MicroMillions 6: NAIRDA11 blazes through final table of Event #33, $2.20+R NLHE (2x-Turbo)

A big part of the fun of the tournament series here at PokerStars is the variety. If you can think up a format worth playing, we've probably already scheduled a tournament featuring it. The 2x-Turbo, which featured in Event #33, is just one of the many innovative structures in play during this MicroMillions series. If you like action, you'll love the 2x-Turbo - it offers five-minute levels and unlimited re-buys for a period twice as long as a normal re-buy tournament, giving players plenty of time to juice the prize pool and create big-time prizes.

Event #33 saw plenty of action as 14,134 players turned up for a chance to build a huge stack and make a run for a MicroMillions title. Together they purchased 55,765 re-buys and 13,634 add-ons, building a total prize pool worth $180,928. With a scheduled first-place prize of $18,105.58 there was big money on the line for the eventual winner.

After six and a half hours of play, the final table began with blinds and antes at 1.2M/2.4M/240K and these nine players still in contention:

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Seat 1: fortovii1974 (20,979,473 in chips)
Seat 2: adelar518 (22,142,528 in chips)
Seat 3: viviane469 (44,629,078 in chips)
Seat 4: admiralmd (17,471,078 in chips)
Seat 5: NuKEr2k (1,286,917 in chips)
Seat 6: sksJuan (30,132,744 in chips)
Seat 7: DeTerence (38,488,308 in chips)
Seat 8: NAIRDA11 (83,628,238 in chips)
Seat 9: kefoe077 (31,241,636 in chips)

True to the turbo nature of the tournament, there was no waiting around for action. The very first hand of the final table saw not one but two knockouts. The betting opened with Russia's NuKEr2k calling all-in under the gun for less than half the big blind. The action folded to Switzerland's NAIRDA11, who raised to 7.2M only to be re-raised to 31.1M by Germany's kefoe077. Everybody else got out of the way and NAIRDA11 had an easy call with A♣ A♦. kefoe077's hopes were pinned on A♠ Q♠, while NuKEr2k held Q♣ 7♥. The board ran out 2♣ 2♠ 7♣ 4♥ 8♠ and the two shorter-stacked players were eliminated - NuKEr2k in 9th place ($1,085.86) and kefoe077 in 8th place ($1,628.35).

NAIRDA11 had already held more than twice as many chips as anyone else at the table before that hand. Now the Swiss player had 121.1M chips and Belgium's viviane469 was a distant challenger with 43.1M. The Belgian would fall 2M or so behind the Czech Republic's sksJuan on Hand #2 after the Czech player picked up Q♠ Q♣ in the big blind and called a 14.5M-chip all-in bet from Romania's admiralmd in the small blind. The Romanian caught no help from the 8♥ 2♦ 2♣ 7♦ A♥ board and was gone in 7th place ($2,713.92).

In just two hands the field had shrunk from nine to six and NAIRDA11 held a commanding lead over the field. The Swiss player seized five of the next nine pots before the flop before doubling Russia's fortovii1974 to 26.1M by calling with K♠ Q♥ when the Russian held K♥ K♦ - and still came out ahead even after that dropped pot.

Six hands later the blinds and antes were up to 1.4M/2.8M/280K and fortovii1974 got it in good against NAIRDA11 once again. This time it was 9♣ 9♥ against 2♣ 2♦, but the board was unfriendly and fell T♦ 2♥ K♣ 3♠ 5♣. The underpair-turned-set won out and fortovii1974 left in 6th place ($4,523.20).

Let's make a deal...before anyone else gets hurt

Four players had been eliminated within a span of just 18 hands, leaving NAIRDA11 with 159M chips and nobody else above 36.7M, or a little more than 13 big blinds. After a few hands of passing the big blinds and antes around they agreed to talk about a deal and came to an agreement that left $1,500 for the winner, gave NAIRDA11 $14,000, and split the rest evenly among the others for $10,596.10 apiece. With the deal out of the way everyone had a green light to move with the first good hand they could find.

