MicroMillions 7: angelpablo85 is the KO king of Event #71 ($11 NLHE Turbo Super-Knockout)
The Super-Knockout format has some ardent fans and it's easy to see why. Eliminate one player, and you get half your bounty back. Knock out two and you're freerolling. Knock out three and you're banking cash before the tournament is even in the money. By the time he arrived at the final table, angelpablo85 had already claimed 13 bounties. He launched a methodical attack and successfully used his chip lead to apply pressure on the short stacks, eliminating four more opponents before getting heads-up with TeamZoneOut. Angelpablo85 never let go of his lead and finished him off in fifteen hands, turning his $11 investment into more than $5,000.
Event #71 drew 6,008 players, their $11 buy-ins combining to create a $63,084 prize pool. $31,542 of it went to the regular pool and the other $31,542 to the bounty pool. 765 places were paid with first place set to earn $4,937.86. Caio Pessagno, David Williams, Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome, and Tyler "frosty012" Frost marched under the Red Spade banner, but unfortunately, none of them finished in the money.
Blinds were up to 100,000/200,000 with ten players remaining and the action folded around to Gatsbykhv in the small blind. He moved all-in for 4.03 million with K♠Q♦ and angelpablo85 called all-in for 3.83 million from the big blind. Angelpablo85's A♣J♥ turned a jack-high straight on the 7♦8♠9♣T♥4♦ board and he doubled to 8.18 million, leaving Gatsbykhv on only 1,731 in chips. Although Gatsbykhv flopped a straight on the next deal to move up to 8,000, he was eliminated on the next hand when OONoMrBill's A♠6♥ turned a pair of aces vs. his J♥4♥ on a T♠4♠2♣A♥9♣ board. Gatsbykhv departed in tenth place and sent us to the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: vshb2008 (3,074,430 in chips)
Seat 2: rainbow.july (4,826,707 in chips)
Seat 3: peaStars (790,752 in chips)
Seat 4: luizrocha76 (931,824 in chips)
Seat 5: angelpablo85 (8,037,006 in chips)
Seat 6: JONNYG363 (1,478,308 in chips)
Seat 7: TeamZoneOut (2,373,714 in chips)
Seat 8: Darren_13 (4,848,981 in chips)
Seat 9: OONoMrBill (3,678,278 in chips)
peaStars, JONNYG363 eliminated
On the second hand of the final table, the action folded to peaStars on the button, who moved in for 634,500. Angelpablo85 called from the big blind, his A♥9♣ leading peaStars's Q♣8♦. Angelpablo85's ace-high held up and he eliminated peaStars in ninth place, good for $252.33.
Moments later, luizrocha76 open-shoved for his last 519,000 from the button and JONNYG363 looked him up from the big blind. Luizrocha76's A♠6♣ turned a pair of aces vs. JONNYG363's 4♣5♣ and he doubled to 1.4 million. JONNYG363 was left with less than 700,000 in chips and got them in the middle two hands later with A♦Q♥. OONoMrBill called from the big blind with 5♠T♦, but caught a five on the flop to take the lead. The board finished 5♥4♥2♣6♠6♥ and JONNYG363 hit the rail in eighth place, earning $394.27.
OOnoMrBill moved up to 4.5 million after that KO, but lost a lot of ground in a hand vs. vshb2008. After leading out for 875,000 on a 6♥5♥3♦ flop, OONoMrBill checked the Q♥ turn and vshb2008 moved all-in for 1.49 million. OONoMrBill called and revealed A♠K♦, but vshb2008 had turned a flush with J♥8♥. Vshb2008 double to 5.94 million, leaving OONoMrBill on 1.6 million.
The dust had hardly settled from that hand when angelpablo85 opened for 3.6 million on the button and Darren_13 called all-in for 2.98 million from the big blind. Angelpablo85's 3♦3♥ were crushed by Darren_13's A♣A♠, but the flop fell K♣3♣2♣ to make him a set. The turn and river came the T♦ and the 6♣, doubling Darren_13 to 6.98 million.
