MicroMillions III: Wednesday win for friday_of_$$ in Event 56 ($5.50 NL Draw)
Friday_of_$$ took to the final table with ease and accepted the beats when they happened. But it was tenacity that took friday_of_$$ through to heads-up play, and it was a series of relatively small but strong pots that evened the stacks with pokerzseni77. The right hands at the right time, just after the deal, took friday_of_$$ on to the winner's circle for the MicroMillions title.
Draw poker is one of the oldest forms of the game but one that garnered resurgence in popularity in the last few years as players began to seek game variations to enhance their poker experiences. No Limit Draw can now be found in many tournament lineups, and MicroMillions III wanted to include it on this schedule as well. With a $5.50 buy-in and $10K guarantee, the hope was that player interest would make this an exciting tournament. And it did.
The final numbers were set after a 120-minute registration period:
Prize pool: $11,480.00
Paid players: 288
Several hours into play, the money bubble burst, and Chilling1987 was the first player to cash for $9.06. A bit later, the last of the Team PokerStars Pros in the tournament exited for a profit, as Marcin "Goral" Horecki (pictured here) exited in 145th place with $14.00.
By the time the 6.5-hour mark came around, there were only two tables remaining, and $103.32 was the minimum payout. It took more than 30 minutes to reduce the field to eight players. The eighth place elimination of POMatty allowed hand-for-hand play to begin, and a few rounds of play led to short-stacked GansterTolik moving all-in against pokerzseni77. GansterTolik discarded three and ended up with 2♦3♥6♦J♠J♣, but pokerzseni77 took the same number of cards and received K♣6♣3♣Q♥Q♣. GansterTolik was out in seventh place with $160.72.
Pokerzseni77 starts with strong lead
Level 40 kicked off the final table action, with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and a 20,000 ante. The initial players' starting stacks were as follows:
Seat 1: Goovr (1,788,076 in chips)
Seat 2: vodich256 (2,553,315 in chips)
Seat 3: hallofax (267,463 in chips)
Seat 4: Nyrrnc (2,335,179 in chips)
Seat 5: friday_of_$$ (1,365,217 in chips)
Seat 6: pokerzseni77 (3,170,750 in chips)
The very short stack of hallofax went all-in on the second hand of the final table. After vodich256 raised from the button, hallofax called all-in and discarded three cards. Vodich256 also discarded three and then showed 6♣A♦6♥A♠T♦ for two pair. That beat the Q♣2♥3♥4♣Q♦ of hallofax, who left in sixth place with $240.85.
Pokerzseni77 and Nyrrnc battled over the course of several hands, as the former increased the lead by millions and Nyrrnc was reduced to a stack of about 30K. At that point, Nyrrnc was all-in with the small blind, and friday_of_$$ and Goovr checked to play along. Nyrrnc discarded four, while the other two players each took three cards. Friday_of_$$ showed A♣J♣Q♠K♦6♦, but Goovr had T♥7♠J♦4♣J♠ for the pair of jacks. That was enough for Goovr to collect the main and side pot, while Nyrrnc simply mucked and left in fifth place with $430.50.
Pokerzseni77 stumbles but regains control
Goovr lost some ground but doubled through friday_of_$$. Then a much bigger double-up for Goovr through pokerzseni77 put the former in the lead of the final four. But pokerzseni77 doubled back through Goovr to retake that lead just two hands later.
Vodich256 started to get involved by raising a hand from the button, and pokerzseni77 reraised all-in from the big blind. Vodich256 called all-in, took two cards, and showed 4♥2♠2♥K♥. Pokerzseni77 took two for a complete hand of 7♥A♣A♠A♥T♥ for the win, and vodich256 was out in fourth place with $660.10.
Goovr doubled again through pokerzseni77 to stay in action, but goovr tried it again a few hands later. Pokerzseni77 started it with a raise, and Goovr reraised all-in. Pokerzseni77 called and took two cards, which resulted in 3♣2♣2♠2♥2♦ for quads. That was more than enough to beat the A♦3♦A♥4♥A♣. Goovr was eliminated in third place with $1,004.50.
The last two players seated started heads-up play with these counts:
Seat 5: friday_of_$$ (1,741,962 in chips)
Seat 6: pokerzseni77 (9,738,038 in chips)
It took a few rounds for friday_of_$$ to find an all-in spot, but the double-up happened when friday_of_$$ found a flush with 4♠K♠9♠6♠8♠ to beat a pair of jacks. That thinned the chip difference between the two, and they paused the tournament to make a deal. With $200 left out for the winner, they decided to go for an even chop as follows:
Seat 5: friday_of_$$ (4,883,924 in chips) = $1,479.19
Seat 6: pokerzseni77 (6,596,076 in chips) = $1,479.20
On the first hand back from that break, friday_of_$$ doubled through pokerzseni77 with Q♥2♣8♠8♣8♦ over an ace-high hand.
Pokerzseni77 raised the next hand, and friday_of_$$ called. Both players took three cards, and friday_of_$$ bet, and pokerzseni77 called all-in with 4♣5♥Q♥2♣T♦, but that high card wasn't good enough to beat the 3♠3♣8♠7♣4♦ pair of friday_of_$$. Pokerzseni77 had to accept second place and the $1,479.20 that went with it.
Friday_of_$$ of Austria grabbed the title and $1,679.19. Congrats!
MicroMillions III Event 56 ($5.50 NL Draw) Results (reflects deal):
Total players: 2,296
Paid players: 288
1st place: friday_of_$$ (Austria) - $1,679.19*
2nd place: pokerzseni77 (Hungary) - $1,479.20*
3rd place: Goovr (Russia) - $1,004.50
4th place: vodich256 (Vietnam) - $660.10
5th place: Nyrrnc (Ukraine) - $430.50
6th place: hallofax (Germany) - $240.85
*Two-way chop left $200 extra for winner
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.