vballbobbi Thumps Competition in $1 Million Turbo Takedown Win

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Two big hands, one big winner, and one final table bubble boy. Unfortunately for fra73 his pocket queens could not hold up against the big slick of dark_check86 when the flop showed a king and showed fra73 the door when the board ran out 4d-Jh-Kd-4c-2c.


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Here's your Turbo Takedown final table this evening:

Seat 1: Rugs6969 (1354414 in chips)
Seat 2: vballbobbi (5735684 in chips)
Seat 3: AR_GTAm (5344336 in chips)
Seat 4: mikiantimd (1055172 in chips)
Seat 5: dark_check86 (4199359 in chips)
Seat 6: jockel24 (2372603 in chips)
Seat 7: LFISBRTL (1440147 in chips)
Seat 8: jkopp984 (4056835 in chips)
Seat 9: a33bars (1039450 in chips)

mikiantimd would waste no time in double up, no time meaning some players were just readjusting their virtual stools to the new table when he open pushed from the small blind with Ah-6s to be called by dark_check86's Kh-Js. After neither player improved on the 7h-4s-Qh-2c-Qs board, mikiantimd took claim to the first pot of the final table and a healthy 2.1 million chips.

Under ten big blinds and holding a couple of red sevens while the action is folded to you in the cutoff is a great spot to push. a33bars found himself in that spot looking to snag the 216,000 chips in the middle without a fight, but fellow short stack Rugs6969 on the button held pocket nines and made the call while the blinds went to go look at crossword puzzles. No excitement for either player on the 6c-3c-Ks-8s-4h board and a33bars will have $5,500.00 in ninth place to spend, courtesy of his 5,000 FPPs spent this evening to enter.

With AR_GTAm sitting on the big stack at 7.6 million the others at the table got antsy for some action. dark_check86 made it 300,000 to go from UTG+2 with the blinds at 60,000/120,000 ante 12,000 and found a huge customer is jkopp984 who pushed from the button for his 1.4 million chips. The blinds folded back to dark_check86 who made the call with pocket jacks and still had 1.3 million behind. jkopp984 was left looking for some of Team PokerStars' Pro Greg Raymer's presto magic holding 5d-5s. The magic never got started on the board of 8d-7s-8h-Qs-2c and jkopp984's chip disappeared into dark_check86's stack. However $10,000 did magically appear in jkopp984's bankroll courtesy of PokerStars and his eighth place finish.

480,000 to go from Rugs6969 from the cutoff and mikiantimd responded quickly. "All-in". After putting in almost a third of his chips Rugs6969 followed thru with the call creating a 4.1 million chip pot with the blinds still at 60,000/120,000 ante 12,000. mikiantimd's Ac-9s was in the lead versus the Qc-Jd of Rugs6969 and solidified the lead on the 5c-5h-Ad flop. No running queens or jacks came and Rugs6969 was swept from the Turbo Takedown in seventh place earning $15,000 in the process.

After a slow beginning to the final table things heated up as the very next hand saw dark_check86 getting the wrong side of mikiantimd's aggression when mikiantimd pushed 6.1 million chips over the top of vballbobbi's 480,000 chip UTG+2 raise from the button. dark_check86 couldn't find a better spot to send his 4.2 million chips into the middle from small blind holding pocket kings. mikiantimd turned up the ill-timed bluff of Qc-7s, or was it ill-timed? The flop of Qd-7h-8c get mikiantimd the lead and a 2h and Ts later dark_check86 had a $20,000 sixth place bad beat story.

jockel24 would double up his small stack to 2.5 million on the next hand taking his pocket treys over the pocket deuces of mikiantimd.

Two hands later vballbobbi would put a deep hurt on LFISBRTL when he called LFISBRTL's button push from the small blind with Ac-Qs. The call left just $33,150 behind for LFISBRTL'S As-7h. The board stuck with the preflop favorite this time showing Jc-Kc-6c-Jd-2s to ship the 5.9 million chip pot to vballbobbi. A brief double-up the next hand, extended play for LFISBRTL until AR_GTAm took the scraps on the following hand. $25,000.000 was awarded for our fifth place finisher LFISBRTL.

Play finally slowed a bit with jockel24 getting another small double-up but retaining the bottom position until vballbobbi and AR_GTAm took shots at each other. Raising to 480,000 from the cutoff, AR_GTAm had a decision to make when vballbobbi three-bet to 1.2 million from the big blind with blinds at 80,000/160,000 ante 16,000. He chose to call and saw a flop of 2s-8d-9s and both started a raising war which ended up with both of their considerable stacks going into the middle. Pocket kings for vballbobbi and an open ended straight draw with Jh-Tc for AR_GTAm. No straight came from the 9h turn or Ah river and the 13.6 million chip pot was spiked to vballbobbi. AR_GTAm will drive off with $32,500.00 in fourth place.

In rapid succession we found our winner of the $100,000.00 first place prize. First jockel24's small stack found resistance as he shoved from the button for 2.3 million and vballbobbi was waiting for him in the small blind with an insta-call holding pocket jacks. Ah-8c for the hard fighting jockel24, but he ran out of gas in this brawl as the board played out Qs-Qh-Kc-8s-9c to add 4.8 million to vballbobbi's chip lead. For his persistence jockel24 was paid off to the tune of $40,000.00 in third place.

As we went to a very brief heads-up play here's how the stacks stood up (for two whole hands):

Seat 2: vballbobbi (16748186 in chips)
Seat 4: mikiantimd (9849814 in chips)

Vballbobbi took the blinds on the first hand, then with blinds at 80,000/160,000 ante 16,000 both players got really excited at the 7d-8h-6d flop after vballbobbi completed in the small blind. mikiantimd asked "we can't deal or what?" in the raising war while holding top pair (Jc-8s). vballbobbi wasn't having any talk as he shoved in a four bet push with a flopped straight (4s-5d) and got a call from mikiantimd. Drawing dead to a chop or running nine and ten, mikiantimd was the runner-up by the turned Ad and had $60,000.00 coming to him for the runner-up finish.

vballbobbi held the right cards at the right times tonight and walked away with a cool $100,000.00 from a simple buy-in of 5,000 FPPs as the $1 Million Turbo Takedown champion!

Turbo Takedown Results (01-25-09)

1. vballbobbi $100,000.00
2. mikiantimd $60,000.00
3. jockel24 $40,000.00
4. AR_GTAm $32,500.00
5. LFISBRTL $25,000.00
6. dark_check86 $20,000.00
7. Rugs6969 $15,000.00
8. jkopp984 $10,000.00
9. a33bars $5,500.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown