TCOOP 2017: Jmm256 takes the title, PokinStaR gets the cash in Event #41 ($82 NLHE Big Antes)

Deal making is an underrated skill in the poker world. Deals are quite common in tournament poker, and having the ability and confidence to negotiate a good deal can be worth thousands of dollars in real cash to a player. Today's TCOOP Event #41 threw up the situation of the final five players all wanting to do a deal. It was a spirited negotiation process that took over half an hour to resolve, but PokinStaR and jimbarbas were the big stacks and were able to negotiate a deal that was several thousand dollars extra for themselves beyond the usual ICM numbers. It's often not talked about, but there was great skill shown by those two players at the deal making table today. With the deal struck and back to the poker table, PokinStaR would ultimately finish second but collected the most money from the tournament as the title would fall to the UK's Jmm256.

A huge field of 4,488 players hit the tables at PokerStars for this event -- an $82 No Limit Holdem Big Antes Event -- to produce a prize pool of $336,600 which more than doubled the advertised guarantee.

One of those in the field was Team PokerStars Pro Online member Liliya "Liay5" Novikova, but she was out short of the money for the top 548 players.

The bubble would burst on the Ukraine's Graff608 who fell in 549th place to guarantee the remaining players at least $192.66 in prize money. However it was still a long way from there to the slated top prize of over $48,000.

One of those to reach the money was Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki. He was making a deep run before bowing out in 122nd place for $370.73.

After five-and-a-half hours of play, the final table would be reached when NorBaggio's ace-nine fell to the dominant ace-queen of twirlpro. The board blanked out to see NorBaggio eliminated on the final table bubble to leave our final nine as follows:


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: twirlpro (4,789,178 in chips)
Seat 2: aless_84 (1,958,253 in chips)
Seat 3: enibas888 (3,562,299 in chips)
Seat 4: Lachsvegas (3,794,128 in chips)
Seat 5: jimbarbas (10,872,354 in chips)
Seat 6: ShipitFTW911 (6,140,344 in chips)
Seat 7: PokinStaR (3,979,196 in chips)
Seat 8: Jmm256 (4,273,444 in chips)
Seat 9: FDBtazz (5,510,804 in chips)

With the final table blinds kicking off at 140k/280k/70k, it was jimbarbas holding the chip lead but that quickly changed when Lachsvegas found an early double up with pocket nines against jimbarbas' king-queen.

aless_84 was also looking for a double up when he moved all in preflop with A♦9♦ but enibas888 found A♥K♣ and also committed all in to put the player from Uruguay at risk. The board landed J♥8♠Q♠T♦5♠ to give both players a straight but it was enibas888' Broadway straight which collected the pot. aless_84, a former SCOOP champion, was left to depart in ninth place for $2,999.81 in prize money.

PokinStaR landed a big double up with a nice call against ShipitFTW911. In a battle of the blinds, ShipitFTW911 tried to steal it from the small blind with 3♣7♦ but PokinStaR made a solid call with an above-average K♣2♠ which turned into a straight.

PokinStaR said, "snap call ;)"

ShipitFTW911 was left on the short stack and the two players went at it again next hand. ShipitFTW911 moved all in from the button with 8♠K♦ and this time held the lead as PokinStaR called in the small blind with a pretty J♠Q♠. However the board fell 8♥A♦Q♣5♥4♥ to pair up PokinStaR's queen to eliminate ShipitFTW911 in eighth place for $4,242.40.

twirlpro would quickly follow. From early position, twirlpro found K♠K♣ and moved all in, getting action from FDBtazz holding a suited A♠Q♠. Those spades would be important when the board ran out 7♠4♠5♥J♠3♣ to give FDBtazz a flush for the knockout. twirlpro picked up $5,999.72 for seventh place.

FDBtazz was into the chip lead, but the nature of turbo tournaments is that momentum can change very quickly.

FDBtazz ran into trouble, making a call with ace-eight after Jmm256 had moved all in with pocket queens. The board bricked and Jmm256 had secured the double up.

Next hand saw the biggest pot of the tournament unfold as FDBtazz and PokinStaR got involved in a preflop raising war. FDBtazz was all in with 8♠8♦ but PokinStaR had that bettered with J♥J♠. Incredibly, both players flopped a set on the 8♥J♣K♦7♠3♣ board but that wasn't enough help for FDBtazz who went from chip leader to sixth place in the space of two hands, collecting $8,484.91 in prize money.

enibas888 said, "deal ????"
PokinStaR said, "we could look at numbers"
enibas888 said, "ok"
jimbarbas said, "ok"
Jmm256 said, "I'm happy to do so"

The remaining five players agreed to pause the clock and look at a potential deal. If they thought the tournament had been tough, getting a five-handed deal done would prove to be an even bigger challenge.

