TCOOP 2016: Counting victory #2 for woody1234321 after $118K Event #17 win

Two final tables during the 2015 SCOOP series was not enough for woody1234321. After the opening weekend of the TCOOP 2016 series, woody1234321 now owns two titles defeating a field of 2,987 (and 797 re-entries) in the Event #17 $600,000 guarantee NL Hold'em Turbo Optional Re-Entry tournament. Last yearwoody1234321 earned $95K as the Event #3 champ and after four and half hours of work on Sunday, grabbed $118,818.68 defeating Iamapoopie heads-up.

Thanks to the re-entry part of the tournament, woody1234321 took full advantage of the third bullet, read on to learn about the second title.

Current TCOOP 2016 Player of the Series (before this tournament ended...) leader KornmeisterX managed to claim the minimum five points after sneaking into one of the 495 paying spots while finishing 472nd ($348.12).

Making the most of his second bullet, Team PokerStars Online Pro Naoya Kihara managed a deep run. In the top 15 in chips for most of the second hour of play, Kihara fought to stay ahead of the blinds towards the latter half of the hour. With the blinds up to 8K/16K ante 2K Naoya shoved 177,923 chips from middle position holding A♥5♥ as wrawras re-shoved for a little more with Q♠A♣. No fives and one heart short 6♣ 9♥ 4♠ J♠ J♥ would send the remaining Red Spade out in 87th place ($1,135.20).


Naoya Kihara

Wrawras would use those chips as a springboard towards the top of the leaderboard at the third hourly break with 31 players remaining. Not that wrawras needs the $118K sitting up top after becoming the seventh millionaire while playing a $100 Spin & Go a few months ago but that big win now allows wrawras to take shots at the Majors.

Wrawras still stood tall as the penultimate table came out with 15 minutes left in the third hour of play. EPT9 London Event #13 winner Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger still alive and hoping for that six-figure payday. Several cashes in the weekly high rolling Super Tuesday and a SCOOP 2013 Event #10-H runner-up finish, gnetaren is looking to cross the -COOP threshold with a victory.

The PokerStarBlog hopes IamGrouchy! has a better night after finishing in 16th place earning $2,270.40 as the shortstacks milked the clock to the max hoping to earn a spot at the final table with a timely double-up.

A shortstacked Benger would be asked to leave in 12th place ($4,540.80) after his king-four got ran down by iTSReTSaM hitting a straight with jack-eight.


Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger

Wrawras claimed the chip lead after knocking out gnetaren in 11th place ($4,540.80) as hand-for-hand play lasted all of one hand. With the blinds up to 80K/160K ante 20K Iamapoopie shoved 3.2 million from the small blind to force p0008000 into a tournament life decision. Holding 389,483 behind in the big blind, p0008000 made the call with 6♣A♠ out in front of Iamapoopie's 7♦J♦. But, a flopped flush 4♦ 2♦ 6♦ 7♠ 5♠ quickly opened up the final table below:

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Seat 1: Iamapoopie (3874186 in chips)
Seat 2: suarez_BG (852140 in chips)
Seat 3: wrawras (3890442 in chips)
Seat 4: woody1234321 (1441588 in chips)
Seat 5: kolja31 (690293 in chips)
Seat 6: !!f1ghtback! (1252506 in chips)
Seat 7: XXstardogXX (1578801 in chips)
Seat 8: beigale777 (2243589 in chips)
Seat 9: iTSReTSaM (3096455 in chips)

SCOOP 2012 Event #40-M champ suarez_BG needed a lot of help to claim the second leg of the Triple COOP.

This would not be that day.

Two hands into the final table, suarez_BG would push 792,140 chips from middle position as beigale777 made the call from the big blind holding a solid ace 9♠A♥. Not as solid as suarez_BG's J♥A♣ but two nines on the flop 7♥ 9♥ 9♣ 4♣ 8♥ turned the 1.8 million chip pot to beigale777 as suarez_BG collected $6,054.40 in ninth place.

