MicroMillions 6: der brachse rides a rush to victory in Event #18, $3.30 NLHE (Turbo)

Have you ever been in the right place at the right time? If you've ever won a poker tournament, chances are you were in the right place at several right times. Maybe they were even at the final table, and very possibly they all came clustered right together to give you the boost you needed. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it can be worth a lot of money.

That was the case for the champion in Event #18 of MicroMillions 6, a turbo no-limit hold'em tournament with a $3.30 buy-in. It began with 20,393 players for a baseline prize pool of $61,179, but after adding in 92,725 re-buys and 11,258 add-ons the total purse had ballooned to $113,182.16. Within five hours the final table began with these nine players looking to outlast the ever-rising blinds and antes, sitting on 400K/800K/100K for the moment:

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Seat 1: desman333 (9,713,548 in chips)
Seat 2: hrn10 (8,111,374 in chips)
Seat 3: pkrprince90 (14,049,512 in chips)
Seat 4: maxjongeling (2,966,284 in chips)
Seat 5: Andreas4015 (3,032,475 in chips)
Seat 6: periditus (5,326,998 in chips)
Seat 7: der brachse (10,457,474 in chips)
Seat 8: redwithanA (11,523,479 in chips)
Seat 9: Justas333 (6,698,856 in chips)

Off to the races

Germany's Andreas4015 came to the final table in a virtual tie for last place with the Netherlands' maxjongeling, but the first hand helped the German player get a little breathing room. The J♦ on the river after a board reading 3♦ 8♠ 4♠ 4♣ helped Andreas4015 stack up to 7.16M with K♥ J♣ against the A♦ 6♣ of Russia's desman333.

maxjongeling looked to double up on the second hand with 3♠ 3♣, but the pot was chopped with the United Kingdom's periditus also showed 3♦ 3♥. The fifth hand also saw maxjongeling run one pair into another, but they weren't equal this time around. The Dutch player's 5♦ 5♣ couldn't catch an out against the 7♥ 7♣ of Lithuania's Justas333, and the T♥ 6♠ 7♠ 9♣ A♥ board knocked maxjongeling out in 9th place ($258.76).

The brisk pace continued on Hand #6 as Andreas4015 opened for 3M in middle position and periditus shoved for 4.91M. Everyone else folded and Andreas4015 called with A♣ J♠, which failed to crack Q♥ Q♣ and doubled periditus to 12.32M. Short-stacked once again, Andreas stayed active and doubled to 8.45M just two hands later, three-betting all-in with A♥ 4♥ to beat blind-stealing desan333's 8♣ 6♥. Another 11 hands would go by without seeing a flop, and Andreas4015 would be involved on the next one. The German player called all-in for 3.82M, 579K less than desman333's all-in bet under the gun, with J♥ J♦. That was ahead of desman333's A♦ 2♦ only until the K♥ 7♦ A♣ flop, and the 8♦ turn and T♠ river knocked Andreas4015 out in 8th place ($388.15).

Once again the table reverted to raise-and-take-it with a dash of three-bet-and-take-it. On Hand #29 Canada's redwithanA and Brazil's hrn10 picked up hands good enough to clash with - T♠ T♦ and K♣ Q♠, respectively - and went to war, putting the Brazilian's stack at risk. The board came down 9♣ 9♦ 5♦ 7♠ J♣ and the tens held up to send hrn10 to the rail in 7th place ($819.43).

der brachse's wild ride

desman333, who lost about 7M chips during the previous stretch without a flop, doubled up to 6.16M in the small blind with K♣ 6♥ against the big-blind special of 5♥ 2♦ held by Israel's pkrprince90 - and then chopped a pot all-in on Hand #30. The action kept up on Hand #31 as Austria's der brachse picked up Q♦ Q♣ in the big blind and snap-called after Justas333 moved all-in under the gun, but the Lithuanian player's A♣ A♥ were good for a double to 10.65M. der brachse, meanwhile, was left with just 4.31M on the 1M/2M/250K level.

