MicroMillions 5: scuel1975 outlasts lengthy final table in Event 56, $5.50 NL Draw

From being the most popular game around, to being the only legal game in California for several decades, to almost fading out of style completely, Draw has had its up and downs throughout poker history. Online poker has been responsible for reviving it, especially tournament series like the MicroMillions where players can take a shot at the game even if it's not their best and not have to worry about breaking their bankrolls. Draw might not rival hold'em or Omaha in popularity, but it will always draw a small, dedicated crowd whenever it's being played.

Event 56, a $5.50 NL Five-Card Draw tournament, was the first of just two Draw events on the MicroMillions 5 schedule. (The 2-7 Single Draw event plays out tomorrow.) It drew 2,046 entrants for a $10,230 prize pool, more than double the original guarantee. Of that field 264 players collected cash when they left the tables. By 1:11 p.m. ET the final table had been reached, with blinds and antes at 25K/50K/12.5K and these six players looking to lay claim to the $1,612 top prize:

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Seat 1: Katok77 (1,409,729 in chips)
Seat 2: Gagarin007 (2,371,791 in chips)
Seat 3: marcinn79 (1,514,630 in chips)
Seat 4: triggerdaffy (2,500,346 in chips)
Seat 5: scuel1975 (1,655,736 in chips)
Seat 6: Boene (777,768 in chips)

Germany's Boene, who had arrived at the final table as the shortest stack with just 15 big blinds, was unable to make up any ground in the early going, falling from 777K to 242K while the blinds and antes went up to 30K/60K/15K. The German player went on a pretty extraordinary run beginning on Hand #22, though.

Argentina's scuel1975 opened the betting with an all-in move from the small blind, and Boene called. Both players drew three cards each, and Boene won the 574K-chip pot with A♦ A♥ T♦ 7♠ 3♠ against scuel1975's K♥ K♠ 9♥ 5♠ 3♣. On Hand #23, Germany's triggerdaffy opened for 120K in the cutoff and called after Boene moved all-in for 559K from the small blind. Both players drew just one card each, and Boene won with Q♥ Q♦ 9♥ 9♦ T♦ for a better two pair than triggerdaffy's 2♣ 2♥ 3♠ 3♥ T♠. Then Boene took down this pot on Hand #24:

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It was quite the turnaround for Boene. In the space of three hands, the German player had gone from being moments away from elimination to holding the chip lead. The chips were now distributed like so:

Seat 1: Katok77 (1,400,284 in chips)
Seat 2: Gagarin007 (1,402,791 in chips)
Seat 3: marcinn79 (809,631 in chips)
Seat 4: triggerdaffy (2,870,919 in chips)
Seat 5: scuel1975 (1,482,523 in chips)
Seat 6: Boene (2,263,852 in chips)

The next few orbits saw scuel1975 move into the chip lead thanks to some persistent aggression, but Boene retook the lead with a 2.08M-chip pot on Hand #44 after being dealt three of a kind before the draw and seeing scuel1975's draw to an ace-high flush come up short. Five hands later, with the blinds and antes up to 50K/100K/25K, triggerdaffy opened the betting for 200K under the gun and called when Poland's marcinn79 moved all-in for 581K from the big blind. marcinn79 held on to Q♦ Q♥ 5♦ 5♠ and drew one card; triggerdaffy kept K♠ K♣ and drew three. The latter drew 9♣ 9♠ 8♣ to make two pair, kings and nines, while marcinn79 drew the 6♥ and held a lower two pair, queens and fives. That made marcinn79 the 6th-place finisher ($215.85).

Then there were five

Most of the pots after marcinn79's departure stayed relatively small, with only Hand #68 worth at least 10 big blinds:

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Boene didn't win the most pots, but the German player consistently won the biggest pots. Two in particular - on worth 1.35M on Hand #74, the other worth 1.38M on Hand #76 - brought Boene's chip count up to 5.62M chips when nobody else had more than 1.98M. At the other end of the spectrum, Russian players Gagarin007 (473K) and Katok77 (990K) were looking for ways to get back into the mix. Katok77 managed that on Hand #82, drawing one card to a nine-high straight and picking off Boene's bluff after the draw to win the 1.02M-chip pot.