ICM numbers were presented with Jmm256, Lachsvegas and the short-stacked enibas888 quick to agree, but the chip leader, PokinStaR wasn't so happy, saying he wanted $38,000 which was almost $7,000 more than the ICM numbers.

PokinStaR said, "not letting short stack get 20k"
PokinStaR said, "sry"

The pressure was then put on enibas888 to give up something to the chip leader to make the deal happen. At first enibas888 agreed to give up $2,500, PokinStaR wanted $5,000, and eventually they settled on $3,000.

The new deal numbers were then presented and four of them agreed, but jimbarbas finally broke his silence.

jimbarbas said, "no its too much for pokin"
Lachsvegas said, "come on jim"
PokinStaR said, "wait we did all this for nothing?"

Another argument then followed with players baiting each other to give jimbarbas some extra, but he was standing firm that it wasn't right for PokinStaR to be getting such a favourable deal.

jimbarbas said, "i want 1k from pokin"

After further arguing back and forth, PokinStaR eventually conceded to jimbarbas in "good faith" and Lachsvegas threw him an extra $500 to get the deal over the line. The new numbers were presented with PokinStaR and jimbarbas clearly getting the best of it, and after a total of 30 minutes of negotiations, a deal was finally agreed to with almost $7,000 left in the middle to play for.

As the short stack, enibas888 had given up the most to make the deal happen, but he wasn't able to stage an epic comeback. enibas888 found A♣K♦ and got the chips in good against PokinStaR's 7♣K♥ but the board of 7♠6♣3♦9♦J♦ would pair the seven kicker for PokinStaR to take down the pot. An unlucky end for enibas888 in fifth place, but perhaps a good deal in the end as he netted $17,961.19 in prize money.

jimbarbas survived an all-in clash with PokinStaR, finding a double up with king-queen against ace-four, before continuing the momentum with the elimination of Lachsvegas. Action folded around to Lachsvegas in the small blind who moved all in with K♠4♦. jimbarbas decided to make the call in the big blind and tabled J♣T♦ which landed a straight on the board of 4♣Q♥9♣Q♣8♦. Lachsvegas had to depart in fourth place for a post deal total of $23,817.20.

The stacks were pretty close among the final three players, but control swung back in favour of Jmm256 following a big double up through jimbarbas. It was Jmm256 with ace-nine and dominant against jimbarbas' ace-four, with a nine on the river more than enough to win the 30 million chip pot.

jimbarbas was left with just seven big blinds and moved them all in preflop next hand with J♣9♣. PokinStaR made the snap-call in the big blind with K♥9♦ and when the board bricked 4♠6♦A♥Q♥A♦, jimbarbas was out in third place for a handsome $28,076.24 in prize money.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 7: PokinStaR (14,156,224 in chips)
Seat 8: Jmm256 (30,723,776 in chips)

It was a two-to-one lead to Jmm256 but when PokinStaR raised the flop with air and then caught a backdoor straight on one of the first heads-up hands, the chip stacks were nearly back to even.

That was the situation when the two collided in a preflop war that would bring the tournament to an end. PokinStaR raised the button and Jmm256 put in a three-bet. PokinStaR moved all in and Jmm256 made the call. PokinStaR tabled 7♠7♣ but it was a bit of a cooler as Jmm256 opened a monster K♣K♠. The flop was a suited 2♦Q♦4♦ but neither player held a diamond as the K♦ turn card made it interesting. PokinStaR could no longer win the pot with a seven, but another diamond would put a flush on board for a split pot. The river was revealed as the J♥ which changed nothing, leaving Jmm256's set of kings to take the pot and the TCOOP title!


PokinStaR dominated the final table and the deal negotiations to end up with $33,790.37 for second place which was the biggest payout of the final table. However the TCOOP championship would go to the UK's Jmm256 who also collected $31,264.25 in prize money. Congratulations!

TCOOP-41: $82 NL Hold'em Big Antes Turbo - $150,000 Guaranteed
Entrants: 4,488
Prize Pool: $336,600
Places Paid: 548

1. Jmm256 (United Kingdom) $31,264.25*
2. PokinStaR (Canada) $33,790.37*
3. jimbarbas(Greece) $28,076.24*
4. Lachsvegas (Germany) $23,817.20*
5. enibas888 (Germany) $17,961.19*
6. FDBtazz (F.Y.R.O.M) $8,484.91
7. twirlpro (Hungary) $5,999.72
8. ShipitFTW911 (Sweden) $4,242.40
9. aless_84 (Uruguay) $2,999.81

* denotes five-way 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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