We've witnessed our fair share of incredible comebacks here on the PokerStars Blog. Galen Hall's heads-up performance at the 2011 PCA Main Event comes to mind. So does Fabian Ortiz's journey from half a big blind to LAPT champion. Only one week ago, slyfox151 went from outhouse to penthouse at the final table of the Sunday Million 6th Anniversary Special. And tonight, a small-stakes player from the Czech Republic made a run we'll never forget, triumphing over WCOOP champion Joel "Feltin'Donks" Shulruf in MicroMillions Event #22.
16,499 players came out for this $11 NLHE event, smashing through the $75k guarantee to create a $164,990 prize pool. 2,250 places were paid with first place set to earn $19,314.43. Half a dozen members of Team Pro and Team Online flew the mighty Red Spade today, including Liv Boeree, Marcin Horecki, Christophe De Muelder, Bryan Huang, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, and Jude Ainsworth, but none made the money.
With ten players remaining, CH1P 5T4CKER was the low man in the chip count, his 1.88 million stack about to be decimated by a trip through the 200,000/400,000 blinds. Holding A♣6♠, CH1P 5T4CKER open-shoved from under-the-gun, but couldn't fade Sox(tyol)'s pocket sevens. CH1P 5T4CKER hit the rail, and the remaining nine hit the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: Sox(tyol) (7,933,767 in chips)
Seat 2: Anton357 (3,278,856 in chips)
Seat 3: spale999 (8,418,509 in chips)
Seat 4: meheadsup (4,512,981 in chips)
Seat 5: Mrs.Wendy (5,384,454 in chips)
Seat 6: A83Z (8,020,212 in chips)
Seat 7: Feltin'Donks (27,314,530 in chips)
Seat 8: benzraz (9,236,248 in chips)
Seat 9: stoffmakers (8,395,443 in chips)
Feltin'Donks was in pole position to start the final table; not only did he hold one-third of the chips in play, but his stack was triple that of second-in-chips benzraz. No doubt the most experienced player at the final table, Feltin'Donks won the $215 NLHE Big Antes event in the 2010 WCOOP for $91,000 and has notched final table finishes in numerous high-stakes MTTs.
STOFFMAKERS SLAYS MEHEADSUP IN THREE-WAY POT
Stoffmakers was aggressive out of the gate, chipping up to 11.7 million before doubling up Sox(tyol) when his A♦Q♠ fell to K♠K♣. Down to 4.4 million, stoffmakers looked down at pocket sevens in the big blind after meheadsup open-shoved for 2 million and Feltin'Donks reshoved from the button. Stoffmakers cold-called all-in for 3.85 million and picked up both the main and the side pot when his walking sticks held up against K♦J♣ and A♦7♣. Meheadsup was eliminated in 9th place, earning $989.94, while stoffmakers rebounded to 11.5 million.
BENZRAZ GO BOOM, ANTON357 ANNIHILATED
Benzraz might have entered the final table with the second-largest stack, but he made an early exit in eighth place. With Anton357 all-in for 266,356 in the small blind, benzraz open-shoved for 5.21 million from the cutoff with A♠K♠. Sox(tyol) called on the button with 8♠8♣ and Anton357 revealed 9♦T♠. Sox(tyol)'s eights were good for the side pot on the 7♦6♣2♠Q♣9♥ board, the river nine ensured Anton357's survival, and benzraz's run came to an end with a $1,484.91 payday. Two hands later, the last of Anton357's chips went in the middle with A♣K♦ only for him to run smack into A83Z's A♥A♠. For seventh place, Anton357 collected $2,804.83.
Although those pocket aces gave A83Z a boost, his demise came two hands later at the hands of Feltin'Donks. A83Z's A♦J♠ did not improve against pocket sixes, the pair spiking a set on the river for good measure. Once A83Z departed, $4,124.75 in hand, the remaining five decided to discuss a potential deal.
DEAL ME IN
When the action was paused, the blinds were up to 300,000/600,000/75,000 and the chip counts were as follows:
Feltin'Donks: 43,471,202 (72.5 BB, 52.7% of the chips in play)
Sox(tyol): 11,771,002 (19.6 BB)
stoffmakers: 10,871,302 (18.1 BB)
spale999: 9,489,540 (15.8 BB)
Mrs.Wendy: 6,891,954 (11.5 BB )
Mrs.Wendy had been pushing for a deal since the final table began and her itchy trigger finger did not go unnoticed by her opponents. Mrs.Wendy confessed in the chat box that she hadn't been in this situation before, as this was her first big final table. When the first set of chip count chop numbers came back they were instantly rejected, as the math gave chip leader Feltin'Donks more than the published first place prize, even with the required $1,500 left in play. Refusing to take anything less than an $11,000 share, stoffmakers took charge of the situation, pushing for a deal that decreased Feltin'Donks' take from $19,944 to $18,000, slightly increased Sox(tyol) and spale999's shares to $10,000 apiece, and increased his own take from $9,318 to $11,000. Although at one point she tried to squeeze out a few hundred dollars more, no one would budge on Mrs.Wendy's number, which came out to just over $8,000. Along with her earlier campaign for a nine-handed deal, the fact that the words "I AGREE" rolled off Mrs.Wendy's keyboard less than five seconds after the first set of chop numbers were posted did not help her cause.
Stoffmakers' numbers required a few tweaks to save $1,500 for the winner, but all five ultimately agreed to a deal that guaranteed $17,750 to Feltin'Donks, $10,750 to stoffmakers, $9,750 each to Sox(tyol) and spale999, and $7,750 to Mrs.Wendy.
