MicroMillions 7: Dr.Jointtt sparks up a win in Event #75, $5.50 NLHE (6-max, Big Antes)

In a series as wide-ranging as MicroMillions there are lots of different ways to get your fill of action. With re-buys and freezeouts, shootouts and knockouts, full ring and shorthanded games, and everything in between, the real decision is which events suit your tastes the best. For those who like to make important decisions on a regular basis throughout their tournaments, Event #75 was the perfect prescription.

A $5.50 No-Limit Hold'em tourney, Event #75 was played 6-max with the Big Antes structure and 10-minute levels, meaning there was more money on the line in every pot, fewer players to contend with, and plenty of hands per blind level compared with a regular structure. That combination of three big action-inducing factors was enticing enough to attract a field of 10,020 players, setting up a $50,100 prize pool to be split among the top 1,350 finishers and a scheduled first-place prize of $7,270.55.

The blinds and antes were up to 150K/300K/60K as these six players began the final table:

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Seat 1: 2012pzdc (6,152,109 in chips)
Seat 2: plokmijntje (2,926,326 in chips)
Seat 3: Sivyi (8,902,839 in chips)
Seat 4: cafu555 (7,722,201 in chips)
Seat 5: Dr.Jointtt (18,443,820 in chips)
Seat 6: vcezar (5,952,705 in chips)

Three quick knockouts

The third hand of the final table saw its first flop after Russia's 2012pzdc opened for a minimum raise to 600K in the cutoff and cafu555 from Cyprus called in the big blind to bring a 5♠ 2♠ A♠ flop. cafu555 check-raised 2012pzdc's 300K bet to 789K, then called the Russian's re-raise to 1.27M to bring the A♣ on the turn. cafu555 again went for the check-raise, this time from 2012pzdc's 900K to 2.1M, and called quickly with just 10K left behind when the Russian player moved all-in for 5.6M. 2012pzdc showed K♠ Q♠ for the flopped flush, but cafu555 held 5♦ 5♣ for the turned full house to win the 15.5M-chip pot and eliminate 2012pzdc in 6th place ($702.40).

Hand #9 got plokmijntje into the action for the first time. The Dutch player opened the betting from the cutoff with an all-in bet of 1.4M and A♥ T♠ in the hole. Russia's Sivyi called on the button with A♠ 6♠ and threatened to hit and inside straight once the flop came 5♦ 9♣7♥, but the turn and river came 7♠ J♠ and plokmijntje doubled to 3.7M.

Two hands later the same two players faced off in an even bigger pot. Sivyi opened the betting with a minimum raise to 600K under the gun and plokmijntje called in the big blind to see the flop come K♦ 5♥ J♦. The Dutch player check-raised Sivyi's 900K bet to 3M and all-in, holding A♦ 3♦ for the nut flush draw, and the Russian called with J♠ J♣ for 1.8M left behind and middle set. The 7♥ turn changed nothing but the 2♦ on the river completed the flush, giving plokmijntje the 7.6M-chip pot.

Sivyi picked up a hand worth moving with on Hand #12, catching A♥ J♥ in the big blind, and raised all-in after cafu555 opened under the gun for 999K. The player from Cyprus called with the dominating A♦ Q♥, neither player improved on the 9♠ 5♦ 4♣ 6♣ 2♠ board, and Sivyi left the tournament in 5th place ($1,002).

The action was barely underway again when the next confrontation took place. Now holding the big stack with 16.9M, cafu555 opened for 600K on the button on Hand #14 and made a quick call when Brazilian player vcezar jammed from 5.7M in the big blind. The button raise had been with K♣ K♥, which held up on the 8♥ 8♦ 6♦ 4♣ 3♥ board to beat vcezar's 9♣ 9♥ and send the Brazilian to the rail in 4th place ($2,004).

