AL-AL66 gets all the chips in March $1 Million Turbo Takedown

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgCan you make the adjustments necessary to win the $1 Million Turbo Takedown?

First, you must overcome the massive field of 10,614 players who "paid" the 5,000 Frequent Players Point (FPPs) buy-in.

Second, this is a turbo tournament meaning less time to wait for those premium hands.

Third, after level 18 the blinds still change after every ten minutes, but the blinds do not increase at the rate they have before reaching this deep into the tournament. The pace of the blind change makes adjusting back to slower play a key to winning the tournament.

Fourth, do you like $100,000 enough to play for nearly ten hours (I think most people could put up with a $10,000 per hour job rate unless you play professional football for a living)?

4,000 players tonight walked away with at least $90.00 in exchange for their FPPs or satellite wins, 45 players got at least $1,000, and eight players once again will take home a fat, five-figure score upon reaching the final table.

KNIEM7 rubbed his four-leaf clover for all its worth and while he was low on chips like eleventh place biggels41, KNIEM7 raised from UTG, and called biggels41's three-bet only to be facing A♣ A♥. KNIEM7's T♣ Q♦ was actually in better shape after biggels41 hit a set on the 8♦ A♦ 5♦ flop. The 4♦ turn smacked KNIEM7's flush draw and he dodged pairing the board with the 7♣ river. Then, four hands later KNIEM7 would find himself behind only to go ahead when he open shoved from the cutoff with T♦ Q♣ and was called by similarly stacked RonIrishMofo holding K♠A♠. Another quick turn of luck in KNIEM7's favor as he would grab two pair on the 5♦ 5♣ T♣ Q♦ 9♠ board and RonIrishMofo would have to settle for the $4,000.00 he received as the final table bubble boy in tenth place.

Here's your final nine for the March $1 Million Turbo Takedown:


Seat 1: KNIEM7 (2803282 in chips)
Seat 2: fcfarfan04 (1942507 in chips)
Seat 3: hoops886 (1783333 in chips)
Seat 4: AL-AL66 (2463954 in chips)
Seat 5: pateenno1 (7134496 in chips)
Seat 6: licyeus (5979452 in chips)
Seat 7: Callisto 5 (3557688 in chips)
Seat 8: elcheapo23 (2963172 in chips)
Seat 9: Electricute (3214116 in chips)

The first big pot of the final table went to Callisto 5 as she would double up off the chip leader licyeus. Pocket kings K♣K♥ for licyeus and pocket aces A♥A♦ in a hand that played itself out with the blinds starting at 50,000/100,000 ante 10,000. The flop gave both players sets, but they weren't necessary as the remainder of the J♥ A♠ K♠ 8♦ 3♣ board failed to produce the last king in the deck and Callisto 5 took home the 7.1 million chip pot, and licyeus remained healthy with 5.4 million chips.

Someone has to be the first out and get the bottom money at the final table, and that person tonight was hoops886. From UTG he went for a blind steal with 8♣ J♥ but fell well short of the goal as AL-AL66 picked up pocket kings K♥ K♠ on his immediate left and called his one million chip bet. The rest of the table got out of the way although hoops886 made the first free throw by pairing his eight, but couldn't sink the second on the 8♥ T♥ T♠ 5♥ 2♣ board and hoops886 was benched in ninth place ($5,500.00).

pateenno1 commented in the chat box that he didn't know if they were playing for FPPs or real money. Gamesmanship perhaps, but there were $10,000.00 real dollars going out to fcfarfan04 after his eighth place finish when pateenno1 knocked him out of the tournament. fcfarfan04 started the betting by raising to 480,000 with the blinds at 60,000/120,000 ante 12,000 and was re-raised by pateenno1 on the button all-in as pateenno1 covered. fcfarfan04 would make the call with A♦ J♥ and saw the bad news as pateenno1 turned over pocket kings K♠K♥. panteenno1's kings were never threatened as they made kings full of fives on the T♦ 5♠ 4♥ 5♥ K♣ board. No matter what pateenno1 might be thinking, PokerStars will be awarding real dollars to fcfarfan04 tonight for his eighth place finish.

The very next hand the roller coaster of KNIEM7's chip stack would come to abrupt halt when he shoved his 1.8 million chips from UTG+2 into the middle with Q♥Q♦ as the blinds remained at 60,000/120,000 ante 12,000. Unfortunately, pateenno1 shipped his kings over to AL-AL66 who quickly called with K♥K♠ on KNIEM7's left. There would be no clover, rabbit foot, or any other strokes of luck as the board ran off J♦ 5♠ 5♣ T♣ 2♣ as neither player improved, KNIEM7 would have $15,000.00 added to his bankroll in seventh place.

