Opening Day. A magical time for fans and players alike in any sporting contest. Everyone on equal footing, no week-long road trips away from spouses and kids, no massive injuries to the team's star player that signed a $100 million contract in the offseason. No brutal losing streaks that have you doubt why you play this game or root for this team. The grass in the infield is freshly cut, untouched by cleats as the fresh paint from the sidelines still emits a slight buzzing smell. Then the rivals score in the first 30 seconds of the match and your beer gets spilt from the goon on your right while you begin to question "why did I make this trip". Today's 2012 Turbo Championship of Online Poker Event #3 NLHE Shootout had 5,561 forwarding their $134 buy-ins for a shot not only at the $25 bounties but the $86,993.63 first prize which stands to make someone happy they showed up on Opening Day.
Right at the two hour and fifteen minute mark min-raises were spread out over 81 different tables as the big stacks dared those nursing a small stack to make the call for their bounty and tournament life. zzzFFFzzz held fast to 188 chips surviving the bubble, bullara12's short stack however would not as the remaining 720 players would make at least $177.95 plus any $25 bounties they picked up on the way. Within a mere five minutes of the bubble breaking so were the tables as 100 players made their way to the door with cash in hand.
Ten minutes later nearly 200 players would travel to the rail, but remaining three lovely players with Red Spades by their names remained. Friend of PokerStars, deadly CounterStrike pro Charlotte Van "sjlot" Brabander getting the 2012 TCOOP off to a good start with a cash, along with South Korean Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im, and someone who needs no introduction Team Pro Liv Boeree.
Vivian Im and Brabander would meet their tournament end at the same time. With blinds at 3500/7000 ante 875, Brabander would open shove from the button holding a scant 25,394 in chips as parsol2009 in the big blind debated a call. Holding T♣A♠ the call was made as "Sjlot" needed some spades showing 2♠4♠. Ace on the door and spadeless flop A♥ 6♦ 9♦ made the comeback difficult, the T♠ on the turn made it impossible as Brabander took home $289.17 in 254th place. Just as the blinds moved up to 4K/8K ante 1K Vivian would be all-in from UTG for 44,693 chips holding pocket treys 3♦3♣ and up against the call of KuosiKK1 who flipped up 9♥A♣ . A clean flop J♦5♠K♣ looked good for the APPT Cebu champ but the A♦ hit the turn and blank river Q♦ ended Vivian's night in 252nd place ($300.29).
Liv would lose a decent sized 193,430 chip pot on the river just before the third hour break and get knocked down under the average chip count holding 138,407 chips with chip leader Cherryforwin holding the only million chip stack and 113 players left.
SCOOP champ RunThisTable would appear up in the chip lead along with Audit TT owner (from Turbo Takedown win) SixthSenSe19, and Boeree staying alive as the field was trimmed to just five tables of nine half way through the fourth hour of play.
Things would come to a sudden end for our remaining Team Pro. With the blinds at 20K/40K ante 5K Liv would find a rare occurrence in the small blind with a chance to open the betting. She would take her 306,656 chips and pressure the big blind with a shove daring soulwally77 to make the call. souwally77 made a soul read and called with A♦4♠, the UK pro flipped up a light queen Q♠2♦. Ace on the door A♣ 8♣ J♣ 3♠ 5♦ would end the Team PokerStars Pro's TCOOP run in 38th place ($1,112.20) as the tournament continued to barrel towards the final table.
SixthSenSe19 would be the first to three and four million chips as we hit the final two tables before the fourth hourly break and seemingly an all-in on every other hand dealt as SlaterDaKing and his Scrooge McDuck avatar leapt into the lead after taking down a massive four million chip pot against WRM79, rivering a full house against WRM79's flopped straight. 12 players would go to the break with blinds at 60K/120K ante 15K, about the average blinds before the start of the Sunday Warm-Up final table but these blinds would increase every five minutes, and the average stack here holding under 20BBs.
SixthSenSe19 would take care of segun88 in 12th place ($3,308.79) after his big slick stayed the course over segun88's AQ. Not much after segun88's seat was vacated, a massive 3.7 million chip three-way pot developed on the opposite table between RunThisTable, bogmar79, and falco330. Watch the video below to find out who won:
RunThisTable would run this hand after out running falco330's pocket sevens 7♠7♥ and bogmar79's Q♣K♣ with his big slick K♥A♠ to chalk up 3.7 million chips and another major final table!
Seat 1: RunThisTable (5333285 in chips)
Seat 2: spetsern (2237912 in chips)
Seat 3: SlaterDaKing (2260922 in chips)
Seat 4: TomAmater (2218957 in chips)
Seat 5: FrenszKK (2986698 in chips)
Seat 6: SixthSenSe19 (6151142 in chips)
Seat 7: remior (1650812 in chips)
Seat 8: Kynu KynoH (2053537 in chips)
Seat 9: TODO ADENTR0 (2911735 in chips)
Despite winning that huge pot to start up the final table, RunThisTable would not dash away with the first TCOOP/SCOOP title double. After doubling up TODO ADENTR0 and remior, RunThisTable was left with just 1.2 million chips and blinds at 100K/200K ante 25K when he found a place to open shove in the small blind, but spetsern was there with enough chips to make the call holding two face cards K♣J♥. T♣6♦ caught a ten on the flop, but spetsern also paired up hitting a jack J♣ T♥ 5♥ A♣ 4♥ which carried spetsern to victory and RunThisTable to a disappointing ninth place finish ($4,448.80).
