MicroMillions 5: Slippery1989 slides into top spot, Event #55 ($2.20 NLHE)

This is what MicroMillions 5 is all about, giving anyone with two bucks lying around a chance to play a deep structure (5,000 starting stack, 10 minute blinds) tournament and the chance for a big payday. Event 55 had a guaranteed prizepool of $10,000 but this was doubled by the time the 9,891 registrants were done signing up through the first two hours of action. Beating out that many opponents would take some grit, and Slippery1989 had it, knocking out six of their eight fellow final tablists.

With 15 left the Australian was the first to cross the ten million chip mark. Since five stacks occupied the ten big blind danger zone, Slippery did considerable damage playing down to 9, getting as high as 18M when the second place stack had just 6M. The bubble definitely had some of the micro-warriors reticent to gamble as jromerolo showed a big fold of 3♠ 3♣ after putting in more than 10% of their stack preflop with 11 players left. Tigers67, on that same table, waited until their stack was below two big blinds before they pushed it into the middle.

The bubble burst during a brief hand for hand period where samer.pa got fed up with the aggression of Slippery1989 on a A♣ 4♠ 3♠ flop, check-raising the min-bet of the chip leader all-in with 6♥ 6♠, but running into A♦ 4♥. The aces up held and with that we had our final table.


Final table starting counts

125,000/250,000 blinds with a 31,250 ante

Seat 1: AvAssisi (6,225,021)
Seat 2: Mr.Sanja_man (3,367,428)
Seat 3: growinpoker (2,828,914)
Seat 4: A777IN (4,408,275)
Seat 5: jromerolo (1,818,984)
Seat 6: DutchPolicy (5,311,626)
Seat 7: Slippery1989 (18,531,243)
Seat 8: JKMatthews (438,894)
Seat 9: kabba78 (6,524,615)

JKMatthews was expected out in ninth, having entered the final with less than two big blinds, but they quickly survived two all-in confrontations with Slippery1989. Instead it was a confrontation between jromerolo and growinpoker that began with the latter opening in late position and the former moving all-in for their last five big blinds with 8♣ 8♦. growinpoker called with K♠ Q♠ and runner-runner'ed a full house on 2♣ 2♥ T♣ K♦ K♣, leaving jromerolo out in ninth. "No deal," growinpoker chatted to the table, their confidence boosted.

Watch your step

Slippery1989 called a button raise from A777IN in the big blind and check-raised the Q♥ J♣ 2♦ flop to 1.1M only to face an all-in shove for considerably more, 5.5M. After marinating on it for a period they called with Q♠ 4♠ but were in rough shape against the dominant Q♣ T♣ of A777IN. No matter, the 4♣ hit the turn and now the covered stack was looking for any club or ten to stay alive. The 9♠ completed the board and a nearly 13M chip coup went the way of the richest stack. Slippery1987 now covered the entire table combined and A777IN was out in eighth.

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Slippery Greensteins kabba78

"no thanx" was the simple chat from Slippery on inquiries regarding a deal. JKMatthews would have been "saying the same thing in your position Slippery!" Meanwhile kabba78 had ground down to their last two and a half big blinds, which they moved into the middle with 5♦ 9♦ over a Slippery1989 open from middle position. The chip leader had A♣ 8♥ but the board began 2♣ 7♥ 9♥ 3♠. As the subtitle suggests, however, the A♦ river had kabba78 hitting the showers in seventh.

Six-handed, blinds up to 200,000/400,000

No one had over 12 big blinds, which gave Slippery1989 the opportunity to put another gruesome beat on an opponent. The wrecking ball raised to 960,000 in early position with 3♠ 8♥ (you are reading correctly) only to have AvAssisi flat call on the button for about 40% of their remaining chips with A♥ Q♥. The flop fell 2♠ 5♣ 5♦ and Slipper1989 but the short stack all-in with a covering 1,800,000 chip bet, which was quickly called. AvAssisi was in great shape, but could not dodge the live cards of the executioner, when the 7♥ turned, and the 3♥ rivered. The German had found a good spot versus an extremely wide range, but had to settle for sixth place.

The blinds had caught up with everyone but the chip leader and that forced Mr.Sanja_man to move all-in from the small blind for 3,047,356 and growinpoker to call all-in for 1,970,796 total. In a surprising turn, both had real hands.

Mr.Sanja_man 9♣ 9♠
growinpoker T♣ K♦

Flop 6♣ J♣ T♦ A little something for Mr.Sanja_man and a lot for the at-risk player.

Turn 9♥ forget the backdoor straight, Mr.Sanja_man was in a hurry to get there. But any queen could undo the suck-out.

River 8♠ a four-straight appeared, but it was the wrong one for growinpoker who was eliminated in fifth.

The hand immediately after JKMatthews raised all-in for five big blinds first to act with A♦ J♣. They found themselves flipping against the 5♣ 5♦ of Slippery1989. The flop was in the chip-leader's wheelhouse, 8♣ 9♦ 6♥. The turn 7♥ still granted hope, but the Q♣ went the way of most cards at this table, and that was bad news for JKMatthews, who had done well to survive to fourth place.

There would be no deals with Slippery1989 holding a 10 to 1 to 1 chip lead heading into three-handed play and the pressure on the two remaining short stacks, DutchPolicy and Mr.Sanja_man was palatable. After a handful of orbits DutchPolicy moved all-in from the button with A♠ K♣ for ten big blinds, to get called by the 7♥ 7♦ of Slippery1989. The board ran out ten high and double paired and everyone's fate seemed predetermined by this point. DutchPolicy was out in third and Slippery1989 had a 23 to 1 chip lead beginning heads-up.

Mr.Sanja_man went all-in for their last nine big binds on the button with [Qs J♣ and Slippery1989 called with 9♥ 9♠. The flop came K♥ 5♥ 2♣, but the J♠ turned and it looked like a real duel for the title might be in store. Should Mr.Sanja_man get a hold of some chips and out of the short stack zone there would be some room for play given the blind increases and pace. The 9♣ river silenced all ruminations of such an event, a reminder that, when you're hot, you're hot. Slippery1989 was running white-hot and Mr.Sanja_man would have to content themselves with second place.

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Congratulations to Slippery1989 for one of the more dominant final table performances of MicroMillions 5, winning Event 55 and 2,916.27!

MicroMillions 5 Event #55: $2.20 NLHE Results:

9,891 entrants
$19,782 prize pool
1260 places paid

1. Slippery1989 (Australia) $2,916.27
2. Mr.Sanja_man (Belarus) $2,126.56
3. DutchPolicy (Netherlands) $1,483.65
4. JKMatthews (Australia) $989.10
5. growinpoker (Portugal) $791.28
6. AvAssisi (Germany) $593.46
7. kabba78 (Australia) $395.64
8. A777IN (Ukraine) $217.60
9. jromerolo (China) $153.31

Gareth Chantler is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars blog.

Gareth Chantler
@PokerStars in MicroMillions 5