MicroMillions: AA-BILL-AA aces competition in Event #91, $3.30 NLHE

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngA total of 6,717 players entered event #91 creating a prize pool of $20,151 that meant the $15,000 guarantee was easily surpassed. Of the near 7,000 runners only 855 players would turn a profit with a min cash locking up $5.44 whilst the winner would pocket $3,127.51. Among the thousands that took a shot at event #91 was Team PokerStars Online Marcin "Goral" Horecki who finished in 1,610th place. The Pole remains tied at the top of the Micro Millions leaderbaord.

When LucasMynssen was eliminated in 10th place by viija the final table was set, it had taken eight hours and twenty-one minutes to whittle the 6,717 to the final nine and it was an international final table. The nine players hailed from eight different nations, players from: Greece, Ukraine, Canada, Australia, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus (two) all had a shot at the $3,127.51 first prize and were guaranteed at least $157.17.


The final table

Final table chipcounts

Seat 1: seris2004 (2,305,706 in chips)
Seat 2: Azarddoze (5,143,748 in chips)
Seat 3: AA-BILL-AA (3,384,871 in chips)
Seat 4: kodie2010 (1,815,368 in chips)
Seat 5: andrey val (5,425,668 in chips)
Seat 6: Lanchik-85 (5,078,722 in chips)
Seat 7: imaksi (4,182,911 in chips)
Seat 8: HCL1969 (3,342,258 in chips)
Seat 9: viija (2,905,748 in chips)

Close at the top

With blinds at 80,000 - 160,000 ante 20,000 at the start of the final table the top three stacks were separated by just over two big blinds, eventual winner AA-BILL-AA was nestled in the middle of the pack whilst kodie2010 was the stack most in trouble with less than 12 big blinds. But it would be seris2004 who was eliminated first. Twenty minutes of final table play had past and his stack had been reduced to just less than ten big blinds when he found A♠K♥ and moved all-in. HCL1969 made the call with pocket eights and they held up on the board of J♣7♥9♣6♦7♠ sending seris2004 to the rail $157.17 richer.

Just five minutes later we would lose viija in eighth place and again it was a case of the pocket pair holding up against two overcards. With blinds at 125,000 - 250,000 ante 31,250, imaksi min-raised to 500,000 holding 6♣6♦, vilja then min three-bet to 750,000 (from stack of 1,500,000) with A♦J♣, imaksi set vilja all-in and the latter called all-in. The board of 4♥ 9♦ 2♥ 3♦ 4♣ was all low though and Estonia's vilja had to be content with $251.88.

Top, middle and bottom

With seven left there were three distinct groups. Kodie2010 and Lanchik-85 both short with less than 10 big blinds, andrey val and Azarddoze in the middle of the pack and AA-Bill-AA, HCL-1969 and imaksi out in front with around 30 big blinds each.

And when the blinds then went up to 150,000 - 300,000 ante 37,500 the shorter stacks were under even more pressure to double up or go home. And it was Lanchik-85 who moved first, shoving all-in for under three big blinds with A♠Q♥, imaksi, holding pocket sixes re-raised to isolate and again the small pair held up as the board of K♦4♥8♣8♠ 9♥ gave Lanchik-85 no help.

Then came the defining pot of the final table (see below) one which would prove crucial for AA-BIll-AA and cruel for HCL1969. With blinds at 150,000 - 300,000 ante 37,500 both players were in that awkward 15-25 big blind stack range but this hand would very much play itself.

HCL1969 got the action started by raising to 900,000, from under-the-gun+1, two to his left AA-BILL-AA then moved all-in for 6,091,121, when it folded back to HCL1969 he called all-in for 5,644,214. And it was a very good call as HCL 1969 held A♠K♦ which dominated AA-BILL-AA's A♣Q♣. A brutal Q♠ on the turn sent a near 12 million chip pot to AA-BILL-AA and sent HCL1969 to the rail in sixth place, a close to 200 buy-in pay day of $644.83 unlikely to be of any immediate consolation.

