MicroMillions 4: Dominant win for CEPO}|{A in Event #24 ($2.20 NLHE)

Getting through thousands upon thousands of players to reach the final table of a poker tournament is only half the battle. Once you get there, you need to make it count. CEPO}|{A did exactly that today with a dominant final table performance to win the MicroMillions title and over four grand from just an investment of just a couple of bucks.

Event #23 of the MicroMillions 4 was a $2.20 No Limit Holdem event with a healthy field of 17,657 taking part. The prize pool was $35,314 which more than doubled the advertised guarantee, with the top 2,250 players reaching the money.

Team PokerStars Pros Adrienne Rowsome and Tyler Frost were among today's runners but they were eliminated short of reaching the prize money.

Sadly the min-cash of $3.53 also eluded Sergey_LP87 from Russia who was the unlucky bubble in 2,251st place.

Chris Moneymaker has been keen on these MicroMillions events, and the 2003 World Champion jagged a profit in this event with 992nd worth $7.06 as the only Team PokerStars Pro to reach the money.

On the stroke of nine hours of play, Team4Betlite's J♠J♦ were outflopped by FieDre's A♥J♥ to see our final table line up set as follows:


Final Table Line up
Seat 1: FieDre (10,567,421 in chips)
Seat 2: CoolStars (6,712,168 in chips)
Seat 3: CEPO}|{A (21,266,281 in chips)
Seat 4: pupet999 (14,244,547 in chips)
Seat 5: quekoP (12,527,125 in chips)
Seat 6: Le_AmericoJF (3,573,339 in chips)
Seat 7: Securior (9,560,360 in chips)
Seat 8: gerarsamba (2,288,229 in chips)
Seat 9: bob_1ob1aw (7,545,530 in chips)

The structure for this event was pretty good, with the final table blinds kicking off at a reasonable 150k/300k/37.5k. It means that there was some breathing room from the blinds, and the players could see a few flops early on.

gerarsamba was really the only player under pressure and when gerarsamba looked down at K♣K♠ in the big blind after quekoP had already gone all in, it looked like a good time for an early double. quekoP showed 8♠8♦ but caught a set on the flop of 8♣7♣9♣ to change things around. gerarsamba held the only club while a king would also be good, but the A♠ turn and J♠ river left gerarsamba empty-handed and on the rail in 9th place for $211.88 in prize money.

Le_AmericoJF was next to go after getting short-stacked. From the small blind, Le_AmericoJF tried to steal with T♥4♦ but J♦9♠ was enough for Securior to call for under four big blinds. The board ran out 6♠5♦J♠K♣Q♣ leaving Le_AmericoJF to depart in 8th place for a score of $317.82.

pupet999 started to make a nice run with a couple of handy pots before taking out bob_1ob1aw. The chips were again in preflop with bob_1ob1aw three-bet shoving 7♥7♠ but pupet999 had that notched with 8♠8♣. No help on the 2♣T♣3♣K♥T♦ board saw bob_1ob1aw collect $600.33 for 7th place.

An interesting hand between Securior and CEPO}|{A saw the biggest pot of the tournament to date and also our next elimination:

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Securior just couldn't get CEPO}|{A to fold top pair leaving Securior to pick up $882.85 for 6th place.

CEPO}|{A was holding the chip lead, and the momentum continued with the elimination of the short-stacked CoolStars. From the button, CoolStars raised all in for three big blinds with A♠J♦ but CEPO}|{A was sitting in the small blind with A♥Q♠ and made the call. The board was spread 6♠8♥8♠3♠9♣ leaving CEPO}|{A's ace-queen high in front and eliminating CoolStars in 5th place for $1,235.99.

If we had an inkling that things were going well for CEPO}|{A, then our suspicions were only confirmed by the following hand which was the epitome of a cooler:

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Set over set is about as bad as it gets as pupet999 would be feeling desperately unlucky to be bundled out in 4th place. We hope that $1,589.13 heals a few wounds.

The carnage didn't stop there.

Just two hands later and CEPO}|{A had struck another fatal blow. This time FieDre tried to shove the small blind for eleven big blinds holding Q♣J♣ but CEPO}|{A made the call with A♠9♣. The board of 5♣3♣6♦9♠9♦ gave FieDre a flush draw but CEPO}|{A struck trips to claim another victim. FieDre took home $2,295.41 for 3rd place.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: CEPO}|{A (65,500,896 in chips)
Seat 5: quekoP (22,784,104 in chips)

Considering the dominance of CEPO}|{A, quekoP wasn't in bad shape with just a three-to-one chip deficit and around 30 big blinds to work with.

The pots were mostly small in the early stages as CEPO}|{A was able to further the advantage slightly until quekoP landed a double up with pocket jacks against pocket eights.

However the momentum change was only temporary. CEPO}|{A caught a nice pot with trip nines before the final hand came down to a coin flip. quekoP opened with a raise and then four-bet jammed all in with 5♥5♣ as CEPO}|{A made the call with J♣K♦ for the overcards. CEPO}|{A had run well all final table and finished the job as the board fell 8♣3♥K♣8♥3♠ to pair the king for a great victory! quekoP collected $3,001.69 for 2nd place as CEPO}|{A captured the title and $4,140.53.

MicroMillions 4 Event #24 Results

Entrants: 17,657
Prize pool: $35,314
Places paid: 2,250

1st CEPO}|{A (Russia) - $4,140.53
2nd quekoP (Brazil) - $3,001.69
3rd FieDre (Portugal) - $2,295.41
4th pupet999 (Russia) - $1,589.13
5th CoolStars (Czech Republic) - $1,235.99
6th Securior (Canada) - $882.85
7th bob_1ob1aw (Canada) - $600.33
8th Le_AmericoJF (Brazil) - $317.82
9th gerarsamba (Brazil) - $211.88

There's over $5 million guaranteed during the fourth MicroMillions series, with 100 fantastic events running until March 24th across a wide range of poker disciplines. 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.