MicroMillions 6: MichiPP gets richy in Event #3 ($3.30 NLHE 6-Max)

Everyone's favourite online poker series has arrived with the sixth instalment of the MicroMillions launching with a bang today on PokerStars. This series is truly one for the people. It's micro limits, but the prizes are huge and the prestige are significant. With buy-ins starting from as low as $0.11, there really is no excuse to miss out on a piece of the MicroMillions pie.

Just ask Austria's MichiPP if you want a recommendation. Today, MichiPP was able to turn three bucks into a virtual five-figure score in an impressive performance in Event #3 of the series.

We started with a bang today with a whopping field of 36,036 players fronting for the $3.30 No Limit Holdem 6-Max Event to create a six-figure prize pool of $108,108.00.

Sorting through a lobby that large to find any Team PokerStars Pros is an exercise in needles and haystacks, but we did manage to spot Martin Hrubý, Mickey Petersen, Team Online member and WSOP bracelet winner Naoya Kihara. Sadly they all missed the money as the top 4,800 players would be paid.

The last player to miss out on the cash was BENTO124 from Brazil who was the unlucky bubble in 4,801st place as everyone else secured a minimum $6.48 collect.

As play approached the final table, after about nine hours of play, an interesting dynamic unfolded when one of the players, glendaleshee, seemed to either fall asleep at the wheel, or lose connection with the servers. glendaleshee was sitting out with a pretty decent stack, but when play was four-handed on the final table bubble, the other players were going to make sure that glendaleshee was blinded out in 7th place to reach that elusive MicroMillions final table:


Final Table Line up
Seat 1: DK1964 (22,747,476 in chips)
Seat 2: AlenMarkovic (31,399,386 in chips)
Seat 3: interferer (33,024,366 in chips)
Seat 4: Kosheliev (2,922,398 in chips)
Seat 5: MichiPP (18,391,236 in chips)
Seat 6: natume26 (71,695,138 in chips)

Depsite Kosheliev starting the final table with not even three big blinds, there was huge action on the very first hand as MichiPP and AlenMarkovic went to war:

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A set of fives for MichiPP to crack pocket aces, and the double up, set the tone for a cracking start to this final table.

Kosheliev made a stand two hands later with A♦5♥ with DK1964 taking it on holding J♥9♥. The board fell 9♠Q♥6♦Q♣9♦ to give DK1964 a boat to sink Kosheliev in 6th place for $962.16 in prize money.

AlenMarkovic's final table went from bad to worse when he called a three-bet preflop before jamming all in on the flop of 7♥6♣2♠. AlenMarkovic held T♣9♣ for a couple of overcards and a gutshot straight draw, but his odds dropped when his nemesis MichiPP made the call with J♣J♠. The turn was the 9♠ but the river J♥ sealed the win for MichiPP and eliminated AlenMarkovic in 5th place for $1,509.18.

Just moments later and another massive hand unfolded with MichiPP continuing to run red-hot:

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interferer checked behind on the flop with trips hoping to lay a trap but MichiPP spiked a two-outer on the turn to bury interferer in 4th place for $2,629.18.

The action didn't relent as just a few hands later, the short-stacked DK1964 moved all in with K♥6♥ and found a call from natume26 holding A♠7♦. The board ran out J♠2♥8♣7♣2♠ and with no help for DK1964, he was out in 3rd place for $5,054.04.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 5: MichiPP (91,714,988 in chips)
Seat 6: natume26 (88,465,012 in chips)

Just like that, we were heads up, with the two players relatively even in chips, and rather deep with the blinds still at 600k/1.2M/150k.

The two players went through the motions for a couple of hands, before agreeing to pause the clock to work out a deal. It was straight forward, with chip chop numbers agreed to, with $1,000 and the title left in the middle to play for.

The two exchanged pots before a preflop war erupted with MichiPP five-bet jamming A♠8♠ but natume26 had that notched, making the call with A♥9♥. An eight would end it, but the board of K♥5♠A♦2♦J♣ would see natume26 double though, leaving MichiPP with a stack of around twenty big blinds.

MichiPP wouldn't lay down, and made a move with a three-bet shove holding A♠3♠. However natume26 wasn't going anywhere with J♠J♦ and made the call. Now natume26 just had to hold to claim the win, but MichiPP found an ace from space on the board of A♣2♠8♣Q♣7♣ to close the gap once again.

The momentum was back in favour of MichiPP who was winning the bigger pots but the lead would swing back and forth on several occasions. natume26 got on top again before MichiPP survived another all in with king-queen finding two pair on the flop to double up through natume26's pocket nines.

When natume26's triple barrel bluff was picked off by MichiPP's top pair, the lead was back in favour of the Austrian before the final coin flip again went MichiPP's way. MichiPP opened with a raise before natume26 moved all in. MichiPP made the call with a pretty J♥T♥ as natume26 was ahead with 4♦4♣. However the board was spread T♠7♦8♠5♣2♠ to see MichiPP pair up to claim victory!

natume26 collected a post-deal amount of $8,486.88 for a fine tournament as MichiPP claimed $9,576.44 and the title of MicroMillions champion! Congratulations!

MicroMillions-003: $3.30 NL Hold'em [6-max]
Entrants: 36,036
Prize pool: $108,108
Places paid:4,800

1st MichiPP (Austria) - $9,576.44*
2nd natume26 (Japan) - $8,486.88*
3rd DK1964 (Denmark) - $5,054.04
4th interferer (Czech Republic) - $2,629.18
5th AlenMarkovic (Switzerland) - $1,509.18
6th Kosheliev (Ukraine) - $962.16

* Denotes heads-up deal

There's over $5 million guaranteed during the MicroMillions 6 series, with 100 fantastic events running through until November 28th across a wide range of poker disciplines. Head to the MicroMillions 6 home page to see the full schedule as well as statistics, coverage, leader boards and much more.

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