MicroMillions 5: S0CR4M25 surges at final table, wins Event #7, $5.50 NLHE

Day 2 of MicroMillions 5 officially got underway at 2 a.m. ET this morning as the first cards were dealt in Event #7, a $5.50 NL Hold'em freezeout. Registration closed at 4 a.m. with 7,129 players having paid to enter the tournament. That built a $35,645 prize pool and setting up a first-place prize of $5,426.39.

It would take a little more than six hours for Russia's Neo Kazan to be eliminated in 10th place ($199.61), setting up these nine players at the final table:

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Seat 1: oskaras611 (3,923,430 in chips)
Seat 2: ursus1977 (3,551,021 in chips)
Seat 3: XiaoFeiWan (4,462,624 in chips)
Seat 4: jdsaz (2,900,396 in chips)
Seat 5: CaioGustavo1 (789,469 in chips)
Seat 6: GotSkillz08 (7,331,580 in chips)
Seat 7: makvedun (1,124,888 in chips)
Seat 8: RSRaffa1910 (5,547,419 in chips)
Seat 9: S0CR4M25 (6,014,173 in chips)

Short stacks in trouble

With the blinds and antes at 80K/160K/20K and the table still full, only two players were in immediate trouble. Brazil's CaioGustavo1 held a stack worth just under five big blinds, and Russia's makvedun wasn't doing much better with seven big blinds. The only question was which one would be the first to pick up a hand too good to pass on. That turned out to be CaioGustavo1, but the Brazilian's all-in move with pocket kings on the third hand went unchallenged by the rest of the table. Things stayed quiet until Hand #10, when makvedun picked up 4♦ 4♣:

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That 3.71M-chip pot went to oskaras611 of Lithuania and makvedun was eliminated in 9th place ($276.24). Only two hands later the other incoming short stack, CaioGustavo1, picked up another strong starting hand and committed to it. The Brazilian moved all-in for 749K before the flop with A♥ J♣ and nearly picked up the blinds and antes again, but after a few seconds' thought ursus1977 of Slovenia called with K♣ Q♦. The flop came 5♥ 7♣ Q♠ and suddenly CaioGustavo1 was on the ropes. The 8♠ turn and 4♣ were the knockout blow, sending the Brazilian player out in 8th place ($427.74).

A sense of balance

The table found a bit of equilibrium seven-handed as the blinds went up to 100K/200K with a 25K ante. Most pots were taken down uncontested before the flop, and the exceptions were usually big pots that favored the player with the shorter stack. Brazil's RSRaffa1910 took one worth 2.17M with an uncalled bet on the river of a board reading Q♥ K♣ J♦ 7♥ K♠. India's jdsaz survived a pre-flop all-in with A♠ J♦ against Honduras' GotSkillz08 and A♣ T♣ after the board came K♠ Q♦ T♠ A♦ 2♣, doubling up to 3.6M chips. And ursus1977 won a 1.77M-chip pot hitting a flush with 8♣ 3♣ in a blind-versus-blind hand with oskaras611.

The balance was finally broken on Hand #28 when ursus1977 raised the minimum to 400K on the button and China's XiaoFeiWan moved all-in from the small blind for 3.69M. jdsaz folded in the big blind but ursus1977 called quickly with 9♣ 9♠, leaving 175K behind. XiaoFeiWan was in bad shape with Q♥ 9♦ and just three outs, but the J♠ 8♣ 3♣ flop brought the Chinese player four more possible ways to win. The 2♣ on the turn was no help, though, and the A♣ on the river actually gave ursus1977 a flush to send XiaoFeiWan out in 7th place ($784.19).

Just a few hands into six-handed plays the blinds and antes went up to 125K/250K/31.25K, and the sense of balance from earlier was there once again. There were collisions, but usually only when players had big hands, as when jdsaz doubled through ursus1977 with K♠ K♥ against Q♣ Q♦. Otherwise players were much less likely to commit, as in this hand between RSRaffa1910 and GotSkillz08:

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The S0CR4M25 surge

The next bustout, on Hand #43 with the blinds and antes now up to 150K/300K/37.5K, held to the model. The action folded to the small blind, where Portugal's S0CR4M25 held A♣ K♦ and raised to 750K. oskaras611 three-bet all-in for 3.15M with A♥ J♣ and S0CR4M25 made a quick call. The board ran out T♠ 3♣ 2♣ 2♦ 7♦ and oskaras611 was out in 6th place ($1,140.64).

