MicroMillions 7: Papilonios powers through for Event #38 win ($5.50 NLHE)

Papilonios entered the final table with a massive chip lead, but it's common knowledge that anything can happen in No Limit Hold'em. Other players doubled up and took chips from papilonios, but nothing seemed to change papilonios' tenacity or run of great cards. And everything put together created the perfect storm for a MicroMillions victory.


There are no Monday blues when PokerStars is running an online poker tournament series. On this day, Event 38 was one of the most popular places to spend a Monday, as it offered a standard $5.50 No Limit Hold'em event. And best of all, there was a stellar $25K guarantee.

What usually happens with a MicroMillions guarantee? It gets blown out of the water when players line up at the virtual tables to participate. The prize pool in this case swelled to more than double that guarantee.

Players: 10,275
Guarantee: $25,000.00
Prize pool: $51,475.00
Paid players: 1,350

There were no members of Team PokerStars in sight when the field burst through the money bubble, ensuring payouts of at least $8.75 for the top finishers. And play then continued - hour after hour - until only two tables remained just into the eighth hour of play.

It took less than 30 minutes to enter hand-for-hand play, which occurred upon the 11th place elimination of PokerAgeRRR. Moments later, LukaPotocar moved all-in with A♦3♥ from the small blind, and Kolja213 called all-in with A♠Q♣ from the big blind. The board came A♥9♠A♣3♠K♦ gave LukaPotocar the full house, and Kolja213 had to depart in tenth place with $267.67.

Papilonios has the chip power

Play at the final table began in Level 47, with blinds of 125K/250K and a 31,250 ante. Players showed up with these chip counts:

Seat 1: fjaluz (5,158,598 in chips)
Seat 2: 100%KiLion (4,433,328 in chips)
Seat 3: kingday (3,863,594 in chips)
Seat 4: LukaPotocar (9,755,839 in chips)
Seat 5: Y.V.A. (334,371 in chips)
Seat 6: papilonios (18,743,843 in chips)
Seat 7: APOTHEGEE (5,854,277 in chips)
Seat 8: PMPokerMan (1,483,970 in chips)
Seat 9: gavgreen (1,847,180 in chips)

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On the very first hand of action, short-stacked Y.V.A. moved all-in with Q♦J♦. APOTHEGEE and 100%KiLion both called to see the flop of 6♥8♥T♦. They checked the flop, as well as the 4♣ turn. The 2♥ river prompted 100%KiLion to bet with 5♥3♣ for the straight, and APOTHEGEE folded. Y.V.A. was gone in ninth place with $360.32.

Two hands later, PMPokerMan found this double-up opportunity at the expense of gavgreen:

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On the next hand, 100%KiLion and papilonios got involved to see a reraised flop of 4♠A♣9♠. Papilonios bet, and 100% KiLion raised all-in. Papilonios called and showed Q♦Q♣, and 100%KiLion turned over T♦9♣ for middle pair. The 7♦ and K♣ completed the hand and eliminated 100%KiLion in eighth place for $566.22.

Gavgreen was the next player at risk, shoving all-in UTG with 9♠6♠ for less than 270K chips. PMPokerMan called from the big blind with 8♦4♦ and caught the four on the 2♠J♦4♣2♥J♣ board. Gavgreen headed to the virtual rail with $1,029.50 for the seventh place finish.

Fjaluz then made a move with A♥T♥. Original UTG raiser had Q♠Q♣, though, and called. The board of 5♠7♠3♠7♥8♦ gave flush draw hopes on the flop but didn't finish that flush. Fjaluz exited in sixth place with $1,544.25.

Pause, play, pause, deal!

The final five players paused the tournament to view the ICM and chip-chop deal numbers, but there was no agreement on either set of payouts. It soon became apparent that no deal was in the works, and the action resumed.

Not long after, PMPokerMan risked everything from the small blind with K♠K♦. Button raiser APOTHEGEE called and showed A♥9♣ but hit the first card of the A♣4♣J♠ flop. The J♦ on the turn made two pair, and the A♦ on the river made a full house for APOTHEGEE. PMPokerMan was gone in fifth place with $2,059.00.

The four remaining players paused the tournament again and asked to see the ICM and chip-chop numbers. They talked, asked for revised numbers, talked, and finally came up with something on which they could all agree. With $500 set aside for the winner, the payouts would be as follows:

Seat 3: kingday (8,282,188 in chips) = $3,866.53
Seat 4: LukaPotocar (11,018,339 in chips) = $4,600.00
Seat 6: papilonios (20,857,319 in chips) = $5,841.56
Seat 7: APOTHEGEE (11,317,154 in chips) = $4,360.22

Kingday made some strides, but then LukaPotocar doubled through kingday. But kingday was determined and made this happen:

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Two hands later, APOTHEGEE pushed all-in after an initial UTG raise from papilonios. Kingday called, and papilonios raised, which prompted kingday to fold. APOTHEGEE showed Q♥T♣, but papilonios had A♥A♣, which held up to the 6♦K♣T♦7♦7♥ board. APOTHEGEE was gone in fourth place with $4,360.22.

LukaPotocar then doubled through papilonios to climb into a strong second place of the three players, but the two soon tangled again. LukaPotocar pushed all-in with 17.5 million chips holding A♣8♣, but papilonios called with A♠Q♣. The board only improved papilonios' hand when it offered 6♣Q♠9♠A♦6♠, and LukaPotocar was eliminated in third place with $4,600.00.

Papilonios with monstrous chip lead

The heads-up match began with these chip counts:

Seat 3: kingday (6,423,267 in chips)
Seat 6: papilonios (45,051,733 in chips)

It only took seven hands. Kingday decided to push all-in with 5♥5♦, and papilonios called with A♣3♣. The first card out was an ace, and the completed board was A♦Q♣9♦8♣J♠. That left kingday out in second place with $3,866.53.

Papilonios of Romania captured the MicroMillions title and $6,341.56 in cash. Congrats!

MicroMillions-038: $5.50 No Limit Hold'em
Entrants: 10,295
Prize pool: $51,475.00
Places paid: 1,350

1. papilonios (Romania) $6,341.56*
2. kingday (Belarus) $3,866.53*
3. LukaPotocar (Slovenia) $4,600.00*
4. APOTHEGEE (Ukraine) $4,360.22*
5. PMPokerMan (Brazil) $2,059.00
6. fjaluz (Sweden) $1,544.25
7. gavgreen (UK) $1,029.50
8. 100%KiLion (Switzerland) $566.22
9. Y.V.A. (Russia) $360.32

*Payouts reflect four-way deal.

Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in MicroMillions