MicroMillions 7: crazyhawks flies high in Event #58, $2.20+R NLHE (Big Antes)

Among the many popular variations on the typical no-limit hold'em tournament here at PokerStars are the Big Antes tournaments. With this spin on the game, there is no period at the beginning of the tourney without antes and those that are in play range between one-sixth and one-quarter of a big blind, compared to the one-tenth to one-eighth of most structures. That means there's always plenty of money in the pot before a hand even gets going to encourage aggressive play, making for lots of action.

Big Antes tournaments have become a fixture in the MicroMillions series, and today marked the day for it to play out during MicroMillions 7. The 12,256 players in the field took advantage of the unlimited re-buys 33,917 times during the first hour of play, which with the 7,362 add-ons at the end of the re-buy period made for a total prize pool of $107,070. The top prize was set at $14,622.14, with the top 1,620 players set to cash.

Four hours later the blinds and antes were at 700K/1.4M/280K as these nine players sat down to the final table:

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Seat 1: ymerej1988 (29,428,833 in chips)
Seat 2: Airdraken (4,854,854 in chips)
Seat 3: khandej (15,834,186 in chips)
Seat 4: Henrik10 (9,940,688 in chips)
Seat 5: wilmy_x (12,172,752 in chips)
Seat 6: Heisenb8rg (31,469,877 in chips)
Seat 7: crazyhawks (25,785,156 in chips)
Seat 8: Proca18 (7,938,545 in chips)
Seat 9: wozzle9 (28,541,109 in chips)

Starting with a bang

The first confrontation came in a blind-versus-blind situation on Hand #5, when the United Kingdom's crazyhawks jammed in the small blind and Poland's Proca18 called for 6.5M in the small blind. The Polish player's A♦ 4♦ held up against 8♣ 5♠ on a 3♦ 2♣ 2♠ T♦ 9♠ board to double up to 15.5M. From there it was all blind steals until Hand #12, when the United Kingdom's Airdraken opened the betting in the cutoff for 4.8M and Henrik10 jammed for 7M on the button. Airdraken called with 974K behind and T♦ 9♦ in the hole, which whiffed on the 2♥ 7♠ 4♣ flop but went runner-runner for a straight with the 6♣ and 8♣ on the turn and river, beating Henrik10's A♥ 4♥ to knock the German player out in 9th place ($669.18).

crazyhawks got back some lost chips two hands later after jamming for 18.8M in the small blind over Danish player khandej's 6.4M opener, forcing a fold to win the 16.9M chips in the pot. On Hand #17 khandej, with just 9.2M chips left and the 2M big blind coming up on he next hand, shoved under the gun with 9♥ 7♣ and only got action from Belgium's ymerej1988 in the small blind. The Belgian player held T♥ 8♣, which improved to a pair of tens on the Q♥ K♥ 2♣ 6♦ T♠ board to eliminate khandej in 8th place ($1,070.70).

Just five hands later Portugal's short-stacked wilmy_x picked up K♥ Q♥ in the hijack seat and opened the betting all-in for 2.5M. The United Kingdom's wozzle9 made the mandatory call in the big blind with 9♠ 3♥ and fell further behind on the Q♦ 5♦ 7♣ flop, but the 9♥ turn and 3♣ river gave the U.K. player two pair and busted wilmy_x in 7th place ($2,141.40).

wozzle9 stole three of the next four pots before the flop to climb over the 41M-chip mark briefly before doubling up the extremely short-stacked Proca18, who hit a pair of tens with T♦ 4♣ while all-in on the big blind to top wozzle9's A♣ 6♣. That lifeline kept Proca18 alive as the blinds and antes kicked up to 1.25M/2.5M/500K, but getting a short stack in ahead on Hand #26 wouldn't go as well. Proca18 moved in under the gun with A♠ 5♣ and got action from ymerej1988, whose K♥ 7♥ prevailed with a pair of kings after the board fell 6♣ 5♠ 2♦ K♠ J♣, sending the Polish player to the rail in 6th place ($3,212.10).

One tall, one short, and three in between

Now just these five players remained in the hunt:

Seat 1: ymerej1988 (69,037,199 in chips)
Seat 2: Airdraken (8,805,542 in chips)
Seat 6: Heisenb8rg (30,879,877 in chips)
Seat 7: crazyhawks (23,136,611 in chips)
Seat 9: wozzle9 (34,106,771 in chips)

The action folded to Heisenb8rg in the small blind on the first hand of five-handed play and the U.K. player jammed for 30.3M. crazyhawks called all-in for 22.6M with A♦ 7♣, which was ahead of Heisenb8rg's A♠ 2♥, but the two split the pot when their aces played as kickers on an 8♥ 8♣ 9♦ 8♦ 5♦ board. The very next hand saw crazyhawks end up all-in again, this time calling with J♠ J♣ after ymerej1988 opened the betting by shoving for 68M under the gun with K♦ Q♥. The T♥ T♣ 4♠ J♥ A♥, crazyhawk's jacks full of tens topped ymerej1988's Broadway straight, and crazyhawks seized the chip lead with the 51.7M-chip pot.