Only two hands later came the biggest confrontation of the tournament so far, and it didn't fit the previous pattern at all. Things got started with S0CR4M25 opening in second position for the minimum raise of 600K. Action folded around to the big blind, where GotSkillz08 three-bet to 1.31M; S0CR4M25 called and the flop came 4♦ 2♦ 8♥ with 2.95M chips in the middle. GotSkillz08 led out for 1.42M, leaving 5.5M behind; all of that went in as a three-bet after S0CR4M25 raised to 3.15M. The Portuguese player thought for a few seconds but ultimately called with Q♦ Q♠ and just 563K left behind. GotSkillz08 had been bluffing before the flop but caught top pair on the flop with A♠ 8♦. The board ran out T♣ 6♥, S0CR4M25 earned the 16.82M-chip pot, and GotSkillz08 was out in 5th place ($1,497.09).

The next seven pots were all taken down by a pre-flop raise, and the eighth was won before the flop with a three-bet. On the ninth, Hand #54 overall of the final table, ursus1977 moved all-in for 2.93M before the flop with A♥ 2♠. Newly flush with chips, S0CR4M25 called with A♠ 8♦ from the big blind. The board fell J♦ 7♠ 5♣ 3♦ 8♣, neither player improved, and ursus1977 was gone in 4th place ($1,960.47).

A three-handed deal

At that point the last three players agreed to talk about splitting up the remaining prize pool. After some back-and-forth they came to an agreement that saw S0CR4M25 get a little more than second-place money, jdsaz and RSRaffa1910 a little less than second-place money, and the winner an extra $400.

On Hand #63 jdsaz managed to seize the chip lead thanks to this hand:

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That left S0CR4M25 in second place by about two big blinds and put RSRaffa1910 up against the ropes. Those two would collide in the blinds six hands later. With blinds and antes now up to 200K/400K/50K, RSRaffa1910 limped from the small blind with J♣ 8♥ and called when S0CR4M25 raised to 1.6M from the big blind. That brought a flop of A♣ 9♥ T♦, and RSRaffa1910 checked before moving all-in for 6.8M after S0CR4M25 bet 1.12M. The Portuguese player had an easy call with 9♣ 9♦ for a set of nines, which improved to a full house by the time the board ran out 8♦ A♥. That sent RSRaffa1910 to the rail with $3,935.14 for 3rd place.

Heads-up for a big win

The chips were distributed like this as heads-up play began:

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Seat 4: jdsaz (13,783,168 in chips)
Seat 9: S0CR4M25 (21,861,832 in chips)

S0CR4M25 both won more pots over the first 18 hands and won the bigger ones, but the 19th saw jdsaz make a good call on the river to pick off a bluff by S0CR4M25 and get back close to even. But the pattern from the beginning of the heads-up duel held up throughout its entire duration, until finally jdsaz ended up in a coin flip for the tournament:

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With that the Indian player was eliminated in 2nd place, earning the previously agreed upon $3,616.77 from the deal. That's a career best by almost $3,000, so congratulations are certainly in order for jdsaz. S0CR4M25, meanwhile, earned the extra $400 on the rable by winning the tournament, bringing the total prize for the Portuguese player to $4,736.14. Much like jdsaz, this was a record cash for S0CR4M25 - by nearly $4,300. That should serve as a nice bankroll boost - and at a perfect time, too, considering there are still 93 more events to play during this MicroMillions!

MicroMillions 5 Event #7: $5.50 NL Hold'em
7,129 entrants
$35,645 prize pool
900 places paid

1st place: S0CR4M25 (Portugal) $4,736.14*
2nd place: jdsaz (India) $3,616,77*
3rd place: RSRaffa1910 (Brazil) $3,935.14*
4th place: ursus1977 (Slovenia) $1,960.47
5th place: GotSkillz08 (Honduras) $1,497.09
6th place: oskaras611 (Lithuania) $1,140.64
7th place: XiaoFeiWan (China) $784.19
8th place: CaioGustavo1 (Brazil) $427.74
9th place: makvedun (Russia) $276.24
* - denotes results of a three-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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