MicroMillions 5: YourPrinses takes the crown in Event 81, $5.50 PL Omaha
The next-to-last day of MicroMillions 5 kicked off this morning at 2:00 a.m. ET with Event 81, a $5.50 pot-limit Omaha 6-max tournament. This was the last chance for MicroMillions players to play PLO, as the only other Omaha tournament left on the schedule is Event 89, a no-limit five-card Omaha hi/lo tournament. Like someone driving 80 miles per hour being passed by someone else going 110, PLO can almost seem safe and sedate next to its hybrid cousin later on the schedule. It's still an action game, though, and a popular one at that: this was the fourth PLO event on the MM5 schedule.
By the time late registration closed Event 81 had drawn a field of 2,005 players. That doubled the guarantee for a prize pool of $10,025, with 252 players to be paid and $1,580.04 set aside for first place. By 8:43 a.m. the blinds were up to 25K/50K and only these six players were still in the game:
Seat 1: veryvital (744,833 in chips)
Seat 2: Chelspefkom (1,616,385 in chips)
Seat 3: YourPrinses (1,487,220 in chips)
Seat 4: doner17 (3,078,155 in chips)
Seat 5: wygie (616,644 in chips)
Seat 6: 3pokeronly (2,481,763 in chips)
The first five hands went by without a flop, and short-stacked wygie of Belgium won the sixth with a minimum raise before the flop and a continuation bet on it. That left Germany's veryvital with the shortest stack at just under 600K, all of which ended up in the middle on Hand #9. The German player opened under the gun for a minimum raise to 100K, holding A♠ Q♣ T♣ 7♠, and then called a re-raise to 375K by Russia's Chelspefkom on the button to take a J♥ 8♥ T♠ flop. veryvital shoved and Chelspefkom called with K♠ K♦ 6♣ 6♠, which stayed ahead on the 2♦ turn but lost out on the 1.26M-chip pot when veryvital caught a queen-high straight thanks to the 9♥ river.
A few hands later the blinds went up to 30K/60K. Now back on the short stack, wygie found a way to double up on Hand #15:
Downhill for doner17
Losing out on that pot didn't put a huge dent in incoming chip leader doner17's chip stack - with 2.43M, the Canadian player was still in the lead. But five hands later a confrontation with a player who wasn't short-stacked would end badly for doner17.
Holding a slim lead over New Zealand's 3pokeronly, the Canadian opened under the gun for 120K with K♦ K♥ 9♥ 9♠ and was called only by the Netherlands' YourPrinses in the big blind. YourPrinses checked the 5♦ 4♥ 7♥ flop and then called doner17's 180K bet to see the K♠ fall on the turn. YourPrinses checked again, doner17 bet 480K into the 630K pot, and YourPrinses check-raised all-in for 1.86M. doner17 called quickly with with a set of kings and a flush draw, but YourPrinses was ahead with 8♦ 7♣ 6♣ 6♦ for the flopped straight. The T♦ on the river didn't change anything, shipping the 4.35M-chip pot to YourPrinses and leaving doner17 with 604K.
Two hands later doner17 was in the small blind with K♦ 9♠ 8♠ 7♦ and three-bet all-in for 424K over the top of Chelspefkom's 210K opener. The Russian called with Q♠ Q♥ 5♥ 2♠ and the flop came 3♦ 4♦ 7♣, giving Chelspefkom straight outs to go with that pair of queens but also creating a flush draw for doner17. The 3♠ on the turn didn't change the situation, and the 2♥ on the river ended doner17's day early in 6th place ($224.56).
YourPrinses on the rise
One orbit later, on Hand #29, YourPrinses limped in under the gun with A♠ J♦ 8♠ 4♥ and called wygie's raise to 270K to catch two pair on the 7♦ 4♦ 8♣ flop. YourPrinses led out for 630K, just 3K less than wygie had left, and the Belgian player committed all-in with K♠ Q♣ J♥ T♣. wygie had outs to an inside straight and a backdoor flush draw, but those all disappeared once the 8♦ came on the turn to give YourPrinses eights full of fours. The K♣ on the river changed nothing and wygie was gone in 5th place ($392.98).
YourPrinses now held 5.34M chips,nearly 3M more than 3pokeronly (2.41M) in second place and short stacks Chelspefkom (1.24M) and veryvital (1.01M). 3pokeronly cut into that lead two hands later holding K♣ J♦ 9♣ 6♥ in a blind-versus-blind battle, calling a pre-flop raise from YourPrinses and bets on the 2♣ T♥ J♣ flop and T♠ turn before hitting a flush on the 6♣ river and extracting a little value to win a pot worth 1.44M. But another confrontation with YourPrinses two hands later on the second hand of the 40K/80K level wouldn't go nearly as well for 3pokeronly:
Unable to get away from that set of kings, 3pokeronly left the tournament in 4th place ($576.43). The New Zealander's elimination on Hand #33 left Chelspefkom (1.13M) and veryvital (779K) on the bubble. It also became the first of three pots that set up the tournament's endgame. The second was Hand #34, which saw Chelspefkom pick up A♣ A♦ 7♦ 3♣ and get all-in before the flop against YourPrinses' A♠ 9♣ 8♣ 6♠, hitting the nut flush on the 5♠ 7♣ K♣ 6♣ 5♦ board to double up to 2.26M.
On Hand #35, YourPrinses min-raised before the flop and got a call from veryvital. YourPrinses's J♠ 7♥ 7♠ 6♠ hit top set on the same 4♥ 3♣ 7♣ flop that gave veryvital's A♣ Q♣ 5♣ 3♦ 12 outs twice, and all of the short stack's chips went in the middle. veryvital actually got there on the turn when the Q♣ fell, but YourPrinses caught up on the river with the 7♦ for four of a kind. With that, veryvital left the tournament in 3rd place ($877.18).
That left two of the players who had been in the middle of the pack at the start of the final table to face off against each other:
Seat 2: Chelspefkom (2,261,686 in chips)
Seat 3: YourPrinses (7,763,314 in chips)
They quickly agreed to talk about a deal, and within five minutes they came to an agreement and got the game going again. YourPrinses won the first seven hands of the heads-up match, but on the eighth Chelspefkom got in before the flop with A♦ A♣ T♠ 6♣ against YourPrinses' K♥ J♣ J♦ 7♥ and doubled to 3M after the board came Q♣ 6♠ 7♦ 3♦ 4♠. YourPrinses then won the next five hands in a row, chipping back up to 7.3M.
On Hand #48, Chelspefkom picked up A♠ A♣ 5♣ 6♣ in the big blind and three-bet YourPrinses' opening raise. YourPrinses called the 720K and the flop came T♥ 4♣ 7♣. Of all the flop Chelspefkom could have hoped for this ranked pretty highly, since it gave the Russian player an overpair to the board, the nut flush draw, and an open-ended straight draw. Chelspefkom led out for 1.44M, leaving just 563K behind, and YourPrinses called; then Chelspefkom moved in on the K♦ turn and YourPrinses called again, holding Q♥ 9♦ 9♣ 6♠ for a pair of nines with eight outs to a straight. Chelspefkom was a 4-to-1 favorite to win the hand, but the 8♥ river filled YourPrinses' straight draw and brought the tournament to an end.
Chelspefkom's runner-up share of the deal was $1,207.97, the second-biggest prize of all-time for the Russian player and the biggest this year. Meanwhile YourPrinses earned the extra $100 on the table for the winner, bringing the Dutch player's total prize up to $1,550, That's both YourPrinses' first major cash in PLO and a career best.
MicroMillions 5 Event #81: $5.50 PL Omaha (6-max)
$10,025 prize pool
252 places paid
1st place: YourPrinses (Netherlands) $1,550.00*
2nd place: Chelspefkom (Russia) $1,207.97*
3rd place: veryvital (Germany) $877.18
4th place: 3pokeronly (New Zealand) $576.43
5th place: wygie (Belgium) $392.98
6th place: doner17 (Canada) $224.56
* - denotes results of a two-way deal
This was the last straight PLO event on the schedule, but there's even more action left today and tomorrow in five-card Omaha hi-lo, no-limit Courchevel hi-lo, and even some old standbys like hold'em and Razz. Have a look at the schedule and see if there's a game that suits you!
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.