Sunday Briefing: Ben Farrell and Stephen Woodhead Win TCOOP Events
Sunday 24 January, 2016, was a little busier than a standard Sunday as the PokerStars Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) continued to attract large crowds. The fast-paced tournaments are hit with online grinders around the world, especially the United Kingdom’s Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead and Ben “Fabaz” Farrell.
Why is the TCOOP popular with these two players? Because they both walked away with TCOOP titles and huge prizes on Sunday night.
Woodhead came out on top in the TCOOP-17: $215 NL Hold’em Turbo Optional Re-Entry. He may have taken three bites at the $756,800.00 cherry, but the third attempt proved to be enough as he came out on top to secure a $118,818.68 score. Finishing as runner-up to Woodhead was fellow Brit “lamapoopie” who collected $88,545.60.
Farrell has been in blistering form of late and continued the heater with a win in the TCOOP special edition of the Sunday Supersonic. A staggering 2,505 players bought into the event, smashing the $300,000 guarantee by some $228,054, with a huge $84,490.25 going to Farrell after he defeated UK-based Spaniard Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell heads-up for the title; Serradell walked away with $63,234.46 for two hours work!
The PokerStars player known as “airlewis” was the runner-up in the Sunday Warm-Up, a finish worth $61,855.60, while Thomas “Airdraken” Clack won the Bigger $82 for a $20,989.00 addition to his bankroll.
Although more accustomed to the live poker scene, Kevin “GamblingPays” Allen showed the online world that he can mix it up with them by finishing seventh in the TCOOP-18: $700 NL Hold’em Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout. Allen banked $17,107.12 in prize money and a further $6,151.20 in bounty payments.
Lastly for PokerStars results, two Brits reached the final table of the Sunday 6-Max. “vander9279” fell in fifth place for $5,895.00 while Tamer “Tamthemanwho” Kamel bust one place later in fourth for $8,253.00.
The only result of note at Full Tilt was the third place finish in the Sunday Major by Chris “MoormanI” Moorman. Now based in Canada, Moorman navigated his way through the majority of the 283-strong field to add $6,923.60 to his already impressive lifetime winnings total.
Over at partypoker, Paul “CroydomJim” Romain almost took down the $150,000 Main Event, but had to make do with the $6,060.00 sixth place prize, with Toby “eightenclubs” Lewis showing everyone how it’s done by winning the $150,000 guaranteed High Roller for $27,780.00.
888poker continued to be a happy hunting ground for our players this weekend, even more so with the $2,000,000 guaranteed XL Super Series kicking off.
Marc “icallyamet” Wright almost went the distance in the $200,000 Super XL Whale but fell in third place for $27,971.73. Joining Wright at the final table were “zombiejesus” who fell in seventh place for $8,869.08 and Chris “Wuflazz” Wowk whose tournament ended in ninth place for $4,530.05.
Ireland’s Peter “joeychestnut” Murphy added a win in the $150,000 Mega Deep to his online poker accomplishments; this win was worth $30,770.00. Murphy battled with the UK’s “SpitOnGraves” at the final table, the grave spitter finishing in third place for $16,575.00.
Another Irishman, Kevin "susanboyle1" Killen, finished as runner-up in the $160 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed series opening event for a cool $42,803.22.
Another familiar figure booked a nice Sunday score, that of Sebastian “iknowmybody” Saffari, who bust from the $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep in second place for $10,063.00, with “BestRivenUK” falling in seventh place for $2,359.60.
Completing the Sunday Briefing for another week are the results of two Brits at the final table of the $115,000 Sunday Challenge. Chris “WhatWudJSay” Moorman was the ninth place finisher for $1,478.65 with Rhys “floppinhel” Jones going slightly deeper and collecting $5,961.91 for his fifth place finish.