MicroMillions 4: Moonchik85 blasts off with Badugi win in Event #17

Moonchik85 began the final table of MicroMillions 4 Event #17 as the chip leader and never looked back. Once the Badugi action got four-handed, it only took nine hands before Moonchik85 knocked out everyone in a quick swoop and emerged victorious. The Badugi gods blessed Moonchik85 with their good graces. Without fail, whenever a player squared off against Moonchik85, they found themselves in big trouble.

MicroMillions 4 Event #17 $3.30 Badugi attracted 2,821 runners. The prize pool swelled to $8,463 and the top 368 places paid out, with $1,440.31 set aside for the eventual champion.

PokerStars Team Online Tyler "frosty012" Frost went deep in this festival of Badugi, Frost cashed in 130th place and was the only member of Team Online to make the money.

With nine to go, action went hand-for-hand. Ukraine's OlegGlazko bubbled off the final table in ninth place. Short-stacked Oleg made a final stand and with a 10-5-3-A Badugi, however, Flakon2010 won the pot with a 7-5-2-A Badugi. With OlegGlazko's elimination, the final table was set.

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Event #17 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: Mumuz (34,612)
Seat 2: Flakon2010 (2,466,689)
Seat 3: vickiron (1,439,168)
Seat 4: Moonchik85 (4,574,917)
Seat 5: rezegne1 (843,218)
Seat 6: FENOMENICO (1,550,752)
Seat 7: aotenR (731,236)
Seat 8: 00D00SH00 (2,464,408)

The final table commenced during Level 43 (120K/240K). Moonchik85 held the lead with over 4.5 million.

Mumuz eliminated in 8th place

Mumuz started the final table as the super shortstack and was all-in from the big blind in the first hand. Flakon2010 opened to 240,000, Moonchik85 raised to 360,000, and Flakon2010 called. On the first draw...  Mumuz discarded two, Flakon2010 stood pat, and Moonchik85 discarded one card. Flakon2010 bet 120,000 and Moonchik85 called. On the second draw, Mumuz discarded one, Flakon2010 stood pat, and Moonchik85 discarded one card. Flakon2010 bet 240,000 and Moonchik85 folded. On the third and finald raw, Mimuz discarded one and Flakon2010 stood pat. At showdown, Flakon2010 made a Badugi and won the main pot and side pot with K-10-9-7. Mimuz could only muster up a 3-card hand 6-5-A. For eighth place, Mumuz won $84.63.

aotenR eliminated in 7th place

With seven to go, we saw another battle between a big stack vs. little stack. Moonchik85 opened to 240,000, aotenR bumped it up to 360,000, and Moonchik85 called. On the first draw, Moonchik85 discarded two and aotenR discarded one. Moonchik85 bet 120,000, aotenR raised all-in to 181,236, and Moonchik85 called. On the second draw, Moonchik85 discarded one and aotenR stood pat. On the third and final draw, both players stood pat. At showdown, aotenR  tabled a Badugi with K-4-3-A, however, Moonchik85 dragged the pot with a better Badugi holding 10-5-3-2. Japan's aotenR was knocked out in seventh place and took home $169.26.

With six remaining, Moonchik85 chipped up to almost 5.2 million, meanwhile rezegne1 held onto the short-stack with 663K.

00D00SH00 eliminated in 6th place

00D00SH00 opened to 320,000, Moonchik85 raised to 480,000, 00D00SH00 rased to 640,000 and capped the betting, and Moonchik85 called. On the first draw, Moonchik85 drew one and 00D00SH00 stood pat. Moonchik85 bet 160,000, 00D00SH00 raised all-in for 174,408, and Moonchik85 called. On the second draw, Moonchik85 stood pat, but 00D00SH00 drew one. On the third and finald raw, Moonchik85 stood pat and 00D00SH00 discarded one. At showdown, 00D00SH00 could only muster up a 3-card hand with 9-7-2, while Moonchik85 won the pot holding a 10-7-4-2 Badugi. For a sixth-place finish, 00D00SH00 won $253.89.

