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)

Everybody double!

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).

Tumbling dice

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.

azFTPegyszar: deal?
jacksonroble: no way
azFTPegyszar: ok
azFTPegyszar: gl

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)]
Entrants: 5,943
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.

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