MicroMillions 7: isti606 dazzles with come-from-behind victory in Event #59 [$3.30 FL Omaha Hi/Lo]

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With two players remaining, isti606 was in a deep hole with a tremendous chip disadvantage against fellow Ukrainian Sergeich84. Instead of rolling over and dying, isti606 never gave up. isti606 managed to stay alive long enough to get a chance to win eight consecutive pots. In that short stint, isti606 went from being on life support to pulling even to eventually gaining a significant edge. When the dust settled, isti606 completed a sensational come-from-behind victory to become the newest MicroMillions 7 champion.

MicroMillions 7 Event #59 $3.30 FL Omaha Hi/Lo attracted 4,752 runners. They boosted the prize pool to $14,256.00, which smashed the 5K guarantee. The top 630 places paid out, with $2,239.48 set aside to the eventual champion.

Action went hand-for-hand with ten remaining. Russia's stan87magic bubbled off the final table in tenth place with A♦8♥5♥2♥ against Frufru007's A♠T♠5♣4♦. The board ran out Q♠5♦3♠Q♣2♠. stan87magic had two pair -- Queens and fives -- and a low of 8-5-4-2-A, but neither  could beat Frufru007, who scooped with an Ace-high flush and the Wheel low.


MicroMillions Event #59 - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: Frufru007 (5,190,502)
Seat 2: Ruslan7571 (1,136,540)
Seat 3: P_OVIDIU_L82 (1,973,666)
Seat 4: dread natty1 (856,238)
Seat 5: KarinDreijer (2,056,354)
Seat 6: Sergeich84 (3,500,268)
Seat 7: Brunolf (6,142,257)
Seat 8: zykr (343,704)
Seat 9: isti606 (2,560,471)

The final table commenced during Level 44 with blinds at 200K/400K. Brunolf held the lead with 6.1M, and zykr clung onto the short stack with 343K.

zykr eliminated in 9th place

Short-stacked zykr open-shoved for 343,704 with K♥J♥5♣2♥, and P_OVIDIU_L82 called with A♥9♦9♥2♦. The board ran out 8♣5♠4♣T♣6♦. zykr made a final stand with a pair of fives and a low of 8-6-5-4-2, however, P_OVIDIU_L82 scooped with a pair of nines and a 6-5-4-2-A low. Uzbekistan's zykr became the first player to get knocked out at the final table. Ninth place paid out $114.04.

dread natty1 eliminated in 8th place

dread natty1 min-raised to 400,000, Brunolf bumped it up to 600,000, and dread natty1 called. The flop was 9♠9♥5♦. dread natty1 fired out 200,000, Brunolf min-raised to 400,000, dread natty1 shoved for 456,238, and Brunolf and called.

dread natty1: A♦8♥7♦2♦
Brunolf: A♠Q♠T♣4♣

The turn was the 2♠ and the river was the 3♥. dread natty1 could only muster up two pair -- nines and deuces -- and a low of 7-5-3-2-A. Meanwhile, Brunolf scooped with the Wheel. For eighth place, dread natty1 earned $178.20.

Ruslan7571 eliminated in 7th place

Seven-handed lasted a couple of levels before someone finally busted. Sergeich84 min-raised to 600,000 and Ruslan7571 called. The flop was K♦Q♦J♥. Ruslan7571 bombed it all-in for 267,310 and Sergeich84 snap-called.

Ruslan7571: J♣T♥8♣3♥
Sergeich84: A♣8♠7♦3♦

Ruslan7571 flopped a pair and held an open-ended straight draw. Sergeich84 was behind, but had plenty of outs with a flush draw and gutshot draw. The turn was the A♠ and the river was the A♦. Ruslan7571 turned a Broadway straight, but Sergeich84 rivered an Ace-high flush to win the pot (without a qualifying low). For seventh place, Ruslan7571 earned $320.76.

Frufru007 eliminated in 6th place

Sergeich84 min-raised to 600,000 and Frufru007 called. The flop was Q♠8♥7♠. Frufru007 checked, Sergeich84 bet 300,000 and Frufru007 called. The turn was the 6♠. Frufru007 checked, Sergeich84 bet 600,000, Frufru007 bumped it up to 1.2M, Sergeich84 raised to 1.8M, and Frufru007 called all-in for 253,002.

Frufru007: K♠T♥5♣3♠ 
Sergeich84: A♠A♦J♠2♦

The 7♣ fell on the river. Sergeich84 scooped with an Ace-high flush and a better low with 8-7-6-2-A against Frufru007's King-high flush and 8-7-6-5-3 low. For sixth place, Frufru007 took home $463.32.

