TCOOP 2016: mrswoodwork crawls to victory in Event #44 ($82 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE])

This weekend, everyone's favorite Saturday night turbo, the Saturday Speedway, came with a $250,000 guarantee as the 2016 TCOOP sped into its final 24 hours. Following a flurry of early eliminations, the final five were clustered rather closely together in terms of stack size and sensibly made a five-way ICM chop to mitigate the massive (and rapidly rising) blinds. Although they were the two shortest stacks going into the deal negotiations, 4Bullè&Pupè9 and mrswoodwork hit their stride once cards went back in the air and took out the fifth, fourth, and third place finishers to get heads-up. Mrswoodwork started heads-up play at a 2 to 1 disadvantage, but following a clever river check-shove, she got back on top. It looked like 4Bullè&Pupè9 might pull out a comeback when he got the rest of his chips in with pocket eights vs. mrswoodwork's pocket threes, but a three on the flop locked up victory for mrswoodwork, as she captured her first TCOOP title and over $27k.

3,287 players turned out for this special edition of the Saturday Speedway. 414 places were paid with first place set to earn $39,375.00.

The blinds were up to 90,000/180,000 with ten players remaining when the action folded around to C.Dariwin2. He raised to 450,000, TakeOverCz shoved for 1.35 million from the small blind and C. Darwin2 called all-in. C. Darwin2's Q♦9♦ was up against K♠T♦, but the K♣J♦8♠ flop made TakeOverCz top pair. C. Darwin2 needed running cards or a ten to make a straight, but the turn and river fell the 7♣ and the 5♣, sending him to the rail one spot short of the final table.


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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Outeiri (1,805,724 in chips)
Seat 2: monar31 (1,950,606 in chips)
Seat 3: marksfive (740,062 in chips)
Seat 4: 4Bullè&Pupè9 (2,171,497 in chips)
Seat 5: Scrunter101 (2,342,634 in chips)
Seat 6: mrswoodwork (3,070,901 in chips)
Seat 7: TakeOverCz (2,150,122 in chips)
Seat 8: DARKYMAK (171,278 in chips)
Seat 9: CyrusSaissor (2,032,176 in chips)

On the second hand of the final table, TakeOverCz open-shoved for 2.54 million from UTG+1, DARKYMAK called off his last 135,278 and Scrunter101 called all-in for 2.12 million from the big blind.

TakeOverCz 4♣4♥
Scrunter101 Q♦Q♥

Scrunter101's queens flopped top set on the Q♣8♣2♦3♠J♠ board and he took down the 5 million pot. TakeOverCz was left with only 240,000 in chips and DARKYMAK hit the rail in ninth place. TakeOverCz managed to double up on the next hand when his A♦6♥ caught a six on the flop vs. mrswoodwork's A♥9♣, but he busted in eighth place on the following deal when his Q♥J♠ couldn't stand up to mrswoodwork's A♥T♠.

Two hands later the blinds were up to 105,000/210,000 and marksfive open-shoved for 533,000 from UTG with A♣2♥. Monar31 called the additional 323,000 from the big blind with 3♥5♥. Fortunately for monar31, he paired up on the Q♦6♥3♠ flop. Although marksfive caught a deuce on the turn, the river blanked out with the K♠ and makrsfive ended his run in seventh place. Later in the same level, SCOOP champion Outeiri found A♥K♥ and moved in for 1.29 million from UTG. CyrusSaissor called with 8♠8♣ in the big blind and they were off to the races. This time, the pocket pair prevailed on the 9♦6♣3♠J♣2♦ board and Outeiri went out in sixth place.

Shortly after play turned five-handed, the remaining players all agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:

CyrusSaissor 4,123,900
monar31 3,799,336
Scrunter101 3,362,390
mrswoodwork 3,344,877
4Bullè&Pupè9 1,804,497

With little fanfare, the players agreed to an ICM deal that awarded them shares ranging from $18k to nearly $24k. With $5k still on the table for the winner, cards went back in the air.

