MicroMillions 8: kevin840302 cruises to victory in Event #54 ($5.50 NLHE)

In some parts of the world the seventh day is typically considered a day for resting, but for those involved in poker, Day 7 was another chance to grab a share of the prizes available in the MicroMillions 8 series.

In event #54, it was Chinese player kevin840302 who spurned attempts at a deal to run over the table and defeat a field of 5,712 runners to claim the top prize of $4,470.87 in just under nine hours - not bad from just a $5.50 entry.

In total, there were 720 players who made the money, receiving a minimum payout of $9.13. glen_angelo who finished in 10th place, bubbling the final table, will be one of those wondering what might have been. He called all in on the turn of an A♥Q♣K♠9♥ board with A♣4♠ against kondrat wtf's J♣6♣ but the Russian player hit the miracle T♥ on the river for a straight giving a final table that looked like this:

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: kondrat wtf (9,102,861 in chips)
Seat 2: kevin840302 (3,157,366 in chips)
Seat 3: RadinUA (3,123,847 in chips)
Seat 4: janza_203 (4,871,805 in chips)
Seat 5: minipokernr1 (865,023 in chips)
Seat 6: Tyghtson (2,594,900 in chips)
Seat 7: GluteusSwe (778,482 in chips)
Seat 8: mgd85 (2,740,332 in chips)
Seat 9: Ivan1119WY (975,384 in chips)

Right from the start, several of the players wanted to talk about a deal, but the chip leader at this point, kondrat wtf, refused, saying that he would not deal until at least five players were left. With blinds at 70,000/140,000, there was still a decent amount of play for most of the players remaining.

Ivan 1119WY was the first player to be eliminated, moving in for their final three big blinds with Q♣T♣ but kondrat wtf called with 7♦6♦ and spiked a six on the flop to send "Ivan" on his way.

Tyghtson then knocked out both GluteusSwe and minipokernr1 in a single hand, Tyghtson holding J♥J♠ while the short stacks had A♣K♠ and A♥Q♠ respectively. A blank board later and just six players were left. Talk of a deal continued and kondrat wtf acquiesced to looking at numbers, but kevin840302 refused to agree, stating that he wasn't interested in a deal until there were three players left.

With the deal on the backburner, kevin840302's stack took a turn for the better when he doubled up with A♠A♥ against kondrat wtf's 2♥A♣, all in on the turn of a T♣K♣2♠3♣ board. The Q♦ river, making no difference. It was to get even better for the Chinese player, two hands later he doubled through kondrat wtf a second time, getting lucky with J♥J♠ against A♠A♣ after flopping a third jack.

It was all going kevin840302's way at this point, he eliminated mgd85 after both players put all their chips in on the river of a 6♣K♠9♣K♥Q♣ board. The short stack showed T♣7♣ but kevin840302 had A♣4♣ for the nut flush. By now the latter had more chips than everyone else remaining on the final table.

The dominance of the Chinese chip leader continued, kevin840302 eliminating a short-stacked RadinUA with Q♠J♠ against A♥8♠ after the board came K♥K♦3♣Q♦J♣. This exit was soon followed by that of the former chip leader kondrat wtf, who pushed with 6♠6♥ but ran into kevin840302's J♥J♦ - the latter flopping a set yet again.

Immediately afterwards Tyghtson and janza_203 both stated that they wanted to now look at a deal, but with kevin840302 having almost 20 million chips of the estimated 28.5 million in play, this was considered by the chip leader to be a non-starter.

Tyghtson was the short-stack at this point and didn't last long, eventually pushing all in with J♥3♣ and being called by janza_203's K♣Q♣. A queen on the flop and another on the river and the tournament was down to its final two players

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: kevin840302 (19,560,135 in chips)
Seat 4: janza_203 (8,999,865 in chips)

With the blinds still at 125,000/250,000 with a 31,250 ante, there was plenty of room for play for both and janza_203 picked up an early couple of pots to close the gap. Again, there was a mention of a deal, but nothing came to fruition. kevin840302 began to whittle his opponent down and although janza_203 managed a double up with kings against sevens, it was to prove only a swansong.

In the final hand of the tournament, janza_203 limp-reraised from the button and kevin840302 called to see an 8♦K♥9♠ flop. The chip leader checked and janza_203 immediately moved all in but was called instantly by kevin840302's 9♥9♣ which had flopped a set. janza_203 turned over J♣J♠ and needed a jack or running cards to survive, but the 8♠ turn and 4♥ river were no help and kevin840302 was crowned the Event #54 champion.

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MicroMillions 8: Event #54 $5.50 NL Hold'em
Entrants: 5,712
Prize pool: $28,560
Places paid: 720

1. kevin840302 (China) $4,470.87
2. janza_203 (Finland) $3,327.24
3. Tyghtson (Australia) $2,356.20
4. kondrat wtf (Russia) $1,613.64
5. RadinUA (Ukraine) $1,213.80
6. mgd85 (Romania) $928.20
7. minipokernr (Norway) $642.60
8. GluteusSwe (Sweden) $357.00
9. Ivan1119WY (China) $228.48

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Chris Hall
@PokerStars in MicroMillions