MicroMillions 4: Triball22 chief of Event #22 ($11 NLHE Super Knockout)
Event #22 on the MicroMillions 4 schedule was another no-limit hold'em event, this time featuring a "Super Knockout" format that rewarded players for every opponent they could felt. It would take more than 11 hours for all of the bounties to be claimed, and in the end it was Triball22 of the Czech Republic grabbing the final ones to win the title and a $14,025.92 first prize following a three-way final table deal.
The tourney cost $11 to play -- a rare double-digit price tag for the MicroMillions. Of that $5.25 went into the regular prize pool, to be divided by the 3,960 top finishers, while another $5.25 went into the "bounty prize pool," thus representing the reward for knocking out an opponent. And with the regular cash prizes starting at $8.05 for the min-cashers, there were many players among those making the money who made more from bounties than for their finishes.
The overall guarantee for the event was $75,000, and with an enormous field of 30,674 participating that meant the overall prize pool (regular plus bounties) ended up a whopping $322,077 -- more than four times the guarantee!
First 30,656 bounties claimed
It took a little over three-and-a-half hours for the money bubble to burst, and with 3,960 players left Möller73, was atop the counts, with leczko having collected the most bounties by that point by eliminating 19 opponents.
A little past the five-hour mark they were down to 1,000 players, with a couple of the red-spade sporters having cashed -- Tyler "frosty012" Frost of Team Online (3,862nd, $8.05) and Team PokerStars Pro Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder (2,670th, $12.88). By then the vowel-shunning zzwwzzwwzz had pushed to the fore chip-wise while jaymaxwell had racked up a tourney-best 22 knockouts.
At seven-and-a-half hours just 100 were left, with the last two Team PokerStars Pros having hit the rail -- Toni Judet (657th, $43.48) and Caio "pessagno" Pessagno (432nd, $53.14). With 100 left helen954 had moved into first position while papychulo777 had felted the most players with 26.
From 18 to 9
Finally they were a little past the nine-hour break when just 18 remained, led by Mr.Komposter while paychulo777 (in eighth position) had managed to collect a few more bounties to push the leading total to 30.
Over the next 45 minutes they'd play down to a final table, with fra_kollarb (18th, plus 6 bounties), V_swindler (17th, 16 bounties), and kiswukk (16th, 14 bounties) collecting $322.07 plus bounty prizes; SergeyRusko (15th, 12 bounties), Heaven47 (14th, 10 bounties), and Alcymar (13th, 6 bounties) earning $454.12 in addition to the bounties; and Eetu100 (12th, 8 bounties), Möller73 (11th, 23 bounties), and papychulo777 (10th, 31 bounties) all making $587.79 plus $5.25 each per player eliminated.
Incidentally, with those 31 bounties (worth $162.75 altogether) paychulo777 was guaranteed to end the tourney with the most of anyone as no one left with chips had more than 20.
After a little under 10 hours, just nine were left.
Seat 1: Topmarks_Pip (United Kingdom) -- 19,542,589
Seat 2: Penze1 (Germany) -- 13,099,885
Seat 3: I Am Benjami (United Kingdom) -- 10,610,647
Seat 4: MiNhoCa33 (Brazil) -- 4,223,376
Seat 5: Triball22 (Czech Republic) -- 19,553,341
Seat 6: iswimafteru (Romania) -- 11,880,874
Seat 7: RomSer82 (Russia) -- 14,848,986
Seat 8: Mr.Komposter (Russia) -- 32,091,694
Seat 9: heczi (Hungary) -- 27,518,608
Three more bounties for Penze1 to start final table
It took about 20 minutes for the first elimination to occur at the final table.
With the blinds at 600k/1.2m, it folded around to Penze1 on the button who open-raised all in for more than 17.5 million, then it folded to MiNhoCa33 in the big blind. Already in for 1.2 million, MiNhoCa33 called all in for 1,146,752 more. Penze1 had A♦J♦ and MiNhoCa33 J♦8♠. The board ran out Q♥6♠Q♦T♣T♥, and MiNhoCa33 was out in ninth.
A few minutes later Penze1 was open-raising all in again, this time from the small blind, and I Am Benjami called from the big blind with a stack of 8,737,271.
Both had been dealt pocket pairs in the blinds, but Penze1's 6♣6♦ was better than I Am Benjami's 3♣3♠. The five community cards came A♦8♥A♥5♦T♥, and Penze1 had claimed another final table bounty as they were down to seven.
Amid ongoing chat regarding the possibility of pausing the tournament to talk about a deal, another orbit passed. Then with the blinds up to 700k/1.4m, Topmarks_Pip open-raised all in for 10,167,589 from the button, and it was Penze1 once more there in the small blind with an all-in reraise to isolate.
Topmarks_Pip's timing wasn't the greatest for the steal attempt, and after the board came T♠9♦2♠2♥4♥, Topmarks_Pip was out in seventh.
