MicroMillions 8: and1mad survives to win Event #65 ($4.40 NL Hold'em, 6-Max)

MicroMillions 8 is in the home stretch with only a few more days to pick up big payouts for a small price. More than half of the tournaments on today's schedule were of the No Limit Hold'em variety and Event #65 mixed things up with a 6-Max format.

Deep stacks and short-handed poker, a perfect recipe to gamble it up with speculative hands and creative paths.

The tournament drew 8,539 players who each bought in for the micro-amount of $4.40 to have a shot at grabbing part of the $34,156 prizepool. The top 1,080 would be guaranteed a payout while the winner would earn a cool $5,128.

The structure kept the average chip stack hovering between 35 and 45 big blinds during the important parts of the tournament. It took nearly eight hours to play down to the final table bubble and they made it with the elimination of Killerscore9 with Q♦Q♣ losing to A♦K♣.

The natural expectation would be an immediate slow down of action once the final table was formed. They didn't start out like that when several tough hands and huge pots led to quick eliminations.

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Final Table chip counts:

Seat 1: Vitasuk16 (1,793,206 in chips)
Seat 2: petrofan999 (3,153,596 in chips)
Seat 3: shippytnow (3,819,125 in chips)
Seat 4: AAcoskeAA (8,685,207 in chips)
Seat 5: Diman182 (11,111,272 in chips)
Seat 6: and1mad (14,132,594 in chips)

Blinds: 80k/160k with 20k ante

petrofan999 housed, eliminated in 6th

Hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble lasted more than 15 minutes but they wasted no time dropping down to five. It took a big pot to get it done and one of the rare hands where the chips went in the middle on the river on just the fourth hand of play.

and1mad began with a min-raise under the gun and petrofan999 came along to the K♣7♠2♣ flop. and1mad bet out for 300k and petrofan999 called again before the turn came 7♦. It was another bet and call, this time for 440k, before and1mad checked the K♠ river

petrofan999 moved all-in for his final 1.77 million and got a quick call. petrofan999 was ahead on the turn with 8♣7♣ but saw he was up against an unlucky river versus K♦Q♣. It was a tough beat to go out in 6th place with boat under boat.

shippytnow ships out, eliminated in 5th

shippytnow was the short stack at the table but still had enough chips to make things interesting. That all changed two hands after petrofan999 was sent out when he lost half of his stack without a showdown against AAcoskeAA.

Those went in the middle on the next hand with a three-bet after Vitasuk16 opened for a min-raise. AAcoskeAA called the shove and Vitasuk16 decided to stick around for the A♣J♥3♠ flop. The two live players checked and the turn 2♠ prompted AAcoskeAA to lead out for 480k.

Vitasuk16 stayed in the hand and called another 1.12 million bet after the 9♦ river. AAcoskeAA table J♠J♦ for the flopped set to win the huge 6.2 million pot after Vitasuk16 and shippytnow mucked their hands. It dropped Vitasuk16 into the danger zone while shippytnow was gone in 5th place for $853.

Vitasuk16 stuck, eliminated in 4th

Vitasuk16 managed to stick around for one more orbit after losing the big hand but was left with just over 1 million when he moved all-in from the button. The shove made it past AAcoskeAA but Diman182 called from the big blind.

Vitasuk16: K♣T♥
Diman182: A♥6♥

Vitasuk16 needed help but had two live cards, none of which hit on the 9♣4♣2♠ flop. The J♠ turn added a gutshot draw for Vitasuk16 but they all missed when the 8♠ river dropped. Things did not go well for Vitasuk16 at the final table and he was eliminated in 4th place for $1,537.

AAcoskeAA aced, eliminated in 3rd

It was nothing but action when they started six-handed play but things finally settled down with three remaining. and1mad, AAcoskeAA, and Diman182 played it close to the vest going more than 60 hands without another elimination.

AAcoskeAA had the advantage but a series of 7-digit pots kept that lead moving from one player to another in quick succession. and1mad took a nice lead while knocking AAcoskeAA down in a 10 million chip pot without a showdown before Diman182 did the same to him.

AAcoskeAA was still holding 6.6 million when he tried to get back in the game. He three-bet shoved for his stack after and1mad min-raised to 500k. Diman182 moved out of the way before and1mad easily called with A♦K♦. AAcoskeAA was in trouble with A♥4♦ and hitting the A♣8♣6♥ flop didn't help.

AAcoskeAA picked up more outs for the backdoor flush when the T♥ turn dropped but he missed all 11 outs on the J♦ turn. AAcoskeAA was an active player but was unable to finish it off for a win, instead settling for 3rd place and $2,561.

and1mad grinds his way to a win in Event #65

Seat 5: Diman182 (10,894,861 in chips)
Seat 6: and1mad (31,800,139 in chips)

Blinds: 150k/300k with 37.5k ante

The last two players seemed to finally realize how deep they were stacked and began one huge grind. It took one hour to go from six players to heads up then more than another hour to finish it up.

They went back and forth over 300 hands with the lead changing several times. Both players were ahead at various points of the match with only a handful of all-in hands during that time. It was a battle of small ball.

and1mad initially had a chance to end it when he had Diman182 all-in and covered with Q♠Q♦ versus A♣6♦. Diman182 was given a short reprieve after and1mad flopped a Queen but a straight ran out on the board to chop the pot.

Diman182 survived two more hands when he got the chips in once again with A♠2♥ and was ahead of K♠T♥. He stayed that way when he hit the 6♠4♣2♣ flop and was close to a double when the turn came 8♥.

Another lead change was undone on the T♠ river to ship the pot and MicroMillions title to and1mad. Diman182 had to settle for runner-up status for $3,586 while and1mad pocketed $5,128 for his win.

MicroMillions-065: $4.40 NL Hold'em (6-Max)
Entrants: 8,539
Prize pool: $34,156
Places paid: 1,080

1. and1mad (Russia) $5,128.80
2. Diman182 (Russia) $3,586.38
3. AAcoskeAA (Serbia) $2,561.70
4. Vitasuk16 (Ukraine) $1,537.02
5. shippytnow (Japan) $853.90
6. petrofan999 (Ukraine) $512.34

Al Rash
@PokerStars in MicroMillions