About five minutes later the players tried to get together for a deal but everyone's eyes seemed a little bigger than their chip stack as they could not come to terms and the tournament started back up with the blinds at 70,000/140,000 ante 14,000 and chip stacks looking like this:

Seat 4: AL-AL66 (7051062 in chips)
Seat 5: pateenno1 (7032510 in chips)
Seat 6: licyeus (3496764 in chips)
Seat 7: Callisto 5 (7852366 in chips)
Seat 8: elcheapo23 (3405172 in chips)
Seat 9: Electricute (3004126 in chips)

13 million chips. A pot this big meant big hands which could be found in the hands of AL-AL66 and pateenno1 as the hand replayer will show you below:

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With AL-AL66's big slick out running the pocket kings of pateenno1, he would gather up those 13 million chips and assume the chip lead with 14.2 million chips, twice the amount of second place Callisto 5 as the blinds were moving up to 90,000/180,000 ante 18,000 very shortly.

licyeus and elcheapo23 would exchange places on the leaderboard as elcheapo23 caught a four flush on the river after getting his Q♠A♥ outflopped by licyeus' A♣J♦ on the 2♣ J♥ K♥ 8♥ 2♥ board for a 5.2 million chip pot that left licyeus with just 1.6 million. licyeus would push his way back to 2.4 million after a few steals, but as the blinds went up to 100,000/200,000 ante 20,000 he locked horns with elcheapo23 again. A push from UTG with Q♠T♠ was met by a call on the button by elcheapo23 who thought the price was right with pocket nines 9♣9♦. By the turn licyeus had plenty of outs but ultimately could not connect on the J♦ 5♦ 8♣ A♠ 3♣ board and the once big stack had to settle for fifth place ($25,000.00).

Fizzled out. Shocked by AL-AL66. Gone in a flash.

Pick a headline for Electricute as he was card dead with a short stack and got blinded down to under one million when he chose to take his 3♦A♦ up against the preflop raise of the chip leader AL-AL66's pocket fours 4♠4♥. A flopped set of fours for AL-AL66 would end up as a full house as Electricute would miss his gutshot straight draw on the J♣ 5♠ 4♣ 9♣ 5♥ board. 2.4 million chips for AL-AL66 and $32,500.00 for Electricute as he was short circuited in fourth place. Ok, that last punny headline was bad but I couldn't resist.

As we dropped into three handed play and the blinds at 150,000/300,000 ante 30,000, it was Callisto 5 looking for chips and AL-AL66 still with a commanding lead:

Seat 4: AL-AL66 (18137698 in chips)
Seat 7: Callisto 5 (3782496 in chips)
Seat 8: elcheapo23 (9921806 in chips)

Callisto 5 would gain some breathing room as she caught a pair of kings K♥K♣ in the big blind as AL-AL66's A♥J♦ fell short on the 9♠ 5♠ 8♠ 9♣ 3♣ board when both shoved pre-flop. With the 7.5 million chip pot going to Callisto 5, and the players having evened out the chip stacks, they attempted some chop dialog again that never caught any fire as the blinds moved up to 175,000/350,000 ante 35,000.

One bet, two bet, three bet, four! Callisto and elcheapo23 would take their stacks into the middle preflop for the biggest pot of the tournament, and only one would face AL-AL66 heads up. Watch the hand play out below to see who:

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With the coin flip win, elcheapo23 would take the chip lead into heads up play against AL-AL66 while Callisto 5 would get to enjoy the $40,000.00 earned in fourth place.

At the start of heads up play the chip counts looked like this:

Seat 4: AL-AL66 (13846197 in chips)
Seat 8: elcheapo23 (17995803 in chips)

But, elcheapo23 would win the first game of chip chicken as he bet out 5,555,555 chips on the river of an 8.4 million chip pot with the board showing K♥ 5♦ A♣ T♠ K♠. AL-AL66 couldn't find a call or a raise as elcheapo23 opened up a 21 million to 10 million chip lead.

The chip lead would flip around when both players put their stacks in the middle preflop:

AL-AL66: A♥ J♥
elcheapo23: 8♣ 8♥

The all-club flop 2♣ 4♣ 7♣ cut off a bunch of outs for AL-AL66 but the turn came through with the A♠ and the 6♥ sealed the win. The 22.8 million chip pot slid AL-AL66's way while elcheapo23's stack sat a little below nine million chips.

Eleven hands later they would get it all in preflop again, but there would be no race this time as elcheapo23's A♥2♣ was a big underdog to AL-AL66's A♠9♦. AL-AL66 would flop top two, as elcheapo was left looking for one of two fives left in the deck on the river for a chop. It did not come as the board read 9♠ A♣ 5♦ 5♥ 8♦ to favor AL-AL66 as this month's $1 million Turbo Takedown champion and winner of the $100,000.00 first place prize. elcheapo23 also collected a monsterous ROI with his $60,000.00 won as the runner-up for that 5,000 FPP buy-in.

March $1 Million Turbo Takedown Results (03-29-09)
1. AL-AL66 $100,000.00
2. elcheapo23 $60,000.00
3. Callisto 5 $40,000.00
4. Electricute $32,500.00
5. licyeus $25,000.00
6. pateenno1 $20,000.00
7. KNIEM7 $15,000.00
8. fcfarfan04 $10,000.00
9. hoops886 $5,500.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown