MicroMillions: No lie - TrueVorlon wins Event #68, $3.30 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-Max)
Among all its other distinctions, Omaha might just be the most flexible game in all of poker. Itself a derivative of hold'em, Omaha can be played as a fixed-limit, pot-limit, or no-limit game, and it has long since moved on past being played full-ring and high-only with just four cards in the hole. Nearly every permutation of betting limits, table size, and split pots is an actual poker game, many of them offered here in the MicroMillions.
Among those offerings is 6-max, pot-limit, five-card Omaha high, the game of the day in Event #68. A niche event, perhaps, but one with a $3.30 buy-in that attracted 4,758 players by the end of late registration. That built a $14,274 to be split among the top 600 players, with $2,179.70 set aside for the winner. All that action kept the players busy for seven hours and 35 minutes, and which point the final table arrived. Blinds were at 60K/120K and these six competitors remained, ready to gamble it up for the title:
Seat 1: T-JAM (4,178,418 in chips)
Seat 2: wavanburen (7,092,833 in chips)
Seat 3: orib (1,147,134 in chips)
Seat 4: TrueVorlon (6,590,703 in chips)
Seat 5: Dakain (1,742,786 in chips)
Seat 6: totetos1 (3,038,126 in chips)
orib of the Netherlands was on the edge of elimination from the beginning, sitting with just nine big blinds as the final table began. The Dutch player managed a steal on the sixth hand but was unable to pick anything else up before Hand #8. On that one orib was in the big blind and called a minimum raise to 280K by wavanburen of the Netherlands in the small blind. wavanburen led with a pot-sized bet on the 2♣ 9♦ T♦ and called when orib moved in for 1.01M. The two showed their hands:
wavanburen: J♥ 6♠ T♠ 8♦ K♥
orib: 5♦ Q♥ 6♥ 3♦ A♦
orib was on the draw, looking for another diamond, while wavanburen held top pair with multiple redraws to a straight. The 6♣ gave orib third pair and a few more outs to a wheel but was otherwise unhelpful. The 5♥ on the river gave orib two pair, sixes and fives, but also made tens and sixes for wavanburen. With that, orib left in 6th place ($242.65).
The end of Dakain
Germany's Dakain was now the short stack with 1.86M but played a patient game. One small win on Hand #12 with a rivered flush was good for 1.36M, moving the Germans player's stack up to 2.4M and buying some time to wait for a big opportunity.
Argentina's totetos1 won the next significant pot on Hand #20, calling a pre-flop raise to 480K and an equal bet on the flop before checking down the turn and river. The board read 9♦ Q♠ A♥ 8♠ 6♦ and totetos1 showed A♣ K♥ 9♥ 4♣ 7♦ for two pair to win the 2M chips in the middle.
Five hands later the focus was back to Dakain when the German player three-bet all-in from the small blind after T-JAM opened for 560K under the gun. T-JAM called for 912K total and both players showed their cards:
T-JAM: 3♣ K♣ K♦ 3♥ A♦
Dakain: K♠ J♥ 7♦ K♥ 7♣
Both players held kings and smaller pair in the hole, but it was T-JAM's ace that made the difference by hitting the A♠ 9♣ Q♣ flop. T-JAM had a lub flush draw to go with that top pair, leaving Dakain drawing to one of the three non-club tens in the deck. The turn and river were the 2♥ and J♦, though, and Dakain was out in 5th place ($428.22).
The blinds were 80K/160K and the chip counts were close as four-handed play began:
Seat 1: T-JAM (7,301,204 in chips)
Seat 2: wavanburen (5,719,967 in chips)
Seat 4: TrueVorlon (6,320,703 in chips)
Seat 6: totetos1 (4,448,126 in chips)
wavanburn quickly won a small pot to move into second place, but dropped small amounts on the next two pots. Hand #30 would be the Dutch player's last stand. T-JAM was in the small blind and limp-called a raise to 600K by wavanburen in the big blind to see a 6♣ Q♠ J♦ flop.
