MicroMillions III: Not sad at all, Sladjan 68 wins Event #11 ($11 6-Max NLHE)
Heads-up play in a poker tournament can last one hand and suddenly the first 10 hours of struggle seemed like ordering a Captain Morgan Rum and Coke, and getting just the Coke. There is no epic battle for the top two prizes and a sense of emptiness. Closure, but no entertaining fight for the $6,493.59 difference between first and second place which players who finished in 1,801st through 2,100th would gladly accept after getting a $6.01 ROI after buying into tonight's MicroMillions III Event #11 $11 6-Max NLHE tournament.
But, tonight railbirds and busted players alike were treated to a lengthy heads-up battle between Sladjan 68 and MasterOfPoo8 to decide tonight's ten hour contest. In the end, Sladjan 68 would come from behind to snatch away victory from MasterOfPoo8 to claim the $21,189.14 win and earn 100 points in the MicroMillions Player of the Series race.
Half-way through the eighth hour only 16 players remained after the stadium-sized starting field of 15,469 was whittled down the size of a small family gathering. Thanks to the decent structure, our players still enjoyed an average of near 25 big blinds. After SAW72518's stack was swiped by Sladjan 68 after K♥8♦ caught trips on the flop and SAW72518 could not get away from pocket queens Q♠Q♦ the number of tables were reduced to two.
kev_unlimit tried a little aggression by three-betting all in for 3.57 million with the blinds at 100K/200K ante 25K but steliossun would four-bet from the small blind as the original raiser, baiken0808 bailed. Eight million chips in the middle as steliossun flipped up T♦9♥ as kev_unlimit showed pocket eights 8♣8♦. Lots of treys on the board, and a nine on the door 9♣ 3♠ 3♦ 4♣ 3♣ would ship the pot to the unconventional steliossun as kev_unlimit took home $1,044.15 in 12th place.
figlarz1987 (11th place, $1,044.15) and Yana2003 (10th place, $1,044.15) would follow kev_unlimit quickly on the rail. blondexal from Russia would pick up a little more money from the pay bump in 9th place ($1,314.86). Then, with the blinds at 150K/300K ante 37.5K Sladjan 68 and steliossun got into a preflop raising war that ended with Sladjan 68 all-in and 15.7 million chips in the middle. Pocket queens Q♠Q♦ for steliossun failed to catch the pocket kings K♠K♥ held by Sladjan 68 on the 9♠ T♣ 8♦ 4♣ A♦ board as steliossun was reduced to just 1.3 million chips. Those chips would be donated to baiken0808 on the next hand as steliossun picked up $1,314.86 in eighth place.
After a few hands of hand-for-hand play on the four-handed table, Icegg 15rus was itching to put in a short-stack of 2.4 million and found a spot after three-betting all-in with A♥J♠. Silky1978 only needed 1.5 million more to call and did so with Q♣K♦. It would be Icegg 15rus' last hand of the tournament as a king hit the middle of the flop J♦ K♣ 5♠ 5♣ 4♦ as the final table migrated to Table 213 shown below:
Seat 1: baiken0808 (19084081 in chips)
Seat 2: Sladjan 68 (15519448 in chips)
Seat 3: Cezar6666 (9433062 in chips)
Seat 4: jeeby2 (5191254 in chips)
Seat 5: Silky1978 (17110601 in chips)
Seat 6: MasterOfPoo8 (11006554 in chips)
Smells like a win
It would take an entire level before the first elimination. With the blinds at 250K/500K ante 62.5K jeeby2 would raise all-in for 4.2 million from the cutoff as it folded to the chip leader MasterOfPoo8 in the small blind holding pocket nines 9♠9♦ and plenty of chips to make the call. jeeby2's tournament life would need ace's help after showing 6♦A♠ but despite picking up an open-ended draw on the turn Q♥ 4♣ 5♥ 3♦ the rivered pair of sixes 6♠ was not enough as jeeby2 took home $1,856.28 in sixth place.
