About 460 were seated when first hands were dealt at noon ET, although the total field would continue to grow over the 90 minutes of late registration. By that point a final total of 814 had signed up, making for a whopping $1.628 million prize pool (more than triple the $500K guarantee).
The top 108 finishers would divide the cash. Making the final two tables would earn at least a five-figure payday. Getting to the last table would guarantee a $20K-plus deposit in the PokerStars account. A final four finish would land one a six-figure score. And winning meant taking away a huge $294,668 prize for first, barring any final table deals.
At the time registration closed, more than half of those who had registered had already seen their chances at that prize money dashed as less than 300 players remained. frtk had pushed to the top of the leaderboard, closing in on 150,000, while Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen and Alex21reg were both just under 100,000. And Team PokerStars Pro Sebastian Ruthenberg was right there as well in fourth place with just over 97,000.
Ruthenberg's good start wouldn't sustain him, however, as over the next half-hour he slid in the counts until he finally was ousted in 143rd, shy of the cash, joining fellow teammates and other recent eliminations Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (156th) and Johnny Lodden (160th).
The cash bubble burst at the two-hour-and-20-minute mark, at which juncture Nicolas "PKaiser" Fierro had taken the lead with better than 316,000, followed by Ken "kenny05" Smaron (253,782), Vinkyy (244,918), RaydeN08 (225,328), and David "davidv1213" Vamplew (217,505).
Four representatives of Team PokerStars were among those cashing. Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder of Team PokerStars Belgium was inside the top 30 with better than 100,000. Ville Wahlbeck of Team PokerStars Finland was in the top half of the counts as well with more than 75,000. Maxim Lykov of Team PokerStars Russia was hovering around 70th with a below-average stack of just over 42,000. And George "gkap13" Kapalas, Challenger to Team Greece, was hanging on with the short stack.
Kapalas would soon fall in 103rd ($3,418,80), knocked out by jektiss. Interestingly, as the field was trimmed to 70, the three remaining Team PokerStars Pros were all seated at the same table, with Lykov and de Meulder on big stacks (both in the top 20) and Wahlbeck having slid into the danger zone with just over 6 big blinds.
That table soon broke, but all were still alive when 55 remained. Cesar "caio_pimenta" Pimenta had risen to the top of the leaderboard by then with just over 346,000, with Jimmy "AlusivPnkBny" Guinther, Ken "kenny05" Smaron, and Lykov the only other players with over 300,000. That's when Wahlbeck finally got his short stack in against two other players, with Siervos winning the hand to send the Finnish pro out in 55th ($4,884).
They played down to the final four tables, and not long after that Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder open-pushed 74,581 (not quite three big blinds) from the small blind with K♠9♠ and was called by Serkules in the big blind who had J♥9♥. The Team Pro was good through the turn as the board came T♣6♦3♥K♣, but the Q♠ river gave Serkules a straight and knocked de Meulder out in 31st ($6,837.60).
Soon they were down to two tables, with Lykov still hanging on with a short stack and Alexander "AlexKP" Petersen -- winner of TCOOP Event #37 -- out in front with more than 1.73 million chips.
Three were eliminated in short order -- Sasuke234 (18th), ynd! (17th), and marlin555 (16th) -- all earning $11,070.40). Then Lykov finally fell in a three-way all in against e1mdopp and Ken "kenny05" Smaron in which the latter's A♥A♣ took out both players -- Lykov in 15th and e1mdopp in 14th (both earning $14,326.40).
A few minutes later JackOrsen72 fell in 13th (also good for $14,326.40). It would then take just a few hands more to lose two more, with nordlending (12th) and obywatel_g (11th) each taking $17,582.40 for their efforts.
Then two eliminations occurred on simultaneous hands on the two five-handed tables. First Siervos fell in 10th ($17,582.40) when his 9♥9♦ failed to hold up against Serkules' A♣J♠. Then Vinkyy went out in ninth ($20,838.40) after running the same 9♥9♦ hand into RuiNF's J♦J♠.
After three hours and 15 minutes, the final table -- with one seat empty -- was underway.
Seat 1: Madridcash -- 892,830
Seat 2: kenny05 -- 664,139
Seat 3: AlexKP -- 1,616,832
Seat 4: davidv1213 -- 631,979
Seat 5: RuiNF -- 1,800,749
Seat 6: Serkules -- 944,498
Seat 7: empty
Seat 8: Icallany -- 1,295,976
Seat 9: rUbEnhEnAo92 -- 292,997
That knockout of Vinkyy had helped RuiNF nudge out into the lead, but with the blinds rising fast there was sure to be a lot more rapid chip movement before this one would be decided.
Four hands into the final table the blinds had skipped up to 30,000/60,000 when Alexander "AlexKP" Petersen opened for 120,000 from the button. David "davidv1213" Vamplew reraised all in for 680,729 from the small blind, then RuiNF reraised all-in over the top of that to force out Petersen.
