2013 MicroMillions 4: amecor last out the door in Event 97 ($3.30+R NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-max, 3x-Turbo)
Dealmaking is a skill like any other in poker. In 2013 MicroMillions 4 Event 97, $3.30+R No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max, 3x-Turbo), the final table chip leader made a deal at the exact moment the cards started to turn. That opening allowed amecor, a player who patiently waited for good spots throughout the final table, to snatch the MicroMillions victory away in the final moments.
Omaha has been a hot topic at PokerStars lately, with the designation of Omaha week and the rollout of "Big O" (5-card Omaha) and a few other 5-card Omaha variants. Small wonder, then, that 6,221 players entered Event 97 and executed a total of 22,100 rebuys and 2,879 add-ons. It all adds up to more than $93,000 going into the prize pool. A minimum payout for 780th place was $27.14 (not bad for a $3.30 tournament!); the maximum payout for the winner was more than $14,000.
Our old friend, Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki, was up to his usual MicroMillions tricks in Event 97. Horecki, who in the past has made the MicroMillions series a personal project, finished a respectable 235th in Event 97, earning himself $51.48. He was the only Team Pro to make the money. Henrique Pinho gave it a good run but came up short in 893rd place.
Just after the 7pm break, five players assembled at the final table. Why only five? Because with seven players remaining, OrFrAiRe and Geraldo22 went out on the same hand. OrFrAire was short-stacked and made a desperation push for 2.8 million that was an easy call for big blind lemberg1715 with K♥K♣2♣3♠. lemberg1715 caught a matching king on the flop, but there were also two small cards to give OrFrAire a low draw. It never filled.
At the other table, Geraldo22, a final tablist during MicroMillions 3, ran into a cooler of a hand:
Geraldo22 took 6th place by virtue of having a bigger stack than OrFrAiRe to start the hand. Thus there were only five players to start the final table.
Seat 2: amecor (15310772 in chips)
Seat 3: spanisfish91 (49294530 in chips)
Seat 4: Lonicera (78791002 in chips)
Seat 5: lemberg1715 (9478940 in chips)
Seat 6: ZRX88 (18457756 in chips)
Level 54: 600k-1200k blinds, 120k ante
Average: 28.55 million (23.8 BBs)
That massive pot on the final table bubble gave Lonicera a decided chip advantage. When short stack amecor suggested a deal right at the start of the table, Lonicera never even responded. Amecor then doubled through ZRX88 with double-suited aces and kings, creating three stacks in the 15 million chip range (ZRX88 and lemberg1715 joined amecor), a medium stack and a big stack.
That big stack became a monster-stacken a few hands later. spanisfish91, sitting behind about 54 million in chips (30 big blinds), opened to 3.6 million. Lonicera then shoved for 72.8 million. All other players folded back to spanisfish91, who called with double-suited aces, A♥A♦2♥8♦. Lonicera also had a strong hand, A♣K♠4♠5♥. There was no low on a board of T♥5♠Q♠9♣9♠, allowing Lonicera's spade flush to drag the whole pot and send spanisfish91 to the rail in 5th place.
The three short stacks continued to push for a deal. Lonicera continued to ignore them, holding 130 million of the 171 million chips in play.
There were still three eliminations to go, however, and they proved difficult to come by. Lonicera lost the next four all-in pots, sending small double-ups to ZRX88 and lemberg1715, and small and medium-sized double-ups to amecor. Like that, Lonicera dropped back below 100 million in chips.
Lonicera wasn't involved in the 4th-place elimination of lemberg1715. Down to 6.6 million in the 1.05MM-2.1MM level, lemberg1715 shoved the button. Both blinds called and checked to the river of an 8♥T♦Q♠6♥5♠ board. ZRX88 then bet 6.3 million, folding amecor. ZRX88 showed down A♣Q♦5♣3♦ for two pair, queens and fives, for high and an 8-6 low. That beat lemberg1715's 2♥4♥5♥T♠.
To start three-handed play, Lonicera had control with 105.5 million in chips. ZRX88 trailed in 2nd place with 35.1 million, but amecor was right behind with 30.6 million. It was at that moment that Lonicera agreed to consider a deal. The players agreed to a slightly modified chip-chop deal without too much fuss, leaving just $1,000 up for grabs.
The players traded blinds for a few hands after resumption of play until ZRX88 shoved from the small blind for 12 big blinds with 3♠4♣6♠8♠. amecor was holding A♦J♦J♥5♦ in the big blind and called. amecor's hand was the winner on a 6♥T♦T♠4♠7♦ board, making jacks and tens for high and a 7-6 for low.
Lonicera started heads-up play with a small chip lead, 101 million to 70 million. Blinds were at 1.2MM-2.4MM. Thus when amecor shoved for 67.6 million, Lonicera went for the kill holding A♦Q♥6♣2♦. Yet it was amecor's A♥9♣5♥2♣ that came out best on a 4♥J♥9♠[t]d3♣ board.
"Ouch," said Lonicera from behind 35.5 million in chips.
The hand wasn't long in coming after that. amecor reeled off five straight pots, pausing to allow Lonicera to win one pot before closing out the match. The two players took a limped flop of 4♥5♦5♠. amecor checked to Lonicera, who shoved all in for 17.3 million. amecor snap-called with a set of 4s, 4♣4♦6♠K♥. Lonicera had some low options and some straight options for high with 5♥7♣8♥J♥, but big cards fell on the turn and river to give the pot and the MicroMillions title to amecor.
Lee Jones wrote last week that Omaha can be a special form of torture. Lonicera got to see that firsthand at this final table, running hot as the sun for half of it before cooling off in the end. That allowed amecor to swoop in and secure the champion's set-aside after a three-way deal and to become one of the last MicroMillions 4 champions.
2013 MicroMillions 4 Event 97 $3.30+R NL Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max, 3x-Turbo) results (* denotes three-way deal):
1st: amecor ($10,000.00)*
2nd: Lonicera ($12,500.00)*
3rd: ZRX88 ($9,092.64)*
4th: lemberg1715 ($4,446.00)
5th: spanisfish91 ($2,653.56)
6th: Geraldo22 ($1,404.00)
Today is the last day of the MicroMillions 4, but it's still not too late to join the action. Events 99 and 100 still have open registration. Learn more at the MicroMillions home page.
Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.