MicroMillions 6: TheManM is the comeback kid, scoring $126K in MM6 Main (Event #98: $22 NLHE Main Event)
After 11 days, 100 events, and more than $8 million in prize money awarded, the MicroMillions 6's grand finale took center stage today with the promise of a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and a $150,000 first-place prize. It's remarkable enough that such riches are contested every weekend in the Sunday Million, but in the MicroMillions Main Event, that six-figure payday comes off a mere $22 investment. The MicroMillions celebrates low-stakes players and puts the spotlight on them for a change as they spin up small fortunes from only a few dollars. It's no easy feat-- the fields are gargantuan and the competition heavy, but the incredible prize pools make the grind well worth it. And when it comes to the Main Event, it doesn't matter if you're a $1 sit-n-go grinder or a full-time pro. Any way you slice it, that first-place money is life-changing.
A 50,000-player turnout would meet the guarantee, but by the close of late registration 65,397 had bought in, pushing the prize pool up to a total of $1,307,940.00. 8,505 places were paid with $167,090.74 set aside for the winner. Second and third place would also take home six figures, fourth through seventh earned five figures, and the final three tables made over $1,000 off their $22 buy-in. Fifteen Red Spades were in the mix, including Marcel Luske, Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, Maxim Lykov and Richard Toth. Three finished in the money: Christian "el grillo" De Leon (7,227th), Lex Veldhuis (5,764th), and Andre Coimbra (1,647th).
With 11 players remaining, kabukiboy seized the chip lead when he doubled through gam020399, his pocket kings holding up against pocket nines. Gam020399 dropped from 130 million to 56 million and fell even further when Kogel Gees's A♥J♠ flopped a jack against his A♣K♠. Left with only 11.6 million, gam020399 went out in 11th place a few hands later. On the other table, ZAR84 left Sam Einauge on only 4.25 million when he made a flush against his top pair. However, Sam Einauge picked up A♥A♣ on the next deal, flopped top set and turned aces full to double through terabyte11. Moments later, Sam Einauge tripled to 31 million with a queen-high straight, knocking Drunkcupid below 5 million.
The blinds up to 3M/6M, ZAR84 open-shoved for 79.3 million from the cutoff with pocket threes and Drunkcupid called all-in from the small blind with A♥K♠. ZAR84 flopped two pair and rivered threes full of deuces, eliminating Drunkcupid on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: terabyte11 (25,046,811 in chips)
Seat 2: Sam Einauge (19,862,430 in chips)
Seat 3: kabukiboy (157,346,306 in chips)
Seat 4: Kogel Gees (131,406,575 in chips)
Seat 5: xuTpblu*25 (33,636,756 in chips)
Seat 6: Pozetivchik (42,240,848 in chips)
Seat 7: TheManM (77,306,307 in chips)
Seat 8: ZAR84 (133,085,110 in chips)
Seat 9: angelcartuja (34,038,857 in chips)
Kabukiboy eliminates xuTpblu*25
XuTpblu*25 was the final table's first casualty. The action folded to kabukiboy on the button and he min-raised to 12 million. XuTpblu*25 called from the big blind and moved all-in for 16.4 million on the A♥A♣K♥ flop. Kabukiboy snap-called, turning over A♠T♥ for trips, while xuTpblu*25 rolled over a bluff with T♦8♦. XuTpblu*25 did not improve, the turn and river falling the Q♠ and the 3♠ to eliminate him in ninth place ($5,584.90).
TheManM triples, takes the chip lead
Fireworks went off again on the very next deal. Sam Einauge open-shoved for 24.5 million from middle position, Kogel Gees called on the button and TheManM shoved for 68 million from the big blind. Kogel Gees called and the cards went on their backs.
Sam Einauge 9♠9♦
Kogel Gees A♦A♠
The A♣9♣4♣ flop was a doozy. Kogel Gees made top set, Sam Einauge made middle set and TheManM picked up the nut flush draw. The turn was a blank with the 5♦ but TheManM hit his flush on the river with the T♣. TheManM tripled to a tournament-leading 172.6 million, Kogel Gees fell to 71.8 million, and Sam Einauge was eliminated in eighth place, good for $8,383.89.
ZAR84 zaps Kogel Gees
Kogel Gees hung on until the 4M/8M level, when he open-shoved for his remaining 68.8 million. ZAR84 reshoved on the button, his T♣T♦ crushing Kogel Gees's 6♥6♠. ZAR84's hand held up, the board running out Q♠8♦2♥8♠4♣ to end Kogel Gees's run in seventh place ($13,903.40).
kabukiboy KOs two
Only two hands later, terabyte11 open-shoved for his last four big blinds. Kabukiboy called from the small blind and Pozetivchik called all-in for less from the big.
