MicroMillions 6: Eric "AceQuad" Brix wins Event #59, $3.30 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
When it comes to performing well in PokerStars tournament series, Eric "Ace Quad" Brix knows a thing or two. Playing from Mexico, the 28-year-old from Minnesota became the SCOOP Leaderboard champion earlier this year thanks to a stunning seven final table appearances.
Significantly, at least for our purposes in this event recap, six of those seven big finishes were either in Omaha variants or in mixed tournaments that featured Omaha in at least one of its games. Thus it wasn't particularly surprising to see him come out on top of Event #59 of MicroMillions 6, an old-school, fixed-limit Omaha hi/lo tournament.
Before that, Brix was just one of 5,261 who kicked off the tournament at 1 p.m. ET today. Together they built a total prize pool of $15,783, with $2,479.79 set aside for the winner. With the fixed-limit betting and split pots, the game moved at a languid pace. After 8 hours and 16 minutes the field had been whittled down to just AceQuad and these seven players:
Seat 1: cwaniak77 (6,079,034 in chips)
Seat 2: ThinkTank7 (280,063 in chips)
Seat 3: besttreider (1,937,857 in chips)
Seat 4: Impetigo_666 (3,054,869 in chips)
Seat 5: xpoh1 (2,861,345 in chips)
Seat 6: Batovs (2,025,540 in chips)
Seat 7: pokerkn1ght4 (3,822,588 in chips)
Seat 8: AceQuad (4,664,278 in chips)
Seat 9: mrrisin (1,579,426 in chips)
The stakes were at 200K/400K and about to go up to 250K/500K, leaving Germany's ThinkTank7 and Canada's mrrisin both in desperate straits. The Canadian was able to take down the first pot uncontested after a pre-flop raise and a bet on the K♣ 4♠ A♠ flop, chipping up over 2.07M. ThinkTank7 was able to split pots twice, with besttreider and AceQuad, after getting all-in on Hand #3 and Hand #7. Four hands later the German finally scooped a pot after getting in heads-up against Poland's cwaniak77 with A♠ A♣ T♠ 4♠ against K♠ J♠ 2♠ 2♣ on a 3♦ T♥ Q♦ J♦ 7♣ board.
That left mrrisin needing to respond and on Hand #13 the Canadian had a great chance after starting with A♠ A♣ 8♣ 3♦. Only pokerkn1ght4, in the big blind with A♦ 2♠ 3♣ 4♦, called, and once the flop came K♥ 6♥ 4♣ there was no stopping mrrisin's chips from going in. The 3♥ on the turn put a damper on mrrisin's chances, and the T♦ gave pokerkn1ght4 the scoop with two pair and a 6-4 low. With that, mrrisin left in 9th place ($126.26).
Six hands later ThinkTank7 would end up all-in again before the flop, this time holding 5♦ 3♦ 3♠ 2♠ in a three-way pot with Russia's besttreider, who had A♠ A♥ 7♥ 2♣, and xpoh1 of Belarus., who was even shorter-stacked and holding K♣ K♠ J♥ 7♣. The board fell 5♠ 8♣ 7♦ 8♥ K♥ and xpoh1 pulled off an upset for half of the main pot with kings full of eights, but besttreider won the high there and scooped the side pot with aces and eights and the nut low. Eights and treys with a 3-2 low was no good for ThinkTank7 and the German left in 8th place ($197.28).
Broken ice time
The shortest stacks now tended to double rather than bust. xpoh1 survived another all-in on the very next hand, splitting it with AceQuad when both players tabled A-K and no low on a 6♠ T♠ 4♥ Q♣ T♣ board. That kept the Belarussian player just ahead of Brazil's Batovs, who scooped on Hand #19 to get back to 2.05M - now worth less than 3.5 big bets as the stakes had gone up to 300K/600K. xpoh1 got all-in again on Hand #20 with A♦ 3♦ K♣ 8♠ in the hole and the board already reading 3♥ 2♣ J♠, trailing pokerkn1ght4's Q♠ 9♣ 3♣ 2♠. The 3♠ on the turn gave pokerkn1ght4 treys full, but the K♦ on the river gave xpoh1 the scoop with a better boat.
