MicroMillions III: Easy as ABC for ADP1985 in Event #4 ($3.30+R NLHE)
The MicroMillions is back for its third instalment with one hundred incredible-value, low-risk, big-reward tournaments to thrill low-limit players around the world. And what better way to kick off the schedule with everyone's favourite low-limit tournament - the "Action Hour" rebuy!
The United Kingdom's ADP1985 certainly thought so, surviving a spirited six-way deal discussion to take the title and $14,096.69 in prize money.
It was Event #4 of the MicroMillions III schedule and produced a field of 15,365 entrants for the $3.30+R No Limit Holdem event. Those players forked out for 28,381 rebuys and another 8,767 add-ons to create a staggering prize pool of $157,539 to more than double the advertised guarantee.
Scouring a lobby of 15,000 players for signs of someone we know is not the easiest job for a poker reporter, but our search did uncover a couple of red spades in the field. PokerStars Team Online member Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara from Japan took a shot at MicroMillions glory but fell well short in 8,792nd place, while the omnipresent Marcin "goral" Horecki from Poland seems to have a liking for the low-limit grind. Horecki took down the inaugural MicroMillions Player of the Series back in March and is off to a solid start in this series with 540th place in this event netting some points and $47.26 cash.
The top 2,025 players would finish in the money but bebrett from Canada would feel the pain of bubble, narrowly missing the $17.32 min-cash.
Once in the money, the player dropped away at a rapid pace with the final two tables reached after just over nine hours of play. From there it went bang, bang, bang, and when SimonSez88er was out-kicked with 8♣7♣ on a board of J♠Q♦J♥7♠3♥ against ADP1985's 7♥A♠, the final table was set.
Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: willmichigan (41,444,018 in chips)
Seat 2: Ha'det'sjovt (7,254,832 in chips)
Seat 3: mojitoPRO (27,279,108 in chips)
Seat 4: crunchpump1 (13,735,365 in chips)
Seat 5: Vishera (27,512,376 in chips)
Seat 6: 19Mona84 (7,697,592 in chips)
Seat 7: Olegin13 (12,615,516 in chips)
Seat 8: ADP1985 (18,186,159 in chips)
Seat 9: BreakStuff84 (19,348,034 in chips)
willmichigan had a healthy chip lead, but with the blinds starting the final table at 400k/800k/100k, it took only two hands before we saw our first elimination.
ADP1985 raised to four times the big blind from under the gun before 19Mona84 moved all in with the short stack from the big blind. ADP1985 made the easy call with A♠K♣ as 19Mona84 was in trouble with A♣T♣. Both players paired the flop but it wasn't enough to save 19Mona84 as the 8♥T♥K♠4♣4♠ board sent 19Mona84 to the virtual rail in 9th place for $945.23 in prize money.
Ha'det'sjovt was quick to follow. Ha'det'sjovt three-bet shoved with 8♦8♠ with Olegin13 making the call with K♠Q♦. Olegin13 flopped more outs with an open-ended straight draw but it was the king on the river on the J♥7♥T♠T♥K♥ board that saw Olegin13 collect the pot and leave Ha'det'sjovt to pick up $1,417.85 for 8th place.
Crunched and pumped
crunchpump1 was the next to fall, and it was a brutal fatal blow best described in animation:
crunchpump1 made a solid call with K♦Q♣ but mojitoPRO's aggression paid off as the old 2♠8♦ spiked the only pair to eliminate crunchpump1 in 7th place for $2,756.93.
A key hand of the final table, and the biggest of the tournament then unfolded between ADP1985 and willmichigan. ADP1985 raised the button, willmichigan three-bet from the big blind and ADP1985 made the call. When the flop landed T♦2♠J♠ willmichigan put his big stack to work by moving all in but ADP1985 wasn't going anywhere with J♥T♥ for top two pair and made the call. willmichigan showed an ambitious T♣4♣ and when the turn and river bricked, the 54-million chip pot, and the chip lead was shipped to ADP1985.
ICM, what the?