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No deal

With five players remaining the first (and only) talk of a deal began. Down to just two big blinds Kodie2010 typed ''who wants to deal' into the chat box. He was met with stony silence from the other four though and play carried on uninterrupted. The next hand he doubled up when his A♦7♦ held up against AA-BILL-AA's 6♥5♦, but he was still short and when blinds escalated to 200,000 - 400,000 ante 50,000 he had little time to sit back.

Just three hands later he moved all-in for a little over a million, andrey val isolated by moving all-in for 3,974,418, forcing folds from the others. The short stack was ahead with A♠2♣ whilst andrey val had K♦J♦. The flop of J♠Q♥[10d] left Kodie2010 hoping andrey val would make two pair, but the turn and river came 8♣J♥ and the final four was set.

The final four

At this point AA-BILL-AA AND imaksi were sitting pretty with 30bbs each, whilst andrey val and Azarddoze were camping in short stack territory with 10-13BBs.

They say what goes around comes around and AA-BILL-AA was about to get some of his own medicine and have a dominating ace cracked. Down to just over 10 big blinds andrey val moved all-in with A♠9♥, AA-BILL-AA again found A♥Q♠ and although he had to wait to the river, andrey val sucked out on the board of 2♦ 2♣ K♣ 3♥ 9♠.

999 for the BILL

But just four hands later AA-BILL-AA would get his chips back from andrey val, the latter moved all-in for 6,750,308 with A♦Q♠ and AA-BILL-AA called all-in for 6,522,313 with pocket nines. A flop of 9♠8♣[10s] gave AA-BILL-AA a set but andrey val still had hope with a gutshot straight draw. But, the board ran 4♦A♥ to leave Val with just over one big blind.

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Unsurprisingly this was a position that he couldn't recover from. Despite doubling up the very next hand, that was the extent of his stay of execution as his Q♦2♥ was no match for imaksi's computer hand - Q♣7♠ - both players flopped a pair on the 2♠[10d]7♥ flop, but andrey val could not hit the two he required as the turn and river came the 8♥9♠. For his fourth place finish andrey val became the fist player to collect four figures in this tournament as his deep run earned him $1,131,47.

Greece, Ukraine or Canada?

Down to three and with blinds now a chunky 250,000 - 500,000 ante 62,500 the chip stacks looked like this:

AA BILL-AA - 13,144,626 (GREECE)
imaksi - 14,445,376 (UKRAINE)
Azarddoze - 5,994,998 (CANADA)

Three handed play would last 24 hands, over a span of ten minutes and see the chip stacks remain very similar until the elimination hand. From the button AA-BILL-AA opened to 1,500,000, it folded to Azarddoze in the big blind and he moved all-in for 5,169,998, AA-BILL-AA made the call. On their backs:

Azarddoze: K♠Q♦

The board of J♥3♣A♦7♥7♠ sent the Canadian tumbling out in third for a pay day of $1,632,23 and gave AA-BILL-AA a 20,002,124 to 13,582,876 chip lead going into heads-up play.

During the first ten hands of heads up play imaksi had the edge winning six hands to AA-BILL-AA's four, to narrow the gap but the eleventh would be the final hand of the tournament.

From the button imaksi min-raised to 1,000,000 holding pocket sixes, AA-BILL-AA re-raised to 2,500,000 with pocket tens, imaksi moved all-in for 14,395,376 and AA-BILL-AA made the call. The bigger pocket pair held up on the board of 9♣2♠A♥8♣9♥ and the title and $3,127,51 went to AA-BILL-AA from Greece in a quick fire final that lasted just over an hour. The win was his first ever four figure score and almost six times bigger than his previous best cash on PokerStars of $542.

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Final table payouts

1st AA-BILL-AA, Greece, $3,127.51
2nd imaksi, Ukraine, $2,317.36
3rd Azarddoze, Canada, $1,632.23
4th andrey val, Belarus, $1,131.47
5th kodie2010, Australia, $846.36
6th HCL1969, Germany, $644.83
7th Lanchik-85, Belarus, $443.32
8th viija, Estonia, $251.88
9th seris2004, Latvia, $157.17

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in MicroMillions