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  1. We love seemingly random stories about how PocketFivers came up with their user names. For Toronto's melontown, a friendship with another PocketFiver was to blame: "My very good friend bananazoo was the original person who got me interested in poker, so when coming up with a screen name, I figured I might as well use some type of fruit." And so it began. You might have noticed melontown's name atop the leaderboard in a PokerStars TCOOP $320 No Limit Hold'em Progressive Super Knockout in late January for nearly $100,000. "I'm quite excited," melontown told PocketFives. "I've been working full-time as a web developer, so I hadn't been playing much at all. When I was playing, I was mostly playing cash games since I didn't have long hours to put in. Now, I'm especially excited for SCOOP because winning a title would mean a Triple COOP, which would be crazy." In January, Shawn Buchanan became the very first Triple COOP winner. Shortly thereafter, James Andy McLEOD Obst became the second. His WCOOP win, the second leg of a potential Triple COOP nod, came in 2012 in a $530 Rebuy and was worth nearly $200,000 officially. Why does he retain his job as a web developer if poker has been so lucrative? He commented, "One of the main reasons is that I'm in Canada on a work permit, so I have to put in at least one year of work in a field related to my degree in order to get my permanent residency. Also, I wanted to give something a little different than poker a try. I love poker, but figure that experiencing the working world will be a great experience regardless. If I hate it, then it'll just get me to appreciate poker even more." He has $1.5 million in tracked scores in his profile and reached an all-time high of #38 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings two years ago. He is one of nearly 2,700 PocketFivers with PLB scores in Canada and said of his eclectic past, "I'm originally Syrian, but was raised in Dubai. I moved to Toronto after high school for university and have been here for about six years now. I absolutely love Toronto and consider it my home. It's a wonderful city." Next on his radar is SCOOP, whose final schedule hasn't been announced, but took place last year in May on PokerStars. "Being a Triple COOP winner would mean a lot to me," melontown gleaned. "I mostly will be playing on the weekends for the majority of the year, which I'm always excited about. I'm also working on my cash game on the weekdays, which I'm equally excited about." He has also been able to hit up a few live events, including a recent series at Niagara Falls. He added that positioning himself for a run in 2015 was near the top of his list of priorities for this year: "I'm hoping to set myself up to be able to play comfortably in 2015, when I intend on making Supernova Elite or doing some traveling on the live circuit. I feel like a full-time job has definitely given me some much needed work ethic; I'm a little lazy by nature." melontown's WCOOP victory was massive any way you slice it. The prize pool of the $530 Rebuy passed $1 million and there were well over 700 entrants. He said of the colossal score, "At the time, I felt I was playing the best I had ever played and was consistently making deep runs without having any big scores. That day, I was actually supposed to do something with a friend who cancelled at the last minute; I wouldn't have played otherwise. I felt I played the final table perfectly and the whole thing felt very surreal." That score put him in position to play virtually any game he wanted, which has allowed him to rise up the stakes ever since. He noted, "Regardless of how my poker career turns out, it's certainly something that will be one of the highlights of my life." PocketFivers made up 10 of the top 20 finishers in that tournament and scooped 47% of the prize pool. He started playing poker in home games and discovered a passion for the game. He met bananazoo at university, where the two were enrolled in the same program, and melontown said, "bananazoo was already making a killing playing cash games and I couldn't believe that was something you could actually make a living doing. I started playing small heads-up games and quickly moved up. I then played six-max cash games for a year or two before transitioning into high-stakes MTTs." bananazoo recently hit $2 million in tracked scores and has been a major influence on melontown's game. The latter said, "I would like to give a shout out to bananazoo and Adam001. I wouldn't be here today without them. I really owe a lot to those guys and I'm proud to have not just two of the best poker players around, but also two of my best friends." The COOP series run regularly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of PocketFives Training when you make a deposit. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP, wrapped up over the weekend with a record being set. Nikki_Hefner, a member of the Russia poker community, took down the TCOOP Main Event for $396,000 following a heads-up deal. In the process, he set a new record for the largest single cash in a TCOOP event, beating the previous mark of $382,000 set in last year's High Roller Event. Here's a look at the final table payouts: 1. Nikki_Hefner - $396,516.38 2. riversouza - $363,119.56 3. PitBully01 - $228,721.76 4. Spraggs - $159,412.13 (Spraggs) 5. basil86 - $117,826.36 6. jxarturo - $90,102.51 (jxarturo) 7. yryryryr - $62,378.66 8. majo-K88 - $34,654.81 (pennyfox) 9. GhettoHomie - $22,179.08 The tournament ended in just over five hours – it was a Turbo after all – and according to PokerStars, Nikki_Hefner raked in "an hourly rate of an astonishing $76,498." The $700 buy-in tournament had 4,169 entrants and blew away its $2 million guarantee by 35%. The top 540 finishers landed in the money. Speaking of the High Roller, poker pro Theo Jorgensen (pictured) won the series' $2,100 High Roller Event over the weekend. The tournament ended in a five-way deal that saw Jorgensen earn $193,000. It was Jorgensen's first COOP title. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1. Theo J - $193,237.03 2. DaNuts90 - $200,039.22 3. x_zola25 - $177,850.47 (x_zola25) 4. ChaoRen160 - $176,431.65 5. bigdog6391 - $233,816.43 6. XTheDecanoX - $74,820.80 (TheDecano) 7. jeff710 - $56,300.80 (YoungSupremacy) 8. engantil - $37,966.00 9. Mr Magur0 - $23,150.00 Finally, Norway's CandyJohnsonwon the TCOOP Player of the Series competition and received a trophy as well as a 2015 SCOOP Main Event ticket. CandyJohnson won a TCOOP event, made three final tables, and had a baker's dozen's worth of cashes this year. Visit PokerStars for TCOOP highlights. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Earlier this month, longtime PocketFiver Spraggs(pictured) final tabled the PokerStars TCOOP Main Event and put back $159,000. "I'm so happy," Spraggs told PocketFives following the biggest tournament score of his career. "I feel very lucky to have weaved through a big field in such a huge tournament. I'd always aimed to eventually have a huge six-figure score like this; I just can't believe it's happened." The TCOOP Main Event had a buy-in of $700 and well over 4,000 entrants showed up. Spraggs ultimately exited in fourth place and said the tournament capped off a rather infirmed weekend: "I hadn't been feeling very well during the weekend, so rather than do my usual Sunday grind on my PC, I decided to do a smaller schedule and play on my laptop in front of the TV. That allowed me to concentrate a lot more from the early stages and I made sure towards the start that I didn't waste any chips unnecessarily." Spraggs was chugging along in the TCOOP Main Event until he lost a major pot with A-K to A-10 after a player jammed 11 big blinds under the gun. "Being a turbo," he said, "every pot was big, and that meant my hands were tied until I got 9-9 just before the money bubble in late position. The same guy jammed, putting pressure on from early position as the big stack, and I had a decision whether to risk bubbling or play like a wimp. After checking the lobby to see there was $430,000 up top, it was a pretty easy decision and I called all-in. Unfortunately, the small blind snap-called all-in too and both had me covered." In that hand, Spraggs wound up with quads and bested both Q-Q and A-7 to triple up on the money bubble. As he put it, "That suckout allowed me to play for the win. And thankfully my luck continued in the big spots." Spraggs got engaged last September and the couple is planning a wedding for next year. His $159,000 from the TCOOP Main Event will likely ease the burden of that. He added, "I also plan to treat my family and the rest will be saved for the future. I might buy my new French bulldog puppy, Pierre (pictured), a new collar or a jumper or something too!" He had been with his now-fiancée for three-and-a-half years before he decided to propose, and the engagement was anything but low-key: "I planned a surprise trip to Venice for her birthdayin September, as it was a place we both really wanted to go. I bought the ring, asked her dad, and we flew out the night before I planned to do it. After dinner on the night of her birthday, on the way back to our hotel, I got down on one knee on a quiet little bridge over a canal and she said yes." Way to set the bar low, Spraggs. Engagement and all, Spraggs had a solid 2014. "I wrote down a few life goals in January," he told us. "Two can be ticked off: get a dog and win a tournament for $50,000 or more. I didn't expect both to happen so soon!" Over the years, Spraggs has won the PartyPokerHigh Roller and 888 Poker Sunday Challenge and finished second in both the Big $109 and Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, just to name a few. He is a few thousand dollars away from hitting $2.5 million for his career and he's the top-ranked player in the county of Northamptonshire in the UK. He closed by sending a shout out to the PocketFives community, which he has been a part of for eight years: "I've been a member of PocketFives for a long time now and it was a great source of information for me when I was starting out. I'm often still skimming articles, looking at rankings, and reading posts." Congrats to Spraggs on his six-figure score! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. [caption width="650"] Without his Skype group, 'BenFaz' wouldn't be where he is today[/caption] The age-old phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" has applications in poker. A highly potent "group think" can help players soak up knowledge at a much quicker pace than they could on their own. Then there's Ben Farrell, who is known on PocketFives as 'BenFaz' and on PokerStars as 'fabaz'. He's part of a very active Skype group that has helped him rise into the top 100 in the PocketFives Rankings and amass $1.3 million in career winnings. "I have a great group of friends I talk with daily about specific spots and I'm in a few different Skype groups with a lot of good players," Farrell said. "Adjustments have been made given the evolution of the game. I'm constantly aware of not only the image of other players, but also my own image with the tools I have at my disposal." Farrell described his Skype group in a way that only 'BenFaz' is capable of. "My group is a congregation of degenerates amplified by love not only for the game, but also for the eternal hunt of glory," he said. "With this comes endless support. I don't think I would be where I am today without the people whom I have met throughout the years, as poker can be a lonely game. The majority of groups I am in are very supportive when people are deep." Farrell brought up a very important, perhaps underrated benefit of having a solid group of poker-savvy friends in your corner: that group can rally behind you when you're deep. Think of it as your own personal cheering section. All you need to do is let your friends know you're at a major final table or just need some support and they'll release the hounds. So what happens in a Skype group? Are hands being pasted left and right? Are new trends being dissected like a worm in a seventh grade science class? Are a million prop bets being made? "The majority of things that go on in them would not be suitable for this article, other than saying there is in-depth poker-related discussion in some of them," Farrell said. "In other groups, you'd be surprised that a lot of the time there is a level of morale which is sometimes more beneficial to me than poker discussion. Although, for most people, being on Skype while playing should be avoided in order to concentrate fully." Farrell found his group and made it to where he is today thanks to an initial $50 deposit. Then, multiple other $50 deposits occurred until he realized that poker was a game of skill and "not an actual punt." The bleeding and bad beat stories eventually stopped. "I was quick to win a healthy bankroll, but was hit by the unmerciful fist of variance, combined with uneducated play, so I soon learned the complexities of the game," said Farrell. "I drew inspiration from the top players and how they were shaping the game at the time and the rewards they were reaping. I enjoy the exploitation that exists in poker and have always sought to improve that and adapt accordingly." 2016 could be a year of change for him. As playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, "Progress is impossible without change." And Farrell's Skype group could become a little less active as a result. "This year, I am going to take a step back from poker and focus on the more important things in life," the $1.3 million man said. "That being said, you will still see me on the tables, just not as much. In the last few years, I've found myself consumed with the game itself and have felt like my computer is actually another limb. The one thing I've learned in the past year is that you can't deny the importance of balance." He's probably earned a little siesta, especially after winning the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker Sunday Supersonic last month for $84,000, his second largest score to date. "It felt pretty surreal to be able to win that much money in such a short amount of time," Farrell recalled of the turbo tournament, which finished in a few hours. "I didn't have time to think about the actual amount of money given the structure. It all happened so fast."
