MicroMillions 4: BelaLany banks $37k in Event #31 ($11 NLHE Sunday Storm Special)

What's a better feeling than winning a tournament? How about winning a tournament AND taking home more than first-place money? It's a rare feat, but BelaLany did just that, after beating out a stadium-sized field in Event #31 of the MicroMillions 4. This is the German's second tournament series title on PokerStars. BelaLany also won the 2010 World Blogger Championship of Online Poker (WBCOOP) Main Event, an encouraging footnote for all of us who write about the game.

This special edition of the Sunday Storm drew 46,386 players, the final prizepool topping out at $463,860. 5,967 places were paid with first place set to earn $36,027.01. Eighteen Red Spades made this event part of their Sunday grind including Andre Akkari, Matthias De Meulder, Fatima De Melo, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, Humberto Brenes, Victor Ramdin, and Richard "Tzen1" Veenman, who pulled double duty as final table host. Finishing in the money were Toni Judet (5,896th), Michael "DocMick" Keiner (5,255th), and Christophe De Meulder (4,424th).

On the final table bubble, Anonim 9999 had only another 1.2 million behind after posting the 700,000 big blind, and thankfully he woke up with a pretty decent hand. Cocoojones raised on the button with Q♥8♣ and Anonim 9999 called all-in with A♥7♥. The 6♣5♥4♦ flop brought Anonim 9999 an open-ended straight draw, but it was all over on the turn when the 7♠ fell. Cocoojones made an eight-high straight and Anonim 9999 hit the rail.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Vegasbaby28 (45,810,833 in chips)
Seat 2: cocoojones (62,171,350 in chips)
Seat 3: wallie66 (11,464,162 in chips)
Seat 4: Kapp0011 (24,731,533 in chips)
Seat 5: leijen (5,285,075 in chips)
Seat 6: altid3ens (1,928,722 in chips)
Seat 7: BelaLany (40,884,153 in chips)
Seat 8: gajoshkile (10,754,872 in chips)
Seat 9: kleyber (28,899,300 in chips)

Three down

With only 1.9 million in chips, altid3ens was lucky just to make it to the final table and on the second hand, he moved in from early position. Wallie66 called from the big blind, his A♠4♥ leading altid3ens's Q♥J♥. Altid3ens flopped an open-ended straight draw, but did not improve, the board running out T♥9♠5♦4♠T♣ to end his run in ninth place.

Three hands later, leijen picked up pocket fours in the small blind and three-bet shoved for 4.2 million. Initial raiser cocoojones called with Q♥7♦. Although leijen's fours held on the T♥T♣8♠ flop, cocoojones paired up on the turn when the Q♦ fell. The river blanked with the A♥ and leijen was out in eighth place.

One more orbit passed before Vegasbaby28 opened for a min-raise to 1.6 million and Kapp0011 decided to play it coy, flat-calling with J♠J♦. Action folded to gajoshkile in the big blind, who put the squeeze on and moved all-in with A♣T♠. Vegasbaby28 folded and Kapp0011 called. Kapp0011's move worked out and he made kings full on the K♠K♦4♣7♥K♥ board to eliminate gajoshkile in seventh.

cocoojones climbs, Kapp0011 whacks wallie66

At the top of the chip counts since long before the final table began, cocoojones furthered his lead when Kapp0011 bluffed into his top pair on a A♦6♥4♥ flop, then fired again when the A♠ hit the turn. The river was the 8♦ and cocoojones checked, leading Kapp0011 to fire a third bullet. Cocoojones called and revealed A♣2♣ to move up to 63 million.

Thus far, BelaLany hadn't made a big move, but with the action folded to him in the small blind, he opened for 2,012,558 with A♦T♥. Kleyber three-bet to 3.89 million from the big and they saw a J♣T♦2♥ flop. BelaLany check-called 4.1 million with middle pair and both players checked the 6♠ on the turn. The river was the 2♠ and BelaLany value bet his two pair, making it 6,845,112 to go. Kleyber paid him off and BelaLany raked in the 30.2 million pot, claiming nearly half of Kleyber's stack.

