Dave Emmons wins PokerStars TCOOP Main Event

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The first ever Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) turned out to be a huge success at PokerStars since it offered players a collective $18.5 million over 49 poker tournaments. A big chunk of this amount came from the 2012 TCOOP Main Event, which saw 3,667 players pay the $700 buy-in to create a $2,438,555 prize pool.

Among the players who bought in were world-famous poker pros such as Alex Kravchenko, Humberto Brenes, Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo, Lex Veldhuis, Liv Boeree, Martin Staszko, Shane “shaniac” Schleger, Vanessa Selbst and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. Out of this elite group, only Brenes managed to cash (299th place), which just goes to show how difficult these shortstacked turbo events can be.

One player who didn’t seem to have much trouble handling this shortstacked poker tournament was David “Betudontbet” Emmons, who came onto the final poker table with 25,828,771 chips; this was about a third of the chips in play at the nine-player final table. His lead only continued to increase, and by the time play became three-handed, the three players couldn’t settle on a deal because Emmons’ chip lead was so big.

After “Didak04” busted out in third, that left Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver and Emmons left to battle for the title. Oliver was no doubt a formidable opponent since he finished second in the 2012 PCA Main Event ($1.8 million). But experience didn’t mean much since Emmons had an 8-1 chip advantage, and ended the heads-up match on the first hand; Oliver flopped a king to go with his K-7(o) hand, but Betudontbet got an ace on the turn to improve his A-5(o) hand and win the tournament.

With the TCOOP Main Event victory, Emmons now has over $1.65 million in winnings at PokerStars. Here is a look at how the final table fared:

1. David “Betudontbet” Emmons (Mexico) – $382,855.67
2. Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver (Costa Rica) – $285,310.93
3. Didak04 (Australia) – $201,180.78
4. Gala_Terry (United Kingdom) – $140,216.91
5. mmbittencour (Brazil) – $103,638.59
6. DimaDima13 (Russia) – $79,253.03
7. swissman29 (Luxembourg) – $45,867.48
8. zyxel888 (Russia) – $30,481.93
9. MON3Y$HOT (Australia) – $19,508.44

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