MicroMillions II: odaibajin ballin' after beating massive field in Event #76 ($2.20 NLHE)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngThis tournament marked the beginning of the final quarter for another successful MicroMillions tournament series. Having already awarded $4.9 million in prizes before tonight's $20,000 guarantee Event #76 NLHE, the micro players have been cashing in a big way as first prize has been an average of $7,339.41 with all buy-ins under eleven bucks! Tonight's tourney with a $2.20 buy-in saw our champ, odaibajin, walk away with just under four grand is another great story of our lower stakes players taking advantage of these massive prize pools.

2,700 out of the starting stadium-sized 19,913 players would take away some cash as Team Online's Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra continued his streak of playing in every tournament but got to sleep early after his quick exit before late reg finished.

Player of the Series leader Fabio "fabio_bruxo" Bandiera failed to enter this one, while still holding an 80 point lead over second place dzikibawol who did sign up and finished just outside of the cash in 3,664th place.

Down to the last two tables the players on both tables seemed very fond of the relatively new "show cards" feature by flipping up pocket jacks winning preflop without a board or an ace pairing up the flop before throwing the winner into the muck. This tactic tried to throw their opponents a bone as to their holdings during the frequent all-ins preflop to collect a few extra blinds as the table average was only around 15 BBs.

odalbajin would win a massive 17 million chip preflop flip against GRGSpa to take the chip lead. With the blinds at 200K/400K ante 40K odalbajin would call the three-bet shove by GRGSpa holding pocket nines 9♣9♠. GRGSpa flipped up big slick and hit an ace on the turn 8♣ 5♣ 5♥ A♣ but the two-outer 9♦ fell on the river for odalbajin as the Kazakhstani hauled in the huge pot.

Five hands later r0m4nt1k holding pocket tens T♦T♣ would take down kala5917 K♣Q♦ in another preflop race for a much smaller 4.3 million chip pot. kala5917 walked away with $149.34 in 11th place as both tables of five went into hand-for-hand mode.

Hand-for-hand play lasted only two hands as the blinds remained at 200K/400K ante 40K and a shortstacked Mr. Wol Jack called an 800K raise from Schlati1 out of the big blind to see a Q♦Q♣K♣ flop. Mr. Wol Jack with just 292,024 left, shoved immediately as Schlati1 was priced in to call with any two cards holding 7♣A♥. Mr. Wol Jack's top pair 9♥K♦ looked solid until the turn and river decided to exposes a pair of clubs T♣3♣ handing the 3.43 million chip pot to Schlati1 and starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: ginolas69 (6879696 in chips)
Seat 2: Densyara (9967268 in chips)
Seat 3: Schlati1 (17228019 in chips)
Seat 4: pHawKk (10609186 in chips)
Seat 5: resiii1234 (3973000 in chips)
Seat 6: wasjka123 (4850856 in chips)
Seat 7: odaibajin (25134518 in chips)
Seat 8: r0m4nt1k (14129739 in chips)
Seat 9: wets11 (6792718 in chips)

Last in First out

Usually a term reserved for those sitting behind general ledgers and balancing debits with credits, today "last in" would be Schlati1 after eliminating Mr. Wol Jack came to the final table second in chips. On the final table's second hand Schlati1 would open for min raise from the button as the chip leader odaibajin three-bet to 2.4 million. After making the call both would see a Q♣ J♥ 4♦ flop that set off a whopping 36.4 million chip pot. Who won? Check out the video below:

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odaibajin's Pocket kings K♦K♠ would rule the day as Schlati1 flipped up top pair-top kicker A♠Q♦ but failed to connect further as the 5♦ turn and 9♦ river shipped the massive 36.4 million chip pot to odaibajin as Schlati1's cooler netted $238.95 in ninth place.

