MicroMillions 6: v-gangsta7 finds paradise in Event #57, $8.80 NLHE (8-max, Turbo, Shootout, SuperKnockout)
MicroMillions 6 has featured the full variety of tournament structures available here at PokerStars. Turbo tourneys, shootout, SuperKnockouts, and 8-max tourneys have all run already. But nobody ever dared to combine them all into one format - until today.
Event #57 might as well have been called the "All The Formats Championship," as it sported perhaps the longest description of any MicroMillions event to date: an 8-max, turbo, SuperKnockout shootout. It obviously scratched an itch for a wide segment of the player pool as 7,393 showed up to have a go at claiming half of their opponents' buy-ins for every knockout. Together they created a $62,101.20 prize pool, half of which went to bounties and the other half of which was split between all the players who won at least one table in the shootout.
After five and a half hours the final eight players emerged from their previous tables to play for the big money:
Seat 1: xxx_Pana_xxx
Seat 2: v-gangsta7
Seat 3: Sh4rp Edge
Seat 4: DuuFFy
Seat 5: 1992scarface
Seat 6: Mik3ll
Seat 7: peps127
Seat 8: serega.hi
Each of them had collected at least seven knockout bounties in their previous wins, with Portugal's Mik3ll collecting the most at 14. The shootout format meant everybody started with 5,000 chips, and the blinds reset to 25/50. The pressure stayed on thanks to the five-minute levels, ensuring it wouldn't take long to crown the latest MicroMillions 6 champion.
A quick start
The action got started on the very first hand. Russia's serega.hi limped in from the hijack, and then called along with the United Kingdom's Sh4rp_Edge in the small blind after Greece's v-gangsta7 raised to 150 on the button. The action checked to v-gangsta7 on the T♠ Q♣ 5♦ flop and the Greek player bet 250. Sh4rp_Edge came along and both players checked the J♣ turn. The betting went wild on the J♣ river and both players ended up all-in, only to split the pot with Q♦ J♦ and Q♥ J♠.
Russia's DuuFFy won the first significant pot on Hand #5 after opening in the hijack with 5♠ 4♦, flopping an open-ended draw, and getting there on the turn. A paired board on the river kept the Russian player from extracting more value from Mik3ll, but the 3,823-chip pot was good for the early chip lead. DuuFFy continued to rise above the field thanks to three pots. First, DuuFFy showed down 6♣ 6♠ on a K♣ 7♣ 5♦ 5♥ 3♥ board for 930 chips agaisnt Mik3ll. Then the Russian player defended the big blind against a button raise from v-gangsta7, flopped an ace, and picked off a three-barrel bluff from v-gangsta7 for the 3,030-chip pot. Finally there was this hand:
That moved DuuFFY into what looked like a very secure first place, holding 9.879 chips with the blinds still at 30/60, but losses in two of the next three pots - to v-gangsta7 and peps127 - dropped the Russian player's stack back to 6,659. All those chips came back on Hand #17, though, when DuuFFy picked up Q♦ Q♥ and called a raise to 400 to see a 4♦ 5♦ 6♦ flop. DuuFFY led out for 240 into 1,320 and then called after Mik3ll raised all-in for 2,401. Mik3ll held 7♠ 7♣ for the underpair and open-ended straight draw by teh J♦ on the turn gave DuuFFy a flush. The K♠ on the river knocked Mik3ll out in 8th place ($232.87).
Three hands later DuuFFY aimed for another knockout. The Russian called in the cutoff with 8♣ 8♠ after v-gangsta7 min-raised in middle position and Sh4rp_Edge raised to 500 in the hijack. v-gangsta7 came along for the 4♠ 6♦ 5♣ flop but check-folded to the 3,373-chip all-in bet from Sh4rp_Edge and call from DuuFFy, whose eights were trailing Sh4rp_Edge's A♥ A♦. The turn and river came Q♥ T♥ and Sh4rp_Edge became the new leader with 8,466 chips.
DuuFFy remained the center of the action from there. On Hand #24 the Russian player picked up J♠ J♦ in the big blind and called a cutoff raise to 400 by Germany's xxx_Pana_xxx. DuuFFy check-called the 2,540-chip all-in bet from xxx_Pana_xxx on the 2♠ 7♠ 3♦ flop and was well ahead when the German player showed 9♦ 9♠. The turn and river came 2♣ A♠ and xxx_Pana_xxx was out in 7th place ($465.75).
