MicroMillions 4: cebuc79 survives a wild ride in Event 93, $2.20 NLHE
After 11 days the fourth installment of the MicroMillions series is finally drawing to a close. More than 90 events have resulted in millions of dollars of prize money being awarded to players from 50 countries around the world, all on buy-ins a fraction of the size of those found in most big tournament series. It really has been a sight to behold.
This particular installment of the final day of MicroMillions 4 was Event 93, a $2.20 NL hold'em freezeout. Poker's vanilla flavor drew the crowds as always, bringing 19,841 players to the tables to build a $39,682 prize pool. In all 2,700 players shared in the money, with $3,981.46 set aside for the winner.
The tournament was down to the final table bubble by 3:40 p.m. ET, with blinds and antes at 400K/800K/100K. Instead of nine players making it through, though, hand-for-hand play ended with only eight.
On Table 575, Canada's Jesse D.P. moved all-in from the small blind for 3.47M over the top of borlor's raise to 1.6M on the button. The German player called with 9♦ 8♦ and trailed Jesse D.P.'s 8♣ 8♠, but the board came 4♥ Q♥ 4♠ 9♣ Q♠ and borlor won with a pair of nines. Meanwhile, on Table 269, candy1203 of Germany called all-in with 7♦ 7♣ but came up short when India's metalheadsss hit a pair of nines with K♥ 9♣. For having the smaller stack, candy1203 became the 10th place finisher ($148.80), while Jesse D.P. finished in 9th place ($238.09).
The simultaneous bustouts left these eight players in the running:
Seat 1: metalheadsss (10,259,240 in chips)
Seat 2: MLS20 (14,117,478 in chips)
Seat 3: inv73 (19,826,192 in chips)
Seat 4: borlor (16,050,135 in chips)
Seat 5: ASPISUS (3,295,906 in chips)
Seat 6: $lowhim (8,542,788 in chips)
Seat 8: Barteklo (4,666,655 in chips)
Seat 9: cebuc79 (22,446,606 in chips)
It took just four hands to see a player put the tournament on the line. Poland's Barteklo moved all-in under the gun for 4.26M with 6♠ 6♦. The only player who called was Australia's inv73, but A♦ 4♣ couldn't crack the pair on a T♠ J♠ T♣ 4♠ A♠.
Five hands later, with the blinds now up to 500K/1M with a 125K ante, the first confrontation at the final table that led to a player's departure actually resulted in two leaving on the same hand. It allhappened at the hands of Romania's cebuc79, the incoming chip leader:
The shorter of the two stacks belonged to Poland's ASPISUS, who took 8th place ($357.13), while inv73's bigger stack meant the bigger payday for 7th place ($595.23).
Three hands later Barteklo ran into a serious cooler. Moving all-in from the small blind for 7.38M with Qd] Q♠, the Polish player had to have been stunned to see cebuc79 call in the big blind with A♦ A♥. The 7♦ K♣ 7♥ flop and 6♣ turn had Barteklo on the verge of exiting the tournament, but the Q♣ made three of a kind to claim the 15.51M-chip pot.
Two hands later another all-in underdog came out ahead. metalheadsss moved all-in for 11.13M from the small blind after the action folded around. It was a steal with 6♣ 3♣, but Austria's MLS20 called with A♠ 4♣ in the big blind. The T♣ 3♣ 5♣ flop was nothing but good news for metalheadsss, whose pair of treys held up after the T♦ turn and K♦ river to win the 23.02M-chip pot.
That left MLS20 with just 2.87M chips, but the Austrian doubled through borlor on the next hand with Q♥ T♦ versus J♠ T♣. It was the hand after that which took the table down to five, when cebuc79 opened with 9♠ 9♣ and Germany's $lowhim called all-in with 3♣ 3♠. The board ran out 5♦ 4♦ 5♣ 6♦ J♥ and $lowhim left in 6th place.
MLS20 doubled through metalheadsss two hands later with A♣ 9♣ against 2♦ 2♥, making it six out of the last seven hands that had seen a player all-in. Perhaps sensing that the time was right with the tournament going to its scheduled break at five minutes before the hour, the remaining five players agreed to look at the numbers for a possible deal. It took five minutes for everyone to agree to split the prize pool and leave $300 on the table for the winner.
On the first hand back from the deal-making break metalheadsss limped in from the small blind with K♠ K♣ and called after MLS20 shoved for 12.76M with A♣ 5♣. The 4♠ J♥ 6♠ flop was no help to MLS20, but the A♠ on the turn put the Austrian player in the lead. It also left flush outs for metalheadsss, though, and the 2♠ on the river completed the draw. With that MLS20 was out in 5th place ($2,239.01).