No play, no pay
After going several orbits without picking up a pot, Cezar6666 was whittled down to 1.23 million and blinds holding at 250/500K ante 62.5K the Polish final tablist found a couple of face cards J♥Q♥ to shove the small stack in with. Sladjan 68 and MasterOfPoo8 came along for the ride to see an all-diamond flop 2♦ Q♦ 5♦. After they both checked the flop, Sladjan 68 would slide out two million on the T♠ turn. MasterOfPoo8 found other matters to attend to as Sladjan 68 showed the nut flush 6♦A♦ and Cezar6666 collected $3,093.80 in fifth place.
Check, check, check, muck
Three-way action two hands later would leave one player out of the tournament. Watch below to see Silky1978, MasterOfPoo8, and baiken0808 gather a 11.3 million chip pot preflop:
After Silky1978 raised and MasterOfPoo8 three-bet to 3.6 million, baiken0808 would four-bet for just a touch less (3.13 million) as Silky1978 made the call. Both live players would check down the 4♣ T♣ 2♥ 4♦ 5♠ board as Silky1978 showed Q♦A♠. The queen kicker may have dominated preflop but the paired duck by MasterOfPoo8's A♥2♠ caused baiken0808 to muck the hand ending the tournament in fourth place ($5,414.15).
Not a silky smooth flop
After losing a huge 27.2 million chip pot all-in preflop with pocket kings K♦K♣ versus Sladjan 68's A♠Q♣ when an ace hit the flop 7♦ A♣ J♦ 5♦ Q♠, Silky1978 was reduced to playing in survival mode after being left with 4.1 million chips and 300K/600K ante 75K blinds.
Five hands later Silky1978 would shove 2.8 million chip over the top of Sladjan 68's min raise from the small blind. The raise was not enough to bump the Serbian off T♦K♣ as Sladjan 68 made the call. Holding two live cards 9♠6♣ Silky1978 was greeted with an all-spade flop Q♠ 7♠ 5♠ giving the U.K. player straight, flush, and pair outs. But, the board decided to double pair instead on the turned 7♥ and river 5♣ to end the night in third place ($10,054.85).
Working for the win
The entire final table of Event #11 would take 67 minutes to decide. Our final two would play for the last 35 minutes alone to decide who was claiming the MicroMillions III title along with the $21,189.14 first place prize.
MasterOfPoo8 would have Sladjan 68 down to a river card away from claiming the win after 24 minutes of heads-up play. With the blinds at 500K/1MM ante 125K, all the money went in after the 8♥T♣2♣ flop. Sladjan 68 showed second pair 6♠8♠ as the chip leader MasterOfPoo8 did one better by holding top pair J♣T♠. 34.1 million chips in the middle and two cards away from victory, MasterOfPoo8 would watch the harmless turn 3♥ and not-so-harmless 6♣ river snatch away the win as the pot gave the Serbian new life.
11 minutes later Sladjan68 would complete the comeback with the largest pot of the tournament shown below:
With the blinds moving up to 600K/1.2MM ante 150K MasterOfPoo8 called a min-raise to see the 5♠6♦7♥ flop. MasterOfPoo8 checked as Sladjan 68 bet six million. Holding an open ended draw plus two overs K♣8♠ MasterOfPoo8 shoved for 32.5 million as Sladjan 68 made a gutsy call holding 6♠3♠. Spades would continue to fall on the turn T♠ and river J♠ to lock up the Event #11 victory and $21,189.14 for Sladjan 68!
MicroMillions III Event #11 $75,000 guarantee ($11 6-max NLHE)results:
Players entered: 15,469
Places paid: 2,100
Entry fee: $11.00
Prize pool: $154,690.00
First place prize: $21,189.14
1. Sladjan 68 (Serbia) $21,189.14
2. MasterOfPoo8 (Canada) $14,695.55
3. Silky1978 (United Kingdom) $10,054.85
4. baiken0808 (Singapore) $5,414.15
5. Cezar6666 (Poland) $3,093.80
6. jeeby2 (Belgium) $1,856.28
Be sure to check in on Sunday's MicroMillions' action as Team Online's Grzegorz 'DaWarsaw' Mikielewicz and Richard 'Tzen1' Veenman will battle it out first in the satellite trenches then in the MicroMillions III events durnig the day. The prize? Check out Rick Dacey's story about the challenge to find out.
David Aydt is a freelance contributor