Vamplew showed J♣J♠ and RuiNF A♠K♠, and when the board rolled out Q♣K♣A♥3♠3♣, davidv1213 was sent railward in eighth.
It was only a half-dozen hands after that when rUbEnhEnAo92 opened for 120,000 from the cutoff, leaving himself but 25,497 behind. AlexKP reraised from the big blind, and rUbEnhEnAo92 called, showing K♥9♠. Alas for him, Petersen held K♠K♣, and when the flop came 4♦K♦4♠ to give AlexKP a full house, rUbEnhEnAo92 was all but drawing dead. The A♠ on the turn sealed it, and they were down to six.
Petersen had grabbed the chip lead and was nearing 3 million when he opened from UTG soon after that to 160,000 (a 2x raise), then Ken "kenny05" Smaron reraised all in from the big blind for 355,389 and AlexKP called. Smaron had 3♣3♥ and Petersen A♦9♦. All was well for kenny05 after the 8♥J♣7♥ flop and J♠ turn, but the 9♠ fell on the river to pair Petersen and send kenny05 out in sixth.
Just a few hands after that, RuiNF open-pushed for 1,069,480 from UTG and got one caller in lcallany from the button. RuiNF had 6♣6♥ and lcallany A♣Q♥. The flop came 2♥8♣A♠, bringing an ace to pair lcallany. The turn was the 9♣ and RuiNF was hoping for one of two sixes, but the river was another ace -- the A♦ -- and RuiNF was out in fifth.
The tourney was paused shortly thereafter for the remaining four to discuss a deal. AlexKP led with 3,497,547, lcallany was next with 2,329,206, Madridcash third with 1,170,330, and Serkules 1,142,917.
It took a bit of back-and-forthing, but finally the players were able to come to an agreement after modifying the "chip chop" numbers a bit, with AlexKP and lcallany each giving a bit to the other two. Terms having been reached -- and leaving $10,000 on the table for which to play -- cards were soon back in the air.
The four played on for several minutes, during which stretch Madridcash chipped down a bit, then won a preflop all-in versus Serkules to double back. Serkules then doubled his short stack versus AlexKP before pushing his six-BB stack with 9♠5♣ from the small blind and getting called by lcallany with Q♥6♠ in the BB. A five flopped, and Serkules' hand held.
Serkules luck would only last a short while longer, however. With the blinds 60,000/120,000, Serkules open-raised all in for 1,325,348 from UTG and got a caller in AlexKP in the big blind. Serkules was hoping his 3♥3♣ would hold versus Petersen's K♦T♥, but the board came J♠J♥2♣K♣6♦ to give AlexKP the better two pair and send Serkules out in fourth.
They reached the four-hour break, at which point lcallany led with 5,131,906 to AlexKP's 2,014,934 and Madridcash's 993,160. "I don't want that deal after all," cracked lcallany as they waited for play to resume. "me neither," joked AlexKP in response. The deal had been done, however, and only a few more hands of poker remained.
It was the very first hand back, in fact, that Madridcash's run would come to an end. All in for his nearly 1 million-chip stack from the small blind before the flop, AlexKP instantly called from the big blind, tabling A♦K♣. Madridcash had A♥7♥, and after the board ran out K♠7♠4♥6♦4♦ they were down to two.
As heads-up began lcallany had the edge with 5,116,906 to AlexKP's 3,023,094. It would take just eight more hands to settle TCOOP Event #47, during which lcallany chipped up to just under 6 million while AlexKP fell back to almost 2.15 million.
With the blinds 70,000/140,000 (Level 41), lcallany raised to 280,000 from the button, then Petersen pushed all in and lcallany called in a flash.
":D" was AlexKP's reply at the sight of lcallany's aces. And five cards later -- 6♥T♠2♣4♦K♦ -- the pair were exhanging "gg"'s as lcallany had won.
Congratulations to lcallany for besting a tough field of 814 to win TCOOP Event #47, the gold-plated card capper, and better than $210K! And congrats as well to AlexKP who came one spot shy of grabbing his second TCOOP title of the series, with a whopping $239K-plus payday his handsome consolation prize.
TCOOP Event #47 Results ($2,100 NLHE High Roller) (*reflects four-way deal):
1st: lcallany ($210,259.47)*
2nd: AlexKP ($239,104.29)*
3rd: Madridcash ($167,761.76)*
4th: Serkules ($166,756.48)*
5th: RuiNF ($83,842)
6th: kenny05 ($67,562)
7th: rUbEnhEnAo92 ($51,282)
8th: davidv1213 ($35,978.80)
9th: Vinkyy ($20,838.40)
We're nearly done with the inaugural Turbo Championship of Online Poker, though the big ones -- including the $1.5 million-guaranteed Main Event (Event #49) -- are still to be decided. Check back here on the PokerStars blog for all the results.