TCOOP-22: Ulett_23 denied a Triple COOP, 7HE__D__ASH scoops Event #22 title ($82 FL Omaha Hi-Lo, 8-Max, Turbo)

It hasn't been uncommon the last few years to see a player come seemingly out of nowhere to earn multiple COOP titles within a short period of time, making every new series a reason to keep an eye on their performance. But for some players, multiple COOP titles only come along after years of play. Today's TCOOP Event #22 was populated by multiple players with past wins during PokerStars' big annual tournament series, including one just a TCOOP title away from becoming a Triple COOP winner after wins dating back almost a decade. Ulett_23 came up just short of that accomplishment in the end, finishing two spots behind eventual champion 7HE__D__ASH.

The prospect of playing one of the quickest big-money Omaha hi-lo tournaments around drew 728 players, good for a $53,600 prize pool with $10,237.50 awaiting the winner. With five-minute levels, even fixed-limit betting and split pots couldn't slow things down. It took just two hours and 26 minute to reduce the field to 96 and start the payouts, and by the break before the start of the third hour there were just 23 players left.

They finally reached the eight-handed final table at 3:19 p.m. ET, playing 40K/80K stakes with this lineup:

Seat 1: LillyPutina (167,560 in chips)
Seat 2: sleepy_seven (748,382 in chips)
Seat 3: BraunerBär (336,868 in chips)
Seat 4: Tyler "sandman201" Thomas (407,911 in chips)
Seat 5: 7HE__D__ASH (775,841 in chips)
Seat 6: glennerz (502,632 in chips)
Seat 7: juicy joy (360,821 in chips)
Seat 8: Ulett_23 (339,985 in chips)

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The final table would last 64 hands from start to finish, and almost a quarter of that total would go by with all eight finalist still at the table. Short stacks BraunerBär and LillyPutina survived on the brink of elimination four times between them. That included one pot where both players were all-in against 7HE__D__ASH, who took third place in a hold'em event during SCOOP 2013. LillyPutina's A♥ Q♠ 8♥ 6♠ took the low and BraunerBär's K♣ 7♣ 6♦ 4♦ made a six-high straight on to beat 7HE__D__ASH's pair of jacks on the 2♠ J♥ 3♠ T♦ 5♣ board.

With juicy joy and Triple COOP aspirant Ulett_23, winner of a 2008 WCOOP bracelet and a 2010 SCOOP watch, also short-stacked, it was only a matter of time before the 80K/160K stakes forced someone into action that would send them to the rail. That came on Hand #14 when BraunerBär raised to 160K with A♣ K♦ J♥ 4♦ and Ulett_23 raised all-in for 33K more from the big blind with 9♦ 8♣ 6♦ 2♥. BraunerBär called and had outs on the 9♥ 5♣ Q♠ flop, but Ulett_23 made a nine-high straight on the 7♠ turn to leave BraunerBär in need of a low card to split the pot or a ten to scoop with a higher straight. The J♠ came instead, and BraunerBär was gone in 8th place ($819).

LillyPutina walked a fine line in avoiding a similar fate over the next few hands, splitting two pots with past SCOOP and WCOOP finalist sleepy_seven before making a wheel with A♦ 7♠ 7♥ 2♣ to scoop a 499K-chip pot against 7HE__D__ASH. Even that wasn't much defense against the high stakes, though. First LillyPutina called a small-blind raise to 160K by Ulett_23 while holding A♥ 8♦ 6♣ 5♣, only to fold to a bet on the K♠ 4♠ J♥ flop. Then the Russian player raised from the small blind on the next hand with A♠ 9♦ 6♣ 2♦ and capped the betting with big blind sleepy_seven, chipping in the last 19K after the 2♣ T♥ 4♣ flop. sleepy_seven's A♦ J♠ 7♦ 3♥ was a 57.4-percent favorite there and ended up making a wheel after turn and river came 4♦-5♠. That scooped the pot, and LillyPutina was out in 7th place ($1,228.50).

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juicy joy looked to be next on the chopping block, but the player from the Netherlands tripled up with K♠ Q♣ Q♦ J♦ and then doubled that stack to 394K on the next hand with A♠ T♠ 7♠ 4♥ in a battle of the blinds against glennerz's Q♠ J♠ 9♦ 5♦. One hand later juicy joy doubled up again, this time dodging sleepy_seven's nut flush draw on a Q♥ 3♦ Q♦ flop to go runner-runner for the nut heart flush with A♥ K♠ 4♥ 2♦. And that's how juicy joy went from 65K to 889K in the span of five hands.