Brunolf eliminated in 5th place

isti606 limped for 400,000 and Brunolf checked from the big blind. The flop was A♣J♦7♦. Brunolf fired out 400,000, isti606 raised to 800,000, Brunolf made it 1.2M, isti606 capped it at 1.6M, and Brunolf called all-in for 92,141.

Brunolf: K♦9♣4♦3♥
isti606: A♦9♦8♠2♣

The turn was the 3♣ and the river was the J♠. Brunolf did not have a qualifying low and made a final stand with two pair -- Jacks and treys. Alas, isti606 scooped with a better two pair -- Aces and Jacks -- and a low of 8-7-3-2-A. For fifth place, Germany's Brunolf took down $605.88.

With four to go, Sergeich84 held the lead with 13.4M, and KarinDreijer was the shorty with 1.5M.

KarinDreijer eliminated in 4th place

KarinDreijer min-raised to 800,000 and P_OVIDIU_L82 called. The flop was T♦7♦7♠. P_OVIDIU_L82 shoved for 354,870 and KarinDreijer called all-in for 147,031.

P_OVIDIU_L82: J♥7♥3♠2♣
KarinDreijer: A♣K♣Q♦J♠

P_OVIDIU_L82 was ahead with trip sevens. The turn was the 5♣ and the A♦ spiked on the river. KarinDreijer did not have a qualifying low and could only muster up two pair -- Aces and sevens. P_OVIDIU_L82 scooped with trip sevens and a 7-5-3-2-A low.  KarinDreijer headed to the virtual rail in fourth place, which paid out $805.46.

With three to go, Sergeich84 led with 14.7M, isti606 was second with 6.7M, and P_OVIDIU_L82 last with 2.3M.

P_OVIDIU_L82 eliminated in 3rd place

Sergeich84 opened to 800,000 and P_OVIDIU_L82 called. The flop was 8♠6♥6♣ and a raising war ensured. Betting was capped at 1.6M. The turn was the 8♦. P_OVIDIU_L82 fired out 800,000, Sergeich84 raised to 1.6M, P_OVIDIU_L82 called all-in for 1,901.

P_OVIDIU_L82: T♠7♣4♥2♥
Sergeich84: A♥8♥6♦3♠

Sergeich84 flopped a full house and actually improved to a better boat on the turn -- eights full of sixes. Alas, P_OVIDIU_L82 was drawing dead. The J♦ fell on the river and neither player had a qualifying low. P_OVIDIU_L82 made a final stand with a pair of eights, but Sergeich84 dragged the pot with the boat. For third place, P_OVIDIU_L82 earned $1,176.12.

HEADS-UP: Sergeich84 (Ukraine) vs. isti606 (Ukraine)
Seat 6: Sergeich84 (18,304,211)
Seat 9: isti606 (5,455,789)

Two Ukrainians were heads-up for the title, but Sergeich84 held a an obvious advantage 18.3M to 5.4M. However, Sergeich84 coughed up the lead and isti606 came from behind to win. At one point, isti606 was down to his last 3M. But then the rush of a lifetime happened. isti606 won eight consecutive pots, which propelled the Ukrainian from the outhouse to the penthouse. All of sudden, isti606 was ahead 19.3M to 4.4M. Seven hands later, it would be all over.

Sergeich84 eliminated in 2nd place; isti606 wins MicroMillions Event #59!

Going into the final hand, Sergeich84 trailed 21.8 to 1.8M. Betting was capped preflop and Sergeich84 was all-in for 1,896,844.

Sergeich84: A♣J♥9♥5♣
isti606: A♥Q♥4♣3♦

The board ran out 7♥7♣6♦T♥6♥. Sergeich84 flopped a gutshot, but never got there by the river. Neither player had a qualifying low hand. Both players caught a runner-runner flush, however Sergeich84 lost with a Jack-high flush against isti606's Ace-high flush. Sergeich84 was knocked out in second place, and isti606 shipped Event #59.

For a gutsy runner-up performance, Ukraine's Sergeich84 took home $1,660.82.

Congrats to Ukraine's isti606 for winning MicroMillions 7 Event #59 and collecting $2,239.48 for first place.

View the final table in the replayer:

MicroMillions-059: $3.30 FL Omaha Hi/Lo
Entrants: $14,256.00
Prize pool: 4,752
Places paid: 630

1. isti606 (Ukraine) $2,239.48
2. Sergeich84 (Ukraine) $1,660.82
3. P_OVIDIU_L82 (Romania) $1,176.12
4. KarinDreijer (Canada) $805.46
5. Brunolf (Germany) $605.88
6. Frufru007 (Austria) $463.32
7. Ruslan7571 (Russia) $320.76
8. dread natty1 (Germany) $178.20
9. zykr (Uzbekistan) $114.04

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