TCOOP 2017: luismi1912 denies Brazil another title and wins Event #37 Fat Tuesday

Last Spring, the online poker realm witnessed a Brazilian Storm. Our colleague Stephen Bartley used that surfing term to aptly describe the abundant wave of Brazilians that dominated the 2016 SCOOP.

Was it time for another Brazilian Storm? Brazilians got off to a hot start at the beginning of the 2017 TCOOP. On the first day, Brazilians won two of the first five events. Since then, Brazilians won no less than five events. Going into the start of TCOOP Event #37, Brazil and Sweden were tied for most TCOOP wins by a country this series. But Brazil would get two more shots at a title in the Fat Tuesday Special Edition.


Fifth place for Nacho in the Fat Tuesday

luismi1912 from Honduras went into the final table of Event #37 as the chip leader with a pair of Brazilians lurking about. When it got down to heads up, AcePheres from Brazil trailed 2-1 in chips against luismi1912. AcePheres was trying to thwart a wire-to-wire victory but could not mount a successful comeback attempt. luismi1912 did not meet much resistance at the final table, that also included three-time LAPT winner Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero. Honduras' lusimi1912 became the newest TCOOP champion and walked away $89K richer for binking the Fat Tuesday.

2017 TCOOP Event #37 $320 NL was also the Fat Tuesday Special Edition. This "variable turbo" event attracted 2,102 total entries with 1,520 runners and 582 re-entries. They created a prize pool worth $630,600. The top 260 places paid out with a hefty chunk worth $94,170.85 initially set aside for first place.

In this variable turbo event, levels started at the standard 5 minutes. When the action reached Level 37, levels were bumped up a minute to 6 minutes (through Level 66). If the tournament was still running by Level 67, then they the level would get extended another minute and they would play seven minute levels from Level 67. This event never got that far.

Canada's vvirtue bubbled off the final table in tenth place when A♣9♥ lost to AcePheres's T♠T♦. Pocket tens held up and vvirtue was out in ninth place.


TCOOP Event #37 Fat Tuesday - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: zzwwzzwwzz (2,380,792)
Seat 2: AcePheres (4,180,867)
Seat 3: needdollarz (1,056,678)
Seat 4: PokerLoans1 (1,653,159)
Seat 5: GuiKsy07 (2,071,767)
Seat 6: wiper222 (1,264,756)
Seat 7: ThaSquirrel (1,041,326)
Seat 8: luismi1912 (5,990,019)
Seat 9: weekesy333 (1,380,636)

The final table commenced during Level 55 with blinds at 60K/120K and a 15K ante. luismi1912 from Honduras was the big stack with nearly 6M. ThaSquirrel and needdollarz were both short stacked with 1M.

The final table had a familiar face with Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero. He shipped the Super Tuesday in 2016. Nacho won over $3.3 million in live tournaments including the 3 events on the LAPT and last-ever event on the LAPT last November.

Also at the final table... Russia's needdollarz won the Sunday Million in 2016... Brazil's AcePheres final tabled a 2017 TCOOP Event #3 and finished in third place.... zzwwzzwwzz finished second in a 2015 SCOOP. The 2016 WCOOP was a breakout series for zzwwzzwwzz with 4 final tables (runner up in one)... ThaSquirrel has over $2.2M in winnings, but never won more than $40K in a single score. The grinder final tabled the Sunday Million in 2015.... Brazil's GuiKsy07 final tabled a 2016 WCOOP event... Holland's wiper222 final tabled a 2012 SCOOP.

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100 DAYS, 100 NIGHTS: wiper222 eliminated in 9th place

The final nine did not waste any time before two players rumbled. wiper222 opened to 352,000, ThaSquirrel swiftly moved all-in for 2,012,652, wiper222 called all-in for 557,756. ThaSquirrel led with 6♥6♠ against wiper222's K♠9♥. wiper222 was racing to stave off elimination. The board ran out 8♠7♦6♦A♦J♠. wiper222 flopped an open-ended straight draw, but whiffed on the turn and river. ThaSquirrel faded the straight and won the pot with a set of sixes. Holland's wiper222 became the first player to bust at the final table. Ninth place paid out $7,243.89.

NOBODY'S BABY: weekesy333 eliminated in 8th place

Big-stacked bully luismi1912 raised to 320,000, weekesy333 bombed it all-in for 1,065,636 with A♠Q♥, and luismi1912 snap-called with A♦K♥. The board ran out 4♠4♣2♥Q♠K♠. weekesy333 took the lead on the turn when the Queen of spades spiked to improve to two pair. However, the King of spades on the river spelled doom for weekesy333. luismi1912 won the pot with a better two pair -- Kings and fours. Canada's weekesy333 was dunzo and collected $9,981.95 for eighth place.

