Turbo Takedown: coasting to the win, shiptosails takes down $60K plus the Audi TT

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgRaise your hand if some of your hard earned poker bankroll found its way into local retailers over the past weekend. Black Friday and soon-to-hit Cyber Monday has holiday shoppers across the globe looking for bargains, and if you are one of the 18,394 who signed up for the tonight's $1 million Turbo Takedown, PokerStars was giving away one of the biggest bargains on the internet. For the low low "price" of just 3,000 frequent players points (FPPs) the players received 3,000 chips and chair with a shot at $60,000.00 and of course the Audi TT which you could impress your loved one with as a gift. Giving a car might have a better response than that Wal-Mart gift card or tin of peanut brittle you were thinking about handing over next month.

First there were 18,393 players who would not be traveling home for the holidays in that Audi TT but 5,000 players would at least take away $78.00 for defeating over 2/3rds of the field. Players like Team PokerStars Tae Joon Noh (3987th place, $85.00), Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser (3391st place, $90.00), Andres "lobojiji" Alisievicz (2569th place, $100.00), Julian Thew (2291st place, $105.00), Joao "jomane" Nunes (1960th place, $110.00), Pat Pezzin (1377th place, $120.00), Kristian 'CharismA3' Martin (890th place, $160.00), Juan Manuel Pastor (880th place, $170.00), but we would have to climb up the pay scale a ways to find Veronica "Princesa" Dabul as the last of Team PokerStars to bust, she finished in 84th place tonight earning $600.00 before handing off her $100.00 pro bounty.

Veronica Dabul - 84th place ($600.00)

Two tables and 12 players remaining, a story developed with maxde88 beginning with a bit of a comeback after taking a nasty bad beat. Holding aces versus yakuza63's pocket nines all-in preflop for a four million chip pot and the blinds at 60K/120K ante 12K, the board read J♥ K♥ J♠ Q♦ and yes, the 9♠ hit the river leaving maxde88 with just 265,559 chips and in the small blind. The rail got behind maxde88 with every double up that followed, as the microstack managed to chip up to a million, then double up again versus Luigis.den to over two million, but would the resurrection make it to the final table? Sadly, no. maxde88 was doing much better getting it in behind than ahead as Zarmil tried to shove A♦3♣ from the small blind when maxde88 held Q♦A♥ in the big blind and made the call for a 4.4 million chip pot. Unfortunately, the board ran out four clubs T♣4♠6♣9♣J♣ to match Zarmil's trey knocking the comeback story out in 12th place.

yakuza63 couldn't hold on to those chips acquired from maxde88 and lost a big coin flip against Luigis.den to finish in 11th place as the tables slowed down for hand-for-hand play and the $2K difference between 9th and 10th. Uncle Vlad would be the one to find a drained vein as he tried to push a short stack of 976,650 with the blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K from the small blind and DHUSTLER15 woke up with pocket queens Q♠Q♦ in the big blind and snap called. Uncle Vlad's rags never threatened on the 8♠ 5♦ 2♥ 8♣ 6♦ board and was sent back to Transylvania with $8,000.00 in tenth place.


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Seat 1: twenty305 (3388094 in chips)
Seat 2: Ruxandescu (3780858 in chips)
Seat 3: trumoan (6377798 in chips)
Seat 4: Zarmil (6258917 in chips)
Seat 5: shiptosails (10839274 in chips)
Seat 6: Luigis.den (8263198 in chips)
Seat 7: DHUSTLER15 (3239565 in chips)
Seat 8: QuasiFiction (7949606 in chips)
Seat 9: fundog90 (5084690 in chips)

The race for the Audi TT reached its final nine players and they would not take long to start the action with blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K and several stacks still holding at least 30 big blinds.

You keep betting, I'll keep calling

Just the fourth hand into the final table our first big pot would not take place preflop as with most final tables. fundog90 would raise UTG to 344,440 chips as twenty305 on the immediate left would call as would QuasiFiction out of the big blind. All three were shown a wheel flop of 5♠ A♣ 4♦ as fundog90 followed up with a 449,990 chip bet and twenty305 made the call as QuasiFiction dropped out. 6♥ turn and fundog90 checked as twenty305 shoved all-in for 2.5 million and fundog90 snap-called with a set of fours 4♥4♣. twenty305 turned up the now drawing dead A♦Q♦ as the 5♦ gave fundog90 the boat and 7.2 million in chips as twenty305 became the first causality in ninth place ($10,000.00). Add this five figure score to the one that earned him a WCOOP bracelet last year while taking down Event #35 for $59,352.91.

