MicroMillions 4: labros80 leaves a winner in Event 67, $1+R NLHE (3X-Turbo)
There's nothing like an inexpensive rebuy tournament for drawing a crowd. Add a turbo structure with five-minute levels to 90 minutes of rebuys at 91 cents apiece and you have the recipe for this MicroMillions 4 tournament.
Event 67, the fifth tournament of the day, had a $75,000 guaranteed prize pool, but that number fell by the wayside quickly. In the first 90 minutes the tourney's 25,220 entrants opted for a total of 122,357 rebuys. Together with the 13,916 add-ons at the end of the rebuy period, that made for a total prize pool of $146,958.63.
Exactly 3,600 places paid, but the good good payouts - that is, the kind that could cover a crazy rebuy spree - were reserved for the top 99 players. It was no big surprise to see Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen among them. The Dane had an impressive run that eventually came to an end in 65th place ($154.30).
The final table begins
By 5:48 p.m. ET the other 56 players after Petersen to miss the final table had all been determined. That left this crew to battle it out with blinds and antes at 2.25M/4.5M/450K:
Seat 1: TienTn (107,877,048 in chips)
Seat 2: labros80 (70,109,768 in chips)
Seat 3: jellizz (182,794,890 in chips)
Seat 4: emekappa5 (79,287,488 in chips)
Seat 5: superguti85 (138,294,949 in chips)
Seat 6: zbeedy (69,936,479 in chips)
Seat 7: bbbb8844 (42,563,888 in chips)
Seat 8: ZlatkoJohan (27,783,050 in chips)
Seat 9: reiki1963 (141,563,440 in chips)
Kazakhstan's ZlatkoJohan didn't have the luxury of waiting very long with just six big blinds, but picking up J♥ J♠ on the fifth hand of the final table certainly made moving all-in an easier decision. The jacks held up against the Q♣ T♥ held by Germany's zbeedy to give ZlatkoJohan a 57.03M-chip lifeline.
Greece's labros80 became the next player at risk after opening for a minimum raise to 9M from middle position. Portugal's superguti85 three-bet to 22.22M, and labros80 shoved with A♣ K♠ for 70.15M total. superguti85 made the call Q♠ Q♣, but the 5♥ A♦ 7♦ 7♥ 3♣ betrayed the queens and labros80 won the 151.1M-chip pot.
On the very next hand ZlatkoJohan put some of those chips earned early at the table to good use. The Kazakh player moved all-in from the small blind over the top of an all-in bet on the button by Canada's bbbb8844. That got Germany's reiki1963 out of the way in big blind; bbbb8844 turned up K♠ Q♥ and was dominated by ZlatkoJohan's A♦ Q♣. The 5♠ 5♣ T♠ 7♠ 9♥ board changed nothing, ZlatkoJohan chipped up to 90.6M, and bbbb8844 was out in 9th place ($734.79).
Six hands later, with blinds and antes at 2.5M/5M/500K, superguti85 exacted some revenge from labros80:
End of the line for emekappa5
That boosted superguti85 to second place by less than two big blinds with 168M, while labros80 dropped to 74.6M. On the very next hand, the field shrank when Canada's TienTn shoved before the flop under the gun with A♦ K♠ and emekappa5 of Switzerland called from the cutoff with A♠ J♥. A K♣ 3♣ 6♠ 5♣ Q♣ board shipped the 162M-chip pot to TienTn and emekappa5 was eliminated in 8th place ($1,249.14).
zbeedy makes a speedy exit
Three hands later, this unusual hand came about:
That made zbeedy the 7th-place finisher ($1,836.98).
A six-way deal
After just three hands the remaining six players agreed to look at the numbers for a potential deal - and almost immediately after looking at them they came to an agreement that left $1,500 on the table for the winner, getting them back in action in under 10 minutes with these chip stacks:
Seat 1: TienTn (207,866,251 in chips)
Seat 2: labros80 (63,234,355 in chips)
Seat 3: jellizz (207,996,604 in chips)
Seat 5: superguti85 (200,270,362 in chips)
Seat 8: ZlatkoJohan (71,029,988 in chips)
Seat 9: reiki1963 (109,813,440 in chips)
ZlatkoJohan was the first player to double up, winning a 106M-chip pot from superguti85 with 6♦ 6♥ against 7♣ 7♦ thanks to a six on the river. Then labros80 doubled to 113M after moving all-in on the button with J♣ 8♣ and being called by Denmark's jellizz with A♠ 5♠, thanks to an eight on the turn.
