TCOOP: Thomas ‘WushuTM’ Muhlocker Takes Second COOP Title

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Thomas ‘WushuTM’ Muhlocker won a TCOOP title the same week he won an Aussie Millions prelim event (Photo c/o Crown)

Thomas ‘WushuTM’ Muhlocker is having a pretty good week. Just four days ago the Austrian pro took down an Aussie Millions preliminary event for just over $30,000 US. On Saturday he grabbed a win on the virtual felt on Day 4 of the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker.

Saturday’s action began with a victory for Belgium’s ‘girafganger7’, who bested 749 opponents to take first in the $700 buy-in No Limit Hold‘em Zoom tournament. With the help of 239 reentries, the prize pool easily surpassed its $300,000 guarantee, ballooning to nearly half a million dollars. ‘girafganger’, who nearly snagged a TCOOP title last year, banked a healthy $83,049 score after making a heads-up deal with ‘pilsuhng’.

Eight countries were represented at the final table of the $7.50 No Limit Hold‘em Eight Max event that followed, but it was Russia’s ‘Dmitry1967’ who claimed the $33,943 first-place prize. Unsurprisingly, the low stakes event drew a large crowd, with 8,875 players generating a $242,894 prize pool. Rodrigo ‘caprioli’ Caprioli, who won Firday’s $82 Six Max PLO event, gave Dmitry1967 a run for his money but ultimately finished in third place. Soon afterwards, the Russian grinder dispatched his final opponent, Ukraine’s ‘yarik1903’, in a mere five hands.

Muhlocker, who once beat poker legend Daniel Negreanu heads-up in an EPT High Roller event, can now add TCOOP champion to his resume. The Austrian pro locked up a healthy $47,950 score in the $82 buy-in No Limit Hold‘em Turbo event, after making a three-way deal with Belgium’s ‘Eagle2319’ and Mexico’s ‘Ringelsdorf’, who took second and third respectively. WushuTM is also the proud owner of a 2015 SCOOP bracelet, putting him just a WCOOP title away from an elusive Triple COOP.

Blink and you would’ve missed most of the action at the $82 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Six Max event, which played down to the final table in just one hour and 45 minutes. Just as Brazil’s Geraldo Cesar ‘GeraldoCesar’ Neto seemed close to claiming his second TCOOP title, UK’s ‘thehushpuppy’ turned the tables and bested his opponent for a $10,592 payday. Even so, Brazil made a strong showing, with GeraldoCesar’s compatriot, ‘LucasBenetti’, snagging fourth.

Event #16 – $700 No Limit Hold‘em (Zoom, Ultra-Deep)
Entries: 750
Prize pool: $498,750

  1. girafganger7 $83,049.76*
  2. pilsuhng $67,500.37*
  3. Miguel ‘Gandalf MR’ Riera $47,272.87
  4. ramastar88 $34,931.75
  5. Anaras ‘Elektrikas’ Alekberovas $25,812.40
  6. blackDonii $19,073.74
  7. Ryan ‘newguy89’ McEathron $14,094.32
  8. JGagMan $10,414.84
  9. Gaston ‘g-man/obell’ Belluscio $7,695.91

*Denotes a two-way deal

Event #17 – $7.50 + Rebuys No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 8,875
Prize pool: $242,894

  1. Dmitry1967 $33,943.44
  2. yarik1903 $23,486.47
  3. Rodrigo ‘caprioli’ Caprioli $16,254.48
  4. M.jess.F $11,249.38
  5. elayu23 $7,785.44
  6. Reynevanck $5,388.14
  7. Naoya ‘nkeyno’ Kihara $3,729.03
  8. Moexxxx $2,590.77

Event #19 – $82 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 5,167
Prize pool: $387,525

  1. Thomas ‘WushuTM’ Muhlocker – $47,950.05*
  2. Eagle2319 – $38,569.37*
  3. Ringelsdorf – $35,191.36*
  4. Spider91_PL – $19,496.11
  5. dh7889 – $13,785.81
  6. hopelst757 – $9,748.03
  7. EL GRAN TORO – $6,892.90
  8. tako1010 – $4,874.01
  9. andyfivefing – $3,446.61

* Denotes a three-way deal

Event #20 – $82 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Entries: 799
Prize pool: $62,401

  1. thehushpuppy – $10,592.44
  2. Geraldo Cesar ‘GeraldoCesar’ Neto – $7,090.07
  3. fronk_donk – $4,745.86
  4. LucasBenetti – $3,176.73
  5. 4Kings_Hit – $2,126.40
  6. goa1908 – $1,423.34