  5. [caption width="640"] Konstantinos ‘arxigos’ Nanos Won Another TCOOP Title on Tuesday[/caption] Day 6 of the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker featured four tournaments, all of which brought prize pools surpassing their guarantees. Europe dominated Tuesday's events, with players from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary taking home titles. The schedule began with Event #24, an $82 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Turbo. A total of 1,206 players entered the tournament, generating a $90,450 prize pool and putting the original $50,000 guaranteed to shame. Making an appearance at the final table was Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson, a two-time WCOOP winner looking to add a TCOOP title to his resume. The Mexico-based pro started the final table with the third-biggest stack, but was taken out in fourth, earning $5,879 for his efforts. Germany’s ‘Raabinator93’ and Canadian Doug ‘imcastleman’ Dicken were the last two players standing, and discussed a deal, but couldn’t agree on the terms before continuing. Rejecting the proposition turned out to be a good move by ‘Raabinator93’, who overcame a 3:1 chip deficit to secure first-place and a $15,150 payout. Event #25 offered a simple 7-Card Stud Turbo with an $82 buy-in and a $25,000 guarantee. The tournament drew 540 entrants who pumped the prize pool up to $40,500. At around the third hour of play, the money bubble burst, with the 72 remaining players guaranteed to get a cut of the total pot. As the final table thinned, only André ‘Sira Al Aziz’ Santos of the Czech Republic and ‘mddgfc’ of the UK remained. Santos, who already has a SCOOP title under his belt, got the best of his opponent and had collected all of the chips just after the tournament went into its third hour. The Czech grinder took home $7,654 for the victory, with ‘mddgfc’ going home with a consolation prize of $5,609. The third tournament of the day was a $700 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Eight Max Ultra-Deep event which garnered 1,377 entrants and boasted a prize pool of $915,705, well above its original $700,000 guarantee. Three of the eight players at the final table already had COOP titles to their name, including Georgios ‘GeoManousos’ Sotiropoulos and ‘Domce’, both with SCOOP bracelets, and Konstantinos ‘arxigos’ Nanos with a 2012 TCOOP bracelet. Russia’s ‘BARBARVSSA2’ and Nanos outlasted the field and did battle for the title. ‘BARBARVSSA2’ started with nearly double his opponent’s chips, but saw his stack evaporate after Nanos won 7 hands in a row. The come-from-behind defeat gave Nanos his second TCOOP win and a $161,164 first-place prize. Event #27, a $27 No Limit Hold’em 2X Turbo with rebuys, was last up on the day’s schedule. The tournament was the most popular event of the afternoon, pulling in 3,086 runners who made 7,345 rebuys and 2,083 add-ons. The prize pool grew to $307,218, eclipsing the $200,000 advertised guarantee. After the field had been whittled down to just four, the remaining players struck a deal which would give each of them at least $32,547, with $4,000 reserved for first. Four-and-a-half hours into the event, Hungary’s ‘wemax’ defeated ‘Leviathan74’ of Greece with an overpair, giving him the TCOOP title and a $38,000 payday. TCOOP Event #24: $82 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Turbo 1,206 entrants, $90,450 prize pool Raabinator93 - $15,150.81 imcastleman - $11,306.25 Grebinat - $8,592.75 Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson - $5,879.25 sandman201 - $3,853.17 Olsen83 - $2,713.50 TCOOP Event #25: $82 7-Card Stud Turbo 540 entrants, $40,500 prize pool André ‘Sira Al Aziz’ Santos - $7,654.70 mddgfc - $5,609.25 droseff - $4,131 pxc666 - $3,037.50 10Badboy10 - $2,025 manunanu - $1,417.50 krec23 - $1,012.50 fel_iv - $708.75 TCOOP Event #26: $700 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max Turbo Ultra-Deep 1,377 entrants, $915,705 prize pool Konstantinos ‘arxigos’ Nanos - $161,164.89 BARBARVSSA2 - $114,463.12 anteen - $86,991.97 Domce - $64,099.35 Georgios ‘GeoManousos’ Sotiropoulos - $45,785.25 Kiiiiiiik - $27,471.15 RPILON - $18,314.10 cwirek1982 - $9,157.05 TCOOP Event #27: $27+R No Limit Hold’em 2X Turbo 3,086 entrants (7,345 rebuys, 2,083 add-ons), $307,218.70 prize pool wemax - $38,000 Leviathan74 - $32,547.49 810ofclubs - $39,745.48 Blunty2004 - $17,665.07 apoelhinio - $13,364.01 M Cunha G - $10,291.82 XHorizon101X - $7,219.63 Deividas K - $4,153.59 GiBobH/L - $2,611.35
  6. [caption width="640"] Team PokerStars Online Pro George 'Jorj95' Lind added a second COOP title to his resume Sunday[/caption] Many online poker grinders dream of winning a single PokerStars COOP title in their career. An SCOOP or TCOOP or WCOOP title would be a crowning achievement for most players. On Sunday however, George ‘Jorj95’ Lind and Stephen ‘woody1234321’ Woodheadadded the second COOP wins of their careers as Day 4 of the 2016 PokerStars Turbo Championship Of Online Poker wrapped up. Event #14, a $215 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max tournament featuring Progressive Super Knockouts was the first event of the day. The event drew 722 entrants and generated a prize pool of $77,800, with a further $72,200 set aside for bounties. After just over two hours of play, Germany’s ‘KornmeisterX’ found himself heads-up against Belarus grinder ‘RagVoen’, with a $13,809 first-place prize at stake. Two final table knockouts left ‘KornmeisterX’ in an excellent starting position with a 5:1 chip lead over his opponent. But ‘RagVoen’ swiftly made progress and whittled down his opponents edge to less than 500,000 chips, thanks to two successive-double ups. At that point, a deal was discussed but never agreed upon. Shortly after the tournament’s three-hour mark, both players got it all in on an [poker card="as"] [poker card="kd"] [poker card="7c"] flop, with ‘KornmeisterX’ in the lead with a pair of kings. The turn and river brought no help for either player, giving ‘KornmeisterX’ the top prize, along with $8,578 in bounties for a total score of $22,000. Event #15, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo, attracted 2,172 runners, surpassing its $300,000 guarantee by over $157,000. When the smoke cleared, George ‘Jorj95’ Lind was left to battle heads-up with Norway’s ‘tycon87’. Before Lind could take a look at the terms of a proposed deal, he shoved his stack with [poker card="qh"] [poker card="3d"], only to be called by his opponent’s [poker card="as"] [poker card="5s"]. A flopped pair of threes secured the win for Lind, who banked the $72,113 first-place prize for his second largest online cash. Event #16, a $700 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Turbo, featured a Progressive Super Knockout format and garnered 2,058 players, enough to beat the $1 million guarantee by $368,570. The final table was comprised of nine players from nine countries, none of whom had ever had the pleasure of capturing a COOP title. When all was said and done, ‘pmahoney22’ bested Estonia’s ‘Canibus555’ to win a first-place prize of $109,486 along with a healthy $35,225 in bounties. A total of 2,987 runners entered Event #17, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament, and made 797 reentries to generate a prize pool of $756,800. Stephen ‘Woody1234321’ Woodhead navigated the large field to win the $118,818 first place prize for his second career TCOOP title, his first coming last year. ‘Lamapoopie’ snagged second place and $88,545, with ‘beigale777’ taking third for a $62,436 payday. The $82 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Progressive Super-Knockout was next on the schedule, and easily met its $150,000 Guarantee with 2,776 entrants and a prize pool of $208,200. Going into heads-up play, Germany’s ‘Nie1CMF’ found himself in a strong position against his final opponent, ‘MissRZ’ of the Netherlands, with 2:1 chip lead. ‘Nie1CMF’ dominated the match and claimed the Event #18 title after a pre-flop all-in brought him a full house. The German pocketed $16,396 in prize money along with $5,018 in bounties for his efforts. The Sunday Supersonic Special Edition, a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo, was the last event of the day and smashed its $300,000 guarantee with a prize pool of $528,054 generated by 2,505 entrants. After just over two hours of play, only three remained: UK grinders Ben ‘Fabaz’ Farrell and Oscar ‘MendaLerenda’ Serradell, and Switzerland’s ‘NutsedAllTim’. Farrell made quick work of his two opponents, taking them both out on the same hand holding pocket nines. The win gave Farrell his first COOP title along with the $84,490 first-place prize. TCOOP Event #14: 
$215 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max, Progressive Super-KO 722 entrants, $150,000 prize pool KornmeisterX (Germany) $13,809.50 (+ $8,578.86 in bounties) RagVoen (Belarus) $10,230.70 (+ $2,348.43 in bounties) TedyKGB88 - $7,780.00 (+ $1,095.31 in bounties) Poker Own U - $5,446.00 (+ $1,481.24 in bounties) Edgy420 - $3,890.00 (+ $3,048.43 in bounties) mickyb88 - $2,334.00 (+ $768.75 in bounties) TCOOP Event #15
: $215 No Limit Hold'em Six Max Hyper Turbo 2,172 entries, $457,857 prize pool George "Jorj95" Lind - $72,113.88 tycon87 - $53,798.26 arman359 - $40,062.54 pascualpro5 - $26,326.81 PoluKalos - $17,169.66 WallXP - $9,660.79 TCOOP Event #16: 
$700 No Limit Hold'em Progressive Super-KO 2,058 entries, $1,368,570 prize pool pmahoney22 - $109,486.76 + $35,225.68 (bounties) = $144,712.44 Canibus555 - $82,114.20 + $22,242.54 (bounties) = $104,356,74 rounder3989 - $61,585.65 + $16,915.12 (bounties) = $78,500.77 FaNjkEEE - $43,896.88 + $19,653.69 (bounties) = $63,550.57 NNNXX - $30,792.82 + $16,996.33 (bounties) = $47,789.15 TedSTRETCH - $23,949.97 + $872.81 (bounties) = $24,822.78 GamblingPays - $17,107.12 + $6,151.20 (bounties) = $23,258.32 ICallYouAA - $11,974,98 + $3,340.56 (bounties) = $15,315.54 molswi47 - $6,842.85 + $5,073.82 (bounties) = $11,916.67 TCOOP Event #17: 
$215 No Limit Hold'em w/Re-Entry 2,987 entries + 797 reentries, $756,800 prize pool Stephen ‘woody1234321’ Woodhead - $118,818.68 Iamapoopie - $88,545.60 beigale777 - $62,436.00 XXstardogXX - $43,516.00 wrawras - $32,164.00 iTSReTSaM - $24,596.00 !!f1ghtback! - $17,028.00 kolja31 - $9,460.00 suarez_BG - $6,054.40 TCOOP Event #18
: $82 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Progressive Super-KO 2,776 entries, $208,200 prize pool NiCe1MF - $16,396.87 + $5,018.61 = $21,415.48 MissRZ - $11,971.50 + $2,545.66 = $14,517.16 capotinha - $8,848.50 + $2,723.09 (bounties) = $11,571.59 MachineGunMK - $5,725.50 + $4,199.61 (bounties) = $9,925.11 mattidm_uk - $3,643.50 + $853.03 (bounties) = $4,496.53 goofy bolado - $1,860.26 + $713.64 (bounties) = $2,573.90 TCOOP Event #19: 
$215 No Limit Hold'em Hyper Turbo, Sunday Supersonic 2,505 entries, $528,054 prize pool Fabaz - $84,490.25 MendaLerenda - $63,234.46 NutsedAllTim - $44,884.59 vladko425 - $31,683.24 Artem205 - $23,762.43 1mDonuts - $18,217.86 bRe3za - $12,937.32 styy3e - $7,656.78 Rocco "Sephirot88" Palumbo - $4,752.48
