MicroMillions: Victory for VMBernardo in Event #25 ($1 NLHE)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngThe MicroMillions marched on with Event #25, another $1 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament kicking off late Saturday evening and lasting into the wee hours of Sunday.

This one drew another huge field of 16,208, thus creating a $14,749.28 prize pool -- nearly three times the event's $5K guarantee. The top 2,250 finishers divided up that money, with $1,737.98 going to the player who managed to win the tournament by collecting all of the just over 81 million chips in play.

It would take about three hours and 20 minutes for the field to be cut down to 2,250 and the money bubble to burst. By then stygher had climbed to the top of the counts with better than 237,000, followed by pitbull857, RenatinhoRO, and master_DDXX.

About an hour after that the field had shrunk to less than 1,000 players, with CAMARON889, kousas, and luancosta pushing ahead to around the 500,000-chip mark to lead the way. An hour more and there were less than 300 left, with Aladroque76 the lone player among them with more than 1 million chips.

Two more hours would pass and with 50 left it was goldenbulls charging ahead of the pack with almost 5.6 million, with coorsflat and Danny Gapper closest with about 4 million apiece. Another hour saw goldenbulls (21st) and JeanGrae (19th) among the eliminated -- each earning $27.28 -- and they were down to 18, with both VMBernardo and Danny Gapper out front and closing in on 10 million.

The next nine knockouts would carry the tourney up to to the nine-hour mark, with çilo grabbing lead, at one point pushing up over 17 million before sliding back closer to nearest challengers Danny Gapper and Kitaro002. The nine falling one table shy of the last were madbluffer12 (18th), RUNX163 (17th), and Raivizzzzz (16th), all of whom took $30.23; orbita2010 (15th), PetroVich81 (14th), and S.Watters (13th) who each grabbed $44.24; and coorsflat (12th), CARMINA248 (11th), and MFORTI (10th) who earned $58.99 apiece.

Just nine were left.


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Seat 1: marcospapa -- 10,697,219
Seat 2: Kitaro002 -- 11,797,956
Seat 3: tb17 -- 6,123,068
Seat 4: WeArElectric -- 8,793,848
Seat 5: VMBernardo -- 9,920,245
Seat 6: çilo -- 14,095,620
Seat 7: Danny Gapper -- 11,595,662
Seat 8: Voltoro -- 3,258,482
Seat 9: AlStrummer -- 4,757,900

It would take nearly an orbit for the first elimination of the final table to take place. With the blinds 200,000/400,000, tb17 open-raised all in for 3,362,500 from middle position and got one caller in chip leader çilo from the button. tb17 had 9♦9♣ but had ran smack into çilo's A♥A♣. The flop came 6♥5♥A♦, making life worse for tb17 by giving çilo a set. The 7♣ turn provided a possible escape for tb17 with a gutshot straight draw, but the river was the K♠ and tb17 was gone in ninth.

Just two hands later VMBernardo min-raised from middle position to 800,000, then Voltoro reraise-shoved from the button for 2,233,482 total. The blinds folded and VMBernardo called, tabling A♣T♣ to Voltoro's A♠K♣. All was fine for Voltoro through the 4♦5♦7♦ flop and 2♠ turn, but the T♥ fell on the river to pair VMBernardo and eliminate Voltoro in eighth.

After one more orbit another preflop all-in confrontation developed, this time between Kitaro002 and WeArElectric. With the blinds up to 250,000/500,000, it folded around to Kitaro002 who pushed all in from the button for 8,952,556. WeArElectric reraised all in for a little more from the small blind, forcing a fold from çilo, and the players cards were flipped over.

WeArElectric: A♥K♥
Kitaro002: A♠J♥

Big slick would hold this time as the board ran out Q♣3♠6♣6♠9♥ and Kitaro was knocked out in seventh.

The remaining six played a few more hands then agreed to pause the proceedings to take a look at a possible deal, at which point VMBernardo led with just over 23 million, with WeArElectric second with a little more than 21 million. The "chip chop" numbers were produced, and after a brief discussion it was decided to continue playing.

Several hands passed and they were approaching the nine-and-a-half-hour mark of the tourney when çilo limped in for 500,000 from early position, then Danny Gapper raised all in for 6,845,662 from one seat over. It folded around and çilo called with 5♦5♣. Danny Gapper was hoping to catch something to improve his A♦Q♠, but the five community cards came T♦3♠7♠7♥J♠ and they were down to five.