STOFFMAKER STRIKES OUT, SPALE999 SUCCUMBS
It could have been instant karma, it could have been simple rotten luck, but on the first hand back from the half-hour dealmaking session, Mrs.Wendy's A♣J♠ trounced stoffmakers' A♠K♠ when a jack spiked on the turn. While Mrs.Wendy moved up to second in chips, stoffmakers' stack was reduced to only five big blinds. They went in the middle two hands later but his Q♦T♦ could not hold against Feltin'Donks' 4♠T♥ when a four hit the flop. A frustraed stoffmakers exited in fifth place but his shrewd negotiating skills left him with the second-largest share of the prize pool at $10,750.00
Two hands after that, Feltin'Donks opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million, Sox(tyol) three-bet shoved for 10.9 million and spale999 looked down at A♠J♦ in the small blind. Spale999 cold-called all-in for 7.5 million, Feltin'Donks got out of the way and Sox(tyol) revealed pocket sevens for a classic race. The pair held up and Sox(tyol) moved up to 18.6 million in chips while spale999 departed in fourth.
Down to three players, Mrs.Wendy was down to 12.2 million while Feltin'Donks and Sox(tyol) held 46.9 million and 23.3 million respectively. Perhaps tired, perhaps frustrated, or perhaps just straight-up bluffing, Mrs.Wendy three-bet shoved from the small blind with Q♣7♣ behind Sox(tyol)'s 1.6 million opening raise. It must have felt like Christmas morning when Feltin'Donks looked down at Q♦Q♠ and re-shoved, chasing away Sox(tyol). But for Feltin'Donks, those visions of sugar-plums quickly turned into visions of a stiff cocktail as the flop fell 7♠7♦A♠ to give Mrs.Wendy trip sevens. Feltin'Donks did not find a miracle queen and Mrs.Wendy found new and very real life in this tournament, raking in a 26.3 million pot.
MRS.WENDY MOVES UP, SOX(TYOL) MOVES ON
Mrs.Wendy harnessed this momentum and went on a tear, moving up to 35.8 million in chips over the next five minutes while Feltin'Donks' stack dipped below 20 million. With first place money already assured in the deal, however, Feltin'Donks could afford to gamble a little more and did just that when he three-bet shoved on a A♣5♥3♠ flop holding only a gutshot straight draw with 4♦7♦. Sox(tyol) called with J♣5♠ for middle pair, but Feltin'Donks binked the 2♦ on the river to make a wheel and double to 38 million.
Left with 11 big blinds, Sox(tyol) took his A♠4♠ up against Mrs.Wendy's 6♥7♥ and turned fours full of aces, rebounding to 19.4 million in chips. Three hands later, Sox(tyol) check-raised the turn on a 3♠8♣8♦5♦ board, folding out Mrs.Wendy in a 24 million pot. With 31.2 million, Sox(tyol) was neck-in-neck for the chip lead with Feltin'Donks. That is, until he got his K♥9♥ in against Feltin'Donks' A♦K♠ on a king-high flop. Feltin'Donks raked in 63.1 million in chips and sent Sox(tyol) to the rail in third place, his share of the deal totaling $9,750.00
THE FALL OF GOLIATH
Feltin'Donks brought a 3.7 to 1 chip lead into heads-up play:
Seat 5: Mrs.Wendy (17,397,666 in chips)
Seat 7: Feltin'Donks (65,097,334 in chips)
As the battle kicked off, Feltin'Donks offered up some kind words for Mrs.Wendy, who still had deals on the brain:
Feltin'Donks: gl wendy u played sick
Mrs.Wendy: thank you.. u dont wana loose and give me the 1500 ? :D
Feltin'Donks: ha no thx
Mrs.Wendy: and chop ? :D
Mrs.Wendy: 750 ?
Feltin'Donks: looked like u wanted to tho when u had Q7vs QQ ha
Feltin'Donks: nah we cant do that the rul is u need to leave 1500 aside no matter what
Mrs.Wendy quickly went to work, grinding her stack up to 23 million, but it took another lucky set of trips cracking a big pair to turn this match around completely:
For the first time at this final table, Feltin'Donks lost the chip lead, falling to 35.9 million while Mrs.Wendy shot up to 46.6 million. Mrs.Wendy added another 10 million to her stack when she rivered a straight against Feltin'Donks' two pair, increasing her chip lead to 2.6 to 1.
It all ended in a limped pot, the flop falling K♣Q♣7♦. Mrs.Wendy check-raised to 2.7 million, only to have Feltin'Donks come back over the top for all the marbles. Mrs.Wendy made the call with K♥T♠, her top pair leading Feltin'Donks' open-ended straight draw with J♥T♣. Feltin'Donks' ship did not come in this time, the 5♥ and 6♥ falling to send Mrs.Wendy to the winner's circle.
Bravo to Mrs.Wendy for overcoming the odds to capture a MicroMillions title and $9,262.13. Kudos are also due to Joel "Feltin'Donks" Shulruf, who may have missed out on first place but came away with the lion's share of the cash at $17,750.00.
PokerStars MicroMillions Event #22 ($11 NLHE) results
1. Mrs.Wendy (Czech Republic) $9,262.13*
2. Joel "Feltin'Donks" Shulruf (Canada) $17,750.00*
3. Sox(tyol) (Ukraine) $9,750.00*
4. spale999 (Serbia) $9,750.00*
5. stoffmakers (Canada) $10,750.00*
6. A83Z (Czech Republic) $4,124,75
7. Anton357 (Ukraine) $2,804.83
8. benzraz (Romania) $1,484.91
9. meheadsup (United Kingdom) $989.94
*= reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $1,500 in play for the winner
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