T-JAM check-called 800K there to bring the 6♦ on the turn. T-JAM checked once again, but this time raised all-in for 7.1M after wavanburen made a pot-sized bet of 2.8M. wavanburen called with top pair, an up-and-down straight draw, the nut diamond flush draw, and a back-door draw to a club flush - but all of them were already dead:
T-JAM: 9♣ 7♥ 6♠ K♠ 6♥
wavanburen: 9♠ A♦ 5♦ T♣ Q♣
Quad sixes made wavanburen's straight with the K♥ on the river irrelevant, and the Dutch player departed in 4th place ($744.24).
Up and down for totetos1
Three-handed play would make up the largest portion of the final table, a relative surprise given the distribution of chips as it began:
Seat 1: T-JAM (13,921,171 in chips)
Seat 4: TrueVorlon (5,820,703 in chips)
Seat 6: totetos1 (4,048,126 in chips)
The 100K/200K blinds were big enough to drive the action and totetos1 took advantage, moving up to 7.34M by extracting three streets of value on Hand #33:
The Argentine player got all-in against T-JAM on the river two hands later after turning a Broadway straight and checking, but ended up splitting the pot with T-JAM, who caught up thanks to the free card. A win against T-JAM on Hand #40 with a nine-high straight moved totetos1 into the lead by two big blinds, and flopped trips - again in a hand with T-JAM - were good for a 3.75M-chip pot.
That last pot gave totetos1 a stack worth 11.02M, but it would prove to be the Argentine player's high point. A loss to Russia's TrueVorlon on Hand #44 dropped totetos1 to 9.19M, but that was small change compared to the loss to T-JAM on Hand #54:
The momentum was now with T-JAM, who had a two-big-blind lead over TrueVorlon, while totetos1's 3.05M-chip stack was worth just 10 big blinds.
With the need to pick up more chips so pressing, totetos1 had to have been happy to see A♠ 4♠ A♣ J♣ 6♠ in the hole on Hand #46. The Argentine player raised to 900K in the big blind after TrueVorlon limped from the small blind, and the Russian called to see a flop of 5♦ K♣ Q♥. TrueVorlon checked and let totetos1 bet the pot before check-raising enough to put the Argentine player all-in. totetos1 called and was on the draw against TrueVorlon's set of fives with 7♠ 6♥ Q♠ 5♠ 5♣. The 9♠ on the turn and 6♦ on the river were no help and totetos1 exited in 3rd place ($1,141.92).
The end of the line
That win gave TrueVorlon the lead by 10 big blinds as heads-up play began:
Seat 1: T-JAM (10,642,342 in chips)
Seat 4: TrueVorlon (13,147,658 in chips)
After folding the first two hands of heads-up, T-JAM seized the initiative and won the next five hands in a row, including three pots worth at least 1.8M, to reverse the situation and take a 10-big-blind lead. But the Canadian player would only win one of the last 11 pots at the end of the tournament, with the key loss coming on Hand #66:
On Hand #74 T-JAM opened for 800K on the button and TrueVorlon called to see a flop of T♣ 8♥ 8♦. The Russian checked and then raised enough to put T-JAM all-in after the Canadian bet 1.6M on the button. T-MAC called with 8♠ 7♠ A♣ 6♦ 6♠ for trip eights, but TrueVorlon held J♦ Q♦ T♠ 4♥ T♦ for a flopped boat, tens full of eights. T-JAM needed the 8♣ for quads to stay alive, but the 6♥ and 7♣ came instead to bring the tournament to a close.
T-JAM finished as the runner-up, earning a $1,570.14 payday - an impressive feat given that the Canadian told the table early on that this five-card Omaha tournament was a first, and good for T-JAM's ninth-best cash of all time. TrueVorlon, who had previous cashes in the game, still set a career best in it with the $2,179.70 win - just three dollars less than the Russian's overall previous career best. Congratulations to both of them for finishing atop an action-packed MicroMillions event!
MicroMillions-068: $3.30 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-Max)
Prize pool: $14,274
Places paid: 600
1. TrueVorlon (Russia) $2,179.70
2. T-JAM (Canada) $1,570.14
3. totetos1 (Argentina) $1,141.92
4. wavanburen (Netherlands) $744.24
5. Dakain (Germany) $428.22
6. orib (Netherlands) $242.65
* - denotes results of a heads-up deal
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.