MicroMillions II: Next stop Bobby's Room for Event #69 Triple Stud champ xVegasDreamx

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngEveryone starts somewhere. Some players grind freerolls and microstakes before hitting that one relatively big night at the cash tables or a tournament win and riding that fortune into something bigger. While no one was going to reach the level frequently played by Team PokerStars pros like Viktor Blom and Daniel Negreanu by winning tonight, it could have started tonight's 2012 MicroMillions II Event #69 Triple Stud champ xVegasDreamx's ride to the doors of Bobby's Room at the Bellagio.

The $5,000.00 guarantee was an afterthought when 4,312 plunked down just $3.30 with a shot at $2,097.59 sitting final table for the winner. 560 players would take a piece of the $12,936.00 prize pool including Team Online's MicroMillions ironman Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra, who broke his dry spell in this one. Despite the lack of illumination (see Rick Dacey's story here) the Portuguese micro-grinder (at least this week) managed to snag a small tonight finishing in 379th place ($5.95). Not grandest of cashes but after a 16 tournament dry spell even a cash worth a pint (or two during happy hour) is something to build on with the $1,000,000 main event a few days away.

After six hours of play 36 players remained, and just 30 minutes later during the system-wide hourly break, half that amount still found chips next to their avatar. Canada's Anishnabez and U.K.'s xVegasDreamx would relax at the top of the chip count for five minutes holding over two million in chips with stakes at 60K/120K ante 12K as the 119K average chip stack would allow a little play before reaching tonight's final table. A lot of play for most of the players, as a pair of Russians GipMen and Boby Boom dropped out quickly in 17th and 18th place (both earning $48.51) to leave two tables of eight left.

alxg1 (Israel), tibhar74 (Belarus), iVexed (United Kingdom), and Alan45698 (United Kingdom) would quickly follow in 13th through 16th place all earning $54.97 all while Norway's rocky65 either had connection problems, out picking up dinner, or was looking to back into the final table, sitting out all of the hands after the tables dropped from three to two.

The amazing stagnant stack of rocky65 would watch aus2en (Poland) and mischmatze (Germany) go down in 10th and 11th place (earning $76.06) as a final table seat earned by "dead" stack was coming closer as shortstacked xVegasDreamx and GGROBB looked to outlast the sleeping Norwegian despite only six big blinds between both of them.


rocky65's last longer stack finally succumbed to the rising blinds and antes during the 200K/400K ante 40K level as we moved on to hand-for-hand play. xVegasDreamx would find rolled up queens versus thankyou's split aces and ride the trip ladies into a two million chip pot while GGROBB and viorica2's stacks fell under one big bet.

viorica2 found a little redemption with rolled up fours but GGROBB would not. Showing a Q♥ in Stud Hi-Low, GGROBB would raise on third and shove the remaining 57,440 chips in on fourth as both zsobez and Anishnabez both called and checked down the rest of the streets. Flipping up 6♦ 3♣ / 8♥ 5♥ 5♦ J♠ / K♦ for the winning pair of fives, Anishnabez would scoop the 932,320 chip pot as both zsobez and GGROBB mucked . With the elimination of GGROBB, our final eight made their way to Table 202 for the final table:

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Seat 1: zsobesz (3730214 in chips)
Seat 2: xVegasDreamx (1888864 in chips)
Seat 3: viorica2 (774946 in chips)
Seat 4: F@ntom85 (5018968 in chips)
Seat 5: thankyou (3215389 in chips)
Seat 6: dipless (1716032 in chips)
Seat 7: Dart Serg (1429065 in chips)
Seat 8: Anishnabez (3786522 in chips)

Stakes of 250K/500K ante 50K with an average stack of 2.69 million meant the players would likely be settling up this $2,097.59 first prize quickly. F@ntom85's eighth cash of the tournament series may help the Russian's pursuit of current leader fabio_bruxo whose slate of cashes currently have the Brazilian on top of the Player of the Series leaderboard.


Goodnight from Moldova

While this scribe was never threat to win a Geography contest in school, I thought I knew the majority of the world's countries. Moldova, a country of over 3.5 million people nestled between Romania and Ukraine had a citizen break into tonight's final table. With the stakes at 250K/500K ante 50K viorica2 was anted down to 449,946 in the Stud Hi level and decided to get all the chips in after receiving a J♥ on the door. zsobesz was happy to comply with a Q♣ making the call. A Q♥ on fourth was all zsobesz would need as queens 2♣ T♣ / Q♣ Q♥ K♥ 5♠ / 4♠ would best viorica2's jacks 2♥ 8♥ / J♥ A♦ 9♠ 3♥ / J♦ ending the Moldavian's fine run to this final table in eighth place ($103.48).


Less Dip

Moving on to the Razz level and stakes bumped to 300K/600K ante 60K dipless needed some wheel cards fast holding just 527,168 chips and raising while showing a 2♥ in the door. Anishnabez, zsobesz, and thankyou would jump into the pool making the call. 9♥ on fourth and dipless was all but forced to call the bet by zsobesz showing A♣5♠. Anishnabez and thankyou folded as the two remaining players watched their boards dealt with 1.954 million in middle. Despite starting with split aces, zsobesz would end up holding a seven-five 7♣ A♥ / A♣ 5♠ 2♠ 3♥ / K♠ as dipless started with a premium hand 4♦3♦ / 2♥ then watched all middle cards come out 9♥T♣7♥ / 8♥ to end the night in seventh place ($174.63).


