MicroMillions 4: bestM4N shows who's best in Event #61 ($8.80 NLHE)

It was a dominant display by bestM4N. The Russian started the final table as our short stack, but doubled up a couple of times to grab the lead, before flexing the muscle of the big stack with ruthless efficiency. It was final table aggression at its finest as bestM4N thoroughly deserved the MicroMillions title and five-figure pay day.

It was Event #61 of the MicroMillions 4 series which saw 10,439 players come together for the $8.80 No Limit Holdem Event. The prize pool of $83,512 smashed the guarantee and would be divided among the top 1,350 players.

Team PokerStars Pros Caio Pessagno, Tyler Frost and Mickey Petersen failed to reach the money, along with monkeiy from Brazil who sadly bubbled in 1,351st place to miss the $14.19 min-cash.

The pace slowed at the final two tables but then steamrolled through the final table bubble as DikaWeed fell in 10th place to leave our final table as follows:

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Final Table Line up
Seat 1: paychit (3,704,568 in chips)
Seat 2: tsamopaido (4,810,816 in chips)
Seat 3: Frebo1 (5,512,662 in chips)
Seat 4: jgotti_k (9,106,627 in chips)
Seat 5: Hux275 (7,547,993 in chips)
Seat 6: 10rmc10 (4,936,777 in chips)
Seat 7: misterji (11,527,069 in chips)
Seat 8: bestM4N (2,375,662 in chips)
Seat 9: IlDepredator (2,672,826 in chips)

The action was fast and furious from the outset, with 10rmc10 landing a huge double up with T♥T♣ against Frebo1's A♥K♣ on just the second hand of the final table. And two hands later, we saw our first elimination.

paychit moved all in from under the gun with 5♦5♣ but Hux275 made the call with T♠T♥ to have paychit in bad shape. It only got worse when the board was spread K♥7♥T♦8♦9♦ to give Hux275 a set of tens to take it down. paychit got a pay cheque worth $584.58 for 9th place.

The very next hand, the short-stacked Frebo1 was all in and gambling with T♦7♦ as bestM4N re-raised to isolate with A♦J♦. Diamonds were no good for Frebo1 and it proved that way on the 5♥6♦2♦Q♦6♥ board as both players made a flush. Frebo1 was flushed in 8th place for $918.63.

bestM4N secured a massive double up with a flopped set that improved to a full house to better 10rmc10's flopped top pair to move towards the chip lead, while at the other end it was IlDepredator feeling the pressure as the short stack. When action folded to IlDepredator on the button, an all-in bet followed with a rather marginal 6♦9♣ but tsamopaido woke up in the small blind with J♦J♠ and made the call. The board of A♥A♦4♥K♥9♠ changed nothing to leave IlDepredator to pocket $1,670.24 for 7th place.

bestM4N then moved into the outright chip lead with the elimination of 10rmc10. It was bestM4N's A♣K♦ in control against 10rmc10's A♥7♠ with all the chips in preflop as the board ran out 9♥9♠9♦T♥8♥. 10rmc10 was left to pick up $2,505.36 for 6th place.

The action didn't slow and bestM4N continued to dominate, claiming another victim just a few short hands later. This time it was jgotti_k who moved all in from under the gun holding A♠J♦ but bestM4N picked it off with J♥J♠. The board fell Q♣Q♠8♣J♣6♣ to give bestM4N a full house to remove jgotti_k in 5th place for a healthy $3,340.48 in prize money.

At this point bestM4N held over two and a half times the chips of the nearest rival and bestM4N continued to remain aggressive to push the advantage.

Hux275 collected a double up with K♥Q♠ winning the race against misterji's 3♥3♦ to leave misterji on the short stack, but misterji pulled some back with 4♣4♥ rivering a set to better bestM4N's K♦J♥.

In the end it would be Hux275 who would be next to go as a couple of pocket pairs did the damage:

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It looked like a good flop for eights, but they were no match for kings as Hux275 was left to take home $4,175.60 for 4th place.

Now with over five times the chips of the nearest rival, bestM4N was in total control, but a misstep with K♦4♥ saw misterji jag a double up with A♣J♦.

It was only a temporary hiccup however as the two collided in another huge preflop clash:

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bestM4N continued to steamroll the opposition, spiking a king to crack the jacks. misterji's fine tournament was brought to an end in 3rd place for $6,217.46 in prize money.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: tsamopaido (4,193,968 in chips)
Seat 8: bestM4N (48,001,032 in chips)

The situation was pretty grim for tsamopaido who had quietly navigated to heads-up while bestM4N's demolition job earned a near 12-to-1 chip advantage.

tsamopaido was able to land a double on the first hand of heads-up play, but it was too great a deficit to overcome. When tsamopaido three-bet jammed T♠8♠, bestM4N made the call with A♣9♣. The board arrived 5♥5♠Q♣7♣7♥ to leave the ace kicker to give the victory to bestM4N! tsamopaido should be well satisfied, turning $8.80 into $8,768.76 for 2nd place as bestM4N becomes the newest MicroMillions champion winning $11,933.07. Congratulations!

MicroMillions 4 Event #61 Results

Entrants: 10,439
Prize pool: $83,512
Places paid: 1,350

1st bestM4N (Russia) - $11,933.07
2nd tsamopaido (Greece) - $8,768.76
3rd misterji (South Korea) - $6,217.46
4th Hux275 (New Zealand) - $4,175.60
5th jgotti_k (Sweden) - $3,340.48
6th 10rmc10 (Portugal) - $2,505.36
7th IlDepredator (Uruguay) - $1,670.24
8th Frebo1 (Germany) - $918.63
9th paychit (Canada) - $584.58

We're now over half way through the MicroMillions 4 series, but with 100 events in total there are still plenty of opportunities to get among the action before the series ends on March 24th. Head to the MicroMillions 4 home page to see the full schedule as well as statistics, coverage, leaderboards and much more.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.