MicroMillions 8: LeFas71 races to victory in Event #43 ($3.30 NLHE 6-Max)
They say you have to win coin flips to win tournaments. There's no doubting that. But when a tournament comes down to the final two players, they are even in chips and a flop is spread that gives one player two pair and the other a straight and flush draw, well, the hand just plays itself. The chips are thrust into the middle with vigour, and it's all left to the fate of the poker Gods. It's an exciting way to decide a champion, but if there's ever a coin flip you want to win, it's the last one. This evening, the coin fell the way of LeFas71 from Greece who connected with the flush draw to land a thrilling victory.
It all went down in Event #43 of the MicroMillions 8 series which was a $3.30 No Limit Holdem 6-Max event. It attracted a field of 12,706 entrants with the prize pool swelling to $38,118 to easily surpass the advertised guarantee.
Tyler Frost was representing the red spade of PokerStars Team Online, but he was an early casualty as the top 1,650 players would finish in the money. A min-cash was worth $5.33 but that slipped through the grasp of Russia's Tungus who was our unlucky bubble.
Fresh off his runner-up finish in yesterday's Sunday Million for a over $150,000, PokerStars Team Online member Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara was back on the grind in the MicroMillions. Kihara couldn't quite match his efforts from the day before, but did cash in 704th place for $9.52.
When GS-85-GS ran king-nine into vb11011983's ace-king on a king-high flop on the final table bubble, the board bricked out to see our final table of six set as follows:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: GGGB.Smart (4,682,827 in chips)
Seat 2: LeFas71 (18,234,432 in chips)
Seat 3: faKKrg (10,718,131 in chips)
Seat 4: spizmans (5,671,295 in chips)
Seat 5: vb11011983 (15,634,543 in chips)
Seat 6: 72Please (8,588,772 in chips)
GGGB.Smart started the final table as the short stack but quickly set about changing that around. GGGB.Smart landed the first major blow, winning a battle of the blinds with ace-seven against LeFas71's queen-jack, and continued the momentum with the elimination of spizmans.
GGGB.Smart min-raised from under the gun and action passed to spizmans who moved all in with A♦J♣. GGGB.Smart made the call with 5♣5♦ and the race was on. The board blanked out 3♦T♥7♥8♦Q♦ to see the pair survive and remove spizmans in sixth place for a collect of $476.47.
GGGB.Smart continued with the aggression, raking in some healthy pots without showdown to take over the chip lead. However it all came crashing down to Earth just as quick.
An enormous pot between GGGB.Smart and LeFas71 would be a game-changer. The board was A♦K♣5♥2♠7♣ and the action got fierce on the turn with GGGB.Smart committing with A♠9♥ but LeFas71 showed up with A♣2♦ for a turned two pair to double through.
GGGB.Smart was back on the short stack, and still clearly reeling from the previous blow, made a move check-raising all in on a flop of 6♦6♠7♣ with an ambitious J♠9♠ for jack-high and some backdoor draws. vb11011983 was the opponent and made a quick call with A♣7♠ for top pair, top kicker. The turn was the 8♣ to give GGGB.Smart hope with an open-ender but the river bricked the 8♦ to see GGGB.Smart crash and burn in fifth place for $762.36.
The action didn't slow as faKKrg made a hyper-aggressive three-bet shove holding 5♣4♣ for just over twenty big blinds. LeFas71 was the preflop raisor with A♣Q♦ and made the call. The flop of 9♠A♦3♦ paired the ace but left hope for faKKrg with a gutshot, but the 9♣ turn and K♦ river completed the board. faKKrg was bounced out in fourth place for $1,465.25 in prize money.
The very next hand, the last three would become the final two.
From the small blind, 72Please moved all in for nearly fourteen big blinds holding A♦8♥. LeFas71 was in the big blind and was happy to take the coin flip with 2♠2♣. The race was on but it was a short-lived race as the 2♦2♥K♥ flop presented quad deuces! 72Please was drawing stone cold dead as the 7♥ turn and 9♦ completed the board. A great run by 72Please ended in third place for $2,572.96.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 2: LeFas71 (45,303,981 in chips)
Seat 5: vb11011983 (18,226,019 in chips)
LeFas71 held a comfortable chip lead, but the two quickly decided to pause the clock and take a look at a potential deal, but that's about as much agreeing as these two would do as they didn't even reach the point of looking at chip chop numbers.
LeFas71 said, "5000 me"
LeFas71 said, "4000 the other"
vb11011983 said, "no"
vb11011983 said, "play"
LeFas71 tried a couple more combinations of payouts before reminded by the host that $500 had to be put aside for the eventual champion.
LeFas71 said, "4500 me and 4061.88 my friend"
LeFas71 said, "my last suggestion"
It was a fair deal which was pretty much spot on a chip chop deal, but vb11011983 wasn't interested as the cards were launched back into the air.
vb11011983 would win four of the next five pots, but then LeFas71 went on a nice run, winning seven pots in succession to increase the advantage.
However vb11011983 wasn't going down without a fight. vb11011983 won a preflop race with pocket sixes flopping a set to double through LeFas71's ace-king, and a couple of healthy pots would see the stacks almost back to even.
That only seemed to spark LeFas71 into a new gear, with some added aggression raking in 19 of the next 25 pots to regain the advantage. vb11011983 pulled in a sizeable pot with an uncalled river bet on a board of A♦A♥Q♠4♣3♠ to close the gap once more before the final hand of the tournament would be dealt with the chips virtually dead level.
After a min-raise from vb11011983, LeFas71 made the call in the big blind to see an action flop of 5♠8♦9♦. LeFas71 checked and vb11011983 made the continuation bet. LeFas71 pulled out a check-raise but vb11011983 wasn't going anywhere, committing all of the chips into the middle. LeFas71 made the call with K♦6♦ for a monster draw with flush and straight possibilities as vb11011983 revealed 9♣8♠ for top two pair!
The turn was the Q♦ to give LeFas71 the flush, but it wasn't over yet, as vb11011983 had some outs to improve to a full house. It wasn't to be, as the 6♣ fell on the river in a thrilling finale to the tournament!
vb11011983 took home $3,716.50 for second place as LeFas71 won the MicroMillions title for Greece along with $5,345.38 in prize money. Congratulations!
MicroMillions-043: $3.30 No-Limit Holdem (6-Max)
Prize pool: $38,118.00
Places paid: 1,650
1. LeFas71 (Greece) $5,345.38
2. vb11011983 (Ukraine) $3,716.50
3. 72Please (Czech Republic) $2,572.96
4. faKKrg (Chile) $1,465.25
5. GGGB.Smart (Slovenia) $762.36
6. spizmans (Portugal) $476.47
There's over $5 million guaranteed across 100 different events during the MicroMillions 8 series which runs through until July 27th. Head to the MicroMillions 8 home page to see the full schedule as well as statistics, coverage, leaderboards and much more.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.