  7. Banking $110,000 in four-and-a-half hours is one heck of a feat. Winning the first three-phase tournament ever held on PokerStars is quite impressive too. Add in beating a mammoth field of 53,311 entrants and you have yourself quite a day. However, the win comes with a silver lining for the community in his home nation. That day was called "Thursday" for Brazil's Helio 'hneves182' Neves, who won the opening event of the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP, for $110,000. The three-phase six-max tournament, the first of its kind on PokerStars, had 53,311 entrants. Despite being in second place when the final table began, Neves knocked out every other player en route to the win. All of them. The Brazilian had a better than a 7:1 chip lead entering heads-up play and the action ended after just five hands. "I feel pretty good. Winning any tournament naturally comes with a sense of accomplishment and relief, and the bigger the tournament, the bigger that feeling gets," said Neves. The $110,000 cash is his largest ever in an online MTT and raised his career winnings north of $1.2 million. Still, it's more about moving up in the PocketFives Rankings and getting a little bragging rights than the Benjamins. "I have everything I want or need," he said. "At this point, money coming in just means more security for the future. I am much happier for the accomplishment of winning a COOP event after so many years; for winning a big tourney; and for, if my math is correct, getting to #1 in Brazil's PocketFives' rankings and getting into the top 20 in the world than for the money." His previous best result in a COOP event was a $40,000 score for getting second in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Ten-Max event in 2011. Two years ago, he took fourth in a similar SCOOP tournament for $34,000, but as he said, Thursday marked his first COOP title. The Brazil poker contingent on PocketFives is currently 3,527 members strong with total winnings of over $323 million. In the last 12 months, 633 members from Brazil have come on board. While Neves takes some nationalistic pride that the Brazilian poker fan base is both rabid and growing by leaps and bounds, his love of country stops there. "There are always a lot of Brazilians railing and cheering, but I can't say I have many feelings of patriotism since the country is messed up in every way possible," said Neves. "All politicians are corrupt far beyond what other countries could imagine, the laws make no sense, the taxes rape everyone, and it is a socialist nightmare. Some people also try to take advantage of each other and will rob you at the first opportunity." Neves identified a few areas of concern for his homeland. Paying 50% taxes on purchases while at the same time gleefully accepting a $30 per month government assistance check seems a bit disingenuous. "For example, in 2011, I paid $40,000 for a Hyundai i30," said Neves. "I could get a Porsche 911 in the US for that." Playing poker can offer a sort of escape from what he believes are the harsh realities of the Brazilian landscape. The average income of a Brazilian is $540 per month, or $6,500 per year. Then, remember that Neves just made $111,000 in four hours and you can see some of the dilemma he faces, especially as a well-known pro. "Everybody just gets loans and gets more taken advantage of by banks and spends their life in debt," he said. "For sure playing poker is very appealing, most of all because I don't depend on anything inside the country for it. Instead, I can leave and play anywhere else I want to." Still, Neves stays close to home and his friends and family. Despite the troubles, Brazil's income tax situation isn't all that bad. "Income tax is not that ridiculous here, either. The standard is about 27%, but the hidden taxes are the worst, like paying almost $1 for one liter of gas while having plenty of oil in the country," said Neves. "Basically, everything you buy anywhere is a least twice what the minimum fair price would be."
  8. At the end of January, PokerStars hosts the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker. Running January 21 - 31, TCOOP, now in its fifth year, has a total of $15 million in guarantees for the second consecutive year. The 2016 TCOOP Main Event has a $700 buy-in and a $2 million guarantee. It's the 49th event on the schedule and kicks off at 15:30 ET on January 31. In the 2015 TCOOP Main Event, 'Nikki_Hefner' came out on top of a 4,169-player field en route to a $396,000 payday after a heads-up deal with Brazil's 'riversouza'. The first event on the 2016 TCOOP schedule is a $27 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Turbo Three-Phase tournament - a new format for this year. The first phase runs daily from January 7 to 21 and players can enter as many Phase 1 and Phase 2 tournaments as they'd like until they qualify for Phase 3. The Phase 3 tournament, which marks the official first day of TCOOP, takes place at Noon ET on January 21 and has a $1.5 million guarantee. "I'm really looking forward to TCOOP. The turbo structures, coupled with the range of games and formats, keeps things fun and interesting every day," said Team PokerStars Pro Online member Mickey mementmori Petersen. "Plus, with each tournament only lasting a few hours, it's a great way to try and get a big score in a short space of time." The Three-Phase tournament isn't the only tournament format to debut on TCOOP this year. Events #3 and #34 are Progressive Ultra-Knockout tournaments, which will also run during the TCOOP for the first time. In these events, three-quarters of each buy-in goes to knockout prize money. Event #3 has a buy-in of $215, while Event #34 has a buy-in of $700. Event #10 is the first-ever 4x Turbo tournament on the TCOOP schedule. It has a price tag of $7.50, with rebuys running for two hours instead of the usual 30 minutes, and kicks off on January 23. On January 31 at High Noon ET, the richest tournament on the TCOOP slate begins, a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Turbo High Roller. The event has a $1 million guarantee. Theo Jorgensen, a PokerStars pro, won it in 2015 for $200,000. PokerStars will keep track of players' performances as part of the TCOOP Tournament Leaderboard, which awards a champion's trophy and SCOOP ticket to its winner. Plus, the top 100 finishers all get SCOOP tickets. Norway's 'CandyJohnson' won the TCOOP Leaderboard last time out. There are 50 TCOOP events in total. Visit PokerStars for the full schedule and satellite information.
  9. [caption width="450"] Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira is now part of a unique club following his TCOOP victory.[/caption] History was made on the third to final day of PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker as Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira become just the third player to join the PokerStars COOP Triple Crown club with his win in Event #37. Ferreira joins Shawn Buchanan and James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst as players to have won a WCOOP, SCOOP and TCOOP title in their career. The day began however with Oscar ‘MendaLerenda’ Serradell beating out 299 other players to win Event #36, a $82 No Limit Draw event. The 300 players also produced 198 re-entries to push the total prize pool to $37,350 - well over the $25,000 guarantee. When the final table started, Serradell, the #14-ranked player in the world, was second in chips behind only Artur ‘ARTSchGamble’ Scerbak. Serradell turned the tables early though after Scerbak dropped a big chunk of chips to ‘risto155’. Serradell busted Scerbak in fifth and found himself with the chip lead. After ‘MaTitheone’ busted ‘schn4trick’ in fourth, Serradell eliminated ‘risto155’ in third and then MaTitheone in second to win the first COOP title of his career and earn $7,096.70 in the process. Ferreira’s history-making run came in Event #37, a $215 Six Max No Limit with rebuys Event. When the final table began Ferreira had 2,235,845 in chips - more than 1,000,000 ahead of his closest competitor. Shashank ‘felter1989’ Jain took care of the first elimination, sending ‘Tankanza’ out in sixth. Ferreira busted ‘oswald187’ in fifth before Jain sent ‘mczhang’ out in fourth. Despite picking up two of the first three eliminations, Jain was on the losing end of a blind vs. blind battle against Ferreira and was done in third place leaving only ‘uWannaLoan?’ between Ferreiro and the COOP Triple Crown. After chop discussions went nowhere, Ferreiro went to work at winning the tournament outright. On the final hand of the night ‘uWannaLoan?’ raised to 336,000 before Ferreiro moved all in. ‘uWannaLoan?’ called and tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] while Ferreiro was needed some assistance with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Ferreiro top pair and that held through the [poker card="8c"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river to give Ferreira the TCOOP title and another $81,474 in earnings. In Event #38, a $215 Ante Up No Limit Hold’em event with Progressive Super Knockout, ‘chickensssss’ (chicken on PocketFives) came out on top of a 1,191 player field to win $20,556.66. ‘chickensssss’ dominated the final table, eliminating five of the last six players to collect not only their chips, but their bounties as well. On the final hand of the tournament, ‘chickensssss’ called from the small blind before ‘philipgm’ raised to 90,010. ‘chickensssss’ called to send both players to a [poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3c"] flop. ‘chickensssss’ called ‘philipgm’s bet of 119,001. After the [poker card="7h"] turn ‘philipgm’ bet 202,311 and again ‘chickensssss’ called. The [poker card="8d"] river got ‘philipgm’ to move all in for 849,047 and ‘chickensssss’ called and tabled [poker card="th"][poker card="5d"] for second pair while ‘philipgm’ showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"] for busted straight and flush draws. The final event of the day, Event #39, saw ‘duffm0n’ emerge victorious in the $82 Six Max Limit Hold’em event over a field of 643 players. The final table included Team PokerStars Pro Kosei ‘K. Ichinose’ Ichinose who finished fifth. With just three players remaining ‘RyderRock’ had the chip lead over both ‘duffm0n’ and ‘TaBuLA_Ras4’. Early talks of a chop were quickly dismissed by ‘duffm0n’ and play continued. Not long after that ‘RyderRock’ and ‘duffm0n’ tangled that eliminated ‘RyderRock’ and sent ‘duffm0n’ on to a quick heads-up battle with ‘TaBuLA_Ras4’ that ended when ‘duffm0n’ made a full house on a [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2d"] board with ‘TaBuLA_Ras4’ betting the entire way with just queen-high. TCOOP Event #36: $82 No Limit Draw (re-entry) 300 entrants, 198 re-entries $37,350 prize pool Oscar ‘MendaLerenda’ Serradell - $7,096.70 MaTitheone - $5,229.00 risto155 - $3,828.37 schn4trick - $2,614.50 Artur "ARTSchGamble" Scerbak - $1,867.50 Bigboss300 - $1,195.20 TCOOP Event #37: $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em (rebuys) 659 entrants, 1,543 rebuys $440,400 prize pool Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira - $81,474.00 uWannaLoan? - $60,775.20 Shashank “felter1989” Jain - $45,141.00 mczhang - $30,828.00 oswald187 - $22,020.00 Tankanza - $13,212.00 TCOOP Event #38: $215 Ante Up No Limit Hold’em (Progressive Super Knockout) 1,191 entrants $238,200 total prize pool chickensssss - $20,556.66 philipgm - $14,887.50 MarcusG22 - $11,314.50 RodRish - $8,289.36 pcayobh - $5,895.45 Tankanza - $4,704.45 FiatEruditio - $3,513.45 The Carnadas - $2,322.45 marksfive - $1,310.10 TCOOP Event #39: $82 Six Max Limit Hold’em 643 entrants $48,225 prize pool duffm0n - $8,921.95 TaBuLA_Ras4 - $6,655.05 RyderRock - $4,943.06 _stel_23_ - $3,375.75 K. Ichinose - $2,411.25 BADEXTASY - $1,446.75
