MicroMillions 6: thasian7 gets the money, ellinara1994 has the last laugh in Event #14 ($3.30+R NLHE)
Rebuy events at the micro limits are great fun. Splash around for a small investment, and run good for about eleven hours and you'll turn a few bucks into a potential five-figure score. However the only one to do that today was actually not our winner. thasian7 secured the biggest pay day, thanks to a big chip lead when a four-handed deal was done, with ellinara1994 winning bragging rights as the MicroMillions champion.
Event #14 of MicroMillions 6 was a $3.30 No Limit Holdem Rebuy event with a massive 10,652 players combining for 14,675 rebuys and another 7,381 add-ons to create an enormous prize pool of $98,124.00 to almost double the advertised guarantee.
The top 1,350 players would finish in the money with Russian Antony Ball the unlucky one to bubble in 1,351st place as everyone else had locked up at least $16.68.
As the players dropped away and the final table appraoched, it was Gizmey.777 who would fall in 10th place after running king-jack into thasian7's dominant ace-jack. The board bricked out to see our final table of nine set as follows:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: lovinlifetwo (7,344,410 in chips)
Seat 2: Vavan4ek (16,972,008 in chips)
Seat 3: max fugger (20,809,038 in chips)
Seat 4: ellinara1994 (39,785,261 in chips)
Seat 5: kSylokopos (9,056,950 in chips)
Seat 6: googs (29,871,801 in chips)
Seat 7: thasian7 (26,298,607 in chips)
Seat 8: billys_har (20,895,185 in chips)
Seat 9: dtbliveluck (10,959,240 in chips)
Rebuy events always produce some big stacks on the final table and this one was no exception with the blinds kicking off at 400k/800k/100k.
lovinlifetwo was the short stack entering the final table and looking to make a move. After an orbit had passed, lovinlifetwo found two picture cards and made a move:
lovinlifetwo's timing was astray running into pocket aces, before flopping two pair, only to watch as the turn and river gave kSylokopos a better two pair for a dramatic elimination. lovinlifetwo collected $686.86 for 9th place.
dtbliveluck was next to go. dtbliveluck three-bet shoved all in with A♠Q♣ with billys_har making the call with live cards holding K♠J♦. Those live cards struck gold when the board ran out K♣K♦A♣9♠T♦ to see dtbliveluck out in 8th place for a four-figure return of $1,079.36.
The very next hand would see seven become six as Vavan4ek was sent to the rail. From early position, Vavan4ek moved all in with K♥Q♦ but thasian7 was sitting in the big blind with A♣Q♠ and made the call. There were no surprises on the board of J♣9♥A♥Q♥2♠ leaving Vavan4ek to collect $1,962.48 for 7th place.
The action continued at a ferocious pace as two hands later we had another elimination. This time it was kSylokopos who moved all in with K♠A♣ with thasian7 making the call holding Q♣Q♦ in a classic coin flip. The board was a bare 4♦2♦5♣9♦J♠ to see the ladies hold true to send kSylokopos crashing to the rail in 6th place for $2,943.72.
thasian7 was into a big chip lead as the five players exchanged pots for several orbits. ellinara1994 broke the deadlock with a big double up with pocket jacks against thasian7's king-ten to bring the leader back to the pack a little.
However thasian7 would recover those chips with the elimination of billys_har. thasian7 min-raised before billys_har three-bet all in. thasian7 made the call with A♠J♦ to have billys_har in a world of hurt with A♥T♠. The board rolled off 4♠K♣9♠6♥5♥ to see billys_har take home $3,924.96 for 5th place.
max fugger said, "deal?"
ellinara1994 said, "lets see the numbers"
A hybrid deal was agreed to by the four remaining players with the chip leader thasian7 getting the lion's share with $1,000, and the title, left in the middle to play for.
max fugger was the short stack but flopped a set of sixes against googs' two pair to double up, before the slide of googs continued on the very next hand.
googs three-bet all in with A♦J♠ but thasian7 again had that pipped with A♠Q♦. The board was spread 4♣A♥7♠8♥A♣ with no help for googs to be sent to the exit in 4th place for a favourable deal amount of $9,000.00.
Three-handed can produce some high-pressure plays and it was max fugger first to crack. max fugger put in a three-bet and then called off most of his chips with an ambitious K♦7♦ with ellinara1994 tabling a legitimate monster with Q♥Q♣. The ladies were able to fade a king on the board of 6♦A♠5♣2♣8♥ to see max fugger crippled.
Next hand, with barely two big blinds, max fugger moved all in with 7♥9♠ from the small blind with ellinara1994 priced in from the big blind with T♥K♠. The board landed 5♣2♥2♣4♦Q♦ leaving king-high in front to see max fugger receive $7,000.00 for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: ellinara1994 (79,115,950 in chips)
Seat 7: thasian7 (102,876,550 in chips)
A small lead to thasian7 was switched around when ellinara1994 collected a nice early heads-up pot with two pair. It was an intense battle, with neither player giving away much and ellinara1994 slowly grinding ahead.
ellinara1994 continued to apply the pressure and thasian7 had to make a stand.
thasian7 opened with a min-raise before ellinara1994 moved all in. thasian7 had about twenty big blinds and made the call with A♣8♥ as ellinara1994 tabled an imaginative J♣6♦. The flop was a bare K♥2♦5♣ but the J♦ turn smacked ellinara1994 with a pair to take the lead.
ellinara1994 said, "bye"
A nice needle from ellinara1994 was a little premature before the river had even landed, but the 9♦ completed the board without incident. thasian7 collected the biggest pay day with a post-deal amount of $11,500.00 for a great tournament.
ellinara1994 may have had the last laugh, but the payout of $9,033.13 was almost five large short of the original payouts. Nevertheless, ellinara1994 is now a MicroMillions champion.
MicroMillions-014: $3.30+R NL Holdem
Entrants: 10,652 (14,675 rebuys, 7,381 add-ons)
Prize pool: $98,124.00
Places paid: 1,350
1st ellinara1994 (Greece) - $9,033.13*
2nd thasian7 (Romania) - $11,500.00*
3rd max fugger (Canada) - $7,000.00*
4th googs (Greece) - $9,000.00*
5th billys_har (Greece) - $3,924.96
6th kSylokopos - $2,943.72
7th Vavan4ek (Ukraine) - $1,962.48
8th dtbliveluck (Australia) - $1,079.36
9th lovinlifetwo (Canada) - $686.86
* Denotes four-handed deal
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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.