MicroMillions: It's a date to remember for October_9th, Event #51 champion ($4.40+R NLHE, 4-Max)

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngYou know a game format has really arrived when it gets its own event at the World Series of Poker. Heads-up NLHE finally got its own bracelet event midway through the aughts. Badugi was added to the 10-game mix last year. And in 2012, 4-max no-limit hold'em will have its day in the spotlight. PokerStars players have been 4-max freaks for years and tonight the game's low-limit fans took center stage, 7,324 of them coming out for Event #51 of the MicroMillions. After 9,372 rebuys and 4,331 add-ons, the prize pool topped out at $84,116. 1,000 places were paid with the champion set to earn $8,904.11.

Half a dozen Red Spades were in the mix, including Ana Marquez, Andre Akkari, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, and Marcin Horecki. Two finished in the money-- Poland's Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (443rd) and Irish Team Pro Jude Ainsworth.

We've seen our fair share of medium and shallow-stacked final tables in the MicroMillions, but this event's final six were actually quite deep as the final table bubble loomed. With blinds of 200,000/400,000, the average stack was 48 big blinds. The shortest remaining stack was huiiiiiiiiii's 7 million, but the vast majority of it went to FrEiHelt17, who flopped trip eights and got three streets of value. Left with 883,550, huiiiiiiiiii called all-in from the big blind on the next hand, but ran into a monster, his J♠8♦ falling to FrEiHelt17's pocket jacks.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: zarco1128 (21,014,843 in chips)
Seat 2: H.FresnO (8,838,552 in chips)
Seat 3: firstsniper (18,642,645 in chips)
Seat 4: October_9th (32,304,341 in chips)
Seat 5: FrEiHeIt17 (35,172,119 in chips)

Although this was 4-max no-limit, it wouldn't exactly be fair to play a final table bubble with one three-handed and one heads-up table. Thus, a five-handed final. October_9th immediately asked his opponents if they wanted to make a deal, but zarco1128 was the lone dissenter, wanting to wait until play turned three-handed. In short order, October_9th took out H.FresnO, his pocket queens holding up against H.FresnO's A♦7♦. For fifth place, H.FresnO pocketed $1,220.52.

This time it was FrEiHelt17 who broached the subject of a deal, asking zarco1128 to reconsider his position. Zarco1128 at last agreed to look at chip count chop numbers and the action was paused. It took almost half an hour of hand-wringing but ultimately the final four arrived at a deal that awarded $5,000 to FrEiHelt17, $4,942.02 to October_9th, $4,600 to zarco1128, and $4,300 to firstsniper with $500 left in play for the winner.

With the vast majority of the prize pool divided up, it didn't take long to lose a player. Zarco1128 four-bet shoved preflop with A♦6♣ and firstsniper called with A♣9♦. The dominating hand was good through the turn, but zarco1128 spiked his kicker on the river to snatch away the pot and send firstsniper to the rail in fourth place.

FrEiHelt17, however, wasn't as fortunate when he got A♠7♣ in against zarco1128's A♣Q♠. Zarco1128 opened for a min-raise to 1.2 million from under-the-gun and FrEiHelt17 shoved for 48.5 million from the big blind. Having FrEiHelt17 very slightly covered, Zarco1128 called and doubled up to 79.3 million. The rest of FrEiHelt17's chips went in on the next hand, but his 9♦5♣ did not improve against October_9th's A♦Q♣. Although FrEiHelt17 finished third, he earned the second-largest shared of the prize pool at an even $5,000.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 1: zarco1128 (78,681,640 in chips)
Seat 4: October_9th (37,290,860 in chips)

Zarco1128 held a 2 to 1 chip advantage coming in to heads-up play and blasted out of the gate, winning seven of the first eight hands. On the ninth hand, however, October_9th picked up pocket jacks and three-bet shoved for 31.9 million. Zarco1128 called with A♠2♠ and didn't improve on the nine-high board. October_9th moved into the chip lead with 64 million while zarco1128 fell to 51.8 million.

October_9th pulled even further away from zarco1128 with an ace-high hero call. After three-betting to 4 million preflop with A♥K♥, October_9th check-called 3.2 million on a 4♠2♠2♥ flop. October_9th checked again when the 7♦ hit the turn and zarco1128 bet 8.8 million. October_9th called, then checked the river when the board double-paired with the 7♥. Zarco1128 fired 9.6 million and October_9th called, his nut-no good against zarco1128's K♠J♠ for a 51 million pot.

It was all over on the next hand. October_9th min-raised the button to 1.6 million, zarco1128 shoved for 22.5 million and October_9th called, turning over A♦J♦. Zarco1128's A♥8♣ did not improve and the MicroMillions found another champion, a self-admitted "poor student" from Russia for whom this money is a significant financial boost.

Congratulations to October_9th on his MicroMillions title and $5,442.04 score. For his runner-up finish, zarco1128 earned $4,600.

PokerStars MicroMillions Event #51 ($4.40+R NLHE 4-Max) results

1. October_9th (Russia) $5,442.04*
2. zarco1128 (Spain) $4,600.00*
3. FrEiHelt17 (Germany) $5,000.00*
4. firstsniper (Germany) $4,300.00*
5. H.FresnO (Spain) $1,220.52

*= reflects the result of a four-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in MicroMillions