TCOOP 2016: KornmeisterX masters Event #14, wins $22K ($215 NL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Prog Super-KO)

January 24, 2016

These bounty events in the Turbo Championship of Online Poker can prove especially lucrative to some. Just ask KornmeisterX of Germany who this morning won Event #14, a $215 buy-in no-limit Omaha high/low event played six-handed and following the progressive super-knockout format.

KornmeisterX topped a field of 722 for the win, earning $13,809.50 and the biggest share of the regular prize pool. But all of the additional knockouts KornmeisterX collected added another $8,578.86 in earnings — well over twice the next-highest total of bounties collected.


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That 722-entry field meant the event’s $150,000 guarantee kicked in, with $77,800 going for the regular prize pool to be divided by the top 96 finishers and the other $72,200 going for bounties.

After just two hours of play they were already all of the way down to 38 players with Germany’s Ioeda4789 leading the counts as the only player over 300,000. Also in the mix was Team PokerStars Pro Online member Jaime Staples, sitting in the middle of the pack with almost exactly an average stack of just under 100,000.


Jaime Staples, Team PokerStars Pro Online
Alas for Staples he wouldn’t last much longer, falling in 35th in a hand that saw KornmeisterX collect Staples’s bounty. The Twitch streamer collected $373.44 from the regular prize pool, plus another $750 in bounties for just over two hours’ work.


That pot helped sent KornmeisterX up into first position in the counts. Less than half an hour later they were already down to the final two six-handed tables, with Ioeda4789 having fallen in 20th for $536.82 (plus $1,281.25 in bounties), KornmeisterX still near the top, and Edgy420 the new leader with nearly 750,000.

flexmasterNL (12th), former TCOOP winner jungledancer (11th), and fire81147 (10th) were the next knockouts, each earning $1,011.40 from the regular prize pool (with both flexmasterNL and fire81147 earning even more than that from bounties). gangst3m1 (ninth), Przemo_oo3 (eighth), and desgrippes (seventh) soon followed them to the rail, picking up $1,556 each from the regular prize pool plus bounties.

With leader Edgy420 having edged up over the 1 million chip-mark, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: KornmeisterX (Germany) — 1,093,255
Seat 2: RagVoen (Belarus) — 581,465
Seat 3: TedyKGB88 (United Kingdom) — 223,551
Seat 4: Edgy420 (Canada) — 1,028,742
Seat 5: mickyb88 (United Kingdom) — 224,172
Seat 6: Jonathan “Poker Own U” Bardier (Canada) — 458,815

Just a few minutes into the final table, the blinds were 10,000/20,000 when RagVoen opened for 40,000 from under the gun, then mickyb88 reraised all in for 176,922 from the button. The blinds folded, RagVoen called, and the players opened their hands:

RagVoen: A♠J♦J♥2♦
mickyb88: A♣K♣Q♥3♠

The board came 5♦8♥J♣3♥7♣, which meant RagVoen had the better high hand (a set of jacks) as well as the best low (7-5-3-2-A), and mickyb88 was out in sixth.

A short while after that KornmeisterX had reassumed the chip lead, having moved up over 1.65 million while Edgy420 sliped back down under 850,000. Then with the blinds at 12,500/25,000, KornmeisterX opened for 55,555 from the cutoff, Edgy420 three-bet shoved for 845,267 from the big blind, and KornmeisterX called to put Edgy420 at risk.

Edgy420 had J♥4♠3♣2♦ while KornmeisterX showed A♦8♠3♦2♣. The board didn’t provide any support for low hands, coming Q♦10♦A♥10♠A♠. That meant KornmeisterX’s trip aces was best for the high, and Edgy420 was done in fifth.

Play continued, then suddenly came two more knockouts in successive hands to trim the field from four to two.

In the first, Jonathan “Poker Own U” Bardier had become short-stacked and open-pushed from under the gun for 160,190 (just over five big blinds), getting one caller in KornmeisterX. Bardier — who won a TCOOP stud event back in 2012 — had a strong starter with A♣A♦J♦5♣ versus KornmeisterX’s Q♣10♦6♦2♥, but a runout of 10♥7♣Q♥J♥10♣ gave KornmeisterX a full house and sent Bardier railward in fourth.

The very next hand then saw an also-short TedyKGB88 shoving for just 91,801 over the small blind with K♦J♠9♠8♦ and KornmeisterX calling from the big blind with 6♥5♥4♣4♠. Five cards later — 6♦9♦Q♥Q♣Q♦ — Kornmeister’s full house beat TedyKGB88’s flush and the latter was out in third.

It was a fourth cash and second final table of the series for TedyKGB88 who took fourth in Event #5 ($82 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO) just a couple of days ago, pushing TedyKGB88 up to second place at this early stage of the TCOOP Player of the Series race.

Who is in first for Player of the Series right now, you are wondering? Keep reading.

Those two knockouts gave KornmeisterX a big advantage to start heads-up play with a better than 5-to-1 chip lead over RagVoen. The pair took turns for the first several hands pushing all in against one another with the other folding. Eventually RagVoen chipped up a little, then managed two straight double-ups to move up over 1.5 million while KornmeisterX dropped back to just under 2 million.

That’s when the two players began discussing the possibility of a deal in the chatbox, and before long the tournament was paused with KornmeisterX back up to 2,241,228 versus RagVoen’s 1,368,772. The pair couldn’t agree to the suggested chop, however, and play continued.

KornmeisterX built up further, eventually getting up over 2.54 million to RagVoen’s 1.06 million when the final hand took place.

The blinds were 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante. RagVoen limped in from the button, KornmeisterX made it 120,000 to go from the big blind, and RagVoen called. The flop came A♠K♦7♣, and KornmeisterX led for 115,005. RagVoen responded with an all-in shove for 939,397, and KornmeisterX called.

KornmeisterX: K♣10♣3♣2♣
RagVoen: 7♦6♠4♣2♦

Both payers had a pair with KornmeisterX’s kings ahead of RagVoen’s sevens, while both were additionally looking to make a backdoor low hands. But the J♥ turn and 9♦ river improved neither player’s hand, meaning KornmeisterX had scooped to win the pot and the title.

Congratulations to KornmeisterX for taking just three hours and 16 minutes to best a 722-entry field and win Event #14 for a total of more than $22K. And with a fifth TCOOP cash in the first five events, KornmeisterX is now the frontrunner in that aforementioned TCOOP Player of the Series race just ahead of TedyKGB88, with RagVoen not too far behind in sixth!

TCOOP-14 ($215, NL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Super-KO) results
Entrants: 722
Total prize pool: $150,000.00 ($77,800.00 regular prize pool; $72,200.00 bounty prize pool)
Places paid: 96

1. KornmeisterX (Germany) $13,809.50 (+ $8,578.86 in bounties)
2. RagVoen (Belarus) $10,230.70 (+ $2,348.43 in bounties)
3. TedyKGB88 (United Kingdom) $7,780.00 (+ $1,095.31 in bounties)
4. Jonathan “Poker Own U” Bardier (Canada) $5,446.00 (+ $1,481.24 in bounties)
5. Edgy420 (Canada) $3,890.00 (+ $3,048.43 in bounties)
6. mickyb88 (United Kingdom) $2,334.00 (+ $768.75 in bounties)


There’s still a week’s worth of this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker left to go, with more than 30 events still to play out. Check the TCOOP site for the remaining schedule.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.



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