MicroMillions III: dr.g.lecktor silences Event #42 field ($5.50 NLHE)
After starting off innocuously enough, Event #42's final table saw two dominant chip leaders fall, big pairs snapped off left and right, and a colorful seven-way deal negotiation where tempers flared and words flew. It was a wild night in the MicroMillions and emerging from the fray with a first-place finish, but the fifth-largest share of the prize pool was Russia's dr.g.lecktor. But who got the lion's share? That would be seventh-place finisher madgiecash. And...how, exactly, did that happen? Read on.
17,778 players bought in to event #42, creating an $88,890 prize pool. 2,250 players earned a share of it with first place set to earn $10,408.98 off their $5.50 investment. Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg and Team Pro Marcin Horecki joined the field, but only Horecki came away with a cash, busting out in 740th place.
A dramatic hand set the final table, krissmagic leading off with a min-raise to 600,000 on the button. Madgiecash three-bet to 1.5 million from the small blind and KKKONEKK cold four-bet all-in for 2.17 million. Krissmagic gave up his hand and madgiecash called, turning over A♥5♠ while KKKONEKK revealed Q♠Q♣. KKKONEKK was poised to double up until an ace hit the river, sending him to the rail in tenth place and setting the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: madgiecash (15,012,427 in chips)
Seat 2: krissmagic (7,573,672 in chips)
Seat 3: kharak (11,576,664 in chips)
Seat 4: dr_dreee81 (7,326,274 in chips)
Seat 5: The_TMT.. (3,465,432 in chips)
Seat 6: dr.g.lecktor (11,925,739 in chips)
Seat 7: rasoo (5,468,776 in chips)
Seat 8: stevethedad (11,857,938 in chips)
Seat 9: Braceslut (14,683,078 in chips)
rasoo and The_TMT.. fizzle out
The_TMT.. quickly doubled through rasoo, his A♠7♣ rivering an ace against pocket sevens. Left with only 1.6 million at 150,000/300,000 blinds, rasoo put the rest of his chips in on the next hand, his K♠T♥ up against stevethedad's pocket fives. Rasoo did not improve and departed in ninth place, earning $533.34.
Despite the early double-up, The_TMT.. didn't survive much longer. The_TMT found A♠Q♥ and three-bet shoved for 4.2 million, but initial raiser madgiecash snap-called with pocket kings. Madgiecash flopped a set and rivered quads for good measure, ending The_TMT..'s run in eighth place.
madgiecash plays hardball with krissmagic
Krissmagic had been lobbying for a chop since play turned eight-handed and renewed the call in earnest following The_TMT..'s elimination. After much begging and pleading , all seven players checked the box and agreed to discuss a deal. Here's a look at their chip position when the action paused:
Blinds 300,000/600,000, ante 62,500
madgiecash - 24,080,791 (40 BB)
krissmagic - 15,062,560 (25 BB)
kharak - 13,551,664 (22.5 BB)
dr_dreee81 - 14,401,159 (24 BB)
dr.g.lecktor - 7,583,239 (12.5 BB)
stevethedad - 3,157,508 (5.25 BB)
Braceslut - 11,053,079 (18.5 BB)
After a set of chip count chop numbers were presented and all seven players agreed to them, the tournament host realized that she had erred and not taken out the requisite $1,000 that needed to be left on the table to play for. The numbers were adjusted, each player's share dropping anywhere from $34 for short stack stevethedad to $263 for chip leader madgiecash.
HostSusanW (Administrator): madgiecash:$7,569.71
HostSusanW (Administrator): krissmagic:$5,390.66
HostSusanW (Administrator): kharak:$5,368.42
HostSusanW (Administrator): dr_dreee81:$5,219.45
HostSusanW (Administrator): Braceslut:$4,275.15
HostSusanW (Administrator): dr.g.lecktor:$3,454.64
HostSusanW (Administrator): stevethedad:$2,309.03
HostSusanW (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $1,000.00
During the wait for the revised numbers, several players noted the late hour and the fact that they had to be at work in only a couple of hours. Add in krissmagic's relentless pursuit of a deal, and madgiecash realized he had a bit of leverage in this situation. Madgiecash told the other six he wanted to play on, infuriating krissmagic.
krissmagic: come on madgie
krissmagic: what is that
krissmagic: for 100 difference
krissmagic: why are u doing that to get us tilt?
krissmagic: so not nice...
