MicroMillions 5: meKILLstacks conquers Courchevel in Event #79 ($3.30 PL Courchevel)
Browsing the blogging schedule for this year's MicroMillions, I couldn't help but noticed I'd been slotted in for Event #79 of the schedule - the $3.30 Pot Limit Courchevel. Courchevel...Courchevel...what on Earth is Courchevel? A quick Google search on "Courchevel" revealed that it was a ski resort in France. Hmmm okay, not overly helpful. I added "PokerStars" to the search and soon I was learning about a game that PokerStars had only introduced earlier this year.
It's best described as five-card Omaha. Players are dealt five cards each and must use two from their hand combined with the community cards to make their best five-card poker hand. The big twist is that the first card of the flop is exposed after the cards are dealt and before any betting action. So everyone gets one-third of the flop for free! The effects of that piece of information are rather dramatic as players already know if they've flopped a set or have a piece of their flush or straight draw.
Obviously with so many cards and so much information available, this is a game of the nuts. Top pair, top kicker doesn't cut it here. We saw straights, flushes, full houses and even better as a big field of 3,020 micro-limit grinders took to the MicroMillions felt to give Courchevel a try.
The prize pool was $9,060.00 which was close to doubling the advertised guarantee with the top 384 players to finish in the money. Sadly puh2 from Norway missed out as our bubble in 385th place, while Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske made it a couple of sports further, collecting $5.34 for 380th place as the only red spade in the field.
It took a little over seven hours to reach our final table, and when polisr21's set of sixes were not enough to get past DryBarucFly's queen-high flush, polisr21 was out in 9th as our final table was set:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: DryBarucFly (2,211,887 in chips)
Seat 2: ratajpoker (1,157,077 in chips)
Seat 3: csipzar (313,460 in chips)
Seat 4: celo1975 (266,027 in chips)
Seat 5: Dudueb (1,119,215 in chips)
Seat 6: Socrela2005 (773,394 in chips)
Seat 7: kingstun s4 (7,329,492 in chips)
Seat 8: meKILLstacks (1,929,448 in chips)
The blinds kicked off at 40,000/80,000 with both csipzar and celo1975 in the desperation zone while kingstun s4 was a clear chip leader.
csipzar was able to find a double up with a straight to better Dudueb's two pair, and celo1975 did the same, flopping a set of tens to better Dudueb's pocket kings. Dudueb had copped a rough start but was able to fight back with a double up of his own, flopping a full house with pocket tens to better kingstun s4's pocket aces.
Dudueb then extracted some revenge with the elimination of csipzar. With the 9♣ as the door card, Dudueb raised from early position before csipzar put in a three-bet. Dudueb moved all in and csipzar made the call, going with 8♦4♥A♣7♣8♠ but would need a lot of help as Dudueb opened J♥9♠6♥9♥7♠ for a set of nines. Nothing changed through the board of 9♣K♦T♠K♣2♦ as Dudueb finished with a full house to eliminate csipzar in 8th place for $90.60.
celo1975 was unable to progress any further with Dudueb again the destroyer. With the 4♥ showing, celo1975 raised the button before Dudueb three-bet from the small blind. celo1975 made the call for tournament life with 8♠A♥6♠9♠T♥ and was looking for hearts as Dudueb opened 5♥A♠T♠3♣A♦ for a pair of aces. The board fell 4♥K♦8♣K♣T♦ to leave Dudueb's aces and kings in front to remove celo1975 in 7th place for $181.20.
Dudueb was making a charge and landed a huge double up through kingstun s4 when all the chips were in on the turn on a board of K♦5♥Q♠T♦. Understandably, both players held ace-jack for the nut straight, but the river K♣ gave Dudueb a full house with king-queen to scoop the pot.