The blinds had moved to 400,000/800,000 when AlStrummer survived a preflop all-in with K♥9♥ versus marcospapa's K♦T♣ when a nine appeared among the community cards. That hand left marcospapa with a little over 3.3 million, and when VMBernardo raised to 1.6 million from the cutoff on the next hand marcospapa reraised all in from the big blind, getting a call from his opponent.

marcospapa had K♣8♥ and was racing against VMBernardo's 3♣3♠. The board came 4♠7♥6♦4♦A♣, meaning the small pair had held and marcospapa was out in fifth.

AlStrummer's good fortune continued soon thereafter when he won another preflop all-in, this time versus çilo. In that one the pair appeared destined to chop as çilo held A♥J♥ and AlStrummer A♠J♠, but the fifth community card brought a third spade to the board to give AlStrummer a flush and a 16.6 million-plus pot. Take a look:


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The final quartet played on for a short while, then paused the tourney again to talk about a deal. By then VMBernardo led with just under 36 million, AlStrummer was second with a little more than 22 million, WeArElectric third with almost 15.8 million, and çilo last with almost 7.3 million.

It appeared as though a deal would happen this time, but players ran into a snag when çilo wasn't responding, perhaps indicating blocked chat. In any event, no deal was possible without all four consenting, and so play continued.

On the first hand çilo was under the gun and first to speak (so to speak), and min-raised to 1.6 million, getting two callers in AlStrummer (button) and VMBernardo (big blind). The flop came K♠T♦4♠. VMBernardo checked, çilo pushed all in for 5,595,350, AlStrummer called, and VMBernardo folded.

çilo had K♦J♥ for top pair but was outpipped by AlStrummer's K♥Q♠. The Q♣ fell on the turn to make things worse for çilo, and after the 4♦ river çilo was out in fourth.


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The last three then paused the tourney one final time to discuss dealing, with VMBernardo at a little more than 35.2 million, AlStrummer just over 30.6 million, and WeArElectric almost 15.2 million. This time "chip chop" numbers worked for all, leaving another $100 on the table for which to play, and the tourney was resumed once more.

With the blinds 500,000/1,000,000, VMBernardo made it 2 million to go from the button and both AlStrummer and WeArElectric called. The flop came 9♣Q♥2♣ and AlStrummer shoved from the small blind for 6,375,000. WeArElectric folded, then VMBernardo raised to 14,000,099 and AlStrummer called the raise.

The turn was the 2♠, pairing the board, to which AlStrummer responded with an all-in push for his last 14,996,651 and VMBernardo called. AlStrummer had Q♦T♦ for two pair, but VMBernardo had A♦Q♣ for the same two pair plus a better kicker, and after the K♥ river just two players remained.


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VMBernardo had the big lead to start heads-up play with 68,756,096 to WeArElectric's 12,283,904. However, WeArElectric swiftly grabbed a succession of pots to chip back close to even.

Soon a dramatic hand arose in which the pair raised back and forth to get all the chips in the middle preflop, but VMBernardo had A♠T♠ and WeArElectric A♦T♣ and the hand resulted in a chopped pot.

Play continued, with VMBernardo retaking the advantage as the blinds moved up to 600k/1.2m. Then came a hand in which WeArElectric got all of his chips in following a 7♦9♥J♣ flop with 9♣5♥ against VMBernardo's 8♥8♦. The nines held, giving WeArElectric close to a 7-to-1 chip lead.

VMBernardo battled gamely, however, doubling up with K♠Q♥ versus WeArElectric's T♠5♠, then grabbing the lead back once again in a hand in which VMBernardo rivered a flush. Finally, after almost ten-and-a-half hours of poker, the last hand of MicroMillions Event #25 was dealt.

The blinds were at 700k/1.4m. VMBernardo sat with a little over 55.6 million and WeArElectric just under 25.5 million. VMBernardo raised to 2.8 million from the button, then WeArElectric reraised all in and VMBernardo called.

WeArElectric had Q♦5♦, but was in tough shape versus VMBernardo's Q♥Q♣. The board ran out K♣T♥T♠9♦A♦, and VMBernardo had won.

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Congratulations to VMBernardo for topping a huge field of 16,208 for the win! And kudos as well to WeArElectric and AlStrummer for making it to the final three to chop the prize money.

MicroMillions Event #25 ($1 No-Limit Hold'em) Results (*reflects three-way deal):
1st: VMBernardo ($1,482.29)*
2nd: WeArElectric ($1,141.24)*
3rd: AlStrummer ($1,326.83)*
4th: çilo ($663.71)
5th: marcospapa ($516.22)
6th: Danny Gapper ($368.73)
7th: Kitaro002 ($250.73)
8th: Voltoro ($132.74)
9th: tb17 ($88.49)

A Sunday full of MicroMillions events awaits, followed by another week's worth of small buy-in fun. Check the schedule for the full skinny.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in MicroMillions