MicroMillions III: xxJamcoxx be jammin' in Event 47 ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)
On your marks, get set, turbo! The sprint was on in full force in 2012 MicroMillions III Event 47, $1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo. xxJamcoxx proved the most resilient sprinter, bringing a chip lead to the final table and then closing things out for a five-figure victory.
Players love to gamble during these unlimited rebuy turbo tournaments. The 12,454 registered players for Event 47 combined for 63,356 rebuys and 6,533 add-ons that inflated the total prize pool to almost $75,000. That's an average of 5 rebuys per registered player and a minimum payout for 1,620 ITM players of $10.49. It also meant that the winner of Event 47 was guaranteed a five-figure score: $10,237.
MicroMillions grinder extraordinaire and Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki made a deep run in Event 47, surviving all the way to the final three tables. But as turbo tournaments tend to go, one all in loss crippled Horecki, and although he managed to stave off elimination for a few more hands, he finally shuffled off to the Great Rail in the Sky in 27th place ($142.37).
About 45 minutes later, the final table of nine took their seats.
Seat 1: Kaisersauze! (38301234 in chips)
Seat 2: RioYuehLee (103776804 in chips)
Seat 3: boucenier187 (35366587 in chips)
Seat 4: zewlis (38745376 in chips)
Seat 5: CC113 (32918400 in chips)
Seat 6: qazwsxpowell (24629160 in chips)
Seat 7: NLSPEEDCORE (36425776 in chips)
Seat 8: xxJamcoxx (97299568 in chips)
Seat 9: hamudenløgne (15957095 in chips)
Level 61: 1.8M-3.6M blinds, 360k ante
Average: 47.0 million (13 BBs)
To start, RioYuehLee and xxJamcoxx were neck-and-neck for the chip lead with double-par stacks. At the other end of the spectrum, hamudenløgne was on the short stack with fewer than 5 big blinds. Yet it was boucenier187 who busted first off the final table. boucenier187 ran pocket deuces into qazwsxpowell's pocket aces to fall below 20 million in chips. A few hands later, at 2M-4M blinds, chip leader RioYuehLee opened to 8 million. boucenier187 shoved with A♣7♥. RioYuehLee snap-called with A♠Q♦, then flopped two pair A♦J♥Q♣ to leave boucenier187 drawing mighty thin. The turn and river bricked out; boucenier187 was out.
All the aces were out in the three-way all-in hand that resulted in the elimination of hamudenløgne in 8th place. Check it out:
Another three-way all in propelled Kaisersauze! above 100 million in chips, crippled CC113, and eliminated zewlis in 7th place. At 2.25M-4.5M blinds, Kaisersauze! open-shoved for 47.7 million with K♥Q♥. zewlis called for far less from the small blind with pocket 4s; CC113 called from the big blind with pocket 8s. Kaisersauze! spiked a queen on the turn to grab the whole pot and knock out zewlis in 7th place. CC113 was eliminated in 6th place, all in on the ante, two hands later when xxJamcoxx flopped two pair with 4♦5♦ against CC113's K♦J♥.
xxJamcoxx also did the honors of eliminating qazwszpowell in 5th place, just before the noon break. RioYuehLee, still clinging to the chip lead, opened pre-flop to 11.5 million. qazwsxpowell moved in for 16.1 million, earning a call from xxJamcoxx and RioYuehLee. The two players checked down the whole way to the river, 6♣J♠Q♠5♥A♠, where xxJamcoxx's pair of aces, T♠A♥, was good enough to claim the pot.
An unlucky "set-up" hand during four-handed play ensured that NLSPEEDCORE was the 4th-place finisher. NLSPEEDCORE open-shoved for about 45 million, roughly 9 big blinds, with a strong hand - A♥J♥. On the button, xxJamcoxx had an even stronger A♠K♥. Both players made a pair of aces on the A♣2♥6♠3♠T♠ board but xxJamcoxx's kicker played to put the brakes on NLSPEEDCORE in 4th place.
The other short stack, Kaisersauze!, bowed out in 3rd place a few hands later after shoving K♠9♠ from the small blind. RioYuehLee called with J♥T♥ from the big blind and turned the nut straight, 4♦7♠9♣8♥. Kaisersauze! was drawing dead.
Kaisersauze!'s elimination left two players alive in the tournament: xxJamcoxx (305.5 million) and RioYuehLee (117.8 million). Blinds of 2.75 million and 5.5 million offered them quite a bit of wiggle room for creative play.
All the same, the relative chip positions didn't change much through the next two levels. In the end the chips went in pre-flop on a flip all the same. xxJamcoxx jammed all in from the button for 289.6 million with pocket 4s; RioYuehLee called all in for 125.3 million with A♥J♣. This flip went to the pocket pair, though not without a sweat. A flop of 9♣6♠9♦ and a turn of 7♣ gave RioYuehLee plenty of river outs for a double-up. The 3♦ that came on the river was a decided brick.
Poker karma dictated that the heads-up battle come down to the two players who started the final table with the chip lead. This time around, xxJamcoxx had enough luck to survive a brutal dash through 12,453 other players to a MicroMillions III victory.
2012 MicroMillions III Event 47 $1+R NLHE (3x-Turbo) results:
1st: xxJamcoxx ($10,237.14)
2nd: RioYuehLee ($7,230.95)
3rd: Kaisersauze! ($5,245.24)
4th: NLSPEEDCORE ($3,746.60)
5th: qazwsxpowell ($2,997.28)
6th: CC113 ($2,247.96)
7th: zewlis ($1,498.64)
8th: hamudenløgne ($749.32)
9th: boucenier187 ($468.32)
Today marks the halfway point of the 2012 MicroMillions III. That means there are still 50+ events for players to play in their quest to turn a micro buy-in into a major payday. The schedule of remaining events, as well as the results of previous events, the points leaderboard, statistics and more, is available at the MicroMillions home page.
Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.