TCOOP 2016: Doubles all round courtesy of ugritaly and buzzard1881
It happens in every COOP series. You get into the habit of checking the names of winners each morning, ticking off event numbers as you go and subconsciously acknowledging each player in the win column. Days later you see a name that rings some distant bell. It's one you've seen before, recently too. "How do I know that name?" you ask yourself.
That happened twice this morning. There had been four more TCOOP events played on Wednesday, two of which were won by players whose names set the bells off ringing - ugritaly, and buzzard1881. The cause of this mental noise? Both had just earned a second TCOOP in the space of a week.
Just a few days ago Canadian player buzzard1881 was telling us how much he enjoys shoot out contests (this was shortly after he won TCOOP-06, a shootout). It gave him an opportunity to focus on winning just one table; he'd said in an interview I'll admit now needs a bit of a re-write. Seems he had no trouble in a "straightforward" limit stuff H/L tournament either.
But buzzard1881 wasn't the only one notching up a second win of the series. A little more than a week ago Sal "ugritaly" Fazzino won the third TCOOP event of the series, picking up $33,363 for winning the Progressive-Ultra Knockout (another red-letter day for our "Tournament Naming" department, well done guys). He added another $31,202 to that tally, winning TCOOP-28, a relatively vanilla hold'em turbo with an optional re-entry.
But there were four winners this day and two others are worthy of a mention.
Shtopol' of Ukraine picked up $17,528 in the PL Omaha, 6-Max, 3x Turbo, an event that moves so quickly that to blink risks missing your blinds.
Then there was the familiar sight of "1BigAceHole", a name to make you flinch for more than 1Big reason. It belongs to Tim Ulmer, a recent PCA Main Event finalist and all round poker protagonist. He earned $18,848 for his win in TCOOP 29, his second career COOP title.
Here are all the day's results in full. Click on the link in each to read the full final table report.
TCOOP-28 ($82 NL Hold'em, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry)
Entrants: 2,633 (1,935 entries, 698 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $197,475
Places paid: 342
1. Sal "ugritaly" Fazzino (Australia) $31,202.54
2. max-horror (Russia) $23,434.35
3. Seven_DV (Russia) $16,785.37
4. Loxagos (Germany) $11,552.28
5. SimonToronto (Netherlands) $8,787.63
6. villepn (Finland) $6,812.88
7. TiltStarter (Russia) $4,838.13
8. gpainn (Philippines) $2,863.38
9. flip flop250 (United Kingdom) $1,678.53
TCOOP-29 ($215 NL Hold'em, 6-Max, Shootout, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Regular prize pool: $117,800
Bounty prize pool: $117,800
Places paid: 216
1. Tim "1BigAceHole" Ulmer (Canada) $18,848.36
2. PALblCH (Belarus) $14,136.00
3. Skrb1c (Serbia) $10,602.00
4. Zagalo87 (Czech Republic) $7,068.00
5. seppo1k (Norway) $4,712.00
6. STELARI198 (Greece) $2,921.44
TCOOP-30 ($7.50+R, PL Omaha, 6-Max, 3x-Turbo)
Entrants: 2,578 (12,322 re-buys; 1,417 add-ons)
Total prize pool: $111,281.94
Places paid: 330
1. Shtopol' (Ukraine) $17,528.56
2. petro_popovi (Ukraine) $12,797.42
3. DaMethod (Austria) $9,458.96
4. SwizzHawk (Switzerland) $6,120.50
5. damourinio (FYROM) $3,894.86
6. DoEasyMoney (Belgium) $2,108.79
TCOOP-31 ($82 FL Stud Hi-Lo, Turbo)
Total prize pool: $49,875.00
Places paid: 88
1. buzzard1881 (Canada) $9,361.85
2. admiralph (Belgium) $6,733.12
3. 7PRS (Canada) $4,987.50
4. l0serking14 (Finland) $3,740.62
5. SiiliSuhonen (Finland) $2,493.75
6. jasonpavlich (Mexico) $1,745.62
7. viking47 (United Kingdom) $1,122.18
8. tvtotaliwin (Switzerland) $748.12
Find all the results from this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker, along with links to all the stories from the series, on our TCOOP results page.
Coming up today
There are four more TCOOP events scheduled for Thursday, which means you can pick your own highlight. For some this might be the biggest of the day, the $700 NL Hold'em 8-Max Turbo, Progressive Ultra-Knockout, with a guaranteed prize pool of $700,000. Then again if Razz is your game, your day might be all about TCOOP-33, an $82 Razz event with $25,000 guaranteed. Either way there's more than $1 million to be one today. If you're so inclined you might want to play them all.
TCOOP-32: $7.50+R NL Hold'em (3x Turbo) $200K GTD - 12:00 ET
TCOOP-33: $82 Razz (Turbo) $25K GTD - 14:00 ET
TCOOP-34: $700 NL Hold'em (8-Max, Turbo Progressive Ultra-KO) $700,000 GTD - 16:00 ET
TCOOP-35: $27+R PL Omaha (6-Max Turbo) $100K GTD - 18:00 ET
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.