Friendly poker nets JustFriendsF $90,000 in April's $1 Million Turbo Takedown

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgEach month PokerStars puts up $1 Million for players with a few Frequent Players Points lying around (5,000 to be exact) to potentially turn those hard earned points from ring games, MTTs, and SnGs into $100,000.00 which goes out to the winner of this tournament. Today 8,949 players "bought" their ways into the $1 Million Turbo Takedown for a shot at the six figure payday for the "price" of a couple of t-shirts or stress balls from the FPP store.

Nothing wrong with a stress ball, but personally I'd rather be squeezing bricks of cash while playing here at PokerStars. 4,000 players made it into the cash but only the below nine would be left standing after eight hours of play with a shot at that hundred grand.


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Seat 1: wtfichigo (4147048 in chips)
Seat 2: Judius (472740 in chips)
Seat 3: willempy (358584 in chips)
Seat 4: 1488311 (2024959 in chips)
Seat 5: UHave_3_Outs (1790360 in chips)
Seat 6: JustFriendsF (6945987 in chips)
Seat 7: Soitanai (773458 in chips)
Seat 8: heelman247 (984804 in chips)
Seat 9: gwaag (9349060 in chips)

willempy came into the final table holding just three big blinds but managed to get some play in before succumbing to the pressure of the blinds. With just 183K in chips left willempy would make another open push and calls from UHave3_Outs and JustFriendsF. The 4♦ 4♥ 2♦ T♣ 3♣ must not have helped willempy's cause as those cards were mucked after UHave3_Outs tabled K♦ T♥ for the winning hand. $5,500.00 in ninth place for willempy is far from going away empty handed.

Big three way hand had the numerically fun 1488831's tournament life on the line against JustFriendsF and gwaag for a 3.4 million chip pot. Watch the fun below:

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The flopped set of fours was more than plenty to see off 1488311 in eighth place ($10,000.00).

Judius took a nasty beat before the final table when tabled pocket jacks to gwaag's ace-seven, and the river delivered a straight for gwaag crippling Judius from the tournament chip lead down to just a few blinds. Judius would recover enough to place seventh tonight, sitting with 835K in chips with blinds at 70,000/140,000 ante 14,000 facing a 330K raise from Soitanai, Judius would push the small stack into the middle with K♣ J♠. Soitanai would call with Q♥ A♥ creating a 1.8 million chip pot. Judius would never catch up as the board ran out 6♥ 9♠ 9♣ Q♦ 8♥, tough night for the seventh place finisher but $15,000.00 for a bunch of FPPs is a well-spent investment.

After repeated attempts to make a six handed deal broke down, we lost heelman247. JustFriendsF had been running over the table with nearly nine million more chips than 2nd place wtfchigo. Unfortunately, heelman247 stuck out a virtual foot to trip up the chip leader with pocket kings K♦ K♣ against JustFriendsF's 8♠ A♠. After the ace flopped on the 4♣ A♥ T♠ 2♣ 9♣ board, JustFriendsF took in another 4.8 million in chips as heelman247 walked towards the door in sixth place ($20,000.00).

Five-handed attempt at a deal got some nods and the mods to offer a chip chop count, but too many nays as they played on.

Just eleven hands later JustFriendsF would strike again this time after raising from UTG into UHave_3_Outs' big blind, the shorter stack push 1.7 million into the middle with 6♣ A♣. It was JustFriendsF's turn to hold the commanding pocket pair, jacks to be exact J♦ J♠. True to the name UHave_3_Outs had only three outs, but picked up two outs on the K♠ Q♠ T♥ flop. UHave_3_Outs couldn't connect with the 7♣ turn and K♥ river, and with zero outs left UHave_3_Outs collected $25,000 for fifth place tonight.

Next, it was Soitanai's super short beginning stack getting healthier throughout the night and with this hand knocking wtfchigo down to 339K which would go to chip vacuum JustFriendsF on the very next hand ending wtfchigo's night in fourth place ($32,500.00):

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Once a severe short stack, now up to 7.1 million chips as Soitani lept in front of gwaag in chip count but still held half as many chips as JustFriendsF.

Three handed play would see the chip lead and possibly the remaining player's sanity take a turn for the worse as the short stack would always find a way to double up for almost a half hour.

But, with blinds at 125,000/250,000 ante 25,000 gwaag would finally succumb. After gwaag raised from the button to 510K with 3♠4♠, Soitanai would call from the big blind with A♣5♣ to see a 2♣ 3♣ 6♠ flop. Soitanai would check the straight flush draw as gwaag followed-through with a 500K bet. No hesitation was made on the all-in check raise that coverage gwaag. But, gwaag made the call with middle pair and an inside straight draw as well. A♠ on the turn gave the official lead to Soitanai but also gave gwaag a flush draw to go with a straight draw. 2♥ on the river ended gwaag's roller-coaster ride to the final table as well as at the final table in third place ($40,000.00).

Nearly a three to one margin lead for Soitanai going into heads up play:

Seat 6: JustFriendsF (6722076 in chips)
Seat 7: Soitanai (20124924 in chips)

Soitanai wouldn't hold that lead long as JustFriendsF would strike for a double up seven hands into the heads-up match when both players hit trips on this board 2♥ K♣ T♣ 6♠ T♠, but JustFriendsF's T♦ 9♠ outpiped Soitanai's 5♠T♥ to scoop up the 13.2 million chip pot and even out the match.

After trading the blinds back and forth with the chips nearly even, the players got the mods back online for an very quick negotiation of an even split of $70,000.00 and $20,000.00 left on the table to play for.

No sooner than JustFriendsF offering a "gl man" after the chop agreement in the chat box, both of them got their chips into the middle preflop. Watch the winner rake in the chips below:

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Pocket kings of Soitanai no match for the nut flush of JustFriendsF. This win all but wrapped up the tourney for JustFriendsF leaving Soitanai with just 18K in chips. He would manage a double up, but the scraps would eaten on the second hand as JustFriendF shook his big stack for all its worth in claiming this month's $1 Million Turbo Takedown tournament and $90,000.00 after the chop agreement. Adding $10K to the runner-up check, Soitanai's never give up attitude took that beginning short stack and turned it into a big payday.

April $1 Million Turbo Takedown Results
(*based on two-way chop)
1. JustFriendsF (Nashville) *$90,000.00
2. Soitanai (Cph) *$70,000.00
3. gwaag (einsiedeln) $40,000.00
4. wtfchigo (Voitsberg) $32,500.00
5. UHave_3_Outs (Phoenix) $25,000.00
6. heelman247 (Pierre) $20,000.00
7. Judius (Columbus) $15,000.00
8. 1488311 (Moscow) $10,000.00
9. willempy (weert) $5,500.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown