MicroMillions 4: Korol Archi controls and wins Event #39 ($3.30 8-Game)
Korol Archi went into the final table with a chip lead, but several players were within striking distance. At one point, Korol Archi fell to third place in the chip counts, but the momentum soon came back to the Russian player. As the one who eliminated every opponent from the final table, the tournament belonged to Korol Archi.
It is quite easy for tournament series organizers to become complacent in planning and simply stock it with No Limit Hold'em tournaments. PokerStars, on the other hand, looks to include players with all poker interests in every series. The MicroMillions 4 was no different, so Event 39 was set up to offer some exciting 8-Game action. Mixed game players are coming from every corner of the Internet these days, and this $3.30 buy-in tournament was a rare opportunity for them to compete on a high level for a bargain price.
Event 39 also offered a $5K guarantee, but that number was left in the dust when registration pushed the prize pool to nearly three times that amount. The final tally was:
Prize pool: $14,967.00
Paid players: 660
The tournament moved right along with its steady stream of eight games, each provided for five minutes before switching to the next one. Those games were Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha H/L, Limit Razz, Limit Stud, Limit Stud H/L, No Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Omaha.
Play moved along after the money bubble burst, and the six-hour mark of the tournament showed four tables being reduced to three. Only two tables remained 45 minutes later. And at the seven-hour point, the eighth place elimination of al712 put hand-for-hand play into motion. Minutes later, Korol Archi raised a Razz hand, ViKtOrHaZaRd reraised, and Korol Archi bumped it again. ViKtOrHaZaRd moved all-in. Korol Archi called and ended with 5♠2♠9♥9♦3♣9♣T♣ for a better low hand than the 8♥5♦2♥2♣9♠Q♦8♦ of ViKtOrHaZaRd, leaving the latter out in seventh place with $157.15.
Korol Archi leads, nidini nearby
The final table began in that Razz round, with Level 76 offering 250K/500K blinds and a 50K ante. Players' took their seats with these starting stacks:
Seat 1: nidini (6,779,222 in chips)
Seat 2: JMTrindade (3,025,286 in chips)
Seat 3: Korol Archi (7,146,078 in chips)
Seat 4: aDrENalin710 (3,751,442 in chips)
Seat 5: gabriel73 (2,740,120 in chips)
Seat 6: ABKHAZ83 (1,502,852 in chips)
ABKHAZ83 doubled through nidini, but JMTrindade took a pot worth 4.65 million chips from ABKHAZ83 in 7-Card Stud. And the latter doubled through Korol Archi. After aDrENalin710 doubled through Korol Archi, the chip leader was no longer in that position. Nidini climbed into the number one spot with JM Trindade close behind.
As No Limit Hold'em rolled around, aDrENalin710 was ready for more action. Korol Archi started the hand with a raise, and aDrENalin710 reraised all-in from the button with A♦T♥. Korol Archi called with 7♦7♥, and that pair stood up to the Q♣4♥9♦K♣2♥ board. ADrENalin710 exited in sixth place with $239.47.
Korol Archi found some momentum in the 2-7 Triple Draw round, including a hand with ABKHAZ83. The two players capped betting after the deal, and each player took one card after the first draw. Korol Archi bet, ABKHAZ83 raised all-in, and Korol Archi called. Korol Archi took one card on the second draw, while ABKHAZ83 stood pat. Korol Archi ultimately showed 2♥8♣9♥3♣7♣, which beat the T♣6♠4♠5♦2♣ of ABKHAZ83, who finished the tournament in fifth place with $449.01.
As they came back around to Razz, Korol Archi and gabriel73 took to their raising chips on third street until betting was capped. Korol Archi bet with 8♦7♣, and gabriel73 called all-in with J♥8♣. Once the rest of the cards were dealt and revealed, gabriel73 showed A♣4♦8♣J♥Q♠9♦3♠, but Korol Archi had that beat with A♠2♠8♦7♣6♣5♥K♣. Gabriel73 was out in fourth place with $758.07.
The shortest of the final three players was JMTrindade, and while still in Razz, JMTrindade and Korol Archi got into a hand with both showing eights on third street. JMTrindade took an A♣ on fourth and bet, and Korol Archi raised with 5♥; they continued until betting was capped and JMTrindade was all-in. JMTrindade ultimately showed 6♥7♣8♠A♣3♦J♦9♦, but Korol Archi had 4♥A♠8♦5♥T♣T♠2♣. JMTrindade exited in third place with $1,197.36.
Korol Archi still in command
The final two players entered heads-up at the beginning of the Stud round with these chip counts:
Seat 1: nidini (5,606,370 in chips)
Seat 3: Korol Archi (19,338,630 in chips)
It took all of three hands to finish the tournament. Korol Archi raised with A♣, and nidini called with 8♣. Korol Archi bet with 2♥ on fourth, and nidini called with T♠. The same action happened with nidini taking Q♥ and Korol Archi 3♥ on fifth street, but when nidini received 5♦ on sixth, the all-in move was made after Korol Archi bet with K♦. Korol Archi called and ended up with 2♣4♠A♣T♠3♥K♦5♠, and that straight beat the 7♠7♥8♣2♥Q♥5♦6♦ pair of nidini. Second place money of $1,646.37 went to nidini.
Korol Archi of Russia won Event 39 and $2,286.20. Congrats!
MicroMillions 4 Event #39 ($3.30 8-Game) Results:
Total players: 15,256
Paid players: 2,100
1st place: Korol Archi (Russia) - $2,286.20
2nd place: nidini (Bulgaria) - $1,646.37
3rd place: JMTrindade (Brazil) - $1,197.36
4th place: gabriel73 (Hungary) - $758.07
5th place: ABKHAZ83 (Russia) - $449.01
6th place: aDrENalin710 (Russia) - $239.47
There are many more tournaments remaining in the fourth edition of this series. For any and all information about MicroMillions, check out its main tournament page.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.