MicroMillions III: Second time's the charm for lo-fi dream in Event 94 ($5.50 NLHE, 1R1A)

Nobody has won two events yet during MicroMillions III, but there are a handful who have had two chances to do so. Membership in that club grew by one today when lo-fi dream, who made the final table of Event 37, advanced to the last nine today in Event 94.

In that tournament the player from Brazil was the first player eliminated, taking home 6th place and $491. Though today's final table was filled with long stretches with a short stack, it would go a little better for the Brazilian, who stayed patient and outlasted the field to take home $15,693.73 for the win.

No going slow

These nine players made up the final table of this last hold'em rebuy event on the MicroMillions III schedule:

Seat 1: bogotm (26,228,745 in chips)
Seat 2: lo-fi dream (27,069,195 in chips)
Seat 3: missfortun87 (26,318,375 in chips)
Seat 4: Ava.alfagot (12,389,965 in chips)
Seat 5: Implos1ve (11,872,552 in chips)
Seat 6: GENBORG (15,064,435 in chips)
Seat 7: m1sspiggy (11,237,692 in chips)
Seat 8: CphFlyer (4,412,000 in chips)
Seat 9: INY_MONEY (13,802,041 in chips)

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CphFlyer, the short-stacked player from Denmark, wasted no time doubling up - with a little help from the board. A shove before the flop for 4.26M was met with an isolation raise from Greece's INY_MONEY, who cleared out the rest of the table and turned over A♠ A♦. CphFlyer's K♥ Q♣ needed serious help and got it with a flush on a board of 6♦ K♣ 2♣ 8♣ 5♣.

The next showdown would involve another pair of pocket aces. The action started with Russia's Ava.alfagot opening for a minimum raise to 1.2M. Belgium's Implos1ve was next to act and shoved for 11.97M; the United Kingdom's m1sspiggy called all-in for 11.3M, but the original raiser folded to leave the other two heads up. When the board ran out 6♦ 8♥ 7♣ K♠ 9♥ m1sspiggy's A♦ A♠ had held up against Implos1ve's A♥ Q♥ for a 25.4M-chip pot.

Implos1ve was left with 484K - less than one big blind - and moved all-in before the flop on the next hand with 7♣ 4♦. Romania's bogotm called in the small blind but folded after lo-fi dream moved all-in from the big blind. The Brazilian showed A♣ Q♥, which held up through the 3♠ 2♦ J♦ 6♦ J♣ board to send Implos1ve to the rail in 9th place ($890.37).

The rise of Ava.alfagot

lo-fi dream got involved again an orbit later, opening under the gun for the minimum raise of 1.2M. After Ava.alfagot reraised to 4.08M in middle position, lo-fi dream didn't take long to move all-in with 7♦ 7♣. Ava.alfagot took even less time to call with K♦ K♥, which held up through a board of 4♠ 3♥ 9♣ 6♦ Q♦ to win the 28.22M-chip pot.

That left lo-fi dream with 10.94M chips, about 18 big blinds on the 300K/600K/75K level. With the exception of a blind steal on the next hand, the Brazilian wouldn't get many opportunities to put them in play over the next several orbits. That led to a slide toward the bottom of the standings as the other players drove the action. The next 17 hands were particularly profitable for Ava.alfagot, who stacked up to 51.65M and the chip lead on the strength of several big pots, including this one that left INY_MONEY on the short stack:

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Nine hands later INY_MONEY was down to just 920K, now worth less than a single big blind as the level had advanced to 500K/1M/125K. The Greek opened the action by calling all-in in early position with K♠ T♦ and was joined in the pot by missfortun87 from the cutoff, as well as Russia's GENBORG and m1sspiggy in the small and big blinds. They each checked the Q♠ 6♠ 9♣ flop before folding to m1sspiggy's bet of 2M on the 9♥ turn, when the player from the U.K. Turned up J♥ 9♠ for turned trip nines. That left INY_MONEY drawing dead, and the 8♥ finished off the Greek in 8th place ($1,335.55).

Only another five hands would pass before the next knockout. CphFlyer opened the action by moving all-in for 3.37M from the hijack seat and everyone else folded around to the big blind. Getting about 2.4-to-1 odds with 1M already in from the forced bet, Ava.alfagot called and showed Q♠ 7♦. That was behind the T♣ T♠ in CphFlyer's hand, but only until the flop fell Q♥ 7♣ A♣ to give Ava.alfagot two pair. The 7♥ on the turn made that a full house, and the 9♠ on the river sent CphFlyer packing in 7th place ($2,819.50).

With three players down Ava.alfagot stood alone atop the leaderboard with 58.06M chips, more than 30M ahead of m1sspiggy in second place. At the other end of the spectrum was lo-fi dream with only 3.3M. A few hands later the Brazilian would have to fight to stay alive, moving all-in from the small blind with K♥ 3♠ and outrunning missfortun87's J♥ 6♦ to grab the 7.38M-chip pot. After that misfortun87 was left with 19.81M chips, the bulk of which would go in the middle two hands later after opening for 3M on the button with A♥ J♣ and calling all-in following a shove from Ava.alfagot with T♠ T♥. The J♠ 5♦ A♠ flop and 9♥ turn put missfortun87 in position for a double-up, but the T♣ on the river made a set for Ava.alfagot. With that, missfortun87 was out in 6th place ($4,303.45).

