MicroMillions: iso dj spins a win in Event 4, $3.30+R PLO 6-max
Pot-Limit Omaha. In its full-ring form the game is already full of action, with its four-card starting hands granting seemingly limitless possibilities to make a hand and its big-bet structure allowing players to get paid once they get there. If you reduce the table to just six seats, meaning hands don't have to be as strong on average to win pots, the game begins to give even the heaviest action junkies a right good fix. Throw in a rebuy tournament structure, as was the case in MicroMillions Event 4, and you might just find yourself looking at the purest form of action poker has to offer.
No surprise, then, that as this tournament began at 3:00pm ET there were 4,100 players registered. By the end of the rebuy period the field had swelled to 6,936. With all their rebuys and add-ons they created a $69,984 prize pool - nearly triple the guarantee, with $10,501.81 set aside for the winner. Regardless of whether or not they made the 900 spots that paid out, everyone was guaranteed a wild ride for as long as they could hold on. Among those who managed to walk the fine Omaha line to a cash was Team PokerStars Pro's very own Victor Ramdin. His run ended in in 178th place ($44.08), giving him the distinction of being the only PokerStars pro to earn a payday in this event.
Down to 12
Nearly eight hours in only 12 competitors remained. Even those who found themselves with a higher-than-average rebuy tally were looking at a serious return on investment, as each player was guaranteed a minimum payday of $559.87. With the structure up to Level 41 (250K/500K) and several players holding less than 20 big blinds, the last leg of the journey to the final table was marked by quick changes in the chip lead.
At that point Poland's somkovsky held a commanding chip lead at 27.5 million, nearly double the stack of the nearest competitors, Finalnd's iso dj and Brazil's dudu2508. But iso dj pulled even by knocking out Germany's 31 Flavas (11th place, $559.87), whose Q♥ Q♦ 8♥ 2♣ couldn't beat A♠ A♣ 5♣ 4♦. The two big stacks would collide with just 8 players remaining, with somkovsky folding to a third bet on a board of 6♦ 3♥ 8♠ 2♦ and leaving iso dj the leader. But that lead evaporated moments later when an all-in somkovsky rivered a set of fours, knotting the two back up at 30 million apiece. Then iso dj would jump further ahead, up to more than 42 million, just as the tournament went to its seventh break with play still running hand-for-hand.
The bubble would pop on the first hand after the break after Argentina's ezepoker90 raised from 600K to 1.8M holding A♣ A♥ 8♥ T♣. Canada's Octavian_C responded in the big blind with a reraise to 5.7M and called all-in for another 1.85M more with K♠ K♣ J♣ 3♣. The 4♣ 3♠ 2♣ 2♠ 7♠ was no help to Octavian_C, who missed out on the final table but did claim $720.83 for 7th place.
Short and sweet
With that the final table lineup was in place, looking like this:
Seat 1: stpokered (10,70,0004 in chips)
Seat 2: iso dj (50,277,568 in chips)
Seat 3: Shketik111 (6,027,434 in chips)
Seat 4: somkovsky (26,002,142 in chips)
Seat 5: dudu2508 (8,587,259 in chips)
Seat 6: ezepoker90 (26,445,593 in chips)
There were no eliminations over the course of the Level 43 (400K/800K) but there was plenty of chip movement, nearly all of it in the direction of the stacks belonging to iso dj and somkovsky. Then ezepoker90, who had delivered the death blow to Octavian_C on the bubble, became the first casualty of the final table after a preflop confrontation holding Q♥ Q♦ 7♦ 4♥ escalated until all the chips were in against iso dj's A♥ 8♥ Q♠ 7♠. A flopped flush for iso dj held up through the river as the board came 6♠ 2♠ J♠ 5♣ 8♣, sending ezepoker90 home in 6th place ($1,049.76).
With iso dj now up to 59.3M and the structure now on Level 44 (500K/1M), only somkovsky's 40.7M stack wasn't in immediate jeopardy. Both of these players took full advantage of their opponents' position, with somkovsky scoring two consecutive knockouts just after the blinds had increased to 600K/1.2M. The first was of dudu2508 (5th place, $1,757.99), who opened under the gun with an effective all-in bet of 4.2M, calling off the last 114K with K♠ K♦ Q♣ J♥ against somkovsky's J♠ 9♠ 9♥ 8♣. The rest of the hand was pure Omaha, with the K♣ T♠ 2♠ flop giving one player top set and the other a flush draw, and the 4♠-6♦ on the turn and river filling out the flush and dodging a full house.
On the very next hand United Kingdom's stpokered (4th place, $3,149.28) would exit, getting all-in preflop with A♣ Q♣ T♣ 6♥ and failing to beat somkovsky's 8♣ 7♠ 7♦ 4♥ on a 9♥ K♥ K♠ 9♣ 3♠ board. Similarly short-stacked, Ukraine's Shketik111 nevertheless managed to hold on for four more orbits before three-betting all-in from the small blind with A♦ J♦ 6♦ 3♥. iso dj called with Q♣ J♣ J♠ 6♠, which turned a set to bust Shketik111 in 3rd place ($5,248.80).
The quick and the dead
With just 10 big blinds separating the remaining two players and both of them willing to give action, the tournament could have gone either way - and indeed, it looked after the second hand, won by somkovsky to nearly level the stacks, like the result might be in question for a while. But on the third hand of heads-up play both players found themselves with every reason to put lots of chips in the middle:
To be sure, it was an unfortunate turn of events for somkovsky, but the $7,348.32 runner-up prize for this $3 tournament was surely sweet consolation. And for iso dj it was a turn of good luck, but one that came on the heels of good old-fashioned aggressive PLO play. That, and the top prize $10,501.81, are plenty good cause for a little celebration in Finland today.
MicroMillions Event 4 - $3.30+R PL Omaha (6-max)
6,936 entries, 11,832 rebuys, 4,560 add-ons
$69,984 prize pool, 900 places paid
1st place: iso dj (Finland) - $10,501.81
2nd place: somkovsky (Poland) - $7,348.32
3rd place: Shketik111 (Ukraine) - $5,248.80
4th place: stpokered (United Kingdom) - $3,149.28
5th place: dudu2508 (Brazil) - $1,757.99
6th place: ezepoker90 (Argentina) - $1,049.76
Every single one of those prizes represents the kind of return on investment that's usually reserved for players putting down hundreds of times as much money as these players did. If getting in on that action sounds like a great idea, you clearly have a very good head on your shoulders. Make haste for the MicroMillions page, where you'll find more information on how you can turn a few dollars into a serious cash infusion for your bankroll.