MicroMillions 8: Memento1Mori makes it a win in Event #18, $3.30 NLHE (Turbo)

MicroMillions 8 covers two weekends this July, and the first one of them is now officially underway. With 20 tournaments to be played before the work week rolls back around again there's lots of action on the schedule, including plenty of turbo tournaments for players who prefer to get their action in as short a time as possible.

Such was the case with Event #18, a $3.30 No-Limit Hold'em turbo tournament. Even with 12,442 entries the tournament would last only a touch over five hours, building a $37,326 prize pool to be distributed to the top 1,620 players while half the world was still waking up with foggy eyes on a Saturday morning. By 10:36 a.m. ET, blinds and antes were at 250K/500K/62.5K and these nine players had survived the ups and downs of 50 five-minute levels to make the final table:

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Seat 1: DeRrYSeQ82 (4,253,060 in chips)
Seat 2: barbaric3 (9,529,270 in chips)
Seat 3: gnux42 (3,635,594 in chips)
Seat 4: SCHUPUTZER!! (3,456,763 in chips)
Seat 5: Memento1Mori (10,030,780 in chips)
Seat 6: Anemerk (4,537,842 in chips)
Seat 7: atze896 (10,428,564 in chips)
Seat 8: SARPA287 (11,068,223 in chips)
Seat 9: ju_spfc (5,269,904 in chips)

Short-stack bingo

With nobody holding more than 22 big blinds in their stack, there was no waiting around for the action to begin. Canada's gnux42 picked up A♠ Q♦ on the very first hand but didn't move all-in, choosing to min-raise to 1M instead. Russia's SARPA287 called in the big blind, then both players checked the 6♠ 2♥ K♠ flop. SARPA287 led out for half the pot on the Q♣ turn, then called and showed Q♠ J♥ after gnux42 moved all-in. The 2♣ hit the river and gnux42 doubled to 7.8M.

Two hands later, Czech player DeRrYSeQ82 picked up A♣ Q♠ in the big blind and called all-in for 4M after Brazil's ju_spfc shoved from the small blind with K♠ 8♠. The board fell T♥ K♦ 6♠ 7♣ 3♣, ju_spfc's pair o kings took the pot, and DeRrYSeQ82 was gone in 9th place ($233.28).

German player SCHUPUTZER!! jammed for 3.2M under the gun on the next hand with K♦ J♦ and looked likely to be the next out after gnux42 called with A♣ J♠ in the big blind, but the 2♦ J♣ K♠ 5♠ 6♣ board threw the German a lifeline. Eight hands passed without a single flop before SCHUPUTZER!! took down a pot worth 4.5M, after calling SARPA287's min-raise before the K♣ 7♥ Q♥ flop and min-bet on it, checking the Q♦ turn, and leading for 2.4M on the A♣ river. Then SARPA287 was the next player to survive an all-in moment, opening the action by jamming for 4.7M with A♦ Q♥ and getting called by gnux42 with 7♣ 7♥ and then catching top pair on the 9♥ Q♠ 4♣ 6h] J♣ board.

Wave of mutilation

Hand #20 saw short-stacked Russian player Anemerk try to pull of a double as well, but the Russian player wouldn't have the same good fortune as the others. Anemerk jammed under the gun for 925K with K♣ 8♥ and was called by atze896 in early position and Memento1Mori in the big blind. Things looked good for Anemerk when the flop came Q♣ 8♣ K♠, until atze896 bet Memento1Mori out of the pot and turned over Q♠ Q♦ for middle set. The turn and river came 3♣-T♦, sending Anemerk to the rail in 8th place ($373.26).

As it turned out, that was the first knockout of five that would occur over the next eight hands. The next came when Brazil's ju_spfc opened for a minimum raise to 1.6M in early position, holding A♣ K♣, then called after SCHUPUTZER!! moved all-in for 7.8M on the button with 5♣ 5♦. ju_spfc would have still had 10M left in the event of a loss, but the board came 2♠ K♦ J♠ J♥ 3♦, the Brazilian player won the 17.5M-chip pot, and SCHUPUTZER!! was out in 7th place ($746.52).

Three hands later ju_spfc picked up another big starting hand. This time it was K♥ K♦, which held up against short-stacked gnux42's A♥ 8♠ on a board of 4♠ J♦ 7♦ 7♥ 4♦ to knock the Canadian player out in 6th place ($1,119.78).

Already up to 35.3M chips when no one else had more than 8.4M, ju_spfc continued to wreck the table on the next hand. atze896 opened the betting with a min-raise to 2M under the gun, only to be followed by an all-in re-raise from SARPA287 for 6.8M and an over-the-top bet of 22.5M by ju_spfc. That got atze896 out of the way and set up a coin flip between SARPA287's 7♠ 7♣ and the Brazilian's A♦ J♣. The board came down T♠ 5♣ 3♦ Q♦ J♥, ju_spfc dragged another pot, and SARPA287 left in 5th place ($1,493.04).

