Turbo Takedown: Near flawless victory, zugzwang16 rules the final table

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgToday could become YOUR bankroll independence day. Yes, Sundays are always something different at PokerStars but as Brad "Otis" Willis pointed out things got cranked to 11 this weekend. 60 Billion hands promotion, $1 million Sunday Storm gathering 113,770 players to push its prize pool past that guaranteed mark. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom vs. Daniel Negreanu rematch tonight required no cash to watch. Also requiring no cash, was tonight's $1 million Turbo Takedown for the "price" of just 3,000 Frequent Players Points (FPPs) got you a seat where nearly half the field walks away with real cash and an Audi TT (neatly shown below before settling in some lucky player's garage) for near nothing!


Only the winner takes me home

Team PokerStars showed up in full force despite 16,008 total players and the many distractions that would take up a 27" monitor. No Team PokerStars players at the final table but the following did manage to turn their points into cash: Dag Palovic $300.00 302nd place, Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander $180.00 742nd place, Christian "el grillo" de Leon $170.00 793rd place, Richard "Tzen1" Veenman $110.00 1826th place, Greg DeBora $110.00 1860th place, Juan Maceiras $100.00 2407th place, Joep "Pappe_Ruk" Van Den Bijgaart $95.00 3013rd place, Henrique Pinho $90.00 3098th place, Clayton "cnew27" Newman $90.00 3506th place, Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby $78.00 4536th place, Bryan Huang $78.00 4926th place.

Fastest final table ever?

The bubble was made of bulletproof alloy tonight as we would play with two tables for over 90 minutes as the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K and the average chip stack holding just over ten big blinds. But, first we needed to bid farewell to gregior. Holding just 1.1 million chips in the big blind, gregior was nearly forced to call jchnnn's raise to push him all-in. Unfortunately, 8♦7♦ was only live for the diamond draw as jchnnn turned over T♠8♥ for the dominating hand. Two pair on the board 3♥ 6♠ 3♦ J♠ J♦ meant the ten kicker played and gregior would miss out the race for the Audi TT in tenth place ($8,000.00).


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Seat 1: swisstard (5069431 in chips)
Seat 2: BUYAKASHA808 (5186795 in chips)
Seat 3: !mpudicus (3855336 in chips)
Seat 4: LetmeRyde (6665168 in chips)
Seat 5: talasam1 (3262640 in chips)
Seat 6: GEGENTOP (3528456 in chips)
Seat 7: g3r4rd0x (8119854 in chips)
Seat 8: zugzwang16 (6352136 in chips)
Seat 9: jchnnn (5984184 in chips)

Let the pushing begin!

Even the chip leading g3r4rd0x has only 20 big blind to start off this final table so player were lined up to gamble preflop as the road to starting the final table hit a snag when short stacks kept doubling up like talasam1 who was down to just 4K in chips after paying the big blind but managed to make it here. Just five hands in, GEGENTOP would shove for 2.6 million as it folded to jchnnn in the small blind holding J♥A♠ who would make the call. GEGENTOP could only muster 2♣A♣ but caught a favorable flop 4♣ Q♥ T♣. Nut flush draw, and added a gutterball straight draw on the turn 5♥ but missed everything on the river 9♥ to ship the 6.1 million chip pot to jchnnn and finish in ninth place ($10,000.00).

Letting it ride

Immediately people wanted (rightfully) to see the chop numbers as the blinds moved up again to 225K/450K ante 45K and only one more blind change due for the night.

jchnnn $34,383.16
!mpudicus $31,253.96
LetmeRyde $30,316.23
g3r4rd0x $27,310.91
talasam1 $26,218.84
zugzwang $26,186.00
swisstard $22,980.84
BBUYAKASHA808 $21,350.06

Neat numbers eh? Well, LetmeRyde asked for $5K on top of his stack. Everyone laughed and the dealer started dealing after no deal.

Too much wang

zugzwang16 let his 5.2 million chips fly from UTG and was called for less by swisstard as the rest of the table folded. J♥K♠ for zugzwang16 and Q♣A♦ for swisstard as the flop and turn nailed swisstard with top two pair 8♥ 7♠ A♠ Q♠. But, with three spades on the board all eyes looked to see who had one and it was zugzwang16 and as the fourth spade hit the river 4♠, 11.1 million chips went to zugzwang16's stack ending swisstard's night in eighth place ($12,500.00).

