MicroMillions 7: krzymen's well-timed run wins Event #83, $4.40 NLHE (1R 1A)

At this time last week MicroMillions 7 was just beginning to get into the swing of things. The whole series, with its small buy-ins and millions of dollars in prize pools, still lay ahead like a golden promise. Now, seven days later, we're closing in on the end. It seems fair to say that promise has indeed come true: more than 80 champions have been crowned, many of them setting new career highs thanks to the opportunity this unique series affords players of limited bankrolls.

If one were to look at the whole of MicroMillions 7 as a single tournament, this weekend could be seen as the add-on at the end of a nine-day re-buy period. Fitting that Event #85 was scheduled today, then, since the $4.40 No-Limit Hold'em tournament gave its players the options for a single re-buy and a single add-on in case of emergency. They came in handy for a good share of the field - 8,047 players took their re-buy and 3,570 paid for the add-on, bringing the total prize pool up to $92,436. That was split among the top 1,440 finishers, with everyone guaranteed $14.78 and the winner scheduled to receive $92,436.

Nine and a half hours had gone by and play had reached Level 50, with 400K/800K/100K blinds and antes, when these nine players sat down to the final table:

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Seat 1: timos82 (26,175,884 in chips)
Seat 2: krzymen (14,649,008 in chips)
Seat 3: SoundTrancer (23,570,351 in chips)
Seat 4: Brezhe (9,771,909 in chips)
Seat 5: lacross84 (8,288,401 in chips)
Seat 6: p0k3rMy5t4r (9,972,788 in chips)
Seat 7: ricoo30 (3,816,528 in chips)
Seat 8: komi assr (9,098,188 in chips)
Seat 9: MANKrKID (10,201,943 in chips)

Portugal's ricoo30 got the table started by moving all-in under the gun, winning the pot after United Kingdom's p0k3rMy5t4r folded and showed A♦ 9♦ in the big blind. Five of the next six pots were also blind steals, lone exception coming when short-stacked komi assr of Russia limped on the button with K♥ Q♥, flopped trips, and coaxed a few chips out of Greece's timos82 after making a full house on the river of the 2♦ Q♠ Q♣ 2♥ K♣ board. That 6.9M-chip pot dragged komi assr off the short stack bubble and into the middle of the pack.

Four quick bustouts

At the other end of the spectrum was Norway's SoundTrancer, who held the chip lead with 24M. Sitting in the small blind on Hand #8, the first of the 500K/1M/125K level, the Norwegian player called p0k3rMy5t4r's under-the-gun raise to 2M to see a flop of J♠ 9♥ J♦. Both players checked, and then p0k3rMy5t4r called a bet of 2M on the 3♠ turn to see the J♣ hit the river. SoundTrancer moved all-in and p0k3rMy5t4r called for 3.9M, turning up A♠ T♠ to go along with the three jacks on the board. But the Norwegian held Q♣ J♥ for four of a kind, and the U.K. player was eliminated in 9th place ($628.56).

Two hands later ricoo30 was in the big blind with T♥ T♣ and moved all-in for 3.6M after komi assr opened for 2.1M under the gun. The Russian player called with A♥ Q♦ and jumped into the lead on the 6♥ 2♠ A♦ flop. The turn and river came 2♣ 3♥, knocking ricoo30 out in 8th place ($924.36).

The next nine hands saw the table go into defensive mode as every pot was taken down uncontested before the flop. The United Kingdom's MANrKID was already in dangerous territory with 7.9M, but the blinds and antes during the standoff reduced the U.K. player's stack to 3.67M as Hand #20 got under way. Sitting on the button with 8♥ 8♠, MANrKID jammed when the action folded around. Poland's krzymen called in the big blind with another 21.5M behind, holding J♦ 8♣, and looked to be on the cusp of doubling up a short stack after the 5♦ T♥ A♦ flop. But the J♣ turn gave krzymen a pair of jacks, and the 6♠ river closed out MANrKID in 7th place ($1,848.72).

