MicroMillions 8: syki's post-deal run wins the title in Event #37, $3.30 PLO (6-max, 2R1A)

Pot-limit Omaha fans know that the game can be a bit volatile, with flopped hands rarely holding up and sometimes even turned monsters becoming second-best by the river. That makes re-buys a popular option when it comes to playing PLO tournaments. Today gave MicroMillions PLO player the chance to get some of that sweet re-buy action going with Event #37, a $3.30 tourney with the option for two re-buys and one add-on at the end of the second hour of play.

Things kicked off at 4 a.m. ET, and after two hours of play the re-buy and extended registration periods ended simultaneously. A total of 3,451 players showed up, combining for 4,345 re-buys and 1,354 add-ons for a total prize pool of $27,450. The top 450 finishers earned at least $13.99, with $4,256.77 awaiting the winner.

By 12:46 p.m. ET, there were just seven players left. Short-stacked Belgian player called for less than the big blind from the button with A♦ 8♠ 7♦ 5♠ and was eliminated in 7th place ($301.95) when kodie2010 of Australia hit a heart flush with 9♥ 6♥ 6♦ 6♠, setting up this final table:

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Seat 1: syki (4,981,846 in chips)
Seat 2: IgrauZaEdu (10,251,850 in chips)
Seat 3: koichi69 (11,168,603 in chips)
Seat 4: kodie2010 (12,668,302 in chips)
Seat 5: Idabi68 (5,506,778 in chips)
Seat 6: orimen (1,172,621 in chips)

Latvian player orimen stack was worth less than three big blinds on the 200K/400K level, and it all went in from the big blind on the very first hand. Germany's Idabi68 opened the action with a raise from the small blind, holding 8♠ 6♥ 2♠ 2♣, and orimen called with Q♠ J♣ Q♥ 7♦. The T♥ A♦ 5♥ K♠ 3♣ was safe for orimen, who doubled up to 2.3M.

After four pots won without seeing a flop, Russia's IgrauZaEdu, who had led the tournament for much of the way from 100 down to the final table, opened for 880K in the cutoff. kodie2010 called in the small blind, bringing a flop of 3♣ Q♥ 7♠, and then led out for 778K. IgrauZaEdu responded with a raise to 2.4M, leaving 5.6M behind, and after dipping into the time bank for a bit, kodie2010 folded to give IgrauZaEdu the 3.7M-chip pot.

The action before the flop on the next hand was nearly identical, as IgrauZaEdu opened in second position and orimen called from the big blind. The Latvian player led out with an all-in bet of 1.2M on the 7♣ Q♦ 6♠ flop, holding K♥ Q♥ T♥ 8♠ for a pair of queens with a king kicker and a gutshot draw to a ten-high straight. IgrauZaEdu called with Q♠ 8♦ 5♦ 5♠ for a pair of queens with a worse kicker, an open-ended straight draw, and two backdoor flush draws. The 5♦ on the turn kept IgrauZaEdu's flush draw alive, but the 5♥ on the river did the damage, giving the Russian player fives full of sixes and eliminating orimen in 6th place ($480.37).

The long deal

The remaining five players agreed to talk about a deal at that point, but it's unlikely that any of them expected the negotiations to last as long as they did. It took a full 49 minutes before they came to an agreement and were able to get the game back underway with $300 left for the winner. "that was harder than the tourney," joked kodie2010 afterward. "ok now deal for the $300? boys interested?"

With that ordeal out of the way, the rest of the final table would last just 28 hands. The blinds went up to 250K/500K soon afterward, and on Hand #13 of the final table the real action began. Austria's syki opened with a pot-sized raise to 1.75M on the button with A♥ K♣ J♥ 2♥, and the United Kingdom's koichi69 was the lone caller in the big blind, bringing a 9♥ 9♦ J♣ flop. koichi69 checked and then called syki's 1.9M-chip all-in bet with [A♠ K♦ T♦ 5♠, but the board ran out 4♥-4♦ and syki's jacks and fours were good for the double to 7.5M.

