MicroMillions 5: rush.pp rules Event #65 after chop with rerobi1 ($4.40 NLHE 6-Max)

Short-handed with a small buy-in. That's what Event #65 offered MicroMillions 5 players, a $4.40 6-max. no-limit hold'em affair that saw another huge turnout. It would take more than nine-and-a-half hours, but in the end rush.pp of Germany and rerobi1 of Hungary made it to heads-up where they negotiated an even chop, then rush.pp won the title and a few extra hundy more to turn that small buy-in into a $4,642.19 payday.

With 8,777 entrants that meant a prize pool of $35,108 for Event #65, easily exceeding the tournament's $20K guarantee. The top 1,140 finishers split the winnings, and among those making the money was one red-spade sporting player, Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra of Team Online who finished 357th for a $12.98 cash.

After five-and-a-half hours the field had shrunk to less than 100 players, with ruslanmd, Dollysz, and Pavel Papko occupying the top spots as part of a small group of players who had accumulated more than 1 million chips.

By the time the tourney had crossed the eight-hour mark just 12 players were left gathered around two six-handed tables. Both Dollysz (27th) and Pavel Papko (25th) had been recently eliminated -- each earning $133.41 for getting that far -- while rush.pp had rushed to the top of the counts with more than 7.7 million and ruslanmd was still in the hunt with a below average stack.

Hailing from tiny Moldova, ruslanmd was looking to win a third career MicroMillions title (!) after having taken down two of them during MicroMillions 4, including a $2.20 NLHE event (winning $3,378.77) and a $3.30 NLHE event (winning $4,059.90).

It would take another 45 minutes for six more to fall, with Rumunus (12th), domacin.exe (11th), and OMGsJ (10th) each taking away $263.31 and Tsjavi (9th), MrSpirik (8th), and vaz2108-108 (7th) each cashing for $351.08.

During that period ruslanmd continued to hang on while aShiroNeko pushed out in front of everyone, building a stack of more than 15 million to start the final table.


Seat 1: KenHansen (Canada) -- 3,755,395
Seat 2: rerobi1 (Hungary) -- 4,971,116
Seat 3: aShiroNeko (Denmark) -- 15,144,740
Seat 4: perceval7 (Hungary) -- 6,776,120
Seat 5: rush.pp (Germany) -- 9,376,111
Seat 6: ruslanmd (Moldova) -- 3,861,518

Not long after the final table began, rerobi1 earned a big double-up through leader aShiroNeko in a hand that saw rerobi1's A♥A♦ hold up versus aShiroNeko's 9♥9♠.

A little while after that it looked a lot like ruslanmd was going to be the sixth-place finisher in a hand in which ruslanmd was all in before the flop with A♦T♦ versus KenHansen's J♥7♠, then the flop came Q♦J♠J♣ to give KenHansen trip jacks. But the turn was the 2♦ and river the K♠, that fifth street king making a straight that enabled ruslanmd to survive.

Crippled by that hand, it was just two hands later that KenHansen was all in for just 469,131 (a little over one big blind) versus two players, then saw ruslanmd bet aShiroNeko out of the hand as the board came 3♦4♠5♥J♥5♦. KenHansen had T♠8♠ while ruslanmd had A♦J♣, making ruslanmd's jacks and fives best and sending KenHansen railward in sixth.

Having taken that early hit versus rerobi1, aShiroNeko continued to lose chips to become fifth of five with 2,541,392 at a time when the blinds had climbed to 250,000/500,000. That's when aShiroNeko open-pushed all in from the cutoff seat, then rush.pp reraise-shoved from the small blind to isolate.

aShiroNeko had K♦4♠ and needed help versus rush.pp's A♦J♦, but the board rolled out 5♦J♣2♦8♦5♣ to give rush.pp a flush and end aShiroNeko's run in fifth.

After a few more hands the remaining four players paused the tournament to discuss a possible deal, with rush.pp the new leader with about 16.4 million, rerobi1 next with a little more than 13.9 million, perceval7 third with about 11.1 million, and ruslanmd fourth with just over 2.5 million.

"Chip chop" numbers were produced (leaving $400 for which to play), but not everyone was on board and so the cards were soon back in the air.

On the second hand back, the blinds were still 250,000/500,000 when rush.pp open-raised big from the small blind and ruslanmd called all in for 2,892,167 from the big blind. rush.pp had K♥5♥ and ruslanmd J♦J♥, then the community cards came 9♥8♥9♠T♠T♥, making a flush for rush.pp and knocking ruslanmd out in fourth.

Another pause of the tourney soon followed with "chip chop" numbers again proposed. Both perceval7 and rerobi1 were amenable to the suggested figures, but leader rush.pp wanted more and so once again no deal was struck and play continued.

It was just a few hands later that rerobi1 open-raised all in for more than 13.7 million from the small blind, then perceval7 called all in for 8,251,421 from the big blind, committing a stack of a little over 16 big blinds. rerobi1 had J♦J♣ and perceval7 A♠9♦.

The flop came 9♣K♦T♠ to pair perceval7's nine, then the Q♠ turn made a straight for rerobi1. The river was the 7♣, and perceval7 was out in third.

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That hand meant heads-up play would begin with the two players' stacks nearly even as rerobi1 had 22,685,885 and rush.pp 21,299,115. The pair immediately agreed to pause the tourney one last time and divide the remaining prize money 50/50 -- leaving $400 for which to play -- and once the deal with finalized they proceeded to battle it out for the Event #65 title.

They'd played 30 hands with rerobi1 increasing the lead a little to push over 24.4 million. Then came a big preflop all-in pitting rush.pp's A♥J♦ versus rerobi1's 8♦8♠. A jack came on the flop, rush.pp's hand held, and rerobi1 was suddenly down to about 5 million.

A few hands later rerobi1 did manage to double back with K♣T♣ versus rush.pp's Q♥9♥. But before long the end arrived.

In the last hand, the blinds had climbed to 300,000/600,000 when rush.pp opened for 1.32 million from the button, then rerobi1 pushed all in for 10,493,540 and rush.pp called.

rerobi1 had A♦Q♥ and needed to see some favorable community cards versus rush.pp's 6♥6♠. But the board stayed too low for rerobi1, coming 5♦8♥7♣, then J♦, then 8♣, and rush.pp had won.

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Congratulations to rush.pp for besting a field of 8,777 to turn $4.40 into $4,612.19. Kudos as well to rerobi1 for making it to the heads-up deal to ensure a nifty $4,242.19 payday as well, and to ruslanmd who remarkably adds yet another four-figure MicroMillions score by finishing fourth.

PokerStars MicroMillions 5 Event #65 ($4.40 NLHE 6-Max) results (*reflects two-way deal)

Players: 8,777
Prize pool: $35,108.00
Places paid: 1,140

1. rush.pp (Germany) -- $4,642.19*
2. rerobi1 (Hungary) -- $4,242.19*
3. perceval7 (Hungary) -- $2,545.33
4. ruslanmd (Moldova) -- $1,492.09
5. aShiroNeko (Denmark) -- $789.93
6. KenHansen (Canada) -- $526.62

There are still 30-plus events left in MicroMillions 5, including the $22 NLHE Main Event coming up Sunday for which there is a $1 million guarantee! Check the MicroMillions page for full details.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in MicroMillions 5