MicroMillions 4: MILANARAS84 grabs one for Greece in Event 8, $4.40 NLHE (2x Chance)

Life is a tricky thing. It comes with no instruction manual and you have to figure it all out as you go. If you're lucky you'll have some people in your corner helping you along, but at the end of the day you're basically still muddling through it on your own and you're going to make mistakes. Given that, is there anybody out there who has ever not needed a second chance?

Whether they needed it or not, all of the 11,951 entrants in Event 8 of MicroMillions 4, a $4.40 No Limit Hold'em tournament, were entitled to a second chance at the same price as their first one during the first two hours of the tournament. Almost half of them opted to take theirs, adding 5,648 rebuys to the original buy-ins to create a prize pool worth $70,396.

Within nine hours and 15 minutes the field had shrunk down to the final table bubble, which popped on this hand:

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With that thepianist21 from Hungary was out in 10th place ($295.66) and the final table lineup was set:

Seat 1: KARASIDLO (5,092,479 in chips)
Seat 2: carlospartan (3,379,844 in chips)
Seat 3: MILANARAS84 (14,333,827 in chips)
Seat 4: Valera1962go (8,846,048 in chips)
Seat 5: exfilerain (8,883,219 in chips)
Seat 6: AlbertOS799 (28,185,189 in chips)
Seat 7: kieke007007 (6,781,404 in chips)
Seat 8: mixedgamemug (5,172,682 in chips)
Seat 9: Gazza866 (7,320,308 in chips)

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With blinds and antes at 300K/600K/75K there was little room for maneuver, and correspondingly plenty of action. But the first major confrontation didn't see a short stack moving all-in. Instead it was the two biggest stacks at the table colliding with two big starting hands:

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That 30.93M-chip pot gave Greece's MILANARAS84 the lead and dropped AlbertOS799 into third place with 10.4M chip remaining. The next hand was a chance for MILANARAS84 to jump even further ahead, but the Greek's T♥ T♠ went down to the United Kingdom's Gazza866, whose A♠ T♦ paired up on the river for an 11.09M-chip pot.

Fourteen more hands would pass before Belgium's kieke007007 called all-in for less than two big blinds holding Q♣ J♣, only to run into Q♠ J♠ in the hand of Portugal's exfilerain and split the pot. Eight more hands would go by, with the blinds rising to 500K/1M with a 125K ante, before kieke007007 survived another short-stacked all-in after starting the hand with just a bit more than the cost of the ante:

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Short stack fever

Two hands later, 22 minutes after its first began, KARASIDLO of Belarus was eliminated in 9th place ($443.49) after being forced all-in for less than the cost of the ante and mucking after kieke007007 showed down A♦ K♥ to win a 5.3M-chip pot on a board reading 4♣ 2♥ 7♠ 5♦ A♣. The new short stack, the Czech Republic's carlospartan, wasted no time chipping up to 5.28M with A♥ 8♥ against Russian player Valera1962go's A♠ 3♣. After another orbit of raise-and-take-it poker, carlospartan picked up pocket aces and doubled through the Russian player again, this time to 7.06M. Now the short stack, Valera1962go would move all-in two hands later on the button with A♣ T♠ and get a call from exfilerain in the small blind with 8♣ 8♥. The pocket pair stood up on a board of 3♣ 4♦ J♠ 9♠ 5♥ and Valera1962go finished in 8th place ($703.96).

Eight more hands would pass before Ireland's mixedgamemug picked up A♠ T♣ in second position. With blinds now at 600K/1.2M, the Irish player decided to open with an all-in bet of 8.47M. But the timing was poor and MILANARAS84 held Q♥ Q♦. The board fell J♦ 8♠ 3♦ 8♣ J♣ and mixedgamemug took 7th place ($1,407.92).

The last six players were stacked like so:

Seat 2: carlospartan (4,386,904 in chips)
Seat 3: MILANARAS84 (39,795,028 in chips)
Seat 5: exfilerain (22,944,404 in chips)
Seat 6: AlbertOS799 (4,451,362 in chips)
Seat 7: kieke007007 (7,739,494 in chips)
Seat 9: Gazza866 (8,677,808 in chips)

kieke007007 soon managed to double up with A♦ K♠ against MILANARAS84's K♥ Q♦. Then carlospartan moved in for a little more than the 1.2M-chip big blind and won a pot worth 5.96M with Q♣ J♠ as AlbertOS799 and exfilerain checked down a board reading 7♦ J♣ 8♠ 5♦ 8♦. All those newfound chips went in the middle preflop on the next hand when carlospartan picked up J♦ J♥, but MILANARAS84 woke up behind with Q♣ Q♦. The board came 4♦ 9♣ A♦ K♣ 5♥ and carlospartan was out in 6th place ($2,111.88).

