MicroMillions 4: Brad52286 deals up an Aussie victory in Event #12 ($3.30 NLHE Big Antes)
Surviving a field of over 30,000 players in a poker tournament is a mighty achievement, but turning down a five-handed deal as the short stack before going on to win the title is nearly as impressive. Well, Australia's Brad52286 did both of those things today, showing plenty of spirit to claim an impressive victory and take the MicroMillions title down under.
Low limits, big antes was the story of the day today as the fourth edition of the MicroMillions series continued. It was Event #12 on the schedule with a massive field of 32,109 players entering the $3.30 No Limit Holdem Big Antes event. By the time registration closed, the prize pool had swelled to $96,327 which more than doubled the advertised guarantee.
Scouring a lobby for signs of a red spade is not the most glamorous job in the world but we did manage to find Team PokerStars Pros Tyler Frost and Martin Hrubý lurking in the field, along with David Williams who was the only red spade to cash in 3,231st for $5.77.
It took close to ten hours for the massive field to reach a final table when IceasI's royal flush draw couldn't connect to better his opponent's set. Our final table line up was as follows:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: MisterBlack1 (25,035,648 in chips)
Seat 2: Brad52286 (26,825,203 in chips)
Seat 3: Wolfrulez (15,805,492 in chips)
Seat 4: joebarteam23 (15,648,936 in chips)
Seat 5: SpecialOlive (27,726,214 in chips)
Seat 6: Dr_Ogen13 (10,338,579 in chips)
Seat 7: KEHOE86 (5,743,799 in chips)
Seat 8: $t.Vallentin (10,912,890 in chips)
Seat 9: rust703 (22,508,239 in chips)
We didn't have to wait long for the action to unfold with an all in on the very first hand of the final table. On a flop of A♣K♠7♠, SpecialOlive check-raised all in with K♣8♥ but the timing was astray as Wolfrulez was sitting pretty with A♥A♦ for top set. The T♦ turn and 6♦ river gave Wolfrulez the early double up into the chip lead.
The short stack of the field was KEHOE86, but a remarkable double up turned things back in the right direction:
We lost our first player when three players took a flop of 4♣J♠9♣. Wolfrulez checked to joebarteam23 who led out with a bet from the big blind. SpecialOlive moved all in which forced Wolfrulez out of the way. joebarteam23 made the call and opened A♦J♦ for top pair, top kicker which pipped SpecialOlive's K♥J♣. The turn was the J♥ and river the 2♥ to leave SpecialOlive on the rail in 9th place for $456.58.
Dr_Ogen13 was next to fall after moving all in preflop with 6♣6♥ and running smack-bang into the K♥K♠ of KEHOE86. The board fell A♥7♦J♦A♦9♦ and Dr_Ogen13 had to be content with $776.39 for 8th place.
KEHOE86 was also responsible for the next elimination, but it wasn't quite as standard as pocket kings. $t.Vallentin moved all in from under the gun for a little over five big blinds. Brad52286 made the call in middle position and KEHOE86 came along from the big blind. KEHOE86 then led out for 3M into the side pot on the 2♥Q♣J♦ flop. Brad52286 made the call and the turn brought the 4♣. This time it was checked to Brad52286 who bet 6M. KEHOE86 matched the bet as both players checked the 6♥ river. KEHOE86 was the only one to show as an ambitious Q♦6♠ proved fruitful with two pair enough to take down the monster pot. Brad52286 took a big hit but $t.Vallentin was the victim, eliminated in 7th place for $1,140.51.
KEHOE86 claimed a third victim a short time later and again there were three players in the thick of the action. joebarteam23 raised the button and KEHOE86 called from the small blind. With over a quarter of his stack already in the middle in the big blind, rust703 squeezed all in with both opponents priced in to make the call. The flop of A♣T♦K♦ was good enough for KEHOE86 to move all in which forced joebarteam23 quickly out of the way. rust703 was the all-in player holding T♠5♠ but it was way behind KEHOE86 who had flopped the nuts with Q♥J♥. The 6♣ turn and 5♦ river brought no miracles as rust703 was bundled out in 6th place for a $1,643.33 collect.
