MicroMillions: Enot.cool coolly crushes Event 39, $8.80 NLHE

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngEvery once in a while, the stars align, the poker gods smile, and some lucky poker player goes on a run the likes of which fuels dreams for years. I'm not saying that Enot.cool's run at the final table of 2012 MicroMillions Event 39, $8.80 No-Limit Hold'em will necessarily hold up as one of those runs, but it should definitely rank highly for it's combination of skill and luck.

Funny that it should happen in an $8.80 MicroMillions event. In some East Asian cultures, 8 is a lucky number. Nearly 10,000 PokerStars players must have been feeling as lucky as Enot.cool on Monday, as 9,901 registered for Event 39. Their combined buy-ins created a prizepool of $79,208 that obliterated the event's guarantee of $40,000, as has been the hallmark of the 2012 MicroMillions through 40 events. The smallest payout of $14.25 began at 1260th place; the largest payouts, including a five-figure 1st-place prize of $11,658, were reserved for the final nine players.

Exactly three members of Team PokerStars entered Event 39. Maxim Lykov flamed out early; Shane Schleger came up just short of the bubble; and Marcin Horecki netted a modest payout of $19 with his 777th-place finish.

They were not nearly as lucky as Enot.cool and the eight other final table players.


Seat 1: gottsch1337 (8,270,146 in chips)
Seat 2: jociasiee (8,940,398 in chips)
Seat 3: Enot.cool (13,545,711 in chips)
Seat 4: ivan_ivanoff (1,946,322 in chips)
Seat 5: vprincipe (1,245,060 in chips)
Seat 6: kolokol0906 (869,136 in chips)
Seat 7: giomar26 (829,162 in chips)
Seat 8: noeschi (5,188,133 in chips)
Seat 9: orna_d (8,107,832 in chips)

Blinds: 125k / 250k, ante 31,250

The average stack as the final table began was 5.5 million, or 22 big blinds. There were huge disparities, however, as four players has fewer than 8 big blinds in their stacks. One of those players, giomar26, was forced to make a move from the small blind, all in with K♠3♠. Big blind noeschi called with 6♣7♠ and flopped a six. That was enough to drag the pot by the time the river fell, as giomar26 never improved and busted out in 9th place.

The other short stacks, however, continued to hang on and to accumulate chips as blinds rolled over to 150k / 300k, then 200k / 400k and then 250k/500k. Nobody busted. Each time a short stack was all in, that player seemed to have the best of it - and their hand held. But naturally someone had to bust out next; ivan_ivanoff was the unlucky victim when Enot.cool made a bully shove from the small blind:

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Enot.cool had slowly been accumulating chips. The elimination of noeschi, when Enot.cool flopped a pair of jacks with Q♦J♦ against noeschi's all-in shove with A♠7♣, only consolidated Enot.cool's death grip on the final table. With six players left, Enot.cool had more than 25 million in chips. Nobody else had more than 7 million.

A three-way pre-flop all in among gottsch1337, jociasiee and Enot.cool didn't result in any elimination, but did cripple jocisiee. gottsch1337 shoved the button with A♣4♣ for 3.7 million; jociasiee re-shoved for 3.9 million with pocket 9s; and Enot.cool called both bets with J♠3♠. An ace on the flop paired gottsch1337, giving gottsch137 the 11-million chip main pot. jociasiee took a side pot worth only 225,320 with unimproved 9s and then simply blinded out in a matter of hands.

That small setback didn't deter Enot.cool. Down to five players, Enot.cool limp-called a small pre-flop raise from orna_d. The rest of the chips went into the middle on a flop of A♥5♦J♥. orna_d showed down the nuts, a set of aces A♦A♣, but Enot.cool's speculative play with 2♥4♥ flopped a huge draw. It filled twice; first with the Q♥ turn, then with the 3♠ river. A baby flush was good enough to send orna_d to the rail in 5th place, set or no set.

Enot.cool could not be stopped. kolokol0906 was in prime position for a double-up with A♥9♥ in a pre-flop all-in battle against Enot.cool's A♠2♥. The K♠5♦K♥ flop was safe; the 8♦ turn was safe. Than a little itty-bitty deuce on the river, 2♠, paired up Enot.cool's kicker and sent kolokol0906 to the rail in 4th place.

It only got better from Enot.cool from there, as vprincipe jammed K♥J♦ into Enot.cool's pocket aces pre-flop. Notch another elimination for Enot.cool, leaving gottsch1337 as the only player left standing between Enot.cool and the Event 39 title. It would be a tough climb for gottsch1337. Enot.cool started heads-up play with a 9-to-1 chip lead.

But gottsch1337 did not go gently into that good night. A small double-up, and then a more sizable double-up with jack-deuce offsuit against queen-six offsuit thanks to a river jack, gave gottsch1337 a stack to work with. gottsch1337 even took the chip lead, turning a six with ace-six versus Enot.cool's ace-ten. It was a hand that prompted the only little bit of table talk at the final table.

Enot.cool: lucker

An interesting comment from someone who had ridden a wave of luck (and effective big-stack play) to get heads up. The tide turned from there, however. The two players were all in again the next hand, with Enot.cool's king-jack holding against king-ten to re-take the lead. That same scenario played out to end it, with Enot.cool riding ace-seven to victory against gottsch1337's ace-three. There was no doubt on the last hand; a seven on the flop and a seven on the river gave Enot.cool the emphatic victory.

2012 Micro Millions Event 39 $8.80 No-Limit Hold'em results:

1st: Enot.cool ($11,658.03)
2nd: goettsch1337 ($8,514.86)
3rd: vprincipe ($5,940.60)
4th: kolokol0906 ($3,960.40)
5th: orna_d ($3,168.32)
6th: jociasiee ($2,376.24)
7th: noeschi ($1,584.16)
8th: ivan_ivanoff ($871.28)
9th: giomar26 ($613.86)

You, too, can go on a run like that of Enot.cool. But only if you get in the game. There are still 60 more MicroMillions events to come. Get the lowdown at the MicroMillions home page.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in MicroMillions