MicroMillions: bzik2000 is slick enough in Event #68 victory

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngWhile in Vegas, a gambler can find some big numbers if they have little regards for the odds staring back at them while at the table games. A $10 bet on snake-eyes (two) or boxcars (twelve) at the craps table will return $300 at some casinos (we will overlook the true odds at 36 to 1), a $10 bet hitting a straight flush at the three-card poker table nets $400 at Mandalay Bay with a .2 percent chance of hitting. Here at PokerStars we are offering a chance at 15 prizes over $300.00 during today's Event #68 $11 NLHE MicroMillions tournament with a much better return on investment. Also, there is a chance at a final table cash grab worth up to the first place prize of $16,984.54 thanks to 12,205 players chipping into the $75,000.000 guarantee busting prize pool.

Team Online's Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz would find a way to carve through ninety percent of the field today finishing in 1,336th place ($20.74) giving the lone Red Spade holder a cash.

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Grzegorz 'DaWarsaw' Mikielewicz

Russian AleksS69 added to the series leading number of cashes and the Player of the Series race, ringing up number 23 after finishing in 939th place ($25.63) as second place bem777ret could not find a way to finish in the top 1,530 places that paid today. Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki sat this one out but continues a strong series with 19 cashes, good enough for a three-way tie with the third most cashes.

In sixth place, a familiar name to tournament series that end with -COOP with final tables at SCOOP like Event #13-H and WCOOP such as a runner-up finish in Event #48, EDWARDHOPPER the midway series leader currently with 18 cashes and fourth place in the Player of the Series contest, tried to add another but could not get out of the gate finish fairly early.

By hour six our original NHL hockey game crowd poker tournament turned into just under 150 players left with calala73, FasolinAA, and eerkr leading the way.

By the eighth hour eerkr would bow out in 29th place ($225.79) followed closely by FasolinAA in 25th place ($244.10) but calala73 would continue racking up chips by taking the chip lead with two tables left. Strengthen by knocking out fontiña in 12th place after a coinflip of king-jack versus pocket seven went the Portuguese's way, calala73 held 16.2 million chips with blinds at 80K/160K ante 20K with a sizable lead over bzik2000 in second and eleven players remaining as they broke for the ninth hourly break.

Equidistance galloped off the track on the first hand back from the break in 11th place ($512.61) as we reached the bubble. After a few hands of raise it and take it, shortstacked Tapinn would shove 2.48 million over the top of a min-raise by SlevinUp who called the extra 2.1 million holding pocket nines 9♠9♦. Tapinn's fate rested on the shoulders of Q♣K♥ and those shoulders were not broad enough to find anything on the T♠ 3♠ 7♥ J♣ T♣ board and our final nine was set below:


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Seat 1: A1K2Q3 (2847384 in chips)
Seat 2: SlevinUp (6710075 in chips)
Seat 3: uiduducu (4321368 in chips)
Seat 4: niezman (8005725 in chips)
Seat 5: calala73 (16795743 in chips)
Seat 6: bzik2000 (7393127 in chips)
Seat 7: TresBizzo (5477688 in chips)
Seat 8: krissmagic (2045988 in chips)
Seat 9: Judomaus1984 (7427902 in chips)


Judo- CHOPPED

Blinds moving up to 100K/200K ante 25K would get our table occupancy from nine to eight as Judomaus1984 made it 600,000 to go and niezman called from middle position to see a queen-high flop Q♣ 5♠ 6♥. Immediately Judomaus1984 made it another 600,000 as niezman tried to take it down with a shove for much more than Judomaus1984 had in his Gi. After a pause, Judomaus1984 made the call holding pocket tens T♣T♦ and niezman reveled the upper hand with the flopped pair of queens Q♥K♥. No tens on the turn 7♠ and river A♥ as Judomaus1984 scored $768.91 in ninth place.


Gone in a puff of smoke

Moving up to 125K/250K ante 31,250 krissmagic was unable to gain any ground after coming into the final table with just over two million chips, shoved for 965,988 from middle position looking for some easy blinds. uiduducu had other ideas and re-shoved for 3.81 million getting zero customers and showing a middle ace A♦8♦. krissmagic was happy to see a race for the pocket deuces 2♦2♠. Pleased until the curtain over the two aces on the 9♥ A♠ A♥ 6♣ T♦ board were revealed that is as krissmagic vanished from the final table stage in eighth place ($1,220.50).


Unlucky Number Slevin

No mistaken identity here. Watch below as A1K2Q3 takes on SlevinUp for a 9.4 million chip pot:


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Two medium, nearly identical stacks fighting to survive as the blinds moved up to 200K/400K ante 50K. All-in preflop A1K2Q3's small ace 5♦A♠ did not need a kicker against the pocket eights 8♣8♥ of SlevinUp as an ace hit the flop and stayed out in front J♣ A♦ 4♦ 9♦ 9♠ to shove SlevinUp out the door in seventh place ($2,441.00).


