If regular Pot Limit Omaha is not gamble enough for you then you should have checked out today's MicroMillions. Take the action of Pot Limit Omaha, spin it into six-handed and put a $5.50 entry on it and you have yourself one helluva fun tournament. One player who certainly thought so was goodbyerebuy from Switzerland. goodbyerebuy survived an impressive field, a rather bizarre final table and a three-way deal to capture the MicroMillions III crown and $1,838.15 in prize money.
The event was Event #81 of the MicroMillions III series and brought 2,493 players out for the $5.50 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Event.
The top 330 players would end the tournament in profit, with Cardenal21 from Colombia bubbling in 331st place, narrowly short of the $8.60 min-cash.
Team PokerStars had a couple of representatives in this one. Russian Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov made a brief appearance, but there were a few rumblings in PokerStars HQ when Marcin "Goral" Horecki started to make another deep run. Just a few days ago, Horecki captured a MicroMillions PLO title in Event #62. Could the Team PokerStars Pro do it again?
Sadly, no. Horecki was bundled out in 46th place for $31.16, but another MicroMillions top 50 place will add valuable points in his quest for a second MicroMillions Player of the Series honour.
As the players dropped away it was Pauly008 from New Zealand who missed out on the bright lights of the final table. Pauly008 got it in on the flop with a set of nines, but garompon turned the nut flush to eliminate Pauly008 in 7th place as our final table was set:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: APLtyson (2,063,525 in chips)
Seat 2: garompon (5,619,193 in chips)
Seat 3: goodbyerebuy (897,773 in chips)
Seat 4: crapu920 (56,200 in chips)
Seat 5: gunhiji (1,854,587 in chips)
Seat 6: VITALYA$333 (1,973,722 in chips)
I've covered quite a few of these final tables over the years, and I have to say, this was one of the more unique starts to a final table that I can ever recall.
Firstly, let's start with crapu920.
crapu920 came to the final table with just 56,200 in chips, which wasn't even enough for a single big blind. The main reason for that was crapu920 had been sitting out for the last ten minutes. Perhaps there was an internet problem. Perhaps crapu920 had somewhere important to be. Whatever the reason, crapu920 had somehow outlasted several bustouts to reach the final table.
But then it got better.
On just the second hand of the final table, and crapu920 just one hand from the big blind, and certain elimination, APLtyson and garompon decided to go to war:
APLtyson pushed the turn with the best hand as garompon didn't have a lot of outs on the river but one of them was the offsuit ten-ball to complete the straight to send APLtyson crashing to the rail in 6th place for $236.21.
Of course, he was then followed the very next hand by craphu920 who blinded out in 5th place. craphu920 would no doubt be disappointed to have been sitting out, but somewhat surprised to discover $436.27 in the account.
With two quickly out of the way, the remaining four players were able to catch their breath and get down to business.
gunhiji landed a nice double up, making a superior straight holding J♣9♦T♥4♣ when the chips went in on the turn on a board of 8♥7♦3♥6♣. garompon's 6♠9♥5♠9♠ for a nine-high straight wasn't quite enough as the T♠ river delivered the double to gunhiji.
goodbyerebuy made a Broadway straight to also double through garompon, before following that up with another dose moments later. The chips were in on a flop of 6♥4♥J♣ with goodbyerebuy raising all in with 3♦J♦K♥T♥ for top pair with a flush draw. garompon made the call and also held a flush draw with 8♠Q♥Q♦5♥ to go with a straight draw and overpair. The 9♥ turn was the card that goodbyerebuy wanted to see as the flush arrived before the Q♣ river fell.
garompon started the final table with the chip lead, and despite these blows, still managed to keep a nose in front. But that changed when garompon fired three full barrels on a board of K♦8♦A♦J♦K♥ holding 6♠Q♦T♠9♣ for the straight, only to find goodbyerebuy call it down with 9♦7♦K♣7♣ for a flush.
It seemed that nothing was going right for garompon and that continued when garompon moved all in on the turn on a A♥K♣J♥8♥ board. garompon held A♣6♣6♥7♥ for a flush but gunhiji had flopped the nuts, turned the nuts, and following the T♠ river, tabled the nuts holding 8♣T♥A♠Q♥. Just like that, garompon went from chip leader to eliminated in 4th place for a $685.57 collect.
The three remaining players then decided to look at the deal numbers with the chip counts as follows:
Seat 3: goodbyerebuy (6,684,092 in chips)
Seat 5: gunhiji (4,163,464 in chips)
Seat 6: VITALYA$333 (1,617,444 in chips)
Chip chop numbers were quickly agreed to with an extra $200 up for grabs for the winner.
goodbyerebuy chipped up further, winning more than a fair share of pots uncontested, before clashing in a big pot with gunhiji:
Both players flopped top-pair, top-kicker, but goodbyerebuy hit the straight on the river to bundle gunhiji out in 3rd place for a post-flop deal of $1,419.94.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: goodbyerebuy (11,397,790 in chips)
Seat 6: VITALYA$333 (1,067,210 in chips)
goodbyerebuy held a massive chip advantage, but VITALYA$333 was able to secure one double up making a straight with 8♦J♦6♣J♠ to better goodbyerebuy's 9♦K♦6♥4♥.
However it appeared to be delaying the inevitable as goodbyerebuy wore on VITALYA$333 before the final hand went down.
VITALYA$333 raised preflop, before goodbyerebuy put in the three-bet. VITALYA$333 four-bet all in and goodbyerebuy made the call with K♦9♣A♥6♥. VITALYA$333 showed A♠2♠J♣Q♥ and never made up any ground on the 8♥9♥9♠3♦4♥ board. goodbyerebuy flopped trips and improved to the nut flush by the river to secure an impressive victory! As the short stack at the deal, VITALYA$333 picked up $1,199.54 for 2nd place as goodbyerebuy scooped $1,838.15 and the title of MicroMillions champion!
MicroMillions III Event #81 Results
Prize pool: $12,465
Places paid: 330
1st goodbyerebuy (Switzerland) - $1,838.15*
2nd VITALYA$333 (Russia) - $1,199.54*
3rd gunhiji (Canada) - $1,419.94*
4th garompon (Argentina) - $685.57
5th crapu920 (Romania) - $436.27
6th APLtyson (Australia) - $236.21
* denotes three-handed chip chop deal
For more details about the MicroMillions III schedule and leader board, head to the MicroMillions home page.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.