MicroMillions 6: Big win for 24TT of Belarus in Event #26 ($2.20 NLHE 6-Max, 2R 1A)
Late-night MicroMillions rebuy action - or early-morning rebuy action, depending upon your location around the world - was on tap for the middle of the first weekend of the series. MicroMillions 6 was in full swing with its micro stakes tournaments, and rebuys are even more fun when they're relatively inexpensive.
24TT was in it to win it, and despite having lost the chip lead just prior to beginning final table play, the player from Belarus stayed aggressive when it counted and used chips wisely. Belarus can be proud of 24TT for the MicroMillions win today.
Event 26 of the sixth MicroMillions series was a bit hit, with a fabulous $2.20 No Limit Hold'em tournament on the roster. Six-max tables made it even more appealing to many players who have really taken to short-handed poker over the past few years. And the best part was the offering of rebuys. Players had the option of two rebuys each, as well as one add-on.
When the 120 minutes of madness was over, the numbers were massive. And that $25K guarantee was left far behind with a prize pool of more than double that amount.
Prize pool: $51,308.00
Paid players: 1,350
As for the members of Team PokerStars, none of them made the money, leaving all of the spoils for their competitors. And after the money bubble burst, everyone was guaranteed at least $8.72 for making it that far in the tournament.
Play moved along quickly, with only four (make that three) tables around the 8.5-hour mark of the event. Minutes later, two tables remained with 24TT holding a significant chip lead over the others.
As the final table approached, however, others began to gain ground. And 45 minutes or so of action put onlythistime in the position of chip leader with benzi1986 in second, with 24TT nearby. And when chipi1970i pushed all-in on the final table bubble with A♣3♠ from the button, benzi1986 called with A♦9♥, which only developed into two pair on the A♥9♠K♥6♥J♠ board. Chipi1970i was out in seventh place with $513.08.
One time for onlythistime?
The final table began in Level 51, with blinds at 500,000/1,000,000 and a 125,000 ante. Players' starting chip counts were listed as follows:
Seat 1: rusobond (5,608,946 in chips)
Seat 2: benzi1986 (30,318,750 in chips)
Seat 3: ruslanlolos (4,522,074 in chips)
Seat 4: onlythistime (45,775,952 in chips)
Seat 5: zdrahon (13,491,816 in chips)
Seat 6: 24TT (28,552,462 in chips)
Only a few hands in, onlythistime was playing an aggressive game and raised preflop. Rusobond reraised all-in from the small blind with the short stack and K♠K♣, looking good for the double-up. Onlythistime called with A♣J♦ but hit the flop for top pair when it came 5♥4♦A♥. The 4♠ on the turn made it two pair for both, and the 9♥ on the river ended the tournament for rusobond, who took home $719.33 for sixth place.
Shortly after, ruslanlolos made the all-in push with A♥T♣, and 24TT called from the big blind with K♦Q♦. The flop of 4♦5♥6♥ and turn of 3♣ looked promising for the double-up, but the river of Q♥ gave 24TT the pair, eliminating ruslanlolos in fifth place with $1,026.16.
Friendly deal for final four
The last four players in the tournament paused the action, and it didn't take long for them to agree on some payouts, with an obligatory $500 set aside for the winner:
Seat 2: benzi1986 (27,693,750 in chips) = $4,105.78
Seat 4: onlythistime (59,487,824 in chips) = $6,463.27
Seat 5: zdrahon (13,616,816 in chips) = $3,061.99
Seat 6: 24TT (27,471,610 in chips) = $4,089.30
And on the first hand back from that discussion, benzi1986 took charge and a significant chip lead:
Eight hands later, a blind-versus-blind hand began with a benzi1986 raise and onlythistime reraise. Benzi1986 moved all-in with 7♥7♦, and onlythistime called all-in with A♣Q♠. the race was on, and the pair of sevens held up to the T♠3♠K♥9♠6♦ board. Onlythistime was out in fourth place with an agreed-upon winning amount of $6,463.27.
Zdrahon doubled through 24TT, and the latter then did it through benzi1986.
But zdrahon was on the shortest of the three stacks and made another move soon after, risking it all with Q♥Q♠ against the A♠T♦ of 24TT. The board of Q♣9♦J♠7♥K♠ was an interesting one, flopping a set of queens for zdrahon but rivering a straight for 24TT. That left zdrahon out in third place with $3,061.99.
Can benzi1986 win a second MicroMillions title?
The two remaining players began heads-up play with these chip counts:
Seat 2: benzi1986 (64,660,780 in chips)
Seat 6: 24TT (63,609,220 in chips)
Despite the close stacks, the battle took only seven hands. Going into that final hand, 24TT had nearly 68 million chips, and the two players began the action with a raised flop of 8♠6♦A♠. Benzi1986 bet, and 24TT raised all-in with 7♠5♠ for the straight and flush draws. Benzi1986 called with 6♠4♠ for middle pair. But the 9♥ hit on the turn to make the straight for 24TT, and the 2♦ on the river ended the tournament with a second place finish for benzi1986. Winner of a 2012 MicroMillions tournament, benzi1986 had to accept second place today, which was worth $4,105.78.
Belarus' 24TT won the MicroMillions title and $4,589.30 in cash. Congrats!
MicroMillions-026: $2.20 NL Hold'em (6-Max 2R 1A)
Entrants: 9,369 (12,694 rebuys, 3,321 add-ons)
Prize pool: $51,308.00
Places paid: 1,350
1st place: 24TT (Belarus) $4,589.30*
2nd place: benzi1986 (Poland) $4,105.78*
3rd place: zdrahon (Romania) $3,061.99*
4th place: onlythistime (Denmark) $6,463.27*
5th place: ruslanlolos (Romania) $1,026.16
6th place: rusobond (Russia) $719.33
*Payouts reflect deal between final four players.
The sixth edition of MicroMillions is only beginning, with 100 tournaments in total running through November 24. Get the full schedule here, and check the leader board for status on the Player of the Series race.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.