MicroMillions 7: Ukaszz kicks off the series with a win in Event #1, $0.11+R NLHE (Hyper-Active)

After a few months off, MicroMillions launched back into action today with what has become the standard opening event: a $0.11+R Hyper-Active No-Limit Hold'em tournament. With unlimited re-buys during the first 10 six-minute levels and three-minute levels from there through the rest of the tournament, there's no shortage of opportunities for everyone to pile up chips - or to watch them whisk away on the turn of a card.

Watching the the early stages of a Hyper-Active format MicroMillions tournament is interesting stuff. At about the 30-minute mark of the tournament, with just five blind levels complete and registration and re-buys both still open, the number of players at the table was in constant flux. On average eight players were joining the tournament every second, but 50 were dropping out. After the re-buy period ends and the levels shorten to just three minutes each, even the chip leaders are often no more than a few bad hands away from the exit. The leaderboard fluctuates, sometimes wildly, making for an exciting ride for players and spectators alike.

These events are so much fun that an even larger crowd turned up for this first MicroMillions 7 tournament than did during MicroMillions 6 last November. Total attendance was 72,735, up 9.6 percent from 66,366 last series. Re-buys, add-ons, prize pool, and places paid were all up by at least 4.2 percent, too - promising signs for this installment of the MicroMillions:

After just three hours and 48 minutes the original field of more than 72,000 had been narrowed to just these nine players with their eyes on the $2,509.01 top prize:

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Seat 1: Beira_PT (108,639,442 in chips)
Seat 2: Cem1994 (245,596,450 in chips)
Seat 3: switsser (80,539,896 in chips)
Seat 4: JahSoldier69 (52,974,892 in chips)
Seat 5: dega73 (83,208,068 in chips)
Seat 6: alegk4 (144,128,747 in chips)
Seat 7: rickymuncher (118,945,142 in chips)
Seat 8: RLengdon (50,227,484 in chips)
Seat 9: Ukaszz (114,934,879 in chips)

And they're off!

The action on the first hand of the final table folded around to the cutoff, where the short-stacked Russian player jahsoldier69 took the opportunity to move all-in for 51.5M chips, just a shade under three big blinds, with K♠ T♣. The rest of the table folded to Ukaszz in the big blind and the Polish player called with 61.9M chips left behind, holding A♣ 7♥. Ukaszz's hand was never in danger on the 4♣ 8♦ 3♠ 7♣ 2♦ board, and it won the 119.9M-chip pot to send jahsolider69 to the rail in 9th place ($129.18).

Hand #2 continued the action when Georgia's dega73 opened the betting in middle position with an 80.4M-chip all-in bet, holding 7♣ 7♠. rickymuncher moved all-in for 117.5M in the cutoff to isolate, which worked, and showed down A♣ K♣. dega73's pair became a set on the 7♥ 3♠ T♠ flop, and the 9♦ turn and 2♠ river gave the Georgian player the 193M chips in the pot.

That left rickymuncher with 35.7M chips after paying the $1.4M ante on Hand #3, all of which went in the middle from the hijack with K♦ 4♦. The Netherlands' Cem1994 made the cheap call in the big blind with Q♦ Q♠ and lost out on the 5♦ 7♠ 3♣ K♥ 6♥ board, but had 205.6M chips left afterward.

Beira_PT broke the action streak by taking down the pot uncontested before the flop on Hand #4, but there was another confrontation on Hand #5 after Cem1994 opened the betting on the button with an all-in bet of 195.6M. Switzerland's switsser called all-in for 59.3M in the small blind with A♠ T♠ but was out-pipped by Cem1994's A♣ J♣. The Q♦ 5♦ 5♠ flop and J♥ turn left switsser with outs to a Broadway straight heading to the river, but the 7♣ was no help and the Swiss player was gone in 8th place ($217.86).

The next two pots were won before the flop but Hand #8 saw another pre-flop race. RLengdon from Ukraine was short in the small blind and called all-in for just 15.2M with 7♥ 7♦ after dega73 opened all-in for 167.8M with A♦ Q♠. The board came 3♠ 2♦ 2♣ J♦ Q♦, the sevens lost out, and RLengdon retired in 7th place ($319.75).

