MicroMillions 4: Zoultanberg zips through Event 1, $0.11+R NL Hold'em (Hyper-Active)

The fourth edition of MicroMillions began today, celebrating the peculiar joy that only comes with winning large sums of money on very small investments. And what better way to kick it all off than with an 11-cent rebuy tournament, complete with a Hyper-Active structure?

Event 1 did just that. The cheap price tag and 60 minutes of unlimited rebuys attracted 75,328 entrants to the tables. Through the first 10 levels, which lasted six minutes each, the players averaged nearly five rebuys apiece and built a prize pool worth $43,504.90 - pretty amazing considering each entry and rebuy cost just a dime. Once the rebuy period ended the levels changed to three minutes each and the action got started in earnest.

It took just an hour and 48 minutes to whittle the starting field down to the 9,792 players who cashed. Among them was Tyler "frosty012" Frost. As his Team Online profile notes, Frost has always been more of a cash game specialist. The Canadian pro's focus on putting in lots of hands doesn't rule out fun pursuits like trying to become a MicroMillions champion. He flirted with the top 10 chip counts for a bit near the end of the tournament but eventually busted out in 58th place, earning $31.75.

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Tyler "frosty012" Frost had a good showing in his first MicroMillions 4 event

The rest of the players fell one by one until their were just 10 remaining, three hours and 50 minutes after the tournament had begun. The last one left on the outside was paddy253 of the United Kingdom, who, despite getting in ahead with A♦ 7♣, couldn't catch up after the flop paired the A♠ 2♦ held by Russia's Zoultanberg. That put these nine within sight of the $2,448.18 top prize:

Seat 1: Hytuio (88,810,453 in chips)
Seat 2: fora88 (15,427,749 in chips)
Seat 3: adas0907 (53,003,632 in chips)
Seat 4: RQjgaard89 (179,484,051 in chips)
Seat 5: Lestat35878 (86,056,800 in chips)
Seat 6: DoberSib (72,627,035 in chips)
Seat 7: sans_toi (152,926,738 in chips)
Seat 8: BYLDOZER (69,251,722 in chips)
Seat 9: Zoultanberg (257,896,820 in chips)

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Despite the gaudy chip counts, nobody had more than 16 big blinds since the structure had already advanced to the 8M/16M/1.6M level. No surprise, then, that the confrontations came early and often.

Denmark's Hytuio survived an all-in on the second hand with A♠ K♦ against fellow Dane RQjgaard89's A♦ Q♦ to chip up to 209.6M. Two hands later RQjgaard89 doubled up another player, Russia's fora88, when the K♦ on the river paired fora88's K♥ Q♥ to beat RQjgaard89's A♠ 8♠ for a 49M-chip pot. The Dane looked as if an exit was imminent two hands later after shoving with A♥ 8♥ and running into Zoultanberg's A♠ T♣, but the friendly A♣ 8♠ 6♣ K♣ 5♦ board gave RQjgaard89 the 214M-chip pot.

Poland's adas0907 finally drew first blood in a blind-versus-blind situation, calling with Q♠ 6♦ after fora88 moved all-in for just over the big blund with A♥ 4♣. The board came 7♦ 3♣ 3♠ Q♦ K♠ and fora88 became the 9th place finisher ($127.03).

With blinds now up to 12.5M/25M, the next big showdown saw three players facing off. adas0907 moved in for 76M from the hijack, holding A♥ 9♥; Russia's DoberSib was already all-in for less than the small blind with K♠ T♠; and sans_toi of Poland called from the big blind holding A♦ 7♣. The 7♥ 7♦ 9♠ flop put sans_toi way out in front, and the 2♠ turn and 3♠ river didn't change anything. DoberSib finished in 8th place ($214.47), while adas0907 took 7th place ($314.97).

After Hytuio doubled up to 459M with Q♠ Q♣ against RQjgaard89's 8♠ 8♥, sans_toi scored another knockout. This time the victim was the short-stacked Belarussian, BYLDOZER, who had been hanging on by a thread and was forced all-in for less than the 3M-chip ante. The K♦ 2♠ in sans_toi's hand held up against BYLDOZER's 4♥ 2♦ to send the Belarussian home in 6th place ($453.32).

