MicroMillions II: Rhyno2008 antes up and wins Event #25 ($3.30 NLHE Ante Up)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngWith many players around the world now very competent at No Limit Holdem, it's always refreshing to see a different variation of the game to throw a little spanner in the works. We all get almost robotic when we think about raising it up to steal the blinds, so when we get to see an Ante Up tournament, it changes a lot of the preflop decisions making for some interesting poker.

A total of 7,461 players took part in MicroMillions II Event #25 $3.30 No Limit Holdem Ante Up event producing a $22,383 prize pool - more than doubling the guarantee.

Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra was representing Team PokerStars but was an early casualty, as the top 990 players locked in a $5.14 collect. Unfortunately Russian AIZH fell painfully short as the bubble in 991st place.

When djrewa777 ran 8♦8♥ into the T♣T♥ of Rhyno2008 to fall in 10th place, the final table lineup was set:


Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: framacciotti (9,811,380 in chips)
Seat 2: Rhyno2008 (5,048,073 in chips)
Seat 3: homeless ho (3,584,827 in chips)
Seat 4: fermer6 (649,887 in chips)
Seat 5: migrui (6,438,844 in chips)
Seat 6: Nitten (2,633,406 in chips)
Seat 7: Dinogrim (1,984,482 in chips)
Seat 8: bb87zzz (3,942,886 in chips)
Seat 9: wakeupdude (3,211,215 in chips)

In an Ante Up tournament the blinds remain locked in at 5/5 but the antes increase. When the final table kicked off the antes were up to 60,000, creating a pot of over 540,000 before the cards had been dealt.

That's a significant pot for some of the short stacks and Dinogrim was first to take a crack at it, moving all in with A♦J♠ but wakeupdude woke up with A♥K♥ to make the call. The board ran out 7♣Q♦6♦T♣3♣ to leave the ace-king-high in front, as Dinogrim collected $173.46 for 9th place.

Very next hand, the short-stacked fermer6 made a desperate all-in move of almost 300,000 chips holding 4♥7♣ but wakeupdude again made the call with 5♥A♥. The community cards hit wakeupdude as the 2♦8♦A♠T♣Q♠ paired the ace to eliminate fermer6 in 8th place for $268.59 in prize money.

bb87zzz was next to go. homeless ho opened with a raise to 176,005 before bb87zzz three-bet to 400,000. Framacciotti came over the top with a cold four-bet to 1,023,995 which was enough to force a fold from homeless ho but bb87zzz called it off, putting tournament life on the line with A♣T♣. But bb87zzz would need help against framacciotti who showed a monster K♠K♣. The help didn't arrive as the board ran out 3♦Q♣8♣5♠2♠, to leave bb87zzz to pick up $492.42 for 7th place.

The lone Kiwi on the table, homeless ho, was the next player to fall. This time, homeless ho was the one holding the monster hand, but that doesn't always guarantee victory:

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wakeupdude's flush draw connected on the turn, as the river ace was to rub a little salt in the wound of homeless ho. $716.25 is not enough for a new home, but it's not a bad payday for a $3.30 investment for 6th place.

The very next hand it was another flush that did the damage as framacciotti's creativity paid off:

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framacciotti turned rags into riches as Nitten's top pair wasn't enough to stay alive. Nitten departed in 5th place for $940.08.

One of the biggest pots of the tournament saw the elimination of migrui. wakeupdude raised it up preflop and migrui made the call. The flop landed A♠8♥6♦ and wakeupdude led out for 292,160. migrui popped it to 712,005 and wakeupdude made the call. Both players checked the 5♦ turn card, before the T♣ hit the river. wakeupdude bet enough to put migrui all in, and migrui called it off with A♦4♦ for top pair, only to discover wakeupdude's A♣5♣ had turned two pair to take it down. migrui finished the tournament in 4th place and received $1,231.06.

With three players left, framacciotti tossed up the idea of a deal:

framacciotti said, "deal guys?"
Rhyno2008 said, "I have bad stack to deal now :("

Perhaps Rhyno2008 was telling the truth, or perhaps it was a clever bluff, as during that very hand Rhyno2008's Q♣Q♠ doubled up on a nine-high flop against framacciotti's K♠9♣.

framacciotti said, "deal now?"

After some confusion with wakeupdude ironically being unable to find the deal checkbox, the three players eventually got to pause the clock and talk numbers with the stacks as follows:

Seat 1: framacciotti (13,273,422 in chips)
Seat 2: Rhyno2008 (11,460,905 in chips)
Seat 9: wakeupdude (12,570,673 in chips)

The deal talks didn't take long, with short-stacked Rhyno2008 keen to ensure an even chop and the other two players happy to oblige. It was quickly agreed to take $2,506.15 apiece and play for the last $200.

However it seemed that the $200 up top wasn't much of an incentive for Rhyno2008:

Rhyno2008 said, "bet 5 million next hand? and check to river?"

Rhyno2008's proposal was ignored but it didn't take long for framacciotti to succumb in 3rd place. In a raised pot, Rhyno2008 bet the flop and turn, before framacciotti shoved all in on the river. The board read Q♣8♥3♣Q♥2♣ as Rhyno2008 made a quick call with Q♠8♦ for a full house to trump the 9♣5♣ rivered flush of framacciotti. The deal payout of $2,506.15 was sent to framacciotti's cashier for a fine effort.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: Rhyno2008 (19,232,116 in chips)
Seat 9: wakeupdude (18,072,884 in chips)

The $200 still wasn't an incentive for Rhyno2008, but in the end, it didn't matter as the cards fell the way of the Uruguay player.

With a 100,000 ante in play, Rhyno2008 raised it up preflop to a hefty 3 million, before overbet shoving all in on a flop of 2♠J♥5♦. wakeupdude called off the last 12 million with 7♥5♣ for just middle pair, as Rhyno2008 tabled A♣9♣ for nothing but ace-high. The turn was the 4♦ but the river was the 9♦ to pair Rhyno2008 for the win! wakeupdude pockets $2,506.15 for 2nd place as Rhyno2008 is now a MicroMillions champion and $2,706.15 wealthier!

MicroMillions II Event #25 final table results
1st Rhyno2008 (Uruguay) - $2,706.15*
2nd wakeupdude (Greece) - $2,506.15*
3rd framacciotti (Brazil) - $2,506.15*
4th migrui (Portugal) - $1,231.06
5th Nitten (Denmark) - $940.08
6th homeless ho (New Zealand) - $716.25
7th bb87zzz (Russia) - $492.42
8th fermer6 (Russia) - $268.59
9th Dinogrim (Russia) - $173.46

* denotes three-way chop

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.