Thursday was a big day for poker pro Shawn "buck21" Buchanan when he accomplished a first of his own at PokerStars and won a Triple Crown. But there's more to the tale that gives Buchanan a giant leap ahead of the field of other pro players at PokerStars. He became the first player ever to win the PokerStars "Triple COOP" after winning TCOOP Event #33: $82 Razz for $14,714! A Triple COOP is comprised of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP), Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), and World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).
Buchanan wasn't alone in the race to score the first Triple COOP, a number of online players had their racing shoes laced up for a sprint at becoming first but Buchanan beat them to the finish line.
Buchanan took home his first PokerStars "COOP" victory in 2007 when he won a World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) title in a $530 Pot Limit Omaha event for $97,262 after besting more than 1,000 other players. He went on to win a $2,100 Razz event during the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) for $44,145 a couple of years ago and then last year he took home another first place and a SCOOP title when he took down the $2,100 NLHE 10-Max Shootout for $118,800.
Buchanan's "Triple COOP" coup hit on Thursday when he won another Razz title in the TCOOP. All he needs to do now is score a Sunday Million victory to become the first player to claim the PokerStars Grand Slam (all three COOP titles and a Sunday Million win).
The 2014 TCOOP leader board puts Buchanan in contention for a big prize if he can get past "CMoosepower" (220 points) and "jonaj10" (190 points). The winner will receive a Champion’s Trophy and a 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package worth $16,500. Buchanan is in third place in the leader board standings with 180 points.
Just binked the RAZZ Tcoop lol my last 4 razz mtts I think I came 1st 2nd 3rd and 1st on stars #rungoodinrazzneeda50kwsopRAZZ event!
With 15 events still on schedule in the 2014 TCOOP as of Friday morning, there are a lot of titles and cash on the line. The finale of the 50-tournament series is the $700 NL Hold'em Main Event that kicks off on February 2nd. This event features a $2 million guaranteed prize pool and first place is guaranteed to be at least $300,000. The $2,100 NL Hold'em High Roller event with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool kicks off on the same day.
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