The Elite Have A New Member: Elitesauce Wins October's $1 Million Turbo Takedown

Time once again to make something for nothing as 5,000 Frequent Players Points (FPPs) will earn one lucky (and/or skillful) player tonight $100,000 simply for “buying in” with FPPs. With eight players getting over five figures this evening its well worth the time invested in satellites if you do not have 5,000 FPPs lying around. 8,634 players got here any way they could from the penny players up to the Supernova Elites and nearly half of them, 4,000 to be exact, went home with at least $90.00 tonight.

The $1 Million Turbo Takedown once again is paying out big money for those FPPs from your hard work on the tables and after six and half hours these final nine players will be taking home the biggest slices of that $1,000,000 pie.

Here’s how the final table shaped up:


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Seat 1: fatimato (566306 in chips)
Seat 2: Gefallener (4637248 in chips)
Seat 3: ukom777 (4996824 in chips)
Seat 4: elitesauce (1773932 in chips)
Seat 5: greener_tree (5842055 in chips)
Seat 6: el10delajuve (640128 in chips)
Seat 7: Hip O'Crazy (4047941 in chips)
Seat 8: Big Pig 63 (2123232 in chips)
Seat 9: MikeG5 (1274334 in chips)

el10delajuve wasted no time in finding a double up. With the blinds for the final table starting out at 35,000/70,000 ante 7,000 he took his black pocket jacks (Js-Jc) all-in pre flop against the big stack of ukom777 and managed to win the race and double up to 1.3 million in chips.

On a short stack and needing a double up, fatimato decided to min raise from UTG to get those juicy blinds while only holding 655,306 in chips with blinds at 40,000/80,000 ante 8,000. But, Big Pig 63 had big ideas and pumped it up to 400,000 in the small blind after it folded around to him. Faced with a decision for all his chips fatimato took the plunge with Jd-Qc and found himself behind Big Pig 63’s Ah-Th while creating a 1.4 million chip pot. The two pair on the board of 6d-5c-5s-6h-7c helped no one as Big Pig 63’s ace kicker won the hand and fatimato exited with $5,500.00 in ninth place.

elitesauce opened in middle position for 270,000 with blinds escalating to 45,000/90,000 ante 9,000 while holding nearly five million in chips and Big Pig 63 decided to give him some action by calling in the big blind. After flop a flop of 9h-6s-5d Big Pig 63 checked and elitesauce bet 360,000 as Big Pig 63 oinked back for a check-raise all-in for his remaining 1.5 million. Not fazed by the big bet, elitesauce calmly called with his red aces (Ah-Ad) as Big Pig 63 was left holding only a pair of fives with 4d-5s. The aggression backfired on the barnyard favorite as the board ran out Ts and 7c to give the 3.7 million chip pot to elitesauce and sent Big Pig 63 back to the holding pen with $10,000.00 for his eighth place finish.

el10delajuve found a pair of kings in his hand in the cutoff, perfect for the short stack with only 720,512 chip left and blinds at 50,000/100,000 ante 10,000. He correctly open-pushed while Hip O’Crazy found enough sanity to isolate him on the button with his pocket pair of fives (5h-5c). Leaving 4.3 million behind, Hip O’Crazy had enough to take the hit, but sometimes crazy works as the board ran to his advantage as a four flush hit the river on the board of Ah-Jd-4h-7h-Th. The bad beat story was worth $15,000.00 for el10delajuve in seventh place.

Big pair, meet bigger pair. Gefallener found himself on the wrong side of that equation after 3-betting greener_tree’s 875,000 chip UTG raise on the button as the blinds got out of the way. greener_tree responded with a shove for his remaining 5 million in chips. Gefallener made the call with his pocket jacks (Jh-Jd) only to see the bad news in the form of greener_tree’s pocket kings (Kc-Kh). The board ran out without any face cards 3h-8d-8s-9d-7s and Gefallener received $20,000.00 in sixth place.

After several hands which saw slices of greener_tree’s chip lead go to ukom777’s pocket aces and another slice for MikeG5 river four flush while dominated Ad-5c versus Ac-Qs The hand kept MikeG5 in the tournament long enough to be a part of the deal talks as the players checked with the PokerStars staff to discuss deal. The players decided to draft a new book on poker negotiations in the chat box for nearly ten minutes, but they still fell through as greener_tree was not willing to deal.

