MicroMillions 4: GRIGYAN grabs Event #27 title, $11K ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

MicroMillions 4 keeps rolling, and what better way to help ignite a Sunday full of low buy-in, big payout tourneys than with a special edition of PokerStars' "Sunday Spark," the popular weekly $1 re-buy event. Sporting twice the usual guarantee ($50K), this Event #27 attracted enough entries, re-buys, and add-ons to fire up a prize pool of more than $94,000. The turbo-styled structure added further fuel, meaning it only took six-and-a-half hours for GRIGYAN of Russia to claim the win and an $11,067.82 first prize.

From 17,116 to nine

A total of 17,116 played Event #27, and since the event was a "3x" re-buy (i.e., extending the late registration/re-buy period to 90 minutes), there were lots of opportunities for that group to keep adding further to the prize pool 91 cents at a time.

In the end players took 77,970 re-buys and 8,789 add-ons to build that $94,526.25 prize pool. And after just a little over two-and-a-half hours, the field had been chopped down to 2,250 and the money, with klanoudas leading a small handful of players at the top of the counts who had already amassed 1 million chips.

Of course, with more than 548 million chips in play, there was a long way to go, even if it wouldn't take all that long to get there.

klanoudas would do well to last a couple of more hours all of the way to a 43rd-place finish, worth a cash of $146.51. A couple of hours after that they'd passed the five-hour mark of the tournament and just 18 players were left.

By then the chip leader GRIGYAN had nearly 90 million chips, about three times the average at the time, and with five-minute levels it didn't take long for 18 to be reduced to nine.

mazani (18th), gfgf975 (17th), and sonofchufty (16th) swiftly went out, each earning $193.77 for getting that far. ProLabatt (15th), bellyatriks (14th), and Bundi_25 (13th) took away $283.57 apiece. And Melech82 (12th), Greencool (11th), and snow147 (10th) each saw $378.10 added to their PokerStars accounts.

GRIGYAN maintained the chip lead throughout that stretch, and was still ahead when the final table began.


Seat 1: Askari_11 (Germany) -- 57,542,508
Seat 2: Agaa22 (Latvia) -- 29,002,006
Seat 3: Bolle666 (Belgium) -- 30,820,040
Seat 4: A-H-A-M-A-N (Germany) -- 59,419,148
Seat 5: Colonal Baht (Netherlands) -- 41,297,810
Seat 6: rOOOw14 (Netherlands) -- 75,699,024
Seat 7: B0GEYMAN (Netherlands) -- 92,390,788
Seat 8: AnTAkoV (Russia) -- 39,405,282
Seat 9: GRIGYAN (Russia) -- 123,351,394

With the rapidly rising blinds (already up to 1.8m/3.6m), the pace was certain to remain torrid at the final table. And indeed, the knockouts kept coming in short order.

rOOOw14 run out in ninth

On just the fifth hand of the final table, the blinds had already jumped to 2m/4m when A-H-A-M-A-N opened for 9.88 million from middle position, then rOOOw14 reraised all in for 61,259,024 from the cutoff seat.

It folded back to A-H-A-M-A-N who called, showing A♦K♥ to rOOOw14's A♥J♠. The flop came 8♣4♦7♦ and A-H-A-M-A-N was still ahead. The J♦ then fell on the turn to pair rOOOw14, although A-H-A-M-A-N now had a flush draw.

Then came the river... the 5♦! A-H-A-M-A-N had made the flush, and rOOOw14's run was done in ninth.

AnTAkoV all in, all out in eighth

The remaining eight then began discussing the possibility of a deal, with B0GEYMAN correctly noting that the average among them was only about 15 big blinds. Play continued, however, with multiple players surviving all-ins along the way.

They were almost up to the six-hour break with the blinds up to 2.5m/5m when AnTAkoV raised all-in from the hijack seat for 66,085,282, then Askari_11 reraised all in for just a little more -- 68,435,016 -- from the button. The blinds folded, and AnTAkoV showed 6♥6♦, but unfortunately for AnTAkoV, Askari_11 had picked up A♣A♠.

The community cards came 2♣8♣9♣T♣7♦, improving Askari_11 to a flush and knocking AnTAkoV out in eighth.

B0GEYMAN bounced in seventh

On the other side of the six-hour mark, it folded around to B0GEYMAN in the small blind who open-pushed for 34,076,776 (just under 7 BBs) and GRIGYAN called from a seat over.

B0GEYMAN had T♥T♣ and was hoping the pair would hold against GRIGYAN's A♦Q♦. The flop came 3♦8♣3♠, then the Q♥ turn hit GRIGYAN's hand. The river was the K♠, and B0GEYMAN was felted in seventh.

