MicroMillions: netting the max, netzroht earns Event #74 victory ($1+R NLO8 3X-Turbo)
Despite playing and reporting here for awhile, the mention of a "3X-Turbo" had me diving into the PokerStars.com website for some details.
3X-Turbo. Three strikes and yer out!
Three times the blinds speed?
No. But, I stretched out this morning just in case.
Three times the fun?
Getting warmer. How many times does a dollar rebuy offer a $3,835.37 first prize except during this new tournament series?
3X-Turbo as defined by the help page: "a 3x-Turbo has three times the normal amount of rebuy time" . 90 minutes to get your shove on and gamble it up during the rebuy time during the MicroMillions Event #74 NLO8 dollar rebuy with a $10,000 guarantee. With 3,000 chips to start and for a rebuy, a whopping 30,000 chip add on after 90 minutes (which 1,828 out of the starting 4,703 players took advantage of), and 20,314 rebuys the prize pooled over doubled the guarantee to $24,428.95!
One Team PokerStars player however would not only weave though over 95% of the field but add on his 22nd cash. Marcin "Goral" Horecki is trying valiantly to catch the series leading AleksS69 in the MicroMillions Player of the Series race. But, AleksS69 would add yet another cash to the series leading total of 24 by finishing 276th place ($13.43). Horecki would go a little further along the pay scale as the blinds moved up to 30K/60K ante 6K the Polish pro would shove 269,369 chips over the top of two raises as a four-way all-in broke out preflop. DutchForever, LordAgrael, and Fredvif jumped into the fray with 859,290 in the middle. Goral's 8♠ A♥ 5♥ 7♠ would flop two pair but Fredvif's Q♣ A♣ K♠ 4♦ turned a higher aces-up on the T♠ 7♦ A♠ Q♥ 9♣ board as the last remaining Red Spade left the tournament in 156th place ($20.76).
Depsite the gignormous amount of chips on the tables and the split pots there were only two tables left after four hours of play as the average stack held over nine million in chips but blinds following quickly at 250K/500K ante 50K.
Dead silence in the chat boxes on both tables was a little odd as not even a peep from well-wishers on the rail as HCAP (who nearly took home a SCOOP watch in 2010 during Event #24-M) bowed out in 11th place ($146.57) ten minutes shy of the five hour mark.
Wisdom would think that with people shoving nearly every hand, getting one more elimination would be easy. However, hand-for-hand play would blow through three more levels hitting 500K/1MM ante 100K before DelokPOK and volkana combined for a 22.5 million chip pot preflop. DelokPOK went high showing queens with a suited ace 5♦ Q♠ A♦ Q♣ and volkana the low wrap also with a suited ace J♦ A♣ 2♦ 4♣ . Neither of the players needed the three hearts on the flop 9♥ 4♥ 8♥ but the running jacks on the turn J♠ and river J♥ fit volkana's hand nicely for the scoop, knocking out DelokPOK in tenth place ($146.57) and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: volkana (29963404 in chips)
Seat 2: lllothup (4496734 in chips)
Seat 3: 0legik (27897009 in chips)
Seat 4: katyrix (9759267 in chips)
Seat 5: mholman123 (6863695 in chips)
Seat 6: Dienein (18404709 in chips)
Seat 7: netzroht (12501325 in chips)
Seat 8: ITSME81 (12675161 in chips)
Seat 9: dpo18 (7329696 in chips)
lllothup would travel to the final table with just over four big blinds and tried to make the most of it by shoving on the final table's seventh hand for 4.6 million from middle position. mholman123 also on a shortened stack bringing in six big blinds would make the call from the big blind holding A♣ 4♥ K♥ 9♣. lllothup's 8♦ A♦ T♦ K♣ was hoping for a high board and got there 7♠ 2♥ J♣ Q♥ T♥ with a broadway straight. However, the three hearts matched the two in mholman123's hand for a tournament breaking flush ending lllothup's night in ninth place ($195.43). No stranger to big final tables, lllothup made the Sunday Million final table in July banking $14K in the process.
Too legik to quit
ITSME81 tried to surprise 0legik in the small blind but instead received a call. Check out the video below for the results:
Mid wrap hands like ITSME81's 8♦ 7♦ Q♥ J♥ usually do not fare well in Omaha Hi-Lo but they can serve as ace-busters. ITSME81 was hoping for just that as 0legik flipped up K♠ A♣ 3♥ A♦. An ace on the flop would take this one down as the mid-wrap could only connect for two pair A♥ 9♣ 2♣ 8♥ 7♠ ending ITSME81's night in eighth place ($305.36).
