MicroMillions 8: Leupho goes all the way in Event #70 ($5.50 NLHE)

The MicroMillions 8 series rolled on today with another fantastic day full of affordable events. Event #70 encapsulated what the MicroMillions is all about with great comebacks, personal best tournament scores and a top prize of $7,458.82 for just a $5.50 investment. That prize would go to Germany's Leupho in an impressive coast-to-coast victory.

Event #70 of the MicroMillions 8 was a $5.50 No Limit Holdem Event. A $30,000 prize pool was promised but that was blown out of the water when 10,437 players turned out to create a prize pool of $52,185 that would be shared among the top 1,350 players.

The money bubble would burst on the Czech Republic's starablazkov in 1,351st place to see the remaining players secure at least $8.87. From there, the players looked to climb the pay jumps on their way towards the elusive final table.

It would take close to nine hours of play before the final table line up was determined. That moment occurred when KrazeKage ran pocket fours into the pocket fives of felipecco. The board bricked out to leave us with a final table as follows:


Final Table Line up
Seat 1: dekikker333 (3,064,350 in chips)
Seat 2: AAlbatro$$ (3,675,336 in chips)
Seat 3: mashuk790 (5,863,003 in chips)
Seat 4: Rike Sex (8,295,112 in chips)
Seat 5: BOGOTABUTTER (3,023,559 in chips)
Seat 6: 1itsonagain (3,039,232 in chips)
Seat 7: Priorbank555 (3,607,118 in chips)
Seat 8: Leupho (11,817,975 in chips)
Seat 9: felipecco (9,799,315 in chips)

With the blinds kicking off at 100k/200k/25k there was plenty of room to move for the short stacks, so it would take quite some time to lose our first player.

Leupho held the chip lead but felipecco was the early aggressor, winning a couple if handy pots to move towards the top of the leaderboard.

dekikker333 caught a double up with king-jack finding a king against Rike Sex's ace-queen, to leave Rike Sex under pressure. With three big blinds, Rike Sex moved all in with A♣5♠ against Leupho's 2♥2♦ and despite hitting two pair on the board of Q♣2♣5♥A♦6♥, it wasn't enough as Leupho caught a set of lucky ducks. Rike Sex was bounced out in ninth place for $365.29.

BOGOTABUTTER was out a few hands later in an unfortunate blow. mashuk790 opened with a min-raise before BOGOTABUTTER three bet all in for around four big blinds. mashuk790 called with 5♠5♦ but BOGOTABUTTER showed the goods with A♣A♥. BOGOTABUTTER was all set to double up but the board of T♣T♥8♥3♦5♥ saw mashuk790 spike a set on a brutal river card to leave BOGOTABUTTER to fall in eighth place for $574.03 in prize money.

Just moments later, a massive double elimination would see seven players quickly reduced to five. dekikker333 started things off by moving all in for five big blinds with A♠4♣. AAlbatro$$ was next to act and moved all in for a little over seven big blinds with T♦T♠. Unfortunately for both of them, 1itsonagain was sitting there with Q♥Q♠ covering both opponents. The board fell 6♣8♥2♥J♥J♣ to leave the ladies on top to land a double KO! dekikker333 was the shorter stack so collected $1,043.70 for seventh as AAlbatro$$ grabbed the pay jump to $1,565.55 for sixth place.

The action didn't relent as the very next hand would see Priorbank555 move all in for a little over four big blinds. Leupho had the ducks once again with 2♥2♦ and made the call against Priorbank555's A♥9♦. The flop was 5♦8♣8♦ to leave Leupho in danger of being counterfeited before Priorbank555 also added a straight draw with the 7♠ turn. However the 3♠ river bricked the board to leave Priorbank555 to boost the bankroll by $2,087.40 for fifth place.

1itsonagain said, "this is my biggest score ever"
1itsonagain said, "can barely believe it"
Leupho said, "congrats man"
1itsonagain said, "thanks"
Leupho said, "maybe even more :D"
1itsonagain said, "hope so hehe"

It was a nice exchange of words as 1itsonagain was clearly enjoying the MicroMillions opportunity, but the four-handed battle was rather intense.

1itsonagain was dented when running pocket fives into felipecco's pocket eights, but doubled up twice to get back into the picture.

Meanwhile mashuk790 was hanging on for dear life and got as short as five-and-a-half big blinds before landing a double up with ace-eight against felipecco's jack-nine. mashuk790 would continue the comeback with ace-six against 1itsonagain's pocket eights as an ace found its way onto the flop to the dismay of 1itsonagain.

1itsonagain said, "oh life! why do you have to tear my heart apart?????"

It was a blow that 1itsonagain was unable to recover from. In a battle of the blinds, mashuk790 moved all in from the small blind with A♥6♦ and 1itsonagain called off the short stack with 3♥Q♦. Both players flopped a pair but the board of 2♣3♣6♠J♣5♥ would give mashuk790 a pair of sixes for the knockout. A great run by 1itsonagain ended in fourth place for a personal best of $2,609.25 in prize money.

mashuk790 continued to surge and with the blinds kicking up again, felipecco was down to around eleven big blinds with A♣9♣ on the button. It was a standard shove all in but mashuk790 was in the small blind with A♥J♠ and made the call. The board was spread T♠5♣2♦6♦7♦ to leave felipecco to depart in third place for $3,885.17.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 3: mashuk790 (24,938,593 in chips)
Seat 8: Leupho (27,246,407 in chips)

Things were pretty even in chips and the two exchanged blinds for a dozen hands before two key pots would determine our champion.

The first would see mashuk790 fire bets on the flop and turn before checking the river on the board of 8♥5♦7♠7♣6♦. Leupho stuck around and then took the betting lead on the river to take it down without showdown.

And the next hand it was all over.

mashuk790 min-raised before Leupho three-bet. mashuk790 moved all in and Leupho made the call with 6♥6♠ to be racing with mashuk790's T♣A♥. mashuk790 had the overcards and picked up more outs on the K♦J♦9♦ flop with a straight draw, but the 5♠ turn and 8♣ river completed the board.


mashuk790 was left to collect $5,479.42 for the runner-up result as Leupho wins the MicroMillions title for Germany along with $7,458.82 in prize money. Congratulations!

MicroMillions-070: $5.50 No Limit Holdem
Entrants: 10,437
Prize pool: $52,185
Places paid: 1,350

1. Leupho (Germany) $7,458.82
2. mashuk790 (Russia) $5,479.42
3. felipecco (Brazil) $3,885.17
4. 1itsonagain (Brazil) $2,609.25
5. Priorbank555 (United Kingdom) $2,087.40
6. AAlbatro$$ (Greece) $1,565.55
7. dekikker333 (Belgium) $1,043.70
8. BOGOTABUTTER (Colombia) $574.03
9. Rike Sex (Brazil) $365.29

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.