From there the blinds and antes went up again, this time to 600K/1.2M/125K. metalheadsss' stack was cut in half six hands later when the Indian player moved all-in from under the gun holding 5♥ 5♣ and was called by Barteklo with 7♠ 7♣. The sevens were good when the board ran out A♥ 4♣ 8♥ Q♣ T♠ and Barteklo chipped up to 29.48M. Then metalheadsss turned around and doubled right back up on the next hand:
There were a few pots taken down without showdowns over the 15 hands before borlor was dealt A♥ A♦ and picked off a big blind re-steal bluff from cebuc79 with K♥ 3♠. That shipped the 32.29M-chip pot to borlor and left cebuc79 with 11.44M.
The Romanian was now on the bubble with just under 10 big blinds, but things can turn around quickly in hold'em. That's what happened on the very next hand with a little bit of luck. borlor opened for 2.4M under the gun and cebuc79 shoved from the small blind. Then metalheadsss called from the big blind. borlor completed the action by calling, building a 34.47M-chip pot. First to act after the 2♠ 5♥ 6♦ flop, metalheadsss moved all-in for 17.54M and scared borlor out of the pot before turning up A♠ K♥. That was well ahead of cebuc79's A♥ 8♣, but the 8♠ paired the Romanian and turned things upside down. The 6♥ was no hope to metalheadsss and cebuc79 was back over 30M once again.
As the blinds moved up to 700K/1.4M/175K, cebuc79 pulled away over a 14-hand stretch thanks to a few well-timed bets to win contested pots without a showdown. Finally short-stacked borlor moved all-in for 10.84M on the button with [7♦ 4♥ and cebuc79 called with A♦ 9♣. The board fell Q♦ A♥ Q♣ 7♣ 8♥ and borlor was out in 4th place ($2,459.75).
That gave cebuc79 a sizable chip lead, but it would disappear just four hands later:
Barteklo took the lead after that pot. Thirteen hands later cebuc79 would reclaim the lead and do away with metalheadsss at the same time. After limping in on the button with K♦ K♥, cebuc79 called metalheadsss' all-in move for 14.46M. The Indian player held Q♠ 6♥, which didn't connect with the J♠ J♥ 9♦ 3♦ 7♥ board. metalheadsss left in 3rd place ($2,413.49).
With that, cebuc79 took a slight lead into heads-up play:
Seat 8: Barteklo (48583240 in chips)
Seat 9: cebuc79 (50621760 in chips)
Barteklo reclaimed the lead on the first hand with a preflop four-bet and held it for 11 hands. Then cebuc79 picked up A♠ Q♥ on the button and ended up all-in after a four-bet against Barteklo's A♣ 8♥. That left the Polish player with just over seven big blinds, but a double-up came along four hands later with A♣ J♥ against cebuc79's Q♦ 4♣. Then Barteklo reeled off eight straight wins, concluding with a 55.24M-chip pot after K♦ T♥ hit a ten on the river to beat cebuc79's A♦ Q♦.
Cebuc79 turned things around from there, winning 15 of the next 18 pots to seize an 81.55M-to-17.64M advantage. Then Barteklo doubled up in a preflop confrontation with 5♣ 5♥ against cebuc79's 3♠ 3♦ to pull things closer once again. It was beginning to look like the heads-up duel would progress toward infinity, but two hands later came the decisive hand. Everything started innocuously enough when cebuc79 limped in for 1.6M on the button and Baretklo checked to take a flop of 6♠ 6♦ J♣. Both players checked, and cebuc79 called after Barteklo bet 3.2M on the 3♥ turn. Barteklo moved all-in for 29.29M after the 2♦ fell on the river and cebuc79 couldn't call any faster with J♥ 6♥ for the flopped full house. Barteklo held 7♣ 3♣ for two pair, and the tournament was over.
Barteklo's share of the deal was $2,306.95, just a little shy of what third-place money would have been without a deal. That's still a career-best for the Polish player. cebuc79, meanwhile, picked up the extra $300 on the table for a total prize of $3,286.74. At more than $3,200 over the Romanian player's previous best score, that's one more MicroMillions success story that's going to be celebrated all night.
MicroMillions 4 Event #93: $2.20 NL Hold'em
$15,000 guaranteed prize pool
2,700 places paid
$39,682 total prize pool
1st place: cebuc79 (Romania) $3,286.74*
2nd place: Barteklo (Poland) $2,306.95*
3rd place: metalheadsss (India) $2,413.49*
4th place: borlor (Germany) $2,459.75*
5th place: MLS20 (Austria) $2,239.01*
6th place: $lowhim (Germany) $992.05
7th place: inv73 (Australia) $595.23
8th place: ASPISUS (Poland) $357.13
9th place: Jesse D.P. (Canada) $238.09
* - denotes results of a five-way deal