  10. Not one, not two, not three, but four events took place on Friday in the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker. One of the big headlines of the day was one player winning his second COOP title. buzzard1881took down Event #6 of the 2016 TCOOP, an $82 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Shootout. There were almost 1,700 entrants and players had to win their first two tables in order to make the money. After 'buzzard1881' eliminated two of the first three players from the final table, a deal was hashed out and $2,000 was left to play for. 'buzzard1881' eliminated his final two opponents to take home $17,000 and the second COOP title of his career. His other COOP title came in a 2013 WCOOP HORSE event that had a buy-in of $320. 'buzzard1881' typed into the chat box during the deal-making process, "biggest holdem score im a fish." Oh yeah. Event #5, which also took place on Friday, was an $82 Pot Limit Omaha Progressive Super Knockout that drew 1,649 entrants, a very similar number to the field of Event #6. Serbia's 'bokinjo' was the winner in this one, earning $10,000 plus a few hundred dollars in bounties. It took less than two hours for the 1,649-man field to be trimmed to under 100 and the entire affair lasted four hours. Christian 'CMoosepower' Elgstrom, the 2014 TCOOP Player of the Series, finished sixth. In Event #7, Brazil captured its second 2016 TCOOP title, as Bruno 'bruno chato' Nunes took down a $27 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Rebuy for $49,000. There were 4,084 entrants, 6,224 rebuys, and 2,590 add-ons, which meant a total prize pool that passed $300,000. Nunes drew out on J-9 with J-6 in the final hand of the tournament after turning a six for a pair. [caption width="450"] Bruno 'bruno chato' Nunes won TCOOP Event #7[/caption] The storyline in Event #8 on Friday was a comeback win for 'LuckboxStami', who was down 3:1 in chips heads-up in the $82 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Big Antes Optional Re-Entry event. There was almost an hour delay heads-up while a deal was discussed, but ultimately none occurred. Six hands later, the tournament was over after the 9-6 suited of 'IvanHaldi' couldn't draw out on A-8. First place was worth $48,000. There were 3,075 entrants and 1,055 re-entries. TCOOP Event #5: $82 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout
 1,649 entrants, $123,675 prize pool ($61,837.50 regular prize pool; $61,837.50 bounty prize pool) bokinjo (Serbia) - $10,049 (+ $300 for 8 bounties) GiBobH/L (Poland) - $7,513 (+ $375 for 10 bounties) treinen (Netherlands) - $5,565 (+ $337.50 for 9 bounties) TedyKGB88 (United Kingdom) - $3,710 (+ $562.50 for 15 bounties) LLCoolJ23 (Germany) - $2,473 (+ $300 for 8 bounties) CMoosepower (Denmark) - $1,545 (+ $150 for 4 bounties) TCOOP Event #6: $82 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Turbo Shootout 1,672 entrants, $125,400 prize pool buzzard1881 (Canada) - $17,539 Mrcaimann (United Kingdom) - $14,018 caprioli (Brazil) - $14,481 Avi Popo (Latvia) - $7,524 Knakworst93 (Netherlands) - $5,016 madnutscrazy (India) - $3,109 TCOOP Event #7: $27 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Rebuy 4,084 entrants, $316,645.90 total prize pool bruno chato (Brazil) - $49,716 Pixton154 (United Kingdom) - $37,047 Gusparo (Hungary) - $25,123 Gorvie (United Kingdom) - $18,207 MAMOHT_T (Russia) - $13,457 Ansgar2000 (Germany) - $10,290 PlayinWasted (Germany) - $7,124 AS Leshiy (Estonia) - $4,958 TONY MONT211 (Macedonia) - $2,533 TCOOP Event #8: $82 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Big Antes Optional Re-Entry 4,080 total entries, $306,000 prize pool LuckboxStami (Finland) - $48,042 IvanHaldi (Russia) - $35,802 artmaxx_dk (Denmark) - $25,245 HochMeista (United Kingdom) - $17,595 IsseG (Sweden) - $13,005 plokker292 (Netherlands) - $9,945 blackaces93 (Poland) - $6,885 patasss (Uruguay) - $3,825 gio_pot7 (Greece) - $2,448
  11. [caption width="450"] Helio 'hneves182' Neves won the opening 2016 TCOOP event[/caption] There's nothing like winning a five- or six-figure first place prize in a matter of hours. But, when you're playing large-field turbos, it's certainly possible. Thursday, in fact, saw several big winners as part of the first official day of the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP. The centerpiece of Thursday's four events was a $27 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Three-Phase tournament, the first three-phase event ever run by PokerStars. It attracted 53,311 total entries and over 9,000 players qualified for Phase 3, which played out on Thursday. It took four-and-a-half hours for Brazil's Helio 'hneves182' Neves to bust everyone at the final table en route to a $111,000 payday and his first COOP title. "I just looked at the lobby and realized the tournament was four-and-a-half hours," said Neves. "I definitely thought it had been over eight hours. You lose track of time while deep in a tournament." Event #2 was a four-hour, $82 No Limit Omaha H/L tournament that attracted 1,649 entrants. It took less than an hour to reach the money bubble and a five-way deal was struck that included 2015 WCOOP Super High Roller fourth place finisher 'Nopaleva', who also took fourth in TCOOP Event #2. The winner was Hungary's 'rekri', who made $12,000. The third TCOOP event held on Thursday was a $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Progressive Ultra-Knockout that had 4,250 entries. Australia's 'ugr italy' took it down for $33,363.40 plus $24,591.48 in bounties, a total of almost $58,000. One-quarter of the buy-in went to the prize pool, while the rest was put on each player's head as a bounty. The fourth and final tournament to play out on TCOOP's opening day was an $82 No Limit Hold'em Turbo that had a 20-minute final table. There were over 4,000 entrants and Germany's 'makarios007' came away with the win after holding a nearly insurmountable 17:1 chip lead heads-up against Canada's 'deepbluer'. TCOOP Event #1 $27 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max, Three-Phase, $1.5M Guaranteed 53,311 total phase entries, $1.5M prize pool hneves182 (Brazil) - $111,000.00 acemaKerface (United Kingdom) - $80,850.00 soso74sos (Romania) - $53,760.00 topgold1 (Romania) - $27,990.00 doungara (Greece) - $16,050.00 stsnitro (Russia) - $10,245.00 TCOOP Event #2 $82 No Limit Omaha H/L Six-Max Turbo, $50K Guaranteed 1,649 entries, $123,675 prize pool rekri (Hungary) - $12,717.66 Shtopol' (Ukraine) - $10,017.82 isDatLekker? (Netherlands) - $11,439.90 Nopaleva (Russia) - $13,304.68 Ouchbadbeat (United Kingdom) - $11,142.72 homasapiens (Poland) - $3,091.87 TCOOP Event #3 $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Progressive Ultra-Knockout, $600K Guaranteed 4,250 entries, $212,500 prize pool ugritaly (Australia) - $33,363.40 + $24,591.48 ToTall4Y (Germany) - $24,862.50 + $23,458.01 Bigdaft (United Kingdom) - $17,531.25 + $3,683.19 ViDss (Brazil) - $12,218.75 + $3,893.09 Borjomi1970 (Russia) - $9,031.25 + $9,387.52 actaml (Poland) - $6,906.25 + $1,403.90 plokker292 (Netherlands) - $4,781.25 + $7,302.80 drygo 1 (Norway) - $2,656.25 + $8,136.88 bobix12 (Poland) - $1,700.00 + $4,247.13 TCOOP Event #4 $82 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, $200K Guaranteed 4,026 entries, $301,950 prize pool makarios007 (Germany) - $47,408.76 deepbluer (Canada) - $35,328.15 VeromosAA (Israel) - $24,910.87 B4NKR0LL3R (United Kingdom) - $17,362.12 MonsieurRask (United Kingdom) - $12,832.87 wrx2no (Australia) - $9,813.37 reijomo (Finland) - $6,793.87 kymatoz8814 (Russia) - $3,774.37 Heintje8 (Netherlands) - $2,415.60
  12. [caption width="450"] Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo won his second career TCOOP title[/caption] The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker rolled on like a runaway freight train on Thursday, with four more events and four more winners. This time around, a top-50 ranked player earned his second TCOOP title. Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo, also known as 'inhoo', earned $85,000 for the win in a $700 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max Progressive Ultra Knockout after a heads-up deal with Canada's 'marlin5555'. Ylitalo is on the cusp of hitting $6 million in career online tournament winnings and is #40 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, 37 spots off his all-time high. The Swede also won a $27 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Quad TCOOP event in 2013 for $27,000. Ylitalo came into the eight-max final table third in chips, but quickly assumed the lead after knocking out 'viktorrz' in sixth place. Ylitalo had A-J to A-9 in the hand after the money went in pre-flop. 'viktorrz' flopped a nine to take the lead, but the eventual winner hit a jack on the river to take the chip lead. In the end, Ylitalo earned $41,000 plus $43,000 in bounties, as 'viktorrz's' bounty was worth $25,000 by itself. The Swede, who according to his Twitter was in Mexico, posted a video of his post-game celebration dance. In Event #32, a $7.50 No Limit Hold'em 3x Turbo Rebuy, 'SKD20™' came away with the win after being one of two massive chip leaders entering the final nine. There were 6,806 entrants, 23,563 rebuys, and 4,037 add-ons, which pumped the prize pool all the way to $234,000. The winner is also known as 'DONKAROO' and now has $306,000 in tracked winnings. Heads-up, 'SKD20™' had to battle back from a 3:2 chip deficit. In the final hand, Georgia's 'zeruka' 3bet shoved with 8-7 on a flop of 8-2-6, but 'SKD20™' had him out-kicked with 9-8. The turn and river were blanks and 'SKD20™' won his first TCOOP title and $36,000. Event #33, also held on Thursday, was an $82 Razz Turbo. Entering the final table, the average stack was less than three big bets and a deal was struck three-handed. Despite trailing 2:1 in chips entering heads-up play, 'aramesko' won the TCOOP title in just 12 hands. On the final one, the money went in on fourth street, with 'aramesko' showing 10-7 to K-Q for the win. First place was worth $7,900 after the three-way chop. Finally, Event #35 was a $27 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy that had 1,602 entrants, 4,082 rebuys, and 1,080 add-ons for a total prize pool of $166,000. There was also a heads-up deal in this tournament, which ended with 'FrederickH.' from the Netherlands winning his first TCOOP title and $22,000. 'FrederickH.' was the chip leader entering the six-max final table and, after the deal was struck, only ten hands were needed to determine a winner. 'FrederickH.' went wire-to-wire on the final hand, leading from start to finish. According to the chat log, he plans to buy his wife a new ring with his winnings, as he originally "bought [a] really old one." Mazel tov. TCOOP Event #32: $7.50+R No Limit Hold'em 3x Turbo 6,806 entrants, 23,563 rebuys, 4,037 add-ons $234,648.92 total prize pool SKD20™ - $36,274.61 zeruka - $26,984.62 scrubbyz - $19,006.56 gahoibvthakn - $13,175.53 aurimelis - $9,855.25 Pokerfan89Gr - $7,508.76 Kasabian88 - $5,162.27 basketziomb2 - $2,933.11 stam83 - $1,830.26 TCOOP Event #33: $82 Razz Turbo 724 entrants $54,300 prize pool aramesko - $7,950.69 Kevin0126 - $7,376.87 holtekila - $7,614.31 kema56 - $4,072.50 mr.peretz007 - $2,715.00 bcoulas - $1,900.50 renkenfish - $1,221.75 dimastik007 - $814.50 TCOOP Event #34: $700 No Limit Hold'em 8-Max Turbo Progressive Ultra-Knockout
