MicroMillions 6: mr.thome adds another big title with Event #76 ($2.20 NLHE) victory

It is not always the size of the win that matters. Well, no one would push away collecting tens of or hundreds of thousands of dollars for winning a Sunday Major. But, the MicroMillions series is not about life-changing prizepools (except perhaps the Main Event coming on Sunday with its $1 million guarantee). This tournament series is about giving those players who make up the majority of rounders at PokerStars a shot at moving up a few blind levels or higher tournament buy-ins with a final table appearance. Take tonight's Event #76 with a $46,654.00 prize pool all from $2.20 buy-ins. Our champion tonight, Germany's mr.thome, could already claim chopping up the high stakes Super Tuesday and winning the Sunday 500 so the $4,247.51 chopped with fellow German schurik835 probably will not bounce mr.thome up another notch to the ultra high stakes tournaments. Instead high stakes player got to claim a big victory even if the reward seemed relatively small.

Player of the Series leaders quixote123 and kekec24 could not get out of the gate for this one finishing before the late registration was finished. With 26 free entries to the Sunday Million on the line and 24 events remaining include the huge Main Event with a million dollar guarantee for just twenty-two bucks we will be here to cover every tournament until number 100 on Sunday night.

Rounding out the ninth hour of play the 23,327 player field compacted into two table of nine. The players wasted no time getting to the final table as five players took a seat on the rail in just 15 minutes as the blinds crept up to 300K/600K ante 75K as the average stack hovered around nine million.

All lucky 13 players would make it to the hourly break after Shpocker survived an all-in against Supernova mr.thome. mr.thome is no stranger to big time tournaments having chopped the Super Tuesday in April for $74,456.59 and despite the setback, still held 8.2 million chips going into the break.

Shortly after the break, chip leader schurik835 would send fellow German Henk12345676 to the rail in 13th place ($135.29). On the next hand Freakman091 would escort $Armen$77777 off the table by turning a spade flush to overcome $Armen$77777's flopped top two pair ending the night in 12th place ($174.95).

After zeknolimit retained no chips it was on to a fairly short hand-for-hand stoppage before the final table. Four hands into the final table bubble with the blinds still at 300K/600K ante 75K 8TomAss9 would min-raise from the cutoff as chezz40 called all-in from the button for 704,003 holding a decent A♥Q♥. Flipping against 8TomAss9's pocket tens T♦T♦ the suited ace-queen would miss the river flush draw 7♠ K♥ K♣ 9♥ 5♠ to end the night in tenth place starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: Freakman091 (8170360 in chips)
Seat 2: schinkel1 (5063170 in chips)
Seat 3: 219037 (16311151 in chips)
Seat 4: Shpocker (10388800 in chips)
Seat 5: 2luckyy (7781517 in chips)
Seat 6: 8TomAss9 (7807643 in chips)
Seat 7: mr.thome (14452793 in chips)
Seat 8: schurik835 (24784682 in chips)
Seat 9: Läppermüh (21874884 in chips)

Opening the exit door

On the eighth hand of the final table with the blinds moving up 400K/800K ante 100K 8TomAss9 who knocked out chezz40 to start up the final table was all-in for 5.88 million after shoving from the middle position. Freakman091 would make the call from the big blind holding pocket sixes 6♠6♥. 8TomAss9's A♦8♣ actually picked up a few outs after Freakman091 hit a set on the 9♣6♦7♥ flop. However, the 13 million chip pot would head Freakman091's way after turning quads 6♣ and sending 8TomAss9 home in ninth place ($279.92).

Getting freaky

With four German players at the final table it was quite possible two countrypersons could be battling it out heads-up for the $4,680.66 sitting up top. With the blinds moving up again to 500K/1MM ante 125K the chip leader schurik835 would min-raise from middle position as Freakman091 holding pocket nines 9♣9♠ decided to make things more interesting with a shove for 13.4 million. Up to the challenge and holding 34 million chips behind, schurik835 made the call with big slick. Waiting until the river to deliver the bad news, 2♣ 7♠ T♦ Q♣ K♠ schurik835's rivered kings would knock the non-German Freakman091 out in eighth place ($419.88).

But I had two pair!

