MicroMillions III: lammas111 survives rebuy turbo madness in Event #27 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo)
If there's one event on the MicroMillions III schedule that you should've played, it was Event #27. How much fun is a $1 No Limit Holdem Rebuy 3xTurbo event? It's the best! It was the Sunday Spark Special Edition and a gift from the heavens for poker degenerates, gamblers and micro-limit grinders alike. Estonia's lammas111 certainly thought so, after turning a $1 buy-in into a tidy $8,350.29 after dominating the final table to grab an impressive victory.
The event saw a massive field of 13,072 take to the PokerStars felt. With rebuys costing less than a buck, it was no surprise to see players get their gamble on and amass a staggering 60,185 rebuys and another 6,707 add-ons to produce a prize pool of $72,767.24. Small investment, big prize pools. It was the MicroMillions at its finest.
The 3xTurbo structure ensured there was plenty of action early, as players tried valiantly to survive the 90-minute rebuy period. It was like holding your breath underwater for as long as you could without panicking, with the much-needed air supply coming in the form of the generous 30k chip add-on.
The $9.45 min-cash for the top 1,710 players was probably not enough for a profit for many, but batgirl3000 from New Zealand would have appreciated it, after pure bubbling the tournament in 1,711th place.
Once the money bubble burst, the players dropped away rapidly. Team PokerStars Marcin "Goral" Horecki was among the fallen, with his tournament ending in 603rd place for $20.37 in prize money.
The final table was reached in a little over five hours of play with Australian pocketroc614 the one to miss out on the bright lights of the final table after falling in 10th place as the final table was formed as follows:
Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: Tear-drop22 (9,030,604 in chips)
Seat 2: Kaptsya (45,561,265 in chips)
Seat 3: srv1 (36,997,616 in chips)
Seat 4: Moonlightoks (66,354,587 in chips)
Seat 5: ARBYZ23 (12,742,684 in chips)
Seat 6: Ssslevvinnn (19,151,186 in chips)
Seat 7: lammas111 (86,242,110 in chips)
Seat 8: tipstaswede (56,081,468 in chips)
Seat 9: LaBELLEeleN (88,819,480 in chips)
The chip lead was with LaBELLEeleN, but with the final table blinds kicking off at 1.2M/2.4M/240k, it took just one hand to lose our first player.
Ssslevvinnn moved all in preflop with 9♦9♣ but tipstaswede had that pipped with T♦T♣ and made the call. Suits were matched and that was important as the board of 4♦A♦2♦8♦Q♦ brought four diamonds with tipstaswede making a flush to eliminate Ssslevvinnn in 9th place for $436.60.
tipstaswede continued to play the rush, finding J♣J♠ in the big blind to make the call when ARBYZ23 shoved the button with 7♣7♥. The board fell T♠5♦9♣6♥A♦ to leave ARBYZ23 out in 8th place for $727.67.
With the blinds so large, and rising quickly due to the turbo format, it was understandable that players would want to wait to pick their spots as the aggressor, however lammas111 was able to make a tremendous read in a rare post-flop pot against LaBELLEeleN to call down a triple-barrel bluff with just ace-high:
It jumped lammas111 into the chip lead as LaBELLEeleN was rattled as things went from bad to worse. LaBELLEeleN raised with A♥K♠ and made the call when Tear-drop22 moved all in but Tear-drop22 tabled the rockets - A♠A♦! The board ran out 7♣J♠9♦6♥5♠ to leave LaBELLEeleN to depart in 7th place for $1,455.34.
Moonlightoks threw up the idea of a deal, but with six players remaining it was tricky to coordinate as play continued. Moonlightoks was able to climb a pay jump when Australian srv1 was eliminated moments later. srv1 shoved the button with 9♥9♠ but lammas111 found Q♦Q♠ in the big blind and made an easy call. The board fell 8♣6♠5♦A♥K♥ to see srv1 take home $2,183.01 for 6th place.
