MicroMillions 8: GrigorievRD gorges on final table in Event #41 ($4.40 NLHE, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Having covered every -COOP and MicroMillions series since 2008 it is rare that this contributor comes upon something brand new. Then again PokerStars is constantly coming up with new way to make our favorite card game more enjoyable. Tonight's MicroMillions 8 Event #41 $4.40 buy-in tournament was no exception. The buy-in was split into two prize pools for the players. One half of the funds, equaling $65,532.60, would pay out the 6,300 money spots as any normal game would. The other half was for the Progressive Super-Knockout addition that players collected for every knockout and 25% of those knockout funds got put on their own heads. But, since this is a SUPER-Knockout, 50% the funds are collected and 50% go right into that bounty. Nothing like making your own target a lot bigger while stacking opponents. The biggest target, GrigorievRD proved to be the hardest one to hit as the Russian took down the title and earned $4,948.91 for first and $1,598.40 in bounties.
Even with over 100 players left, the largest bounty was worth more than 13th place. It pays to be aggressive tonight. By the time the tables condensed down to two, there were six players with bounties large enough to take home more than ninth place cash!
One of those uber-sized bounties sitting on GrigorievRD's head got larger after knocking down Dafli_CZECH in 18th place ($106.16 + $70.86) after pocket jacks J♥J♣ proved to be worthy against Dafli_CZECH's king-ten K♣T♦ on the T♥ Q♥ Q♣ 8♦ 6♥ board.
On one end of the bounty spectrum you have VIP Supernova timo-bool holding just $9.17 in the bank while HoffmanGC and GrigorievRD's prizes were worth around four hundred dollars with just 14 players remaining. And timo-bool would be the next to go with A♥Q♥ failing to overcome the pocket treys 3♠3♦ of motreanu90 despite a glob of outs on the 8♦ J♥ 9♥ 8♠ 4♦ flop. motreanu90 kept the train going, knocking out ziara next in 13th place ($149.41 + $263.88) to leave 12 players heading into ninth hour of place.
HOLLANDSNEXT would claim Kidmanas' $302.18 bounty after bouncing the Lithuanian out in 12th place ($193.32 + $302.17) during a tear of winning six out of seven hands in a row to take the temporary chip lead of over 16 million with blinds going up to 200K/400K ante 50K.
The elimination of Riki007 in 11th place ($193.32 + $259.48) would set up hand-for-hand play.
For most of the time before the final table HoffmanGC held the largest bounty at $405.81 and during hand-for-hand play someone would claim it. With the blinds at 200K/400K ante 50K GrigorievRD would min-raise from the button as HoffmanGC shoved for 2.61 million. Holding A♦9♠ GrigorievRD made the call and was dominated by HoffmanGC's big slick K♣A♥. No worries though as a nine hit the turn 4♣ 2♦ 2♠ 9♦ T♦ increasing GrigorievRD's bounty to almost six hundred dollars and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: HOLLANDSNEXT (13200085 in chips)
Seat 2: ArdaAces83 (2201713 in chips)
Seat 3: TxTxTxTxT (5080428 in chips)
Seat 4: GrigorievRD (14853548 in chips)
Seat 5: cagones (6606314 in chips)
Seat 6: mitsos68 (11623904 in chips)
Seat 7: motreanu90 (10303246 in chips)
Seat 8: psitorch (7648741 in chips)
Seat 9: rsca.champ (6497021 in chips)
Chip leader now worth seven hundred bucks
Just a few minutes into the final table with the blinds still at 200K/400K ante 50K cagones would raise UTG to 1.85 million as GrigorievRD shoved from the big blind for 14.6 million. cagones was not letting go of A♥T♠ and made the call only to face the pocket aces A♠A♣ of GrigorievRD. A set on the flop and a four-flush by the river 7♠ 4♠ A♦ Q♠ 8♠ sent cagones out in ninth place ($258.85 + $218.60).
