MicroMillions 4: sofos549 stands alone in Event #66 ($3.30 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)

Event #66 had something extremely rare for a MicroMillions event-- an overlay. The 7,985-strong field was 349 players short of surpassing the $25,000 guarantee, meaning a free $1k and change up for grabs. The 1,000 players who won their first-round tables in this 10-Max Shootout guaranteed themselves a cash finish, with the champion set to earn $3,937.50. Raymond Wu was the lone Red Spade in this field and busted out during the first round.

Nearly eight hours after cards went in the air, nine players had won their third-round tables and punched their tickets to the final. Still slugging it out heads-up were pokerclann1 and JarodLink, the former with a 4 to 1 chip lead. Dealt A♣K♦ with 21 BB behind, JarodLink opened for 1,100, then called pokerclann1's three-bet shove. Pokerclann1 turned over pocket sixes and they held up to win the pot and the match.


Final table chip counts

Seat 1: weswesjo (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: sofos549 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: Karurosu7 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: MJenno (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: maximustimmy (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: pokerclann1 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 7: sAmjoNG (5,000 in chips)
Seat 8: xxxPISSYxxx (5,000 in chips)
Seat 9: kitionmaster (5,000 in chips)
Seat 10: Vadik7Lyon (5,000 in chips)

Under pressure

MJenno made it no secret that he wanted a deal. In fact, while pokerclann1 and JarodLink were still playing heads-up, MJenno was already using the chat box to sell his fellow final tablists on a plan to chop the tournament ten ways. In this scenario, everyone would be guaranteed $1,450, with $500 still in play for the winner. The plan had a few ardent fans, including maximustimmy and Vadik7Lyon, who relentlessly polled their opponents regarding who had checked the box to pause the tournament for discussions, and those who hadn't. The host kindly asked them to stop putting pressure on the others to make a deal, but it didn't do much to detract them.

Once MJenno determined that everyone had clicked the box except sAmjoNG, he tried to rally his opponents to speak to him in Russian. Silent in the chat box until now, sAmjoNG finally spoke up:

sAmjoNG: i speak english
MJenno: oh lol
sAmjoNG: i don't deal
sAmjoNG: play
MJenno: ok
kitionmaster: OMG
MJenno: u have to come 3rd to get more than the deal
kitionmaster: Sam, come on man
sAmjoNG: no, thx
MJenno: it only cost u $3 lol
sAmjoNG: and?
HostPeterZO (Commentator): Players, please do not apply any further pressure to players to make a deal
MJenno: 1450 just by clicking a button
MJenno: easy money
sAmjoNG: w0w!
MJenno: ok watever
sAmjoNG: play, not deal

That seemed to nip the deal discussions in the bud. MJenno and sAmjoNG would have to let the cards speak, as they did in this 7,664 pot. MJenno played it slow until the river, when sAmjoNG spiked a deuce to make a full house:

Early exits

Kitionmaster was the first player to become short-stacked. In a three-way pot with Vadik7Lyon and xxxPISSYxxx, kitionmaster check-raised the K♦T♥9♦ flop, then called xxxPISSYxxx's shove. Kitionmaster turned over J♦T♦ for middle pair with a gutshot straight flush draw, while xxxPISSYxxx revealed K♣T♠ for top two pair. Kitionmaster couldn't hit any of his outs, the turn and river falling the 5♠ and the 4♥ to send him home in tenth place.

Moments later, Vadik7Lyon three-bet shoved for 1,895 and initial raiser pokerclann1 called, turning up A♣J♦. Vadik7Lyon's pocket tens lost the race on the flop, the board running out A♦2♦2♠Q♦Q♠ to end his run in ninth.

Sofos549 soars

Thus far, sofos549 had built himself a nice lead with some medium-sized pots, rarely having to show down a hand. He added further to his stack when sAmjoNG check-called his flop and turn bets on a Q♠9♦4♣2♦ board, both players having flopped top pair. SAmjoNG checked the 2♥ on the river and sofos549 checked behind, his Q♦J♥ just outkicking sAmjoNG's Q♣T♣. Sofos549 moved up to 13,500 after that hand and expanded his chip lead to 16,300 when xxxPISSYxxx folded to his 3,200 bet on a 4♠7♠9♥Q♦Q♣ board.

sAmjoNG busts MJenno, pokerclann1 clips maximustimmy

Meanwhile, MJenno sunk to only ten big blinds. Dealt A♠J♠, MJenno cold four-bet shoved for 2,347 in the big blind and sAmjoNG snap-called with A♦A♣. SAmjoNG got his revenge as his aces held up and MJenno had to settle for eighth place, its $412.50 prize about $1,000 less than the deal for which he so strongly lobbied.