That pay jump would be as far as it would go for Moonlightoks who moved all in for around thirteen big blinds from the button with A♣3♣. lammas111 again found another big pair in the blinds, making the call with T♣T♥. The flop of 2♦8♦4♠ brought a few extra outs for Moonlightoks with a wheel draw, but the 2♥ turn and 2♣ river completed the board. Moonlightoks turned a $1 buy-in into $2,910.68 for 5th place.
lammas111 held a commanding chip lead with four players remaining after a great run of solid reads and big cards. Those cards continued when lammas111 found K♣K♠ but tipstaswede spiked a pair of aces after shoving preflop with A♥7♠ to land a big double up.
It didn't slow lammas111, who would then win ten of the next twelve pots, including the elimination of Kaptsya in 4th place. Kaptsya moved all in with a tick under eleven big blinds holding J♥J♠ as lammas111 made the call with A♦9♠. The community cards were spread T♥7♦A♥A♣6♥ to hit lammas111 and leave Kaptsya on the rail in 4th place $3,638.36.
A short-stacked Tear-drop22 landed a double up with A♦Q♣ against tipstaswede's A♣7♠, but tipstaswede was able to do likewise the next hand with 9♦9♠ surviving against lammas111's A♠T♠.
Let's do a deal
With the chips a little more even around the table, the three players decided to look at numbers. It took longer for the host to arrive than it did for the players to agree on a deal, with chip chop and $1,000 for the winner quickly agreed to.
lammas111 was the chip leader at the time, but that quickly turned around when lammas111 and Tear-drop22 saw a flop of 2♣J♥6♥. The chips went into the middle with Tear-drop22 moving in with 2♠2♦ for a set of ducks with lammas111 making the call, only to discover the bad news holding J♣T♣ for top pair. The 4♥ turn and Q♥ river doubled Tear-drop22 into the chip lead.
Top pair was no good for lammas111 in that hand, and it proved to be no good for tipstaswede just moments later, ironically on the very same flop - 6♣2♠J♣:
A lovely lady on the river for lammas111 to grab the pot in dramatic fashion as tipstaswede was bundled out in 3rd place for a post-deal prize of $7,168.32.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: Tear-drop22 (158,945,168 in chips)
Seat 7: lammas111 (262,035,832 in chips)
lammas111 held a handy lead, and in the early stages was able to extend that advantage with aggression to win the majority of pots. But Tear-drop22 fought back to win the first major heads-up pot in an all-in clash holding 2♣2♥ against lammas111's A♠8♦ when the board arrived J♣7♠3♣4♣K♠.
It was a trend that continued throughout an epic heads-up battle with lammas111 powering with small-ball aggression while Tear-drop22 won the big pots.
At one point, lammas111 won ten pots in a row to regain control, but Tear-drop22 doubled back up again with A♦6♠ holding against lammas111's K♦T♣ with all the chips in preflop.
It gave Tear-drop22 a narrow lead, but the key hand came in a hand on a board of 9♠Q♥J♥8♥A♦. lammas111 bet every street, with the final bet for all the chips, as Tear-drop22 checked and then called it down holding A♥K♣ for a rivered top pair. However lammas111 had the goods with Q♠T♣ for a straight to leave Tear-drop22 on the brink.
With just four big blinds, Tear-drop22 moved all in next hand with Q♦6♠, and lammas111 made the call with A♠9♥. The board would be all lammas111 as it brought J♣A♦K♣J♦A♣ to give lammas111 a full house for the win! Tear-drop22 would collect $6,183.36 for 2nd place as a dominant performance from lammas111 resulted in the title and $8,350.29 in prize money. Not bad for a $1 buy-in!
MicroMillions III Event #27 Results
Prize pool: $72,767.24
Places paid: 1,710
1st lammas111 (Estonia) - $8,350.29*
2nd Tear-drop22 (Hungary) - $6,183.36*
3rd tipstaswede (Australia) - $7,168.32*
4th Kaptsya (Ukraine) - $3,638.36
5th Moonlightoks (Russia) - $2,910.68
6th srv1 (Australia) - $2,183.01
7th LaBELLEeleN (Russia) - $1,455.34
8th ARBYZ23 (Russia) - $727.60
9th Ssslevvinnn (Russia) - $436.60
* denotes three-handed chip chop deal
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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.