremelon pocketed another $1,777.61 for the KO and increased his own bounty to $23,192.16.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: youaremelon (12,522,811 in chips, $23,192.16 bounty)
Seat 5: Reimroc222 (7,572,189 in chips $14,106.54 bounty)

After a few swaps of the blinds, youaremelon finished off Reimroc222 by winning one final coin flip:

Congratulations to youaremelon on pairing his WCOOP bracelet with a TCOOP title! With that final knockout, youaremelon's final bounty tally came to $60,336.94. Add in the first-place prize of $96,804.55 and that's a total score of $157,141.39! Kudos are also due to runner-up Reimroc222, who banked $72,104.87 along with $13,952.57 in bounties for a grand total of $86,057.44. All in all, an outstanding five hours' work!

TCOOP-016: $320 NLHE Progressive Super-Knockout
Entrants: 4,019
Total prize pool: $1,237,852.00
Regular prize pool: $618,926.00
Bounty prize pool: $618,926.00
Places paid: 810

1. youaremelon (Canada) $96,804.55 (+$60,336.94 in bounties) = $157,141.39
2. Reimroc222 (Canada) $72,104.87 (+$13,952.57 in bounties) = $86,057.44
3. Lecherous (Russia) $50,968.55 (+$3,401.22 in bounties) = $54,369.77
4. poka100 (Finland) $34,969.31 (+$5,884.01 in bounties) = $40,853.32
5. KvicKiller (Czech Republic) $26,304.35 (+$9,188.69 in bounties) = $35,494.04
6. Roll-z-Dice (Russia) $20,115.09 (+$1,532.78 in bounties) = $21,647.87
7. XueuX (Romania) $13,925.83 (+$6,742.89 in bounties) = $20,398.72
8. Jon "PearlJammer" Turner (Mexico) $7,736.57 (+$2,468.81 in bounties) = $10,205.38
9. ArtemZ (Ukraine) $4,951.40 (+$4,503.29 in bounties) = $9,454.69

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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