MicroMillions 6: LordAgrael rules over Event #1, $0.11+R NLHE (Hyper-Active)

MicroMillions is all about winning big money on small buy-ins, so what better event to kick off with than an 11-cent re-buy? The sixth installment of the popular low-stakes series got off to a cracking start with Event #1, which featured exactly that buy-in and a Hyper-Active tournament structure that juiced the action by halving its six-minute levels to just three minutes after the re-buy period. The result was a tournament that drew a field of 66,366 players, who combined for 338,790 re-buys and add-ons to nearly triple the guaranteed prize pool. Fittingly, they were all gone from the tables 249 minutes after they began, including a final table that was one of the fastest this reporter has ever covered.

The structure guaranteed a wild ride from beginning to end - and the blinds were at 8M/16M with 1.6M antes when the final table began at 3:52 p.m. ET when these nine players reached that end:

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Seat 1: JayBee1072 (61,514,308 in chips)
Seat 2: toyca121 (138,872,370 in chips)
Seat 3: naitsirc1989 (126,273,918 in chips)
Seat 4: nizavarz (9,853,768 in chips)
Seat 5: LordAgrael (233,447,537 in chips)
Seat 6: stozek89 (95,594,078 in chips)
Seat 7: LUCKY CTAR (88,618,918 in chips)
Seat 8: acowalek (127,468,079 in chips)
Seat 9: wolf_bara (65,697,024 in chips)

The effective stack sizes, already pretty small this deep into the Hyper-Active structure, got positively tiny when the blinds and antes rose to 10M/20M/2M after the first two hands went by. That happened to coincide with the final break of the tournament, and some of the short stacks began asking if anybody wanted to make a deal. There was a holdout somewhere, though, and that's all it took to guarantee a quick burst of action that brought the tournament to an end.

Russia's nizavarz and Greece's wolf_bara were the first two players to face all-in moments, and both survived - nizavarz with K♣ K♠ against the A♣ 4♥ held by Poland's stozek89, and wolf_bara with A♥ Q♣ against the Q♠ T♠ of Germany's JayBee1072. The latter took JayBee1072's stack down to 15.8M chips, but the German player doubled through Romania's naitsirc1989 on the next hand with J♣ 5♣ again K♠ Q♠ thanks to a friendly 8♣ 4♥ 7♦ 6♣ 2♥ board. The ice finally broke on Hand #8 of the final table when nizavarz was forced all-in from the big blind with A♠ 2♥ and naitsirc1989 came along in the small blind with 7♣ 3♠. naitsirc1989 paired on the 8♥ 7♦ Q♥ 9♦ 4♠ board and that was all it took to send nizavarz out in 9th place ($131.67).

Blood in the water

Two hands later naitsirc1989 called with A♥ Q♦ after JayBee1072 moved all in again, but the German player's K♠ T♦ caught three of a kind on the Q♣ 4♠ K♦ K♥ 3♥ board to double up to 156.4M. Two hands later Russia's LordAgrael, who had come in with the chip lead, struck the second knockout blow of the final table and grabbed a 222.8M-chip pot when A♦ J♦ paired on the turn of a K♦ 8♠ 9♣ A♠ 2♣ board to beat toyca121's 5♣ 5♠, sending the player from the United Kingdom out in 8th place ($221.62).

That gave LordAgrael almost three times the chips of anyone else at the table. Like a shark smelling blood in the water, the Russian player moved in for the kill. On the next hand LordAgrael moved in over the top of naitsirc1989's opening shove, and K♣ Q♥ triumphed over K♦ J♠ on a A♥ 3♣ K♠ T♥ 9♥ to send the Romanian player out in 7th place ($325.74).

Two hands later LordAgrael got better than 3-to-1 odds in the big blind with A♥ 7♠ and called to face off with the A♣ A♦ of Poland's ackowalek and wolf_bara's 6♣ 6♠. wolf_bara caught a set on the 6♥ 4♥ 5♠ flop to jump ahead of the aces, but LordAgrael picked up a straight draw - and it came home with the 3♦ on the turn. The 8♣ on the river sealed the tournament for wolf_bara in 6th place ($468.76) and ackowalek in 5th place ($702.94).

A swift end

LordAgrael now held 692M chips, almost seven times as many as JayBee1072 in second place, and was the only player in a position to fold any hand now that the blinds and antes were at 15M/30M/3M. The Russian did just that three hands later and stozek89 took advantage by moving all-in from the button with A♠ 8♠. JayBee1072 called from the big blind with Q♠ T♠, flopped two pair, and caught a full house by the turn of the 9♣ Q♦ T♦ T♥ 8♥ board. stozek89 was drawing dead before the river and left in 4th place ($937.53).

One hand later Russia's LUCKY CTAR called all-in on the button for less than the big blind with 7♣ 4♣ but couldn't beat out LordAgrael's T♥ 8♣ after the board came 3♦ A♣ 8♦ K♥ T♠, leaving in 3rd place ($1,174.95) and setting up what would prove to be a very short heads-up battle.

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Seat 1: JayBee1072 (170,890,246 in chips)
Seat 5: LordAgrael (776,449,754 in chips)

JayBee1072 raised the button on the first hand with Q♦ 9♣ and called all-in after LordAgrael shoved with 6♦ 4♠. Both players hit the 3♥ Q♥ 5♠ flop, but the queens outlasted the draw when the turn and river came 8♠ 3♦. That doubled JayBee1072 to 341M chips, giving the German player enough breathing room to fold to a pre-flop raise on the next hand. But the third hand would prove to be the decisive one. The action proceeded just like the first - raise, three-bet, call all-in - but this time LordAgrael held {kd] J♣ to JayBee1072's 5♥ 4♣. The K♥ T♦ 9♣ flop left little doubt as to the outcome of the hand, and the A♥ turn and 3♥ river made it official.

Just 16 minutes after the final table had begun - 11 if you account for the five-minute break at its beginning - it came to an end. JayBee1072 earned $1,798.89 for the runner-up position, a nice reward for a few hours' work and a bankroll-changer for a player whose biggest previous PokerStars score was a modest $31. Meanwhile, the quick run through the final table gave LordAgrael claim to the tournament's top prize, also a career best, though only by $500 or so. LordAgrael also became the first player from this MicroMillions installment to enter the series' list of champions, an accomplishment to remember, and got a leg up on the MicroMillions Player of the Series race.

MicroMillions-001: $0.11+R NL Hold'em [Hyper-Active]
Entrants: 66,366 (310,524 re-buys, 28,536 add-ons)
Prize pool: $40,515.60
Places paid: 8,442

1st place: LordAgrael (Russia) $2,529.87
2nd place: JayBee1072 (Germany) $1,798.89
3rd place: LUCKY CTAR (Russia) $1,174.95
4th place: stozek89 (Poland) $937.53
5th place: ackowalek (Poland) $702.94
6th place: wolf_bara (Greece) $468.76
7th place: naitsirc1989 (Romania) $325.74
8th place: toyca121 (United Kingdom) $221.62
9th place: nizavarz (Russia) $131.67

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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