MicroMillions: Anadilia comes from behind in Event 67, $1 NLHE (3x-Turbo, Rebuys)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngRabbi, ribeye, rebuy! Those were the calls you used to hear when rebuy tournaments were more popular on the live tournament circuit. Those days are largely over, but rebuy tournaments remain alive and well on PokerStars. 2012 MicroMillions Event 67, $1 NLHE (3x-Turbo, Rebuys) was on tap today to give players a dose of that rebuy love.

And players do love their rebuy tournaments, don't they? 21,348 pulled a dollar out of their PokerStars accounts to buy into this one. They added 93,866(!) rebuys, more than four apiece, and 9,720 add-ons. All those extra buy-ins bloated the prize pool to $113,689.94 and made 1st-place money a five-figure sum: $11,382.80. Fully 2700 people would get paid.

The only red spade in that collection of 2700 players was Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, who made quite a deep run to finish in 108th place, good for $73.89. Unfortunately for Adrienne, she didn't run quite as good as these nine players that made the final table:


Seat 1: Flow_Bambow (60184740 in chips)
Seat 2: tgrigoletti (88957554 in chips)
Seat 3: FrangoDagua (34394616 in chips)
Seat 4: rus_user_psr (176780513 in chips)
Seat 5: ChiNo0o (82096768 in chips)
Seat 6: 0mnious (75552076 in chips)
Seat 7: klingon62 (43157479 in chips)
Seat 8: MiaChrash89 (18724548 in chips)
Seat 9: anadilia (57393706 in chips)

Blinds 2.5M / 5M, ante 500k

By the time of a final table in a turbo tournament like Event 67, the most of the game is pre-flop. That's not to say there's no skill; there's plenty of skill. But with an average stack of 14 big blinds and blinds accelerating every 5 minutes, there is only limited room for post-flop play.

Flow_Bambow was the first player out after shoving K♥[10d] for 59 million. Sitting in the small blind, ChoNo0o called with ace-king. Flow_Bambow paired tens on the flop, but ChoNo0o caught an ace on the turn to re-take the lead. There was no miracle ten for Flow_Bambow on the river.

FrangoDagua soon followed Flow_Bambow out the door, calling all in from the big blind with ace-jack against tgrigoletti's small blind shove. It turned out that tgrigoletti picked up pocket kings. Although FrangoDagua improved, it was only to a pair of jacks with a turned jack. Not enough to ward off elimination as the 8th place finisher.

The chips got spread around for a level or two before MiaChrash89 hit the rail in 7th place. MiaChrash was almost all in just by posting the 7-million-chip big blind and was forced to go with 5♣7♦ against klingon62's T♥8♣. A pair of 8s on a board of 4♥9♣8♥Q♠J♥ was all klingon62 needed to collect the scalp.

Big stack rus_user_psr dipped into the time bank before making a speculative call against under-the-gun player ChiNo0o's 8-big blind all in. It worked out to knock out ChiNo0o in 6th place:

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As the final table stretched on, rus_user_psr seemed to take excellent advantage of a dominant chip stack to put pressure on the other players and to accumulate chips. Even a small setback in a three-way all in against two short stacks was but a blip for rus_user_psr. At the 5M / 10M level, rus_user_psr opened for 30 million and got called all in by klingon62 for 24 million and then re-shoved by anadilia for 45.8 million. anadilia's pocket jacks held up for both pots (against rus_user_psr's Q♠J♠ and klingon62's K♣3♣) to knock out klingon62 in 5th place and re-establish some breathing room for anadilia.

Of course, at that stage of the game, even one lost pot can have a massive negative effect on a player's stack. So it was with rus_user_psr, who called anadilia's all in a few hands later for 108 million total. Q♥8♥ didn't get there for rus_user_psr against anadilia's A♣9♠, and like that rus_user_psr slipped to 3rd in chips.

While the players were trying to decide if they wanted to discuss a deal 0mnious shoved all in from the button with K♠J♦. Big stack anadilia re-soved with A♦Q♣ and the race was on. Neither player connected on the flop, but the turn and river went "suck, re-suck" as first 0mnious paired a jack and then anadilia paired an ace. 0mnious retired to the rail in 4th place without ever getting to talk deal.

Deal talk began three-handed and it looked to be messy. rus_user_psr requested deal talk in Russian; anadilia requested deal-talk in Spanish. The host solved the problem first by putting up numbers for an even split but anadilia, with more than half the chips in play after the elimination of 0mnious, refused that deal. rus_user_psr countered with $8,000 for rus_user_psr and tgrigoletti, $9,000 for anadilia and $1,500 for the champion. Unfortunately that deal left $783.46 unaccounted for, a fact that was difficult to explain to rus_user_psr due to the language barrier. Ultimately that money was split between rus_user_psr and tgrigoletti. All three players agreed to the deal.

It didn't take long from there. tgrigoletti quickly became the 3rd-place finisher when A♣3♠ didn't hold against anadilia's K♥Q♠ after a king flopped. That left rus_user_psr and anadilia to battle it out for the extra $1,500.

The blinds were up to the ridiculous level of 9M / 18M by the time anadilia and rus_user_psr played their final hand. rus_user_psr open shoved for 281 million; anadilia snap-called with pocket 8s and had to be delighted to see it wasn't a flip. rus_user_psr showed T♠7♠ but never improved as the board came 9♦2♦4♣5♠J♦ to give anadilia the pot, the victory, and an extra $1,500 from the prizepool.

2012 Micro Millions Event 67 $1 No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo, Rebuys) results (after 3-way deal):

1st: anadilia ($10,500.00)*
2nd: rus_user_psr ($8,391.73)*
3rd: tgrigoletii ($8,391.73)*
4th: 0mnious ($5,116.04)
5th: klingon62 ($3,979.14)
6th: ChiNo0o ($2,842.24)
7th: MiaChrash89 ($1,705.34)
8th: FrangoDagua ($1,023.20)
9th: Flow_Bambow ($682.13)

There are only three days left in the inaugural PokerStars MicroMillions tournament series. Get all the information you need about this fantastic slate of low-stakes poker tournaments at the MicroMillions home page.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in MicroMillions