The pace kept up two hands later as both der brachse and periditus ended up all-in, covered by pkrprince90. None had a pair, but they all had jacks - Q♦ J♥ for der brachse, J♦ T♥ for pkrprince90, and J♠ 2♥ for periditus. The hand that started with the lead was good for a Broadway straight - and the 10.11M-chip pot - after the board came down 4♠ 4♦ A♦ K♦ T♣. periditus finished third-best in the hand, and left left the tournament in 6th place ($1,250.71).

der brachse picked up A♠ K♣ on the next hand and moved all-in from the cutoff before the flop. Justas333 held A♦ 8♣ in the small blind and called all-in for 7.9M. The Lithuanian player picked up a gunshot draw on the J♣ 7♦ T♥ flop, but the J♥ turn and Q♠ river were no help and Justas333 was gone in 5th place ($1,681.99).

On Hand #37 - just four hands after putting the whole tournament on the line in a three-way pot - der brachse would score a third knockout. This time the Austrian player held T♦ T♥ against desman333's A♥ 9♠ and caught a set on the Q♥ 4♣ T♣ flop. desman333 needed running straight cards to survive, but the 3♠ turn and 7♠ were uncooperative and the Russian player was eliminated in 4th place ($2,113.27).

A deal and done

All of that action left just these three players with a shot at the top prize:

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Seat 3: pkrprince90 (31,024,527 in chips)
Seat 7: der brachse (20,684,246 in chips)
Seat 8: redwithanA (20,171,227 in chips)

With blinds and antes up to 1.25M/2.5M, nobody held as much as 12.5 big blinds. That drove the three players to make a deal. After some lengthy negotiations they came to an agreement and play continued just as briskly as it had before the bargaining session to see who would win the extra $400 on the table for the champion.

redwithanA doubled with A♣ T♦ on the first hand after the deal, topping pkrprince90's K♠ 7♦ after the board fell T♥ T♣ 4♦ 6♠ Q♠. After four more hands of blind-stealing, pkrprince90 got all-in with T♠ 7♣. Normally a bad situation, this was actually a coin flip against der brachia's 5♥ 5♣, but the underdog couldn't catch up on a J♥ 4♠ 4♣ A♣ K♣ board and pkrprince90 was gone in 3rd place ($4,600).

der brachse trailed by less than three big blinds as heads-up play began with redwithanA, but the third hand saw the Austrian player find a winner with K♦ Q♥, outrunning the Canadian's A♦ 9♦ on a Q♦ 5♦ 8♣ 2♠ 7♣ board. Two hands later redwithanA struck back with A♦ 6♥ against 6♦ 5♠. The stack sizes were now back to where they'd been at the beginning, only with der brachse in the lead.

redwithanA took the next two pots and with them the chip lead, but der brachse struck a decisive blow on the eighth hand of heads-up:

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Left with a little more than one big blind, redwithanA managed to double up on the ninth hand with T♥ T♣ against Q♥ T♠. But the tenth hand of heads-up would be the last as der brachia's K♠ 4♥ held up against 9♥ 7♣ on a 8♠ 3♣ A♠ J♦ J♣ board to bring the tournament to a close.

redwithanA walked away in second place with a $3,900 share from the three-way deal. der brachse claimed the extra $400 on the table for a total prize of $4,143.95, marking the Austrian player's first large-field tournament win. Even with the deal in place making for less than the published first-place prize, der brachse's win was a career-best score by more than $4,000. In fact, the shares for both redwithanA and pkrprince90 were also career bests. That's what microMillions is all about, so congratulations to all three of the players who shared in the deal!

MicroMillions-018: $3.30 NL Hold'em (Turbo)
Entrants: 20,393 (92,725 re-buys, 11,258 add-ons)
Prize pool: $113,182.16
Places paid: 2,700

1st place: der brachse (Austria) $4,143.95*
2nd place: redwithanA (Canada) $3,900*
3rd place: pkrprince90 (Israel) $4,600*
4th place: desman333 (Russia) $2,113.27
5th place: Justas333 (Lithuania) $1,681.99
6th place: periditus (United Kingdom) $1,250.71
7th place: hrn10 (Brazil) $819.43
8th place: Andreas4015 (Germany) $388.15
9th place: maxjongeling (Netherlands) $258.76
* - denotes results of a three-way deal

We're now on just the third day of MicroMillions 6, and 18 events are already in the books. It's the kind of poker tournament extravaganza you can only find here at PokerStars, and hundreds of thousands have already taken advantage of the chance to boost their bankrolls with a minimal investment. Check out the schedule and get in on the action today!

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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