Mike Leah and Alex Bylicki Among Seven TCOOP Winners in Canada


PokerStars’ annual Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) guaranteed $15 million in prizes in the 12-day, 65-event, fast-paced online tournament series. It all wrapped up on Sunday and Canada tallied the most event wins, tied with Brazil at seven. Canada continues to hold the all-time record for TCOOP bracelets at 36 with the U.K. trailing with 24.

The Canadian success came despite our country only fielding the fifth-most entrants to the series. A total of 14,873 entries came from within our borders, beat by Brazil, the U.K., Germany, and Russia at the top with 16,653.

Canadians also had the fourth-most cashes in the 2017 TCOOP at 2,407 (Russia topped the charts with 2,559), but we had the second-most final tables with 43.

After every event was through, Canadian cashes came to a total of $1,574,700.21. Here's a look at the most noteworthy results from the series:

Right out of the gate, Andrew “achen” Chen found a final table in TCOOP-01: $215 NL Hold’em. He finished sixth for $15,567.13. On the same day, “kolios” finished fourth in TCOOP-02: $82 PL Omaha Hi/Lo for $3,065.84, and “GriffGolf13” was the runner-up in TCOOP-05: $82 NL Hold’em for $23,812.29.

The next day, “3xcited” found a ninth-place finish in TCOOP-06: $215 NL Hold’em for $3,167.35, “korjae” finished sixth in TCOOP-09: $82 NL Omaha Hi/Lo for $1,599.01, and “shibonimo” and “OLD TIME GIN” finished ninth and eighth in TCOOP-10: $320 NL Hold’em for $7,095.70 and $9,777.75, respectively.

On Day 3 of the series, “yodaboyboy” collected $3,498 for sixth place in TCOOP-12: $82 NL Hold’em, and “stagggolf” finished ninth in TCOOP-14: $320 NL Hold’em for $6,620.29.

A day later, Ryan “newguy89” McEathron and “JGagMan” made the final table of TCOOP-16: $700 NL Hold’em and finished eighth and seventh for $10,414.84 and $14,094.32, respectively. On the same day, “M.jess.F” finished fourth in TCOOP-17: $7.50+R NL Hold’em for $11,249.38.

It was also that day, January 21, that the first bracelet was won by a Canadian. TCOOP-21: $27 NL Hold’em saw four Canadians at the final table. Carol Anne “Purkenya” Miller has been playing poker for 40 years and was at home watching her two-year-old granddaughter when she earned the biggest tournament prize of her life. She earned $21,906.84 and a TCOOP bracelet while “Ramzey23” (fourth — $7,122.12), “chonseSTEE” (sixth — $3,367.86), and “cchen16” (eighth — $1,592.57 also earned final-table money from Canada.

On Day 5, “phatlat” picked up $1,157.44 for finishing ninth in TCOOP-22: $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, “50km” finished sixth in TCOOP-24: $215 NL Hold’em for $4,577.52, American poker refugee David “dpeters17” Peters was eighth in TCOOP-25: $700 NL Hold’em for $9,230.04, “Tilt_Avenue” collected $4,685.08 for third in TCOOP-26: $82 PL Omaha, and Americans Grayson “gray31” Ramage and Bryan “bparis” Paris found the final table of TCOOP-27: $215 NL Hold’em from within our borders. Ramage finished sixth for $9,633.80 and Paris was the runner-up for $49,829.50.

The second TCOOP bracelet was shipped to Canada on January 23, the sixth day of the series. “The Cooker” came out on top of TCOOP-30: $82 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo for $9,759.76, which is their second COOP victory after winning a Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) event back in 2012.

JoeGall” found third place in TCOOP-35: $82 Stud on Day 7 to earn $4,460.48, and “wazawskiHH” finished seventh in TCOOP-36: $700 NL Hold’em for $14,673.57 on the same day, followed by an eighth-place result for “weekesy333” in TCOOP-37: $320 NL Hold’em for $9,981.95.

On January 25, one of Canada’s best, Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah added yet another COOP bracelet to his collection when he won TCOOP-38: $82 NL Single Draw 2-7 for $6,707.46. Leah is one of the best when it comes to playing a wide range of poker variants. Leah was multiple wins in WCOOP and SCOOP, and he’s now added a TCOOP title which was secured in the final hand where he showed down with none other than the best hand in this game. He held {7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for a “number one” and shipped a shiny new bracelet.

On the same day, Ryan “PROTENTIALmn” Laplante won TCOOP-39: $215 NL Hold’em from within our borders as well, making it a double-bracelet day for Canada. Laplante is an American who travels to this nation to play online, which was a trip worth making after he found this victor and earned $14,480.

Shyam “G’s zee” Srinivasan made a final table in TCOOP-40: $700 PL Omaha that day, earning $8,393.82 for finishing sixth, “PokinStaR” was the runner-up in TCOOP-41: $82 NL Hold’em for $33,790.37, and “DoItForBella” finished sixth in TCOOP-42: $27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo for $2,231.52.

On the ninth day of the series, “KatePkrPro” finished eighth in TCOOP-44: $11+R NL Hold’em for $2,140.37, which was the only Canadian final-table finish of the day.

BadLuckAI” finished eighth in TCOOP-48: $82 NL Draw on Day 10 for $724.12. That same day, the fifth TCOOP bracelet for Canada was won. In TCOOP-49: $215 NL Hold’em, Alex “alexMFNb” Bylicki was the winner, pocketing $25,642.61. Also at the six-handed final table was “i need sheet” (fourth — $22,803.67) who was part of the four-way prize pool chop, as well as “tripsup24” (sixth — $4,747.53).

Also on Day 10, TCOOP-50: $215 NL Hold’em saw “jnfpoker” finish ninth for $1,438.66. In TCOOP-51: $82 Limit Hold’em, “tunny” finished sixth for $1,500.54 and “GriffGolf13” found a second 2017 TCOOP final table, finishing eighth for $1,170.71.

Another repeat final table was made on January 28 when “korjae” was runner-up in TCOOP-53: $215 HORSE for $10,022.69. On the same day, TCOOP-55: $82 NL Hold’em saw “Paulharvey3” finish sixth in the three-max tournament for $7,234.77, “tonyk5432” finished third in TCOOP-57: $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo for $7,824.58, and “asgaran” was the seventh-place finisher in TCOOP-58: $82 NL Hold’em for $5,632.37.

Day 12 was the day the sixth and seventh Canadian TCOOP titles were earned. TCOOP-59: $215 NL Hold’em came to an end with Ryan “newguy89” McEathron on top, bringing home $47,627.34 to Canada on his second final-table appearance of the series. “Cavalli21” was also on the final table, earning $9,585.85 for finishing in sixth place.

On the final day, TCOOP-62: $27 NL Hold’em was also won by a Canadian. The biggest portion of the $1 million guaranteed prize pool went to “1tuffcall” for $81,906.84, which is also the largest prize collected by a Canadian in the series. Ari “BodogAri” Engel also final-tabled the tournament, earning $13,069.06 for seventh place.

Congratulations to Carol Anne “Purkenya” Miller, “The Cooker”, Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah, Ryan “PROTENTIALmn” Laplante, Alex “alexMFNb” Bylicki, Ryan “newguy89” McEathron, and “1tuffcall” for winning TCOOP gold from Canada.

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