MicroMillions 4: css_owns1337 owns eight-way deal in Event #44 ($11 NLHE)
The MicroMillions can throw up all sorts of great surprises. We see coast-to-coast domination, rise-from-the-dead recoveries and everything in between. Today's eyebrow-raiser wasn't on the virtual felt, but off it, as an ambitious eight-way deal was agreed to in one of the friendliest final tables we've ever witnessed. While the money was shared around, it was Canada's css_owns1337 who claimed bragging rights (or Facebook rights as our host called them) winning the elusive MicroMillions title.
The event in question was Event #44 of the MicroMillions 4 series. One of the biggest buy-ins of the series saw 4,259 players in action for the $11 No Limit Holdem event. The prize pool was a very nice $42,590 with the top 540 players reaching the money.
Tyler Frost was representing the red spade of Team PokerStars but missed the cash, as did priceles17 from Canada who bubbled the $17.88 min-cash in 541st place.
When vinnerboy's A♣8♥ couldn't improve to better toolboxx's A♠T♥, our final table was formed:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: youwanttobuy (1,469,718 in chips)
Seat 2: BenWill0 (1,477,119 in chips)
Seat 3: WowPL (2,084,827 in chips)
Seat 4: cope769 (990,285 in chips)
Seat 5: css_owns1337 (1,829,908 in chips)
Seat 6: Canal1347 (5,370,514 in chips)
Seat 7: Donneahh (1,009,330 in chips)
Seat 8: northernmine (1,379,582 in chips)
Seat 9: toolboxx (5,683,717 in chips)
The final table blinds started at 50k/100k/12.5k which had a couple of the short stacks under some pressure.
WowPL got off to a "wow" of a start with a big double up holding K♦K♠ against toolboxx's A♥7♥, but the short-stacked cope769 was unable to do likewise with a rather brutal elimination:
It looked like cope769 had caught life with the ace on the turn but the devastating two-outer eight-ball on the river left cope769 to head to the virtual rail in 9th place for $340.72.
BenWill0 caught a double up with A♥9♥ as toolboxx took another hit, this time holding K♣Q♠, before css_owns1337 also doubled with pocket jacks against Canal1347's pocket eights.
At a scheduled break the players caught their breath and threw up the idea of an eight-handed deal. Madness, surely? Could they get all eight players to even click the "deal" button, let alone agree to a deal?
ICM numbers were presented and surprisingly there was no haggling, no negotiations, no arguments. Most players were thankful to have reached this point and with thousands of dollars on the line, they were appreciative of the money rather than greedy. It was refreshing to watch.
One by one, "I agree" popped up in the chat window against each player's name and a remarkable eight-way deal was struck with $500 and the MicroMillions title left to play for.
Canal1347 was one of those most keen to deal and, in the end, the biggest benefactor. A button versus big blind battle saw Canal1347 five-bet jam with A♣9♠ but WowPL held the cowboys with K♠K♣. The board of 9♦6♥5♠3♠Q♠ was delivered which wasn't enough to save Canal1347 from elimination. A post-deal amount of $3,301.94 was awarded to Canal1347 - almost three thousand dollars more than the original payout for 8th place.
As the friendly banter continued in the chat box, it was Donneahh who would be next to go in another rather nasty bustout:
Ouch! Trip sixes for css_owns1337's creative 5♠6♠ got past Donneahh's K♠Q♠ to leave Donneahh to exit in 7th place to receive $1,796.28 following the deal.
It was a rough ride for toolboxx on this final table and it came to an end moments later. toolboxx shoved A♦J♠ into youwanttobuy's J♦J♥ with the pair holding through the board of 8♣Q♠3♠7♥9♣. toolboxx collected $1,381.60 which was virtually identical to the original payout for 6th place.
youwanttobuy was next to depart after three-bet shoving from the big blind with 9♠9♦. WowPL had raised from early position and was happy to call it off with A♣Q♥. It was a big pot and the race went to WowPL as the board was spread K♥Q♠7♣3♣7♥, pairing the queen to take it down. Following the deal, youwanttobuy's share was $2,760.67 for 5th place.
The action started to pick up even more as BenWill0 caught a double up with ace-ten against northernmine's ace-five, to leave northernmine on the short stack. Just two hands later northernmine committed preflop with A♦7♥ but WowPL finished the job with T♥T♣ holding true through the J♠J♦K♥J♣9♠ board. 4th place for northernmine was worth $2,489.41.
Three quickly became two with the elimination of BenWill0. In a battle of the blinds, BenWill0 shoved with K♠J♥ from the small blind, but WowPL made the call in the big with A♦5♥. Ace-high was good enough as the board fell Q♣3♦8♦9♠4♣ to see BenWill0 collect $3,003.90 for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: WowPL (14,813,039 in chips)
Seat 5: css_owns1337 (6,481,961 in chips)
Interestingly it was the two biggest stacks when the eight-way deal was hatched that had made it through to the final stage. WowPL held the advantage but heads-up was a dogged affair with plenty of pots exchanged back and forth.
css_owns1337 flopped a full house with 9♦9♠ to double through WowPL's A♦K♠, before WowPL fought back to even with A♠2♦ holding against css_owns1337's K♠Q♦.
However css_owns1337 remained the more aggressive, winning 22 of the next 32 pots. Many of them were small, but it was enough for css_owns1337 to regain the lead.
WowPL fought back again finding A♣A♠ at the right time to double though css_owns1337's A♦J♥ in a relative cooler of a heads-up hand, but it wasn't enough as the final pot of the tournament would go the way of css_owns1337.
In a three-bet pot, css_owns1337 fired a bet on the flop before moving all in on the turn on the board of A♣4♣5♠6♥. css_owns1337 probably wasn't thrilled to be called holding K♦K♥ with the ace on board, but the kings were in front as WowPL showed 7♥6♣ for a pair and open-ended straight draw. The river was the J♦ which missed, sending WowPL home in 2nd place for $3,491.24. Meanwhile victory and the MicroMillions title went to Canada with css_owns1337 pocketing an impressive $4,094.61 in prize money.
MicroMillions 4 Event #44 Results
Prize pool: $42,590
Places paid: 540
1st css_owns1337 (Canada) - $4,094.61*
2nd WowPL (Poland) - $3,491.24*
3rd BenWill0 (Australia) - $3,003.90*
4th northernmine (Canada) - $2,489.41*
5th youwanttobuy (Australia) - $2,760.67*
6th toolboxx (Canada) - $1,381.60*
7th Donneahh (Netherlands) - $1,796.28*
8th Canal1347 (Malaysia) - $3,301.94*
9th cope769 (Colombia) - $340.72
* denotes eight-handed deal
There's over $5 million guaranteed during the fourth MicroMillions series, with 100 fantastic events running until March 24th across a wide range of poker disciplines. Head to the MicroMillions 4 home page to see the full schedule as well as statistics, coverage, leaderboards and much more.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.