Soft-tipped dart

While true pubs sport metal tipped darts and chalkboards while players try to close each out playing games like Cricket and 501, the soft-tipped variety allows pubs to prevent wall damage from drunk patrons who mistake the autographed jersey on the wall for the bulls-eye. Dart Serg was down to just 139,065 chips as the game moved on to Stud Hi-Low as the Russian's chip stack was not a threat to anyone at the moment. With stakes of 400K/800K ante 80K and a 7♦ on the door, Dart Serg threw for the triple 20 shoving 59,065 into the middle and getting called in three places. 4♦ on fourth for Dart Serg got F@ntom85 to lead out for a bet showing exposed aces A♠A♥ as Anishnabez and zsobesz both folded. Despite showing three diamonds by fifth street, Dart Serg could only produce one more on seventh finishing with no low, and a pair of fours for the high 4♠ 6♣ / 7♦ 4♦ 2♦ T♥ / 9♦ while F@ntom85's trip aces and eight-seven low 8♠ 7♣ / A♠ A♥ 3♠ A♣ / 6♥ would scoop the 899,065 chip pot as Dart Serg was closed out in sixth place ($388.08).


The "besz" around

No one would leave during the Razz level, but as the game moved back to Stud Hi and stakes staying the same at 400K/800K ante 80K, Anishnabez and zsobesz would take the battle of the Z's to the tune of 4.8 million chips. Check out the big hand below:


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All-in by fifth street, Anishnabez was trying to catch something with a starting J♣ K♦ / Q♦ but could only find a pair of treys 3♥ 5♦ T♦ / 3♠. zsobesz needed no such luck after catching a jack on fourth, riding the hooks to victory 3♦ J♠ / 2♠ J♥ K♥ 7♦ / 4♠ knocking out Anishnabez in fifth place ($646.80).


Fear The Phantom

While the comic book character does not have any supernatural abilities, thankyou found out that F@ntom85 may not have ESP but knew enough to take down the United Kingdom's thankyou's stack. With the stakes still at 400K/800K ante 80K in the Stud Hi-Lo round and F@ntom85 fresh off doubling through thankyou in the previous hand for a 5.6 million chip pot, the chip leading thankyou would go from first to out in fourth in two hands. After both players capped the their door cards, thankyou holding an ace A♠ and F@ntom85 pushed a 4♣, 3.3 million chips were in the middle for the winner.

F@ntom85: 3♣ A♥ /4♣ J♣ Q♥ 5♠ / 2♠
thankyou: 3♥ K♠ / A♠ A♦ 6♣ 8♠ / 4♦

Despite catching a pair of aces on fourth and a runner-runner-runner low, thankyou would politely bow out from the tourney in fourth place as F@ntom85's runner-runner wheel shipped $905.22 to thankyou.


Final three provide a lot of play

After thankyou's departure, it would take nearly 30 minutes of three-handed play by zsobesz, xVegasDreamx and F@ntom85 to set up heads-up play. zsobesz, despite starting off the final three with the chip lead would struggle as the stakes moved up to 800K/1.6MM ante 160K holding just over one big bet and receiving an ace A♦ on the door of the Stud Hi-Lo round. After F@ntom85 brought-in, xVegasDreamx was not afraid of the ace, showing a queen in the door Q♠ and making a raise. zsobesz three-bet for a little bit more as xVegasDreamx made the call. xVegasDreamx banked on split queens and found a second pair on sixth and seventh for two pair Q♥ 7♥ / Q♠ 9♠ A♥ 6♦ / 6♣ as zsobesz started with four to a low 7♠ 3♠ / A♦ 8♥ K♦ T♥ / A♣ and ended with aces. zsobesz's bullets would fall short as the Hungarian took home $1,164.24 in third place.


Vegas Dreamin'
Despite holding under a big bet with 10 players remaining xVegasDreamx keep those golden thoughts of a MicroMillions title in hand long enough to take down Event #69. Seventeen hands of heads-up play is all it would take as the micro stack, took home a macro prize. With the stakes at 1MM/2MM ante 200K and xVegasDreamx holding an 18.5 million to 3 million chip lead both players would cap their door cards in the final hand of Stud Hi shown below:


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Split fives for F@ntom85 T♦ 5♥ / 5♣ bricked the rest of the way 7♣ 2♥ 9♣ / K♣ while xVegasDream's ace on the door would not catch but the six in the hole did 6♥ 2♦ / A♥ Q♦ 6♠ 8♦ / 9♥. The pair of sixes was just one pip higher to take down the six million chip pot and claim victory for xVegasDreamx in the 2012 MicroMillions Event #69 Triple Stud!

Players Entered: 4,312
Places Paid: 560
Buy-in: $3.30
Prize Pool: $12,936.00

$5,000.00 guarantee 2012 MicroMillions Event #69 Triple Stud results (07-19-12):
1. xVegasDreamx (United Kingdom) $2,097.59
2. F@ntom85 (Russia) $1,455.30
3. zsobesz (Hungary) $1,164.24
4. thankyou (United Kingdom) $905.52
5. Anishnabez (Canada) $646.80
6. Dart Serg (Russia) $388.08
7. dipless (United Kingdom) $174.63
8. viorica2 (Moldova) $103.48

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in MicroMillions II