There was more than $6.8 million on the table on the final day of the 2021 Turbo Series on PokerStars, with the coveted Main Event titles up for grabs. Here’s how the finale played out…
Madeira takes the cake after all Brazil battle for Main Event: From a field of 2,244 entries, the final two players in the Turbo Series Main Event — playing for the two biggest prizes of the entire series — were both from Brazil. In one corner, Pedro “gusmaa” Madeira, with $5 million in online cashes to his name; in the other Thiago “KKremate” Crema, a former Platinum Pass winner, whose earnings top $6.2 million. It was a clash of two South American titans: two of the top talents from online poker’s dominant country, with a $100K difference in prize money between first and second place. Although the bare facts make it sound like a heads-up duel for the ages, the truth was somewhat different. After knocking out R”ickyMorty10″ in third, Madeira had a seven-to-one chip lead over Crema — around 99 BBs to 13. (He had enjoyed a huge lead for most of the final table.) After a couple of “gg” messages, Madeira shoved the first hand of heads-up, with 7♥8♥. Crema looked at A♦K♦ and made a simple call. But the board ran 4♥8♣3♥5♣10♦ and it took precisely one hand to get the whole thing finished. Madeira came out on top, picking up $332,164 for the win, leaving Crema to lick his wounds and settle for $236,777. (Crema was also at the final of the $5K event, see below). That ended the biggest tournament of the Turbo Series, which beat its $2 million guarantee, and paid out 287 places. Hats off to Madeira, whose win is more than three times his previous highest single score.
Low Main heads to Belarus after chop (suey): The “low” Main Event, which had a $55 buy-in, also built a prize pool of more than its $1 million guarantee when there were 21,865 entries. That produced a published first prize of $112,410, a dizzying sum for such a modest entry fee. When the field was down to its final three, more than eight and a half hours after it started, the trio looked at the numbers and agreed a chop. Norway’s “_sennj_” bagged the biggest slice ($86,183), with Denmark’s “CortoM” taking $82,313 and “AdrianoK20” of Belarus slightly less than that. When they played the whole thing out, however, everything turned on its head. AdrianoK20 ended up rising to the top and claimed the title, banking the $10K they had left on the side and finishing with $81,134. _sennj_ had to make do with second, while CortoM was third. AdrianoK20 has been there and thereabouts in PokerStars tournaments a lot over the years, making a WCOOP Main Event final in 2017 and a MicroMillions final in 2013, as well as winning events with buy-ins ranging from $1 up to $55. This latest victory is the biggest yet, and puts documented online earnings up to $733K.
Yan tops stellar field in $5K: The biggest buy-in of Sunday night was not the Main Event. Rather it came in Event #126, a PKO tournament asking $5,200 to sit down — the equal highest buy-in of the series. With the Sunday online tables swarming with the sharpest minds in the business, it followed that this attracted an incredibly high calibre field and finished with an incredibly tough final. The player who rose to the summit — New Zealand’s David “MissOracle” Yan — is well established as perfectly at home in this exalted company.
The 147 players had 187 entries between them, meaning $935,000 in the prize pool, half of which went into the bounty pot. The 23 players who cashed are a who’s who of the very best: Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo (22nd), Ami “UhhMee” Barer (21st), Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez (19th), Daniel “Oxota” Dvoress (17th), Bruno “botteonpoker” Botteon (16th), Matthias “iambest2” Eibinger (15th), Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos (14th), Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (13th), you get the picture. We then found Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich, Thiago “KKremate” Crema, Sam “SamSquid” Grafton, Christoph “26071985” Vogelsang, Ricardo “copag holdem” Neto and Ivan “zufo16” Zufic at the final table, perishing in eight to third, respectively.
That left Yan up against renowned crusher Preben “prebz” Stokkan for the final bounty, which was by some margin the very biggest of them all. Both Yan and Stokkan picked up $82,350 from the main prize pool, but when Yan won the heads-up battle, he added a further £128,437 to his total, and ended the tournament with $210,787. That’s the second-biggest winner’s cheque of the whole series, behind only the winner of the Main Event. Yan has come a long way since we caught up with him back in 2013.
