TCOOP 2017: Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen scoops TCOOP title in Event #15 ($82 Stud Hi/Lo Turbo)

Some people think that Stud Hi/Lo is not an exciting form of poker. Seven streets. Limit betting. Split pots. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you watched the final table of TCOOP Event #15, you could mount a pretty strong argument to the contrary. The event was an $82 Stud Hi/Lo Turbo Event, with the final table wrapping up in a whirlwind 15 minutes of carnage. When the dust settled it was two-time WCOOP winner Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen who scooped the final pot of the tournament to grab the TCOOP crown and $9,882.37 in prize money.

A field of 784 entries (670 players and 114 re-entries) came together to build a prize pool of $58,800 to more than double the advertised guarantee.

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville was one of the notable players in action in this one, firing a couple of bullets before being eliminated short of the money for the top 103 players.

When Canada's buzzard1881 was eliminated on the bubble after around three hours of play, the remaining players had secured at least $186.57. One of those in the money was another red spade with Adrienne Rowsome reaching 76th place for a min-cash.

It would take just on five hours of play for the field to be reduced to the final table. The short-stacked lov10k started off with a pair of deuces in the hole with an ace showing, but couldn't improve further as Al Magellan made a pair of kings and the only low to scoop and see our final table form as below:


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Dimon 2242 (828,440 in chips)
Seat 2: Exzik (373,360 in chips)
Seat 3: Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen (2,623,584 in chips)
Seat 4: homasapiens (1,471,093 in chips)
Seat 5: ailinan (355,527 in chips)
Seat 6: verbena777 (923,528 in chips)
Seat 7: jippo79 (235,664 in chips)
Seat 8: Al Magellan (1,028,804 in chips)

There was action from the very first hand of the final table as jippo79, the short stack of the final eight, looked for a quick double up. Following a raise from Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen on third street, jippo79 moved all in with buried kings and kiiski made the call with split tens. jippo79's board ran out (K♦K♥)3♣4♠Q♦Q♣(4♥) for two pair, but kiiski bettered that with (T♣7♠)T♠8♣7♦7♣(2♠) for a full house. With no low between them, kiiski took the pot and left jippo79 to exit in eighth place for $1,047.45.

ailinan would be the next to fall. Again ailinan was short and when a raising war erupted with Dimon 2242, the chips were all in on third street. ailinan started with a nice low hand but ended with two pair on a board of (3♥4♣)A♠9♦6♠3♦(9♣) but that wouldn't be enough against Dimon 2242 who started with a pair and hit trips on the board of (7♥7♦)8♥7♠K♥2♠(5♠). With no lows between them, ailinan was bounced in seventh place for a $1,443.36 collect.

After a relative lull of three hands without an elimination, Exzik would find his tournament life on the line in a hand against homasapiens. After a raise and call on third, the chips were all in on fourth street. Exzik would end up with two pair on a board of (9♠5♦)A♠5♣7♣8♦(7♥), however homasapiens ended up bettering that with (6♦2♦)3♥K♥K♣3♦(7♠) for kings up which was good to take down the pot. Exzik would have to be content with $1,988.92 for sixth place.

kiiski would take down the biggest pot of the tournament, getting to showdown with just a pair of kings, but that pot would be eclipsed one hand later with a huge double elimination.

With three-way action, verbena777 was all in on third street, before betting was capped into the side pot on fourth street with Al Magellan also all in against Dimon 2242 who covered both opponents. verbena777 improved to (8♥6♦)6♥7♥T♥4♦(7♣) for two pair which was ahead of Al Magellan who couldn't improve on the pair of aces with (A♥K♥)A♦4♠5♦7♠(T♣). It took until the river but Dimon 2242 had plenty of outs with the board of (2♦2♥)4♥3♥J♥5♣(2♠) producing trip deuces to scoop the 1.6 million chip pot. As the shorter stack, verbena777 finished in fifth place for $2,740.70 while Al Magellan got the pay jump for fourth place for a $3,776.63 score.

And just like that, we were down to the final three!

homasapiens said, "wooow"
homasapiens said, "nice one"
homasapiens said, ":)"
Dimon 2242 said, "deal?"
kiiski said, "NO THANKS"
homasapiens said, "no"
Dimon 2242 said, "ok"

With no interest in a deal, Dimon 2242 and kiiski split a pot before kiiski took down a huge two million chip pot against homasapiens. With bets on every street, homasapiens called it down but mucked when kiiski showed (5♥7♠)3♦6♥2♥2♠(3♠) for two pair and a seven-low to scoop the pot.

That left homasapiens on the short stack and next hand those chips were put at risk. A bet and a raise on third street didn't deter all three players from seeing fourth street where Dimon 2242 led the betting. With two calls, Dimon 2242 fired again on fifth street which forced a fold from kiiski but homasapiens came back with a raise. Dimon 2242 re-raised and the last chips of homasapiens were put into the middle. homasapiens had split nines and ended with two pair on a (9♣6♣)9♦Q♣6♥Q♦(7♠) board but Dimon 2242 had buried aces that turned into aces up on a board of (A♠A♦)K♣3♦5♠3♠(2♣). homasapiens couldn't beat that and was sent to the rail in third place for $5,204.12 in prize money.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: Dimon 2242 (3,260,752 in chips)
Seat 3: Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen (4,579,248 in chips)

Dimon 2242 took down the first significant pot of the heads-up battle with value on every street holding trip eights. That shot Dimon 2242 into the chip lead but incredibly that would be the last pot he would win.

Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen grabbed a very nice pot with a flush and seven-low, before following that up with another scoop with two pair to take a commanding lead. When kiiski showed up with another flush a short time later, Dimon 2242 was on the ropes before the final hand of the tournament was dealt.

A series of raises would see Dimon 2242 all in on third street with kiiski making the call. Dimon 2242 was starting pretty rough and couldn't improve to more than a pair of eights on a board of (Q♦T♣)3♣7♥8♠8♣(2♠). kiiski started with three suited low cards and that led to a board of (4♦7♦)2♦J♥6♦3♦(6♥). A flush and seven-low for kiiski was good to take down the pot and the title!


A nice run by Dimon 2242, but just finished short of victory as he collected $7,171.18 for second place as the TCOOP title goes to Finland's Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen who won the last eight hands of the tournament on the way to $9,882.37 in prize money. Congratulations!

TCOOP-15: $82 Stud Hi/Lo 6-Max - $25,000 Guaranteed
Entrants: 1,118
Prize Pool: $83,850
Places Paid: 143

1. Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen (Finland) $9,882.37
2. Dimon 2242 (Russia) $7,171.18
3. homasapiens (Poland) $5,204.12
4. Al Magellan (Ukraine) $3,776.63
5. verbena777 (Russia) $2,740.70
6. Exzik (Ukraine) $1988.92
7. ailinan (China) $1,443.36
8. jippo79 (Finland) $1,047.45

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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