MicroMillions 7: kapertje secures formidable victory with straight flush in 4-max Event #19 [$4.40 NL Hold'em]
You can run, but you can't hide. That's the beauty of 4-max, where you can be under the gun, yet still be in an advantageous hijack position. The 4-max structure fostered an action-heavy environment, which made MicroMillions 7 Event #19 one of the most exciting tournaments on today's schedule.
With two players remaining, Dutch player kapertje was on the ropes after coughing up a sizable chip lead. Just when it looked like India's mitarachi89 was going to pull off a remarkable comeback, kapertje dragged a monster pot with a straight flush. Four hands later, kapertje won MicroMillions 7 Event #19 and delivered a stunning knockout blow in a crazy cooler of a hand when mitarachi89 ran pocket Queens in kapertje's Aces. It's tough enough to have Aces hold up, but its a remarkable feat to actually win a tournament holding pocket rockets.
MicroMillions 7 Event #19 $4.40 NL [4-Max] attracted 16,044 runners. They boosted the prize pool to $64,176. The top 2,400 places paid out with $5,581.41 set aside to the eventual champion.
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In order to keep play balanced, action went hand-for-hand with 6 players remaining (or three players at each table). The final five players were consolidated into one final table, so technically the final table for 4-max was five-handed.
MicroMillions Event #19 - Final Table Chip Count:
Seat 1: mitarachi89 (22,046,205)
Seat 2: Gstylez88 (13,867,122)
Seat 3: kapertje (10,552,100)
Seat 4: ReinZ87 (17,603,642)
Seat 5: loseqian (16,150,931)
The final table commenced during Level 50 with blinds at 500K/1M and a 62.5K ante. India's mitarachi89 held the lead with 22M and kapertje was the short stack with 10.5M.
Gstylez88 eliminated in 5th place
Gstylez88 min-raised to 1M, loseqian bumped it up to 22.5M and Gstylez88 called. The flop was Q♠8♥3♥. loseqian fired out 2M and Gstylez88 called. The turn was 6♦ and fireworks ensued. loseqian bet 3.5M, Gstylez88 re-raised all-in for 9,629,622, and loseqian called. Gstylez88 held 9♠9♣, but was in deep trouble because he ran into loseqian's A♣A♥. The river was the 2♥. loseqian won the pot when Aces held up. Gstylez88 failed to improve and busted out in fifth place, which paid out $758.56.
ReinZ87 eliminated in 4th place
Another player woke up with Aces. mitarachi89 min-raised to 1.2M, ReinZ87 bombed it all-in for 9,578,642, and mitarachi89 insta-called. ReinZ87 unfortunately took A♠T♦ into battle against mitarachi89's A♣A♥. The board ran out J♦T♠2♠7♣Q♠. mitarachi89's Aces held up and ReinZ87 was knocked out. ReinZ87 earned $1,203.30 for a fourth-place finish.
DEAL? NO DEAL
With three to go, mitarachi89 held the lead with 40M, loseqian was second with 22M, and kapertje was last with 17.6M. Action was paused to discuss a deal. The ICM numbers were floated (with $600 left on the table to the champion): mitarachi89 ($3,958.42), loseqian ($3,298.37), and kapertje ($3,062.12). Instantly, mitarachi89 rejected the numbers and asked for $4,500. The other two players would not budge, so play resumed without a deal.
After a couple of levels of three-handed action, the chip lead changed hands several times. The final three took another shot at a deal. The new leader was kapertje with 36.9M, mitarachi89 was now second with 31.1M, and loseqian was the shorty with 12M. The numbers were floated (with $600 left on the table): kapertje ($3,881.45), mitarachi89 ($3,703.04), and loseqian ($2,734.42). This instance, there was no resistance and everyone agreed on the terms of the deal. Play resumed.
loseqian eliminated in 3rd place
After an extended period of three-handed play, mitarachi89 opened to 4.2M and short-stacked loseqian called all-in for 2,253,234. loseqian made a final stand with T♥7♦ against mitarachi89's 5♣5♦. The board finished up Q♥J♣9♠9♥6♥. mitarachi89 won the pot with two pair -- nines and fives. loseqian flopped an open-ended straight draw but failed to get there. For a third-place performance, loseqian collected $2,734.42.
HEADS-UP: kapertje (Netherlands) vs. mitarachi89 (India)
Seat 1: mitarachi89 (24,722,524)
Seat 3: kapertje (55,497,476)
With two to go, kapertje was out in front with more than twice as many chips as mitarachi89.
mitarachi89 eliminated in 2nd place; kapertje wins MicroMillions7 Event #19
Although kapertje began the heads-up battle a 2 to 1 advantage, mitarachi89 rallied from behind to seize the lead. Just when it appeared as though mitarachi89 was pulling away with a victory, kapertje won the most decisive hand of the tournament: kapertje turned a straight flush with 7♣6♣ on a board of Q♠9♣8♣T♣Q♣ and dragged a 50.7M pot. kapertje regained the lead and killed mitarachi89's momentum. Four hands later, it was all over.
Here's the straight flush hand:
On the final hand... kapertje limped for 800K, mitarachi89 moved all-in for 8,722,524, and kapertje called. Talk about a cooler. mitarachi89 made a final stand with Q♦Q♥ but unfortunately ran into kapertje's A♠A♦. Even mitarachi89 thought the situation was funny and said, "LOL!" The board ran out 8♥8♣7♦J♠T♥ and kapertje's Aces held up. mitarachi89 failed to crack Aces and was knocked out in second place.
For a gutsy runner-up performance, India's mitarachi89 earned $3,703.04 for second place.
Congrats to kapertje for winning MicroMillions Event #19. First place paid out $4,481.45.
MicroMillions-019: $4.40 NL Hold'em [4-max]
Prize Pool: $64,176.00
Places Paid: 2,400
1. kapertje (Netherlands) $4,481.45**
2. mitarachi89 (India) $3,703.04**
3. loseqian (Singapore) $2,734.42**
4. ReinZ87 (Estonia) $1,203.30
** Denotes a deal among the final three players
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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.