For its seventh birthday, Party Poker brought out the big guns. Every few months or so, the Party Poker people will up the prize pool of its weekly $300,000 guaranteed NL Hold’em MTT to the $1,000,000 level. I cannot recall one instance of Party Poker meeting that $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool through buy-ins and fees, which has always left Party Poker with a sizeable overlay.

But not this week.

Through a slew of satellites and promotions, Party Poker was not only able to meet its $1,000,000 prize pool – it surpassed it. With 2,078 entrants and a $640 buy-in, the official prize pool was listed at $1,246,800… and one guy took a lot of it.

After snookering the remaining 4 players into a slowdown from a balked deal, player TherookieQQ9 kicked it into high gear and eliminated the final three players for an outright victory of $233,775 USD.

Here’s how it happened (all dollar values in USD:)

10. Adamkosh / $9,600.36 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated

Hailing from Germany, Adamkosh entered the final table with about 3.2 million in chips (the blinds at the final table started at 50,000/100,000 + 10,000) to put him solidly in the middle of the pack. Unfortunately his AQ ran into then chip leader flushrein’s AK and Adamkosh was canned.

9. JanozMT / $15,959 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated

The very hand following Adamkosh’s elimination, Slovakian player JanozMT’s 2.7 million in chips were consumed by eventual winner TherookieQQ9.While JanozMT never got going at the final table, he was able to bring home $15,959 for his efforts.

8. fladfisk111 / $21,819 / 2 hands won / 0 players eliminated

Danish player, fladfisk111 entered final table play amongst the smallest stacks with about 2.5 million in chips. He was able to steal two different pots with pre-flop all-ins before being railroaded into eighth place by the TherookieQQ9’s freight train.

7. Riichardoo / $31,170 / 3 hands won / 0 players eliminated

I liked Austrian player Riichardoo because he was trying to get a deal done. So many final table players refuse to even look at a deal and Riichardoo did everything in his power to get his fellow players to at least look at a deal. He spammed the chat box, he clicked yes/no ten different times to bring attention to the deal box – he pleaded, he reasoned and he joked all to no avail. And as much as I would like to say that he deserved more money for being final table deal savvy, his play was not all that great. He only made four bets, each of which was an all-in. Three times it went uncalled until finally flushrein called and put Riichardoo out of his misery. Riichardoo received $31,170 for his seventh place finish.

6. Anabooola89 / $40,521 / 0 hands won / 0 players eliminated

Swedish player Anabooola89 came into the final table with 3.1 million in chips and made one bet – one bet over the course of his entire final table experience. A whole final table and sixth place finish on one bet (which of course, he lost to flushrein.) I guess it worked because he bled his way up into $40,521 and a sixth place finish but I hate to see someone not play like that. It just sucks.

5. bforrest111 / $52,989 / 10 hands won / 0 players eliminated

bforrest111 was the exact opposite of Anabooola89 – the Canadian player was extremely aggressive and quickly turned his 7.1 million in starting chips into 13 million. Here’s a statistic that speaks valumes to bforrest111’s abilities: of the first 55 hands played at the final table, bforrest111 was the only player who had won a pot post-flop without a showdown – and he won two of them. But just like Oedipus, his aggression undid him: hand 7289250816 saw flushrein and bforrest111 in a flop together. flushrein checked the flop inducing an all-in overbet (and stone-cold bluff) from the then chip leader bforrest111. flushrein quickly called with his pocket Aces winning the 17 million chip pot. Though it did not eliminate bforrest111, that hand left him with less than 300,000 in chips and he was promptly expunged by fazi608.

4. flushrein / $64,833.60 / 9 hands won / 3 players eliminated (Adamkosh, Riichardoo and Anabooola89)

flushrein figured prominently in much of the action, most notably the two biggest hands of the Party Poker Birthday Millions tournament. Yet another player hailing from the Netherlands, flushrein came into the final table as the big stack with a little bit less than 10 million in chips. He eliminated three players and basically a fourth in bforrest111 (and through a wonderfully executed trap no less) en route to amassing almost 18 million in chips at one point. But he made two bad reads: hand 7289230308 featured flushrein and TherookieQQ9 heads up headed into the flop. The flop came Jack-high with two Diamonds and flushrein check-raised all-in with his K10 of Diamonds. TherookieQQ9 quickly called with his pocket AA and went on to take the 12 million chip pot. This slowed flushrein’s roll considerably and he stayed out of most subsequent hands. Until of course, he got involved with the wrong one. In what had to be a residual of hand 7289230308, flushrein re-raised TherookieQQ9 pre-flop by going all-in with his K4 offsuit. In fairness, that was the 5th hand out of 7 that TherookieQQ9 had raised pre-flop, so flushrein had to put him on a bluff rather than the AA that therookie had been holding. Though his exit may qualify as a certifiable implosion, flushrein still took home $64,833.60 for fourth place.

