MicroMillions II: Luck of the Irish sees KidSylar win Event #44 ($11 NLHE)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngA Canadian, a Latvian and an Irishman walk into a bar...

It could be the start of a classic gag, but it was no joke today as we enjoyed a truly International final table line up in Event #44 of the MicroMillions II series. One of the great things about this low-limit series is when we get players from all over the world taking part, thanks to the rolling start times throughout the day across a range of different time zones.

Today the punchline was with the Irish, as KidSylar employed a steady approach on a wild final table that was ultimately successful in grabbing the title.

It was Event #44 of the MicroMillions II - a $11 No Limit Holdem event which was one of the larger buy-in events of the schedule. It attracted a field of 4,294 players to create a $42,940 prize pool, surpassing the $25,000 guarantee.

Lucky that HandsomeSwed is handsome because he missed the money as the bubble boy with the top 540 players guaranteed to collect at least $18.03.

Team PokerStars Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra has been landing some cash results recently as part of his quest to play all 100 MicroMillions II events. That's great for padding the bankroll, but you'd have to think that it also means a little less time for sleep! In today's event Coimbra collected $19.75 for 401st place.

When AceSurgeon bowed out on the final table bubble in 10th place, the final table lineup was formed:

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Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: grann winner (1,404,346 in chips)
Seat 2: M17RUF (3,562,958 in chips)
Seat 3: KidSylar (4,517,680 in chips)
Seat 4: oliverita16 (1,306,416 in chips)
Seat 5: eltabasco (3,875,050 in chips)
Seat 6: BerchaLV (2,125,603 in chips)
Seat 7: CircusDeScar (2,679,592 in chips)
Seat 8: Cinderoga (374,486 in chips)
Seat 9: GiveMeLife (1,623,869 in chips)

The final table blinds started off at 50k/100k with a 12,500-chip ante, so there were several short stacks under pressure as KidSylar held the chip lead.

Despite Cinderoga holding a stack of barely three big blinds, it was grann winner who was first to go. grann winner shoved all in with A♠Q♥ but chip leader KidSylar made the call with T♣T♥ and the race was on. grann winner was shooting high but the board fell low as it landed 4♥9♦3♥8♣5♥. grann winner picked up $343.52 for 9th place.

Cinderoga was in desperate need of some luck and managed something you don't see every day - a quadruple up!

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With the chips of three opponents already in the middle, Cinderoga took a chance with 4♦A♦, and thanks to the isolating re-raise by eltabasco with J♠Q♥, Cinderoga's ace-high held to suddenly be back in the game in remarkable fashion.

It was only a small hit to eltabasco, but moments later eltabasco's tournament was over. After opening with a min-raise, eltabasco called it off when M17RUF three-bet shoved for a healthy 34 big blinds. eltabasco tabled K♣K♠ with M17RUF showing A♣J♥ with almost seven million chips in the middle. It was a huge pot at this stage of the final table, and it fell the way of M17RUF as the 8♠A♦2♠T♣3♣ board contained the lethal ace to end the tournament of eltabasco in 8th place for $536.75.

Play tightened up with seven players left, which hurt Cinderoga as the chips slowly dripped away as the blinds took hold. Cinderoga was finally forced to call it off in the big blind holding a less-than-impressive 8♣4♣ after GiveMeLife had moved all in with A♠J♥. Cinderoga held live cards, and caught a pair on the river, but it was all too late as the board ran out Q♥7♦J♣K♦8♦. Cinderoga picked up $966.15 for 7th place.

oliverita16 was unable to make an impact on the final table and was down to 3.5 big blinds when shoving Q♠5♥ from the small blind. BerchaLV was pretty much committed with any two cards and decided that 3♦9♥ was enough to make the call. The board fell 3♥8♦4♥J♦6♣ to pair the three of BerchaLV to eliminate oliverita16 in 6th place. oliverita16 turned $11 into a four-figure pay day with a collect $1,395.55 in prize money.

