MicroMillions 4: Crw Pedra rides the wave in Event #80 ($5.50 NLHE)
We hate to say that a play got lucky to win a poker tournament. After all, it takes a great deal of skill to navigate through a field of thousands to even have a shot at the top prize. But we can't help but say that Crw Pedra had a fair degree of luck today, most notably with a brutal one-outer on the final table. Crw Pedra took that gift from the poker Gods and carried it all the way to the MillionsMillions title, turning five bucks into almost five grand!
A total of 6,246 players turned out for Event #80 of the MicroMillions 4 schedule - a $5.50 No Limit Holdem event. The prize pool reached $31,230 with the top 810 players reaching the money.
PokerStars Team Online member Tyler Frost was again in the thick of the action but missed the money, as did bbbankjieris from Latvia who sadly bubbled in 811th place to miss the $8.74 min-cash.
After eight hours of play, sild cracked on the final table bubble, calling off with Q♠K♣ for just king-high on a baby flop against Zar77262's 6♣6♥. There was no paint on the turn or river to eliminate sild in 10th place as our final table was set:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: konrAAd72 (1,516,608 in chips)
Seat 2: enzofunke (1,443,450 in chips)
Seat 3: Katrina O. (3,602,871 in chips)
Seat 4: 1983 peter (2,958,376 in chips)
Seat 5: goodcash (2,118,236 in chips)
Seat 6: Crw Pedra (5,965,423 in chips)
Seat 7: gutierrino (1,344,192 in chips)
Seat 8: Zar77262 (6,898,801 in chips)
Seat 9: teddyroxpin (5,382,043 in chips)
The final table kicked off in cracking fashion with 1983 peter catching a lucky double up:
It was a lucky break for 1983 peter, but the ace-queen was again a curse a short time later for gutierrino. With Crw Pedra opening for a raise, a short-stacked gutierrino moved all in with A♠Q♣. Zar77262 was next to act and cold-four bet to force fold from around the table, including Crw Pedra. Zar77262 opened 8♠8♣ and the race was on. The board ran out J♦2♣5♦8♦3♠ to give Zar77262 a set and eliminate gutierrino in 9th place for $294.84.
A three-way all-in saw teddyroxpin eliminate two opponents in the one hand. It started with goodcash moving all in from under the gun with A♦K♥. teddyroxpin called with 9♠9♣ before 1983 peter moved all in for a little bit more from the big blind with 2♣2♦. teddyroxpin was committed to call and the nines held through the board of 3♠5♣4♣8♣J♠. goodcash was the short stack, picking up $390.37 for 8th place, with 1983 peter getting a pay jump to $702.67 for 7th place.
Two hands later and six became five, following a brutal, brutal, BRUTAL bad beat:
That's as bad as it gets with both players flopping a set, only for Crw Pedra to spike a miracle one-outer to make quads! A desperately unlucky konrAAd72 takes home $1,014.97 for 6th place.
enzofunke was getting short-stacked and decided to go with J♦T♠ after Zar77262 moved all in with T♥T♦. The board arrived 3♣A♥K♠9♥8♥ to see enzofunke out in 5th for a $1,327.27 score.
The idea of a deal was thrown around in the chat window, but not all four players wanted to click the deal button, so it was game on.
teddyroxpin would be next to fall in a battle of the blinds. Action folded around to teddyroxpin in the small blind who moved all in for around six big blinds with Katrina O. making the call in the big with A♥J♣. The board would pair the big stack as it arrived 5♦8♣J♦4♣2♥, leaving teddyroxpin to collect $1,764.49 for 4th place.
We then witnessed the biggest pot of the tournament as Katrina O. and Zar77262 found their way to a cruel action river card:
It was two pair for Katrina O. but Zar77262 had called along the way and hit the gutshot straight on the river, to end the run of Katrina O. in 3rd place for $2,571.79.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 6: Crw Pedra (10,602,389 in chips)
Seat 8: Zar77262 (20,627,611 in chips)
Crw Pedra trailed but swung the momentum around with a big double up turning a straight with 6♠5♠ on a board of 2♣9♥7♥8♦T♣ to better Zar77262's T♦8♣ two pair.
It gave Crw Pedra a two-to-one chip advantage, with the next major clash proving to be the last of the tournament. The two players collided on a flop of J♣3♦6♣ in a bit of a cooler as Zar77262's Q♦Q♥ was an overpair to the board but Crw Pedra had plenty of outs with A♣3♣. Any ace, three or club would be good to win the title. The K♥ turn changed nothing but the 9♣ river was the flush for Crw Pedra for the win! Zar77262 took home $3,638.29 for a fine tournament that ended in 2nd place as Brazil's Crw Pedra becomes the latest MicroMillions champ winning $4,888.55.
MicroMillions 4 Event #80 Results
Prize pool: $31,230
Places paid: 810
1st Crw Pedra (Brazil) - $4,888.55
2nd Zar77262 (Russia) - $3,638.29
3rd Katrina O. (Canada) - $2,571.79
4th teddyroxpin (Canada) - $1,764.49
5th enzofunke (Brazil) - $1,327.27
6th konrAAd72 (Switzerland) - $1,014.97
7th 1983 peter (United Kingdom) - $702.67
8th goodcash (China) - $390.37
9th gutierrino (Argentina) - $249.84
We're now into the home stretch in 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.