It was good timing for ADP1985 as the six players immediately decided to take a look at some numbers, and although "ICM" was a foreign concept to a few, the numbers were crunched and a lengthy 30-minute discussion ensued with the chip counts as follows:
Seat 1: willmichigan (35,937,264 in chips)
Seat 3: mojitoPRO (35,999,684 in chips)
Seat 5: Vishera (23,812,376 in chips)
Seat 7: Olegin13 (12,595,348 in chips)
Seat 8: ADP1985 (53,402,768 in chips)
Seat 9: BreakStuff84 (13,325,560 in chips)
Despite being the second shortest stack, BreakStuff84 was the first to play hard ball - wanting another $100 from the other players which was a significant chunk of change. Understandably, they resisted.
BreakStuff84 settled for a $60 contribution from ADP1985 but then willmichigan found some voice, demanding an additional $170 from each player due to his experience advantage. Perhaps tiredness had set in, with three of the players agreeing to the "Michigan tax", while BreakStuff84 and ADP1985 split their contribution.
Eventually that was enough for all six players to type "I agree" into the chat box as it was game on for the final $1,500.
The floodgates open
Once a deal was struck, the players were quickly in the mood to gamble it up.
BreakStuff84 found a double up with pocket jacks against mojitoPRO's pocket eights, but mojitoPRO was able to recover with the elimination of Vishera in 6th place. Vishera three-bet shoved A♦T♣ with mojitoPRO making the call with 7♣7♠. The board bricked out J♦K♣J♣3♦8♦ to see Vishera with a post-deal collect of $9,447.41.
The short-stacked Olegin13 was able to double up with a dominating ace against ADP1985, but ADP1985 shot back to the top of the pops with a dramatic elimination of willmichigan:
Perhaps some of heat from the deal discussions had erupted on to the felt as both players were drawing big, but it was ADP1985 who connected on the river with a heart flush to see willmichigan bundled out in 5th place. A favourable deal saw willmichigan collect $11,851.86 in prize money.
ADP1985 was into a healthy chip lead as the four remaining players settled into a groove with some smaller pots exchanged. That was until a cooler of a hand saw BreakStuff84 run J♥J♠ into mojitoPRO's A♦A♠ for a big double up for mojitoPRO.
BreakStuff84 was onto the short stack and looked for revenge when all in preflop with A♥3♦ against mojitoPRO's K♠J♣ but the board of 2♦7♣4♠3♣J♠ delivered a jack on the river to spell the end for BreakStuff84 in 4th place for $7,699.66.
Olegin13 landed another big double up with K♠K♥ against mojitoPRO's A♦7♦ to recover from the short stack to be right in contention. It left mojitoPRO short and all in next hand with K♠6♠ against Olegin13's dominant K♥9♥. The board of 7♥T♥4♥A♦8♥ gave Olegin13 a flush which was more than enough to remove mojitoPRO in 3rd place for $11,008.65 in prize money.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 7: Olegin13 (89,156,494 in chips)
Seat 8: ADP1985 (85,916,506 in chips)
Olegin13 held a small advantage, but just two hands into heads-up play, the two exploded on a flop of 4♠9♣7♥. Olegin13 jammed with 7♦6♦ for middle pair but ADP1985 made the call with T♦9♥ for top pair. The K♥ turn and T♥ river saw ADP1985 improve to two pair for the massive double up.
It left Olegin13 with around eight big blinds, which were soon all in preflop with 8♣8♥ as ADP1985 went for the win with K♥3♠. The final board was a cruel A♠Q♣A♦J♣J♦ as Olegin13's pair was counterfeited with ADP1985's king kicker good enough to grab the win! As the short stack when the deal was struck, Olegin13 collected $7,393.27 as ADP1985 takes the MicroMillions title and $14,096.69 in cold hard cash!
MicroMillions III Event #4 Results
Prize pool: $157,539
Places paid: 2,025
1st ADP1985 (United Kingdom) - $14,096.69*
2nd Olegin13 (Russia) - $7,393.27*
3rd mojitoPRO (Russia) - $11,008.65*
4th BreakStuff84 (Brazil) - $7,699.66*
5th willmichigan (United Kingdom) - $11,851.86*
6th Vishera (Russia) - $9,447.41*
7th crunchpump1 (Ireland) - $2,756.93
8th Ha'det'sjovt (Denmark) - $1,417.85
9th 19Mona84 (Netherlands) - $945.23
* denotes six-handed deal
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.