While the shorties were busy surviving, the big stacks made a habit of scooping. besttreider won a 4.2M-chip pot from cwaniak77 on Hand #22, extracting value from three treys, to move into the lead with 7.02M. Then Batovs took a 3.6M-chip pot against xpoh1 in a blind-versus-blind battle. The Brazilian called a pre-flop raise and 600K bet on the T♣ 7♠ 2♠ flop before betting when checked to on the 5♠ turn and T♦ river. A♣ 4♥ Q♠ 7♥ was good for tens and sevens, which xpoh1 also had with 8♠ 7♣ 4♦ 3♦, but the ace kicker was good for the high pot and a 7-5 good for the low.
xpoh1 doubled up once again on the next hand, going runner-runner to scoop 1.89M with a wheel against pokerkn1ght4. That was just enough to slide ahead of Lithuania's Impetigo_666, who raised to 600K before the flop on Hand #29 with A♠ K♥ K♦ 5♠ and got one call from besttreider. The Russian held Q♠ J♣ 4♠ 2♦ for two pair and check-raised Impetigo_666 on the J♥ 9♦ 2♣ flop, and the Lithuanian player kept the betting up to get all-in. The 3♦ on the turn held out some hope for a split, but the J♦ on the river meant it was a high-only pot and jacks full was good enough to knock Impetigo_666 out in 7th place ($355.11).
While all eyes were watching xpoh1 and waiting for a bust, Batovs took advantage to scoop two key pots. The first was heads-up against besttreider with A♥ K♠ 6♦ 5♦ after calling a check-raise on the J♦ J♣ 5♥ flop and bets on the 4♠ turn and Q♦ river, with the five being good enough to take the 5.85M-chip pot against besttreider's busted-every-way A♦ 2♦ 3♣ 9♠. The second was a multi-way pot worth even more:
Batovs now held more than double the chips of the nearest player and even had a chance to knock out AceQuad on Hands #36 and #37, but the two ended up chopping the pot and AceQuad stayed alive. Then AceQuad took Hand #38 uncontested on the turn of a J♣ 7♠ 5♥ K♣ board to get back over 4.2M. That was ore than 3M ahead of two different players, cwaniak77 and xpoh1, who were now on the verge of elimination.
Hand #41 saw cwaniak77 hit the rail after calling all-in for another 208K in the big blind after a besttreider raise. The Polish player held a ragged 9♦ 8♣ 6♣ 2♣ and was up against A♦ K♦ T♦ 5♦. Both players had two pair by the turn, but besttreider won with kings full as the board finished up 6♥ T♥ K♠ 9♥ K♥, sending cwaniak77 out in 6th place ($512.94).
xpoh1 ended up all-in from the big blind on the next hand, facing off against both AceQuad and Batovs:
AceQuad's low half of that pot kept the ex-pat in the game, and Batovs took the high with trip jacks, sending xpoh1 out of the tournament in 5th place ($670.77).
Tense times for AceQuad
With the stakes at 400K/800K, the last four players were now stacked like so:
Seat 3: besttreider (5,139,900 in chips)
Seat 6: Batovs (14,497,616 in chips)
Seat 7: pokerkn1ght4 (2,644,170 in chips)
Seat 8: AceQuad (4,023,314 in chips)
Batovs held the lead and was mostly safe, but the other three players were all equally likely to bust out first. AceQuad was the first to face elimination on Hand #49. Starting with 3.2M in the small blind, the American raised and got four bets - the maximum - in against besttreider before the 7♠ K♦ 9♠ flop. AceQuad led out there and on the J♠ turn before calling all-in and showing A♦ A♣ 6♣ 4♣. besttreider held the puzzling 8♠ Q♦ 4♦ 4♥, which was to either a ten or a four and nothing else. The Q♣ on the river didn't fit the bill and AceQuad scooped the 6.44M-chip pot. besttreider got half of that back on Hand #50 but AceQuad had lived to fight another day.
