The Turbo Championship of Online Poker is one of poker’s most exciting online tournament series. See below for highlights from every TCOOP festival to date.
Swiss player Dinesh ‘NastyMinder’ Alt had a TCOOP to remember in 2016. Not only did he finish runner up in TCOOP-11 for a sizable $29,220, he then went one better in the $2,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, seeing off 4,076 others to grab $396,691 and the biggest TCOOP Main Event prize in history. Dinesh (who made a heads-up deal in the Main Event with Sweden’s ‘KungKroon’) cashed an impressive seven times in the 2016 series, yet that was good for only sixth-place on the TCOOP Leader Board. Top honours this year went to ‘ouchbadbeat’ from the UK, who notched up a staggering 16 cashes. His efforts were richly rewarded with the TCOOP Champion’s Trophy and a SCOOP High Main Event ticket.
Nikki_Hefner grabbed the TCOOP headlines for Russia in 2015, after topping a stacked 4,169-strong field to claim the Main Event title and $396,516. The event smashed its $2,000,000 guarantee by more than $700,000, and it was Brazil’s riversouza who pushed Nikki-Hefner closest, eventually securing a heads-up deal for $363,119 before the Russian finished the job. Elsewhere there were big wins for Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen in the High Roller - good for $200,000, while Norway’s CandyJohnson took down the ever-competitive series Leader Board for the much-coveted Champion’s Trophy and a 2015 SCOOP [H] Main Event ticket valued at $10,300.
The third annual TCOOP series ran from January 23-February 2 and saw the $15,000,000 guarantee shattered, paying out over $23,000,000 across 50 fast-paced, action-packed events. Sweden’s Riverlan_88 won the Main Event in under six hours, receiving $277,526 for finishing first out of 4,600 entrants (after a six-way chop at the final table that saw four other players receive over $200K apiece), while 17 other players took down over $100K during the series. Over a thousand entrants in Event 47: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em [High Roller] produced an eye-watering prize pool of $2,082,000, with first place prize money of $284,204 going to pokerkluka. Team PokerStars Online was well represented throughout the series, most notably by Mickey ‘mement_mori’ Petersen who cashed in an impressive 16 events.
The 2013 series ran from January 17-27, and awarded more than $24,000,000 over 50 events. The Main Event was won by Sweden’s frma1103, who picked up a cash prize of $326,880 for victory over the 5,060 player field (amount won reflects a seven-way chop at the final table). The Player of the Series title was awarded to Tjepan, who wins the trophy and a prize package for the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). Team PokerStars Pro also posted some impressive results, including Team Online’s George ‘Jorj95’ Lind who made the final table of Event 47: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em [High Roller] for $109,500. Meanwhile, Marcel Luske finished 3rd in Event 42: $27+R No Limit Hold’em [2x Turbo], good for $58,510 (reflecting a three-way final table chop).
January 2012 welcomed the arrival of online poker’s biggest-ever turbo tournament series, as TCOOP 2012 attracted thousands of tournament players and high-stakes grinders alike. Over $19,000,000 was awarded across 50 events, with Main Event winner betudontbet netting the biggest score for$382,855.67. Scott ‘Mongy’ O'Reilly took down the Player of the Series honours after a hard fought battle with TeHKai that saw both players finish on the same Leader Board points tally, but Mongy eke out the victory by way of earning just a few thousand more over the festival. The narrow win was good for a free Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event ticket worth $10,000 + $300 and the coveted TCOOP Player of the Series Champion’s Trophy.