No double champ but two more double seconds: Turbo Series made it all the way to its conclusion without crowning a double champion, probably an odds-against proposition when considering the way these things usually go — even taking into account the added volatility of the turbo format. However, two more players came second for the second time on Sunday, with Germany’s “looserfl” and Canda’s “N1ce Clunge” joining the ranks. looserfl finished second to Brazil’s “allindonksGG” in the $109 8-Max PKO, claiming $47K but missing out on the title for a second time. allindonksGG, meanwhile, earned $59,958, including that last bounty. looserfl previously finished second in one of the “Time” hyper turbos earlier in the series. As for N1ce Clunge, his second place in the Sunday Supersonic came with a $20,842 payout after a three-way deal, but Latvia’s “Cinguizis” took the title and $4K more. N1ce Clunge came second in the exact same tournament a week ago, when it was a PKO format.
One last title for Brazil: The very last tournament to end in Turbo Series breathed its last at 1:53am ET — the early hours too in Brazil and Chile, where its final two players were based. Brazil’s Alessandro “alemocelin96” Mocelin and Chile’s Nicolas “PKaiser” Fierro decided to chop it up in the $55 NLHE Event #134, with Mocelin winning the title after a heads-up duel. Mocelin picked up $21,424, with Fierro earning $20,565. It brought a long two weeks of competition to a fitting close — sending Brazil to the top of the countries leader board (see below).
|Name||Entries||Prize pool||Winner||Country||Total prize|
|Event #122 $109 NLHE, 8-Max, Deep Stacks||1,476||$150,000||kino1991||Russia||$20,455.79*|
|Event #123 $22 NLHE, 6-Max, PKO||11,410||$228,200||dresmek||Slovenia||$20,487.63†|
|Event #124 $215 PLO, 6-Max||678||$135,600||beastishngry||Hungary||$23,462.83|
|Event #125 $22 NLHE, 8-Max, Double Deuce SE||14,081||$34,932||kilrogg94||Russia||$34,932.23|
|Event #126 $5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO||187||$935,000||MissOracle||New Zealand||$210,787.20†|
|Event #128 $55 NLHE, Main Event – Low||21,865||$1,093,250||AdrianoK20||Belarus||$81,133.85*|
|Event #127 $1,050 NLHE, Main Event – High||2,244||$2,244,000||gusmaa||Brazil||$332,163.90|
|Event #129 $11 NLHE, 8-Max, Phase 2||40,808||$500,000||mylo1963||Netherlands||$47,832.80|
|Event #130 $109 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO||6,624||$662,400||allindonksGG||Brazil||$59,958.08†|
|Event #131 $11 NLHE, 6-Max, PKO, Short PKO||7,149||$70,060||Eismont Stas||Russia||$6,501.11†|
|Event #133 $22 NLHE, 6-Max, Mini Sunday Supersonic SE||1,935||$396,211||ShellyCalls||Thailand||$59,493.36*|
|Event #132 $215 NLHE, 6-Max, Sunday Supersonic SE||10,632||$222,740||Cinguzis||Latvia||$24,573.11*|
|Event #134 $55 NLHE||3,412||$170,600||alemocelin96||Brazil||$21,423.80*|
Turbo Series hit some incredible milestones on its final day, with entries pushing past half a million and first place payouts moving beyond $4 million. The $25 million guarantee on the entire series was comfortably beaten too, with total prize pools actually closing in on $30 million. These are the final stats:
Tournaments completed: 134
Entries: 500,114 (inc. 107,964 re-entries)
Prize pools: $29,156,565.12
First place payouts: $4,040,981.76 (inc. $761,643.50 in bounties)
Spraggy and Arlie Shaban sat on the same table for much of their Main Events, at least before Spraggy perished in 1,115th place. Spraggy got to watch Arlie lay a nice trap here:
It was a tough night all round for Spraggy, whose night included a stone bubble finish in the $109 PKO. It was dramatic at least:
Well, well, well. Welcome back to the top of the table, Brazil. We said it would take one last push for the South Americans to overhaul the UK at the top of the countries leader board, and one last push is what they delivered. Three titles on the final day, including victory in the Main Event, put Brazil on 18 titles for the series, one ahead of the UK’s 17. (The UK drew a blank on Sunday.) It means for the umpteenth major series in a row, Brazil top the leader board.
Well done to Thailand, Slovenia and Latvia too, who edged on at the last minute with final-day victories.
18 – Brazil
17 – UK
13 – Netherlands
12 – Russia
7 – Canada
5 – Germany, Poland, Sweden
4 – Austria, Estonia, Greece, Romania, Ukraine
3 – Hungary, Moldova
2 – Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway
1 – Denmark, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Thailand.