MicroMillions 7: briancue147 pockets a win in Event #54, $5.50 NLHE

With half the schedule complete and more than $4.2 million in prizes awarded, MicroMillions 7 has been a big success not just for the champions but for all the players on small bankrolls who have cashed along the way. Depending on their goals, a little bit of run-good during the 100 tournaments making up this series can translate into playing for higher stakes or even banking some cash to use for real-world expenses for PokerStars players. It's quite the series that creates such opportunities.

Event #54 offered players still hunting for their share of the MicroMillions loot a familiar route to the final table: a no-limit hold'em freezeout. The $5.50 buy-in attracted a field of 6,019 players, creating a $30,095 prize pool to be split among the top 765 finishers. After eight hours and 21 minutes the blinds and antes were at 80K/160K/20K as the final table began with these nine players:

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Seat 1: pick pepsi (827,413 in chips)
Seat 2: briancue147 (7,122,342 in chips)
Seat 3: na1usik (2,586,776 in chips)
Seat 4: trickysnirp (3,055,372 in chips)
Seat 5: H9ma (3,278,132 in chips)
Seat 6: nikeboom (2,599,519 in chips)
Seat 7: andruwa1985 (5,878,738 in chips)
Seat 8: zafargood (2,665,290 in chips)
Seat 9: Kitolog (2,081,418 in chips)

Short-stack bingo

Canada's pick pepsi came in with the short stack and had nearly half of those chips eaten up in blinds in antes over the first three hands. The Canadian player moved in for 507K on the button on Hand #4 with Q♥ 4♥ and the onyl action came from the United Kingdom's briancue147, who raised to isolate in the small blind with 3♠ 3♥. The board fell A♥ 4♠ J♦ J♠ 8♠ and pick pepsi had gained a little breathing room with a pot worth 1.35M. Seven hands later the Canadian was able to get in on the right side of a coin flip with those chips, holding 8♣ 8♠ against the A♠ T♥ of Ukraine's H9ma, but the board came down J♥ A♣ 2♥ 9♠ J♦ and pick pepsi was eliminated in 9th place ($240.76).

There were two all-in situations over the next five pots, but both players held the same starting hand - A-Q in the first and A-K in the second - and ended up splitting the pot on both occasions. Russia's Kitolog was one of those who split a pot, but Hand #21 saw the Russian double to 2.67M with 7♠ 7♥ against the A♠ J♥ of Ukraine's andruwa1985. Three more hands went by without any confrontations before Dutch player trickysnirp raised to 400K in the hijack seat and nikeboom of Belarus jammed for 2.28M on the button. The Dutch player called with A♠ Q♣ and trailed nikeboom's A♦ K♥ only until the flop came 6♠ 9♠ Q♠ to give trickysnirp top pair with a nut flush redraw. The turn and river came 5♣ 3♥ and nikeboom was gone in 8th place ($376.18).

Two of the seven players left at the table were desperately short-stacked, holding less than 10 big blinds each, so the action didn't slow down any. Hand #29, the last of the 100K/200K/25K level, saw one of the shorties pick up a premium hand and commit to it when Uzbekistan's zafargood jammed for 1.09M with Q♦ Q♥ in the cutoff. Kitolog, holding A♠ T♠ on the button, was the only caller and promptly caught top pair on the 4♠ 6♣ A♥ flop. The board ran out 6♥ 3♦, Kitolog won the 2.66M chips in the middle, and zafargood left in 7th place ($677.13).

Not all of the early action was generated by short stacks looking for a double. Russia's na1usik picked up this sizable pot on Hand #33 to move into the chip lead:

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Losing that pot dropped Kitolog to 1.46M, but a double was in the works on Hand #37 with A♣ Q♦ against trickysnirp's A♥ J♠. The next eight pots were all taken down before the flop before andruwa1985 jammed for 1.2M in the cutoff on Hand #46. briancue147 successfully raised to isolate and showed T♣ T♥, which had andruwa1985's 9♦ 8♠ in big trouble. The T♦ 2♠ 3♦ only worsened the outlook for andruwa1985, who needed running cards for any hope of staying alive. The 9♣ on the turn and 9♠ on the river gave the Ukrainian player trips but made a full house for briancue147, ending andruwa1985's day in 6th place ($978.08).

Stratification

With five players left the chips were distributed as follows:

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Seat 2: briancue147 (10,262,249 in chips)
Seat 3: na1usik (8,061,776 in chips)
Seat 4: trickysnirp (3,248,015 in chips)
Seat 5: H9ma (6,242,958 in chips)
Seat 9: Kitolog (2,280,002 in chips)

trickysnirp reversed positions with na1usik on Hand #48. The action opened with briancue147 raising to 1M in the cutoff and na1usik calling on the button before trickysnirp raised all-in for 2.93M from the small blind. briancue147 folded by na1usik called with Q♥ J♥, which couldn't catch up to trickysnirp's A♠ K♦ on a board of 8♥ 6♣ 4♣ 6♥ 5♣, giving the Dutch player the 7.27M chips in the middle.