We do not pretend to know what players do on the their own time, but another massive three-way pot would break out while still in the 100K/200K ante 25K level. 12.3 million chips in the middle with SixthSenSe19 covering both remior, and TomAmater. Check out this huge pot below:
The aces would hold on the 7♣ 5♠ K♠ 9♦ 7♦ board netting remior the 9.1 million main pot and SixthSenSe19 would eliminate TomAmater in eighth place ($6,951.25) after racking up the 3.1 million chip side pot.
I can see your chips in my stack
SixthSenSe19 thriving once again late in a big tournament, and would gain even more chips after this hand. Five hands after that chipmongous three-way, SixthSenSe19 would min-raise from UTG+1 as SlaterDaKing called out of the big blind. 9♣7♥7♣ flop got SlaterDaKing to shove for just over a million chips as SixthSenSe19 made the call. Two overs and two clubs for SixthSenSe19 Q♣J♣ as SlaterDaKing found top pair T♦9♦. 5♥ was safe but the club on the river 5♣ notched a win for SixthSenSe19 and $12,512.25 for SlaterDaKing in seventh place.
I'll remior you tomorrow
Or maybe not. As the all-in hands at this point have started to meld together into a massive card frenzy with $86K still standing for the player who survives this storm of flips. As the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 31,250 spetsern needed to make something happen with just 1.2 million as the short stack and shoved from the hijack seat as remior with chips to spare also shoved from the small blind for 9.8 million just in case Kynu KynoH felt frisky in the big blind. No call from Kynu as remior showed the superior ace T♠A♦ to spetsern's A♣9♣. spetsern would grab a couple of extra outs on the 5♣8♣7♦ flop. Ok more than a couple... but they remained "outs" instead of "wins" as the 2.9 million chip pot moved to remior after the rest of the board blanked J♠K♦ ending spetsern's night in sixth place ($18,073.25).
Todo finally gets off the tornado ride
No ruby slippers tonight for TODO ADENTR0 after this whirlwind final table ride, he would have to settle for fifth place money ($23,634.25) after trying to intimidate FrenszKK with a shove from the button with 7♦K♠ and 1.4 million chips and getting FrenszKK to call holding T♠A♦ in the small blind for just a little less. A 3♠ T♣ T♦ 6♥ A♣ board would knock TODO ADENTR0 down to just 1,565 chips or just about the amount of starting chips in a normal Sit and Go. Despite a quadruple-up, TODO ADENTR0's chips and bounty would fall to SixthSenSe19 in the next hand in fifth place.
Namesake hand = Fourth place
Cannot blame FrenszKK for shoving all-in from the button with the namesake K♥K♠ over a min-raise by remior in the cutoff with the blinds at 150K/300K ante 37,500. Nor can anyone blame remior calling with A♥8♥ while holding 8.5 million chips. But, the kings would get brutally cracked with remior's turned two pair 2♦ 8♣ 7♣ A♣ 2♠ leaving FrenszKK to re-think that name in fourth place ($31,419.65).
Big stack to the little stack "your chips are mine"
With the blinds moving up to 200K/400K ante 50K remior took full advantage of the shorten table and 15.08 million chips in his stack. SixthSenSe19 would fold as remior put Kynu KynoH to the test by shoving from the small blind. Holding 2.9 million chips and a middle suited king 8♠K♠ Kynu KynoH made the call as remior showed the middle ace A♦6♣. The club splattered board T♣ 6♠ 9♣ 4♣ 7♣ would give the chip leader an additional 6.7 million chips as Kynu KynoH bid farewell in third place ($45,878.25).
Even chop or play on?
remior said "deal?"
SixthSenSe19 said "even?"
No, was the answer from remior offering to give 5K but no more, so the two started up heads-up play with remior holding a 18.4 million to 9.3 million chip lead. By hand nine SixthSenSe19 would even things up but still no even chop so the players were determined to play it out for the entire $86,993.63 first prize.
Epic battle (in turbo years)
The 14 minute heads-up battle in a turbo tournament would be comparable to a long lasting Sunday Major game for the title. With the blinds at 300K/600K ante 75K, remior now down 8.5 million to SixthSenSe19's 19.2 million would shove from the button holding a suited king K♦2♦ hoping to take down the blinds. Instead SixthSenSe19 woke up with A♣T♠ and made the call. Ten on the flop T♣2♠8♣ and claimed the 2012 Event #3 TCOOP title with a T♦ on the turn to win $86,993.63 and the most important $25 bounty of this shootout tournament.
2012 Event #3 TCOOP $250,000 guarantee NLHE Shootout results (01-19-12):
1. SixthSenSe19 (Uruguay) $86,993.63
2. remior (Poland) $64,785.65
3. Kynu KynoH (Russia) $45,878.25
4. FrenszKK (Hungary) $31,419.65
5. TODO ADENTR0 (Mexico) $23,634.25
6. spetsern (Norway) $18,073.25
7. SlaterDaKing (Germany) $12,512.25
8. TomAmater (Czech Republic) $6,951.25
9. RunThisTable (Canada) $4,448.80