3. fazi608 / $82,288.80 / 17 hand won and 1 split / 1 player eliminated (bforrest111)

fazi608 was the lone UK representative at the final table, entering with 2.5 million in chips. fazi played good strong poker, at one point winning four hands in a row without a single showdown. fazi was also one of only 3 players to win a hand post-flop without a showdown and very easily could’ve given TherookieQQ9 a run for the big money. But the luck ran dry: first of all a pretty cold deck in hand 7289240131 cost fazi about 5 million chips (which went to second place finisher bjorn1106.) fazi608 had raised pre-flop from the small blind with K4 to be called by bjorn1106 holding K10. The flop came King High, leaving both with top pair but fazi was badly outkicked and that was that. fazi’s last 4 million were taken by TherookieQQ9 who called fazi’s pre-flop all-in with A6 leaving fazi with AJ in great position to double up. But the 6 hit the flop, then the Ace hit the turn and fazi608 hit the road with $82,288.80 and a well-played third place.

2. bjorn1106 / $131,537.40 / 9 hands won and 1 split / 0 players eliminated

Heads Up: Began with about 6 million in chips / 0 hands won

The Netherlands based bjorn1106 did one thing better than everybody else at the final table: avoid flushrein and TherookieQQ9. Basically, one of those two players eliminated each and every player at the final table and bjorn seemed to be the only one at the table who noticed that. So while he didn’t get involved all that often nor did he issue many re-raises or win any hand post-flop, he managed the final table well and ended up with a very strong $131,537.40 payday. He was absolutely decimated in the Heads up matchup, losing each of the five hands before finally succumbing to one of the great liars I have ever seen in online poker, TherookieQQ9.

1.TherookieQQ9 / $233,775 / 19 hands won / 5 players eliminated (JanozMT, fladfisk111, flushrein, fazi608 and bjorn1106)

Heads up: Began with about 35 million in chips / 5 hands won

I have to take my hat off to the Canadian dishonesty maestro that is TherookieQQ9. First of all, he played great. He won the most hands at the final table through a vast array of pre-flop raises and re-raises, post-flop play (he was the final player to win a pot po
st-flop without a showdown, of which he won two,) and a good bit of luck when needed it. But the real play occurred about 25 minutes before the tournament ended almost precisely at midnight EST.

With 4 players remaining, the talk finally turned to a deal thanks in large part to TherookieQQ9 (then with about 11 million in chips) bringing it up in a chat. And as the players started to agree, the deal box started to change from 1 to 3 against a deal to 2 to 2 then finally 3 to 1 in favor of it. Play continued but became rather absent-minded as the players chatted about a deal. Finally, after each player called out the other as the lone voice against a deal, it became clear that it was in fact, TherookieQQ9 who had been against it the whole time. Why would he do that? Let’s look at hand 7289256833:

That hand saw the player under the gun raise to 900,000 (blinds were at 150K/300K) then flushrein (the then-chip leader) re-raised to 2.7 million. Then TherookieQQ9 went over the top for 9 million and said, “We’ll look at a deal in a few minutes.” This was a giant broadcast of strength (and while we’ll never know, you have to put TherookieQQ9 on a bluff there) and just like that everyone folded giving TherookieQQ9 a nice 4 million chip pot and for the first time in the tournament, the chip lead. It was perhaps the greatest example of distracting a table then stealing from it that I have ever seen online and you better believe that I will be trying that move myself as soon asI get the chance to. A cold-hearted liar to be sure, but who could be more deserving of the biggest prize in a poker tournament than the biggest liar? You sir, are an evil genius.

Final Table Statistics:

81 Hands
19 Flops
13 Showdowns
16 Turns
41,560,000 total chips

We’ll see you next week for the Party Poker $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool Weekly No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament.

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