 1,593 entrants $264,836.75 regular prize pool, $794,508.75 bounty prize pool Robin "robinho" Ylitalo - $41,801.04 + $43,454.47 in bounties marlin5555 - $37,650.83 + $25,677.47 in bounties 7DonCool7 - $25,159.44 + $29,996.35 in bounties marcasa - $18,538.53 + $2,524.90 in bounties stebn83 - $13,241.81 + $20,360.78 in bounties viktorrz - $7,945.08 + $3,140.52 in bounties DoEasyMoney - $5,696.72 + $16,902.73 in bounties hpinceli - $2,648.36 + $748.12 in bounties TCOOP Event #35: $27+R Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Turbo 1,602 entrants, 4,082 rebuys, 1,080 add-ons $166,056.20 total prize pool FrederickH. - $22,000.00 Bald Warrior - $20,853.25 caprioli - $20,000.00 Zbad - $9,963.37 Murat Yilmaz - $6,642.24 kiselevich1- $4,151.40
  13. [caption width="320" align="alignleft"] PokerStars TCOOP Begins January 21[/caption] On January 21, PokerStars launches a new season of TCOOP, or the Turbo Championship of Online Poker. This year, there's a total guarantee of $15 million. With the help of MacroPoker, 2CardsCollege analyzed the statistics of the previous three series and present the most interesting stats and number they found. TCOOP Stats We are examining the three last TCOOPs: 2013, 2014, and 2015. Year by year, the number of the unique players in the series has decreased. There were 84,000 entries in 2013 versus 73,000 in 2014 and 51,000 in 2015. There were a total of 596,446 players registered in TCOOP events during those three years. 181 players entered more than half the tournaments in the last three years. 21 players entered more than three-quarters of the tournaments. The biggest tournament of the series is typically the first one, a $27 Six-Max event. In 2014, it had 25,590 participants. This year, it has a 'Phase' format. Phases 1 and 2 are being held every day throughout January, while Phase 3 will be held on January 21. For the three series, PokerStars has collected $3.745 million in rake from TCOOP events. The guarantee of the Main Event hasn't changed; it has always been $2 million. In 2013, the Main Event had 5,060 players. In 2014, there were 4,600. In 2015, there were just 4,169. Thus far, no one has won two TCOOP tournaments in a row. Country Participation at TCOOP The number of unique players by country: Russia: 24,799 Germany: 17,107 Canada: 12,986 This distribution has remained the same for about three years, with Russia always being the leader in number of players. Fourth and fifth places are shared between the UK and the Netherlands. According to the ITM results, the top three countries are the same: Russia: 9,532 (12.67%) Germany: 8,422 (13.23%) Canada: 6,996 (13.74%) Out of the top 10 countries participating, the highest ITM belongs to Denmark. 3,997 unique players from Denmark have reached the money in 14.48% of attempts. Denmark is also in the top three countries in ROI out of the largest TCOOP participants (more than 1,000 of unique players): Slovenia: 79.96% Denmark: 40.03% Sweden: 14.31% We're mentioning the "biggest countries" because the biggest ROI was actually achieved by players from the Dominican Republic, which has a population of 74,000. Two poker players residing there have played 10 tournaments and generated an ROI of 10,228%. In second place is Cyprus with three participants, who have an ROI of 1,101%. Out of the five main countries participating in TCOOP, only one has a positive ROI: Russia: -16.51% Germany: -5.4% Canada: -12.77% UK: -6.27% Netherlands: +7.65% Individual Player Performances The only player who took part in all 150 TCOOP events for all three seasons is Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah. [caption width="660"] Mike Leah[/caption] The top three grinders: Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah: 150 tournaments Scott 'Mongy' O'Reilly: 146 tournaments Tot 'SlyderS1' Bela: 142 tournaments Scott 'Mongy' O'Reillyenters the top three in terms of ITM%. The highest ITM% among TCOOP regulars belongs to Russia's 'ImluckNuts' at 35.16%. In 91 TCOOP tournaments, he made the money in 32 of them. The top three looks like this: 'Imlucknuts': 91 tournaments, 35.16% Mario 'Pokerccini' Puccini: 118 tournaments, 21.6% Scott 'Mongy' O'Reilly: 146 tournaments, 17.53% [caption width="452"] Mario Puccini[/caption] 'CandyJohnson' has recorded the most number of final table appearances. He reached the top nine a total of five times during his 136 TCOOP tournaments played. His biggest cash in the series was a second place in a $7.50+R 3x Turbo for $51K. 'rtspurs' made four final tables and won one, an $82 PLO event for $24.7K. Eight players have made three TCOOP final tables, including top regulars TJ '1BigAceHole' Ulmerand 'Assad91'. Now let's check out the biggest money-earners. 'Nikki_Hefner' leads the way in this department, and he's a cash game player who rarely plays tournaments. He has only 114 tournaments played in his career and won the biggest TCOOP Main Event to date: 'Nikki_Hefner' (Russia): $396,615, 2015 Main Event champion 'Jeremiade' (Germany): $382,812, 2013 High Roller champion 'riversouza' (Brazil): $363,119, second place in the 2015 Main Event 'blaaesh' (Denmark): $336,341, third place in the 2014 Main Event 'frma1103' (Sweden): $326,880, 2013 Main Event champion That's all, folks. After the January series, we'll write a more detailed report on the 2016 TCOOP. Check out 2CardsCollege pro poker training.
  14. [caption width="450"] Dinesh ‘NastyMinder’ Alt took down the PokerStars TCOOP Main Event Sunday[/caption] Only five tournaments remained in the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Pokeron Sunday, including the much-anticipated $700 buy-in Main Event. After navigating a field of 4,077 players in more than five hours of play, Switzerland’s Dinesh ‘NastyMinder’ Alt emerged victorious, taking a record-breaking Main Event prize of $396,691. The day’s schedule kicked off with a $109 No Limit Hold‘em Eight-Max event, which gave players a chance to make one rebuy and one add-on. In total, 1,194 entrants bought into the tournament and made 710 rebuys and 513 add-ons, creating a prize pool that barely missed its $250,000 guarantee. After nearly four hours of play, the final table was set, with ‘Large Coffee’ starting with a nearly 700,000 chip lead. The UK grinder stayed in the dominant position to the end and took out Denmark’s Frederik ‘Fred_Brink’ Jensen to win the title and the $45,000 first place prize. Event #46, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Ultra-Deep Turbo, was up next, and drew 3,364 runners, each of whom started with a generous 50,000-chip stack. After five long hours, the final table came into focus, with Polish grinder ‘Sick Pastorr’ sitting behind the biggest stack. In heads-up play, the Pole made quick work of his final opponent, winning the title and a $105,630 payday. 805 players paid the $2,100 entry fee to take a shot at Event #47, TCOOP’s No Limit Hold‘em High-Roller tournament. When the smoke cleared, poker pro Grayson ‘gray31’ Ramage held all the chips and took home the $213,867 first place prize. The win was Ramage’s second COOP victory, his first coming in the 2014 WCOOP Challenge Series. Just 320 runners entered the $530 buy-in Eight-Game Turbo event, with the top 42 places taking a slice of the $160,000 prize pool. Switzerland’s ‘bambelbi3510’ bested the relatively small field and dispatched his heads-up opponent, ‘Sputnick_PT’ of the UK, to win the $33,600 first-place payout. After nine days of accelerated play and millions of dollars being awarded to the series’ winners, the TCOOP Main Event finally got underway. 4,077 entrants paid the $700 buy-in and created a TCOOP Main Event record prize pool of $2,711,205. At the final table, Swedish player ‘KungKroon’ enjoyed a healthy lead, starting with a six million-chip advantage over his next closest opponent. With 500K/1M blinds threatening to wipe out even the biggest stacks, players began to discuss a deal early, but could not come to an agreement. It was only after the table was whittled down to two players that a deal was agreed upon. Switzerland’s Dinesh ‘NastyMinder’ Alt held just a small chip lead over ‘KungKroon’ and agreed on a deal that would give him $356,691, ‘KungKroon’ $346,181, and leave $40,000 for the winner. Only eight hands into heads-up play, ‘KungKroon’ shoved all in pre-flop from the button with Qs5s and was called by his opponent, who held AhJh. The Kd2d4c8d6h board brought absolutely no help for ‘KungKroon’ and gave Alt the Main Event title and $396,691 first-place prize. Alt has had a stellar series, cashing in a total of seven events and coming just short of winning the $215 buy-in Event #11. His Main Event victory propelled him into sixth place on the TCOOP 2016 Leaderboard with 260 points. Czech Republic’s ‘Zagalo87’ claimed the top spot with 310 points and was followed by ‘TedyKGB88’ of the UK and ‘DJeka[MD]’ of Moldova. With the Main Event finished, players had just one more chance to win a title. Event #50 was a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo Deep Stack tournament, which drew 2,247 runners looking to pocket the largest share of the $1 million prize pool. Team PokerStars pro Aditya ‘Adi Agarwal’ Agarwal bested the field and banked the $160,000 first-place prize, with 'RamsGold' of Costa Rica taking the $120,000 runner-up award. TCOOP Event #45: $109 No Limit Hold‘em Eight Max Turbo 1R1A 1,194 entrants (710 rebuys, 513 add-ons), $250,000 prize pool Large Coffee $45,000 Frederik ‘Fred_Brink’ Jensen $32,500 MikeyGG3 $25,000 LeoRai $18,525 shogunAA $12,500 MaTitheone $7,500 utvekklo2 $5,000 irishkajungl $3,125 TCOOP Event #46: $215 No Limit Hold‘em Turbo Ultra-Deep 3,364 entrants, $672,800 prize pool Sick Pastorr $105,630.29 cubanirris $78,717.60 heavenwalker $55,855.85 V.bl0m $38,686 JJ@mess $28,930.40 1mates1 $22,202.40 panda_zhang9 $15,474.40 guitarpiano $8,746.40 Senterpied $5,382.40 TCOOP Event #47: $2,100 No Limit Hold‘em Turbo High-Roller 805 entrants, $1,610,000 prize pool Grayson ‘gray31’ Ramage $213,867.23 Alex ‘steakaddict.’ Papazian 213,052.03 Mark ‘RenRad 01’ Darner $180,925.29 Rafael ‘GM_VALTER’ Moraes $167,370.45 Pimmss $82,915 TMoney0209 $66,815 ex6tenceLV $50,715 ILIOS72 $35,581 PureCash25 $20,608 TCOOP Event #48: $530 8-Game Turbo 320 entrants, $160,000 prize pool bambelbi3510 $33,600 Sputnick_PT $24,480 Julian ‘jutrack’ Track $18,400 PokerStars Team Online Naoya ‘nkeyno’ Kihara $12,800 aramesko $9,600 zzwwzzwwzz $6,400 TCOOP Event #49: $700 No limit Hold‘em Main Event 4,077 entrants, $2,711,205 prize pool Dinesh ‘NastyMinder’ Alt $396,691.43 KungKroon $346,181.46 gringenkov $223,674.41 marcasa $155,894.28 Makuherra $115,226.21 anthonyff $88,114.16 IMFICKLE $61,002.11 RSRMCA $33,890.06 Petr ‘Hurloon’ Jaros $21,689.64 TCOOP Event #50: $215 No Limit Hold‘em Wrap-Up Hyper-Turbo Deep 1R1A 2,247 entrants (1,041 rebuys, 1,295 add-ons), $1,000,000 prize pool Aditya ‘Adi Agarwal’ Agarwal $160,000 RamsGold $120,000 Propheus7 $90,000 C. Darwin2 $62,000 BlackCat-IL $45,000 AnyGameSir $35,000 Martin ‘M.nosbocaJ’ Jacobson $25,000 Lundisgsund $17,000 Pro1612 $9,500