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The very next hand started with syki raising again, this time to 1M from the cutoff, and kodie2010 called from the big blind to bring a flop of J♠ 6♠ 7♦. kodie2010 checked, then raised to 2.7M after syki bet 1M. The Austrian player opted to jam with K♦ K♠ T♠ 6♣ for a pair of kings with a spade flush draw, and kodie2010 called with K♥ 6♥ 5♣ 2♣ for two pair, jacks and sixes. The J♠ on the turn left kodie2010 in need of a jack or six for a full house to win the pot, but the 5♦ on the river shipped it to syki instead.

Left with just 1.1M and already in for 250K from the small blind, kodie2010 moved all-in on the next hand with Q♦ 9♦ 8♣ 2♣. Idabi68 called in the big blind with Q♥ 6♦ 5♣ 3♥ and took a big lead with trip treys on the 5♠ 3♠ 3♣ flop. The 7♥ on the turn turned trips into a seven-high straight, and the A♠ on the river knocked kodie2010 out in 5th place ($2,672).

syki's run

After two more pots won with continuation bets and a blind steal, it was time for another knockout by syki. The Austrian player called in the big blind after koichi69 opened on the button for 1.5M, bringing a J♣ 9♠ 2♦ flop. syki checked, koichi69 bet pot for 3.25M, and syki check-raised all-in for more than koichi69's remaining 4.2M-chip stack. The U.K player called with K♦ K♥ Q♠ 2♠ for a pair of kings with a backdoor spade flush draw, which trailed ski's two pair, jacks and nines, with A♠ J♦ T♦ 9♥. Any king, queen, six, or deuce on the river would have kept koichi69 in the game, but the J♥ came instead and koichi69 was gone in 4th place ($2,519.70).

After five more non-confrontational hands, syki was up to 25.5M chips, with IgrauZaEdu (13.3M) and Idabi68 (6.9M) looking to catch up. Then the Austrian player took on both of them in separate pots to whittle the field to the final two. First was IgrauZaEdu, who raised to 1.1M on the button and got a call from syki to see a 9♠ Q♥ 9♣ flop. Both players checked, then syki led for 1.25M on the 7♠ turn and IgrauZaEdu called. syki led again on the J♣ river, this time for 3.75M into the 4.9M-chip pot; IgrauZaEdu called once again, then mucked when syki showed K♠ J♥ 9♥ 2♠ for nines full of jacks.

Two hands later, syki raised to 1M on the button and then four-bet to 10M after Idabi68 re-raised to 3.25M from the big blind. Idabi68 called and showed J♣ T♥ 9♦ 8♦, which trailed syki's K♥ K♦ J♦ 4♥; that improved only to a pair of eights after the board came 3♥ 8♠ 2♥ 4♦ 6♥, and Idabi69 left in 3rd place ($1,647.64).

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IgrauZaEdu faced a major uphill battle as heads-up play began, holding just 7.9M chips to syki's 37.7M. The Russian player tried to make a game of it, taking three of the next five pots to chip up to 14.4M, and even managed to get that stack in as a favorite on the seventh hand of the match, holding K♥ K♠ 6♠ 6♣ to syki's Q♣ Q♦ 8♦ 8♥. But the board came down 3♣ Q♥ 9♣ 4♠ 2♠, giving syki a set of queens and the tournament title.

For holding one of the biggest stacks at the time of the deal and doing some hard bargaining, IgrauZaEdu walked away with $3,016 for second place, a new career best here at PokerStars by just over $1,000. syki, meanwhile, won the last $300 on the table for a total take of $2,169.76 - not a new career high, but a first career MicroMillions title. Congratulations to all the players at the final table on their fine performances!

MicroMillions 8: Event #37, $3.30 PL Omaha [6-max, 2R1A]
3,451 entries, 4,345 re-buys, 1,354 add-ons
$27,450 prize pool
450 places paid

1st place: syki (Austria) $2,169.76*
2nd place: IgrauZaEdu (Russia) $3,016*
3rd place: Idabi68 (Germany) $1,647.64*
4th place: koichi69 (United Kingdom) $2,519.70*
5th place: kodie2010 (Australia) $2,672*
6th place: orimen (Latvia) $480.37
* - denotes results of a five-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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