One thing about these progressive knockout tournaments is you get a big sign over your head proclaiming your net worth to the remainder of the table. But, while wielding a big stack, players might be more inclined to pursue tamer prey. With the blinds moving up to 250K/500K ante 62.5K two players decided to test the chip leader and limped away in seventh and eighth place. First, mitsos68 would three-bet GrigorievRD to 1.5 million as the action folded around the table and GrigorievRD shoved. mitsos68 called for less while flipping up Q♣A♦. GrigorievRD showed pocket jacks J♣J♥ for a race that ended on the turned hook 5♥ 9♠ 7♠ J♦ 8♦ earning mitsos68 $439.06 + $445.95 in eighth place.
Two hands later with 9.9 million already in a pot against motreanu90 and K♣ 4♣ Q♣ Q♥ showing on the board GrigorievRD shoved the chip leading stack once again after the 9♥ river. Leaving motreanu90 a decision to make holding 5.8 million chips behind and holding top pair J♦K♦. motreanu90 made the call as GrigorievRD showed the flopped nut flush J♣A♣ collecting another bounty and the 21.7 million chip pot. motreanu90 collected $644.18 +$343.14 in seventh place.
You can have the little one
Possible words said by GrigorievRD as the massive chip leader holding 57.3 million chips while the rest of the table held a collective 20.6 million. TxTxTxTxT was clinging to a microstack for the better part of the final table and only holding a $29.65 bounty shoved 1.5 million from early position as psitorch also shoved for 3.4 million from the button holding J♠K♣. TxTxTxTxT would catch two nines on the 8♥ 7♠ T♦ 9♦ 9♠ board but psitorch's jack made a straight to claim the bounty as TxTxTxTxT finished in sixth place ($927.28 + $29.65).
Sure why not?
Two hands later GrigorievRD saw a chance to speed up the ending of this tournament. With the blinds up to 400K/800K ante 100K rsca.champ would shove 1.61 million from the cutoff as ArdaAces83 hopped in with 4.93 million from the small blind holding A♥8♠. GrigorievRD stacking up 58.8 million in the big blind made the big stack call J♦5♦ as rsca.champ showed K♦Q♥. With a straight and flush draw by the river, GrigorievRD connected 3♣ 4♦ K♣ 2♦ 6♠ to eliminate rsca.champ in fifth place ($1,389.29 + $70.17) and ArdaAces83 in fourth place ($1,852.60 + $219.33).
Swatting away the competition
psitorch would earn a double up but the next two hands would be the curtain call for GrigorievRD dominate final table performance. First, with the blinds still at 400K/800K ante 100K GrigorievRD shoved for 61.7 million from the button as HOLLANDSNEXT stepped up in the big blind to call holding 3♠A♥. The chip leader turned up a couple of high diamonds K♦J♦ and found three more of them on the 3♦ T♥ 7♥ 8♦ 4♦ board to send HOLLANDSNEXT off in third place ($2,319.85 + $396.41).
psitorch tried feebly to ask for a chop but the chip leader only had the title and the sizable self-bounty to collect on the Russian's mind. psitorch would shove 11.4 million into the middle holding 8♣K♦ as GrigorievRD liked J♣T♣ to make the call. Flopped pair for psitorch became a turned straight for GrigorievRD K♥ A♦ J♥ Q♣ 6♥. $4,948.91 for winning, $1,598.40 in bounties (over a thousand dollars more than anyone else) and the MicroMillions 8 Event #41 title all shipped to GrigorievRD!
MicroMillions-041: $4.40 NLHE (Progressive Super-Knockout)
Places paid: 6,300
Prize pool: $65,532.60
Bounty prize pool: $65,532.60
1. GrigorievRD (Russia) $4,948.91 + $1,598.40
2. psitorch (Belarus) $3,548.59 + $310.53
3. HOLLANDSNEXT (Netherlands) $2,319.85 + $396.41
4. ArdaAces83 (Germany) $1,852.60 + $219.33
5. rsca.champ (Belgium) $1,389.29 + $70.17
6. TxTxTxTxT (Russia) $927.28 + $29.65
7. motreanu90 (Romania) $644.18 + $343.14
8. mitsos68 (Greece) $439.06 + $445.95
9. cagones (Brazil) $258.85 + $218.60
David Aydt is a freelance contributor