MicroMillions 7: alchemikpl turns pocket change into five figures in Event #50 ($4.40 4-Max, 4x-Chance)
Poland may not have the size or the population of a Russia or Brazil, but when it comes to the MicroMillions 7, they're keeping pace rather well when it comes to tournament titles. At the series' halfway mark, Poland is fifth in total money earned and alchemikpl's decisive victory in Event #50 marked the third win by a Polish player. Poland is now tied with Latvia with three MM7 wins and sits behind only Canada (4), Germany (4) and Russia (6).
Alchemikpl was actually one of the short stacks coming into the final table, but he won two critical early coinflips to wrest the chip lead from muhammad_dag. Alchemikpl went on to bulldoze the rest of his opponents, eliminating every single one of them in a textbook display of shorthanded big-stack aggression.
The prospect of four chances in a 4-Max format drew 22,071 players to the felt. They made 25,532 rebuys to push the prize pool up to $190,412.00. 2,800 places were paid with $16,104.70 set aside for the champion. Team Online's Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz was the lone Red Spade in the field and finished outside the money.
The final table bubble came with six players remaining. Since it would hardly be fair to play it out on one three-handed table and one heads-up, this 4-Max final table would actually begin with five players. Blinds were up to 700,000/1,400,000 and xMaDMaNxxx opened for 4.2 million on the button. Muhammad_dag three-bet shoved for 27.6 million from the small blind and xMaDMaNxxx called, his A♦K♠ in excellent shape vs. A♥J♦. The ace-king held up and muhammad_dag advanced to the final table while xMaDMaNxxx departed in sixth place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: an-$-Dré86 (74,708,574 in chips)
Seat 2: alchemikpl (23,557,376 in chips)
Seat 3: Zooeye (22,501,708 in chips)
Seat 4: vsvoeisvobde (65,590,948 in chips)
Seat 5: muhammad_dag (51,656,394 in chips)
Zooeye busts in fifth on Hand #1
Fireworks went off on the first hand of the final table when muhammad_dag opened for 2.8 million and Zooeye called from the big blind. The flop fell K♦T♦T♠ and Zooeye check-called muhammad_dag's 3,700,500 bet. Zooeye checked again when the turn came the 3♠ and muhammad_dag shoved for 44.9 million. Zooeye called off his remaining 15.8 million, his trip tens with 7♦T♣ leading muhammad_dag's A♦K♥ for kings and tens. The river, however, was the K♠, making muhammad_dag the superior full house, kings full of tens. Muhammad_dag moved up to 75.3 million in chips and eliminated Zooeye in fifth place, good for $2,199.25.
On the very next deal, an-$-Dré86 kicked off a raising war that ended when-he four-bet shoved preflop and alchemikpl called all-in for 12.5 million. Alchemikpl's 7♦7♣ won the race against A♠K♥ and he doubled to 47.8 million, leaving an-$-Dré86 on 51.8 million.
With the blinds up to 800,000/1,600,000, muhammad_dag found A♦K♠ and opened for a min-raise to 3.2 million. An-$-Dré86 three-bet to 7.7 million from the small blind and alchemical came over the top for 12.34 million from the big. Muhammad_dag five-bet to 23 million, an-$-Dré86 folded and alchemikpl shoved for 43.4 million total. Muhammad_dag called all-in and alchemikpl revealed 9♦9♣. With 95.5 million and the chip lead on the line, the board ran out 8♥6♠5♠7♠3♦. Alchemikpl took it down with a nine-high straight while muhammad_dag slipped to 45.9 million.
an-$-Dré86 eliminated in fourth place
Alchemikpl continued to pull away and ground his stack up to 113 million before an-$-Dré86 put a dent in it. Holding pocket fours, alchemikpl opened for a min-raise to 4 million, muhammad_dag flat-called from the small blind and an-$-Dré86 shoved for 25.8 million. Alchemikpl reshoved and muhammad_dag gave up his hand. An-$-Dré86's 7♣7♠ flopped two pair and turned sevens full of aces on the A♠A♥K♠7♠9♦, good for a double-up to 56.6 million.
However, an-$-Dré86 wasn't long for this final table. Holding A♥T♣ in a three-way pot with alchemikpl and muhammad_dag, an-$-Dré86 got the rest of his chips in on a A♠J♠2♥ flop. Muhammad_dag gave up his hand, but alchemikpl revealed J♣J♦ for a set. An-$-Dré86 stayed live by turning two pair with the T♠ but the river was no miracle card, the 8♠ falling to eliminate an-$-Dré86 in fourth place ($3,488.34).
Vsvoeisvobde takes third
As three-handed play commenced alchemikpl was the runaway chip leader with 171.9 million, vsvieisvibde held 35 million and muhammad_dag was the short stack with 31 million. Alchemikpl successfully wielded his big stack and attacked the blinds (now 2M/4M) and chipped up to 226 million while muhammad_dag dropped to 11.2 million. Muhammad_dag finally picked up a good hand and open-shoved with A♣K♥ from the small blind and alchemikpl called with 8♠3♣. The ace-king held and muhammad_dag doubled to 23 million.
Two hands later, alchemikpl opened for 9,999,999 and vsvoeisvobde called all-in from the small blind. Vsvoeisvobde's 9♦T♥ was crushed by Q♣Q♥ and he ended his run in third place, good for $5,638.09.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: alchemikpl (227,950,300 in chips)
Seat 5: muhammad_dag (10,064,700 in chips)
No doubt delighted at the pay jump from third to second, muhammad_dag had a herculean task in front of him when it came to alchemikpl's chip lead. Dealt ace-high on the first hand heads-up, muhammad_dag shoved and alchemikpl called with 6♠7♦. Alchemikpl paired his seven on the Q♠8♣7♣ flop and although muhammad_dag saw a glimmer of hope when the 4♠ turned, the river 6♥ made alchemikpl two pair and closed out his victory.
Congratulations to alchemikpl, our newest MicroMillions champion and the third Polish player to win an event in the MM7! He banked $16,104.70 for the win while runner-up muhammad_dag earned $9,739.57.
MicroMillions-050: $4.40 NL Hold'em 4-Max, 4x-Chance-
Prize pool: $190,412.00
Places paid: 2,800
1. alchemikpl (Poland) $16,104.70
2. muhammad_dag (Russia) $9,739.57
3. vsvoeisvobde (Russia) $5,638.09
4. an-$-Dré86 (Germany) $3,488.34
5. Zooeye (Greece) $2,199.25
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.