MicroMillions: EpicEpicEpic wins epic Event #41 ($11 NLHE 6-Max)
Going into the final table, EpicEpicEpic was second in chips, but by taking care of the very first elimination, the player moved into first place and didn't look back. After securing the most money in a five-handed deal, EpicEpicEpic didn't slow down, handling two of the next three eliminations and staying aggressive in heads-up play. The hands were hitting, and it was a swift victory for a player whose screen name was made for epic wins like this.
The MicroMillions serves many purposes, one being the erasure of the Monday blues. Instead of dreading the start of a new week, poker players of almost every bankroll level had the options to play any of several variations of Hold'em, along with PLO or Razz. Though most professionals wouldn't recommend Razz on a Monday, it was there if you needed it.
This particular Hold'em tournament - Event 41 - had a little higher buy-in than most but one of the more preferred formats of 6-max tables. Even at $11, though, there were satellites to get in for much less. And for a $75K guarantee, the turnout was huge.
In fact, let's get to those numbers:
Prize pool: $130,180.90
Paid players: 1,650
The money bubble burst several hours into play as mihail_gg played a good game but exited in 1651st place on that bubble. Wdul2 was the first player to cash and took home $18.22 for the effort. Another player with that payout amount was Team PokerStars Pro Martin Staszko, who finished in 1584th place.
Deeper into the tournament, another Team Pro was still making a run for it but was stopped in 422nd place. Christophe "chrisdm" de Meulder took home $41.65 for that finish.
As the tournament headed toward the nine-hour mark, only two tables remained but no one was in a hurry to leave. There were two five-figure payouts awaiting the top two spots in the tournament, and the final table was the more immediate goal.
Only 10 minutes into the next hour, the eighth place elimination of flow96x prompted the start of hand-for-hand play. And it was soon after that Daveginola pushed all-in with A♥2♥ against the K♠J♥ of EpicEpicEpic in a battle of the blinds. The board came T♥5♣K♣6♣3♠, and the kings eliminated Daveginola in seventh place with $1,171.62.
Manuelito106 leads final table
It was in Level 50 that the final table was set, with blinds of 250,000/500,000 and a 62,500 ante, and player chip stacks as follows:
Seat 1: é_memiu (6,353,124 in chips)
Seat 2: EpicEpicEpic (12,278,383 in chips)
Seat 3: filthstep (8,611,990 in chips)
Seat 4: PLZ-Do (11,829,424 in chips)
Seat 5: Jully-19 (10,454,605 in chips)
Seat 6: manuelito106 (15,562,474 in chips)
On the third hand, action heated up quickly. EpicEpicEpic raised UTG and Jully-19 reraised from the button. EpicEpicEpic then pushed all-in, and Jully-19 called all-in with K♠K♣. It just so happened that EpicEpicEpic had A♥A♠. The flop of K♥Q♥A♣ gave sets to both players, and the 9♠ turn and J♣ river ended the hand. Jully-19 was gone in sixth place with $1,627.25.
Five-handed deal done
The five remaining players then decided to see chip-chop numbers, so the tournament was paused for that process. With a little translation help for manuelito106, everyone eventually agreed. With $1,500 set aside to be added to the winner's payout, these were the chip counts and prizes at the time of the agreement:
Seat 1: é_memiu (6,290,624 in chips) = $5,773.88
Seat 2: EpicEpicEpic (27,520,488 in chips) = $16,473.07
Seat 3: filthstep (6,549,490 in chips) = $5,904.34
Seat 4: PLZ-Do (9,166,924 in chips) = $7,223.44
Seat 6: manuelito106 (15,562,474 in chips) = $10,446.60
Four hands after play resumed, it was folded around to the blinds and EpicEpicEpic pushed all-in from the small blind. Filthstep called all-in from the big blind with 6♣6♠, and EpicEpicEpic showed K♥7♣. It was a race until the very first card of the 7♠4♣T♣, which gave EpicEpicEpic the better pair. The J♥ and 5♠ appeared, changed nothing, and left filthstep out in fifth place with $5,904.34.
What's the hurry?
The very next hand saw PLZ-Do push all-in preflop with K♠Q♣, and original raiser EpicEpicEpic called with 5♣5♥. The board came 6♥6♦4♣7♣3♠, and EpicEpicEpic only improved to a straight. PLZ-Do departed in fourth place with $7,223.44.
Only two hands later, e_memiu moved all-in with J♦9♣. and manuelito106 called with K♦9♠. The board of 2♠7♦8♦7♣3♦ changed nothing, and the king kicker played to eliminate e_memiu in third place with $5,773.88.
Heads-up for a minute or two
In no time at all, there were only two players left at the table, and their chip counts were:
Seat 2: EpicEpicEpic (43,924,402 in chips)
Seat 6: manuelito106 (21,165,598 in chips)
It took only six hands to decide the match. If you blinked and missed the last hand, here was how it played out:
Manuelito106 pushed from the small blind with A♥5♦, and EpicEpicEpic called with A♦K♠. The board of T♠J♦9♠K♦9♦ only improved EpicEpicEpic's hand to two pair, and manuelito106 was out in second place with $10,446.60.
EpicEpicEpic of the Netherlands won the MicroMillions title and $17,973.07 in cash. Congrats!
MicroMillions Event #41 ($11 NLHE 6-Max) Results (reflects deal):
1st place: EpicEpicEpic ($17,973.07)*
2nd place: manuelito106 ($10,446.60)*
3rd place: e_memiu ($5,773.88)*
4th place: PLZ-Do ($7,223.44)*
5th place: filthstep ($5,904.34)*
6th place: Jully-19 ($1,627.25)
*Numbers based on a five-way chop with $1,500 added to winner's money
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