4Bullè&Pupè9 had been relatively quiet until he found K♣8♣ and open-shoved from UTG. Mrswoodwork called with Q♦J♦. 4Bullè&Pupè9's king-high prevailed on the A♥7♠3♦2♣5♣ board and he doubled to 4.11 million. Mrswoodwork slipped to less than 2 million, but picked up Q♠Q♣ only a few hands later. Monar31 opened for 1.12 million, Scrunter101 shoved for 3.92 million and mrswoodwork snap-called her remaining 1 million. Monar31 got out of the way and much to mrswoodwork's dismay, Scrunter101 turned over K♣K♦. However, mrswoodwork got the miracle she needed on the Q♦9♥5♠ flop and picked up top set. Scrunter101 didn't get any help from the 6♥ turn or the J♥ river and mrswoodwork nearly quadrupled to 3.83 million.

A few hands later, 4Bullè&Pupè9 open-shoved for 5.33 million from the cutoff and Scrunter101 called all-in for 1.55 million on the button. Scrunter101 was in great shape with T♠T♥ going up against K♦7♦. Scrunter101's tens held up through the turn on the J♣5♥4♣A♣ board, but the K♣ spiked on the river to make 4Bullè&Pupè9 a pair of kings. Scrunter101 was suddenly on the rail in fifth place.

Two hands later, mrswoodwork opened for 960,000 from the cutoff and monar31 shoved for 2.25 million from the small blind with A♦8♥. Mrswoodwork called with K♥J♦ and hit an open-ended straight draw on the Q♥T♣8♣ flop. The 9♥ turn made mrswoodwork a king-high straight and the A♠ river improved her to Broadway, ending monar31's run in fourth place.

On the next deal 4Bullè&Pupè9 made it 678,400 to go on the button with K♠J♣ and CyrusSaissor shoved for 3.33 million from the big blind. 4Bullè&Pupè9 called and CyrusSaissor revealed A♥J♥. 4Bullè&Pupè9 caught another boffo flop when it came down K♦9♠6♦, making him a pair of kings. CyrusSaissor was unable to catch up and went out in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 4: 4Bullè&Pupè9 (10,698,904 in chips)
Seat 6: mrswoodwork (5,736,096 in chips)

The two short stacks when the five-handed deal was made ended up duking it out for the title and the extra $5,000. Mrswoodwork closed the gap between their chip counts on the second hand heads-up when she picked up a 4.44 million pot. After both players checked the Q♥J♣J♠ flop, mrswoodwork check-called 4Bullè&Pupè9's 497,280 bet when the J♥ turned and checked again when the 6♦ rivered. 4Bullè&Pupè9 bet 1,052,352, mrswoodwork raised all-in for 4.37 million and 4Bullè&Pupè9 gave up his hand.

Mrswoodwork was up to 7.76 million after that hand and ground her way into the chip lead with 9.8 million. Then, with the blinds up to 180,000/360,000, 4Bullè&Pupè9 opened for 720,000 and mrswoodwork three-bet to 2,232,000. 4Bullè&Pupè9 shoved and mrswoodwork called.

4Bullè&Pupè9 8♦8♥
mrswoodwork 3♦3♣

Things were looking grim for mrswoodwork... until the flop came down a glorious A♦T♣3♥, giving her a set of threes. 4Bullè&Pupè9 needed to catch an eight to survive, but saw the 6♠ and the 6♦ fall instead, as mrswoodwork clinched her first TCOOP title.

Congratulations to mrswoodwork on a brilliant come-from-behind victory! She banked $27,343.99 for the win, while runner-up 4Bullè&Pupè9 earned $18,043.56.

TCOOP-44 $82 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE]) results
Entrants: 3,287
Total prize pool: $250,000.00
Places paid: 414

1. mrswoodwork (Canada) $27,343.99*
2. 4Bullè&Pupè9 (Malta) $18,043.56*
3. CyrusSaissor (Canada) $23,924.68*
4. monar31 (Russia) $23,304.59*
5. Scrunter101 (Canada) $22,383.18*
6. Outeiri (Germany) $8,375.00
7. marksfive (United Kingdom) $5,875.00
8. TakeOverCz (Czech Republic) $3,380.00
9. DARKYMAK (South Africa) $2,125.00

*= reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $5,000 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr
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