Turbo Takedown: SixthSenSe19 wins marathon heads-up battle for the Audi TT RS

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgFor the fans of the National Football League, it's Pro Bowl night where the best players in football (American not "proper" football of course) come out to show their talents. Basically they show up to put up huge numbers on the scoreboard and give fans one more taste of the sport before the Super Bowl. While the $1 Million Turbo Takedown may not be the Pro Bowl of poker, there are huge numbers on the scoreboard being put up by PokerStars such as $60,000.00 and an Audi TT to drive away in for tonight's winner. On top of the $100 for knocking out any Team PokerStars Pro such as Joep van den "Pappe_Ruk" Bijgaart who finished in 198th place ($400.00) or the Flying Dutchman Marcel Luske (231st place for $350.00), there's no better value for the 3,000 FPPs buy-in to this tournament, sitting in your PokerStars account.

21,652 players did take the advice and paid with the FPPs up front or won their way in via satellite and 5,000 of those players were rewarded with at least $78.00 for the effort.

But, as mentioned only one person while be driving away in that Audi TT after tonight and that started with our final table bubble boy. Lokfable ran big slick into the pocket aces of KieFer 427 just seven hands prior and was now facing a button raise that would the rest of the chips into the middle holding the mighty 6♥8♠. With the blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K and only 381,200 chips there wasn't much choice. But, KieFeR 427 wasn't just playing chip bully, rolling over pocket kings K♠K♣ which hit a boat on by the river 4♦ 4♥ 9♠ 9♦ K♥ to put an exclamation point on the win. Lokfable missed out on the five figures at the final table but still earned $8,000.00 for the tenth place finish.


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Seat 1: Laurens123 (9361085 in chips)
Seat 2: Platon79 (2178581 in chips)
Seat 3: nambsher (2579231 in chips)
Seat 4: ALBANIANCHIP (7901139 in chips)
Seat 5: crownrsv (9043336 in chips)
Seat 6: KieFeR 427 (7841274 in chips)
Seat 7: dimast1 (15128492 in chips)
Seat 8: NTHEBASEMENT (4450510 in chips)
Seat 9: SixthSenSe19 (6472352 in chips)

This final table started out with action very quickly as Platon79 would grab a double up from crownrsv after getting A♥T♦ to hold over the A♦8♣ of crownrsv for 4.3 million chips as kicked off the final table with 100K/200K ante 20K blinds. Two hands later Team PokerStars Pro Steve Paul-Ambrose exclaimed "Crazy Hand!" and we agree. It started with NTHBASEMENT raising in middle position to 485,000 as nambsher shoved from the small blind for 2.2 million. The big blind ALBANIANCHIP would make the call but NTHBASEMENT decide to throw even more chips on the fire and shoved for 6.4 million as ALBANIANCHIP covered and again made the call.

nambsher: 9♣9♥

Pairs for everyone! The 9♠ K♦ T♠ flop would hit both nambsher and ALBANIACHIP but hitting the set for nambsher actually decreased the chances from two outs to just one as ALBANIACHIP's outs went from two to four. And of course one of those four would hit the J♠ turn filling NTHBASEMENT's inside straight draw. To top off the roller-coaster hand the 5♠ hit the river with a thud for NTHBASEMENT's chance to suckout for the 15.2 million chip pot as it gave ALBANIACHIP the king high four flush and knocked out nambsher in 9th place ($10,000.00) and NTHBASEMENT in 8th place ($12,500.00).

As the blinds rolled to 150K/300K ante 30K play settled down for the most part after that massive three-way all-in with no eliminations for most of the blind level as the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker's main event final table was going on at the same time and down to five players vying for a $3,100 SCOOP ticket. But just as the blinds were about to be raised to 175K/350K ante 35K Platon79 and SixthSenSe19 decided to rumble preflop. SixthSenSe19 started the betting from UTG+1 with a raise to 688,888 and folded to Platon79 two chairs over who would shove for 6.1 million chips. SixthSenSe19 took some time before deciding on a call with pocket tens T♠T♦. The call set up the coin flip with Platon79's A♥Q♣ for the 12.9 million chip pot. The flop 8♠ 8♥ 7♦ didn't change anything but the T♥ did as it rendered the river meaningless giving SixthSenSe19 the full house and sent Platon79 home in seventh place ($15,000.00).

The 175K/350K ante 35K blind level went without kicking anyone off the final table island but KieFeR 427 had just eight big blinds to start the 200K/400K ante 40K level as shown below:

Seat 1: Laurens123 (8039422 in chips)
Seat 4: ALBANIANCHIP (12055880 in chips)
Seat 5: crownrsv (9644753 in chips)
Seat 6: KieFeR 427 (3246274 in chips)
Seat 7: dimast1 (18541389 in chips)
Seat 9: SixthSenSe19 (13428282 in chips)

KieFeR 427 managed to stay ahead of the blinds with timely preflop steals but someone eventually was going to call and that person was big stack dimast1. dimast1 would raise from UTG to 800,000 as KieFeR 427 moved all-in from the big blind by shoving for 3.2 million with K♥Q♣. dimast1 would make the call with A♥6♠ and the ace would pair on the turn and managed to fade an inside straight draw on the river T♣ 8♠ 4♦ A♣ 2♠ to win the 6.8 million chip pot and knock out KieFeR 427 in sixth place ($17,500.00).

