TCOOP 2017: PokerFan_lol sidesteps NorBaggio in Event #4 ($27 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO [50%])

Even though it's just the first day, it seems fair given the nature of the tournaments on the schedule to say that the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker is in full swing. Players are already rolling through their events at top speed, experiencing all the highs and lows of tournament poker on a compressed schedule. That was especially true for the players in Event #4, a $27 6-max no-limit hold'em tourney with a hyper-turbo blind structure and a 50% Progressive KO to egg the action on that much more. At the end of it all one player remained: Lithuania's PokerFan_lol, who earned more than $22,000 in prize money and bounties for outlasting the most unforgiving structure of TCOOP 2017's first day.

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Event #4 drew a field of 10,940 players, building a $281,267.40 total prize pool. Half of that went to scheduled prizes for the top 1,511 finishers and the other to the progressive bounty on each player's head. A single hour of play brought the field within a sniff of the money bubble at 1,684 players; one more hour eliminated all but the top 29 finishers, a blistering pace that promised there wouldn't be a third break in this tournament.

In an event that saw nearly 11,000 players eliminated in just 150 minutes of poker, the last 30 minutes in particular were a rollercoaster of emotion. With 14 players left in the tournament, SCOOP 2015 finalist NorBaggio was on the lower end of the leaderboard with 6.1 million chips, good for just over 15 big blinds. Then the Hungarian player went on a tear, picking up chips and switching into an aggressive stance that would advance the field to its final six almost singlehandedly.

First came a race in the big blind with Q♠ J♥ against Ingloriouskills, who had raised all-in from the small blind A♥ 5♠. A jack on the flop and queen on the river gave NorBaggio the pot and the boost to 12.1M; four hands later, A♣ 7♥ held up against peetje111's K♠ Q♣ and took the field down to two tables. NorBaggio then took out a short-stacked WedBit in a family pot, making a pair of queens on the flop with Q♠ 7♠, before picking up A♦ A♠ two hands later and sinking Bull3tss's A♥ K♣ for a 29.4M-chip pot.

p1relli would win a flip with 3♦ 3♠ against NorBaggio's A♦ K♣ a few hands later. But the next hand after that saw NorBaggio open all-in with Q♠ 9♥ and top p1relli's A♣ 8♦ by making a queen-high straight, busting p1relli in eighth and setting up the final table. Then NorBaggio popped it on the following hand, calling with Q♣ 6♣ when short-stacked lieroppoker moved in with J♦ J♥ and making queens and sixes by the river to send lieroppoker to the rail in seventh place.

That run, which accounted for six of the final nine knockouts on the way to the final, set up this battle for the $18,569.31 top prize:

Seat 1: PokerFan_lol (20,525,092 in chips, $1,211.94 bounty)
Seat 2: Game-0ver901 (11,534,915 in chips, $875.78 bounty)
Seat 3: swansfc_CJ (3,442,832 in chips, $779.97 bounty)
Seat 4: Kairo90 (14,517,340 in chips, $1,413.37 bounty)
Seat 5: sickhangover (3,837,944 in chips, $751.25 bounty)
Seat 6: NorBaggio (55,541,877 in chips, $2,805.06 bounty)

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NorBaggio's run to the final was a preview of how the final, which ultimately lasted just 21 minutes, would progress. sickhangover opened the action on the first hand by moving all-in for just over three big blinds in the hijack seat, holding J♥ 7♦. Pokerfan_lol held A♦ T♥ and successfully isolated with an all-in bet of 20M on the button, winning the pot with a pair of tens on the T♦ K♠ Q♥ 5♣ Q♣ board to knock sickhangover out in sixth.

The second hand opened with NorBaggio raising to 2.2M under the gun with K♠ J♠. The action folded around to the big blind, where Kairo90 moved all-in for 14.1M with A♠ Q♥, and NorBaggio called with 41M chips behind to set up the race. NorBaggio promptly made top pair on the K♣ 5♠ T♣ flop and then dodged a gutshot Broadway straight draw on the 2♦ turn and 2♣ river to knock Kairo90 out in fifth.

The pace of play remained brisk from there. Short-stacked swansfc_CJ, a finalist during SCOOP 2014, doubled up twice as NorBaggio aggressively went after another vulnerable bounty, and Game-0ver901 defended the big blind with A♦ K♣ against PokerFan_lol's small blind steal with T♣ 6♣, doubling to 16.5M with an ace on the river. That flattened out the bottom three spots on the leaderboard, while NorBaggio's 68.2M-chip stack was worth more than four times anybody else's.

swansfc_CJ's bid for a comeback was stymied a few hands later. The Swans fan made a steal attempt from the small blind with J♦ 9♣ after the action folded around, but NorBaggio called with Q♣ 4♠ and made a pair of fours on the K♥ 4♣ 8♠ 8♦ K♦ board, taking the 17.4M-chip pot and eliminating swansfc_CJ in fourth.

