MicroMillions II: Liska01 plays "Deal or No Deal" to dominate Event #21 ($3.30 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Turbo)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngEvent #21 of this MicroMillions II was the $3.30 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Turbo. The 8,103 entrants who bought in created just a bit of overlay on the $25,000 guaranteed prize pool. With about 1,000 places paying out, $3,750.00 was reserved for the eventual champion.

PokerStars Team Online Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra will mount a charge in this series soon enough, but he was forced out with well over 4,500 players still remaining in Event #21. If there's a silver lining, it's that a speedy bust-out earned him a few hours of time away from the tables this afternoon. That's a rare thing when you're trying to cram 100 events into 10 days, and we can only hope he spent it catching up on sleep.

In any case, Liska01 was stealing the show as his name was attached to the biggest chip count for several hours. That's saying something in a six-max turbo PLO event. He was doing such good work that he rarely had less than twice the chips of the nearest challenger. When he crossed over the 10-million-chip mark, he owned almost a quarter of the chips in play with 12 players left.

Finally, as two tables played down to one, the gap began to close and the pack began to catch up with the big stack. Laurenzis doubled up through Liska01 with a marginal hand to slip back to knock him back to 8 million, and it was the first of three big battles between them.

The second saw Laurenzis run out a straight with A♦ K♠ Q♦ 6♠ to double, and the two got it all in again just a few hands later. It was A♣ A♥ 8♣ 8♦ for Laurenzis and T♥ T♦ 6♣ 6♠ for Liska01. A third ace came on fourth street, and it secured Laurenzis' third consecutive double through the same opponent.

Liska01 was suddenly in the middle of the pack for the first time in memory, and the exchange left Laurenzis alone atop the counts. His chip lead had a very short life span, however. Just a few moments later, three players got it all in preflop, and Laurenzis had the low end of the deck covered.

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The 9 million chips in that pot made it the largest to that point, and it put Lithuania's storas1234 on the big stack. Unlike the previous chip leader, he managed to grow that lead quickly and find some breathing room. Very shortly thereafter, lg123456789 and his two pair fell in eighth place when storas1234 rivered a nut flush against him. That was another three million chips to Lithuania's corner. Despite having his hands on the chip lead just minutes earlier, Laurenzis was cut down in seventh place, and the final table was set.

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Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: RubendeB (Netherlands) - 6,107,260
Seat 2: Saturn8910 (Greece) - 3,912,400
Seat 3: Liska01 (Czech Republic) - 9,056,131
Seat 4: Zorrogilla (Germany) - 4,866,974
Seat 5: treefella (United Kingdom) - 3,722,432
Seat 6: storas1234 (Lithuania) - 12,849,803

Level 49: Blinds 250K/500K
Average stack: 6.75 million (13.5bb)

Before the first hand was dealt, Saturn8910 started sowing seeds.

Saturn8910: deal? :)

No takers this time, but there'd be plenty more chances.

First to exit the final table was treefella, who found himself the victim of an aces-versus-kings encounter. More than 11 million chips piled into the pot preflop, and his K♦ K♣ A♠ 8♦ could not catch up. It was RubendeB with the superior A♣ A♥ A♦ 5♦. Just two aces were all that were needed, and treefella was paid out $375.00 for his appearance at the final table.

The table was down to five, and it was time to resume the chatter. Now, RubendeB joined the cause and proposed that they take a quick look at the numbers. A few more hands played out as the host was giving her instructions, and Liska01 and RubendeB were essentially tied for the chip lead at that point with just over 12 million apiece.

Based on chip equity, Saturn8910's proposed payout was just shy of $1,700. That was just less than third-place money, and he quickly asked for more.

Saturn8910: i need 1850

That didn't go over so well at all.

RubendeB: im not giving up a penny
Liska01: why I am much better than you ...
storas1234: no deal

The host resumed the tournament. Just three hands after the peace talks broke down, Saturn8910 opened with a pot-sized raise to 3 million. It was more than half his stack, and he called off the remainder when Liska01 three-bet behind him. The at-risk player was very slightly ahead with A♥ K♠ Q♠ 2♣, but Liska01's A♦ J♥ 8♦ 4♠ was hunting for the knockout. There was some good drama on board, so we'll let you watch how Saturn8910's tournament ended for yourself:

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It was essentially a coin flip on every street, but two pair turned into a full house to give Liska01 the knockout. For his fifth-place finish, Saturn8910 earned $625.00.

With four players left, the clock was paused for the talks to resume one last time. With a significant chip lead, it was Liska01 asking for an extra 10% equity. A deal would have guaranteed him just less than $3,500, but he refused to take less than $3,700. The four traded numbers back and forth for a few minutes, but there wasn't much progress made. Once again, no deal.

That was the last of the table talk as the rest of the battle went by in a blur. In a three-hand sequence, Liska01 systematically collected the rest of the chips on the table. Zorogilla was dismissed in fourth place when his A♣ K♣ 5♥ 4♠ made two pair on the K♥ Q♣ Q♥ 2♥ 6♦ board. That was inferior to Liska01's Q♠ J♠ T♥ 7♥, and Zorogilla was awarded four figures of cash -- $1,125.00 for a few hours' work.

On the very next hand, 75% of the chips in play went into the middle preflop. It was 100% of RubendeB's remaining chips, and it was aces versus queens this time. It was the pivotal moment of the final table:

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That was the end of RubendeB in third place, pocketing $1,875.00. Liska01's stroll on Broadway put him in the catbird seat going into heads-up play with a 10:1 chip lead. Just one hand later, it was over. The shorty had less than three big blinds, and he needed to find a double on his first shove:

Liska01: 6♦ 6♥ 6♠ 5♦
storas1234: T♠ K♦ 9♥ 8♣

The J♠ 7♥ J♣ flop gave storas1234 plenty of chances to catch up, but Liska01 was just too much today. The turn 4♣ and river 3♠ filled in the straight for the five-six, and storas1234 was eliminated as the runner up. That's good for $2,625.00.

HostSilviaF (Host): Wow that was fast!

It's not often a player is able to control such a big percentage of a poker tournament, particularly in a game as swingy as PLO. Liska01 turned in a fantastic performance from start to finish, though, and it's certainly fitting that he finds himself in the winner's circle today. It wasn't quite wire-to-wire, but it was impressive to behold, nonetheless.

"No deal," turned out to be a wise decision several times over for the Czech, and his reward for victory is $3,750.00 and the title of champion in Event 12. Well done, and well deserved, indeed.

Event #21 Final Table Results:
1: Liska01 (Czech Republic) - $3,750.00
2: storas1234 (Lithuania) - $2,625.00
3: RubendeB (Netherlands) - $1,875.00
4: Zorrogilla (Germany) - $1,125.00
5: Saturn8910 (Greece) - $625.00
6: treefella (United Kingdom) - $375.00

Eric Ramsey
@PokerStars in MicroMillions II