TCOOP: Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao Collects Another Title for Brazil

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João Simão grabbed himself a Turbo Championship of Online Poker title on Friday

The Brazilians have shown themselves a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker, collecting several titles and making a host of final table appearances. On Friday, Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao gave his countrymen yet another reason to celebrate, snagging another victory along with a five-figure payday.

While the majority of TCOOP events are based on either Hold‘em or Omaha variants, organizers were sure to pepper less-commonly seen games into the schedule, like the No Limit Draw tournament featured in Event #48. The $82 buy-in event drew just 315 players, a small but respectable number considering the game no longer enjoys the level of popularity it once did. ‘MarkBang’ of Hungary bested his final table competition, which included seasoned Colombian pro Mayu ‘marroca5’ Roca, to take the first title of the day. The Hungarian pocketed $5,604 in winnings after taking out Ukraine’s ‘BoKoPoR’ in Heads Up play.

It was right back to business as usual in the following event, a $215 NLHE Six Max Turbo tournament. 1,270 players bought in to the event, generating a healthy $254,000 prize pool. Canada dominated the final table, with ‘alexMFNb’ taking the title along with a $25,642 payday, and compatriots Ryan “i need sheet” Yu and ‘tripsup24’ grabbing the fourth and sixth spots respectively.

The third TCOOP title of the day went to Dutchman ‘pistecaloze’, who absolutely destroyed his final-table competition in Event #25, a $215 NLHE Turbo, Ante Up Progressive KO tournament. In fact, ‘pistecaloze’ single-handedly eliminated every player at the table, save for one. For his efforts, he walked away with a $17,264 prize plus $8,085 in bounties.

Event #51, an $82 Limit Hold’em Six Max tournament, drew a modest 910 players and saw Brazil take yet another title in this year’s TCOOP. Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao outlasted the competition, which included 2005 EPT Grand Final champ Rob ‘batoelrob’ Hollink. The victory gave Simao his second COOP title, putting him just a SCOOP win away from securing an elusive Triple COOP. Along with the title, the Brazilian banked $11,381, with ‘AA-Clown’ of the Netherlands taking runner-up for $7,589.

The $700 NLHE Progressive KO (33%) tournament rounded out the day’s festivities, playing down to a final table which included last year’s WCOOP Main Event champ Jonas “llJaYJaYll” Lauck. Also at the table was one of Lauck’s opponents in that match, ‘uknowProsky*’ of the Netherlands. This time, ‘uknowProsky*’ got the upper hand on Lauck but only managed to place fourth, taking just over $42,000. Finland’s ‘Timonpoika’, a Sunday Million champion, came out on top, adding over $80,000 to his bankroll and a TCOOP title to his resume.

Event #48 – $82 No Limit Draw
Entries: 414
Prize pool: $31,050

  1. MarkBang $5,604.67
  2. BoKoPoR $3,923.40
  3. poliandrs $2,746.59
  4. Mayu ‘marroca5’ Roca $1,922.75
  5. ZG-TILT $1,346.03
  6. VIWNIA $942.29

Event #49 – $215 Six Max No Limit Hold‘em
Entries: 1,270
Prize pool: $254,000

  1. alexMFNb $25,642.61*
  2. -Open$hove- $25,288.34*
  3. Sajanas171 $20,157.61*
  4. Ryan ‘i need sheet’ Yu $22,803.67*
  5. Roman8834444 $7,262.87
  6. tripsup24 $4,747.53

*Denotes a four-way deal
Event #50 – $215 No Limit Hold‘em (Ante Up, Progressive KO)
Entries: 1,061
Prize pool $212,200

  1. pistecaloze $17,264.42 + 8,085.89 in bounties
  2. Makuherra $12,654.40 + $1,824.99 in bounties
  3. 1stefanos1 + $2,404.29 in bounties
  4. B1GF1SH89 + $1,146.87 in bounties
  5. Craton76 $4,983.56 + $2,464.84 in bounties
  6. jdtjpoker $3,653.00 + $2,018.74 in bounties
  7. 17neffetS_BR $2,677.63 + $1,451.56 in bounties
  8. NeedBeat $1,962.70 + $2,353.90 in bounties
  9. jnfpoker $1,438.66 + $1,548.82 in bounties

Event #51 – $82 Six Max Limit Hold‘em
Entries: 910
Prize pool: $68,250

  1. Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao $11,381.63
  2. AA-Clown $7,589.08
  3. lasynia555 $5,060.62
  4. Rob ‘batoelrob’ Hollink $3,374.58
  5. daisymiyuki $2,250.27
  6. tunnny $1,500.54

Event #52 – $700 No Limit Hold‘em (Progressive KO 33%)
Entries: 846
Prize pool: $690,934

  1. Timonpoika *$70,490.25 + $9,195.99
  2. Zufall84 *$60,474.95 + $12,905.82
  3. krakukra $40,603.31 + $2,365.56
  4. uknowProsky* $29,762.12 + $12,650.40
  5. Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck $21,815.50 + $6,300.08
  6. Kley $15,990.69 + $5,261.04
  7. greeny2610 $11,721.11 + $6,241.20
  8. kawachi1984 $8,591.52 + $3,456.56
  9. apr27 $6,297.54 + $1,565.50

*Denotes a two-way deal