MicroMillions: Looser Vogel stars as villain in Event #7 $2.20 NLHE
The first thing you do when you sit down at a table in any poker tournament, even before a single hand has been dealt, is look around the table and size up your opponents. With limited information at that point you have to generally stereotype people based on their appearance, before you get a chance to adjust that image based on their mannerisms and style of play.
So tell me, what do you do if you sit down, look across the table and see this guy?
It was horror story in the making as Germany's Looser Vogel was everyone's worst nightmare on the final table as he claimed an emphatic victory in Event #7 of the PokerStars MicroMillions series.
It may have been the smallest guarantee of the opening day of the MicroMillions schedule but that didn't stop a whopping 13,734 players from finding some pocket change behind the couch cushions for a shot at glory in Event #7: $2.20 No Limit Holdem. The lure of the $10,000 guarantee was attractive, but by the time the two-hour late registration had closed, the total prize pool had ballooned to an impressive $27,468.
Of those entrants, the top 1800 would lock up a min-cash of $3.29, with Russian Gendos-1967 the unfortunate bubble. We scoured the endless sea of entrants in the lobby for signs of the famous red spade and the only Team PokerStars member we could spot was Canadian Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome who finished in 97th place. A top 100 finish in a five-figure field is an impressive performance, no matter what the buy-in, although the $23.24 score for seven hours of toil was perhaps a few zeroes less than Adrienne had hoped.
After nine hours of play and with the final table within sight, symba04 was brutally eliminated in 11th place after committing with ace-eight on an ace-high flop but lkj316 had him covered with ace-queen. The snowman appeared on the turn to give symba04 the three-outer, but that was quickly snatched away just as viciously with a lady on the river as lkj316 took over the chip lead with ten to go.
On the other table, Looser Vogel was pounding relentlessly on the short stacks, which eventually took a toll on zloy_Santa07. Following some encouragement from the rail, zloy_Santa07 finally decided to make a stand with four big blinds but his pocket sevens ran into wornis' pocket nines as our final table was set.
Final table lineup
Seat 1: HerrHupe (13,270,732 in chips)
Seat 2: Past3r (6,481,612 in chips)
Seat 3: wornis (8,537,534 in chips)
Seat 4: Looser Vogel (11,772,898 in chips)
Seat 5: GlowaX (5,671,767 in chips)
Seat 6: tano723 (5,533,719 in chips)
Seat 7: farlot (2,743,570 in chips)
Seat 8: carokohl (5,092,390 in chips)
Seat 9: lkj316 (9,615,778 in chips)
HerrHupe commanded the chip lead as wornis had quickly gone from short stack to contender as the final table got underway. But such is the nature of tournament poker, that all came unstuck rather quickly.
Farlot managed a double up first hand of the final table with kings against HerrHupe's ace-jack, while Glowax did the same with ace-king against wornis' suited jack-ten.
Wornis was on the ropes and eliminated in 9th place moments later in another devastating elimination.
Wornis could only muster a "gg" in the chat box as he picked up $164.80.
Looser Vogel was into the chip lead and it was a position that he virtually maintained for the remainder of the final table.
lkj316 picked up some chips after slowplaying a flopped full house as farlot fired a couple of bullets with ace-high. It proved costly for farlot who shoved a little over four big blinds from under the gun with a moderate K♥7♠ only for tano723 to make the call with A♦J♠ in the big blind. A jack on the flop and another on the turn on a board of 5♠J♣2♥J♥3♠ was more than enough to give tano723 the pot and see farlot collect $247.21 for his 8th place.
The game breaker
The key hand of the final table was undoubtedly the elimination of GlowaX in 7th place. Looser Vogel was certainly the most aggressive player on the final table, and barely put a foot wrong until shoving from the big blind following an under-the-gun min-raise from GlowaX. GlowaX immediately called and what happened next was a game breaker.
A remarkable backdoor flush for Loose Vogel that will no doubt leave GlowaX feeling a little bitter, but hopefully $521.89 for 7th place is a little consolation.