Largest pot in the middle as the players started dropping as quickly as the blinds were rising. With the blinds up to 750K/1.5MM ante 150K Dienein would open shove from UTG holding A♣ 3♦ Q♣ K♥ as it folded around to 0legik who once again found some aces A♥ A♦ 3♥ T♣ and re-shoved to keep the riff-raff out. 34.8 million chips in the middle as the fourth ace in the deck made its way to the flop 2♥ A♠ 9♣ and after the board paired the turn 2♠ Dienein was done in seventh place ($549.65).
Oops, that's not supposed to happen
The nature of O8 sometimes brings some nasty beats as all card games do from time-to-time. Watch below of what happens when a shortstack finally finds a decent hand only to be done in by someone with the chips to call:
The blinds stayed at 750K/1.5MM ante 150K but dpo18 was asked to leave the table after his A♥ 9♣ A♦ T♥ found a flopped set A♣ 5♣ 8♣ 6♦ 4♠ but volkana's 3♥ K♣ K♦ 7♥ made an unlikely straight to knock out the Swiss in sixth place ($793.94). This was dpo18's second trip to a major final table as the final tablist nearly claimed victory in the 2010 SCOOP Event #10-M, taking sixth for $3.2K.
Quiet as the chat box
Still no attempts at chopping, no banter about the play, just straight poker to the finish. Six hands after dpo18 was taken down mholman123 held just 4.3 million chips and blinds at 750K/1.5MM ante 150K decided to open shove with jacks Q♠ 3♥ J♠ J♦ from the small blind hoping for some kind of reprieve. Instead the Swede got netzroht to make a quick call for the small amount with queens Q♣ 4♥ T♦ Q♥. Since neither could catch a low, the 5♥ T♥ T♣ 4♣ 2♥ board played out mholman123's last hand, finishing in fifth place ($1,083.23).
Another big pot and guess who wins
0legik seems to be a magnet for taking down the largest pots of the final table. Just eight hands after dpo18 lost in sixth place and two hands after mholman123 in fifth, 0legik went looking for more chips by open raising to over 11 million from the small blind as katyrix refuses to give up the big blind and shoved for 17.2 million total. 0legik called the extra 5.6 million holding 4♠ T♣ A♦ 9♣ and katyrix showed the better low draw, better kicked, and a suited ace K♠ 6♠ 2♥ A♠. Better preflop at least because by the turn Q♦ J♣ 6♣ K♥ 0legik had a near-lock on the 35 million chips in the middle. The J♠ river did not chop the pot and katyrix became another victim of 0legik finishing in fourth place ($1,380.23).
0legik must have been getting a drink
73 million in the middle preflop as the threesome would play up to the 1.05MM/2.1MM ante 210K level. volkana and netzroht were tired of 0legik getting all the press and created this hand below:
netzroht took the role of aggressor and covered the table with a 49.4 million chip shove from the button holding K♥ 9♦ A♥ 3♦ as volkana made the call from the small blind with a high wrap and queens Q♠ Q♥ J♠ 9♥. Two aces on the flop, a king on the turn 4♠ A♦ A♣ K♦ 3♥ and all volkana could say was "lol" after collecting $2,015.38 in third place.
Germany vs. Russia
The Russian players have been on a tear as of late with several Sunday Major victories and the current top spot of these tournament series being held by AleksS69 of Russia. But, three Germans came to the final table earn one for their home country as 0legik would be trying to bring Russia yet another win but would need to overcome an 87.7 million to 42 million chip deficit.
It would not happen. As the blinds moved up to 1.2MM/2.4MM ante 240K and netzroht stretching the lead to 89.1 million to 40.7 million as the two would trade raises until 81.5 million chips laid in the middle with a title on the line. 0legik showed a very decent double-suited low wrap hand T♥ A♥ 3♥ 4♠ but netzroht had a better high kicker and low draw 5♠ K♣ 2♠ A♠. It would be the deuce that ended 0legik's run as two of them found their way to the 9♦ 2♦ Q♥ 9♣ 2♥ board crowning Germany's netzroht the 2012 MicroMillions Event #74 champ!
MicroMillions Event #74 $75,000 guarentee $1+Rebuy 3X-Turbo results (03-23-12):
1. netzroht (Germany) $3,835.37
2. 0legik (Russia) $2,845.97
3. volkana (Germany) $2,015.38
4. katyrix (Macao) $1,380.23
5. mholman123 (Sweden) $1,038.23
6. dpo18 (Switzerland) $793.94
7. Dienein (Germany) $549.65
8. ITSME81 (Belgium) $305.36
9. lllothup (Canada) $195.43