A cigarette before the execution

With the blinds now up to 20M/40M, every run-in had somebody's tournament life on the line. Zoultanberg survived an all-in situation after calling from the big blind for another 33M. The Russian's 8♥ 8♣ held up against Hytuio's A♠ 4♥ for a pot worth 187M chips. RQjgaard89 survived two hands later with A♠ 8♦ against sans_toi's 9♠ 8♠ to double to 179M.

Finally it was Lestat35878 from the Ukraine who would hit the rail via bad timing. Already in for 50M on the big blind, K♦ 7♥ was good enough to call off another 46M - but it was far behind Zoultanberg's A♠ A♦. The 7♠ T♥ J♣ Q♥ K♥ board brought no upset, and Lestat35878 was out in 5th place ($679.98).

Blinds went up again, this time to 30M/60M, before the next showdown between the two Danes, Hytuio and RQjgaard89. The latter won that one, a 290M-chip pot, with A♣ 8♦ against Hytuio's Q♦ J♥. That set the stage for Hytuio's exit on the very next hand after moving all-in on the button with J♠ T♣. sans_toi called with K♥ J♣, which stayed ahead on a board of 2♥ 4♠ 7♣ 3♠ 5♦ to send Hytuio out in 4th place ($906.64).

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Three hands later RQjgaard89 looked to be in position to race to the title. After Zoultanberg moved all-in for 271M on the button, the Dane called with A♥ Q♠ and was well ahead of Zoultanberg's A♠ 3♣. The likelihood of winning jumped on the 7♣ 8♥ 9♣ flop, and the possibility of a chop came up on the 8♠ turn, but Zoultanberg earned the 620M-chip pot when the 3♥ fell on the river.

That left RQjgaard89 with just 13M chips, less than one small blind, and they all went in on the next hand with Q♦ 7♣ against sans_toi's K♦ 8♦. The K♣ 2♥ 8♣ flop all but ended things, and the 6s] turn and A♣ river made RQjgaard's finish in 3rd place ($1,134.60) official.

With the blinds and antes now at 30M/60M/6M, the last two players were within just a few big blinds of each other as heads-up play began. Sitting in Seat 9, Zoultanberg was ahead with 554M to sans_toi's 420M in Seat 7. They took turns stealing the blinds, which left sans_toi ahead when the seventh hand began. Holding the button, the Polish player moved all-in with K♠ 5♦ and was called by Zoultanberg, who held A♦ 8♥. A board of A♠ 6♣ 5♠ 7♣ 7♠ gave Zoultanberg a pair of aces to take down the 949M-chip pot.

sans_toi was left with just 26M and managed to double up to 52M on the next hand. But the ninth hand was the last, as the Polish player called for just a little more than the small blind:

For four hours and 18 minutes of work and a second place finish, sans_toi earned $1,739.76. As for Zoultanberg, the Russian player turned a tiny investment into $2,448.18 and earned the singular honor of becoming the first of 100 MicroMillions 4 champions.

MicroMillions 4 Event #1: $0.11+R NL Hold'em (Hyper-Active)
$15,000 guaranteed prize pool
75,328 entrants, 331,277 rebuys, 28,444 add-ons
9,792 places paid
$43,504.90 total prize pool

1st place: Zoultanberg (Russia) $2,448.18
2nd place: sans_toi (Poland) $1,739.76
3rd place: RQjgaard89 (Denmark) $1,134.60
4th place: Hytuio (Denmark) $906.64
5th place: Lestat35878 (Ukraine) $679.98
6th place: BYLDOZER (Belarus) $453.32
7th place: adas0907 (Poland)$314.97
8th place: DoberSib (Russia) $214.47
9th place: fora88 (Russia) $127.03

Things are just getting started in MicroMillions 4. Be sure to check out the schedule to see which events suit your preferences and budget, and get in on the action yourself!

Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in MicroMillions