Think of the $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown as part of your benefits package here at PokerStars. You get your usual wage taking pots off the other players or perhaps taking down a SnG or two. Then after checking your paystub (the cashier's window), there's a listing for "Frequent Players Points" which can be used for buying anything from hats and t-shirts up to a brand new MacBook Air. For 3,000 of those points you could buy six black star stress balls to throw after that one outer hits, or you could take a shot at winning $60,000.00 and a brand new Audi TT in tonight's Turbo Takedown. While stress relief is essential to profitable poker, cruising around in a brand new Audi might lower the blood pressure more than a stress ball. 18,211 players took their FPPs for a nearly one in three shot of cashing tonight as 5,000 walked away with at least $78.00 and everyone at the final table would receive at least five figures.
A handful of Team PokerStars members would find some cash back in their pockets after players relieved them of the $100.00 bounties on their heads. Juan Pastor 4028th place ($81.15), Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez 3873rd place ($85.00), Sebastian Ruthenburg 2157th place ($105.00), Henrique Pinho 1932nd place ($110.00), and Pat Pezzin 1747th place ($115.00) would take home last longer honors for those Team PokerStars players that cashed tonight.
After nearly exactly eight hours of play we would reach the final table. With the blinds at 80K/160K ante 16K Arvaj23 would make a 480,000 raise from UTG as it folded to "0PIGGYBANK" in the big blind who shoved over the top for 3.1 million total. Back to Arvaj23 holding big slick K♠A♣ and covered, quickly made the call. "0PIGGYBANK" could only produce A♦9♥ as both players would pair their ace but Arvaj23's king kicker ruled the day on the J♥ 3♣ A♠ Q♠ 6♥ board dropping $8,000.00 in "0PIGGYBANK"'s coin slot for tenth place and setting up our final table below:
Seat 1: LAPINKY (8596298 in chips)
Seat 2: DEEPSEA2608 (4367986 in chips)
Seat 3: patrice023 (3402347 in chips)
Seat 4: Netstorm (8128602 in chips)
Seat 5: DaveGoodman7 (9025301 in chips)
Seat 6: P-Tius (3294482 in chips)
Seat 7: lermonad (2364441 in chips)
Seat 8: Wivawat04 (4860627 in chips)
Seat 9: Arvaj23 (10592916 in chips)
Making lemonade out of nothing
With the blinds starting at 80K/160K ante 16K there was plenty of action early on the final table as eleven hands into the final table we would have our first elimination. lermonad would try to make a move from middle position open shoving all-in for 1.9 million as two seats over Arvaj23 made the call holding A♠Q♥. lermonad tried squeezing something out of 6♠K♠ but neither player could connect with the J♣ 8♦ 8♠ 2♦ 3♠ board sending lermonad off in ninth place ($10,000.00).
You want action, we got ACTION
The very next hand would see another all-in preflop as 9.4 million was put in the middle by LAPINKY and P-Tius. Watch the results below:
Ladies for LAPINKY Q♦Q♠ ruling over the jacks J♠J♥ P-Tius and they would hold on the 9♥ 6♣ 7♣ 6♥ K♥ board shipping the huge pot to LAPINKY as P-Tius would not win the Audi TT but $12,500.00 will go a long way towards buying one in eighth place.
Blinds go up, number of players go down
Moving up to the 90K/180K ante 18K blind level a massive 18 million chip pot would leave one player ahead of the pack and the other in seventh place. Wivawat04 who topped the leaderboard for much of the two hours leading up to the final table but slipped to under five million chip made a min-raise for early position as Arvaj23 doubled that bet to 720,000 on the immediate left. Folded around to Netstorm in the big blind who would four-bet to 1.4 million. Wivawat04 gave up his chips but Arvaj23 did not and shoved all-in for 11.7 million. Back to Netstorm holding a little over seven million chips and two black queens Q♣Q♠ in front made the call only to be shown the cooler as Arvaj23 flipped up pocket aces A♣A♦. Zero broadway cards on the 5♣ 3♣ 8♥ 9♦ 9♠ board shipped the big 18.2 million chip pot to Arvaj23 and Netstorm was left in the cold earning $15,000.00 in seventh place.
Welcome to poker's version of Davy Jones' Locker
10 hands later the blinds would push up to 100K/200K ante 20K as DaveGoodman7 would lead out for 440,000 from UTG+1 as Wivawat04 shoved for 3.7 million and folded to shortstacked DEEPSEA2608 in the big blind who made the call for 1.7 million. DaveGoodman7 saw High Stakes Poker playing on GSN and folded as Wivwat04 turned over pocket fives 5♥5♦ and was flipping against the big slick K♥A♣ of DEEPSEA2608. One crab and zero aces or kings on the 3♣ 6♥ Q♦ 8♠ 7♦ shipped the 4.5 million chip pot to Wivwat04 and DEEPSEA2608 was sent to the abyss in sixth place ($17,500.00).