More wang then you'd ever want to see

The very next hand saw zugzwang16 back at it again in a blind versus blind battle against g3r4rd0x. Watch the results below:

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The deuce-four is a powerful hand in some cases but not this one as g3r4rd0x exposed 2♣4♥ up against zugzwang16's pocket eights 8♥8♠ , riding those eights to victory on the Q♥ Q♠ T♦ 5♠ J♠ and collecting another monster pot of 10.8 million. g3r4rd0x would have to settle for less than the proposed chop numbers in seventh place ($15,000.00).

Three times the recommended daily allowance of wang

Steamroller! zugzwang16 seemed determined to take out the entire final table. Open raising to 9,999,999 zugzwang16 found a caller in !mpudicus for a little less forming a 14.8 million chip pot. The bully wasn't raising with air flipping up pocket aces A♠A♥ which had !mpudicus in a very sore spot. This one was over by the turn 5♣ 8♥ 3♠ 7♣ 6♥ and zugzwang16 picked up another eight figure pot (14,830,672) as !mpudicus picked up a sixth place check $17,500.00

Running out of things to say about wang

Four in row?!?!!? Yes sir. With the blinds now at the capped 250K/500K ante 50K level zugzwang16 made a smaller raise from UTG to 1.1 million as BUYAKASHA808 on the button shoved for 2.2 million. Holding J♠8♣ and a mountain of chips, zugzwang16 made the call to see he was actually behind for once. BUYAKASHA808 showed J♣A♣ and looking to claim the 5.5 million chip pot. This is zugzwang16's night, the Audi TT seems to have a vanity plate ready for him as evident by the all club flop 4♠ 7♠ 3♠. 6♣ on the turn officially closed the books on BUYAKASHA808's night in fifth place ($20,000.00).

Wanted $35K, gets $25K

The man who stopped the chop would almost get to the point where he would have made more money but watch the video as LetmeRyde claims fourth place cash ($25,000.00):

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No exciting exit, just domination as talasam1's huge comeback from next to no chips with two tables left turned up 9♥A♠ dominating LetmeRyde's 7♠A♦. The nine kicker would play on the 4♠ 6♦ A♣ T♠ 5♠ board and LetmeRyde gambled for more and got less in fourth place ($25,000.00)

Taking one to the chin

Nearing the ten hour mark jchnnn open shoved from the button holding "just" 6.4 million chips as talasam1 in the small blind made the call. 2♣K♠ for jchnnn was at least live against the A♥7♦ of talasam1. Live cards don't equal winning cards however as 3♦ 9♠ Q♦ J♦ Q♣ fell on the board missing both players and moving us heads-up play after jchnnn was knocked out in third place ($30,000.00).

And now we have a deal

With capped blinds and both sitting more comfortable with near 40 big blinds a piece (19 million for talasam1 and 28.9 million chip for zugzwang16), our final two made the deal below (without questioning about chopping the car I may add):

zugzwang16: $52,065.20
talasam1: $47,934.80

Vanity plates need to be ordered for zugzwang16

After the deal was made zugzwang16 continued the dominance shown tonight by winning nine of 11 hands including this Audi TT winning hand below:

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It would take race this time as both players got it in preflop. zugzwang16 with A♣T♠ and talasam1 with pocket fours 4♦4♥ both for vying for the 22.7 million chip pot. zugzwang16's grip on the final table would not loosen to let talasam1 back in to complete the huge comeback as an ace on the door A♠ 8♣ 9♣ 2♥ J♣ sealed talasam1's fade as the runner-up, and zugzwang16 will be driving an Audi TT very soon as the March $1 million Turbo Takedown champion!

March $1 Million Turbo Takedown results (03-27-11)
(* denotes two-way chop)
1. zugzwang16 (Uruguay) *$52,065.20 + Audi TT
2. talasam1 (Bulgaria) *$47,934.80
3. jchnnn (Germany) $30,000.00
4. LetmeRyde (United States) $25,000.00
5. BUYAKASHA808 (United States) $20,000.00
6. !mpudicus (Germany) $17,500.00
7. g3r4rd0x (Peru) $15,000.00
8. swisstard (Switzerland) $12,500.00
9. GEGENTOP (Germany) $10,000.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in Turbo Takedown