MicroMillions 6: englishtown spins up a win in Event #66, $2.20 NL Hold'em

All the variety in poker these days is a great thing. With dozens of games and even more tournament formats available, there's never any lack of choice when it comes to how you get your action. Sometimes, though, you just want to play an old favorite - and that's where tournaments like Event #66 come in.

A $2.20 no-limit hold'em event, this tournament drew a field of 16,182 to build a prize pool of $33,182, more than three times the guarantee. The top 2,250 players were guaranteed a payday of no less than $3.31, with a scheduled top prize of $3,891.33. For nine hours and five minutes the field shrank steadily until the blinds and antes were at 200K/400K/50K and just these nine players remained:

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Seat 1: locolocc (13,001,888 in chips)
Seat 2: ex-tight ass (9,365,150 in chips)
Seat 3: john888979 (3,366,656 in chips)
Seat 4: englishtown (9,467,162 in chips)
Seat 5: Olaf343 (7,364,305 in chips)
Seat 6: inSaniti7 (2,973,587 in chips)
Seat 7: MVieira9 (7,445,890 in chips)
Seat 8: freshman2011 (21,021,853 in chips)
Seat 9: Zimbas (8,948,509 in chips)

ex-tight ass was in the middle of the pack but that didn't stop the Dutch player from being the first to try for a double-up. After three-betting with A♥ K♥ and calling an all-in four-bet by Czech Republic's locolocc, though, the excitement fizzled: locolocc had A♦ K♦. Two hearts through the turn of the 5♥ 5♠ J♣ 9♥ board made things interesting but the 6♦ split the pot.

Most of the early hands were won before the flop, but Hand #10 saw Canada's inSaniti7 pick up Q♦ Q♠ under the gun and move in for 1.98M. Unfortunately the only caller was fellow Canadian englishtown with K♠ K♦, and a 5♦ 5♥ A♠ 3♦ 7♥ ended inSaniti7's day in 9th place ($199.09).

After more pre-flop wins and one pot taken down by Belgium's Zimbas with an uncalled bet on the river of a K♦ Q♠ Q♣ 6♦ A♥ board, the field shrank again on Hand #17. Moldova's john888979 was in the small blind with 1.37M chips left behind and moved it all in when the action folded around. englishtown called for 1.17M more with K♠ 2♠, which trailed john888979's A♦ 5♠ only until the flop fell 8♥ K♣ 6♠. The 2♦ on the turn made two pair for englishtown and the T♦ river sent john888979 out in 8th place ($298.63).

Short stack bingo

Portugal's MVieira9 was now the short stack with 5.88M and got all-in two hands later in a bad spot with A♠ J♥ against the A♥ K♣ of Russia's Olaf343. The 8♦ T♥ J♦ flop moved the Portuguese player out front but gave Olaf343 additional outs in the form of a straight draw. The 4♠ and 5♠ on the turn and river meant the jacks were good and MVieira9 doubled to 12.3M.

That left Olaf343 short, but a double on Hand #27 with Q♠ Q♥ against the 7♠ 7♦ of Russia's freshman2011 got Olaf343 back up to 6.14M. Six hands later Zimbas pulled off the biggest double-up so far:

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The table was playing fairly tight. Seven of the next eight pots were won before the flop, and the only one that got to the flop was the result of an all-in and call. MVieira9 shoved for 9.69M in middle position on Hand #35, prompting a re-raise in the hijack from freshman2011. The rest of the table folded and freshman2011 showed A♣ K♥, the board fell A♥ Q♥ 2♦ J♠ 6♠ to give the Russian a pair of aces, and MVieira9 exited in 7th place ($564.09).

Graduation day for englishtown

With six players left, one dominated the chip counts and two were still hanging on with short stacks:

Seat 1: locolocc (5,976,888 in chips)
Seat 2: ex-tight ass (5,088,553 in chips)
Seat 4: englishtown (11,557,405 in chips)
Seat 5: Olaf343 (4,770,506 in chips)
Seat 8: freshman2011 (40,168,454 in chips)
Seat 9: Zimbas (15,393,194 in chips)

It was one of the players in the middle who struck the next big blow. englishtown opened Hand #39 with a minimum raise to 1M and then called a button re-raise by freshman2011 to 2.5M. englishtown checked the 3♥ 6♠ 7♣ flop, provoking a 6M-chip bet by freshman2011, before raising all-in for 9.68M total. freshman2011 showed K♦ 6♣ for a pair of sixes, which trailed englishtown's J♦ J♠ and stayed behind through the 8♣ turn and 8♠ river to give the Canadian player a big double to 25.4M.

