It's Halloween and you are walking down the block with a jack o'lantern stuffed to the brim full of candy and there's one more house to show off your Flo from Progressive Insurance costume. But there's a line at the door seems never-ending as you stare down half-lit street. You ask someone in line what's the big deal at this place and they reply "the last person standing in this line tonight gets an Audi TT". After taking your place behind 20,813 players and paying the door man 3,000 FPPs the wait begins as tonight's $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown returned on Halloween after a one month hiatus due to the WCOOP.
5,000 players would trade in those FPPs for hard cash, and others would slay a Team PokerStars player for a $100.00 bounty. Dennis Phillips, Tae Joon Noh, Maxim Lykov, Juan Maceiras, Victor Ramdin, Greg DeBora, Anders "Donald" Berg, Chad Brown, Greg Raymer, Andres 'lobojiji' Alisievicz, Julian Thew, Steven Paul, JP Kelly, Pat Pezzin, George "Jorj95" Lind, Matthias De Meulder, Maridu Mayrinck, are just a few that failed to grab some cash before handing over their $100.00 bounty.
But a couple Team PokerStars players did manage to sneak past 3/4th of the field to get into the money: Richard Toth (4,848th place $78.00), Martha Herrera (4,523rd place $78.00), Toni Judet (2,809th place $95.00), Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser (2,632nd place $100.00), Nuno Coelho (2,494th place $100.00), Barry Greenstein (1,254th place $130.00), Liv Boeree who was on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/liv_boeree reminding players about this tourney and playing her first Turbo Takedown as a member of Team PokerStars hit the cash in 917th place ($160.00), Pete De Korver (448th place $240.00), and Mathew 'chipstar1' Didlick (412th place $260.00).
While no Team PokerStars players will be seen behind the wheel of that Audi TT, there were ten players still in after nearly nine hours where we stalled for nearly 20 minutes in hand-for-hand play as no one seemed to want to let go of the chance of winning that car. But the blinds stop for no one as the space between the average chip stack and the blinds at 125K/250K ante 25K decreased with every ten minutes from the tournament clock. fishsalad with a little under two million in chips tried shoving from the button to grab the blinds holding just 6♣K♦. Instead he was looked up by JudeCW in the small blind with pocket tens T♠T♣. fishsalad would find a six on the turn but no king Q♦ 2♦ 2♠ 6♦ J♣ swimming away in tenth place ($8,000.00) to set up our final table below:
Seat 1: FlagLessPro (8408991 in chips)
Seat 2: 24coach24 (1876041 in chips)
Seat 3: bostanu24 (6437512 in chips)
Seat 4: xalkidas (15848280 in chips)
Seat 5: Kortataika (5344592 in chips)
Seat 6: Raoeoiku (7518974 in chips)
Seat 7: NtFlshNeuman (3020017 in chips)
Seat 8: Zockerdima (6838855 in chips)
Seat 9: JudeCW (7148738 in chips)
Three kings and one ace equal no car for Raoeoiku
We would start the final table at 175K/350K ante 35K blinds as FlagLessPro started off the betting by raising to 723,331 chips. bostanu24 wasted no time two doors down shoving over the top for 8.3 million. But, the betting was not finished as Raoeoiku wanted in on this big hand and called all-in holding big slick A♥K♦ for 6.1 million. FlagLessPro had seen enough and folded quickly as bostanu24 flipped up pocket kings K♥K♠. The last three aces in the deck did not find their way to the 5♠ 3♥ 6♣ 2♥ T♣ board as Raoeoiku took leave in ninth place ($10,000.00).
Can I get a niner please? PLEASE?
As the blinds grew to 200K/400K ante 40K Kortataika tried to shove a four million chip stack into the middle holding pocket nines 9♠9♣. Resistance came quickly on the immediate left from NtFlshNeuman would shoved over the top with aces A♠A♥. Searching vainly for a nine, Kortataika would come up short on the J♥ Q♥ 5♦ J♦ 8♣ board taking eighth place ($12,500.00).
Three enter, two walk away
The blinds moved up again to 225K/450K ante 45K as bostanu24 started off the betting by raising to 955,119 as JudeCW called all-in for 681,726 from the small blind and FlagLessPro called as well from the big blind. Watch below who walks away with the 3.1 million chip pot:
After FlagLessPro and bostanu24 both checked down the 2♠ J♠ T♦ 6♦ 5♣ board, FlagLessPro showed A♠9♠ which was trumped by bostanu24's T♣A♣ which hit a pair of tens and was enough to knockout JudeCW's hand that was mucked and earned him seventh place ($15,000.00).
