MicroMillions 7: lepsOnn leaps onto victory in Event #61 ($8.80 NLHE)

There are plenty of opportunities to get fancy in the MicroMillions.

There are courchevel, crazy ante, hyper-turbo madness and badugi tournaments galore. Not Event #61 though, Event #61 was straight, old fashioned No-Limit Texas Hold'em.

For $8.80, players got a shot at MicroMillions glory and a grand prize of $11,401.10 this event. A total of 9,683 players gave it a shot but only 1,260 saw a return on their investment. lepsOnn saw the biggest return after the Dutch player defeated Imbastrol in a swingy heads-up match to take the title.

The quest to take the title started much earlier though, the tournament took nine hours and 47 minutes to complete. More than an hour of that time was spent at the final table.

The final table


Seat 1: rushist_boy - 15,725,734
Seat 2: personal - 3,364,844
Seat 3: osvaldocebad - 7,054,288
Seat 4: renechris - 2,814,100
Seat 5: Donald - 1,990,540
Seat 6: rubito-216 - 7,468,232
Seat 7: lepsOnn - 5,325,339
Seat 8: Imbastrol - 2,804,027
Seat 9: dragão58 - 1,867,896

A few of the shortstacks doubled up before one fell. dragão58 was the first player to go all-in and got three callers.

dragão58 had A♥K♠, hit an A♠ on the flop and quadrupled up to 7,096,584. dragão58 then used some of those chips to double up another player.

dragão58 raised to 600,000 from middle position and personal moved all-in for 3.5 million. dragão58 called with [10c][10h] and was behind personal's Q♣Q♠. The board ran 9♣J♣3♥J♠K♥ and personal doubled up 7.5 million while dragão58 dropped to 3.6 million.

Rapid fire

Then we lost one.

Donald moved all-in for 1.36 million from early position and rushist_boy called from the button.

It was another pair versus pair and Donald was on the wrong side of it. rushist_boy showed 9♦9♠ while Donald tabled 6♥6♠ for his tournament life.

The board brought no six for Donald and he was eliminated in 9th place, a finish worth $600.34.

Then dragão58 joined him.

dragão58 raised to 500,000 from early position and osvaldocebad called from the button. lepsOnn was in the big blind and moved all-in for 8.19 million. osvaldocebad folded and dragão58 called. Things looked good for dragão58 when he turned over A♣A♥ to lepsOnn's [10d][10c], but the 7♥J♦[10h] flop changed that. A J♠ and a 4♥ completed the board and dragão58 was out in 8th. For his final table performance, dragão58 won $852.10 while lepsOnn rose to 11.98 million.

osvaldocebad then saw his first flop at the final table. It was also his last. osvaldocebad moved all-in for 3.92 million from under-the-gun and rubito-21 re-shoved from the hijack. osvaldocebad turned over 3♠3♥ and was up against rubito-216's J♦J♥.

The board ran 4♠7♠Q♥8♥Q♦ and osvaldocebad was eliminated in 7th. osvaldocebad got $1,549.28 while the remaining players were guaranteed $2,323.92.

That went to personal.

Imbastrol raised to 800,000 from the hijack and personal moved all-in for 5.62 million. Action folded back to Imbastrol, who called all-in with 4.97 million.

personal: 6♦6♣
Imbastrol: [10h][10c]

There was a 9♣9♦Q♣8♣J♣ board and personal was down to just 669,464. He lost it all the next hand.

personal moved all-in and lepsOnn called from the big blind.

personal showed A♦7♥ for his tournament life and lepsOnn had him dominated with A♠Q♣.

The board ran A♣K♠6♦Q♠[10s] and the tournament was down to five players. For his 6th place finish, personal won $2,323.92.

Battle of the blinds

Then Imbastrol took a giant lead.

lepsOnn raised to 870,000 from the small blind and Imbastrol re-raised to 2 million from the big blind.

lepsOnn raised the stakes and moved all-in for 19.15 million. Imbastrol had 8.70 million and called all-in.

Imbastrol turned over A♥K♦ and had lepsOnn's A♦2♥ dominated. The K♠8♣[10c] flop gave Imbastrol a pair of kings and he doubled up to 21.64 million while lepsOnn dropped to 8.47 million.

A few hands later, the tournament lost another player and lepsOnn won a few chips back.

lepsOnn raised to 800,000 from the button and rushist_boy called from the big blind. The flop came 8♥7♣6♦ and rushist_boy moved all-in for 1.30 million. lepsOnn called and showed A♠6♣ to rushist_boy's A♥5♣.

rushist_boy was hoping for a straight but the turn and river brought a 3♥ and a K♦ instead. lepsOnn chipped up to 11.81 million while rushist_boy was eliminated in 5th place and earned $3,098.56.

