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Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt Snags TCOOP Main Event Title, $396k
Ever played a $1.4m final table with 5-minute levels?
That's the kind of test Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt faced in the 2016 TCOOP main event this weekend. He passed with flying colors.
Faced with a group of players uninterested in a deal Switzerland's Alt - winner of the 2013 ANZPT Main Event and 2014 Spirit of Poker nominee - took on the challenge and only settled for a deal two-handed with runner-up Oskar "KungKroon" Kroon.
For his efforts Alt pocketed a stunning $396,691.43 - the biggest main event cash in its history.
Rich, Fast and Furious
Given the popularity of Fast Fold Poker and Spin & Gos these days it's pretty clear the average punter likes to play fast these days. That makes the Turbo Championship of Online Poker right in their collective wheelhouses.
By the time late registration closed in the $700 TCOOP Main Event 4,077 entries had been tallied up to create a a $2,711,205 prize pool.
The top 540 places would all take a share and with five-minute levels that happened upon fast.
Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer ($2,033.40) and Aditya "Adi Agarwal" Agarwal ($2,440.08) each earned a small share but it was Alt and Kroon - who easily took the most.
After being denied a deal a few times at the final table Alt and Kroon agreed on a heads-up deal that left $40k to play for.
It took just eight hands to wrap things up and declare Alt the champ.
TCOOP-49 ($700 NL Hold'em Main Event) results
Total prize pool: $2,711,205
Places paid: 540
1. Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt (Switzerland) $396,691.43*
2. KungKroon (Norway) $346,181.46*
3. gringenkov (Brazil) $223,674.41
4. marcasa (Netherlands) $155,894.28
5. Makuherra (Finland) $115,226.21
6. anthonyff (United Kingdom) $88,114.16
7. IMFICKLE (Finland) $61,002.11
8. RSRMCA (United Kingdom) $33,890.06
9. Petr "Hurloon" Jaros (Czech Republic) $21,689.64
* results of a two-way deal that left $40,000 in play for the winner
For a full rundown of the tourney check the PokerStars blog.