MicroMillions II: ViTaMin_F22 wins Event #9 ($8.80 PL Omaha)
The stress of a final table could definitely get the best of some players, having experience at a major event definitely helps.
The last time that ViTaMin_F22 was sitting at a final table of one of PokerStars major events it was Event 39 of the 2011 WCOOP. Falling short of taking the title that day was an experience that ViTamin_F22 did not want to repeat and repeat he did not do although heads-up play almost worked against him once again. Eventually though ViTaMin_F22 finally got the win and will have the honor of being known as a MicroMillions champion from here out.
The first non-NLHE event of the MicroMillions II schedule was Event No. 9. It was an $8.80 Pot-Limit Omaha event that drew 3,492 entrants.
With a prize pool that was just short of three-times the guarantee the
Prize pool: $27,936
Paid Players: 450
Both Team Online members in the field failed to make the money with Rohit "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin getting eliminated early followed by André "acoimbra" Coimbra, who is in Day 2 of his ironman mission. They were both bested by Team PokerStars Pro, Bryan "BryanHuang" Huang who managed a 590th place finish.
With all of the Team Online and PokerStar Pros out the remaining players worked on busting the money bubble. It was bluff3r10 who was the unlucky one come bubble time getting eliminated in 451st place, just missing out on a min-cash of $14.24. That was not the only bubble boy of the tournament. interlt went out in tenth place missing out on the final table action. Here is a look at how the final nine sat coming into the final table:
Seat 1: kubko1 (613448 in chips)
Seat 2: ootus (3979480 in chips)
Seat 3: ViTaMin_F22 (3753580 in chips)
Seat 4: oppossum1 (2610225 in chips)
Seat 5: ErikP4L (1568793 in chips)
Seat 6: milvena (913360 in chips) out of hand (moved from another table into small blind)
Seat 7: takO0O (2627246 in chips)
Seat 8: CH12O4N2P (277956 in chips)
Seat 9: dunkmeister2 (1115912 in chips)
Some quick all-ins:
Three of the first four hands involved an all-in and call. It took until the fourth hand for one to result in an elimination. CH12O4N2P moved all-in with the shortest stack from late position. The small blind, kubko1, called and the pairs cards were revealed after the big blind folded. CH12O4N2P's Q♠Q♦8♦7♥ lead the way over kubko1's K♥J♠J♣3♣. That lead only lasted to the flop as the A♠J♦6♣ flop delivered a set of jacks to kubko1. The 4♣ turn meant nothing to either player and the A♣ river only improved kubok1's hand eliminating CH12O4N2P in ninth place collecting $223.48.
In a battle of the blinds ErikP4L opened to three-times the big blind from the small blind. milvena moved all-in and ErikP4L called. ErikP4L showed A♣Q♠Q♣J♥ while milvena showed T♥8♥7♦6♣. The K♦9♦3♣3♠5♦ board was safe for ErikP4L eliminating milvena in eighth place collecting $349.20.
Chip leader gone:
Starting off the final table with the chip leader is usually a good thing that can result in success. For ootus that was not the case as that chip lead disappeared after doubling a few of the shorter stacks up. Eventually ootus was on the bottom of the leader board and all-in against ViTaMin_F22. ViTaMin_F22's A♦K♦T♠7♠ lead the way over ootus' K♥6♦5♦3♥. The K♠8♦4♣ flop gave both players a pair of kings while it was the ace kicker that continued to hold ViTaMin_F22 in the lead. The Q♣ turn and 9♦ river meant nothing to either players hand sending ootus out in seventh place collecting $628.56.
Another one down:
Sitting on the short stack and being the first to act dunkmeister2 moved all-in. Both ErikP4L and taiO0O called from the blinds and the three players saw the K♥K♦3♦ flop. The blinds checked and saw the 4♥ turn. Once again the players checked. The 2♥ river brought another check from ErikP4L, this time however takO0O bet 1,200,000. ErikP4L folded leaving takO0O to go against dunkmeister2. It was the J♠7♣6♥3♥ of takO0O that beat dunkmeister2's A♦K♣T♣8♠ who collected $907.92 for sixth place.
