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Turbo Takedown: Worst to first, viebu drives off with Audi

turbo_takedown_thumb.jpgAfter a few months off the $1 million Turbo Takedown is back and bigger than ever. As you may have read earlier in the week from Otis first prize tonight for one of the 21,423 runners is not only $60,000.00 but this shiny brand new Audi TT RS (I'll repost the picture because that's one hot car and like Otis I'll need a ride to the airport as well that same day and hope you don't mind driving in snow).

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In addition to the added prize to the pool there are some extra goodies also thrown into the pot. For instance, if you cash in consecutive Turbo Takedowns, the next month you will receive $100 in bonus money (with a set amount of VPPs necessary to clear). Each month you cash, the amount goes up by $100 all the way up to $1,000. Free money on top of free money especially since you cannot buy your way into the Turbo Takedown to begin with. The lowered 3,000 FPPs buy-in can be obtained either by grinding out those SnGs, MTTs, and cash games or with the multitude of satellites being played at all hours.

If that wasn't enough free cash, consider the bounties on the Team PokerStars Pros listed below that paid out $100 a piece for their elimination (shown with place of finish below):

Andre Akkari 19,912nd
Angel Guillen 7,849th
Dennis Phillips 4,376th
Emad Tahtouh 6,159th
George Danzer 1,974th
Marcin "Goral" Horecki 14,199th
Henrique Pinho 7,627th
Jan Heitmann 19,799th
Jason Mercier 14,186th
John Duthie 14,779th
Johnny Lodden 17,139th
Juan Maceiras 16,020th
Katja Thater 19,938th
Alexander Kravchenko 7,472nd
Lee Nelson 15,615th
Leo Fernandez 798th
Luis Medina 15,785th
Marcel Luske 17,739th
Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck 11,136th
Chris "Money800" Moneymaker 11,050th
Jose "nachobarbero" Ignacio 17,881st
Nuno Coelho 12,166th
Pieter De Korver 6,509th
Veronica "princesa" Dabul 15,461st
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan 14,502nd
Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose 3,345th
Tom McEvoy 9,655th
Vicky Coren 9,112nd
Victor Ramdin 18,594th
Vlad Zguba 6,265th
William Thorson 293rd
Ylon Schwartz 2,826th

Yes, that's a long list of pros that dished out $100 a piece to those skillful/lucky enough to bust them but one Team PokerStars pro still remained in the running with just two tables left. Alexandre "allingomes" Gomes stood in 13th place out of 16 left as the tournament took a break before the eighth hour of play. With blinds sitting at 80K/160K ante 16K immediately after returning, the aggressive Gomes got caught on a steal after open pushing 2.4 million from middle position with T♥J♣ and UGA_FELON woke up with pocket jacks J♥J♠ on the button and made the call. By the turn the board read 3♠ A♣ 9♦ 8♣ giving Gomes an open ended straight draw, but the river A♠ failed to fill the straight as the Team PokerStars Pro exited in 16th place ($4,000.00) and UGA_FELON took in the last $100 pro bounty of the tourney.

Dag Martin "dmmikkel" Mikkelsen's stack roller-coaster ride near the bubble came to the end after open-shoving for 3.7 million chips with 5♥A♣ and found a caller in dynoalot who covered and called with pocket nines 9♥9♣. Mikkelsen would turn an inside straight draw but couldn't find a four or an ace on the river T♦ 2♣ 6♣ 3♠ 6♥ and barely missed out on the final table but earned $8,000.00 in 11th place.

The official bubble was broken at the 150K/300K ante 30K blind level when a short stacked UGA_FELON, fresh off losing a sizable coin flip against crazyace443, was all-in for 287,712 chips in the big blind. superkiki52 called UTG as the table folded, and turned up 9♣A♦ as UGA_FELON had two live cards in J♠3♠. superkiki52 would hit the nine on the 5♣ T♦ 9♥ flop and UGA_FELON failed to improve with the 7♠ turn and K♦ river to bust as the bubble boy earning $8,000.00 in tenth place setting up the final table below:

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Seat 1: Versace777 (1525051 in chips)
Seat 2: superkiki52 (12322159 in chips)
Seat 3: tiger604 (3344305 in chips)
Seat 4: crazyace443 (4078128 in chips)
Seat 5: dynoalot (18786606 in chips)
Seat 6: viebu (9780721 in chips)
Seat 7: Magic1550 (4202512 in chips)
Seat 8: anti-durrr (7412574 in chips)
Seat 9: kenny05 (2816944 in chips)

Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Andre Akkari were there to welcome the players to a final table that was sure to play to its turbo namesake. Starting out with 150K/300K ante 30K blinds several players were near or under ten big blinds and would need plenty of help to catch mega stacked Supernova dynoalot.

kenny05 would kick off the action quickly by shoving all-in from early position for 2.7 million chips with Q♦A♦ on the final table's third hand. Folded around to dynoalot in the small blind who would call with big slick A♣K♥. A king on the flop and fading an inside straight draw on the river 4♥ K♠ J♣ 9♣ A♥ added six million chips to the chip leader's stack and sent kenny05 off with an extra $10,000.00 in ninth place. No stranger to big freeroll cashes, Supernova kenny05 has cashed twice in the final table of the Battle of the Planets month end $50,000 triple shootout (3rd place finish and fifth place here).

The very next hand Versace777 would double up off crazyace443 then Versace777 would ride the positive rush for another push. While UTG and blinds still at 150K/300K ante 30K, the second push would be for 3.5 million holding big slick K♠A♦ and was called by none other than crazyace443 holding pocket tens T♦T♣. This time is was crazyace443's tournament on the line. The king on the 9♥ K♥ Q♦ flop gave Versace777 the lead, and the pair would fade the jacks and tens on the 3♦ turn and K♦ river to ship the 4.7 million chip pot to Versace777 as crazyace443 exited stage left with $12,500.00 in eighth place.

Four hands later the biggest hand of the tourney to this point had zero board cards and only two raises involved. anti-durrr would open for 6.6 million in a slight overbet/major misclick for the 150K/300K ante 30K blind level and chip leader dynoalot would shove over the top putting anti-durrr's tourney at risk with over half his chips in the middle. As stated, no board cards came out when anti-durrr folded and dynoalot's stack bloated to 27 million as anti-durrr moved towards the back of the pack with 4.3 million chips. Six hands later anti-durrr would recover some of those chips from dynoalot by racing with Q♣J♥ against dynoalot's pocket eights 8♦8♣ all-in preflop. A jack on the river A♥ 2♥ T♠ 5♠ J♦ gave the anti-durrr a 9.5 million chip pot as the blinds bumped up to 175K/350K ante 35K

Ten hands later anti-durrr would take on a resurgent Versace777 preflop. dynoalot would open the betting by min-raising from UTG+2 as it folded around to anti-durrr on the button would would 3-bet to 1.95 million, then Versace777 4-bet all-in for 3.6 million. dynoalot despite the massive stack declined to join the fray as anti-durrr would make the call holding A♣3♣. Versace777 was happy to see the pocket tens T♦T♥ were in good shape even after the 6♠ 7♦ K♥ flop. The dreaded A♠ ace waited till the turn to hit as Versace777 couldn't re-suck on the 2♠ river earning $15,000.00 for seventh place.

Blind steals were the norm for a couple of orbits until the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 40K and superkiki52 decided to shove pocket eights 8♠8♣ from UTG. Right into the pocket tens of Magic1550 in the small blind who's pocket tens T♣T♥ would hold on the A♥ 6♣ 2♣ 4♦ 9♥ board earning a sizable 9.5 million chip pot.

Three hands later tiger604, who had avoided major confrontations, found big slick K♥A♠ in the small blind and shoved for 4.8 million. dynoalot still holding a massive stack made the easy call with pocket jacks J♦J♣. An ace in the middle of the flop 6♦ A♥ 8♥ T♠ 6♣ would hold up to slide the 9.8 million chip pot to tiger604. The feline would roar again the very next hand this time against superkiki52. Watch it play out below:

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With just 1.7 million chips left and blinds still at 200K/400K ante 40K superkiki52 would 3-bet anti-durrr's original 925K chip raise, but tiger604 with a new found stack would shove over the top of both of them holding pocket eights 8♠8♦. Hoping for live cards, superkiki52 would only have one holding the dominated K♥8♣. The 2♦ 6♥ T♥ 3♦ A♠ board would run dry of royalty as superkiki52 would be left out of the chop talks in sixth place ($17,500.00).

