Micro Millions II: It's Vegan19 wire to wire in Event 8

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngYesterday, to kick off the second installment of the PokerStars MicroMillions, I wrote a bit about justice in poker - or rather, what poker players perceive as justice. Today justice returned in 2012 MicroMillions II Event 8, $4.40 NLHE (2X-Chance) as the chip leader entering the final table, Vegan19, went on to win the tournament.

For those who missed it, yesterday the MicroMillions II kicked off with a turbo rebuy event that drew more than 56,000 players. Things were much more sedate in Event 8 today, as "only" 8,343 players put up the $4.40 entry fee. About half of those players executed their one permitted re-buy, available to anyone who lost all their chips in the first two hours of play. Combined, all of those buy-ins and re-buys put almost $50,000 into the prize pool, to be divided among 1,080 in-the-money players. As was the case yesterday in Event 1, 1st place was worth more than $7,000.

There were exactly two members of Team PokerStars among the 8,343 Event 8 players. Neither managed to make the money. Team Online player Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra, who has challenged himself to play all 100 events of the MicroMillions II, was eliminated early. Team Pro Bryan Huang made a deeper run, but still fell short of the money by about 1,000 places.

The top prizes went instead to these nine players:

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Seat 1: pofke2251311 (2635338 in chips)
Seat 2: liarocj (5254294 in chips)
Seat 3: Mr_Okil (8076051 in chips)
Seat 4: burgo79au (10731258 in chips)
Seat 5: Thomsonn89 (1870585 in chips)
Seat 6: Vegan19 (10993256 in chips)
Seat 7: Dreambaby11 (9980108 in chips)
Seat 8: Matsusziro (9176156 in chips)
Seat 9: orb$1ne (3447954 in chips)

Level 45: Blinds 125k - 250k, ante 31,250
Average stack: 6.9 million (27.6 big blinds)

The final table began at 12:29pm. By 12:32pm, two players were eliminated - both of them the shortest stacks.

First on the chopping block was orb$1ne, who started the final table 8th in chips. orb$1ne opted to shove all in for 2.9 million over an opening raise by Vegan19 to 500,000. Vegan19 called from behind with A♣T♣, a hand dominated by orb$1ne's A♠J♥. Yet it was Vegan19 who paired up on a board of Q♦5♦T♠Q♣4♠, making queens and tens to send orb$1ne to the rail in 9th place.

Two hands later the severely short-stacked Thomsonn89 made a stand, raising all in from under the gun with the same ace-jack. Dreambaby11, in middle position, made an isolation three-bet with pocket sixes, then won the race on a board of Q♠Q♣9♥5♠K♦. Thomsonn89's survival from 9th in chips to 8th place finisher was worth a total of $596.78.

With seven players to go, Vegan19 extended the chip lead by building a stack of more than 16 million. But Vegan19 relinquished that chip lead when Mr_Okil knocked out Matsusziro in 7th place. Mr_Okil opened under the gun with a minimum raise from 300,000 to 600,000. Three players called: Vegan19, Matsusziro on the button, and liarocj. Mr_Okil kept the lead on an all-small flop of 2♠4♥8♠, betting 1.8 million, about three-quarters of the pot. After Vegan19 folded, Matsusziro min-raised to 3.6 million, folding out liarocj. That was when Mr_Okil disconnected.

After a lengthy disconnection pause, Mr_Okil came back online and three-bet all in for 9.7 million. Matsusziro, with only 2.6 million behind the initial raise, called all in with A♦4♦, a pair of fours. Mr_Okil showed A♥A♣ and took down the pot when blanks fell on the turn and river. Matsusziro was out in 7th place.

Where they stood at 1pm

By the 1pm break, Vegan19 re-claimed the chip lead with 17.5 million. Mr_Okil was in 2nd place with 12.2 million. Then came three stacks around the 8-9 million mark, and pofke2251311 in the rear with 5.4 million.

Things went south for Mr_Okil after the break, however. First, liarocj doubled through Mr_Okil, all in pre-flop with pocket jacks against pocket sevens. Then burgo79au finished Mr_Okil's tournament with a pre-flop isolation three-bet after Mr_Okil shoved all in with A♥Q♠. burgo79au tabled pocket sixes and won the race on a ten-high board.

Three hands later the short-stacked pofke2251311, down to 2.7 million in chips with blinds up to 250k and 500k, three-bet shoved K♠9♥ after Vegan19 opened first to act with a minimum-raise to 1 million. Vegan19 called with the best hand, A♦8♥, and seemed poised to get unlucky when a king fell on the turn, 4♥7♣6♦K♣. A river A♥, however, improved Vegan19 to the best hand at showdown and sent pofke2251311 to the rail in 5th place.

As the chips flew around the table, liarocj seemed to get the best of things by employing a highly aggressive style. But it was burgo79au who notched a big blog, knocking out Dreambaby11 in 4th place with this hand:

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A few hands later burgo79au followed that hand up by eliminating liarocj, all in pre-flop with Big Slick against liarocj's ace-jack. An ace flopped, but liarocj never overcame those pesky kicker problems and finished in 3rd place.

burgo79au started the heads-up portion of play with a 4-to-1 chip lead on Vegan19. High limits and a few double-ups soon evened the score, with each player claiming roughly 30 million in chips. They battled back and forth until the blinds were up to 500k and 1 million. That's where burgo79au made a fatal mistake, three-betting a flop of 8♣5♦Q♦ from 6 million to 22.25 million. Vegan19 responded by shoving all in, and burgo79au, with just 6.2 million behind, was forced to go with 8♠9♦, middle pair. Vegan19 showed down two pair, Q♣5♣, and wound up improving with a runner-runner flush to win Event 8.

2012 MicroMillions II Event 8 $4.40 NLHE (2X Chance) results:

1st: Vegan19 ($7,464.85)
2nd: burgo79au ($5,488.92)
3rd: liarocj ($3,978.56)
4th: Dreambaby11 ($2,635.79)
5th: pofke2251311 ($2,039.01)
6th: Mr_Okil ($1,541.69)
7th: Matsusziro ($1,069.23)
8th: Thomsonn89 ($596.78)
9th: orb$1ne ($385.42)

Today is Day 2 of the 2012 MicroMillions II. There are still more than 90 events taking place over the next 10 days, for buy-ins ranging from $1 to $11. Check out the schedule and peruse the results and the leaderboard at the Micro Millions home page.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in MicroMillions