TCOOP 2017: gzp74 goes ultra deep in Event #36 ($700 NLHE Ultra-Deep 8-Max)

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker is one of the most popular online poker series in the world. In today's fast-paced lifestyle, people don't have time to grind all day, so they love the turbo structures and the chance to win big money in a short amount of time.

But what about those players who like deep stacks and post flop play? The chance to play some "real" poker? Most TCOOP events are all-in jam-athons, but today's TCOOP event offered something a little different. Event #36 was a $700 No Limit Holdem Ultra-Deep 8-Max Turbo Event. Although the levels were just five minutes long, players would start with an enormous 50,000-chip start bank which was good for 500 big blinds deep in the opening level! Plenty of room for post-flop play!

The beauty of this event was that even though it was deep early, the speed soon quickened up and the tournament would crown our champion in under six hours of total play time. That champion would be Hungary's gzp74 who collect $85,497.01 after a three-way deal.

A field of 916 players came together for this event to form a prize pool of $609,140. George Lind was the only red spade of Team PokerStars that we could spot in the field but he was out short of the money in 202nd place.

Only the top 103 players would secure a profit for their efforts, with the money stage reached after about three-and-a-half hours of play. The honour of the bubble would go to ShefanHilaly from the United Kingdom who fell in 104th place leaving the remaining players to secure at least $1,907.88 in prize money.

It would take a tick under five hours of game time for the field to be reduced to the final table of eight. It would be TanTanSWE who missed out on the elusive final table after a steal attempt with king-deuce was unsuccessful against wazawskiHH's pocket sixes. wazawskiHH flopped a full house and it was all over to leave our final table line up as follows:


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: wazawskiHH (6,030,439 in chips)
Seat 2: anteen (5,381,206 in chips)
Seat 3: LA KOVE (8,542,693 in chips)
Seat 4: pistecaloze (7,182,748 in chips)
Seat 5: gzp74 (8,004,097 in chips)
Seat 6: Billy "b8chatz" Chattaway (6,018,607 in chips)
Seat 7: Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov (3,531,698 in chips)
Seat 8: abhinaviy550 (1,108,512 in chips)

The final table blinds would kick off at 160k/320k/40k, so although the players started this tournament "ultra deep", the turbo-charged blind levels had certainly caught up with several players under some pressure straight away.

One of those players was the short-stacked abhinaviy550. On the third hand of the final table, abhinaviy550 found T♠T♣ and was in a great spot to double up when his all-in bet was called by LA KOVE who held 5♦5♥. However the luck didn't go the Australian's way as the board fell 6♣4♠K♦5♣9♥ to give LA KOVE a set of fives and eliminate abhinaviy550 in eighth place for $10,648.61.

Several orbits would pass without any further meaningful action, but it was simply the calm before the storm.

wazawskiHH would be the next to go, and once again it was a rather cruel blow. gzp74 would move all in from middle position and play folded around to wazawskiHH in the small blind who committed all in for almost ten big blinds with Q♦A♦. wazawskiHH was in terrific shape to double up when gzp74 tabled an adventurous, and dominated, Q♣5♣, but incredibly the board landed 2♦4♥8♦5♥T♠. gzp74 paired his kicker to leave wazawskiHH to depart in seventh place for $14,673.57 in prize money.

The very next hand we would also lose our next player. When play folded around to anteen on the button, he moved all in for around eleven big blinds. The small blind folded but pistecaloze made the call in the big blind and tabled A♠8♣. anteen held live cards with J♥9♣ but would need to improve to stay alive. It wasn't to be as the board fell 6♦5♥A♣A♥Q♥ to give pistecaloze trip aces for the knockout. anteen had to be content with $20,219.91 for sixth place.

Two-time COOP winner Billy "b8chatz" Chattaway would find a double up with a flush against gzp74, but the comeback would be over just one hand later. b8chatz moved all in preflop with 8♣8♦ and got action from pistecaloze in the small blind with A♣K♣. It would take until the river but the board of 3♣6♠7♠9♣A♥ eventually connected with pistecaloze sending b8chatz home in fifth place for $27,862.61.

Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov threw up the idea of a deal four-handed but the request was ignored, and as it turned out, FeriBo would be the next to fall. FeriBo moved in from the small blind for ten big blinds with A♦3♠ but LA KOVE woke up with a monstrous K♣K♠ and made the easy call. The board bricked 6♦5♣9♣6♥9♠ to leave FeriBo to depart in fourth place for $38,394.09.

pistecaloze said, "wanna check nmbers?"
gzp74 said, "ok"
LA KOVE said, "ok"

The elimination of FeriBo would see the remaining three players quickly agree to look at a potential deal. ICM numbers were presented and as the chip leader, gzp74 tried his cheeky best to squeeze some extra coin from his opponents. pistecaloze and LA KOVE were having none of it and demanded the ICM numbers or play on. gzp74 quickly backed down and the ICM numbers were agreed to by all three, leaving $12,182.80 in the middle to play for.

With the cards back in the air, the players wasted no time in going for glory with the biggest pot of the tournament unfolding on the first hand following the break.

gzp74 opened with a raise and LA KOVE made the call before pistecaloze squeezed all in for a little over twenty big blinds. gzp74 responded by moving all in as well which forced a fold from LA KOVE and the cards were on their backs. pistecaloze tabled A♠6♠ but he'd run into another massive hand as gzp74 showed K♣K♠. The board arrived T♣4♥T♠8♥Q♦ which left the kings in front to eliminate pistecaloze in third place for a post-deal total of $71,404.08 - almost $20,000 more than the original third place prize.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 3: LA KOVE (11,577,903 in chips)
Seat 5: gzp74 (34,222,097 in chips)

gzp74 carried a three-to-one chip lead into heads-up play but LA KOVE found two pair on the first heads-up hand to close the gap. However the first all-in clash between the two would be the last of the tournament.

From the button, gzp74 raised all in with A♥6♣ and, with just ten big blinds left, LA KOVE made the call and tabled 6♥6♦. LA LOVE was in a solid position to double and was looking to fade an ace. Well, that was achieved, but the double-paired board of Q♥Q♦J♣K♣K♦ would counterfeit LA LOVE's pair and leave gzp74's ace-kicker to play to win the title!


It was a dramatic end for LA LOVE but $69,369.93 is a great return for the player from Thailand for second place. However the TCOOP title would head to Hungary with gzp74 claiming an impressive victory along with $85,497.01 in prize money. Congratulations!

TCOOP-36: $700 NL Hold'em Ultra-Deep 8-Max Turbo - $400,000 Guaranteed
Entrants: 916
Prize Pool: $609,140
Places Paid: 103

1. gzp74 (Hungary) $85,497.01*
2. LA KOVE (Thailand) $69,369.93*
3. pistecaloze (Netherlands) $71,404.08*
4. Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov (Bulgaria) $38,394.09
5. Billy "b8chatz" Chattaway $27,862.61
6. anteen (Sweden) $20,219.91
7. wazawskiHH (Canada) $14,673.57
8. abhinaviy550 (Australia) $10,648.61

* denotes three-handed ICM deal

The 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker is offering over $15 million in guaranteed prizes across 65 turbo-charged events. It all wraps up on January 29 so check out the TCOOP home page for more information about upcoming events.

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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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