MicroMillions 4: fragunit112 flies through final table in Event 16, $2.20 NLHE
The modern world is full of choice and the MicroMillions series is no exception. The variety of poker on the schedule is enough to satisfy even the most demanding player, no matter the betting structure or game. But not the entire schedule is Badugi or pot-limit Omaha hi-lo or 4-max hold'em. Sometimes you want a classic, and that's what today's tournament was for.
Event 16, an old-school no-limit hold'em freezeout, drew 13,395 players by the time registration closed at 5 a.m. ET. With no rebuys or add-ons to be had that built a prize pool worth $26,790, of which $3,597.72 was set aside for the winner. By noon ET the final table had arrived, with blinds and antes at 150K/300K/37.5K and these nine players in contention:
Seat 1: zhangzhiyang (4,811,925 in chips)
Seat 2: Hellforge (5,065,656 in chips)
Seat 3: omg Dima (5,430,560 in chips)
Seat 4: Captain332 (3,874,218 in chips)
Seat 5: Pahaa134 (12,867,490 in chips)
Seat 6: Iron_eggz (4,205,331 in chips)
Seat 7: fragunit112 (16,612,929 in chips)
Seat 8: D.Dontsov (10,175,231 in chips)
Seat 9: FFF 1978 (4,006,660 in chips)
FFF1978 exits in 9th
Everyone at the final table was within sight of a career-best score - some just by making the end, others only if they could manage the win. With three players holding all the chips and everyone else squeezed within six big blinds of one another, it didn't take long to start seeing action. Holding T♠ T♣, Russia's FFF 1978 opened the betting for a minimum raise to 600K and then called all-in for another 3.21M after Hungary's Hellforge shoved from the small blind. Hellforge held Q♦ Q♣, which stayed hit trips on the the A♥ 6♥ 2♦ 4♣ Q♠ board to send FFF 1978 out in 9th place ($160.74).
Captain332 out in 8th
Just two hands later, with blinds and antes up to 200K/400K/50K, another short stack from Russia would go all-in. Captain332 moved in before the flop for 2.92M holding A♥ 5♦ and nearly stole the pot, but China's zhangzhiyang woke up in the big blind with T♥ T♣ and made the call. The Chinese player would have been left with just over 2M if things those tens had been cracked, but they held up on a board of 9♠ K♦ Q♣ 8♥ 2♠ to bust Captain332 in 8th place ($267.90). It was the biggest prize of the Russian player's career by close to $200.
omg Dima gone in 7th
The very next hand saw another elimination. D.Dontsov of the Ukraine opened the betting before the flop with a minimum raise to 800K and then called omg Dima's reraise to 1.88M from the big blind. The flop fell 2♣ T♠ J♥ and omg Dima led out for 2.4M before calling all-in for another 3.8M after D.Dontsov shoved. omg Dima had flopped top pair with K♠ J♣ but still trailed D.Dontsov's two pair with J♦ T♦. The 3♥ turn and 7♥ river didn't help, sending omg Dima out in 7th place ($535.80).
Iron_eggz stopped in 6th
The next three hands passed without a knockout but on the fourth Iron_eggz, looking down at K♠ 9♥, moved all-in from the small blind for 3.25M. Finland's fragunit112 called immediately with Q♦ Q♥. The 7♦ A♣9♣ left some hope of hitting two pair, but the T♥ turn and 8♥ river didn't bring that to fruition. fragunit112 won the 6.81M-chip pot and reclaimed sole possession of the lead, while Iron_eggz left in 6th place ($803.70), a third-best career score for the Belarussian player.
