MicroMillions 6: jacksonroble reaps riches in Event #71 ($11 NLHE [Turbo, Super-Knockout])
So how, exactly does a Super-Knockout tournament transcend traditional format? Each player's buy-in is divided straight down the middle, half going to the main prize pool and the other half to the bounty pool. Knock out an opponent, win half your buy-in back. Knock out two and you're freerolling. Add a turbo structure with five-minute levels and it's little wonder Event #71 took less than five hours to play from its 5,943 entrants to a winner. The total prize pool reached $62,401.50, with $31,200.75 in the regular pool and the other $31,200.75 in the bounty pool. 765 places were paid with first place set to earn $4,883.52. Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind III was the lone Red Spade in the field, but made an early exit.
Blinds were up to 70,000/140,000 with ten players remaining. Action folded around to short stack edwardl0 in the small blind and he moved all-in for 1.26 million with K♠T♠. Digga990 called with 5♠5♣ and hit a set on the flop, ending edwardl0's run on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: julieta1000 (4,371,081 in chips)
Seat 2: dairkai (2,947,531 in chips)
Seat 3: jacksonroble (3,172,916 in chips)
Seat 4: Anon9292 (1,806,270 in chips)
Seat 5: azFTPegyszar (2,377,588 in chips)
Seat 6: digga990 (6,431,538 in chips)
Seat 7: gabortiz89 (1,214,788 in chips)
Seat 8: Muuuuun (4,392,567 in chips)
Seat 9: Stalskiy (3,000,721 in chips)
With the chip leader holding 40 big blinds and the short stack on only eight, chips flew around the table in the opening orbits. On Hand #6, azFTPegyszar doubled through jacksonroble when A♦K♦ held against A♥Q♥. Moments later, digga990 ran pocket jacks into gaboritz89's pocket kings, doubling him up to 2.8 million. Down to only 1.3 million, jacksonroble got a reprieve when his A♠8♥ held up against dairkai's J♥7♥, sending dairkai down to only 1.7 million. Dairkai picked up A♠A♣ a few hands later and three-bet shoved over Stalskiy's opening min-raise. Stalskiy called with K♥T♣, but dairkai flopped a set of aces and turned aces full of sixes to move up to 3.7 million. Anon9292 finally got his turn when the blinds moved up to 100,000/200,000, his pocket kings holding up against julieta1000's pocket deuces.
Dairkai KOs three in a row
His stack down to 1.7 million, Stalskiy found K♠T♠ and shoved from middle position, but dairkai was lying in wait with A♦A♠ in the hijack. Stalskiy flopped a ten but did not improve any further. Dairkai picked up another bounty as Stalskiy was eliminated in ninth place, earning $249.60.
Moments later, the action folded to julieta1000 in the small blind. She moved all-in for her last 5 BB with A♣Q♥ and dairkai called with T♣T♥ in the big. Dairkai's pair held up, the board running out K♦7♣5♥9♥8♦ to send julieta1000 to the rail in eighth place ($390.00).
Darkai took the chip lead with 10 million, but slipped a bit when he doubled up Muuuuun, his 6♣6♠ running into A♦A♥. On the very next deal, Anon9292 open-shoved for 1.9 million with pocket jacks and dairkai called with A♦K♦ a seven-high board gave Anon9292 a double up to 4.24 million while dairkai sunk to 6.8 million.
Three hands later, jacksonroble sent Anon9292 reeling when his 3♠3♦ won a flip vs. A♠J♦. Anon9292 was left with only 613,000-- little more than two big blinds. Anon9292 hung on for another orbit before putting in the last of his chips with A♠3♥. Dairkai's A♠J♠ held up and he made it three KOs in a row, ending Anon9292's run in seventh place ($702.01).
The field down to six, deal discussions brewed, but jacksonroble put the kibosh on them, saying he wished to play on. Their hopes for a chop dashed, the short stacks succumbed one by one. On a J♦T♥2♥ flop, gaboritz89 moved all-in for his last 1.6 million with 8♥T♦ and digga990 called, revealing K♥Q♥. Digga990 hit the Q♣ on the turn to take the lead and made Broadway with the river A♦. Gaboritz89 exited in sixth place, earning $1,014.02.
Five hands later, jacksonroble opened for a min-raise to 800,000 and Muuuuun moved in for 4.08 million from the small blind. Jacksonroble called, his J♠J♣ racing with A♠K♥. Jacksonroble's fishhooks hung on and Muuuuun hit the rail in fifth place ($1,326.03).
Two orbits later, digga990 limped in from the small blind and dairkai shoved 4.12 million from the big. Digga990's trap worked and he called, his K♦Q♣ dominating darikai's Q♠T♦. Dairkai did not improve on the 7♥4♠2♠3♥9♣ board and took fourth place, good for $1,762.84.
jacksonroble takes control
As play turned three-handed, digga990 led with 14.6 million, jacksonroble was second with 11.5 million and azFTPegyszar was the short stack with 3.6 million. The blinds up to 250,000/500,000, jacksonroble opened for a min0rise and digga990 shoved from the big blind. Jacksonroble called with A♦J♣ as digga990 turned up K♠K♥. Digga990's kings went down in flames when an ace hit the flop, the board finishing A♥T♠6♦7♣5♦. Digga990 was crippled to 2.4 million while jacksonroble's 22.6 million stack represented over 75% of the chips in play.
Moments later, azFTPegyszar shoved 3.94 million from the small blind and digga990 called off his last 1.5 million from the big. Digga990's 5♣9♣ did not improve against azFTPegyszar's K♦4♠ and he went out in third place, earning $2,574.06.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: jacksonroble (23,585,516 in chips)
Seat 5: azFTPegyszar (6,129,484 in chips)
With a huge chip advantage over azFTPgyszar, it seemed only a matter of time before jacksonroble closed it out. However, on the second hand of heads-up play, azFTPegyszar cracked jacksonroble's pocket aces with K♠5♣ when the board four-flushed.
With 11.6 million to jacksonroble's 18 million, azFTPegyszar proposed a deal, but was quickly shut down.
jacksonroble: no way
Jacksonroble's confidence was not unfounded and six hands later, he locked up the win. It took a bit of a cooler to get there, but jacksonroble's A♦Q♦ held up against azFTPegysar's A♥J♣.
Congratulations to jacksonroble on joining the ranks of MicroMillions champions! In addition to collecting 13 bounties, he banked $4,883.52 for the win. Kudos are also due to runner-up azFTPegyszar, who scored 14 knockouts and took home $3,634.88.
MicroMillions-071: [$11 NLHE (Turbo, Super-Knockout)]
Total prize pool: $62,401.50
Regular prize pool: $31,200.75
Bounty prize pool: $31,200.75
Places paid: 765
1. jacksonroble (Germany) $4,883.52 + 13 bounties
2. azFTPegyszar (Ireland) $3,634.88 + 14 bounties
3. digga990 (Germany) $2,574.06 + 16 bounties
4. dairkai (Argentina) $1,762.84 + 18 bounties
5. Muuuuun (Vietnam) $1,326.03 + 16 bounties
6. gaboritz89 (Colombia) $1,014.02 + 5 bounties
7. Anon9292 (United Kingdom) $702.01 + 10 bounties
8. julieta1000 (Argentina) $390.00 + 9 bounties
9. Stalskiy (Russia) $249.60 + 17 bounties
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.