MicroMillions 8: vasko55555 Cleans Up in Event #16, $2.20 No-Limit Hold'em
And on the third day of MicroMillions, PokerStars gave to me, a two-dollar 10k guarantee. No doubt many of the 9,999 entrants in MicroMillions 8's Event #16 were humming this very tune. as they en mass doubled it. A particularly impressive turnout for the 02:00 start time on the PokerStars clock.
As a result of the 9,999 entries quirk, many of the payouts too ended with a string of nines. This did not include that of vasko55555, who scored $2,953.24 in a chop-free win in over ten hours of play. We are not sure what Vasko means in Bulgarian, but in some languages vask is to clean, and that is exactly what vasko55555 did to this final table. Spotless work!
Before that final table there was some manner of nine hours.
Final Table Chip Counts
Seat 1: vasko55555 (2,316,538 in chips)
Seat 2: portillo23 (6,430,866 in chips)
Seat 3: dirkthework (1,462,960 in chips)
Seat 4: dravec (5,824,857 in chips)
Seat 5: Tribalizado (7,126,061 in chips)
Seat 6: Carlarsch (3,073,588 in chips)
Seat 7: Namepo (8,080,500 in chips)
Seat 8: vovik1978777 (6,117,814 in chips)
Seat 9: Puzotyan (9,561,816 in chips)
With the blinds at 125,000-250,000 portillo23 raised under the gun to 625,000 and was flat called by Namepo in late position. The flop fell K♦ Q♥ 7♠, portillo23 continued for 870,000 chips and was raised to 2.4M. Soon all the chips were in and the early position player received the bad news.
portillo23: A♣ K♥
Namepo: 7♣ 7♥
The T♦ made for a broadway sweat, but the 2♠ fell on the river and portillo23 was the first out, cashing $154.98 for ninth place. Namepo had assumed the chip lead.
Over the course of the two orbits subsequent, dirkthework dwindled below the five big blind mark, doubling once, but quickly running on fumes again. They moved their last four big blinds into the pot and got action immediately behind them, from a slightly shorter micro-stack in dravec. It was 6♥ 6♠ for the covering stack and T♣ T♠ for the at-risk player, the flop rolling out dry A♦ 8♠ 3♥. With a A♠ turn and a 4♣ river dirkthework was down to their last Nowitzkis with three antes. Eliminated the next hand, they received for $219.97 eighth.
Flip flip flop
Aspiring to rise out of the short-stacked dregs on the back of their double through now eliminated dirkthework, dravec found A♥ K♦ and moved all-in on the button for nearly 3M over the min-raise to 800,000 of vasko55555. But a pair's a pair to ace-king, and 7♣7♠ in their caller's hand meant they would have to race well to survive. A win would place them third place in chips.
Flop: 8♣ 6♥ 3♣
Everything had bricked out, as the kids say, for dravec, eliminated seventh. A nine-themed payout of $399.96 filled their coffers.
Puzotyan of Russia sports a big, (how should we put this?) rotund, laughing, golden Buddha avatar as his electronic representation in the PokerStars-verse. No doubt he had been quite diligent in the metaphoric rubbing of its belly all ten hours the tournament had been running. They, however, had been reduced to 2.5M and moved all-in for a shade less than five big blinds, receiving action from their Bulgarian neighbour, vasko55555, sitting on their direct left. A real hand, A♠ Q♥ had come to vasko55555 in this instance, and the A♦ 4♠ of Puzotyan would have to improve for the double. Improve it did, not on the K♥ 3♥ 6♦ flop, but on the 4♥ turn. Plenty of recourse was still available, and the T♥ confirmed as much. Puzotyan, sixth, for $599.94.
Russia's vovik1978777 was short on change, the big blind itself cost them one quarter of their stack to begin the next hand, and hence the min-raise from Tribalizado exerted tremendous pressure upon them. When they found 3♣ 3♥ in the hole, though, they had to be pleased with their spot. Their all-in was not getting Tribalizado off of A♦ T♦, though. The prettiest card in the deck was the door card, the A♠, and was joined by the Q♠ and 6♦. The turn K♣ changed nothing in this particular matchup, it was a three and only a three for the short-stack. The 8♠ favoured the Portuguese player and it meant four remained in the hunt for the title. For fifth place vovik1978777 received $799.92.
Facing an incoming big blind of 600,000 the next hand Carlarsch moved all-in for 5.4M with A♣ 4♥. Unfortunately for them Namepo woke up with A♦ Q♥ next to act and gave them the action they were not looking for. With exactly 12M chips in the pot, the board offered hope, T♥ 8♦ 8♠ was the flop. The A♠ turn meant any ace, ten, or king would make for a chop. But the Q♠ river was quite definitive, Namepo now had double second place Tribalizado and Carlarsch was eliminated fourth for $999,90.
The Fall of the Mighty
Namepo had forged themselves a favourite since the beginning of the final table, but as three-handed play began nothing was going their way. Slowly but surely they were chopped down on either side. As blinds rose to 500,000-1,000,000 their 20M chip stack had become impeachable. In blind versus blind they shoved with Q♦ 6♥ into the A♠ 9♣ of vasko55555, failed to connect with the board, and suddenly they were under ten big blinds. The very next hand, on the button, they moved all-in. Again it was vasko55555 who called, with 4♣ 4♥, which had the Japanese former-chip-leader's A♣ 2♣ in a bind.
The T♠ T♦ Q♦ flop was the kind Namepo could put hope into, nearly any turn card, including the actual one, the 8♠, gave them three more outs to the win. But the 3♦ meant fours played and the clear favourite had been bested, receiving $1,499.85 for third place.
Tribalizado: want to business??
This was the length of the deal discussion, returned with silence.
After a back and forth match, which included Tribalizado turning the tables with aces versus eights for a clean double, the final hand would finally bring some intriguing postflop action to an otherwise preflop heavy final table.
Stacks began 12M effective at 600k-1.2M blinds, with Tribalizado the one holding 12M. vasko55555 was holding court with 37M. With the option of shoving, Tribalizado stuck to the min-raise of 2.4M and was called by the out of position chip-leader.
K♠ 3♠ 4♦
Check. 3.6M into 5.1M. Call.
The pot was now 12.3M with just 6.2M behind in Tribalizado's stack. Things were getting precarious.
A card that could have blown the powderkeg went untouched for at least one betting round.
After a little stew vasko55555 gave it a call with K♥ T♦ for second pair that had been scared of the ace and the four as well.
5♦ 6♥ !
But the Bulgarian had been right. Tribalizado had missed their open ended straight draw and bluffed the river with six-high. After they were caught, they were eliminated in second, drawing a paycheck of $2,149.78 for their effort.
Congratulations to vasko55555, the deserving champion of MicroMillions 8, Event #16 and winner of $2,953.24!
MicroMillions-016: $2.20 No-Limit Hold'em
Prize pool: $19,998
Places paid: 1,260
1. vasko55555 (Bulgaria) $2,953.24
2. Tribalizado (Portugal) $2,149.78
3. Namepo (Japan) $1,499.85
4. Carlarsch (Germany) $999,90
5. vovik1978777 (Russia) $799.92
6. Puzotyan (Russia) $599.94
7. dravec (Czech Republic) $399.96
8. dirkthework (Germany) $219.97
9. portillo23 (Romania) $154.98.
Gareth Chantler is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.