MicroMillions 6: KK24KK is OK with win in Event #4 ($5.50 NLHE Turbo Zoom)
Zoom tournaments are a special kind of fast-fold poker, and the action becomes faster and more furious with a turbo structure. Five-minute levels didn't afford any of the players much time to strategize, but the best players make the split-second decisions that are crucial in such a tournament. KK24KK did just that and sped to victory on the first day of MicroMillions 6 action.
MicroMillions is back! The sixth installment of the popular series began on November 14 with players lined up to compete in the micro buy-in online poker series. This tournament was no different, and by the time late registration closed 60 minutes after the start time, there were more than 22,000 players in Event 4. The $5.50 buy-in was the highest of the first day of action, but the plethora of satellites offered many players the chance to compete for even less than $5.00 + $.50. And all were ready for turbo Zoom poker!
The final registration numbers were:
Prize pool: $110,070.00
Paid players: 3,150
And when the final table began, the chip counts were listed as follows:
Seat 1: Tzitzi989 (30,816,425 in chips)
Seat 2: KK24KK (16,076,198 in chips)
Seat 3: Digi PKR (8,003,588 in chips)
Seat 4: cabahnos (6,923,991 in chips)
Seat 5: geniuszdwa (7,467,520 in chips)
Seat 6: nickofx (2,071,316 in chips)
Seat 7: przemek50 (6,859,959 in chips)
Seat 8: vali_rip (19,053,919 in chips)
Seat 9: StratosGr (12,797,084 in chips)
Tzitzi989 takes strong lead
The shortest stack at the table was the first to move, as nickofx made his all-in shove with J♣6♦ from the big blind after an original middle-position raise from KK24KK. The latter was holding A♥7♣, and that hand stood up to the 2♠Q♠9♣T♠4♦ board. Nickofx was the first to exit and receive $660.42 for the ninth place finish.
Geniuszdwa was the next to move, pushing all-in from middle position with K♥5♠. Vali_rip called from the small blind with T♦T♣, and that pair remained the best hand as the board produced 7♥3♣A♦8♥4♠. Geniuszdwa was gone in eighth place with $990.63.
It didn't take long for another of the shorter stacks, cabahnos, to lose risk it all with A♦9♥. It was a good enough hand for an UTG raise to start the hand, and StratosGr simply called. The two saw the 6♦8♦6♥ flop, at which point cabahnos made the push. But StratosGr quickly called with T♠T♥ for two pair, and nothing about the 5♣ turn or 3♦ river cards changed the outcome. Cabahnos departed in seventh place with $1,546.48.
The tournament passed the 5-hour mark and was moving rapidly toward the finish line.
Digi PKR had lost ground from the start and sat with little more than 6.1 million chips during six-handed play. When Digi PKR looked at K♦Q♠ on the screen, it was all-in from the button, and vali_rip called from the big blind with A♠Q♥. The ace-high hand remained the best throughout the display of the T♥5♦6♥ flop and 8♠ turn, and the A♣ on the river only made a pair of aces. Digi PKR was eliminated in sixth place with $2,201.40.
In a shocking turn of events, vali_rip was the next player at risk not long after eliminating two players at the final table but being crippled in a recent double-up. Vali_rip was all-in from the big blind with 7♦6♥, and przemek50 was there in the small blind with 9♠9♦. The board came K♠A♦2♣2♥A♠, and vali_rip was out in fifth place with $3,302.10.
The next big hand put Tzitzi989 back in contention:
And it left StratosGr with the lesser flush and out in fourth place with $4,402.80.
KK24KK takes charge
Play was moving along very quickly with no deal in place. And KK24KK wanted that top prize. KK24KK raised from the small blind, and przemek50 called all-in from the big blind with 9♥6♦. But KK24KK had A♠J♦, and that hand only improved on the K♠J♣5♥5♣3♦ board. Przemek50 was eliminated in third place with $5,503.50.
And heads-up play didn't take long. KK24KK shoved with 5♥4♣, and Tzitzi989 called all-in with A♣J♥. Things looked favorable for Tzitzi989 to take control again, especially when the flop came 4♥K♦J♣ to give Tzitzi989 the best pair. But the 4♠ on the turn gave KK24KK trip fours, and the 3♥ on the river sealed the deal. Tzitzi989 had to accept second place and $8,179.30.
KK24KK of Canada won $11,023.90 in prize money, along with the MicroMillions title and an early shot at the Player of the Series. Congrats!
MicroMillions-004: $5.50 NL Hold'em (Turbo, Zoom)
Prize pool: $110,070
Places paid: 3,150
1st place: KK24KK (Canada) $11,023.90
2nd place: Tzitzi989 (Romania) $8,179.30
3rd place: przemek50 (Germany) $5,503.50
4th place: StratosGr (Greece) $4,402.80
5th place: vali_rip (Romania) $3,302.10
6th place: Digi PKR (Canada) $2,201.40
7th place: cabahnos (Argentina) $1,546.48
8th place: geniuszdwa (Poland) $990.63
9th place: nickofx (Chile) $660.42
The sixth edition of MicroMillions is only beginning, with 100 tournaments in total running through November 24. Get the full schedule here, and check the leader board for status on the Player of the Series race.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.