With KEHOE86 holding a big chip lead, the remaining five players paused the clock and entered into deal negotiations. Both chip chop and ICM numbers were explored with the big stack keen to receive fair compensation. After 30 minutes of some give and plenty of take, the players were unable to come to an agreement and play recommenced.
The short stack of the five was Brad52286, but after the deal broke down it seemed to free the shackles as Brad52286 took his chances to get back into contention.
On the other hand, it looked like things were going to go against KEHOE86 after joebarteam23 found a fortunate double up. joebarteam23 was all in preflop with A♣J♥ and in trouble against KEHOE86's A♠Q♠ but the 5♦J♠J♦8♦K♦ board ran out to see joebarteam23 catch a healthy double with trip jacks.
However those chips were quickly passed over to Brad52286 who landed a double up of his own with A♣K♥ holding true against joebarteam23's A♠Q♥ when a king hit the flop.
Brad52286 said, "il take a deal now"
Brad52286 said, "lol"
Much like the deal discussions, none of the five would go down without a fight as Wolfrulez got in on the act with a double of his own. Wolfrulez's 5♦5♠ improved to a full house which was too strong for KEHOE86's Q♦J♦.
It wasn't until MisterBlack1 attempted a steal from the small blind that we saw our next elimination. MisterBlack1 shoved for under five big blinds with T♣7♠ but Brad52286 called in the big blind with A♣6♦. The board arrived 3♥4♠8♥2♣5♣ leaving Brad52286 with a straight and MisterBlack1 empty-handed. MisterBlack1 pocketed $2,464.04 for 5th place.
One hand later and four became three. Brad52286 opened with a raise before Wolfrulez three-bet all in. Unfortunately for Wolfrulez the timing was terrible as Brad52286 insta-called and tabled A♦A♣. Wolfrulez had two outs with 5♥5♠ but missed on the K♥6♠J♥T♣4♥ board. Wolfrulez's tournament was brought to an end in 4th place for $3,284.75.
The three remaining players entered into further deal negotiations. Brad52286 was a willing chip leader and graciously chipped in extra coinage to both opponents as a deal was quickly agreed to with $800 and the title left to play for.
Brad52286 continued to push hard and catch cards at the right time as the epic battle with KEHOE86 was finally brought to an end in the following hand:
KEHOE86 had turned two pair but Brad52286 rivered the flush to take down the pot and eliminate KEHOE86 in 3rd place for post-deal amount of $5,499.82.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: Brad52286 (144,669,006 in chips)
Seat 4: joebarteam23 (15,875,994 in chips)
A near ten-to-one chip advantage and all the momentum was with Brad52286, but joebarteam23 fought back with a double up first hand with 7♣7♦ winning the race against Brad52286's A♠K♠.
joebarteam23 wheeled in another nice pot, rivering a straight, but that was the beginning of the end as Brad52286 would then win 14 of the next 16 pots. The last of those hands saw Brad52286 jam from the button with A♣7♦ as joebarteam23 called for around six big blinds with a dominated K♣7♥. The board fell J♠5♥3♦2♦5♣ and without a king on board joebarteam23 was bundled out in 2nd place for $5,434.94.
Brad52286 had shown his true blue Aussie spirit to fight back from the short stack and survive multiple deal discussions to take the MicroMillions title down under along with $8,198.25 in prize money. Congratulations!
MicroMillions 4 Event #12 Results
Prize pool: $96,327
Places paid: 4,275
1st Brad52286 (Australia) - $8,198.25*
2nd joebarteam23 (Belgium) - $5,434.94*
3rd KEHOE86 (Ireland) - $5,499.82*
4th Wolfrulez (Canada) - $3,284.75
5th MisterBlack1 (Germany) - $2,464.04
6th rust703 (Russia) - $1,643.33
7th $t.Vallentin (Ukraine) - $1,140.51
8th Dr_Ogen13 (Germany) - $776.39
9th SpecialOlive (Belgium) - $456.58
* denotes three-handed deal
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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.