Socrela2005 couldn't hang on as Dudueb made it three eliminations from three. It was a battle of the blinds with the 7♣ window card, as Dudueb raised before Socrela2005 moved all in. Dudueb called with 5♣8♦6♦7♠5♥ for a nice wrap as Socrela2005 opened 3♦A♠J♥Q♣A♦ for a pair of aces. The board ran out 7♣K♥4♣7♦6♣ which didn't help Socrela2005 but Dudueb improved to trip sevens to take it down. Socrela2005 picked up $271.80 for 6th place.
DryBarucFly landed a double up, flopping a flush to better ratajpoker's two pair, before meKILLstacks found a jack-high straight too good for Dudueb's nice-high straight for another double.
However meKILLstacks passed some of those chips over to kingstun s4 in rather unfortunate circumstances. The chips were in preflop with a 7♠ showing and meKILLstacks holding A♦7♥J♦2♠A♣ for aces against kingstun s4's K♣6♠K♥8♠5♣ kings. meKILLstacks went further ahead on the flop of 7♠T♦7♦ with trip sevens but the Q♠ turn and 3♠ river brought a spade flush for kingstun s4 to stay alive.
It would be ratajpoker next to go when committing preflop on the 6♣ door card with 9♥K♦K♥A♦2♠ for a pair of kings while Dudueb opened 2♣4♦6♦A♠T♣. Dudueb flopped two pair on the 6♣2♦5♥ flop, improved those two pair on the T♦ turn and then finished with a straight on the 3♥ river to leave ratajpoker empty-handed. ratajpoker took home $453 for 5th place.
kingstun s4 said, "look at numbers?"
meKILLstacks said, "chop?"
kingstun s4 said, "ok"
Dudueb said, "yes"
kingstun s4 said, "lets look"
With that, the four remaining players quickly locked in an ICM deal with $100 left to play for as well as the title of MicroMillions champion.
Dudueb was the chip leader at the time, and locked in a little extra, but the short stacked DryBarucFly was happy with the deal after hitting the rail just two hands later. A series of raises preflop on the A♠ window card, saw Dudueb, DryBarucFly and meKILLstacks all commit themselves. All three had an ace, but the board run out of A♠Q♦4♥K♠6♣ would see meKILLstacks make two pair with aces and kings, as the best the other two could manage was aces and sixes. meKILLstacks virtually tripled as DryBarucFly collected a nice post-deal amount of $910.83 for 4th place.
The action didn't slow down as we saw a brutal elimination for kingstun s4. We'd love to show it in our replayer, but it doesn't seem to like Courchevel hands, so here's a screenshot of what unfolded:
The chips were in preflop with the 2♣ showing. kingstun s4 flopped three deuces to take a commanding position in the hand to leave meKILLstacks drawing slim, but incredibly running fours gave meKILLstacks quads to collect the pot. An unlucky kingstun s4 departed in 3rd place for $915.80 in prize money.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 5: Dudueb (5,191,824 in chips)
Seat 8: meKILLstacks (9,908,176 in chips)
The blinds were at 100,000/200,000 so there was still opportunity for plenty of play but it took just one hand for the chips to go flying.
With the 9♥ showing on board, meKILLstacks min-raised before Dudueb three-bet. meKILLstacks put in a fourth bet and Dudueb moved all in. meKILLstacks made the call with a pretty J♠Q♥8♦9♠T♠ wrap with Dudueb holding A♠A♥T♥9♦Q♠ for aces. The board was spread 9♥K♥8♠7♣2♦ to give meKILLstacks the jack-high straight to grab the win. After the deal, Dudueb pocketed $1,179.61 for 2nd place with meKILLstacks taking the title and $1,072.68. Congratulations!
MicroMillions 5 Event #79 Results
Prize pool: $9,060.00
Places paid: 384
1st meKILLstacks (Brazil) - $1,072.68*
2nd Dudueb (Russia) - $1,179.61*
3rd kingstun s4 (Canada) - $915.80*
4th DryBarucFly (Brazil) - $910.83*
5th ratajpoker (Poland) - $453.00
6th Socrela2005 (Germany) - $271.80
7th celo1975 (Brazil) - $181.20
8th csipzar (Hungary) - $90.60
* denotes four-handed ICM deal
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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.