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NorBaggio stole the next five pots in a row before Game-0ver901 won a coin flip that appeared certain to seal PokerFan_lol's fate. The Norwegian player's 3♥ 3♠ held up against PokerFan_lol's K♦ J♣ on an A♦ 8♣ 2♦ 7♦ A♥ board to leave PokerFan_lol with a stack worth just one big blind. But within three hands, PokerFan_lol would have that all turned back around.

First the Lithuanian player's 8♠ 4♦ made eights and fours to beat NorBaggio's unimproved K♠ 7♠. Then NorBaggio called with 6♣ 3♥ in the big blind when PokerFan_lol opened the action all-in on the button with Q♦ J♥, losing when PokerFan_lol made a pair of jacks on the flop. Finally, PokerFan_lol called all-in from the big blind with A♥ T♦ after Game_0ver901 opened the action all-in with Q♦ J♠, making a jack-high straight on the river of the 4♥ 7♦ J♦ 9♥ 8♠ board for the double to 21.2M chips.

That loss left Game-0ver901 with 5.3M chips, which the Norwegian player called off with 9♦ 8♣ from the big blind on the following hand. PokerFan_lol had shoved from the small blind with the dominated 9♠ 7♦ and promptly made two pair on the 7♥ J♦ 9♥ flop, but Game-0ver901 took the pot with a nine-high straight after the 5♣ turn and 6♣ river.

PokerFan_lol was still ahead of Game-0ver901 after that hand, and would move further ahead - to 32.2M chips - with a A♠ 8♦-vs.-K♠ Q♦ win on the next hand at NorBaggio's expense. Six hands later, Game-0ver901 opened all-in from the small blind with Q♦ 3♣. NorBaggio thought for a bit before calling for another two-and-a-half big blinds with 5♣ 2♣, which flopped an open-ended straight draw and got there on the river of the 4♥ 8♥ 3♥ J♦ 6♠ board to knock out Game-0ver901 in third.

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The first 10 minutes of final table play had resulted in a sizeable lead for NorBaggio as the heads-up battle began:

Seat 1: PokerFan_lol (22,627,156 in chips, $1,587.56 bounty)
Seat 6: NorBaggio (86,772,844 in chips, $4,339.61 bounty)

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The final 10 minutes turned that situation around, beginning immediately. PokerFan_lol stole the first pot. Then NorBaggio opened the second hand all-in with 2♥ 2♠, and PokerFan_lol called with A♣ Q♥, making a queens and fives on the K♦ 5♠ Q♣ 5♣ 7♥ board to bring the two players to within three big blinds of one another. They took turns for the next seven minutes stealing pots both before and after the flop, with neither player able to move into dominant position. Then the final two hands came and went with a quickness.

NorBaggio, ahead by a bit more than one big blind, min-raised to 8M on the first of them. PokerFan_lol called in the big blind and checked the 4♠ 9♠ 4♣ flop. NorBaggio bet 6.1M but folded after PokerFan_lol tanked and then raised to 13M. That gave PokerFan_lol the 29.2M-chip pot and the lead. The Lithuanian player limped on the button on the next hand with 9♦ 9♠ on the button on the following hand and then checked behind NorBaggio on the 6♥ J♦ 3♠ flop to bring the 7♠ turn. PokerFan_lol called NorBaggio's min-bet there and then, after NorBaggio checked the J♣ river, moved all-in. NorBaggio dipped into the time bank for about 15 seconds before calling with Q♦ 6♣ for a pair of sixes. That couldn't top PokerFan_lol's nines, though, and the tournament came to its end.

NorBaggio's run over the last half-hour of the tournament was good for $12,132.27 as the runner-up, plus another $4,339.61 in bounties. And the late comeback was quite profitable for PokerFan_lol - not only was first place worth more than $6,000 more than second, but the bounty from knocking NorBaggio out accounted for almost 60% of PokerFan_lol's total for the tournament. Congratulations to both players for outlasting a massive field and an unforgiving structure to come out ahead on Day 1 of TCOOP 2017!

TCOOP-04: $27 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO (50%)] results
Entrants: 10,940
Total prize pool: $281,267.40 ($140,688.40 regular, $140,579 bounty)
Places paid: 1,511

1. PokerFan_lol (Lithuania) $18,568.31 + $3,757.36 in bounties
2. NorBaggio (Hungary) $12,132.27 + $4,339.61 in bounties
3. Game-0ver901 (Norway) $7,930.50 + $875.78 in bounties
4. swansfc_CJ (United Kingdom) $5,183.93 + $779.97 in bounties
5. Kairo90 (Norway) $3,388.57 + $1,413.37 in bounties
6. sickhangover (United Kingdom) $2,215.01 + $751.25 in bounties

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Jason Kirk is a Freelance Contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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