MicroMillions 4: bg.TheProfie cruises to title in Event 46, $11 NLHE (6-max, SuperKnockout)
The SuperKnockout format in play for Event 46 of MicroMillions 4 provided a bounty on each player's head equal to his initial buy-in. Not only is it great value compared to your everyday freezeout for anyone who can manage to score a few knockouts, but its extra layer of incentive makes the game that much more fun to play. A total of 8,652 players agreed and helped to build a total prize and bounty pool worth $90,846, almost three and a half times the tournament's guaranteed prize pool.
Of course, it wasn't absolutely necessary to pile up lots of knockouts for players to run deep in the tournament. Greece's qopoqop was the best example, knocking out just two other players before finishing the tournament in 9th place. Russia's Manul152 (18th), Germany's PoorStud87 (25th), and Russia's TT991CB (36th) each had 3 KOs.
On the flip side, earning lots of knockouts was a good way to run deep but not necessarily a guarantee of a big final table payday. Just three players earned as many as 20 knockouts before the final six, and none of them - Russia's kaktyc_pk (29), the United Kingdom's PkrSteve1 (20), and the Ukraine's 777masimo777 (20) - finished better than 12th place.
The most important thing was to collect knockouts at the right time - namely late in the game when they were worth more chips. bg.TheProfie had only collected the fourth-most knockouts in the tournament, but the one on the bubble brought the Bulgarian player to the final table with 18 KOs.
The final six players came together with blinds and antes at 70K/140K/17.5K, stacked like so:
Seat 1: JensW89 (4,534,020 in chips, 14 KOs)
Seat 2: Grumstrup (10,692,633 in chips, 12 KOs)
Seat 3: bg.TheProfie (16,670,589 in chips, 18 KOs)
Seat 4: Fyjja (1,418,350 in chips, 8 KOs)
Seat 5: guialmeida84 (5,614,030 in chips, 7 KOs)
Seat 6: RUR1986 (4,330,378 in chips, 9 KOs)
The rise of Fyjja
Fyjja came to the table with just 10 big blinds and the level went up to 80K/160K/20K almost immediately, so it was no surprise to see the Swedish player getting those chips in play quickly. On just the sixth hand Fyjja moved all-in on the button for 1.06M over the top of a min-raise and call. The Swede's 8♣ 8♥ was good against the 3♥ 3♦ of Bulgaria's bg.TheProfie, winning 2.81M chips to keep Fyjja in the game.
Three hands later the Swedish player opened the pot for 350K with 6♣ 6♥ and then folded face-up after facing a reraise to 850K by Russia's RUR1986 in the cutoff. That left 2.4M chips to work with, all of which went to work winning this pot on the very next hand:
That pulled Fyjja off the bubble and into fourth place, after which the table settled into a rhythm of stealing pots before and on the flop. The next player to risk the tournament going all-in would be Portugal's guialmeida84, who split a 7.55M-chip pot with bg.TheProfie on the 100K/200K/25K level when both players hit a Broadway straight. Then Fyjja struck gold again. First the Swede doubled through bg.TheProfie with Q♦ Q♥ after the Bulgarian player's T♣ 8♣ flopped top pair in an already relatively sizable pot. Then this pot came about:
That left Fyjja in a very different position in the pecking order than the Swede had enjoyed when the final table began:
Seat 1: JensW89 (1,711,520 in chips)
Seat 2: Grumstrup (7,054,133 in chips)
Seat 3: bg.TheProfie (15,836,539 in chips)
Seat 4: Fyjja (11,828,400 in chips)
Seat 5: guialmeida84 (3,851,530 in chips)
Seat 6: RUR1986 (2,977,878 in chips)
The ice breaks
The string of consecutive hands without an elimination finally ended at 27 soon afterward. It actually looked as if JensW89 would extend it after the German player got in ahead with J♠ J♥ against bg.TheProfie's A♣ 5♣, especially when the board read Q♥ T♦ K♠ 7♠ on the turn. Only two cards in the deck could lose the hand for JensW89 and one of them, the J♦, came on the river to knock the German out in 6th place ($681.34).
