TCOOP 2016: All Hail GeraldoCesar, Event #12 champion ($82 NL Single Draw 2-7 [Turbo, Optional Re-Entry])

Four hours start to finish. Fifteen minutes from final seven to heads-up. And another fifteen to find a winner. Is that fast enough for you? For Brazil's GeraldoCesar, one short afternoon on the virtual felt not only boosted his bankroll by over $8k but earned him his first 'COOP title.

The 2016 TCOOP's lone 2-7 event drew 649 entries (451 unique players, 198 re-entries), creating a $48,675.00 prize pool. 84 players earned a share of it with $8,996.57 set aside for first place.

Three hours and fifteen minutes after cards went in the air, the field was down to its last eight players. The blinds were 15,000/30,000 with a 7,500 ante when RagVoen open-shoved for 378,097 and G's zee reshoved from the small blind to isolate. Both players drew one card. G's zee turned up a T-8-7-6-2 low, besting RagVoe's A-9-7-3-2 and sent him to the rail on the final table bubble.


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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: nabulon (86,230 in chips)
Seat 2: GeraldoCesar (622,003 in chips)
Seat 3: GeoManousos (286,836 in chips)
Seat 4: G's zee (1,191,907 in chips)
Seat 5: nikhil121 (569,847 in chips)
Seat 6: sylby88 (285,228 in chips)
Seat 7: aabas (202,949 in chips)

On the fourth hand of the final table, Sunday Milllion and Super Tuesday champ GeoManousos open-shoved for his remaining 158,000 from the small blind and G's zee called from the big. Both players stood pat. GeoMenousos turned up J-9-7-4-3, but it wasn't enough to beat G's zee's T-9-6-4-2 low. GeoManousos bowed out in seventh place and two hands later, another tournament life was at risk. GeraldoCesar opened for a min-raise to 70,000 and short-stack aabas moved in for 96,719 from the big blind. GeraldoCesar called and drew one card while aabas drew two. While aabas ended up with a K-8 low, GeraldoCesar improved to 9-6-5-3-2 and ended aabas's run in sixth place.

The very next deal saw nabulon move in for 132,460 from the small blind and GeraldoCesar look him up from the big. Both players drew one card, GeraldoCesar's T-7 low besting nabulon's J-T to send him home in fifth. Barely another orbit passed before sylby88 three-bet shoved for 328,000 on the button. GeraldoCesar called and stood pat while sylby88 drew one card. Sylby88 ended up with a pair of threes and GeraldoCesar took down the pot with 9-7-5-4-2.

When three-handed play commenced, GeraldoCesar was the chip leader with 1.62 million, G's zee held 1.08 million, and nikhil121 was the short stack with 537,000. However, nikhil121 didn't stay there for long. With the blinds up to 20,000/40,000, GeraldoCesar opened for 80,000, G's zee called from the small blind and nikhil121 moved in for 627,347 from the big. GeraldoCesar got out of the way and G's zee called. Both players drew one card apiece. G's zee paired his three and nikhil121, with A-T-8-7-5 squirmed away with the 1.36 million pot.

Left with half a million in chips, G's zee moved in a few hands later and GeraldoCesar called from the big blind. G's zee stood pat and GeraldoCesar drew one. G's zee's J-9-6-3-2 was no match for GeraldoCesar's T-8-5-4-3 and he went out in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: GeraldoCesar (2,246,474 in chips)
Seat 5: nikhil121 (998,526 in chips)

Moments after heads-up play began, GeraldoCesar and nikhil121 agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Final table host Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara provided the players with ICM figures, which awarded GeraldoCesar $7,864.49 and nikhil121 $6,994.38. GeraldoCesar quickly agreed to the terms, but nikhil121 piped up and demanded $7,150. Although it only amounted to an extra $155.62, nikhi121 was serious and GeraldoCesar wasn't exactly keen to negotiate.

nikhil121: i need 7.150 geraldo, there is 500 aside
nikhil121: and we have a deal
GeraldoCesar: sry
GeraldoCesar: but im fine for this numbers only

Nikhil121 came back and offered to go down to $7,075... an $80 raise to which GeraldoCesar threw up his arms and agreed. With $500 still on the table for the winner, cards went back in the air.

Nikhil121 doubled up right out of the gate when his Q-T low beat GeraldoCesar's K-8. Nikhil121 moved up to 2.07 million on that hand and chipped away at his opponent to hit 2.46 million before GeraldoCesar doubled with a T-8 low vs. nikhil121's Q-9 and evened the counts at around 1.6 million apiece. GeraldoCesar ground back out to nearly a 2 to 1 chip lead when he limped in for 50,000 on the button and nikhil121 moved in for 1.4 million. GeraldoCesar called and both players drew one card apiece.

nikhil121 K-J-T-8-2
GeraldoCesar T-9-7-4-2

GeraldoCesar revealed a T-9 low, trouncing nikhil121's K-J, and locked up his first TCOOP title.

Congratulations to Brazil's newly minted TCOOP champion GeraldoCesar! He banked $8,283.87 for the win, while runner-up nikhil121 earned $7,075.00.

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TCOOP-12 ($82 NL 2-7 Single Draw, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry) results
Entrants: 649 (451 entries, 198 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $48,675.00
Places paid: 84

1. Geraldo Cesar "GeraldoCesar" Neto (Brazil) $8,283,87*
2. nikhil121 (Chile) $7,075.00*
3. Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (Canada) $4,354.95
4. sylby88 (Japan) $2,741.86
5. nabulon (Germany) $1,864.73
6. aabas (Lebanon) $1,426.17
7. GeoManousos (Austria) $1,074.74

*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $500 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr
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