MicroMillions II: Llandie lands a win in Event #51 ($2.20+R Ante Up 2x-Turbo)

MicroMillions logo.pngLlandie was quiet going into the final table, watching as the big stacks eliminated the small ones. But when it came time, Llandie scored an important double-up and moved up on the leaderboard. Though the smallest of the final four in the deal agreement, Llandie continued to use well-timed aggression to move up and into the winner's circle.

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It's always good to mix things up. Players can only take so much straight No Limit Hold'em, and tossing in some fun variations presents a challenge to them. And poker players do love a challenge.

Event 51 at its core was a NLHE tournament with a $2.20 buy-in and a $25K guarantee. Rebuys were available during the first 60 minutes of play, and players could rebuy as many times as desired once reduced to a 2,000-chip stack or less. Players could also purchase a 10,000-chip add-on at the end of the rebuy period. But there was more! Not only was it a turbo structure with five-minute levels, but it was an event centered around antes. Blinds stayed at 5/5 throughout the entire tournament, but antes started at 30 in level one and went up incrementally as levels increased. Interesting, no?

Apparently, quite a few players were interested, and this was such a popular variation that the prize pool soared to quite a bit more than three times the guaranteed amount.

Players: 11,168
Rebuys: 26,797
Add-ons: 5,991
Guarantee: $25,000.00
Prize pool: $87,912.00
Paid players: 1,440

The money bubble burst around the three-hour mark, and Azes728 cashed for $14.06 to lead the way to a string of quick bustouts. By the five-hour mark, there were only three tables left, and Level 52 had the ante at 150K with blinds still at 5/5. Ten minutes later, only two tables remained.

The 5.5-hour break showed 11 players still seated, and a quick elimination of Bubbles_FTW upon their return took them to hand-for-hand action. It took only a few minutes for an all-in. When batcaveman raised all-in from the small blind, original limper crocodile360 called with K♥9♥. Batcaveman had only 9♠5♣ but caught trips on the 5♦K♣7♠5♥J♥ board. Crocodile360 left in tenth place with $439.56.

Batcaveman and superpowers in the lead

The final table was set in the last moments of Level 57, with the same 5/5 blinds but an ante of 350K. The players' starting chip stacks were:

Seat 1: Stillrich (18,506,629 in chips)
Seat 2: 905thuggin (5,571,493 in chips)
Seat 3: b8chatz (3,537,202 in chips)
Seat 4: mr_wickedown (21,988,772 in chips)
Seat 5: batcaveman (53,541,404 in chips)
Seat 6: Llandie (7,847,304 in chips)
Seat 7: Uprising65 (12,985,996 in chips)
Seat 8: ostergaaard (6,841,469 in chips)
Seat 9: GrandmasterY (5,019,731 in chips)

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Lliandie doubled through Uprising65, and the latter turned around and doubled through batcaveman.

GrandmasterY moved next after an UTG raise from batcaveman. But mr_wickedown reraised from the big blind position, and batcaveman folded. GrandmasterY showed A♣9♠, but mr_wickedown was ahead with T♠T♣. That pocket pair stayed ahead as the dealer provided 8♠4♠Q♦8♦7♠, and GrandmasterY left in ninth place with $597.80.

More moves from mr_wickedown

The very next hand saw 905thuggin make a move with J♦J♠. Mr_wickedown reraised from the small blind to isolate, which worked, and showed A♦7♠. The flop of A♣Q♠K♥ put mr_wickedown ahead, and the 4♦ and 6♠ finished the board. 905thuggin had to leave in eighth place with $879.12.

Only one hand after that, b8chatz pushed with K♣5♠ from middle position, and mr_wickedown called with A♠A♥. The flop of 2♦9♦A♣ only created a set for mr_wickedown, and the Q♠ and 8♣ made it official that b8chatz was out in seventh place with $1,758.24.

Llandie hit another double-up, this time through mr_wickedown, and climbed into the top three:

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When Uprising65 was ready to move all-in UTG, none other than mr_wickedown was there to call with A♣9♣, which dominated the Q♠9♦ of Uprising65. The board came 6♣A♦5♣9♥5♦ to eliminate Uprising65 in sixth place with $2,637.36.

The next big hand started small when Llandie, ostergaaard, Stillrich, mr_wickedown, and batcaveman all limped to see the 7♣3♦8♠ flop. Llandie bet, and Stillrich raised all-in. Everyone else folded, and Llandie called with 8♥7♥ for flopped two pair. Stillrich showed 8♣2♠ for top pair and didn't improve on the J♣ turn or 9♥ river. Stillrich departed in fifth place with $3,516.48.

Then ostergaaard doubled through mr_wickedown, nearly evening the stacks of the four remaining players:

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Deal? Yes, please!

The final four players paused the tournament to discuss a possible deal, but chip-chop numbers were not favorable to all. There was wheeling and there was dealing, and new numbers brought the words "I agree" from all of the participants. With $500 extra set aside for the ultimate winner, the payouts were set as:

Seat 4: mr_wickedown (33,509,365 in chips) = $7,250.09
Seat 5: batcaveman (36,653,232 in chips) = $9,069.06
Seat 6: Llandie (30,111,360 in chips) = $7,592.30
Seat 8: ostergaaard (35,566.043 in chips) = $7,595.32

And play resumed.

Ostergaaard lost some ground and made a push with K♠T♦, and mr_wickedown called with A♠6♦. The flop of Q♦6♠6♣ gave mr_wickedown trip sixes, and the J♠ and J♦ made that into a full house. Ostergaaard left in fourth place with $7,595.32.

On the very next hand, the newest of the short stacks, batcaveman, made a push with 2♣2♠, and Llandie decided to call with T♦T♠. The flop of J♥5♠T♥ created a set of tens, and though the 9♠ changed nothing on the turn, the J♣ on the river gave Llandie a full house. Batcaveman was eliminated in third place with $9,069.06.

Tables wickedly turned in heads-up

The tenacious Llandie had a significant lead going into heads-up:

Seat 4: mr_wickedown (47,152,181 in chips)
Seat 6: Llandie (88,687,819 in chips)

Mr_wickedown won a few small pots but not enough to push him above his heads-up starting stack. Mr_wickedown finally pushed 45 million chips all-in with 2♠2♣, but Llandie woke up with 7♣7♥. The board blanked with A♣8♦Q♠9♣4♠, and mr_wickedown had to settle for second place and $7,250.09.

Llandie of Belgium collected the MicroMillions II title and $8,092.30 in cash. Congrats!

MicroMillions II Event #51 ($2.20+R NLHE Ante Up 2x-Turbo) Results (reflects deal):

Total players: 12,554
Paid players: 1,620

1st place: Llandie (Belgium) - $8,092.30*
2nd place: mr_wickedown (Germany) - $7,250.09*
3rd place: batcaveman (Canada) - $9,069.06*
4th place: ostergaaard (Denmark) - $7,595.32*
5th place: Stillrich (Germany) - $3,516.48
6th place: Uprising65 (Finland) - $2,637.36
7th place: b8chatz (UK) - $1,758.24
8th place: 905thuggin (Canada) - $879.12
9th place: GrandmasterY (Germany) - $597.80

*denotes four-way deal with $500 set aside for winner

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in MicroMillions II