Turbo Takedown: No chop means more money for BobMad121

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgThe gift that keeps on giving, the $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown is back again this month ready to send a lucky er... skillful player off with $60,000 and a brand new Audi TT. Nary a real dollar, euro, or yen will get you into this tournament, only 3,000 FPPs via grinding cash games or thru the satellite system will seat you besides the 18,074 players that showed up tonight. Along with the five figure paydays to all of our final nine tonight, this tournament pays out to 5,000 places giving players a near 1 in 3 chance of cashing for at least $78.00, not bad for free money. Also, if you cash enough times or being kind enough to show one of the Team PokerStars Pros to the exit, you will pick up bonus cash along the way (check the Turbo Takedown link above for details).

We're here to report on the final table however and to get there you must say good-bye to the bubble boy. That distinction belonged to funfunfun101 who was donedonedone in tenth place. With blinds at 60K/120K ante 12K and severely shortstacked funfunfun101 would call the raise of marroca5 holding big slick K♣A♦ and less then 2BBs as the rest of the table folded. Firmly ahead of marroca5's A♠J♦, funfunfun101 watched the board in pain as the turn card 2♦ K♥ Q♥ T♣ 7♠ gave marroca5 a broadway straight sending him home in tenth place ($8,000.00) as we started up the final table to give away the Audi TT below:


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Seat 1: evandijk70 (4757042 in chips)
Seat 2: AmarulaBr (14883738 in chips)
Seat 3: joachimpowa (8533421 in chips)
Seat 4: PURPLE"K"99 (4008652 in chips)
Seat 5: BobMad121 (1363731 in chips)
Seat 6: KuzMich_pro (4196441 in chips)
Seat 7: ChiprakerAA (6275635 in chips)
Seat 8: marroca5 (6885932 in chips)
Seat 9: reversejam (3317408 in chips)

With blinds starting at 60K/120K ante 12K they would quickly move up to 70K/140K ante 14K where we would see our first elimination. marroca5 who opened up the final table by eliminating tenth place started a blind versus raising war with ChiprakerAA. ChiprakerAA raised to 340,000 as marroca5 popped it to 885,250, then ChiprakerAA to 1.83 million, and finally marroca5 shoved for 5.2 million as ChiprakerAA covered and called with pocket queens Q♠Q♥. marroca5 would need to come from behind again holding pocket tens T♠T♦, but neither player would improve with a board full of sailboats 2♣ 4♣ J♥ 4♥ 4♦. It would be marroca5 to take the head wind and sail off first taking $10,000.00 in ninth place. This is not marroca5's first success with the Sunday Tournaments as back in November marroca5 picked up $51K in a fourth place effort at the Sunday Warm-up.

Ouch. It's one thing when an opponent hits those two-outers, it's quite another when the below hand happens. Watch the 3-way all-in between reversejam, ChiprakerAA, and BobMad121:

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reversejam: J♦J♣
ChiprakerAA: A♥K♦
BobMad121: 8♣8♠

ChiprakerAA covered both reversejam and BobMad121, and reversejam covered BobMad121 for this 7.8 million chip pot. To say the 8♥ 5♣ 8♦ flop was kind to BobMad121 would be like saying kids just kinda enjoy candy. Flopped quads for BobMad121 meant we were watching the rest of the board for the 4.2 million side pot between ChiprakerAA and reversejam, 9♥ was safe but the K♣ on the river sent reversejam and those pocket jacks packing in eighth place ($12,500.00) as BobMad121 took 3.5 million from the main pot.

With seats eight and nine gone perhaps seat seven was next? Fast forward to the blinds at 150K/300K ante 30K and ChiprakerAA sitting in the seven seat taking a big hit against KuzMich_pro in a bad beat when KuzMich_pro's pocket queens complete a four-flush against the pocket kings of ChiprakerAA for a 11.4 million chip pot. But, it would be PURPLE"K"99 instead that would take leave next. In the small blind facing an all-in bet from joachimpowa, PURPLE"K"99 would call all-in with those dreamy pocket aces A♠A♣. joachimpowa turned over the steal attempt and K♦8♠ but promptly hit a king on the K♠ 3♦ 7♠ flop. 2♠ on the turn missed the seven outs, but the K♥ on the river gave joachimpowa 6.9 million chips from the pot for the trip kings and PURPLE"K"99 probably his most expensive bad beat story in seventh place ($15,000.00).