After another raise-and-take it on Hand #9, Cem1994 called rickymuncher's 54.6M-chip, under-the-gun, all-in bet from the small blind. The Dutch player's A♥ 9♥ was ahead of rickymuncher's 8♣ 7♣ with the board reading Q♠ 3♥ T♠ 6♦ and just needed to avoid pairing the nine on the river. The 5♣ came and rickymuncher departed in 6th place ($460.45).

Catch your breath - then let's go again

Ten hands had seen half of the players at the final table eliminated, leaving the stacks like so:

Seat 1: Beira_PT (96,639,442 in chips)
Seat 2: Cem1994 (373,673,420 in chips)
Seat 5: dega73 (191,043,620 in chips)
Seat 6: alegk4 (157,528,747 in chips)
Seat 9: Ukaszz (180,309,771 in chips)

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In light of the 8M/16M blinds and 1.6M antes, talk of a deal popped up. The negotiations went on for 12 minutes but an equilibrium couldn't be found, so play resumed. Nobody was willing to call an all-in bet so the next seven pots were taken without a fight. Finally, on Hand #18, action folded to Ukaszz in the small blind and the Polish player moved in for 151.1M with A♥ 2♥. Beira_PT woke up in the big blind with Q♣ Q♥ and called for 123.4M, getting in ahead, but was in danger after the flop came 9♥ 5♠ K♥. The 8♥ on the turn left the Portuguese player drawing dead, and the 3♠ finalized the knockout in 5th place ($690.25).

After four more raise-and-take it pots, Ukaszz opened Hand #23 by raising the minimum to 50M. dega73 called in the big blind with 4♣ 4♠ and another 46.3M behind, then moved all-in on the Q♣ K♠ 5♥ flop. That made for bad timing sinc Ukaszz held K♦ 9♦. The Polish player called and top pair held up through the 2♦ turn and T♣ river to oust dega73 in 4th place ($920.47).

A deal, for real

Two hands later the subject of a deal was broached again with the stacks looking like this:

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Seat 2: Cem1994 (351,973,420 in chips)
Seat 6: alegk4 (320,328,747 in chips)
Seat 9: Ukaszz (326,892,833 in chips)

Within 10 minutes the three remaining players had agreed on a chip cop, getting the action back underway. On Hand #27, just the second one after the deal, two players picked up unfoldable hands and collided before the flop in a 633.9M-chip pot. Cem1994 was all-in for 306.9M and held the lead with J♠ J♣, while Ukaszz trailed with 9♠ 9♥ and had 89.9M chips left behind. The Q♠ 7♣ 3♦ flop was no help to Ukaszz, but the 9♣ on the turn gave the Polish player a set of nines. Cem1994 needed one of the two remaining jacks in the deck on the river, but the K♣ came instead and the Dutch player was out in 3rd place ($1,667.26).

Heads-up for the win

Ukaszz held the advantage as heads-up play began with $400 on the line for the winner:

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Seat 6: alegk4 (275,328,747 in chips)
Seat 9: Ukaszz (723,866,253 in chips)

With blinds and antes at 12.5M/25M/2.5M every hand had the potential to end the tournament - but for a while none of them did. It took until the 16th hand of heads-up to see a showdown, and then alegk's A♥ Q♦ and Ukaszz's A♠ 4♣ chopped the pot on a K♦ 8♥ 8♦ K♣ T♦ board. There would be nine more hands but only one more showdown, on Hand #52 of the tournament, when Ukaszz once again took an underpair to war:

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With no jack on the river, alegk4's tournament ended in 2nd place with a $1,659.56 share of the deal. Ukaszz, meanwhile, won the extra $400 on the table for a total take of $2,102.21, plus the first title of MicroMillions 7. That's a great way to start what should be an action-packed tournament series.

MicroMillions 7: Event #1, $0.11+R NL Hold'em [Hyper-Active]
72,735 entries, 323,460 re-buys, 30,150 add-ons
$42,634.50 prize pool
9,342 places paid

1st place: Ukaszz (Poland) $2,102.21*
2nd place: alegk94 (Brazil) $1,659.56*
3rd place: Cem1994 (Netherlands) $1,667.26*
4th place: dega73 (Georgia) $920.47
5th place: Beira_PT (Portugal) $690.25
6th place: rickymuncher (United Kingdom) $460.45
7th place: RLengdon (Ukraine) $319.75
8th place: switsser (Switzerland) $217.86
9th place: jahsoldier69 (Russia) $129.18
* - denotes results of a three-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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