Another pair of eights would figure heavily two hands later in the biggest pot of the tournament so far. komi assr opened Hand #22 with an all-in raise to 14.9M in middle position, holding A♦ A♠, and got action when SoundTrancer raised from the small blind to isolate with 8♠ 8♥. The Norwegian promptly caught a set on the 8♣ 3♦ 9♦ flop, leaving komi assr in need of one of the two remaining aces or running diamonds for a flush - excepting the 8♦ since it would give SoundTrancer quads. Neither the 5♠ on the turn nor the 6♣ on the river fit the bill, though, and komi assr hit the rail in 6th place ($2,773.08).

Of the first 23 hands played, all but one had either been won uncontested before the flop or resulted in the elimination of a player. Hand #24, the first of the 600K/1.2M/150K level, changed that by going to the river and being won without a knockout:

Winning without a showdown there was worth 14.2M for timos82, lifting the Greek player into second place with 29.3M behind chip leader SoundTrancer's 51.3M.

A hard fall for SoundTrancer

Hand #27 saw Ukraine's Brezhe fight back against the previous trend, too, doubling up after calling all-in from the big blind with Q♥ J♠ and outrunning small-blind raiser SoundTrancer's Q♦ 7♥ on a 3♥ A♦ 2♥ K♠ A♣ board. That dropped the Norwegian to 45.5M, still 17M more than anyone else at the table.

Four hands later SoundTrancer was in the big blind with 9♠ 6♠ and called timos82's minimum raise to 2.4M on the button, bringing a 7♥ 2♣ 5♥ flop. SoundTrancer check-called a 3.6M-chip bet there and both players checked the 5♠ turn. That brought the 3♠ on the river and SoundTrancer stabbed at the pot for 7.2M. timos82 called quickly and showed J♣ J♦, good for the 27.7M-chip pot and the lead with a stack worth 40.4M.

Those chips only stayed in timos82's stack for a few hands. The Greek player called with A♣ T♠ in the big blind on Hand #34 when Germany's lacross84 jammed for 11.9M in the small blind with 4♦ 4♣. The lead jumped to timos82 on the A♥ Q♥ 3♥ flop, and the 9♦ was safe as well, but lacross84 won the 24.5M-chip pot with three of a kind after the 4♥ came on the river.

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That pot moved SoundTrancer back into the lead briefly with 33.2M, while timos82 (28.1M) and lacross84 (24.5M) trailed by a few big blinds and krzymen (16M) and Brezhe (13.5M) brought up the rear. But the very next hand upset the balance of power once again when krzymen was dealt A♥ A♠ on the same hand as SoundTrancer picked up K♣ K♠. After a pre-flop raising war and a board of J♥ A♣ 2♠ 5♦ Q♣, krzymen was the new chip leader with 33.2M and SoundTrancer was in fourth with 17.1M.

Things only got worse for SoundTrancer on Hand #37 when the Norwegian faced off with the other short stack at the table. The action folded around to the small blind and SoundTrancer, holding A♠ 8♣, moved all-in for 5M more than Brezhe's stack contained. The Ukrainian thought for a while before making the call with K♣ T♥, which missed the 9♥ 4♥ 7♦ flop but paired on the T♣ turn. No higher pair or straight came from the 5♦ river, boosting Brezhe into equilibrium with the other three big stacks and leaving SoundTrancer short with a mere 5M chips.

SoundTrancer managed to steal a round of blinds and antes, but the situation remained desperate. Hand #41 saw the Norwegian in the big blind with K♣ 7♦ and faced with an all-in bet from krzymen in the small blind. SoundTrancer called and was coin-flipping with the Polish player's 2♣ 2♦, but the J♣ Q♥ 3♣ 6♦ J♥ offered no help. The end came for SoundTrancer in 5th place ($3,697.44).

