MicroMillions 7: JMCCV jets through Event #21 field to win ($3.30 PLO, 6-Max, Turbo)
With a turbo format and short-handed pot-limit Omaha the game, Event #21 of MicroMillions 7 provided lots of fast-paced action from start to finish, with just a little over four-and-a-half hours needed to find a winner out of a whopping field of 8,361. JMCCV of Portugal proved to be that champion, topping all to earn a nifty $3,768.37 for a few hours' work and a $3.30 buy-in.
That field of 8,361 meant a total prize pool of $25,083, well over the $15,000 guarantee for the event. The top 1,080 finishers divided the loot, and it would only take a tad more than two hours for the field to be carved down enough for the money bubble to burst, with SarmenB62, Hedeberg, and TheAA at that point occupying the top spots in the counts.
About two hours later they had already played down to just 12 players, with SarmenB62 (378th, $9.02), Hedeberg (298th, $9.78), and TheAA (158th, $15.04) all having hit the rail while eventual victor JMCCV had already begun to open a large lead with a stack of nearly 10 million.
Six more players swiftly fell, with KiepDoDen007 (12th), R.Ivanovich (11th), and aurike53 (10th) each earning $193.13 for their finishes and used2bcool (9th), Nangino89 (8th), and DIANARAV (7th) all finding $250.83 added to their PokerStars accounts.
With JMCCV having added further to move up over 15.5 million while extending the lead, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: stasON2502 (Russia) -- 2,276,381
Seat 2: ArmyParki (United Kingdom) -- 7,156,144
Seat 3: Battles_100 (United Kingdom) -- 3,805,984
Seat 4: NanoDawn (Japan) -- 9,162,413
Seat 5: JMCCV (Portugal) -- 15,562,990
Seat 6: hoodyhoo66 (Hungary) -- 3,841,088
The final six played a few hands as the blinds inclread to 250k/500k. Then suddenly came a double-knockout to reduce the field to four.
That hand began with Battles_100 raising to 1.75 million from UTG+1, then NanoDawn reraising to 6 million from a seat over. It folded around to stasON2502 who called all in for 1,876,381 from the big blind and Battles_100 called all in as well with the 2,905,984 left.
NanoDawn had both players covered, and when the board rolled out 8♥8♠4♠8♦3♠ those aces in NanoDawn's hand had held up to make a full house, knocking stasON2502 out in sixth and Battles_100 out in fifth.
Just a few hands later the four-and-a-half-hour break was nearing when JMCCV limped in for 250,000 from the small blind and hoodyhoo66 checked from the big blind.
The flop came 4♣4♥7♠, JMCCV bet the minimum -- 500,000 -- then hoodyhoo66 pushed all in for 2,253,088 and JMCCV called instantly.
hoodyhoo66 had K♣J♦6♣5♥ for an open-ended straight draw, but was all but crushed by JMCCV's full house with A♥J♣7♣4♠. The turn was the 7♦ to make an even better full house for JMCCV, and after the A♣ meaninglessly fell on fifth street hoodyhoo66 was out in fourth.
Following the break three-handed play waged on, with JMCCV and NanoDawn both hovering around the 15 million-chip mark while ArmyParki sat in third with just over 10 million.
Soon JMCCV won a big one versus NanoDawn to claim most of the latter's stack, and on the next hand JMCCV limped in from the button, ArmyParki called from the small blind, and NanoDawn checked from the big blind with just 2,331,778 behind.
The flop came 3♥J♥7♠, and when checked to NanoDawn fired a pot-sized bet of 1.8 million. JMCCV called and ArmyParki folded, then after the 7♦ turn NanoDawn bet the last 531,778 and JMCCV called.
NanoDawn had A♣J♠9♦8♦ (jacks and sevens) while JMCCV had Q♠Q♥5♠3♣ (queens and sevens), and after the K♥ river NanoDawn was out in third.
That hand gave JMCCV the big advantage to start heads-up play with 32,198,856 to ArmyParki's 9,606,144, and as it happened it would only take one hand more to decide things.
With the blinds 300k/600k, ArmyParki limped from the button, JMCCV made it 1.2 million to go, and ArmyParki called.
The flop came 5♠Q♣A♦. JMCCV led for 600,000, ArmyParki raised to 4.2 million, JMCCV reraised to 7.8 million, ArmyParki pushed for 8,406,144 total, and JMCCV called.
JMCCV had flopped bottom set, better than the two pair of ArmyParki, and after the T♦ turn and 9♥ that set was still best to give JMCCV the win.
Congratulations to JMCCV for racing through a field of more than 8,300 players to win a MicroMillions title and turn $3.30 into $3,768.37 -- a prize worth more than 1000 times the buy-in!
MicroMillions-021: $3.30 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Max, Turbo)
Prize pool: $25,083.00
Places paid: 1,080
1. JMCCV (Portugal) $3,768.37
2. ArmyParki (United Kingdom) $2,633.71
3. NanoDawn (Japan) $1,881.22
4. hoodyhoo66 (Hungary) $1,128.73
5. Battles_100 (United Kingdom) $627.07
6. stasON2502 (Russia) $376.24
There is plenty more MicroMillions 7 left to go with more than a week's worth of events still to come. Check the MicroMillions 7 web page for the full schedule of remaining events.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.