Turbo Takedown: BLOODP finds the right band-aid wins $60K plus Audi TT
It is a heady task to follow 17,743 players that signed up for tonight's $1,000,000.00 Turbo Takedown. If you would like a visual of such a crowd, imagine being the cameraperson at an NBA game trying to find Brad Pitt and Mr. Pitt could not find one of those $2,000 courtside seats. The capacity-sized crowd at an NBA game is around 18,500 people, figure 800 or so are getting a beer and you have a life-sized "Where's Waldo (or in this case Brad)" game all searching for the right cards to win the $60,000.00 first prize plus an AudiTT automobile.
A few names stood out in the crowd with little red spades next to them. Team PokerStars players were valiantly trying to protect the $100.00 bounties on their heads but all of them would pass along the hundo after being knocked out. Joep van den "Pappe_Ruk" Bijgaart who enjoyed a deep run in the Sunday Warm-up as well tonight was the last Team PokerStars player standing in 422nd place ($260.00). Much further down the pay scale found Julian Thew at 1987th place ($110.00), Nuno Coelho 3130th place ($90.00), Dennis Phillips 3855th place ($85.00), Alex Kravchenko 4173rd place ($81.15), Celina Lin 4553rd place ($78.00), Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez 4979th place ($78.00), and Steven Paul eeking into the money at 4990th place ($78.00).
On to the places that would be paid out quite bit more money tonight on the final table bubble after eliminating 17,733 players in eight hours found blinds of 100K/200K ante 20K and triger02 shoving from the button for 2.5 million with Q♦K♥. Free blinds? Not so fast says DerNautz who covered and made the call from the big blind holding pocket sevens 7♣7♦ for the coin flip. This flip was over by the turn after DerNatuz found a third seven on the flop 8♣ 7♥ 5♦ and a rib-tickling K♦ on the turn closed the doors on triger02's night in tenth place ($8,000.00) setting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Karel373 (3852459 in chips)
Seat 2: Serpy25 (2170826 in chips)
Seat 3: MEGAPROFY (2130426 in chips)
Seat 4: NESTEN (7826974 in chips)
Seat 5: DrunkLV (3245360 in chips)
Seat 6: WildZealot (12475411 in chips)
Seat 7: Gsweetshot1 (1973482 in chips)
Seat 8: DerNautz (9055706 in chips)
Seat 9: BLOODP (10498356 in chips)
Three and out
If you are watching American football the term "three and out" means the team took the minimum amount of offensive plays to kick the ball back to the other team. MEGAPROFY only got to see three hands at this final table after open shoving for 1.7 million with blinds at 100K/200K ante 20K and waking up DrunkLV for a call from the small blind. DrunkLV showed pocket jacks J♥J♠ and looking to avoid the ace of MEGAPROFY'S A♣3♦. Mission accomplish as the Q♠ 5♣ 8♠ 6♣ Q♣ board remained ace-less and MEGAPROFY was punted in ninth place ($10,000.00).
Blinds goes, number of players go down
As the blinds moved up to 125K/250K ante 25K, BLOODP made a standard 750,000 chip raise as Karel373 shoved a small stack of 2.1 million from the cutoff. NESTEN in the small blind covered and made the call as BLOODP looked for a band-aid and folded. Good fold by BLOODP as NESTEN turned up aces A♠A♣ as Karel373 would need a lot of help with Q♥K♠. Five cards under ten later 4♦ 5♦ 3♥ 9♥ 8♠ and the aces hold with no sweat as Karel373 left $12,500.00 richer in eighth place.
Drunk in Las Vegas? Standard.
Many people enjoy a drink or twelve in Las Vegas but few get to see a shot at one of those cars sitting above the slot machines. DrunkLV had a one in seven shot of being the proud owner of an AudiTT until his shove of 2.1 million chips was called by Gsweetshot1 that is. The short stacked DrunkLV tried to take the blinds holding 3♥K♦ but instead were looking up at the A♦J♣ of Gsweetshot1. And after the 6♠ 8♠ A♥ T♥ 4♦ board came out, DrunkLV was looking at the $15,000.00 added to his bankroll in seventh place.
