MicroMillions 7: DarVin mOO9 comes back for victory in Event #93, $2.20 NLHE

The last day of MicroMillions 7 is upon us, and it's bittersweet. On one hand, it features a wide variety of tournament formats that show off the best the series has to offer, with big prizes up for grabs including the guaranteed $1 million in the Main Event later in the day. On the other hand, it's the final moment of what has been another successful series for fans of micro-stakes poker tournaments and the wait for another is going to feel like a very long one.

But while there's still poker to be played, the series goes on. On the schedule for the final day of MicroMillions 7 was the final low-stakes, No-Limit Hold'em freezeout of the series. Event #93, a $2.20 affair, drew a field of 17,616, good for a $35,232 prize pool to be split among the top 2,250 finishers and a scheduled top prize of $4,131.74. Almost nine and a half hours passed from the start of the tournament until the start of the final table at 4:27 p.m. ET, with blinds and antes at 250K/500K/62.5K and these nine players hunting for a MicroMillions title:

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Seat 1: fekete63 (5,859,744 in chips)
Seat 2: ruaa (12,690,977 in chips)
Seat 3: DarVin mOO9 (6,693,142 in chips)
Seat 4: rust703 (18,282,685 in chips)
Seat 5: iboy1972 (9,771,572 in chips)
Seat 6: sassy_sue29 (2,089,927 in chips)
Seat 7: RunnerDeath (12,590,726 in chips)
Seat 8: lubos1980cz (12,519,695 in chips)
Seat 9: KR4CKEN (7,581,532 in chips)

With a stack worth just four big blinds, Canada's sassy_sue29 was in immediate danger as the final table began. Paying the big and small blinds on the first two hands shortened the Canadian player even further, to just 1.1M. That was short enough that winning the next pot heads-up against the Czech Republic's lubos1980cz with 9♥ 7♠ against J♥ 6♦ actually tripled sassy_sue29's stack.

By Hand #10 sassy_sue29 was back in the big blind again, this time at an increased price as the level hand gone up to 400K/800K/100K. Holding 5♠ 5♣, the Canadian player called after Germany's iboy1972 jammed from the small blind with A♠ 7♥. The 8♣ T♦ 7♠ flop left sassy_sue29 in need of either a five for the win or running cards for a split pot, but the turn and river came 7♣ 6♠ to give iboy1972 trip sevens. With that sassy_sue29 left the tournament in 9th place ($211.39).

The action begins

The next nine hands went by without a flop, only one of them won with a third bet, as the blinds and antes once again climbed to 500K/1M/125K. Ireland's KR4CKEN won Hand #20 with a lead bet on the 8♠ T♣ 7♥ flop, but some real action finally came around on Hand #22 when Hungary's fekete63 opened for 2M in the small blind with 2.6M left behind and Denmark's ruaa called to see a 6♣ K♥ Q♦ flop. The Hungarian player checked to induce a 3M bet from ruaa and then called all-in with K♣ K♠ for top set. That was good against ruaa's stone-cold bluff with 9♠ 8♥ after the 4♠ 4♣ turn and river and fekete63 chipped up to 10.1M.

After another four hands won before a flop could be seen, Russia's rust703, holding A♠ 7♠, opened Hand #25 in the cutoff with an all-in bet of 12.9M. The Czech Republic's lubos1980cz called all-in for 10M total in the big blind to set up a coin flip with 6♦ 6♥. The 8♣ J♦ 2♦ flop was no danger to lubos1980cz, but the 7♣ paired rust703 and left the Czech player in need of one of the last two sixes in the deck. The T♣ came on the river instead, and lubos1980cz was gone in 8th place ($317.08).

The next pot also went to rust703, boosting the Russian's stack to 30M, and full 28.6M ahead of all the other players at the table. Bangladesh's DarVin mOO9 was at the other end of the spectrum, less than one big blind ahead of last-place ruaa, but on Hand #32 caught a break to move into the middle of the pack:

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Culling the field

That break was a beat for KR4CKEN, who dropped to 5M chips and immediately paid the small blind on the next hand. The Irish player survived an all-in moment on Hand #34 after jamming on the button when both blinds folded, allowing KR4CKEN to move out of the cellar for a moment. Three hands later iboy1972, who was only a few big blinds further ahead, was in the big blind with A♣ J♥ and moved all-in for 11M after rust703 opened for 4.2M in the small blind. The Russian called with 3♠ 3♦, which held up through the 5♦ 8♠ 7♠ K♣ 9♣ board to knock iboy1972 out in 7th place ($598.94).

KR4CKEN was still desperately short and on Hand #39 moved in K♥ 3♣ from the small blind. fekete63 called with K♠ 9♥ but the two split the pot when the board fell A♠ A♣ Q♣ Q♦ 9♠. Two hands after that KR4CKEN opened the betting by moving in for 4.9 from the cutoff with 8♦ 4♦, and this time fekete63 raised all-in from the button to isolate with A♦ 8♠. The isolation worked and fekete63 won the 13.5M-chip pot with an ace kicker after the board came 5♠ K♣ 6♣ K♠ 5♣, eliminating KR4CKEN in 6th place ($888.80).

The blinds and antes were now 800K/1.6M/200K and ruaa, holding 5.3M, was looking for any decent chance to double up. It finally came the next time the small blind rolled around, when the Danish player jammed for 2.9M with Q♥ J♦. Unfortunately DarVin mOO9 was holding A♠ 7♣ in the big blind and made the call with 2.7M chips left behind, winning with a flush after the board came 4♠ T♠ T♥ 6♠ 3♠ to bust ruaa in 5th place ($1,233.12).

