kinkonk88 overwhelms final table to win June's $1 Million Turbo Takedown

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgSince the buy-in for the monthly $1 Million Turbo Takedown was lowered from 5,000 FPPs to just 2,000 Frequent Players Points (FPPs) players have flocked to take advantage of this no cash buy-in tournament. Last month we gave away an extra bonus in the form of four wheels when bigjbecker drove off with a Porsche Cayman and $40,000.00 after taking down last month's Turbo Takedown.

While there's not an extra addition the already free prize pool tonight, a massive 21,143 players lined up their FPPs via satellites, cash play, SnGs, and MTTs for a shot at the $40,000.00 first prize. Nearly HALF of the players who entered went home with at least $35.00 for their points, but all eyes were on the final table where placing at least ninth tonight would net you $4,000.00 in this "freeroll".

After eight hours of play kinkonk88, the massive chip leader, would collect the last pelt on the way to the final table. In the blinds kinkonk88 would put clickandwin to a decision preflop for the small stack of just 851,950 chips with blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K. J♦A♦ for kinkonk88 and clickandwin held 2♦A♣ and found the K♦ 9♣ 6♣ J♥ T♦ board to be absent of the deuce necessary to turn the tide, and clickandwin, clicked but had to settle for 10th place ($3,200.00) as kinkonk88 set up the final table below:


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Seat 1: Armageddon98 (7977350 in chips)
Seat 2: aleksandras (8449754 in chips)
Seat 3: Pitbull24 (5799558 in chips)
Seat 4: xoxol73 (4325306 in chips)
Seat 5: Bo$$playa425 (6921892 in chips)
Seat 6: moe86 (1858981 in chips)
Seat 7: JohnnyPorn (1119907 in chips)
Seat 8: stepi80 (8548924 in chips)
Seat 9: kinkonk88 (18427328 in chips)

Blinds were still at 125K/250K ante 25K when severe short stack JohnnyPorn pushed 644,907 into the middle hoping to release the middle position limping aleksandras' chips. But, aleksandras made the easy call for 394,907 more with pocket eights 8♠8♥. Q♦A♠ for JohnnyPorn set up the race to finish, but the board trickled down J♠ 9♦ 4♥ 5♣ 8♣ sending JohnnyPorn behind the table in ninth place ($4,000.00).

With the blinds increasing to 150K/300K ante 30K moe86 small stack of less than four big blinds went into the middle on the button with T♥K♥ hoping to steal the blinds. Fortunately stepi80 was there in the small blind to provide some action and called with Q♥8♦. A safe flop of 6♣9♣A♠ had moe86's king high ruling the day. The turned 5♣ changed nothing, but the Q♠ river did as the stepi80 walked over moe86's king with a pair of queens. moe was, well, 86'd after the river and will enjoy the $5,000.00 earned in eighth place.

After taking a hit from Bo$$playa425 when pocket kings K♣K♦ could not hold up against the A♣Q♥ of Bo$$playa425 for a 14 million chip pot, kinkonk88 went right back to work three hands later in another 14 million chip with tournament life on the line against aleksandras in the hand below:

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kinkonk88's quad nines snuck past the big slick of aleksandras and the dominate chip leader was back and aleksandras was left with scraps that would be fed to stepi80 a few hands later to exit in seventh place ($6,020.00).

Shortly afterwards the final six settled in to take a well deserved five minute break with 200K/400K ante 40K blinds on the horizon. Here's how they shaped up with kinkonk88 still leading the way:

Seat 1: Armageddon98 (9552350 in chips)
Seat 3: Pitbull24 (2394558 in chips)
Seat 4: xoxol73 (7510306 in chips)
Seat 5: Bo$$playa425 (11158784 in chips)
Seat 8: stepi80 (13117130 in chips)
Seat 9: kinkonk88 (19695872 in chips)

kinkonk88 would continue to pressure the other players with bets putting them all-in or contesting their raises with three-bets preflop getting the leading stack up to 26 million without showing cards as the blinds rose again to 225K/450K ante 45K. The constant blind steals and raises got to Armageddon98. After raising to 1.35 million from UTG, stepi80 would re-raise putting Armageddon98 in deep thought for the remaining stack. Armageddon98 called showing A♦3♦ but stepi80 wasn't being a bully and turned over the dominating A♣Q♦. The 8♦ 8♥ 9♣ 4♦ T♣ board ran out with nary a trey and Armageddon98 blew up in sixth place earning $8,000.00 in the process.

Seven hands later began a succession of kinkonk88's big stack clubbing the table into submission. Starting with taking out xoxol73's in fifth place when xoxol73 call a 8.1 million chip button raise from kinkonk88 while holding just 5.8 million in chips left with A♥8♥. Once again kinkonk88 showed the goods and flipped up big slick A♦K♥. Both would flop a pair of aces, but xoxol73 couldn't catch the kicker on the A♠ 2♥ 5♠ T♦ Q♣ board to kiss those chips goodbye in fifth place ($12,000.00).

The very next hand kinkonk88 would hand other place their walking papers in fourth place. Watch the hand play out below:

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With the boat of nines full of kings, kinkonk88 would show Bo$$playa425 who's the boss of the final table sending Bo$$playa425 home with $16,000.00 in fourth place.

Blinds remained the same at 225K/450K ante 45K when the small stacked Pitbull24 pushed again with two million in chips left after paying the blinds. A♠5♠ was the choice of weapon for Pitbull24, but the big slick A♥K♦ of stepi80 in the big blind took the teeth out of Pitbull24's ace. No love for the short stack here as the board ran dry of a five and couldn't quite catch a six on the river to stay out of the dog pound. Pitbull24 instead will have to chew on the $20,000.00 received in third place.

Going into heads up play kinkonk88 would hold a nearly 5:1 chip lead over stepi80 in the all-European final:

Seat 8: stepi80 (13346466 in chips)
Seat 9: kinkonk88 (50082534 in chips)

stepi80 would manage a double up and pull within 26 million to 36 million chips but kinkonk88 would pull away the victory with the hand shown below:

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After treading lightly around the heart flush draw, kinkonk88's king kicker with K♦9♦ grabbed the pot when stepi80's 9♥Q♥ failed to find a third heart or second queen on the 8♥ 9♠ 5♥ 6♣ 2♠ board to become this month's $1 Million Turbo Takedown champion earning $40,000.00 in the process!

Despite having the aggressive kinkonk88 on the left the entire final table, stepi80 persevered for a $24,000.00 payday as the runner-up.

10,000 players cashed, 36 went home with more than $1,000.00 and five earned five-figures all for a couple of FPPs. Congratulations to all of our cashers tonight.

$1 Million Turbo Takedown Results (06-28-09)
1. kinkonk88 (salzburg) $40,000.00
2. stepi80 (Stuttgart) $24,000.00
3. Pitbull24 (medford) $20,000.00
4. Bo$$playa425 (Las Vegas) $16,000.00
5. xoxol73 (Moskow) $12,000.00
6. Armageddon98 (Richmond Hill) $8,000.00
7. aleksandras (Kaunas) $6,020.00
8. moe86 (Milton) $5,000.00
9. JohnnyPorn (Winnipeg) $4,000.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown