TCOOP 2016: Sick Pastorr cures all ills after $105K Event #46 win

The starting 50,000 chip stacks of TCOOP 2016 Event #46's Hold'em Ultra-Deep may imply a tournament capable of lasting a winter night in Reykjavik. But, instead it would barely outlast the sunshine there as the 3,364 player field ponied up $215 a piece for shot at winning a major tournament in a fraction of the time thanks to the five minute blind changes. Sick Pastorr's sizable chiplead at the final table would run through cubanirris heads-up to claim the TCOOP title and $105,630.29.

Midway through the third hour on the money bubble, ten players anxiously awaited their fate during hand-for-hand play. Seven would get $356.58 for their troubles the other three would get ready for the Main Event starting up in two hours. Uruguay's Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez with final tables in all three -COOP tournament series would officially end as the bubble boy finishing in 433rd place.

15 minutes before the fifth hour of play the final two tables came out as Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek already owns a SCOOP title (2012, Event #21-H) and was looking for a second TCOOP after claiming his first two years ago (2014, Event #38). But, the cards did not go his way today after picking up jacks and running into JJ@mess' aces to earn $2,186.60 in 16th place.


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Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek


Shyam "g's zee" Srinivasan was also trying to notch another -COOP victory (WCOOP 2014, Event #52). Heavenwalker's A♣J♣ would be too much for Srinivasan's Q♣K♠ on the 5♦ 3♥ 9♣ 2♠ 2♥ board to finish in 14th place ($3,195.80).

Players would get five minutes to sweat out hand-for-hand play and the possible difference between $4,205.00 and a potential six-figure payday. First hand back FoNZ87 and 1mates1 both found pocket pairs and shoved preflop. 1mates1 started the hand with more chips and a bigger pair as FoNZ87's pocket fours could not defeat the sevens ending the tournament in tenth place and starting up the final table below:

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Seat 1: panda_zhang9 (13855334 in chips)
Seat 2: 1mates1 (23010150 in chips)
Seat 3: Senterpied (9431310 in chips)
Seat 4: JJ@mess (21571442 in chips)
Seat 5: heavenwalker (8670808 in chips)
Seat 6: V.bl0m (18456034 in chips)
Seat 7: cubanirris (7671052 in chips)
Seat 8: guitarpiano (12256225 in chips)
Seat 9: Sick Pastorr (53277645 in chips)


Sick Pastorr came in with the most chips but JJ@mess would make the first move. On the final table's second hand with the blinds up to 600K/1.2M ante 150K Senterpied, who was the runner-up of Event #46 final table in 2012 earning $94K, would need some help getting to heads-up play. Shoving 9.1 million with A♣Q♦, Senterpied would run into JJ@mess' big slick K♦A♥. No reversal on the 4♥ J♣ 7♥ A♠ 8♥ board would send Senterpied away in ninth place ($5,382.40).

Two hands later panda_zhang9 would double through guitarpiano as both picked up pocket pairs and panda_zhang9's tens would reign over guitarpiano's sevens. On the next hand guitarpiano could barely afford the ante while dropping 175K all-in from the button. Sick Pastorr raised to 3.5 million to shutout panda_zhang9 from taking the rest of guitarpiano's chips. While guitarpiano held a slight lead preflop 2♠A♠, Sick Pastorr's 8♦T♦ would find a flush 2♦ 3♦ K♦ 4♦ 6♠ ending guitarpiano's gig in eighth place ($8,746.40).

Five minutes later with the blinds moving to 800K/1.6M ante 200K Sick Pastorr decided to push the chiplead by open shoving 55.7 million from the small blind. Holding a couple of face cards J♦Q♥ panda_zhang9 decided to make a go at it and called all-in for 10.9 million. Sick Pastorr's A♦9♥ would find an ace in the door A♣ T♥ 3♣ 5♦ 8♠ sending panda_zhang9 out the door in seventh place ($15,474.40).

Sick Pastorr's chip lead would grow to new heights three minutes later with this double knockout. After the chipleader shoved from the button, both 1mates1 and JJ@mess called from the blinds. SCOOP 2014 Event #21-M champ JJ@mess has had a big success at -COOP tournaments with a couple SCOOP and WCOOP final tables, but the first TCOOP final table would end before picking up the winner's share as A♦T♦ could not keep with 1mates1's pocket sevens 7♣7♠ nor Sick Pastorr's 5♣4♦ which rivered two pair 9♠ 5♠ 6♥ J♠ 4♣ ending 1mates1's tournament in sixth place ($22,202.40) and JJ@mess in fifth ($28,930.40).

Things would calm down a bit (for a turbo tournament) as the blinds moved up to 1.25M/2.5M ante 312.5K Sick Pastorr still holding a commanding lead shoved for 114.5 million as V.bl0m made the call from the button holding Q♦A♥. Once again Sick Pastorr's ability to take risks with the overpowering chip stack worked as 9♠T♠ found on a pair on the river 7♥ 7♣ 6♥ J♣ T♣ to eliminate V.bl0m in fourth place ($38,686.00).

Shortly afterwards the threesome would try to work out a chop deal. But, Sick Pastorr's stack and needs were too much for cubanirris and heavenwalker so play continued without a deal after the ten-minute chat.

Second hand back from the chop talks heavenwalker was not going to sit around and shoved 15.1 million from the button with 3♥K♠. But, Sick Pastorr was waiting in the big blind with an ace 6♦A♠ that would become two pair 2♥ J♥ A♦ 6♣ 4♦. Not a bad consolation prize for heavenwalker (who also has past WCOOP and SCOOP final tables) earning $55,855.85 in third place.

Not really a fair fight heads-up as Sick Pastorr held a 150.9 million to 17.2 million chiplead. Cubanirris did what had to be done and shoved the first three hands as Sick Pastorr could afford to be a little patient. On the fourth hand with the blinds moving up to 1.5M/3M ante 375K Sick Pastorr turned into the aggressor and shoved as cubanirris found a decent hand J♠K♣ and made the call. Unfortunately, Sick Pastorr turned up pocket queens Q♥Q♠ and promptly walked through the 2♦ A♣ 7♥ A♦ 7♠ board unscathed coming the other side as the TCOOP 2016 Event #46 champion winning $105,630.29!

TCOOP-46 ($215 NL Hold'em, Turbo, Ultra-Deep) results

Entrants: 3,364
Total prize pool: $672,800.00
Places paid: 432

1. Sick Pastorr (Poland) $105,630.29
2. cubanirris (Mexico) $78,717.60
3. heavenwalker (Hungary) $55,855.85
4. V.bl0m (Malta) $38,686.00
5. JJ@mess (Czech Republic) $28,930.40
6. 1mates1 (Slovakia) $22,202.40
7. panda_zhang9 (China) $15,474.40
8. guitarpiano (Peru) $8,746.40
9. Senterpied (United Kingdom) $5,382.40


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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2016