MicroMillions 8: Another trophy for Germany as KiZaru800 wins Event #24 ($2.20 No Limit Holdem)
Just when you thought Germany couldn't win any more trophies, KiZaru800 has added more silverware to the German trophy cabinet. Okay, it might not quite be a World Cup, but a MicroMillions title is surely almost as coveted, and arguably equally as tough, as KiZaru800 overcame a massive field of 14,102 players to turn a couple of bucks into almost four large in an impressive performance.
The event was a $2.20 No Limit Holdem event with the prize pool of $28,204.00 almost doubling the advertised guarantee. The top 1,800 would finish in the money, which meant that chriswhite42's elimination in 1,801st place would earn the dubious distinction of the bubble.
With $3.38 locked up, the quest was on to climb the payouts and reach the final table. PokerStars Team Online's Tyler Frost managed to climb into 796th place which paid $6.76, but it would take over nine hours of total play before our final nine was reached.
It looked like Djiya was going to be the one to miss the bright lights of the final table when crippled to less than the price of one big blind, but in a comeback for the ages, Djiya was able to double up four times in succession, and then even eliminated Regal_King in tenth place to see our final table set:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: KiZaru800 (9,565,142 in chips)
Seat 2: pouk NPC (3,825,554 in chips)
Seat 3: filipemff (3,866,178 in chips)
Seat 4: EGOR460 (8,089,214 in chips)
Seat 5: 50/50gamble (6,434,592 in chips)
Seat 6: silviud1987 (15,317,178 in chips)
Seat 7: Capitu1708 (7,902,171 in chips)
Seat 8: fikmorg (4,193,904 in chips)
Seat 9: Djiya (11,316,067 in chips)
silviud1987 was out in front, while Djiya had come back from the edge to now be among the chip leaders.
fikmorg was one of the short stacks entering the final table and would be the first to go in a huge three-way all-in clash. EGOR460 moved all in from early position and silviud1987 came over the top in an attempt to isolate but fikmorg wasn't going anywhere with Q♠Q♥. EGOR460 opened 8♦8♠ and looked in trouble, with silviud1987 holding the overcards with A♣K♣. The board would dramatically run out 4♦8♥T♦6♣7♦ to see EGOR460 triple up with a set of eights, leaving fikmorg unluckily out in ninth place for $169.22.
50/50gamble was next to go, moving all in with K♥Q♥ from middle position. When KiZaru800 called, 50/50gamble was hoping for at least a 50/50 but instead KiZaru800 showed a dominant A♥Q♦. The board bricked out 8♠9♠5♦2♣5♥ to leave 50/50gamble to depart in eighth place for $253.83.
The ace-queen didn't work so well for Capitu1708. After a raise and re-raise in front, Capitu1708 cold four-bet all in with A♦Q♥ but pouk NPC made the call with Q♠Q♣. The board of 7♦J♥5♥K♠3♠ brought no help as Capitu1708 collected $535.87 for seventh place.
The next two hands would also see all-in clashes but no eliminations. silviud1987 doubled up with pocket aces against EGOR460's ace-jack, before filipemff was lucky to get away with a chop holding a dominated ace against EGOR460 when the board double-paired.
Djiya got in on the fun with a double up holding ace-deuce against KiZaru800's queen-ten, but the luck continued to desert EGOR460. From early position, EGOR460 moved all in with A♦K♣ and KiZaru800 called out of the small blind with K♠Q♣. EGOR460 was in good shape to double but rather unbelievably, the flop landed T♦9♠J♣ to give KiZaru800 the nut straight! The A♠ turn was just salt in the wound for EGOR460 before the 4♦ completed the board. EGOR460 was bounced out in sixth place for $817.91.
Djiya doubled up again, this time with pocket queens holding against KiZaru800's ace-king, before filipemff's dominated ace made a flush to double through silviud1987.
The chips continued to fly around the table as it was KiZaru800's turn to double up with ace-king against pouk NPC's ace-jack, before a three-way all-in clash brought a double elimination.
filipemff moved all in from the cutoff and silviud1987 did the same from the button for a little more. Action was then with Djiya in the small blind who made the call of both players holding A♦Q♥ and couldn't have been in better shape as filipemff opened T♥Q♠ and silviud1987 showed A♣T♦. The board ran out K♦3♥7♣9♠Q♣ to give Djiya the monster pot and send two to the rail! filipemff was the shorter stack so fifth place was worth $1,099.95, while silviud1987 took fourth place for $1,381.99.
pouk NPC was the short stack of the trio, but a double up with pocket kings against KiZaru800's ace-ten brought the three players back to pretty much even in chips.
However pouk NPC couldn't keep the momentum going. In a battle of the blinds, pouk NPC moved all in with A♦J♠ and Djiya made the call with 8♦8♣. It was all over on the flop as the board landed Q♦3♣8♥7♠3♦ to give Djiya a winning full house. That left pouk NPC to collect $1,946.07 for third place.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: KiZaru800 (33,886,466 in chips)
Seat 9: Djiya (36,623,534 in chips)
The final two were pretty much dead even in chips, but Djiya won a healthy pot without showdown on the very first hand to extend to a two-to-one chip advantage. However from that point, KiZaru800 would win 21 of the next 28 pots in a dominant heads-up display.
The last of those hands was the only pot that went to showdown with Djiya picking the wrong spot to fight back. Djiya min-raised and KiZaru800 put in a three-bet. Djiya moved all in but KiZaru800 snap-called with A♠A♦ to have Djiya in a world of hurt with K♦Q♥. The board fell 6♥9♣7♣K♥T♣ and it was all over!
Djiya took home $2,579.25 for second place as KiZaru800 grabs another trophy for Germany with the MicroMillions title and $3,745.81 in prize money. Congratulations!
MicroMillions-024: $2.00 No-Limit Holdem
Prize pool: $28,204.00
Places paid: 1,800
1. KiZaru800 (Germany) $3,745.81
2. Djiya (Russia) $2,579.25
3. pouk NPC (Russia) $1,946.07
4. silviud1987 (Romania) $1,381.99
5. filipemff (Portugal) $1,099.95
6. EGOR460 (Russia) $817.91
7. Capitu1708 (Brazil) $535.87
8. 50/50gamble (Sweden) $253.83
9. fikmorg (Portugal) $169.22
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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.