Up and down for v-gangsta7
The blinds were now up to 50/100 with a 10-chip ante, and the chips were distributed like so:
Seat 2: v-gangsta7 (5,130 in chips)
Seat 3: Sh4rp Edge (8,276 in chips)
Seat 4: DuuFFy (7,967 in chips)
Seat 5: 1992scarface (5,415 in chips)
Seat 7: peps127 (6,885 in chips)
Seat 8: serega.hi (6,327 in chips)
There was a major shift just three hands later after serega.hi limped from the small blind and called a big-blind raise to 300 from v-gangsta7. serega.hi check-called another bet of 300 on the 5♣ 4♠ 8♥ flop and then both players checked the 2♥ turn. serega.hi then led out for 700 on the 5♥ river and moved all-in for 4,987 after v-gangsta7 raised to 2,000. The Greek player called and showed A♦ 5♠ for trips, but the free card on the river had turned serega.hi's A♥ 3♥ into a flush.
v-gangsta7 was left with 1,723 chips but rebounded two hands later thanks to this pot:
DuuFFy continued to roll two hands later, picking up Q♥ Q♦, flopping a set, and getting paid off by serega.hi for a 3,750-chip pot. That stacked the Russian player up to 9,987 chips, a full 17 big blinds ahead of the nearest competitor, but those chips would slowly bleed away over the next 13 hands thanks to losses to v-gangsta7 and Germany's 1992scarface. DuuFFy finally ended up all-in on the 100/200/25 level, having check-raised to 3,497 on the river of a board reading 9♣ 2♥ J♥ 7♣ T♠. serega.hi made the call with J♣ 2♣ for two pair, but DuuFFy's Q♦ 8♦ was better with a queen-high straight.
serega.hi was left with just 1,334 chips but managed to stack up to 3,018 two hands later with A♣ 8♠ against v-gangsta's K♣ Q♠. But the spotlight was no on v-gangsta7, who would win three pots in a row from Hand #36 through Hand #38.
On the first one, v-gangsta7 opened for 400 under the gun with Q♠ J♦, bet 600 on the 5♦ 7♦ Q♥ flop, checked the K♠ turn, and bet 1,400 on the J♠ river. peps127 check-called all those bets but mucked at showdown to give v-gangsta7 the 5,150-chip pot. On the second, the Greek player won a 2,250-chip pot from DuuFFy uncontested with a bet on the river of a 7♦ Q♣ 4♠ J♠ 4♦ board. And on the third, v-gangsta7 was in the small blind and called a DuuFFY min-raise before check-calling bets on the flop and turn and showing down 9♠ 7♠ for a winner on the A♥ 3♣ 9♣ 7♥ 6♦ board. With that 4,350-chip pot, v-gangsta7 stacked up to 14,510.
serega.hi was still the short stack after those earlier losses, but the Russian player came storming back on Hand #40 after jamming with K♣ K♠ before the flop. DuuFFy called with 7♠ 7♥ and lost out when the board came J♠ 4♥ T♠ 2♥ 8♣, giving serega.hi the 5,636-chip pot. Three hands after that serega.hi would move into second place after picking up A♣ K♠ in the small blind and moving all-in over the top of Sh4rp_Edge's opening raise with A♠ Q♥. Sh4rp_Edge made the call but lost out when the board fell K♣ J♣ A♥ J♠ 2♦, finishing in 6th place ($698.63).
After all that maneuvering the blinds and antes were up to 125/250/30 and the last five players held these chip stacks:
Seat 2: v-gangsta7 (14,345 in chips)
Seat 4: DuuFFy (3,636 in chips)
Seat 5: 1992scarface (8,785 in chips)
Seat 7: peps127 (3,365 in chips)
Seat 8: serega.hi (9,869 in chips)
The average pot size shrank dramatically as these five danced carefully around one another. The streak was broken, unsurprisingly, by DuuFFy. The Russian player moved all-in for 2,891 chips on Hand #61, coming over the top of an opening raise by v-gangsta7, and A♣ Q♠ held up against K♠ 9♠ on the 9♦ A♠ T♠ A♥ 3♥ board for a double to 6,407.
Three hands later v-gangsta7 made up for that loss by claiming another knockout bounty. This time it was peps127, who had the misfortune of picking up T♥ T♦ while the Greek player held K♦ K♠. peps127 just called v-gangsta7's three-bet before the 7♠ 6♦ 6♥, but there was no holding back from there. The chips went in, the board ran out 8♥ 6♣, and peps127 was out in 5th place ($1,086.77).
The next sizable pot didn't result in a knockout but it did shift the chip stacks considerably:
By now a round of blinds and antes was beginning to represent a significant portion of each player's stack, and the number of flops seen went down considerably. serega.hi and v-gangsta7 chipped up, and 1992scarface held steady, which left only DuuFFy on the outside. The Russian player went nearly broke in an unraised pot on Hand #83, calling bets in the big blind from v-gangsta7 in the small on the turn and river of a 6♥ A♦ 7♦ 5♥ 5♦ board and mucking after the Greek showed a flush with J♦ 8♦.
DuuFFy would survive an all-in for 927 chips two hands later, but on Hand #86 the Russian jammed for 2,164 before the flop with K♣ J♠ and was called by 1992scarface with A♣ 8♣. The board fell T♠ 8♥ A♦ T♣ 4♣ and DuuFFy left the tournament in 4th place ($1,707.78).
v-gangsta7 still held the lead as three-handed play started up:
Seat 2: v-gangsta7 (18,534 in chips)
Seat 5: 1992scarface (10,844 in chips)
Seat 8: serega.hi (10,622 in chips)
serega.hi cut into that lead with a 13,180-chip pot against 1992scarface on Hand #91, but from there the action turned into a revolving parade of winners. There wasn't another all-in until Hand #114 when 1992scarface's 4♦ 4♠ held up against v-gangsta7's 2♣ 2♠ for an 8,843-chip pot. Five hands after that v-gangsta7 actually ended up all-in in this key pot:
But the revolving door returned. First serega.hi doubled through 1992scarface with J♥ J♣ against A♥ K♥. Then 1992scarface returned the favor with 5♣ 5♥ against A♦ 4♥. Finally the blinds and antes were up to 500/1,000/125 when serega.hi raised to 2,000 in the small blind and v-gangsta7 moved all-in from the big blind. serega.hi called with A♦ T♥ and was ahead of the Greek's K♥ Q♣, but the board fell 9♦ 9♠ 7♥ K♣ K♦ and serega.hi was out in 3rd place ($2,328.79).
A heads-up deal
The last two players were nearly even as heads-up play began:
Seat 2: v-gangsta7 (19,473 in chips)
Seat 5: 1992scarface (20,527 in chips)
1992scarface's A♦ 8♣ cracked v-gangsta7's K♣ K♥ on the very first hand, but both players played it cautious all the way on a A♠ 5♥ T♦ 3♣ Q♠ board and 1992scarface stacked up to 28,652. They soon agreed to make a deal, and within minutes they were back to the table playing for the last $400. v-gangsta7 turned things around on the fourth hand, beating 7♥ 7♠ with Q♦ 8♦, but 1992scarface doubled to 31,808 just two hands later with A♥ K♥ against A♦ 5♠.
From there only two of the next 22 hands would see flops, and none of them went any further. Hand #29 of heads-up would prove to be the turning point:
The Greek player won the next three pots uncontested before picking up A♠ 4♠ on the 33rd hand of heads-up and moving all-in on the button. 1992 scarface called with K♣ T♣ but the 6♠ 6♣ J♥ 2♠ 8♦ board was bone-dry and the tournament was complete.
1992scarface walked with a $3,58.87 share of the deal, topping the German player's previous high cash of $45. With the extra $400 on the table at the end, v-gangsta7's take came to $3,631.50 - also a career best by $2,502. Congratulations to both players for turning a small investment into a bankroll-changing prize!
MicroMillions-057: $8.80 NL Hold'em (8-Max, Turbo, Shootout, SuperKnockout)
Prize pool: $62,101.20 ($31,050.60 regular, $31,050.60 bounty)
Places paid: 512
1. v-gangsta7 (Greece) $3,631.50* + 11 KOs
2. 1992scarface (Germany) $3,513.87* + 9 KOs
3. serega.hi (Russia) $2,328.79 + 14 KOs
4. DuuFFy (Russia) $1,707.78 + 12 KOs
5. peps127 (Greece) $1,086.77 + 9 KOs
6. Sh4rp_Edge (United Kingdom) $698.63 + 7 KOs
7. xxx_Pana_xxx (Germany) $465.75 + 11 KOs
8. Mik3ll (Portugal) $232.87 + 14 KOs
* - denotes results of a heads-up deal
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.