A bounty for Mr.Komposter, then another for Penze1
The blinds moved up to 800k/1.6m, then a hand arose in which Mr.Komposter raised to 3.3 million from under the gun and it folded around to RomSer82 in the big blind who reraise-shoved for 6,722,972. Mr.Komposter called the reraise, turning over A♣J♠ while RomSer82 showed K♣Q♣.
The flop came 9♦9♣A♠ to further Mr.Komposter's lead. The turn was the 2♦ and the river the Q♠, and RomSer82 was out in sixth.
They crossed the 10-and-a-half-hour mark, and with the blinds a whopping 1m/2m it was Penze1 pushing once again from under the gun, then iswimafteru called all in for 11,665,874 from the button. The blinds folded, Penze1 showed A♥2♣, and iswimafteru tabled A♣9♦.
Things appeared promising for iswimafteru following the 8♦6♥Q♦ flop. But the turn was the 2♥ to pair Penze1's deuce. The river was the 3♠, and iswimafteru was sunk in fifth.
Mr.Komposter's bounty goes to Triball22, and a deal follows
Soon thereafter Triball22 opened for 5 million (2x) from the button, then Mr.Komposter reraised all in for 23,206,054 from the small blind, forcing heczi to fold the BB. Triball22 made the call, however, showing A♦J♣ while Mr.Komposter had K♠Q♦.
The board brought five low cards, coming 5♦7♠2♦, then 3♣, then 4♠. Triball22 had ended the hand with a wheel, and Mr.Komposter's tourney run had ended in fourth.
With that bounty and big chunk of chips, Triball22 had pushed well in front with more than 90 million while the other two players both sat just below the 30 million-chip mark. That's when the tourney was finally paused for the final three players to talk about chopping up what was left of the regular prize pool.
Triball22 had 95,309,427, heczi 29,867,224, and Penze1 28,193,349. "Chip chop" numbers were produced (leaving $1,500 on the table), which if accepted would guarantee Triball22 $13,325.92, heczi $9,021.29, and Penze1 $8,911.19.
"i wont take less than 10k," immediately typed Penze1, and after some subsequent discussion it appeared no deal could be made. But after they played a couple more hands, they stopped things again and the other two conceded (almost) to Penze1's request, each giving up some to boost Penze1's guaranteed payout to just under $10K.
Play soon resumed.
Triball22 grabs the final bounties and top prize
The final three players reached the 11-hour break, then it would take but five minutes more for the last bounties to be claimed.
The blinds were up to 1.25m/2.5m. Penze1 opened for 5 million from the small blind and Triball22 called from the big blind. The flop came 9♥4♥3♣. Penze1 led for 4.5 million, Triball22 raised to 15 million, Penze1 pushed for 34,574,198, and Triball22 called.
Penze1 had Q♣Q♠ for an overpair while Triball22 had nines with T♣9♣. Then the turn brought the T♥ to give Triball22 two pair and the lead, and after the 5♥ river they were down to two.
Heads-up play began with Triball22 enjoying a more than 5-to-1 chip lead with 128,877,776 to the 24,492,224 of heczi.
They would play 20 hands, with heczi managing to double up once along the way. All in with K♠Q♦ against the A♠6♦ of Triball22, the board brought a king to push heczi up over 40 million. But the end would come shortly thereafter.
On the final hand, the blinds were still 1.25m/2.5m when heczi open-raised all in from the button for 44,296,948 and Triball22 called. heczi had Q♦8♥, but Triball22 had a made hand already with T♦T♥.
The flop then came 5♣T♠K♥ to improve Triball22 to a set, and after the 7♦ fell on the turn there was no river card that could save heczi.
Congratulations to Triball22 for topping a huge field of more than 30,000 to earn the latest MicroMillions title and an eye-popping $14K-plus return on the tourney's $11 investment.
MicroMillions 4 Event #22 ($11 NLHE Super Knockout) (*reflects three-way deal):
1st: Triball22 (Czech Republic) -- $14,025.92* (plus 24 bounties)
2nd: heczi (Hungary) -- $8,921.29* (plus 7 bounties)
3rd: Penze1 (Germany) -- $9,811.19* (plus 17 bounties)
4th: Mr.Komposter (Russia) -- $5,644.39 (plus 13 bounties)
5th: iswimafteru (Romania) -- $4,233.70 (plus 15 bounties)
6th: RomSer82 (Russia) -- $2,823.00 (plus 13 bounties)
7th: Topmarks_Pip (United Kingdom) -- $1,959.83 (plus 13 bounties)
8th: I Am Benjami (United Kingdom) -- $1,959.83 (plus 12 bounties)
9th: MiNhoCa33 (Brazil) -- $1,333.39 (plus 8 bounties)
Regular prize pool: $161,038.50
Bounty prize pool: $161,038.50
Places paid: 3,960
Tomorrow brings 10 more MicroMillions 4 events, with 75 of the 100 still to go. Check the MicroMillions site for all the details.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.