MicroMillions II: Fantastic finish for kawachi1984 in Event #50 ($4.40-Max 4x-Chance)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngFour. It's a magical number for players with adrenaline addictions. At a four-handed table, you cannot hide and nit it up. You're forced to play hands and widen your calling range. You can run, but you can't hide. If you employ a passive game plan, you'll get eaten up by the blinds. But if you play too loose, you're digging your own grave.

That's why four-handed tournaments cater to action junkies and short-handed gurus that understand how to play with three or fewer opponents.

Event #50 $4.40 NL (4-Max 4x Chance) is an unique re-buy event attracted 15,594 runners. They added 17,621 re-buys. There were no add-ons in this 4x chance event. The total prize pool swelled to $132,860 and the top 2,000 places got a cut of the prize money.

PokerStars Team Online Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra from Portugal failed to cash in Event #50. He busted out in 2,548th place just short of the money. In case you just woke up from a coma, Comibra vowed to play every single one of the 100 events on MicroMillions II schedule. Check out Coimbra's online diary as he recaps his mission to play all 100 events.

Team PokerStars Pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby was the only other PokerStars player in the mix and he also busted before the money bubble in 2,658th place.

With 100 players remaining, kawachi1984 from Russia held the top spot with over 5 million. With 36 to go, Quentin73 from Germany seized the lead with 11 million. With 16 to go and four tables left, Josek from Poland snagged the lead and surged by the 25 million mark. With eight players in the hunt, Bulgaria's pesho_lulin7 amassed a 64 million stack.

There's a little quirk about four-handed tournaments. They consolidate to a final table of five instead of playing hand-for-hand on two tables in order to prevent one table having a disadvantage of playing heads-up while the other plays three-handed.

The final two tables officially broke when tykke busted in sixth place. The Danish player shoved his short stack all-in with Q♠7♥, but unfortunately ran into pesho_lulin7's A♣K♣. With five remaining, pesho_lulin7 increased his stack to 65 million.

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With five to go, Josek and M-Lizzard got involved in a raising war and the results were fatal. M-Lizzard five-bet shoved with K♥K♠ and Josek called with T♦T♠. Josek flopped a set of tens and took the lead. The board finished up T♥4♦2♦5♥J♣ and M-Lizzard hit the rail in fifth place after getting pocket Kings brutally cracked.

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Event #50 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: Josek (53,297,145)
Seat 2: kawachi1984 (47,874,744)
Seat 4: pesho_lulin7 (46,612,491)
Seat 5: jaken20 (18,290,620)

With a final table of four set, Poland's Josek held a slight lead. The final table commenced during Level 50. Blinds were 500K/1 Million with a 125K ante.

PEBBLES AND MARBLES: jaken20 eliminated in 4th place

It didn't take long before we had our first bust out. kawachi1984 min-raised to 1,600,000 and jaken20 defended the big blind. The flop was K♣J♦2♥, and jaken20 bet 2,400,000, and kawachi1984 called. The turn was the T♠ and fireworks ensued when jaken20 fired out 4,000,000, kawachi1984 bumped it to 9,600,000, jaken20 moved all-in for 14,190,620, and kawachi1984 called. Although jaken20 flopped top pair with K♥8♠, kawachi1984 flopped a set with J♥J♣. The river was the 3♣ and kawachi1984 won the pot. Germany's jaken20 became the first player eliminated at the final table and earned $2,565.52 for fourth place.

ROUND ROOM: pesho_lulin7 eliminated in 3rd place

The dust barely settled before we saw another knock out... kawachi1984 min-raised to 2 million and pesho_lulin7 called from the big blind. The flop was K♣4♥3♣ and kawachi1984 fired out 2.5 million. That prompted pesho_lulin7 to raise to 5 million, and kawachi1984 smooth called. The turn was the 8♣, and kawachi1984 checked, pesho_lulin7 shoved for 14,725,111, and kawachi1984 called. Both players opened up their hands -- kawachi1984 led with K♥T♣ versus pesho_lulin7's K♠7♣. The A♦ fell on the river and kawachi1984 won the pot with a pair of Kings and a better kicker. Bulgaria's pesho_lulin7 was knocked out in third place, but took home $4,125.30.

HEADS-UP: Josek (Poland) vs. kawachi1984 (Russia)
Seat 1: Josek (50,409,505)
Seat 2: kawachi1984 (115,665,495)

Once heads-up was established, kawachi1984 held more than a 2-1 advantage over his opponent.

SEVEN BELOW: Josek eliminated in 2nd place

It only took thirty hands to determine a champion. From the onset of heads-up, kawachi1984 was in control the entire time. On the final hand... Josek min-raised to 2,400,000 and kawachi1984 called from the big blind. The flop was T♥8♣5♥ and kawachi1984 checked, Josek fired out 2,358,880, kawachi1984 check-raised to 6 million, Josek bombed it in for his last 44,050,500. Josek was in trouble with a gutshot holding J♣7♦, while kawachi1984 was ahead after flopping a set with 5♣5♦. The turn was the 3♦ and the river was the 3♥. Neither car helped Josek and kawachi1984's set held up.

Poland's Josek won $7,121.29 for an impressive runner-up performance. Meanwhile, congrats to kawachi1984 for shipping MicroMillions II Event #50 and collecting a payday worth $11,775.48.

Event #50 - Final Table Payouts and Results:
Entrants: 15,594
Re-Buys: 17,621
Prize Pool: $132,860
Places Paid: 2,000

1. kawachi1984 (Russia) - $11,775.48
2. Josek (Poland) - $7,121.29
3. pesho_lulin7 (Bulgaria) - $4,125.30
4. jaken20 (Germany) - $2,565.52

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Pauly McGuire
@PokerStars in MicroMillions