Can't leave each other alone

With two tables left DHUSTLER15 and Ruxandescu seemingly played a game of chicken with constant three and four-bets preflop as they sat directly next to each other. The blinds moving up to 90K/180K ante 18K, this hand would take a little different route. DHUSTLER15 would raise UTG to 399,999 and Ruxandescu was the only customer in middle position as he flat called. Flop of 9♣ 5♠ K♣ and DHUSTLER15 bet 522,552 and on cue Ruxandescu shoved to 4.1 million, holding big slick A♣K♦ DHUSTLER15 made the call for less and was far behind the pocket aces A♥A♠ of Ruxandescu. A little sweat came from a third club hitting J♣ but a fourth one missed on the Q♥ to ship the six million chip pot to Ruxandescu and knocking out DHUSTLER15 in eighth place ($12,500.00). Another WCOOP success story, DHUSTLER15 was at the final table during Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier's Event #42 victory and nearly pulled off an epic comeback finishing in fourth place for $179,515.00

Luigi loses to Bowser again

This time Mario wasn't around to help his famous brother as playing traveled thru a few blind levels before Luigis.den found himself all-in against the chip leader fundog90. With the blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K, Luigis.den tried to snag the blinds by pushing for a little under three million UTG holding pocket eights 8♦8♣ and got a call from fundog90 with 9♦A♣. A flip was the best outcome of the shove but the nine on the flop would say otherwise for Luigis.den as the board came out T♠ 9♠ Q♥ 6♠ 5♥ and Luigis.den would have to save Princess Peach in something besides an Audi TT after finishing in seventh place ($15,000.00).

Big stack, big spade

Watch below as QuasiFiction gets to write a non-fiction story about a bad beat:

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All the chips in preflop nine hands after fundog90 eliminated Luigis.den, QuasiFiction was very much ahead holding big slick K♣A♦ to fundog90's 6♥A♠. But, the spades wouldn't stop hitting on the 5♠ 4♠ Q♠ 4♦ 2♠ board as fundog90 finished with the ace-high flush collecting a 9.2 million chip pot and sending QuasiFiction off in sixth place ($17,500.00) to pen this hand and hopefully the cash will help ease the pain.

Warning: turbulence ahead

Watching Ruxandescu's stack bounce from highs of seven million to lows of around a million for the past two blind levels makes an observer want to reach for some Dramamine. But, the roller-coaster ride would come to an end during the 200K/400K ante 40K blind level when Ruxandescu tried to open shove from the hijack for 5.5 million holding 9♠K♠ and Zarmil woke up on the button with pocket jacks J♦J♣ to make the call. No need to dance around a flush draw when you flop a boat, 7♥ J♠ 7♦ 5♠ 8♦ no turn or river excitement as Zarmil collected the 11.9 million chip pot and Ruxandescu was out in fifth place ($20,000.00). Did everyone at this table final table a WCOOP event? Ruxandescu also had a 6-figure payday in the 2010 WCOOP, taking third place in Event #28 for $135,991.70

Many level thinking or gambling going on

Wow. Speechless. Watch the video for this 22.3 million chip game-changing hand:

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Blinds at 225K/450K ante 45K and shiptosails calls the three-bet shove of Zarmil holding K♠Q♦. Zarmil did not show much better but was slightly in the lead flipping up A♣9♥. Zarmil's hand vastly improved with the addition of two nines on the 5♦ 9♦ 9♣. But the diamonds would not stop hitting, first the 4♦ on the turn and finally the K♦ river giving shiptosails the win and sending Zarmil home in fourth place ($25,000.00).

Only gambling allowed here

Four hands later as the blinds stayed the same, trumoan, who stayed relatively quiet during the final table, made a play for the blinds while shoving from the cutoff for 4.2 million holding K♥4♥. But, shiptosails was on the button with A♣T♦ and move than enough chips to make the call. This time there was a flush draw to sweat as 7♥ T♥ 2♣ hit the flop. shiptosails had top pair and it held as the hearts stopped beating with the J♦ turn and 7♦ river to eliminate trumoan in third place ($30,000.00) and start up a brief heads-up match with fundog90.

Sent to the pound

Another four hands later and shiptosails enjoying a nearly four to one chip lead (41.6 million to 13.5 million) the crazy betting would start and end preflop. fundog90 would lead out on the button to 978,550 chips and shiptosails came back with a three-bet to 2.3 million. Looking to close the betting, fundog90 shoved for his remaining 13.5 million as shiptosails made the call. It was lucky the last hand versus trumoan and shiptosails would try to take ace-ten A♠T♦ to victory against a suited king again, this time K♥7♥. This time however there would be no flush threat as the board played out 3♠ 8♣ J♣ 9♠ Q♣ giving shiptosails a straight and the outright win taking home $60,000.00 and the Audi TT!

November $1 Million Turbo Takedown results (11-28-10)

1. shiptosails (Los Altos) $60,000.00 + Audi TT
2. fundog90 (Minsk) $40,000.00
3. trumoan (miranda de ebro) $30,000.00
4. Zarmil (Wien) $25,000.00
5. Ruxandescu (buzau) $20,000.00
6. QuasiFiction (Tempe) $17,500.00
7. Luigis.den (voorhout) $15,000.00
8. DHUSTLER15 (Tulsa) $12,500.00
9. twenty305 (coral gables) $10,000.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown