TCOOP 2017: jeanfranco07 rides all the way in Event #27 ($215 NLHE Hyper-Turbo 6-Max)
If the turbo-charged events of the TCOOP still weren't fast enough for you then you should've jumped into Event #27 of the series. That was where the "turbo" was taken to a whole new level with the addition of the word "hyper". Thousands of players, over half a million dollars in prize money and just three minute levels! It was nothing but pure adrenalin as the field of 2,696 entries were reduced to our champion in just two-and-a-half hours of play! And the one who survived the carnage was Uruguay's jeanfranco07 who turned $215 into over $60,000 to become our latest TCOOP champ.
The event was a Special Edition of the Sunday Supersonic with the field of 2,696 entries comprising of 2,159 unique players and 537 re-entries for the $215 No Limit Holdem Hyper Turbo Event. The prize pool was guaranteed at $250,000 but when registration was closed, that figure had more than doubled as an enormous prize pool of $552,032.96 was formed.
Aditya Agarwal, Andre Akkari, George Lind, Felipe Ramos, Mickey Petersen, Adrienne Rowsome and Jake Cody were among the sea of players and each fired a couple of bullets into this prize pool but they came up empty-handed. Only 323 players would take home a profit from this event, and it would only take a little over an hour of warfare to reduce the field to the money stage of the tournament. When Poland's mikimiki88 fell on the money bubble, the remaining players had secured at least $536.24 for their efforts.
With 100 players left it was David "dpeters17" Peters sitting on top of the chip counts as he looked to continue his remarkable run over the last 12 months. However Peters would lose a big coin flip with king-jack against pocket tens before bowing out in 29th place.
After just over two hours of play the field had been reduced to the final six. It would be Poland's raftt who bubbled the final table, losing a race with ace-king against the pocket nines of HereFijiFiji. The chips were in preflop and when the board bricked out, raftt was out in seventh place as our final table was set as follows:
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Ilkinopoulos (1,603,469 in chips)
Seat 2: jeanfranco07 (7,246,314 in chips)
Seat 3: Grayson "gray31" Ramage (1,680,630 in chips)
Seat 4: NDQuattro (3,231,915 in chips)
Seat 5: Bryan "bparis" Paris (4,959,980 in chips)
Seat 6: HereFijiFiji (8,237,692 in chips)
HereFijiFiji and jeanfranco07 were the chip leaders and with the final table blinds starting off at a hefty 200k/400k/80k, the shorties needed to find a double up as soon as possible!
HereFijiFiji and Ilkinopoulos would split the first pot of the final table when both players made a straight, before it was Grayson "gray31" Ramage's turn to make a move. gray31, a former TCOOP champion moved all in preflop with Q♣T♣ before Bryan "bparis" Paris did the same with A♠K♠. The flop was an interesting K♣2♣T♥ as gray31 found a pair and flush draw but still trailed bparis' top pair. The turn was the 4♥ and river bricked the 5♥ to send gray31 to the rail as our first casualty of our final table. He pocketed $9,633.80 for sixth place.
The short-stacked Ilkinopoulos landed a double up but couldn't make it two in a row as he was the next to be eliminated. The player from Azerbaijan was all in preflop with A♠Q♠ but ran into the monster K♣K♦ of bparis. The board fell 9♥7♣4♣J♠8♦ which was no help to Ilkinopoulos who departed in fifth place for $14,738.01.
Four would become three just one hand later when NDQuattro's last chips were in the middle. NDQuattro was all in preflop with both HereFijiFiji and bparis coming along to see a flop of 2♥9♠6♥. bparis checked it over to HereFijiFiji who moved all in to force a fold from bparis and the cards were on their backs. NDQuattro tabled 8♥8♦ but that had been out-flopped by HereFijiFiji who showed K♥9♦. The turn was the J♦ and the river was 9♣ for the exclamation point. Trip nines for HereFijiFiji meant NDQuattro had to exit in fourth place for a very nice $22,546.51 score.
HereFijiFiji said, "numbers?"
bparis said, "yp"
jeanfranco07 said, "ok"
The final three were quick to pause the clock and look at a potential deal. ICM numbers were presented and, with the chip stacks relatively close, the three were happy to agree to the numbers, leaving the title and $11,040.65 in the middle to play for.
First hand following the break, bparis and jeanfranco07 both held ace-jack and chopped a pot, before jeanfranco07 found the same cards two hands later but this time was able to secure the double up against HereFijiFiji's ace-four.
That left HereFijiFiji short-stacked and next hand the last chips were in the middle. HereFijiFiji found a quality hand with A♠Q♣ but needed to improve to get past jeanfranco07's 4♥4♦. The board ran out 8♠2♠5♥2♥T♥ which was no help for HereFijiFiji who had to depart in third place for a post-deal total of $53,885.21 - almost $20,000 more than the original third-place prize.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 2: jeanfranco07 (20,902,452 in chips)
Seat 5: Bryan "bparis" Paris (6,057,548 in chips)
jeanfranco07 started with a more than three-to-one chip advantage but it was bparis who landed the first major blow with a double up on the second hand of heads-up play. In a preflop clash, bparis held ace-queen against the pocket threes of jeanfranco07 but when the board ran out 9♣J♠8♠T♣K♠, bparis had a Broadway straight for the double up.
After the next three hands were uneventful, the following hand would produce an all-in clash that would ultimately be the last of the tournament.
From the button, jeanfranco07 moved all in and, with a stack of just under seven big blinds, bparis made the call with Q♥4♥. He was live against jeanfranco07's A♣K♣ but neither player could connect with the board of 8♣T♦J♥5♣6♠. That meant jeanfranco07's ace-high was enough to take down the pot and win the title!
It was a mighty run by Bryan "bparis" Paris but he fell just short of the TCOOP title, picking up $49,829.50 for second place. In the end it would be Uruguay's jeanfranco07 who defeated a field of 2,696 players in just two-and-a-half hours to turn $215 into the life-changing total of $64,269.31! Congratulations!
TCOOP-27: $215 NL Hold'em 6-Max Hyper-Turbo Sunday Supersonic SE - $250,000 Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $552,032.96
Places Paid: 323
1. jeanfranco07 (Uruguay) $64,269.31*
2. Bryan "bparis" Paris (Canada) $49,829.50*
3. HereFijiFiji (Romania) $53,885.21*
4. NDQuattro (Ukraine) $22,546.51
5. Ilkinopoulos (Azerbaijan) $14,738.01
6. Grayson "gray31" Ramage (Canada) $9,633.80
* 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.