  15. There was plenty of action on Day 5 of the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, with all four scheduled tournaments easily surpassing their guarantees, three of them by nearly double. Grinders from Brazil, Malta, the Netherlands and Switzerland all claimed TCOOP titles, with PocketFiver Thiago 'Thi_cortes' Cortes taking home the biggest score of the day, nearly $65,000, for his win in the $215 No Limit Hold'em Six Max Hyper-Turbo 10-Stack event. The action resumed yesterday with Event #20, an $82 buy-in Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Turbo played six-handed. The tournament drew 372 entrants who made 695 rebuys and 230 add-ons, bumping the prize pool up to $97,275 and eclipsing its original $50,000 guarantee. After just under 2.5 hours of play, the money bubble burst, with the 48 remaining players guaranteed a slice of the prize pool. Half an hour later the final table was set, and featured players from six different countries, including Japanese Team PokerStars Pro Naoya ‘nkeyno’ Kihara. After third place finisher ‘GiBobH/L’ hit the rail, the two final players, ‘flexmasterNL’ of the Netherlands, and Brazil’s ‘CavaloOoOo’, worked out a deal which would leave $1,000 left up for grabs. A few hands later, ‘flexmasterNL’ emerged victorious and claimed his first TCOOP title along with $18,518 in winnings. Event #21 was a $27 No Limit Hold'em Four Max Zoom tournament featuring Progressive Super-Knockouts. The smaller buy-in resulted in a large 6,873 field, with $84,537 going to the regular prize pool and $84,194 earmarked for bounties. The $168,732 pot easily beat the $100,000 planned guarantee. In less than four hours, the tournament had already played down to the final table. A short time later, the remaining three players worked out a deal which would leave $6,805 for ‘nickus_poker’, $5,307 for ‘PaiKekai’, and $4,248 to ‘TeaDrinker77’, along with an extra $2,000 for first place. Even though he started with the smallest final table stack, ‘TeaDrinker77’ claimed victory and walked away with $6,248 + $1,884 in bounties, for a total score of $8,132. The third event of the day was a Fixed Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight Max Turbo, featuring levels just five minutes long. A total of 728 runners tried their hand at the tournament, generating a $54,600 prize that dwarfed the original $25,000 guarantee. After 2.5 hours of play, the 96 remaining players were in the money, with the top spot promising $10,237. An hour later, the final table was set and included two-time COOP winner ‘Ulett_23’, past SCOOP champion Thomas ‘sandman201’ Tyler, and past SCOOP and WCOOP finalist ‘sleepy_seven’. Ultimately, ‘Ulett_23’ would finish in fourth and ‘sandman201’ in third, leaving Switzerland’s ‘7HE__D__ASH’ to battle with Holland’s ‘juicy joy’ for the title. The two players quickly agreed on a deal and left $500 on the table for the winner. Just two hands later, action would come to a close after ‘7HE__D__ASH’ scooped a pot with a straight and a 6-5 low, giving him the victory and a $9,078 payout. The last TCOOP event of the day was a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold'em 10-Stack Hyper-Turbo played six-handed. The tournament smashed its $200,000 guarantee with a total prize pool of $428,134, generated by its 2,031 entrants. With levels just three minutes long, the event played down to the final table in just over two hours. As the action resumed, Brazil’s ‘Thi_cortes’ benefited from a nearly 8 million chip lead over his closest competitor. The chip advantage would be enough to defeat Moldovan player ‘DJeka[MD]’ heads up and win the $64,604 top prize. Here are the full final table results: TCOOP Event #20: $82+R Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Six Max Turbo 372 entrants (695 rebuys, 230 add-ons), $97,275 prize pool flexmasterNL - $18,518.12 CavaloOoOo - $16,004.61 GiBobH/L - $10,943.43 Naoya ‘nkeyno’ Kihara - $7,538.81 pappadogg - $5,593.31 raconteur - $3,647.81 TCOOP Event #21: $27 No Limit Hold'em Four Max Zoom Progressive Super-KO 6,873 entrants, $168,732.15 prize pool ($84,537.90 regular prize pool; $84,194.25 bounty prize pool) TeaDrinker77 - $6,248.95 + $1,884.34 (bounties) nickus_poker - $6,805.85 + $1,673.75 (bounties) PaiKekai - $5,307.22 + $676.53 (bounties) M Cunha G - $2,019.61 + $525.57 (bounties) Theo55CY - $1,278.21 + $605.74 (bounties) TCOOP Event #22: $82 Fixed Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight Max Turbo 728 entrants, $54,600 prize pool 7HE__D__ASH - $9,078.53 juicy joy - $8,529.97 Thomas ‘sandman201’ Tyler - $5,460.00 Ulett_23 - $4,095.00 sleepy_seven - $2,730.00 glennerz - $1,911.00 LillyPutina - $1,228.50 BraunerBär - $819.00 TCOOP Event #23: $215 No Limit Hold'em Six Max Hyper-Turbo 10-Stack 2,031 entrants, $428,134.80 Thiago 'Thi_cortes' Cortes - $64,604.86 DJeka[MD] - $55,133.45 steve3331 - $37,461.79 FragdenInder - $24,617.75 Ce$ar$pa - $16,055.05 guix2x - $9,033.64
  16. [CAPTION=98%]Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano was one of the biggest winners on the final day of TCOOP (PokerStars photo)[/CAPTION] The final day of the 2017PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker included eight tournaments, two Main Events and 11 different players walking away with six-figure scores. The first six-figure cash went to Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano. Beating out 569 entries in the $3,000 High Roller event, Zamorano earned $287,060.33 for the second largest cash of his online career. He won just over $700,000 for taking down the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker High Roller in 2014. 'bodamos', who was the biggest loser in online cash games in 2016, finished second for $210,414.03. 2015 WCOOP Main Event winner, 'Coenaldinho7' of Belgium, finished in third for $154,232.98. The biggest winner on the day though was Costa Rica-based Maxwell 'maxv2' Ludwig, who beat out 3,582 other entries to the win the TCOOP Main Event for $489,075.72. His previous biggest score came in 2013 when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $86,876. Finnish grinder 'Timonpoika' finished runner-up for $351,648.23. Three other players, Russian 'v0vapr0', Malta-based 'danh's89' and German 'cube.com' all earned more than $100,000 for their finish. The final big score on Sunday went to Slovakian '99_shark_94' after winning Event #65, the $700 Six Max Ultra Deep NLHE eent for $154,415.95. The last Russian player to hold down the #1 ranking on PocketFives,Arten 'veeea' Vezhenkov, finished runner-up to barely squeak into the six-figure club with a $100,936.90 score. Two Canadian players managed to find the top spot on the podium on Sunday. Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron beat out 1,559 players in Event #59, $215 Ultra Deep NLHE, to win $47,627.34. He beat out Columbia-based 'hery_J7s' for the title. Meanwhile '1tuffcall' topped the largest field of the day, 14,003, Event #62, $27 NLHE, to win $81,906.84 after a three-way chop with 'MD IACONI' and Grezi. Also at that final table was former #1-ranked Ari Engel. Other winners on Sunday included 'gregor7878', 'posetuta' and 'ihaterivers'. Event #59: $215 Ultra Deep No Limit Hold'Em Entries: 1,559 Prize pool: $311,800 Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron - $47,627.34 hery_J7s - $34,562.34 LeCat2305 - $25,081.90 yayo8422 - $18,201.91 Kashmir_uzi - $13,209.12 Cavalli21 - $9,585.85 quiditbear (Belgium) $6,956.44 pcayobh - $5,048.29 Robi.gool - $3,663.55 Event #60: $700 Eight Game Mix Total entries: 167 Prize pool: $111,055 gregor7878 - $22,225.19 GuyACampbell - $16,703.01 Rodrigo 'caprioli' Caprioli - $12,552.94 Murrrr_@T - $9,434.01 chess87 - $7,090.01 otitov - $5,328.41 Event #61: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller Entries: 569 (470 players + 99 re-entires) Prize pool: $1,625,712.66 Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano - $287,060.33 bodamos - $210,414.03 Coenaldinho7 - $154,232.98 Kranshan - $113,052.38 LAP1293 - $82,866.96 ceremore - $60,741.33 Aufangzeb - $44,523.23 Matthew 'mjw006' Wakeman - $32,635.36 Event #62: $27 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 14,003 Prize pool: $1,048,309.55 1tuffcall - $81,906.84* MD IACONI - $75,567.62* Grezi - $63,792.21* chipkeeper13 - $36,080.29 omahahaha88 - $25,719.43 IVIegahit - $18,333.78 BodogAri - $13,069.06 gschge888 - $13,069.06 Mcrizel - $6,641.04 *denotes three-way dela Event #63: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entries: 3,583 (3,053 entries + 530 re-entries) Prize pool: $3,412,377.54 Maxwell 'maxv2' Ludwig - $489,075.72 Timonpoika - $351,648.23 v0vapr0 - $252,837.72 danh's89 - $181,792.36 cube.com - $130,710.43 AzEsmTzar - $93,981.65 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $67,573.60 Cinguzis - $48,585.77 Álvaro 'Varosky' Santamaría - $34,933.53 Event #63 Low: $27 No Limit Hold'em Main Event (Low Stakes Version) Total entries: 23,662 (18,995 entries, 4,667 re-entries) Prize pool: $580,902.10 posetuta - $52,367.61* Doktor Dose - $36,093.93* Zanetti89 - $44,318.97* PornoBaron - $22,070.50 nik81101 - $15,868.85 pl_pistolero - $11,409.84 M Cunha G - $8,203.73 caio_rppp - $5,898.53 TummerDK - $4,241.10 Event #64: $11 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Big Splash Entries: 7,351 (22,110 rebuys + 3,200 add-ons) Prize Pool: $326,610 Places Paid: 1,031 ihaterivers - $45,768.91* Eyal_A - $22,675.62* staanemer - $26,499.73* Epukk - $12,096.91 Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland - $7,729.25 ProudWalker - $4,938.57 *denotes three-way deal Event #65: $700 Six Max Ultra Deep No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,521 (1,145 players + 376 re-entries) Prize pool: $1,014,005.07 99_shark_94 - $154,415.95 Arten 'veeea' Vezhenkov - $100,936.90 ramastar88 - $65,979.58 kissyingui - $43,128.98 Rebel FishAK - $28,192.18 Brian 'brianm15' England - $18,428.42