Deal time

With that unexpected departure, three players were clustered together behind krzymen's leading stack:

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Seat 1: timos82 (24,673,483 in chips)
Seat 2: krzymen (38,293,079 in chips)
Seat 4: Brezhe (25,737,636 in chips)
Seat 5: lacross84 (26,840,802 in chips)

Though nobody was too far behind anyone else, neither was anyone in a situation to be able to ignore the rising blinds and antes. It took just a few hands for them to start talking about a deal, and only a few minutes to come to an agreement. With their shares of the remaining prize pool locked up and an extra $1,000 on the table to play for, the last four players got down to business.

Hand #52 brought the first post-deal showdown when lacross84's opening bet with A♣ J♠ on the button turned into a raising war that ended with the German player all-in against krzymen's A♦ Q♥. The board fell 2♥ T♣ 7♠ 6♠ Q♣, krzymen won the 56.1M chips in the pot, and lacross84 left in 4th place ($7,636.84).

With krzymen firmly in the lead and the other two players jockeying for position, the next 12 hands were won without a flop. Hand #65 saw timos82 move in for 10M on the button with 8♠ 7♠ and get a call from Brezhe in the big blind. The Ukrainian's K♠ Q♥ was a moderate favorite but hit the K♥ 4♦ A♥ 6♠ K♣ board hard for three of a kind, giving timos82 an exit in 3rd place ($7,738.92).

An unexpected duel

That left just two players with very uneven stacks to play for the title and the extra cash:

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Seat 2: krzymen (84,708,881 in chips)
Seat 4: Brezhe (30,836,119 in chips)

The two chopped a pot on Hand #70, both playing the A♦ T♣ T♥ K♠ A♠ board, but otherwise the first 14 hands of the duel were unremarkable. Hand #80, though, was a different matter. Sitting on the button, krzymen opened for a minimum raise to 2.8M and Brezhe jammed for 24.5M. The call from krzymen was quick and the Polish player stayed ahead on the 8♠ K♦ 6♣ flop and 7♦ turn, but the 8♦ river made trip eights for Brezhe and gave the Ukrainian player the 49.4M-chip pot.

That brought them to within about 12 big blinds of one another, but two hands later krzymen pulled the advantage back to where it had been when heads-up play began:

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krzymen won the next pot, worth 16.6M, on the turn of a board reading 9♣ 6♦ K♣ 6♥, after calling a raise out of position before the flop, check-raising the flop, and continuing with a 10M-chip bet on the turn. That put Brezhe's back to the wall with 21.9M chips left, but the Ukrainian player doubled to 44.6M on Hand #88, with 2♦ 2♣ against 9♥ 7♥ on a J♥ Q♥ 3♠ A♦ J♣ board, to make things competitive again.

Unfortunately that was about as good as things would get for Brezhe. The match lasted another 36 hands but none of the significant pots went Brezhe's way. Finally, on Hand #124, the Ukrainian player called all-in for 13.7M with K♠ 6♥ after krzymen jammed on the button. krzymen's K♣ Q♠ was in dominating position and only got stronger as the board fell K♦ Q♣ T♣ 2♦ 7♥, bringing the tournament to a close.

Brezhe's second-place share from the deal was worth $7,060.19, a new career high by almost $1,600. The extra $1,000 for the win, meanwhile, gave krzymen a total prize of $11,218.02. That's big money compared with the Polish player's previous best PokerStars cash of $1,514, and a great way to start the final weekend of MicroMillions 7.

MicroMillions-083: $4.40 No-Limit Hold'em (1R 1A)
Entrants: 11,492 (8,047 re-buys, 3,570 add-ons)
Prize pool: $92,436
Places paid: 1,440

1. krzymen (Poland) $11,218.02*
2. Brezhe (Ukraine) $7,060.19*
3. timos82 (Greece) $7,738.92*
4. lacross84 (Germany) $7,636.84*
5. SoundTrancer (Norway) $3,697.44
6. komi assr (Russia) $2,773.08
7. MANrKID (United Kingdom) $1,848.72
8. ricoo30 (Portugal) $924.36
9. p0k3rMy5t4r (United Kingdom) $628.56
* - denotes results of a four-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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