MicroMillions: Viktor4ik777 victorious in Event #59 ($11 NLHE)
It can be a disadvantage to be unable to understand the chat of other players at the poker table, but the advantage is that there are few distractions. Viktor4ik777 of the Ukraine was undeterred in the late stages of this event's final table by insistences of deal talks or the insults that ensued, only clicking the "deal" button when completely ready during heads-up play. And viktor4ik777's patience and determination resulted in a MicroMillions win.
High buy-in tournaments have different meanings for different players. For some, anything over a few dollars is too much for a fledgling bankroll. For a very select few, a $25K is not enough of a challenge. Every player is unique, as is his or her bankroll and comfort levels.
On today's MicroMillions schedule, there were options ranging from $1 to $11, and Event 59 was the latter. For those with the money to do it - or the opportunity to win a satellite at a discount - this $11 No Limit Hold'em tournament was the perfect chance to pursue a MicroMillions title. And the size of the field reflected its popularity.
Let's look at the final numbers:
Prize pool: $133,310.00
Paid players: 1,710
Of the PokerStars players in the Event 59 field, the one who went furthest was Team Online's Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz, but he finished in 3651st place. A while later, when the money bubble loomed, it was BMBeagle1970 who exited on said bubble in 1711st place, and teabags18 was the first player to cash, taking home $17.33 for the 1710th finish.
Further down the line, the passing of the eight-hour mark brought two tables into action, and the competition was heated with four- and five-figure payouts on the line for the final tablists.
The nine-hour point of the tournament showed only 11 players remaining, and ten minutes later, the 11th place elimination of adamlewis216 in 11th place brought hand-for-hand play. CMoosepower was still in the lead, as had been the case for some time, and pooyan was in a solid second place on the leaderboard.
It only took a few minutes for CMoosepower to put the table to the test with an all-in raise, and tommynyomy called all-in with Q♦7♦. CMoosepower showed K♥3♣ and improved on the 2♠2♥4♠K♦3♠ board. Tommynyomy was gone in tenth place with $533.24.
See CMoosepower in the lead
The final table was set in Level 49, with blinds of 200,000/400,000 and a 50,000 ante, and the following chip stacks:
Seat 1: viktor4ik777 (7,510,426 in chips)
Seat 2: vsymkanych (2,420,113 in chips)
Seat 3: alecsbn1 (2,074,918 in chips)
Seat 4: pooyan (14,613,425 in chips)
Seat 5: fryckazoyy (4,636,938 in chips)
Seat 6: neblina32 (2,678,316 in chips)
Seat 7: CMoosepower (24,170,147 in chips)
Seat 8: Mike1141 (7,145,629 in chips)
Seat 9: romses2004 (1,405,088 in chips)
Short-stacked romses2004 made a move from the button, calling CMoosepower's initial raise all-in with K♦T♥. Vsymkanych called. The 9♣3♣Q♣ flop brought a bet from CMoosepower and fold from vsymkanych, and CMoosepower showed Q♠4♦. The 7♥ came on the turn, followed by the T♦ on the river, and romses2004 couldn't compete with a pair of tens, having to leave in ninth place with $799.86.
Alecsbn1 found some good fortune with double-ups through CMoosepower and pooyan.
Mike1141, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky. The all-in move from Mike1141 came from early position with A♠J♥, but pooyan was there with 9♥9♠. The flop of 7♠Q♣6♣ changed nothing, but the A♥ on the turn gave Mike1141 the advantage. However, the 9♣ dropped on the river to eliminate Mike1141 in eighth place with $1,333.10.
More double-ups ensued as vsymkanych took one through viktor4ik777, and viktor4ik777 then doubled through CMoosepower.
Two eliminations in one
The big hand started with an all-in raise from neglina32. CMoosepower reraised, but alecsbn1 responded with an even bigger all-in reraise. CMoosepower called and had both players covered.
The board came K♣Q♦T♥3♣5♥, allowing all hands to stand at value. That left neblina32 out in seventh place with $2,666.20 and alecsbn1 out in sixth with $3,999.30.
Vsymkanych doubled through viktor4ik777 again, and fryckazoyy did it through viktor4ik777 as well.
Vsymkanych was in action again rather quickly, as an initial raise from fryckazoyy prompted an all-in call from vsymkanych with 8♠8♥. Fryckazoyy showed A♦J♥ and quickly took the lead in that race on the Q♥J♣2♣7♦4♥ board. Vsymkanych departed in fifth place with $5,332.40.
Viktor4ik777 doubled through CMoosepower and then pooyan to stay in action, and the following double-up took him off the short stack.
CMoosepower loses strength
It was a vicious four-way battle at the table, and one in which no agreement could even be made to look at the possibility of a deal. Viktor4ik777 had some of the wind taken out of his sails when fryckazoyy doubled through, but viktor4ik777 then came roaring back with two doubles through CMoosepower, the last one changing the top of the leaderboard for the first time since the table began.
Fryckazoyy did double through viktor4ik777 again with quad nines, but it was pooyan's double through viktor4ik777 that allowed the former to take over the lead briefly. But viktor4ik777 doubled through CMoosepower again to regain the lead.
CMoosepower then put the last 3.6 million chips at risk with A♠7♦, and fryckazoyy called from the big blind with 5♠3♥. The flop of T♥5♣8♥ helped fryckazoyy, but the 3♣ turn and 3♠ river made that hand into a full house. CMoosepower fizzled out in fourth place with $6,665.50.
Lost in translation
The final three players had some trouble communicating with viktor4ik777, though a Ukrainian translator did attempt to bridge the language divide. Pooyan and fryckazoyy very much wanted to discuss a deal, and though viktor4ik777 continued to type things like "30 30 30" to the agreement of the others, he neglected to click the "deal" button to pause the tournament. It was clearly frustrating for the other two players, but they continued to play.
Fryckazoyy then moved all-in from the small blind with A♣3♥, and viktor4ik777 called from the big blind with A♦9♣. The board blanked with 8♥6♦2♣7♥4♣, and the nine kicker played to eliminate fryckazoyy in third place with $9,331.70.
Deal for final two
As soon as heads-up play began, the two finalists clicked their "deal" button and agreed to chop the prize money but play on for an additional $1,500. The numbers were:
Seat 1: viktor4ik777 (37,050,412 in chips) = $14,459.58
Seat 4: pooyan (29,604,588 in chips) = $14,459.58
Just as pooyan took over the chip lead a few hands later, viktor4ik777 doubled through, leaving pooyan with a very short stack:
Pooyan doubled through viktor4ik777 once but tried it again on the very next hand. Viktor4ik777 started it with an all-in move with A♥J♥, and pooyan called with K♣3♥. The flop of Q♣T♣A♦ gave pooyan the straight draw, and the J♦ on the turn made that straight. But viktor4ik777's two pair turned into a full house with the A♣ on the river, and pooyan had to settle for second place and $14,459.58.
The Ukraine's viktor4ik777 won the MicroMillions title and $15,959.58 in cash. Congrats!
MicroMillions Event #59 ($11 NLHE) Results (reflects deal):
1st place: viktor4ik777 ($15,959.58)*
2nd place: pooyan ($14,459.58)*
3rd place: fryckazoyy ($9,331.70)
4th place: CMoosepower ($6,665.50)
5th place: vsymkanych ($5,332.40)
6th place: alecsbn1 ($3,999.30)
7th place: neblina32 ($2,666.20)
8th place: Mike1141 ($1,333.10)
9th place: romses2004 ($799.86)
*Numbers based on a two-way chop with $1,500 added to winner's money
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