CU later

uiduducu got a quick lesson on just how quickly things can turn in a NLHE tournament. With the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 50K uiduducu would min-raise from UTG as bzik2000 made it 2.2 million to play from the button and uiduducu had one more bullet and shoved for 10.5 million. Holding pocket tens T♥T♠ bzik2000 made the call all-in facing the A♣Q♥ of uiduducu. A serene flop 6♣ 8♠ J♥ followed by an explosive turn A♥ virtually handing the pot and tournament lead over to uiduducu. But, there are five cards on the board in NLHE as the T♣ river reminded us and uiduducu. The next hand TresBizzo take the scraps and cast off uiduducu in sixth place ($3,661.50).

Before uiduducu even officially left the seat the remaining players coldly asked to see the numbers. The PokerStars host graciously complied as the five remaining players reached an agreement with a professional air of being there before. $1,500.00 left aside for our champion tonight as the split up went as followed:

bzik2000 $11,808.92
niezman $10,982.38
calala73 $9,743.01
A1K2Q3 $8,049.97
TresBizzo $6,633.26


Bizzo Gonzzo

Not long after the ink was dry on the five-way deal, TresBizzo would shove from UTG for 5.6 million chips and blinds at 250K/500K ante 62,500. A1K2Q3 held pocket eights 8♥8♦ and enough chips to cover the shove while making the call. TresBizzo could only produce pocket fours 4♣4♠ and those sailboats never caught any wind from the Q♣ 5♣ J♠ 3♦ T♥ as TresBizzo left $6,633.26 richer in fifth place.


In need of a mulligan

niezman may want the sizable stack back after this hand below started as a probable steal from the button and ended with three players left in the tournament:


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After a min-raise from the button by bzik2000, niezman tried to take it down with a shove to 11.6 million from the big blind holding pocket fives 5♣5♦. But, bzik2000 was not attempting a standard button raise and insta-called with kings K♣K♥. A severe lack of fives on the A♦ 3♠ 8♥ T♣ 7♥ board left niezman holding the $10,982.38 from the chop in fourth place.


A1K2Q3 but no four

Just five hands later with the blinds holding at 250K/500K ante 62,500 bzik2000 and A1K2Q3 would square off in the biggest hand of the tournament. bzik2000 out of the small blind holding 35.9 million in chips would min-raise as A1K2Q3 holding 13.3 million would make it 13 million to go. bzik2000 not letting go of pocket sevens 7♣7♦ made the final raise as A1K2Q3 was forced to call off the remaining 349,633 in chips with another doomed pair of fours 4♥4♦. Similar to TresBizzo's exit, A1K2Q3 could not get the fours to do any damage on the 6♣ Q♦ Q♣ J♦ J♥ board as we were heads-up after A1K2Q3 left the table with $8,049.97 in third place.


32 minutes later...

Wow. Neither player content with giving up a major PokerStars title or the extra $1,500.00 they would battle for over 32 minutes as bzik2000 would start out with a commanding 49.4 million to 11.5 million chip advantage. calala73 showed quickly why the Portuguese held the chip lead for so long in this tournament coming into the final table by taking down the first four pots and carving into bzik2000's lead.

Around the 11 minute mark calala73 would take over the lead and held it until bzik2000 caught gold with 6♦J♦ flopping trips against calala73's big slick A♠K♣ and took calala73 to valuetown and with a shove on the river doubled-up to reclaim the lead after 28 minutes.

Four minutes later with the blinds at 600K/1.2MM ante 150K calala73 would limp from the button as bzik2000 shoved holding pocket eights 8♦8♠. Perhaps thinking it was a bluff, calala73 made the call with 2♥K♠. The set on the river 5♥ 7♥ Q♣ A♣ 8♣ was icing on bzik2000's victory cake as the Russian bzik2000 took down the MicroMillions Event #68 NLHE tournament claiming a total of $13,308.92!

MicroMillions Event #68 $75,000 guaranteed NLHE results (03-22-12):
(* denotes part of five-way deal)
1. bzik2000 (Russia) *$13,308.92
2. calala73 (Portugal) *$9,743.01
3. A1K2Q3 (United Kingdom) *$8,049.97
4. niezman (Netherlands) *$10,982.38
5. TresBizzo (United Kingdom) *$6,633.26
6. uiduducu (Spain) $3,661.50
7. SlevinUp (United Kingdom) $2,441.00
8. krissmagic (Romania) $1,220.50
9. Judomaus1984 (Germany) $768.91

David Aydt
@PokerStars in MicroMillions