Meanwhile with over 27 million in chips at the 400k/800k/100k level, Looser Vogel was way out in front with almost triple the chips of his nearest rival as six players remained.
The resistance of tano723 came to an end after running into overpairs in successive hands. First it was pocket eights into pocket tens, before picking up T♠T♥ only to see them fall to the K♥K♣ of HerrHupe when the board bricked out 8♥3♣9♦2♥5♣. Tano723 took back $796.57 for a fine tournament.
carokohl was unlucky not to find a double up moments later when all in with 9♠9♥ against the A♥8♥ of lkj316. The board ran out K♠Q♦Q♥Q♠K♦ to counterfeit carokohl's pair as the pot was chopped.
However lkj316's good fortune ended soon after when shoving A♠6♣ smack bang into PAst3r's A♥K♠. Lkj316 picked up straight outs on the turn but the T♦4♥3♣7♣9♥ board jumped Past3r into contention as lkj316 turned his $2.20 entry into a four-figure score with $1,071.25 for 5th place.
Pedal to the metal
At this stage, Looser Vogel decided to take things to the next level. Five victims were already eliminated with just three more remaining before it was all over. It seemed inevitable that the carnage would continue in this horror flick. The survivors are trapped in an abnormally-large mansion. Phone lines are cut. Car won't start. No bullets left in the gun. It never ends well.
Looser Vogel moved all in with regularity to seize the escalating blinds and antes, leaving his opponents helpless and defenceless.
With a last valiant swing of the kitchen knife, carokohl shoved Q♥J♥ with Looser Vogel calling with K♦T♥ in the big blind. The 6♥K♠T♠ flop gave Looser Vogel two pair, as carokohl found a glimmer of hope with an open-ended straight draw. But the 2♠ turn and 3♠ river brought the end for carokohl in 4th place for a $1,345.93 collect.
HerrHupe managed to grab a little breathing room in a moment of desperation. With no guns or even a knife to use in defence, HerrHupe grabbed a rolling pin and swung with a rather unimpressive 4♦J♠. He was called by PAst3r's K♦8♦ and despite an eight on the flop, the board of 8♥9♣2♦7♣T♣ gave HerrHupe an unlikely straight to the jack for a big double up. Sometimes all you need is a rolling pin.
PAst3r couldn't recover and was out next hand when shoving K♥9♥ from the small blind. Looser Vogel continued a run of domination with a call holding A♣9♦ but in another well-scripted scene, the king on the flop was followed by a fatal ace on the turn, with the K♣6♠J♠A♦8♥ board awarding $1,895.29 to PAst3r as it was an all-German battle for the title.
There was never a consideration of a deal as Looser Vogel had the chips and the momentum. Winning the first two hands of heads-up play, Looser Vogel moved all in from the button on the third hand with 7♥8♥ as HerrHupe called for 14 big blinds with K♥3♥. It was a good call by HerrHupe, but you got the feeling that this script was only ever going to go the way of the villain-esque avatar as the board arrived 7♣6♣T♠4♣2♦ to pair up Looser Vogel's seven for the win.
HerrHupe picked up $2,511.94 for a great run, while Looser Vogel dominated throughout with fearless, well-timed aggression for a deserving victory and $3,648.34 in prize money. Already a proven winning player, Looser Vogel now adds a MicroMillions title to a blossoming poker record.
Final Table Results
1st Looser Vogel (Germany) - $3,648.34
2nd HerrHupe (Germany) - $2,511.94
3rd Past3r (Russia) - $1,895.29
4th carokohl (Germany) - $1,345.93
5th lkj316 (Colombia) - $1,071.25
6th tano723 (Argentina) - $796.57
7th GlowaX (Poland) - $521.89
8th farlot (Spain) - $247.21
9th wornis (Lithuania) - $164.80
The best horror movies are the ones where the villain gets away with it - it means that we get a sequel. And that sequel may just come tomorrow as the PokerStars MicroMillions continues!
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