Five-handed play was again a tense affair with few big pots, until GiveMeLife landed a double up with pocket kings against the pocket fives of M17RUF.

It seems that hand rocked M17RUF a little. M17RUF still held the chip lead, but got a little out of line in a hand that is best explained in animation:

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M17RUF made a move on the flop, continued telling the story on the turn, but BerchaLV's creativity had turn rags into riches as M17RUF was in a muddle and priced in to call it off against the short-stacked shove with just queen-high. But M17RUF was drawing dead and the queen on the river was just salt in the wound as BerchaLV found a nice double up.

M17RUF's wild ways continued soon after when raising the old 6♥K♥ from under the gun, M17RUF called a three-bet before opening jamming with a flush draw on the flop of J♣3♥9♥. KidSylar made the call with a legitimately strong Q♥Q♣ and the overpair held through the 7♣ turn and 9♣ river.

KidSylar claimed the chip lead as M17RUF was crippled and all in next hand with just 9♥4♥. GiveMeLife held K♠3♣ and made a straight on the board of J♦A♣T♦6♦Q♠. M17RUF's roller-coaster ride ended in 5th place for $1,824.95.

GiveMeLife was keen to talk numbers, but didn't get much response from the opposition.

GiveMeLife said, "deal anyone???"
...
GiveMeLife said, "guess not"

There wasn't much opportunity for the others to think about a deal as BerchaLV and CircusDeScar were entangled in a preflop war. It was CircusDeScar's Q♠Q♥ up against BerchaLV's K♣A♦ with the board of A♥8♥4♦6♠9♦ running out in favour of the overcards. CircusDeScar picked up $2,469.05 for 4th place.

Just moments later and the short-stacked GiveMeLife was next to fall. GiveMeLife opened the button with a raise, BerchaLV three-bet from the big blind and GiveMeLife moved all in. BerchaLV made the call with a monster Q♦Q♣ as GiveMeLife's 3♦3♠ were in trouble. There were no surprises on the K♣6♠A♠T♥4♣ board as GiveMeLife departed in 3rd place for $3,542.55.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: KidSylar (8,956,646 in chips)
Seat 6: BerchaLV (12,513,354 in chips)

BerchaLV held the advantage but it was KidSylar who collected the first major pot after BerchaLV made a move on the river that got picked off:

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KidSylar picked off the failed bluff after rivering two pair to claim the chip lead and it was all over moments later when BerchaLV's aggression again backfired.

KidSylar opened with a button-raise before BerchaLV three-bet from the big blind. KidSylar called and the flop landed 6♥7♥9♣. BerchaLV led out with a bet and KidSylar called as the turn brought the 5♥. BerchaLV checked and KidSylar fired a bet, but BerchaLV put in a check-raise by moving all in. There were straight possibilities on board, but KidSylar made a good call with 5♦6♦ for bottom two pair, as BerchaLV showed J♠T♠ for just four outs to an inside straight draw. The river was the 3♣ to leave BerchaLV to collect $5,023.98 for 2nd place as KidSylar was extremely solid in taking the MicroMillions II title for Ireland and $6,743.83 in prize money.

MicroMillions II Event #44 final table results
1st KidSylar (Ireland) - $6,743.83
2nd BerchaLV (Latvia) - $5,023.98
3rd GiveMeLife (Canada) - $3,542.55
4th CircusDeScar (Australia) - $2,469.05
5th M17RUF (United Kingdom) - $1,824.95
6th oliverita16 (Argentina) - $1,395.55
7th Cinderoga (Canada) - $966.15
8th eltabasco (Austria) - $536.75
9th grann winner (Argentina) - $343.52

With 100 events on the schedule there are plenty more chances to turn a few measly coins into wads of cold, hard cash in the MicroMillions II series. For a complete rundown of the schedule, as well as results, statistics and more, head over to the MicroMillions II Main Page.