Two hands after superkiki52's exit the five remaining players got down to some lengthy chop talks and with the help of Andre, they came to the below figures.

tiger604: $42,036.39
dynoalot: $56,004.01
Magic1550: $34,967.60
anti-durrr: $43,000.95
viebu: $33,991.05

Leaving $5,000 and the lovely Audi (scroll up for the picture again, don't worry we won't judge you) to the winner play resumed with blinds at 225K/450K ante 45K and the following chip stacks with dynoalot still leading with tiger604 and anti-durrr recovering fully from the nasty misclick early-on :

Seat 3: tiger604 (13313257 in chips)
Seat 5: dynoalot (21561671 in chips)
Seat 6: viebu (7080721 in chips)
Seat 7: Magic1550 (8745024 in chips)
Seat 8: anti-durrr (13568327 in chips)

anti-durrr would continue the comeback by snagging the chip lead away from dynoalot after calling the former chip leader's shove with pocket nines 9♥9♣. dynoalot could only muster up pocket fives 5♦5♠ as the pot was a massive one worth 22 million chips. No drama came about as there was a nine on the door of the flop and it held on the 4♥ 7♣ 9♦ 3♥ K♠ board. Two hands later viebu scooped up dynoalot's scraps and the former chip leader took home the biggest piece of the chop, but no car in fifth place ($56,004.01) which added to a 4th place for $63K at the Sunday Million last year.

Facing massive blinds which moved up to 250K/500K ante 50K the shoves came often as the first victim was claimed in the four handed chip carnage. anti-durrr's stack roller-coaster job was trying to score a new high by shoving with pocket nines 9♥9♦ from the cutoff for 8.8 million. tiger604 and viebu covered but declined to play but Magic1550 in the big blind and 7.9 million chips decided to gamble with A♥4♥. The flop was a tempting 5♣ 8♥ J♥, the turn 4♦ showed a little more leg but the K♦ ended the night for Magic1550 as he couldn't conjure up a heart for the win earning $34,967.60 in fourth place.

Not sure if it was the aggressive nature of three-handed play or the ever increasing blinds but the final three played with absolutely no fear despite $5,000 and a pricy automobile on the line (scroll up to take another peek). The small stacked viebu acquired several double ups, gave a few away but had the chip advantage going into this 35 million chip pot against tiger604. Watch the results below:

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With 5.5 million in the middle and a board reading 7♠8♦9♣8♣ viebu continued to fire at the pot with a 4.3 million chip bet, and tiger604 came over the top shoving all-in for 14.7 million while holding K♥7♣. viebu held anything but air catching trips on the turn with Q♦8♠ and tiger604 was drawing dead. Third place and $42,036.39 was all for tiger604 as we moved on to heads up play for the Audi and $5,000.

Seat 6: viebu (52440592 in chips)
Seat 8: anti-durrr (11828408 in chips)

A near 5:1 chip lead for viebu but anti-durrr has shown the ability to overcome such chip deficits earlier in the final table. Heads up play was evenly matched as both players took turns picking off the blinds but anti-durrr could not make any headway towards evening up the match. On the tournament's final hand a gutsy call won the champion a brand new car. With blinds still at 250K/500K ante 50K and started the tenth hour of play viebu would limp from the button as anti-durrr checked the option to see a K♦ 5♥ J♠ flop. Check by anti-durrr and a min bet by viebu was called by anti-durrr. 4♠ aroused anti-durrr for a 1.5 million chip bet as viebu made the call. 4♣ on the river and anti-durrr shoved all-in for 7.9 million leaving viebu to decide if 5♣6♣ for a pair of fives was good. After some internal discussion, viebu would make the call and see that the Audi TT RS was being raked along with the 21 million tournament chip into his stack when anti-durrr turned over T♣3♣ for the stone bluff.

Congratulations to all 5,000 people who cashed tonight and our champion viebu who will be enjoying that sweet ride for years to come.

$1 Million Turbo Takedown Results (11-29-09)
(* denotes part of five-way chop)
1. viebu (Haifa) *$38,991.05 + Audi TT RS
2. anti-durrr (Athens) *$43,000.95
3. tiger604 (surrey,B.C) *$42,036.39
4. Magic1550 (Columbus) *$34,967.60
5. dynoalot (fort collins) *$56,004.01
6. superkiki52 (chaumont) $17,500.00
7. Versace777 (Bremen) $15,000.00
8. crazyace443 (den bosch) $12,500.00
9. kenny05 (Philadelphia) $10,000.00

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