Battle of 24
Blinds held at 225K/450K ante 45K as 24coach24 shoved from the cutoff for 1.6 million and was called by bostanu24 on the button and NtFlshNeuman in the big blind. Both would check the flop but bostanu24 liked the T♣ 9♥ Q♥ 4♣ turn enough to bet 3.1 million. That bet scared off NtFlshNeuman as 24coach24 flipped up A♥8♦ which was drawing slim to bostanu24's turned set of fours 4♥4♦. Nary a jack on the river K♣ and bostanu24 was the stronger, eliminating 24coach24 in sixth place ($17,500.00).
Everyone wants a deal, no one wants to wait
As the hour nine break hit, all five of the players were chatting about a potential deal and eventually after getting an email to the right place the Host arrived to the table just in time to see the below all-in hand between Zockerdima and NtFlshNeuman:
NtFlshNeuman would start the betting by raising to two million and was re-bumped by Zockerdima to eight million just as xalkidas was asking for the tournament to be paused (which it cannot mid-hand of course). NtFlshNeuman shoved for his remaining 8.1 million as Zockerdima called the extra 140,622 turning over A♠9♣ and NtFlshNeuman sitting pretty with pocket jacks for the 17 million chip pot. Until the ace flopped of course 4♦ 4♣ A♥ and no redeeming jack on the turn 6♠ nor river 3♦ sent NtFlshNeuman out of the tourney before the chop in fifth place ($20,000.00).
PokerStars is not a car chop shop
As seen nearly every month when we get down to three or four players and the talks of chopping up the money comes about, the players nearly always tried to chop up that beautiful Audi TT.
After the PokerStars Host calmly explained that only the winner gets the car the players managed to chop up the remaining cash to each other's content leaving the car alone to be cherished by the winner:
No time for waiting for aces
Immediate after the tournament clock was turned back on and we reached the blinds cap at 250K/500K ante 50K, FlagLessPro and xalkidas got their chips into the middle preflop for a race between the two smaller stacks. Pocket sixes 6♠6♥ for FlagLessPro and T♦K♠ for xalkidas. xalkidas lept out to a lead by hitting a king on the 2♠ 7♥ K♥ flop. But, just as quickly the 6♣ fell to give FlagLessPro an unbeatable set of sixes and the 14.6 million chip pot. xalkidas' scraps would also go to FlagLessPro on the next hand ending his night in fourth place ($34,000.00).
Squeezed out of the tournament
FlagLessPro gets a video reminder below on what happens when squeeze plays go wrong:
After shoving over the top of a raise and call, FlagLessPro was forced to turn up K♣8♠ when bostanu24 made the call holding pocket tens T♥T♠ to create a 32.6 million chip pot. A ten on the flop left FlagLessPro looking for running clubs but the clubs got stage fright and failed to make an appearance on the 3♠ 5♣ T♣ J♦ K♠ board sending FlagLessPro home in third place ($32,000.00).
Audi TT in one piece for the winner
Despite the capped blinds, both players did not give up their aggressive play as bostanu24 started out heads-up play with a 43.2 million to 19.1 million chip advantage. Zockerdima would make a brief run at tying up the contest by winning six of seven hands at one point but never got within striking distance of the chip leader. And on hand 22 Zockerdima found himself all-in and not feeling good about it. After a min-raise from the button by bostanu24, Zockerdima re-raised to four million, bostanu24 was not backing down and put Zockerdima all-in with a three-bet shove. Still holding 8.7 million behind, Zockerdima made the decision to call and hope for live cards holding 3♠Q♥. He got his wish as bostanu24 turned up A♦T♠. The smile was short-lived as bostanu24 would flop top two A♣ 4♥ T♥ 5♠ 8♦ and survive an inside straight draw on the river to win October's $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown and the Audi TT!
October $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown results (10-31-10)
(* denotes part of four-way deal)
1. bostanu24 (Cluj-Napoca) $44,500.00* plus Audi TT
2. Zockerdima (Lübeck) $44,500.00*
3. FlagLessPro (Budapest) $32,000.00*
4. xalkidas (Golden Cave) $34,000.00*
5. NtFlshNeuman (Piedmont) $20,000.00
6. 24coach24 (St. Thomas) $17,500.00
7. JudeCW (Sheffield) $15,000.00
8. Kortataika (Уфа) $12,500.00
9. Raoeoiku (Schomberg) $10,000.00