MicroMillions 4: KortKongen survives action-packed table in Event 85, $2.22+R NLHE (3x-Turbo, Saturday Splash)

Last spring Denmark's KortKongen was within sight of a SCOOP title. Holding the chip lead heads-up against ArielBahia in Event 20-L, the Dane ran into two coolers: first holding pocket nines against ArielBahia's pocket queens, and last flopping a set but running into a flopped straight. Second place was good for more than $40K, but KortKongen missed out on adding a PokerStars tournament series title to a growing resume.

As of today that gap has been filled. KortKongen outlasted the field in MicroMillions 4 Event 85, a special edition of the Saturday Splash. It sported the same $2.20 entry and unlimited rebuys for 90 minutes as usual, but the guaranteed prize pool this time was $150K instead of the usual $100K. Even that number was surpassed pretty easily with 20,440 entrants combining for 78,058 rebuys and 10,456 add-ons. That built a $220,087.08 prize pool to be shared among the top 2,700 finishers.

By 4:46 p.m. ET the final table was within sight with 11 players remaining. Hand-for-hand play was scheduled to begin with 10 players remaining but it didn't end up being necessary. On Table 452, KortKongen took out two short-stacked players on the same hand:

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That eliminated Romania's zothar9 in 11th place and Germany's Greenbrother in 10th. Both players collected $825.32.

A new hand had already begun on Table 334, so the four players from Table 452 who had advanced to the final nine were seated and waited for the hand to finish before joining play. As it turned out, the hand also eliminated a player. Russia's mr. BOMBATO three-bet all-in before the flop with 9♣ 9♥ over the top of fa1res' opening raise, and the German player made the call with K♥ Q♥. The J♦ 4♠ J♣ flop was no trouble, and neither was the J♠. But the J♥ on the river gave both players four of a kind, and the K♥ in fa1res' hand played. That sent mr. BOMBATO out in 9th place ($1,320.52) without actually having played a hand against a full final table.

So, with blinds and antes at 4M/8M/400K, this eight-handed lineup began playing for the title:

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Seat 1: Sparky73 (105,699,153 in chips)
Seat 2: Chiki9999 (57,866,178 in chips)
Seat 4: Minath (148,086,431 in chips)
Seat 5: KortKongen (89,757,659 in chips)
Seat 6: fa1res (67,148,128 in chips)
Seat 7: Leks1904 (12,529,524 in chips)
Seat 8: Blackmore92 (96,393,739 in chips)
Seat 9: PuskasZ (31,693,188 in chips)

Short-stack hot potato

Short-stacked players began chipping up immediately. First came Leks1904 of Russia with K♦ 8♠, hitting runner-runner for two pair against the A♥ 2♠ held by the United Kingdom's Sparky73. Next up was Hungary's PuskasZ, whose A♣ J♣ beat Sparky73's K♥ T♥ to double up to 66.7M.

Nine hands later two more players would find themselves all-in before the flop against Russia's Blackmore92, who held T♠ T♥. fa1res won the 61M=chip side pot with J♠ J♣, and Leks1904 won the 70.97M chips in the main pot with A♥ 6♣ for a straight flush on a board of 3♣ 4♣ Q♦ 5♣ 2♣.

That left Blackmore92 the shortest stack with less than 30M on the 2.5M/5M/500K level, but the Russian player soon doubled through Sparky73 with 7♦ 5♦ against K♥ J♦ thanks to a seven on the flop. Sparky73 became the short stack then but doubled up a few hands later with A♥ J♥ against fa1res' A♣ Q♦ by flopping the nut flush draw and hitting on the river. On the next hand, though, Sparky73 gave it all right back as fa1res' T♣ 9♥ triumphed over the U.K. player's A♠ J♠.

Five hands later Sparky73 finally ended the string of underdog winners after ending up all-in before the flop with A♣ J♣ against Blackmore92's A♦ K♣. The 8♦ T♣ T♥ T♠ 4♥ favored the preflop favoprite for a change, and Sparky73 left the tournament in 8th place ($1,980.78).

The remaining seven players were now stacked like this with blinds and antes at 3M/6M/600K:

Seat 2: Chiki9999 (45,016,178 in chips)
Seat 4: Minath (147,586,431 in chips)
Seat 5: KortKongen (120,557,659 in chips)
Seat 6: fa1res (49,694,660 in chips)
Seat 7: Leks1904 (58,477,144 in chips)
Seat 8: Blackmore92 (119,605,552 in chips)
Seat 9: PuskasZ (68,236,376 in chips)

Seven hands passed before the next significant action, which once again saw an all-in underdog come out ahead. Austria's Minath opened for a minimum raise to 12M on the button and then called with A♦ 6♠ after Leks1904 moved in from the big blind with T♣ 8♣. Both players paired on the A♠ J♣ T♦ flop, but Leks1904 took the lead on the 8♦ turn and won the 141M-chip pot when the river fell the 9♣. About 50M of those chips went to Blackmore92 on the very next hand, though:

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The non-stop action continued from there. fa1res and Russia's Chiki9999 split the next pot when both players turned up ace-ten offsuit. Then Chiki9999 moved in with 9♦ 9♠ on the next hand and won 83.43M when the pair held up against Blackmore92's attempted blind steal with Q♦ 8♦. fa1res survived the next all-in with 9♠ 9♦ against Leks1904's A♦ 7♦, but the short-stacked Russian came back four hands later and doubled up with A♣ 6♠ against PuskasZ's big-blind special of J♦ 4♠. Five hands later Leks1904 jumped into second place after taking down a 132M-chip pot, having called with K♦ Q♥ after Minath shoved from the cutoff with 9♣ 8♣.

