MicroMillions 8: royal-tacci crowned champion in Event #28 ($5.50 NL Hold'em, 6-Max)

Average Sundays are a big deal on PokerStars, throw in some MicroMillions action and you get a lobby full of huge tournaments. Ten more MicroMillions events on the first Sunday of the series with plenty of options for those looking for a nice payout with little investment.

Event #28 was a $5.50 No Limit Hold'em tournament played 6-Handed with a slow, deep structure. The $40,000 guarantee was easily surpassed when 12,042 paid their fee to get in the game. They generated a $60,210 prizepool with the top 1,650 getting paid and the winner earning $8,437.

The tournament was a nice balance between deep stacks and the action fueled pace of short-handed play. The average stack hovered between 35 and 40 big blinds throughout much of the event but they still managed to go from 12,042 players to six in under eight hours.

It took another 30 minutes of hand-for-hand action before the matter was settled. tj- benzen was the unlucky final table bubble boy when he was all-in against zeltak with A♥7♦ versus A♠3♠. A perfect spot to move to the final table but he was done when zeltak flopped the 3♦ and tj- benzen couldn't come back from the bad beat.


Final Table chip counts:

Seat 1: Tematy_pro (10,958,519 in chips)
Seat 2: KietyBoy (14,031,810 in chips)
Seat 3: zeltak (11,375,694 in chips)
Seat 4: tekawabunga (8,260,720 in chips)
Seat 5: royal-tacci (9,343,233 in chips)
Seat 6: KingTijs (6,240,024 in chips)

Blinds: 200k/400k with 50k ante

KingTijs abdicates; eliminated in 6th

There was no hurry in the last six players in the tourament. Each was well stacked but KingTijs lost a series of smaller pots to move into the dangers zone nearly 20 minutes into play.

He found an opening when dealt a suited Ace A♠6♠ and shoved under the gun for less than 4 million. The all-in move made it past the first two opponents but zeltak isolated from the button with J♠J♥.

zeltak's reshove worked and they were heads up with KingTijs needing an Ace or a run of miracle cards. Nothing happened on the K♥T♦2♥ flop and KingTijs lost an out when the turn came 4♥. He was looking for a non-diamond Ace but instead watched zeltak river the unneeded flush with 5♥. KingTijs did well to make the final table but was gone in 6th place for $752.

zeltak makes a deal, eliminated in 5th

Final table deals are usually discussed during the faster structured tournaments or when stacks get shallow. An excellent way to lock up some equity before getting back to business. This final table was plenty deep which made the five-handed negotiations a little uncommon.

It was quick and painless. They asked for the ICM numbers and zeltak the short stack was the last to agree. Once they all signed off on the numbers, zeltak wasted no time looking for a double. He moved all-in from under the gun with the powerful 6♠4♣ and was called by Tematy_pro in the small blind with A♠6♦.

zeltak couldn't find two live cards with his small hand and no help came when the board ran out K♠T♣3♦Q♣Q♥. They each finished with a pair of Queens but zeltak had kicker issues to go out in 5th place for $2,858. His deal gave him more than a $1,600 boost in pay from the standard payout sheet.

tekawabunga dude; eliminated in 4th

It seems tekawabunga was also happy with his deal and quickly followed zeltak to the rail after taking his shot. Two hands later, tekawabunga was able to get his chips in with two live cards K♣Q♥ when he called royal-tacci's three-bet shove with A♥9♠.

tekawabunga's brief chance for a double shrank when royal-tacci hit the A♠T♠3♣ flop and he was left with just a gutshot draw after the 5♦ turn. There was no miracle Jack when the river hit [5s[ and tekawabunga was quickly gone in 4th place for $3,437.

KietyBoy becomes a man; eliminated in 3rd

The tournament finally slowed down once they were three-handed and they managed to go almost a dozen hands before building another monster pot. This time it happened when two of the three picked up a middle pair.

KietyBoy opened from the small blind with a min-raise holding 9♥9♣ and called all-in after royal-tacci responded with a big blind move. KietyBoy's pair was just a little smaller than royal-tacci's T♣T♦ but that was all it took.

The flop was an interesting 6♠5♠3♠ but neither was holding a Spade and the K♥ meant KietyBoy was left looking for a Nine. It was a long shot that missed on the river 6♥ to send KietyBoy out of the tournament in 3rd place for $5,260.

royal-tacci crowned champion in Event #28

Seat 1: Tematy_pro (20,422,010 in chips)
Seat 5: royal-tacci (39,787,990 in chips)

royal-tacci began heads up play with a better than 2-to-1 chip lead but his opponent didn't let that slow him down. Tematy_pro earned a quick double to get back in the match when his J♠6♣ beat A♦6♥ and the two settled in for the long battle.

They played 37 hands against each other with pots rarely reaching the 8-digit mark until royal-tacci opened for all his chips with A♣7♣. Tematy_pro was the one in danger when he called the bet with K♣9♦. Neither hit the 5♥4♠3♦ flop but royal-tacci added a gutshot straight draw to his list of game-ending cards.

The 7♠ paired royal-tacci and Tematy_pro was unable to come from behind when the river J♥ hit. It was an entertaining heads up match but Tematy_pro had to settle for the runner-up position and $4,724. Less than what second was scheduled to pay. royal-tacci ran well when it counted to earn his MicroMillions win along with $5,610.

MicroMillions-028: $5.50 NL Hold'em (6-Max)
Entrants: 12,042
Prize pool: $60,210
Places paid: 1,650

1. royal-tacci (Belgium) $5,610.24*
2. Tematy_pro (Russia) $4,724.62*
3. KietyBoy (Austria) $5,260.81*
4. tekawabunga (New Zealand) $3,437.05*
5. zeltak (Poland) $2,858.35*
6. KingTijs (Netherlands) $752.62
* - denotes five-way deal

Al Rash
@PokerStars in MicroMillions