MicroMillions 5: aelole1010 emerges victorious in Event #1, $0.11+R NLHE (Hyper-Active)
MicroMillions is back! The tournament series with small buy-ins and big prizes kicked off for the fifth time today with a tournament that every poker player could love. With an 11-cent buy-in and unlimited re-buys through the first hour of play, Event #1 had plenty of chips in play. And with its Hyper-Active structure - six-minute levels during the re-buy period and three-minute levels for the rest of the tournament - those chips were guaranteed to fly.
Around 50,000 players were registered when the first cards were dealt at noon ET, a number that had swelled to 62,229 by the time late registration closed at 1:05 p.m. ET. That's when the level length was cut in half in accordance with the Hyper-Active structure, kicking the tournament into overdrive. The prize pool was also complete at this point: the initial buy-ins, along with 271,598 re-buys and 25,320 add-ons at 10 cents each, made it worth a total of $35,914.70. With that, the full insanity of the Hyper-Active tournament was released into the wild.
Just two hours and 45 minutes later, with play hand-for-hand on the final table bubble, one player at each of the last two tables would be sent to the rail at the same time. On Table 442, Russia's olesya5555 called all-in for 34.56M with A♥ J♣ and had the best of it against the K♥ 9♥ of Romania's portillo23, who had open-shoved for 95.39M under the gun. But the J♦ K♦ 9♦ 8♦ 8♥ board gave portillo23 the pot and left olesya5555 waiting to see what would happen on the other table.
Meanwhile, on Table 630, Stiffler_z was the one open-shoving for 18.65M with K♥ T♥; the Czech Republic's Sederyck raised to isolate with A♥ Q♥ and won the pot after the board came 5♥ 3♥ 4♠ Q♠ A♦. Because Stiffler_z started the hand with the shorter stack, the Ukrainian player took 10th place ($89.42) and olesya5555 got final table money (9th, $120.31) without actually cracking the lineup.
Instead it was just these eight players facing off for the top prize of $2,324.13:
Seat 1: chatoman (117,544,289 in chips)
Seat 2: WhiteStar235 (97,194,613 in chips)
Seat 4: aelole1010 (98,249,909 in chips)
Seat 5: regisser (74,543,888 in chips)
Seat 6: portillo23 (159,351,982 in chips)
Seat 7: Sederyck (188,275,372 in chips)
Seat 8: mariobluee (12,602,911 in chips)
Seat 9: johnnytwo61 (92,464,036 in chips)
Four down before the break...
With blinds already at 7M/14M, 1.4M antes, and three-minute levels, there was no chance for anybody to do anything other than go with the best possible hand whenever it came up - and it showed. On just the fifth hand aelole1010 of Cyprus moved all-in for 103.04M chips from the hijack with A♠ K♠ and portillo23 raised all-in to isolate on the button with A♣ T♣. The J♣ 7♣ 6♠ 3♦ 8♦ board changed nothing and aelole1010 grabbed the231.5M-chip pot. Meanwhile Brazil's mariobluee, who had been forced all-in for less than the big blind, was knocked out in 8th place ($202.91).
The very next hand saw another big confrontation. portillo23, left with less than four big blinds after the previous pot, opened the betting by moving all-in for 59.5M chips from the cutoff with 9♣ 6♠. Sederyck raised to isolate with A♥ Q♦ and won the 154.2M-chip pot when the board came K♥ T♥ Q♠ 4♠ 5♥; portillo23 left in 7th place ($298.45).
The very next hand - the seventh of the final table - saw the blinds go up to 10M/20M with 2M antes. And as it turned out, it would also be the point where another player hit the rail. Russia's regisser opened the betting all-in for 75.74M chips from second position, holding A♥ T♣, only to end up in a coin-flip with Finland's WhiteStar235, who called from the big blind with 7♠ 7♥ and 38.65M chips left behind. The K♠ K♥ 8♦ flop was no help, but the J♥ turn did bring a few more outs. In the end the 5♠ river didn't change anything and regisser was out in 6th place ($429.18).
