The 65 events on this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker feature a huge variety of game types. Sure, there’s plenty of no-limit hold’em, but other variants are well represented, too, as are a host of other options like short-handed games, various kinds of re-entry formats, events with “knockout” bounties, and the like.
Event #48 thus presented by contrast a most unique alternative, one conspicuously missing most of those extra little tourney twists. Indeed, some might argue it featured poker in its purest form — a simple game of five-card draw, no limit on the betting.
After a little over five hours of five-card draw it was all over, with MarkBang of Hungary having outdrawn everyone to capture all of the chips and a handsome $5,604.67 first prize.
There was a re-entry option for the $82 buy-in event, with which there ultimately were 414 total entries in the event. That field meant a prize pool of $31,050, besting the $25K guarantee.
When the bubble burst not quite three-and-a-half hours into play and 53 players remained, we’ll admit to eyeing Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah’s name in the counts thanks to his track record of COOP success including a victory just a couple of days ago in Event #38 ($82 NL 2-7 Draw).
Alas for Leah he was short-stacked and would soon fall in 49th for a $194.06 min-cash. About half an hour later they were down to just 12 players gathered around the last two six-handed tables, with BoKoPoR the chip leader with close to 800,000.
~eXacT~WnnR~ (12th) was the next player eliminated, earning $427.62, then HardChpock (11th) and pokerqmaster (10th) followed, each picking up $556.46 for their efforts. Winner of TCOOP Event #2 ($82 PLO Hi/Lo PKO) Murilo “Muka82” Figueiredo was the next to fall (ninth), and he along with BadLuckAI (eighth) earned $724.12.
A short while later multiple-COOP winner Fabrizio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez was eliminated just shy of the final table in seventh, earning $942.29, and with BoKoPoR having built an even bigger chip lead the final table was underway.
Seat 1: poliandrs (United Kingdom) — 361,131
Seat 2: ZG-TILT (Russia) — 916,473
Seat 3: MarkBang (Hungary) — 523,370
Seat 4: BoKoPoR (Ukraine) — 1,594,626
Seat 5: VIWNIA (Russia) — 142,712
Seat 6: Mayu “marroca5” Roca (Colombia) — 601,688
VIWNIA was the table’s short stack and folded through an orbit-in-a-half before being forced all in trying to post the ante. Both MarkBang and BoKoPoR called, and after BoKoPoR drew one and the other two players each drew three, MarkBang bet and BoKoPoR stepped aside.
MarkBang had made aces up with A♠A♥4♣4♦3♠. That was better than VIWNIA’s one-pair hand of 7♣7♥Q♣9♣2♠ to send the latter out in sixth.
Just four hands later the blinds were 25,000/50,000 when poliandrs opened for 117,000 from the cutoff, ZG-TILT jammed for 458,673 from the button, and poliandrs called and drew one card while ZG-TILT took two. poilandrs then turned over 6♥6♣2♦2♥8♠ for two pair, and that topped ZG-TILT’s pair of aces with A♥A♠K♠Q♠3♦ to put ZG-TILT on the rail in fifth.
About 10 minutes later Mayu “marroca5” Roca was open-raising all in from UTG for 424,688 (about seven big blinds) and he saw MarkBang reraise-shove from the small blind to isolate. Both drew three cards, then Roca turned over A♦A♣7♦4♦3♦ for a pair of aces and an almost-but-not-quite flush.
That was pretty good, but MarkBang’s Q♦Q♥Q♠9♦9♣ was a lot better, and Roca — who has won both a WCOOP and a SCOOP before, and now sits inside the top 20 in the TCOOP Player of the Series race — was out in fourth.
The tournament crossed the five-hour mark, by which point MarkBang had overtaken BoKoPoR to take the chip lead, having built up near 2.8 million while BoKoPoR had just shy of 1 million and poliandrs was the short stack with not quite 375,000.
The trio battled onwards for another 10 minutes, during which time BoKoPoR pushed back to close the gap with MarkBang, then nudged in front. Then came a quick three-hand sequence that saw the tournament come to an abrupt conclusion.
The blinds were up to 50,000/100,000 when MarkBang made it 200,000 from the button, poliandrs shoved for 988,622 total over the big blind, and MarkBang called.
poliandrs drew three cards and MarkBang two, then poliandrs turned over 5♣5♠10♦4♣3♥ for a pair of fives. MarkBang had better, having made trip deuces with 2♦2♣2♥8♣7♠, and poliandrs had to settle for a third-place finish.
That big pot gave MarkBang 2,634,108 to start heads-up play versus BoKoPoR’s 1,505,892, and after MarkBang won one small pot the last hand of the tournament arrived.
The blinds having gone up again, the hand began with a button min-raise to 240,000 from MarkBang, with BoKoPoR responding with a three-bet to 716,400. MarkBang called the reraise, then watched as BoKoPoR drew three cards while MarkBang took just one.
Post-draw, BoKoPoR checked, and MarkBang pushed out a big bet that well covered the 669,492 that BoKoPoR had behind. BoKoPoR called the bet, and like poliandrs before showed a pair of fives, having 5♥5♦A♣10♣8♥. Meanwhile MarkBang turned over 7♥7♣4♠4♥8♠ for two pair to win the pot and the title.
Congratulations to MarkBang outlasting the field to win Event #48 and capture the $5,604.67 first prize.
TCOOP-48 ($82 NL Draw) results
Total entries: 414 (315 entries, 99 re-entries)
Prize pool: $31,050
Places paid: 53
1. MarkBang (Hungary) $5,604.67
2. BoKoPoR (Ukraine) $3,923.40
3. poliandrs (United Kingdom) $2,746.59
4. Mayu “marroca5” Roca (Colombia) $1,922.75
5. ZG-TILT (Russia) $1,346.03
6. VIWNIA (Russia) $942.29
The big finale of this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker comes this weekend with a dozen more events including the big $1,000 NL Hold’em Main Event that sports an enormous $2.5 million guarantee (Event #63). Check the TCOOP home page for start times and other details regarding the Main and more.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.