Hand #29 saw ymerej1988 double another player up, this time Airdraken, whose J♥ T♥ outdrew K♠ 3♣ on a 5♣ A♠ T♠ 5♦ 9♣ board to win the 18.3M chips in the middle. The next six hands went by without a showdown before crazyhawks opened Hand #36 with a minimum raise to 5M under the gun and wozzle9 jammed for 27.8M on the button. The rest of the table folded, crazyhawks called with A♣ K♣, and wozzle9 showed A♦ Q♣. wozzle9 needed a queen but couldn't find one on the 8♣ 3♠ 3♣ 9♠ 4♥ board, leaving the tournament in 5th place ($4,282.80).

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The next six hands also went by without any confrontations, and the blinds and antes jumped to 1.5M/3M/600K in the meantime. Heisenb8rg opened the betting on Hand #43 by shoving for 23.2M under the gun, holding 5♥ 4♥, and got a lone caller in the big blind. Airdraken turned up A♦ J♠ and got a pretty friendly flop of K♦ Q♠ 2♠, but the 5♣ on the turn gave Heisenb8rg a pair. Any ace, jack, or ten would have won the pot for Airdraken, but the 9♥ fell instead to move Heisenb8rg into second place with 50.3M chips. Left with just 7.1M chips, Airdraken called all-in from the small blind on the next hand after ymerej1988 opened the betting by moving all-in on the button. The initial raiser's A♣ 6♠ held up against Airdraken's Q♦ 9♠ on the A♥ K♣ 5♠ K♦ 6♦ board, and Airdraken exited in 4th place ($5,353.50).

With three players left no one had more than 23 big blinds to work with:

Seat 1: ymerej1988 (47,576,253 in chips)
Seat 6: Heisenb8rg (46,759,754 in chips)
Seat 7: crazyhawks (71,629,993 in chips)

After just three hands the remaining players decided to look at the numbers for a possible deal. They reached an agreement within just a few minutes, leaving $1,500 on the table for the winner. After a stretch of 12 hands with only one flop, ymerej1988 and Heisenb8rg faced off and both hit the flop hard on Hand #61:

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Without the case nine on the turn or river, ymerej1988 left in 3rd place ($9,785.96).

Heads-up for the title

Blinds and antes rose to 2M/4M/800K and Heisenb8rg held the advantage as heads-up play began:

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Seat 6: Heisenb8rg (94,036,007 in chips)
Seat 7: crazyhawks (71,929,993 in chips)

The first seven hands of the final duel went by without a flop. crazyhawks won four of them and was able to narrow the margin to just over one big blind as Hand #69 began. Sitting on the button, crazyhawks opened with a raise to 8M and quickly called with A♣ K♦ after Heisenb8rg jammed for 84.4M in the big blind. Big Slick hit top pair on the 2♥ A♦ 5♦ flop and held up against Heisenb8rg's K♣ 8♥ from there as the turn and river came J♣ Q♠.

That left Heisenb8rg with just 4.5M chips, all of which went in on the button next hand with J♦ 6♦. The pre-flop situation was pretty good against crazyhawks' 3♠ 2♦, but the K♥ 8♥ 3♥ flop left Heisenb8rg with six outs to keep hopes of a comeback alive. But the turn and river came T♦ Q♠, closing out the tournament.

Heisenb8rg broke bad when running good would have been more advantageous, but a second-place share of the three-way deal was still worth $10,052.60, tops among the U.K. player's PokerStars scores. The extra $1,500 on the table at the end made for a total score of $12,600.83 for the winner, not only a first MicroMillions title but also twice crazyhawks' previous best cash of $6,000 from third place in an $11 re-buy tournament in December 2012. Congratulations to both players on their fine, bankroll-redefining performances!

MicroMillions-058: $2.20+R No-Limit Hold'em (Big Antes)
Entrants: 12,256 (33,917 re-buys, 7,362 add-ons)
Prize pool: $107,070
Places paid: 1,620

1. crazyhawks (United Kingdom) $12,600.83*
2. Heisenb8rg (United Kingdom) $10,052.60*
3. ymerej1988 (Belgium) $9,785.96*
4. Airdraken (United Kingdom) $5,353.50
5. wozzle9 (United Kingdom) $4,282.80
6. Proca18 (Poland) $3,212.10
7. wilmy_x (Portugal) $2,141.40
8. khandej (Denmark) $1,070.70
9. Henrik10 (Germany) $669.18

* - denotes results of a three-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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