Two hands later two short stacks would collide before the flop when Olaf343 shoved for 3.63 under the gun and locolocc three-bet all-in for 4.83M on the button. The blinds got out of the way and locolocc showed 6♣ 6♠, which was flipping against K♣ 8♥. The pocket pair stayed ahead as the board came 2♠ 5♠ A♥ 2♥ 3♣ and Olaf343 hit the rail in 6th place ($829.55).

The next 10 hands or so didn't go past the flop, but Hand #52 saw another clash between englishtown and freshman2011:

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Those two weren't done butting heads there. Seven hands later freshman2011 was in the cutoff seat and put in a three-bet to 3M after englishtown opened under the gun for a minimum raise to 1.2M. The Canadian called and checked the 9♠ 6♠ 7♠, setting up another check-raise - this time to 12.6M over freshman2011's bet of 5.4M. freshman2011 moved in for a total of 13.5M and englishtown made the call with 6♥ 6♣ for middle set. freshman2011 was behind but very much still in the hand with A♥ K♠, drawing to nine outs for a flush or a possible back-door straight., but the 2♦ and T♥ were no help and the Russian player departed in 5th place ($1,161.37).


englishtown was now firmly in command with the blinds and antes at 300K/600K/75K:

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Seat 1: locolocc (9,747,394 in chips)
Seat 2: ex-tight ass (13,351,053 in chips)
Seat 4: englishtown (44,700,859 in chips)
Seat 9: Zimbas (15,155,694 in chips)

The four players danced carefully around one another for the next 15 hands, with only two of them seeing a flop. Hand #85 went to Zimbas with an uncalled all-in bet on the river of a 6♥ 9♣ T♦ T♣ T♠ board, good for 8.2M. But Hand #86 was the most valuable one for the Belgian player. Zimbas opened that one for 1.6M in the small blind with A♠ T♠ and called when locolocc jammed for 11.3M with K♦ 6♦. The leading hand moved further ahead on the T♥ 2♠ J♥ flop and stayed there after the Q♥ turn and 6♣ river, sending locolocc out of the tournament in 4th place ($1,493.19).

englishtown' claimed the next knockout on Hand #93. Sitting in the big blind, the Canadian player called an all-in bet of 6.97M by ex-tight ass in the small blind. The Dutch player had K♣ 8♥ and paired on the A♣ 8♦ 2♠ flop, but englishtown's A♠ 2♥ hit the bigger pair. The 6♥ turn and 9♠ river meant that ex-tight ass' run came to an end in 3rd place ($2,156.83).

A deal - and a duel

englishtown enjoyed a lead of a little better than 3-to-1 as heads-up play began:

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Seat 4: englishtown (63,801,912 in chips)
Seat 9: Zimbas (19,153,088 in chips)

The two traded pots for seven hands without going past the flop before Zimbas won the eighth:

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Soon Zimbas had won six pots in a row and the two players agreed to make a deal. They came to terms quickly, leaving $200 on the table for the winner, and got back to business.

Zimbas moved into the lead by six big blinds on the 38th hand of heads-up, but englishtown took it back on the 41st hand. The 42nd, though, left the Canadian in a desperate situation:

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englishtown's only shot to come back was to move in with any decent hand, and that shot paid off. Two hands later the Canadian doubled with A♥ 7♣ against A♠ 2♦, and three hands after that with A♦ 5♦ against Q♦ J♣.

Suddenly englishtown was back in the lead again. And when the Canadian moved in for 46.4M before the flop six hands later with J♣ J♠, Zimbas made the call with A♣ 4♦ to put the tournament on the line. The Q♦ 8♠ 9♥ 4♣ K♥ board offered too little help and Zimbas finished as the runner-up.

The Belgian player's share of the deal was worth $3,129.67, a new career-best score by nearly $3,000. With the extra $200 on the table, englishtown earned $3,582.83 - also a new high-water mark for the Canadian. Two more success stories at the end of a MicroMillions 6 tournament - exactly what we've come to expect from this series.

MicroMillions-066: $2.20 NL Hold'em
Entrants: 16,591
Prize pool: $33,182
Places paid: 2,250

1. englishtown (Canada) $3,582.13*
2. Zimbas (Belgium) $3,129.67*
3. ex-tight ass (Netherlands) $2,156.83
4. locolocc (Czech Republic) $1,493.19
5. freshman2011 (Russia) $1,161.37
6. Olaf343 (Russia) $829.55
7. MVieira9 (Portugal) $564.09
8. John888979 (Moldova) $298.63
9. inSaniti7 (Canada) $199.09
* - denotes results of a heads-up deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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