Flakon2010 eliminated in 5th place

With five to go, FENOMENICO picked off a short stack. FENOMENICO opened to 320,000 and Flakon2010 called all-in 231,301. On the first draw, both players discarded one. On the second draw, Flakon2010 stood pat and FENOMENICO discarded one. On the third and final draw, both players stood pat. At showdown, Flakon2010's K-7-5-4 Badugi lost to FENOMENICO's Badugi 10-7-2-A. FENOMENICO dragged the pot and Flakon2010 hit the rail. For fifth place, Flakon2010 collected $423.15.

rezegne1 eliminated in 4th place

Shorty rezegne1 moved all-in for 132,872 and Moonchik85 called from the big blind. On the first draw, Moonchik85 stood pat and rezegne1 discarded one. On the second draw, Moonchik85 stood pat and rezegne1 discarded one. On the third draw, Moonchik85 stood pat and rezegne1 discarded one. At showdown, Moonchik85 was victorious once again with a K-10-8-7 Badugi. Unfortunately, rezegne1 could only piece together a 3-card 8-6-A. For fourth place, rezegne1 earned $592.41.

vickiron eliminated in 3rd place

With three to go, Moonchik5 had an overwhelming lead. One of the smaller stacks, vickiron, attempted to double up. Vickiron opened to 400,000, Moonchik85 raised to 600,000, and vickiron called. On the first draw, Moonchik85 stood pat and vickiron discarded one. Moonchcick85 bet 200,000 and vickiron called. On the second draw, Moonchik85 stood pat and vickiron discarded one. Moonchik85 bet 400,000 and vickiron called all-in for 316,672. On the third and final draw, Moonchik85 stood pat and vickiron discarded one. At showdown, Moonchik85 hit another Badugi and won with J-9-4-2, while vickiron lost the hand with a 3-card 5-3-A. For a third-place performance, vickiron took home $761.67.

HEADS-UP: FENOMENICO (Russia) vs. Moonchik85 (Russia)
Seat 4: Moonchik85 (12,228,631)
Seat 6: FENOMENICO (1,876,369)

Heads-up lasted only one hand. if you blinked, then you missed it.

FENOMENICO eliminated in 2nd place; Moonchik85 Wins MicroMillions 4 Badugi Title!

Moonchik85 opened to 400,000 and FENOMENICO called. On the first draw, both players discarded one. FENOMENICO checked, Moonchik85 bet 200,000, FENOMENICO check-raised to 400,000, Moonchik85 re-raised to 600,000, FENOMENICO capped the betting at 800,000, and Moonchik85 called. On the second draw, both players discarded one. FENOMENICO bet 400,000, Moonchik85 raised to 800,000, and FENOMENICO called all-in for 276,369. On the third and final draw, both players discarded one. At showdown, FENOMENICO's best hand was a 3-card 3-2-A. FENOMENICO was drawing to the nuts, but whiffed. Moonchik85 won the pot with a 5-4-3-A Badugi and FENOMENICO was knocked out in second place. For a runner-up performance, FENOMENICO earned $1,015.56.

Congrats to Moonchik85 for winning MicroMillions Event #17 and collecting $1,440.31 for first place.

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MicroMillions 4: Event #17 $3.30 Badugi - Final Table Results and Payouts:
Entrants: 2,821
Prize Pool: $8,463
Places Paid: 368

1. Moonchik85 (Russia) - $1,440.31
2. FENOMENICO (Russia) - $1,015.56
3. vickiron (Philippines) - $761.67
4. rezegne1 (Hungary) - $592.41
5. Flakon2010 (Latvia) - $423.15
6. 00D00SH00 (Russia) - $253.89
7. aotenR (Japan) - $169.26
8. Mumuz (Ukraine) - $84.63

For more information including the schedule and leader board, visit the MicroMillions 4 homepage.


Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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