MicroMillions 8: Five figures for starcraftwar in Event #61 ($8.80 NLHE)

Small investment. Big payouts. That's what the MicroMillions is all about. So it's great to see an event play out where the winner has turned a couple of dollars into massive sums of money. And that's what happened this evening in Event #61 as starcraftwar from Hungary pocketed a huge five-figure score of $11,377.66 for less than the cost of a burger with fries.

Event #61 of the MicroMillions 8 series saw a field of 9,663 turn out for the $8.80 No Limit Holdem event. The prize pool reached an impressive $77,304 to exceed the guarantee as the top 1,260 players would take away a profit.

A min-cash was worth $13.91 but that would elude Ireland's joey90111 who didn't have the luck of the Irish today after bubbling in 1,261st place to head home empty-handed.

As the field dwindled one player who was making a deep run was PokerStars Team Online member Tyler Frost.

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"frosty012" as he is known online, has been playing all of these MicroMillions events and today he got very close to reaching that elusive final table. In the end, Frost would bow out in 80th place for a $96.63 score which should cover a few more buy-ins this series.

After around eight-and-a-half hours of play it would be Brazilian AAguerrAA who missed out on the final table after a battle of the blinds saw AAguerrAA commit with K♠5♠ against Tyst Tysk's dominant K♣6♦. The kicker ended up playing to see AAguerrAA out in tenth place and our final table set as follows:

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Final Table Line up
Seat 1: Tyst Tysk (4,629,460 in chips)
Seat 2: goga5555577 (3,464,690 in chips)
Seat 3: Denff (1,626,036 in chips)
Seat 4: maggibööö (2,762,252 in chips)
Seat 5: c@melia69 (9,041,529 in chips)
Seat 6: T8yourmoney (3,434,576 in chips)
Seat 7: cecko80 (12,411,386 in chips)
Seat 8: Berejani (2,361,755 in chips)
Seat 9: starcraftwar (8,583,316 in chips)

The final table kicked off with the blinds at 80k/160k/20k, with cecko80 holding a pretty handy chip lead. Denff was the short stack with around ten big blinds, and would be the first to fall.

Denff got the last chips into the middle in good shape with A♦J♠ against c@melia69's 9♣A♣, however the board would land 3♦9♥4♠4♦7♣. c@melia69 paired the nine to eliminate Denff in ninth place for $599.10 in prize money.

Berejani stayed alive with a double up holding pocket sevens against c@melia69's ace-three, but goga5555577 wasn't so fortunate as our two Russian players would be the first two to be eliminated from the final table. goga5555577 was all in with K♣J♥ but was looked up by cecko80 with A♥9♥. The board was spread A♦6♥J♦4♥9♠ to give cecko80 two pair and send goga5555577 out in eighth place for $850.34.

It would be a bit of a struggle for the next elimination as the short stacks managed to survive. T8yourmoney pulled off a remarkable double up with pocket nines turning a two-outer set after cecko80 had flopped two pair with ace-king as the seven players remained firm.

Tyst Tysk lost a chunk of chips with ace-seven on an ace-high board after c@melia69 had that out-kicked with ace-nine, and next hand, it was all over for Tyst Tysk.

A preflop raising war erupted with starcraftwar getting aggressive with a raise and then four-bet with 5♠5♥. Tyst Tysk had put in the three-bet with A♥9♣ and was committed to call it off. The board ran out J♣A♦5♦9♠2♥ and despite hitting two pair, it wasn't enough to save Tyst Tysk as starcraftwar flopped a set of fives. Tyst Tysk headed home in seventh place for $1,546.08.

maggibööö couldn't get anything going on the final table and was down to less than the cost of the big blind when finally committing all in with 4♥4♠. c@melia69 and cecko80 both called and checked the board of 5♦A♠9♠9♣T♠ through to the river where a min-bet from c@melia69 into the side pot forced a fold from cecko80. c@melia69 showed K♣T♣ for a rivered pair of tens which was enough to take it down and eliminate maggibööö in sixth place for a very handy $2,319.12.

