MicroMillions 8: mentalasylum locks up victory in Event #63 ($5.50 NLHE)

Some events in the MicroMillions involve faster blind levels, rebuys or mixed games since variety really is the spice of life. Then there are ones like Event #63 that are good old fashioned simple tournaments, no frills, no gimmicks, just a standard full-ring tournament in as traditional a sense as possible.

In an event that took just under nine hours to complete, it was mentalasylum who locked up the biggest cash of all, picking up $4,134.52 to win the tournament. During the five-handed play, the Australian player had been the lone holdout on a deal and by the end it had clearly worked out in their favour.

The event saw a total of 5,267 players enter the $5.50 tournament, smashing the $15k guarantee to instead create a prizepool of $26,335. There were 675 places paid, each receiving a minimum of $8.95 for their efforts.

It was dimka1979 of Israel who was the unlucky bubble to the final table, raising all in from the big blind with A♦9♦ against toto-judo's small blind raise. The Ukrainian player held A♣J♣ and made the call and the jack-kicker made all the difference. This gave a final table as follows:


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Mantiss69 (2,655,426 in chips)
Seat 2: mentalasylum (2,119,704 in chips)
Seat 3: Xtens (4,691,335 in chips)
Seat 4: kautostars (4,511,257 in chips)
Seat 5: toto-judo (3,286,699 in chips)
Seat 6: Dclrtn_Of_Wr (2,721,920 in chips)
Seat 7: jackyblues (1,800,692 in chips)
Seat 8: AshModai90 (1,542,574 in chips)
Seat 9: 88Xin88 (2,755,393 in chips)

Blinds began at 50,000/100,000 with a 12,500 ante and AshModai90 was the first player to be eliminated, quickly getting dispatched by Mantiss69. In fact, it was the latter who made all the early running, building their stack to over the 12 million mark after getting Xtens to call all in on the turn of a 2♥7♠9♦5♠ board with 4♣4♥. Mantiss69 turned over J♦J♥ and the 9♥ river changed nothing to give the Australian player a huge chip lead.

The next exit happened barely a couple of hands later, jackyblues pushing for their last five big blinds over the top of mentalasylum's initial raise. The short stack was looking good for a double up with K♦K♣ against J♦T♥ but the poker gods had other ideas when the board ran out Q♥2♦T♠9♥8♦ to make mentalasylum a straight and leave just six players remaining.

At this point, 88Xin88 was the shortest stack remaining and at the 70,000/140,000 level (with a 17,500 ante) moved all in from the cutoff for just over 1.8 million in chips holding A♦3♦, mentalasylum made the call in the small blind with A♠J♠ and spiked another jack on the river for good measure to eliminate their second player in succession.

Action became fairly tight after this though toto-judo managed an important double up with K♣K♦ against Mantiss69's A♣Q♦. Discussions of a deal begin to take place, but mentalasylum was the lone holdout:

toto-judo: mental we are all ready to see numbers
mentalasylum: thank u no deal I wanna play it out
toto-judo: ok

Eventually, after the action continued to be cautious, Dclrtn_Of_Wr was crippled when they lost with A♥K♣ to kautostars' A♠8♠ after the Irish player spiked an eight on the river. Three hands later and Dclrtn_Of_Wr's remaining chips went from the small blind against an initial raise from mentalasylum. Mantiss69 made the call in the big blind, but then folded K♣J♥ when mentalasylum came back over the top. Dclrtn_Of_Wr showed K♦T♣ to mentalsylum's A♠K♠ and the board ran out Q♠T♠3♣6♦7♠ to make the new chip leader a flush.

Four-handed play saw the stacks relatively even as mentalasylum began to assert their chip lead, eventually Mantiss69 won a crucial coin flip with 6♣6♦ against toto-judo crippling the latter in the process. Eventually toto-judo would be eliminated holding Q♠8♣ in a blind on blind battle against Mantiss69's T♣T♦. Mantiss69 regained the chip lead as a result but it wasn't to last long. In a three-bet pot, all the chips went in on a 2♣A♦6♣ flop between Mantiss69 and mentalasylum with A♠3♦ and A♥J♠ respectively. The T♠ turn and 6♦ river ensured that mentalasylum's kicker played for a big double up.

Thins went from bad to worse for Mantiss69 when they were crippled after getting all their chips in on the turn of a 6♦4♥J♠T♦ board with T♣7♦ against kautostars A♠A♣. The 2♥ on the river left Mantiss69 with just five big blinds.

A few hands later and kautostars shoved from the small blind, Mantiss69 called all in with A♠4♣ but ran into their opponent's K♣3♣ when a three was spiked on the flop.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: mentalasylum (15,958,170 in chips)
Seat 4: kautostars (10,386,830 in chips)

The heads-up battle seemed fairly evenly matched and intensely aggressive, but despite the blinds only being 150,000/300,000 it wasn't too long before all the chips were in the middle. Of course, this would turn out to be a classic flip, mentalasylum's A♥7♥ against kautostars' 6♥6♠. The door card was an ace and mentalasylum locked up first place and a MicroMillions 8 title after the board ran out A♣K♥8♦9♥K♠. kautostars would have to be satisfied with $3,068.02 for their second place finish.


MicroMillions 8: Event #63 $5.50 NL Hold'em
Entrants: 5,267
Prize pool: $26,335
Places paid: 675

1. mentalasylum (Australia) $4,134.52
2. kautostars (Ireland) $3,068.02
3. Mantiss69 (Australia) $2,172.63
4. toto-judo (Ukraine) $1,487
5. Dclrtn_Of_Wr (United Kingdom) $1,119.23
6. 88Xin88 (Canada) $855.88
7. jackyblues (China) $592.53
8. Xtens (New Zealand) $329.18)
9. AshModai90 (Estonia) $210.68

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Chris Hall
@PokerStars in MicroMillions