Only four hands later lo-fi dream would double up again, this time in a preflop dust-up with A♣ Q♦ against GENBORG's A♥ J♥ after neither hand improved on a board reading 2♣ 9♦ 6♣ 6♥ 8♠. Now relegated to short-stack status, GENBORG would end up at risk three hands later after shoving for 6.42M from the button before the flop with K♠ 9♣. The only caller was m1sspiggy, who held A♥ 2♥ in the small blind. The ace was good enough to win after the board came T♥ Q♣ 3♦ 3♣ 6♠, and GENBORG's run came to an end in 5th place ($5,787.40).

A dream not yet forgotten

With four players left the stacks looked like this:

Seat 1: bogotm (22,428,646 in chips)
Seat 2: lo-fi dream (12,444,784 in chips)
Seat 4: Ava.alfagot (83,379,958 in chips)
Seat 7: m1sspiggy (30,141,612 in chips)

Silent for most of the final table so far, Romania's bogotm began stepping up at this point by winning seven of the next 16 pots. After splitting a pot with m1sspiggy where both players held ace-queen, bogotm was up to 40.22M chips. Soon the blinds and antes were up to 700K/1.4M/150K and Ava.alfagot took control once again, winning six of eight pots to move over 90M as bogotm fell back down to 28M.

Ava.alfagot reached a little too far, though, in this hand against lo-fi dream:

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With that pot lo-fi dream moved into second place by a hair. That left m1sspiggy as the table short stack, and the U.K. player's last 14.1M chips would go in the middle before the flop on the next hand as an all-in three-bet after bogotm had opened under the gun for a minimum raise to 2.8M. It was an easy call for bogotm with K♠ K♥, which had the lead against m1sspiggy's A♦ 7♦. The Q♠ 5♣ 7♣ 9♥ T♣ offered no help and m1sspiggy finishedin 4th place ($7,271.35).

A deal and a conclusion

Ava.alfagot's advantage had diminished a bit from earlier but was still intact with 75.67M chips to bogotm's 44.1M and lo-fi dream's 28.61M. Over the course of the first 22 hands both of the trailing players would chip away at Ava.alfagot's stack, and bogotm seized a temporary lead after flopping trip fives on the button with 7♦ 5♦ and getting value from Ava.alfagot on the turn and river to win a 30.42M-chip pot. But some well-timed aggression by lo-fi dream enabled the Brazilian to move ahead of the other two players without having to shown down a hand.

Finally the three agreed to talk about making a deal. After running into a language barrier and waiting a few minutes for a Russian translator to lend a hand, the players negotiated a split where bogotm got $13,793.72, lo-fi dream and Ava.alfagot each got $13,993.72, and $1,500 stayed on the table for the winner.

Once they'd all agreed to the deal three-handed play went on for another 20 hands. Throughout them Ava.alfagot, who had been so active for much of the final table, couldn't pick up a winner and steadily slipped downward. Finally, sitting in the small blind on the 1M/2M/250K level with 22.84M chips behind, the Russian made a move. After lo-fi dream opened for 4M on the button, Ava.alfagot moved all-in with 4♦ 4♥. The Brazilian called with A♥ T♣ to build a pot worth 50.44M chips and watched as the board came down 6♥ 9♥ 3♣ Q♥ T♥, making an ace-high flush and ending Ava.alfagot's day in 3rd place ($13,993.72).

Already ahead with 103.99M chips to bogotm's 44.4M, lo-fi dream would play one of the shortest heads-up matches of this entire series. After coming in a minimum raise before the flop on the second hand, an action flop would help to bring the tournament to a close:

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With that Q♦ on the river, bogotm's two pair fell to lo-fi dream's ace-high flush and the Brazilian claimed every chip in play.

For a runner-up finish, bogotm earned the $13,793.72 agreed upon in the deal. As for lo-fi dream, the extra money on the table brought the top prize up to $15,693.73 - more than $15K better than the Brazilian's first final table appearance during the series.

MicroMillions III Event #94: $5.50+R NL Hold'em (1R1A)
$75,000 guaranteed prize pool
14,226 entrants, 10,633 rebuys, 4,820 add-ons
1,800 places paid
$148,395 total prize pool

1st place: lo-fi dream (Brazil) $15,693.73*
2nd place: bogotm (Romania) $13,793.72*
3rd place: Ava.alfagot (Russia) $13,993.72*
4th place: m1sspiggy (United Kingdom) $7,271.35
5th place: GENBORG (Russia) $5,787.40
6th place: missfortun87 (United Kingdom) $4,303.45
7th place: CphFlyer (Denmark) $2,819.50
8th place: INY_MONEY (Greece) $1,335.55
9th place: Implos1ve (Belgium) $890.37
* - Denotes result of a three-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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