TCOOP 2017: ludd£90 goes from six big blinds to Event #24 champion ([$215 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO (50%), Win the Button, Players' Voice Event #1]

A new quirk in this year's TCOOP? For the first time in series history, PokerStars players voted on the format of two events-- one no-limit hold'em tourney and one non-NLHE. Today brought the NLHE Player's Voice event and the official moniker is quite the mouthful-- No-Limit Hold'em 6-max, Win the Button Progressive KO (50%). The Progressive KO part means every player carries a progressively increasing bounty, and "win the button" means that if you win the pot, you also win the button for the next hand. The combination of large bounties and the button up for grabs every hand rewarded aggression, and after being down to only six big blinds during four-handed play, ludd£90 mounted a stunning comeback and took down his first TCOOP title along with over $37k.

This groovy format drew 2,623 players, their $215 buy-ins combining to create a $524,600.00 prize pool.Half of the prize pool went to the bounty pool and the other half to the regular pool. 323 places were paid with first place set to earn $38,358.10, along with any bounties collected along the way.

A bit over five hours after cards went in the air, seven players remained. With the blinds up to 50,000/100,000, motreanu90 opened for 261,000 on the button, Papio Papio called from the small blind and Gianni. H.N. called all-in for 146,284 from the big blind. The flop fell A♦8♠6♦ and Papio Papio checked-folded to motreanu90's 507,336 bet. Motreanu90 turned over 7♣9♠ for an open-ended straight draw and trailed Gianni.H.N.'s Q♦5♥. Although the J♣ turn was a safe card for Gianni.H.N., the 7♦ river paired motreanu90's seven and Gianni.H.N. hit the rail on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Papio Papio (6,969,904 in chips, $2,913.46 bounty)
Seat 2: motreanu90 (5,205,531 in chips, $7,411 bounty)
Seat 3: Graftekkel (3,413,465 in chips, $2,407.02 bounty)
Seat 4: 50km (1,299,676 in chips, $3,068.34 bounty)
Seat 5: no_fun_roll (6,329,009 in chips, $5,601.53 bounty)
Seat 6: ludd£90 (3,012,415 in chips, $3,249.20 bounty)

50km quickly fell below 10 big blinds and with only 544,676 remaining, he three-bet shoved from the small blind with 6♦8♦. Initial raiser ludd£90 called with A♦5♠ and his ace-high held up on the Q♠9♠2♠9♣3♦ board to eliminate 50km in sixth place. Ludd£90 banked $1,534.17 in cash for the KO and added the same amount to his own bounty, taking it up to $4,783.37.

Graftekkel got new life when he doubled to 7.5 million at motreanu90's expense, his A♣Q♦ winning a race against pocket jacks. Those newfound chips, however, were quickly spread around the table. A short time later, no_fun_roll called Graftekkel's button shove with A♣8♣. Graftekkel turned over Q♣5♣ and did not improve, while no_fun_roll moved up to 10 million in chips. Then, with the blinds up to 100,000/200,000, motreanu90 open-shoved from the small blind with A♥9♦ and Graftekkel snap-called with K♦K♠. Graftekkel's kings were snapped off by an ace on the flop and he was left with 3.2 million.

Later in the same level, Graftekkel three-bet shoved from the small blind for 2.93 million and motreanu90 called. Graftekkel's A♦Q♦ had motreanu90's A♣J♦ dominated and things stayed that way on the K♥9♣4♥ flop, but motreanu90 caught the J♠ on the turn to pair up. The river was the 8♠ and Graftekkel was out in fifth place. Motreanu90 nabbed $1,203.51 in cash for the KO and increased his own bounty to $8,614.51.

With four players remaining and the blinds up to 120,000/240,000, ludd£90 was sitting on only 1.5 million in chips. After motreanu90 moved in on the button for 15.4 million, ludd£90 found A♠7♥ in the big blind and decided to call. Ludd£90 paired his ace on the flop and caught running hearts to make a flush on the A♥K♥J♦5♥J♥ board, doubling his stack to 3.17 million. Moments later, ludd£90 doubled again, his pocket tens crushing no_fun_roll's K♣8♦ to take him up to 5.8 million.