When greener_tree knocked out ukom777 in fifth place it looked like an even better decision to drop the chop talks. Picking up pocket kings (Kh-Ks) UTG again while raising to 485,000 with blinds at 90,000/180,000 ante 18,000 greener_tree was looking for action and found it with ukom777 who shoved for 5.5 million from the small blind with missus slick (Ah-Qh). The board 8d-Jd-6h-2d-4c put out a diamond flush possibility, right color, wrong suit for ukom777 as he earned $25,000 in fifth place.

Deal talks remained silent while MikeG5 got in his remaining 1.5 million chips in the middle from the small blind with blinds still at 90,000/180,000 ante 18,000 having only elitesauce in his way for the 342,000 sitting in the middle. After a slight pause, elitesauce took his Ad-7d to war making the call while leaving three million behind. MikeG5 found himself behind with Kd-5h and did not improve on the 8s-2d-2c-9c-8c board. Fourth place was worth $32,500.00 to MikeG5 as chop talk began again.

After several offers from greener_tree using his double stack chip lead on Hip O’Crazy and elitesauce as the bargaining weight, they came to an agreement:

greener_tree $84,000
Hip O’Crazy $48,000
elitesauce $48,000

As with all the big Sunday tournaments, an amount was set aside for the winner. So, after the deal was broken these three played on for the remaining $20,000 of the prize pool.

greener_tree had to be smiling wide after the deal was cut as he made nearly $44,000 when his lead was chopped into after several three-handed play. His final hand came with blinds at 125,000/250,000 ante 25,000 as Hip O’Crazy folded from the button and elitesauce came in for a 750,000 from the small blind. greener_tree pushed his remaining 5.7 million chips as elitesauce called and covered by 1.9 million.

greener_tree: Qh-Jc
elitesauce: Ad-Ks

The flop of 5c-Qd-7h turned the advantage to greener_tree for the 12 million chip pot, and the 3h on the turn left elitesauce looking for six outs. Team PokerStars pro Barry Greenstein’s book “Ace on the River” came in handy here, as the ace of spades hit on the river sending greener_tree to play with his newly minted $84,000 from the deal for his third place finish.

The final two would start the heads-up match for the remaining $20,000 nearly even with 14 million for elitesauce versus the 11 million for Hip O’Crazy with blinds at 125,000/250,000 ante 25,000.

The heads-up match would be a series of blinds steals by both players for nearly twenty hands then Hip O’Crazy snagged a seven million chip pot post flop to take 16 million to 8 million chip lead for five hands until the following big hand turned the tides towards the winner:

elitesauce completed the additional 150,000 chips from the button as Hip O’Crazy liked his cards enough to raise to 2.1 million. elitesauce then 3-bet all-in to 11.8 million and Hip O’Crazy made the call leaving two million behind.

Hip O'Crazy: Ac-Td
elitesauce: Th-Tc

The dominating lead pre-flop would not be overturned as the board ran out 6h-8d-Qc-Qh-Jd giving elitesauce the 23 million chip pot and a 11:1 chip heads-up clip lead with the blinds at 150,000/300,000 ante 30,000. After doubling up two hands later, Hip O’Crazy would succumb to elitesauce’s enormous chip lead as he called elitesauce’s button push with four million in chips with 8d-Qd and found himself dominated again against elitesauce’s Qh-Js. As the board turned, it made the river interesting by putting up two diamonds: Ks-9h-7d-Kd, but no diamond nor an eight on the river as the 6h fell and elitesauce showed who was the 1337 (that’s elite for those not up with geek lingo) player in taking home the extra $20,000 for being this month’s $1 Million Turbo Takedown winner!

Join us again next month and see if you too can turn 5,000 FPPs into a possible six-figure score!

October $1 Million Turbo Takedown Results
(based on three-way deal)

1. elitesauce $68,000
2. Hip O’Crazy $48,000
3. greener_tree $84,000
4. MikeG5 $32,500
5. ukom777 $25,000
6. Gefallener $20,000
7. el10delajuve $15,000
8. Big Pig 63 $10,000
9. fatimato $5,500

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown