MicroMillions 5: berge9 bulldozes the final table in Event #28 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max)
Berge9 was the second-shortest stack going in to this final table, but ended up hitting a rush at the perfect time. Berge9 picked up pocket queens and strengthened his stack early, then crippled chip leader Sapsan_2011 with boat over boat to take a commanding lead. Berge9 rode that wave all the way to shore and captured his first MicroMillions title in Event #28 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max), and boosted his bankroll by more than $7,800.
11,875 players jumped in to Event #28, creating a $59,375 prize pool that smashed the $40K guarantee. 1,500 places were paid with first place set to earn $8,318.28.
Blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 on the final table bubble and OCAMbl4 was the shortest stack remaining with 3.56 million. After Crowley180 made a button raise to 537,500, OCAMbl4 pulled the trigger and moved all-in from the small blind, only to have cbkjjbenson reshove for 5.47 million from the big. Crowley180 bowed out and the cards went on their backs. OCAMBl4's 8♥8♣ had run headlong into K♠K♥, the board running out 7♠3♦2♦J♣4♣ to end his run in seventh place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: Sapsan_2011 (16,639,578 in chips)
Seat 2: cbkjjbenson (9,662,646 in chips)
Seat 3: algency (4,670,413 in chips)
Seat 4: berge9 (7,743,589 in chips)
Seat 5: crispokerrs (8,591,652 in chips)
Seat 6: Crowley180 (12,067,122 in chips)
berge9 boots algency
Chip leader Sapsan_2011 quickly went to work, calling algency's UTG raise with J♦8♦ in the small blind. Sapsan_2011 hit a boffo flop, 8♥8♠7♦ , and played it slow, check-calling 625,000 from algency. The turn came the 6♣ and Sapsan_2011 checked again, only this time algency checked behind. The river was the 5♠ and Sapsan_2011 led with a 1,067,625 value bet. Algency looked him up, only to muck in the face of Sapsan_2011's trip eights.
Algency was left with only 1.2 million. Two hands later, the action folded to him in the small blind and he shoved with T♣8♦. Berge9 called from the big blind with K♠9♠ and held up to eliminate algency in sixth place ($742.18).
After eliminating algency and picking up a 7.2 million pot with pocket queens, berge moved up to 11.9 million. Crowley180 asked if anyone wanted to discuss a deal, but before he could get a response, berge9 and Sapsan_2011 got involved in a massive pot. The two saw a T♥3♥3♣ flop for 500,000 apiece and Sapsan_2011 check-called 750,000. The turn came the 4♥ and Sapsan_2011 checked again. Berge9 bet 1,000,000 and Sapsan_2011 came in for a raise to 2,000,000. Berge9 called and the board double-paired with the T♦ on the river. Sapsan_2011 led out for 2.7 million, berge9 shoved for 8.6 million and Sapsan_2011 called, revealing A♥3♠ for threes full of tens. Unfortunately for him, berge9 had T♠5♦ for the nut boat and doubled to 24 million, leaving the onetime chip leader on only 1.1 million. Berge9 finished off Sapsan_2011 on the next deal, picking up Q♣Q♠ to crush his K♣7♦. For fifth place, Sapsan_2011 took home $1,187.50.
We have a deal!
The final four immediately agreed to pause the action and run some numbers. Here's a look at how they stacked up when deal negotiations began:
berge9 - 27,242,468
cbkjjbenson - 11,741,539
crispokerss - 11,611,371
Crowley180 - 8,779,622
Players requested both chip count chop and ICM numbers. After the figures were presented, runaway chip leader berge9 declared he would only agree to a chip count chop, leaving $800 on the table for the winner. With a small adjustment to give cbkjjbenson a slight pay boost, players agreed to the modified chip count chop and cards went back in the air.
On the second hand after action resumed, Crowley180 opened for 645,000 and berge9 moved all-in for 26.5 million. Crowley180 called off his remaining 8 million, his J♠T♦ racing with 9♣9♠. Berge9's pair held up, the board running out A♥8♠2♣6♣6♦ to send Crowley180 to the rail in fourth place. Thanks to the deal, Crowley180 banked $3,781.79
cbkjjbenson snaps off aces
The blinds were up to to 200,000/400,000 when crispokerrs picked up A♠A♥ UTG. He opened for a min-raise and cbkjjbenson three-bet to 1.8 million. Crispokerrs came back over the top for 2.8 million, cbkjjbenson shoved for 20.1 million and crispokerrs snap-called. Cbkjjbenson was in bad shape with 6♣6♦ but caught a miracle T♣9♥6♥ flop to snap off crispokerrs's aces. The turn and river blanked and crispokerrs was suddenly on the rail in third place, collecting $4,367.79.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: cbkjjbenson (29,090,410 in chips)
Seat 4: berge9 (30,284,590 in chips)
Cbkjjbenson and berge9 were almost dead even to start this heads-up match, but berge9 quickly took control. After chipping up to 38 million, berge9 snagged this 12.3 million pot and left cbkjjbenson on 14.7 million:
Cbkjjbenson wasn't going down without a fight and quickly reclaimed some chips. After raising berge9's button limp to 1.2 million and firing the flop and turn on a K♥7♦6♠2♦ board, cbkjjbenson slowed down and checked when the 9♥ came on the river. Berge9 bet 4 million and cbkjjbenson looked him up with 5♣7♣. Berge9's 6♦8♣ was no good and cbkjjbenson raked in the 16.9 million pot.
Cbkjjbenson was back up to 21.5 million, but berge9 struck right back. On a Q♥6♥6♣ flop, cbkjjbenson bet 1.2 million and berge9 called. The turn came the 6♠ and cbkjjbenson fired another 1.2 million. Berge9 raised to 2.8 million and cbkjjbenson called. Cbkjjbenson checked the 5♠ on the river, however, and berge9 bet 4.8 million.
"Q?" cbkjjbenson wondered before making the call. Sure enough, berge9 revealed Q♦3♠ for the full house and cbkjjbenson sunk to 11.3 million in chips.
Although cbkjjbenson chipped back up to 20.6 million, he was never able to fully recover. This match ended in a cooler, with berge9's pocket eights smashing cbkjjbenson's pocket sevens to lock up the win.
Congratulations to berge9 on winning a MicroMillions title! He banked $7,850.45 for the win while runner-up cbkjjbenson earned $4,490.12.
PokerStars MicroMillions 5 Event #28 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max) results
Places paid: 1,500
1. berge9 (Canada) $7,850.45*
2. cbkjjbenson (Germany) $4,490.12*
3. crispokerss (Brazil) $4,367.79*
4. Crowley180 (Canada) $3,781.79*
5. Sapsan_2011 (Russia) $1,187.50
6. algency (Lithuania) $742.18
*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $800 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.