Colonial Baht cut down in sixth

Just a couple of minutes later with the blinds 2.75m/5.5m, Colonial Baht pushed for 15,941,568 from under the gun and got a single caller in A-H-A-M-A-N from the big blind.

Colonial Baht had K♦9♠ and A-H-A-M-A-N Q♥7♣, and after the J♥8♦J♦ flop and 6♠ turn, Colonial Baht was still in front. But the river was the Q♣ to give A-H-A-M-A-N queens, and Colonial Baht was knocked out in sixth.

Bolle666 bowled over in fifth

Meanwhile Bolle666 had gotten short, and with blinds up once more to 3m/6m had already put in more than half of what Bolle666 had left from the big blind when Agaa22 raised from the small blind.

Bolle666 called all in with the 4,100,080 remaining, turning over 4♥4♦. Not such a bad spot against Agaa22's T♦2♣, but the board came Q♠J♣8♣2♠T♠, that river ten putting Agaa22 in front and sending Bolle666 railward in fifth.

Deal or no deal?

Finally the remaining players were able to pause things to talk about a deal. GRIGYAN still led with more than 208 million, Askari_11 was next with about 140 million, A-H-A-M-A-N was third with just under 107 million, and Agaa22 fourth with a little over 93 million.

"Chip chop" figures were provided (with $1,000 kept out for which to play), and immediately three of the four players stated they wanted more than what was being suggested. Askari_11 was the only one saying "iam ok with it," yet was also adding "I dont give money away."

There was a bit more discussion, but clearly no deal was going to work for all, and so soon cards were back in the air.

A-H-A-M-A-N down in fourth

Before long blinds were 3.5m/7m, and A-H-A-M-A-N was open-raising all in for 83,956,428 from the small blind. Sitting with more than 205 million in the big blind, GRIGYAN called, turning over J♣J♥ while A-H-A-M-A-N showed A♦9♥.

The flop came 9♣K♣Q♠, giving A-H-A-M-A-N one pair, then the A♠ gave A-H-A-M-A-N a second pair and the lead. But the river brought the J♠ to make a set for GRIGYAN, and they were down to three.

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Agaa22 gone in third

The tourney was paused once more, with GRIGYAN up to 302 million, Askari_11 next with about 162 million, and Agaa22 third with 81 million. But this time GRIGYAN was typing "NO DEAL" even before numbers could be proposed, and so play continued.

The blinds moved to 4m/8m, and Agaa22 raised all in for 116,148,104 from the button. GRIGYAN called from the small blind, and Askari_11 got out.

Agaa22: 3♥3♠

Both had picked up pairs, with GRIGYAN's the best. And after the K♠K♥J♣5♥A♥ board, GRIGYAN was still ahead and Agaa22 was on the rail in third.

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GRIGYAN gets last of Askari_11's chips

Heads-up play began with GRIGYAN enjoying a nearly 3.5-to-1 chip advantage, sitting with 425,010,276 to Askari_11's 123,917,724.

They played 17 hands, with Askari_11 only chipping away relatively little at GRIGYAN's stack which still was slightly over 400 million. Then with the blinds at 4.5m/9m, the final hand took place.

It began with Askari_11 raising 3x to 27 million from the button. GRIGYAN responded with an all-in push, and Askari_11 called with the 119,117,724 left behind.

Both players had picked up aces, as GRIGYAN showed A♣5♦ and Askari_11 A♦6♠. The flop came T♠3♥8♥, then the turn brought the 2♠.

It appeared Askari_11 might enjoy a double-up, but then the river card fell... the 4♦! A wheel for GRIGYAN, and all 548,928,000 chips as well!

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Congratulations to GRIGYAN for outlasting more than 17,000 opponents to turn a teeny buy-in into more than $11K and a MicroMillions title!

MicroMillions 4 Event #27 (Sunday Spark Special, $1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo):
1st: GRIGYAN (Russia) -- $11,067.82
2nd: Askari_11 (Germany) -- $8,034.73
3rd: Agaa22 (Latvia) -- $6,144.20
4th: A-H-A-M-A-N (Germany) -- $4,253.68
5th: Bolle666 (Belgium) -- $3,308.41
6th: Colonial Baht (Netherlands) -- $2,363.15
7th: B0GEYMAN (Netherlands) -- $1,606.94
8th: AnTAkoV (Russia) -- $850.73
9th: rOOOw14 (Netherlands) -- $567.15

Entrants: 17,116
Re-buys: 77,970
Add-ons: 8,789
Prize pool: $94,526.25
Places paid: 2,250

Lots more to come today and all week long in MicroMillions 4. Check the MicroMillions site for details.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in MicroMillions 4