MicroMillions II: Riches for Russia as Iwantbearich bags win in Event #4 ($3.30+R NLHE)
I'll let you in on a little blogger's secret. When we're asked to report on an online poker tournament that takes about ten hours to complete, we're not actually sitting there watching the tables for ten straight hours. Sorry, but I'm afraid it's true. We usually try to keep one eye on things, but the clever people at PokerStars, using advanced poker tournament estimation intelligence technology, give us an indicative time when the final table is likely to kick off so we can then devote our full attention to the task at hand.
Usually they get it pretty right. Sometimes they are dead wrong.
Today was the latter as Event #4 of the MicroMillions II exceeded everyone's wildest expectations. When a massive field of 13,757 sit down in a rebuy event, mashing the rebuy button an incredible 25,227 times and adding on another 7,698 times, then you have yourself one helluva deep-stacked tournament.
It was a $3.30 Rebuy event that offered a $30,000 prize pool guarantee, and when the dust had settled a massive $140,046 prize pool had formed, and the "Action Hour" nickname for this event needed to be adjusted to the "16 Hours of Madness".
Singaporean Bryan Huang was the only Team PokerStars Pro we could spot in the field, finishing painfully close to the money in 1837th place. A few eliminations later and Portugal's PBaganha bubbled in 1801st place to see everyone else collect a min-cash of $16.80.
It took over 14 and a half hours of play to reach the final table which was formed following the elimination of CeoViper in 10th place.
Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: p0kerF@ce296 (21,997,998 in chips)
Seat 2: Iwantbearich (37,696,413 in chips)
Seat 3: adrenalien78 (9,383,402 in chips)
Seat 4: olangotang (22,886,986 in chips)
Seat 5: Bartek (28,560,982 in chips)
Seat 6: priszjee (8,468,750 in chips)
Seat 7: boyka134 (8,020,429 in chips)
Seat 8: svetlyiy1980 (10,303,508 in chips)
Seat 9: Shakky27 (8,123,532 in chips)
That's a whole lotta chips right there.
adrenalien78 landed an early double up in the battle of the blinds against olangotang before Shakky27 did likewise. Shakky27 had to do it the hard way though, with the 9♥9♠ spiking a set to crack the T♣T♠ of a disgruntled p0kerF@ce296.
However boyka134 couldn't match the fellow shorties after three-bet shoving A♣Q♠ preflop. olangotang had opened with a min-raise and felt priced in make a gambling call with 7♠8♠ which caught a pair on the river on the board of 4♣4♦9♦J♦7♣. boyka134 will be a little disappointed with 9th place but $840.27 is a great return on investment.
Shakky27 landed a cool 30mil pot with big double up holding pocket aces against the ace-king of Bartek, before priszjee made a fatal move in an interesting hand:
p0kerF@ce296 claimed to have folded ace-queen which left priszjee's outs pretty slim, ultimately sending priszjee to the rail in 8th place for a $1,260.41 collect.
p0kerF@ce296 couldn't recover from burning half a stack in the previous hand and was next to go. In fact, it was the very next hand as the table were still talking about the fold when p0kerF@ce296 moved all in from the small blind with K♠5♦ as Iwantbearich made the call with A♠Q♣. Oh the irony. The board ran out J♠J♦T♥8♣9♦ to leave Iwantbearich with a straight to end the run of p0kerF@ce296 in 7th place for $2,660.87.
Iwantbearich continued to play the rush - collecting three streets of value with a flush against olangotang before ending the run of Bartek. Iwantbearich opened with a raise holding T♦T♥ before Bartek moved all in with A♦7♦. Iwantbearich made the call and the pair held through the board of 4♥K♥J♠Q♥4♠. Bartek had to be content with $4,061.33 for 6th place.
Iwantbearich held a sizable chip lead with five players remaining and extended that further when the short-stacked svetlyiy1980 was unable to land a double up to stay alive. svetlyiy1980 three-bet shoved with A♣5♦ but Iwantbearich made the call with a dominant A♥8♥. There was a chance of a chop, but the board of Q♣Q♥4♠3♦A♦ left svetlyiy1980 empty-handed on the felt but $5,461.79 richer in the cashier for 5th place.
Iwantbearich didn't stop there as clearly this was the Russian's day. Moments later adrenalien78 was all in preflop with A♦K♠ and probably entitled to expect a chop when Iwantbearich called with the A♣K♣, but the board had other ideas. It landed J♣6♦3♣Q♣4♥, and while we were half expecting a T♣ to fall on the river, the nut flush was good for Iwantbearich in a cruel blow for adrenalien78 who had to be content with $6,862.25 for 4th place.
As olangotang was thinking about deal negotiations, it appeared an impossible scenario as Iwantbearich continued to steamroll the opposition with over two-thirds of the chips in play.
olangotang fought back with a handy double up, after getting out of line preflop with J♠7♠. olangotang caught a river pair to crack the A♦Q♥ of Iwantbearich and suddenly it was game on.
In fact, olangotang moved into the lead with the elimination of Shakky27 in 3rd place. After three-betting preflop, Shakky27 fired a bullet on the flop before moving all in on the turn on a board of 3♠9♦A♥J♣. The call was made by olangotang with 4♦A♦ for top pair, as Shakky27's T♥T♣ had shrivelled up. The river was a bricky 2♠ to leave Shakky27 to pick up $9,663.17 for a fine tournament.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: Iwantbearich (74,119,122 in chips)
Seat 4: olangotang (81,322,878 in chips)
olangotang's lead lasted only one hand as Iwantbearich won a nice early pot with a dominating ace. But olangotang turned it around again, making a full house to regain the advantage as the players settled into a lengthy heads-up battle for the MicroMillions II crown.
It took a good 45 minutes of warfare before something finally cracked:
olangotang had one hand on the title but Iwantbearich paired the kicker for a devastating double up that turned this tournament on its head.
The good fortune didn't end there for Iwantbearich after catching a king on the river holding ace-king to better olangotang's deceptively-played pocket queens in another interesting hand:
That left olangotang in trouble, and despite one double up, olangotang wasn't able to recover. The final hand saw olangotang min-raise the button before Iwantbearich put in a three-bet. olangotang moved all in for around 25 big blinds, but Iwantbearich snapped it off with A♠A♥. olangotang tabled Q♦K♦ and caught a pair on the flop, but it wasn't enough on the board of Q♣3♠4♥6♣2♦. olangotang pockets an incredible $12,807.20 but it was the unstoppable Iwantbearich who grabbed the MicroMillions title and $18,566.47 in prize money. Not bad for a $3.30 buy-in!
MicroMillions Event #4 final table results
1st Iwantbearich (Russia) - $18,566.47
2nd olangotang (United Kingdom) - $12,807.20
3rd Shakky27 (Bulgaria) - $9,663.17
4th adrenalien78 (Belgium) - $6,862.25
5th svetlyiy1980 (Russia) - $5,461.79
6th Bartek (Poland) - $4,061.33
7th p0kerF@ce296 (United Kingdom) - $2,660.87
8th priszjee (Netherlands) - $1,260.41
9th boyka134 (Ukraine) - $840.27
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.