No Chop Here: ch0ppy wins $1 Million Turbo Takedown - Team Pro Edition

tt-team-pro-thumb.jpgTonight brought out 24,445 players to different twist on the monthly $1 Million Turbo Takedown. For 2,000 Frequent Players Points (FPPs) players could take their seats against the slew of Team PokerStars Pros sitting with various bounties on their heads. Various because depending on when the player signed up for the tournament is how much they would get for knocking out the pro. Read below's explanation on the payouts from the PokerStars promotion page:

Exactly how much goes into the prize pool depends on you. The earlier you register for the tournament, the bigger the bounties will be - $20 for each day. So, if you register on the day of the tournament, the cash prize for busting a Team PokerStars Pro will be $20. But if you register one day before** it's $40, two days before it's $60, and so on. If you register on the day the tournament appears in the PokerStars lobby, you could win more than $400 for eliminating a Team PokerStars Pro.

Below is how the pros fared this evening.

Henrique Pinho 3,405
Marcel Luske 3,749
Marcin Horecki 4,741
Ylon Schwartz 6,599
Humberto "Humberto B." Brenes 6,872
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan 6,917
Tom McEvoy 8,206
Jason Mercier 8,825
Dario Minieri 10,132
Johnny Lodden 10,792
Alexandre "Allingomes" Gomes 12,022
Gavin Griffin 12,189
Barry "barryg1" Greenstein 15,045
Isabelle "NoMercy" Mercier 15,260
Vicky Coren 15,859
Andre aakkari Akkari 17,931
Katja Thater 19,382
Maridu Mayrinck 19,493
Raymond Rahme 19,697
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose 21,588
Alexander Kravchenko 21,799
Leo Fernandez 21,638
Greg "FossilMan" Raymer 22,642


cyberpeogh sat holding only six big blinds trying to make something happen for a push to the final table. The short stack would push over the top of votin's raise to 600K with the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K, not even able to double the chip leader's raise holding 1.1 million and 8♥6♥. Votin made the call with K♠Q♠ and promptly hit the queen on the flop 3♣ 5♦ Q♣, and with top two on the turned king K♦ cyberpeogh became a spectator in tenth place ($3,200.00) setting up the final table below.

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Seat 1: badgergav (8041538 in chips)
Seat 2: Resolfen (7977397 in chips)
Seat 3: ch0ppy (10700057 in chips)
Seat 4: votin (20359222 in chips)
Seat 5: CheddaStackz (4459287 in chips)
Seat 6: saimon24 (3982022 in chips)
Seat 7: Ajtak (7023469 in chips)
Seat 8: ervinbet (3509281 in chips)
Seat 9: kejseranders (7282727 in chips)

Some people's tournament final tables last several hours, others, approximately 20 seconds. In the time it took for the auto message from Stars to congratulate our final table contestants tonight we had our ninth place finisher named. The only player over 10 million chips, votin, opened to 550K from middle position with blinds starting off tonight at 100K/200K ante 20K. CheddaStackz smelled something funky and pushed over the top for 4.4 million holding A♠Q♥. There was nothing stinky about the pocket tens T♦T♣ held by the chip leader and the call was made creating a 9.3 million chip pot. Two pair would show up on the 7♣ K♥ 9♠ 7♠ K♣ board matching neither of the players card's as votin's pocket tens held and CheddaStackz chips were eaten and downed perhaps with a nice chardonnay in ninth place ($4,000.00).

About ten minutes after votin successfully took care CheddaStackz, the chip leader took an early break and did not play a hand by sitting out as the blinds moved up to 150K/300K ante 30K. Twenty minutes later the "sitting out" spell was broken losing only two million chips in the process and promptly getting a third of those back taking down the blinds on the first hand back.

As the players went to the break before the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K badgergav and ch0ppy started to creep up on votin's mega stack as the remainder of the field needed some help quickly...

Seat 1: badgergav (15184015 in chips)
Seat 2: Resolfen (5692397 in chips)
Seat 3: ch0ppy (15961056 in chips)
Seat 4: votin (20691599 in chips)
Seat 6: saimon24 (3431268 in chips)
Seat 7: Ajtak (4218376 in chips)
Seat 8: ervinbet (4218562 in chips)
Seat 9: kejseranders (3937727 in chips)

... and right out of the gate ervinbet attempted to make that something happen on the first hand returning from the break. While UTG, badgergav stuck with raising in increments ending in 9 with a raise to 999,999 with A♥Q♠. Folded around to ervinbet who saw pocket eights 8♦8♠ as a great opportunity to double up and shoved as badgergav made the quick call. The flop K♠J♠J♥ was "safe" for ervinbet but the dreaded counterfeit came with the turned king K♥ meaning ervinbet needed a eight for a boat as badgergav's ace now played for a higher kicker. The 5♣ did not full up ervinbet as our eighth place finisher left with $5,000.00 in free money tonight.