Gagarin007 didn't have the same good fortune, whittling down to 119K before getting all-in before the draw on Hand #86. Scuel1975 made the call and drew two cards, while Gagarin0007, with K♣ K♥ 7♥ 7♠ in hand, drew just one. Gagarin007 didn't improve with the 3♦ and couldn't beat scuel1977's 5♦ 5♠ 5♣ 2♣ 9♣. That made Gagarin007 the 5th-place finisher ($383.62).

Down to four

After 86 hands, the chip counts now looked like this:

Seat 1: Katok77 (1,095,839 in chips)
Seat 4: triggerdaffy (1,735,995 in chips)
Seat 5: scuel1975 (3,038,337 in chips)
Seat 6: Boene (4,359,829 in chips)

They didn't stay that way for long, though. Boene won this pot on Hand #87 to move back out in front of the pack:

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With two and a half times as many chips as any of the other players, Boene was free to step back at will. The others, particularly triggerdaffy (1.7M) and Katok77 (945K), were under much more pressure from the 60K/120K blinds and 30K antes. They swapped places on Hand #91 when Katok77 won a 1.75M-chip pot with an uncalled bet after the draw against both triggerdaffy and Boene, but the pressure remained on both players. That helped Boene and scuel1975 to win the majority of the pots until finally the two shorter-stacked players collided on Hand #107. triggerdaffy opened the betting by moving all-in for 855K and only Katok77, sitting in the big blind, called, leaving just 99K behind. Both players drew three cards; triggerdaffy turned up 9♦ 9♠ 7♣ 7♥ T♣ but lost out to Katok77's A♣ A♠ 9♣ 9♥ T♥ to finish in 4th place ($588.22).

Three is a magic number

That left the last three players stacked like this with blinds and antes at 70K/140K/35K:

Seat 1: Katok77 (2,021,834 in chips)
Seat 5: scuel1975 (3,168,337 in chips)
Seat 6: Boene (5,039,829 in chips)

Boene, who already had about half of all the chips in play, maintained the lead over the next dozen orbits, climbing as high as 7.27M at two different points. But the longer the game went on, the more it turned into a battle between scuel1975 and Katok77. Their confrontations saw the two trade second and third places multiple times, but the one on Hand #194 would be the last:

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That four of a kind ended Katok77's tournament in 3rd place ($895.12).

The final duel

The two players who had tangled in the very first all-in confrontation of the final table were now left to fight over the first-place prize with blinds and antes at 100K/200K/50K:

Seat 5: scuel1975 (4,506,281 in chips)
Seat 6: Boene (5,723,719 in chips)

After entering with the shortest stack, seemingly everything had gone right for Boene at the final table. But heads-up play proved to be a different matter. scuel1975 took over the chip lead on the fourth hand of their match, winning a 1.3M-chip pot when a pair of treys held up after the draw against Boene's busted flush draw. Boene grabbed it back momentarily on the ninth hand after standing pat on the draw when scuel1975 drew three, but two hands later scuel1975 grabbed it back for good:

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The match went on for 30 more hands, reaching a total of 44 hands, but scuel1975 remained in control the whole way. The Argentine player won 31 of those 44 hands, including nine of the last 10. On the final hand - the 237th of the final table - Boene had 100K left after paying the 250K big blind and called all-in, discarding three cards and ending up with 8♣ 8♥ K♥ J♣ 4♥. scuel1975 discarded four and ended up with A♦ K♠ Q♥ J♠ T♦ for a Broadway straight, closing out the tournament in style.

Boene's extraordinary final table run might not have ended up in a MicroMillions title, but it was worth $1,202.02. That falls just outside Boene's top 10 all-time scores. Winner scuel1975, meanwhile, went on a run at the right time and earned $1,612.40 for it. That did manage to crack scuel1975's top 10 scores, coming in at number nine alongside a a $3,100+ score in a hold'em tournament and several pot-limit Draw tournament victories.

MicroMillions 5 Event #56: $5.50 NL Draw
2,046 entrants
$10,230 prize pool
264 places paid

1st place: scuel1975 (Argentina) $1,612.40
2nd place: Boene (Germany) $1,202.02
3rd place: Katok77 (Russia) $895.12
4th place: triggerdaffy (Germany) $588.22
5th place: Gagarin007 (Russia) $383.62
6th place: marcinn79 (Poland) $215.85

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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