Sirgenutz is a successful mid-stakes MTT grinder. He puts in volume, racks up final tables, and has over half a million in tournament earnings on PokerStars. The vast majority of you reading this would be thrilled to have his kind of results; I know I would.
Patpatman is a bit more of an enigma. A familiar face in nosebleed stakes NLHE and PLO cash games, he regularly takes on top competition like IlariFIN, Sauce123, and AlexKP. Thanks in no small part to the size of his bankroll and his Macau address, speculation about his identity is rampant, but remains a mystery for now.
Sometimes, David gets to slay Goliath. It's part of why we play poker. And today, after a blink-and-you'll-miss-it heads-up match, sirgenutz prevailed over his high-rolling opponent, adding a TCOOP title to his C.V. and over $127,000 to his bankroll.
3,363 players came out for the TCOOP's 16th event, $241 of their $320 buy-in going to the main prize pool ($810,483 total) and $60.25 going to the bounty pool (another $202,620.75). 432 places were paid with first place set to earn $127,247.90. Twenty representatives of the Red Spade Army were in the field, including Ivan Demidov, Liv Boeree, Lex Veldhuis, Johnny Lodden, Andre Akkari, and George Danzer. Two made the money. Vivian Im went out in 129th place when her A♣K♦ fell in a three-way all-in, and Team Online's Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman finished 71st, his Q♦7♠ failing to improve vs Brandon "oncommand" Myers' pocket threes.
Blinds were up to 40,000/80,000 on the final table bubble. With 544,000 behind and the action folded to him in the small blind, busttard moved all-in with 9♣T♠. Sat1337en called with K♠6♦ and promptly flopped kings up, ending busttard's run in tenth place and setting the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: staszeq (964,838 in chips)
Seat 2: George2Loose (1,499,913 in chips)
Seat 3: FONBET_RULIT (1,163,216 in chips)
Seat 4: Tjepan (1,709,514 in chips)
Seat 5: Nakkehai (544,253 in chips)
Seat 6: patpatman (5,961,411 in chips)
Seat 7: sat1337en (2,674,408 in chips)
Seat 8: sirgenutz (1,173,311 in chips)
Seat 9: infetique (1,124,136 in chips)
sirgenutz surges, patpatman doles out doubles
Near the bottom of the pack to start the final table, sirgenutz picked up momentum early, doubling to 2.5 million when his pocket queens held against sat1337en's A♣Q♠. The blinds rose to 50,000/100,000 and Nakkehai at last found a hand to go win, moving all-in for 320,000 with K♦9♦. Sat1337en found A♥Q♠ again and called. This time sat1337en paired his ace on the flop and Nakkehai hit the rail in ninth place.
With more than twice the chips of his closest competitor, patpatman's lead was comfortable, but he lost a lot of ground when he doubled up short stacks infetique (AK>AJ) and FONBET_RULIT(KJ>Q5) on consecutive hands. Now over 3 million in chips, infetique snagged a bounty when he claimed the last bit of staszeq's stack. All-in for 120,972 from the big blind, staszeq's T♠7♠ flopped a flush draw against infetique's A♥5♣, but he couldn't find another spade and exited in eighth place.
sat1337en sacks George2Loose, sirgenutz double-doubles
The blinds were merciless on George2Loose's stack, and with just under a million in chips at 80k/160k, he open-shoved with A♥2♥. Sat1337en reshoved and turned up 9♥9♠. George2Loose lost even more outs when the flop fell all spades and did not improve, his run ending in seventh place.
Sirgenutz had similarly fallen on hard times since his early double-up and was down to only 950,000 when he picked up A♥3♦. Tjepan reshoved from the button with pocket jacks, the K♦T♥3♠ flop favoring his pair. The 8♠ on the turn was no help to sirgenutz, but an ace from space landed on the river to double him to 2.35 million. Sirgenutz doubled again on the next hand courtesy of sat1337en, his A♦8♥ holding up against K♦2♠ in a 4.8 million pot.
Too much turbo?
With 200,000 of his remaining 681,000 already committed in the big blind, FONBET_RULIT didn't have much of a decision. Patpatman opened for a min-raise to 400,000, FONBET_RULIT shoved with Q♣8♥ and patpatman called, revealing A♠T♥ Patpatman hit an ace on the flop and FONBET_RULIT was eliminated in sixth place.
On the very next deal, sat1337en open-shoved for his last 1.22 million with Q♥J♠ and Tjepan looked him up with pocket tens in the small blind. Tjepan's hand held, and sat1337en had to settle for a fifth-place finish.
At this point, infetique tried to drum up some interest in a deal.
"Is to much turbo," he declared.
Sirgenutz agreed to take a look at numbers, but before the others could weigh in, Tjepan opened for a min-raise to 500,000 and sirgenutz shoved for 4.64 million from the big blind. Tjepan called, his A♦4♣ up against Q♥T♦. Tjepan was good on the flop, but sirgenutz caught another wave of luck, hitting running cards to make a ten-high straight. Sirgenutz moved into the chip lead with 8.2 million while Tjepan departed in fourth place.
"I just play for funny"
Infetique renewed his call for a deal, but patpatman wasn't interested.
"No sorry. I just play for funny," he wrote.
Infetique was able to stave off elimination for a few more hands when his K♥T♥ hit top pair against sirgenutz's A♠2♥. However, sirgenutz quickly reclaimed those chips, his A♠Q♣ turning two pair against infetique's Q♥9♠ to send him home in third.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 6: patpatman (6,551,741 in chips)
Seat 8: sirgenutz (10,263,259 in chips)
It was all over on the second hand of heads-up play, sirgenutz's dominating A♠9♣ holding up against patpatman's Q♠9♦:
Congratulations to sirgenutz on his TCOOP title and a career-high score of $127,247.90. For his runner-up finish, patpatman earned $94,826.51.
PokerStars 2013 TCOOP Event #16 ($320 NLHE Knockout) results
Total prizepool: $810,483.00
Bounty pool: $202,620.75
Places paid: 432
1. sirgenutz (Dominica) $127,247.90
2. patpatman (Macao) $94,826.51
3. infetique (Slovenia) $67,286.29
4. Tjepan (Denmark) $46,602.77
5. sat1337en (Sweden) $34,850.76
6. FONBET_RULIT (Russia) $26,745.93
7. George2Loose (United Kingdom) $18,641.10
8. staszeq (Poland) $10,536.27
9. Nakkehai (Norway) $6,483.86
There's plenty more TCOOP to go. Check out the TCOOP page for satellite information and a full list of events.
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.