MicroMillions 8: cmko34 captures Event #34 title ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout)

Win one six-handed turbo table, finish in the money. Win three, and you're at the final table. Add a turbo structure and thousands of players will reduce to one in just over 6.5 hours. Easy, tasty recipe for success, right? Well, not exactly. If it were that easy, C0Nl2AD would have run away with this final table after doubling his stack on its very first hand. However, after a few lucky flops and one giant cooler, Germany's cmko34 rose to the top and delivered the knockout blow to win his first MicroMillions title and over $5,000.

7,776 players entered Event #34 creating a $38,880.00 prize pool. 1,296 places were paid with first place set to earn $5,059.08. Five Red Spades joined this field and three of them won their first-round tables to finish in the money: Tyler "frosty012" Frost (820th), Martin Hruby (534th), and Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (305th).

C0Nl2AD and afrana were the last players heads-up on their third-round table. With the blinds at 300/600, afrana open-shoved on the button for 8,498 and C0Nl2AD called from the big blind with Q♠Q♣. Afrana's A♠5♣ got no help from the K♥T♠8♥T♣6♦ board and he departed in seventh place, sending us to the final table.

MM8_Ev34_FT.jpg

Final table chip counts

Seat 1: CurrieShips (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: C0Nl2AD (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: SmirnoFF@NN (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: muxini (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: spand42 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: cmko34 (5,000 in chips)

spand42 out on Hand #1

As CurrieShips attempted to rally his opponents around the idea of a six-way deal, muxini opened for 125, spand42 flat-called, CurrieShips called and C0Nl2AD three-bet to 400 from the big blind. Both spand42 and CurrieShips came along to see a Q♥7♠6♦ flop. CurrieShips checked to C0Nl2AD, who bet 655. Spand42 called and CurrieShips folded. The turn came the 3♣ and C0Nl2AD led out for 1,012. Again, spand42 smooth-called. The river brought the K♠ and C0Nl2AD moved all-in for 2,933. Spand42 called and revealed 6♠6♥ for a set, but C0Nl2AD had turned a seven-high straight with 4♣5♣. On the very first hand of the final table, spand42 was eliminated in sixth place, earning $544.32.

CurrieShips sunk

Now that C0Nl2AD had twice the chips of his four remaining opponents, he wasn't too interested in CurrieShips's idea of making a deal. Play continued and SmirnoFF@NN went on the offensive, opening for 120 from UTG. Cmko34 three-bet to 300 on the button and CurrieShips cold-called from the small blind. SmirnoFF@NN came along as well and the trio saw a 7♥6h]5♣ flop. The action checked to cmko34, who bet 260. CurrieShips raised to 780, SmirnoFF@NN cold-called and cmko34 gave up his hand. However, when the T♥ turned, CurrieShips checked and left the door open for SmirnoFF@NN to bet 1,440. CurrieShips tanked for quite a bit before open-folding 8♥8♠. With that pot, SmirnoFF@NN moved up to 7,200 while CurrieShips fell to 3,375.

WIth the blinds up to 40/80, CurrieShips and SmirnoFF@NN clashed again. CurrieShips three-bet pre flop from the small blind, then checked the A♣T♦4♥ flop. SmirnoFF@NN bet 560 and CurrieShips called. The 6♣ hit the turn and CurrieShips checked again. SmirnoFF@NN bet 1,520 and again, CurrieShips went into the tank. Ultimately, CurrieShips flashed Q♠Q♦ and folded while SmirnoFF@NN raked in another pot.

Down to 1,495 in chips, CurrieShips raised all-in on a Q♠T♦9♠ flop with K♣J♥ and muxini called with J♥9♥. Muxini turned trips with the 9♣ and rivered the J♦ to make a boat while CurrieShips departed in fifth place ($972.00).

SmirnoFF@NN runs dry

SmirnoFF@NN lost a huge chunk of his stack when he led the river on a A♦J♥5♥5♦3♦ board, but folded to C0Nl2AD's shove. He slipped to 2,193 in chips and hung on until the 125/250 level, when he raised all-in with K♦J♥ on a K♠8♠5♣ flop. Cmko34 called with A♠9♠ for the nut flush draw and got there when the 6♠ turned. The river was the 4♠ and SmirnoFF@NN hit the rail in fourth place, good for $1,749.60.

cmko34 coolers muxini

As play turned three-handed, cmko34 held the chip lead with 11,305, C0Nl2AD was second with 9,828 and muxini was the short stack with 8,837. With the blinds still 125/250, C0Nl2AD opened for 500 on the button and muxini called from the small blind. Muxini checked to C0Nl2AD on the J♠T♠4♣ flop, C0Nl2AD bet 588 and muxini raised to 1,700. C0Nl2AD called and the 6♥ hit the turn. Muxini fired another 2,400 and C0Nl2AD called. The river was the 2♣ and muxini pulled the trigger, moving all-in for 4,672. C0Nl2AD folded, relinquishing half his stack to muxini.

Now in the chip lead with 14,767, muxini found K♣K♥ and opened for 750. Cmko34 three-bet to 1,800, muxini four-bet to 3,000 and cmko34 shoved for 13,147. Muxini called, his king up against the only had that could beat him, A♦A♣. Cmko34's aces held up on the Q♣4♠6♦T♣7♠ board and cmko34 raked in 26,699 -- 89% of the chips in play.
When the dust settled, muxini was left with only 1,585 and C0Nl2AD was down to 1,716.

Four hands later, muxini committed the last of his chips pre flop with A♠6♣ and cmko34 called with pocket deuces. The baby pair held up on the ten-high board and muxini collected $2,721.60 for third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 2: C0Nl2AD (911 in chips)
Seat 6: cmko34 (29,089 in chips)

Given the extremely lopsided chip counts, it's no surprise heads-up play only took a single hand. C0Nl2AD bet his last 861 pre flop with J♥4♠ and cmko34 turned over A♣2♠. Cmko34 flopped kings and deuces, the board running out K♦K♠2♣9♠8♦ to lock up the win.

Congratulations to Germany's cmko34 on his first MicroMillions title! He banked $5,059.08 for the win, while runner-up C0Nl2AD earned $3,693.60.

MicroMillions-034: $5.50 NL Hold'em [6-Max,Turbo, Shootout]
Entrants: 7,776
Total prize pool: $38,880.00
Places paid: 1,296

1. cmko34 (Germany) $5,059.08
2. C0Nl2AD (Macao) $3,693.60
3. muxini (Switzerland) $2,721.60
4. SmirnoFF@NN (Russia) $1,749.60
5. CurrieShips (Canada) $972.00
6. spand42 (United Kingdom) $544.32

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in MicroMillions 8