Slow bleed

Our next finisher tried to hold on for as long as possible.

renechris had 4.2 million when play got four-handed and -- with 250,000/500,000 blinds anda 50,000 ante -- was quickly blinded and anted down to around 600,000.

lepsOnn called 500,000 from the button and Imbastrol did the same from the small blind. renechris was on the big blind and moved all-in for 590,700.

Both lepsOnn and Imbastrol called and the flop came 2♠7♣4♦. Both players checked and then checked again when the 8♦ came on the turn.

The river was a J♦ and Imbastrol put out a bet worth 1 million.

lepsOnn folded and Imbastrol showed J♥7♠ to renechris' A♠[10h]. renechris earned $3,873.20 for finishing 4th and we were down to three.

No deal

After a few hands of three-handed play, players agreed to check out numbers for a deal.

At the time, the counts were:

Imbastrol - 25,334,796
lepsOnn - 11,643,476
rubito-216 - 11,436,728

They PokerStars mega computer worked out ICM numbers and chip count numbers for players. For chip counts, the deal was:

HostKaloyanD (Administrator): Imbastrol:$9,529.76
HostKaloyanD (Administrator): lepsOnn:$7,519.44
HostKaloyanD (Administrator): rubito-216:$7,489.08
HostKaloyanD (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $1,000.00

And for ICM they were:

HostKaloyanD (Administrator): Imbastrol:$9,036.95
HostKaloyanD (Administrator): lepsOnn:$7,765.84
HostKaloyanD (Administrator): rubito-216:$7,735.49
HostKaloyanD (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $1,000.00

Then there was instant disagreement:

lepsOnn: i agree only icm
Imbastrol: i accept first option

rubito-216 added his contribution:

rubito-216: no ingles

The other two kept discussing:

Imbastrol: 9.5k for me and we have deal
lepsOnn: icm is fair bro
Imbastrol: ok so play
lepsOnn: if you lose 1 flip
lepsOnn: your short
lepsOnn: its alot of money
Imbastrol: i feel strong here
Imbastrol: so..
lepsOnn: ok so you wanna flip for 5 k?

There was no agreement and play continued.

rubito-216 raised to 1 million from the button and Imbastrol re-raised to 2 million from the big blind.

rubito-216 made it 4 million and Imbastrol called, bringing a 2♦K♣8♦ flop. rubito-216 bet 2.5 million and Imbastrol moved all-in.

rubito-216 called and showed K♥Q♣ for a pair of kings while Imbastrol tabled a set with 8♠8♥.

A 3♥ and a J♣ completed the board and rubito-216 was out in 3rd. For that finish, rubito-216 got $5,809.80.

Heads up

Imbastrol - 35,834,024
lepsOnn - 12,580,976

The lead changed hands a few times and then Imbastrol had lepsOnn on the ropes. With 7.81 million to Imbastrol's 40.51 million, lepsOnn moved all-in with 7♦5♥.

Imbastrol had him dominated with A♥5♣ but then the board came 7♠K♥[10c]4♠K♦. lepsOnn was saved and his fortune reversed.

Up to 15.82 million, lepsOnn won a small pot the following hand and doubled up again the hand after that.

lepsOnn raised to 1.6 million and Imbastrol called. The flop came [10d]Q♣4♦ and lepsOnn bet 1.6 million when checked to. Imbastrol the raised all-in and lepsOnn called.

Imbastrol showed a pair of tens with J♦[10h] while lepson had queens with Q♦8♣. lepsOnn improved to two pair when an 8♠ came on the turn and then a J♠ completed the board.

lepsOnn was up to 35.04 million while Imbastrol dipped to 13.38 million.

Then it ended.

A few hands later, lepsOnn moved all-in and Imbastrol called all-in with 12.80 million.

Imbastrol: K♠J♠
lepsOnn: A♦2♠

The final board of the tournament read 4♣8♣9♦2♣3♥ and Imbastrol was out in 2nd, earning $8,327.38. This made lepsOnn the newest MicroMillions champion, a title worth unlimited glory and $11,401.10.

MicroMillions-061: $8.80 No-Limit Hold'em
Entrants: 9,683
Prize pool: $77,464.00
Places paid: 1,260

1. lepsOnn (Netherlands) $11,401.10
2. Imbastrol (Poland) $8,327.38
3. rubito-216 (Argentina) $5,809.80
4. renechris (Denmark) $3,873.20
5. rushist_boy (Germany) $3,098.56
6. personal (Germany) $2,323.92
7. osvaldocebad (Argentina) $1,549.28
8. dragão58 (Portugal) $852.10
9. Donald (Norway) $600.34

That's it for Event #61 but there's still plenty of MicroMillions action left. Check out the MicroMillions homepage for more information on how to become the next MicroMillions victor.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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