In the first hand back from a break ViTaMin_F22 and oppossum1 tangled in a 4.5 million chip pot. After opening to 1.4 million ViTaMin_F22 faced an all-in shove from oppossum1. ViTaMin_F22 called showing A♦A♠J♦3♣ against oppossum1's K♥Q♥J♠T♥. The K♣4♥2♦ flop delivered a pair of kings to oppossum1 which was still second best to ViTaMin_F22. The 3♥ turn gave oppossum1 a few extra outs with a flush draw. The 6♣ sealed the deal sending oppossum1 out in fifth place collecting $1,195.94.
Want to talk a deal?:
With four players remaining ErikP4L started to push hard for a deal. The four players could not come to the agreement to take a look at numbers and ErikP4L continued to lobby for them to at least look at the numbers. Eventually they played a hand that saw some more fireworks. Unfortunately for ErikP4L it meant the end of a four-way deal being discussed and most of his chips moving to another player in a battle of the blinds. ErikP4L opened to 1.5 million from the small blind. takO0O moved all-in from the big blind and ErikP4L called. ErikP4L showed Q♠9♥8♣6♣ and takO0O showed A♦K♥Q♦5♦. The T♦9♣8♦ flop gave takO0O the lead with two pair but also gave takO0O a flush draw and inside straight draw. When the K♦ came on the turn takO0O had ErikP4L drawing for a full house. The full house did not come with the 2♠ river leaving ErikP4L with under 1 big blind.
With only that 1 big blind ErikP4L moved all-in the next hand with K♥J♣J♦3♣. His pair of jacks was not able to hold up against ViTaMin_F22's A♣7♠6♠6♣ as the board ran out K♠9♣2♦A♥8♣. ErikP4L collects $1,606.32 for fourth place.
OK, Let's talk a deal:
Now that ErikP4L was out of the way the final three players decided to take a look at the numbers. Here is how they stood when they began discussing the deal.
ViTaMin_F22 - 8,176,079
takO0O - 4,762,752
kubko1 - 4,521,169
At one point of the discussion the three players agreed to the following ICM numbers, but then ViTaMin_F22 pulled back as the numbers were not what he originally thought.
After a lengthy discussion the three players finally agreed to a chip chop with the below numbers and play continued.
Left To Play for place 1: $200.00
Getting down to two:
Now that a deal had been reached the players loosened up and the all-ins started to come in. Eventually it was kubko1 who couldn't hold against takO0O when takO0O's K♦J♦9♠7♠ caught two pair, jacks and nines, to beat kubko1's A♣K♥7♣2♥ on the J♠9♣4♠8♥6♣ board. kubko1 collects $3,021.60 thanks to the above deal.
ViTaMin_F22 held a slight chip lead over takO0O when heads-up play began.
Seat 3: ViTaMin_F22 (9,404,910 in chips)
Seat 7: takO0O (8,055,090 in chips)
ViTaMin_F22 never let that lead go even though at one point takO0O survived an all-in moment to get a double. Two hands after doubling though the pair got all the chips into the middle once again. ViTaMin_F22 opened to 1,800,000 after takO0O limped from the small blind. takO0O called and the pair saw the J♣T♣6♣ flop. ViTaMin_F22 checked, takO0O bet 1,200,000, ViTaMin_F22 called. TheQ♠ turn, ViTaMin_F22 bet 600,000, takO0O raised to 1,200,000, ViTaMin_F22 made it 2,100,000, takO0O moved all-in for 5,310,180, ViTaMin_F22 called leaving just over 800,000 behind. ViTaMin_F22 showed K♣Q♣K♠K♥ for the flopped king-high flush while takO0O held K♦8♣7♥5♣ for a smaller flush. takO0O needed to catch runner-runner cards for a straight flush. When the Q♠ came on the turn it was all over for takO0O who collects $3,057.32 while ViTaMin_F22 collects $3,896.32.
Congrats to ViTaMin_F22 on winning MicroMillions II Event #9.
MicroMillions Event #9 ($8.80 PL Omaha) Results: (Reflects)
1st place: ViTaMin_F22 (China) - $3,896.32*
2nd place: takO0O (Georgia) - $3,057.32*
3rd place: kubko1 (Slovakia) - $3,021.60*
4th place: ErikP4L (Netherlands) - $1,606.32
5th place: oppossum1 (Germany) - $1,195.94
6th place: dunkmeister2 (Australia) - $907.92
7th place: ootus (Finland) - $628.56
8th place: milvena (Czech Republic) - $349.20
9th place: CH12O4N2P (Russia) - $223.48
*indicates three-way deal
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