MicroMillions 4: douglinhas72 is the comeback kid in Event #21 ($3.30 PLO 6-Max Turbo)
When this final table kicked off, all signs pointed West. Arriving there with a comfortable chip lead, West-Poker-1 emerged as a one-man wrecking ball, knocking out four of his five remaining opponents in rapid succession. However, once he was heads-up with douglinhas72 (and with a 6.5 to 1 chip lead no less), a funny thing happened. Douglinhas72 doubled. And he doubled again. Suddenly that chip lead was a thing of the past and after a brief but bloody battle, douglinhas72 defied the odds to become our newest MicroMillions champion.
Event #21's game was 6-max turbo PLO, a gambler's paradise that drew 8,721 players to the virtual felt. The $26,163 prize pool easily exceeded the $15k guarantee and 1,140 players earned a share of it, with the champion set to bank $3,929.87. Flying the flag for the Red Spades were Team Online's Andre Coimbra, Tyler "frosty012" Frost, Roy "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin, and Shane "shaniac" Schleger, along with Team Pro Martin Hruby. Unfortunately, they went 0-5 when it came to cashing this event
The short stack with seven players remaining, jeanius opened for a pot-sized raise to 1.05 million and West-Poker-1 three-bet to 2.4 million. Jeanious committed the rest of his stack, revealing A♣Q♣J♠5♥; West-Poker-1 turned up T♦T♣8♦6♥. The Q♥8♣3♣ flop squarely hit jeanious, who flopped top pair and the nut flush draw. West-Poker-1 made only a pair of eights, but took a slight lead when he improved to eights and sixes on the 6♦ turn. Jeanious had 19 outs to a win on the river, but West-Poker-1 found the 6♠ to make sixes full and end jeanious' run on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: MwUninstall (4,429,922 in chips)
Seat 2: West-Poker-1 (13,528,008 in chips)
Seat 3: rwekriss (9,121,239 in chips)
Seat 4: FreeMan213 (8,947,414 in chips)
Seat 5: huli2 (3,462,689 in chips)
Seat 6: douglinhas72 (4,115,728 in chips)
West-Poker-1 KOs four in a row
FreeMan213 arrived at the final table third in chips, but ended up being the first to depart. With the blinds up to 200,000/400,000, West-Poker-1 opened for 800,000 in the cutoff and FreeMan213 three-bet to 2.8 million with A♥A♦Q♥2♦ in the small blind. West-Poker-1 called and they saw a T♥4♥2♣ flop. FreeMan213 moved all-in for 4.8 million and West-Poker-1 called, having flopped top pair with T♣8♣5♦5♠. Nearly a 4 to 1 dog against FreeMan213's overpair and nut flush draw, West-Poker-1 again found the grace of the poker gods on the turn, hitting the 5♣ to make a set. The river cooperated as well, the 4♠ falling to make him fives full. West-Poker-1 moved up to 23.2 million in chips and FreeMan213 hit the rail in sixth place, earning $392.44 for his efforts.
Moments later, huli2 put the last of his chips in on a K♣9♣3♥ flop. West-Poker-1 called, this time a solid favorite with a set of nines against huli2's A♣K♦J♠J♦. Huli2 did not improve, the turn and river falling the Q♠ and the 7♣ to send him home in fifth place with $588.66.
West-Poker-1's next victim was MwUninstall. Holding A♥J♦J♠7♣, MwUninstall got his last 6.5 big blinds in preflop, only to have West-Poker-1 wake up with K♣K♠T♦7♥ in the small blind. West-Poker-1 made kings up on the 4♣3♥2♣8♠4♦ board, eliminating MwUninstall in fourth.
As three-handed play commenced, West-Poker-1 was up to 30.2 million, while rwekriss and douglnhas72 held 6.7 million apiece. West-Poker-1 chipped up to 33 million before rwekriss picked up A♥A♦T♣2♦ and called West-Poker-1's three-bet shove. West-Poker-1 trailed preflop with K♦9♣6♠2♠, but flopped nines and sixes to crack rwekriss's aces. For third place, rwekriss picked up $1,896.81.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: West-Poker-1 (37,769,272 in chips)
Seat 6: douglinhas72 (5,835,728 in chips)
West-Poker-1 took a 6.5 to 1 chip lead into heads-up play, but douglinhas72 wasn't about to go quietly. He doubled to 11 million on the second hand of their match, his A♣A♥Q♦T♥ making a set of aces against West-Poker-1's 5♦5♣3♦3♠. Minutes later, douglinhas72 doubled again, the rest of his chips going in on the turn with jacks up against West-Poker-1's pair of nines:
Suddenly, only 500,000 separated these two. West-Poker-1 responded by claiming a few small pots to move up to 26.6 million, but only a few hands later lost the chip lead for the first time at this final table. Dealt A♣6♦4♣3♣, West-Poker-1 limped the button, then called a 2.4 million raise from douglinhas72. Both players checked the T♣8♣7♦ flop. West-Poker-1 fired at the 9♠ turn with a combo draw and the 8♠ river having missed, but douglinhas72 called him down, revealing A♠A♥Q♠9♣ for aces up. Douglinhas72 raked in the 19.2 million pot and moved up to 26.5 million while West-Poker-1 sank to 17 million.
Four hands later, it was all over. West-Poker-1 put the rest of his chips in on the flop with an open-ended straight draw, but didn't improve against douglinhas72's top two pair:
Congratulations to douglinhas72 on a remarkable come-from-behind victory. He picked up $3,929.87 for the win, while runner-up West-Poker-1 earned $2,692.17.
PokerStars MicroMillions 4 Event #21 ($3.30 PLO 6-Max Turbo) results
Places paid: 1,140
1. douglinhas72 (Brazil) $3,929.87
2. West-Poker-1 (Switzerland) $2,692.17
3. rwekriss (Germany) $1,896.81
4. MwUninstall (Russia) $1,111.92
5. huli2 (Bulgaria) $588.66
6. FreeMan213 (Czech Republic) $392.44
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Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.