Kleyber sank to 15.3 million in chips, but wallie66 was still the shortest stack at the table with 6.06 million at 600K/1.2M blinds. Although wallie66 doubled through cocoojones when his pocket sixes held up against A♠7♥, he wasn't able to make it two in a row. With the action folded to him in the small blind, wallie66 found A♦4♠ and moved in, only to run into Kapp0011's A♠7♦ in the big blind. Kapp0011 flopped a seven and wallie66 was eliminated in sixth place.

BelaLany booms, Kapp0011 coolered

On the next hand, cocoojones opened for a min-raise to 2.4 million, BelaLany three-bet to 6,211,558 from the small blind and kleyber moved all-in for 14.9 million from the big. Cocoojones got out of the way and BelaLany called, his Q♥J♣ in bad shape against kleyber's J♠J♥. That all changed on the flop, a queen falling to reverse BelaLany's fortune. Although kleyber picked up a gutshot straight draw on the turn, the river blanked out and he exited in fifth place.

After little more than an orbit of four-handed play, a hand developed that would define the rest of the final table. Cocojones opened for 2.4 million from the cutoff, Kapp0011 smooth-called on the button and BelaLany three-bet to 7,564,112. Vegasbaby28 folded the big blind and cocoojones came back over the top for 16.2 million. Kapp0011 five-bet shoved for 27.6 million, BelaLany six-bet to 39,086,734, and cocoojones gave it up. It was the worst of the worst coolers, Kapp0011's K♠K♣ up against BelaLany's A♥A♠. Although the flop gave Kapp0011 a little bit of a sweat with a gutshot straight draw, BelaLany's aces flopped a set and held up, the board running out A♣Q♠J♣5♣8♦ to send Kapp0011 to the rail in fourth place.

Better than first

Immediately following Kapp0011's elimination, the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. BelaLany requested chip count chop numbers and final table host Richard "Tzen1" Veenman complied, presenting the following figures.

BelaLany: $31,020.78 (147,653,107 in chips)
cocoojones: $22,222.53 (55,026,060 in chips)
Vegasbaby28: $19,774.24 (29,250,833 in chips)
Left To Play for place 1: $6,000.00

Although these numbers would award BelaLany almost $1,000 more than the published first place should he go on to win, all parties quickly agreed to the deal.

Vegasbaby28 KOs cocoojones

Vegasbaby28 turned up the aggression once the action resumed, grinding his 29 million stack up to 77 million. However, most of those gains ended up with BelaLany when both players turned trips, but Vegasbaby28 lost the kicker war:

Vegasbaby28 slipped back to 50 million, but recovered on the very next hand. Dealt A♦6♦, Vegasbaby28 completed the small blind and cocoojones raised to 3.6 million from the big. Vegasbaby28 shoved for 50.5 million and cocoojones called all-in for 20.2 million, turning up K♠T♣. Vegasbaby28 made a pair of sixes on the turn and it was enough to send the onetime chip leader home in third place. However, thanks to the deal, cocoojones ended up with the second-largest share of the prize pool at $22,222.53.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 1: Vegasbaby28 (74,915,678 in chips)
Seat 7: BelaLany (157,014,322 in chips)

It took BelaLany less than ten minutes to finish off Vegasbaby28. A steady stream of aggression, including a stretch when he won 12 of 14 pots, took BelaLany's stack up to 194 million. Vegasbaby28 won back about 12 million, but lost it 10 of it back when BelaLany pushed him off a Q♥J♦5♣ flop with a 19.7 million raise.

The next hand ended up being the last. Vegasbaby28 four-bet shoved with J♥T♣ but couldn't push BelaLany off A♣Q♠.

Congratulations to BelaLany on winning a MicroMillions title and pulling off a rare feat-- taking home more than first-place money. BelaLany banked $37,020.78 for the win, while runner-up Vegasbaby28 earned $19,774.24.

PokerStars MicroMillions 4 Event #31 ($11 NLHE Sunday Storm Special) results

Players: 46,386
Prizepool: $463,860.00
Places paid: 5,967

1. BelaLany (Germany) $37,020.78*
2. Vegasbaby28 (Russia) $19,774.24*
3. cocoojones (Denmark) $22,222.53*
4. Kapp0011 (Germany) $13,572.54
5. kleyber (Brazil) $10,177.08
6. wallie66 (Netherlands) $6,790.91
7. gajoshklie (United Kingdom) $4,717.45
8. leijen (Netherlands) $3,209.91
9. altid3ens (Denmark) $1,883.27

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $6,000 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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