TCOOP Round Up: Big scores for Agarwal and Kihara, Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt wins the Main Event

Aditya Agarwal wins the NLHE $215 Wrap Up for $160,000

The Indian pro, who is part of team Pokerstars, has taken down his first ever “COOP” title this week, landing his biggest ever score in the process. Event 50, the NLHE $215 Wrap Up – Hyper Turbo Event saw an exciting field of pros assembled, and when play reached the final table, WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson was still in contention, along with Agarwal, a former SCOOP champion, and a couple of other big Holdem tournament regulars with huge scores to their name. Jacobson couldn't get further than 7th place, but Agarwal was unstoppable, decimating the field once play got 6 handed, and taking home USD$160,000 for 1st place. An excellent result for Agarwal, besting a field of over 2,200 players.  


Adita Agrwal

Naoya Kihara finishes 6th on the "Player of the Series leaderboard

Another Pokerstars team pro who excelled at this year's TCOOP was Japanese pro, Naoya Kihara. Kihara managed eight cashes in total, including making the final table of the 8 Game Event. He finished 4th place in that tournament, for $12,800, in a field of 320 runners. This result, along with his other cashes, propelled him up to joint 6th on the 'Player of the Series' leaderboard. He finished as the highest ranking Asian player on this leaderboard, in what was a great display through the course of the series.

Main Event: Dinesh "Nasty Minder" Alt wins the Main Event

This $700 buy in, Turbo charged Holdem Event attracted 4,077 runners, inflating the prize pool to ensure that the total prize money on offer comfortably exceeded the guarantee of $2 million. The final figure grew to $2,711,205. Of the players who entered, 540 would be paid, with huge amounts of money being paid out across the final table. Despite that fact, when the action reached the final table stage, no deal was made, as the chips and cards flew in all directions. The players went all the way to heads up before the two finalists finally decided to make a deal. The title would eventually end up in the hands of Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt, who took home $396,691 for his win. “KungKroon” took the runner up spot, securing a massive pay day of $346,181.

After an exciting TCOOP series which saw millions of dollars awarded, and new COOP champions created, the online poker world now looks forward to the SCOOP series which is expected in May. The SCOOP stands alongside the WCOOP as one of the most eagerly awaited online events of the year.


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