Bad luck for zhangzhiyang in 5th
Three hands later fragunit112 would open the betting with a minimum raise to 800K, only to be raised to 1.75M by D.Dontsov in the small blind. zhangzhiyang called from the big blind and fragunit112 followed suit to see a flop of 3♥ 7♠ 3♣. First to act, D.Dontsov led out for 3M - and then zhangzhiyang shoved for 6.73M. That quickly got fragunit112 out of the way, and D.Dontsov made the call with K♦ 7♦ for two pair, sevens and threes. zhangzhiyang had a much better two pair with A♥ A♠ in the hole, but the turn 7♥ left the Chinese player in need of one of the other two aces on the river. Instead the 9♥ fell, shipping the 18.97M-chip pot to D.Dontsov and eliminating zhangzhiyang in 5th place ($1,071.60). It was bad luck for the Chinese player, who was the most experienced one at the table.
Pahaa outflopped in 4th
D.Dontsov was in the driver's seat with 27.82M chips and the blinds were up to 250K/500K/62.5K, so calling a minimum preflop raise from Pahaa134 with J♠ 9♠ in the big blind was an easy decision. The flop came 3♣ 9♣ 4♥ and the Ukrainian player led out for 2M into the 2.25M-chip pot. Pahaa134 responded by moving all-in for 7.84M total, which D.Dontsov called. Pahaa134's 7♣ 7♠ had been outflopped, and when the board ran out Q♠ 2♣ the Russian had exited in 4th place ($1,339.50). It was a career-best score for the Russian player, who had never previously won a tournament prize worth triple digits.
Hellforge outsted in 3rd
With three players left and D.Dontsov well ahead, the action slowed down for just a few minutes as the Ukrainian traded blinds and antes back and forth with Hellforge and fragunit112. Finally Hellforge opened a pot preflop from the small blind for the minimum raise to 1M, and fragunit112 responded by moving all-in. Hellforge made the call for 9.73M total with K♣ J♣, which stayed behind fragunit112's A♣ 9♥ as the board came down 6♥ 8♥ 2♦ 6♣ 2♥. Hellforge left in 3rd place ($1,875.30). It was the biggest score for the Hungarian player since winning a $1.10 tournament for $872 back in 2009.
D.Dontsov comes up short in 2nd
The blinds and antes went up to 300K/600K/75K as the heads-up match began. D.Dontsov held a slight lead with 34.23M chips to fragunit112's 32.71M, but the momentum over the first five minutes of their duel stayed with fragunit112. In the end D.Dontsov had been whittled down to just 2.91M and moved all-in after fragunit112 opened with a raise. D.Dontsov's Q♦ T♥ wasn't ahead of fragunit112's 8♥ 7♥ but the 2♣ K♣ 7♦ flop turned things upside-down. The K♦ turn and J♠ river relieved D.Dontsov of those last chips and less than 30 minutes after it started the final table had come to an end.
For a good run at the final table that ended one spot short, D.Dontsov received a consolation prize of $2,521.47, more than 1,100 times the buy-in and $2,504 larger than the Ukrainian player's previous best tournament cash. As for fragunit112, the $3,598 prize topped all of the Finn's previous scores by $3,300. Add to that the thrill of winning a huge-field tournament while the online poker world is paying attention, and you have the makings of a pretty good day.
MicroMillions 4 Event #16: $2.20 NL Hold'em
$10,000 guaranteed prize pool
1,710 places paid
$26,790 total prize pool
1st place: fragunit112 (Finland) $3,597.72
2nd place: D.Dontsov (Ukraine) $2,521.47
3rd place: Hellforge (Hungary) $1,875.30
4th place: Pahaa134 (Russia) $1,339.50
5th place: zhangzhiyang (China) $1,071.60
6th place: Iron_eggz (Belarus) $803.70
7th place: omg Dima (Ukraine) $535.80
8th place: Captain332 (Russia) $267.90
9th place: FFF 1978 (Russia) $160.74
All of Event 16's finalists earned paydays that ranked either at the top or close to it in terms of their career earnings. With 84 more events running the gamut of poker variants between now and March 24th, there's no reason that your name couldn't show up in one of these recaps just like theirs! For the full details, check out the official MicroMillons 4 page.