MicroMillions II: Beckersen81 brings it home in Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE, 2x-turbo)
Germany's Beckersen81 knows what it takes to cut through a massive low-limit field. During the 2010 SCOOP, Beckersen81 plowed through a crowd of more than 3,100 and took down Event #29-L, a $33 8-Game tournament, earning $11,500 and a SCOOP watch. Tonight, he paired that title with a victory in the MicroMillions, defeating a field more than twice that size to score over $7,000...and all in a $2.20 rebuy tournament.
The beauty of the MicroMillions is that there is literally something for everyone, from hardcore MTT grinders to folks who regularly beg for $1 transfers on the rail of the Sunday Million. All it took to get into this one was $2.20 and 6,589 players answered the call. They made 15,646 rebuys and 3,324 add-ons, pushing the prize pool up to $51,118, more than twice the $20k guarantee. 855 places were paid with first place set to earn $7,927.33. On his quest to play all 100 MicroMillions events, Portuguese Team Pro Andre Coimbra joined the field, along with Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, but neither Red Spade made the money.
Little more than four hours after cards went in the air, the field had been whittled to its last ten players. With the blinds up to 200,000/400,000, ketsch86 staked his remaining 3.56 million on A♥K♥, three-bet shoving from UTG+1 behind Beckersen81's opening min-raise. Unfortunatley for ketsch86, wolfman620 woke up with A♠A♦ in the small blind and reshoved. The queen-high board bore no fruit for ketsch86 and he exited on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts:
Seat 1: freshprinz13 (4,539,392 in chips)
Seat 2: squizzy58 (7,823,624 in chips)
Seat 3: beebo0x (3,852,496 in chips)
Seat 4: wolfman620 (9,990,786 in chips)
Seat 5: Zelenyi (9,544,304 in chips)
Seat 6: vfo.pt (4,182,213 in chips)
Seat 7: didumiss (9,708,003 in chips)
Seat 8: MSR.A.R.M (9,863,312 in chips)
Seat 9: Beckersen81 (18,205,870 in chips)
Our final tablists barely had enough time to congratulate one another on making it this far before one of them put their chips at risk. Following an opening min-raise from didumiss and a 1.44 million three-bet from Beckersen81, freshprinz13 looked down at A♣K♦ and moved all-in for just over 4 million. Didumiss looked him up with J♥J♦ and rivered a set, sending freshprinz13 to the rail in ninth place.
Less than an orbit later, beebo0x open-shoved for 3.22 million from UTG and vfo.pt reshoved for 4.11 million from middle position. It was a classic race, beebo0x's A♠J♠ up against pocket eights. Vfo.pt flopped a set and although beebo0x picked up a straight draw, he could not improve. Beeb0x hit the rail in eighth place, earning $638.97.
After hitting top pair on a A♦6♦3♦ flop, squizzy58 moved in for 3 million with A♥T♥ and didumiss called, his A♠8♦ good for a flush draw to go with his top pair. It was all over on the turn when the 5♦ fell and squizzy58 was out in seventh place, scoring $1,124.59 for his finish.
The action settled down for all of five minutes before didumiss and wolfman620 went to war on a K♦7♥3♠ flop. Having three-bet pre, didumiss led out for 1.1 million, wolfman620 raised to 2.2 million, and didumiss came back over the top for 4.4 million. Wolfman620 called, and they saw the 5♥ land on the turn. didumissbet 2.2 million and wolfman620 called all-in for less, turning up K♥J♠ for top pair. Didumiss, however, had the goods with A♣A♠. The river was the 6♦ and wolfman620 hit the rail in sixth place, his evening on the felt earning him $1,635.77,
With the blinds up to 300,000/600,000, vfo.pt was the table short stack with just over 8 million. He opened A♥6♥ for 1.2 million from the cutoff, Beckersen81 three-bet to 2.22 million from the big blind and vfo.pt called. Beckersen81 led out for 2.01 million on the K♣6♣3♠ flop, vfo.pt shoved for 3.7 million more and Beckersen81 looked him up with Q♦Q♠. Vfo.pt needed an ace or a six to survive but got an eight and a three instead to end his run in fifth place ($2,146.95).
Four-handed play was briefly paused to discuss a potential deal. Negotiations quickly fell apart, however, when short stacks Zelenyi and MSR.A.R.M attempted to squeeze a few hundred extra out of big stacks didumiss and Beckersen81. Didumiss was eager to continue playing, and action resumed.
It only took a few minutes before Zelenyi found a hand he could go with. Zelenyi shoved for 7.8 million from the cutoff with K♣T♥, but didumiss dashed his hopes, snap-calling on the button with A♣T♣. Although Zelenyi picked up an open-ended straight draw on the turn, his king-high did not improve. For fourth place, Zelenyi collected $2,870.27.
Sandwiched between two 30 million+ stacks, MSR.A.R.M held less than five big blinds and fought for every chip. Although he managed to keep himself afloat for a few orbits, his last 2.5 million went in with K♠T♣ and Beckersen81 called from the small blind with A♣6♣. An ace on the flop gave Beckersen81 top pair and MSR.A.R.M was out in third, earning $4,140.55.
Heads-up chip counts:
Seat 7: didumiss (34,058,183 in chips)
Seat 9: Beckersen81 (43,651,817 in chips)
Didumiss reversed the chip counts on the first hand of heads-up play, check-raising the turn and leading out for a small bet on the river when the board double-paired:
Beckersen81 and didumiss decided to pause the action and once again discuss a potential deal. This time, they quickly agreed to the numbers presented and made a nearly even chop, leaving $400 on the table for the eventual winner.
Cards went back in the air and Beckersen81 rebounded, pulling out to a slight lead over didumiss. Holding 39 million to his opponent's 38.66 million, Beckersen81 opened for a min-raise to 2.4 million with T♠5♦ and didumiss called with K♣9♠. The K♥5♥4♥ flop hit both players, didumiss making top pair while Beckersen81 flopped middle pair. Didumiss checked his pair of kings, Beckersen81 bet 2.56 million, and didumiss called. The turn card was boffo for Beckersen81, the T♦ falling to make him two pair. Nevertheless, didumiss continued playing it slow and check-called another 7.21 million. The river fell the 3♦ and didumiss checked a third time. Beckersen81 shoved and didumiss practically beat him into the pot, only to see the bad news.
Congratulations to Beckersen81 on pairing his SCOOP watch with a MicroMillions title. He took home $7,003.49 for the win while runner-up didumiss collected $6,802.41.
PokerStars MicroMillions II Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE, 2x-Turbo) results:
Prize pool: $51,118.00
Places paid: 855
1. Beckersen81 (Germany) $7,003.49*
2. didumiss (Israel) $6,802.41*
3. MSR.A.R.M (Greece) $4,140.55
4. Zelenyi (Russia) $2,870.27
5. vfo.pt (Portugal) $2,146.95
6. wolfman620 (Canada) $1,635.77
7. squizzy58 (Australia) $1,124.59
8. beebo0x (Mexico) $638.97
9. freshprinz13 (Germany) $398.72
*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $400 in play for the winner
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