Darren_13, however, didn't hang on to those chips for long. With the action folded to TeamZoneOut in the small blind, he moved in for 1.38 million with Q♠T♠ and Darren_13 called with K♠2♦. TeamZoneOut flopped a queen and turned trips, doubling his stack to 3.12 million. Flush with new ammunition, TeamZoneOut shoved for 3.07 million on the next deal and OONoMrBill called off his remaining 1.35 million from the big blond. TeamZoneOut's pocket nines held up against A♦6♣ and OONoMrBill hit the rail in seventh place, enraging $709.69 for his efforts.
angelpablo85 takes out two
The blinds rose to 250,000/500,000 and with the action on luizrocha76 in the small blind, he open-shoved for 702,000 angelpablo85 quickly called, his 6♠7♠ in a race with 3♠3♦. Angelpablo85 picked up a gutshot straight draw on the A♥8♥4♦ flop and filled it when the 5♠ rivered, ending luizrocha76's run in sixth place ($1,025.11).
Four hands later, vshb2008 made a button shove for 4.4 million with A♦Q♠ and angelpablo85 was waiting for him in the big blind with A♣K♦. Angelpablo85's dominating hand held up and he scored his second knockout in a row, eliminating vshb2008 in fifth place ($1,340.53).
Darren_13 falls to angelpablo85
With four players remaining, Darren_13 was the shortest stack at the table and he moved in for his last 1.6 million on the button with K♦2♥. Angelpablo85 called with J♣6♥ in the big blind, but didn't catch up on the A♥9♦8♣7♠Q♣ board. Darren_13 doubled to 3.82 million, but three hands later these two went to war again. With the blinds up to 300,000/600,000, angelpablo85 opened for 2.4 million and Darren_13 moved in for 4.2 million with A♦3♦. Angelpablo85 called with A♠J♦ and his dominating hand held up to take down to 9.3 million pot. Darren_13 was out in fourth place, earning $1,782.12.
rainbow.july fades away
As three-handed play commenced, angelpablo85 had a runaway chip lead with 18.8 million, rainbow.july was second with 6.4 million, and TeamZoneOut was the short stack with 4.7 million. However, after a few small pots were exchanged, TeamZoneOut overtook rainbow.july and moved into second position with 5.9 million. Down to 5.21 million, rainbow.july shoved the button with A♥8♠, but ran into TeamZoneOut's A♣9♣ in the big blind. TeamZoneOut's dominating hand held up and rivered a pair of nines for good measure, sending rainbow.july home in third place ($2,602.21).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 5: angelpablo85 (18,483,783 in chips)
Seat 7: TeamZoneOut (11,556,217 in chips) '
Angelpablo85 kept pressure on TeamZoneOut and won seven hands in a row to move up to 24.2 million in chips. Down to only 5.78 million with the blinds up to 400,000/800,000, TeamZoneOut moved all-in with J♦6♠, but couldn't fade angelpablo85's K♠Q♥.
Congratulations to the Netherlands' angelpablo85, our newest MicroMillions champion! He banked 18 bounties and $4,937.86 for the win, while runner-up TeamZoneOut picked up 10 bounties and $3,674.64.
MicroMillions-071: $11 NL Hold'em Turbo Super-Knockout
Total prize pool: $63,084.00
Regular prize pool: $31,542.00
Bounty prize pool: $31,542.00
Places paid: 765
1. angelpablo85 (Netherlands) $4,937.86 + 18 KOs
2. TeamZoneOut (Panama) $3,674.64 + 10 KOs
3. rainbow.july (Romania) $2,602.21 + 9 KOs
4. Darren_13 (Canada) $1,782.12 + 14 KOs
5. vshb2008 (Russia) $1,340.53 + 9 KOs
6. luizrocha76 (Brazil) $1,025.11 + 11 KOs
7. OONoMrBill (Canada) $709.69 + 15 KOs
8. JONNYG363 (Canada) $394.27 + 12 KOs
9. peaStars (Russia) $252.33 + 11 KOs
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.