MicroMillions 5: No time for sharing, Tii-eex wins Event #4 ($5.50 Turbo Zoom)
The unused lottery ticket. To a gambler underneath that thin film of latex can lie "UP TO $100,000" as the top of the card may proclaim, is a chance that just maybe today is the day you pay off that student loan, car, or online shopping binge that ended with knowing the UPS deliveryman on a first name basis and a basement full of collectable Barbie dolls. Today's MicroMillions 5 - Event #4 NLHE Turbo Zoom format played quickly with 3,150 players from the 22,405 field finding a matching symbol on the scratchcard for a little bit of their $5.50 investment. It would be Tii-exx coming away with the grand prize, after a few stops for chop talks, the champ would claim the entire $11,214.16 first place prize.
A little after the fourth hour of play, the Zoom poker cover was lifted to reveal a "normal" poker tournament with three tables of nine players each looking up at that $11K sitting up top. The rapidly increasing blinds from the turbo format melted the first table in just over ten minutes after ses1984 got an unfortunate cooler. With the blinds at 125K/250K ante 31,250 ses1984 holding pocket kings K♣K♠ was happy for .3 seconds after seeing pioter93 shove 7.6 million chips from the big blind. The elation faded quickly as pioter93 turned up aces A♦A♥ and with a nine high 7♥ 3♣ 2♣ 9♦ 6♣ board the tournament was down to 18 players.
pioter93 continued the run towards the chip lead by quickly knocking out acees85 in 17th place ($229.65) after the tables broke down to two. But, the game would favor the bold and lucky from this point on as the tournament squeezed down to 14 players and a chip average of just 10 big blinds with five minute levels.
After kristjan803 landed a double knockout of LeandroCouti (13th place - $324.87) and Regenoman (14th place - $324.87), table 3087 had the top three stacks sitting back-to-back-to-back. Just three hands the tournament was down to hand-for-hand play and the difference of receiving $420.09 or a shot at $11K was in the balance. The dreaded bubble title would land on fredjoma. With the blinds at 500K/1MM ante 125K as an ultra shortstack in the big blind holding just 324,256 chips after paying the considerable dues, fredjoma called the hijack shove by Cazzazi with 6♠T♦. Cazzazi had a little better holding Q♥K♦ which turned into two pair on the T♣ 8♣ K♠ 5♦ Q♦ board to start up the final table below:
Seat 1: kristjan803 (18025207 in chips)
Seat 2: Expertdonk (10242302 in chips)
Seat 3: Tii-eex (23713193 in chips)
Seat 4: pioter93 (10755359 in chips)
Seat 5: JustFendi (18008957 in chips)
Seat 6: TY_4_UR_$USD (5549406 in chips)
Seat 7: GaryG32 (6728194 in chips)
Seat 8: $mtfaria$ (5846258 in chips)
Seat 9: Cazzazi (13156124 in chips)
All nine players would make it to the fifth hour break as a few tried to stir up some chop talks with shrinking chip stacks and blinds reaching new lofty heights. No answers to questions and all nine got right back into the action with blinds at 700K/1.4MM ante 175K.
UR $USD total is $672.15
On the third hand back from break TY_4_UR_$USD down to just 149,406 chips in the small blind called all-in with 5♦2♥ hoping to catch some break against GaryG32 basically freerolling from the big blind with 7♥9♦. A five on the flop would keep TY_4_UR_$USD in the tournament until the Q♣ 4♥ 5♥ Q♥ A♥ board ran out hearts giving GaryG32 the win and TY_4_UR_$USD collected $672.15 in ninth place.
Cazzazi catches some zzzz's
Still in the 700K/1.4MM ante 175K level Cazzazi tried to reel in some luck by pushing 6.3 million chips from early position holding a small ace 5♣A♥. The table would all fold to the chip leader JustFendi in the big blind with Q♦A♠ making no reservations about calling. The board complied with the big stack laying out a broadway straight K♥ T♦ 9♦ J♣ T♣ and shipping the sizable 14.7 million chip pot to JustFendi as Cazzazi claimed $1,008.22 in eighth place.
Go Leafs Go!
