After a week and a half of swollen prize pools for small buy-ins, the MicroMillions entered its final day with one more full slate of events. On tap for just a $1 was 2012 MicroMillions Event 96, $1+R No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo). Sure, the turbo nature of the tournament would make this one a little bit more of a push-fest than most, but with a buy-in of only $1 nobody could get hurt too badly.
The dream in Event 96 was to take one single dollar and, without executing any rebuys or add-ons, turn it into the top prize of $17,025.33. But there were plenty of rebuys. The 35,879 players that piled into Event 96 used their rebuy option 159,412 times. The prize pool was further bumped by 17,670 add-ons for a total pool of almost $194,000. 4,617 players would see some of that scratch.
Over on the Team PokerStars side of the ledger, although Team Pro Victor Ramdin (367th, $67.82) and Team Online player Shane 'shaniac' Schleger (1712nd, $23.25) made respectable runs, the story had to be Team Pro Marcin 'Goral' Horecki, whose 3314th-place finish didn't net him a ton of cash (only $11.62) but did give him 10 very valuable Player of the Series points. Going into today, Horecki was tied for 3rd place in the Player of the Series race, 15 points behind leader AleksS69.
They'd both be sitting the Event 96 final table out.
Seat 1: Znaku (115173478 in chips)
Seat 2: -sava555- (148141068 in chips)
Seat 3: NeoForastero (335541540 in chips)
Seat 4: nombrelarsen (117878688 in chips)
Seat 5: Greel13 (146972294 in chips)
Seat 6: akkala10 (28276672 in chips)
Seat 7: Motten86 (103522364 in chips)
Seat 8: tadylambert (61280208 in chips)
Seat 9: Omel'ka (59186688 in chips)
Blinds 2.75M / 5.5M, ante 550k, average 124.0M
The short stacks started off strong at the Event 96 final table, as akkala10 doubled up with pocket 10s against NeoForastero's pocket 4s in the early-going, and then again with unimproved ace-eight against Znaku's unimproved king-ten. After that it was tadylambert's turn, as pocket kings held all in pre-flop against pocket jacks. The short stacks were showing some fight and catching some breaks.
Eventually a soldier would fall. The first to do so was Motten86, who three-bet shoved for 63.6 million during the 4M / 8M level after a minimum-raise open by nombrelarsen. nombrelarsen called with a dominating A♦J♣ to Motten86's A♠T♠, which was enough to take down the pot on a board of 4♣2♥7♥4♠3♠. Motten86 finished in 9th place.
Blinds went up to 4.5M / 9M with a 900k ante. That was too much for short-stacked Omel'ka, whose basically blinded out, all in from the big blind for just 73k with 8♦2♣ against akkala10's the resurgent akkala10's pocket 7s. The 7s held, knocking Omel'ka off the final table in 8th place.
Znaku was the next player out, moving in pre-flop during the 5M / 10M level for 29M with A♥Q♣. The big blind, Greel13, made a "math call" with 3♣4♥ and was rewarded, 5♥9♦9♣3♦4♣, finishing the hand with nines and fours. Znaku exited in 7th place with $2,220.88.
A bad turn for akkala10 knocked akkala10's stack down to 24.3 million as the blinds went up again, to 6M / 12M. Another "math call" by a big blind, this time -sava555-, resulted in akkala10's elimination in 6th place. akkala10 got it in with A♦T♣ but couldn't out-run -sava555-'s 4♠5♣. The turn and river gave -sava555- two pair, Q♥9♥3♠5♥4♥ to knock out akkala10.
That triumph was short-lived. In the 7.5M / 15M level, a battle of the blinds KOed -sava555- in 5th place. NeoForastero called a shove for 118M from the big blind with A♣9♣, a bare ace to -sava555-'s pocket jacks. Both the ace and the nine flopped, 9♥A♦8♣; -sava555- did not catch a jack or runners from there.
That pot, and a double-up of tadylambert by Greel13, left NeoFroastero as the new chip leader with about 500M. The other three players had stacks in the 150M-250M range. NeoForastero's position was comfortable for the time being. That lead only increased after NeoForastero took out tadylambert on a flip, with K♣T♣ getting there on the flop against tadylambert's pocket 3s, all in pre-flop, T♥Q♠Q♥6♣5♦.
The final three players, NeoFroastero, nombrelarsen and Greel13, began to consider a deal. 3rd-place, which he was guaranteed to receive, was worth $8,005.65. That left roughly $11,000 to chop up after the champion's $2,000 set-aside was deducted. The chip-chop would have given NeoForastero $13,206.50, Greel13 $11,6277.79 and nombrelarsen $10,4363.88. Greel13 was not in favor of that chop.
"Sorry, not enough for my new car," said Greel13. "Let's play." There were no further negotiations.
The three remaining competitors played long enough for blinds to roll over to 10.5M / 21M, then 12M / 24M. Greel13 played more aggressively than NeoFroastero and nombrelarsen, and little by little drew neck-and-neck with NeoForastero for the chip lead. There were no flops; all of the action ended with either a single pre-flop raise or a re-raise shove.
No flops, that is, until Greel13 picked up pocket 9s on the button and NeoForastero shoved Big Slick from the small blind. This flip went to NeoForastero after an ace spiked on the turn. Greel13 was left with 115M, which went in pre-flop two hands later from the button with Q♥T♥. NeoForastero jumped all over A♥9♦ and flopped two pair, 8♦A♣9♣4♦8♠. Greel13 was out of the tournament, needing to be content with the $8,005.65 for 3rd place.
Greel13's elimination left two Mexicans, NeoForastero and nombrelarsen, to battle it out heads-up for the Event 96 title. NeoForastero started with a 3.5-to-1 chip lead and ended the tournament after just two hands. nombrelarsen had almost no shot on the final hand:
Still, as final table host Adrienne Rowsome noted, $29k+ is headed to Mexico today. Not too shabby.
2012 Micro Millions Event 96 $1 No-Limit Hold'em (3x-Turbo, Rebuys) results:
1st: NeoForastero ($17,025.33)
2nd: nombrelarsen ($12,267.19)
3rd: Greel13 ($8,005.65)
4th: tadylambert ($6,397.15)
5th: -sava555- ($4,798.35)
6th: akkala10 ($3,199.54)
7th: Znaku ($2,220.88)
8th: Omel'ka ($1,511.59)
9th: Motten86 ($889.51)
That just about does it for the 2012 MicroMillions on PokerStars. The last events will be wrapping up over the next 10 hours or so. If you still want to get in on the action, it's not too late! Event 100, a $1 no-limit hold'em hyper-turbo, starts at 21:00 tonight. Otherwise, if you want to pore back over the stats for the series and found out who finished in the Top 10 in the Player of the Series race, check out the MicroMillions home page.