MicroMillions 6: Winning hand for FastHand89 in Event #64 ($3.30 NLHE)
The MicroMillions win can change a micro-limit poker player's bankroll. Anything can happen when someone invests $3.30 (or less via satellites) into a tournament and wins more than $3.3K. FastHand89 knows how that feels now, after having overcome great odds and tough players at the Event 64 final table. And now, FastHand89 not only has the prize money to show for it, but the title is nothing to sneeze at, either.
As the sixth running of the MicroMillions pushes forward in the second half of the online poker tournament series, more players have been getting involved to get a piece of the MM action. With the final weekend quickly approaching, Thursday was a day filled with 5-Card Omaha, 2-7 Single Draw, and good ol' fashioned No Limit Hold'em.
Event 64 was one of the NLHE events, this one offering a $3.30 buy-in and a $15K guarantee. And that guarantee went out the window as more than 9,500 players gathered and recorded a prize pool nearly double that size. The final numbers were:
Prize pool: $28,686.00
Paid players: 1,260
Only two tables remained at the eight-hour mark of the tournament, and players were getting kings cracked by ace-king at both tables. Payouts then jumped from $74.58 up to $113.30. Action slowed a bit as the potential to win more than $4K for the win came into view.
Hand-for-hand play ensued almost 30 minutes later, and shortly after, mirtinas pushed all-in UTG with A♣T♦ but ran into the A♦K♦ of amzngspdrmn in the small blind. The board only improved that hand with 5♣K♣5♦Q♣7♠, and mirtinas exited in tenth place with $152.03.
Amazing lead for amzngspdrmn
Level 46 kicked things off with 100K/200K blinds and a 25,000 ante. The players seats and starting stacks were as follows:
Seat 1: ASE_POKER (1,550,798 in chips)
Seat 2: wikked76 (2,343,263 in chips)
Seat 3: felipesku1 (4,948,757 in chips)
Seat 4: Pihvazavr (3,139,768 in chips)
Seat 5: amzngspdrmn (17,616,156 in chips)
Seat 6: FastHand89 (3,635,340 in chips)
Seat 7: beterradig (2,646,399 in chips)
Seat 8: Leonzik (5,542,323 in chips)
Seat 9: GynFran (6,387,196 in chips)
Action heated up quickly. On the very first hand, beterradig doubled through GynFran, and Pihvazavr did the same through amzngspdrmn a few hands later.
Beterradig was ready for another attempt, and got involved in a reraised hand with amzngspdrmn to see a 6♣K♥Q♠ flop. Beterradig bet, and amzngspdrmn check-raised. Beterradig then moved all-in with A♦K♠ for top pair, but amzngspdrmn called with 6♠6♦ for the flopped set. The Q♣ on the turn made that a full house, and the 7♥ on the river ended the tournament for beterradig, who exited in ninth place with $222.31.
ASE_POKER was the short stack and doubled through felipesku1 and then again through GynFran. But the latter doubled back through ASE_POKER. Wikked76 doubled through Leonzik, and ASE_POKER doubled yet again, this time through Pihvazavr. And then felipesku1 doubled through Pihvazavr.
ASE_POKER was at it again, and after a raise from UTG with A♦Q♣, GynFran pushed all-in from the big blind. ASE_POKER called all-in, and GynFran showed T♥T♣. The board of Q♥6♥T♦7♦4♥ gave GynFran a set of tens to beat the queens, and ASE_POKER was out in sixth place with $315.54.
On the very next hand, Pihvazavr pushed 2.3 million chips all-in with A♥7♦, and wikked76 called from the big blind with A♣K♥. That better hand held up to the Q♦J♠Q♥8♥2♣ from the dealer, and Pihvazavr had to go in seventh place, which was worth $573.72.
Wikked76 then took this hand from GynFran to leap toward the top of the leaderboard behind amzngspdrmn:
When Leonzik pushed all-in, GynFran was still active and ready to play, moving all-in over the top with Q♦Q♣. The blinds folded, and Leonzik showed J♦T♥, but that didn't improve on the 8♥8♣A♥3♣5♣ board. Leonzik was eliminated in sixth place with $860.58.
But FastHand89 captured this double-up through amzngspdrmn to narrow the latter's lead:
The poker gods giveth and taketh away, as wikked76 found out with a loss of chips. The all-in move came from wikked76 from the small blind with A♣3♠, but felipesku1 called from the big blind with A♠T♠. The board of Q♠4♥9♣9♠7♥ changed nothing, and wikked76 was gone in fifth place with $1,147.44.
The final four players paused the action to discuss a deal, but after seeing ICM and chip-chop numbers, they failed to agree on either of them. So, play resumed.
And a few hands later, former chip leader amzngspdrmn got into a preflop raising war with FastHand89. The flop of A♥3♥7♦ prompted a bet from FastHand89, and amzngspdrmn raised all-in with 4♣3♣ for bottom pair. FastHand89 called with A♣Q♠ for top pair, and nothing about the J♠ turn or 6♥ river changed anything. Amzngspdrmn was out in fourth place with $1,434.30.
GynFran then doubled through FastHand to change the game:
The tournament paused again to allow for a deal discussion, and they quickly agreed to an ICM chop with $300 left back for the winner. The guaranteed payouts were to be as follows:
Seat 3: felipesku1 (18,471,332 in chips) = $3,155.70
Seat 6: FastHand89 (14,644,884 in chips) = $3,001.36
Seat 9: GynFran (14,693,784 in chips) = $3,003.58
GynFran lost ground in the rounds that followed, but she then doubled through felipesku1 to take the overall chip lead. A few hands later, felipesku1 started a hand with a raise, and when FastHand89 reraised all-in, felipesku1 called with A♠Q♦. Fasthand89 showed J♦6♦, but the 9♥7♦2♦8♥3♦ delivered a flush to eliminate felipesku1 in third place with $3,155.70.
Brazil v. Poland in heads-up battle
The last two players began heads-up play with these chip counts:
Seat 6: FastHand89 (19,079,904 in chips)
Seat 9: GynFran (28,730,096 in chips)
GynFran was aggressive, but FastHand89 doubled through with 9-5 over A-J to stay in action. A few hands later, FastHand89 managed another double-up, this time to take a massive chip lead:
GynFran did double back once, and the second attempt started with a preflop raise from FastHand89 and all-in reraise from GynFran with K♦J♠. FastHand89 called and turned over A♣T♦. The flop of J♦3♥K♣ gave GynFran two pair but FastHand89 the straight draw, and the Q♦ on the turn completed that straight. The 5♥ on the river ended the tournament, leaving GynFran out in second place with $3,003.58.
FastHand89 of Poland won the MicroMillions 6 hat and $3,301.36. Congrats!
MicroMillions-064: $3.30 NLHE
Prize pool: $28,686.00
Places paid: 1,260
1. FastHand89 (Poland) $3,301.36*
2. GynFran (Brazil) $3,003.58*
3. felipesku1 (Poland) $3,155.70*
4. amzngspdrmn (Canada) $1,434.30
5. wikked76 (Singapore) $1,147.44
6. Leonzik (Russia) $860.58
7. Pihvazavr (Ukraine) $573.72
8. ASE_POKER (Germany) $315.54
9. beterradig (Brazil) $222.31
*Figures denote three-way deal agreement
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.