The short stacks' survival streak continued on the next hand when sandman201's A♣ A♥ T♦ 3♣ held up against sleepy_seven's A♠ Q♦ 9♥ 2♣ when the board only held two low cards. Ulett_23 and 7HE__D__ASH kept it going by splitting pots with juicy joy and sandman201, respectively, but glennerz didn't have the same luck. glennerz ended up all-in for 160K, just 40K more than the big blind, before the flop with J♠ 7♦ 4♣ 2♣ after Ulett_23 raised with K♦ K♣ 6♥ 5♠. Ulett_23's set of kings on the 8♦ T♠ K♥ flop held up against glennerz's inside straight draw on the A♥ turn and J♥ river, and glennerz left in 6th place ($1,911).

sleepy_seven and Ulett_23 faced off on a couple of pots and broke close to even - Ulett_23 survived the first one with just a quarter of the pot, then doubled back through sleepy_seven with an unimproved K♠ 8♠ 4♦ 3♠ when sleepy_seven's 8♣ 6♦ 4♠ 3♦ also failed to improve. Then sleepy_seven lost half that stack after raising to 240K on the button and calling 7HE__D__ASH's all-in bet for 107K more on a 5♣ 5♥ 4♣ flop. sandman201 was along for the ride, too, but both players lost out when 7HE__D__ASH made a full house with 9♣ 9♠ 6♣ 2♠ on the 9♦ turn.

Three hands later the stakes were up to 140K/280K and sleepy_seven had 198K left behind after paying the big blind. That all went in the middle before the flop with 5♥ 5♣ 4♠ 3♣, which was a 4-to-1 underdog to juicy joy's A♠ T♣ 8♣ 3♥ after the flop came T♦ 4♦ 8♠. With no help from the K♦ turn or Q♣ river, sleepy_seven's tournament came to a close in 5th place ($2,730).

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Ulett_23 opened the next hand with a raise on the button, holding A♣ 7♦ 2♠ 2♥, and 7HE__D__ASH called in the big blind with A♠ Q♦ T♠ 4♥. It looked like Ulett_23's quest for a third COOP title would likely continue with at least half the pot when the flop came T♥ 5♥ 3♥, but the 9♣-5♣ turn and river made no low possible. That gave the pot to 7HE__D__ASH with tens and fives, and Ulett_23's opportunity to join the Triple COOP club ended in 4th place ($4,095).

Three hands later, past SCOOP champion and WCOOP 2014 finalist Thomas "sandman201" Tyler raised on the button with A♥ K♦ 7♠ 6♥ and called when juicy joy three-bet from the big blind. One more bet on the flop was enough to get sandman201 all-in as a 35.6-percent underdog to juicy joy's 7♣ 5♣ 3♥ 2♠. The A♣ on the turn made juicy joy a 6-5 low and sandman201 two pair, aces and sixes, but the 8♦ on the river made juicy joy and eight-high straight to go with that low. With that, sandman201 finished in 3rd place ($5,460).

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As soon as the field was down to two, 7HE__D__ASH won the first hand to bring both players within one big blind of each other. Discussions for a deal began immediately from there and were as straightforward as possible. Both juicy joy and 7HE__D__ASH agreed to ICM numbers with $500 left on the table for a winner, and two hands later they played the decisive hand. 7HE__D__ASH raised on the button with Q♥ 8♦ 6♦ 2♣ and called when juicy joy three-bet from the big blind with A♥ Q♠ J♥ 4♦, hitting the jackpot with a nine-high straight when the flop came 7♥ 5♠ 9♠. juicy joy's edge for the low evaporated with the A♦ on the turn, and the 3♣ on the river gave 7HE__D__ASH the scoop with the straight and a 6-5 low.

For second place, juicy joy earned $8,529.97. With the extra cash from the deal, 7HE__D__ASH won $9,078.53, a nice prize to accompany that first career TCOOP title. Congratulations to both players on their success!

TCOOP-22 ($82 FL Omaha Hi-Lo, 8-Max, Turbo) results
Total prize pool: $54,600.00
Places paid: 96

1. 7HE__D__ASH (Switzerland) $9,078.53*
2. juicy joy (Netherlands) $8,529.97*
3. Thomas "sandman201" Tyler (Canada) $5,460.00
4. Ulett_23 (Canada) $4,095.00
5. sleepy_seven (Germany) $2,730.00
6. glennerz (Canada) $1,911.00
7. LillyPutina (Russia) $1,228.50
8. BraunerBär (Germany) $819.00
*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner

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Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in TCOOP