Try, try again

Pocket jacks are the best hand in poker! Pocket jacks are the worst! wasjka123 likely felt this way as a dozen hands after Schlati1's departure and the blinds sitting at 250K/500K ante 50K wasjka123 would watch a 9.1 million chip pot slide over to resiii1234 after calling a 4.3 million chip shove from the big blind with pocket jacks J♣J♠. resiii1234 flipped up 9♥A♠ and managed to find an ace 6♦ 4♠ A♥ Q♥ 7♠ on the flop for the win. Two hands later wasjka123 looked down at pocket jacks again J♥J♣, this time re-shoving for 6.1 million over the top of pHawKk's 3.7 million chip all-in. While pHawKk would also pair the flop, this time it was the kicker and not the medium ace 6♦A♣ as wasjka123 watched the 8♠ 2♥ 6♠ 5♣ Q♦ board come out to the German's favor as pHawKk claimed eighth place ($358.43).


wets11 would cling to a short stack for some time after pHawKk flew away for the evening but the blinds finally caught up to the U.K. player as they moved up to 400K/800K ante 80K. Unable to even post the full big blind, wets11 would be all-in preflop for 769,436 as odaibajin made a small raise from the button to get the short stack heads-up. 2♠Q♥ for wets11 looked like a winner after the Q♠ 8♦ J♠ flop. 8♥ turn was still ahead of the chip leader's A♥J♣ but the A♣ river allowed odaibajin to add another 2.63 million chip to the stack as wets11 was sunk in seventh place ($597.39).

Unromantic double date

As the blinds moved up to 500K/1MM ante 100K r0m4nt1k was able to open from the button, putting in seven million, enough to cover both the blinds if they chose to call. ginolas69 instantly said yes from the small blind as Densyara nodded in approval from the big blind for a three-way 15.1 million chip pot. Watch below to see who would alter the face of the final table:

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ginolas69: Q♦ Q♥
Densyara: A♣ 8♦
r0m4nt1k: T♥ K♠

Started in third place, ended in first as r0m4nt1k spiked a king on the door and the turn K♦ 9♦ 6♣ K♥ 8♣ to claim the big pot and knock out both Densyara in the sixth place ($995.65) and ginolas69 ($1,393.91) in fifth place.

o-dai, All Day

Just six hands later with the blinds staying the same, resiii1234 would open shove for 3.6 million from the cutoff as both r0m4nt1k and odaibajin called out of the blinds. Both live players checked it down until the three of diamonds hit the river 4♣ J♦ A♣ 6♦ 3♦ and odaibajin slid out of four million chip bet that r0m4nt1k wanted nothing to do with. The nut flush is good A♦ 7♦ for odaibajin as resiii1234 mucked T♦ 8♣ while taking $1,792.17 in fourth place.

No stopping the chip leader now

Only five hands of three-way play would pass by before odaibajin limped in from the button as wasjka123 took the bait in the big blind holding K♦Q♠ and shoved for 6.3 million. Holding the slow-played bullets A♥A♣ odaibajin made the call. Despite picking up four out on the turn, wasjka123 could not connect on the 8♣ 7♥ J♠ 9♠ 5♣ board becoming odaibajin's second straight victim in third place ($2,389.56).

Lots play available but neither player wanted it

With the blinds still at 500K/1MM ante 100K, odaibajin would start heads-up play holding a 63.9 million to 35.6 million chip lead. Despite the number of chips on the table relative to the blinds, the heads-up match for the Event #76 title would last only four hands. Check out the 55.7 million chip fourth hand below as the players decided to take care of things preflop:

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r0m4nt1k's A♥2♠ would find itself dominated by odaibajin's A♣Q♠ until a nice little deuce found a spot on the 2♣4♥5♠ flop. Calm as someone who knows what was coming next, odaibajin kept the chat box blank as a queen Q♣ flipped the favor back to the chip leader. 9♥ on the river sealed the MicroMillions II Event #76 victory and $3,995.43 for odaibajin!

Players Entered: 19,913
Places Paid: 2,700
Buy-in: $2.20
Prize Pool: $39,826.00

$20,000.00 guaranteed MicroMillions II Event #76 NLHE results (07-20-12):
1. odaibajin (Kazakhstan) $3,995.43
2. r0m4nt1k (Russia) $3,180.50
3. wasjka123 (Germany) $2,389.56
4. resiii1234 (Austria) $1,792.17
5. ginolas69 (Romania) $1,393.91
6. Densyara (Russia) $995.65
7. wets11 (United Kingdom) $597.39
8. pHawKk (Portugal) $358.43
9. Schlati1 (Germany) $238.95

David Aydt
@PokerStars in MicroMillions II