All-in preflop for a 7.6 million chip pot, Shpocker and Läppermüh would both notch two pair on the board. Check out whose two pair claimed the pot and which one claimed seventh place:

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Läppermüh's 5♣A♣ would catch the first two pair as Shpocker's 9♠T♣ took in two pair on the turn. But neither player filled up on the 5♥ A♠ T♠ 9♦ 3♦ river as Shpocket's lower two pair took home $655.48 in seventh place.

Almost got lucky

With the blinds up to 700K/1.4MM ante 175K 2luckyy did not mess around with pocket nines 9♠9♣ and shoved from the cutoff. Folded through the blinds to Läppermüh waiting impatiently in the big blind with pocket aces A♥A♠. 33.5 million chips in the middle and 2luckyy would flop four more outs 7♣ 5♠ 6♦ but whiff on the 4♦ turn and 2♥ river to finish in sixth place ($933.08).

mr.thome hits a home run

Perhaps mr.thome is a baseball fan and enjoyed the lumbering power hitter Jim Thome who bashed 612 home runs in his career, a few of which this writer got to see in person. Tonight however mr.thome would hit a different kind of home run late in the game. Just two hands after 2luckyy took off, mr.thome would limp in from the hijack seat as Läppermüh called and 219037 in the big blind. Q♥T♣2♦ flop and everyone called the 1.4 million chip bet from mr.thome. J♠ on the turn and 219037 woke up with a seven million chip bet. mr.thome however would shove for 9.3 million as 219037 called for slightly less holding a flopped two pair 2♠T♥. It was two pair versus two pair for a big pot again as mr.thome showed the higher turned two pair Q♦J♦. A 9♦ river settled the 27.8 million chip pot as mr.thome collected the tournament chips and 219037 collected $1,399.62 in fifth place.

A German will win tonight

All four of the Germans who entered tonight's MicroMillions 6 final table still had a chance to claim victory tonight. The first elimination of a countryperson would only take two hands. With the blinds still at 700K/1.4MM ante 175K shortstacked schinkel1 would call all-in for 1.25 million after a three-bet by mr.thome. Holding T♥K♥ schinkel1 needed some help against the mid-ace A♣8♠ of mr.thome. The 4♣ 2♦ 9♣ A♥ A♠ only got worse and worse for schinkel1 who would settle for $1,866.16 in fourth place.

Quickly moving into heads-up

As the blinds moved up to 800K/1.6MM ante 200K schurik835 and Läppermüh decided to gather their chips together into a massive 54.8 million chip preflop pot to see who would take on the experienced Supernova for the title. A flip for the chip lead as schurik835 showed A♦J♥ and Läppermüh revealed pocket eights 8♠8♦. The ace wasted no time to appear in the door A♥ 6♠ K♦ 3♣ 5♦ knocking off Läppermüh in third place ($2,332.70).

mr.thome has a point

Aside from chopping the Super Tuesday tournament, mr.thome would also drop the hint about a Sunday 500 victory claimed in October for $59K as the two players hashed out a deal leaving $400.00 to play for despite schurik835's sizable 83.6 million to 32.9 million chip lead.

schurik835 (Germany) $3,900.00
mr.thome (Germany) $3,847.51

Bashing home the win

Just a few minutes into the heads-up battle mr.thome would pull slightly ahead of schurik835 with a 59.1 million double up and never looked back. Four minutes later with the blinds up to 800K/1.6MM ante 200K both players liked the A♥ 8♦ J♦ flop enough to get 100.4 million chips into the middle. Who won? Check out the results below:

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schurik835 went for the shove bluff holding 7♦Q♠ but mr.thome was not letting go of the flopped two pair J♠8♥ riding it home for the win after the 7♣ turn and 3♣ river failed to catch for schurik835. The championship hat plus the extra $400.00 slid over to mr.thome who claimed the MicroMillions6 Event #76 title!

MicroMillions-076: $2.20 NLHE
Entrants: 23,327
Prize pool: $46,654.00
Places paid: 3,150

(* denotes part of two-way deal)

1. mr.thome (Germany) *$4,247.51
2. schurik835 (Germany) *$3,900.00
3. Läppermüh (Germany) $2,332.70
4. schinkel1 (Germany) $1,866.16
5. 219037 (Belarus) $1,399.62
6. 2luckyy (United Kingdom) $933.08
7. Shpocker (Ukraine) $655.48
8. Freakman091 (Russia) $419.88
9. 8TomAss9 (Slovenia) $279.92

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in MicroMillions 6