Only seven more hands would pass before another all-in confrontation on the 125K/250K/25K level, this one a cooler for RUR1986. The Russian player's Q♦ Q♣ couldn't crack Fyjja's K♣ K♦, leading to a departure in 5th place ($1,022.01).
The decline of Grumstrup
The very next hand after RUR1968's departure saw guialmeida at risk with Q♠ J♦ in a coin-flip with Denmark's Grumstrup, who held 6♥ 6♠. Then the Portuguese player was saved on the river of a 5♦ K♣ 9♠ A♦ J♠ board and doubled up to 5.76M.
That left Grumstrup with 7.16M, roughly half of which went to bg.TheProfie two hands later:
The job was finished one hand later. After the action folded to the small blind, guialmeida84 came in for a raise to 1.25M. Grumstrup moved all-in for 3.76M with A♠ 8♣ and guialmeida84 called with K♥ J♥. The T♥ 2♦ J♣ flop left the Dane behind, and after the 4♥ turn and T♣ river Grumstrup was gone in 4th place ($1,930.47).
A quick deal and an exit
Now three-handed, play was paused for the remaining players to discuss a deal. It took just six minutes for them to come to an agreement based on ICM and get the game running again.
For 20 hands they took turns stealing pots until guialmeida84 opened for 900K on the 150K/300K/37.5K level. bg.TheProfie responded by moving all-in, and guialmeida84 made the call. The Portuguese player's 8♣ 8♦ was ahead of bg.TheProfie's 5♦ 5♠, but only until the flop came 7♥ 5♣ Q♠. That left guialmeida84 just two outs, neither of which was the turn T♣ or river Q♦, and the Portuguese player left in 3rd place ($4,476.72).
Seat 3: bg.TheProfie (31,372,472 in chips)
Seat 4: Fyjja (11,887,528 in chips)
The match lasted 32 hands, and Fyjja spent much of it on the defensive after dropping to just 3.11M on the 10th hand, having declined to call all-in on a board reading A♥ 8♠ T♦ 2♣ 5♦. The Swede actually doubled up near the end when A♣ 9♥ held up against bg.TheProfie's A♠ 2♣.
Five hands later, with blinds and antes at 200K/400K/50K, it bg.TheProfie who was on the right end of a dominating hand. After raising out of position before the flop and check-calling after it came 8♥ K♠ 4♦, bg.TheProfie checked again on the A♠ turn. Fyjja bet 2.4M and then called all-in for 3.1M more after bg.TheProfie check-raised. Holding A♥ K♥, Bulgarian had Fyjja drawing dead with K♦ T♠, and the tournament officially came to a close.
Fyjja already had $4,664.80 locked up, topping a previous career best of $4,060 earned for a second-place finish in a $33 tournament last September. For bg.TheProfie the rewards were even greater. With the previously agreed upon share of the deal, the $500 left on the table for the winner, and bounties from 22 KOs, that gave the Bulgarian player a total prize of $5,760.88. That's halfway between the original 1st- and 2nd-place prize amounts, a pretty good take after having made a deal three-handed - especially considering it's almost $5,000 more than the bg.TheProfie had ever earned previously.
MicroMillions 4 Event #46: $11 NL Hold'em (6-max, SuperKnockout)
$25,000 guaranteed prize pool
1,140 places paid
$45,423 prize pool, $45,423 bounty pool
1st place: bg.TheProfie (Bulgaria) $5,645.38 + 22 KOs @ $5.25 = $5,760.88*
2nd place: Fyjja (Sweden) $4,664.80 + 9 KOs = $4,712.05*
3rd place: guialmeida84 (Portugal) $4,476.72 + 7 KOs = $4,513.47*
4th place: Grumstrup (Denmark) $1,930.47 + 12 KOs = $1,993.47
5th place: RUR1986 (Russia) $1,022.01 + 9 KOs = $1,069.26
6th place: JensW89 (Germany) $681.34 + 14 KOs = $754.84
* - denotes results of a three-way deal
That's almost exactly half of MicroMillions 4 already in books - and it's only been running a little under a week! There's no time like the present for checking out the remaining schedule or perusing the Player of the Series leaderboard to see just how successful you'll have to be to earn the Champion's Trophy and free entry into the $5,200 2013 SCOOP Main Event.