MicroMillions II: No kidding around as CBabycee levels Event #27 field (Sunday Spark Special)
While this scribe was waking up a little earlier than usual and securing a quick Red Bull to make ensure my ability to discern up from down and a spade from a diamond, most players in the second edition of the MicroMillions here at PokerStars have already accustomed themselves to this unique poker series. A sprinting marathon, tournaments running around the clock so players from Amsterdam were eating a late lunch and those in Seoul were turning in for the night when the final table started in Event #27 $1+Rebuys 3X-Turbo Sunday Spark Special (ok, say that three times really fast and I apologize in advance for any strained tongues).
Team Online's Andre "acoimbra " Coimbra keeping his pace of playing all 100 MicroMillions II events, bowed out quickly in this one falling in 6,237th place. Currently sitting in 216th place overall on the Player of the Series leaderboard the Portuguese SnG slayer trailed series leader Iwantbearich by 125 points mostly due to the Russian's Event #4 win
16,829 players would utilize the low buy-in combined with a whopping 90 minutes of rebuy time to inject 66,234 additional buy-ins plus 6,974 add-ons for an $81,933.67 prize pool. While our friends in Rio de Janeiro enjoyed some coffee, cheese, ham, and papaya at the breakfast table, the turbo format condensed that small-size city of players down to our final nine in five and a half hours.
Down to hand-for-hand play quickly as post-flop strategy was long in the dust, players were left to more brutal tactics of shoving whenever possible due to the average 10 big blind stacks. With the blinds at 1.4MM/2.8MM ante 280K jessybess would open shove 16.2 million from the button as CBabycee coolly called from the big blind holding J♥K♥. jessybess was best preflop with A♠Q♣ but post-flop not-so-much as a king made an appearance 9♠ 2♥ K♣ 7♦ 5♣ sending the 35.3 million chip pot to CBabycee and leaving jessybess out of the final table in tenth place ($327.73).
Seat 1: AlMihalich (10745456 in chips)
Seat 2: Romarrrio (30521556 in chips)
Seat 3: Uotuk (36495256 in chips)
Seat 4: CBabycee (89077088 in chips)
Seat 5: Zuza47 (38790503 in chips)
Seat 6: Odin1974 (46577101 in chips)
Seat 7: bezya (85296057 in chips)
Seat 8: Zim02 (17294170 in chips)
Seat 9: Silvio2710 (103611813 in chips)
Immediately Romarrrio tried to gather some steam for a possible nine-way split of the ROI-busting cash left at the final table, including the $9,592.72 for first place. However, after the PokerStars Host dropped in to congratulate our final nine on their accomplishment, a sea of silence in the chat box gave Romarrrio the answer.
On the final table's second hand Silvio2710 decided to flex the chip leading stack by open raising 11.2 million from the small blind to put short-stacked AlMihalich all-in. Holding a medium ace 8♥A♣ AlMihalich was happy to put in 7.3 million for the call. Silvio2710 turned over 7♦J♣ for two live cards that found a connection on the turn with the 6♥ K♠ 5♠ 7♣ Q♣ board. AlMihalich's ace-high was not enough to continue ending the Ukrainian's afternoon in ninth place ($491.60).
With the blinds moving up to 1.6MM/3.2MM ante 320K Uotuk found a medium suited ace A♣7♣ to open shove 27.2 million from UTG+1. However, Odin1974's ace was bigger, quickly make the call from the cutoff with Q♠A♦. 61 million chips in the middle and Odin's queen never wavered as the board laid out T♣ 6♦ 4♥ 6♠ 3♥ to favor the ruler of Asgard and send Uotuk off in time for an early dinner with eighth place cash ($737.40).
Big meets bigger
As the tournament clock turned up the blinds to 1.8MM/3.6MM ante 360K the two big stacks, Silvio2710 (118 million chips) and CBabycee (138 million chips) decided to make one gignormous tower of tournament funds by combining for a 243 million chip pot after a flop of 7♦J♣Q♦. Who won and took a commanding lead in the tournament? Find out below:
That queen-high flop was too tempting for Silvio2710's A♣Q♥ as the German shoved 78.3 million into the pot and was insta-called by CBabycee's pocket kings K♣K♦. T♥ turn helped neither player, and the J♠ river sealed the fate of Silvio2710 in seventh place ($1,392.87) as CBabycee needed an extension ladder to see over the chip-leading 263 million chip stack.