The very next hand saimon24 tried to swim upstream with pocket eights 8♣8♦ as well after pushing over the top for 3.3 million of votin's 1.2 million chip raise. votin made the call turning over Q♦K♣ to race off the 7.5 million chip pot. Once again the flop 7♦ 6♣ T♣ was safe, and like déjà vu the turn was not safe as a queen fell Q♣ with the river 3♠ ending saimon24's dive for cash in seventh place ($6,020.00).

kejseranders would finally win one for the little guys out racing ch0ppy with Q♣K♣ and hitting queens full for a 7.2 million chip pot on the third consecutive all-in preflop hand. Luck would help on kejseranders next all-in attempt as this time the dreaded pocket eights, responsible for the first two eliminations, would crack votin's pocket aces with a turned set awarding a 12 million chip pot to kejseranders.

One hand before kejseranders trimmed those chips off votin, ch0ppy and short stacked Ajtak tangled preflop. Check out the coin flip for Ajtak's tournament life below:


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Both flopped a pair but ch0ppy's queens bested the pair of tens held by Ajtak and sixth place money ($8,000.00) was coming to Elztal-Dallau for Ajtak.

Action would cool off a bit until the blinds rose to 225K/450K ante 45K when votin raised to 1.35 million from UTG as both Resolfen and ch0ppy called out of the blinds. With the flop of 2♣ 2♥ 5♦ both the blinds checked as votin followed through with a 900K bet. Resolfen tried to bump votin off those pocket fours 4♦4♥ with a check-raise all-in to 5.2 million total holding just queen high T♦Q♦. votin caught wind of the bluff and made the call as the remainder of the board produced an unnecessary straight for votin. Resolfen earned the first five-figure payday of the night in fifth place ($12,000.00).

votin's downward spiral from massive chip leader to out in fourth place started with ch0ppy knocking the big stack for a 14 million chip pot when votin could not answer an eleven million chip check-raise with the board reading 5♣ 2♥ Q♠ 3♠. Then, an unfortunate river card gave kejseranders a straight over the two pair of votin sent a 21 million chip pot out of the previous chip leader's stack. Seven hands later the bottom came out as votin limped from the cutoff with badgergav completing from the small blind and ch0ppy check the option. A flop of 2♦ 9♥ J♠ was checked thru the blind as votin bet 1.35 million. badgergav check-raised to 4.5 million total and votin went for broke holding T♣8♥ and shoved for 14.2 million. badgergav paused just for a moment then called holding two pair 2♥J♣ creating a 30 million chip pot. The board couldn't find votin's straight as the 6♠ and 3♠ rained down to send votin home with $16,000.00 in fourth place.

badgergav was the next big stack to go down hard as ch0ppy put on a clinic for value betting and got badgergav to call down all bets on a K♦ 4♣ K♥ T♠ 9♠ board after turning the nuts with T♣K♣. The 17 million chip pot might have set the tone for the overshove by badgergav on the hand below again kejseranders:


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Pocket kings K♥K♠ for kejseranders finished off badgergav's A♣9♠ as the 32 million chip pot slid to kejseranders and $20,000.00 third place money found its way to badgergav's den setting up heads-up play.

ch0ppy wasn't feeling choppy tonight as the chat box went vacant the throughout heads-up play that started with the following chip counts:

Seat 3: ch0ppy (38736703 in chips)
Seat 9: kejseranders (34598297 in chips)

First blood would go to kejseranders who would win seven straight hands including one for 21 million after ch0ppy fired two barrels with queen-high and both checked the river to see kejseranders' turned pair of jacks on a 9♥ T♣ 4♦ J♦ 5♦ board.

Several hands later ch0ppy's chip stack found the middle with just 6♣Q♠ after a preflop raising war broke out but kejseranders called ch0ppy's bluff shove on the end holding big slick A♣K♠. Six on the flop, and well we'll let the tape show you the rest:


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The rivered six overcame the turned king as ch0ppy took the pot with trip sixes as the chip counts returned to counts at the beginning of heads-up play.

Twenty or so hands later ch0ppy would go on a tear winning nine of ten pots, ending with getting kejseranders to commit the remainder of a depleted stack holding T♦K♠ after the Q♥7♦K♣ started raises between the final two. This time it was ch0ppy holding big slick and the 6♣ on the turn nor 2♥ turned the tide for kejseranders as ch0ppy took home the whole $40,000.00 after winning tonight's $1 Million Turbo Takedown Team Pro Edition!

This wasn't ch0ppy's first success with turbo tournaments as Waterloo native notched a sixth place showing in the $1,575 buy-in Event #4 SCOOP 6th place for $53,167.50 which was a 2X Turbo format (check out the SCOOP write up here).

kejseranders was one card away from victory tonight but will have to settle for the runner-up check worth $24,000.00 after the near 10 hour tournament completed.

Congrats to all of our winners this evening and to those who trimmed the bounties off the Team PokerStars Pros that participated tonight.

$1 Million Turbo Takedown - Team Pro Edition (07-26-09)
1. ch0ppy (Waterloo) $40,000.00
2. kejseranders (Ølstykke) $24,000.00
3. badgergav (Essex) $20,000.00
4. votin (Odintsovo) $16,000.00
5. Resolfen (Germany) $12,000.00
6. Ajtak (Elztal-Dallau) $8,000.00
7. saimon24 (Minden) $6,020.00
8. ervinbet (Oradea) $5,000.00
9. CheddaStackz (Fort Collins) $4,000.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown