MicroMillions 6: Victory is the cure for Dr.Niebaum in Event #39 ($3.30 8-Game)
The mixed games are all the rage these days. And nothing proves a player's dominance of a range of those games like winning a title in an 8-Game tournament, like this one in the MicroMillions lineup. And not only did Dr.Niebaum have a solid grasp of all of the games, momentum helped as well. The final table went quickly, as Dr.Niebaum dominated the entire way and claimed victory in the end.
Much of the MicroMillions 6 schedule to this point has consisted of No Limit Hold'em tournaments, with some others like Stud, Omaha, and Badugi offered in between. But Event 39 was the 8-Game, offering the following games in this order: Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha H/L, Limit Razz, Limit Stud, Limit Stud H/L, No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha. Some of us (ahem, that's me) is exhausted just looking at the list, but many players thrive on the challenge of playing all of the games via five-minute levels - and doing it well.
This tournament offered a $5K guarantee, but the field filled up with many more players than anticipated, producing these final numbers:
Prize pool: $12,432.00
Paid players: 540
As the tournament made it through the money bubble and continued on to only two tables, it was just past the six-hour mark, and there was a very familiar face on the leaderboard. Team PokerStars Online's Richard "Tzen1" Veenman of the Netherlands was soaring and looking for a MicroMillions title.
Play moved very quickly toward the final table, and hand-for-hand lasted through the 6.5-hour break. As play continued, though, Tzen1 lost ground, first in Razz, then Stud, and finally in Stud H/L. The last of his chips went in on fifth street, and he ended up with K♦A♦5♦4♠2♦A♣5♣, but Dr.Niebaum called with 5♥8♥8♦8♠K♥6♦3♥. With no qualifying low, Tzen1 lost to the eights and took home $136.75 for seventh place.
He had this to say via Twitter:
Bubbled the Final Table of the 8-game MicroMillions. Would have loved to ship that thing! Was having so much fun as well :-( @PokerStars— Richard Veenman (@Tzen1) November 18, 2013
Dr.Niebaum has proper table diagnosis
The final table of the 8-Game tournament began in Level 70, Limit Stud H/L with 120K/240K blinds and a 24K ante. The players' initial chip stacks were:
Seat 1: Dr.Niebaum (6,840,537 in chips)
Seat 2: EvilSeed2k (4,106,678 in chips)
Seat 3: JMTrindade (2,393,121 in chips)
Seat 4: Guerg (2,576,479 in chips)
Seat 5: it5tricky (3,404,265 in chips)
Seat 6: Evs7777 (1,398,920 in chips)
Dr.Niebaum only increased the chip lead during the NLHE and PLO rounds, though EvilSeed2k narrowed the gap during the 2-7 Lowball round. And in the last hand of that round, EvilSeed2k challenged Guerg to a duel. Guerg took two cards on the first draw and raised, while EvilSeed2k took only one card and reraised. Guerg called all-in and stood pat. EvilSeed2k took one more card, and they both stood pat on the third draw. Guerg showed 2♦7♥5♠9♠4♦, but EvilSeed2k had 8♦7♣5♥6♠3♣ for the better low. Guerg was gone in sixth place with $213.83.
The very next hand was LHE, and Evs7777 made the all-in move with 9♦5♥ from the big blind. It5tricky had raised from the small blind and called with A♦8♣. The board of K♣4♥8♠K♦4♦ gave it5tricky the better two pair, and Evs7777 was out in fifth place with $372.96.
On the next hand (again!), JMTrindade and Dr.Niebaum, along with EvilSeed2k, got involved to see a raised flop of 3♦3♠8♣. Dr.Niebaum bet, EvilSeed2k folded, and JMTrindade called. The Q♣ on the turn prompted Dr.Niebaum to bet again, and that time, JMTrindade raised all-in with A♦8♦ for two pair. But Dr.Niebaum called with A♥Q♥ for top two pair, and the J♥ on the river officially sent JMTrindade out in fourth place with $652.68.
The whirlwind of activity continued, as three hands later, it5tricky and Dr.Niebaum capped betting to see the flop come 4♥2♥J♦. It5tricky bet, and Dr.Niebaum check-raised, which brought an all-in reraise from it5tricky. Dr.Niebaum called with A♠7♥, but it5tricky was ahead with 3♣3♥. The 6♦ on the turn changed nothing, but the 7♦ on the river gave Dr.Niebaum the pot, sending it5tricky out in third place with $1,006.99.
Can Dr.Niebaum cure EvilSeed2k?
The heads-up match began at the very end of the LHE level with these chip counts:
Seat 1: Dr.Niebaum (13,582,424 in chips)
Seat 2: EvilSeed2k (7,137,576 in chips)
Dr.Niebaum seemed to have all of the momentum, chipping up through Omaha H/L and then into Razz. On third street of the final hand, EvilSeed2k raised with a 4♣ showing, and Dr.Niebaum called with a 6♦. Fourth street dealt a J♥ to EvilSeed2k for a bet, and Dr.Niebaum called with K♣. The same action took place when EvilSeed2k took a 2♠ and Dr.Niebaum grabbed the A♣ on fifth, and the 8♣ on sixth prompted a bet from Dr.Niebaum. EvilSeed2k raised with 4♠, and Dr.Niebaum reraised. EvilSeed2k called all-in and showed a complete hand of 7♥7♦4♣J♥2♠4♠6♠, but Dr.Niebaum showed 9♦5♦6♦K♣A♣8♣Q♦ for the 9-8-6-5-A low. EvilSeed2k took second place.
Dr.Niebaum collected nearly $1.9K and the MicroMillions title. Congrats!
MicroMillions-039: $3.30 8-Game
Prize pool: $12,432.00
Places paid: 540
1st place: Dr.Niebaum (Germany) $1,898.46
2nd place: EvilSeed2k (Estonia) $1,357.52
3rd place: it5tricky (UK) $1,006.99
4th place: JMTrindade (Brazil) $652.68
5th place: Evs7777 (Russia) $372.96
6th place: Guerg (Germany) $213.83
The sixth edition of MicroMillions is underway, with 100 tournaments in total running through November 24. Get the full schedule here, and check the leader board for status on the Player of the Series race.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.