Hand #52 saw another short stack double up, this time Kitolog with A♥ Q♦. The Russian player jammed for 1.71M from the cutoff and got a single caller, briancue147 on the button with A♣ 2♣. The board fell A♦ 8♦ Q♥ Q♠ 9♠, and the full house was good for 3.96M. The blinds and antes were up to 150K/300K/37.5K six hands later when briancue147 got those chips back - and then some - without having to go past the flop:

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Eleven of the next 13 hands were taken down without seeing a flop. Seven of them were won by briancue147, as was one of the hands that went to a flop, moving the U.K. player's stack up to 18.1M. That made the dip to 15.7M after doubling trickysnirp up on Hand #72 - having raised with 9♣ 5♦ on the button and called an all-in re-raise by A♣ T♠ - easy to handle. H9ma had more luck picking off a player with superior starting cards on Hand #74, calling in the small blind with K♣ 4♣ after na1usik shoved for 1.17M on the button with A♦ K♦. The board fell K♥ 3♦ 2♦ 6♣ 5♣ to give H9ma a straight and na1usik's run ended in 5th place ($1,279.03).

Kitolog was in the small blind on the next hand with 2♦ 2♣ and survived a confrontation with trickysnirp's A♥ 5♥, making a flush for the 2.64M-chip pot with the same river card that gave trickysnirp a pair of fives on the 6♣ 4♣ Q♣ T♥ 5♣ board. That led to a stretch of 15 hands where only one went to a flop, that one being taken down for 5.2M by trickysnirp's all-in raise on a Q♠ 6♦ J♣ flop.

Hand #91 finally broke that streak when Kitolog raised all-in for 1.13M on the button, holding A♣ 6♦, and briancue147 called in the small blind with A♠ 4♣. The board came 3♥ K♦ 2♠ 6♥ T♦ and the pair of sixes kept Kitolog afloat. Two hands later the Russian jammed for 2.76M in the small blind with 3♣ 3♦ after trickysnirp opened for 950K on the button. The Dutch player called with A♠ T♣ and caught a full house an the T♠ Q♠ T♦ 8♦ Q♦ board, sending Kitolog to the rail in 4th place ($1,700.36).

Standoff

The remaining three players were stacked like so:

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Seat 2: briancue147 (13,934,959 in chips)
Seat 4: trickysnirp (6,984,572 in chips)
Seat 5: H9ma (9,175,469 in chips)

Nobody was willing to get too adventurous at this point, leading to a 30-hand stretch standoff where only one hand - Hand #96, taken down for 2.05M by trickysnirp with a a continuation bet on a 2♣ J♠ 2♠ board - went as far as the flop. The blinds and antes had progressed to 250K/500K/62.5K by the time the next flop was seen on Hand #121, when briancue147 raised in the small blind with 9♥ 7♥ and then called after trickysnirp shoved for 5.11M. trickysnirp's A♥ Q♣ won out with three of a kind on the Q♦ Q♥ 4♦ 9♦ 7♣ board for a double to 10.41M.

Just three hands later H9ma picked up A♦ J♣ on the button and opened for 1.5M. briancue147 responded with an all-in bet and showed Q♠ Q♦ after H9ma called for 9.59M total. The board came down J♠ 4♠ 6♦ 2♣ 4♥, queens and fours was good for the 19.8M-chip pot, and H9ma departed in 3rd place ($2,482.83).

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Seat 2: briancue147 (21,620,856 in chips)
Seat 4: trickysnirp (8,474,144 in chips)

trickysnirp was behind but didn't back down. The balance of play remained mostly even as the Dutch player stayed aggressive and won three of the first seven pots, including one with an all-in re-raise. Then briancue147 won four pots in a row, kicked off by taking one down with an identical all-in re-raise, and the balance was thrown off. Finally, on Hand #140, trickysnirp made a stand and called all-in for 6.16M with K♦ 9♠. briancue147 held A♥ 3♠ and immediately caught two pair on the A♠ T♥ T♠ flop. The board ran out 8♣ K♣, aces and tens won the pot, and the tournament came to its conclusion.

For the runner-up finish, trickysnirp took home $3,506.06, surpassing the Dutch player's previous career best, $607 from a win in a $4.40 no-limit tourney this time last year. Meanwhile briancue147 earned $4,711.34 as the champion of this event, a very fine showing indeed by a player with only a handful of tournaments played here at PokerStars.

MicroMillions-054: $5.50 No-Limit Hold'em
Entrants: 6,019
Prize pool: $30,095
Places paid: 765

1. briancue147 (United Kingdom) $4,711.34
2. trickysnirp (Netherlands) $3,506.06
3. H9ma (Ukraine) $2,482.83
4. Kitolog (Russia) $1,700.36
5. na1usik (Russia) $1,279.03
6. andruwa1985 (Ukraine) $978.08
7. zafargood (Uzbekistan) $677.13
8. nikeboom (Belarus) $376.18
9. pick pepsi (Canada) $240.76

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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