Two hands later ju_spfc had the chance to take out two players at once but was only able to nab one of them. Ukraine's barbaric3 opened the betting under the gun for 2.1M all-in with K♦ J♥. atze896 moved in for 5.1M over the top of that raise, holding A♥ 3♣, and ju_spfc called with the best hand, A♠ 9♦, to put both players at risk. The J♠ 9♣ 6♥ 7♠ 2♥ board gave barbaric3 the 6.8M-chip main pot with a pair of jacks, while a pair of nines was good for ju_spfc to win yet again and eliminate atze896 in 4th place ($1,866.30).

David(s) and Goliath

After that wave of action, 27 hands had been completed at the final table and just these three players remained:

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Seat 2: barbaric3 (6,887,810 in chips)
Seat 5: Memento1Mori (6,355,438 in chips)
Seat 9: ju_spfc (48,966,752 in chips)

Memento1Mori won five of the net six pots without a fight to climb 13.4M, while barbaric3 slipped to 3.5M, but a call with 9♠ 4♥ on Hand #34 when barbaric3 moved in with T♦ 5♥ led to the Ukrainian player doubling to 7.1M. Memento1Mori stayed aggressive, though, and caught a break on the next hand after jamming with K♠ 7♠; ju_spfc called with 9♠ 8♠ and the board came A♦ 2♦ 3♣ A♥ 3♦, making king-high a winner for 20M.

Two hands later barbaric3 moved in for 3.8M from the small blind with T♦ 5♦ and Memento1Mori called with another trailing hand. This time it was 3♣ 2♣, but by the time the river fell on the A♣ 5♠ 6♣ J♥ 9♣ board that was good for a flush, finishing barbaric3's tournament in 3rd place ($2,612.82).

Up and down, turn around

With just 37 hands played since the start of the final table, ju_spfc held the advantage as heads-up play began with 600K/1.2M/150K blinds and antes:

Seat 5: Memento1Mori (25,985,876 in chips)
Seat 9: ju_spfc (36,224,124 in chips)

Immediately the two took each other on. Memento1Mori raised the minimum to 2.4M on the button and ju_spfc called, bringing a Q♣ 4♠ J♣ flop. ju_spfc checked, Memento1Mori bet 2.5M, and ju_spfc came back with a check-raise to 7.2M. But the Brazilian declined to come along after Memento1Mori moved all-in, flipping the chip counts around almost exactly from where they'd been before the hand began.

Memento1Mori remained the more aggressive of the two, winning the larger of the pots along the way until the 20th hand of heads-up presented what looked like a golden opportunity when the Russian player was dealt A♥ A♠ before the flop. Memento1Mori three-bet to 7M out of position after ju_spfc raised to 2.8M on the button, and the Brazilian called to take a 9♦ K♠ 7♣ flop. ju_spfc called a 5.5M bet there, then called all-in for 14.6M when Memento1Mori bet on the T♣ turn - and turned over K♦ 9♠ for flopped top two pair. Any ace, seven, or ten on the river would have ended the tournament, but the 9♥ gave ju_spfc the 54.8M-chip pot instead.

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The Russian player was down to 7.3M, but not out - and was, in fact, just 12 hands away from victory. The run to the win started three hands later with some good fortune after shoving with K♥ 8♣, being called by ju_spfc's A♣ 6♦, and catching a pair of eights on the 4♠ 2♥ 8♣ T♦ T♠ board. Five hands later ju_spfc called Memento1Mori's three-bet all-in with K♥ 4♥, only to lose out to the Russian's A♥ 5♦ when the board fell Q♣ 8♦ 9♥ 6♣ 5♣. One hand after that the reclamation of the chip lead was complete after another pre-flop raising war saw Memento1Mori win with A♥ 8♠ against ju_spfc's K♥ Q♠ on a board of A♦ 4♣ 5♣ 7♠ 9♣.

Memento1Mori was now in better shape than before getting those pocket aces cracked, holding 49.2M chips to ju_spfc's 12.9M. Three hands later, after two steals by ju_spfc, came the final showdown. The Brazilian player opened the betting by moving all-in for 15.2M with K♦ 5♣, and Memento1Mori called with the dominating K♠ Q♥. Neither player improved on the A♠ 2♦ T♦ 7♦ 8♣ board and the tournament had reached its conclusion.

The 2nd-place finish was worth $3,601.95 for ju_spfc, a new career best by nearly $1,700. Meanwhile, Memento1Mori earned $5,103.24 for the win, a pretty incredible ROI for just $3.30 and five hours of poker. Congratulations to both on a tournament well played!

MicroMillions 8: Event #18, $3.30 No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo)
12,442 entries
$37,326 prize pool
1,620 places paid

1st place: Memento1Mori (Russia) $5,103.24
2nd place: ju_spfc (Brazil) $3,601.95
3rd place: barbaric3 (Ukraine) $2,612.82
4th place: atze896 (Germany) $1,866.30
5th place: SARPA287 (Russia) $1,493.04
6th place: gnux42 (Canada) $1,119.78
7th place: SCHUPUTZER!! (Germany) $746.52
8th place: Anemerk (Russia) $373.26
9th place: DeRrYSeQ82 (Czech Republic) $233.28

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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