MicroMillions 4: firemandave9 puts out the competition in Event 26, $2.20 NLHE (6-max, 2R1A)
There have been already been three different 6-max tournaments in MicroMillions 4, but today's was the first to feature rebuys. They weren't unlimited - just two were available to each player, plus an add-on at the end of the rebuy period. But they did add an extra layer of strategy, not mention an extra source of money for the prize pool.
Today's field topped out at 9,673 players. Over the course of the first two hours of play they combined for 12,808 rebuys, and another 3,254 opted for the add-on to bring the total prize pool to $51,470 - more than twice the guarantee.
After nine hours and 23 minutes these six players remained with blinds and antes at 300K/600K/75K:
Seat 1: doncarms71 (21,372,159 in chips)
Seat 2: LetsSplitPot (28,431,629 in chips)
Seat 3: 4 4TuNe (25,037,763 in chips)
Seat 4: sm2000p (20,929,505 in chips)
Seat 5: firemandave9 (23,010,104 in chips)
Seat 6: Flesh49 (9,893,840 in chips)
A quick start
Russia's Flesh49 came in as the shortest stack but it was the United Kingdom's sm2000p who would be the first player to be at risk of exiting the final table. After limping in under the gun on the first hand of the final table, sm2000p saw a flop of 8♦ A♦ T♠ with LetsSplitPot of the United Kingdom in the small blind and 4 4TuNe of New Zealand in the big. Both players checked and sm2000p led out for 1.8M into the 2.17M-chip pot. LetsSplitPot check-raised to 4.8M and was quick to call after 4 4TuNe folded and sm2000p moved all-in for 20.25M total. LetsSplitPot had been behind before the flop but caught two pair with A♣ T♦; sm2000p's A♠ K♦ was down to three clean outs. One of them, the K♣, fell on the turn, and the 3♦ river sent the 42.68M-chip pot to sm2000p.
Nine hands went by and the blinds and antes rose to 400K/800K/100K before the next showdown:
That unlucky flop sent Flesh49 to the rail in 6th place ($721.60).
No deal just yet
Now the clear short stack with 5.42M to everyone else's 20.38M+, LetsSplitPot folded and tried to put together a deal. But no one was taking. After the blinds had gone up to 500K/1M the U.K. player managed to stack back up to 6.62M after flopping two pair with 9♦ 8♦ and outrunning doncarms71's open-ended straight draw. And once 4 4TuNe had doubled through sm2000p's 6♠ 6♦ with Q♣ Q♠, there might have actually been a chance to make that deal happen. But on the very next hand, LetsSplitPot's last 4.37M chips went in the middle from the big blind, backing K♣ 7♠ against the A♥ K♠ held by doncarms71 of the Philippines. The board was all downhill, falling T♥ 3♠ K♥ 9♠ 2♠ to bounce LetsSplitPot in 5th place ($1,029.40).
Now a deal sounds better
Seat 1: doncarms71 (31,024,283 in chips)
Seat 3: 4 4TuNe (28,675,526 in chips)
Seat 4: sm2000p (31,140,087 in chips)
Seat 5: firemandave9 (37,835,104 in chips)
Two minutes later the other four players agreed to look at the numbers for a possible deal according to their relative chip stacks. After receiving them and giving a momentary pause they all agreed to the split, leaving $500 on the table for the champion. Within three hands 4 4TuNe and doncarms71 had clashed preflop, the New Zealander at risk but holding the better pocket pair with T♣ T♥ to doncarms71's 8♣ 8♥. The 4♥ 6♠ J♦ 4♠ Q♠ did nothing to alter things and doncarms71 was left with just 1.34M. He managed to double that on his next big blind, but in the small blind his A♣ 4♦ fell to sm2000p's K♠ T♦ on a board reading K♥ 8♠ 2♦ 8♦ 3♣ to leave in 4th place ($4,197.56). Aside from a $10,000 satellite prize last spring, it's the best score of doncarms71's career so far.
Patient but aggressive
The chips were now distributed like so:
Seat 3: 4 4TuNe (48,851,052 in chips)
Seat 4: sm2000p (51,462,601 in chips)
Seat 5: firemandave9 (28,361,347 in chips)
Though the three remaining players' payouts had already been mostly determined, there were still 100 points in the MicroMillions 4 Player of the Series race at stake - something they had discussed amongst themselves during the deal-making break. So with everyone holding at least 23 big blinds, it was no wonder when the pace of play slowed down a bit. It took seven hands before a river was dealt, and even then there was no showdown:
The next 21 hands were an even mix of aggressive pre- and post-flop poker by all three players. The trend was upward for short-stacked firemandave9 of Australia and downward for sm2000p, with 4 4TuNe holding steady. Then, with blinds and antes at 600K/1.2M/150K, firemandave9 brought that trend to a point by winning a 38.32M-chip pot from sm2000p on this hand:
Seven hands later the balancing act would end after firemandave9 folded on the button before the flop. 4 4TuNe, holding A♥ 2♥, opened the betting for 4.2M - three big blinds on the 700K/1.4M/175K level - and sm2000p made it three bets for 9.8M. 4 4TuNe moved all-in for 35.47M, and sm2000p called with J♥ J♣, leaving 7.51M chips behind. The pocket pair proved to be enough as the board came Q♥ 9♣ 3♥ 3♠ 5♠, eliminating 4 4TuNe in 3rd place ($4,054.37).
The end of the road
Seat 4: sm2000p (78,988,653 in chips)
Seat 5: firemandave9 (49,686,347 in chips)
The last two competitors spent the first 11 hands of their heads-up match trading jabs, with firemandave9 picking up a few big blinds. On the 12th firemandave9 took the patient route and came out the stronger for it:
sm2000p proved resilient, doubling up to 11.7M with A♥ 9♥ against A♠ 5♦ and 29M with 9♦ 5♠ agaisnt 7♠ 5♥. In the end that disadvantage would prove to be too much to overcome. All-in for 29.6M with Q♥ 7♦, sm2000p couldn't improve against firemandave9's A♥ 5♠ on a board reading 4♥ 4♣ 6♠ 9♣ 8♠. A $4,594.03 split from the deal soothed the pain plenty, marking as it did the second-biggest prize to date for sm2000p.
As for firemandave9, the Australian player pocketed the biggest share from the deal plus $500 for winning the tournament, for a total of $5,433.52. That tops a previous career best of $1,600 from a $1 rebuy tournament last November, making for a very good day of poker.
MicroMillions 4 Event #26: $2.20 NL Hold'em (6-max, 2R1A)
$25,000 guaranteed prize pool
9,673 entrants, 12,808 rebuys, 3,254 add-ons
1,350 places paid
$51,470 total prize pool
1st place: firemandave9 (Australia) $5,433.52*
2nd place: sm2000p (United Kingdom) $4,594.03*
3rd place: 4 4TuNe (New Zealand) $4,054.37*
4th place: doncarms71 (Philippines) $4,197.56*
5th place: LetsSplitPot (United Kingdom) $1,029.40
6th place: Flesh49 (Russia) $721.60
* - denotes result a four-way deal
More than $3.7 million in guaranteed prize money still up for grabs in the last 74 events of MicroMillions 4. With low buy-ins and satellites running 24/7 that allow you to get in for even less, there's no reason not to get in on the action today.