$3,092 per hour. A CEO's salary? A supermodel's? Viktor Blom's profits at $500/$1,000 NLHE? On an ordinary day, any of those would apply. Today, it was the average hourly win rate of the nine individuals who closed out Day 1 of the inaugural TCOOP with a final table appearance in Event #4. Granted, in order to manage such an achievement these folks had to wade through a minefield of nearly 10,000 players, but it's pretty safe to say that the 5.2 hours of heart-stopping turbo NLHE it took to get there was well worth the $33 buy-in.
9,877 players bought in to Event #4, creating a prize pool that nearly tripled the $100,000 guarantee. 1,260 of them took home at least a $53.33 min-cash, with first place set to earn $43,593.63. Twenty members of the Red Spade Army were in the fray for this one, with Belgian Team Pro Christophe De Muelder (1,187th) and Team Online's Javier "El_Canonero" Dominguez (1,125th) notching cash finishes.
With ten players remaining and the blinds up to 150,000/300,000, ryb80 found K♦7♦ and moved in for his last 4.5 big blinds only to have 11cookies11 wake up with pocket eights right behind him. Although ryb80 picked up a gutshot straight on the turn, the eights held, sending us to the final table where EasySteavy held the chip lead:
Final table chip counts:
Seat 1: Mongy (4,434,110 in chips)
Seat 2: auchipod (1,905,762 in chips)
Seat 3: EasySteavy (9,564,264 in chips)
Seat 4: Pointer (5,623,583 in chips)
Seat 5: Servette1976 (7,684,325 in chips)
Seat 6: 11cookies11 (8,099,444 in chips)
Seat 7: akarrin (1,869,309 in chips)
Seat 8: sam2price (7,945,401 in chips)
Seat 9: aimonkeys (2,258,802 in chips)
Aimonkeys scored a double-up on the first hand of the final table, his pocket jacks holding up against 11cookies11's pocket nines. Four hands later, however, aimonkey gave it all back and then some when his A♥5♥ fell to 11cookies11's A♦J♦. Left with only 1.5 big blinds, aimonkey was lucky enough to find A♣J♣ on the next deal. However, after getting his last 627,000 in against Mongy's T♠8♠ his hopes were dashed when Mongy turned a queen-high straight. For ninth place, aimonkey earned $2,296.40.
Less than an orbit later, auchipod moved in for his last 1.3 million from the cutoff with J♣9♣ and Servette1976 looked him up with A♥3♥ in the big blind. A three on the flop and another on the turn left auchipod drawing dead, his eighth-place earnings totaling $3,259.41-- about ninety-nine times his buyin.
Final table short stack akarrin pulled himself two spots up the pay ladder before getting the last of his chips in the middle. Left with 206,809 after posting the 250,000-chip small blind, akarrin called all-in behind limps from Pointer and 11cookies11 andsam2price checked his option in the big blind. The three active players checked the J♣3♣6♥Q♠7♠ board down to the river, where sam2price led out for 500,000. Both Pointer and 11cookies11 gave up their hands and sam2price showed top pair with K♠Q♦. Akarrin's A♠2♣ couldn't beat it and the Aussie departed in seventh place, earning $5,926.20.
Following akarrin's elimination, EasySteavy immediately suggested a deal. With an assist by final table host Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc, the action was paused and all six remaining players quickly agreed to a chip count chop that left an additional $2,000 to the winner.
Unfortunately for EasySteavy, he was the next to go, despite getting his stack in with A♠Q♠ against Pointer's A♣6♦. Pointer flopped his kicker and EasySteavy was left with only 78,000-- just a bit more than an ante. Although he did pull off a double-up on the next hand to take him up to half a big blind, ultimately EasySteavy's A♥2♦ couldn't improve against 11cookies11's K♠K♥ and he exited in sixth place, his share of the deal totaling $20,149.58.
Two hands later, sam2price staked his tournament life on pocket tens, moving in for his last 1.4 million from UTG. With 13 million behind, Pointer flat-called on the button only to have Servette1976 re-shove for 6.1 million from the small blind. Despite his modest holdings, Pointer made the call, turning up 7♥9♦ while Servette1976 tabled A♦9♥. Sam2price's T♠T♥ was good through the turn, but the A♥ spiked on the river, sending him to the rail in fifith place ($24,408.81) while Servette1976 scooped the 14.6 million pot.
Servette1976 continued to roll, eliminating Pointer in fourth place when his A♣5♦ held up against 7♣8♠. Next, Mongy did away with 11cookies11 in a blind vs. blind hand, 11cookies11 shoving with Q♥5♠ from the small and Mongy making the call with K♦9♣ from the big. Although 11cookies11pulled ahead on the 7♠5♣2♥ flop when he paired his five, Mongy caught the 9♦ on the turn to retake the lead. The river was the A♠ and 11cookies11 hit the rail in third place ($24,805.60), setting our heads-up match.
Servette1976 held a slight lead over Mongy as heads-up play commenced:
Seat 1: Mongy (21,757,240 in chips)
Seat 5: Servette1976 (27,627,760 in chips)
Mongy attacked swiftly, crippling Servette1976 on hand #8 when his A♦T♦ held up against A♥7♣. Servette1976 was left with only 2.1 million with the blinds up to 500,000/1,000,000, but was not going down without a fight. Three double-ups later, Servette1976 was back in this thing with nearly 10 million in chips. Servette1976 decided to go for four, shoving from the button with 7♣8♠ and no doubt hoping for a fold, but Mongy woke up with A♣K♠ and snap-called.
After a scant five hours and twelve minutes, Mongy earned a TCOOP bracelet and $23,134.25 for his evening on the felt. For his runner-up finish, Servette1976 banked $21,688.67.
2012 TCOOP Event #4 ($33 NLHE) results:
1. Mongy (United Kingdom) $23,134.25*
2. Servette1976 (Switzerland) $21,688.67*
3. 11cookies11 (Portugal) $24,805.60*
4. Pointer (Norway) $19,040.49*
5. sam2price (United Kingdom) $24,408.81*
6. EasySteavy (Germany) $20,149.58*
7. akarrin (Australia) $5,926.20
8. auchipod (United Kingdom) $3,259.41
9. aimonkeys (South Korea) $2,296.40
*= reflects the result of a six-way deal that left $2,000 for first place
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