  17. [caption width="640"] Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck added a Turbo Championshiop of Online Poker title to his WCOOP Main Event win on Thursday (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Almost four months to the day after winning the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck won himself another COOP title, this time of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker variety. Lauck won Event #46, a $700 No Limit Hold'em with bounties, for $62,385.72 and an additional $27,202.71 in bounties. The final table included Durair 'Duraircwb' do Rosario Netto, Rasmus Agerskov 'RasA86' Larsen, Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky and eventual runner-up 'cube.com'. Lauck was one of four PocketFivers to win TCOOP titles in Thursday's five events. After losing the #1-ranking after just a week, Sweden's 'Lena900' might just be making a return to the top of the PocketFives Rankings after winning a TCOOP event of his own on Thursday. 'Lena900' beat out 4,580 other players to win the $11 Six Max NLHE Splash event for $27,439.61. Jianu 'diw.2303' Claudiu finished runner-up for $17,934.77. Diego 'diego_1901' Yonashiro became the first player from Peru to win a 2017 TCOOP title when he beat out 1,659 other entries to win Event #43, $82 Six Max No Limit Omaha, for $9,452.37 plus an additional $4,571.30 in bounties. Hungary's 'Zsipali' finished second. 'BigBluffByTJ' of Poland earned $9,423.27 for winning Event #45, $82 Razz. The event drew 738 players to create a $55,30 prize pool. German's 'pantau77' finished one spot behind 'BigBluffByTJ. The final table featured three Russian players. 'vitja1234' finished fourth, 'NeilUhta' finished fifth and 'Petrovich91' came in seventh place. Event #47, a $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, was the last event to finish on the night but that was just fine for German 'Thomas823'. He ended up outlasting the 2,941-player field to win $10,881.20, his first 'COOP title and in the process denied 'bokkie870', who won Event #28 earlier this week, a second 2017 TCOOP title. Event #43: $82 Six Max No Limit Omaha (Progressive KO - 50%) Entries: 1,660 (1,112 + 548 re-entries) Prize pool: $124,500 ($62,250 + $62,250 in bounties) Diego 'diego_1901' Yonashiro - $9,452.37 (+ $4,571.30 in bounties) Zsipali - $6,178.20 (+ $1,364.55 in bounties) Charlottewbb - $4,038.51 (+ $2,050.67 in bounties) DroNNer - $2,639.86 (+ $112.50 in bounties) sheikki - $1,127.97 (+ $128.90 in bounties) Kolmetkunkut - $1,127.97 (+ $549.56 in bounties) Event #44: $11 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Splash w/rebuys Entries: 4,580 (12,321 re-buys + 2,351 add-ons) Prize pool: $192,520 Lena900 - $27,439.61 diw.2303 - $17,934.77 ABORDAGE - $11,723.44 PALbICH - $7,663.25 Serebity_p - $5,009.25 DeamCatchERS - $3,274.39 Event #45: $82 Razz Entries: 738 Prize pool: $55,350.00 BigBluffByTJ - $9,423.27 pantau77 - $6,838.11 K123K - $4,962.42 vitja1234 - $3,601.22 NeilUhta - $2,613.41 NihaoTuhao - $1,896.55 Petrovich91 - $1,376.32 GARST0NS - $998.80 Event #46: $700 No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO - 50%) Entries: 1,191 Prize pool: $792,015 ($396,007.50 + $396,007.50 in bounties) Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck - $62,385.72 + $27,202.71 cube.com - $45,272.96 + $18,387.98 bounties Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky - $32,854.60 + $7,722.74 bounties Rasmus Agerskov 'RasA86' Larsen - $23,842.58 + $7,711.05 bounties M@gic_master - $17,302.55 + $3,324.98 bounties 88maca88 - $12,556.48 + $1,496.24 bounties Durair 'Duraircwb' do Rosario Netto - $9,112.25 + $8,563.09 bounties Penelas08 - $6,612.73 + $11,198.39 bounties Event #47: $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 2,941 Prize pool: $75,000 Thomas823 - $10,881.20 bokkie87 - $7,111.62 MarkHazard74 - $4,648.68 Muka82 - $3,038.71 777toome - $1,986.33 Zanos_Goda - $1,298.40
  18. [CAPTION=98%]Marcella ‘MenininhaMah’ Camargo added a PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker title to her growing collections of victories on Monday.[/CAPTION] The Brazilians claimed another title on Day 6 of play at the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, while players from the Netherlands, UK, Canada and Bulgaria celebrated victories of their own. With an advertised guarantee of just $25,000, expectations were muted for the $82 buy-in, Pot Limit Five card Omaha Six Max event. But with 544 players making 387 re-entries, the prize pool swelled to nearly triple that amount. Netherlands’ ‘bokkie87’, who took third in a TCOOP PLO event in 2014, navigated the field expertly and found himself heads-up with Germany’s ‘hmduisburg’ for the title. After agreeing to a deal which set aside $1,396 extra for the winner, bokkie87 dispatched his opponent, pocketing $11,396 and becoming the first TCOOP champ of the day. Whoever decided on the format of Event #29 was seemingly trying to create one of the most chaotic tournament experiences possible. The $82 No Limit Hold‘em event was played as a three-handed Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO – a unique twist on your average tournament. Throughout it all, UK’s ‘smurf0’ was able to keep his cool and rode a small final table starting stack to victory after beating out Vietnam’s ‘nana9192’ heads-up. For his efforts, smurf0 took home over $18,000 in prizes and bounties, while his opponent walked away with nearly $14,000. Three players at the final table of the $82 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight Max event were gunning for the second COOP victory of their poker careers, but it was Canada’s ‘The Cooker’ who would eventually achieve the feat. According to the heads-up deal struck between the Canadian and his Ukrainian final opponent, ‘Exzik’, The Cooker walked away with a $9,759 score. Russia was strongly represented at the final table as well, taking the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth place spots. Event #31, a $215 No Limit Hold‘em tournament, cranked up the already feverish pace of gameplay even higher, with a blazing Hyper Turbo, Six Max format. Brazil came close to securing another TCOOP title, but came up short after its two players, ‘Caz_Carneiro’ and ‘leo_nuts_dno’, were defeated in second and fifth places respectively. Bulgaria’s ‘AstraLito’ outlasted his 1,608 competitors to claim victory, walking away with $35,053 of the $329,254 total prize pool. The Brazilians were back on top in the final event of the day, the $27 No Limit Hold‘em Win the Button, Progressive KO. At the final table was Romanian pro Luciana ‘luckyno75’ Manolea, who battled her way into the third place slot, and her compatriot, ‘p.A.v magic’, who took second. When all was said and done, Brazilian Marcella ‘MenininhaMah’ Camargo came out on top, winning the title and over $13,000 in prizes in bounties. Event #28 - $82 Six Max Pot Limit Five card Omaha Entries: 931 bokkie87 $11,396.00* hmduisburg $7,543.67* x3rces $4,893.99 shrekpoker91 Alexander ‘utvekklo2’ Ceder $2,091.35 Sergettt $1,367.13 *Denotes a two-way deal Event #29 - $82 Three Max No Limit Hold’em (Progressive KO 50%) Entries: 2,839 smurf0 $14,118.62* + $4,132.31 in bounties nana9192 $10,799.24* + $3,143.26 in bounties Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa $5,265.44 + $818.48 in bounties * denotes a two-way deal Event #30 - $82 Eight Max Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 845 The Cooker $9,759.76* Exzik $8,620.53* skilly $5,609.04 krakura $4,070.48 Creatiff111 $2,953.94 all191291in $2,143.67 ftgiants $1,555.66 verbena777 $1,128.94 *Denotes a two-way deal Event #31 - $215 No Limit Hold‘em (Six Max, Hyper Turbo, Ten Stack) Entries: 1,608 AstraLito $35,053.36* Caz_Carneiro $24,372.81* 7HE__D__ASH $24,512.86* slaman1337 $19,530.68* leo_nuts_dno $16,956.89* wyte123 $12,660.47* * Denotes a six-way deal Event #32 - $27 No Limit Hold‘em (Win the Button, Bubble Rush, Progressive KO 75%) Entries: 8,675 MenininhaMah $7,478.00 + $5,607.92 p.A.v magic $5,171.66 + $2,582.77 Luciana ‘luckyno75’ Manolea $3,579.20 + $2,755.60 skjul1 $2,477.09 + $1,084.01 Slava1961 $1,714.34 + $299.40 MrPingo $1,186.46 + $720.54 Wall131TCI-I $821.13 + $1,335.28 Hossa205 $568.29 + $1,471.22 timmy.KS $393.30 + $119.61
  19. [caption width="640"] João Simão grabbed himself a Turbo Championship of Online Poker title on Friday[/caption] 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 MarkBang $5,604.67 BoKoPoR $3,923.40 poliandrs $2,746.59 Mayu ‘marroca5’ Roca $1,922.75 ZG-TILT $1,346.03 VIWNIA $942.29 Event #49 - $215 Six Max No Limit Hold‘em Entries: 1,270 Prize pool: $254,000 alexMFNb $25,642.61* -Open$hove- $25,288.34* Sajanas171 $20,157.61* Ryan ‘i need sheet’ Yu $22,803.67* Roman8834444 $7,262.87 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 pistecaloze $17,264.42 + 8,085.89 in bounties Makuherra $12,654.40 + $1,824.99 in bounties 1stefanos1 + $2,404.29 in bounties B1GF1SH89 + $1,146.87 in bounties Craton76 $4,983.56 + $2,464.84 in bounties jdtjpoker $3,653.00 + $2,018.74 in bounties 17neffetS_BR $2,677.63 + $1,451.56 in bounties NeedBeat $1,962.70 + $2,353.90 in bounties jnfpoker $1,438.66 + $1,548.82 in bounties Event #51 - $82 Six Max Limit Hold‘em Entries: 910 Prize pool: $68,250 Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao $11,381.63 AA-Clown $7,589.08 lasynia555 $5,060.62 Rob 'batoelrob' Hollink $3,374.58 daisymiyuki $2,250.27 tunnny $1,500.54 Event #52 - $700 No Limit Hold‘em (Progressive KO 33%) Entries: 846 Prize pool: $690,934 Timonpoika *$70,490.25 + $9,195.99 Zufall84 *$60,474.95 + $12,905.82 krakukra $40,603.31 + $2,365.56 uknowProsky* $29,762.12 + $12,650.40 Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck $21,815.50 + $6,300.08 Kley $15,990.69 + $5,261.04 greeny2610 $11,721.11 + $6,241.20 kawachi1984 $8,591.52 + $3,456.56 apr27 $6,297.54 + $1,565.50 *Denotes a two-way deal
  20. [caption width="640"] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah added a TCOOP title to his previous WCOOP and SCOOP wins (WPT photo)[/caption] Over the course of his impressive career, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah has won a couple of World Championship of Online Poker events and another couple of Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. But prior to Wednesday, the Canadian grinder had never managed to win a Turbo Championship of Online Poker title. Leah bested a field of 503 to win the $82 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and $6,707.46. The final table inlcuded current world #2 'lena900', Mikal 'mikal12345' Blomlie and eventual runner-up Alm 'Chillolini' Wilson. After winning the event, Leah took to Twitter to celebrate. Leah wasn't the only World Series of Poker bracelet winner to take down a TCOOP event on Wednesday though. In the very next event Ryan 'PROTENTIALmn' LaPlante beat out 904 other players over the course of five tables to win Event #39, the $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout. The final table for LaPlante included #1-ranked Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez and Carlos 'Poeira4' Branco. LaPlante's win, which comes seven months after he won his WSOP bracelet, was worth just over $20,000 when you take into account bounties won along the way. Lebanese poker pro 'abeainy' had the single biggest score of the day after taking down Event #40, $700 Six Max Pot Limit, for $41,250.10 after chopping heads-up with Russia's 'nafnaf_funny' after the pair outlasted 342 other players. 'nafnaf_funny' eanred $33,060.83 for finishing second. Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion earned $16,162.92 for a fourth place finish while Canada's Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan pocketed $8,393.82 for finishing sixth. British pro 'Jmm256' beat out the biggest field of the day in Event #41, $82 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes, to grab $31,264.25. The event attracted a field of 4,488 entries pushing the total prize pool to $336,600. 