The eyes of the poker community may be fixated on the action at the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas right now, but Jan. 18 all eyes will be on PokerStars’ virtual felt because the 2017 Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) gets underway with the first five of 65 fast-paced tournaments.
TCOOP burst onto the scene in 2012, attracting thousands of tournament players. Fifty TCOOP events took place and awarded more than $19 million in prize money, with the largest prize weighing in at $382,855.67, David “betudontbet” Emmons’ reward for winning the $700 Main Event.
The TCOOP returned in 2013 with another 50 events, including the $700 Main Event which attracted 5,060 players. Sweden’s “frma1103” became the 2013 TCOOP Main Event champion, walking away with $326,880. More than $24 million was paid out during the festival.
In 2014, another $23 million was won by PokerStars turbo-loving players. Another Swedish grinder claimed the Main Event title. “Riverlan_88” came out on top of a 4,600-strong field to turn $700 into an impressive $277,526, a sum lessened by a six-way deal struck at the final table, resulting in four other players scooping more than $200,000 each.
Russia’s “Nikki_Hefner” had the largest TCOOP score in the festival’s history of $396,516 for triumphing over 4,169 players in the Main Event, but that record only lasted 12-months because Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt saw off 4,076 opponents in the 2016 TCOOP Main Event and had $396,691 added to his PokerStars account.
The 2017 TCOOP runs from Jan. 18-29 and features 65 tournaments, each with turbo blind structures. Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, Progressive Knockouts, Bubble Rush, Win the Button, Zoom and more formats are among the 65 events, which have combined guaranteed prize pools of $15 million.
Kicking off the 2017 TCOOP are five tournaments with buy-ins starting at only $27 and increasing to $215; at least $825,000 is set to be won on the opening day.
2017 TCOOP Opening Day Schedule
|Jan. 18||8:00 a.m.||TCOOP-01: $215 NL Hold’em Turbo Ultra-Deep Kickoff||$500,000|
|10:00 a.m.||TCOOP-02: $82 PL Omha Hi/Lo 8-Max Turbo Progressive KO||$50,000|
|12:00 p.m.||TCOOP-03: $82 NL Hold’em Turbo||$100,000|
|2:00 p.m.||TCOOP-04: $27 NL Hold’em 6-Max Hyper-Turbo Progressive KO||$100,000|
|4:00 p.m.||TCOOP-05: $82 NL Hold’em 8-Mx Bubble Rush||$75,000|
Among the 65 events are some high-stakes tournaments that are sure to capture the imagination of the poker community even if they are only watching them from the rail and not part of the action at the table. Some of the 2017 TCOOP highlights include:
|Jan. 19||5:00 p.m.||TCOOP-10: $320 NL Hold’em Turbo Fat Thursday||$400,000|
|Jan. 20||2:00 p.m.||TCOOP-14: $320 NL Hold’em Zoom Fast Friday||$500,000|
|Jan. 21||10:00 a.m.||TCOOP-16: $700 NL Hold’em Zoom Ultra-Deep||$300,000|
|Jan. 22||2:00 p.m.||TCOOP-25: $700 NL Hold’em Turbo Progressive KO||$750,000|
|Jan. 24||3:00 p.m.||TCOOP-36: $700 NL Hold’em 8-Max Turbo Ultra-Deep||$400,000|
|Jan. 26||3:00 p.m.||TCOOP-46: $700 NL Hold’em 8-Max Turbo Progressive KO||$500,000|
|Jan. 29||11:30 a.m.||TCOOP-61: $3,000 NL Hold’em 8-Max Turbo High Roller||$1,500,000|
|Jan. 29||1:00 p.m.||TCOOP-62: $27 NL Hold’em Turbo||$1,000,000|
|Jan. 29||2:00 p.m.||TCOOP-63: $1,000 NL Hold’em Main Event||$2,500,000|
|Jan. 29||2:00 p.m.||TCOOP-64: $27 NL Hold’em Main Event Low-Stakes Edition||$250,000|
Stay tuned to PokerNews during the 2017 TCOOP as we bring you the biggest winners from the most exclusive events.