TCOOP 2017: Vamos! Brazil's IneedMassari wins another COOP and binks Event #51 $82 Limit Hold'em

Brazilians do not need much of an excuse to initiate a celebration, but João 'IneedMassari' Simão is going to have a little extra fun this weekend after winning TCOOP Event #51. IneedMassari notched yet another TCOOP title for Brazil, which makes at the least six TCOOPs this series.

IneedMassari defeated AA-Clown heads-up for the win in TCOOP Event #51. AA-Clown was one of two Dutch players at the table, including 2005 EPT Grand Final Champion and 2003 WCOOP champ Rob 'batoelrob' Hollink. But neither could hold off another scintillating run by the Brazilians.

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IneedMassari is a SCOOP win away from a Triple COOP

This victory also marks at least two COOP wins for IneedMassari. The Brazilian shipped a WCOOP in 2010 and after winning TCOOP Event #51, he's only one SCOOP win away from winning a rare Triple COOP. IneedMassari faded a treacherous field of no-limit players to win his first WCOOP. This instance, he faded a field of limit hold'em players to earn his second COOP crown.

Limit Hold'em. Good ole L-H-E. Limit seems like a relic of the past. Like 8-tracks, cassettes and fondue parties. A lot of beginner poker players initially learned the basic rules of hold'em by playing limit. Many of them got their first taste of live poker at a limit table. Limit hold'em is old school. You do not see many Limit Hold'em tournament these days because the high-risk/high-reward factor of no limit is arguably the much more popular and wilder sibling. If hold'em were the Beatles, then John Lennon is No Limit and unfortunately Ringo is Limit Hold'em.

2017 TCOOP Event #51 $82 Limit Hold'em, 6-Max attracted 910 total entries with 783 initial runners and 127 re-entries. Only the top 107 places paid out of the prize pool worth $68,250.00. First place earned a pay day worth $11,381.63.

With seven remaining and action hand-for-hand, Super short-stacked omenfurnace attempted to double up with T♥2♣ against batoelrob's A♠9♦. Holland's batoelrob flopped top two pair and won the pot. The U.K.'s omenfurnace bubbled off the final table in seventh place.

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TCOOP Event #51 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: IneedMassari (2,301,115)
Seat 2: AA-Clown (1,180,995)
Seat 3: tunnny (672,394)
Seat 4: daisymiyuki (1,033,941)
Seat 5: lasynia555 (770,128)
Seat 6: batoelrob (3,141,427)

The final table commenced during Level 54 with blinds at 80K/160K. batoelrob led with 3.1M and tunnny was the shorty with 672K. This final table featured two of the premier players from their respective countries with IneedMassari one of the most successful Brazilian players and the legendary Rob Hollink from the Netherlands.

João 'IneedMassari' Simão won over $4.7 million online. That's a staggering amount for the young Brazilian. He first made a name for himself back in 2010, when he won his first-ever WCOOP for a five figures score. He also won nearly $700K in live tournaments too, with a side event win at the 2015 PCA in the Bahamas.

Rob 'batoelrob' Hollink won a WCOOP back in 2003. Yes, talk about a blast from the past! In 2005, Hollink made history when won the first-ever EPT Grand Finale in Monte Carlo. Hollink beat American Brandon Schaefer heads-up for an $845K score to end the inaugural season of the European Poker Tour.

Canada's tunnny once won the Super Tuesday back in 2011.


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DIG A PONY: tunnny eliminated in 6th place

Even though this was a limit tournament, the turbo-charged atmosphere meant that the escalating blinds induced lots of action. The final table lasted seven hands before someone busted. AA-Clown min-raised to 160,000, tunnny three-bet to 240,000, and AA-Clown called. The flop was A♥6♠5♠. AA-Clown fired out 80000, tunnny raised to 160,000, AA-Clown three-bet to 240,00, tunnny four-bet shoved for 312,394, and AA-Clown called.

AA-Clown A♣3♠
tunnny: 9♦9♣

The turn was the 8♠ and tunnny picked up a gutshot straight draw. The river was the T♣ and AA-Clown faded the straight. AA-Clown won the pot with a pair of Aces. tunnny's pocket nines were no good. Canada's tunnny became the first player to exit the final table. Sixth place paid out $1,500.54.

