MicroMillions 5: supergurkan flies high in Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE [2x-Turbo])
When this final table began, it seemed like Juampa24 had it in the bag. Holding 23% of the chips in play with nine left, he had nearly double the stack of his closest competitors. However, as play progressed, supergurkan quietly emerged as this event's hero. Thanks to some well-timed aggression and a couple of lucky flops, supergurkan surged to the top of the pack and took down his first MicroMillions title along with over $8,400.
Kicking off in the closing hours of Day 1, Event #6 of the MicroMillions 5 drew 7,570 players. The 2x-Turbo format gave players an hour of rebuys plus the opportunity for a 10,000-chip add-on. 16.506 rebuys and 3,669 add-ons later, the prize pool topped out at $55,490.00, obliterating the $30K guarantee. 990 places were paid with first place set to earn $8,444.39 off as little as a $2.20 investment.
The money bubble burst only an hour and ten minutes after the close of late registration and a little over two hours later, the field was down to ten players. With the blinds up to 275,000/550,000, RetardOh moved not-quite-all-in, opening for 2.75 million and leaving himself only 190,000 behind. Zequi100 reshoved for 3.4 million from the big blind with A♣Q♣ and RetardOh tossed in the last of his chips, revealing Q♠J♦. Although RetardOh picked up an open-ended straight draw on the T♣9♥6♦ flop, his dominated hand did not improve and he exited in tenth place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: henryp292 (4,470,070 in chips)
Seat 2: 9pon (11,141,086 in chips)
Seat 3: Juampa24 (19,709,689 in chips)
Seat 4: zequi100 (6,870,546 in chips)
Seat 5: Sorjak (5,585,754 in chips)
Seat 6: LastLevel10 (12,075,320 in chips)
Seat 7: Dieo1995 (4,280,937 in chips)
Seat 8: supergurkan (12,670,102 in chips)
Seat 9: KidWonder888 (8,038,496 in chips)
A cooler and a coinflip
Short stack henryp292's fortunes were reversed on the first hand of the final table. In a 19.3 million pot, KidWonder888, henryp292 and zequi100 got their stacks in preflop, revealing the following hands:
Henryp292's aces held up on the ten-high board, giving him a triple-up with the 14.5 million main pot. Zequi100 took the 4.8 million side pot and KidWonder888 was knocked all the way down to 1.16 million. Although KidWonder888 doubled on the very next hand, he was only able to stick around for five more. He put his last 2.5 million on the line with K♦Q♦ but did not improve against supergurkan's A♠T♥. For ninth place, KidWonder888 collected $430.04.
On the very next deal, 9pon opened for a min-raise to 1.2 million and zequi100 three-bet shoved for 5.28 million with pocket sixes. 9pon snap-called with A♦K♣ and flopped a king to end zequi100's run in eighth place ($665.88).
Sorjak got off the short stack when he doubled through 9pon, his A♣J♣ flopping a jack vs. pocket threes. However, those chips soon landed with Dieo1995, when he took his A♦T♥ up against Sorjak's pocket nines for his last 4 million. Dieo1995 flopped an ace and doubled to 10.3 million. Then, on the next hand, Dieo1995 flopped a king-high straight with J♦T♣ and won a 12.2 million pot off LastLevel10.
Meanwhile, henryp292 had fallen to 4.8 million with the blinds up to 450,000/900,000. He picked up pocket tens in the cutoff and moved all-in behind LastLevel10's UTG raise, only to run into pocket queens. Henryp292 didn't get a miracle on the 6♥4♣4♠2♠K♦ board and departed in seventh place ($1,220.78).
The hammer falls on Juampa24
Henryp292's exit left 9pon as the short stack. With 4.6 million left, the action folded to him in the small blind and he looked down at J♠J♣. 9pon moved all-on and Juampa24 called with 5♣5♠ in the big blind. 9pon's jacks held and doubled him to 9.7 million, but only two hands later, his tournament life was back on the line. Holding 5♥5♦, he open-shoved from the hijack and LastLevel10 called from the big blind with A♦Q♠. The coin fell with the overcards as a queen hit the turn and 9pon was on the rail in sixth place, collecting $1,775.68.
Once the clear chip leader, Juampa24 had slipped to 5.8 million before he called off the rest of his stack in the big blind vs. supergurkan's small blind shove. Supergurkan revealed 2♣7♣, trailing Juampa24's K♣Q♦. However, the power of the hammer prevailed as supergurkan flopped a seven, ending Juampa24's run in fifth place ($2,330.58).
With four players remaining, supergurkan was the chip leader with 51.1 million, LastLevel10 was in second position with 25.2 million, with Dieo1995 and Sorjak on life support with 4.8 and 3.6 million respectively. Facing the 1.2 million big blind on the next hand, Sorjak moved all-in from UTG and supergurkan called from the big blind with 8♠9♦. Surprisingly, Sorjak had a hand with A♦J♦, but supergurkan again outflopped his opponent as the first three landed Q♣Q♠9♠. Sorjak did not improve and hit the rail in fourth place, earning $3,051.95.
On the very next deal, Dieo1995 open-shoved for 4 million on the button and LastLevel10 called from the big blind. LastLevel10 had a slight lead, his J♦7♥ up against 9♣T♦. LastLevel10 hit middle pair and Dieo1995 flopped a gutshot on the Q♥7♦6♥ flop, but Dieo1995 couldn't find any of his outs, the turn and river falling the 5♥ and the K♦ to send him home in third ($4,439.20).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 6: LastLevel10 (26,475,551 in chips)
Seat 8: supergurkan (58,366,449 in chips)
Over the first eight hands of heads-up play, supergurkan chipped up to 61 million. Then, on the ninth hand, he locked up the win, his A♠9♦ holding up against LastLevel10.
Congratulations to MicroMillions champion supergurkan on turning a few spare dollars into $8,444.39! Kudos are also due to runner-up LastLevel10, who banked $6,242,62.
PokerStars MicroMillions 5 Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE [2x-Turbo])
Places paid: 990
1. supergurkan (Sweden) $8,444.39
2. LastLevel10 (Romania) $6,242.62
3. Dieo1995 (Chile) $4,439.20
4. Sorjak (Brazil) $3,051.95
5. Juampa24 (Argentina) $2,330.58
6. 9pon (Russia) $1,775.68
7. henryp292 (Ireland) $1,220.78
8. zequi100 (Argentina) $665.88
9. KidWonder888 (Australia) $430.04
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Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.