Why must you do this???
Nearly each month the final five or six players try to chop up the remaining cash as it happens in thousands of tournaments held here at PokerStars. The Turbo Takedown however adds the mentioned Audi TT to the prize pool, and without fail someone at the table wants to chop up the car five or six ways. As HostSusan as well as some other players explained, breaking up the car five ways would leave five people with assorted car parts that are better left together. No deal, as we play on.
Good day sir
DaveGoodman7 was looking to make a deal but the chip leading Arvaj23 would not budge on distributing a few bucks around the table. Fast forward to the blinds going up to 125K/250K ante 25K and DaveGoodman7 holding just 3.1 million chips, those chips would head into the middle holding 6♣A♥. Wivawat04 sitting on pocket aces A♦A♠ quickly made the call. A six on the T♣ 5♠ 6♠ flop had DaveGoodman7 spamming the chat box for a six. But, the six pips never found their way to the board as the 8♥ and K♠ joined the flop and sent 6.6 million chips to Wivawat04, and bid good day to DaveGoodman7 in fifth place ($20,000.00).
Nearly a half-hour later, Wivawat04's insisting on no deal since he would not agree to giving Arvaj23 nearly first place money (chip chop numbers would have given Arvaj23 over $52K) Wivawat04 would be a part of the largest pot to this point in the tournament. 28.5 million in the middle and Wivawat04 holding pocket tens T♣T♥ to Arvaj23's Q♠A♣. Ace would hit the flop along with three hearts 9♥ 8♥ A♥ giving Arvaj23 the advantage until the T♠ spiked on the turn leaving three jacks to turn the tide again. Instead the 8♣ dropped and the shift of power moved briefly to Wivwat04's stack. Arvaj23 would win a few of those chips back shortly before the players went to their ninth hourly break with the chips counts below and blinds at 225K/450K ante 45K:
Packing it in for the night
patrice023 sat on the short stack four-handed for nearly an hour and made just enough doubles up to stay in the game. Right before the blinds were to move to the last blind level at 250K/500K ante 50K patrice023 would be all-in against LAPINKY. Watch the hand play out below:
Pocket tens T♠T♣ were good against patrice023's 5♦A♦ on the 5♠ 7♣ 3♥ 9♥ K♦ board shipping 8.4 million chips to LAPINKY and ending patrice023's night in fourth place ($25,000.00).
Short end of the hand
Four hands later Arvaj23 would double up off Wivawat04 for a 30 million chip pot and despite the stagnant blinds, another four hands after that Wivawat04 would double up off LAPINKY sending him back to the short stack with just 4.7 million chips. There would be no come back after that for the 7th place finisher in the Sunday Million back in November 2009 when LAPINKY banked $36K as Arvaj23 put the pressure on from the small blind betting enough so LAPINKY would be all-in from the big blind. With five million chips and T♥A♦ LAPINKY made the call and was ahead of Arvaj23's K♠3♣. Both players pair the flop K♣ T♠ J♦ but Arvaj23 took the lead with the kings. 3♥ made two pair for Arvaj as LAPINKY still needed an ace or ten, but the 6♥ was not it and LAPINKY would grab another big cash, earning $30,000.00 in third place.
Slovenia vs. USA
Arvaj23 representing Slovenia would start out heads-up play with a 35.8 million to 18.8 million lead over Wivawat04 from the US. Both these players continually played back at each other despite being the two biggest stacks for the majority of the tournament.
Flip for the car
Sure enough, just seven hands into heads-up play Arvaj23 and Wivawat04 decided to settle things preflop, watch below for the result:
39.8 million chips in the middle and a potential car as Wivawat04 turned over A♥J♦ hoping to catch against Arvaj23's pocket tens T♣T♠. The Ace-Jack never threatened on the 3♦ 4♠ K♦ 9♠ 4♣ shipping the remaining tournament chips to Arvaj23 along with the $60,000.00 first place prize AND a brand new Audi TT for being this month's $1 Million Turbo Takedown champion!
February $1 Million Turbo Takedown results (02-27-11)
1. Arvaj23 (Slovenia) $60,000.00 + Audi TT
2. Wivawat04 (United States) $40,000.00
3. LAPINKY (United States) $30,000.00
4. patrice023 (Canada) $25,000.00
5. DaveGoodman7 (United Kingdom) $20,000.00
6. DEEPSEA2608 (United Kingdom) $17,500.00
7. Netstorm (Netherlands) $15,000.00
8. P-Tius (Germany) $12,500.00
9. lermonad (Russia) $10,000.00