TCOOP 2016: FrederickH. tops deal for title in Event #35 ($27+R PL Omaha, 6-max)

The turbo structures of TCOOP have a way of altering most poker games in a pretty fundamental way, especially fixed-limit varieties, but 6-max PLO feels almost like its rules were made with an accelerated pace in mind. "Throw in a few re-buys and an add-on," you might think, "and you'd have the perfect TCOOP tournament." And as it turns out, you'd also have TCOOP 2016's Event #35. With a $27 entry, an hour of re-buys with an add-on at the end, four cards in the hole, and five-minute levels, it was possibly the TCOOP-iest way for FrederickH. of the Netherlands to earn a first career TCOOP title.

There were 1,602 entries in the pool at the close of late registration, which also ended the re-buy period, though just under 1,200 of them remained at that time. Together they combined for 4,082 re-buys and 1,080 add-ons, building a total prize pool of $166,056.20. That was set to be split among the top 204 finishers, with a scheduled top prize of $27,400.26.

The action was brisk. Half of those 1,200 players were knocked out in the next 30 minutes, and within another two hours there were just six survivors trying to stay ahead of the 150K/300K blinds:

Seat 1: Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli (2,510,801 in chips)
Seat 2: kiselevich1 (312,791 in chips)
Seat 3: Zbad (6,111,899 in chips)
Seat 4: Bald Warrior (1,289,498 in chips)
Seat 5: Murat Yilmaz (3,361,305 in chips)
Seat 6: FrederickH. (8,865,706 in chips)

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Bald Warrior opened the final table with the button and the second-shortest stack and, after being dealt A♦ T♣ 6♦ 4♣, raised opened with a pot-sized raise. The Canadian player called when FrederickH. re-raised with A♠ J♥ 8♥ 7♠ and caught a huge combo draw on the 5♦ 6♥ 3♦ flop. The Q♦ on the turn made the flush and moved Bald Warrior into third place with 2.87M chips.

The next 13 hands saw kiselevich1 avoid elimination twice and Bald Warrior double through Past WCOOP and TCOOP finalist Zbad with another combo draw that came home on the river for 5.85M. But the biggest moves were made by three-time SCOOP winner and Event #6 finalist Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli. He got started by moving into second place with 4.09M chips when A♣ A♦ 4♦ 3♥ held up against Zbad's A♠ J♠ 8♦ 7♥. Then he took the lead after calling FrederickH.'s small-blind raise to 899K with A♥ J♥ T♣ 4♥ in the big blind, turning a pair of aces and rivering a wheel straight to chip up to 9.39M.

Short-stacked kiselevich1 held on through all those hands but finally reached the end of the rope in the big blind. Already committed for 500K, kiselevich1 called 253K more all-in with A♣ J♦ J♥ T♠ after Murat Yilmaz open-raised all-in with K♦ Q♣ 9♣ 5♦. Murat Yilmax caught top pair on the flop of the K♠ 8♠ T♦ 4♠ 8♦ board and never looked back, while kiselevich1 became the first final table casualty in 6th place ($4,151.40).

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Zbad survived an all-in on the next hand for less than two big blinds, rivering two pair with J♥ T♣ 8♣ 2♣ to outrun Bald Warrior's top pair on the flop. But Bald Warrior got those chips back with a bonus on top on the next hand. Sitting in the small blind, the player from Canada raised with A♣ A♦ J♦ 8♠ and called when Murat Yilmaz jammed with Q♠ Q♣ 7♠ 2♥. A flush draw threatened on the flop of the 4♣ T♥ 8♣ 9♥ 5♠ board but never evolved further, and Murat Yilmaz left in 5th place ($6,642.24).

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Zbad was short enough when the button and A♦ Q♦ J♥ 8♥ came along that a pot-sized raise was worth just 19K less than Zbad's entire stack. The rest of it went in before the flop with the best of it when FrederickH. re-raised with T♦ 7♠ 5♠ 4♦, and even though it stayed ahead on the 6♠ K♦ 9♠ flop it became an underdog against FrederickH.'s combination straight-and-flush draw. Neither of those draws ever came home, but the 5♦ on the turn did give FrederickH. a pair. It became two pair with the 6♣ on the river, enough to claim the 3.78M-chip pot and knock Zbad out in 4th place ($9,963.37).

The three remaining players agreed to talk over a potential deal. Before they could get there, Bald Warrior took the lead after raising on the button, checking behind after catching top pair on the flop, and then calling down caprioli's bets on the turn and river of the K♥ 6♦ 2♣ 7♣ T♥ board to win the pot with kings and tens against caprioli's tens and sevens.

That gave Bald Warrior the edge in chips as deal-making began, but FrederickH. was taking other factors into account in asking for more than ICM:

FrederickH.: i have made calculations
FrederickH.: including my edge
FrederickH.: and lack of hair at warriors side
caprioli: lol
FrederickH.: i dont want no crazy capriolis
FrederickH.: so i need 20k
FrederickH.: my wife wants new ring
FrederickH.: i bought really old one

After some negotiation FrederickH. and caprioli both got exactly $20,000, making this the second deal of the series for Caprioli after Event #6. Bald Warrior took $20,852.25 as chip leader and $2,000 remained on the table for the winner.

The remainder of the tournament spanned just 10 hands, with nine of those pots going to FrederickH. The fourth one started with FrederickH. opening for 1.8M in the small blind with A♦ Q♦ 7♠ 2♦ and caprioli calling with Q♣ T♠ 9♦ 3♣. The rest of caprioli's chips went in with a 34-percent chance to win on the 2♥ Q♥ 5♠ flop. That chance dropped to zero when the 2♣ on the turn made FrederickH. a full house, and caprioli left in 3rd place ($20,000.00).

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FrederickH. had 15.3M chips to Bald Warrior's 7.07M now, and the next hand all but ended the tournament. FrederickH. limped on the button and Bald Warrior checked to see the 4♦ 8♦ 6♥ flop. Bald Warrior led for the minimum bet of 600K and then called FrederickH.'s minimum raise, and check-called a pot-sized bet of 3.6M on the 2♥ flop, but folded with 1.67M behind on the Q♠ river.

After folding pre-flop on the next hand, Bald Warrior's last stand came in the big blind with Q♥ J♣ 8♥ 2♣ against FrederickH.'s K♠ 5♦ 4♦ 2♠. The latter had the lead from before the flop until after the river of the 8♠ K♥ J♠ Q♠ A♥ board, winning with a flush to bring the tournament to its end.

Congratulations to all the players in on the deal, to FrederickH. for the $22,000 score and first career TCOOP title, and to Mrs. FrederickH. on the upcoming jewelry upgrade.

TCOOP-35 ($27+R PL Omaha, 6-max, Turbo) results
Re-buys: 4,082
Add-ons: 1,080
Total prize pool: $166,056.20
Places paid: 204

1. FrederickH. (Netherlands) $22,000.00*
2. Bald Warrior (Canada) $20,853.25*
3. Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli (Brazil) $20,000.00*
4. Zbad (Russia) $9,963.37
5. Murat Yilmaz (Germany) $6,642.24
6. kiselevich1 (Russia) $4,151.40

*Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner

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Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in TCOOP