pokerkn1ght4 was the next to go all-in and also survived, this time in a pot split with besttreider against Batovs after winning the high pot with fives full of aces. That was good for 3.96M and further muddied the waters at the bottom of the leaderboard, as did a 4.2M-chip scoop by AceQuad against besttreider on the next hand. Two hands later the stakes went up to 500K/1M and AceQuad took advantage with a big scoop:
AceQuad now had the lead and the other three players settled into equilibrium in the 4.5M-to-5.8M range, but the leader upset that by flopping a straight with Q♠ J♣ 6♥ 4♥ that held up on a 9♥ 8♦ T♥ T♦ A♣ to beat besttreider's lower straight with 9♣ 7♦ 6♣ 3♠ and grab the 8M-chip pot. That lowered the range of the other players' stacks to 2.64M-to-4.15M, increasing the chances of an imminent knockout.
besttreider split the next two pots with AceQuad and won the third outright to get back to 6.54M, and Batovs quartered AceQuad to get back to 4.31M to keep the picture muddled. But besttreider's time ran out on Hand #73:
With that besttreider was gone in 4th place ($891.73).
Three-handed with the lead
The stakes were now up to 600K/1.2M and the field was reduced to just these three players:
Seat 6: Batovs (4,317,669 in chips)
Seat 7: pokerkn1ght4 (2,157,510 in chips)
Seat 8: AceQuad (19,829,821 in chips)
pokerkn1ght survived an all-in moment on the very next hand, scooping with A♥ 2♥ Q♠ 2♠ against Batovs' J♠ J♣ 9♥ 7♥ on a K♥ A♠ T♠ 8♣ T♣ board, Then the Russian player scooped again, this time for 8.63M against AceQuad, to open up some room ahead of Batovs. The Brazilian came back and scooped two pots, though, and moved back ahead. Then pokerkn1ght4's K♠ 7♠ K♥ 2♥ held up against Batovs' T♦ 9♦ 7♣ 6♣ to reverse their positions once again, and AceQuad took down a 6.6M-chip pot uncontested on the river to put everybody back to basically where they'd started three-handed play.
The balancing act continued for another dozen hands or so but was ultimately unsustainable. On Hand #95 Batovs ended up all-in for 1.92M before the flop with K♦ T♦ 8♣ 8♠ agaisnt AceQuad's A♦ T♠ 6♦ 5♥. The board came down T♣ J♣ A♥ A♠ 7♦, aces full of tens scooped the pot. and Batovs left in 3rd place ($1,302.99).
AceQuad had a 19.74M-to-6.56M lead as heads-up play began and won the last three pots of the tournament. The final one saw pokerkn1ght4 get all-in for 2.06M before the flop with K♣ Q♣ Q♦ 3♣ against AceQuad's K♥ 8♠ 7♦ 2♥. Two pair on the 5♥ 2♠ 7♠ flop turned into a full house on the 2♦ turn. Only a queen could keep the game going, but the A♣ hit the river instead and the tournament came to a close.
pokerkn1ght4 earned $1,838.71 for finishing in second place, which equaled about 60 percent of the Russian player's previous career cashes here on PokerStars. As for Eric "AceQuad" Brix, the $2,479.79 winner's purse didn't crack the top 50 on the past Sunday Million champ and SCOOP Player of the Series' list of career scores - but it did confirm his status as a deadly Omaha player. Congratulations to both players for a tournament well-played!
MicroMillions-059: $3.30 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
Prize pool: $15,783
Places paid: 675
1. AceQuad (Mexico) $2,479.79
2. pokerkn1ght4 (Russia) $1,838.71
3. Batovs (Brazil) $1,302.09
4. besttreider (Russia) $891.73
5. xpoh1 (Belarus) $670.77
6. cwaniak77 (Poland) $512.94
7. Impetigo_666 (Lithuania) $355.11
8. ThinkTank7 (Germany) $197.28
9. mrrisin (Canada) $126.76
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.