MicroMillions 4: TODDY1947 on top in Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE 2xTurbo)
There aren't many things more fun in poker than a low-limit, rebuy multi-table tournament with a turbo-charged structure. That's exactly what was dished up in the final event of the opening day of the MicroMillions 4 series. It took just over five hours of mayhem for our enormous field to be reduced to just one as Argentina's TODDY1947 got the job done, turning a few bucks into almost five figures of bling and the MicroMillions title.
It was the $2.20+R No Limit Holdem 2xTurbo Event which was Event #6 of the MicroMillions 4 schedule. A huge field of 8,514 players came together with 18,142 rebuys and another 3,869 add-ons to produce a prize pool of $61,050 which was a little over double the advertised guarantee.
Chris Moneymaker, Humberto Brenes and Tyler Frost were representing Team PokerStars but unfortunately there were no red spades left when the money was reached for the top 1,080 players. It had only taken a little over two hours of play to reach that point, so hopefully that eased the pain for iso9999 from Canada who bubbled in 1,081st place to miss the $12.82 min-cash.
After four and a half hours of play the final table bubble burst in dramatic fashion as two of the chip leaders collided. China's SuperBibous ran pocket jacks into BR@T.TVER's pocket aces and when the board bricked out, BR@T.TVER sat with the chip lead as the final table of nine formed:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: Haan78 (12,099,118 in chips)
Seat 2: craig7677 (8,368,805 in chips)
Seat 3: bestofbest33 (16,110,240 in chips)
Seat 4: TODDY1947 (9,336,998 in chips)
Seat 5: bighandle (8,257,859 in chips)
Seat 6: ai5_13 (7,863,248 in chips)
Seat 7: karvaneva (6,724,850 in chips)
Seat 8: BR@T.TVER (18,115,636 in chips)
Seat 9: SleekGreek (5,125,246 in chips)
It had been a frantic tournament with plenty of run good required by the players to reach this point, and with the final table blinds starting at 275k/550k/55k, they found themselves with a little breathing room...relatively speaking!
We were also starting to reach some serious money, so those all important pay jumps were on everyone's mind as the early goings were fairly tight.
SleekGreek struck the first significant blow of the final table with a big double up with A♦A♠, before bighandle found a big pair next hand to double through holding Q♥Q♦.
bestofbest33 was the victim in the first of those hands, and just moments later was racing preflop with tournament life on the line holding 7♥7♠ against BR@T.TVER's A♥K♣. The cards continued to fall the way of the chip leader as the board ran out 3♦A♣Q♦9♠9♦ to pair the ace to take it down. Such is the nature of these super-turbo events, bestofbest33 had suddenly gone from second in chips to first eliminated from the final table, picking up $473.13 for 9th place.
It was then Haan78's turn to find the big pair, but unfortunately the K♠K♥ fell behind when an ace flopped for ai5_13's A♥3♦. Haan78 was crippled and despite landing one double, Haan78 was next to go in a double knockout along with craig7677.
As the short stack, Haan78 took home $732.60 for 8th place as craig7677 had to be content with $1,312.57 for 7th place.
bighandle was soon to follow as six quickly became five. bighandle shoved the button for under six big blinds with K♦T♦ as ai5_13 was happy to take the gamble in the small blind with 4♣4♠. The board bricked out A♣8♦2♦2♥5♠ and despite flopping a flush draw to go with the overcards, bighandle was left to collect $1,892.55 for 6th place.
At this stage it was SleekGreek back on the short stack and J♣A♥ looked like a good hand to commit six big blinds from the small blind. TODDY1947 was in the big blind and made the call with Q♥T♣ for live cards which connected on the river on the board of 8♣K♦7♥5♥T♠. It left SleekGreek to head to the virtual rail in 5th place for $2,503.05 in prize money.
karvaneva caught a cheeky double up, spiking a three on the flop with 3♥A♠ to get past the dominating A♣T♣ of ai5_13 to leave ai5_13 on the short stack. It was then in a rare post-flop hand that ai5_13's tournament came to an end:
Top pair for TODDY1947 had run into the overpair of ai5_13 but a third ten on the river gave TODDY1947 trips to see ai5_13 bundled out in 4th place for a healthy $3,235.65 in prize money.
TODDY1947 held a big lead as the three players entertained the idea of a deal. But before the talks had a chance to develop, karvaneva was all in with tournament life on the line holding K♥Q♣ as BR@T.TVER made the call with A♠9♠. karvaneva was looking for some paint but it was all but over on the flop as he board arrived 3♥A♥9♦5♣7♠. Two pair for BR@T.TVER left karvaneva to pick up $4,884 for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: TODDY1947 (54,931,670 in chips)
Seat 8: BR@T.TVER (37,070,330 in chips)
The blinds were large but the play was pretty tight as the players looked for a big hand to strike. TODDY1947 was able to chip away as his opponent, before BR@T.TVER was unlucky not to find a double up when all in with A♦8♥ against TODDY1947's A♥6♦. Four overcards on board left both players holding their ace for a split pot.
TODDY1947 continued to press, and when a river bet was uncalled on a board of 8♠5♣6♣2♦Q♠, BR@T.TVER was in trouble. The next hand, it was all over.
TODDY1947 raised the button and then called it off with T♠8♦ after BR@T.TVER three-bet jammed for under five big blinds with 5♣5♥. Both players were probably happy enough to be racing, but the race went the way of TODDY1947 as the 8♣4♣T♦J♣9♠ board brought two pair for the victory. A great run by BR@T.TVER ended in 2nd place for $6,738.08 as the MicroMillions title goes to Argentina with TODDY1947 turning a couple of bucks into $9,161.55. Congratulations!
MicroMillions 4 Event #6 Results
Prize pool: $61,050
Places paid: 1,080
1st TODDY1947 (Argentina) - $9,161.55
2nd BR@T.TVER (Russia) - $6,738.08
3rd karvaneva (Finland) - $4,884.00
4th ai5_13 (Russia) - $3,235.65
5th SleekGreek (Canada) - $2,503.05
6th bighandle (Canada) - $1,892.55
7th craig7677 (Australia) - $1,312.57
8th Haan78 (Russia) - $732.60
9th bestofbest33 (Canada) - $473.13
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.