MicroMillions III: We see what Cdeeznut$ did there in Event 18 ($3.30 NLHE Turbo)
Everyone knows that turbo poker tournaments require more luck than the average poker tournament. In 2012 MicroMillions III Event 18, $3.30 NLHE (Turbo), most of the luck ran to Cdeeznut$. Cdeeznut$ hung around long enough to catch a great run of card and notch the last four eliminations of the tournament en route to the victory.
$3 doesn't get you much in today's world, but on Saturday it got you a full stack and a seat in Event 18. 14,355 players decided that was a good deal, knowing full well that the "Turbo" tag on the tournament meant the whole thing would play out in about five hours. The $5,715 prize for the winner may have influenced that decision. At the very least they probably figured it wouldn't take long to trim the field to the 1,800 ITM finishers who would each receive $5.16.
The small buy-in MicroMillions events tend not to be too popular with the Team PokerStars Pros (when you play Open-Face Chinese Poker for $500 a point, it's hard to get motivated for a $3 tournament I guess). It's thus not at all surprising that no Team Pros or Team Online players made the money in Event 18. Even legendary MicroMillions grinder Marcin "Goral" Horecki missed the cut.
The sprint to the final table took just four-and-a-half hours:
Seat 1: Underrttaker (816659 in chips)
Seat 2: SkumarikS (2761848 in chips)
Seat 3: dmyzuka2012 (24763092 in chips) (leader)
Seat 4: Krab 010 (4970352 in chips)
Seat 5: Cdeeznut$ (10772595 in chips)
Seat 6: inoplanet (10023468 in chips)
Seat 7: Sickofitall5 (2464052 in chips)
Seat 8: guenasln (14173614 in chips)
Seat 9: zzr777 (1029320 in chips)
Level 49: 200k-400k blinds, 50k ante
Average: 7.98 million (20 BBs)
And they're off
On the first hand of the final table, guenasln opened to 3.2 million from late position. zzr777, who was next to act, started the final table with just 979k and put those chips at risk with pocket 5s. guenasln showed down pocket aces and notched the elimination as neither player improved.
Underrttaker was looking to climb up the counts but wound up being the next player buried. As the short stack, with just 641k and blinds up to 250k-500k, Underrttaker made a desperate shove with 9♣7♠. SkumarikS had two of the other three 9s, really bad news for Underrttaker. As with zzr777's elimination hand, neither player improved on an ace-high board.
Two more eliminations followed in staccato fashion. First guenasln took out Sickofitall5 by having A♣K♥ hold up against A♠Q♣ on a 3♠A♦2♥K♦8♠ board. The 7th-place finish, worth $818, was nothing to be sick about for Sickofitall5.
One hand later, Krab 010 joined the action. SkumarikS opened to 1.8 million pre-flop at the 300k-600k level. Krab 010 shoved with pocket 10s; SkumarikS called all in for 1.5 million more with A♥3♣. Once again the board rolled out safely for the leading hand. SkumarikS was eliminated after failing to improve, J♣Q♥4♣3♠9♠.
The far turn
While all this action was taking place, chip leader dmyzuka2012 sat back on a big stack and watched. Even as the blinds moved up to 400k-800k, dmyzuka2012 still had about 35 big blinds. guenasIn, thanks to those eliminations, moved up to 17 big blinds and was barely trailed by Cdeeznut$ and inoplanet (about 15 BBs each).
Krab 010, the decided short stack, doubled once through Cdeeznut$ for some breathing room, and then a second time through dmyzuka2012 to bring most of the stacks level. That second hand made it to a flop before all the chips went in:
It wasn't to be for Krab 010, however. Losing even just a few blinds as the limits moved to 500k-1MM meant trouble. Down to about 6 million in chips, Krab 010 pushed with K♦Q♣. Cdeeznut$ called with pocket 10s that stood tall on a 9-high board. Krab 010 finished in 5th place, good for $1,679.
Two hands later Cdeeznut$ took out the previously quiet and reserved chip leader, dmyzuka2012. The hand featured a rare three-handed flop, as Cdeeznut$ raised to 2 million pre-flop and inoplanet and dmyzuka2012 both called. dmyzuka2012 led into Cdeeznut$ for 3 million on an all-diamond flop, 8♦4♦K♦. Cdeeznut$ raised to 7 million, clearing out inoplanet. dmyzuka2012 called, then moved all in for 5.5 million on the 7♦ turn. Cdeeznut$ called with Q♦J♦, a flush; dmyzuka2012 was drawing dead with a smaller flush, K♠9♦, and retired to the rail in 4th place.
Down the stretch
The final three players, Cdeeznut$, guenasIn and inoplanet, jockeyed for position three-handed. inoplanet, the short stack with about 11 million (fewer than 10 BBs), was at a decided disadvantage. All it took was one open-raise to 4.8 million from Cdeeznut$ for inoplanet to three-bet all in for 10.9 million. Cdeeznut$ called with pocket 9s; inoplanet showed K♠9♠. There were no kings and only one spade on a board that came 2♣T♣4♥7♠T♦. inoplanet was eliminated in 3rd place just as the 11am break started.
During the break, Cdeeznut$ (38.1 million) proposed to guenasIn (33.6 million) that they chop the remaining prize pool based on chip counts. After deducting the winner's $400 set-aside, the payouts were understandably almost level: $4,670.16 to Cdeeznut$ and $4,583.57 to guenasIn. The players agreed to those amounts.
Play resumed. On the second hand back from the break, guenasIn opened to 2.4 million, then called all in after Cdeeznut$ shoved for 39.3 million. It was a case of domination: Cdeeznut$'s A♣K♠ dominated guenasIn's K♣8♣. The other two kings hit the flop, K♥5♦K♦. guenasIn needed either another board pair or an 8 to stay alive. The turn and river came J♠ and 2♥ to knock out guenasIn in 2nd place.
Cdeeznut$ never had the nuts at the final table of Event 18, just more than enough strong hands to collect a few scalps and notch a MicroMillions victory. For Event 18, at least, Cdeeznut$ was lucky AND good.
2012 MicroMillions III Event 18 $3.30 NLHE (Turbo) results (* denotes two-way deal):
1st: Cdeeznut$ ($5.070.16)*
2nd: guenasIn ($4,583.57)*
3rd: inoplanet ($2,971.48)
4th: dmyzuka2012 ($2,110.18)
5th: Krab 010 ($1,679.53)
6th: SkumarikS ($1,248.88)
7th: Sickofitall5 ($818.23)
8th: Underrttaker ($387.58)
9th: zzr777 ($258.39)
Today is Day 3 of the 2012 MicroMillions III, which means we're not even halfway through the series yet. There are still plenty of events left on the schedule, plenty of opportunities to get in on the fun. Get all the MicroMillions III information you could ever want - schedules, results, point standings and more - at the MicroMillions home page.
Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.