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On Hand #29, viviane469 three-bet all-in for 24M with A♦ 5♥, only to find that the original raiser, the Netherlands' adelar518, held A♥ 7♠. viviane469 paired on the 5♣ 8♥ 4♦ flop, but adelar518 moved ahead on the 7♦ turn. The river was the 9♠ and viviane469 was gone in 5th place.

Two hands later sksJuan moved all-in under the gun for 35.8 with A♠ 2♥ and NAIRDA11 called with A♥ Q♦, but the underdog got a reprieve from the 2♣ J♥ J♣ J♠ 6♥ board and doubled to 76M. Hand #37 saw DeTerence double through the leader too, with A♦ 9♥ against K♥ T♦ on a board of 7♠ A♣ 4♥ Q♣ 8♠.

NAIRDA11's decisive moment

The blinds and antes were now up to 1.8M/3.6M/360K and the chip distribution was a lot different than it had been before the deal:

Seat 2: adelar518 (54011606 in chips)
Seat 6: sksJuan (83,327,644 in chips)
Seat 7: DeTerence (75,896,616 in chips)
Seat 8: NAIRDA11 (76,764,134 in chips)

The next 10 hands saw NAIRDA11 fall behind the pack and finally move all-in from the small blind with 5♠ 5♥ over the top of sksJuan's opening min-raise with A♥ T♦. The 6♠ 4♥ 7♣ flop gave the former leader an open-ended straight draw and the 8♣ turn completed it, rendering the T♥ on the river harmless and giving NAIRDA11 the 114M chips in the pot.

Back in front, NAIRDA11 would never look back again. On Hand #50 the Swiss player picked up T♥ T♦ and three-bet all-in after adelar518 opened for 14M with A♣ 7♠. The board ran out Q♠ Q♦ J♥ 2♦ 8♣ and adelar518 left in 4th place.

Two hands later sksJuan caught a break after three-betting all-in with Q♣ 8♣ and having NAIRDA11 call with Q♦ T♣, thanks to a board reading 8♠ J♣ 6♦ 5♠ 3♦. sksJuan then took four of the next six pots to move over the 100M-chip mark, but on Hand #63 the Czech player ran 7♠ 7♣ into DeTerence's 9♠ 9♥. The board came A♠ Q♠ K♥ 5♦ Q♦ and sksJuan was left with just 43.4M on the 2M/4M/400K level.

NAIRDA11 finished sksJuan off on the next hand. The leader called the Czech player's all-in bet with K♣ T♣ and outrunning A♦ 2♥ on a 9♦ T♥ 5♣ T♦ 2♣, sending sksJuan to the rail in 3rd place.

NAIRDA11 had 173M chips to DeTerence's 116M as heads-up play began, and as it turned out that's all it would take:

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That check behind sealed the tournament for NAIRDA11 once the K♦ came on the turn. It was a fittingly quick end to a blazing-fast final table. DeTerence finished runner-up with the same $10,596 share from the deal as the others who were eliminated. NAIRDA11 picked up the other $1,500 on the table for a total prize of $15,500.

MicroMillions-033: $2.20+R NL Hold'em (2x-Turbo)
Entrants: 21,065 (55,765 re-buys, 13,634 add-ons)
Prize pool: $180,928
Places paid: 2,700

1. NAIRDA11 (Switzerland) $15,500*
2. DeTerence (Germany) $10,596.10*
3. sksJuan (Czech Republic) $10,596.10*
4. adelar518 (Netherlands) $10,596.11*
5. viviane469 (Belgium) $10,596.10*
6. fortovii1974 (Russia) $4,523.20
7. admiralmd (Romania) $2,713.92
8. kefoe077 (Germany) $1,628.35
9. NuKEr2k (Russia) $1,085.86
* - denotes results of a five-way deal

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Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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