MicroMillions 4: Ges26 crowned MicroMillions 4 Main Event champion!
This was it. The big one! After 99 incredible events where we've seen countless stories of players turning their tiny investments into four and five figure returns, this was the ultimate rags-to-riches opportunity. This was truly life-changing. This was the MicroMillions 4 Main Event. Tens upon tens of thousands would enter, but only one would walk away champion. And after twelve and a half hours of blood, sweat and a few tears, it would be Ges26 from Belarus who would claim the top prize and the title of MicroMillions 4 Main Event champion.
The MicroMillions 4 Main Event dangled the carrot of a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and at least $150,000 for first place. But as we've seen throughout this entire series, the guarantees were once again easily surpassed. A mammoth field of 68,081 ponied up $22 each for the big dance, to create a staggering $1,361,620 prize pool. The top 9,090 players would finish in profit with first place slated to receive $167,541.13. Yep, all that bling for just twenty bucks!
Many players took advantage of the three-hour late registration period, with half of the field already eliminated by the time registration was closed off.
Two hours later and the money was reached. A min-cash was worth $54.46 along with the achievement of cashing in the MicroMillions Main Event. Sadly someone had to bubble and that dubious honour went to higurian from the Czech Republic who fell in 9,091st place.
There were many Team PokerStars Pros in the field in this event and they enjoyed varying degrees of success.
Lex Veldhuis, Nacho Barbero, Martin Hrubý, Max Lykov, Marcel Luske, Kevin Thurman, Henrique Pinho all finished in the top third of the field, but failed to reach the money while Adrienne Rowsome (5,455th - $68.08), Caio Pessagno (4,317th - $68.08), George Danzer (2,123rd - $95.31) and Victor Ramdin (1,833rd - $95.31) ended their tournament with a little profit.
However the last longer award went to Team Online's Shane Schleger who was the only red spade in the top 1,000 finishers. Schleger bowed out in 884th place for $149.77.
At the ten hour mark there were still seven tables in action with professional mid-stakes grinder Jason "Appst08" Brauda holding the chip lead over the final 60 players. Beningo from Austria and teqqen from Russia rounded out the top three stacks, each with around 30 million. With the blinds at 400k/800k/100k, that represented a stack of just under 40 big blinds.
After a tick over eleven hours of play we saw sublimoviccc and mayrogata go to battle on a flop of 2♥J♠3♥. mayrogata moved all in with 4♥4♠ and sublimoviccc made the call with T♥9♥ for a flush draw to go with a couple of overcards to the fours. The turn was the 5♣ and river the A♣ to leave sublimoviccc with just ten-high and eliminated in 10th place as our MicroMillions Main Event final table was formed:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: Talitha5 (56,539,657 in chips)
Seat 2: Jason "appst08" Brauda (58,505,652 in chips)
Seat 3: stowjon (36,222,256 in chips)
Seat 4: mayrogata (86,948,039 in chips)
Seat 5: RhoNin9 (63,638,136 in chips)
Seat 6: viny11viny (128,803,006 in chips)
Seat 7: Beningo (59,625,615 in chips)
Seat 8: Ges26 (94,451,033 in chips)
Seat 9: texbookstu (96,076,606 in chips)
Two of our chip leaders from a few hours earlier had reached the final table but it was viny11viny who held the chip lead with the final table blinds kicking off at 1M/2M/250k.
However that lead didn't last long as texbookstu landed an early double up. viny11viny opened with a standard raise and texbookstu made the call in the big blind to see a flop of J♥T♥T♣. texbookstu checked and then check-raised but viny11viny wasn't done just yet, coming back with another re-raise as a huge pot unfolded. It was then unfortunate timing for texbookstu to be disconnected, but the time bank kicked it and allowed a reconnection in time for texbookstu to move all in. viny11viny made the call with J♦9♠ for top pair but texbookstu showed A♠T♠ for trip tens to have a stranglehold on the pot. The 6♦ turn and the 3♦ river saw texbookstu double to over 190 million and a commanding chip lead as viny11viny was back on the short stack.
At the next scheduled break, the first talks of a possible deal emerged in the chat box, which was to be expected with so much money up top. However getting nine players to even agree to click the deal button was a challenge in itself so, for the moment, it was game on.
Talitha5 would be first to crack with a mistimed three-bet shove from the small blind holding 2♣2♠. Ges26 had opened from the cutoff and had no hesitation in making the call with K♦K♣. The board ran out 9♥A♥T♣3♦T♠ to see Talitha5 collect $5,596.25 for 9th place.
appst08 landed a double up with A♦Q♦ against texbookstu's T♦T♥ when a couple of aces arrived on board, before the short-stacked stowjon made a stand:
stowjon caught top pair but RhoNin9 spiked a set on the river to eliminate stowjon in 8th place for $8,414.81 in prize money.
texbookstu was brought back to the pack as Beningo landed a big double up with A♠Q♠ proving too strong for A♥J♠ on the board of 3♣K♠A♣4♥Q♥.
viny11viny's fall from grace also continued with the one-time chip leader bundled out in 7th place. viny11viny was all in preflop and found two callers with plenty of action in the side pot between Beningo and Ges26. Beningo fired bets on all three streets with Ges26 calling the flop and turn before raising it up on the river on the board of 4♥8♣A♦Q♥J♥. Beningo let it go as Ges26 showed A♥T♥ for the nut flush which was too good for viny11viny's J♠8♥. viny11viny pocketed $13,929.37 for a fine tournament.
The six remaining players then agreed to take a look at the numbers. Both chip chop and ICM numbers were presented, but while some were happy with the deal, the big stacks of Ges26 and RhoNin9 wanted a bigger piece of the pie. With no one willing to budge, the cards were quickly back in the air.
mayrogata looked to try and steal the blinds, or land a double up, shoving from the button for around eight big blinds with A♠6♠. Beningo made the call in the big blind with 9♠9♣ which held through the board of 6♥3♣4♠T♥5♣.
mayrogata was crippled and all in moments later with both Ges26 and texbookstu calling in the blinds. The two live players checked down the board of 3♠2♣A♣7♣3♣ where texbookstu's J♥8♣ was the best club to take the pot as mayrogata mucked. mayrogata's great run was brought to an end in 6th place for $22,303.33.
The five remaining players then paused the clock once again to look at deal numbers. The blinds were at 2.5M/5M/625k with the chip counts as follows:
Seat 2: appst08 (94,756,304 in chips)
Seat 5: RhoNin9 (125,960,392 in chips)
Seat 7: Beningo (75,524,660 in chips)
Seat 8: Ges26 (305,368,490 in chips)
Seat 9: texbookstu (79,200,154 in chips)
The ICM numbers were looked at but again it was RhoNin9 who was least satisfied, demanding a six-figure pay day which was over $8,000 more than the presented numbers. After a bit of heavy discussion and some compromise from the short stacks, RhoNin9 got the $100k, a deal was struck and play resumed, with perhaps a touch of tension in the air.
texbookstu said, "rhonin ur muggy ****!!! squeezin few hundred riskin thousands!!!!!!!!"
RhoNin9 said, "keep it cool bro"
There was still $20,000 and the title to play for, but if texbookstu was annoyed by the deal negotiations, then what was about to unfold would drive texbookstu right off the deep end:
texbookstu was looking set for a huge double up with the pocket rockets but a devastating two-outer appeared on the river to send texbookstu crashing to the rail. texbookstu collected a post-deal total of $72,506.51 which was virtually double the original payouts for 5th place.
Ges26 was in control but RhoNin9 levelled the playing field a little with a double up holding A♦Q♦ against Ges26's A♣T♥.
Beningo looked to double up with the same hand, shoving with A♠Q♣ following an open from appst08, but appst08 wasn't going anywhere with A♣K♥ which held through the board of 3♥9♠6♠T♥3♣. A great run by Beningo netted $72,737.54 for 4th place.
RhoNin9's deal-making abilities paid off handsomely after being crippled and then eliminated a short time later in 3rd place. Ges26 opened with a min-raise from the button before appst08 three-bet from the small blind. The action was then with RhoNin9 who moved all in from the big blind. Ges26 quickly folded but appst08 had no hesitation in making the call with T♠T♦. RhoNin9 would need help with A♠5♠ but it didn't arrive on the 8♥7♦J♥6♦8♦ board.
RhoNin9 was left with just under six big blinds which were committed next hand from the small blind with A♠2♦. Ges26 made the call in the big blind with K♣3♣ and flopped a flush draw on the 6♣T♣6♦ flop. The 7♥ turn changed nothing but the K♥ river paired up Ges26 to collect the pot. RhoNin9's impressive tournament had earned a very nice $100,062.71 for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: appst08 (337,311,928 in chips)
Seat 8: Ges26 (343,498,072 in chips)
The final two players sat virtually dead even in chips with $20,000 and the title of MicroMillions 4 Main Event champion to play for.
The two players exchanged a couple of small pots, but despite being relatively deep-stacked, the contest was over on the ninth hand of heads-up play.
Ges26 opened with a button-raise which appst08 called to see a flop of 2♠T♣9♦. appst08 checked and then called the continuation bet as the T♠ repeated on the turn. Again the action was check, bet, call as the A♣ completed the board. appst08 checked for a third time and Ges26 went for the kill by moving all in. appst08 decided to make the call with K♠9♣ for two pair but Ges26 showed a monster 9♥9♠ for a full house to claim the pot and victory! A tremendous tournament by Jason "appst08" Brauda was brought undone at the final hurdle, with 2nd place worth $80,232.90.
Meanwhile Ges26 is the toast of Belarus! Ges26 was the chip leader when the deal was struck five-handed and went on to dominate the final table and seal the deal in impressive style. Ges26 receives $140,468.56 and the honour of the MicroMillions Main Event title. Congratulations!
MicroMillions 4 Event #98 Main Event Results
Prize pool: $1,361,620
Places paid: 9,090
1st Ges26 (Belarus) - $140,468.56*
2nd Jason "appst08" Brauda (Mexico) - $80,232.90*
3rd RhoNin9 (Germany) - $100,062.71*
4th Beningo (Austria) - $72,737.54*
5th texbookstu (United Kingdom) - $72,506.51*
6th mayrogata (Greece) - $22,303.33
7th viny11viny (Ukraine) - $13,929.37
8th stowjon (United Kingdom) - $8,414.81
9th Talitha5 (Netherlands) - $5,596.25
* denotes five-handed deal
Thanks to everyone for participating in another successful MicroMillions! Stay tuned to the PokerStars blog for details of the next MicroMillions series. In the meantime, head to the MicroMillions 4 home page to see the full statistics, coverage, leaderboards and much more from the series.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.