MicroMillions 6: serg1nho44 sails to victory in Event #78 ($5.50 NLHE [6-Max, 2x-Chance])
Serg1nho44 and Naja08 were ready to make a deal the moment the cards went in the air at the final table. At the time, Naja08 was a pretty substantial chip leader, while serg1nho44 was the second-shortest stack. Although serg1nho44 caught a few lucky breaks at this final table, none were nearly as lucrative as AbrekADG's refusal to make a six-handed deal. Instead, serg1nho44 scored a key double-up and moved to the front of the pack as his opponents began to fall one by one. Ultimately, serg1nho44 got heads-up with Naja08 and with their 67 million+ stacks only a few hundred thousand chips apart, they made a virtually even split of the remaining prize money. A half-hour battle ensued for the last $1,500 and in the end serg1nho44 made it nine wins for Russia in the MicroMillions 6, taking home the title and $15,704.97.
Event #78's 17,624 players made 9,403 rebuys, creating a $135,135.0 prize pool. 2,400 places were paid with $17,398.29 up top. A trio of Red Spades made the money in this event: Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara (697th), Martin Hruby (491st), and Team Online's Tyler "frosty012" Frost, who landed on the final six tables.
With the blinds up to 50,000/100,000, frosty012 three-bet to 425,000 preflop and initial min0raiser MeroSSG responded with a shove for 12.8 milion. Frosty012 called off his remaining 1.73 million, turning up A♥A♦. MeroSSG revealed 9♣9♦. However, those aces were snapped off by the J♦9♥5♠ flop, giving MeroSSG a set of nines. Frosty012 didn't hit his two-outer and ended his deep run in 36th place.
About 90 minutes later, the field was down to seven, the blinds up to 250,000/500,000. The action folded to Benfica10 in the small blind and he open-shoved for 8.07 million with 4♦4♥. Naja08 called with A♣7♠ in the big blind and hit a perfect A♥7♣7♦ flop. Naja08 improved to the nut boat with the A♠ on the turn and Benfica10 fell just short of the final table in seventh place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: Curioso24 (26,503,175 in chips)
Seat 2: W.Wiggers (8,119,547 in chips)
Seat 3: serg1nho44 (11,814,420 in chips)
Seat 4: Naja08 (38,566,974 in chips)
Seat 5: AbrekADG (27,080,320 in chips)
Seat 6: Aikipskow (23,050,564 in chips)
"I not deal"
As soon as cards went in the air, chip leader Naja08 tried to rally the table around the idea of a six-handed deal. While W.Wiggers, Curioso24 and serg1nho44 were keen to pause and run the numbers, AbrekADG had only three words for his opponents-- "I not deal."
On Hand #6, W.Wiggers open-shoved from under the gun for 7 million and AbrekADG called on the button with A♥Q♦. Although W.Wiggers's Q♠T♠ picked up a flush draw on the turn, his dominated hand did not improve on the J♦6♠3♥A♠7♥ board. AbrekADG moved up to 35.4 million and W.Wiggins was eliminated in sixth place, earning $1,598.64.
AbrekADG flushes Aikipskow
Short stack serg1nho44 got a boost when his J♣J♠ flopped a set against Aikipskow's A♠6♠. Aikipskow sank to 8.4 million while serg1nho44 doubled to 29.6 million. Although Aikipskow picked up 4♣4♦ on the next deal and three-bet shoved, AbrekADG looked him up with J♥6♥. AbrekADG flopped a flush draw and filled it on the turn, the board running out A♠7♥5♥T♥9♣. Aikipskow's run ended in fifth place, good for $2,522.97.
