MicroMillions: jurome002 is Number One in Event 52, $1 NLHE

micromillions-thumb-blog.pngA dollar doesn't buy you much anymore. But for jurome002, champion of 2012 MicroMillions Event 52, $1 No-Limit Hold'em, it bought $2,144.15.

$5,000. That was the number that the PokerStars supercomputer (set up in a maximum security compound in an undisclosed location on the Isle of Man) crunched and spit out as the guarantee for Event 52. The actual prizepool size was four times as big, ticking in at $21,269.43 on the strength of 23,373 entries. The 1st-place prize of $2,144.15 represented a hefty return on the $1 entry fee for whomever managed to take it down. Team Pros Andre Akkari and Marcin Horecki ponied up their individual dollars and played, but neither man seriously challenged for one of the 3,150 in-the-money places, never mind the 1st-place prize.

It was after 2am when the tournament collapsed to its final table, nine hours and twenty minutes after play began:

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Seat 1: Dane1769 (15355629 in chips)
Seat 2: t1tanium (14996784 in chips)
Seat 3: Bladedge90 (28702454 in chips)
Seat 4: wiferstar (7295896 in chips)
Seat 5: tomppeli86 (5187748 in chips)
Seat 6: Sme@gol_PT (11324284 in chips)
Seat 7: hatosmaci6 (4683984 in chips)
Seat 8: D-v-i-zZH-oK (9715138 in chips)
Seat 9: jurome002 (19603083 in chips)

Blinds 250k / 500k, ante 62,500, average 12.9 million

Bladedge90's bad luck

The players played through a whole level without anyone busting out. Sme@gol_PT was on the rope at one point after three-bet-shoving in front of Bladedge90, who cold four-bet from the blinds with pocket kings. Sme@gol_PT's A♦Q♦ got there, however, by turning a flush. Bladedge90 took another hit a few hands later when pocket aces couldn't out-run tomppelli86's pocket queens after a queen flopped. What had seemed like a huge chip lead at the start of the final table for Bladedge90 evaporated into a stack clawing to stay in the tournament.

It was Sme@gol_PT who notched the first elimination. t1tanium opened pre-flop with a 2.2x raise that Sme@gol_PT three-bet from the blinds. Sme@gol_PT checked an ace-high flop, T♦9♦A♠, inducing a shove of t1tanium's last 4 million chips. With A♦K♦ it was an easy call for Sme@gol_PT. t1tanium showed down K♠T♥, middle pair of tens, and was drawing dead after the turn came a third diamond to give Sme@gol_PT the nut flush.

wiferstar came into the final table 7th in chips and exited the final table in 8th place. With blinds up to 400k / 800k, wiferstar shoved 7.7 million with A♦Q♠ after jurome002 limped in. jurome002 called with pocket 10s and won the flip on a 6♣3♣2♦9♣8♦ board.

There was more bad luck to come for Bladedge90, but somehow Bladedge90 still avoided elimination:

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It all came crashing down for Bladedge90 a few hands later. The blinds were coming around; Bladedge90 moved all in with J♦T♥ and was called by small blind jurome002, who showed A♠4♦. Despite being all around a 9♠5♦7♦Q♥3♥ board, Bladedge90 never improved and busted out in 7th place.

Sme@gol_PT explodes; jurome002 takes control

With six players left in the tournament, jurome002 and Sme@gol_PT were in control. Each had about 35 million in chips. Rather than pounding away on the short stacks, they played a 70-million chip pot. Sme@gol_PT got things started with a 3x raise to 3 million. jurome002 called from the big blind. Both players checked a king-high flop, 5♥K♠2♠. jurome002 also checked the K♥ turn, inducing a bet of 2 million from Sme@gol_PT. jurome002 check-raised to 6 million; Sme@gol_PT quickly called to see the J♣ hit the river. jurome002 wasted no time in moving all in for 26.2 million. After some deliberation, Sme@gol_PT called with Q♥Q♣. jurome002 showed A♦K♥ to drag the massive pot.

That loss left Sme@gol_PT with 232,388 chips. After one double-up, Sme@gol_PT was bounced unceremoniously when queen-seven failed to improve against tomppeli86's king-jack.

The big pot and the elimination stoked short stack Dane1769, who slid up the pay ladder one spot due to Sme@gol_PT's implosion - but only one pay spot. Just a few hands after Sme@gol_PT's elimination in 6th place, Dane1769 shoved an open-ended straight draw on a 2♣5♦4♣5♥ board. jurome002 was right there again, this time with pocket queens, and notched another elimination when the river bricked out.

hatosmaci6, who had been silent for most of the final table, asked, "DEAL???????"

"No deal," replied jurome002, sitting behind three-quarters of the chips in play.

Bring it home, jurome002

At many of these final tables, there always seems to be one player who doesn't get anything going. In Event 52 that player was hatosmaci6, who dwindled down to 8.3 million before shoving all in from the small blind with J♣6♥. D-v-i-zZH-oK (who had also been relatively quiet) called with Q♦9♣ and dragged the pot on a T♣T♦4♥A♥Q♥ board with queens and tens. hatosmaci6 was gone in 4th place.

jurome002, rocking the big stack, took some chances 4-handed and then 3-handed in an effort to take out the other remaining players. None of them worked out. As the clock rolled towards 3:15am, jurome002 fell back to 55 million, less than half the chips in play. tomppeli86 was in 2nd place with 35 million, while D-v-i-zZH-oK had the short stack with 25 million.

Blinds went up to 700k / 1400k before jurome002 got a measure of revenge in a hand that could be described as a bit of a "set up" hand. D-v-i-zZH-oK opened pre-flop for the minimum raise from the small blind. jurome002 called from the big blind, then called another 4.2 million on a well-coordinated 7♣5♦8♣ flop. When the K♥ hit the turn, D-v-i-zZH-oK shoved all in for 21.1 million. jurome002 snap-called with a flopped two pair, 8♦7♠, that was just barely better than D-v-i-zZH-oK's flopped two pair, 8♥5♥. A blank river sent D-v-i-zZH-oK to the rail in 3rd place.

At the start of heads-up play, jurome002 led with 81.8 million chips versus tomppeli86's 35.0 million chips. There wasn't much change for the first few minutes; then jurome002 took out one of tomppeli86's legs with a crafty river shove:

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From there it was five hands until the end. After a series of raises, tomppeli86 called all in with A♠3♥ and ran into jurome002's A♦K♣. There was no escape.

2012 Micro Millions Event 52 $1 No-Limit Hold'em results:

1st: jurome002 ($2,144.15)
2nd: tomppeli86 ($1,580.53)
3rd: D-v-i-zZH-oK ($1,063.47)
4th: hatosmaci6 ($850.77)
5th: Dane1769 ($638.08)
6th: Sme@gol_PT ($425.38)
7th: Bladedge90 ($298.83)
8th: wiferstar ($191.42)
9th: t1tanium ($127.61)

There are five days left in the inaugural MicroMillions series on PokerStars. Grab the schedule of remaining events at the MicroMillions home page.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in MicroMillions