GET BACK: daisymiyuki eliminated in 5th place

IneedMassari and batoelrob capped the betting preflop and short-stacked daisymiyuki called all-in for 101,823. Three-way pot and daisymiyuli was attempting to triple up. The board finished up Q♦8♠7♣3♥J♥. IneedMassari won the pot with 9♣9♥ and a pair of nines. batoelrob's A♠K♠ never improved. daisymiyuki mucked the losing hand. The U.K.'s daisymiyuki was knocked out in fifth place, which paid out $2,250.27.

With four remaining, IneedMassari was closing in on 4M and held nearly 50% of the chips in play.

I GOT A FEELING: batoelrob eliminated in 4th place

batoelrob lost a couple of clutch pots and found himself short. He ended up the next player to meet their fate after failing to triple up. IneedMassari opened to 240,000, lasynia555 flat-called 180,000 from the small blind, and batoelrob called all-in from the small blind for 11,299. Three-way. The flop was J♥7♠2♠. lasynia555 check-folded to a 120,00 bet from IneedMassari. Heads-up.

IneedMassari: K♥J♣
batoelrob: J♦5♦

Both players hit the flop with a pair of Jacks, but IneedMassari held a stronger kicker. The turn was the 4♠ and the river was the 8♠. IneedMassari won the main pot and side pot. Holland's batoelrob never improved. Rob Hollink busted in fourth place and took home $3,374.58.

With three left in the hunt for the TCOOP title, AA-Clown led with 4M but ImeedMassari was right behind.

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Blast from the past Rob 'batoelrob' Hollink - 4th place

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: lasynia555 eliminated in 3rd place

Three-handed went quick. Betting got capped in a war between IneedMassari and lasynia555. Short-stacked lasynia555 got it all-in for 400,256 with T♣6♥ against IneedMassari's A♥6♦. The board ran out A♠J♦9♣7♥3♣. IneedMassari won the pot after flopping a pair of Aces, which held up. Ukraine's lasynia555 busted in third place, which paid out $5,060.62.

TWO OF US: IneedMassari (Brazil) vs. AA-Clown (Netherlands)
Seat 1: IneedMassari (4,206,611)
Seat 2: AA-Clown (4,893,389)

With two to go, the final heads-up battle had nearly even stacks.

LET IT BE: AA-Clown eliminated in 2nd place; IneedMassari wins Event #51!

Heads-up lasted 37 hands and IneedMassari dominated the battle. Going into the final hand, AA-Clown's stack had slipped under 1M. IneedMassari sat atop a pyramid of chips worth 8.1M and held more than an 8-1 lead.

On the final hand... all the money went in on the flop of 9♠6♦2♥. AA-Clown fired out 200,000, IneedMassari bumped it up to 400,000, AA-Clown re-raised all-in for 573,389, and IneedMassari called.

AA-Clown: K♥2♠
IneedMassari: T♦T♥

AA-Clown hit the flop, but only hit bottom pair. The turn was the T♠ and IneedMassari improved to a set of tens. The river was the Q♠ and IneedMassari won the pot with a set of tens. AA-Clown could not rally from behind and headed to the virtual rail in second place.

For a runner-up finish, Holland's AA-Clown earned a pay day worth $7,589.08.

Congrats to IneedMassari for winning Event #51. First place paid out $11,381.63. This marks a second-career COOP win for IneedMassari. The Brazilian is a mere SCOOP win away from winning a coveted Triple COOP.

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TCOOP-51 ($82 Limit Hold'em [6-Max]) results
Total entries: 910 (783 entries; 127 re-entries)
Prize pool: $68,250.00
Places paid: 107

1. Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao (Brazil) $11,381.63
2. AA-Clown (Netherlands) $7,589.08
3. lasynia555 (Ukraine) $5,060.62
4. Rob 'batoelrob' Hollink (Netherlands) $3,374.58
5. daisymiyuki (United Kingdom) $2,250.27
6. tunnny (Canada) $1,500.54

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Pauly McGuire is a freelance contributor to PokerStars.

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