Watch BLOODP and Gsweetshot1 take the action preflop with the blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K:
Pocket eights 8♦8♠ for Gsweetshot1 stood ahead of the A♥4♥ of BLOODP until the flop came all low with two hearts that is 6♠ 3♥ 7♥. With an inside straight and flush draw, Gsweetshot1 had to dodge a lot of more than just ace now. The dodging would stop at the 5♦ turn making the straight for BLOODP as Gsweetshot1 clung to the three fours left in the deck for a higher straight. 7♣ came instead and Gsweetshot1 took a seat on the rail in sixth place ($17,500.00).
Racing for the exit
The very next hand DerNautz tried chipping up without a flop in a blind versus blind battle. After WildZealot raised from the small blind to 1.045 million with blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K, DerNautz shoved all-in to 5.6 million total. Snap call by WildZealot holding big slick A♥K♥ as DerNautz turned up the dominated A♦4♣. A king on the flop K♠ 2♠ 9♥ all but ended DerNatuz's night and the 2♣ did as top pair top kicker for WildZealot was enough to take down the 11.4 million chip pot and boot DerNautz in fifth place ($20,000.00).
Striking a vein
Moving up to the 225K/450K ante 45K BLOODP was continuing to collect scalps sitting on a final table leading 22.5 million chips when this hand went down against an all-in Serpy25:
7.9 million chips in the middle and Serpy25 hoping J♦K♦ would hold up versus the Q♥9♠ of BLOODP. It would not get past the first three cards as a nine flopped 4♥ 9♣ 2♥ 3♣ 2♠ and held to ship another big pot to BLOODP and leave Serpy25 out in fourth place ($25,000.00).
Break time for three? Not so fast
Just prior the trio of players taking five minute break at hour nine of the tournament, still fighting for the AudiTT and $60,000.00 first prize, NESTEN decided to try to double up. After the blinds moved up again to last level of the tournament 250K/500K ante 50K, NESTEN would shove 3.1 million over the top of BLOODP's 1.5 million chip raise from the button. BLOODP with plenty of chips made the easy call with J♠Q♣. Not easily won however as NESTEN found himself in a dominating position holding K♣Q♠. This was BLOODP's night however and a jack was found on the door J♣ 3♠ 2♥ 2♣ 6♠ and also found at the door was NESTEN taking $30,000.00 home in third place.
Chips speak for themselves
As we moved to heads-up play BLOODP enjoyed a starting 31.7 million to 21.4 chip lead as the two entertain a chop of the money remaining ($100,000.00) but not the beautiful AudiTT but BLOODP did not speak English. Enter HostTannerS who asked BLOODP in Spanish to type "pause" if he still wanted to make a deal. After no response the two went back to playing with no deal in place.
Quarter after and all is well (for one player)
After another 15 minutes of heads-up play BLOODP started to pull away grinding up to a 35.3 million to 17.8 million chip lead when both players decided to flip preflop for the car. Suited big slick K♦A♦ for BLOODP and pocket treys 3♦3♠ for WildZealot. One person would get $40,000.00 towards the purchase of a car, the other one an extra $20,000.00 to hang an air fresher in their new AudiTT. King on the flop 8♣ K♣ T♣ 8♠ 2♦ was all BLOODP needed to put away the final opposite claiming the title of January Turbo Takedown champion and proud owner of the AudiTT!
January $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown results (01-30-11)
1. BLOODP (GUADALAJARA) $60,000.00 + Audi TT
2. WildZealot (Winnipeg) $40,000.00
3. NESTEN (fredrikstad) $30,000.00
4. Serpy25 (den haag) $25,000.00
5. DerNautz (FFM) $20,000.00
6. Gsweetshot1 (Houston) $17,500.00
7. DrunkLV (Riga) $15,000.00
8. Karel373 (Petrozavodsk) $12,500.00
9. MEGAPROFY (Tolyatti) $10,000.00