Leks1904 was involved in the next big confrontation, this time with the larger stack. The Russian player called from the big blind with J♦ 9♦ after fa1res moved all-in for 54.9M chips from the small blind with 9♣ 7♥. The board ran out 3♣ 5♠ J♠ 7♣ J♥ to give Leks1904 three of a kind and the 115M-chip pot. fa1res finished in 7th place ($3,301.30).

Six-gun shootout

After all that action, the last six players were stacked like so with blinds and antes up to 4M/8M/800K:

Seat 2: Chiki9999 (62,332,356 in chips)
Seat 4: Minath (40,478,031 in chips)
Seat 5: KortKongen (69,807,659 in chips)
Seat 7: Leks1904 (200,651,832 in chips)
Seat 8: Blackmore92 (168,683,374 in chips)
Seat 9: PuskasZ (67,220,748 in chips)

Chiki9999 was the next player to leave. Three hands after fa1res' departure, the Russian doubled up Minath with K♠ T♠ against A♦ 9♠. That left Chiki9999 with just 13.85M chips, all of which when in the middle on the button next hand with Q♦ 8♦ after Leks1904 raised holding K♥ J♥. The board fell 9♠ 9♣ 5♦ T♥ 2♣, and Chiki9999 left in 6th place ($5,502.17).

The rise of KortKongen

Five hands later KortKongen finally made the first step toward the title. The Dane caught a bit of good fortune, picking up Q♠ Q♦ in the big blind and having an easy call after PuskasZ moved all-in for 50.82M from the button with 3♠ 3♥. The A♣ Q♣ T♠ flop left PuskasZ drawing to either running treys or a straight on the board for a split pot. But neither emerged as the board ran out 6♣-J♠, shipping the 100M-chip pot to KortKongen and sending PuskasZ out in 5th place ($7,703.04).

Only five more hands would pass before KortKongen ended up all-in before the flop again, this time shoving from the small blind with 4♠ 4♣ and finding a call from Leks1904 in the big blind with A♦ 5♣. The flop delivered a set to KortKongen once again, falling 8♦ 4♦ 5♠. The 7♣ on the turn brought up the chance of a split pot, but the 9♣ river sent the whole 292M over to KortKongen and gave the Dane the chip lead.

Blackmore92 was now in second place behind KortKongen, but in the space of just a few hands the Russian would be gone. Blackmore92 picked up pocket fours and moved all-in for 127M. Minath called all-in for 80.6M with A♣ 7♠ and caught an ace on the flop to win the 171M chips. Three hands later the blinds and antes were up to 5M/10M when Blackmore92 shoved with pocket fours once again. This time Minath called with [J♥ 3♥ in the big blind. The J♠ 3♠ A♣ flop left Blackmore92 in need of a set, but the turn and river came 9♦-K♥ to send the Russian player out in 4th place ($9,903.91).

Good timing for ever after

On the very next hand KortKongen picked up another pair of queens at the right time and made the call from the small blind after Minath shoved for 226M on the button with K♣ 7♠. The 3♠ 7♣ A♥ flop gave Minath a couple more outs, but the 3♥ turn and 5♣ river sent the Austrian player to the rail in 3rd place ($13,205.22).

The first four hands of heads-up play were of the raise-and-take-it variety, split evenly between Leks1904 (80.9M) and KortKongen (528M). The fifth went two KortKongen via three-bet before the flop. Finally Leks1904 opened for a minimum raise to 20M on the button and KortKongen three-bet all-in with A♦ J♣. Leks1904 held K♣ 4♥, which didn't come close to getting help on the T♦ T♣ J♠ J♦ 2♣ board. Just six hours and 29 minutes after it began, the tournament was complete.

With that Leks1904 was out as the runner-up. The Russian survived a wild ride at the final table to earn a prize worth $17,576.15, a personal best score by more than $14,000. As for KortKongen, the $22,023.16 winner's prize comes in as a second-best score for the Danish player, behind that runner-up finish in last year's SCOOP tournament.

MicroMillions 4 Event #85: $2.22+R NL Hold'em (3X-Turbo, Saturday Splash Special Edition)
$150,000 guaranteed prize pool
20,440 entrants, 78,058 rebuys, 10,456 add-ons
2,700 places paid
$220,087.08 total prize pool

1st place: KortKongen (Denmark) $22,023.16
2nd place: Leks1904 (Russia) $17,576.15
3rd place: Minath (Austria) $13,205.22
4th place: Blackmore92 (Russia) $9,903.91
5th place: PuskasZ (Hungary) $7,703.04
6th place: Chiki9999 (Russia) $5,502.17
7th place: fa1res (Germany) $3,301.30
8th place: Sparky73 (United Kingdom) $1,980.78
9th place: mr. BOMBATO (Russia) $1,320.52

There's just one more day of MicroMillions 4 action remaining! Make sure to check the schedule for the low-down on all the remaining events.

Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in MicroMillions