GET EASY: needdollarz eliminated in 7th place

Short stack went up against the big stack...and the rich got richer. needdollarz opened to 600,000, luismi1912 bumped it up to 1M, and needdollarz called all-in for 18,356 more. needdollarz led with A♥T♣ versus luismi1912's K♣7♣. However, runner sevens sunk needdollarz's hopes of doubling up. The board finished up A♣Q♥4♠7♠7♥. luismi1912 won the pot with trip sevens and beat out needdollarz's two pair with Aces up. Russia's needdollarz took home $13,754.89 for a seventh-place finish.

WHEN THE OTHER FOOT DROPS, UNCLE: GuiKsy07 eliminated in 6th place

Time for a flip. GuiKsy07 open-shoved for 705,882 with A♣Q♠ and ThaSquirrel called with 6♦6♥. The board ran out 9♦5♦3♣8♣K♦. ThaSquirrel won the pot with a pair of sixes, which held up against Ace-Queen. Brazil's GuiKsy07 was dunzo in sixth place, which paid out $18,953.94.

LET THEM KNOCK: PokerLoans1 eliminated in 5th place

On the very next hand, we saw fireworks once again and Nachos got dusted. PokerLoans1 open-shoved for 693,159 with A♥9♠ and zzwwzzwwzz called with K♦6♣. The board ran out A♠6♠4♥6♥3♠. PokerLoans1 flopped a pair of Aces, but zzwwzzwwzz turned trip sixes to beat out PokerLoans1's Aces up. PokerLoans1 went broke in fifth place. The Argentinian pro also known as "Nacho" earned a payday worth $26,118.19.

With four remaining, luismi1912 led with 11.1M, which was more than 50% of the chips in play and certainly more than the other three combined -- which hovered between 3M and 3.3M.

NOTHING'S CHANGED: ThaSquirrel eliminated in 4th place

AcePheres won a race with A♦J♦ against ThaSquirrel's 4♠4♥. ThaSquirrel was all-in for 192,864. On a board of K♠5♦7♦7♣T♦, AcePheres rivered a nut-diamond flush to win the pot and edge out ThaSquirrel's two pair. ThaSquirrel was dunzo in fourth place, which paid out $35,990.29.

TELL ME: zzwwzzwwzz eliminated in 3rd place

Three-handed went quick. luismi1912 open-shoved for 10,864,011 with A♥7♠, and zzwwzzwwzz called all-in for 3,042,273 with K♦9♦. The board ran out Q♣J♥7♥J♠7♣. luismi1912 won the pot with a full house and beat out zzwwzzwwzz's two pair. China's zzwwzzwwzz busted in third place, which paid out $49,593.85

HEADS-UP: luismi1912 (Honduras) vs. AcePheres (Brazil)
Seat 2: AcePheres (6,783,716)
Seat 8: luismi1912 (14,236,284)

AcePheres trailed more than 2-1, but he was trying to win another TCOOP title for Brazil.


With two remaining, they discussed a deal. luismi1912 led 13.8M to 7.2M. Any deal had to leave $12,612 on the table to the champion. The numbers were floated: luismi1912 ($85,318.16) and AcePheres ($77,191.94). AcePheres quickly agreed. luismi1912 let the Brazili sweat out his answer...but eventually agreed to the numbers. With a deal in place, play resumed.

HUMBLE ME: AcePheres eliminated in 2nd place; luismi1912 wins Fat Tuesday Event #37!

Heads-up did not go quick considering they chopped the money almost instantly. Despite the elongated heads-up bout, AcePheres could not find a spot to double up and luismi1912 could not find a spot to land a crushing knockout blow. Toward the end of Level 60, luismi1912 finally found an opening.

AcePheres trailed nearly 4-1 in chips going into the final hand. luismi1912 limped for 180,000. AcePheres bombed it all-in for 4,836,216, and iluismi1912 called.

luismi1912: A♠8♥
AcePheres: Q♣T♠

The board ran out A♣A♥3♦2♣Q♦. luismi1912 won the flop with trip Aces. AcePheres could not avoid an elimination and headed to the virtual rail in second place. AcePheres earned $72,869.71 for a runner-up finish.

Congrats to luismi1912 for winning Fat Tuesday Event #37. First place paid out $89,640.39.


TCOOP-37 ($320 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Fat Tuesday SE]) results
Total entries: 2,102 (1,520 entries; 582 re-entries)
Prize pool: $630,600.00
Places paid: 260

1. luismi1912 (Honduras) $89,640.39*
2. AcePheres (Brazil) $72,869.71*
3. zwwzzwwzz (China) $49,593.85
4. ThaSquirrel (Malta) $35,990.29
5. Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero (Argentina) $26,118.19
6. GuiKsy07 (Brazil) $18,953.94
7. needdollarz (Russia)$13,754.89
8. weekesy333 (Canada) $9,981.95
9. wiper222 (Netherlands) $7,243.89

* Denotes a heads-up deal

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Pauly McGuire is a freelance contributor to PokerStars.

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