Twelve hands later labros80 struck jellizz again, this time for a 212M-chip pot with A♥ 9♥ against K♦ T♦. That left jellizz with 48.5M on the 3M/6M/600K level, which the Dane nearly doubled to 87.4M six hands later after hitting a straight with A♠ 6♥ to beat labros80's A♣ Q♦.
The post-deal deadlock finally broke on the 3.5M/7M/700K level when reiki1963 and TienTn clashed in this hand:
That made reiki1963 the 6th-place finisher, good for $5,877.44 thanks to the deal.
So long to superguti85
On the very next hand TienTn would also eliminate superguti85. The Portuguese player raised the minimum to 14M in early position and then called all-in for 125M total after TienTn moved all-in from the small blind. superguti85's 5♠ 5♥ was ahead only until the T♥ J♦ 7♦ flop connected with TienTn's A♥ J♠; the 2♣ turn and 3♠ river didn't help, and superguti85 was gone in 5th place ($8,539.89).
ZlatkoJohan down in 4th
A streak of 14 straight hands without a showdown commenced and only ended after labros80 opened on the button with A♣ J♦ for more than enough to move short-stacked ZlatkoJohan all-in. ZlatkoJohan called for 52.8M form the big blind with A♥ T♥, and the 4♣ 6♠ A♦ J♥ 4♠ board sent the Kazakh player to the rail in 4th place ($4,735.91).
You're just jellizz
TienTn now had the lead with 448M chips, followed by labros80 with 349M and jellizz with 61M. The 4M/8M blinds with 800K antes meant the Dane would have to scramble to catch up. Nine hands went by without a flop before labros80 raised to 96M from the small blind with and jellizz called all-in from the big blind holding Q♠ T♠. Both players paired on the A♦ Q♣ 5♦ flop, but the A♥ on the turn left jellizz drawing dead. The 9♠ fell on the river and made jellizz's departure official in 3rd place ($8,767.30).
TienTn and labros80 for the title
Heads-up play started at 4M/8M/800K with the two contenders within four big blinds of each other.
Seat 1: TienTn (414,520,065 in chips)
Seat 2: labros80 (445,690,935 in chips)
Both players took the cautious route, and as a result the match went back and forth for some time. TienTn scored one pot early to knock labros80 as low as 321M, by by the 25th hand the Greek player had retaken the lead. From there labros80 never looked back, applying consistent pressure until finally, on the 80th hand of heads-up play, both players picked up hands that guaranteed a clash:
And with that, the tournament was complete. TienTn took the bigger share of the prize pool thanks to the six-way deal, grabbing $8,763.47 for 2nd place. The $1,500 left on the table went to labros80, who earned a total of $6,006.45 for winning the tournament.
MicroMillions 4 Event #67: $1+R NL Hold'em (3X-Turbo)
$75,000 guaranteed prize pool
25,220 entrants, 122,357 rebuys, 13,916 add-ons
3,600 places paid
$146,958.63 total prize pool
1st place: labros80 (Greece) $6,006.45*
2nd place: TienTn (Canada) $8,763.47*
3rd place: jellizz (Denmark) $8,767.30*
4th place: ZlatkoJohan (Kazakhstan) $4,735.91*
5th place: superguti85 (Portugal) $8,539.89*
6th place: reiki1963 (Germany) $5,877.44*
7th place: zbeedy (Germany) $1,836.98
8th place: emekappa5 (Switzerland) $1,249.14
9th place: bbbb8844 (Canada) $734.79
* - denotes results of a six-way deal
Along with that $6K+ prize, labros80 also earned a champion's hat and 100 points on the Player of the Series leaderboard. With three days left and 240 points to make up it's probably a bridge too far for labros80, but somebody's going to win a nice package including a champion's trophy and a freeroll into the $5,200 SCOOP 2013 main event.