MicroMillions II: Toria06 takes Event #5 title ($3.30 NLHE)
It was clear by looking at the starting chip stacks of the final table that Toria06 had a solid lead, but it soon became apparent that no one else had a chance of catching up. Toria06 moved steadily far in front of other opponents, climbing to 70 million chips when others struggled to climb over 10 million. Toria06 dominated the table and handily made it to the winner's circle.
Very few players can compete in tournaments with buy-ins at the $10,000 range. Lower those to SCOOP and WCOOP levels, and more players can find ways into the tournaments. But bring on the MicroMillions, and it becomes open season for online poker tournaments. Everyone can play, which ties into the motto of online poker that it's a game for all. MicroMillions has very low buy-ins, and satellites offer seats into the tournaments for pennies.
So when MicroMillions II was announced, players were ready. No matter the size of their bankrolls, players were anxious to get their pieces of the action, as every of the 100 events boasts of a sizeable guarantee.
Let's look at the final numbers for Event 5:
Prize pool: $53,109.00
Paid players: 2,250
The bubble burst a few hours into the action when huertapoker unfortunately finished in 2251st place. That pushed the rest of the players into a minimum payout window of $5.31. It wasn't until many hours later that the payouts surpassed the $100 mark, with 18th place paying $108.87. And tension grew at that point, as each player eliminated was one step closer to the final table.
Hand-for-hand play began after belokranjec was ousted in 11th place and the 9.5-hour break took place. Upon their return to the tables, studside and Maalim went to see a raised flop of 8♣9♥2♥. Studside moved all-in with A♥4♥, and Maalim check-called with K♣8♠. That pair of eights held up to the T♣ turn and Q♣ river to eliminate studside in tenth place with $212.43.
The final table began in Level 50, with blinds of 250,000/500,000 and a 62,500 ante. Players' starting stacks were as follows:
Seat 1: freitas1001 (9,997,455 in chips)
Seat 2: gurgen064 (7,330,784 in chips)
Seat 3: Toria06 (21,790,062 in chips)
Seat 4: Maalim (12,329,230 in chips)
Seat 5: TheRevarend1 (5,657,236 in chips)
Seat 6: AkaCushing10 (3,314,868 in chips)
Seat 7: oscar47318 (9,551,281 in chips)
Seat 8: pitbul22 (5,474,768 in chips)
Seat 9: rikichipay (13,069,316 in chips)
The second hand of the table brought action as pitbul22 raised all-in from middle position. Freitas1001 reraised from the small blind to isolate, which worked as gurgen064 folded 7♦7♣ face-up from the big blind. Pitbul22 showed A♥K♣, but that was dominated by the A♦A♠ of freitas1001. Nothing about the Q♣3♣2♥T♠Q♥ board changed the outcome, and pitbul22 had to leave in ninth place with $318.65.
Shortly after, AkaCushing10 made a push with K♦J♦ against the 6♠6♥ of Maalim, and that race played out on a T♠4♥3♥9♠4♠ board. Two pair was good enough to send AkaCushing10 out in eighth place with $477.98.
Gurgen064 doubled through oscar47318, and the latter moved all-in two hands later with 8♣8♥. Toria06 called with A♥J♦ and hit an ace on the 3♠A♠T♦ flop. Another came on the A♣ turn for trips, and the 6♠ on the river finished the hand, leaving oscar47318 out in seventh place with $902.85.
Toria06 climbs even higher
Toria06 had a solid stack and wasn't afraid to get involved. When gurgen064 raised preflop from the small blind, Toria06 called from the big blind to see a flop, which came A♠8♥K♥. Gurgen064 bet, and Toria06 responded by moving all-in with A♣6♣. Gurgen064 had only 6♥4♥ but called all-in anyway. The turn of 6♦ and river of 4♦ still couldn't beat the better two pair of Toria06, and gurgen064 left in sixth place with $1,327.72.
TheRevarend1 doubled through rikichipay, but it wasn't enough to satisfy for long. Toria06 made a middle position raise to 2.4 million chips, and TheRevarend1 reraised all-in for over 10.2 million. Toria06 called with K♦9♠, but TheRevarend1 was ahead with A♣7♣. The flop of 7♠9♣Q♦ gave each player a pair but put Toria06 in front, and the 8♠ turn and J♠ river left it at that. TheRevarend1 took $1,858.81 from the prize pool for fifth place.
Two hands later, rikichipay made that all-in move as well. Toria06 called from the big blind, and original raiser Maalim folded. Rikichipay showed J♦J♥, and Toria06 turned over A♥Q♥. But the flop of 5♦2♥A♣ hit that ace for the better pair, and though the 7♥ on the turn meant nothing, the Q♠ on the river only gave Toria06 two pair. Rikichipay took home $2,389.90 for fourth place.
Getting to heads-up
Freitas1001 was on the short stack during three-handed play but doubled to stay alive:
Freitas1001 proceeded to double again, securing a spot in the heads-up match if Maalim failed to do the same.
That's what happened, as Maalim took a risk with A♠K♣, and Toria06 called with A♦9♦ but caught the first card on the 9♣3♥4♦T♥7♠ board. That was enough to send Maalim out in third place with $3,452.08.
Toria06 too far ahead
The last two players standing began their battle with Toria06 in a dominating position:
Seat 1: freitas1001 (19,588,892 in chips)
Seat 3: Toria06 (68,926,108 in chips)
Freitas1001 stayed strong but was whittled down to little more than 12.5 million chips. With K♠]6d], freitas1001 moved all-in, and Toria06 called with A♠K♥. The board came 3♣4♦7♦A♣9♠, and Toria06's pair of aces sent freitas1001 out in second place with $4,514.26.
Toria06 of the United Kingdom took victory in strong form, grabbing one of the first MicroMillions II titles and $6,221.34 in cash. Congrats!
MicroMillions II Event #5 ($3.30 NLHE) Results:
Total players: 17,703
Paid players: 2,250
1st place: Toria06 (UK) - $6,221.34
2nd place: freitas1001 (Brazil) - $4,514.26
3rd place: Maalim (Germany) - $3,452.08
4th place: rikichipay (Chili) - $2,389.90
5th place: TheRevarend1 (UK) - $1,858.81
6th place: gurgen064 (Russia) - $1,327.72
7th place: oscar47318 (Argentina) - $902.85
8th place: AkaCushing10 (Canada) - $477.98
9th place: pitbul22 (Canada) - $318.65
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