Four hands later dimast1 got involved in another huge pot, this time it was against Laurens123 who shoved over the top of dimast1's preflop raise for 8.1 million. With big slick K♦A♥ dimast1 would eventually make the call and the coin flip against Laurens123's pocket sixes 6♣6♠ was on. The flop came down a monotone Q♦ 6♦ A♦ at first glance I thought this was the perfect flop for dimast1 hitting a pair of aces and the nut flush draw but then I realized that Laurens123 also hit with a set of sixes. The A♠ on the turn paired the board giving Laurens123 a boat and now had to fade high full house outs versus flush outs. But the king or queen did not hit the river and 17 million chips headed Laurens123's way.

Five hands later Laurens123 would use the newly acquired big stack to maximize getting a little lucky. With the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K SixthSenSe19 led the betting off with a raise to 888,888 total as Laurens123 called from the button. But ALBANIACHIP wasn't folding A♦Q♠ from the small blind and shoved for 9.8 million. SixthSenSe19 use the oft neglected common sense to fold but Laurens123 made the call with J♣A♠ for the dominated hand. Despite SixthSenSe19 claiming to fold AJo as well, a jack still appeared on the flop and would hold thru the J♥ 4♣ K♥ 9♣ 3♦ board for the 21.1 million chip pot sending ALBANIACHIP home in fifth place ($20,000.00).

No further carnage occurred in the blind level except for SixthSenSe19 picking up a huge 19 million chip double up at the expense of dimast1 who couldn't find a fold with A♥4♦ after being 4-bet all-in by SixthSenSe19's pocket tens T♣T♦. The tens would hold as the blinds moved up to the final level 250K/500K ante 50K.

A brief check about a deal being cut but no reply from dimast1 meant play rolled on. crownrsv would manage a double up at the expense of SixthSenSe19 but 11 hands later was all-in again, this time against the massive stack of Laurens123. After Laurens123 raised to 1.2 million from the button, crownrsv shoved over the top for 7.5 million holding J♦A♣. With plenty of chips to spare and a more than decent holding A♦Q♦ Laurens123 would make the call. The flop A♥ Q♣ 2♣ was a pretty one for Laurens123 but the 4♣ gave crownrsv a chance to stay alive with a club on the river. Instead the 4♠ dropped and crownrsv was given a $25,000 real money chip in third place.

SixthSenSe19 was able to smooth out Laurens123's huge stack a bit by doubling up off the chip leader five hands later when pocket jacks J♥J♣ held up over the suited A♦7♦ of the chip leader. Laurens123 retained the chip lead until the largest hand of the tourney up to this point went down as dimast1 led out on the button with a min-raise to one million. SixthSenSe19 folded as Lauren123 three bet to three million, then dimast1 answered back with another raise to eight million. And we couldn't just stop at that as Laurens123 five bet to 13 million and dimast1 finally put in the last raise with a push to 16.9 million total. Laurens123 of course made the call with big slick A♦K♠ as dimast1 rolled over 8♥8♣. The flop 4♠ 9♣ 6♦ was safe for dimast1 but the K♦ turn card was not. Needing an eight on the river, dimast1 got a 3♣ instead as the 34.2 million chip pot went to Laurens123.

And now the battle for the car and the $60,000.00 first prize had Laurens123 holding a sizable lead over SixthSenSe19 but with the blinds capped, there would be no rush to resort to pushing preflop.

Seat 1: Laurens123 (47648228 in chips)
Seat 9: SixthSenSe19 (17307772 in chips)

After a dozen hands SixthSenSe19 got the break to take over the lead. With the board showing Q♠ K♦ 3♣ J♦ 5♦ and active betting on each street, Laurens123 shoved on the river holding a turned two pair Q♥J♣ but was snapped called by SixthSenSe19 who was holding the nut flush Q♦A♦ and was awarded the massive 38.5 million chip pot.

Heads-up play was a long one as the tournament stretched to the ten hour mark and seemed that without a cooler and both players retaining over 60 big blind stacks it could go all night, especially with that Audi TT sitting in the PokerStars garage waiting to be claimed by the winner. After ten and a half hours here's how they stacked up after a five minute break:

Seat 1: Laurens123 (31983354 in chips)
Seat 9: SixthSenSe19 (32972646 in chips)

Yes, a near dead heat and since they can't split the car down the middle (what a horrible thought to such a beautiful piece of machinery!) we shall continue to roll on.

That wasn't the ending we were expecting.

Our thoughts were more towards an AA vs. KK type cooler. Instead this is what happened. The hand started innocently enough with SixthSenSe19 min raising to one million as Laurens123 made the call. After a flop of A♦ J♠ Q♦ Laurens123 checked as SixthSenSe19 put out another million as Laurens123 called. On the turned 7♣ Laurens123 again checked as SixthSenSe19 again bet, this time 2.4 million, but Laurens123 decided to check-raise to five million and SixthSenSe19 ended the betting with a flat call. River 4♠ and this time Laurens123 leads the betting with a shove all-in for 17.8 million. SixthSenSe19 went deep into the tank and decided to call with the flopped top two pair Q♣A♣ as Laurens123 showed T♠8♥ for the missed double-belly buster straight draw. Laurens123 wasn't counting on SixthSenSe19 being that strong but a great fight earned $40,000.00 as the runner-up.

As for the January Turbo Takedown champion, SixthSenSe19 will ride off with $60,000.00 and a brand new Audi TT RS!

$1 Million Turbo Takedown Results (01-31-10)
1. SixthSenSe19 (uruguayo) $60,000.00 + Audi TT RS
2. Laurens123 (Lummen) $40,000.00
3. dimast1 (Minsk) $30,000.00
4. crownrsv (Aiea) $25,000.00
5. ALBANIANCHIP (st hgts) $20,000.00
6. KieFeR 427 (Kennedale) $17,500.00
7. Platon79 (Sannois) $15,000.00
8. NTHEBASEMENT (Tualatin) $12,500.00
9. nambsher (nambsheim) $10,000.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown