MicroMillions 6: maggiebrasil mows 'em down in Event #34 ($5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout])
From the moment the final table began, maggiebrasil wanted to make a deal. Off a $5.50 investment, the final six players were already guaranteed close to 1,000x their buy-in, but maggiebrasil was keen on locking up at least four figures. Freshs Crew wouldn't even discuss a six-handed deal and when he succumbed in fifth place, maggiebrasil tried to rally her opponents again. Unfortunately for maggiebrasil, ugnius25 picked that exact moment to hit his rush. Ugnius25 knocked out two more players and came into heads-up play with a 2 to 1 chip advantage over maggiebrasil. However, ugnius25 finally relented and agreed to a deal with maggiebrasil that split all but $400 of the remaining prize pool. That's when maggiebrasil hit her rush and charged to victory, earning her first MicroMillions title and $4,400.00.
7,776 players turned out for Event #34, creating a $38,880.00 prize pool. 1,296 places were paid with first place set to earn $5,059,08. Five Red Spades joined this field and two of them cashed, Matthias de Meulder (1,239th) and Martin Hruby (505th).
With the blinds up to 300/600 dmgs81 and AlaskanIce76 were the last to finish their heads-up battle. AlaskanIce76 had a 4 to 1 chip lead over dmgs81 when he open-shoved for 5,817. AlaskanIce76 called with A♣T♠, but lost the coin flip to dmgs81's pocket fives. Dmgs81 doubled to 11,784, but AlaskanIce76 got revenge two hands later. Dmgs81 open-shoved with A♠3♦ on the button and AlaskanIce76 called with A♥K♣ in the big blind. AlaskanIce76's dominating hand held up and he advanced to the final table while dmgs81 departed in seventh place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: maggiebrasil (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: znake77 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: Hakunamat14 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: AlaskanIce76 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: ugnius25 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: FreshsCrew (5,000 in chips)
Znake77, FreshsCrew flip out
Maggiebrasil got a huge boost when znake77 put his tournament life on the line with Q♦Q♥. All the money went in preflop with maggiebrasil making the three-bet shove with A♠K♥. The J♣T♠9♠ flop was great for znake77 but the A♣ hit the turn, pairing up maggiebrasil. Znake77 needed an eight or a king to win with a straight but got the 9♦ instead. Znake was eliminated in sixth place ($544.32), while maggiebrasil moved up to 11,420 in chips.
Maggiebrasil continued to chip up, reaching 14,000 in chips when she made aces up vs. FreshsCrew. FreshsCrew fell to only 1,800 in chips and with 3♠3♣ in the small blind, he three-bet shoved over Hakunamat14's 320-chip min-raise. Hakunamat14 called and turned over A♣6♣. A juicy 7♣5♠4♦ flop gave everyone a sweat as Hakunamat14 picked up an open-ended straight draw. The 8♠ turn filled it, just before the 3♦ river made FreshsCrew a set. Hakunamat14 raked in the pot and FreshsCrew hit the rail in fifth place, earning $972.00.
Ugnius25 takes the chip lead
Maggiebrasil remained in the chip lead as play turned four-handed, but ugnius25 was about to give her a run for her money. With the blinds up to 125/250, Ugnius25 opened of 500 and AlaskanIce76 called. AlaskanIce76 checked the Q♦9♣5♦ flop over to ugnius25, who bet 750. AlaskanIce76 called. Both players checked the 9♥ on the turn, but when the 7♥ hit the river, AlaskanIce76 led out for 2,250. Ugnius25 called and turned over A♣A♦ for aces and nines. AlaskanIce76 had nothing but a busted straight draw with T♣8♣ and ugnius25 moved up to 8,000 in chips.
Back down to only a bit above starting stack, AlaskanIce76 picked up A♦K♦ and three-bet to 1,250 pre flop. Initial min-raiser ugnius25 called and they saw a 8♥7♥7♦ flop. AlaskanIce76 bet 2,250, ugnius25 raised to 4,500 and AlaskanIce76 called off his remaining 1,714. Ugnius25's T♦T♠ held up on the 2♣ turn and the J♦ river, ending AlaskanIce76's run in fourth place ($1,749.60).
It means no worries...
With three players remaining, ugnius25 held the chip lead with 13,565, maggiebrasil was second with 10,355 and Hakunamat14 was the short stack with 6,080. It didn't take long before Hakunamat14 three-bet shoved pre flop with K♣T♠ and ugnius25 looked him up with A♣K♠. Ugnius25 kept the lead on the J♥4♣2♠ flop and hit the A♥ on the turn to make top pair. The river was the 2♦ and ugnius25 took down the pot with aces up, eliminating Hakunamat14 in third place ($2,721.60).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: maggiebrasil (9,640 in chips)
Seat 5: ugnius25 (20,360 in chips)
After pleading for a deal since the final table began, maggiebrasil finally got her wish when ugnius25 said he was willing to negotiate. Although ugnius25 had a substantial chip lead, he offered maggiebrasil a nearly even chop.
ugnius25: 4k for u rest i take it??
maggiebrasil: i agree 4k
The host came back with the following numbers, to which ugnius25 and maggiebrasil quickly agreed:
HostLuisN (Administrator): ugnius25:$4,352.68
HostLuisN (Administrator): maggiebrasil:$4,000.00
HostLuisN (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $400.00
Heads-up play took another 20 hands, maggiebrasil winning 60% of them. After chipping up to 12,660, maggiebrasil picked up J♣J♦ and moved all-in on a 9♥6♣4♥ flop. Ugnius25 called with K♦9♦ for top pair. Maggiebrasil's jacks held up, the turn and river falling the 5♠ and the A♦ to give her a double-up to 25,320.
Five hands later, maggiebrasil had all the chips in front of her, though it took quite a stroke of luck to get there. All-in with A♠4♠ against ugnius25's A♣9♦, maggiebrasil flopped aces and fours, filling up on the river to seal the deal:
Congratulations to maggiebrasil on her first MicroMillions title! She banked $4,400.00 for the win while runner-up ugnius25 earned $4,352.68.
MicroMillions-034: ($5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout]) results
Prize pool: $38,880.00
Places paid: 1,296
1. maggiebrasil (Brazil) $4,400.00*
2. ugnius25 (United Kingdom) $4,352.68*
3. Hakunamat14 (Portugal) $2,721,60
4. AlaskanIce76 (Germany) $1,740.60
5. FreshsCrew (Canada) $972.00
6. znake77 (Switzerland) $544.32
*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $400 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.