Down to 3.5 million, no_fun_roll picked up Q♠8♠ and called motreanu90's small blind shove. However, this time, motreanu90 had a legit hand with A♠7♠. No_fun_roll couldn't catch him on the J♥T♠4♣T♥J♦ board and went out in fourth place, while motreanu90 banked $2,800.77 and increased his bounty to a whopping $11,415.27.

When play turned three-handed, motreanu90 was in control with 17.56 million, ludd£90 held 5.74 million, and Papio Papio was the short stack with 2.92 million.

Papio Papio doubled through motreanu90 when his K♠Q♣ rivered a queen against A♥2♠. It was at that point that the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:

motreanu90 15,899,174
Papio Papio 5,429,778
ludd£90 4,901,048

When the numbers were calclulated, big stack motreanu90 naturally favored a chip chop deal, which gave him about $2,700 more than ICM. Complicating matters, Papio Papio said he required at least a $23k share to close the deal, equivalent to his chip chop share. To sweeten the pot and move negotiations forward, ludd£90 offered up $1,000 from his share to Papio Papio and motreanu90 relinquished $500. When the host recaclulated the numbers, all parties agreed to the terms and with $5,246 still on the table for the winner, action resumed.

Ludd£90 quickly fell back to only 1.7 million in chips. With the blinds up to 140,000/280,000, motreanu90 opened for 730,800 and ludd£90 moved all-in from the small blind. Papio Papio reshoved for 6.95 million from the big, and motreanu90 gave up his hand. Ludd£90's A♥9♣ had Papio Papio's A♦7♠ dominated and his hand held up on the K♠6♦4♥3♥T♠ board. Ludd£90 doubled to 4.22 million, leaving Papio Papio on 5.26 million.

Papio Papio recovered and topped 10 million in chips again after his T♦T♣ flopped a set against motreanu90's K♣J♣. Ludd£90 was still the short stack with 5 million, but when Papio Papio moved all-in for 12.65 million on the button, ludd£90 found A♠Q♥ in the big blind and called off his remaining chips. Papio Papio revealed pocket deuces, which were promptly snapped off by an ace on the flop. Ludd£90 doubled to 9.9 million and two hands later, he moved all-in from the small blind with T♦T♠. Papio Papio called with A♠8♦. Ludd£90's pocket pair held up on the Q♠9♦6♥6♠4♦ board and took out Papio Papio in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: motreanu90 (8,692,920 in chips, $11,415.27 bounty)
Seat 6: ludd£90 (17,537,080 in chips, $6,240.10 bounty)

After being down to only six big blinds with four players remaining, ludd£90 now sported a 2 to 1 chip lead heads-up. It wasn't long before ludd£90 moved all-in on the button and motreanu90 looked him up from the big blind.

ludd£90 K♦J♥
motreanu90 A♣8♠

Ludd£90 made top pair on the K♣6♦3♠ flop. Motreanu90 needed an ace to survive, but the turn and river blanked out with the 6♣ and the 3♦, as ludd£90 locked up the win.

Congratulations to Sweden's ludd£90 on joining the ranks of TCOOP champions! He banked a grand total of $37,329.90 including bounties for the win. All was certainly not lost for runner-up motreanu90. He may have lost out on the title, but thanks to the three-handed deal, he came away with the lion's share of the prize pool at $42,704.20.

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TCOOP-24 [$215 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO (50%), Win the Button, Players' Voice Event #1] results
Entries: 2,623
Prize pool:$524,600.00 ($262,300 regular, $262,300 bounty)
Places paid:323

1. ludd£90 (Sweden) $25,382.17* + $11,947.73 = $37,329.90
2. motreanu90 (Romania) $31,288.93* + $11,415.27 in bounties = $42,704.20
3. Papio Papio (Denmark) $23,148.30* + $2,913.46 in bounties = $26,061.76
4. no_fun_roll (Belgium) $10,713.04 + $5,601.53 = $16,314.57
5. Graftekkel (Netherlands) $7,002.80 + $2,407.02 in bounties = $9,409.82
6. 50km (Canada) $4,577.52 + $3,068.34 in bounties = $7,645.86

*denotes a three-way deal

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in TCOOP