Kolja31 politely asked for a new dealer after getting ground down to under a big blind nearly halfway through the fourth hour of play. The "new" dealer presented pocket deuces 2♥2♦ to face the chip leader woody1234321's T♣J♥ for a 1.2 million chip pot. The pair did not last long as a ten on the flop 9♠ A♣ T♠ 4♣ Q♠ sent $9,460.00 in kolja31 in eighth place.

Woody1234321 as mentioned above already has a victory in this tournament series (Event #3) winning $95K in the Progressive KO format along with two SCOOP final tables in 2015.

The essence of the turbo tournament format was fully embraced by the final six as the winner was declared in seven minutes after the break.

First hand back from the break with the blinds at 150K/300K ante 37.5K Iamapoopie would min-raise from the cutoff as online poker pugilist !!f1ghtback! was nearly forced to call and did from the big blind for 80K holding 5♦8♥. Iamapoopie was not bluffing after turning over T♦A♦ and running safely through the A♠ J♥ 7♦ K♠ 3♥ board to eliminate !!f1ghtback! in seventh place ($17,028.00).

Three hands later wrawras would open shove 1.4 million holding K♣Q♦ as severely depleted iTSReTSaM called all-in for 345,480 with 2♠Q♠. The one live card did not come through A♥ A♦ 7♣ A♠ 6♦ as iTSReTSaM took away $24,596.00 in sixth place.

Wrawras was hoping for some momentum after knocking out iTSReTSaM and shoved again two hands later for 2.1 million. Chip leading woody1234321 was there for the call with pocket fives 5♦5♠. Wrawras' Q♥A♠ looked good for another double up after flopping two pair 2♦A♦Q♦. But, a third diamond on the turn 9♦ was too much as the Spin & Go millionaire proved to be a solid player here as well notching $32,164.00 in fifth place.

On the next hand with the blinds moving up to 200K/400K ante 50K Iamapoopie min-raise from the cutoff as XXstardogXX made it 2.07 million to go after shoving from the small blind. Iamapoopie called with T♦J♣. XXstardogXX's dominate A♦T♠ was fine on the flop but a turned jack 3♠ 4♠ K♦ J♦ 8♠ ended XXstardogXX's galactic run in fourth place ($43,516.00).

After eliminating XXstardogXX, Iamapoopie would only hold the chiplead for one hand. Testing out the new big stack, Iamapoopie shoved 9.6 million from the small blind with T♦A♣. A top hand heads-up but unfortunately ran into woody1234321 holding pocket kings K♠K♣. A ten in the middle of the Q♥ 2♣ T♣ 6♥ J♦ board was not enough as woody1234321 collected the 15.9 million chip pot.

Four hands later beigale777 could barely afford the big blind as woody1234321 min-raised from the small blind. Beigale777 shipped the 36,979 chips holding J♣3♠ as woody1234321 pulled up another big hand in pocket tens T♣T♦. The tens were good on the Q♦ 5♥ A♦ K♠ 8♥ board as beigale777 collected $62,436.00 in third place.

Holding a 16.5 million to 2.3 million chip lead it would take woody1234321 only three hands to claim a second TCOOP title during the 2016 series (which has another whole week to go!). Iamapoopie would call the button shove with 3♥K♦ as woody1234321 once again came up holding a dominating hand 7♥K♠. The seven kicker was enough on the 5♥ 4♠ J♦ A♣ 7♣ board to earn woody1234321 $118,818.68 as the TCOOP 2016 Event #17 champion!

TCOOP-17 ($215 NL Hold'em, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry) results

Entrants: 2,987
Re-entries: 797
Total prize pool: $756,800.00
Place paid: 495

1. woody1234321 [two re-entries] (Mexico) $118,818.68
2. Iamapoopie [one re-entry] (United Kingdom) $88,545.60
3. beigale777 (Israel) $62,436.00
4. XXstardogXX [one re-entry] (Canada) $43,516.00
5. wrawras (Brazil) $32,164.00
6. iTSReTSaM (Sint Maarten (Dutch Part)) $24,596.00
7. !!f1ghtback! (Austria) $17,028.00
8. kolja31 (Germany) $9,460.00
9. suarez_BG (Bulgaria) $6,054.40

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2016