krissmagic: of u
Madgiecash wanted at least $8,000 from the deal. Eager to settle, dr.g.lecktor and krissmagic offered up $150 apiece and dr_dreee81 and stevethedad contributed $100 each to get madgiecash's share over $8k. As the numbers were recalculated, krissmagic had a few more choice words for madgiecash. The highlights:
krissmagic: u greedy ....
krissmagic: u don t have no god?
krissmagic: what a greedy m f
madgiecash: someone has to be
krissmagic: someone has to be?
krissmagic: are u proud?
krissmagic: you will make a fortune that way
madgiecash: the rich become rich
madgiecash: because they are tight
krissmagic: and the soul?
madgiecash: ill take your soul aswell
Thankfully, all seven players agreed to the adjusted numbers and with $1,000 still in play, cards went back in the air.
Stevethedad doubled up within the first orbit back, snapping off kharak's K♣K♥ with A♣7♠, and on the following hand, krissmagic three-bet shoved for 14.2 million with A♥9♠ in the small blind. Madgiecash called with K♣Q♣, but krissmagic flopped an ace to double up to 29.6 million. Madgiecash open-shoved for 8.6 million on the next hand with A♥8♦ but ran headlong into kharak's A♦A♠.
"There is a god remember that from me," krissmagic sniped at madgiecash as the board ran out 2♥3♠3♥3♦4♦.
Madgiecash, however, had the last laugh, departing with the largest share of the prize pool at $8,069 despite a seventh-place finish.
From six to two... in a hurry
From there, things moved pretty quickly. Kharak took dr_dree81 out in sixth when his A♥7♥ held up against K♥9♥. Then, Braceslut eliminated stevethedad in fifth when A♥J♥ hung on vs. J♣4♠. With four players left, kharak had a massive chip lead with 59.9 million, while his three opponents all sported stacks between 6.4 million and 13.7 million.
Dr.g.lecktor clashed with krissmagic, open-shoving for 6.3 million with T♥7♣. Krissmagic called with A♠T♦. Both hit top pair on the T♣5♥3♦ flop, but dr.g.lektor caught a miracle 7♥ on the turn to make two pair. Krissmagic was crippled to 1.85 million and dr.g.lecktor relieved him of it on the next hand. Once again, luck was on dr.g.lecktor's side, his K♣5♥ flopping trips against krissmagic's K♥8♥.
Kharak still held a dominant chip lead, but dr.g.lecktor prevailed in a three-way all-in, tripling his 16.7 million to 46.5 million when his A♣7♦ flopped an ace against Braceslut's J♣J♥ and kharak's K♥7♥:
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: kharak (42,306,731 in chips)
Seat 6: dr.g.lecktor (46,583,269 in chips)
Kharak and dr.g.lecktor traded the blinds half a dozen times before the deciding hand unfolded. After seeing a A♥7♥5♠ flop for a min-raise, kharak check-raised dr.g.lecktor's 3.2 million continuation bet to 7.2 million. Dr.g.lecktor three-bet to 11.2 million and kharak called. Kharak check-called dr.g.lecktor's 4.8 million turn bet when the A♠ fell, but when the K♥ hit the river, he moved all-in for 26.1 million. Dr.g.lecktor called all-in, revealing K♣Q♦ for two pair. Kharak had complete air, only 9♦6♠.
Kharak's last 323,000 went in on the next deal, but his K♥3♦ didn't catch dr.g.lecktor's A♦J♥. Once the dominant chip leader, kharak had to settle for second place, but earned $5,386.42, over $1,000 more than dr.g.lecktor's $4,304.64 score.
Congratulations to dr.g.lecktor on snagging a MicroMillions title and kudos to madgiecash for shipping the largest share of the prize pool!
PokerStars MicroMillions III Event #42 results
Places paid: 2,250
1. dr.g.lecktor (Russia) $4,304.64*
2. kharak (Canada) $5,368.42*
3. Braceslut (Netherlands) $4,275.15*
4. krissmagic (Romania) $5,240.66*
5. stevethedad (United Kingdom) $2,209.03
6. dr_dreee81 (Romania) $5,119.45*
7. madgiecash (United Kingdom) $8,069.71*
8. The_TMT.. (Colombia) $800.01
9. rasoo (Slovenia) $533.34
*= reflects the results of a seven-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner
There's still more than 50 events remaining in the MicroMillions III. Head over to the MicroMillions page for more information and a complete tournament schedule.
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.