Kabukiboy's hot streak continued as he flopped a nine and turned a king to make two pair. Neither terabyte11 nor Pozetivchik caught him, the board finishing J♦9♦3♣K♣5♣. The shorter stack to start the hand, Pozetivchik was eliminated in sixth place ($22,248.05) while terabyte11 took fifth ($36,164.54).
angelcartuja eliminated by kabukiboy
As play turned four-handed, everyone's stacks were in nine-figure territory except angelcartuja, who had four big blinds remaining with 32.6 million. With the action folded to him in the small blind, ZAR84 shoved and angelcartuja called from the big, his A♠8♠ dominating ZAR84's Q♦8♦. Angelcartuja's hand held up and he doubled to 67 million.
However, angelcartuja couldn't make it two in a row. A few hands later, angelcartuja shoved from the small blind and kabukiboy called from the big. Angelcartuja's 7♣8♣ didn't catch kabukiboy's A♦4♥ and he went out in fourth place, good for a $55,652.84 score.
Chop it three ways!
Soon after angelcartuja's elimination, kabukiboy, TheManM, and ZAR84 agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:
ZAR84 - 299,771,996
kabukiboy - 225,860,530
TheManM - 128,337,474
Final table host Tyler "frosty012" Frost presented both ICM and chip count chop figures to the final three. While kabukiboy and TheManM were keen on an ICM deal, ZAR84 wanted to walk away with at least $130,000 locked up. Kabukiboy agreed to turn over $2,000 from his ICM share and TheManM offered up $452.08, leaving himself with an even $106,000. His total close to $129,000, ZAR84 opted to close the deal and both kabukiboy and TheManM agreed to the revised terms. With $20,000 still left to play for, cards went back in the air.
ZAR84 eliminated in third place
Three hands after action resumed, ZAR84 opened for a min-raise to 20 million on the button and kabukiboy shoved for over 212 million from the small blind. ZAR84 called, his 9♥9♣ racing with K♠J♥. Kabukiboy hit trip jacks on the J♠J♣7♠ flop and caught running tens on the turn and river to make a full house. Kabukiboy took a dominating chip lead with 438 million while ZAR84 sank to 87.6 million.
Three more hands passed before ZAR84 moved in on the button with 6♣7♦ and kabukiboy woke up with A♥Q♣ in the small blind. ZAR84 turned an open-ended straight draw, but kabukiboy rivered a winning pair of queens, the board running out K♠8♦2♥9♦Q♠. ZAR84 was eliminated in in third place, but thanks to the deal, took home the largest share of the prize pool at $128,842.57.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: kabukiboy (506,882,526 in chips)
Seat 7: TheManM (147,087,474 in chips)
Going into heads-up play, TheManM had his work cut out for him. Sporting a 3.4 to 1 chip defect, TheManM committed the rest of his chips with 2♣2♥, only to run into kabuki boy's 6♠6♣. However, TheManM still had a miracle left in him, the flop falling T♣4♣2♠ to make him a set. TheManM turned quads for good measure with the 2♦ and doubled to 294 million.
TheManM moved out to a slight chip lead when his T♣8♦ flopped top pair and he managed to extract 20 million on the river from kabukiboy. Then, on the next deal, TheManM and kabukiboy saw a 7♦5♠2♦ flop for 20 million apiece. Kabukiboy check-called another 20 million on the flop, but both players checked when the 6♥ came on the turn. The river was the 2♠ and kabukiboy check-called TheManM's 30 million bet. TheManM turned over A♠7♠ for two pair and kabukiboy mucked.
That pot left TheManM and kabukiboy nearly even in chips, less than 5 million separating them. TheManM turned up the aggression and won five of the next six pots, taking his chip count up to 452 million before the final hand unfolded.
All-in preflop, TheManM's Q♦J♣ trailed kabukiboy's A♣7♠. However, TheManM found two queens on the flop to make trips and take down the MicroMillions Main Event.
Congratulations to TheManM on winning the MicroMillions Main Event and making a life-changing $126,000 score. Kudos are also due to our very own wrecking ball kabukiboy, who banked $118,091.75 for his runner-up finish.
MicroMillions-098: $22 NL Hold'em Main Event
Prize pool: $1,307,940
Places paid: 8,505
1. TheManM (Brazil) $126,000*
2. kabukiboy (Romania) $118,091.75*
3. ZAR84 (Germany) $128,842.57*
4. angelcartuja (Colombia) $55,652.84
5. terabyte11 (India) $36,164.54
6. Pozetivchik (Ukraine) $22,248.05
7. Kogel Gees (Netherlands) $13,903.40
8. Sam Einauge (Germany) $8,383.89
9. xuTpblu*25 (Ukraine) $5,584.90
*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.