starcraftwar and c@melia69 were out in front with Berejani under pressure as the short stack. When play folded around to Berejani in the small blind, K♣6♥ was above average and enough to move all in for a little over four big blinds. starcraftwar was in the big blind, and could be forgiven for calling with a wide range, but 8♥8♠ was a legitimate hand as the chips went into the middle. The board arrived T♣4♠6♦9♣9♠ to see the pair of eights hold and remove Berejani from the equation with fifth place worth $3,092.16.

T8yourmoney landed a double up with pocket fives turning a set against starcraftwar's ace-eight, and two hands later, repeated the dose with queen-eight making trip eights which was more than enough for c@melia69's jack-nine.

T8yourmoney was getting back into contention, but as soon as the comeback had begun, it was brought crashing to a halt.

In a battle of the blinds, T8yourmoney raised from the small blind and cecko80 defended in the big. The flop landed 3♣J♣8♦ and T8yourmoney led out before cecko80 put in a raise. T8yourmoney wasn't deterred, moving all in but cecko80 made the call. T8yourmoney opened 6♠6♣ for third pair to the board but was surprisingly in front as cecko80 was drawing with T♥9♥ for a straight draw with overcards to the sixes. cecko80 didn't have to sweat for long as the 7♦ found its way onto the turn to complete the straight and leave T8yourmoney drawing dead as the J♥ completed the board. T8yourmoney brought undone by T9 to fall in fourth place for a handsome $3,865.20 in prize money.

cecko80 was now out in front but starcraftwar was keeping the pressure on the chip leader while c@melia69 was struggling to find a good spot to get involved.

Eventually c@melia69 decided to three-bet shove with A♣7♠ but the timing was awry as starcraftwar made a quick call with A♦Q♥. The board fell J♣3♣5♦J♦K♣ to see the ace-queen hold up and leave c@melia69 to depart in third place for $5,797.80.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 7: cecko80 (22,045,558 in chips)
Seat 9: starcraftwar (26,269,442 in chips)

The chip counts were relatively close but starcraftwar would never give up the chip lead to cecko80 during the heads-up battle.

starcraftwar would win a large pot with pocket eights to extend the lead before cecko80 stayed alive doubling up with pocket jacks against ace-six.

However the end would come just moments later when the two took a flop of 8♥7♣J♠. Following a bet and a raise, the 3♣ turn would see cecko80 move all in. starcraftwar made the call with J♣9♦ for top pair and straight draw but cecko80 showed up with a rather unlikely two pair with 8♦3♦. cecko80 needed a brick on the river to double through and take the lead in the contest, but it wasn't to be, as the 7♠ hit the river to counterfeit the two pair of cecko80 to give starcraftwar a better two pair with jacks and sevens.

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A great effort by cecko80 would be worth $8,310.18 for second place as victory would go to Hungary's starcraftwar who turned just $8.80 into a massive five-figure return of $11,377.66! Congratulations!

MicroMillions-061: $8.80 No-Limit Holdem
Entrants: 9,663
Prize pool: $77,304.00
Places paid: 1,260

1. starcraftwar (Hungary) $11,377.66
2. cecko80 (Switzerland) $8,310.18
3. c@melia69 (Romania) $5,797.80
4. T8yourmoney (Canada) $3,865.20
5. Berejani (Brazil) $3,092.16
6. maggibööö (Iceland) $2,319.12
7. Tyst Tysk (Sweden) $1,546.08
8. goga5555577 (Russia) $850.34
9. Denff (Russia) $599.10

There's over $5 million guaranteed across 100 different events during the MicroMillions 8 series which runs through until July 27th. Head to the MicroMillions 8 home page to see the full schedule as well as statistics, coverage, leaderboards and much more.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.