With the Toronto Maple Leafs avatar GaryG32 was trying to climb the chip ladder after falling to 6.5 million. With the blinds moving up to 800K/1.6MM ante 200K the one-time chip leader now micro stacked pioter93 would call into GaryG32's UTG shove for 266,077 chips. pioter93's 4♣A♠ would flop a four against GaryG32's T♠A♣, but a turned ten 4♠ 2♥ 5♦ T♥ J♦ sent the 5.6 million chip to the Leafs fan as pioter93's gamble ran out in seventh place ($1,573.95).
With the blinds up to 1MM/2MM ante 250K the need to gamble grew even more as most hands featured an all-in preflop, some with a call. This hand in the video below showed Tii-eex and kristjan803 attempting to play from post-flop poker as the two would see a 4♣ 2♠ 9♦ flop before committing their chips:
kristjan803's T♣4♥ caught a pair of fours and went with it, but Tii-eex was not letting go of pocket sixes 6♦6♠ as the rest of the 8♠ A♦ board did not help and kristjan803 locked up $2,240.50 in sixth place.
Expert shown the door
The name may be Expertdonk but despite the huge luck factor now employed it took massive skill to weave through a field of over the population of a medium-sized suburb. Just five hands after kristjan803's leave, and blinds moving up again to 1.25MM/2.5MM ante 312.5K Expertdonk would open shove from the cutoff for 17 million as Tii-eex was there with a call on the button holding pocket sixes 6♣6♠. The race was on against Expertdonk's big slick A♥K♥ and 39.3 million chips in the middle. The rivered ace did not even make Tii-eex flinch as the turn brought a straight 5♥ 7♣ 3♥ 4♠ A♦ earning the huge pot and leaving Expertdonk in fifth place ($3,360.75).
JustFendi plays a sad tune
Just two hands later as the blinds managed to stay level, JustFendi shoved from the cutoff for 14.5 million as $mtfaria$ also shoved for 18.9 million AND Tii-eex got into the mix overcalling everyone with the always threatening 4♦2♣. Pocket fours 4♣4♠ for JustFendi and pocket sevens 7♠7♥ for $mtfaria$ created a 53.7 million chip pot as Tii-eex's deuce-four did notch a pair but $mtfaria$'s sevens cleared the Q♠ 8♥ T♠ 2♦ 8♠ board to play a dirge for JustFendi's tournament life in fourth place ($4,481.00).
"Let's just play"
GaryG32 got low on chips, and went on a run at the right time as the Leafs fan went out for a smoke after getting down to heads-up play against Tii-eex. With the blinds still at 1.25MM/2.5MM ante 312.5K $mtfaria$'s big pot did not last long. Down to 20.4 million, $mtfaria$ shoved from the button holding A♣9♥ as Tii-eex felt lucky again in the small blind making the call with 6♣7♣. Tii-eex called for clubs and got clubs T♣ 9♦ Q♣ 5♣ A♦ making a flush by the turn to earn the 44.2 million chip pot and leaving $mtfaria$ out in third place ($5,601.25).
The fun ends but with great attitudes
While they could not agree on a chop, both GaryG32 and Tii-eex exhibited great sportsmanship no matter which way the cards came down knowing by this point that it was more about what hit versus a well-timed bluff to win the event. Or was it? After a rather lengthy 16 minute battle with the blinds up to 2MM/4MM ante 500K the tournament would be settled post-flop as the turn card came out 6♠ 5♥ 5♦ 7♠. Watch below to see who claimed the title and the entire $11,214.16:
With 25 million already in the middle, Tii-eex check-called the 31.8 million chip shove from GaryG32 holding trip fives 5♣Q♠ trapping GaryG32's Q♥9♥ and dead to an eight. T♣ river and Tii-eex wins the MicroMillion V Event #4 title and $11,214.16!
PokerStars MicroMillions 5 Event #4 $5.50 NLHE Turbo Zoom results (07-18-13):
Players entered: 22,405
Places paid: 3,150
1. Tii-eex (Netherlands) $11,214.16
2. GaryG32 (Canada) $8,324.57
3. $mtfaria$ (Brazil) $5,601.25
4. JustFendi (Netherlands) $4,481.00
5. Expertdonk (Denmark) $3,360.75
6. kristjan803 (Estonia) $2,240.50
7. pioter93 (Poland) $1,573.95
8. Cazzazi (Netherlands) $1,008.22
9. TY_4_UR_$USD (Denmark) $672.15
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David Aydt is a freelance contributor