The real game begins

With 14 hands played and half the final table eliminated, the other half split the chips like so:

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Seat 2: plokmijntje (8,615,304 in chips)
Seat 4: cafu555 (23,070,876 in chips)
Seat 5: Dr.Jointtt (18,413,820 in chips)

With the exception of a few blind steals and one pot won without showdown on the river by plokmijntje, most of the next 16 pots went to cafu555's stack as the other two players avoided a clash with the aggressive big stack. But on Hand #31 cafu555 raised the minimum to 800K from the small blind and Dr.Jointtt jammed for 14.7M, putting the leader to the test. cafu555 didn't take long to call with A♥ T♣ and 10.1M chips left behind, but Dr.Jointtt's A♠ K♣ was ahead and stayed there as the board came down Q♥ 6♦ 3♦ 2♥ K♦.

That 29.7M-chip pot moved Dr.Jointtt back into the chip lead and cafu555 into a virtual tie for second place with 10.2M apiece. With some minor fluctuations, that balance held for the next 38 hands as the majority of the pots were won without seeing a flop. Finally, on Hand #70, cafu555 and plokmijntje ran into one another in a crucial coin flip:

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Flopping the set and dodging the open-ended straight draw there boosted plokmijntje to 18.7M and left cafu555 with a stack worth less than five big blinds. The player from Cyprus was able to double to six big blinds with A♦ 9♣ against Dr.Jointtt's A♠ 8♣ on Hand #73, and again to 6.1M on Hand #81 with K♥ T♦ against plokmijntje's Q♠ J♣. But when Hand #105 rolled around and cafu555 got in ahead with A♦ K♥, things didn't go as well. plokmijntje called with A♣ J♠ and hit top pair on the river of a 9♦ 4♦ 3♦ 5♣ J♥ board, ending cafu555's run in 3rd place ($3,507).

A deal and a duel

Blinds and antes were 250K/500K/100K as heads-up play began:

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Seat 2: plokmijntje (18,944,112 in chips)
Seat 5: Dr.Jointtt (31,155,888 in chips)

It took just a few hands for the two players to look at the numbers for a deal. After some haggling they settled on a deal that gave plokmijntje $5,600, Dr.Jointtt $6,180.55, and the winner an extra $500. They split the next 10 pots evenly before Dr.Jointtt rattled off seven wins in a row, folded two in a row before the flop, and then won another nine consecutive pots. With that run the Polish player moved into a 38.8M-to-11.2M lead. plokmijntje began to fight back but had to make headway a few blinds at a time as Dr.Jointtt remained aggressive.

Hand #159 saw plokmijntje get in ahead with J♣ J♠ and have it hold up against Dr.Jointtt's 3♣ 3♥ but was only able to get back to 15.4M as a result. Finally Hand #165 arrived and plokmijntje called Dr.Jointtt's raise to 1.4M to see an 8♥ 4♦ 7♦ flop. Plokmijntje checked and then raised Dr.Jointtt's 2.9M-chip bet to 6.6M, then called all-in for another 4.9M when Dr.Jointtt moved all-in. plokmijntje was ahead with 9♥ 8♣ for a pair of eights, but only until the turn paired Dr.Jointtt's Q♦ T♦ up with the T♣. There were still outs to a straight or three of a kind for the Dutch player going to the river, but the T♥ came instead and brought the tournament to a close.

This event was yet another major victory for the players at the end of a MicroMillions tournament. Second place was good for a $5,600 share of the heads-up deal, setting the new mark for plokmijntje's career-high cash. The extra $500 for the win brought Dr.Jointtt's total score for the tourney to $6,680.55, also a new career high. Congratulations to both of them and good luck as they navigate through the final weekend of MicroMillions 7.

MicroMillions-075: $5.50 No-Limit Hold'em (6-max, Big Antes)
Entrants: 10,020
Prize pool: $50,100
Places paid: 1,350

1. Dr.Jointtt (Poland) $6,680.55*
2. plokmijntje (Netherlands) $5,600*
3. cafu555 (Cyprus) $3,507
4. vcezar (Brazil) $2,004
5. Sivyi (Russia) $1,002
6. 2012pzdc (Russia) $702.40
* - denotes results of a heads-up deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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