One orbit later, another big deal proponent hit the rail. Down to 3,100, maximustimmy limped in from the small blind with Q♥J♥. Pokerclann1 raised to 600 from the big blind, maximustimmy shoved, and pokerclann1 called, turning over A♥Q♠. Maximustimmy's dominated hand stayed that way, the board running out A♠6♠4♣Q♦T♠ to eliminate him in seventh place.

Six, five, four

xxxPISSYxxx moved up to five-figure territory when he doubled through sAmjoNG, his A♠3♥ flopping top pair against 4♣4♠. Two hands later, sAmjoNG recovered some of those lost chips, doubling through Karurosu7 when his Q♣Q♥ held up against A♠K♣. Dow to only 1,669 in chips, Karurosu7 doubled up when his 3♦5♠ turned a straight against sofos549's T♠4♦, but his comeback was short-lived. In a cooler of a hand, Karurosu7 three-bet shoved for 4,800 with T♥T♣ only to run into sofos549's J♥J♦. Karurosu7 did not improve and finished in sixth place.

With five players remaining, sofos549 had a comfortable chip lead with 22,531. xxxPISSYxxx was in second place with 11,618, pokerclann1 was third with 7,276, sAmjoNG had 5,709, and weswesjo was the short stack with 2,866.

Weswesjo blinded down to 1,776 before doubling through sofos549, his T♦T♣ making a set against A♥Q♦. SAmjoNG also picked up a nice pot from sofos549 to move up to 12,800 when he flopped the nut flush with A♥8♥ and got two streets of value. Pokerclann1, however, wasn't as fortunate. Down to 3,281 with the blinds at 150/300, he open-shoved from the button with 4♥7♥. xxxPISSYxxx woke up with A♠T♥ in the big blind and held on to eliminate pokerclann1 in fifth place.

As play turned four-handed, sAmjoNG, sofos549 and xxxPISSYxxx all held stacks ranging from 14,300 to 16,300 while weswesjo was on his last eight big blinds with 3,262. Weswesjo sunk all the way to 1,057 in chips before xxxPISSYxxx made a small-blind shove with 7♣9♦ and weswesjo called all-in with K♠Q♠. xxxPISSYxxx flopped a seven and weswesjo turned a king, but it also opened up a flush draw for xxxPISSYxxx. He filled it on the river, the final board reading A♦7♦5♥K♦8♦ to send weswesjo home in fourth.

The real deal

Ironically enough, the final three players agreed to pause the action and discuss a deal. Host Peter presented them with chip count chop numbers, which sofos549 and xxxPISSYxxx quickly agreed to. SAmjoNG, however, wanted an additional $113.80 to take his share up to an even three grand. Sofos549 and xxxPISSYxxx ponied up $56.90 apiece to get him there, and with $500 still in play, cards went back in the air.

xxxPISSYxxx was quickly crippled by sofos549. With the board reading 8♦6♥2♠3♥ on the turn, xxxPISSYxxx moved all-in for 16,536 and sofos549 called, having turned a straight with 4♥5♣. xxxPISSYxxx was drawing dead with J♣8♣ and ended his run in third place, his share of the deal totaling $2,811.28

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: sofos549 (36,922 in chips)
Seat 7: sAmjoNG (13,078 in chips)

Despite the relatively low blinds (200/400), heads-up play took all of two hands. All the money went in on the flop, sofos549's bottom two pair fading sAmjoNG's flush draw.

Congratulations to sofos549 on his MicroMillions win! He took home $3,188.72 while runner-up sAmjoNG banked $3,000.00.

PokerStars MicroMillions Event #66 ($3.30 NLHE 10-Max Shootout) results

Players: 7,985
Prizepool: $25,000
Places paid: 1,000

1. sofos549 (Greece) $3,188.72*
2. sAmjoNG (Russia) $3,000.00*
3. xxxPISSYXXX (Romania) $2,811.28*
4. weswesjo (Netherlands) $1,562.50
5. pokerclann1 (United Kingdom) $1,000.00
6. Karurosu7 (Portugal) $750.00
7. maximustimmy (United Kingdom) $575.00
8. MJenno (United Kingdom) $412.50
9. Vadik7Lyon (Ukraine) $287.50
10. kitionmaster (Cyprus) $162.50

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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