Event #31 is the lone Stud Hi/Lo event on the MicroMillions II schedule, and 6,887 players ponied up the requisite $3.30 buy-in. That put more than $20,000 in the prize pool with just over $3,000 up top.
Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome was the strongest performer from the Team PokerStars family. She was eliminated with about 500 players left, earning $6.81. Henrique “Henrique.P” Pinho and Andre “acoimbra” Coimbra finished in the top half of the field but short of the money.
Canada’s EasyChips4U was setting the pace when things began to get interesting with about 100 players left. He was still alive when the field shrunk to two tables, but the top spot was no longer his. Sweden’s doylesh was doing some impressive work as the limits began to squeeze the field down toward the final table. The Swede was the only player above the 5-million-chip mark and the only one with more than 20 big bets in his stack. He parlayed those chips into an appearance at the final table.
With 13 players left, the UK’s ADP1985 took over the top spot in a head-on collision with doylesh. The latter made a pair of sixes and a respectable seventy-six low, but neither half was a winner. ADP1985 scooped the big pot with fives up and a seventy-five, and he spent the remainder of the tournament in one of the top two chip positions.
Beckersen81 was lurking in the chase pack for a while, and he finally got his hands on the big stack, too. With 12 players left, the German made a sneaky full house with 4♦ 5♦ 3♣ 6♣ showing. He showed down sixes full of fives to take a big chunk of ADP1985’s stack and eliminate Dagny Taggrt a few places short of the final table. Beckersen81’s stack swelled further in the following minutes, and he held a full 25% of the chips in play with 11 players remaining.
Germany had four players left at that point, but they’d lose half of that contingent on the way to the final table. BIGOne_FFM left in tenth place and trisha5544 in ninth, and just like that, the final was set. The United Kingdom had the most troops left on the board at that point, and ADP1985 had pipped back into the lead with the bubble knockout.
Seat 1: ADP1985 (United Kingdom) – 8,121,235
Seat 2: Havalencia (Greece) – 2,199,022
Seat 3: jambo (United Kingdom) – 3,078,241
Seat 4: Kid Blaast (United Kingdom) – 2,806,020
Seat 5: Beckersen81 (Germany) – 7,661,757
Seat 6: mike1357911 (Russia) – 1,808,827
Seat 7: Iolina mae (Germany) – 2,119,400
Seat 8: doylesh (Sweden) – 6,640,498
The Germans leveled the playing field almost immediately with Iolina mae taking the tournament life of jambo. Iolina mae made a straight and a seventy-six on seventh street, and jambo’s A♥ 9♥ 6♠ 8♦ plus three down cards couldn’t find a part of the pot. The game ended for jambo in eighth place with a reward of $129.13.
Beckersen81 eliminated the short-stacked mike1357911 in seventh place a few minutes later after starting with buried sixes and finding a third-of-the-kind on fifth street. Mike1357911 ran down two pair with A♦ 2♥ 5♥ 10♥ J♣ J♠, but it wasn’t enough to save him from a seventh-place exit. The performance was good for a paycheck of just shy of $250.00.
Havalencia was left with the shortest stack, and his demise came at the hands of Iolina mae. The former moved all in on fourth street with A♣ J♣ showing, and the board ran out 2♠ 8♣ / A♣ J♣ 8♥ 6♦ / K♥. Iolina mae started the hand with split tens and never trailed as the dealer ran out K♦ 10♦ / 10♠ 6♠ 3♥ 9♦ / 2♣. Havalencia slipped under in sixth place with $539.45 in the bank.
Despite the pair of knockouts, Iolina mae could not gain any meaningful ground. ADP1985 tallied the elimination after making a covering bet on seventh with 6♥ 7♣ K♣ 4♦ showing. Iolina mae called it off with 7♦ 9♦ / A♥ 3♣ 10♦ 10♠ / 6♠ — a naked pair of tens. ADP1985 started with A♠ A♦ in the hole, though, and that was all that was needed to send Iolina mae off in fifth place with $929.74.
Kid Blaast began his final hand with 5♠ 5♦ / 4♦ K♠, and all the chips went in there on fourth street. Beckersen81 was trailing with A♣ Q♣ / 2♦ 2♥ at that point, but the 2♠ on seventh was the death card for the at-risk player. The United Kingdom’s army was reduced to one as Kid Blaast collected $1,342.96 for the fourth-place finish.
A few hands later, doylesh reraised the last of his chips into the pot with split aces on third street. The dealer ran out the board A♦ 7♥ / A♣ 9♠ 9♣ 8♣ / J♣ to make aces up. Beckersen81 could beat that. The German started the hand with three to a straight, and the cruel 5♥ 6♦ / 4♦ 5♣ 10♠ 3♠ / 2♦ board ended doylesh’s tournament in third place. It paid out more than $1,750, and it left Germany versus the UK for all the glory.
Beckersen81 and ADP1985 began heads-up play essentially even in chips, and a deal was quickly made. It was getting a bit late in Europe, you know.
ADP1985: u wanna chop or play?
ADP1985: not fussed
ADP1985: am happy with chop
ADP1985: quite tired
Beckersen81: me tooo
The two chopped it up on chips and left $200 to play for on the table. It turned out to be a profitable deal for Beckersen81 as he was thoroughly dominated for the duration of the short duel. ADP1985 won two consecutive 10-million-chip pots to all but end it, and the final hand came within minutes of the deal.
Beckersen81 came up one spot shy of a win for Germany, and he earned $2,544.05 for his runner-up finish.
ADP1985 was the last player standing, and the United Kingdom won this battle for Europe. A payout of $2,782.52 was his to claim, and the bragging rights are worth some extra equity, too.
Event #31 Final Table Results
1: ADP1985 (United Kingdom) – $2,728.52
2: Beckersen81 (Germany) – $2,544,05
3: doylesh (Sweden) – $1,756.18
4: KidBlaast (United Kingdom) – $1,342.96
5: Iolina mae (Germany) – $929.74
6: Havelancia (Greece) – $539.45
7: mike1357911 (Russia) – $247.93
8: jambo (United Kingdom) – $129.13