TCOOP 2015: woody1234321 gets the win in Event #3 ($215 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super KO)

Life is busy. Who really has time to sit there for 14+ hours grinding a poker tournament? That's why the PokerStars Turbo Championships of Online Poker (TCOOP) is one of the most popular series of the year. Big fields, huge prize pools and it's all over in a matter of hours.

The opening day of the series kicked off with some fantastic offerings, the third of which was the $215 No Limit Holdem Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout Event. It attracted an enormous field of 4,952 players to swell the prize pool to just shy of $1 million to surpass the advertised guarantee.

Half of that prize pool would be shared among the top 630 players, while the other half would be offered as progressive bounties on each of the players, with that bounty accumulating value as the tournament progressed.

Some of the Team PokerStars Pros in the field included Stavros Kalfas, Tyler Frost, Martin Hrubý, George Lind, Caio Pessagno, Marcin Horecki and Johnathan Duhamel who all fell short of the money.

Matthias de Meulder (537th - $188.17+$637.50) finished in profit while the two red spades that lasted the longest were actually the two newest additions to the PokerStars Team Pro stable with Indian Aditya Agarwal (263rd - $282.26+$787.50) and Japanese player Kosei Ichinose (223rd - $307.02+$212.50) both running deep in a solid performance.

After a little over four hours of play, puffinmypurp would bubble the final table when shoving with K♥9♦ into shiyueudzhan's A♠T♠. shiyueudzhan paired up the ten to collect the pot to see our final table set:


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Papszi17 (1,605,828 in chips)
Seat 2: rounder3989 (2,411,605 in chips)
Seat 3: Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (2,204,630 in chips)
Seat 4: woody1234321 (4,954,923 in chips)
Seat 5: DrinDasDing (2,092,688 in chips)
Seat 6: aroustamian (4,504,840 in chips)
Seat 7: shiyueudzhan (2,560,909 in chips)
Seat 8: viivi87 (930,032 in chips)
Seat 9: jamani69 (3,494,545 in chips)

jamani69 was quick out of the blocks, winning the first two pots including the elimination of Papszi17. It was a battle of the blinds when jamani69 opened with a min-raise before Papszi17 moved all in. jamani69 made the call with A♣2♣ for a slight advantage over Papszi17's K♣Q♠. The board ran out 2♦9♠2♥5♠T♠ to give jamani69 trip deuces and the bounty as Papszi17 departed in ninth place for $3,961.60 plus $1,146.86 in bounties.

Next hand, Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver would also join the rail after getting pretty unlucky. Action folded around to rounder3989 in the small blind who moved all in with an ambitious 9♣4♣ hoping to take down the blinds, but ImDaNuts made the call for tournament life with A♦8♥. The board would run out K♥7♣T♣8♦J♠ to see rounder3989 make a straight to land the knockout. ImDaNuts picked up $6,190 along with $1,663.27 in bounties for eighth place.

The third elimination in three hands would see viivi87 crash in seventh place. The short-stacked viivi87 was all in preflop from early position with K♠Q♥ with woody1234321 making the call with a dominant A♠Q♦. The board of 6♥5♦9♣8♣A♣ put the exclamation point on the hand with an ace on the river to see viivi87 eliminated for $11,142 plus $2,861.71 in bounties.

A few hands of relative quiet was interrupted when DrinDasDing called off from the big blind with A♦4♦ after the big-stacked jamani69 had shoved from the cutoff position with 6♥6♦. DrinDasDing caught a pair but it was the wrong one as the board landed 4♠T♣Q♦2♥2♦. The sixes held for jamani69, leaving DrinDasDing to exit in sixth place. That was worth $16,094 plus a healthy $5,476.13 in bounties.

One of the key hands of the tournament would result in a big double up for rounder3989 with pocket kings collecting a pot worth in excess of six million chips against woody1234321's pocket jacks. That would jump rounder3989 into contention, but jamani69 still held the chip lead with five players left.

The action would slow five-handed with several orbits of play before the next elimination. Again it was rounder3989 who took down the pot, but this time it required a bit of help from the river. aroustamian three-bet jammed with Q♥Q♠ and rounder3989 made the call with Q♣A♦. With just three outs to hit, the board of K♥T♠2♠5♣A♣ would spring an ace from space on the river to end aroustamian's tournament in fifth place for $21,046 along with a generous helping of bounties worth another $8,559.33.

China's shiyueudzhan would be next to fall as woody1234321 started to rise to the top of the chip counts. With play folding to woody1234321 in the small blind, an all-in shove was called by shiyueudzhan with a rather strong A♣J♥, but woody1234321 had that notched with a dominating A♠Q♥. The board bricked out 7♥2♠5♦2♦6♣ leaving shiyueudzhan to pick up $27,978.80 plus $2,084.46 in bounties for fourth place.

A few hands were played three-handed before the idea of a deal was suggested.

rounder3989 said, "numbers anyone?"
woody1234321 said, "sure"

The players requested deal numbers based on a chip chop, which was quickly agreed to, leaving $16,000 in bounties in the middle and the title to play for.

With the numbers signed and sealed, play continued with the short-stacked jamani69 the next to go. With the blinds so high, jamani69 had just four big blinds when woody1234321 shoved from the small blind. jamani69 called with an above-average K♥6♥ but that would need to improve against woody1234321's T♦T♠. The board would run out 8♥A♠8♦J♦9♥ with no help for jamani69 who was busted in third place for a post-deal $48,563.08 plus another $10,625.10 in bounties.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: rounder3989 (9,481,570 in chips)
Seat 4: woody1234321 (15,278,430 in chips)

woody1234321 would take a small lead into heads-up play and extended that slightly before the first big clash between the two players would also be their last.

The hand started off innocently enough, with rounder3989 limping the small blind and woody1234321 checking the option in the big blind to see a flop of J♠5♣T♠. woody1234321 check-raised the flop before rounder3989 moved all in. woody1234321 was happy to call with the J♥5♠ flopping well with two pair, but it wasn't over just yet as rounder3989 tabled 9♠4♠ for a flush draw. rounder3989 paired up on the 9♥ turn but the 8♦ river left woody1234321 to capture the pot and the victory!


It was a great run by rounder3989 who picked up $54,671.32 plus $11,311.83 in bounties for second place as the TCOOP title goes to the United Kingdom with woody1234321 pocketing $72,999.14 plus a massive $22,222.15 in bounties. Congratulations!

TCOOP-03: $215 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super KO - $800K Guaranteed
Entrants: 4,952
Regular Prize Pool: $495,200
Bounty Prize Pool: $492,200
Places Paid: 630

1. woody1234321 (United Kingdom) $72,999.14* + $22,222.15
2. rounder3989 (Germany) $54,671.32* + $11,311.83
3. jamani69 (Crotia) $48,563.08* + $10,625.10
4. shiyueudzhan (China) $27,978.80 + $2,084.46
5. aroustamian (Russia) $21,046.00 + $8,559.33
6. DrinDasDing (Germany) $16,094.00 + $5,476.13
7. viivi87 (Finland) $11,142.00 + $2,861.71
8. Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (Costa Rica) $6,190.00 + $1,663.27
9. Papszi17 (Hungary) $3,961.60 + $1,146.86

The 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker runs right through until February 1st with a guaranteed $15,000,000 in tournament prize pools across 50 fantastic events. The highlight of the series is the TCOOP Main Event on February 1st which offers a $2,000,000 prize pool guarantee and a top prize of at least $300,000.

Check out the TCOOP home page for the full schedule, satellite information, results, series leaderboard and more.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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