The next player to take a wild ride was AlbertOS799. The Russian player moved in with A♠ 4♦ on the very next hand and chopped the 8.06M-chip pot with kieke007007, who held A♥ 4♥. A hand later, AlbertOS799 survived another all-in situation, this time with A♥ 3♣ against MILANARAS84's K♣ J♦ on a board of 6♠ Q♣ Q♦ T♠ T♣. The 9.12M in proceeds from that pot all went in the middle on the very next hand as a favorite:

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The deuce on the flop sealed AlbertOS799's fate, sending the Russian player home in 5th place ($2,815.84).

Five down, three to go

Two hands later the short-stacked Gazza866, with 1.2M already committed in the big blind, called off 2.07M more with 7♦ 3♦ and fell far behind kieke007007's K♦ Q♦ when the flop came down 4♦ Q♥ 9♣. But running 5♣-6♥ completed an inside straight and moved Gazza866 just ahead of kieke007007. Gazza866 was still ahead just three hands later when kieke007007 moved all-in for 4.92M with K♠ 8♥. Gazza866 called with a dominating A♣ 8♣ and the board gave both player four of a kind when it came T♥ 9♦ 9♥ 9♠ 9♣. The ace played and kieke007007 was out in 3rd place ($4.927.72).

The brisk pace of play looked like it might settle into a slightly lower gear as six hands went by with nothing but blind steals. Then exfilerain opened on the button for the minimum of 2.4M and Gazza866 responded with by moving all-in for 7.58M. MILANARAS84 came back from the big blind by moving all-in for 45.97M, which got exfilerain out of the way. MILANARAS84's J♣ J♥ was ahead of Gazza866's A♥ T♥ and it remained so as the board came 7♣ T♦ Q♦ K♣ 3♥. MILANARAS84 won the 18.01M-chip pot and Gazza866 left in 3rd place ($4,927.72).

A short duel

Seat 3: MILANARAS84 (56,408,584 in chips)
Seat 5: exfilerain (31,586,416 in chips)

exfilerain was behind but began making up ground immediately:

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That pot brought exfilerain to within less than four big blinds of MILANARAS84, and after taking the blinds over the next three hands to Portuguese player had actually pulled ahead by just over 377K. That was what exfilerain would be left with after the next hand, which saw MILANARAS84 move all-in before the flop for 43.63M with 5♠ 5♥; exfilerain had to call with A♣ K♣, but the 9♣ Q♠ 3♦ 8♥ 4♥ board brought no help. After one quick double-up, exfilerain bowed out on the second hand and the tournament was complete.

For exfilerain, the second-place prize of $7,039.60 was of significant consolation after losing a huge coin flip heads-up. As for MILANARAS84, the first Greek player to win an event in MicroMillions 4, the top prize of $9,799.91 represented an enormous return on investment for a job well done.

MicroMillions 4 Event #8: $4.40 NL Hold'em (2x Chance)
$25,000 guaranteed prize pool
11,951 entrants, 5,648 rebuys
1,530 places paid
$70,396 total prize pool

1st place: MILANARAS84 (Greece) $9,799.91
2nd place: exfilerain (Portugal) $7,039.60
3rd place: Gazza866 (United Kingdom) $4,927.72
4th place: kieke007007 (Belgium) $3,519.80
5th place: AlbertOS (Russia) $2,815.84
6th place: carlospartan (Czech Republic) $2,111.88
7th place: mixedgamemug (Ireland) $1,407.92
8th place: Valera1962go (Russia) $703.96
9th place: KARASIDLO (Belarus) $443.49

There are still another 92 events remaining on the MicroMillions 4 schedule. From hyper-turbos to Zoom Poker tournaments, from Badugi to Omaha to Stud and everything else in between, there's sure to be a game that suits your style.

Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in MicroMillions