'Jmm256' took down the event after the final five players agreed to a chip chop. Runner-up 'PokinStaR' ended up with $33,790.37 for his efforts. The final event of the day was the $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and drew out 1,516 players with Dutch pro 'rodajc90' winning $15,095.71 after agreeing to a four-way chop with 'CupiRuleZ', 'The Milch666' and 'kasein'. Event #38: $82 No Limit Deuce to Seven Entries: 503 (353 entries + 150 re-entries) Prize pool: $37,725 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $6,707.46 Alm 'Chillolini' Wilson - $4,826.15 MrMaximize - $3,472.75 Lena900 - $2,498.88 Chief0r - $1,798.12 Mikal 'mikal12345' Blomlie - $1,293.87 Kashmir_uzi - $931.03 Event #39: $215 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Shootout (Progressive KO - 50%) Entries: 905 Prize pool: $181,000 ($90,500 + $90,500 in bounties) Ryan 'PROTENTIALmn' LaPlante - $14,480 + $11,113 in bounties sincinaty118 - $10,860 + $2,867.93 in bounties batmanuga01 - $8,145 + $2,382.79 in bounties Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez - $5,430 + $3,087.09 in bounties Carlos 'Poeira4' Branco - $3,620 + $1,692.57 in bounties SuperdupaMAN - $2,244.40 + $2,288.27 in bounties Event #40: $700 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 344 Total prize pool: $228,760.00 abeainy - $41,250.10* nafnaf_funny - $33,060.83* BlackFortuna - $22,428.52 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $16,162.92 will n. los - $11,647.65 Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan - $8,393.82 *denotes heads-up deal Event #41: $82 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes Entries: 4,488 Prize Pool: $336,600 Jmm256 - $31,264.25* PokinStaR - $33,790.37* jimbarbas - $28,076.24* Lachsvegas - $23,817.20* enibas888 - $17,961.19* FDBtazz - $8,484.91 twirlpro - $5,999.72 ShipitFTW911 - $4,242.40 aless_84 - $2,999.81 *denotes five-way deal Event #42: $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Total entries: 1,516 Prize pool: $150,000.00 rodajc90 - $15,095.71* CupiRuleZ - $10,998.05* The Milch666 - $9,191.66* kasein - $13,754.26* D_T_G_7777 - $3,504.48 DoItForBella - $2,231.52
  21. [CAPTION=98%] Anybody following the first seven days of action from the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker action will probably be somewhat surprised to learn that Brazilian players failed to win a TCOOP title on Tuesday - but they came as close as they could. Through the first four events on the Tuesday schedule, there had only been one Brazilian player at a final table. Gustavo ‘22ehnutzz’ Mastelotto outlasted 1,636 other players in Event #33, $27+R/A No Limit Hold’em Little Splash, before busting out in fifth place. The event was won by British grinder ‘PoluKalos’ for $20,044.30 after agreeing to a heads-up chop with ‘BuckFitchez’ that left $2,815 to play for. Having sent the previous six players to the rail, it seemed only fitting that ‘PoluKalos’ finished things off and eliminated ‘BuckFitchez’ in second place after just a few minutes of heads-up play. It was almost back-to-back wins for players from the United Kingdom as Event #34, $82 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo with bounties, came down to Austria’s ‘Leukotape’ and the UK’s Jack ’MrMTucker’ Allison. Thanks to the turbo format, the final two players didn’t play too long to decide a winner with ‘Leukotape’ collecting the final bounty by eliminating ‘MrMTucker’ in second to win $6,122.49 and the first ‘COOP title of his career. Former #1-ranked Andreas ‘mrAndreeew’ Berggren also made the final table, finishing seventh for $894.16. Brazilian’s may have been held off of the winner’s podium on Tuesday, but the other country dominating 2017 TCOOP wasn’t. Sweden’s ‘K123K’ beat out 646 other players in Event #35, $82 Seven Card Stud, to win $8,470.13. Dainius ‘Dainiux’ Antanaitis finished runner-up for $6,146.45. Event #36, the biggest buy-in event of the day at $700, came down to three players agreeing to an ICM chop, leaving $12,182.80 on the table along with the title. After taking the chip leader’s share of the chop, Hungary’s ‘gzp74’ eliminated ‘pistecaloze’ in third place and ‘LA KOVE’ in second to grab the title and a total of $85,497.01. After being shut out from the first four events, the Brazil’s made a strong charge in Event #37, the $320 No Limit Hold'em Fat Tuesday Special Edition. Luiz ‘AcePheres’ Feres, who finished third in Event #3 for $26,382, and Guilerme Ksyvickis ‘’GuiKsy07’ Bordao, both represented the South American nation at this final table. Bordao was eliminated in sixth but Feres managed to make it to heads-up with ‘luismi1912’. The pair agreed to a chop based on chip counts and played heads-up for $12,612 and the title. Feres wasn’t able to overcome ‘luismi1912’ and was eventually eliminated in second place for $72,869.71 while ‘luismi1912’ ended up with the title and $89,640.39. Event #33: $27+R/A No Limit Hold'em (Little Splash) 
Entries: 1,640 (3,088 re-buys + 1,005 add-ons) 
Prize pool: $140,745.15
 PoluKalos - $20,444.30*
 BuckFitchez - $16,545.63*
 zen_mec - $11,287.94 
fricirics - $8,191.64
 Gustavo ‘22ehnutzz’ Mastelotto - $5,944.68 
LuckyPanch75 - $4,314.04 
grindanugets - $3,130.70 
Mikal ‘mikal12345 Blomlie - $2,271.95 * Heads-up deal Event #34: $82 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo (Progressive KO - 50%) 
Entries: 993 
Prize pool: $74,475 ($37,237.50 + $37,237.50 in bounties) 
 Leukotape - $6,122.49 + $2,765.78 in bounties 
MrMTucker - $4,442.54 + $2,316.79 bounties
 magesblood - $3,223.95 + $727.09 in bounties 
The TJS - $2,339.62 + $1,667.18 in bounties
 S3d3m2 - $1,697.86 + $199.20 in bounties
 Van Bijnen - $1,232.14 + $625.74 in bounties 
Andreas ‘mrAndreeew’ Berggren - $894.16 + $440.00 in bounties 
zaadar72 - $648.99 + $934.50 in bounties Event #35: $82 Seven Card Stud
 Entries: 647 
 Prize pool: $48,525 
K123K - $8,470.13 Dainius ‘Dainiux’ Antanaitis - $6,146.45
 JoeGall - $4,460.48
 Stroynowski - $3,236.97 
dorschcharli - $2,349.07 
Antti1996 - $1,704.71 
lexdodge - $1,237.11
 Craz-e99 - $897.77 Event #36: $700 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Ultra-Deep Entries: 916
Prize Pool: $609,140 
 gzp74 - $85,497.01*
 LA KOVE - $69,369.93*
 pistecaloze - $71,404.08*
 Fahredin ‘FeriBo’ Mustafov - $38,394.09 
Billy ‘b8chatz’ Chattaway - $27,862.61
 anteen - $20,219.91 
wazawskiHH - $14,673.57 
abhinaviy550 - $10,648.61 Event #37: $320 No Limit Hold'em Fat Tuesday Special Edition
 Total entries: 2,102 (1,520 entries; 582 re-entries)
 Prize pool: $630,600.00 
Places paid: 260 luismi1912 - $89,640.39* 
 Luiz ‘AcePheres’ Feres - $72,869.71* 
 zwwzzwwzz - $49,593.85 
ThaSquirrel - $35,990.29 
 Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero - $26,118.19 
Guilerme Ksyvickis ‘’GuiKsy07’ Bordao - $18,953.94 
needdollarz - $13,754.89 
weekesy333 - $9,981.9 5
wiper222 - $7,243.89
  22. [caption width="640"] Thomas ‘WushuTM’ Muhlocker won a TCOOP title the same week he won an Aussie Millions prelim event (Photo c/o Crown)[/caption] 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 girafganger7 $83,049.76* pilsuhng $67,500.37* Miguel ‘Gandalf MR’ Riera $47,272.87 ramastar88 $34,931.75 Anaras ‘Elektrikas’ Alekberovas $25,812.40 blackDonii $19,073.74 Ryan ‘newguy89’ McEathron $14,094.32 JGagMan $10,414.84 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 Dmitry1967 $33,943.44 yarik1903 $23,486.47 Rodrigo 'caprioli' Caprioli $16,254.48 M.jess.F $11,249.38 elayu23 $7,785.44 Reynevanck $5,388.14 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara $3,729.03 Moexxxx $2,590.77 Event #19 - $82 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 5,167 Prize pool: $387,525 Thomas 'WushuTM' Muhlocker - $47,950.05* Eagle2319 - $38,569.37* Ringelsdorf - $35,191.36* Spider91_PL - $19,496.11 dh7889 - $13,785.81 hopelst757 - $9,748.03 EL GRAN TORO - $6,892.90 tako1010 - $4,874.01 andyfivefing - $3,446.61 * Denotes a three-way deal Event #20 - $82 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 799 Prize pool: $62,401 thehushpuppy - $10,592.44 Geraldo Cesar ‘GeraldoCesar’ Neto - $7,090.07 fronk_donk - $4,745.86 LucasBenetti - $3,176.73 4Kings_Hit - $2,126.40 goa1908 - $1,423.34
  23. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is the #3 player in the Worldwide Rankings and #1 overall in his adopted country of Malta. The island off the coast of Europe is home to other poker players who call the former European Poker Tour stop their home away from home. The mixed bag of cultures makes for an eclectic top 10. van Zadelhoff owns a gargantuan 9,068 PLB points. Ever since winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event in September, van Zadelhoff has remained a constant presence among the top of all rankings. Between December 22-29, van Zadelhoff was the #1 ranked player in the world for the first time in his career. There is a substantial drop off between van Zadelhoff and second place players ‘neverfoldQ5.’ This player reached their all-time high ranking of #64 in the world a few weeks ago and is the current #66. ‘neverfoldq5’ earned 200 PLB points on January 19 for capturing the $40,000 guaranteed Uppercut title on partypoker. Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede starts the string of four consecutive players in the 4,000 point range. de Goede is a Dutchman like van Zadelhoff and claimed an all-time high ranking of #25 in 2016. At the start of 2018, de Goede climbed over $3 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Former worldwide #2 Bjorn ‘kleath’ Kleathersson is in at #4. An American poker refugee from the post-Black Friday world, Kleathersson is #19 all-time in winnings with $8.277 million. Kleathersson finished second in both a TCOOP and SCOOP event in 2017. Malta is home to a ‘ZeelandBoy.’ The PokerStars exclusive player finished January strong with a bronze medal in the Big $109 and Hot $109 on back-to-back days. ‘wisoooo’ rounds out the 4,000 point group. On January 28, ‘wisoooo’ placed ninth in the Sunday Bounty Builder and collected 133.79 PLB points. All nine of the highest achieving performances for ‘wisoooo’ have come in the time since September 2017. The next tier of players starts with ‘silenzio0.’ This micro and mid-stakes player won a tournament in both realms in January. ‘silenzio0’ shipped the $2,500 GTD Turbo Fiesta on 888poker and the $82 NLO8 on PokerStars. Not so sloppy ‘clods’ made a leap up the rankings in January. ‘clods’ took down two Winamax W Series events. The first being the 5,726 entrant Monster Stack event for $12,818 and 277.19 PLB points on January 10. The next was the Zone 30 Championship where $21,604 went for first place. Timothée ‘tictac04’ Marlin sits in ninth and ‘M4mbaNegrA’ completes the top-10. Marlin is a mid-stakes player who puts in a strong amount of volume and ‘M4mbaNegrA’ is paying the micro-stakes dues. Malta's Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 SvZff 9,068.21 2 neverfoldQ5 5,323.10 3 joppiesaus 4,504.18 4 kleath 4,312.07 5 ZeelandBoy 4,123.25 6 wisoooo 4,084.84 7 silenzio0 2,746.85 8 clods 2,692.95 9 tictac04 2,637.73 10 M4mbaNegrA 2,563.23

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