Leaving the table crying
No napping time for CBabycee as the very next hand the UK chipleader was right back in the middle of another huge hand. Romarrrio would open shove for 38.5 million getting called by CBabycee on Romarrrio's immediate left holding pocket eights 8♣8♥. 84.6 million in the middle and Romarrrio's tournament fate (and likely everyone else's at the table) hinged on A♥Q♥ finding a flush, straight, or pair. The all-low 5♣ 2♥ 6♠ 6♦ 8♦ board had other ideas as CBabycee collected a second straight huge pot as Romarrrio's fourth cash in the series was a big one in sixth place ($2,048.34).
Thrown from the throne
Loki had to use devilish tricks in his attempts to gain the Asgard throne from Odin, but CBabycee utilized Thor-like tactics against Odin1974 to take down yet another big pot. With the blinds at 2.25MM/4.5MM ante 450K watch below as CBabycee's stack found yet another way to grow:
A pressuring 3X big blind raise from the button by CBabycee caught Odin1974's attention in the big blind holding 7♠A♣. With 28.6 million left, Odin1974 shoved as CBabycee had plenty of chips to gamble and made the call with K♠4♠. While it looked like someone would finally shave some chips from CBabycee's stack, the river had other ideas as a king hit the board 6♣ J♥ J♦ T♠ K♣ pushing CBabycee's stack to 343 million and leaving Odin with fifth place cash ($2,867.67).
Host Frode would remark "That went fast!"
The PokerStars Host was not kidding as the four players left for the sixth hourly break it was apparent that the five minute intermission was delaying the crowning of CBabycee for the title. Just check out the chip stacks below prior to the break with blinds at 2.5MM/5MM ante 500K:
Seat 4: CBabycee (420,876,922 in chips)
Seat 5: Zuza47 (2,198,304 in chips)
Seat 7: bezya (3,361,903 in chips)
Seat 8: Zim02 (31,971,871 in chips)
After CBabycee sent a small amount of chips to bezya and Zuza47, the massive chip leader would take down the tournament in four quick hands.
The first victim of CBabycee's roll to the title saw another fortunate river card for the chip leader. As CBabycee raised to 15 million from the small blind, Zuza47 found a couple of face cards K♥Q♦ and called off the remaining 6.5 million chips. CBabycee's Q♠T♦ was dominated as Zuza47 looked to find hole in the armor of the massive stack. But, the board's * 7♥ A♥ 6♦ 3♠ T♠ rivered ten of spades had other ideas as CBabycee collected 25.1 million chips and Zuza47 collected $3,687.01 in fourth place.
bezya says cya
After collecting the blinds, CBabycee would make a min-raise over Zim02's limp from the button as bezya was all-in for 3.08 million unable to post the full big blind. Zim02 made the call to see a 6♥4♥Q♦ flop as CBabycee followed up with a 15 million chip bet causing Zim02 to cower into the corner by folding as CBabycee exposed pocket tens T♣T♠. This time no river card was need for victory as bezya's suited hammer 2♠7♠ missed a rivered gutshot draw 3♦ K♣ to finish in third place ($5,325.68) collecting a fourth cash in the first week of the tournament series.
Just two minutes and six hands after coming back from the break CBabycee would collect the table's remaining chips. Watch below as Zim02 tries to pull off a major comeback down 444 million to 14 million but falls well short:
Unable to wait for a premium hand, Zim02 shoved Q♦2♣ into the middle as CBabycee's ace A♣9♣ was most than enough to make the call. Both received a pair of kings courtesy of the 5♦ K♣ K♥ 3♣ T♠ board as CBabycee collected the full $9,592.72 first place prize and the Event #27 title!
Players Entered: 16,829
Prize Pool: $81,933.67
$75,000 guarantee MicroMillions II Event #27 ($1+rebuy NLHE 3X-Turbo, Sunday Spark Special) results (07-15-12):
1. CBabycee (United Kingdom) $9,592.72
2. Zim02 (Australia) $6,964.36
3. bezya (Ukraine) $5,325.68
4. Zuza47 (Portugal) $3,687.01
5. Odin1974 (Germany) $2,867.67
6. Romarrrio (Ukraine) $2,048.34
7. Silvio2710 (Germany) $1,392.87
8. Uotuk (Russia) $737.40
9. AlMihalich (Ukraine) $491.60
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