After just seven hands, an already depleted final table lineup had been taken down to just five players. There was a short reprieve with no bustouts for two hands before the 10th hand of the final table brought more rising-blinds-fueled confrontation. The opening bet was (surprise, surprise) an all-in move of 191.9M chips from aelole1010 on the button; the only call came from johnnytwo61 of Canada, who was already in for 20M on the big blind and called off another 46.86M chips with Q♦ T♦. That was behind aelole1010's A♣ 8♣, and it stayed there after the board fell K♦ 4♥ K♣ 6♠ 9♣, sending johnnytwo61 out in 5th place ($643.23).
...and three more after it
That brought the tournament to its fourth and final break of the day, with the remaining players stacked like so:
Seat 1: chatoman (113,944,289 in chips)
Seat 2: WhiteStar235 (196,138,501 in chips)
Seat 4: aelole1010 (278,766,765 in chips)
Seat 7: Sederyck (251,377,445 in chips)
The torrid pace from before the break didn't continue immediately. The first four hands went by without anything major happening, and Colombia's chatoman and WhiteStar235 split a plot when both players held off-suit ace-deuce on Hand #15. Four hands after that Sederyck took down a 172.5M-chip pot on the turn with the board reading 6♠ 2♦ Q♦ Q♣. That left WhiteStar235 with 110M, or just over four big blinds, all of which went in the middle on Hand #21 of the final table. The Finn got it in good, moving all-in from the button with A♣ K♠ and getting a call from Sederyck with A♦ 2♠. But the board was uncooperative from the flop, which came J♦ 2♣ 9♣. With the 4♥ turn and Q♣ river, WhiteStar235's run came to an end in 4th place ($858.00).
Two hands later, on Hand #23 of the final table, short-stacked chatoman moved in from the small blind for 60.44M chips with Q♦ 8♦ and aelole1010 called from the big blind with A♦ K♥. This time the favorite hand held up with some help from the board, which fell K♠ 2♣ 7♦ Q♥ A♣, and chatoman was knocked out in 3rd place ($1,075.64).
The heads-up battle started with the blinds and antes at 15M/30M/3M and the competitors stacked like this:
Seat 4: aelole1010 (356,211,054 in chips)
Seat 7: Sederyck (484,015,946 in chips)
It took no time at all for the biggest pot of the entire tournament to develop. The two players had been set to make a deal, but then aelole1010 shoved on the button with A♥ 5♥, putting Sederyck to a decision:
That gave aelole1010 a lead of 712.42M chips to Sederyck's 127.8M. And on Hand #25, the very next one, everything would come to an end. Sederyck picked up Q♣ 9♣ and quickly moved all-in on the button. aelole1010 thought for just a moment before calling with a badly dominated Q♥ 4♣. The 6♠ 2♠ 2♦ flop changed nothing, but the underdog hand would win the day thanks to the 4♥ on the turn. The river was the meaningless 5♥, bringing the tournament to a close.
Sederyck earned $1,645.97 for second place, a fine reward for a tiny buy-in and just over four hours of work. As for aelole1010, the rewards for outlasting a wild 11-minute final table were both the top prize of $2,324.13 and the honor of joining the ranks of MicroMillions champions. That's never a bad way to start a tournament series with 100 events on the schedule!
MicroMillions 5 Event #1: $0.11+R NL Hold'em (Hyper-Active)
62,229 entrants, 271,598 re-buys, 25,320 add-ons
$35,914.70 prize pool
7,983 places paid
1st place: aelole1010 (Cyprus) $2,324.13
2nd place: Sederyck (Czech Republic) $1,645.97
3rd place: chatoman (Colombia) $1,075.64
4th place: WhiteStar235 (Finland) $858.00
5th place: johnnytwo61 (Canada) $643.23
6th place: regisser (Russia) $429.18
7th place: portillo23 (Romania) $298.45
8th place: mariobluee (Brazil) $202.91
9th place: olesya5555 (Russia) $120.31
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.