MicroMillions 7: malakakos is last pugilist standing in Super-Knockout Shootout Event #57 [$8.80 NL Hold'em, 6-Max, Turbo]

Win five SNGs and earn a MicroMillions 7 title. Sounds like a simple game plan, right? Well, Greece's malakakos made an arduous journey look easy. En route to binking Event #57 Super-Knockout Shootout, malakakos earned 15 knockout bounties, or an average of three knockouts per round. At the final table, an unstoppable malakakos was responsible for four out of the five eliminations. Truly an impressive and dominating performance from malakakos.

This 6-max Shootout included an action inducing wrinkle with turbo-charged five minute levels. The Super-Knockout feature rewarded a $4.20 bounty every time someone knocked out an opponent.

MicroMillions 7 Event #57 $8.80 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout, Super-Knockout] attracted 7,776 runners. They boosted the prize pool to $65,318.40. Half of the money ($32,659.20) went toward the regular pool, while the other half ($32,659.20) went toward the Bounty pool. The top 1,296 places paid out with $4,254.88 set aside to the eventual champion.

PokerStars Team Online Tyler "frosty012" Frost and Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz both busted in the opening round. Frost was knocked out in 6,008th place, while DaWarsaw bowed out in 4,085th place.

Russia's MAKCOH was first player to win their table in Round 4 and advance to the final table. The last person to advance to the final round was malakakos. The Greek was heads-up against poyo123. On the deciding hand, poyo123 took Q♣T♦ into battle against malakakos' A♥4♠. The board ran out 8♠J♣J♦4♥J♠. malakakos turned two pair and rivered a boat to win the pot. Argentina's poyo123 bubbled off the final table in seventh place.

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MicroMillions Event #57 - Final Table Tables:
Seat 1: ferchopg10 (Colombia) - 11 KO
Seat 2: malakakos (Greece) - 11 KO
Seat 3: KomarSam (Russia) - 8 KO
Seat 4: GrafGogi (Uzbekistan) - 11 KO
Seat 5: MAKCOH (Russia) - 10 KO
Seat 6: SancheZz27 (Russia) - 11 KO

In this Shootout format, everyone commenced the final table with 5,000 in chips. Blinds started at 25/50. Levels changed every five minutes. Going into the final table, four of the final six players had already earned 11 KO bounties (malakakos, ferchopg10, GrafGogi, and SancheZz27), while MAKCOH knocked out 10 and KomarSam had 8.

GrafGogi eliminated in 6th place

It took five full levels before we saw the first elimination. SancheZz27 min-raised to 320, ferchopg10 bumped it up to 698, GrafGogi shoved for 1,151, SancheZz27 called, ferchopg10 re-shoved for 6,514, and SancheZz27 folded. Heads-up. GrafGogi unfortunately ran A♠J♦ into ferchopg10's K♠K♥. The board ran out 9♠6♣3♦J♠4♣. ferchopg10's Kings held up. ferchopg10 won the pot and earned a $4.20 bounty. GrafGogi became the first player to bust at the final table. GrafGogi earned $457.22 for sixth place.

MAKCOH eliminated in 5th place

KomarSam opened to 640, MAKCOH raised to 1,609, and KomarSam called. MAKCOH led with A♠9♣ against KomarSam's K♣T♣. The board ran out Q♠T♦3♥J♦7♠. MAKCOH turned a gutshot draw, but whiffed on the river. KomarSam hit the flop with a pair of tens, which held up. KomarSam won the pot and collected a $4.20 bounty. Russia's MAKCOH busted in fifth place, which paid out $816.48.

With four remaining, malakakos sat atop of the lead with 12.3K, while SancheZz27 was struggling to stay alive wit 1.1K.

SancheZz27 eliminated in 4th place

SancheZz27 open-shoved for 1,217 and malakakos called. SancheZz27 was ahead with A♥Q♥ against malakakos' A♠5♦. However, the board finished up A♦K♦J♣8♠5♣. Both players flopped an Ace, but SancheZz27 picked up a Braodway gutshot and was ahead with a Queen-high kicker. malakakos spiked two pair on the river to win the pot and collected a $4.20 bounty in the process. SancheZz27 was knocked out in fourth place, which paid out $1,469.66.

With three to go, malakakos was out front with 13.5K, ferchopg10 second with 10.7K, and KomarSam last with 5.7K.

KomarSam eliminated in 3rd place

Action did not last three-handed very long. malakakos min-raised to 500 and KomarSam called. The flop was 9♣5♦2♠. malakakos fired out 500, KomarSam raised all-in for 2,702, and malakakos called. KomarSam was in trouble with J♥5♣ against malakakos' 7♣7♠. The turn was the T♦ and the river was the Q♠. KomarSam flopped a pair of fives, but failed to improve. malakakos won the pot when pocket sevens held up. malakakos also earned another bounty worth $4.20. KomarSam busted in third place, which paid out $2,286.14.

HEADS-UP: ferchopg10 (Colombia) vs. malakakos (Greece)
Seat 1: ferchopg10 (12,618)
Seat 2: malakakos (17,382)

With two to go, action was in Level 8 and blinds at 125/250. malakakos held the lead 17.3K to 12.6K.

ferchopg10 eliminated in 2nd place; malakakos wins MicroMillions Event #57!

Heads-up battle spanned a mere eight hands. By the third hand, ferchopg10 had gotten out to a hot and fast start by seizing the lead and momentum. However, malakakos regained the lead with the benefit of a heck of a cooler when his A♦A♣ held up against ferchopg10's J♦J♠. malakakos dragged a 27K pot and ferchopg10 was crippled to under 3K. Four hands later, malakakos delivered a knockout blow.

On the final hand... ferchopg10 bombed it all-in for 2,951 with 2♣2♥ and malakakos called with J♥T♣. The board ran out K♣J♦6♠7♦Q♠. malakakos hit the flop with a pair of Jacks, which held up. malakakos won the pot and knocked out ferchopg10 and collected $4.20, which was also his 15th bounty. ferchopg10's pair of deuces failed to improve and he went busto in second place.

For a runner-up performance, Colombia's ferchopg10 collected $3,102.62.

Congrats to Greece's malakakos for winning MicroMillions Event #57 and earning $4,254.88 for first place, plus an additional $63 with 15 KO bounties.

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MicroMillions-057: $8.80 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout, Super-Knockout]
Entrants: 7,776
Prize pool: $65,318.40 (Regular pool: $32,659.20; Bounty pool: $32,659.20)
Places paid: 1,296

1. malakakos (Greece) $4,254.88 + 15 KO
2. ferchopg10 (Colombia) $3,102.62 + 12 KO
3. KomarSam (Russia) $2,286.14 + 9 KO
4. SancheZz27 (Russia) $1,469.66 + 11 KO
5. MAKCOH (Russia) $816.48 + 10 KO
6. GrafGogi (Uzbekistan) $457.22 + 11 KO

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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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