Naja08 nabs AbrekADG
Despite the relatively deep stacks, the bustouts kept on coming. The blinds at 300,000/600,000, AbrekADG opened for 1.2 million under the gun and Naja08 called from the big blind. Naja08 checked the 7♣6♣6♥ flop over to AbrekADG, who continued for 1.5 million. Naja08 raised to 3.6 million and AbrekADG called. The turn came the 8♠ and Naja08 fired another 10.2 million. AbrekADG smooth-called and they went to the river, which fell the 8♥. Naja08 shoved for 22.4 million and AbrekADG called all-in for less, revealing A♦9♣. However, Naja08 had the better two pair with 4♥7♠ and raked in the 60.7 million pot, eliminating AbrekADG in fourth place ($4,391.88).
Curioso24 crushed by AA
Without so much as a one-hand breather, serg1nho44 opened the next hand for 1.2 million from UTG and Curioso24 shoved for 27.5 million from the big blind. Serg1nho44 snap-called, revealing A♠A♥ while Curioso24 turned over A♦K♥. Although Curioso24 caught a ray of hope with a king on the flop, he did not improve any further and exited in third place, good for $8.445.93.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: serg1nho44 (67,388,625 in chips)
Seat 4: Naja08 (67,746,375 in chips
Given their dead even chip counts and the late hour in their respective time zones, serg1nho44 and Naja08 excitedly agreed to pause the action and run numbers for a chop.
Naja08: for sure
serg1nho44: a little bit more for me))
Less than $10 separated their $14k+ guaranteed payouts and with $1,500 still to play for, cards went back in the air.
Naja08 chipped up to 77.7 million before serg1nho44 roared back. After making a very light three-bet with 4♦T♣ into serg1nho44's K♥J♦, Naja08 hit an open-ended straight draw on the J♣9♠8♠ flop. Naja08 fired 4 million on the flop, but checked when the 9♦ came on the turn. The river was the 8♥, missing Naja08's hand completely. Nevertheless, Naja08 made it 8 million to go. Serg1nho44 called Naja08's bluff and took down the 30.6 million pot with jacks and nines.
Knocked back to 62.4 million, Naja08 ground back to even, but ran another bluff from out of position when serg1nho44 had just enough of a hand to call:
Serg1nho44 was up to 84.3 million after that hand, but by the time the blinds moved up to 500,000/1,000,000, Naja08 had evened the score once again. Holding 68.5 million to Naja08's 66.6 million, serg1nho44 opened for 2.1 million and Naja08 three-bet to 5 million. Both players checked the A♥9♥6♦ flop. The turn came the 8♣ and Naja08 led out for 3 million. Serg1nho44 raised to 6 million and Naja08 called. The river was the 6♣. Naja08 slowed down and checked, opening the door for serg1nho44 to bet 11.5 million. Naja08 called, but mucked at the sight of serg1nho44's T♠7♠ for a seven-high straight. Serg1nho44 raked in the 45.2 million pot and moved up to 91.1 million in chips while Naja08 sank to 44 million.
Four hands later, serg1nho44's Q♦7♦ flopped top pair on the Q♠T♠2♥ flop, but it was Naja08 who led out for 3 million from the big blind. Serg1nho44 called the flop bet, another 7 million on the 2♣ turn, and 15 million on the J♣ river. Naja08 had nothing but 9♠3♦ and serg1nho44 entered nine-figure territory, leaving Naja08 on only 18 million.
Two hands later, serg1nho44 closed it out. All-in with K♥J♦ vs. Naja08's K♣4♥, serg1nho44's dominating hand held up to seal the win:
Congratulations to serg1nho44 on joining the ranks of MicroMillions champions! He took home $15,704.97 for the win, while runner-up Naja08 earned $14,194.20.
MicroMillions-071: [$5.50 NLHE (6-Max, 2x-Chance)]
Prize pool: $135,135.00
Places paid: 2,400
1. serg1nho44 (Russia) $15,704.97*
2. Naja08 (Denmark) $14,194.20*
3. Curioso24 (Peru) $8,445.93
4. AbrekADG (Russia) $4,391.88
5. Aikipskow (Russia) $2,522.97
6. W.Wiggers (Brazil) $1,598.64
*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $1,500 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.