MicroMillions: Avalon08 grabs Event #57, $8.2K after three-way chop ($8.80 NLHE)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngThe MicroMillions keeps rolling along, drawing huge, guarantee-busting fields for event after event. I was curious about just how many had played in the series thus far, and so got an idea to add up how many entrants there were through the first 50 events.

Soon I realized ten fingers weren't going to be enough, and so I had to take off my socks and shoes to help with the counting. When I was finished it appeared as though more than 720,000 had registered for those first 50 events. Even taking into account whatever margin of error my poor math skills might suggest here, it looks like we're probably on pace for more than a million MicroMillions players before all is said and done!

And speaking of a million, don't forget that $1 million guaranteed Main Event coming up on the last day (Event #98)! And for a $22 buy-in!

Event #57, an $8.80 no-limit hold'em event, brought out yet another big field of players. By the time late registration closed a total of 8,244 had registered, meaning the $65,952 prize pool had bested the event's $40K guarantee. The top 1,080 finishers would make the money, with a whopping $9,899.69 due the winner barring any late-tourney deals.

From 8,244 to 1,080

At the moment the money bubble burst, it was gänf1234 sitting atop the leaderboard with close to 225,000, LaliTournier next with just over 184,000, and Divx77 close behind in third with about 182,000 at a time when the average stack was about 38,000.

Among those making the cash was Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki, then sitting with a short stack of less than 6,000, at the time a little more than four big blinds.

From 1,080 to 18

Horecki hung on for a few more hands, then was eliminated in 1,024th when his pocket fives couldn't hold up versus And6791's A♣K♦, earning the Polish pro $13.84 for his effort.

The field swiftly shrunk under 200 players, with cardbreakhot and cupo}!{a the first two players to cruise past the 1 million-chip mark. cardbreakhot was still out in front with more than 1.5 million as the field reduced to less than 100 players, with moralito_23, cup}!{a, miwel_4, GMalex89, and kurokira the only others over 1 million.

From 18 to 9

Just 18 were left as they approached the eight-hour mark, with leader cardbreakhot getting short and then falling in 40th place along the way for a $123.98 payday. Meanwhile niksan_81 had grabbed the lead and pushed up close to 4.86 million, lodo4ka123 was next with 3.53 million, and cupo}!{a still near the top in third with about 3.35 million.

Over the next half-hour nine more hit the rail, with ludo4ka123 grabbing the chip lead and moving way up over 10 million. Szotyiskata (18th), Deliiight (17th), and Kispocok91 (16th) each earned $184.66. Misha Myxin (15th), morality_23 (14th), and Snikitin (13th) went out next, grabbing ($273.70). And tzahi2008 (12th), gkulen (11th), and EEvgen (10th) each took away $362.73.

Just nine remained.


Seat 1: Avalon08 -- 5,277,321
Seat 2: niksan_81 -- 2,548,042
Seat 3: m0nster1989_ -- 8,030,531
Seat 4: SIKASHE -- 2,056,924
Seat 5: ChromeCar -- 1,948,292
Seat 6: DifoV8 -- 1,091,606
Seat 7: lodo4ka123 -- 15,891,905
Seat 8: cupo}!{a -- 3,046,500
Seat 9: libra787 -- 1,328,879

For the first few hands of the final table play moved very slowly as the final nine discussed possibly talking about a deal. But ultimately not everyone was on board to pause the tourney, and they played through the nine-hour break without an elimination.

From 9 to 6

Shortly after they returned, the blinds were 200,000/400,000 when ChromeCar opened with an all-in raise to 785,792 from middle position, then DifoV8 called from a seat over. It folded around to Avalon08 in the big blind who reraised all in over the top, and DifoV8 called with the 1,341,170 he had left.

Avalon08: A♥J♠
ChromeCar: A♦J♦
DifoV8: 9♠9♦

The flop came 6♥J♥Q♠, bringing a jack to pair both Avalon08 and ChromeCar. The turn was the 8♦ and river the 7♥, and DifoV8 had been eliminated in ninth. Meanwhile, ChromeCar and Avalon08 split the chips according to what each deserved.

Soon after it was SIKASHE open-shoving from the small blind for 769,424 (less than two big blinds) and ChromeCar calling from the BB. SIKASHE had 8♥7♥ and ChromeCar K♠Q♦, and after the board came T♠5♥A♠7♦J♠ ChromeCar had a Broadway straight and SIKASHE was out in eighth.

A couple of orbits later the blinds had increased to 250,000/500,000 when cupo}!{a limped from middle position, leaving himself but 84,000 behind. Then it folded around to m0nster1989_ in the big blind who min-raised and cupo}!{a called with the rest, turning over A♦A♥. m0nster1989_ was well behind with J♠9♥, but the five community cards came K♦5♥4♥T♣Q♦ to give m0nster1989_ a straight and knock cupo}!{a out in seventh.