Steals in three of the next four pots gave DarVin mOO9 a boost to 16.1M, one small blind ahead of the short stack, RunnerDeath of Belarus. On Hand #49 that changed after fekete63 opened for 3.2M under the gun and RunnerDeath jammed for 15.1M in the big blind with T♦ 9♥. fekete63 made the call with the dominating A♥ 9♠ but fell far behind when RunnerDeath caught a straight on the K♣ Q♦ J♣ flop. The 3♦ turn and 5♠ changed nothing and RunnerDeath won the 31.8M-chip pot.

fekete63 was left with 8.1M chips after that loss and called it all off from the big blind on Hand #50 with 8♥ 7♣ after rust703 opened with A♦ J♠ on the button. Both players paired the 8♣ J♣ 5♠ flop, and fekete63 picked up a two-way straight draw on the 9♥ turn, but the 9♣ river gave the pot to rust703 and sent fekete63 to the rail in 4th place ($1,585.44).

A double, then a deal

Talk of a deal started up immediately, but before they could pause to negotiate, RunnerDeath was able to shift the chip stacks for making the deal:

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The negotiating period didn't take long. As soon as the ICM numbers were presented by the host, all three players agreed, leaving the last $200 in the prize pool on the table for the winner. On the first hand back rust703 limped on the button with Q♥ T♦ and then called after DarVin mOO9 jammed for 14.3M in the big blind with 7♦ 7♥. The board fell 6♦ 2♠ 6♣ 4♥ 8♠, DarVin mOO9 doubled to 30M, and the two players switched positions on the leaderboard.

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Two hands later it was rust703 who moved all-in before the flop, though the Russian's move was the fourth bet following a raise to 4.2M on the button and a third bet to 13.3M by RunnerDeath in the small blind. The Belarussian player called with Q♣ Q♠ and was flipping against rust703's A♥ K♥. The T♥ 5♠ 3♥ boosted rust703's outs from six to 15 twice, and the 9♥ on the turn made a flush for the Russian to lock up the pot before the K♦ ever hit the river.

Left with just 5.1M chips to start Hand #57, RunnerDeath moved them in before the flop with K♣ 9♦ after rust703 opened for 4.2M on the button. rust703 called with A♠ Q♠ and won with a pair of aces after the board came K♦ 2♣ A♦ 4♥ T♦, ending RunnerDeath's day in 3rd place ($3,200.64).

A late comeback for the win

rust703 held the advantage as heads-up play began:

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Seat 3: DarVin mOO9 (26,515,034 in chips)
Seat 4: rust703 (61,564,966 in chips)

With blinds and antes at 1M/2M/250K, the 35M-chip difference was only a bit over 17 big blinds, so DarVin mOO9 was within striking distance from the beginning. The player from Bangladesh was mostly cautious but willing to go with A♦ 4♣ on Hand #61, but the pot was split after rust703 called with A♠ 6♣ and the board fell 9♦ K♠ Q♠ 3♣ T♠. Hand #65 was similarly split between A♦ 3♥ and A♠ 9♦ on a J♠ 4♦ Q♥ 2♦ 4♠ board.

The first turning point of the match came on Hand #67 when DarVin mOO9 flopped well to stave off elimination:

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rust703 ramped up the aggression and dominated the proceedings for the next seven hands, but the second - and bigger - turning point came on Hand #75 when the Russian jammed with A♠ 5♦ on the button and DarVin mOO9 called all-in with J♣ T♦. The J♦ 7♣ 9♠ flop was good to DarVin mOO9 but the 8♥ on the turn was even better, making a jack-high straight so the A♦ on the river didn't win the pot for rust703.\

With the situations reversed, it was now DarVin mOO9 who got aggressive and ran the show. The two split a pot on Hand #77 with Q♣ 5♥ against Q♥ 7♦ on a 6♦ 8♥ A♥ A♠ J♣ board, but otherwise the player from Bangladesh won every pot the rest of the way. The end of the line came on Hand #80 after DarVin mOO9 jammed on the button with K♣ 2♣ and rust703 called with K♦ T♠. rust703 improved to a pair of tens on the T♣ A♣ 9♠ flop, but the 5♣ made a club flush to lock up the pot for DarVin mOO9. The 3♠ on the river was the formality that brought the tournament to a close.

The runner-up finish was worth $3,205.44 for rust703, a pretty solid return on a $2.20 investment worth a few hundred more than the scheduled second-place prize. DarVin mOO9, meanwhile, earned the extra $200 on the table to walk away with a total prize of $3,010.48, the smallest among the deal-makers but the only one to walk away with a MicroMillions title.

MicroMillions-093: $2.20 No-Limit Hold'em
Entrants: 17,616
Prize pool: $35,232
Places paid: 2,250

1. DarVin mOO9 (Bangladesh) $3,010.48*
2. rust703 (Russia) $3,205.42*
3. RunnerDeath (Belarus) $3,200.64*
4. fekete63 (Hungary) $1,585.44
5. ruaa (Denmark) $1,233.12
6. KR4CKEN (Ireland) $880.80
7. iboy1972 (Germany) $598.94
8. lubos1980cz (Czech Republic) $317.08
9. sassy_sue29 (Canada) $211.39
* - denotes results of a three-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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