MicroMillions 5: From short stack to top stud, KImaska wins Event #13 ($3.30 Stud)

If you think that low limit Seven-Card Stud doesn't interest too many people, then how wrong you are. Perhaps there are plenty of old school players grinding online nowadays. Or perhaps what was once old, is now new again. With No Limit Holdem saturating the poker industry it's refreshing to see a large field of 5,964 players turn out for Event #13 of the MicroMillions 5 series - the $3.30 Seven-Card Stud event.

The prize pool was $17,892.00 which blew away the guarantee, with the top 760 players to share in the spoils. Unfortunately for Canadian Yrral62 the bubble popped his tournament one place short of securing the $5.36 min-cash.

Of course nothing happens too quickly in Stud, so slowly they trickled to the cashier over the next few hours. With no Team PokerStars Pros in the field we took a look at the chip leaders and had to giggle when we saw a player by the name of One Poor Bum from the United Kingdom holding a commanding chip lead approaching the final few tables. Ah, those quirky Brits.

The poor chap could only make it to 14th place and when the short-stacked oricum could only manage a pair of fours against voul1's Broadway straight, our final table of eight was formed:


Final Table Line up
Seat 1: kenyer8 (5,122,710 in chips)
Seat 2: New7898 (3,194,425 in chips)
Seat 3: Rexike1 (7,110,167 in chips)
Seat 4: KImaska (660,813 in chips)
Seat 5: Küse (1,550,540 in chips)
Seat 6: atalanta09 (8,443,556 in chips)
Seat 7: SEBYCHAQUEÑO (2,406,157 in chips)
Seat 8: voul1 (1,331,632 in chips)

atalanta09 and Rexike1 were big chip leaders while the short-stacked KImaska was able to more than triple up the very first hand with two pair.

First to fall was Küse who was all in on fifth street with a pair of queens in the hole but that was as good as it got with a final board of Q♠Q♦9♥J♣5♣T♦7♣ as Rexike1 rivered an ace-high flush with 7♥A♥2♥T♥J♠6♠3♥. Küse picked up $125.24 for 8th place.

SEBYCHAQUEÑO and New7898 got involved in a raising war on fourth street with SEBYCHAQUEÑO committing with 4♠A♣K♦T♥ but had some work to do against New7898's Q♥A♠A♦8♣. SEBYCHAQUEÑO's board rolled off 9♣T♣7♥ for a pair of tens which wasn't enough with New7898 picking up J♦Q♦J♠ to improve to aces and jacks. SEBYCHAQUEÑO took home $223.65 for 7th place.

A short time later, kenyer8 picked up the biggest pot of the tournament to date with a big double up when both players made deceptive straights:

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kenyer8 followed that up two hands later with another nice pot, getting value on all streets with jacks and eights against Rexike1's pair of queens.

voul1 couldn't get much going and was on the short stack before committing what was left on third street against KImaska. voul1 showed 6♠4♠A♠T♥T♣3♠J♥ for a pair of tens but KImaska improved to 7♣7♠4♥A♣2♣4♣5♥ for sevens and fours to take it down and eliminate voul1 in 6th place for $492.03 in prize money.

atalanta09 was the chip leader with five players left and extended that further with a big pot holding trip threes against Rexike1.

Rexike1 was unable to recover and when the betting was capped and all on fourth street, Rexike1's 6♦6♠7♠4♦8♣9♣7♥ for sevens and sixes was narrowly pipped by KImaska's 8♠Q♠8♦J♣2♣5♦5♠ for eights and fives. Rexike1 was out in 5th place for a $849.87 collect.

The four remaining players were quick to pause the clock and lock in a deal with atalanta09 getting the lion's share as chip leader, while $200 was put aside for the eventual champion.

With a nice pay day locked up, New7898 was looking to find a double up to have a shot at the title, but after calling bets on fourth and fifth, and then firing a bet on sixth, New7898 was all in on seventh street with 8♠8♣7♥4♦K♠A♥5♠ for an unimproved pair of eights. New7898 was hoping for a fold but KImaska made the call with T♥J♦J♥K♥5♦9♣J♠ for trip jacks to knock out New7898 in 4th place for a post-deal amount of $1,578.15.

The chips were pretty even across the three players until atalanta09 went on a mini rush winning eight out of nine consecutive pots. Two of those were significant and went against kenyer8. With the chips all in by fourth street, kenyer8's board of K♣A♦T♦J♥6♦7♣6♥ started big but only ended with a pair of sixes with atalanta09's sevens in the hole enough to take it down on a final board of 7♠7♥3♠8♠5♥Q♦T♥. After a favourable deal, kenyer8 collected $1,959.67 for 3rd place.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: KImaska (10,626,650 in chips)
Seat 6: atalanta09 (19,193,350 in chips)

atalanta09 held a near two-to-one chip lead but things quickly evened up when KImaska fired on all streets to scoop with kings and fours for two pair.

atalanta09 chipped away again winning the small pots, before KImaska won another big pot with trip sixes to take over the chip lead before the final hand unfolded:

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It was an interesting way to bring the tournament to an end with action heavy on fourth before atalanta09 raised it up on sixth despite KImaska showing four clubs on board. atalanta09 tried again with another raise on the river with two pair, but KImaska called with a better two pair to grab the win! atalanta09 took the most cash after leading when the deal was struck, picking up $2,098.03 for 2nd place. Meanwhile Germany's KImaska had gone from the short stack when the final table started to be crowned MicroMillions champion, winning $1,831.04 in prize money. Congratulations!

MicroMillions 5 Event #13 Results

Entrants: 5,964
Prize pool: $17,892.00
Places paid: 760

1st KImaska (Germany) - $1,831.04*
2nd atalanta09 (Russia) - $2,098.03*
3rd kenyer8 (Hungary) - $1,959.67*
4th New7898 (Russia) - $1,578.15*
5th Rexike1 (Hungary) - $849.87
6th voul1 (Greece) - $492.03
7th SEBYCHAQUEÑO (Argentina) - $223.65
8th Küse (Switzerland) - $125.24

There's over $5 million guaranteed during the MicroMillions 5 series, with 100 fantastic events running through until July 28th across a wide range of poker disciplines. Head to the MicroMillions 5 home page to see the full schedule as well as statistics, coverage, leaderboards and much more.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.