From 6 to 3

With six left it was lodo4ka123 still way out in front with more than 19.1 million, with Avalon08 his closest challenger with about 10.76 million.

Meanwhile, libra787 was on the super-short stack with just over 510,000, but it would be niksan_81 going on the very next hand after shoving for 2,146,084 from the button and getting one caller in m0nster1989_ from the blinds.

niksan_81 had K♣J♦, but had run into m0nster1989_'s K♦K♥, and after the five community cards came Q♣A♠8♣5♦J♥ they were down to five.

libra787 would survive to see another elimination when ChromeCar pushed all in from UTG for 1,110,612 with A♠T♦ and got called by m0nster1989_ in the big blind with K♠6♠. The 2♦2♣Q♣ flop and 9♣ turn were okay for ChromeCar, but the 6♥ on the river ran him over, pairing m0nster1989_ and sending ChromeCar out in fifth.

Finally libra787's good fortune ran out. Having chipped up to 1,189,644, libra787 put it all in from the button and got two callers from the blinds in Avalon08 and m0nster89_. The remaining two checked down the 6♠Q♦9♣ flop and 9♠ turn. Then the river brought the 9♦ and a bet from Avalon08 that forced a fold from m0nster89_.

libra787 had A♣J♦ for trip nines with an ace, but Avalon08 had K♣Q♠ for a full house and libra787 was out in fourth.

From 3 to 1

The final trio soon agreed to pause the tournament to discuss a possible deal, at which point lodo4ka123 still had the lead with 16,126,306, Avalon08 was close in second with 15,640,675, and m0nster1989_ third with 9,453,019. The group quickly agreed to terms, leaving $800 aside for the eventual winner, and play soon resumed.

Just three hands later the blinds were 300,000/600,000 when m0nster1989_ opened with a raise to 1.23 million from the small blind, then lodo4ka123 reraised to 3 million even from the big blind. m0nster1989_ responded with an all in shove for about 10.62 million total, and lodo4ka123 made the call.

m0nster1989_: A♠T♣
lodo4ka123: A♣Q♦

A couple of aces, but lodo4ka123's was joined by a better kicker, and after the board came 7♠7♣9♠4♠Q♥ his two pair sent m0nster1989_ railward in third.

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Heads-up play began with lodo4ka123 well in front with 26,529,325 to Avalon08's 14,690.675. Over the next 40 hands lodo4ka123 would increase his lead, then fall back to even and behind Avalon08, then push back out in front once more.

Then came a big hand that saw Avalon08 commit all of his stack on a 9♣A♣2♦2♠ board holding A♦T♠ while lodo4ka123 had K♠K♣. The river was the 4♥ and suddenly Avalon08 had assumed about a 3-to-1 chip lead. Take a look:

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Avalon08 continued to lead for the next 20 hands or so, although lodo4ka123 closed the gap some. Then lodo4ka123 took the lead back by doubling through with K♥K♣ against Avalon08's 5♣5♥.

The pair kept on with their duel, with Avalon08 chipping back to pull almost even. Then came another big hand in which Avalon08 got all of his stack in on a 4♣Q♣Q♥ flop holding 4♠2♠ while lodo4ka123 had but A♦3♦. The turn was the 9♥ and river the 7♦, and suddenly Avalon08 had nearly 40 million chips while lodo4ka123 had fallen to less than 1.5 million. Here's that pivotal hand:

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The blinds were up to 500,000/1,000,000, and it would just be three hands later that lodo4ka123 would be all in for 1,228,400 with Q♦9♦ and hoping to catch something helpful against Avalon08's A♣2♠.

The flop came T♦8♥7♦ to give lodo4ka123 a flush draw plus an open-ended straight draw. The A♠ fell on the turn to pair Avalon08. Then the river brought the 9♠ -- a pair for lodo4k2a123, but not enough, and Avalon08 claimed the last of lodo4ka123's stack and the victory.

Congratulations to Avalon08 for taking down Event #57, and kudos as well to lodo4ka123 and m0nster1989_ for making the final three to chop!

MicroMillions Event #57 ($8.80 No-Limit Hold'em) Results (*reflects three-way deal):
1st: Avalon08 ($8,241.55)*
2nd: lodo4ka123 ($7,484.35)*
3rd: m0nster1989_ ($6,729.07)*
4th: libra787 ($3,495.45)
5th: ChromeCar ($2,704.03)
6th: niksan_81 ($2,044.51)
7th: cupo}!{a ($1,417.96)
8th: SIKASHE ($791.42)
9th: DifoV8 ($511.12)

That reference up above to the $1 million guaranteed Event #98 got you curious? Check the MicroMillions page for details about that one and all of the others still left to go, as well as information on satellites, too!

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in MicroMillions