Largest pot of the tournament you might expect to see some big hands if both players pushed preflop right? Check out this expensive raising war in the video below:

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evandijk70 did not feel like relinquishing the preflop raise after being three-bet holding just 9♥8♦ and decided to press it by shoving for nine million total as AmarulaBr covered made the call with A♠Q♠. An 18.7 million chip pot and chip lead for the winner as neither player connected on the 4♣ 3♣ 6♥ T♣ 5♣ board and AmarulaBr took a huge chip lead with four remaining and evandijk70 got an expensive lesson leaving in sixth place ($17,500.00).

Three hands later AmarulaBr would add even more to that total. Blinds holding at 175K/350K ante 35K, ChiprakerAA was facing a call for his tournament life after being three-bet by AmarulaBr holding 9♦A♣. "Call" was the answer and AmarulaBr turned over A♥J♥ for the dominating hand. Both players would pair their aces on the 6♥ 3♠ T♣ A♦ Q♣ but AmarulaBr's jack kicker played and the once mighty chip leader was out in fifth place ($20,000.00).

This was an action packed stretch as another two hands later and there was yet another elimination. This time it was joachimpowa raising it up to 999,999 from the cutoff as KuzMich_pro in the small blind three-bet to 2.1 million. And as the players were discussing the possibility of a deal while these two were throwing chips in, joachimpowa shoved for 8.2 million getting a snap call from KuzMich_pro who covered and held pocket kings K♣K♦. joachimpowa could only turn up A♠2♣ and watched the 8♣ 8♦ T♣ 5♠ 7♥ board rain down without an aces as the 16.8 million chip pot slid to KuzMich_pro. For the fourth finish there was no automobile, but $25,000.00 in prize money can certainly buy one (just not the brand new Audi TT still on the board for the winner).

As we moved on to three handed play and blinds of 200K/400K ante 40K the players slowed up for a bit to discuss a possible deal. After sitting out and grumbling about the pay outs like a bunch of sports fans watching their favorite player getting traded to a rival, they returned to the table and started play once again.

With blinds moving up to 225K/450K ante 45K AmarulaBr may have regretted not giving BobMad121 the extra 2K he requested from the deal.

Chip counts at the time of the potential deal:

Seat 2: AmarulaBr (28051196 in chips)
Seat 5: BobMad121 (7146795 in chips)
Seat 6: KuzMich_pro (19024009 in chips)

Chip count at the hourly break and two blind levels later:

Seat 2: AmarulaBr (21509176 in chips)
Seat 5: BobMad121 (23118815 in chips)
Seat 6: KuzMich_pro (9594009 in chips)

AmarulaBr picked up the Team PokerStars Brazilian cheering section with Maridu Mayrinck, Andre Akkari, and Alexandre Gomes giving AmarulaBr a cheer during a timely double-up with pocket twos against big slick for BobMad121 for a 16 million chip pot. Despite the giving up those chips BobMad121 retained the chip lead as the blinds were capped at 250K/500K ante 50K.

The chips were not held for long by the Brazilian as AmarulaBr raised from the small blind for 1.25 million and was three-bet by BobMad121 to three million. AmarulaBr decided to shove A♣6♦ for 15.1 million total and BobMad121 snap called with pocket tens T♥T♠. A six would pop up on the flop 5♥ 9♦ 6♣ but the chances of a suckout vanished with the T♣ on the turn rendering the 3♦ on the river moot. With a set of tens BobMad121 would take down Team Brazil and AmarulaBr in third place ($30,000.00). Taking a look into AmarulaBr's past success would tell perhaps why the deal wasn't made. A fourth place finish in the Super Tuesday just last month for $34K and a chopped third place in the Sunday Warm-up in January for $100K makes for a decent run.

On to heads-up play the where BobMad121 held a 4:1 chip advantage to start.

Seat 5: BobMad121 (42665182 in chips)
Seat 6: KuzMich_pro (11556818 in chips)

It had the potential to be a knuckle-dragging fight, instead ten hand later the tournament was finished with a preflop all-in. Watch the final hand play out below:

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Domination held up and BobMad121 drove away in the new Audi TT after his A♣8♣ held over the 8♥Q♦. No surprises on the 3♣ 7♠ T♣ 3♥ 2♦ board and the comeback story was complete for BobMad121 who earned $60,000.00 in addition to the car and KuzMich_pro took away $40,000.00 as the runner-up.

April $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown Results (04-25-10)
1. BobMad121 (Langley) $60,000.00 plus Audi TT
2. KuzMich_pro (Saratov) $40,000.00
3. AmarulaBr (Brasil) $30,000.00
4. joachimpowa (elmshorn) $25,000.00
5. ChiprakerAA (Baltimore) $20,000.00
6. evandijk70 (Hoofddorp) $17,500.00
7. PURPLE"K"99 (Vancouver) $15,000.00
8. reversejam (ste foy les lyon) $12,500.00
9. marroca5 (Bogota) $10,000.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown